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  1. If you take newspaper or cheap paper plates outside with you, you can stop bad poop from hitting the ground at all. It's easy to clean up if the dog's having soft poop, and easy to collect a sample for the vet. (I say "cheap paper plates" only because you want a plate that's flexible enough to enclose in a poop bag.) Put a clean poop bag over your hand. Hold the paper plate in that hand. When the dog starts to go, slip the plate under. (The first time, your dog's reaction may be "What the---?", but they get used to it.) Catch the poop. Curl the plate a bit as necessary and pull the poop bag down off your hand so it encloses the plate. I can't comment on the current protocols. The last time I had a dog with hooks was 2016, when the hooks were still relatively easy to treat. He and my girl get retested every year, and they're fine. I buy Interceptor and Bravecto at Allivets.com. I buy six months' worth at a time for two dogs.
  2. Lucy's kibble has all the moisture removed, so it looks like a lot less than it really is. The meat/rice mixture still has all the moisture.
  3. KF_in_Georgia


    I'm so so sorry to read this. She'll be missed. Godspeed, Lexie.
  4. Get her an inflatable e-collar. Lots of dogs start to panic if they get water in their ears. The e-collar will keep her head above the water. Savvy greyhound owner Jennifer Bachelor maintains a blog with posts about training her agility dogs, training obedience, and training well-rounded dogs. She has dogs that swim, and links to some of her articles on the blog's swimming tag are here: http://neversaynevergreyhounds.blogspot.com/search/label/Riley Swimming
  5. Try to get a video for her vet to see. On the video, talk to her, make sure to get a shot of her face and any eye movement, etc. You want the vet to see all the perplexing stuff.
  6. Brush daily. Once food has set on the teeth for 24 hours, it's plaque. A friend of mine has a blog post with info on toothbrush, toothpaste, and a video. http://neversaynevergreyhounds.blogspot.com/search/label/Teeth
  7. I went to smaller meals more often when my oldie, Sam, went off his food. With him, he was just too feeble to stand and eat a full meal. You'd think he could just eat a bit, then come back later, but I'm not sure that occurred to him. He also stopped eating hard kibble. Sort of the opposite problem from yours. I started grinding 3 cups of his kibble in the food processor each morning, then adding a scoop of that to whatever special stuff I could entice him to eat: oatmeal, yogurt, Ensure liquid--whatever. He had gotten to the point where he'd eat the special food and lick the kibble clean, so if the kibble was too small to just lick clean, he'd go ahead and eat it. That at least guaranteed that he was getting enough calories of stuff that wouldn't upset his stomach. But Sam was taking pain meds for arthritis, and when we had a night where he panted all night and didn't sleep at all, I told him he wouldn't have to have another night like that. We went to McDonald's that morning and got him sausage-cheese biscuits, then went to the vet. (Sam was starting to smell funny--almost amonia-like breath--and the vet figured his kidneys were packing up.)
  8. Jumbo cotton balls and an ear cleaning solution. (I don't have a preference.) Soak the ball in the solution. Hold the cotton in your hand a moment so it warms up. Put the ball in the dog's ears and massage the ear from the outside. Then wipe inside briefly with the cotton and remove it. Repeat on the other ear. Different cotton balls in each ear to avoid spreading any infection from one ear to the other. If you wind up with too much solution in the dog's ears, you can put a dry cotton ball in and massage to dry it out. If you ever have to put a liquid medicine in your dog's ears, work outside. The dog will shake his head when the liquid hits and you'll have solution everywhere.
  9. Also be careful of medicines and supplements intended for humans. I've heard of Melatonin flavored with Xylitol, children's liquid Benadryl (being used for allergies on a small dog) flavored with Xylitol to make it more palatable to children. There's a reason my girl chomped down on my thumb when I tried to shove pills down her throat this morning. No Xylitol in the pills.
  10. If you give aspirin, a vet will have to wait through the wash-out period before you can give a heftier pain reliever. And aspirin may cause more bleeding (it's a blood thinner). If your vet's office has an answering machine, leave a message, asking the vet to call a prescription for a pain med to a local pharmacy. (You name the pharmacy and give their phone number.) I think you want a new vet--one who won't leave you with a dog in pain without also leaving pain meds. One possibility is a veterinary dermatologist. (Just google those two words and add your zip code to find one near you.) My girl is seeing a dermatologist over her nails--but hers definitely isn't SLO and she isn't losing nails. (He thinks it's vasculitis.) But my guy said SLO isn't one disease: It's a term encompassing a few different nail problems that manifest similar symptoms and thus get lumped all together, so maybe that's why your vet says it isn't SLO.
  11. When the glands are working properly, there should be a little of the fluid expressed when the dog poops (or is frightened). I had a boy that pooped on puppy pads when the weather was bad, and you often could see the fluid hit the pad before anything else did.
  12. We're using Pet.ReLeaf, Hemp Oil 700. I've bought it at a local pet boutique. The bottle is about 30 droppers full for $36. I squirt a dropperful on a piece of bread for each dog. Recommended dosage for dogs 50-75 pounds is two droppersful a day, one dose (on an empty stomach) in the morning, one at night. I don't like the idea of doping my dogs day in and day out through the rainy season. I found I could wait until the thunder started to give Pet.ReLeaf, and my 11yo Jane would calm down very quickly, so I'm not having to keep the dogs on it all the time. And it doesn't seem to matter if she just had dinner
  13. Is she aware of you when you talk to her? If you call her? I'm wondering about "absence seizures." Jacey could walk up to her food dish and forget what to do next. She was 8 at the time, and I lost her not long afterward from a totally unrelated issue.
  14. Heartworm preventative, dewormers, etc. We use all of those to protect our dogs. What makes Bravecto more dangerous than those? At least with a pill you don't risk spreading a toxin to other people or pets in the household, the way you do with a topical. Capstar, the pill that kills fleas quickly, is considered safe enough for puppies and is used in veterinary hospitals to prevent incoming patients from bringing in hordes of fleas. Some dogs have had bad reactions to Bravecto. Around here, the problem med has been Heartgard Plus, which gave my dogs diarrhea (from the flavoring rather than the active ingredients), so even the "harmless" part of anything can cause a problem. This household has used Bravecto without a problem for several years now.
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