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  1. Sorry to hear the news about beautiful Skyla, and I believe you have made the right decision - she has had the best life with you guys, just love her a bit more every day.
  2. Gorgeous pair of dogs! I agree huskies need a partner in crime.
  3. Welcome to you both
  4. Most of us are spread quite widely - I don't actually know of anyone who lives in London - I am in Lancashire (one hell of a commute).
  5. Welcome back Paul - you have been missed. Glad your health appears to be improving.
  6. You dont say where you are - can you get to an holistic vet? Has Bear had any dietary issues? Does he suffer with perodic diarrhoea? There are some vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can cause hair loss e.g. if the dog has an IRON deficiency - iron is essential for transporting vitamins and oxygen around the body - Iron contributes to hemoglobin manufacturing, which helps ship vitamins and oxygen to hair follicles. Without sufficient iron, the hair won’t develop, growing progressively thinner hair. A quick check on the internet also brought up these results. Allergies Allergies are a common underlying cause of many symptoms experienced by dogs. They can trigger pet hair loss whenever the dog has an allergic reaction to their environment, foods, or parasites. Dogs often suffer from a flea allergy, leading to increased licking and biting of the irritated areas. The flea bite can create an allergic reaction that can last for days, providing the dog with an extended need to itch, scratch, lick, and irritate the already irritated skin, ultimately causing hair loss. Discovering the exact allergen can help prevent allergic reactions in dogs. If it is a food allergy, switch brands or food types, or try homemade recipes. For fleas, take preventative measures such as monthly flea medication; if there is an infestation on the dog, wash your pooch using a flea shampoo and give him a flea-removing oral medication that kills fleas in 2-8 hours. It may be an environmental allergen. Talk to the vet about starting allergy medication or shots to reduce their irritation. 2. Cushing’s Disease Causes Dog Hair Loss Hyperadrenocorticism, or Cushing's Disease, is caused by an overproduction of a cortisol hormone, which helps dogs respond to stress and modulates the immune system. Dog hair loss is not the only symptom of Cushing's Disease – it is usually accompanied by a lack of energy, bruising, obesity, and increased hunger, thirst, urination, and panting. It mainly affects middle-aged to older dogs rather than puppies or adolescent dogs. After the vet has officially determined that your pooch has Cushing's Disease, the treatment will vary by how severe the condition is. If it's caused by medication, they will slowly wean the dog off the medicine. When the dog is only experiencing mild symptoms, you will monitor it instead of treated it immediately. If the dog's symptoms become worse, a vet will prescribe trilostane. This medication comes with dangerous side effects, which is why your veterinarian will wait until it is necessary to specify it rather than using it as a preventative measure. 3. Major Dog Hair Loss Occurs With Mange Mange is an inflammatory disease caused by the Demodex mite. As the number of mites living in the hair follicles and skin of the dog increases, it can lead to lesions, infections, and dog hair loss. Mange can either be localized, only affecting specific areas of the dog's skin, or it can be generalized and affect the entirety of your pup's body. Usually, the mites inhabiting the surface of the dog do not change their hair or skin, but when the numbers grow out of control, it becomes damaging to their fur. Mange does not require treatment when it is to a small degree. It will usually disappear on its own, doing so spontaneously. The vet will recommend long-term medications to control the condition whenever it reaches a severe stage, often generalized and not sporadic. If the dog is a female, it should be spayed. Fluctuations in hormones can exacerbate the symptoms. Changing to high-quality dog food and a low-stress environment may be able to reduce flare-ups. 4. Ringworm Ringworm is a fungal infection that lives and grows in infected dogs' skin and hair follicles, occasionally infecting the nails. The infection is normally only a surface infection and only affects a few areas of the dog’s body. Any dog can get ringworm. It affects puppies, senior dogs, and immunocompromised dogs more intensely. It can lead to widespread ringworm infections on their bodies. Ringworm is infectious and spreads through direct contact, contaminated objects, and people. Dog hair loss is one of the common symptoms of this condition. Again, the treatment of this infection depends on its severity, making it a dog-by-dog case. The vet will usually determine the severity after a physical exam and a diagnostic test using a sample of your pet's hair and/or skin cells. Typically, the treatment process goes through three steps. First, a vet will suggest topical therapy consisting of either a cream, ointment, or medicated shampoo. Second, they will prescribe an anti-fungal oral medication to fight the infection. The third step consists of environmental decontamination. The removal and cleaning of all loose hairs found on couches, grooming tools, furniture, clothing, and bedding remove the infectious spores. 5. Rashes and Hives Can Cause Dog Hair Loss Insect bites and stings, plants, chemicals, shampoos, and medications can cause rashes. They can also cause hives on the dog's body and then lead to alopecia in dogs. These can also include allergic rashes, which are separate from allergies. Allergic rashes and hives typically appear within hours. Sometimes minutes of exposure, while other symptoms may arise, include listlessness, fever, and vomiting. The allergic rash or hive-site in dogs often goes bald, causing the hair to fall out. Allergic rashes and hives require further treatment than simply removal of the allergens. This is often a reaction requiring immediate treatment from the vet to prevent a more substantial, full-body condition.
  7. I have dug out two different articles for you to read that may help you - and will definitely help your dog. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/best-food-senior-dogs/ https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/senior-dog-supplements/
  8. Why on earth ask about a house in a dog forum?
  9. wolfpup

    My husky

    One of my dogs was very thin - only he was hidden underneath a very thick, long coat - they tend to fill out a bit when they get to about 2.
  10. Welcome to both you and VERY cute Boris - I love his markings around his eyes! I would say he is most definitely a RED. One of the main differences between a 'normal' dog and a husky is that the other puppy will learn in order to please you .................. Boris on the other hand will be thinking to himself "what's in it for me"? You will find many many differences between the two pups - Boris is almost certainly going to be the one misbehaving and not doing as he is told. Can I suggest you search the internet and learn everything you can about huskies - their temperament, characteristics, and mainly that they will never be able to be let off lead once they near maturity unless in a secure area with a minimum of 6ft fencing - and that goes for your garden too. Their prey-drive is the highest of any domesticated dog - so little furry creatures beware, - and if something catches their attention - recall is almost non-existant. They are consummate escape artists so make sure you have gates protecting your front door if at all possible. They are (in my opinion) the best dogs on the planet - will challenge you constantly and outwit you at least twice a week, believe me they are far more intelligent than they let on. I regret waiting so long before getting my first husky - I was told when I first got Marley that one husky is never enough ................. they were right I now have 2 and wish I had enough years left in me to have more.
  11. It is possible that he is drinking too much too quickly, but just to be on the safe side I would get him checked by another vet if at all possible, just because he is so young.
  12. wolfpup


    If it happens again I will !!! The repairers said I have about a year with this computer - then will have to buy another one - but first I am going to back it all up (just in case).
  13. I am sorry but the longer you allow this to continue - the longer it will be before you can correct it - and it needs correcting NOW! Please find a dog behaviourist near you. This is not normal behaviour for a husky. Your dog is biting you to try and get his/her own way - usually this type of behaviour is a result of the pup being taken from the mother too early and not learning bite inhibition. One of my rescue dogs was taken from mum too early - but he was only around 3 months old and it took me around 4 months to stop him from nipping to get his own way. I used to yelp loudly (like a puppy would) and stop all interaction with him, usually getting up and walking away. He needs to understand that biting will only get him a 'time-out' from the rest of the family and that he is not to nip anyone at any time. Good luck.
  14. Wish I could suggest something for you Teri. My experience lies in nutrition only.
  15. wolfpup


    Yes guys - I am back - and it was me - I got my computer back after a week luckily.
  16. Welcome to the forum - can you take a picture of Yuki - we love pictures ......... especially of puppies
  17. wolfpup


    Cannot really help here - before I got my first husky I read everything I could on the internet about their personality, exercise requirements, stubbornness, noting they must never be trusted off lead as adult dogs (recall is almost non-existent if something catches their attention). They have the highest high prey-drive of any breed of domestic dog - causing the majority of them not to be trusted around small furry creatures etc - I soon realized they are not for a first time owner - but I had had different breeds of dogs for over 40 years including a related breed (Utonagan) - but even that did not really prepare me for a husky. They do not like to be left alone - and a bored husky is something to be feared - overnight one of my boys ate the arm of my lounge chair - a couple of nights later he gave me a matching arm off my sofa - the pictures are on here somewhere. A husky will not obey you mindlessly like a Labrador or German Shepherd - they are more likely to argue with you, - or even more likely - ignore you totally. They have been selectively bred for thousands of years to not only have a mind of their own - but to think for themselves. If you want them to do something - they are more likely to think 'what's in it for me if I do'. A husky will outwit you constantly - one of mine got into a supposedly fox-proof hen run when he was under 6 months old, they are consummate escape artists. They do not respect the old fashioned 'pack leader' type of owner - but do react well to a co-partnership arrangement (in my household anyway) I could go on and on - but at the end of the day they are a fantastic breed of dog, I would never have any other dog now (we have two now) - they keep each other company, - the longest ours are left on their own is around an hour. Huskies can play rough and another breed of dog may not necessarily understand. They are challenging - will keep you on your toes as an owner - but if you survive and succeed as a husky carer - you will be rewarded with the best dog on the planet. Start searching the internet - learn everything you can about this magnificent and unique breed - it would have been better if the research had been done before you got your dog but we are where we are. Respect your dog for the fantastic, intelligent creature he is, and you will be rewarded 10 fold, do not expect him to change his nature to fit in with your lifestyle - you will find you adapt your lifestyle to fit your dog. Welcome to the world of huskies.
  18. One of my boys is a woolly, and he did not blow his coat for over 2 years - it was a nightmare - new undercoat fur growing in and getting thicker and thicker but just not blowing his old coat. Nothing I tried would work - and he got to the stage when he saw me with a rake in my hand - he ran - and he is much quicker than I am. Then one day when he was having a bath - it just started coming out - with the blaster dryer on him I got around 80% of it out without using the rake - the neighbours were not happy as it was breezy and his fur was like a blizzard all over their gardens. I have no idea why he suddenly let go of it - wish I did as he has not shed for the last 12 months (again) but on the next nice day he is having another bath - just in case.
  19. I am afraid I have no idea - it could be an injury to a paw, ankle, knee, hip, it could be something squishing a nerve in his spine, it could be hip/knee dysplasia - we have not seen the dog and we are not vets. You did the right thing in taking your dog to your vet - lets hope it resolves itself soon - please let us know how your dog gets on.
  20. It is difficult to read the nutritional label as it is in a different format to ours - however I would say the Biofresh appears to be among the better ones - with a couple of caveats - my main reason for this thinking is that it uses a really good form of zinc (chelated), - poorer quality foods usually use zinc sulphate - which is very hard on the digestion - but chelated zinc is relatively easily digested and utilized by your dog - and as you know zinc is very important to huskies. It also appears to have one of the lowest ratios of starch I have seen in a kibble at around 30% - which is the lowest amount any kibble can be - starch is the only thing that holds kibble together. Dogs cannot digest starch - they have no nutritional requirement for it - they do not produce the enzyme amylase in their saliva as we do which breaks down starch. They do however contain microbes (bacteria) in the gut which can break down starch - unfortunately these bacteria - (usually Fermicutees) also cause inflammation in the dog's gut. They also crowd out the beneficial bacteria your dog relies on to create the short-chain fatty acids he needs for energy etc.. Transgenics - I am against all forms of genetically modified foods (gmo anything) as I suspect you are - or you would not have asked the question. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/why-your-dog-is-probably-eating-gmo-food-and-shouldnt/ https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-hidden-dog-food-ingredient-that-can-harm-your-dog/ Dogs have been raw meat eaters for the last 40 million years, with occasional berries or fermented (pre-digested) vegetation from the insides of their prey - in 99.99% of that time they have not eaten grains - neither did we until we learned to process them (i.e. cooking etc). There is also the problem of aflatoxins in grains:- https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/cancer-causing-aflatoxins-found-in-dog-foods/ I can understand your dog preferring raw meat - it is what his/her body has been designed to eat ever since the first dog 40 million years ago - did you know that dogs and cats share a common ancestor? The cat is even more carnivorous than the dog so you can see how vital meat is to their wellbeing. I understand it may not always be possible (or affordable) to feed just raw meat and vegetables - but by adding raw meat/fish/vegetables/phytonutrients to a base kibble diet will greatly enhance the nutrition in a natural, easily digestible format your dog requires. I hope this answers your questions - of course this is only my opinion - but that is what you asked for. In my defence I hold two qualifications in dog food nutrition. There is one of your questions I did not answer - is chicken & rice inferior to salmon - short answer is yes - and not just because of the rice - it is just starch, also commercially raised chickens are fed totally differently to wild chickens - therefore their nutritional make-up will be vastly different. A wild chicken eats green vegetation, flies, worms, insects of all kinds, it will also kill and eat frogs, small rodents (if it can catch them) - they are omnivores - commercial chickens eat starchy pellets and grains - so the animal eating that commercial chicken will get a vastly different nutritional profile than the dog lucky enough to catch a wild chicken. The saying 'you are what you eat' is actually true. The proof of this 'theory' ................ One of my huskies went into anaphylactic shock after eating chicken ...................... - he is not allergic to chicken or to any meat - but is allergic to soya, wheat, corn and oats - which that chicken had been fed on. My boy can and does eat day old chicks twice a week as part of his meat diet - these chicks are not fed prior to being dispatched so he does not react to them. He nearly died because of what that adult chicken had been fed before it became my boy's dinner.
  21. I have two huskies - one will eat the same thing for almost a week (but he is a rescue and survived on what he could for a long time) - but my other boy will only eat the same thing for 2 days maximum - which is why I suggested adding different things to kibble - you did not mention that you had also tried everything else you possibly could. If you have a dog that likes variety - then is there a way you could devise a diet for her that will allow a 'different' meal daily i.e. meat and veg one day, meat and fish the next day, kibble and meat one day, i.e. limit her to 3 or 4 different things - but alter one thing every day leaving the other 2 things the same as the day before? Does that make sense? Have you tried giving her a meal and if she will not eat it - taking the meal away and trying her 3 or 4 hours later? If she still wont eat take it away and don't feed her till the next day. If your dog is healthy then missing a day's food will not hurt her as long as she has access to lots of water. I intentionally 'fast' my dogs once a week - they just get bone broth and a little offal around 12 noon and nothing else till the next day - dogs are used to 'feast and famine' - their bodies have been accustomed to this for the whole of the time they have been around on planet earth. Also if you could make bone broth - you could give her that if she wont eat the food - that way she will be getting a LOT of nutrition - but very little to fill her stomach for any length of time so she would be really hungry the next day. Taste of the wild I understand is one of the better foods (I have never fed it so don't know from first hand experience). It is not a good idea to feed a dog cat food - it is too high in Taurine which for cats is an essential amino acid (they will die without it) - but dogs make their own by utilising two other amino acids methionine and cysteine (like us making Vitamin D from the sun). The nutrient profiles for cats and dogs are different.
  22. Please don't feed Royal Canin - it is not a good food for any dog. Can you try her on some raw food - or home cooked food? Kibble of any kind is extremely high in starch - between 30-55% starch - and dogs cannot digest starch - so you are paying for half a bag of 'food' your dog cannot use/digest - a particular bacteria in the dog's gut can digest starch - it is called Fermicutees - and it causes inflammation inside your dog's intestines. If circumstances dictate that you have to feed a commercial product can you look out for a freeze dried raw food - if it is available in your country? Your dog might be just fussy - not liking the food she is given. If you absolutely have to continue feeding kibble please look out for a really good brand - one with as little starch as possible. This is easy to work out - on the back of the pack you will find the ingredient analysis / guaranteed analysis - add up all the percentages and take it away from 100 - the figure you are left with is the amount of starch in the food. You need one that is as close to 30% as possible (kibble needs at least 30% starch - its the only thing that holds the little bits together). You can make kibble more nutritious by adding real food to it - like a raw egg (whisked up) twice a week, real meat - preferably minced but any sort of meat (not fatty), raw whole fish -so it includes all the organs - (that has been frozen previously - this will kill any parasites). Fresh green leafy vegetables - finely minced or pureed - broccoli, spinach, things like that. Adding fresh foods to the kibble will not only make it more attractive to your dog (and give her some variety day to day) - but will greatly help her nutrition. Up to 5-10% of her meal can be vegetables, whole fish twice a week will give her many of the essential vitamins and essential amino acids her body needs not only for her body - but her brain and eyes as well. and some meat on the other days. Even if you only add 1/4 of the good meat/fish/veg and take out 1/4 of the kibble you will be really upping the real nutrition your dog gets out of her food. We are a vegetarian household - but my dogs are fed raw meat/fish/vegetables - we choose to be vegetarian, dogs do not get a choice - the only food available to them is what we give them. You obviously care for your dog or you would not have come onto the forum - please try my suggestions and see if your dog eats any better (she will be eating healthier).
  23. Welcome to the forum. Can I ask some questions please? Where are you - i.e. country, what are you feeding your girl. How long have you had her i.e. is she new to your family with an unknown background or have you had her since she was a pup? Does she have any dietary issues - tummy troubles? Is she itchy? Does she chew her paws etc Once we have some more information we may be able to suggest something for you - at the moment we cannot really come up with anything sensible as we do not have enough information - apart from there is a possibility she is just 'fussy' - but having had a dog that would eat one day and not another makes me want more information.
  24. Can you be more specific about your pup being sick all her life?
  25. Your poor boy, I am sure you have, but have you taken him to the vet - they can give injections to control this problem. It is usually a malabsorption problem - so you can be giving high zinc foods and tablets - but his body cannot absorb it properly so injections are usually given - I know of another dog over here that is on injection.
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