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  3. Thank you, Cheryl! This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to Donald for his endless support of the Border Collie! nancy
  4. With the Belle Grove Finals in Virginia, this 2020 year would be a good time to nominate Donald McCaig into the ABCA Hall of Fame. If you agree, go to the ABCA website and fill out their form to submit.
  5. Exactly. One of my dogs lost her mind after her first heat cycle. She took offence to the shower curtain, the light above my bed, the printer - even when it was turned off - and bottles. She was aggressive toward everything except the bottles, these she was terrified of (I'm still baffled over 20years later). Mostly we just used stuff until it was boring, ignoring the stupid behaviour and interacting with her happily when she would look away or leave the offensive items. I did have to kick her off of my bed a few times so she would quit barking at the ceiling but she did give up eventually. The bottle fear was different. I had to turn the bottle from something scary to something to look forward to seeing. I happened to be eating chips with sour cream one day and had a bottle of light beer on the little stand beside me. Darcy lost her mind when she saw the bottle but she was super obedient. I told her to down and then spit about a half teaspoon of beer into the almost empty sour cream dish and coaxed her to lick it. Then I held the bottle so she could get a small whiff of where the beer came from. Another half teaspoon into the sour cream dish and let her smell the bottle. Worked so well that I spent the next nine years trying to keep any and all beer bottles out of her reach. (No I don't condone giving alcohol to dogs, it was what I had in the moment so I used it. She was never allowed beer or anything else like it again.)
  6. Thank you! Suppose I find the behaviour puzzling, and was curious about the potential cause. But of course you are right in finding a way to address it is the main concern. I have been using a CD of scary sounds (fireworks and gunshots in particular) to help with preparing for New Year's, and that has worked beautifully. But I started doing that since he was about 3 months. I am considering recording the sounds from the kitchen when we take out the trash (without barking sounds present) and have that on repeat (starting at low volume) to do the same thing. Just wanted some other input, as I'm very scared of just making it worse..
  7. 1) It doesn't matter what the cause is. What matters is figuring out how to address it. 2) Classic desensitization and counter/conditioning.
  8. Hello! I'm having a weird thing show up in my 1 year old border collie, and I was wondering if anyone had any input. It has been going on for a few months now, and doesn't seem to be improving.. Whenever he hears the trash bags being handled, he (if he is free in the house) runs forth and back between the garbage can and the door to the outside. He whines in a very high pitched, loud and long manner that in the house we refer to as "screaming", since it is so different from his usual whining. When he is in his crate when we start handling the bags/taking it out, he will start barking relentlessly (even if he is in a different room) until there are no more bag noises.. Any advice on what this behaviour comes from? Or how to make it stop? Having him bark so furiously for minutes at a time while taking out the trash has got to be bothering the neighbors living upstairs. Apart from this, he is a wonderful dog in almost every way (although still an adolescent ;), apart from his fascination with cars (which has gotten better). He gets three walks a day, trick training and obedience training regularly, and doesn't have a problem relaxing and winding down in the house. Would love any helpful feedback! ❤️
  9. I agree with a day to "rest" his gut. If you said what the surgery was for, I missed it - but in any case, anesthesia can play havoc with guts. My vet recently started one of my dogs who had diarrhea (cause not identified) on Tylan powder (tylosin). It is like a miracle drug in my opinion! It is an antibiotic, and hyou only need a very small amount; it's also very inexpensive. I've had dogs for years and never had a vet recommend this before. I'm never without it now. Maybe ask about it? (while, of course, you take in the nasty sample....) Best of luck! diane
  10. Hi, My Border started with diarrhea last Monday and my vet promptly gave him diathol (an antibiotic combo drug that usually works great for diarrhea) and started him on metronidazole. I wonder why your vet is opposed to that? My dog never had blood in his stool but plenty of mucus. I also added lots of rice to his food and gave him a tablespoon of yogurt (live culture) twice a day. I agree with the above comment. Videos and photos are wonderful! Or even bag up the stool for "show and tell" in case your vet wants to check for parasites or sent out for culture. Since it has happened before after surgery I'm sure it is stress related colitis. Since you are already giving a probiotic I'd add the rice and see how it goes, good luck!
  11. Hmmm. I might want to reconsider continuing to use that vet. I now try to document any ailments via video or photos (hallelujah for smart phones). I have used photos/videos to show my vet anything from lameness, seizures, poop quality .... you get the idea. I sometimes feel that I am not communicating clearly when I am describing an ailment. Photographic proof removes communication errors, and, in your case, provides concrete evidence.
  12. So sorry you and he are going through this, @Fyfer. I'm not a vet and haven't had to deal with this sort of thing post-surgery before, but have you tried fasting him for a day to give his gut a chance to rest and recover? Maybe give him some unsalted broth or bone broth to get him to take liquids so he doesn't dehydrate. It does help sometimes. My own acupuncturist/MOM (who wanted to do AP on dogs but can't b/c he isn't a vet) suggests making basic congee (aka twice boiled rice or jook) with white rice and subbing bone broth or unsalted chicken broth for the water. IIRC he told me to boil the rice in like 2ce the amount (this is the part I'm not quite sure of) of water (or broth) you'd usually use, drain it then cook it again in either water or broth until it breaks down into a thin gruel. This article suggests a treating diarrhea in dogs with rice water so it seems to me you could start with the water you've drained off the first cook while you're waiting for the congee to finish. If you're using a probiotic, be sure it's dog specific and also contains FOS (i.e. prebiotic) to feed the probiotics. If the bloody diarrhea does restart I'd be on the phone to the vet the instant it happened. Good luck.
  13. Hi, all, My 10-year-old bc has had surgery and 24 hours later started 100% liquid stools with blood. He had surgery last year and the same thing happened, and our former vet gave him Metronidazole, which cleared it right up. The first question is why would this happen? The second question is, how to treat it? Our new vet won't prescribe Metronidazole. I'd had a leftover tablet and gave it to the dog to get him through the night, and in the morning the vet said he didn't need antibiotics because his stools weren't bloody as he presented in the vet office that day. I explained it was because he'd had the Metronidazole, but she adamently refused. She said she wouldn't prescribe until he came into the office with bloody stools. So what can I do? He has been on a probiotic paste for months, so there's no extra boost from that. The vet said increasing the amount of paste wouldn't help.And she said there wasn't any other anti-diarrheal available. The bloody stools could re-start any time, which is distressing for both him and me, and I just don't know what to do. Any ideas appreciated!
  14. Interesting. Honestly, though, I'm not going to run out and change diets based on this report. Like Jovi I think it makes sense to read additional research. I also wonder if lifespan plays a role (that is, humans live longer and therefore have longer term exposure). It seems as if every time we turn around there's another reason to feed or not feed something. I don't think anyone can look at our agricultural system and say that anything that comes out of "factory farming," be it animal or vegetable, is entirely healthy. I aim for a balanced diet and hope for the best (that old age gets them before something else does, basically). That said, when I lived in NC I had a neighbor who used round up liberally. They had a little cocker spaniel who developed weird skin lesions that no vet could ever accurately diagnose, beyond that whatever it was didn't respond to treatments and eventually killed her. I mentioned the round up to them then because I had my suspicions given the amount of the chemical they used (showcase yard). I really think it cost them that dog's life. J.
  15. Apologies for all the questions, but what kind of things do you buy regularly in order to have a balanced diet? I’m thinking seriously of changing mine to feeding raw but I’m nervous about making sure I provide everything she needs. And how do you know how much to feed? I suspect my dog will have no problem eating meals if I switch to raw but currently she will go days without eating much kibble and then eat well a couple days before going back to barely eating anything. She is on the small side already and the pounds she keeps dropping and gaining show very easily. Do you incorporate parts of the meals as treats in training sessions? I also use food puzzle toys frequently to keep her busy. Are there any good books or other resources you would recommend?
  16. Pixie will be 6 months old soon! She’s the best dog ever, sweet, friendly, and smart, very confident, good with other animals etc. I’m teaching her lots of tricks, and only some are shown here. I’ve kind of run out of tricks to teach her ar this point. IMG_0156.MOV
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  18. Thank you, everyone for your input. Felt a little better with the comment about not worrying about why it is happening; just dealing with it. I had thought of eye problems, but ruled them out when witnessing he in low light and everyday behavior. I actually see improvement and changes in her behavior over the past week. And the nail trimming....well I know that is going to be a long term problem; I ordered a new dremel tool since mine is over 40 years old. lol
  19. Initial, random thoughts, in no particular order -- I am going to have to try and take some time to read some of the articles cited - particularly interested in the Cornell study. I don't trust anything from the EPA since IMPOTUS became president. These are good reasons to move to organic foods. I have always rolled my eyes when vegetarians say that not eating meat is more 'healthy', because IMHO, unless one is eating only organic veggies and fruits and grains, and preferably not from industrial agriculture sources, the chemicals involved in industrial crop production are definitely NOT healthy.
  20. The rule of thumb I've most often heard is to avoid the weight bearing bones of large ungulates. Essentially this mean cattle, moose, elk, bison, etc. Those bones are incredibly dense, and while many dogs seem to get away with chewing them without problems, the risk is too great for breaking teeth. A lot of it has to do with how dedicated a chewer an individual dog is. I've had dogs who'd only lick out the marrow and pull the little remaining meat and connective tissue off and really not put teeth to the bone. I've had others who'd have chewed and chewed till they surely would have broken a tooth, so I just don't offer them anymore. I will occasionally get some and remove the nutritious marrow to feed separately before using the bones to make bone broth. I'm sure there can be individual differences in tooth strength depending on a dog's genetics or nutritional history. I had one dog who broke 2 teeth on frozen chicken bones. Needless to say I thaw everything now. Beef knuckle bones, however, are the softer joints and are completely edible. Most when cut will have a small portion of the long bone it's attached to remaining at the end. I always made sure to take that part away when my dogs had consumed the edible portion and only the part part remained. Never had a broken tooth following that practice, though others' experience may be different.
  21. I actually haven't done a cost comparison. However, in anticipation of adopting a dog that I was told had sever digestive issues and could only eat certain types of dry food* I went shopping at a local chain pet store. I was flabbergasted by the cost of, as you call them, mid- to high end kibbles. I know with certainty that I don't spend that kind of money feeding my dogs! I do, however, buy much of my meat from wholesalers, travel a bit of a distance sometimes (mostly time the pickups with other trips planned nearby), watch sales and close-dated markdowns at supermarkets and occasionally score freezer burned meat that people will be throwing away. I also have 3 freezers for 3 dogs -- one ~7 cf, one ~5 cf, and one ~3 cf. It may be more efficient to have one or 2 larger ones but this allows me to have the medium sized one in the house and the 2 others in the garage and sometimes when things are low to unplug the smallest one and only use it when I need it. I also believe there's an additional savings in not having to take my dogs to the vet all the time. We still go for annual wellness exams and routine testing, but rarely have to go for anything in between. My 8 y.o.'s been testing positive for Lyme disease for 4-5 years but has never had a symptom; she cleared the infection on her own. Since feeding raw I've never had to have any of my dogs put under anesthesia for a dental cleaning, and one dog's teeth were so bad when I adopted her that the vet wanted to do it then and there. A year later she was astounded by the difference and at first thought I may have had the dog's teeth cleaned by someone else. 18 years later she still remembers this and regularly tells vet students shadowing her practice about it and that they shouldn't believe everything they're taught about dog food in vet school (her words, not mine). That dog lived to be 17 years and 10 months old. My current older purebred border collie is now between 14 & 16 1/2 y.o. according to original vet estimates and he's at least 1 1/2 years older than any previous PB I've had. Small sample, I know, and I'm sure others have had longer living dogs, so not saying this is universal (I also had a raw fed dog who died at 3, but vet. misdiagnosis and malpractice played a part in it). And with what's been recently published about glyphosate levels in companion animals (see article posted in Health & Genetics forum today), I believe it's another confirmation that I'm making the right choice. *(Said dog has been with me for about 6 weeks now and has been completely transitioned to raw and is having no digestive issues whatsoever.)
  22. Spit on it and rub it around with your hands then give it back to your dog. Mine wouldn't chew them either until someone told me this; has worked every time. Edited to say: Depending on the Nylabone, they are probably harder than antlers.
  23. Very interesting to read, especially relative levels depending on what pets are fed. Another reason not to fee grain free. (And maybe a reason for anyone on the fence about feeding raw to make up their minds.) https://www.hemopet.org/glyphosate-your-companion-pets/
  24. I’ve had trouble finding something my dog enjoys chewing. She loves antlers but they are very hard and I’m concerned about her breaking a tooth. Nothing else catches her interest as well as antlers though. Thanks for your input!
  25. It sounds like good genetics and feeding raw is the best chance at caring for teeth. Thanks!
  26. That’s a good point! the green tea idea sounds interesting. I’ll look into that. Thank you!
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