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  1. As far back as you can possibly reach, hold his snout closed, rub the throat gently until he swallows.
  2. This is very controversial here, warning, but if your dog is in the ballpark of 75 pounds, one option is to use 7.5mg generic human metacam and half the pill, and then it's very affordable. I've done it with two dogs with no problems. Regardless of the source, with any NSAID you should do bloodwork before starting and then routinely if using daily.
  3. It shouldn't have any impact on mental health at all, it's an anti-inflamatory. That said, sometimes pain can cause the dog to be unsettled, they have trouble getting comfortable, etc. so you may see a reduction in pacing, getting up and down constantly, etc. if it works.
  4. Patrick took metacam (well, human meloxicam) periodically for years and then daily for about three, when the Tramadol alone stopped working it made a huge difference in his quality of life (arthritis). Never had a single issue, not symptom wise or in terms of bloodwork. Not terribly relevant, but I had a rabbit on Metacam for about five years, never had a single issue either. Rimadyl is banned in our house due to a bad experience.
  5. Yes, Henry's got a liver value that can be funky sometimes, but no health problems at all.
  6. Are you letting him outside / walking him after dinner. Around here, that's a sign they need to poop, which eating seems to trigger.
  7. I'm so sorry, I'm hoping you are able to have some more time with him.
  8. I don't know if it's what's happening here, but territory marking can absolutely happen in neutered males, and in large quantities. While you try other things, make sure you've throughly cleaned where he's peed with an enzyme based cleaner, in case that's what's going on.
  9. I would pick up a very light fleece coat, and something waterproof--both should last a long time wear you live. Even if you're doing yard turnouts, in the heavy rain you may not want a soaking wet dog coming back inside. For fleece, my boys wear: http://www.greyhoundfleecejackets.com(the single fleece for NC) For rain: http://www.chrisanthemums.com/chrisanthemums/raincoat/windbreaker/178-raincoat/windbreaker.html Get it a little big and she can wear the fleece under it if needed. Both have held up well to washing-I've had the rain coats for 3 years, and my oldest fleece from Carol is at least 8 years old (it got a lot more use in DE).
  10. I've paid, I've not had to pay, both good vets. $140 seems really excessive though.
  11. I'm so sorry, so sorry, it really does sound like it's time to let Speed go, but I think you know that. I'm sorry that your BF can't be supportive.
  12. Some dogs (Henry) do seem always hungry, others not--Leo is currently back on a semi-starvation strike. Cooked frozen green beans have worked well here when Henry needed to be on a diet, I just cook 3 days or so at once and put them in the fridge, assuming medical issues have been ruled out and the amount of calories offered is appropriate, she might try that.
  13. You're not a pest at all, we love helping new parents. If she's getting real sardines, I'd stick with just those, they're a great source of calcium and good oils. Or if you want to, add human grade fish oil instead of the cod liver oil.
  14. If she gets fussy about the portable water ball, try a plastic cup--mine have all preferred those for some reason.
  15. Under these circumstances, muzzle or crate. But some dogs can get into an amazing amount of trouble even muzzled. If she does get something hard/sharp and non-poisoners, give her some bread to cushion it. Henry is bad about getting into things (although not quite this bad), since keeping the entire house picked up perfectly just wasn't happening, we now baby gate them in the family room. It's much easier to keep one room spotless, and they're hardly suffering with furniture to lounge on and I have two of their dog beds, their toys, and their water in there. Could this help? Maybe you'll have to find a room where you can lock the door (with a indoor lock the fire department can easily open)?
  16. Thanks, I've fed Diamond in the past (different dog) and I think I stopped over a food contamination issue, but really what food hasn't had that in the last 15 years.
  17. I've had better luck with a large plastic cup. Like you'd buy for summer picnicking. I don't fuss too much about the amounts, throw some in and stir a lot.
  18. That sounds lovely! Seriously, it's your wedding, as long as you're not hurting anyone, do what you want. If you've picked wedding colors, maybe collars in those colors? Sort of like bridesmaids/groomsmen.
  19. All good today, not even any tummy upset from the antibiotics
  20. No, he's been eating Costco Lamb and Rice for the last four years, good to know about the fish oil, I'll ask the vet about whether we should stop that.
  21. What are the pain meds? Is she taking an antibiotic? I'd have her rechecked today if at all possible. You might also try some broth in her water, sometimes that will get them to drink, or even just broth if she'll take it.
  22. Heard from the vet, blood work is all basically fine, except his pancreas levels are up and it's a bit inflamed, so he's going on anti-nausea meds and a broad-spectrum antibiotic. Hopefully this will all resolve itself.
  23. Leo's at the vet, his vet will see him in between surgeries. He still seems fine, just hungry.
  24. Gums, completely normal. Skin tenting, completely normal. Temperature is fine. He would eat, but I don't feel comfortable letting him. I think unless things go south, the plan is vet first thing in the morning, just to be sure.
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