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About sandgrubber

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  1. Getting A New Maltalier Puppy.

    I've lived around pot heads with dogs (including my father, which may be why I don't smoke). I've never sensed that the smoke harmed the dog... though being zoned out sometimes leads to inconsistent training and care.
  2. Cats may get Covid19

    Yes. I'm in NZ. The ferret thing may be a worry here as mustalids are widespread... I don't think anyone has looked at whether stoats can catch or carry. Not many tears if they get hit hard.
  3. Cats may get Covid19

    Note this is in Nature... Top of the pecking order for science journals https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00984-8 Coronavirus can infect cats — dogs, not so much But scientists say it’s unclear whether felines can spread the virus to people, so pet owners need not panic yet.
  4. Antihistamine recommendations

    Sympathy, but no wisdom to share. Poor baby. It's awful to be itchy.
  5. Petting dogs & Covid-19

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/03/18/coronavirus-dogs-pets/ Bottom line is no surprise. No decent research. Your own dog, probably fine unless you are infected. Best to be cautious about other peoples' dogs. Interesting that dogwalking is permitted in the Bay Area lock down.
  6. Tasty food

    I don't know what Hamish is suffering from. When Patty was on her last legs, prednisone took her from not eating to normal Labrador food gusto. She still went downhill, but I think she was happier as she went to the end of her road.
  7. Messy Diagnosis & Treatment

    Follow up. I was immediately left sad by the absence of a warm body and eyes and wagging tail. As time goes on I'm finding the other dogs fill in the gaps. I don't think they are in mourning. Quite the opposite. Bonza, Patty's mother, age 10, has been more playful and Yoli, the youngest, has been less naughty. No point interpreting... only to say that there's more to dog society than I can predict.
  8. Occasionally one of my dogs gets the shits, making it almost impossible to pick up poos. I generally try to look innocent and put grass clippings or dirt over it. Then stomp the mess down a bit. Curios to know what other people do.
  9. Dogs' noses: heat detection

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/new-sense-discovered-dog-noses-ability-detect-heat Extract Dogs’ noses just got a bit more amazing. Not only are they up to 100 million times more sensitive than ours, they can sense weak thermal radiation—the body heat of mammalian prey, a new study reveals. The find helps explain how canines with impaired sight, hearing, or smell can still hunt successfully.
  10. Messy Diagnosis & Treatment

    I feel selfish saying so, but it's a relief. Patty was an excellent bed dog. Sharing a bed with a seriously ill dog, then worrying through vet appointments, wears you down.
  11. On collar tags

    There have been a few permanent on collar (not dangling) dog tags recommended here. Here's another one that looks good. The link below will give you a $5 discount. http://roadid.me/oOsNr
  12. Messy Diagnosis & Treatment

    Patty is now at rest next to her grandmother. I've never lost a dog as young as 6 1/2 years. It's hard. But watching slow and painful deterioration would have been worse.
  13. Messy Diagnosis & Treatment

    Just spoke with the vet. She said it was likely to be a long painful end, so I've booked Patty in for the green dream tomorrow morning. :-(
  14. Messy Diagnosis & Treatment

    This morning Patty didn't stand up, much less come up on the bed, for morning cuddles. I fear she's on the way out.
  15. Messy Diagnosis & Treatment

    Prednisone gives a boost, if nothing else, by increasing appetite. A Labrador refusing food is a worry, and not eating for a few days must bring a dog down. Patty is now gobbling down chicken necks (just learned that a local meat distributor sells them in 10 kg lots at a reasonable price) and her poos have firmed up. At least I'm sleeping better. So hard to say whether she's improving or I'm deluding myself, and all indicators are that the prednisone improvement will be short lived. To ward off false hope I've been digging a hole...hopefully not a grave... but useful for poo disposal if no miracle happens.