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Food & Nutrition > Rotators!!
Peter Parker

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Barked: Thu Apr 16, '15 11:20am PST 
Hey Scooterwavewavehugit is good to see you palsnoopy
Usually it is recommended to slowly transition, like maybe add a little of the new food to their old food and then eventually just switch it on over.puppy When I started with the dehydrated raw I still added a bit of kibble for a week or so and Peter did fine. cheer Peter is pretty used to eating different meat sources though as we give him some of our freshly baked (human) meat all the time. I'm sure rotating within the same brand would be okway to go
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Dog Health > Will my dog George ever walk again after surgery?
Peter Parker

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Barked: Tue Apr 14, '15 11:01am PST 
Hello again GeorgewaveHow are you feeling today?hughughug
I'm sorry to say this but you HAVE to try to stop him from dragging his legs or "pushing" off with his back feet. You have to try to watch him, yes, every second of the day. It is exhausting. It is sad. It is frustrating. But, it is necessary. My surgeon was very specific about these rules during our discharge appointment and Peter was not as bad as George. Peter never lost sensation is his back legs, or "dangled" them. His injury was purely cervical.
With that being said, it should be a given that he should most certainly NOT be on the couch OR bed with you. Not at all!!! Not under any circumstances!!!hughughug If an accident were to happen and he fell off the couch or bed, that could be disastrous. He could further injure himself. This second crate you speak of should be set up in your bedroom and he should be carried from the playpen (which sounds great by the way) and put in the "sleepy time" crate in your bedroom, next to your bed, facing you, so he can see you. They have these toys at PetCo, that come with a solution that you pour on the toy that is supposed to calm them and remind them of being with "mother", it is a calming agent. I bought one of those. It helped some. They will cry. Scream. Whine.. Bark. Yelp. All of it. But, you have to try…….for George.
I know how hard it is. You want them in the bed next to you. You want to kiss them and cuddle them and pet them. I personally had to be tranquilized the entire time Peter was in the hospital. I was a wreck. He's all I have. He is my whole world. EVERYTHING I do, revolves around this little dog. So, I know how bad you want him on that bed with you. Trust me.
Does he have control of his bladder? If he has control of his bladder, is trying to use his back legs and is trying to wag his tail, these are all good signs. It's only been a week. Please understand it could take weeks or months for him to regain mobility. If he does at all. I am hoping and praying that he does. Again, hydrotherapy could be beneficial. Also, if you look online there are some massaging techniques that cold be used to help stimulate the muscles in the back legs. These techniques are used on dogs that have lost sensation in their back legs. This is not a sprint. It will be a marathon. It will take time. hughug
Peter was on the same medications as george in addition to 2 or 3 others, 1 being sucralfate (hope i spelled that right). It is a tummy relaxer you may want to think about. We had insane medication schedules. I was having to set my alarm at midnight, 4 am, like 8 am, 2pm, it was an ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT thing. Of course, if you have to work it makes it exponentially harder. I wasn't working at the time so I devoted 100% of my time to Peter and his recovery. When I had to run an errand I put him in his "sleepy time" crate and put it on my husbands side of the bed, since my husband is a shift worker, he was in the bedroom asleep so could basically be with Peter. Thank Goodness. They both just slept anyway and I was rarely gone for more than 2 or 3 hours.
I hope George continues to improve with each passing dayhughughughug I know how hard it is.hughughug
Again, DodgersList helped me SO much during Peter's recovery timehughug I hope you read some of the recovery stories there as some are really inspiring.hughughug
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Dog Health > Will my dog George ever walk again after surgery?

Peter Parker

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Barked: Mon Apr 13, '15 9:02pm PST 
Hiwave Please give it timehughug Is he getting the recommended 6-8 weeks of STRICT crate rest?? Did your surgeon bring this up with you or discuss any complications that may have happened during the surgery? What medications is he on and how often are you giving them?
I cannot stress enough how important the 6-8 weeks of STRICT crate rest are. hughug That means ONLY to potty. And at that, he needs to be carried out to potty, and picked back up when he is done and put back in his crate.
Peter has IVDD. He is also 13.5 years old. 2.5 years ago he had a calcified disc in his neck that responded well to conservative therapy (Pred & crate rest) for the first 2 or 3 times but one morning I noticed Peter could not look up at me and he was holding his neck very stiff. He was walking with a hunched back and yelping with every step. When I tried to pick him up he yelled out in pain, and that was when I rushed him to the vet. The surgery itself went well. He stayed in the hospital 4 days. It was awful. I couldn't sleep without my baby boy.
DodgersList was SO helpful, and the people there are really knowledgable about IVDD. There are many stories of recovery, on going incidents, and plenty of info on how to set up a "recovery suite" after surgery so they are comfortable and secure.
As far as George walking, I am not quite sure. Impossible to say. But, I have read plenty of stories on DodgersList of dogs that have been paralyzed and they eventually regained sensation in their back legs and walked again. Others have a special "cart" or wheels that help them get around.
Some respond well to hydrotherapy. We were offered hydrotherapy but I wanted to wait to see how well Peter could get around. After a few days he was ok. After 3 weeks, he was a pistol. Back to his little old self. But, kept to the strict crate rest and meds for the whole 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, he was fine. Haven't really had a problem since but I am ALOT more careful now. Of course it is a challenge to stop the jumping 100% but SO important.
For my recovery suite I basically used a big crate, the wire ones so they can see out. I draped a little blanket on top and I put his bed in there, some blankets, his toys and his water in a little corner. I put his food bowl in there for breakfast and dinner and then took it out when he was done. There are many pictures and help setting one up on DodgersList.
Saying prayers for Georgehughughug it is good news that he is moving his tail and back legs somehughug I hope you see more improvements in the weeks to comehughug
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Dog Health > Does anyone have experience with using Meloxicam (Metacam)?

Peter Parker

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Barked: Sun Mar 29, '15 3:58pm PST 
Hi Kobywave I' throwing in a 3rd vote to stay away from Dogswell ANYTHING also!!big grin Anything coming out of China of course!
We have briefly been on Metacam with zero side effects, although in all fairness it was not for anything long term. Tram works well too. I noticed when Pete was on the Metacam he did not have a problem going pee pee, although if I remember correctly he was also on Pred, which of course makes them pee pee a lot. We are also on a Glucosamine supplement I get at PetCo that I believe has really helped Peter with his mobility. A few years back the vet said he had a touch arthritis in his back hips but I haven't noticed too much stiffness at all with the Glucosamine supplement. ToTo is right about the human one being cheaper and basically the same thing.
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Food & Nutrition > Rotators!!

Peter Parker

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Barked: Wed Mar 25, '15 9:32pm PST 
Mulderwave yes you are right, The Honest Kitchen mix is ground up a bit more. We have rotated with Verve before and then the little shop we used to get it at closed down.confused Whole Foods recently started stocking it though and I have been eyeing the Zeal formula. Peter loves salmon and I always give him the skins and some of the meatpuppy
With the I and Love and You, I wait about 15 minutes and it seems to mash up pretty nicely. It even recommends making it the night before and refrigerating it. Thankfully, the pieces are not too big at all .dancing
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Food & Nutrition > Rotators!!
Peter Parker

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Barked: Wed Mar 25, '15 10:18am PST 
Hi guyswave
Jasper Thank you for your well thought out response. I gotta be honest though, ONE brand of the Same formula everyday- day after day- smell after smell- just kill me nowlaugh out loudlaugh out loud
In all seriousness though, I've never heard search horrible critique of the foods I feedred face Especially Ziwi Peak. I think the air dried raw and dehydrated raw foods are superior to kibble. But, that is just my opinion. No matter, really. Peter's coat is beautiful, even at 13.5 years. He is not overweight. He is on a glucosamine supplement, and has been on it for about 4 years. I think he moves real fluid considering his age and the fact that he has a touch of arthritis. I've never seen him "stiff", and I contribute that to the supplement and the foods I feed.
Mulder hi palwave sounds like you have an excellent system going thereway to go
Sarahwave I was curious about the veggies/meat chunks, umm how shall I say, coming out whole in the endlaugh out loud with the I and Love and You, I try to make sure can sorta mash the meat chunks. They seem good enough, I tasted one and it was actually not bad. No sodium of course. I taste a lot of Peter's food and treats, just to make sure, I don't know, maybe I'm weird. laugh out loud
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Food & Nutrition > Rotators!!

Peter Parker

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Barked: Sun Mar 22, '15 1:18pm PST 
Hey palswave So, I'm curious, for those of you out there on a rotation diet, how many foods do you rotate with?thinking and do you rotate with different meat sources or stick to then same meat source but different brands? thinking
I'm curious because I found this dehydrated raw dog food at Whole Foods called I and Love and You that looks pretty good. You add water to it and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then serve. It comes in turkey, chicken and beef. I bought the turkey and beef. They were out of the chicken. Have any of you guys tried this food?thinking
We are however on a menagerie of sorts with other foods...puppy
Peter has been on Ziwi Peak since he was about 6 or 7. He's 13 now so he's been doing exceptionally well on it and we def want to keep that on stock, the air dried venison and the canned too. It's just the price has almost doubled on the air dried food since we first started buying itconfused it used to be $27.99 and now I'm paying $42.99 for a 2.2 lb bagconfused the cans are almost $5 each but I get a discount when I buy the case so it's about $54 so I save about $11 or $12. So now it's kinda pricey to feed exclusively. We have tried LOTS of other foods over the years and I know which ones he does well on, so when I can find other brands on sale I get those now too, but sometimes it's not always venison, so I get chicken, salmon, beef and turkey.
And they are different brands, like Halo or Stella & Chewy's, Nature's Variety, or OrganiX.
And now this turkey I and Love and You, even though it's "dehydrated raw" as opposed to ZP's "air dried raw", so I'm hoping he can tolerate it. I just gave him a tiny bit for breakfast and he seemed to really like it.dancing
So, I guess I'm just wondering if any of you rotate with different brands of air dried raw, dehydrated raw, regular kibble and canned all at the same time, with different protein sources and if you like it or think there's any benefit or downside to it?
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Senior Dogs > arthritis any helpful tips?

Peter Parker

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Barked: Mon Jan 5, '15 10:41am PST 
I would highly recommend Glucosamine. Peter is 13, had back surgery at 11 and is still pretty active considering his age and I honestly feel these supplements have helped. I started giving them about 2 years ago. That heating pad sounds nice! I may have to look into getting one of those!hug
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Food & Nutrition > Struvite Crystals, Food & treat options? Lengthy post.....

Peter Parker

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Barked: Sat Aug 9, '14 9:16am PST 
When Peter had crystals way back when the vet suggested distilled/purified water, and I have only been giving him that kind of water for, geeez, it's been years and they never came back. Not sure which crystals they were thoughthinking i can't rememberred face but changing the water helped…..
Also, Peter was neutered later in life too, to avoid complications. We took him for a sonogram and he had an enlarged prostate. All this was years ago and he is fine now.
He has been on Ziwi Peak for over say, 5 or 6 years now and does really well on it. I try to mix it up and give him Stella & Chewy's venison and Surf N Turf. I also mixed can food in with the air dried ZP to add moisture. It's hard finding a dog food company that is trustworthy anymore with all the buy-outs and recalls thoughconfused
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Plus Power of the Paw > PPP for Hilda, Pericardical effusion
Peter Parker

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Barked: Wed May 21, '14 9:18pm PST 
Saying a prayer for you Hildahughughughughug
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