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  1. What sort of stomach bug? I used to breed Labs and have brought 100+ pups to at least 8 weeks. Don't remember ever encountering a tummy bug. Have had pups puke from eating too much or too fast, but not often. Have had pups get VERY carsick and scare their new owners... before I decided it's best to fast them for several hours before travel. If the pup is showing serious Sicky signs, see a vet. Infections can wipe out little guys pretty badly.
  2. That's about what I paid in Perth, years back. It's worth noting all frames aren't equal. Some sources give you skin and a LOT of fat along with the frame, others give you just bone with a little meat clinging to it. My cheaper source was very fatty. I had mostly Labbies, and had to trim of a lot of fat lest the dogs develop a layer of blubber.
  3. Not so different than people. Some like cuddles better than others. Sometimes it depends on who is doing the cuddling, and how they do it . . . and the mood the dog is in.
  4. OMG that's horrible! Can someone recommend a good article on hookworm, including geography, drug resistance, avoidance, treatment etc. I've never encountered this paracite, and always assumed it was a problem 'somewhere else'.
  5. Lagottos require critical sorting. High prices and a rare breed mean some people have been breeding from anything they can get. Temperament faults and or health problems can be concerns. Not saying don't. Just be careful.
  6. You can find Labs with lighter structure. Look for working Labs, not show. People who breed for Guide Dogs may be able to help
  7. My new place is great, but the gardens and orchard show the effect of six months of neglect. The girls are getting their first exposure to sheep...The neighbors have three of them in my small paddock, securely fenced. I hope they soon decide sheep are boring. They've barked a few times, but don't seem THAT interested. Pictures to follow next week when I get my internet installed.
  8. On the ferry. Should be on South Island in a bit more than an hour. I thought I could stay in the car with the dogs, but no...Had to leave them. It's been a rough crossing. Hope they're not Sicky. Tomorrow we'll be at my new place... At last.
  9. Have been visiting the girls in quarantine for the last few days. NZ quarantine is not all that bad or that expensive. It's all the testing before and the transport costs that get you. The facility is as it has to be . . . dogs never leave easily cleanable surfaces, kennels are pretty large, but there's no access to exercise areas. But the people are nice and pretty informal, and they obviously love dogs. You have to wear white coats when visiting, but it's clearly a beaurocrat's joke. My dogs jump all over me and unbutton the white coat and generally max out body contact, so the silly white coat wouldn't do much good if a disease was lurking. I guess they get something serious once in a blue moon, but mostly, everyone is healthy. I want so badly to let them run and get some exercise. Only two more days. Then we drive four or five hours, stay overnight, drive again, take the ferry, and about an hour later we could be to the new place!!!!
  10. The girls are now in quarantine. Jane, at Auckland quarantine writes that they are doing well, though my old girl looks confused. I'd say she has every reason to be confused. I'm still in the US packing (ugh). Miss the girls, but they wouldn't have been much help packing. I fly out on Sunday . . . arrive Tuesday. Thanks Baronia for the info/link and thanks everyone for the support. I'm not getting any younger and decided if I was going to move back to Oceania, I'd better do it while I have the strength to move.
  11. The first leg was a grand mess, though the outcome was ok. The pet transport company worked really hard on the import requirements but totally forgot about domestic travel requirements. So I showed up at the loading dock at 7:30 am and they say: "Where's your health clearance?" Turns out a vet has to sign off within ten days of a domestic flight, but no one warned me. I was 2 hours away from home, in a city I don't know well, fortunately, with a friend who is a good navigator. Lots of calls to lots of vets. They all have surgery in the morning and can't see us until afternoon. Meanwhile we miss two possible flights. Finally get a veterinary booking at 1 pm, and a booking for a flight where they load at 2 pm. The vet charged $240 for taking temps, looking in their mouths, and listening to their chests, then filling out a simple form. Took all of 15 minutes. Horrible flight. One stop, with 2 hours lay over. But the dogs did make it to LA, and the pictures I've been sent look as though they are reasonably happy. On to Auckland in another hour or two. That's presuming no one has screwed up on the very complicated paperwork..
  12. After all the months of vaccinations and blood tests and wormings and paperwork, it's finally happening. My three fly to New Zealand on Tuesday. I follow five days later. It's a long flight. The dogs get to overnight in Los Angeles before flying on to get put in quarantine in Auckland. I know, they'll be fine. They are three generations, mother, daughter, grand daughter, and very close. So they'll have one another. Or so I keep telling myself. But I'm so unnerved, and my stomach won't settle. Not much I can do about it, though.
  13. No one can answer this question without knowing the actual medications used. If it's Ivermectin, as in Heartgard, and your dogs are not intolerant of the drug (unlikely with rotties, and if they are, they'd probably be dead by now) then there's little harm done by additional doses. The DIY heartworm prevention measures, using feedstore Ivermectin, often end up giving doses that are five or ten times the dose in Heartgard, with no ill effect. However, showdog is right. No advantage to doubling up. And really, no need to worm monthly unless you are in some unusual environment where worms are extra abundant. In the long term, I'd ditch the annual heartworm jab and just use the monthly dose. It's not unknown for dogs to have bad reactions, sometimes very bad reactions, to the annual heartworm. Btw, what meds for worms really depends on what worms your dogs have. Tapeworm does not respond to many wormers.
  14. what you can get out of ultrasound depends greatly on the equipment and the training of the techs. Back when I was breeding in WA, Murdoch vet school was letting well trained techs use top quality equipment and their counts were good (my girls typically had 9 or 10 pups . . .they generally came within one . . . sometimes they would say something like 10, but two are poorly attached and may not make it. Murdoch stopped offering the service. It's hard to find a good radiographer for this procedure.