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  1. I haven’t actually heard of adding taurine in to be honest...I’ll look into it, thank you!
  2. Yep mine has a gluten intolerance so it made sense to omit grain and gluten
  3. What do you guys mean by cooked food? I had lots of issues with my pup, intolerance-wise. The only food he was able to eat was hypoallergenic Wellness Core but he didn’t like it and wasn’t eating which concerned us so much we changed it. We even tried raw and that made him sick. He’s now on Tribal puppy and he LOVES it and doesn’t cause issues for his stomach. This is grain-free and gluten-free and works well for him. And he is one fussy pup so we’re sticking to grain-free. Pleeeeease don’t feed Hills/Science Plan. Those foods have been linked to a number of dog deaths. For some baffling reason, vets still recommend them for a bland diet. I use boiled chicken and veg for my pup if he needs bland food.
  4. That sounds very similar to mine tbf...sounds like quite a bad back trauma occurred? Thinking about it, I can’t pinpoint anything that happened around the time that he started to arch... Bless him, it sounds like he wasn’t able to live a fulfilled life at that point though, so I agree. You did the kindest thing for him. I hope I won’t have to make that choice 😔.
  5. Oh that’s so useful, thank you. I’m sorry to hear about your dog. Was Murphy able to sit at all? My dog can sit and sometimes he’s fine doing so, but other times his legs wobble as though he can’t hold his weight up properly. He can also stretch his back so it looks as though he has no arch, but this is only when he’s hyper vigilant or stretching in an exaggerated manner. When examining him, the vet does feel along the spine and he doesn’t flinch when she does this. Was this the case for you also? I will definitely mention it to the vet and see what they say. I think we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that we will need further scans to find out more. Thanks for your advice! It’s useful to hear other people’s experiences.
  6. Sorry to hear you’ve had a hard time with your husky. I’ve only had mine for 6 months and I’ll admit that I felt the same way as you for a while. It will get better but you have to put in the work. One thing I think that works in your favour is having another dog. Huskies are pack animals. It sounds like your husky may need some more mental stimulation. Do you spend time at home every day doing ‘training sessions’? 5 minutes (if that), here and there with treats that she loves is a good start. The treats are super important - if they’re not high value to her then she won’t be interested in listening to you. I make my own treats because of my pup’s allergies - they’re super easy to make and he loves them. Recall-wise - I agree with the others. Huskies have terrible recall! It can be improved but it starts at home. For example, I always call mine in from the garden with some kind of reward. Also, is she left alone a lot? I’ve heard that some huskies need more supervision than other breeds during the first year or so of their lives. It could be a separation anxiety thing so to keep her busy when you’re not around, you could leave Kongs for her filled with interesting treats. It also sounds like she likes to chew - mine is an aggressive chewer and the only thing that stems this is giving him a deer antler, so you could try that perhaps? With regards to pulling, i’m sorry to say but that’s a long road. Because huskies were bred for that purpose it takes a lot to train it out of them. I would suggest a double-ended leash (one end goes on the harness and other end on the collar) and perhaps even a Halti if it gets really bad (you will have to positively reinforce the Halti as some don’t like this). In the mornings my dog will have a ‘training walk’. So he will be taught to walk on ‘side’ which is walking next to me. Every time he pulls or goes ahead of me, I turn and go in the opposite direction, or pull the Halti slightly to the side to correct. Huskies always look up to the Alpha. At the moment she doesn’t see you as the Alpha. That walking exercise is good as it reminds her who is in control. Huskies are hard work but they say if you put all the work in now, it really pays off. Sorry for the essay! Be reassured that I have experienced your feelings. You’re doing the right things in being patient with her and reinforcing positively, but huskies need someone firm and who doesn’t take any nonsense. Be confident. You can do it. Good luck
  7. Oh that sounds so upsetting and stressful for the both of you! I guess it was a relief to know that she wasn’t in any pain, and that she lived to a really good age. Yeah, my husband and I aren’t giving up! Because he’s so young we hope that his age will help. Fingers crossed...I will keep you all updated as soon as we know more. In the meantime, thanks for the support. makes a big difference
  8. Thank you for your advice. In terms of his food, we have done a lot of research ourselves and have literally spent the first 4-5 months we have had him in getting that right. He’s now on a grain-free diet (grains tend to trigger acne for him), and gluten and wheat free (these foods seemed to exacerbate his muscle tremors). I’m sorry to hear about your dog how old was she? Which nerve disorder did she have? We are definitely going to push to find out what this issue is - next steps will be getting a third opinion (we’ve already had two). He can still be quite boisterous though so that’s a good sign! Thank you for your advice everyone. From a worried first time dog owner, it means a lot.
  9. Oh how interesting! It’s been months for my pup he can stretch it and it’ll look normal, but this is usually when he’s super alert We havent looked into acupuncture yet tbf. I’m not sure if it is just a pinched nerve because of the other symptoms he’s shown (i.e. shaky legs/doesn’t want to jump into the car/climb stairs). Also the vet has physically examined his spine a number of times and he doesn’t flinch when she does this. Thank you for your reply! That’s quite helpful, I’ll look into the pinched nerve just in case.
  10. Yep, he was X-rayed for his neck, knees, hips and various angles of his back. Nothing showed up 😕. Very concerned it’s neurological in nature
  11. Hello! An update on this issue... So pup has had X-rays done and nothing showed up on them. His back hasn’t got any better - in fact, the arch seems to be a bit more prominent at the moment. My guess is that more advanced imaging may be required. :( Has anyone had any issues with their dog (or dogs of people they know) where the back is arched in this manner? He sometimes protests when you ask him to sit and seems to find it more comfortable to either lie down or stand. Would be great to hear other people’s experiences. I am a first time dog owner so this is all very scary, baffling and new to me... Thank you in advance
  12. Hello! No he hasn’t had any yet as this is very expensive and he will need to go under anaesthetic. We are planning to have these X-rays taken when he is castrated once he is fully grown. But I’m concerned that what if this is a degenerative or time-sensitive issue? Have you heard of this happening in such a young puppy? Thank you
  13. Hi all, I am new to this forum but was looking for some advice for my 6-month old husky! He is very playful, enjoys walks and is very strong! However, since he was around 5 months of age, he started to show an arched back. This was accompanied with pretty severe muscle tremors (severity: 9/10). We took him to the vet and, after examinations and blood tests, we were told that his new food may not be suitable for him (we had weaned him onto his new kibble completely the before these symptoms occurred). So we were told to put pup onto a gluten-free diet, which we did and the tremors have reduced drastically but haven’t gone away completely (they’re around a 2/10 now). Our pup’s arched back is still present and I’m not sure what this could be. I’ve been scouring the internet constantly for over a month and I’m still not sure what it could be. The veterinary surgeon thoroughly examined his back numerous times and she could not feel any signs of trauma and/or abnormalities. Our pup isn’t that keen to sit anymore, and it can take him a bit longer to do so, so I’m concerned about what this could be. We have used a harness on him since he was very young to avoid straining his neck. But Reading up about IVDD makes me wonder if this is what it is because the usual age of onset is 3 years. Does anybody have any ideas? I have attached some pictures of what this back arch looks like. Your help is greatly appreciated! Thank you
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