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  1. Had a think and wondered if you could use one of those inflatable collars, like a tyre inner tube? They are the alternative to the plastic cones for wound protection. If both dogs wore one they could play but couldn’t get close enough for any biting contact ? Yes they’d look daft but they wouldn’t know that lol. Might only need to be for a couple of months or however long it took for her to forget her rather bad habit? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Inflatable-Collar-Dog-Cat-Soft-E-Collar-Pet-Puppy-Medical-Protection-Head-Cone/273130060830?hash=item3f97d1fc1e:m:m90fTKLxotzsa7cl0vwYS6A As for the daycare, that is appallling and they deserve to be shut down. Does anyone inspect them, do they need a licence? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I know this probably a daft idea but could he not wear a protective sleeve round his neck so that if she grabs him she can’t bite hard enough to do any damage? Maybe Kevlar or similar, light but tough? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Worst news Emma, just too awful, I am so sad for you, for your girl for your family. Whilst normally once my dog has passed that’s the end for me, in your case I’d really want to know, it’s so unusual and just unacceptable that a dog is healthy one minute and then so sick. Life can be really sh*t sometimes. Surely your vet should be trying to find out why because they might be responsible, they owe both you and her that. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Heart breaking, I feel for you and your dog. I gave up on boosters many years ago because I couldn’t see the point of them. Then I read an article , written by a vet who says that research is showing that vaccines can cause hip dysplasia in puppies and affect dogs in later life if they have repeated boosters, immune diseases being one of the ailments, arthritis for example. It was very thought provoking. I hope they can turn her health around, I don’t know if there’s anything they can give to turn off whatever they injected into her but it maybe worth asking. Be prepared though, vets, like doctors, aren’t too happy with being challenged. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Miami ice, tends to show as destructive behaviour or indoor fouling. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. We took in Luna at 7, we were told she’d lived with a cat. We have 2 cats, a Bengal and a Maine Coone. She was very keen to grab them when she first arrived and we also had a child gate to provide an escape route. We gave positive reinforcement with treats whenever one ventured into the same room and both cats were on high alert but the Maine Coon really just decided, as she had with our other two dogs we had, that ignoring them was best and by not running she gave Luna nothing to chase so she didn’t. With the Bengal it took longer, he’s quite hesitant with anything new and it took him a while to feel safe with our last dog, a collie. A year later all 3 co-exist peacefully, both cats are ignored by the dog and both walk past her and sometimes over her. I think the Bengal is still cautious and careful but Luna seems to understand that they are off limits. I guess every dog is different but if she sees a cat outside she’s far more interested and she’d be off after a squirrel given the chance. So it’s possible but I think you need to make it clear to the dog that the cats can’t be harassed or chased. As for the separation anxiety, she went through that too, it was upsetting, every time we left she went through every room in the house opening all the doors with handles and peeing and pooing in some of them. It got easier over time and now as long as we aren’t gone more than a few hours she just sleeps happily out or indoors. Too long and we might come home to a puddle still and even hear her complaining, we don’t leave her often. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Some lovely shots, well done. I’m just pleased to see another husky bitch that looks as big as my Luna! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Oh so sad, losing a dog is the hardest thing in the world, they are so much more than a friend, they bring so much to your life and they ask for nothing but love and kindness. It’s a deep pain that only time can ease. Bless you for loving him caring for him and letting him go when it was his time, he will have had a good life, that’s all we can give them. Sleep big bear for your time is done, know you were loved and the tears are not of regret for your passing but because we wished you could have stayed longer. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Pleased to hear you have some answers, have to wonder why he should be allergic to so many things, I wonder if there’s a genetic tag somewhere? Any, I was thinking, lamb might be a reasonable meat for him. Sheep can’t be force fed or intensively reared so have to have access to grass, turnips are given too but on the whole they’re unlikely to have eaten corn or soya. Of course I might be behind the times and they’ve found something processed that they’ll eat. Might be worth checking though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. My heart breaks for both of you, it’s so hard to stay positive when nothing seems to be working. Just a small thought, have you tried live yoghurt or even kefir? He might like the taste of it, I’d even be giving some butter or cream, even syringe a little olive oil? How happy are you with the vet? Maybe a second opinion? (Pardon me if you’ve thought of or done this already). I've never understood why a vet expects someone to give a sick dog tablets when they aren’t eating? My vet suggested that with my cat recently, I asked for liquid antibiotics and she said they don’t make them so she gave him a long lasting injection instead, can they not do that for Marley. I’m hoping against hope that he picks up soon.
  11. I wonder if it’s the smell? My cat has been very sick and didn’t eat or drink, vet diagnosed URTI. Tried all his favourites, nothing tempted him, not even sardines. What finally did was a very smelly cat food in tins that I buy online, it’s very high meat/fish content. So, maybe have you tried tripe? Raw tripe totally reeks but it is quite gentle on the gut? I really really hope he’s on the mend, I struggle to cope when pets are ill because it’s such a guessing game, give me an injury any day, at least you know what the problem is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I’m curious about why they show chicken as 50% then chicken meal then fresh chicken??? Chicken meal is any part of a chicken, including possibly feathers, ground up and dried, fresh chicken, well that’s anyone's guess, could be the combs, the feet, what? Chicken gravy? Possibly the liquid used to boil it all up. Then there’s maize, doesn’t say it’s not GMO,so it almost certainly is, rice which is a cereal so undesirable, beet pulp which is a filler. A couple of reasonable ingredients but there’s no indication of how much so it may be enough or it may not. Personally when I see “recommended by vets” I avoid it, vets know as little about animal nutrition as GPs know about human nutrition, it isn’t taught to them. This article says it for me: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2546512/How-pet-food-killing-dog-feeding-parsnips-yoghurt.html When you’ve paid out a lot of money for a pup, wouldn’t you want to keep it as healthy as possible? That means species appropriate food, for a dog that’s meat. At the very least if you are going to give it kibble, give raw food too. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Here’s hoping Marley recovers well. I like the sound of your vet, took my cat at 8.30pm and I had to agree the fee before they would book me in, £160! How do they justify it? He was kept in overnight on a drip and only had metacam, collected him around 5 the next day, £236.84. He’s still sick [emoji3525] despite the vet assuring me he was soooo much better and had eaten and was being very vocal and quite lively. He’s back on the bed where he’s been since Sunday, so worrying. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. I have one 7 year old re-homed female husky, one 10 year old Female Maine Coon cat, one 5 year old Bengal male cat and 4 hens. It was a bit of a juggling act fitting the husky in but the Maine Coon adapted well by just not running away from the dog, the Bengal is a bit of a scaredy cat but he now will just step over the husky and they often touch noses, the hens well, the husky was fine with them until one day she wasn’t for some reason and despatched two of them so now they don’t share space lol. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. I've learnt the hard way twice, fortunately there weren't any dire outcomes but there could have been the second time had it not been for a dog proof fence. Even on the lead she can bolt, another dog walker I was chatting to threw his dog a ball, I didn't see him do it and Luna shot off after it, pulled my arm nearly out of the socket and the lead just went with her. Fortunately she came back when called. She also pulled me right over when another dog ran past and she took off after him despite him having already run past once and been ignored by her. Luckily only my ego was a bit bruised as there were several dog walkers all standing and talking lol. Today was her first time in an enclosed safe space, she wasn't impressed or terribly interested in doing anything more than wandering round and sniffing, I did more running than she did! There was some agility equipment, she managed to go down one tube but to sniff the insides, coaxed up and over one apex with treats and over an almost flat jump twice. I'm not sure it's worth trying again unless I can find another dog who would run round with her. The people had a huge great Harlequin Dane but he wasn't let out which was a shame lol.
  16. Must be a Husky thing, my Luna with cows too! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  17. Whoa, you don’t do things by half, a Husky and a Chihuahua! Good luck with both and a big thank you for opening your home to a rescue dog (or two lol), I hope the road ahead is an easy one. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  18. Isn’t that just the dilemma! Hurting one dog to defend another is a difficult decision. I had 2 of my own dogs that would fight, one an Old English, the other a Jack Russell. On one of the worst occasions the bigger dog had the smaller one by the neck and was shaking it. I ran into the kitchen and grabbed a big knife then realised the irony of what I was contemplating, whilst I took a few seconds my young son ran in and tipped a jug of water over them, instant separation, just enough time to grab bigger dog and push her into the garden. The Jack needed the vet and he warned that if it happened again the Jack could die just from shock. The JR was the aggressive dog funnily enough and when my daughter moved out and took it with her I was so relieved. Even after months/years apart they would still try to start a fight if they got back together. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. What’s an indoor dog? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  23. Maybe give her some wet food instead of kibble or maybe even some raw? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  24. 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
  25. 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
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