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  1. Hi there, have you got any further with your pup? I hope he’s ok. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. I’m not sure he would have needed trauma, as a pup just overdoing something can have consequences that may not be apparent straight away. For example before the CT the vet was explaining it could be a shattered disc or a spinal stroke. The stroke will heal on its own more or less whereas a disc won’t and the quicker it’s seen and dealt with the better chance there is of it healing. With Murphy because the vet pushed the decision on to us it was nearly a month before he had the CT. I hope you’ve had some progress with him and I wish him a quick recovery. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. If it’s growing through the holes, depending on how big they are, can you not cover them with something? Cheapest would be duct tape but probably wouldn’t look too good or just nail some green vinyl over it and hope it kills it, it will at least stop it coming through. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Thanks everyone, I’ll give it a miss as it seems a bit pointless. Luna has a very thick coat which bits of blow but she’s not done a full shed while I’ve had her. She also seeks out a dark, damp place, under the honeysuckle which is thick, how she gets between the roots of that and the other shrubs is a work of art lol. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Why? Do you think a dog doesn’t need such a thing because they can mostly regulate their body heat or because you don’t think it would be efficient? The one I was looking at was Ruffwear swamp cooler. This is Luna, she has a very dense thick coat, she is shaved there post surgery and her fur has grown back pretty well although there’s a long way to go. I am a bit concerned about how quickly she starts panting on a hot day, she makes like a gagging sound when we’re on the way back. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Kibble? Really, not if you want your dog to be healthy. Raw is easy, it’s just raw meat or fish, some big bones and offal, how is that difficult? Offal is cheap, heart is cheap, you can buy bags of frozen raw cubes, Dr. Mercola makes a powdered mix to sprinkle on the food that contains everything a dog needs, called Meal Mix, works out about £1 a day but if you’re in the States it’s likely to be much cheaper. You can buy dehydrated meat, Nature’s Menu make it, it’s balanced and the only other thing needed is access to water. You have a great dog, he deserves the best food you can manage. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. I met a lady walking a Jack Russell who was wearing what she described as a cool coat because she said he panted a lot on warm days and now he doesn’t. I’ve looked them up and it had me wondering if it would be a worthwhile investment for Luna. I’m walking her between 7-8 am and she’s fine when we set out but by the time we are on the way back she is panting a lot. My fingers in her coat find heat right down to her skin so I’m not sure about her coat keeping her cool. Has anyone else used something similar on their husky, was it effective? It would cost about £70, not a lot but a fair bit if it’s not going to be useful. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. He did sit but his back was always arched and he couldn’t seem to sit for long. I wish we’d been more proactive in finding out what the issue was but he never complained or seemed to bothered. He didn’t seem to have any especial sensitive spot on his spine. I asked his previous owner a couple of times but apart from saying he met a guy at a service station who took 5 mins to sort him out he just wouldn’t disclose what was wrong. He was such an easy loving great boy who never fussed it was a really bad day when we had to make the decision but a dog who can’t walk isn’t a dog any more. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Can dogs get haemorrhoids? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. I think what you need is a spinal CT. Symptoms sound very similar to my border collie Murphy. We got him at about 7 and certain movements made him yelp but other than that he was fine. However as he got older it became more of a problem, he didn’t sit, he was either up or down. His back had an arch to it too. Eventually when he was 12 he was getting out of the stream he slipped. Long story short he exploded a vertebra, the first vet didn’t spot it, he was off his back legs by then. Long story short he ended up having a CT which showed the problem and he needed surgery. I suspect he’d had a weakness there for a long time and the twist getting out of the brook finally finished it off. The surgery went very well, he recovered after about 4 weeks but then one morning he went off his feet again and this time he’d had a stroke at which point we decided it was the end of the road. Xrays are unlikely to show these type of injuries, CT or MRI will, neither is particularly cheap but if it finds the problem it’s worth it, at least ask the vet what the chances are. Murphy never seemed to be in any pain except for when he tweaked it. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Ah not so good that you’ve had to go through that on top of all your other woes. I hope they sort you out. That’s sad about Bandit but you certainly don’t need the extra stress right now and at least he’s out of the hell hole he was in thanks to your generosity. He’s young, he’ll get over it lol. He’s left room for a replacement when you feel up to it. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Bandit is an ace name, I’m sure there are already loads of huskies called Storm. A thought about having him spayed, I don’t know if you read Dr. Karen Becker but she recommends that dogs aren’t castrated but have a doggie vasectomy, she feels, as you have also mentioned, that castrating/neutering dogs while still growing is causing the hip and joint problems you flagged up too. It seems eminently sensible to me, it would be cheaper (maybe lol) but certainly quicker and a more natural way of preventing unwanted puppies etc. I’ve not been in the position of doing either as the last 3 rehomes have already been done, both the dogs had arthritis though and it seems many older dogs do almost as though it’s inevitable. If I ever take a dog that needs it doing I will be advocating vasectomy/tube tying. I’m pleased to hear he’s settling in so well, I hope it’s not the honeymoon period lol, but how could he not thrive when he’s going to have the optimal life [emoji4] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Luna is a Sibe and has just had emergency abdomen/bladder surgery, she was under at least a couple of hours and came out of it well, she’s previously been spayed and obviously came through that too. Have they any idea why his prostate is a problem? I’ve not heard of it in dogs before (not that that is anything to go by lol) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. I’m going to be bold and suggest it’s more to do with the husky personality. I had 2 cats when I took in Luna, one cat, the Bengal ran for his life every time he spotted her, the other, a Maine Coon was a bit apprehensive but she chose not to run. Luna chased them a couple of times but seems to have learned that the cats live here and are off limits. She pretty much ignores them (but will steal their food if she can) and if they meet is more inclined to exchange sniffs with them. The Bengal is now totally cool around Luna and will even climb over to get through the dog flap. They swap beds a lot too, if either cat is in the dog bed, the dog finds an alternative she never tries to displace them. Luna was around 6 when we got her. I’m as confident as I can be that Luna will not attack either of them so I have no problems leaving them all in together. Luna never goes upstairs, presumably earlier training, so the cats can escape up there but there are shelves and higher places if they need to escape. Curiously if she sees a cat while we’re out she’s very interested, were she not on a lead I expect she would run at them. When she was very sick recently we took her on a short walk near the vets, on the pavement was a cat who was not going to give way, Luna stuck her nose forward to sniff it and it smacked her and drew blood, she didn’t retaliate at all, just looked at the cat as if to say why did you do that? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. I really can’t thank you enough for taking on Storm, he finally has a chance at a better life with someone who at least knows the breed and is willing to have a go at resettling him. I’ll never understand the people who treat animals so badly, what don’t they have in their make up that the rest of us do? Reading back on the Wyre estuary it sounds just the sort of place I’d like to take Luna. She’s made an amazing recovery and I want to work on keeping her well and that should be at least one decent longish walk/run a week. It sounds like the place that daughter took her a while ago, she said there aren’t any sheep etc. so it would be ideal. Hoping that Storm isn’t too much of a problem for Marley and cat and that he settles after his bath. [emoji873] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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