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  1. In no way is intended to be argumentative, but my experience with one dog who had clinical Lyme disease and was successfully treated with doxycycline continued to test positive with subsequent SNAP tests for the rest of her life. @Luana, I don't remember what her doxy dose was.
  2. Not all dogs who test positive for Lyme exposure actually get Lyme disease. I have a dog who's been testing positive for 4 or 5 years now. She's never exhibited any symptoms and has never been treated. I do, however, have a urinalysis done every year to be sure it hasn't affected her kidneys. Most tests only test for exposure, not actual disease, so you may have given him Abx needlessly. BTW, your dog's likely to test positive for the rest of his life. It doesn't mean he has Lyme disease or that he ever did. But it will mean you have to be watchful for symptoms in the future, not so much from this exposure but because the SNAP test won't be able to tell you if he's been re-exposed to Lyme disease from a later tick bite. https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2018/04/04/lyme-disease-in-dogs.aspx?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=facebookpets_ranart&utm_campaign=20190519_lyme-disease-in-dogs&fbclid=IwAR2Mk9ZVPLKe_oYF9dgM3Rgn0l1IPihobFK8EgFni0BQBqdDXpywTcDI8Is
  3. My response was rude? And offering some information about what you'll find if you do the suggested research and a starting point with the foremost authorities on the subject about where to look is unhelpful? There's only one person attacking or being rude in this thread so far . . . and it isn't me.
  4. Maybe do some research on kennel cough before panicking? Kennel cough is basically the canine version of a cold in humans and according to vaccine and immunity researcher Dr. Ronald Schultz it isn't even a vaccine preventable disease. The best the vaccine can do is possibly reduce the severity of the already self limiting disease, not prevent it.
  5. Great news! I'm so happy to know she's now on the road to recovery.
  6. Now this ISDS FB post about this year's Welsh Nationals. https://www.facebook.com/welshnationalsheepdogtrials2019/videos/548613818879528/
  7. Frozen marrow bone is a double whammy for breaking teeth. They're too hard all on their own; freezing or cooking (as sold in pet stores as treats) just makes them harder. I give commercial cow hoof treats. Probably too hard, as they're heated to sterilize them, but mine have always done OK with them and they last a long time. Another longer lasting chew that many people recommend is Himalayan chews. It's a very hard type of cheese. I haven't tried them yet but ordered some from Chewy where they seem to be less expensive than most other places.
  8. I wouldn't count on it. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/201805/neutering-causes-behavior-problems-in-male-dogs
  9. Has his thyroid been checked? I'm talking about a complete thyroid panel sent to someone like Dr. Jean Dodds at Hemopet who knows how to interpret the results. Even in humans underactive thyroids are often missed because of insufficient testing. Ask me how I know.
  10. I'm so far behind and still have some questions for Liz about the info she gave us but no time for a few more days. Couldn't pass this one by though. Dogs will absolutely break teeth on the wrong kinds of bones that many people still continue to offer. Weight bearing bones from large ungulates, i.e. primarily cattle but even sheep, are simple too hard to give to dogs and pose far too great a risk of breaking teeth and should never be given. But people keep getting "marrow bones" for their dogs and wonder why they break their teeth on them. The bones that savvy raw feeders give their dogs are softer edible bones like poultry frames and necks, smaller ribs (e.g. from deer, sheep, calves) that can be completely consumed. These bones aren't the ones that break dogs' teeth. Any diet when fed inappropriately can be dangerous, and while I wholeheartedly embrace raw feeding, I shudder at some of the dangerous things people do in ignorance, and getting their dogs' teeth broken is one of those things. Rant over . . . .
  11. How do you decide that X-rays are necessary? Are there clinical signs that point to doing that? Maybe I've just been lucky, but in 20 years of feeding raw my dogs' teeth and gums have appeared to be awesome. None of my vets in that time have ever suggested an X-ray or mentioned anything amiss. I'd like to know how to determine if I'm missing something. I'm always open to learning all I can. Thanks.
  12. Essentially what you did was to ignore his attempts at interaction. It can be a pretty effective training strategy.
  13. I don't know as much about this as I would like to, but I'm not convinced that IGS is the only type of cobalamin malabsorption. One reason I'm skeptical of this is that references to IGS often mention that symptoms start showing up in puppies. I had what I'm pretty sure was a border collie mix who I adopted at about 6 years old. She was with me for at least a couple of years before she started having symptoms of cobalamin malabsorption and they were intermittent and definitely not constant. It took a couple more years to get her properly diagnosed and during that time she'd have increasingly severe bouts of diarrhea on vomiting. When she was correctly diagnosed it was a simple blood test that the vet was able to do in the office that showed she wasn't absorbing B 12 or folate, and he was able to give me n answer while we were still there. Simple, inexpensive B 12 injections that I have her at home for the rest of her life kept the symptoms from returning. There are some conditions where dogs can be affected to a lesser degree if they have one copy of the gene. I don't know if IGS is one of them but it might be worth asking your vet if s/he knows the answer or would be willing to look into it. If it were me I'd also be asking for the more simple blood test for cobalamin malabsorption. Again, I don't know the answer for this, but if the treatment is the same whether it's IGS or another form of CM then it seems that you may be able to begin treatment tomorrow. I'd be every interested in knowing what your vet has to say about the possibility that there's a for of CM that's not IGS, and if the treatment's the same or not. Whatever the answer is, I wish you the best and hope something as simple as B 12 shots is all you need to help Merlin. Please keep us posted. Note: I have absolutely no medial qualifications and I'm well aware the experience w/ my dog is anecdotal, so take that into consideration.
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