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  1. Cheapest price - dog transport Aussie to NZ

    But in this case, cheaper is definitely what I am after.
  2. Cheapest price - dog transport Aussie to NZ

    Thanks guys. Yes, I've been getting quotes from 2500 - 2900 aud for Brissie to Wellington. Even if I do all the legwork myself (not use a transport company), I can't get it under 2000 aud yet. I'll try Moorehome and Bay City, thanks.
  3. Hi guys, I'm after information about transporting dogs from Brisbane to NZ. It's all a bit up in the air right now, but my malinois might need medical treatment involving us taking a trip to Aussie at some point this year. I've sorted out the cheapest deal from NZ to Brissie I think (1.3k NZ not including vet checks or crate hire). But the Brissie to NZ leg seems to be stupidly expensive, and it's hard to find information about exactly what is required. I'm emailing lots of Aussie Pet Transport companies too, of course, but hopefully someone here will have some good info about how much it cost them to transport dogs on a similar route. Obviously I'm after the very cheapest deal possible, since the radiotherapy alone is scarily expensive. Thanks. PS - thanks for allowing this question in the Breeder's Forum, Troy!
  4. Gentamicin In Dogs

    Deafness + loss of balance is a recognised complication in a small % of dogs given ear meds containing gentamycin. Can happen even with intact ear drums, so vets have no way to predict which dogs will be affected this way. Its not just gentamycin either, several other antifungal + antibiotic drugs we use in the ear can sometimes be ototoxic. Deafness can of course also be caused by progression of an ear infection that is not successfully treated, so it's not always the fault of the meds when this happens.
  5. Fluoxetine decreases the reuptake of serotonin, prolonging its activity in the brain. Tryptophan is a precursor of serotonin. Serotonin syndrome can be seen with fluox overdoses in dogs, as well as from gross overdose of serotonin precursors. I would imagine that giving both substances together could potentiate the action of fluoxetine, and thereby increase the risk of serotonin syndrome. But I have no evidence that is actually the case, and have certainly not heard that giving both together is absolutely contraindicated. If you were my client, I would advise you to be very cautious with your dosing when adding tryptophan to fluoxetine, but ultimately, observing your own animal would guide our treatment decisions. . Also please remember to discuss any issues or suggestions raised on DOL with your vet, before changing up your dog's treatment regime. :)
  6. That's pretty relevant to one scenario, I was considering, Simply Grand - I'm a vet, and one recent case in particular sticks in my mind. Last month we had a fearful and aggressive, extremely ill, chihuahua whom we had in the hospital for several weeks. She screamed and fought and bit with any handling or restraint, no matter how gentle the restraint was, no matter if it was her owner or staff that were restraining her. It wasn't her illness - the owner said she had never been able to restrain the dog for anything the dog disliked. This dog was too ill for food to be a reinforcer. Too upset with us for petting or social contact to be a reinforcer. Too ill for us to dare to chuck sedatives or anxiolytics at her to facilitate handling. She was dangerous to staff and to herself - and unfortunately she was ill enough that we did need to get blood work done, imaging done, and an IV line in immediately. During her time in hospital the nurses would restrain her - as gently as possible! - for just as long as necessary to do whatever we needed to do, then release her. They'd try to make friends in between times - going up to her and talking nicely, not putting any pressure on her, just trying to get her used to being approached by staff. However by the end of her stay, she was still at least as terrified and aggressive as when she first came in. In retrospect, perhaps every time she was pinned down, if they waited until she was CALM until they released her, her stay would ultimately have been less terrifying for her? Idle thoughts. :p
  7. Unvaccinated Pets

    Little Gifts, most authorities now suggest that the core vaccines (parvo, distemper, hepatitis) should be given as a complete puppy course (with the last vaccine given after 12 or 16 weeks old) followed by a one year booster - after that, one year vaccines are generally neither beneficial nor necessary. I do my girl every 3 years now that she is an adult. We see parvo all the time at work - we have seen 2 cases of parvo in the last month, including a whole litter of babies that were put down as they were on death's door and the owners couldn't afford any type of intensive care - and I am so sick of that disease. IMO our focus needs to be on getting every single damn dog owner in Australasia to get the puppy series and one year booster. Those are the really important ones.
  8. Fungal Ear Infection And Dermotic

    Dermotic is a good product for yeast infections, and tends to clear them up nicely, so long as there's nothing else going on down there. It will take a while to work, and the ears will be moist until you stop using it. However if the infections persist or keep reoccuring, it's worthwhile doing a bit of investigating as to why this is happening. Dogs naturally have a certain amount of yeast growing in their skin and on their ears - it only grows out of control and causes problems if there is something harming the dog's natural skin defenses. Things that can predispose dogs to reoccuring ear infections include skin allergies, foreign bodies down the ear (some dogs need sedation to look right down to the canal and rule this out), getting water in the ears from frequent bathing or swimming or messy drinking, ear mites, or just having really dirty ears and needing the wax cleaned out (again, sometimes this needs to be done thoroughly under sedation), and having a middle ear infection (topical drugs like Dermotic can't reach the middle ear). As for plucking, I've seen plucking help with some dog ears, and make others worse. It really seems to depend on the dog. As a general rule I tell people, if your dog doesn't have ear problems, then keep doing what you are doing! If the dog gets re-occuring ear infections and has a lot of hair in his canals, then giving plucking a go is worthwhile (monitor the results, and stop doing it if it's not helping). If you are plucking and he is getting re-occuring ear infections - try stopping the plucking and monitor results, in case you're making matters worse by irritating the canal.
  9. Thanks Aidan. I wish Lindsay had gone into more depth - it seems like such a brief, throwaway paragraph to assert such a controversial statement in. Even just given us the % of dogs that he has worked with where he's had success with pure D&CC vs needing to resort to enforcing contact and then waiting the dog out would have been interesting.
  10. Bad Breath

    Dental is a good idea - it's very very hard to see the dog's molars, or the inside of any of the hind teeth, without anaesthetising the dog - so there could be nasty things going on back there.
  11. Prednisolone

    0.5 - 1 mg per kilogram is generally accepted as a low dose (so called "anti-inflammatory dose") of prednisone for a dog. So for a 19kg dog, 10 - 20 mg would be the correct anti-inflammatory starting dose. Pred is sometimes used at a much higher dose rate to achieve an immunosuppressive or anti-cancer effects, but at higher doses side effects are more common and often more severe when they do occur. Pred is usually tapered rather than stopped suddenly, especially if it is being given for a long time or at a high dose. The reason for that is when you give prednisone, this suppresses the body's natural ability to make endogenous steroids - so if you suddenly stop giving steroid medication the body can become too low in steroid. The worst case scenario is that this can cause an Addisonian crisis, which can be very dangerous.
  12. Hmmm, found it. :) He's talking specifically about dogs with fears associated with painful or uncomfortable handling procedures (grooming, nail clipping, veterinary procedures, etc). To quote the entire paragraph: “Some dogs appear to be more sensitive to touch and prone to develop persistent fears associated with discomfort and painful handling. The usual procedures used for resolving such problems employ some combination of graded interactive exposure with RP-CC. Although conscientious efforts should be made to counter-condition a fearful dog with treats and relaxing massage while it undergoes progressive exposure to the feared activity, it is imperative that avoidance and escape be blocked. Very often in such cases counterconditioning efforts will achieve only a small portion of the desired effect. Response prevention using physical restraint followed by massage as the animal begins to relax can be very useful. It is important for the dog to become relaxed before it is released from restraint. In the case of dogs that become highly reactive, they should be held in restraint (with massage) for an additional 3 minutes after the last strong effort to break free.” No references given. Page 158 in my hardcover edition of vol 3.
  13. Allergies

    To be perfectly honest, if you can't work out WHAT he's allergic to and avoid it, he will probably be on steroids and/or antihistimines on and off for his whole life. Your best bet is to systematically rule factors out, one at a time, until you work out what's causing him to flare up. The culprit has got to be either something he's exposed to in the environment, something he's eating, or an allergy to his natural skin flora (rarer, but I've seen it). First rule out anything in the environment - wandering dew is top of the list of suspects, although they can also be allergic to most other types of grasses and plants. They can be allergic to any chemicals or cleaning products you use inside the house, and to dust mites in the carpet. Changing to a novel protein diet can help, if he's allergic to a particular type of animal protein. Changing to a raw diet from kibble can help if your dog is allergic to grain or storage mites. With any diet change, you need to stick with the new diet exclusively for at least 6 weeks before you can be sure (even better - if you see a remission in the signs, add the suspect ingredient back in, and you'll see a skin flareup if you're right). I don't personally put a lot of stock in allergy blood tests - I haven't had much success with them - although the intradermal allergy testing can be helpful in determining exactly what's going on.
  14. Yes, in some ways it sounded like a similar concept to what I have read about BAT/CAT (teaching the dog that appropriate behavior removes pressure, whereas aggression does not). He did not go into the specifics or mechanics, so I'm unsure if he worried about the dog going over threshold while being restrained (compared to both BAT/CAT, where you're supposed to try to stay under threshold if you can). Also please note that he was specifically discussing dogs that react aggressively to being handled or restrained, hence the reason for enforced restraint until the dog realizes that being restrained is "safe" - I may not have explained that sufficiently well in my last post. I was particularly interested in that he seemed to present the pressure on/off technique as not only an alternative to D&C, but ultimately a more successful method. The man generally seems to be both educated and to have his head screwed on pretty well, so I'd be unwilling to dismiss what he says without further investigation, however it's not something I've heard much about before. :)