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  1. Most vets have DIY Hydrobaths on their premises. My Pet Warehouse has DIY hydrobaths in their stores. Probably the other large pet stores have them too. It would be worth calling to ask.
  2. I echo Dame Danny's Darling. I don't know anyone who knows more about Cavaliers than Jed does. Jed will set you on the right track.
  3. Does anyone like this new website. I don't think much of it.
  4. I pay $85 per dog for grooming. This is for Cavaliers who are brushed, combed and slickered regularly. They go to the groomer with no matts or tangles, they just need a bath, nails clipped and a tidy up. I like their coats in their natural state and very little scissor work is needed. One of the groomers was evidently clipping the underside of my dogs ear leather and the clippers must have slipped. I have a dog with one lovely long ear and one with a 6cm gap of hair missing from the bottom her ear that will take months to grow back. The groomer offered no explanation and charged me $85 for this. This groomer is located at the vet surgery and when I took my dog to the vet the day after the grooming disaster the vet asked what on earth happened and he took photos. The total groom was a mess. The vet made sure I was not charged for the next groom. I need to find a better groomer.
  5. To take care of someone's dog for nine weeks is a huge responsibility. I would be looking at more than a basic payment to cover costs. You should be prepared to pay a very generous weekly payment, particularly as your dog has a health and wellbeing issue. Namely HD. Have you seen how and where his dogs are kept at his premises? If this man has other dogs and is working full time he won't have the time to prepare your dogs raw meal each night. How much input do you expect from him in reference to your dog's HD. Will you leave it up to him to decide whether your dog needs vet attention? I imagine he would not be too happy to be hit with a huge vet bill for your dog. What if your dog was involved in a fight with his dogs and was injured? Don't think of leaving your dog alone outside your home for nine weeks. You can be sure someone will be concerned enough to contact the RSPCA and the dog will be declared to have been abandoned. This would be neither good nor fair to the dog. I'm surprised you would consider leaving him at home with no one to supervise and keep him safe. As has been mentioned. It would be best to rehome the dog if you can find someone who'll take him. Nine weeks is a very long time in the life of a 12 month old dog. His HD is going to cost a considerable sum of money to keep him comfortable. Has surgery been discussed with the vet? An alternative solution would be to take a much shorter holiday, say 4 weeks, and board the dog in a reputable boarding kennel. The folk on this forum will give you a recommendation for boarding kennels.
  6. Firsttimecavmum. Are you picking her up by placing one hand on her bottom and the other on her chest inbetween her front legs? That's the best way to ensure you don't hurt her when lifting her. Getting into the habit of lifting this way will stand you in good stead as she matures. Is there a reason why she can't walk outside with you when you take her out to toilet? She needs to learn to walk outside to empty bowels and bladder. If you carrying her out each time you might find she expects this every time and she may not take the initiative to walk outside herself when she has the urge to urinate or defecate. Growling is unusual for this lovely, gentle breed and I agree with the suggestion to have a vet make sure she's not in pain. Particularly if you're fairly sure it's not your technique when picking her up that's causing her to growl. It sounds as if she is not used to being picked up or handled. I wouldn't at this stage do NILIF with her. She's a baby puppy who has found herself in a new place with people she doesn't know. She is perhaps missing her mother and litter mates. If she continues to growl then I would seek advice from a behaviourist but I think she'll settle nicely. Cavs usually do.
  7. My dogs get all the puppy shots and then a booster at 16 months. After that they have no more vaccinations.
  8. I'm so sorry for your loss Griff. Fly free, Sirena
  9. Juice do you want to sell the meds you have. Do you have Fortekor? If so I'm interested. Would you message me please if you're interested.
  10. Just distract her with a toy Paul. My Rotty girl did the same thing as a young puppy. I used to say Ah Ah quietly and give her the toy.
  11. Don't despair yet LuisK. The bottom canines should be behind the top ones in a Lab (as opposed to, say, bulldogs who are meant to have an underbite) but it sounds as though he has a significant overbite. The bottom jaw will continue to grow after the top jaw has finished growing. The adult teeth may come in nicely. Don't lose hope yet. I trust your breeder will be involved in this process and if your pup does need a canine dentist when he matures, it would be nice to think the breeder will kick in some $$$. Don't play tug with your pup and make sure no one else does. I made that mistake with my dog and I may have been partly responsible for my Rotty's underbite.
  12. Different breed here but I'm referring to a large breed. My large breed had a perfect scissor bite when she was around the 18 month old mark. The top jaw had indeed finished growing and her jaw alignment was perfect but the bottom jaw continue to grow and she ended up with an underbite. So the top jaw does indeed grow faster than the bottom jaw. However the bottom jaw takes longer to reach it's final position. Most people describe all jaw problems as an overbite but often this is not the case. My vet gets overbite and underbite mixed up too, he kept referring to my dog's overbite (in conversation) when she had an obvious underbite. We just need to clarify whether this dog has an overbite or an underbite. An overbite means the top jaw has grown at a faster rate and is therefore well out and over the bottom jaw/teeth. In an underbite the bottom jaw has grown out past the top jaw/teeth. If your dog has an overbite LuisK, chances are the bottom jaw will continue to grow and it will more than likely correct to a nice scissor bite. If this is the case there will probably be no need for any dental work. If he has an underbite at this tender age, I'd say your canine dentist was spot on in his assessment and that you should have a seriously talk to the breeder. This is an 8 week old puppy and his little jaws should be correct at this age. However puppies don't grow uniformly, they grow randomly in bits and pieces.
  13. Sorry Tint, I haven't been back to DOL until now. If you're interested in these two bowls you can have them for $15 all up. I gather you'll collect them from me to save on postage costs. The $$ will be donated to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital. If you pm me I'll receive email notification of your message.
  14. I have two almost new Spaniel water bowls. I'm in Mount Waverley Vic.
  15. One of my GSD's had both carnassials extracted and his facial features didn't change, neither did his eating habits.
  16. Nope - too unsettling for the dog IMO - and the owners - send photos in a weeks time and then one at Christmas and thats it. But CnR I defer to your much deeper dog behaviour knowledge if you think this would work. So - so weighing it all up - I'd tell them politely to 'bugger off' and keep the dog. This is nonsense. I don't have any more dog behaviour knowledge than you Westiemum but thank you for the compliment. You're right about not letting them meet up with the dog on neutral territory. It probably would be unsettling for her.
  17. Please don't give up on this dog yet. She needs a new home. Her loopy previous owners know that. So you don't have a signed receipt for your payment for this dog. Bad move on your part. When you pay cash for anything at all, you get a signed receipt. I know that's not helpful right now but it had to be said. You may have enough documentation to prove ownership anyway. Especially as the vet has also been informed of the change of ownership. Unless you thought they were bit unscrupulous they probably won't come to your house and steal your dog. Law abiding citizens don't do that stuff. I doubt breaking and entering would be on their bucket list. The courts hand out jail time for that kind of behaviour. You're home and will be with the dog most of the time and when you need to go out you can either crate the dog inside or leave her loose in the locked house. If this was me and I thought the dog would be better in it's previous home I would hand her back. However the dog is better with you so I would not hand her back. We need to remember this is about the dog and what is best for her. If you need to engage in some slightly uncomfortable conversation with the previous owners...so be it. This dog is worth it isn't she? If you give her back she'll be on the market for a new home again once the novelty of having her back with them wears off. If you do decide you're prepared to advocate for her and want to keep her, when the owners arrive tomorrow have a receipt already written out and ask whichever adult you gave the money to, to sign it. Note on the receipt what the payment is for.
  18. I would keep the dog because life will be better for the dog with you. Remidog said she has nothing bearing the previous owners signature and that's a bit of a worry. It sounds like you don't have a signed receipt. I hope you do. Ask your Father to look closely into the laws of rehoming/selling of an animal. You need to know these details just in case. The rescue girls on this forum can probably also help with the rules. They know what they are. What the previous owners are now doing is below the belt. First the distraught teens who were not caring for the dog anyway and now the partner/wife. I would keep the dog because she'll have a better life with your family and this is what it was all about until the old owners started moving the goal posts and making it about themselves. Both you and they know the dog is in a better home with you. All should start thinking about the welfare of the dog again. I would call the previous owners and tell them I'll not be returning the dog and would like to cancel their visit on Sunday because the dog has settled in nicely and she'll think they've come to take her home. It would definitely unsettle her. Perhaps you can take the dog to meet them on neutral territory in a week or two if they still want to see her. It's natural for them to miss their dog for the first few days but they don't want to keep her or they would not have gone to those lengths to find her a new home. What they're feeling is a knee jerk reaction to her absence and in a few more days they'll get used to her not being with them.
  19. The two principal vets at the practice I attend each pronounce titre differently. Now that's confusing!
  20. It's probably Collie tail or swimmers tail.
  21. Westiemum, you showed your love for Mac in all of your posts. He was a lucky boy. Thinking of you.
  22. Westiemum the old man is still looking good. Whata fella he is!
  23. The wisest thing I've read in this thread.
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