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    The short answer is I don't know - will do some checking for you later - however thought the link below might be of interest for you https://www.snowdog.guru/zinc-deficiency-seizures-huskies/ As for the hot spots - if you are adverse to too many meds (I hate them) - when my boy gets a hot spot (rarely) I use the following: Make a strong cup of ordinary tea - leaving the teabag in whilst it gets cold - then use the teabag to bathe the hot spot - keeping it on the hot spot for a few minutes - let it dry naturally and repeat every couple of hours. This can be used for the whole 24 hours - just pop it in the fridge. Get some calendula - fresh flowers if you can (a type of marigold) and make a strong tea with them and use the same as the black tea above - if not get calendula tincture - around 10 drops of the tincture on a very small piece of cotton wool - leave a couple of minutes for the alcohol to dissipate - and use the same as the black tea. Alternate these two each hour for the rest of the day - never dry the skin afterwards let it dry naturally. The next day the hot spot should be dry and have stopped itching. You can use the calendula tincture directly on the hot spot by the next day. This works best if you can catch the hot spot early. It works every time - the tannin in the tea works to dry the hot spot up (stops it weeping) and the calendula is the best skin healer I know - will not only heal the skin but will soothe it as well. When Marley starts I know that I can stop the irritation within 24 hours using these two natural methods - the next day I repeat the two just the same - by this time he has usually stopped licking and chewing it - but it just reinforces the healing. It will then just scab over and fall off.
  2. They are beautiful ............................ good luck!
  3. 99% of the time my two boys seek out the shade - very rarely Mikey - our white husky will stay in the sun - but only for around 20 minutes - Marley our mainly black one - just will never sit in the sun. However I know others here have sun worshiping huskies.
  4. I usually go the whole hog - change them over immediately. However most times you are advised to make the transition over a few days to a week in order to minimise any tummy upsets - depending if your dog has tummy issues. Normally when changing over to real raw meat you find the stools become smaller, firmer, and have a lot less smell. I would try some raw mince, raw chicken, or even, if you want baby steps, give him a raw beaten egg in with his normal food to see how he reacts to it. Push his food to one side of his bowl - and pour the beaten egg in the other side ................... watch what he eats first. It might take him a minute or two to work out what it is - but I have never met a dog that doesn't love it. Raw (frozen) sardines or herrings are one of the best things you can add to any food - even raw food - they contain every vitamin & mineral there is and can also help balance out the fats between say chicken, pork and ruminants. These are very cheap to buy at any raw dog food shop - here I pay £4.50 for a kilo - usually containing around 30-40 fish - and you only need one as part of a meal so very cost effective. If you want to explore the raw feeding send me a message and we can go into further detail. I have loads of articles I can send you to read up on, and start you out on your raw feeding journey - a lot will depend on your dog's preferences i.e. one of Marley's favourite meat is venison - but Mikey, my other husky - would not thank you for it - the same goes for rabbit.
  5. What a stunningly beautiful pup you have! At 16 weeks I would not walk her for more than 20 minutes at a time. Over exercise at this age could lead to arthritis in later years and joint damage. I have never been bothered whether a pup naps or not - over the years I have just accepted that some sleep more than others. It is quite natural for your pup to wake up if she hears movement, but in my experience (with babies as well as pups) the quieter you are - the less noise it takes to wake them up. Let her get used to hearing you moving around. She will sleep when she needs to.
  6. My boy Marley started fitting at 10 months old - he averaged every 27 days so was not put on meds. Usually for idiopathic epilepsy (unknown cause) vets do not prescribe meds if they remain about a month apart. A couple of years later he progressed to 4 fits in 12 days - 3 fits in 4 days - the vet wanted to put him on meds at that point. As he was still so young I did not want to go down that route if there was an alternative. I had been researching different cbd available in the UK and decided to try that first. The cbd worked for him (does not work for all dogs - and different oils work for different dogs) - after some experimentation and trying different oils he has so far stayed away from vet meds. In 59 days he will reach his 2 year fit-free milestone. I know what you are going through. There are a few of us here with epi dogs. As far as zinc deficiency - if he suffered from that you would have noticed crusty type sores around his nose, eyes and mouth - which would go away on the application of a zinc cream. If he has not had any symptoms of zinc deficiency then do not treat him for it. Excess zinc can cause other deficiencies. Zinc and Magnesium can bind to Calcium and make it unavailable for absorption. I belong to a UK based Facebook group for dogs with epilepsy and have found this to be extremely useful - you will no doubt be able to find a similar group in the USA. I will state up front that I am a raw feeder - so you can account for any bias - but it is generally recognised that most dogs with epilepsy do fare better on a raw diet. I later found out that my boy suffered with 9 different food allergies (he was raw fed at the time), and once I eliminated all those from his diet his fits stopped altogether. The cbd had taken him from roughly weekly fits to 106 days and 108 days between fits - I then changed him to a stronger oil and this together with the elimination of allergy causing food has ceased his fitting totally. Because of his allergies I have to ensure that the meat he eats has not been fed soya, corn, rice, wheat (the only remaining allergies he has) which cuts out all poultry and pork i.e. the cheaper meats. He also has to have grass fed beef and lamb or wild game - and in the last 3 weeks I have spent £130 on food for my two dogs (this will last them another two weeks). I am on a pension so every penny counts ................. but I happily go without other things to ensure my boy stays healthy. I do understand the financial constraints. However, if you could feed from scratch, rather than using the overly expensive commercial foods - you can cut the cost of raw feeding approximately in half. I do use some commercially produced food - but cannot afford to feed both dogs on this all the time - and I have to take his allergies into account on top. It takes a bit of research and effort to find locally sourced reasonably priced raw food but the cost reduction is worth the effort. There are no guarantees it would work for your boy, but if you want to at least try and source raw food from scratch in order to work out if it is financially viable for you at this time, then I will help you to sort out a balanced diet for him if you want. I recently qualified as a raw dog food nutrition specialist (no charge - I am not looking for work, nutrition is sort of an obsession with me). One thing I would mention however, is that if you are going to mix vet meds and cbd, you should leave at least 2 hours between the two. They both use the same receptors in the brain.
  7. I was thinking of something else completely. My boys are raw fed - but they only get tinned sardines in spring water for 'breakfast' ............ 1 tin between two adult males - which is why I do not count it in their meal quota - as I said the reason is to get Marley's meds down him. Because it is the only time they get tinned sardines - they always eat them - have never gotten 'fed up' with the same breakfast (I've got fussy herberts). Marley also will throw up if he misses meals so I understand your reasons for feeding twice. However for him it is enough to get his half-tin of sardines - around 5.30-6a.m. - dinner for them is 12 noon with raw lamb's ribs 1 each every couple of hours (max of four ribs in any one day) - which for them is a major treat ............ but in reality forms the bone portion of their raw diet. When your dogs throw up does it contain anything? Is it clear liquid (mainly water) or is it yellow i.e. bile?
  8. The usual advice is to let them miss that meal (unless puppies) and they usually eat the next ok. However, if they are adults - why not just feed once a day? I do feed my adult boys twice daily - but their 'breakfast' just consists of a tin of sardines in spring water - its the only way I can get one of my boys to have his meds (cbd oil and colostrum, together with Billy No Mates herbal flea treatment). The amount of food is so small it is not really counted in their daily allowance of food. You do not say how they are fed i.e. raw, wet food, kibble etc. Could having a different breakfast to their evening meal help?
  9. Its a little difficult to tell from the photos - how tall is she now in inches/cm? My question though would be does it matter how big she is going to be? The important question in my mind is - is she healthy? Is she getting all the nutrition she needs to reach her own full potential. I have two males one is about 2" taller, 3" inches longer and around 6 kilos heavier than the other one. Both are just about within breed standards. Each dog is different.
  10. Thanks L-T - its helps oddly enough to know that someone else is having/had the same problem. Mikey does not like being groomed - he tolerates it poorly - is still distrusting of me if I try to groom him - he still flinches if I go to stroke his head and neck - but is fine if I scratch under his chin. He was moulting when he came to us - and has not stopped in the last year - if I leave him for a couple of days without grooming he is shedding tufts all over the place. Today I got two large rakefulls from him (about two handfulls) before he bolted outside. To start with I thought he was going to be losing his fur and was concerned about the continuing moult - but its still as thick as ever - and being a short haired, unlike Marley, it is easy to see the thickness of his coat. He looks in top condition physically.
  11. Our vets are still not seeing people and dogs, - they are still on emergencies only (PPE propblem I think) - also whilst they are fantastic vets for illnesses etc - neither are any good when it comes to behavourial issues - just suggest a behavourist etc. However you again have made me think ................. Marley's old trainer is a dog behavourist who works with aggressive and problem dogs for our largest rescue centre - might be worth getting him to actually have a word with him. Thanks BB&S
  12. Absolutely nothing I can think of. We are both retired so the dogs have not even noticed Covid, we have not yet started packing any boxes .............. but typing this I can now think of one thing that has changed - we have had strangers in our house. However both dogs have welcomed the change in routine - like announcing the postman - however the dogs have never met the strangers - they are not well mannered enough (too enthusiastic) to be inflicted onto anyone not used to them - Hubby took the prospective purchasers from the front door to the kitchen and garden, whilst the dogs were in the lounge with me, then came back in and locked and secured the back door (Marley can open it even when locked) whilst I let the dogs out into the garden from the lounge door - so they never saw anyone - but obviously knew they were there. However there has been no-one in the house but us for the last 3 weeks (hubby in the vulnerable and sheltered category). I suppose that might qualify ................... although Mikey is happy to meet people on our walks - providing a female does not try and touch him/stroke him when he is on a short lead - when on his long lunge-lead he avoids strangers of both sexes ................ being far more interested in their dogs. If it was strangers that has triggered this, then hopefully he will settle down again - but if anything it appears to be getting worse - especially noticeable when he stayed out in the rain - when for the last year he would not go out in the rain even to pee unless he was absolutely desperate. Also he used to come in as soon as the light started to fail, now he is impossible to keep in as it gets dark, if he is in the house he will suddenly, and for no reason, start jumping at the lounge door, pulling at the handle to let himself out, throwing himself at the glass, and getting very panicky if it is locked, winding himself up so badly I have to let him out to stop him waking hubby - (a 30 something kilo panicked, naturally clumsy, dog is not quiet). He is much larger, heavier, and stronger than Marley ........ I am not sure a double glazed lounge door would hold him during a concerted attack. Absolutely nothing triggers these 'fits' I am on the sofa watching the tv or on the computer, Marley is asleep on his bed or the floor and Mikey is usually either on the small sofa (he claimed it as his own) or in the kitchen - when suddenly he starts - there has been no movement in the house, no unusual sounds to set him off. As soon as I let him outside he lays down and I dont hear from him again ................... I just have the devil's own job of getting him back inside when I want to go to bed. However once he is in and knows it is bedtime he is ok and settles down by the back door (hubby gets up when I go to bed and he sleeps on the large sofa in the lounge with them - they are due for their first walk within an hour or so of my going to bed.
  13. We rescued Mikey approximately a year ago - and apart from a few months of initial fear agression, dog fights, an occasional nip etc Mikey has settled into a routine and has become a nice, if complicated character. Over the last two months he is changing again. For no apparent reason he is spending considerable time alone - no scraps between the dogs, they still play together for short periods - usually in the house - not garden. However Mikey is now spending around 85-90%% of his time outside - refusing to come into the house other than to eat unless it is raining (he hates the rain) although last night he even stayed outside in the rain - just sheltering under the garden table, soaked to the skin. When I realized he was outside and tried to get him inside - he ran away from me still refusing to come inside. He has been spending his time in the garden - or if I do manage to get him indoors he stays by the back door and escapes as soon as it is opened. He has always been scared of females (had a bad experience before we got him) but thinks nothing of climbing and slobbering all over me, showering me with kisses whenever he thinks a lamb's rib is in the offing - he has picked up on Marley's wheedling antics that he only does for a rib and enthusiastically (and clumsily) joins in - so he is not scared of me any more. Last summer he spent most of his time equally between the garden and house (they let themselves in and out at will) but lately will only come inside if he knows there is someting in it for him. He used to be scared of the dark, would only go out at night if the light was on, but now lays or sits outside whilst it gets dark - apparently sniffing the air and listening to the birds settle down. We are in the process of buying another property with a much larger garden - and I am concerned he will be impossible to corral with the far larger space to run around in. Should I just accept the fact that he wants to be outside and build him an outside kennel?
  14. As you know some pups have massive ears one of my huskies has small ears - the other big ears. Its difficult to tell on these photos - but I would suggest the face markings and tail position are pure husky. Did you see both parents?
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