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  1. Good point re UTI we will check this out but also re going out, this winter Daisy has slowed right down - she used to go outside at any opportunity but now we have to persuade her to get out of bed!
  2. Thank you very much. I'm in the UK and it looks like this product will be difficult to get hold of but I'll definitely try to find something similar of it exists. Much appreciated.
  3. We've got a 12 yo girl who is constantly licking and I think she has maybe had a few different issues which have made it difficult for us and the very to work out what is going on. Daisy has had ongoing difficulties with her anal glands which, despite trying different foods, she needs to have expressed every 3 months when she needs this done a usual sign is lots of licking. However about 12 months ago she started licking and biting her back legs too, the vet suggested Apoquel which completely stopped it, this seemed to wear off progressively and the itching returned - we then stopped the
  4. Thank you all for your kind words. Today Sparky had his x-ray, it was very bad: a large bone tumour. Given Sparky's arthritis the vet thought that amputation wasn't an option at all and my mum agreed with this, she knew him best. We didn't wake him up. We had a lovely morning before this, for an unknown reason Sparky and me bonded like I've never bonded with any other dog, he got so excited to see me, then we took a very slow walk around my mum's garden, I hugged him for a wonderful hour before we went to the vet's and they sedated him straight away so he wasn't waiting around
  5. Thank you. We will keep an open mind. Although the thought of amputation horrifies my mum. Did your hound receive chemo as well? I worry that there aren't as many options where we live (UK).
  6. Thank you. Can I ask, before the amputation, how was your 12yo's pain, and general health, Sparky seems so sick it's hard to imagine recovering? What was life like after recovery from the surgery?
  7. I know there isn't an easy answer but I was hoping for other's thoughts on our situation: My mum's 11 year old boy, Sparky, has slowed down a lot in the past 12 months. In the last couple of months has been having some stiffness in his rear right leg after exercising, my mum asked their vet (who was visiting the house to treat one of her sheep) to examine him and he suspected arthritis and prescribed paracetamol, Tramadol (and a 3rd, one-per day med that I can't remember now, I'm sorry). However after the examination Sparky became completely lame in the rear leg, hopping on the other leg,
  8. Thanks all, sorry I didn't respond for a while, lots going on. Charlie isn't on any meds at all - We're in the UK and my understanding is that we're a bit behind in terms of how vets approach long term anxiety conditions. Greysmom, what type of supplements have you used?
  9. I didn't know whether to post in the behaviour or medical... I've posted before about my now 9yo male grey Charlie. He's very sensitive and after a couple of dog attacks became very reactive. After firework season he takes a long time to calm down and remains really sensitive to similar noises which can last for months eg fizzy drinks bottles or cans hissing. His thundershirt helped a great deal with his recovery after last November. However his/our problem seems to have changed - obviously I've no idea what he's thinking but he appears to get very anxious when he's expecting somethi
  10. I've been giving our 10yo girl Apoquel for about 6 days and it's bad a profound effect on her night time itching. However I've come across some info on the internet about Apoquel and cancer. Given it's more anecdotal than anything but it's got me worried. Does anyone have more info or a perspective on this?
  11. Thank you for all your suggestions
  12. Thank you. That's a sad thought, it does seem obsessive but hadn't thought of demential. The glands have been checked for infection but hadn't checked for UTI.
  13. Thank you. That's a sad thought, it does seem obsessive but hadn't thought of demential. The glands have been checked for infection but hadn't checked for UTI.
  14. Thank you I will ask my vet if we can give it a try. Sorry about my spelling I don't know how they slipped past me. I meant incessant bottom licking!
  15. Our 10yo girl Daisy has always had to have her anal glands expressed, she starts to lick her bottom, we take her to the vet, sorted for another couple of months. However this last time she hasn't stopped licking, it mainly seems to be her anus but sometimes it's her lady parts and also all around the tops of her thighs. She licks much more at night and gets really stressed by it but doesn't seem as bothered during the day. She has just been wormed. The vet doesn't know what's going on and just wondered if anyone had any suggestions? I've ordered some virbac epi soothe shampoo which I
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