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  1. I will just throw the facebook page out there. Taurine-Deficient (Nutritional) Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Most of the admin and mods are Veterinarians. Hope you are able to get to the bottom of Merlin's issue and back to normal!
  2. What kibble are you feeding? I know the grain free/heart disease link did not appear to be taken very seriously here, but it is real. No, it does not affect every dog eating grain free kibble but it has affected all breeds, including mixes, and all ages, some under a year old. An echo of the heart is the only way to diagnose. A vet listening to their heart may conclude it is normal, often the first sign in a healthy appearing dog is collapse. Just throwing it out there if you are feeding a grain free diet as something else you may want to look into.
  3. https://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/full/10.2460/javma.253.11.1390 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0209112&fbclid=IwAR34do5G6el4MK-AOAkOuWgx2KOHNRrvmQ_idn0VA45ne7KePjxXbVEz3hE Both recently published and informative.
  4. Finley did great with fireworks and thunder the first 2 1/2 years, neither bothered him at all. Then this spring we had a huge hail storm. The pounding on the roof and windows was the loudest storm I've ever encountered in my almost 60 yrs. Fourth of July and summer thunder storms are now an issue, not bad enough to require meds, but the happy go lucky attitude to noise is definitely gone. We tried treating and distracting, he will take a treat but can't distract his attention for more than a split second.
  5. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1952593284998859/ I've been following this. The vet cardiologist at UC Davis that is doing a study is an admin on this facebook page. Lots of info here including a table of taurine test results and what food the dogs were eating. Predominantly Goldens but he is seeing other breeds and others have been tested.
  6. We found a couple of things helped with Finley when he was young. 1) he needed more time to mature and focus, we did short training at home, an hour in a class fried his brain and 2) he had to be older yet before we could do classes two times a week, he was having no part of a 2nd class. Now at 3 and working on agility, short sessions are still key for him.....too many repetitions and he looks at you like "you do it and I'll watch!".
  7. Without uncontrollable pain and obvious suffering, I think it is all about perspective and yours is the one that matters. Our Cody was almost 16 and had a weak hind end and some incontinence that we were more than willing to deal with as long as he still had that twinkle in his eyes. I know our slow, short, crooked walks across the park made people wonder why we kept him,(Cody loved 'his' park). I had friends that would have drawn the line at any incontinence. I guess at 15 either of those issues could reasonably lead some folks to make that hard final decision and it would be understandable. We made it to spring, but if winter had been a typical Idaho deep snow and icy mess, my hand would have been forced because he could not have handled walking in the yard. We had mild weather and almost no snow, so we plugged along and walked in his park! A growth in his nose is what finally tipped the scales. It came out of nowhere and grew lightning fast, that was not going to end well. Vets come with their own perspective of when it's the 'right time' and I'm sure they see people make the choice too early or too late in their opinion. I don't think they should ever make the owner of a well loved old timer feel criticized. Sounds like you and Kit are still enjoying your time and you'll know when she isn't and that's the opinion that counts! Best Wishes Heidi
  8. We only do the dog park if we are alone, when someone else comes along we leash up and leave. Finley seems to have rules of play only he understands based on how he 'plays' with our shih tzu mix...although he seems to have Fin figured out and actually holds his own. I believe Fin would love to start the riot in the dog park and then sit back and enjoy the chaos! We don't ever take the risk.
  9. Sooo cute! Of course I am biased, if we lived back East we would have matching bookends with her. Finley is actually BC/Heeler mix.
  10. Finley outgrew it, except for half a dozen people he knew from when he was a wee pup. If they start the high pitched fussing at him they can still elicit a pee. We always tell them no eye contact and no high pitched talking to him... if they choose to ignore us, well it's their shoes!
  11. Have you tried a different vehicle? Our previous dog absolutely hated our van. He didn't throw up but would shake and drool and just be over the top panicked, then climb to the very rear behind the last seat and get himself wedged in with the luggage. Different dog with our SUV. All we could think of is the tires on the van did make a high pitched whine sort of noise on the highway, not loud enough to bother us but we guess more than enough for him, he didn't even like to walk past it in the garage.
  12. I don't think there is any difference between stock or broth... other than maybe I do cook it longer than I would if I were making chicken soup and it does develop a stronger flavor and get more gelatinous. Fin likes it, he eats kibble so it's a way to add more moisture to his meal and I do think there is probably some nutrition in it. It doesn't aggravate his food sensitivity or give him loose stools so that's a plus in our book.
  13. I make it for Finley. I roast a chicken, then simmer the carcass with a turkey neck or 2 and some chicken feet and a splash of apple cider vinegar all day. Separate the grease off and strain through cheesecloth. It sets up and 'gels' nicely every time and I get enough to last about a month (freeze it in containers that last 5 days or so). Separates when you freeze and thaw, but I heat it again and it re 'gels' in the fridge. As for the why....I don't believe all the hype is true but figured it can't hurt. He gets some with every meal with some cooked chicken breast, his probiotics and a supplement to help with loose stool plus a tablespoon or 2 of canned food....I guess it's a half homemade topper for kibble.
  14. I have never had the experience with 2 dogs, but I did inherit my mom's Shih tzu mix when she died. Toby NEVER let mom out of his sight for the 5 1/2 years she had him, He was completely devoted to her and she to him. When she was in the hospital for the last time and they thought one morning she would pass, I brought Toby in under my coat because I thought they both deserved one last chance to be together. She woke up because he was there. The nurse called him the miracle dog. We managed to take her home on hospice that day and he laid on her bed, no food, no water, no potty breaks until she did pass away the next day. After the funeral home came to take mom away, Toby willingly hopped off the bed and came home with us. He didn't look and search for her... he just knew. I really believe they understand death and think if I had kept him away from her in another room he would still be searching and looking for her a year later. I would think the same applies for 2 dogs with a strong bond, and if you're able to take Kit with you she will understand. Heidi
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