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  1. Luna started weeing way too much so we went to the Vet who said without a urine test she could diagnose accurately but would start her on antibiotics over 3 days and if she didn’t improve to take her back as it could be crystals (so I’ve read up on those now). As if that wasn’t enough, as far as we can tell she hasn’t pooped in nearly 2 days. As a dog who poops at least twice on each of her walks that’s worrying me a bit. She may have gone in the garden area but it’s tricky to be sure with all the shrubbery and weeds! In herself she is just as normal, isn’t crying or seeming to be in pain. The vet examined her thoroughly and said she could find any sore areas but gave her pain relief anyway which I admit to not having given her. Plus despite my best efforts with weighing her food she has increased by a kilo [emoji849] Does anyone think there may be more to this, something hormonal maybe? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks Robke, it never occurred to me that pet dogs wouldn’t be allowed in! I’ve never understood why (apart from guard dogs I suppose) people keep dogs and don’t allow them inside? Seems pointless missing out on their company, charm etc. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. First thought is what are you feeding her? I’ve heard it said that dogs eat cat poop because if the cat is fed properly it’s higher in protein than most dog food so is attractive. If it’s a real issue while you’re out then maybe muzzle her? It will probably make your neighbours even more worried lol but they’ll get over it. It’s really quite extraordinary how many dog walkers rush to protect their dogs when they see my husky coming, they pull their dog in, move over to the side, cross over to avoid us and try to excuse themselves by saying it’s their dog that’s the problem “oh he was once bitten by” a big dog, hairy dog, grey dog etc. You just have to smile and keep going. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. What’s an indoor dog? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Maybe give her some wet food instead of kibble or maybe even some raw? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Bit late to this but rather than a permanent rehome could you find a foster home with a view to having him back when you are recovered? You could meet up with him occasionally then so the dogs keep in touch? Maybe even a kennel where you visit him, walk him out with all five together then he stays in the kennel perhaps having some train8ng while he’s there? Expensive I guess but less upsetting than having to let him go? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. If the dog and cat are in the same space together, make a fuss of the dog in a calm way and give her treats. Our husky was avoided by the cats when she first came, the big cat whose now known 3 dogs just treated her as though having a husky around was normal, smaller cat acted like he was mortally afraid which he did with our last dog but over time as the dog was less and less reactive because we monitored her and rewarded her not harassing the cats, the Bengal is now fine with her except when he has his chicken drumstick, I’ve caught the dog mugging him for it twice lol. The cat just abandons it and leaves. Otherwise we regularly have all three in the room together although they don't ever cohabit the same space. I think being calm, rewarding the dog and maybe keeping a leash on her should be fine. As you may have the dog again in the future to help out, it’s a good idea to familiarise it with the cat and vice versa Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Is there any decision yet? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. My daughter has had asthma since she was two. I first discovered it when she stroked a dog in the street and her face swelled up on one side, she got spots on her face too. I took her to A&E who diagnosed a dog allergy. Subsequently after a few years she was diagnosed with allergic asthma and has several triggers, dogs, cats, horses and some grasses and trees. When she was around 10 we got her a Jack Russell pup, we had a cat and from then on we were never without a furry pet of some kind because the pleasure she got from them out weighed the downside of the asthma. She is 46 now and still has a dog and cat, sometimes two dogs or two cats. She has had quite a few bad asthma attacks, hospitalised occasionally too. When she left home she made the decision to take her dog with her, she is willing even now to risk the bad chests etc. because she loves the animals. She’s not particularly house proud and the the dog she has now sleeps on her bed every night. My advice would be that before you make the decision to rehome your dog, consider whether that is truly what your partner wants, how much your children are attached to a dog you’ve had since he was a puppy and can you really, really let him go? He’s not just a pet he’s a family member, you say yourself he’s a truly lovely dog, can you honestly part with him? Before you do, consider the options, as above, try to find out if he is the cause or trigger for your partner’s asthma attacks, is there a chance that you could keep one main room totally dog free for your partner to use? A poster on here who was allergic to a dog he wanted to rehome to his house had an air cleaning system installed, maybe not cheap but you never know. Maybe invest in the best vacuum cleaner you can afford and use it every day to remove as much dander as you can to reduce the impact. Would your partner wear a dust mask perhaps? Quite honestly, I’m reading that your heart will break if you have to give him up especially as it’s so difficult to find another home where you’re happy to place him. I’d want to try anything I could before I took that option. It’s difficult I know but giving away something you love has to be the last option not the first. I really hope you can find an alternative. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Human grade raw for Luna too. It’s sad just how many owners think Wagg and Baxter’s is good enough. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Sober reading, I’ve never trusted processed pet food much. https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2018/07/23/feeding-turkey-feathers-on-pets.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180723Z2&et_cid=DM223735&et_rid=372603640 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. So pleased that you have updated, I’ve thought about Czar a few times. It all sounds really positive and the pair of you have developed a bond. I’d love to find a wide open space that Luna could run free in, after a very near miss with a field of sheep (which she couldn’t access thank goodness) I haven’t let her off leash which is sad as she needs more exercise. I’m sure the GSD will learn to trust especially if Czar isn’t responding with any aggression. Norway sounds amazing [emoji2] I spent some months in Finland in the winter, I love snow. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Oh what a lovely boy, thank you from me for taking him in. I’m sure you won’t regret it, he is a wee bit skinny but he should fill out with good food. Best of luck with him and I hope he brings you years of pleasure. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Aren’t vets odd! When I told my vet I was feeding my dog raw food she shook her head a bit and said it wasn’t wise as it can contain worms. When I told her I didn’t think it would because we bought it all at Waitrose she didn’t know what to say [emoji23] Bets actually don’t cover pet nutrition in their training would you believe. All the food they have on their shelves is stuff pushed on them by reps and they seem to swallow the “it’s excellent food blah blah blah” that they’re fed. You can always tell because it’s almost always Hills Science diet or Royal Canin neither of which I’d ever give my dog or cats. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I’m not keen on giving supplements to dogs unless you know there is a deficiency of something. Good quality food should provide all a puppy needs. Check out Dr. Karen Becker, she’s a vet who really knows about dog nutrition. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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