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Wll said Mary. In this last week we've had a lovely experience with a Rottweiler and a Pitbull. Both were like babies.

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I have now had my new companion for 4 days, Ripley became Jj, got fed up of being asked why we had named him after the place called Ripley! He has settled in really well and up to now has: Pulled

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IMG-1953-Original.jpgCherie the PT always rested her head on my knee at the table until her name was called and she went away.

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Ivan was a big one for cuddles.

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Hi nonna if every you don't want Ivan let me know I have just fell in love again.

I think it should be compulsory for any one who gets a dog to do basic training, you get a lot of enjoyment from it and the dog enjoys it, plus it tires the dog out, not just physical but also its useing its own natual parts. eg tracking nose being used, given it commands its using its brain. Long ago I went to a dog training session and there was a little chihuahau must say she put all the other dogs for want of a better word (in the dog house) so it just goes to show all dogs can be trained.

Looking on the other side, walking out with Rotti pip one thing that i can recall. Rotti yes!!! big dog but when she came to a puddle she would sit down and cry, never would she put her paw into the puddle. So one day I put on my wellies and went down to the stream, Bulwell Hall. I probley looked a right P!!!!!!!!! jumping up an down, waving my arms in the air, but it worked, never did she walk around a puddle again.

Next dog Sammie a working cocker after taking  her for a walk on the field near me, she started waking sidesways, and backwards, her eyes were rolling in her head. (Sammie was only about 8/9 months old) I did not know what to do.  Next door friend then said Oh by the way be carefull if you take your dog on the field as its full of magic mushrooms. Sammie recoverd and  has been working and had 2 litters of puppies.

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Sorry the rottweiler isnt mine although think we could have made a sacrifice, but we have enough with our 3 dogs and my daughters dog we look after when she at work.

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Jj is now getting quite big So we are able to take him on longer walks exploring new paths we find. On Sunday we went through Strelley village past the pub and Strelley Hall but as the wood seemed busy we carried straight on past the Mulberry, a way we haven’t been for a while. Jj was on his flexi lead which means he can sniff to his hearts content but we still have him under control. Everything was fine when his tail suddenly dropped and he didn’t want to go any further, after much coaxing we did manage to get him going again, although reluctantly, and after a bit he was back to normal. We found a field that was just grass and he chased his ball about for a while and then we turned back to go for a late lunch. 
On the way back the same thing happened at exactly the same place. We then realised it was beside the property that has the lions, puma etc. in the back garden so presumably he could smell them and it registered as a threat? 
He is doing very well with his training, with the help of treats and cocktail sausages (his favourite). The only problem at the moment is that he gets really excited when he sees another dog and jumps about a lot. We are trying to get him to calm down with the aid of making him sit and giving him chicken. This is sometimes successful but is dependent on the other dog owner not letting their dog approach him. Saying “he is friendly” and letting their dog approach isn’t much help when we have a jumping jack on the end of our lead! 

 

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Ignore the ones that tell you that their dog is friendly. It doesnt help when youre trying to train.

 Our 4 terrors are outside most of the time and go berserck when next doors dog starts to bark at them. The owner just calls him from the balcony and it leaves us trying to collect 4 small dogs and put them in disgrace in the house. This doesnt happen all the time but only when the alsation comes up to the fence/wall. The smaller chihuahua becomes a lion, its funny but not so funny. Shes all of 2 kg. Shes not frightened of anything. She s the bigger chihuahua s shadow, follows her everywhere and when she comes in shes first through the door and hides until her " sister" comes in then she raises up on her hind legs and plunges on her. Lily the big sister just lets her and they get on with fighting play.

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Jj has not been too well recently. We noticed a few weeks ago that his poo was solid in the morning but then got looser & looser through the day. I did mention this to the vet at least twice whilst he was being treated for an ear infection related to his rather bad teething experience. She told me it would be the meat he was on and just to change it as it often happens with puppies.  Hence I now have 3 lots of different dog meat and 2 different types of biscuits. 
It was getting worse and he wasn’t eating properly so we bit the bullet made an appointment and took a poo sample with us. We saw a different vet, she gave him a check over, he wasn’t impressed with having his temperature taken, and told us they would need 3 samples taken on consecutive days so that the lab could test them. In 3 days I went down samples in hand, well in vials in a blue plastic bag actually, and we had to wait a week before we got results. 
They came back that he tested positive for giardia, a parasite that burrows into the intestine wall hence the diarrhoea. So armed with medication we went home and he had his first lot of wormer, antibiotics and probiotic. The next day I got a text saying the medication that had to be ordered had arrived and I could pick it up, they had also only given me 10 antibiotics instead of 20 (2 a day for 10 days). When a I got to the vets it was the wormer not the antibiotics although I thought I had got enough of that, 6sachets for 2 a day over 3 consecutive days. Anyway I took it and sorted out the missing antibiotics (which I had already paid for) which they had to order.
When I got home I noticed on the new wormer packaging it said he was supposed to have 4 sachets over 3 days not 2. I rang the vet and queried this as on the sachets it said for his body weight he should only have 2 but was assured this was right for treating giardia which meant he didn’t have the right disage the first day. Managed to get the stuff down him, it was granules and it wasn’t easy, tablets were hidden in cocktail sausages and finally in dairylea cheese which he is partial to. The probiotic was a thick paste and ended having to open his mouth and smear it on his tongue, a process which would have been easier if I had 3 hands.
The wormer purged him, made him really poorly, he didn’t eat anything for 3 days and he had explosive diarrhoea. There were 1 or 2 accidents in the house, something he has hardly ever done since I had him and he was a bit upset about it, think he thought he would be in trouble but it wasn’t his fault. We had to take another 3 samples in to see if he was clear after 10 days, made an appointment as well to get him checked out with him not eating although luckily he hadn’t lost any weight in fact he had put a very small bit on. Got some dog food from the vet which was expensive, they certainly know how to charge, £1 cheaper per tin on internet.

Got a voice mail on my phone from the vet asking me to call as they had the results. Rang back and the receptionist spoke to the vet and relayed the message that the samples weren’t big enough so the lab couldn’t test them but as he was feeling better (?) to leave it for the time being to see how he went on and they would refund the money for the lab tests. I was totally confused, firstly the sample sizes were the same as the first ones and I hadn’t yet paid for the lab tests, plus the last time they saw him he definitely wasn’t getting better. Left it that the vet would ring me back, however later on we decided to go to the vets to see what was going on. Actually managed to speak to the vet and the message we got was about another dog not Jj and his samples were actually clear. He is still not eating properly and has loose poo so she advised us to get some Hills special meat and if he hadn’t improved in 2 weeks to bring him back. She asked if he was insured (he is - bit of a warning sign there) and said he might need blood tests and possibly a referral for a biopsy.
I must admit by this point our confidence in this vet practice had waned somewhat so ordered the meat from them but did some research on the internet about this. Found out it can take a while for the digestive system to go back to normal and a bland diet is recommended for a while, chicken & rice etc, then slowly introducing the meat back into the diet. So that is what we are trying at the moment which seems to be helping a bit although we haven’t started with the meat yet. He is definitely back to normal in himself and his stomach has stopped gurgling etc. Found the probiotic on the internet that the vet gave us (a lot cheaper again) and have ordered that as well. 
So hopefully we can get him back to normal without any invasive procedures if we can avoid it as he is only 9 months old at the end of this month. Obviously if this doesn’t work we will have to go back, just hope the catalogue of errors Is over with. 
The other thing the vet didn’t tell us is that whilst he had it you have to steam clean everything in the house including dog beds etc. as they can keep reinfecting themselves. She did tell me to get tested as I could get it as well, which I have done just waiting for the results from the doctors.

 



 

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Poor JJ. I'm sorry to hear he is not well. Giardia can cause much trouble in cats, too.

 

A friend of mine has been through all this with her cat. They feed Hill's special diet which they order in bulk from Kennelgate, although it was difficult to obtain supplies earlier in the year.

 

The cat isn't keen on Hill's and it doesn't seem to fill her which means she pesters for other food but, if her humans give in and feed her any other type, there is explosive diarrhoea!

 

In the initial stages of diagnosing the problem, tests and procedures costing many hundreds of pounds were recommended but, eventually, as the cat was stressed out with it all they called a halt and just let her recover. She seems fine now but there are still occasional off colour days.

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Sorry to read about all the troubles with Jj (and the vet!). I hope everything will settle down completely now.  Where do you think he picked up the parasite?

I hope your test comes back clear as well!

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It can be picked up from a lot of places. Dog poo from an infected dog, water, woodland etc. The infected animal sheds it in the form of cysts with a hard shell. We are not sure where he picked it up from. We take him to Wollaton Park, on some bridle paths and through some woods and meadows where he can be let off to chase his ball could be from any of these places. So many don’t clear up after their dogs which drives me mad especially after this. 
I added some mashed carrots to his chicken & rice yesterday and he also had some porridge with live yoghurt mixed in (which he wasn’t that keen on) as they were on the list of bland foods and he has had an upset stomach today. So it’s back to scrambled egg and chicken & rice with a bit of live yoghurt (not all together I might add). 

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Our Yorkie dog, who we had for 19 years, used to love yoghurt, Greek was his favourite. But he would only eat it off a spoon, but I blame 'er indoors for that. She used to offer it on a spoon from when he were a little pup.

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Really sorry to hear about your poor lad SG and hope he fully recovers quickly, for your sake as well as his.  Hope your tests come back clear too :Shock: !! 

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Wow ... hard to believe that when we had dogs it was usually given to us out of a litter, lived in the yard or kitchen, me Mam kicked him out in the morning & he ran the street in packs until tea time, sometimes went missing for days, when he did come back he ate our scraps, not even sure vets existed? I was thinking PDSA in Lenton, but I remember me Dad taking a rake of bricks up in the yard & that’s where the dogs ended up? 

 

I’m sure Jj will make a full & happy recovery @Stavertongirl 

 

I would love to see the mansions & double/triple garages of these vets, license to print comes to mind :wacko:

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 RR you mentioned the PDSA and that reminded me that we took our dog there in the early 1950s, when he couldn’t put weight on one of his front legs.  The lady there bandaged a splint on his leg.  He managed to walk around on 3 legs while wearing the splint and was fine after a few weeks.

I too had never heard of vets at that time - maybe they were only used by farmers or the ‘well off’?

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Years ago, vets mainly dealt with farm work. Nowadays, most vets don't want farm work because of the unsociable hours involved and the mess!

 

I recall a retired vet I know shaking his head at the current crisis in recruiting vets as many of them only want to work office hours and don't like getting their clothes dirty!

 

This particular retired vet had to give up practice early due to health issues brought on by the stress of the job. He trained, after leaving veterinary college, with a one-man practice where his mentor was an alcoholic.  Many farmers who called his tutor out recall him staggering from his car because he was so drunk he could hardly walk!

 

The retired vet went on to set up his own practice and was regarded as one of the best available. To him, it was a vocation and he was well known for his pro bono (as opposed to bonio!) work. He had a rare affinity with animals and wasn't averse to punching farmers who ill treated their livestock! Good for him, say I.

 

I know of one chap whose dog suffered a bad accident and the response of most vets would have been euthanasia. The retired vet asked the owner for permission to try some experimental surgery over a period of time and eventually 'rebuilt' the dog. He charged very little for the initial treatment and nothing for the subsequent surgeries. He did it purely to see what he could do for the animal.

 

His practice is still going, run by a relative who is, likewise, a very good vet but he's also a businessman...and he knows how to make it pay.

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When I was 13, dad got us a pedigree boxer dog. I remember going to the breeder up on Mapperley Plains to pick out a pup, who actually picked us! Even though he was pedigree, he would be let out in the morning and wandered Bells Lane Estate all day long. He too was fed scraps and lights we'd got from the butcher, I don't ever remember him having tinned dog food, or dry food, only Bonio Dog biscuits. If he was unwell, up to the Cocked Hat car park to the PDSA van for a few coppers donation. He was a lovable popular dog around Amesbury C ircus, I remember once yelling his name for him to come home, and a neighbour across the street came out and said Kim was curled up in front of her fire. Their first grandchild was named Kim after our dog.  As boxers go, he was a big one, built like a brick s@#t house, as the saying goes. 

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We decided to take Jj back to the vet earlier this week, not because he was unwell again but we were totally confused by the “advice” we were getting from different vets. We had him on a bland diet but one vet we saw advised us to get him on a Hills dog food, when I got it it said for food allergies and skin conditions and that he could only have it and nothing else. At nearly £24 for 7 tins it was very expensive as he should have 2/3 tins a day, and he doesn’t have food allergies or a skin condition he is recovering from the giardia and all information says it takes a little time for the digestive system to settle down again and to give a bland diet.

We saw a different vet this time and I must say she was amazing. She listened to what we said and answered all our questions, confirmed a bland diet at first, sorted out the correct digestion biscuits (they refunded the amount for the other stuff, which was wrong, and I returned it the next day) and advised how to gradually get him back on the biscuits very slowly. He will then be on these for a little while to make sure everything has settled down and we can then slowly transfer him onto our preferred biscuits. She also picked up that he had infected anal glands, we had queried this with another vet and she had said they looked okay. How she could tell by just looking I don’t know.
So he is happily munching on chicken and rice, eating a few biscuits (I am only putting 6 in at the moment) and spitting some out and is a lot better. We have to take him back end of December/beginning of January for another check up. We got her name and will be trying to only see her in future as I don’t have a lot of confidence in those we have seen especially the one who was talking about blood tests and referrals for biopsies etc. 
He has also seen snow for the first time today. He wasn’t sure what to make if it but decided it was good for eating! 
I have also had the results of my test and it was normal.

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