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Choosing the Right Dog > Dog for sale on tow chains!?? Gosh, It's been between 90- 100 degrees here ;(
Ember FDX

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Barked: Sun Jul 6, '14 2:10pm PST 
Your link does not work for me, so I cannot see photos. Going off the post alone, there is nothing inherently cruel about a chain. Many dogs will snap or chew ropes or cables, making high tensel chain the safest way to contain them. What matters is how the yard is set up and what the rest of their day involves.

Existing in 100F is not inherently cruel, either. Dogs long predate air conditioning. Again, what matters is the rest of the set up. Is it well ventilated with access to shade and clean water? Or is the dog just staked out on a short line in the middle of a sunny yard?

Having a lot of dogs or selling dogs is not illegal, either. Some towns will require a kennel liscence to have more than a certain number, but most likely they will have that base covered.

If there is cruelty happening, you need to document it and submit evidence with your complaint. That is the only way that anything will happen. If they are not breaking a law, law enforcement has no business there, regardless of how many complaints are made. No one can come in and just make them stop doing what they are doing because you don't like it. And for petes sake do NOT go in and buy their dogs in the name of "rescue!!"
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Raw Food Diet > Too much bone?
Ember FDX

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Barked: Sun Jul 6, '14 1:51pm PST 
Dogster was being weird last night, but I wanted to add a thought regarding drumsticks... There's nothing inherently wrong with them, if your dog handles them well. They can be too small or too much bone at once for some. In any case, it's probably more cost effective to just buy whole leg quarters and cut them up yourself. You can split them into a drum, thigh, and portion of back. Around here it's cheaper per lb and they go on sale all time too.
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Raw Food Diet > Too much bone?

Ember FDX

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Barked: Sun Jul 6, '14 2:48am PST 
Should I ALWAYS freeze my meat? Not just salmon and pork?

If you're buying from a grocery store, the meat has most likely been frozen already for shipping. Most grocers cut their own meat. That aside, mass farmed meat isn't likely to carry anything dangerous anyway. You only have to freeze wild salmon from the Pacific Northwest (which includes all salmonoids, like trout, as well). Farmed fish are fine. Mass farmed pork is free from trich in most places, and even if it weren't, freezing won't kill it anyway.

Would you guys feed tyson brand chicken drum sticks to dogs? Or tyson anything? I've done the gizzards and hearts from them before.

Most of what I've seen of that brand is enhanced with a saline solution, so I'd check carefully. Gizzards and livers usually are not. If you check the label and it isn't, then no worries. This seems to be somewhat regional - I know people who can't find unenhanced pork, which I've never even seen.

How much is too much bone?

More than 10% overall. A thigh a day and nothing else would be too much.

When they have the split of proper eating percentages, is that over time? Like more bone one meal, more meat another? Something like that.

Most people balance over time, but really it depends on your dog. Some can't handle having much variation in bone content, or a meal of primarily organs. Those dogs will need more balance daily than those who can have no-bone days and eat their entire weekly allotment of liver and kidney in one sitting.

What do you guys recommend for 25 pound dogs?
She chews her food very well, no allergies, and isn't picky.


Whatever is working. Seems like she's pretty flexible.
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Food & Nutrition > Lying down to eat...should I be concerned?

Ember FDX

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Barked: Mon Jun 30, '14 2:24pm PST 
Lying down to eat is a symptom of a joint problem, but it's only a symptom. In my experience, if there a joint problem you will be seeing a lot more symptoms in addition to lying down to eat. Lameness, funny gait, difficulty standing up, flinching from touch in certain areas, and so on.

Sounds like he just prefers to lay down to eat. Many dogs do, especially if there are other dogs nearby during dinnertime - it's a peaceful gesture.
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Dog Health > My dog has been puking blood for MONTHS... help, anyone?

Vance CGC

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Barked: Tue Jun 17, '14 7:31am PST 
...And because I'm a glutton for punishment, I just tried to research the claim that 90% of homemade diets are unbalanced. While the statement itself is thrown around quite a bit, I could not find a link to the actual study anywhere. What was interesting was one article, which mentioned that it was a survey about veterinary elimination diets. Obviously those are not balanced, nor are they supposed to be.

"IN one survey, 90% of homemade elimination diets prescribed by 116 veterinarians in North America were not nutritionally adequate for adult dog or cat maintenance."
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Dog Health > My dog has been puking blood for MONTHS... help, anyone?
Vance CGC

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Barked: Tue Jun 17, '14 7:22am PST 
Having done the HGE thing, GI tumors, and liver disease... I don't know exactly what is going on with your dog. It does sound ulcer-y, or rather it sounds like it started out ulcer-y and has gone on so long that at this point you're dealing with a severely irritated GI tract.

Have you looked at allergies as a cause? What are you currently feeding? You're going to want to be feeding mostly pureed, bland fiber (pumpkin, lentils, chickpeas, that sort of thing). If your dog needs meat as enticement to eat (mine did) boil and drain low-fat ground meat, or cooked fish (WalMart sells flash-frozen whiting fillets for about $2.35/lb - not very nutritious, but bland and smelly). Add just as much as you need to get her to eat. Give many small meals, rather than one or two a day. Meat and calcium and all that are necessary to a dog's diet, but right now, short term, the focus needs to be on stopping the bleeding. Once that is under control, you can start adding things back for balance (all veg should be boiled, too - raw veg spikes acid production). The best diet in the world isn't going to do squat if your intestines are too shredded to absorb it. Kibble is completely inappropriate for a dog in this state, and you couldn't pay me to feed i/d, EVER.

Has the vet treated for ulcers yet? In humans, about 80% of ulcers are caused by H pylori bacteria. The remaining 20% is mostly drugs like ibprofin. It's not been proven in dogs, but many suspect a similar scenario and all the ulcer treatments I ever gave my dog included antibiotics. Of course - having been through this personally - the treatment can cause further irritation on top of the havoc caused by the infection. It takes a long time to heal. (I ate the same diet I had learned for my dog, btw, it WORKS!!) It can also take a long time for acid production to return to normal. My dog ended up on famotadine permanently (he was old and terminal by that point)... I ended up having to wean myself off both the proton pump inhibitors, and then, after several months, weaning off the acid blockers as well.

If you do need to do an endoscopy, you're going to want to consult a special ist. When Vance was at his sickest, Tufts refused to do any sort of scope due to the high risk of complications. They started a plan to treat based on symptoms and went from there as he progressed.
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Food & Nutrition > TOTW alternativies

Vance CGC

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Barked: Tue Jun 17, '14 6:18am PST 
But, a vet tech is neither educated nor qualified to be giving medical advice. I see absolutely no reason to believe any of that. Loose correlations based on anecdotes with huge chunks of missing information is not going to cut it, especially when there ARE peer-reviewed studies backed with biological evidence that say the opposite.
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Raw Food Diet > Premium meat kibble vs homecooked vegetarian diet

Ember FDX

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Barked: Tue Jun 17, '14 5:37am PST 
Definitely premium, meat-based kibble. I'd be hard pressed to recommend a vegetarian diet for a dog, ever. They are carnivores. They have evolved as scavengers, making them highly opportunistic and able to survive for long stretches with very poor nutrition... But they are still carnivores. It is in no way humane or ethical to deprive them of meat.

There's nothing wrong with adding small amounts of fruit and cooked or pureed veg to a quality kibble diet, although it should be done keeping in mind that kibble is already 40% filler or more. I add these things to my dog's raw diets, but no more than 25% on any given day, and even that would be a lot. They don't use it at all after a certain point... They're just wasting energy trying to digest it.
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Siberian Husky > Smooth coat on full breed husky?

Ember FDX

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Barked: Mon Jun 16, '14 11:09am PST 
She does not appear to be purebred. It is possible for a Husky to be lacking undercoat. It typically looks like this. Such a dog would not do well in the show ring, despite being purebred. Dogs from very hot climates will often lose almost all of their undercoat and may look similar.

Your dog's coat appears even shorter than that. The structure and ears reminds me of a terrier. Color is also very odd for a Sibe. It can happen, but all things together are more indicative of a mix.
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Siberian Husky > A husky that doesn't like to run?
Ember FDX

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Barked: Wed Jun 4, '14 7:12am PST 
Also, you're in CT? WAY hot here, already. Has to be 60F or under for me to attempt any sort of significant (more than a half mile) run. I tried pushing it to 65 but she slowed way down, and her recovery time got significantly longer. Whether the sun is out and the humidity play a huge role as well. We've still been going out, but usually at 5:30 AM.
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