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Thistle the Best Dog

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  1. Bone biopsy?

    CT done and biopsy sent off! Cautiously optimistic? CT results are as weird as the Xray, but nothing is screaming "cancer!". Just....weird... (her spleen does have two little bits of hmmm in it, but odd are benign for that location? watchig them) CT results will be sent for international vet forum thing (like DOL but for vets? i love it!). Biopsy ETA is in about a week. Her incision site is super small, so no running for FOUR weeks but calm walks and rallyo are okay also the odd jump here and there isnt a death sentence but try to avoid. Blood and urine back tomorrow I have house split so the dogs will not play when i am not present (and to avoid the sore dog crankieS) Go pick her up in an hour and a half. and pay the bill. ouch. almost fully body CT scan on a big dog OUCH go back in a month for another scan (xraY?) and see if anything changes good or bad.
  2. Sudden digging (4-5 year old dog)

    We have a designated digging area Same as TSD, I scatter food in the allowed area. Sometimes I go in an turn the dirt over to make it "new and interesting" again over the areas I'd rather they not dig in. Like smack in the middle of the yard. Pretty good about it, fun to watch them dig and I appreciate it being kept to one spot. For the couple of errant holes in the middle of the yard, I didn't correct them or anything. They don't really understand boundaries like I do. Just popped their poo in it and covered over, then hid something REALLY GOOD in the allowed digging area.
  3. Bone biopsy?

    Said could be between 4 and 10 days to get results depending on complexity. And result might be inconclusive but best way at current to ID if a tumour or infection etc
  4. Bone biopsy?

    Thank you. Have cried a lot in fear. I haven't even had her 4 years yet. Nothing is fair. I'm alternating between upset and angry. I don't want much to do with anything except my dogs. Here is some info on bone biopsy care for anyone who may come via google research. Poor Thyme is going to be so upset on his sudden isolation. I'm keeping a careful eye on the two, as my best indicator that Thistle is feeling under the weather is if she gets grumbly at him and toy/food is not in the picture. The CT and bone biopsy are scheduled on Monday, so I will be working from home to allow for travel. The next four days I will likely be working from one of the offices, so Thistle will be confined to the dog room and Thyme confined to the backyard. Might be able to have someone pop by and check in on them. The week following that, I actually have scheduled off for a holiday. So can be present to slowly re-integrate them back together and observe the leg. Seems takes up to a month for the bone biopsy to heal (hopefully assuming it's not something requiring an amputation of said limb). Here is our atypical xray that has had one vet and three xray specialists so far go "hmm not sure, could be old fracture, could be bone infection, could be bone cancer". Just sharing for info, not requesting diagnosis on it. Xray was taken October 3rd 2018. I got in touch with her old foster carer, and they're not aware if she had any leg injuries on intake to the pound.
  5. Trouble is only 12... inoperable tumour... grrr!

    I am sorry T I'm sure Trouble has been having the best past few months with all her treats, even with the diet.
  6. Didi :)

    Gorgeous didi
  7. Bone biopsy?

    The X-ray were done at my usual vet but today’s visit was at a specialist clinic. They will also be doing the CT and biopsy. I guess I’ll do both, since CT cannot say for sure and it will minimise the amount of times I drug her up and take her into a vet. Hoping no changes since the X-ray. It will be 1.5 weeks between X-ray and ct. shes not in pain and doesn’t know why sudden reduction in exercise past few weeks. I’ll hsve to separate the dogs after the biopsy so they don’t play and damage the site.
  8. Bone biopsy?

    Has anyone done one of these? we still have no answer on funky X-ray results with cancer and bone infections remaining a contender alongside an old healing fracture. Our options are: xray agahn in a few weeks. See if any changes ct scan (have booked this) bone biopsy (pros: rule things out or in. Cons: if she is actually fine be introducing invasive infection or fracture risk?) not sure if should go biopsy straight up alongside the ct scan. Or do ct then follow up X-ray then if changes do biopsy? Presumably I need to take time off to make sure she doesn’t damage the biopsies leg? Also am I rushing into invasive procedures out of fear of the unknown?
  9. Selecting a Dog Breed

    Perhaps OP can go with one of the "foster with a view to adopt" programs? This way can trial a few dogs in the home environment, and if one clicks then that is the one you adopt. But in the meantime, helping getting a dog out of the pound environment and assessing it for home living. Victorian Dog Rescue does these, I think the Save A Dog scheme and Animal Aid do as well. Some rescues did not like I work long hours, but others did because it meant I had a low key quiet household for the nervous one to settle in. All a matter of the individual dog and working with them
  10. FOOT POWERED BALL LAUNCHER??

    What you describe sounds like a DIY ball catapult. Could maybe get someone to make one for you? alternatively, a mini wooden seesaw with a bucket in the end for the ball? Would be the coolest dog on the block.
  11. Jan Fennell- thoughts, opinions

    She’s a “pack leader” type trainer. I’m sure she has the odd useful tidbit but I’m automatically wary when ppl start talking about wolf hierarchies and “dog being dominance” etc. her ignoring method is part of the “establishing leadership” stuff. I have used ignoring sometimes eg if Thyme plays nippy I leave the room and that is effective but it is not so good for anxiety based behaviours. Id tread carefully and not be pressured into doing things that upset the dog.
  12. Selecting a Dog Breed

    Picking an adult based off their desired temperament might be best , rather than jumping into a puppy of a breed you aren’t familiar with. There’s rescue and pounds of course, but also retired purebreds in rescue and owners onselling. Find one one with the temperament and personality to match your living and the external appearance can follow later
  13. HELP! Menacing / Dangerous Dog

    Here’s some guidance on muzzle training your dog. There’s a few different ways to go about it but this will become one of your best management tools to ensure everybody’s safety and help prevent any more incidents https://muzzleupproject.com/muzzle-training/ Its a good skill to have. I have to leave my dog at the vet next week for X-rays and she will be wearing a muzzle the whole time. It doesn’t stop her from drinking or even being fed suitably long treats. It’s to keep everyone else safe. remember your best management is to keep him out of situations where he might lunge at someone. So still have him kept in his pen when children or guests are over. He’s big and can still count against him if he knocks them over. He shouldn’t be put into situations where you think he might react without the guidance and physical presence of a trainer eg Steve. Think of it as a quiet hibernation period until the professionals can get in and help you. Council recognised or not, he has potential to do injury and will have to be handled as such. This does not mean he cannot still play fetch in the yard with you or go on walks. Just that you must ensure he is contained and under control around his triggers.
  14. REHOMED!! 4 yr old male Springer Spaniel in need (Sydney)

    This facebook group has a couple of people looking for mature age springers. Maybe could post on there and see if anyone interested? https://www.facebook.com/groups/317325918366836/ Bonus: People in this group tend to post updates on dogs, so can see how he goes in long run
  15. HELP! Menacing / Dangerous Dog

    Woops yes. Pen be $300, time and concrete. Not $3000 tho. Save the $3000 for Steve. Theres also I think. Some kind of support advice company for those with declared dogs that can help you with the set up between now and talking to Steve? Name escapes me. I think they helped that dog who nipped an old man. And the advice perse posted on other page. Stop taking this dog out while working on the paperwork and management. There are backyard enrichment you can do. If he has another incident before Steve can help you it won’t be good for him.
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