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  1. 7, 13, and 12.5. Three out of the four we've lost passed from osteo.
  2. No, it's not. I started giving CBD for Buttercup's epilepsy at my vet's advice (in addition to the prescription drugs she's on). There's a vet named Dr. Robert Silver who practices in Colorado where marijuana is legal. He 's written extensively about medical marijuana for both dogs and cats. He's published guidelines for administering CBD both with and without significant amounts of THC and it's what I've relied on when giving it to Buttercup. There CAN be adverse effects to giving too MUCH THC, so you DO need to be careful about the dosing, however. I should mention, also, that I live in Nevada, where marijuana is legal, so I have access to products with THC. Most anything you buy online or in most states will not have enough THC in it to worry about. This PDF is what I have relied on for dosing Buttercup with CBD. I belong to a couple of CBD for canine epilepsy groups on Facebook and this handout is pretty much the Bible when it comes to figuring out dosing. http://hawthornevet.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Medical-Marijuana-and-Your-Pet.pdf
  3. How awful. I'm so sorry for your loss.
  4. How awful. I can't even imagine what you must be feeling. I am so very sorry for your loss.
  5. Maybe ask your vet about mirtazapine? Chase had congestive heart failure and other issues and every day was a struggle to get calories into him until we put him on mirtazapine. It took about 4 days to kick in, but after that he never really turned down anything for the last 21 months of his life.
  6. So, I can't speak to all your questions, but I CAN recommend a consult with Dr. Couto. Our boy Chase had a megaesophagus and when our vet couldn't figure out why we switched vets. She recommended testing his thyroid and we sent the results to Dr. Couto for a second opinion. Chase's results came back so low they almost didn't register. And Dr. Couto was skeptical at first because he told us in all his years of practicing he'd only seen about four Greys that were truly hypothyroid. Turns out Chase was one of them. In his case, the meds put his megaesophagus in total remission for the rest of his life. So, yes, I can't recommend a consult with Dr. Couto enough.
  7. I am so sorry for your loss.
  8. I am so sorry for your loss.
  9. Yes, this happened to our boy Chase. He would shed in crazy clumps. I had never seen anything like it. When he was done shedding his coat came in really nice and soft. It happened once or twice a year for the two years he was on it until he passed last month.
  10. Yes. They carry a number of dog-only meds. Most of Chase's and Buttercup's are for people as well. I get 8 of Chase's 9 prescriptions from Costco.
  11. Incurin. We started Buttercup on it less than a month ago. She was having intermittent leakage due to her epilepsy. I can't say whether it's working or not, because she hasn't had a seizure in 12 days. But the research shows it works on over 90% of dogs in six weeks or less. It's about $22 for a two week supply. Same price from my vet and Costco, well, within a dollar, so I give my vet the business.
  12. Tracey


    Pam, I am so very sorry. Hugs.
  13. Glad to hear Stewie's vet visit went well. Hope the meds do their job and he feels better soon.
  14. I am so sorry for your loss. You have a huge heart. I don't know how you do what you do, but bless you for it.
  15. With Chase on 8 prescriptions and Buttercup on 2, I had to find something foolproof and liverwurst has worked 100% for us. Funny story; I went grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and also picked up 6 rolls of liverwurst because we go through a lot here. The cashier asked me if liverwurst was good with turkey. Had to explain to him what it was really for. lol
  16. Buttercup started having seizures last December. She's about 68 pounds and the vet started her at 64.8 mg twice a day. After increasing the dose over time the vet added potassium bromide, which messed her up something awful, so we discontinued that after a month. We maxed out (according to our vet) the phenobarbital at 113.4 mg twice a day, then added 300 mg of zonisamide twice a day as well. It definitely takes some effort to get the right dosages and the right meds. If things don't improve, though, trust your instincts and insist on a different course of action.
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