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  1. I think you need to see a vet. We didn’t recognise that Max was going blind until he walked into a pole and almost knocked himself out, because he could navigate in a familiar environment. If the loss is gradual, they compensate in familiar environments until suddenly they can’t.
  2. How is Jodie’s eyesight ? My Max is blind and has panic attacks when he encounters things that shouldn’t be where he encounters them. Massive, full on freak out like you are describing with Jodie. Wish they could talk.
  3. Maybe not. There’s enough crosses in there to make it a very expensive, bone fide mongrel.
  4. It’s very brand new. It’s been available in Australia for less than 6 months according to my vet.
  5. It might be his normal level? I would just make sure his food is good quality and I would probably lean towards raw / barf.
  6. Do you have any scented diffusers? Some essential oils are really bad for dogs and the symptoms you described are similar. It’s interesting that the symptoms recur when you got home.
  7. I’m so sorry. I was hoping for a foreign body. Have you talked about chemo options? You would probably need to talk to a vet oncologist. I don’t know if it is a suitable option for your boy but if it is, it can stop it getting bigger, at least for a while.
  8. Correlation is not causation. Just because one event follows another does not mean the first caused the second. Also, the reported adverse effects and the time intervals between dose and effect are very variable in these reports, which makes it difficult to evaluate properly. Perhaps it is similar to ivermectin, some animals with a particular genetic makeup don’t tolerate it? If I gave my dog tick meds and 3 weeks later they got really sick, my first thought would not be the tick meds.
  9. They scoped first and then planned the subsequent operation. Survival rates are very dependant on tumour type and location. Kitty’s was high up in a difficult spot to get to, so vet removed as much as they could but could not get it all. So greatly improved quality of life in the short term but it will eventually come back.
  10. I too would have him scoped. A friend’s cat had similar symptoms and after a lot of faffing around went for the invasive option which showed a tumour high up in the nasal bone which they operated on to remove. I too hope it is nothing awful but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and get a definitive diagnosis so you treat it effectively.
  11. Depends on the vets. My specialist vet includes the prescription as part of the consultation fee but my local vet charges the prescription fee as a separate item.
  12. Animals are considered property in the eyes of the law. So, in effect, you have purchased a defective product. The usual legal remedy is you return the dog to the breeder and receive a refund. There is no avenue for damages. The breeder may offer to pay for some treatment at their discretion or replace the puppy again at their discretion. Threatening and pursuing legal action for damages will only waste your money.
  13. I’d ring them and describe it and see what the vet says. Max had something similar. It turned out to be absorbing sutures that weren’t behaving as described. If I remember correctly, they had to remove them like the old style ones. Post surgery consults should be free unless they have to do something unexpected and major.
  14. Gastrointestinal disorders can be associated with stargazing and licking their lips. Someone on another Schnauzer Facebook page posted this link https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4204840/
  15. I don’t know if they are connected but lip smacking is considered to be a reaction to nausea or pain.
  16. Insurance is a gamble. If you pay your premiums and don’t get anything back, you feel it’s wasted money. But.... We have had a a couple of catastrophic illnesses (2 emergency once offs and one long term chronic) and even with rapidly increasing premiums, we are still tens of thousands of dollars better off. And yes, I do mean tens of thousands better off. We could NEVER save enough to cover those costs by putting money away in a bank account. if you don’t get to claim against your insurance, you should be happy, you have a healthy dog.
  17. He sounds like he has vision problems. It may have absolutely nothing to do with a coccidia infection. Max did all those sorts of things. Running into poles, not being able to judge distances when jumping on and off the sofa etc. He was diagnosed with SARDS which meant he had gone from 100 to 0 sight in about 2 months and we didn’t realise the severity of his vision loss. You might need a eye specialist examination because with Max, our local vet thought something was wrong but was uncertain as to what exactly.
  18. We use kangaroo mince (human grade) mixed with Vets all Natural Mix. It’s a mix of rolled oats and other stuff that you soak and add to the meat in a specific ratio to mimic their diet in the wild.. Kangaroo because Max got pancreatitis while we were trying out other commercial diets that were supposedly good for diabetic dogs and hence everything else has too much fat or is so tasteless that he would not eat it - which is dangerous for a diabetic dog. You could use whatever meat you think appropriate.
  19. From memory, normal stitches are 10 days to 2 weeks to be removed. So, if they are still in evidence then, ask your vet.
  20. With most dogs, they just dissolve. With my Max, they didn’t and had to be removed. Just keep checking his mouth and if they don’t dissolve, take him back to the vets.
  21. I forgot to add - always read the fine print and know what you are covered for.
  22. If you are going to get insurance, do it as soon as you get your puppy. Otherwise anything diagnosed before insurance is a pre-existing condition and not covered. We have had a couple of serious health scares where the insurance meant we could cope financially - emergency doggie open heart surgery and diabetic ketoacidosis (different dogs). We could not have put enough money away each month to cover either of the above. So look at it as an emergency life saver not as something you have to get your money’s worth from.
  23. To much tripe. Should be a treat. Not everyday. Could be pancreatitis. A blood test at the vets will prove it / rule it out.
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