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  1. He went off it once before, so I threw out the bag and got a new bag and all was fine, after he went off it a second time I called it quits. When I went to dump it out of the plastic bin it was stored in, the bottom had beetles and their respective larvae in the kibble. I don't know if it became infested before or after I put it in the bin, but I was pretty grossed out by it.
  2. We were feeding pro-plan sensitive and stomach salmon for awhile, he was doing ok on it, but was eating more than the recommended feeding and still wasn't putting on weight. He suddenly went off it and refused to eat it any more so we switched to pro plan savor chicken and he's doing a lot better. Less poops, less frequently.
  3. The same is true with rats as well- males are a lot more friendly/cuddly where females tend to be more independent and aloof. I think the phenomenon transcends a lot of species.
  4. We used to use food toys- they "worked" in that they distracted him while we were leaving, but he was never really ok with being alone. As soon as he was done with the toy, he'd find a place to lay on the floor and watch the door until we returned- for hours. He has mild separation anxiety and when we moved house it REALLY started to kick into high gear (pacing/panting/chewing the blinds). We then realized this wasn't going to be fixed by a kong, so we are now working with a behaviorist and don't use food toys at all, just desensitizing absences/departure cues slowly (painfully slowly). For dogs who have SA, most behaviorists are moving away from kongs/food toys as they muddy the waters more than they help. For dogs who are just bored, then they're a great choice. Keep up with alone time training, as he settles in you'll see what works for him and what doesn't.
  5. You can switch to Coraxis which is the same as Advantage Multi, just without the fleas medication, it's also made by Bayer.
  6. Our hound will go through cycles of this, feeding more meals throughout the day helps, for example our hound gets 4 cups of food a day- 1.5 in the am, 1/2 cup at noon, 1.5 in the evening and 1/2 cup right before bed. If the squeaks have already started- he'll turn his nose up at kibble, but the one thing he has reliably always eaten is bread. 1 slice of bread seems to do the trick and soaks up the acid/bile. After a few minutes he's ready to eat kibble mixed with warm water and all is back to normal.
  7. Any info on our boy- Kentucky Bronco ? He's a gentle giant.
  8. If your dog has SA and can't be alone. Many SA dogs do fine for a short time alone in the car, but can't be left alone at home.
  9. My car has an option through an app to run the car remotely, so I can lock the car then set the temperature and start the car from my phone. It's handy. I've used it when it's cold and hot- keeps the car at a comfortable temp while we go to dinner/grocery shop or other non-dog friendly activities. The key stays with me, so there's no chance of someone being able to break in and drive away.
  10. His last hookworm treatment was Drontal plus about 3 weeks ago, we were supposed to give AM on Monday, but with him being so sick we've held off. We don't think he got into anything but I guess it's always possible. No real answers from the vet- Urinalysis showed no signs of UTI despite the frequent urination, fecal did show a lot of Clostridium, so we have metronidazole for that. He's dehydrated again so we got some more sub q fluids. He also started showing signs of being nauseous and threw up a little at the vet, so they gave him some more cernia which seemed to help a lot the first time around. Other than that we don't really know what's wrong.
  11. We have an appointment in an hour, he's lost over 7lbs (and he is already skinny from the hookworms) over the course of the illness so the vet wanted us to keep feeding, though he won't eat very much anymore. I remember the blood values associated with the kidneys were high, but the vet thought it was due to the dehydration. He's stopped drinking water and eating today, and we're very worried. He's so skinny.
  12. Last Saturday, Dakar got sick with some vomiting, it improved on Sunday, but then he declined again on Monday so we went to vet first thing in the AM on Tuesday. The vet couldn't find any thing immediately wrong so we did blood work which showed he was severely dehydrated (I can't recall which values exactly were high). So we did sub q fluids and some anti-nausea meds and the vomiting stopped and he started eating food/water again (we were giving him small meals of boiled ground beef/chicken throughout the day). I did notice he seemed to be peeing more than usual, but thought it was due to all the extra fluid. Yesterday the peeing progressed to the point where he had an accident inside while I was in the shower (he had gone out 2 hours prior). Then later in the afternoon he began having small frequent diarrhea episodes- very gassy, but not a lot of volume, during the whole time he was vomiting he was having normal poops, it only started after we had gotten back from the vet and began giving him small meals again. I'm calling the vet first thing when they open in half an hour, but wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts on what is going on. Between the vomit, pee and diarrhea I haven't gotten more than 3 hours of consecutive sleep. I'm exhausted and stressed.
  13. I also have this problem off and on with my hound Dakar, about half way through the walk after he's done pooping and peeing, he decides walking is now boring. That's when I'll start using treats and use a "with me" command, and then I'll also treat randomly when he's walking along side of me. I also have to change up the walking route as he gets bored walking the same route everyday. We also do hikes on the weekends where he's in a harness and long lead to have a little more freedom to sniff/explore. Hiking is favorite, he'll get a little bounce in his step where walks around the neighborhood are like death march
  14. Mine had separation anxiety when we first got him, and couldn't be crated (he would break out), but he was fine being alone in the car for whatever reason so we got in the habit of taking him everywhere when had leave (we both work from home). Now his anxiety is getting better, but we still take him a lot of places, especially if it's short trips. My car also has a remote start option so the car be locked and running for heat/ac. Going on car rides is his absolute favorite thing, so if I can bring him, I will.
  15. This is the treatment I've been using, we're 2 months in, but I don't plan on retesting until we're at 6 months, so I can't say if its working or not. It seems like we're having less bouts of bloody/mucus stool and stomach rumbles, but I also switched food a month ago, so that might have contributed.
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