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  1. It is wonderful. Thank you so much for the freebie. I've already learned lots from the first lesson. I am on a bit of hiatus from training/trialing & this is helping me stay connected. I look forward to the next installment.
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    Mardi Gras Open Trial Report

    I know! Sorry I missed it...maybe next year.
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    Interceptor

    There have been some issues with trifexis...I don't think I would use it yet. It is too new for me to trust it. Remember the comfortis/ivermectin & the seizure issues weren't discovered until after it was released onto the market. JMO, of course
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    Subluxed shoulder

    I use an x-pen for "crate rest" because I don't like the dog being unable to move much at all. Perhaps Rodeo will take to an x-pen better? You should set it up in your office while you're in there then move it or put up another where ever you are- say the living room in the evenings, etc.. Sometimes resistance to the crate is really resistance to separation from the owner more than resistance to confinement. With an x-pen (get a 4 foot one or get a top that you can use if needed) you can gradually introduce the idea of confinement while you are there & then slowly work to leaving the room for a few minutes to eventually leaving the house. Give him a nice meaty bone to chew on while there, feed him from interactive toys(if he is fed kibble). The shoulder joint is very shallow. Like a rotator-cuff injury in people there are lots of ligaments & tendons doing the work of holding the "ball" of the humerus in the "socket" of the scapula. By definition a subluxation has torn or at least stretched those ligaments & tendons. Continuing activity/reinjury can cause them to heal "lose" & leads to chronic problems. I would strongly encourage a visit to a board certified orthopedist. I would also consult a rehab specialist...Prolotherapy may work for this type of injury. If you have a really hard time controlling Rodeo's activity then you may need to put him in a Velpeau sling along with restricted activity. Injuries are a real reason why all dogs should be crate trained, IMO. I cannot describe how stressful it is on dogs who are not crate trained when they have to got to the vet. In some cases (at the ER) I believe it meant the difference between recovering from severe illness & not making it.
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    Diagonis for my Nick - cauda equina

    Hi Gloria, Yes, I saw the films & they are poor quality, IMO. Like Jovi says...digital is a HUGE plus- actually it would be a requirement for me. Nick needs to be sedated and be thoroughly radiographed (multiple views of his back end). Frankly, any board certified specialist will require advanced imaging (MR is best but CT will do) to make the diagnosis and perform surgery. If you go to a specialist center (a group of multiple specialists together)where they have a radiology department you will have the benefit of a radiologist to review the films as well. Look Here to find a neurologist in your area [i saw 2 in Las Vegas]. Select neurology as the specialty. Here (in Central FL) a complete Neuro exam will run around $150...more for films, etc... good luck!
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    Diagonis for my Nick - cauda equina

    Gloria, I am sorry to hear of Nick's diagnosis I would encourage you to see a neurologist. A joke in the veterinary community about surgeons (e.g. orthopedists) is "A chance to cut is a chance to cure". Meaning many surgeons recommend surgery to fix most problems even when there are viable alternatives. Gilly was seen by a neurologist & I was advised to have surgery (after a confirmatory MRI). But if we didn't do surgery then she was to have strict rest (leash walks only) and steroids for the inflammation. It doesn't sound like your doc recommended any of that?? I am also concerned that he would diagnose Cauda Equina and even recommend surgery in the absence of MRI or at least CT scan. In addition, the films you posted are poor quality and I have never heard of a specialist recommending surgery based solely on poor films (1 view?) taken by someone else. He didn't find any evidence of CE on physical right? Did he mention anal sphincter tone? Has Nick been incontinent at all? Did he have any neuro defecits? I am sorry to cause you more worry- I know there is some bit of relief when a diagnosis is reached [even when it is a bad one] vs dealing with the unknown.
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    Nick's Lower Back Injury - help?

    Do you know if they palpated rectally? I ask because Gilly is very stoic...the only time I've ever heard her cry out or try to bite was when the neurologist palpated the vertebrae/disc during a rectal exam. I was shocked because up until then we couldn't figure out what was wrong. I felt horrible that she could have so much pain & I [a longtime vet tech] didn't realize it. These dogs will tolerate almost anything! I'll keep my fingers crossed for Nick too.
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    Nick's Lower Back Injury - help?

    Gloria, It sounds like Lumbosacral stenosis or Cauda Equina- my 14 yo girl Gilly has this. Border Collies are prone to this (many active breeds are). Essentially there are bulging discs that impinge on the nerve roots. Gilly had the MRI & CT to confirm (regular films are not going to tell you much) but her heart & kidneys would not have made the surgery so I opted for rest & steroids. 8 weeks of strict rest & good doses of steroids. She is better now but not the same. Even if you opt for surgery there is always the risk of another disc rupturing. My best advice would be to see a neurologist. They can thoroughly evaluate Nick & give your best options/prognosis for conservative treatment. Good Luck- I feel your(& Nick's)pain
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    Lethargic wasting away young dog

    Brad, I was thinking the same thing
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    Info on Cranberry Extract for Dogs?

    I use vet classics cranberry comfort. I don't think you can get it on amazon, et al. But your vet should be able to get it for you. Gilly has renal failure & tends to get pyelonephritis...sometimes with antibiotic resistant bugs. Cranberry/d-mannose has been a life saver, literally.
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    Lethargic wasting away young dog

    We use fluconazole A LOT with very few if any side effects. If it was my dog I might try a trial with it. Sorry I don't have any other advice. Good luck.
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    Need some board Mojo

    thank god...tears of joy this time
  13. Trust us when we tell you it is fear based. Her true personality is coming out because she is settling in to your home as her own. She is feeling more confidant about expressing her true feeling towards strangers. My rescued girl was the exact same way, shy & submissive at first but eventually got to where she was difficult with strangers (with in 6mos or so). ETA: with careful handling & training she is fine with most all people now...but she still hates my dad (he is not good with dogs).
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    I've often wondered about this look...

    Gemma started out like this: Sorry pic isn't great but I am trying to show the lack of pigment on her white side along with her blue eye. Now (@8mos)she looks like the pic in my sig. She is DNA N/N & clear CERF & is BAER Normal.
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    I've often wondered about this look...

    Sprite started out like this: Then 5 weeks later, this: then 6 months later, this: And now, this: Now I may be biased but I've never considered Sprite to be sickly.
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