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  1. I'm so sorry you lost your beautiful girlie. I've enjoyed your photos of her and her brother immensely as everyone has.


    I'm sure Brandee has been greeted by our many bridge angels, and is teaching them all how to bark at the bridge.


    Run free with no pain, sweetie.

  2. I don't think there's any proof for or against this idea. I understand the concept, and I can see why someone might believe it's true. For example, we often see intestinal parasites multiply like mad in a dog that's under stress, or has immune problems. If by feeding a species appropriate diet you're strengthening the immune system, this would be the reason why fleas aren't attracted or don't stick around like they do in less healthy animals.


    Not saying whether I agree or not, just saying this is what the logic is.

  3. We have a similar situation here - one of Millie's many corns is quite painful, even after being hulled. I sometimes wonder if some corn roots grow up further back into the toe, and rub on a nerve or cartilage or something, and that's what causes the continued limping. The therapaw does seem to lessen her limping, but it never seems to go away altogether. Poor little Rickie.

  4. If licking is going on, we use something similar to Sheila's contraption, but not as nicely finished as hers lol. An old cotton sock, held on with vet wrap above the joint, and with the toes cut off to ensure good ventilation. That's only if the dog's a licker. Otherwise, a spritz of CS and leave it..


    Hope her leg heals up nicely!

  5. You can definitely use the treats you bought with this last order, likely the lung would be safest if you're feeding a lot of it and he likes it - as I recall he did lol. If he likes the liver better, then use that, but you can effect the stool with liver if you give too much. You want to stick to about 5% of the diet overall with liver - and if it's dehydrated, it's triple what it would be raw (1 oz. raw dehydrated= 3 oz raw. hydrated), so lung would be better if he loves it. Just break it up into tiny pieces, they are just as happy with a tiny piece as they are with a big piece.


    I remember seeing a video a while back of a little **zhu, her Mom was giving her little bits of treats and she was in paroxysms of joy every time she got one. Then she got an air treat, and she still had a paroxysm of joy :lol

  6. What a great dog - I just love the strawberry stealing, reminds me of one of my boys. He will clearly never be forgotten - I'm so sorry he had to go.


    Run free Tiny, with all our bridge angels.

  7. Lucy, your vet sounds greyt - there's no reason why any vet could not try to hull with this procedure. The elevators really are worth getting, as they seem to be a lot more effecient than anything else I've tried to separate the corn from the surrounding skin.




    About the hulling...my vet had never done it before but he had heard of it. This is how he approached it. He had me soak MoMo's corn foot in an solution of epsom salts & water daily for several days (5) to soften her pad and the corn. I also put Bag Balm on it the pad to keep it moist between the soaks. Then Mo and I went in to the office and soaked that foot in an antiseptic & water solution for a few minutes. Then the vet sat down on the floor with me and we started the hulling procedure.


    The soaking had helped give us a clear visual demarcation between corn tissue and paw pad tissue. We had MoMo lie down on a towel on the floor. There was no anesthesia and she was only a tiny bit uncomfortable once during the procedure. He took a dental tool called an elevator (I think) and gently eased the corn tissue away from the healthy pad tissue, going around and around the corn, and going bit deeper each time around, just easing the corn away from the pad. After a quite a bit of this gentle seperation he was able to pull the corn out. There was a very little bit of blood and there probably shouldn't have been any but he and I were learning. :blush If the hulling had worked for MoMo we were thinking that they'd order the dental tools for me (the elevators come in different sizes) and I'd do the hulling at home. Having watched it, I think I could have done it myself so it is really not a surgical technique at all, and is not something you should hesitate to try.


    Unfortunately, for MoMo the hulling didn't get us even a day free of limping from the corn and the limping it causes. :( However, clearly it is a technique that works for lots of dogs and the sheer number of corns your poor girl has makes this an appealing approach to at least try. The Abreva sounds like a good possibility to pair with the hulling.


    As for your vet...she was annoyed that you came back yet again for help with painful corns? :blink::angryfire My vet would have been so sorry we were having to come back for painful corns and would have been looking for a new approach to treating them. It might be time to consider looking for a new vet. No one knows everything but having a vet who is willing to research and consult with others and to willingly follow up on information you bring in is vital, IMO, when trying to manage serious health issues. A vet who is not compassionate and who is not willing to look beyond what he/she already knows is worse than useless.



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