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  1. Whenever our long haired husky gets hot - he puts his feet into the drinking bowl - been doing it since he was a pup and never got out of the habit. I just got a bigger drinking bowl for outside and put ice into it on the rare occasions it gets too hot here.
  2. Yes - as long as you know what you are looking for. I have to ensure that the meat my husky eats has not been fed soya, wheat, corn or oats, so I have far more of a problem. My old dog trainer get his 4 dogs food direct from a slaughter house ..................................its not for me - been veggie for over 40 years - feeding raw is bad enough.
  3. My huskey is allergic to 9 different foodstuffs - yeast not being one of them. Your best bet is to feed raw - preferably from scratch. Starch and grains are the enemy as you probably already know.
  4. My Marley is officially the fussiest husky on the planet - so I understand your pain and frustration. He is totally raw fed - like Rachael above I believe it is the best. He will not eat exactly the same meal two days running! He would just site there with the look of "you expect me to eat this? I had it yesterday - get me something else! He has sardines in the morning (best way to get his medication down his neck) - when he is REALLY hungry πŸ˜‰ He gets half a tin of sardines in spring water (my other dog gets the rest) - not only is it his favourite food on the planet - but it is also the most nutritionally complete food there is - more nutritionally complete than a raw egg even (and that's saying something) - so I worry less about getting all his vitamins and minerals in. Sardines and herrings are the best things to partner with chicken - chicken is extremely high in omega 6 to omega 3 (28:1) and the sardines (also fresh sardines or herrings) are at 1.4:1 so really evens out the bad omega 6's. It doesn't help that Marley has 9 different food allergies - so I am limited as to what I can give him. One day he will get venison mince (with organs and bone) with beef mince, next day he will get venison mince with bone broth and white fish or sardines. The next day he will have the beef mince and rabbit from my butcher and the next probably just white fish with lamb breast, heart and bone. I usually have three different meats/fish on the go in the fridge and just rotate so he gets something different, - and I dont end up wasting food. I usually found that if he would not eat a meal - if I mashed up a tin of sardines in spring water into the food he ate it all (and at 45p a tin it does not break the bank - use half and put the other half in the fridge for the next day). At the end of the day a healthy dog will not starve itself - be strong and don't panda to her (too much) I unfortunately HAVE to ensure Marley eats something at least twice a day. I leave the bone portion of his meals until late in the day - and he does not get his beloved lamb's ribs until he has eaten something - even if it is 10pm at night.
  5. Welcome - he is very handsome !
  6. Can you put up a link to the page please?
  7. My hobby is herbal medicine
  8. https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&catId=102888 Came across this site today and it appears to be very good for all sorts of dog ailments - may be one to save to your favourites folder
  9. I have loads of links I can send you to assist your research into raw diets if and when you decide to go into it further.
  10. I give my dog cbd oil for epilepsy - it is working extremely well for him - from 5 fits in the first 9 weeks of last year he has only had 3 fits in the one year (less one day) since. I use a human cbd for him.
  11. I use the Walk Your Dog With Love harness - same as the Indi dog harness and cheaper if money is an issue (as it is with me) as for treats I found tinned hot dog sausages cut into small bits worked a treat for my husky - remove from tin use one and freeze the rest for another day. He only got these on training days so they became a high value treat for him.
  12. With salmon heads - make sure you freeze them for two weeks before giving them to your pup - they often contain parasites in the gills and the freezing kills them. One other thing to watch is that salmon teeth are particularly nasty as well as hard. Wild caught whole salmon contains all the vitamins except Vit B9, Vit E and Vit K, and does contain all the minerals (however just the head will be missing some of these vitamins). I am firmly in the raw feeding camp - so am biased against 99.5% of kibble as it is essentially 'dead' food - all vitamins and minerals mentioned on the lable have had to be put in after it is produced - and are mostly chemical vitamins, not natural - and not as easily absorbed by the body (however as Rachael mentioned above there are a couple of good quality kibbles) . Having said that - we all feed what we believe is the best for our fur babies and I wont knock anyone for having a different viewpoint to my own I think that sardines and/or herrings may be a better choice - they both contain every single vitamin and mineral there is - they are more nutritionally complete than an egg (which does not contain Vitamin C) - and are more easily eaten by a pup - plus he would be getting the whole fish - complete with the organs - which is preferable. The other advantage is that these fish are 'prey' fish to other, larger fish in the sea, therefore they do not contain as many contaminants as those fish higher up in the food chain, as those fish obviously absorb any contaminants that their food has absorbed in its life cycle.
  13. After I found the right cbd oil for him his seizures went from the 108 days above and is currently still seizure free 150 days later (as of today). I initially put him on four drops - as that was the level he was on with the previous oil - but have lowered it to two drops a day as it is a much stronger oil - and as you know it is possible to go over the 'sweet spot' - more is not necessarily better. This is working fine for Marley - but all dogs are different.
  14. When you say she is in the house all the time ..................... does she ever go out?
  15. Welcome to the forum ...................... where are the pictures? We LOVE pictures
  16. Another no - my two like to come and sit on the settee with me and be stroked - but not actually touching me.
  17. Its taken 4 1/2 months, four rounds of different antibiotics, probiotics, prebiotics, healthy dog gut bacteria, testing, re-testing, Β£2,960 (and counting) but yesterday his last test came back free of salmonella! Have another appointment on Monday with his usual vet - now we can tackle the ulcers properly (not bleeding any more) - get stuff to get rid of the H pylori completely (the bacteria that causes ulcers), - next its the leaky gut to heal totally - have already been doing this throughout his treatment using colostrum, grass fed beef bone broth and goats milk kefir - and Marley's other (homeopathic) vet will be able to give me some stuff I am sure. Once the leaky gut has been healed completely a lot of his allergies should go away. I am currently undergoing a course on healing a leaky gut (USA based). I may even be able to expand his diet a bit - although chicken and pork must stay off his menu for life because of the soya. Can now see a light at the end of the very dark tunnel we have been in for so long. The other bit of good news is that whilst he has been so ill - he has not had another epileptic fit - from 5 fits in the first 9 weeks of 2018 - then I put him on cbd oil in March of 2018 - and in the last YEAR (less 7 days) he has only had 3 fits - his last one was 144 days ago. His homeopathic vet says she can stop them completely - and is 100% positive of this, but wants to get all his other problems sorted first (yes I am now using allopathic and homeopathic remedies at the same time) - neither medication interferes with the other but work in different ways. We literally felt as if we had won the lottery yesterday when we got the news.
  18. Welcome to the forum
  19. Since the previous post the vets have put him on yet another medication in addition to all his others - he is on 8 different tablets and capsules in the evening, 6 in the morning, and 1 at lunchtime. I am going through tons of cheese - its the easiest way to get him to take all his tablets - but of course for every bit of cheese he gets - Marley also has to have a piece of cheese. The older he gets, the more important food is to him - he eats like a Lab now - but I have to be very careful with his weight - I've got him down to 36 kilos - the vet would like one more kilo - but has said really one kilo would make no difference, yet every ounce I can get off him must help with his arthritis, its less for him to carry around. The vet assures me that on these meds he will feel little or no real pain, - but will still feel discomfort and stiffness, and this morning he got his back foot caught up in the wires of my computer - and just stood there, he could not lift his leg an inch off the ground to get rid of the wire - either that or he had forgotten what to do to get his foot free - even though he has been doing it for years - its getting difficult to tell now. He is still enjoying life though - albeit at a much slower pace, I will know when it is time ..................... and its not yet, but I know it is coming.
  20. UPDATE (of a sort) Lunar's ccd is progressing slowly and if anything slightly improving, I am convinced its mainly due to the Gotukola, Bacopa and hawthorn berry tincture. He is currently on the following meds: VITOFYLLIN AMYTRYPTILINE DIAZIPAM LOXICOM GABAPENTIN GOTU KOLA BACOPA ALPHA LIPOIC ACID HAWTHORN BERRY TINCTURE GLUCOSAMINE & CHRONDRITIN DEVIL'S ALTERNATIVE He has only just started the Gabapentin and Loxicom, because I noticed he was getting more unsteady on his back legs (he will be 14 in 5 days time) - despite the glucosamine & chondritin and the Devil's alternative (devil's claw) for his arthritis. I took him to the vet and her first comment was "he is very unsteady on his front legs - almost no control" - I then said his back legs are worse. After checking him over thoroughly it turns out he has arthritis in all toes, paws, ankles, knees, elbows, and hips & shoulders. In the last 5 days there has been no improvement in his movement so the vet has said to increase the gabapentin. When I first had the diagnosis of ccd last year I asked God to take his legs first (and I am not a praying sort of person as a rule) - as at least I would know when it was time - far easier than with this dreadful disease of the mind. He still enjoys his food, knows us (95% of the time) and really loves walkies ................ for about 150 yards now, then we have to turn back with him let him in the house then continue the walk with our other dog a 3 year old husky. He is never left alone, there is either one of us or our other dog here at all times - and we go out together shopping once a week - hubby does the shopping then rings me to pick him up so we are both gone for a maximum of 15 minutes (I also have arthritis of the spine and cannot stand for too long). Like Lunar I have good days and bad days - so really do understand what he is going through. I know he will tell me when it is time - and it is not yet. It is his 14th birthday on Thursday and we will give him a good party and celebrate his life with us (we are his fourth owners). However I do feel guilty for asking for an 'easy way out' and apparently for the first time having a prayer answered - but I know that he will at least be able to tell me when he wants to go over the bridge - before this disgusting mind disease takes everything away that made my beautiful companion, - him. I really do not think it will be too long - maybe a few months - but they will be months filled with love and caring and when the time comes he will be at home surrounded by his family and his best friend, Marley will be at his side whilst he crosses over. I can only wish the same for all your furbabies, that they are still able to tell you when it is time to let them go, with dignity. This is my first sight of Lunar A few weeks later As a young adult With his old buddy Bernie relaxing after a heavy play session Middle aged Lunar relaxing with current best friend Cane who came to us aged 10 Lunar at 11 years old showing he's still got what it takes to cope with hyperactive new friend Marley Still bright and playful at 12 1/2 and looking good for his age January last year - time for a rest after another exhusting play session with Marley In soon to be 14 years there has never been one growl or snarl, let alone bite - however I am now having to be very careful with him around our cat - who he has happily lived with since coming to us as a 12 week old pup - I think he sometimes forgets who Socks is and sees him as a stranger.
  21. Welcome to the forum - lovely looking dog
  22. I would not consider nutering just yet - the lastest scientific studies have shown for medium sized dogs 12 months is the earliest - otherwise it can cause damage to the growth plates and cause them problems later on. Large breed dogs should wait until 18 months.
  23. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/dogs-dying-because-of-toxic-levels-of-vitamin-d-in-food/?utm_source=ontraport&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=content&utm_content=dogs-dying-because-of-toxic-levels-of-vitamin-d-in-food Dont know if you guys already know about this - only came across it today - as far as I know it only affects the USA - but I believe Hills prescription food is also here.
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