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Dog Health > Hardwood/Laminate floors and joints
Kloppers

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Barked: Fri Apr 11, '14 5:05am PST 
I have a chihuahua with pretty bad luxating patellas and also a Saint with bad polyarthritis, our entire house is laminate floors. We put a rug by the couch so Chi can get up and down, but she also has stairs. We use to have carpet runners, however they were more dangerous than good here. So now we have a nice rug by back door and the living room rug, and the Saint has a bed. They dogs are not allowed to play in the house, well no running play. So they have no issues walking from place to place on the laminate. However if your dogs like to play and run through the house, it can be dangerous. We just have so much sand and dirt being brought in from the yard between the kids and dogs our rugs even with pads under, they never stayed in place. I had to pick them up and sweep and mop under them daily, so they would stick another day. My pups seem to avoid the help I give them, the chi rarely uses the stairs I provide her, and the Saint very rarely laid on any runner I set out, it was either the cold floor or her bed.
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Dog Health > Mast cell Tumor
Kloppers

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Barked: Tue Apr 8, '14 6:38pm PST 
My min pin was diagnosed with mast cell tumor in Sept 13, she had it removed with clean margins..however hers had already spread to her lymph nodes. She passed away almost exactly 2 months after diagnosis from complications from the cancer.

My only advice is have it removed as fast as you can, you won't know much about until it is removed. I wish you guys the besthug
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Choosing the Right Dog > Help I fell in love with a dog!

Kloppers

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Barked: Fri Mar 21, '14 3:54am PST 
I would put in an application anyway, a lot of good rescues do not take apps on first come first serve, but instead the best fit for the dog.

Good Luck on whatever you decideway to go
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Free to good home, 14 month chi, moving can't keep her. :( rant

Kloppers

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Barked: Wed Mar 12, '14 4:43am PST 
We have had to rent many times with several animals, this time being 7 total animals. I have been able to find a few houses allowing the pets but not without a hefty price, currently we are looking at 750 deposit per pet. Surprisingly I have had better luck with more expensive houses, and we have better luck renting from military(we are also military). The last time we moved 5 yrs ago we paid 350 per pet, all being non refundable. I am trying to work with owners and property manager now to make at least 1/2 the pet deposit being refundable this time. We have to really cut back expenses when renting because we have to spend more on housing than we would if we owned, but not much of a point to buy for a year. I honestly don't think I could leave a pet behind, I told my husband if we couldn't find a rental he would be going by himself for the year until we moved somewhere more permanent.
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Dogs & Travel > Traveling 3100 miles with 7 animals in one car

Kloppers

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Barked: Tue Feb 18, '14 3:57am PST 
Trixie, that was kind of my plan, I am not a fan of flexi leashes, but I do think letting her get farther away could work. I have some heavy duty dive rope my husband is going to knot up and make me a long leash. I had read a lot of reviews pertaining to long leash claps breaking, so for safety we will use caribeaners. We went to the park the other day to work with her on the long leash, I just put several leashed together for now, we had fun and worked on her recall, but after 2 hrs of sniffing she did not pee once. I guess training them not to potty on walks has come back to bite me in the butt, I sure hope we can find a place to rent with a fenced yard.
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Dogs & Travel > Traveling 3100 miles with 7 animals in one car
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Barked: Sun Feb 16, '14 4:21am PST 
Thank you for your ideas. We plan on putting anything luggage needed on top the car or in the uhaul. We can not rent another car because my husband will be driving the uhaul and pulling his car. I might however be able to convince one kid to ride with the hubby, my mini me wouldn't do it. I might be able to have one kid and possibly own dog ride with the uhaul. My husband is really allergic to the cats and rabbit, so making him ride with them would be mean...he likely wouldn't be able to see within the first 100 miles. I like the idea of a flexi leash, I will start getting her used to that now, and see how she does...thank you for that suggestion. I have been looking at the pet hotels website, and think I found some good ones at stops I have planned on. Luckily we have family in Chicago area, so I plan on stopping there. We are planning on 800 miles a day, and spending the next day relaxing before getting back in the car, stops include Chicago, IL, Bismarck, ND, Missoula, MT. If we have too we can pay for my in laws to help with driving, but that adds cost due paying for their plane tickets, and then we lose seats in the cars.

I have never been out west, well except for a short trip to Jackson Hole, WY...anyone know how the mountains out there will be with a 26 ft uhaul and car trailer?
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Dogs & Travel > Traveling 3100 miles with 7 animals in one car

Kloppers

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Barked: Sat Feb 15, '14 9:37am PST 
I need advice on how to travel 3100 with a car full of animals. We were not expecting orders across the country...but it is what we got. I have a ford flex, so it is not tiny..but I also have 2 kids who require safety seats. I honestly don't even know where to start, I have already began looking for boarding stops, because no hotel will allow this amount of animals...but only one dog has all her boarding vaccines. Xmas also will not go to the bathroom on a leash.

I will take any suggestions possible right now, as of now I have planned to have the chihuahua in the front seat( in a center console car seat), have the kids squished to the big side, and put the seat on the other side down, then I can either shove a dog crate next to them with the 2 cats in it, or put the dog crate behind the kids with cats, and that will allow the bigger dogs the long skinny side, then the rabbit will be in the floor in a small carrier. The only problem with this is our Saint takes up a lot of room, and I am not sure she will fit in the back with the dog crate.

I will take any advice out there, just trying to gather my thoughts to make an actionable plan.
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Dog Health > Zeutering

Olaf

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Barked: Thu Jan 16, '14 4:14am PST 
I came across by accident this morning a drug called Zueterin, it is being used to neuter male dogs without surgery. I have read some more articles and studies on it and it seems like a good option, many people complain about the fact that the dog is still getting some testosterone so behaviors like marking and roaming are not disappearing.

Now that I have a little man to worry about, I am considering this as an option for him, although I think it might be a solution for larger breeds where later neutering is beneficial. I know it will probably be awhile before it becomes available to most people. I saw the commercial launch is set for Feb.

Here is the website:
http://www.arksciences.com

I was able to find a lot of material by just searching zeuterin.

What do you guys think, could this be a good alternative to surgical castration?
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Dog Health > cost associated with grade 6 heart murmur

Kloppers

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Barked: Wed Jan 15, '14 3:41am PST 
My Saint has a heart murmur and ASD, and with an annual membership to Walgreens prescription club of 20, we spend 45 every 2 months on her meds. She is taking enalapril and hydralazine. The meds for the dog you are looking at will likely be different, my dog is 145lbs..so she needs more meds than a smaller dog. We also do bloodwork every 4-6 months and here in VA that runs about $175-215.

I would ask if the dog has seen a cardiologist, in the city I live in the regular vets refer you to cardiologist over murmurs and only they do the rechecks. I spend around 600 every 6 months on that visit. I love my dog to death, but if I would of known this was going to be her life I likely wouldn't of adopted her. She is only 4( we adopted her 3 yrs ago) and this cycle will likely continue many many more years.

How old is the dog you are looking at adopting?
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Behavior & Training > Need help with crating puppy at night
Olaf

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Barked: Thu Jan 9, '14 4:46am PST 
Our new puppy seems to be getting worse in his crate and not better. He has a small airline crate in our room that he sleeps in at night, and a small crate with playpen attached for daytime if I can't watch him or we have to leave(haven't left since we got him 4 days ago). I have been playing crate games with the living room area, trying to get him less and less upset being in there, and he is doing better..but still can't leave him in there for more than 2-3 min without him starting to freak, we will continue working on that one.

My main concern is at night, I read that he should be in the room we are in so he can feel secure, and I expect some crying. The first night he cried for 30-45 min, the next night was more like 10 min, the 3 rd night he whined for over an hour, and last night at 4 hrs and still whining, I tried taking him out to potty...he just cried and cried and body slammed me( well as much as a tiny puppy can). I have been staying up with him when he wakes at 5-6am not wanting to put in back in the crate, last night I was horrible and just took him to bed with me. I held him in my arms so I knew where he was at all times, he slept till 7am, didn't even wake when husband went to work or kids went to bathroom. He hasn't had an accident in his crate since we got him or last night. I am not worried about his safety as much( have co-slept with chihuahua before but also 2 tiny human babies), I however want to make sure to raise a balanced chihuahua. When we got Tinker 9yrs ago we were young and dumb, she was crated immediately with our other dog, so she was never upset snout being alone, that seems inhumane now to do.

How can I help Olaf get more acquainted sleeping by himself or being more comfortable by himself. I know it doesn't help that I am at home more often than not, and don't leave the house but maybe one day a week, especially in winter..but I want to do the best I can to help start him off the right way. I know he has spent the first 9 wks of his life with 2 sisters, his mom and dad, and another chi.

My other dogs are starting to come around, at first they weren't sure of him. My chihuahua, Tinker, actually crawled into the dog bed he was sleeping in last night and curled up with him, big step for her. I wanted to get him to be Tinkers friend, and I knew it would take her a month to trust him enough to play with him, but she is progressing with her interest in him faster than I thought, she won't go to sleep under the covers until he stops whining.

Can a pup this young actually have separation anxiety or is it just improper crate training?

Thanks in advance for any advice you have
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