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Dog Health > Wet gas/possible anal leakage
Griffin- In Loving- Memory

A smilin' Chiny- Chin Chin
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 23, '12 2:53pm PST 
We saw the vet on Saturday and she advised me to give Griffin 1/2 a tablet of Metrodonizale twice a day for a week. It's what they give him when he has his bouts of diarrhea. She said she could feel a lot of gas in his gut and that was the cause. She cleaned his anal glands and they were full enough to need cleaning, but not impacted. She said that when a dog is allergic to protein and has IBD like Griffin, you are always "managing" the condition and there will be flare ups from time to time no matter what you do. His food is the Hills Science Diet Z/D and it doesn't have any grain in it.

He had two pretty good days this weekend, but this morning I woke up to some "leaky" gas poo on his pillow. Just glad to know he's ok and this will be a norm for him so I don't freak out everytime it happens.
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Dog Health > Wet gas/possible anal leakage
Griffin- In Loving- Memory

A smilin' Chiny- Chin Chin
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 19, '12 1:25pm PST 
Let me start this by saying I am taking Griffin to the vet on Saturday morning. He has IBD and is allergic to protein. He eats Hills Science Diet Z/D formula and it has mostly resolved all of his gastrointestinal issues.

His poop is good now...he hasn't had diarrhea in almost a month (he got ahold of a few illicit items that fell on the kitchen floor during holiday baking), but he's had really bad gas. Like, clear the room and make your nose hairs curl bad. He's always been a gassy boy, but this is more frequent then normal. And, he's had some residue on his bottom. I can't tell if it's anal leakage or just really wet gas. His anal glands were supposedly cleaned when he was groomed last month. The residue doesn't have the smell of compacted anal glands, just regular old poop smell.

Griffin seems to feel good, he's rowdy and playful. You can really tell when he feels bad. I'm wondering if anyone has had this experience with their pups. He's had this off and on before, but I've never been able to pin down the cause. Guess I'll have the vet start with an anal expression and if they're not in too bad a shape, then ask her to examine him.
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Dog Health > UGA Small Animal hospital- experiences?

Griffin- In Loving- Memory

A smilin' Chiny- Chin Chin
 
 
Barked: Mon May 23, '11 7:52am PST 
Tomorrow I am taking Griffin for two appts at the UGA small animal hospital in Athens. We have an appt with the internal medicine specialists and the neurologists. I'm interested to see if anyone on here has any experience with that hospital and if there is anything I can do to help make the visit as beneficial as possible. I have written up a history of Griffin's medical issues, and also have copies of all his records from my vet (they've already been faxed to UGA as well). I've never been to a vet specialist before and don't know if there are certain questions I need to ask, etx. Any advise?

Thanks!
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Dog Health > Essential oils for flea prevention

Griffin- In Loving- Memory

A smilin' Chiny- Chin Chin
 
 
Barked: Mon May 23, '11 7:47am PST 
Thanks for the info about the neem oil. I don't think they had that one at Whole Paycheck (Foods). It's about the only one they didn't have. I have two appts for Griffin tomorrow with the Small Animal hospital at the University of Georgia. I'll ask them about using the EOs vs using Frontline etx. I just hate that stuff. Thanks guys!
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Dog Health > Essential oils for flea prevention

Griffin- In Loving- Memory

A smilin' Chiny- Chin Chin
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 29, '11 3:12pm PST 
PS, the porch is screened in with chicken wire, so I don't have the benefit of actual screen keeping bugs out. Hence all the repellent plants. They seem to be helping so far, but I'll have to keep my fingers crossed as the summer progresses.
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Dog Health > Essential oils for flea prevention
Griffin- In Loving- Memory

A smilin' Chiny- Chin Chin
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 29, '11 2:55pm PST 
I live in Georgia, so mosquitoes are a constant presence from April till October. It doesn't matter if you have stagnant water, they live in everyone's yards.

As for the EO, I'm aware that they are harmful to cats and am not planning on using them on the cats. Thanks for pointing that out though as someone else reading the post might not know that.

I am just not interested anymore in using unnatural chemicals for pest control. My great uncle was a pest control man and died at a relatively young age of a rare form of cancer. If you're messing with that stuff, please be careful.
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Raw Food Diet > Just a vent

Griffin- In Loving- Memory

A smilin' Chiny- Chin Chin
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 29, '11 2:02pm PST 
I feel your pain. Griffin has had IBD since I got him at 10 months old. He's just over 4 now. As long as he stays on his Taste of the Wild kibble and nothing else, he has semi solid poop. Any deviation from that throws his body into a spin that it can't recover from without antibiotics.

I have also had all the tests run and use the Panacur. That helps somewhat but it always comes back.

I am gearing up to switch my dogs to a raw diet. I have purchased ground turkey, carrots, green beans, and a vitamin supplment powder recommended by the lady who runs the high end pet food store where I get the ToTW. I'm so nervous about this that I've delayed starting on it. I have no doubt that raw is the best diet for dogs....but with Griffin's stomach so easily upset, I'm scared to see what even a small amount of new food will do. I've got my fingers crossed that he'll be ok with the turkey. His food now is salmon based. I bought some premixed lamb raw food and gave them that last week. He didn't have any problems with the food that I could tell, but I guess we'll have to see!

Best wishes to you and your pup, I hope you get it worked out. It's amazing how much your life (and wallet) can be controlled by a small creature with runny poop!
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Dog Health > Essential oils for flea prevention

Griffin- In Loving- Memory

A smilin' Chiny- Chin Chin
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 29, '11 1:26pm PST 
Hi there fellow dog parents....I have a question about holistic flea prevention. For over a year now I have been giving my dogs a chewable monthly pill that is heartworm prevention combined with flea and tick treatment. Well, the flea prevention part has stopped working. My dogs have a few fleas (that I can see) and they are itchy and scratching at night, and I've been bitten by the fleas.

After spending almost $500 in January for a years worth of medicine for all three dogs, I am not in a position to go out and buy more Frontline or Advantage. On top of that, Griffin's seizures have gotten worse and he has finally been put on phenobarbital. I know those spot flea treatments are basically poison, and they can contribute to seizures in dogs.

So, I decided to purchase some essential oils and try to go that route. I bought lavendar oil and cedar oil today at Whole Foods. I also bought some Dr. Bonners pure castile soap to use as an occassional bath (with essential oils added). I bought some DE earth (food grade, also from Whole Foods) to use like a flea powder. I'm contemplating adding ground up rosemary to the DE as well.

In addition to all that, I just started giving the dogs a brewer's yeast/garlic supplement that's supposed to help with fleas.

Does anyone else here have experience with holistic flea treatment? My cats are on the spot treatment since I had purchased flea treatment for all animals at once, and the cat's treatment has heartworm meds in it as well. One of my cats is allergic to mosquitoes so I bought citronella, catnip, rosemary and geraniums to plant around the screened in back porch where she likes to spend time. I've also got instructions on making a homemade mosquito trap that I need to get to.

Any advice about how to finesse these treatments would be greatly appreciated!
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Raw Food Diet > Scared of choking danger

Griffin- In Loving- Memory

A smilin' Chiny- Chin Chin
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 28, '10 11:27am PST 
Griffin ended up in the emergency vet a couple of weeks ago for choking all day long on the end of a baby carrot he was given as I left for work. Needless to say, no one gets treats anymore that I don't sit and watch them eat. However, since he's a 7lb dog and has gone through that recently, I'm very scared to try and switch to a raw diet that includes bones. I've tried feeding all the kids chicken necks before and Griffin could not chew through it. Japanese Chin dogs have tiny little teeth and I just don't know if he can handle the bones. Any advice? Can I give the other two the bones and give Griffin ground up bones or something to that effect? Also, how do you know they're getting the nutrition they need if all they're getting is meat and bones? What kind of supplements do you need to use? We don't have any butchers near where I live. Do I just buy the "reject" meat at the grocery store, like hearts, backs, etx?
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Behavior & Training > Little dogs, out of control
Griffin- In Loving- Memory

A smilin' Chiny- Chin Chin
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 16, '10 10:59am PST 
That sounds like heaven to me! They all sit very well, but in the heat of the moment, they just loose their minds! I want to try ignoring them when someone comes in. Leave them behind the gate and let them act a fool and not acknowledge them until they've calmed down. The only problem with that is that sometimes the folks are coming into the house with food (we have a lot of dinner parties) and they need to go straight into the kitchen. I'll work that out with the humans. I should keep treats by the door like you said and try that. I appreciate the advice and I'm glad it finally worked for you!

Kelle
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