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  1. I like to start with blood tests - work from the inside out. A general blood work-up but also a specific test for Thyroiditis. This last, I prefer to have the bloods (which are spun down to serum) drawn and I send them over to Dr Jean Dodds (USA) ..... I trust her length and breadth of testing far more than I do any others, especially here, where it doesn't pick up thyroid issues until the condition is somewhat degenerated. If you do this, having Dr Jean Dodds also conduct a saliva test for protein/food sensitivities could also prove a helpful guide. Itching signals inflammation/heat, so
  2. I haven't been on this board for ages! A big coincidence that I've dropped in here. Delighted to see Calendula Tea continues to help many - such a benign treatment that is so incredibly helpful :D . If Steve is around she is free to counter me, but to answer your question IMO I don't think there's any harm offering the spent flowers at one go. If she's fed more than once a day, perhaps feed half with each meal. Listen to your dog. If she doesn't eat it, or goes off from eating it, then perhaps it's too much. Regards the Addisons Disease - I don't think the spent Calendula Tea flowers wo
  3. Using a leash, or using a crate (to which a dog should be crate trained first) is merely an aid to teaching your dog what you want. It does not have to be considered as a life-long measure (as that would not equate with "training") but simply as a benign way of teaching your dog what you do want whilst also preventing the habit of his history of learnt behaviour.
  4. It could be what the others have mentioned. But it also could be a sudden drop of progesterone - this is more likely in the event that she was desexed following ovulation. If this was to be the case, keep her in a calm environment and don't push her threshold levels, as nervous behaviours (which can exacerbate to aggressive behaviours) may become learned behaviour.
  5. Start with blood work up - especially a full thyroid panel test. That's my suggestion to begin with. Then think more on not what he is allergic to, but WHY is he allergic to it, why isn't his system coping. I'd avoid using any and all outside chemical treatments (directly and indirectly) as this can knock a system needing support, even further - where possible. I've covered a lot in my boys checkered and very sensitive health history and come a long way. To take that extra step I've recently seen dr Anne Neville at east west vet (vic). She said I'm on the right track with what I'm doing and
  6. I have to say I was quite disappointed in this thread people suggesting you should use rinses on your dogs rather than going down the diagnostic route at least to begin with. We need to stop touting calendula rinses as a miracle cure and suggest them as supplementary to actual diagnosis. I agree that ANY topical application ("rinses") should not be "touted ... as a miracle cure". I don't think that's been the case here though, nor in most of other posts written of it - posts I've read and also those I've written, suggest it as an aid to provide some relief whilst investigations to diagno
  7. Ok, so I'd go ahead with the hair-DNA test AND I'd ask for thorough blood test to rule out (or in) heavy metal toxins. (Don't want to be a scare mongerer, but fertiliser contaminants can remain in the soil for a long, long period of time - beyond current owner?? So whilst it is maybe unlikely to be an issue, bare it in mind.) I'm no Vet so I can only give you what I've learnt through personal experience. The Calendula Tea would only help the skin damage itself, not the cause of it.
  8. A couple of things first spring to mind in giving you some ideas/tips -: A further test you could run that might give you some more insight is a hair-DNA test. I run mine through Ross Wilson at Coburg Health and Nutrition here in Victoria. Not all or many people believe in them but I have found it helped me. The good thing is that you can arrange this simply by sending a hair sample in by post. You don't have to say what your dog's symptoms are. The only thing I do though is to let them know what medications my dog might have been on at the time (if any). This makes the result report ve
  9. thanks Erny for the info. Does the DNA Hair Test tells the genetic issues? I am new to this but I always assumed we can only test DNA for what type of dog breed and genetic / cell issues? No - the hair-DNA test has nothing to do with identifying genetics. It's a test where the hair tells the story of what is missing (in-depth nutritionally speaking i.e. vitamins, minerals, etc). IOW, it tells us what the body needs.
  10. +1 That is a theory I thought was a reasonable one as well, and it possibly is something worth trying as each dog is an individual. However, I gave my dog a bone which was still frozen and if anything, it caused him to become impatient (or maybe he didn't like the cold sensation on his teeth??) and so he swallowed it in big pieces rather than chewing through as he normally would, which is easier if unfrozen. So what I'm saying is to use caution with this.
  11. Good to hear this nice, welcoming news, Lorello. Good for you and for your Vet for getting your dog back :)
  12. I second this ^^ . Thanks Rappie.
  13. Agree with CrazyCresties. Pups don't know that the bones given were cut into swallow-able pieces. They simply learn that bite sized pieces can (and will) be swallowed. By nature, it's common instinct for animals to consume their food quickly when they can. When my boy first came home with me (8wo) he didn't want to give time to chewing either. I started him with chicken necks as anything larger was a bit big for him then. But I held on to the end of the chicken neck so he couldn't just inhale it and until he learnt to chew on it.
  14. Rubbing a dog's nose in his urine just encourages more anxiety. It is completely unnecessary. Agree (i.e. increases anxiety) and the action of rubbing the dog's nose in it does not pair with the soiling action and the fact that the action was done inside. We (humans) tend to presume so much of what a dog will take into account when we punish in such ways. Rubbing a dog's nose in its excrement as an intended means to toilet training has also tracked back in cases to : 1. Aggression 2. The dog hiding where it soils. Don't do it. To the OP - if your dog is now cocking his leg inside t
  15. I have had some successes via Hair-DNA testing and following the supplements recommended that accord with what the hair dictates. The hair is a pretty quick indicator of things being right or wrong. There are some who don't believe in this and maybe there are Hair-DNA testers who aren't that crash hot. I use Coburg Health & Nutrition (Ross Wilson) here in Victoria. The beauty of it is that your dog doesn't have to visit .... it's just a matter of sending a hair sample for testing. When you're stuck and feel at a dead-end, anything is worth a shot especially when it doesn't involve inv
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