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  1. Osteosarcoma - what to do?

    I forgot to add to be very careful with your dog running around etc because if they fracture the bone where the tumour is it is very painful for the dog and will bring about the end sooner rather than later. Our dog had the tumour in his back leg . He was a very active dog and ran to the front door & fractured the bone. He was in a lot of pain after that and we had to put him to sleep as a result. Until then then he was doing well on the tramadol. We had a script from the vet & had it filled at our local chemist. It was a lot cheaper than the vet. I hope this helps you.
  2. Osteosarcoma - what to do?

    One of my Giants was diagnosed with osteosarcoma around 4 years ago. Our vet told us it was hopeless as the cancer would be everywhere. They didn't x-ray his lungs to see if it had spread. They told us if they amputated he would have to spend months in a cage/crate & he would be miserable and it would probably only extend his life by a few months. We treated him with tramadol and he had palliative care by way of radiation. He was diagnosed in very early November and had to be put to sleep late March. The radiation was expensive but it bought him some time. We were absolutely heart broken.
  3. Stage 3 Renal Failure

    So sorry to hear this Sheena. You have made the right decision not to have the surgery and you have done your best for her.
  4. Stage 3 Renal Failure

    Sheena . I spoke with my vet yesterday. She told me they had just done a dental on a 17yr old mini poodle with chronic renal failure. She said they hydrated the dog for a couple of hours prior to the surgery and everything went to plan. The dog was fine. She also confirmed the dog had to be hydrated because of the renal failure.
  5. Stage 3 Renal Failure

    Hi Sheena Sorry to hear Bindi is unwell. You could try the RC renal pouches for dogs. I was having trouble getting my 16 yr old Giant to eat & I started her on the renal pouches. She started eating again & hasn't looked back. I think they are specifically designed to stimulate the appetite. This is the cheapest online & the one I use. https://www.jumbopets.com.au/Royal-Canin-Veterinary-Diet-Canine-Renal-Pouch.html I remember our Kidney Specialist telling us that if ever the BRT (with the kidney dysplasia) had to have an operation he would need to be on fluids to hydrate him. I think they have to be hydrated because of the kidney issue. The BRT coughs up whitish mucus sometimes in the morning. Apparently people with kidney problems often don't feel like eating first thing in the morning. I am keeping my fingers crossed for her. She has done so well to date. Did the vet measure her creatine levels & check her blood pressure. Deeds
  6. Anon the dog is doing really well now thanks to the SASH Specialist & our diligence with his diet. The breeder washed her hands of us when we informed her. No replies to emails etc. We could see there was no point in pursuing the matter. The dog is not a frenchie or blue staffy. It is not one of the trendy breeds/mixes. We were annoyed that we paid full price for breed standard and didn't get breed standard. I would not be surprised if other pups in the same litter had this condition. I won't be buying interstate again.
  7. Two years ago I purchased a pedigree dog from a registered breeder interstate. This is the 1st time I have purchased a dog interstate. The pup was always listless and crying in pain. We thought he had hip dysplasia so we took him (9mths old) to Vet to be x-rayed. The Vet took blood (at my insistence) and found he had high creatine levels. We were then referred to SASH. SASH did an ultra sound & MRI & confirmed the dog had Renal Dysplasia both kidneys. Including the cost of the dog and followups we were up to over $6ooo. The dog is supposed to be "Breed Standard". As kidney dysplasia is considered a congenital defect we would never be able to breed with the dog . The dog can't be shown as he is supposed to be 60-70kgs. He weighs 38kg. and is on a special diet for life. When I approached the breeder I was told he was breed standard. This dog was half the size of the other dogs in his litter. Under no terms would I get a refund I was told. This dog is on the Main Register.
  8. Two years ago I purchased a pedigree dog from a registered breeder interstate. This is the 1st time I have purchased a dog interstate. The pup was always listless and crying in pain. We thought he had hip dysplasia so we took him (9mths old) to Vet to be x-rayed. The Vet took blood (at my insistence) and found he had high creatine levels. We were then referred to SASH. SASH did an ultra sound & MRI & confirmed the dog had Renal Dysplasia both kidneys. Including the cost of the dog and followups we were up to over $6ooo. The dog is supposed to be "Breed Standard". As kidney dysplasia is considered a congenital defect we would never be able to breed with the dog . The dog can't be shown as he is supposed to be 60-70kgs. He weighs 38kg. and is on a special diet for life. When I approached the breeder I was told he was breed standard. This dog was half the size of the other dogs in his litter. Under no terms would I get a refund I was told. This dog is on the Main Register.
  9. I would take your dog to the Oncology Dept at SASH and have the MCT removed with wide margins. The oncologists at SASH said to me you wouldn't go to a GP if you had cancer would you. You'd go to a Specialist. It's the same with dogs. I went to SASH after my Vet of 15 years got it all wrong with my dog's MCT. The blood tests & MCT biopsy that my former Vet did were confirmed by SASH to be totally incorrect.
  10. Designer dogs

    It's a nice dog. Looks like a large Portugese Water dog when clipped. Doesn't look anything like a Bernese. The owner is apparently a Vet.
  11. Designer dogs

    The latest "designer "breed to turn up in my local park is a Bernese Mountain Dog crossed with a Poodle. All these breeds apparently come from "breeders" with "papers." $4000 worth of cross breed with Bernese health problems.
  12. Dental - to pull or not to pull

    Dr Christine Hawke in Sydney is a specialist in animal dentistry. She is with Advanced Veterinary Dentistry.
  13. Joint Supplements

    I tried Antinol & 4cyte on my 5 yr old Giant with little success. What does work well with him is Paws Cosequin DS. I noticed a huge difference.
  14. Recommendations Orthopaedic Surgeon

    The RSPCA at Yagoona have a vet clinic where members of the public can take their animals for consultation. A few of my neighbours take their dogs there because it's cheaper. Maybe you could ring them & get a quote for the operations. They also have an eye clinic there but I think that is run by private specialists.
  15. Paralysed Dog

    Maybe try him on some of the Royal Canin wet pouches. My old Giant (nearly 16) was going off her food. I had some of the pouches for one of the other dogs & gave some to her. Just 1 morning & night mixed in with her normal food. She improved dramatically. Even her walking was better. They are chunks of meat in gravy. Probably like Mars bars for dogs. It made such a difference I have kept her on them. I am not a great fan of RC but I think these pouches are also designed to stimulate dogs appetite. Maybe try short term as a pick up & to get Tully eating again.
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