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About Bizeebee

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  • Birthday 10/14/1987

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  1. We've had our hound for a bit more than a year now, but lately we've had more and more trouble with messing in the house, despite a year of being pretty well potty trained (he can even ring a bell to go out!), so we're kind of at a loss for the best thing(s) to do. Since the holidays he's been peeing and now pooping more in the house (despite thorough enzymatic cleaning of affected areas), always when we're out of the house for work or errands. Last winter he was experiencing some medical issues that caused peeing in the house, but he's been on meds since spring and that particular issue
  2. We switched to PPPSSS very quickly (no transition period) because our dog had been having worse and worse stools (diarrhea and had started to see red blood) despite being on quite a few meds and chicken-flavored hydrolyzed food. Some kind of IBD and poultry sensitivity is what we assume was/is going on. The vet figured we couldn't get worse than where we were, so she recommended we just start the new chicken-free food. The difference was night and day, almost immediately his stools returned to a much more acceptable consistency and no more blood. Quantity did not reduce much, but he's on a lot
  3. My first thought would be to have him checked out by your vet. He may be in pain and the only way he's expressing it is by being in a very bad mood. Or he could be having issues with his eyes, which could explain why he's startled and on guard with people he used to like and know. Probably unlikely, but he may have been scared by something that happened when you werent there - maybe someone attempted to break into your house, or he was in boarding for a few days? Sometimes all it takes is one traumatic event for dogs to get funny. If the vet doesn't find anything I would definitely
  4. We did the as written Prison Protocol. On the one hand, I can appreciate wanting to do the least amount of meds you can, but at some point doing an intensive protocol for a shorter time vs a slightly less intensive one for a few months longer, kind of works out the same. It's still more drugs than you'd want to be giving forever; we wanted it over and done with as soon as we could (and our dog tolerated it fine). Whether you do a flea/tick along with Coraxis is really up to you and what your vet recommends for your area - I know some ppl just dont worry about ticks bc of geography (maybe?
  5. Someone here recommended RxClay (maybe it is ClayRx) to us for some IBD issues, helped tremendously!
  6. Awesome to hear! We also had good luck with the unmodified Prison Protocol. Depending on where you are and your flea/tick needs, you could switch to Coraxis (instead of AM). We did that so that we could do a flea/tick combo oral and not be doubling up on meds (since the Coraxis keeps most worms in check).
  7. I just wanted to piggy back on this that we had a dog develop a mysterious limp and when nothing showed up on first set of xrays we assumed a soft tissue injury. However, after a couple weeks the tumor grew large enough to be seen on scans. I'd suggest another set of xrays in a couple of weeks if nothing shows up right away.
  8. Most greys don't need it, but I think a lot of that settling in anxiety is related to no longer knowing what they are supposed to do, or be, now that they don't have their job or normal routine. With training you reintroduce what they are supposed to be doing - even if it's just relaxing, in a way that is clearer to them then "you're home free! do what you want!" which seems awesome to us, but is pretty vague from their perspective.
  9. From my read of this, it looks like tapeworms should be relatively easy to treat, since this doesn't seem to be working I think I'd consider changing up his medicine regimen. I can appreciate liking to treat every three months, but this might need the consistency of an every month treatment for a while. That's if the real problem is really tapeworm, which as others have suggested, it's hard to know without some stool tests.
  10. I think you need to change your perspective here, you know how a lot of people compare greyhounds to cats? Sounds like you have one of those. Probably your previous have been more dog like; we've had one of each now and it is a dramatic difference, but it's not a behavioral issue, it may just be her personality. Our "cat-dog" liked to be in the room with us, but wasn't an attention hound or snuggler and once we moved to a house with a yard, we could just f' right off with going for walks as far as he was concerned. He literally just laid around all. the. time. New one, he's a lab in a gre
  11. The thing I worry about when a vet prescribes a special food to "fix" the crystals, is if food caused the problem to begin with (with some crystals this is the case, but not all) then that original food should probably be avoided. And, maybe special or different food will be required forever. You can buy pH test strips to test his urine pH periodically as well - test more than one pee per day because their pH and concentration will change as the day goes on. Does the peeing only occur when you are gone? Or do you also notice more frequent need to go out on say a weekend day when everyone is ho
  12. It's been a while, are you sure the crystals and their root cause are totally cleared? I can't remember what causes struvite crystals, but sometimes a supplement is needed to put their urine pH in the right place, or antibiotics need to be repeated. Also, you might consider getting a refractometer (like $25 on amazon) and testing his urine concentration periodically. If he's not able to concentrate his urine he's basically peeing out all the water he takes in, which could be a sign of a different health issues. Does he drink an inordinate amount of water? If your vet (and you) feel this i
  13. Both hounds we've had/have were/are too lazy for this to be much of an issue for us, but there definitely is a risk of your guy hurting himself running full bore like that - especially because there could be hazards (mole holes, trash, who knows) in that field, unless you own and maintain it. You should also look out for this: https://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/pet-talk-put-the-brakes-on-ex-racers/article_403b9c99-1174-5e97-ae10-4624b758eaab.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share If your boy is 9 and still has that much energy I'd wonder wheth
  14. We were having this same issue, except with breakfast - which meant the whining would begin waaaay before our morning alarm! Among a couple other strategies, we found that setting an alarm that goes off and means "time to eat!" was helpful because even though we can tell he's anticipating it, it's no longer the humans who are in control (and thus able to be manipulated by whining) of when mealtime is. And, since the alarm comes from the "magical" phone device, you can change it up to whenever suits you and he'll be waiting for the sound, not for you.
  15. Is there a phrase or something that you do at home on a regular day that signals to her that you are leaving? In our house we always say "see you later, dude" as we're walking out the door. If she can connect a signal you give at home - when she's ok being alone - to the same thing when you're at work she might get the message that "oh, ok, they're coming back just like all the other times"
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