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  • Birthday 03/03/1983

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    I'm studying to become a qualified veternarian.<br /><br />Im now into my second degree - from the first i become an animal geneticist, but decided i wanted more hands on contact with animals and have always wanted to be a vet. <br /><br />My interests include: behaviour, dogs, horses, zoo/exotic animals, conservation, reproduction and research.... basically all aspects of animals
  1. Severe Case Of "little Dog Sydrome"

    I did alot of training with him years ago when i had more time. I don't let him run up to dogs but i want him to meet other dogs, so i will let him talk on lead. I understand the risk of running up to large dogs so i am careful. He is worse on leads, i realise that, but still off lead he is will run up. He sits for dinner and when i want him to do stuff, but he does have a cheeky/naughty streak in him, he is a terrier remember lol Leadership wise - i do have leadership, but i am doing another degree and 2 jobs so time is very minimal these days. His general behaviour: nervous, anxious, has noise phobias and barks abit.. He is a lovely boy though but has his problems. He has a another dog (a sheltie) that he lives with. I did recently find out that he is starting to get night blindness.
  2. Hi everyone, i have a 8yr old silky X terrier MN and he has the worst case of little dog syndrome. He growls at larger dogs and runs straight up to them. Tail high and straight but wagging. so how do i train this out of him? Any ideas would be helpful.
  3. Weeing Too Much

    Some dogs after surgery do lose a little bit of sphincter control as oestrogen is a hormone that helps close the urethra so nothing goes up there etc. but the decrease usually isnt enough in like 99% of pups to cause a prob. With the fluids i she would have pee'd that out long ago like in a day or so... if you do look at her wee, and its really clear (ie dilute) then get a sample and take it to a vet ... hhmn not sure if i would use the frying pan after collection... tehehehe.. unfortunately for me, i have to catch it in a lttle kidney dish or container... gloves are a god sent!! But i think u just keep persisting with house training.. puppies only get control of their bladder (by their brains) at 4months old so she only really getting the hang of everything.
  4. How Much Do You Pay For 20 Mg Fortekor?

    you poor thing, cardiomyopathy is draining... im sure the clinic i work at charges less for the 28 packet of fortekor (dont quote me but i will have a look on sunday when i am there)... but in pretty sure its alot less than $104 per packet. have a google search for a vet called Richard Malik.. he is a feline specialist but a very smart man and has been in the business for a very very long time and may be able to point you in the right direction with meds and alternatives, cheaper vets etc... good luck...
  5. Male Desexing Implant

    sorry i haven't heard anything.. ... doesnt it only lst for a couple of months so you need to keep getting it done? i dont know anythinga bout it, but i dont know if i would want to playing about with the hormones like that
  6. Chipped Tooth

    dogs need their canines to rip thru the meat and hard food, so i would get it checked out just in case, you would rather pay say a $100 bill for a check up than a $400 bill for a dental... if you can see a hole up the middle (ie the canal) then it needs to be checked as thats where the nerve goes..
  7. i think heartworm test first, then get onto interceptor and then use advantix - that would be your easiest bet i reckon! have fun in Qld!
  8. Red Itchy Spot On Ear

    just a site i found.... Ear Mites Race Foster, DVM Marty Smith, DVM Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc. There are several types of mites that can invade the ear canals of dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens. The same mite can affect both dogs and cats. In the puppy and kitten, the most common ear mite is Otodectes cynotis. It is not important in the diagnosis and treatment of ear mites to identify the exact scientific type of mite. Regardless of the exact mite species involved, we usually refer to mites of the ear canal simply as ear mites. Contrary to popular belief, however, is the fact that ear mites can live anywhere on the animal's body. How are the mites transmitted? Ear mites are extremely contagious. They can be passed from the mother animal to her offspring. Additionally, the mites are easily spread to other pets within the household including cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, mice, ferrets, etc. Humans are not affected. What are the symptoms? Puppies and kittens with ear mites will scratch around their ears and/or shake their heads. The amount of scratching and shaking depends on the severity of the mite infestation. With more advanced infestation, the ear canals will bleed and either fresh or dried blood will appear inside the canal. Dried blood resembles coffee grounds. If you peer into your pet's ears and notice a build-up of a material that looks like 'coffee grounds,' then your pet probably has ear mites, although a bacterial and/or yeast infection is also a possibility. Ear mites are very common, but still serious. Left untreated, they severely damage the ear canals and eardrum and can cause permanent hearing loss. If mites spread out of the ears to other areas of the body, the animal may or may not scratch the area. What is the management? Various commercial ear preparations are available to kill the mites. These products contain an insecticide, usually pyrethrin. Ear products without an insecticide will not kill the mites. Ivermectin, fipronil (Frontline), and selamectin (Revolution) have also been used by some veterinarians. (Milbemycin (Interceptor) and Acarexx, a form of ivermectin have recently been approved for the treatment of ear mites in cats.) Depending upon the medication used, the ears may need to be treated two to four weeks until all mites are killed. As previously mentioned, many ear mites live all over the body, including the feet and tail. These areas should also be treated. Most products designed for fleas and ticks such as sprays, dips, and shampoos, which contain one of the above ingredients will be effective. Be sure to use products approved for use on dogs, and to treat the tail. This is because while sleeping, the tail is curled around the puppy's body where it lies in close contact with the ear. Because mites are very easily transferred between pets, it is best if all pets in the household receive simultaneous treatment. Most types of mites do not survive long off the pets, so the treatment of the house and yard is usually not necessary. Can I get ear mites from my pet? Ear mites are not considered to be a zoonotic disease (disease which can be transmitted from animals to humans).
  9. Worried About Sophie

    although vitamins are great... just be careful! vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and they tend to be easily stored in the body and can then toxicity can cause a decrease in absorption of vitamin k (which is needed for blood clotting). Selenium and vit E do work hand in hand together (anti-oxidants) and both have roles in the immune system (but i dont think that means they will stop cancer). but selenium can be toxic so again just be careful. the fish oil is good for arthritis too, i am in no way meaning to scare you but i dont think you should just rely on vitamins. Have a chat to your vet and see if there are any tests you can do! and maybe both you and the vet can work out appropriate dose rates of the vitamins (and perhaps figure out which is the cheapest way) is the lump where she gets her vaccinations? as sometimes dogs get lumps at vaccination sites... or it could be lipoma.. which is a fatty deposit under the skin - what does it feel like and how big is it (in cm)? Well good luck! keep us posted... Bree
  10. Nothing Here

    its like don't press the RED button or don't think about pink elephants.... of course you are going to come and have a look... i fell for it also!! tehehe
  11. Red Itchy Spot On Ear

    i would get the vet to check it over, it could be mites like BC said, and although calamine is great, it won't get rid of an infection if there is one, it will only dampen it and allow it to sit there and not clear up entirely..
  12. General Heath Information

    thats good info, can i ask where its from? just wanna back it up and put in it my book all flea products will tell you to wait 24-48hours after washing your dog to apply the treatment as any kind of washing will strip the coat of the sebum. and if you apply right after a bath dogs and cats can get contact irritations from the liquid as it just sits there and doesn't move
  13. Dirty Ears

    epi-otic is fine to use regularly, its a vet use ear cleanser and is very gentle to use. but normally you dont clean dog's ears that regularly.... i think before you go and buy ear canker drops and everything, just double check with the vet (as they are the ones who should know and you don't want to double dose). does she have really hairy ears? sometimes they can cause the wax to clog up and stay in there as they can't get/shake the wax out...just a thought.
  14. Malasab

    you are looking about between $23-$35 roughly depending on what size you get. there is a 250mL and a 1L bottle. it is good stuff though and lasts awhile... but i know what you mean when money is tight! good luck. If you have any calamine lotion you could try putting that on to soothe the skin or aloe vera. good luck
  15. Aussie Brags

    CONGRATS! well done