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  1. How to cool down your dog???

    Dogs cool through vasodilation in their heads, so cooling bandanas (while supervised) can really help. You don't need to buy special ones. An icepack rolled diagonally in a tea towel works really well. https://www.scienceabc.com/nature/animals/dogs-keep-cool-summer.html For me i provide a splash pool, access indoors, air conditioning on days like today where it was 32 at 10am, otherwise fan, water the garden to make the shaded earth cool - they can dig if they want, plus cooling gel pads to sleep on.
  2. Tibbie hair loss

    I think dogsfevr was on the money. She has just finished her season and coat is now coming back
  3. Tibbie hair loss

    Haven't heaard any further Pandi - we've been on leave. Will follow up though.
  4. Ok, take a breather the vet didn't say he was obese. I presume the scale was 1-9, if 5 is perfect. A 6 on that scale isn't obese, it's just "good" condition. It's only slightly over 5. If he's sleeping a lot at present, he's probably growing. They store up energy then grow. I find my westie is finicky with kibble too. He would prefer to get kibble from a toy. Unfortunately the cocker collects all food toys, sits on her bed with them and gets the food out by jamming her tongue in. Food either comes out or ends up a sodden mess i have to try to remove. This is a link to really good description on each step of the scale https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/body-condition-scores
  5. Great visuals asal. On that chart I aim for ideal. But as I noted above, if the cocker looks like that from above, she's too thin. From above she looks like the heavy picture. Hard to reconcile when I'm used to keeping them at the ideal. I have to check her ribs and spine regularly to make sure weight is ok. CharbearsMa the best thing is, once you get used to monitoring their waist, you just look every mealtime. If waist is less defined, all you need to do is give a slightly smaller meal until waist is back to where it should be. If a bit too light, just a small increase until ideal weight is reached. I've found the dogs don't notice the smaller portions as it's only a 5-10% drop from a normal meal. My staffy, when young and active had a weight between 19 (light for him) and 21 (max weight without being fat). When he was no longer able to exercise due to arthritis, he maintained a weight of 21-22kg, just from visual assessment and small tweaks to portions. Maddy, my reference to stocky was where a dog has wide shoulders and well sprung ribs, waists are easy to see. When they're built like my cocker with slight shoulders and ribs and hips of similar width, waists are trickier to see and, as in the case of my cocker, may be misleading.
  6. Going from your posts, you seem to be offended your vet suggested your pup is slightly heavy? My experience with the body score charts is it depends on build. Stockier dogs eg staffies are easy to monitor as they have a nice defined waist and little fur. My cocker on the other hand is tricky. If she gets to having a waist when viewed from above, she is too thin as her ribs are pronounced and spine can be felt. So with her, she's a bullet shape from above. Vet is very happy with her weight. Actually, vet is always happy with their weight. My staffy was well muscled from exercise. The first time Dr Leigh saw him she said "OMG he ripples when he walks". He was beautiful. I see a lot of people think fat is muscle. It obviously isn't. I've never had large dogs but from reading, know it's important to grow them properly. I think excess nutrition is as bad as not enough as you don't want them growing too fast. What I look for is a straight line from ribs to hips when looking down on the dog. That varied as my westie was growing from a long line to a short line (indicating he was fatter) but there was always a waist. Then I daily check ribs. If they are easily felt with a light touch, then it's possible the dog is a little light. The more pressure you use to feel the ribs the fatter the dog is. As my dogs are close to the ground with skirts, I can't check their profiles. However, with my horse, what you look for is a tuck into the groin area. The more rectangular they are side on, the fatter they are. The same for large dogs.
  7. Not a fan of pet mince as I think the standards are lower. I buy mince for human consumption and feed raw daily.
  8. Tibbie hair loss

    I mentioned thyroid today, so that's on the list to ask vet about. History - under 2years old, apparently has runny eyes, so possible allergies, goes for walks daily, lives inside and outside, washed in sensitive skin shampoo that isn't oatmeal based, fed advantage kibble and some wet food - not sure what that is- plus pigs ears. I suggested trying a grain free kibble. I suppose raw would be another suggestion. Hair loss has been the last couple of months. I'll suggest they look at what has changed in that time. Owner went away for a few weeks but family still home and hair loss started before then, but stress may have contributed in recent times. Forgot to mention vet checked for mites and all clear there.
  9. A colleague has a tibbie that is losing a lot of hair. Coat is so thin skin and skin markings like dots are easily seen. Would anyone have any suggestions for vet to check? She is entire, so vet has suggested possible ovarian cyst and scans will be done. Blood tests have been inconclusive. Any suggestions welcome.
  10. British bulldog x American staffy

    I would suggest if you are somewhere that gets hot, both breeds would benefit from being indoors or having cooling outdoors. A fan would be great. My staffy lived happily outdoors during the day in Brisbane but had a pool and a lot of shade to cool himself down. With solid dogs, their body mass causes them to overheat. I worked with a girl who came home to a dead staffy cross due to overheating one day while she was at work. I was paranoid ever after and made sure my staffy had plenty of cooling available when I wasn't home.
  11. At this stage, your financial loss is minimal. If you get the pup you will have ongoing costs and emotional investment for a situation that sounds like it's not going to work. I'd cut my losses and spend time looking for the right dog for your situation. That may be an older amstaff from a rescue as noted above, that's experienced with kids and a good family fit. It may be another breed. A dog will be with you for 15 years or so, so take time at the beginning to select the right dog for your family.
  12. Weight Loss - what is safe rate?

    Perhaps try swapping the mince for turkey as that's really lean. I went through similar with Meg and her refusing to eat the kibble I was feeding. I took the tough road - that's her food and she'll eat what she's fed or go without. After 24hrs I was frantically googling my dog won't eat LOL she caved by the next dinner and has eaten properly since. If you're feeding the mince have you reduced the kibble to reflect the additional calories from the mince?
  13. West Highland Terrier

    I'll add if you're in a capital city, most of the westie groups are on face book and the state groups tend to have Christmas get togethers around now. A great time to go along and see lots of westies. Brisbane has a weekend westies group where we get together once a month at different locations to go for walks. Can get up to 50+ westies (and a couple of ring-ins) at some days. Really fun mornings and nothing more adorable than small dog park filled with westies romping around. ETA Be prepared for all no dogs on the bed / couch etc rules to go out the window. They use their good looks to get whatever they want. They seem to have a thing for pillows and love nothing more than snoozing on a pillow be it on the couch or on the bed. Max used to wait till I was asleep before sneaking onto a corner of the bed. These days, the light goes off and he's straight up onto a pillow. If he gets cold, he goes for the middle of the bed and makes me curl around him. He is also pretty strict about his no treats no sleeps rule. Last night, dog forbid, I was getting in bed and had forgotten the liver treats on his pillow. The look said it all. Looked at me, looked at his bed, looked disdainfully at me and I was on my way to the kitchen to fetch the treats.
  14. West Highland Terrier

    Westies are the besties I planned mine for after my staffy died and he has turned out to be everything I ever wanted. Which was a big ask as my staffy was irreplaceable. Terriers are different to retrievers personality wise. I love them but some people can find them tenacious and terrors. Baby westies are so super tiny. I was worried Max was going to fall down the drain in the bathroom. He was fascinated by it and the grate could be lifted off with effort, so that always had the laundry basket on it when i went out. He was only 2.5 kg when he came home, but oh so wild! He was a full on fire cracker and would tear around like a whirlwind. Here he is with the cocker I rehomed from work a month before I got him. He totally adores her. This is one of my favourite photos. Now he's grown up, they're quite similar in size. Max is about 10kg and Meg is only an inch or so taller and 13kg.
  15. Best grooming product brands

    I've read positive reviews about this on westie sites for allergy prone westies http://www.silkyaustralia.com/product-info.html