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  1. Whatever Jeune wants Jeune gets - update 9 April

    She was a special little madam and will be missed.

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Diabetic Dog Food Suggestions

    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.
  5. Dental - to pull or not to pull

    From memory, normal stitches are 10 days to 2 weeks to be removed. So, if they are still in evidence then, ask your vet.
  6. Dental - to pull or not to pull

    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.
  7. Pet insurance

    I forgot to add - always read the fine print and know what you are covered for.
  8. Pet insurance

    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.
  9. Frantic weed eating

    To much tripe. Should be a treat. Not everyday. Could be pancreatitis. A blood test at the vets will prove it / rule it out.
  10. Pet Adoption research

    User Experience a kind of web developer.
  11. Diabetes

    Max is 7.5 years old. The total lack of appetite was due to the pancreatitis, but he is a fussy eater. He refuses to eat Hills Prescription Diet which is what the vet wants him to eat. It smells disgusting to me, so I can’t blame him. We have discovered he loves kangaroo so fingers crossed... Winston Churchill was quoted as saying “when going through hell, keep going”. So true.
  12. Diabetes

    Zena’s Mum, yes it is hard. We thought he had more bladder stones but it turned out to be diabetes. Diabetes complicates any other disease or illness. He was diagnosed in April and it still isn’t under control. He developed pancreatitis a month ago and that in conjunction with diabetes is life threateningly scary. A diabetic dog that won’t eat ends up in intensive care in hospital on a drip with glucose in one port and insulin in the other.
  13. Diabetes

    My understanding of diabetes in dogs is that a large proportion are type 1 diabetics I.e. autoimmune induced rather than diet. My Max is diabetic - type 1.
  14. The more carbohydrate you feed, the more insulin you will need. High blood sugar is dangerous, really low blood sugar is just as dangerous.
  15. dogs eating raw chicken

    A rebuttal to the original study https://www.dogsfirst.ie/raw-chicken-does-not-cause-paralysis-in-dogs/
  16. dogs eating raw chicken

    Interestingly, looking at the paper, the significance is with the bacteria Campylobacter, not feeding raw. They don't mention what the control group was fed and they appear to have thrown out results for small dogs basically because it would have made the results less significant. Also, as far as I can see, the design is more correlational than proving cause i.e. campylobacter infection is more common in dogs with APN, and campylobacter infection can be caused by contaminated raw meat. Just because events occur together does not prove one event causes another.
  17. dog peeing in the house

  18. What love looks like .

    He's gorgeous isn't he?
  19. Minis and giants are very similar in nature barring size (obviously). Our experience of all 3 sizes is that all 3 are stubborn in nature but standards are often a bit softer.
  20. Male Uti - Bladder Stones Update

    There are different types of bladder stones. struvite (calcium oxalate?) stones cannot be dissolved. Complete blockage of the uretha is deadly. you cannot tell the type of stone without pathology. I would not be mucking around with this.
  21. Internal Stitches

    Dissolvable stitches don't always dissolve completely. I was told it depends on the individual dog. When my mini schnauzer Max was desexed, he had dissolvable stitches and they didn't entirely dissolve. The remnants worked their way out over a couple of months. The vet did snip one and pull it out because it was irritating him. If he ever needs surgery and stitches again, we will ask for the non-dissolvable ones.
  22. Vet Costs Over A Year

    Max has just cost us over $5000 for emergency surgery for bladder stones. There's not a lot of options when they are peeing blood But for Remy, the most I have had to pay was $350 for xrays because he ate a box of staples - he was fine because he chewed them very carefully and we gave him lots of soft food afterwards to help things 'pass'. So I guess it evens out in the end.
  23. Not quite right and pale gums, to me is straight to a vet, but I live in the city. Can you ring the vet and ask them without getting them out to the surgery?
  24. I have heard good things about "Benny & the Pets" which has 2 locations Belmore and Kogarah. We are not customers though. For routine stuff we go to Erskineville Animal Hospital but we usually ring up and find out which vet(s) are on before we go down there. Also, if it is an emergency we are straight to SASH in North Ryde.
  25. Pet Insurance

    Some vets are responding by charging an annual consultation subscription. Pay $300 up front and visit as many times as you need to. Good for dogs with chronic illness. Do you know if the insurers are paying this subscription or rejecting it? How does it work in terms of trying to get that money back do you need to wait until you have a claim for a chronic illness and pay the money up front then? The short answer is I don't know how pet insurers treat this subscription. The person (and dog) that I know that took this up did not have pet insurance.