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  1. I guess I just entered into the real world and my $650+ dental estimate is the norm and not the exception. At least my $450 Embrace wellness insurance reimbursement will cover a large part of the bill, but then I will have used up my wellness reimbursement alotment for the annual premium year, which becomes effective March 2, 2021-March 1, 2022. Thanks everyone for my enlightenment.
  2. Since hound owners on Greytalk are from all over the place, I'd like to get an idea as to how much your vet charges for a dental, to include sedation for anesthesia, IV catheterization, anesthesia, IV fluid, hospitalization, disposable materials, biohazard fee, chemical blood panel, I/H CBC panel, and I/H add-on Lyte 4 (all the things that are listed on my dental estimate). In other words, the total fee. My new vet bought my former vet's business recently (clients and building), so I expected prices to be a bit higher, but the estimate I got yesterday shocked me (over $650) because it is
  3. Maybe drinking the water too fast at times? If so, perhaps someone on this forum can give you some tips to slow the drinking down?
  4. Same with my Sheba. Her fur is soft and fluffy anyway, and boy does it come out this time of year. Although I vacuum a couple times a week, I often forget about under the bed. Was in the living room looking into the bedroom the other day and thought one of her toys was under the bed--not--it was a pile of fur! Must remember to vacuum under the bed more often.
  5. My friend cooks chicken necks in a slow cooker for 24 hours, then mashes it up. She adds cooked brown rice, cooked carrots, cooked green beans, and oatmeal, all mashed together. She adds it to kibble. You could try adding the mix to your kibble slurry. I tried my hand at it. Slow cooked the chicken necks (about 3 pounds) for 24 hours, used an imersion blender to mash it up. Also used the imersion blender to mash the cooked carrots and green beans. Mixed the mashed necks, mashed veggies, and cooked rice (I only had white rice) together. Had no oatmeal. Added the mix to kibble each meal. Sh
  6. Sheba gets fed twice a day, 7 am and 4:30 pm. She starts working on me an hour before the 4:30 pm feeding, barking mostly. I simply ignore her by going into my computer room and shutting the door for the next hour. She's not starving, just trying to get my attention. If she can last from 4:30 pm until 7 am the next morning, she can wait an hour before dinnertime.
  7. Very logical thinking on your part and I applaud it. He is what he is and you love him for it.
  8. I have a black female turning gray who turns 13 come January (have had her since she was almost 2), has hip arthritus and is undergoing treatments and meds for it, barks all the time (most at me for attention), has sleep startle, has space issues, doesn't like to cuddle, and hates cats, squirrels, skateboarders, bicyclists, motorcycles, lawn/leaf blowers, and motorcycles. But I still love her to pieces.
  9. Sheba has the same thing from time to time. I consider it some sort of mucus and just wipe it off. Others might have different advice or concerns.
  10. I agree with all posters' advice. My Sheba bit my then 3-year-old niece when I had Sheba for about 9 months. It was my fault for not paying enough attention, not Sheba's fault, not my niece's fault, my fault. Sheba has sleep startle, is a resource guarder, does not like to be cuddled at any time, especially when on her beds, and in general is a snarky lady. Everyone in my immediate friend/family chain knows this and follows my rules. You have asked for advice. Advice and suggestions have been given. If you and your family choose not to follow this advice, I suggest you rehome Alfie to ano
  11. Nothing doing for me this year. Will be putting up Christmas decorations and sorting gifts to begin the process of wrapping and mailing (early).
  12. Sheba once ate a half tub of butter at one of my lunch parties and had all the ladies hysterically laughing at how quick she was. They still laugh about it. No ill effects.
  13. My Sheba growls and snarls at me somewhat frequently, but typically only when her sleep is interrupted. She doesn't sleep with me (thank goodness!), but when on her bed on the floor at the foot of my bed, she will growl and snarl when I unintentionally interrupt her sleep--coming back to bed from the bathroom in the middle of the night is typically when it happens. I just tell her to be quiet and all goes back to normal. She does have sleep startle so everyone knows to leave her alone when she's on one of her various beds.
  14. My dogsitter friend with two greyhounds has a Kia Soul, and her two travel quite well in her car. The back seats fold down for plenty of room. It's also less expensive than SUVs. I have a Nissan Cube (no longer available), and my one hound rides quite well in the far back, leaving the back seat available for people or other items. The Cube back seats also fold down but I don't need to do that for one hound.
  15. In the first year of my having Sheba, she bit my then 3-year-old great-neice near her eyebrow. Apparently the wee one either got too close to Sheba or tried to take a toy or treat away. My fault, wasn't paying attention. All ended well but it was really scary at the time. I think the kids need to be older.
  16. I finished entering all the required info about Sheba recently but didn't choose to do any related substudies.
  17. We change a week later here. Sheba is on tummy time, too. I'm typically visiting Spain when their time changes. Not this year, sigh...
  18. Maybe a short ear and neck scratch request about once a day from Sheba, but that's it in 11 years.
  19. Gross but since I have a health issue, I often wonder who will poop first, me or Sheba!
  20. The Iams green bag minichunks helped Sheba get firmer poops.
  21. Sheba has had sleep startle for all of the 12 years I've had her. Fortunately she doesn't like to sleep with me on the bed and sleeps on her own bed at the foot of my bed. When I sometimes get up at night to go to the bathroom, she snarls and grouses because I disturbed her. Everyone has learned to leave her alone when she's on her various beds throughout the house, sleeping or not, as she reacts negatively. I suggest you not allow him to sleep in the bed with you. You probably will get bitten at some point. You can train him to sleep on his own bed near you, just not on your bed.
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