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  1. You'd be fine, your feet don't reach the bottom of the tank, they just dangle in there.
  2. I do the baby oil on wet skin thing after a shower. Yep, had a session at Appy-feet. Very good! Bring a former fishkeeper though, I feel a bit sorry for them in bare tanks. Must stress them? They actually sell those fish (proper name Garra Rufa fish) half an hr from us. Just looking into how I could set up my own tank at home? Maybe a custom-build glass coffee table, tank at base and a lift-off top, plus some anti-stress decor.
  3. Here's another one for you: get yourself wide top preserving jar, two-thirds fill it with table salt, top up with thickish oil, either baby oil, grapeseed or virgin olive oil. Chuck a few drops of your favorite essential oil in if you like ( I like ylang ylang).....stir well and you have a very good moisturising body/hand scrub with nothing artificial in. Particularly good on hands, feet, knees and elbows, but don't use on your face as a bit too harsh. If you have one near you, sessions in the doctor fish tanks are fantastic!
  4. I'm prone to calluses through work/sport. Save your cash and don't spend on expensive creams with fancy promises. I have it from a dermatologist they don't work. A basic liquid parrafin product is as good as anything, either diprobase, baby lotion, baby oil or similar. Apply liberally at night and go to sleep in a pair of cotton gloves for best effect. Also wear gloves to protect your hands from what causes the problem. Same treatment works on feet with a pair of socks at night too.
  5. If you have the KC registration document, signed and dated on back by breeder/previous registered owner, then there is no time limit I'm aware of and once sent, your ownership is from date stated by previous owner. Basic transfer is about £15 I think?
  6. Dyson DC14, 5 years old and apart from one of cable hooks breaking off, good as new and top-notch fur-buster. Does get looked after, filters washed regularly and cannister and brush bar given a good clean. Have a Bissell pro-heat carpet shampooer. Very good, though needs a new drive belt on it now and then.
  7. There usually quick and fairly inexpensive (at our vets at least) and well worth it. Fortunately ours have good teeth as will eat bones etc. Just Mishka who's had terrible teeth from before a year old. Our old boy had one when we got him as his teeth were a bit of a state, including two damaged canines. He has a beautiful gold crown on one of them now!
  8. All the above fine for helping with the symptoms, but would recommend a visit to the vet to check out the cause, which is usually build up of gunk, tarter and sometimes gum disease or decay. A vet dental will solve these and the bad breath problem. We have a dog with a genetic tendancy to bad teeth. She's had 3 dentals (at the age of nearly 5) and already needed extractions. One thing that tells us it's time for another oral check is the reappearance of bad breath.
  9. Sounds like an infection. Is she up to date with worming and vaccinations?
  10. As much as I would love to have a live-in vet for around 18 weeks to see me through pregnacy, whelping and rearing, short of marrying one, it's not going to happen. Nope, we have to make do (like most people who go into a litter-breeding plan with eyes wide open) with having a vet at the end of the phone 24/7 and a 15 minute drive away) maybe less with your foot down) but then again, we can manage with that, because we've taken the time to know what to expect, what can go wrong and ensuring we also have very trusted and very experienced fellow owners also on the end of the phone to help as well. We knew what was happening straight away in this case and felt with it. When do you propose the vet moves in? As things can go wrong at any point from mating to weaning. It's not just the actual birth that comes with risks.
  11. I'd say study (and gaining experience) is essential. Sure, you don't need to BE a vet, but breeding and raising a litter is involved and you need to at least know enough to be able to spot when somethings wrong and know what to do about it. More so where Huskies are concerned, because as a breed, they are inclined to be very stoic and can hide problems very well. Case in question, our bitch who went into whelp and produced a puddle of green discharge. Had we not known what that was and acted quickly, we may well have lost our girl along with her litter.
  12. Excellent post. Only thing I would add to your eye list is Glaucoma, which along with Hereditory cateracts is the other 'biggie' in the breed. Corneal dystrophy is less common, but does occur and PRA, which you didn't see much in the UK seems to be cropping up more often of late. Also be aware these problems can skip generations and the modes of inheritance not fully understood, so along with insisting on both mum and dad being tested clear, try to research back the whole pedigree. The brother to one of our girls threw up a fail. The previous identifiable problem prior to his was 3 generations back and was the litter brother of his Great grandsire (who was himself clear and also a UK champion with quite a lot of CC's to his name). Shows that even with care, problems can crop up, but also fair to say the chances are far greater where that care is not exercised. My personal opinion is that breeding without eye testing in paticular is reckless
  13. If you stand a Sibe square, back feet should point forwards and front feet at 'Five to one' (as in a clock face). Deviations are usually conformation faults, so yes, could arise from less-than-selective breeding. A decent breeder would take a good long look at conformation and stance and probably not choose to breed from the dog. I might take some pics here to illustrate. We have some spot-on stances, but do have a cow-hocked boy who points his rear feet outwards, also a girl with feet nearer quarter to three, similar to your boy, and a girl who points her front feet slightly inwards. Both overly outwards and over-straight on front feet are incorrect conformation and we wouldn't chooses to breed from any of ours with less than ideal stances.
  14. If it's warm out, I wouldn't be too concerned at this point about lethergy if everything else is normal. Even our most hyper dogs arn't inclined to do much if it's very warm. If his symptoms persist though, I would be asking for a second opinion and digging deeper. If a physical exam shows up nothing, consider doing bloodwork and get liver, renal, pancriatic and thyroid function tests included in those bloodtests.
  15. He'll be fine. Maybe just the squits, but nothing more. Our's suppliment their raw diet with the odd wild bird, especially at this time of year, usually swallowed whole! Like Sinead says, just keep up the worming, usually monthy at his age.
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