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  1. 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
  2. Hello, about a week ago Ocean, my 4 year old Husky, chased down a street cat. I tried to intervene to train Ocean and to save the cat, and got myself bitten in the process. The bite is fine and i took a tetanus shot and antibiotic course as a precaution. the wound is minimal. i have since been interacting normally with her. Anyway, last night Ocean started acting out of character: excessive hauling, no appetite. she was fine this afternoon, although still no appetite, and then turned aggressive and tried to bite me. that is not her normal and it has not happened in the 4 years. I would appreciate some advice please; what do you think is going on?
  3. Hi I have a husky named Thor who is about two and a half. The fur on the left side of his neck is standing up and when I feel near the root it feels dry and a little tangled but not knotted. After I brush it out it comes right back in a couple hours. If anybody knows what’s going on i would really appreciate it.
  4. Hi Everyone, Thanks for all the help with the hand biting. Loki is now 9 months old, he has been eating TLC puppy food since we got him. He does well on that, good large stools although a bit loose and he goes usually twice in the morning, once at lunch and once after dinner. I was thinking about keeping him on the TLC dog food but it is expensive (not that that is an issue). I was wondering what everyone thought as to a good dry food to give him, we are not a big fan of the wet food. Thank You in Advance Tom S
  5. Earlier today I was giving my my 8 year old sibe a bath when I noticed that there was blood coming from her anal area. Upon inspection I saw a little blood blister like thing in the 2 o'clock position( this one was slightly swollen) and then some other very small but similar spots at what seemed to be the 7pm position. The area wasn't hard or stiff. I proceeded to finish the bath and I walked her for about a mile as well, immediately after. I then took her to the vet and they checked her out. They said everything seemed normal internally. She's kept her appetite, drinks water normally, her stool was completely normal meaning no discoloration or blood and no diarrhea. The vet gave an ointment and some antibiotics. What could this be?
  6. Luna is about 9 months old and I’m curious as to why her coat isn’t fluffy. I do live in Texas so could it be due to the fact that it’s summer time? Or maybe her coat isn’t fully developed yet? I absolutely love her but I’m just worried that her coat won’t be as fluffy as other husky’s coats.
  7. I’m hoping someone out there can help me. This is Chance and he is almost 3 years old. We have been fighting a losing battle with Atopic Dermatitis since he was 5 months old. He’s had biopsy’s, bloodwork, and been on more medication than I can count. He’s seen 3 different veterinarians, been on rounds of steroids, keflex, antifungals, anxiety meds, and others. Nothing has made any difference. He’s in pain and it’s breaking my heart. I’m a seasoned husky owner but I’ve never seen anything like this. I hope someone somewhere out there has an answer or has delt with a similar solution. I don’t know what else to do, so hopefully this place can offer me some guidance. Thank you in advance to everyone who replies. It’s much appreciated by myself and by Chance.
  8. Kota is an (almost) 19 month old husky living in Minnesota. He's pretty lazy because we can't run him as much as we should. For as long as I can remember having him he's always panted a lot. Of course he would when we take him to the park and on walks, but he also does it when he hasn't done any sort of physical activity (like sitting around in the house). For example we could be sitting on the couch together and he would just be slowly panting. It wasn't fast or rough. But for clarification its not CONSTANT but it does happen a lot. For a while I thought it was cute because it seemed relaxing (if that makes sense) but now it sort of worries me. We're just getting into the colder months here so there's even less of a reason why he should be doing it so frequently. Is it the temperature of our house (it's usually around 70° F)? Is it because he pulls too much on walks and hurts himself? Can anyone help? We're still pretty new to being husky owners so anything is appreciated!!
  9. I originally took my Sierra to the vet where they said it was Cataracts and she may be going blind...... her eye was a little swollen one of her pupils were so tiny her hey had some Cloudiness to it..... Now that eyes back to normal ( all but not as bright and cataracts still there) ....... But now the other eyes doing the same exact thing ....... i just need need something to ask the doctor about because it’s like their all clueless one what’s going one with her and I really don’t think it’s just Cataracs.... if anyone can just throw some ideas out there to ask doctors it’s just scary the 1st to photos are the ones taken today while the next ones are taken when she first started having problems then she was switched from the first eye drops to the second Uveitis or whatever this may be
  10. I have an appointment with the vets tomorrow morning but just wondering if anyone could help. My husky has been blowing his coat but the one area above his back leg is very bald and red and is getting worse as he won't leave it alone since noticing it I have been making sure he doesn't lick or scratch at the area. If anyone has any advice on what it might be or how to make it better for him I would really appreciate it.
  11. Hey there! I'm interested in adopting a Siberian Husky puppy, and since I've never owned one before, I was hoping to get some advice when it comes to breeders. I have been searching for quite a while to find the perfect puppy, and I thought that I had, but later I was idly searching for husky pictures and came across a forum on this website, in which another user had in a similar situation to mine requested advice and discovered that his dream puppy may actually be riddled with health issues, and with your guys' help he decided on a much safer puppy. I'm hoping to have the same wonderful advice, so here he is! The breeder is Breeders name removed, and from what I could tell, they seemed very legitimate, with AKC certified parents and Champion Bloodlines, and the puppies looked healthy to me, but again, I am new to the world of huskies and am likely overlooking obvious health issues. I attached first the 3 photos of the puppy, an 8 week old male, and following those are the photos of Jax, the father, and Kita, the mother. Following those are the health guarantees they offer. I called them as well, and they seem genuinely interested in finding safe and suitable homes for their huskies, and were happy to help me. What do you guys think-is he a safe bet? Are there any questions I could ask the breeder to clarify anything in regards to his health? Thanks in advance!!
  12. Hi! This is my first time raising a husky from puppy to adult. I’ve had many many husky dogs 7+ months but my little Kai is only 4 months old. When Kai and I were out training some lady said hello and greeted Kai. She then asked why he had “duck feet”. I was confused and when we got home I looked and thought “man! He does kind of have duck feet??” So I’d just like to ask, does his legs look normal? Are they pointed out unnaturally? Should I be worried? How can I fix this? Will they stay like this? I’ve attached a few pictures from a few days, to see his legs better. 95CA5B9C-A60C-4D6E-B4DF-CB40D4A1D0EC.mp4
  13. She is a 6 month husky weighing around 34 but sometimes I feel like she looks too thin. What do you guys think?
  14. Hello, I just joined the group to see if you might have some feed back. I recently took in a rescue forever. He came with prednisone and eye medication as he is going blind due to an autoimmune disorder. The first night he was here I noticed a yeasty Oder like an ear infection but times 100! His entire being smells. He was at the vet Friday and goes back for a biopsy in the morning because now he has a rash/hair loss around his mouth and today when I cleaned his eyes his fur came out to show raw flesh. I hope the vet the rescue uses can help him because I feel horrible. Has anyone seen or experienced this before?
  15. Hey everyone, After hundreds of Google searches & hours of reading I decided making an account would prove much more helpful & could answer specific questions. Poncho found me June 3rd 2017, She came bumbling out of the woods to me like she had known me her entire existence. My life has never been the same. Malnourished, Tic/flea infested, covered in dirt, mud and Lord knows what else I picked her up, feeling every rib...My main concern was feeding her first & cleaning her up second. The first food I ever gave her was bread, as that was all I had in my bag at that moment (she popped out during a hike) and I wanted to give this poor baby something until we made it back to the car to go buy real dog food. Well you'd think a dog who appeared to not have eaten in weeks, possibly months would gobble down whatever dog food was placed infront of her, I had sped to the nearest gas station & bought a can of dog food, I know now that Poncho is not a fan of wet food but at the time I was baffled at her turning her nose up to the wet food. Well, I get her home, Bathe her, remove every tic (I lost count after 15) and just love on & cry over my new found blessing. I made an "asap" appointment with a vet, and we were in the office the next day. This is where my questions will later come in.. Poncho was diagnosed with heartworms and a bad infestation of parasites, This was in June. She is on heartgard monthly, and Doxycycline 10mg 4 pills 2 times a day. I took to the internet to find the best vitamins, supplements, oils, and whatever I could to ease any discomfort, aid her prescriptions, and help with her extreme need to gain weight. It is now October & Poncho has maybe gained a solid 10 pounds, her ribs don't show, but her hip bones jut out and she has an overall lanky appearance. It never fails when we are in public that a remark is made about her needing to eat, or that I am starving her. It kills me. What can I do? Poncho is fed a mixture of Pure Balance dry kibble with Ol Roy moist lightly on top, I just now got her to grasp the concept of a bowl, feeding her used to be an hour or longer feeding her by hand until she was done. Every other day she gets a scrambled egg cooked with coconut oil, I pop a fish oil vitamin into the scrambled egg and add a small amount of flax seed. She will eat about half of this. I've read up on the health benefits of coconut oil & it just so happens she loves it, I've gotten where I melt a teaspoon & drizzle over her dog food. I boil chicken breast, I'll give her small amounts of bacon, I've tried tuna (wasn't a big fan) I'm aware the parasites make it very hard for her to gain weight & the only noted side effect from the heart gard is lack of appetite (she hasn't reached the coughing stage, or just doesn't cough) What can I do to combat these side effects? I am open and willing to try anything. has anyone tried ground pumpkin seeds to aid in the fight of heartworms? I've read about this. What do I do? I want to get her to a healthy weight, kill the heartworms & parasites. I'm 24 years old on minimum wage, I'll procure whatever i need to give her a long happy life. People say I saved her, but she saved me. I don't ever want her to be in pain or succumb to her health problems. I need any and all information, reccomendations, regimes that have worked for you, tips, advice, anything... I'm all ears. Thank you in advance. I'll be more than happy to answer any and all questions.
  16. Hi, I'm getting really worried i have a female husky who is 13 months old and will hardly eat? I think it's down to me spoiling her and giving her to much choice! I have tried the she will eat when she's hungry for 3 days and she literally ate no more than a handful. She loves her veg like carrots and sweet peppers Brussel sprouts etc! But again keeps only when she feels like eating them. (I had a male husky for 10 years and had no problems with him) she's on barking heads biscuits but again will only eat a little. She isn't ill as she will happily eat a dog chews/bones. I think I'm giving her to much choice and she's become spoilt. I try her with chicken, boiled mince,lambs liver etc and she will eat tiny bits of them she now hates wet dog food! As i said she will happily eat dog chews/bones and is healthy. Sometimes i hear her wake up about 4am and eat all her food in the bowl but then that's very rare she does that. I heard that huskies will only eat as much as they burn off the calories which i don't know if it's true as my last husky i had no eating problems with. Sorry for the long message I'm just getting worried. She's not really thin but she's slim and needs to put some weight on. Thank you for reading this.
  17. My husky developed a few small bumps underneath the skin on his chin and I assumed they would go away. He has been scratching at his chin a lot and they began to bleed and scab. Now I noticed there's a pretty big bump there now and it seems to hurt him if I touch it. Does anyone know what this is or if it's serious?
  18. Hello all! My family's husky Venus gave birth to a litter of 6 four weeks ago tomorrow. Last Friday, I noticed one of the pups was less active than usual, seeming a bit disoriented when she sat or stood up, and wouldn't eat. I took the whole litter to the vet on Saturday morning, and he diagnosed the lethargic one with coccidia. He told me that even though only one of them was symptomatic, the rest of the litter most likely had it as well and prescribed Albon solution for the litter. I've been giving the Albon to the pups every morning since Saturday, but the symptomatic one does not seem to be getting much better and she is significantly skinnier than her siblings. She drinks plenty of water, but she still doesn't have an appetite. Since they are only 4-weeks-old, the vet said there isn't a whole lot more I can do for them right now other than the antibiotic and making sure they keep hydrated. I know it takes more than just four days for coccidia to be completely eradicated, but I'm just completely beside myself waiting to see her symptoms subsiding. Has anyone else dealt with coccidia in a puppy this young? Is there something else I could/should be doing?
  19. Hello! Just joined today! I need a bit of help. So, a little backstory: My pup's been dealing with an infected foot for about a week. We aren't sure when or how she hurt her foot, I just noticed her tending to it a lot one day and saw it. The vet thinks she might have scraped it up and it got infected. They've given her medication for it and we've been dealing with that. Since that all happened, I stopped taking her to her regular daycare because the runs are made of concrete and I didn't want to make things worse. Instead, I've been taking her to her vet for "daycare" because 1. there's help RIGHT on site 2. there's no rough concrete. So Aurora has always had kinda rough paws, I guessed from the concrete at her daycare. After the vet today, I was looking at her paws and noticed they were very soft and smooth...and there were spots missing. Not chunks of flesh, just spots, almost like scrubbed off calluses. It doesn't seem to bother her when I touch the spots...but is this normal?! Am I a bad mommie? Help!
  20. I'm just wondering about this... We have a 8-9 month old blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Lexi, and I've just started to notice that she has darker blue spots on her... Is this normal and just how her markings are, or should I be worried? Thank you for any advice xxx
  21. I can't help but worry about Freya's size/weight. Last time I took her to the vets, she said she was the perfect weight, but I still worry because she's so small... I don't mean small as in short or anything, just... When I look at her parents, and other Siberian Huskies, they're supposed to be really chunky or poofy right? Just wondering, is this normal for some huskies and will she get that way through age? My lab got chunkier as she aged, she sort of filled out a lot more, but I don't know about Freya because she's my first and only Husky. Thanks for any advice you can give me ^_^ <3 Oh yeah, I forgot, she's 1 years old.
  22. Hello So Ghost has just turned a year- my, how time has flown!! When we got her back in June she had Zrd with missing fur & redness around her eyes, noes & mouth & paws. We got her on 8mg of zinc & it started to improve after 10 days. She was doing so well but 2 weeks ago I noticed that her mask around her eyes was starting to loose fur & looked pink, then her mouth underneath was black & pink & her front paws pink with missing fur patches. It's back ? I upped her zinc 3 days ago to 15mg & got evening primrose oil as I saw someone on fb used it & it worked. I'm not sure how much to give her thou. & would really really appreciate any advice to clear it up before it gets too bad. She had some food intolerances like chicken & rice so we've got her on fish based kibble. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance xx
  23. Hi, My pup is due her flea treatment from the vet at the end of the month. But I would love some advice. My vet charges £45 just to see them in addition I need to pay for the treatment ( not sure of that cost) is there any over the counter treatment that we can get instead? I don't mind if they are expensive but less then £50. How effective is over the counter treatments and is it worth it? Thank you x
  24. So today I noticed some redness around my boys eyes and nose. Obviously I want to get him to the vets asap. But could anyone have any ideas what it may be? He had an ear infection about two weeks ago (all cleared up now) and recently I've started walking him a different way. (Through fields and that) Is it possible for a dog to have hayfever? Or something along the lines of it? As i've done my research it's common for them to get nasal and eye infections (or so says the internet) but we've also had alot of news about this "smog" could that be affecting him? Any help would be great!
  25. Hi everyone Missy is a female and will be 10 weeks this Friday. She looks healthy and is still adjusting to her food but I am concerned that she is far too small. She weighed in last at 5.2 lbs at 8 weeks. She is now 7 lbs at 10 weeks. We are feeding her twice a day a little over a half cup each time and she will sometimes leave a little. Any help you can offer I want to make sure our pup is on the right track!
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