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  1. jami74

    Drug sensitivity - MDR1?

    Thanks everyone for your replies. Yes, I read that moxidectin in normal doses shouldn't cause a problem even in dogs with the MDR1 mutation and I'm not sure his symptoms were particularly neurological, it is of course possible he managed to eat something yukky at the park that morning although it would have had to have been quick for me not to notice. I'll discuss with the vet at our next appointment about getting tested and precautions meanwhile.
  2. We've been using a prescription topical flea treatment for our boy containing imidacloprid and moxidectin. Last month as he'd gone up a weight band he had the bigger pipette and was quite poorly afterwards. He started off just seeming very tired but then started looking uncomfortable and stiff when moving. I put him to bed early in a dark quiet room and when I went to check on him a couple of hours later he was sat in the middle of the room with his head hanging and took quite a bit of coaxing to move. I offered him a drink of water, which he had and put him back to bed. Twice in the early hours he needed to go outside with a runny tummy, in the morning he looked brighter and during the course of the day returned to his normal self (although we didn't take him out other than for toileting). He has been scratching ever since although we've not seen any fleas. I've spoken to our vet and we've been switched to a new oral flea treatment that contains afoxolaner which is apparently 'safe for Border Collies'. We haven't used it yet. Anyway, I know his reaction might have been coincidence and unrelated but I wondered if it could be indicative of an MDR1 mutation. Is there much point in doing genetic testing? He won't be used for breeding and regardless of the result we'll avoid that class of antiemetics. The only other potential problem I can see is when we get him neutered, there'll be anaesthetic, might it be more risky if he does have MDR1 mutation?
  3. jami74

    First Christmas!

    I think the first year we had our kitten we didn't have anything hanging within read, so the bottom third of the tree was fairly bare, but I think she must have been okay after that. I expect we got her a couple of catnip mice to distract her. Now she's fairly old and just walks around looking disproving of everything.
  4. Thanks everyone for answering. I love the idea of running and cycling with our boy, as soon as the evenings start to get light again (and we've got the hang of heeling, sigh) we'll be on to that. Our boy is 8 months old now. He was very reactive with traffic, he is now a lot better but going for walks (without driving somewhere) are still very much a challenging training session rather than relaxing exercise. He can now move along the path without lunging at every vehicle but his tail is between his legs, ears back and he leans on the harness on busier roads. He is relaxed enough that he can eat the treats as we go but will still throw in a lunge every so often. I'm hoping by next winter we will be able to go on a brisk walk round the block as I could easily fit a couple of those into our day. He sleeps really well now. He'll wake up at 7am and I used to make sure bedtime wasn't before 10pm but more recently it's been earlier with no problems. On the three or four days I work he gets a 'hello' from me, sent into the garden to do his business and given a chew before I go to work. He then spends the morning playing, cuddling and doing tricks with another family member before having a Kong for lunch and then mostly sleeping the afternoon until I get home. Evenings tend to be his 'awake' time, we try to go somewhere he can run around, depending on the weather we'll stay out between 15 minutes (throwing the ball from under a tree in pouring rain) or up to an hour walking through trees and fields while he runs and potters and sniffs. I would like to do more exercise and training on these evenings but I'm tired after work and short on time. On the days I don't work he gets a morning trip out. Once a week that is to a big park where we do loads of things like playing fetch and other ball games (he waits while I hide it in the leaves or he has to wait while I run and put it somewhere and then return to him for a touch before he's allowed to fetch it, I've started teaching left and right when throwing it etc), We practice recalls and nice walking in the middle of the park with no distractions, move towards the edge to 'go sniff' and we have a long rest (practice settle). Other days it will be a drive somewhere we can walk off lead (beach, river, woods, a big field where we might take his football and he'll get to say hello to other dogs). He'll have a Kong for lunch and be settled for the afternoon but will be restless again in the evening. When the evenings were light it would be another off lead walk, now it's dark and often raining it is more likely to be some lead walking practice. He also gets a bit of playing at home with different people (hide n seek, tug, tricks). It actually sounds like quite a lot now I've written it down, but when he's restless in the evenings I worry that he's not getting enough.
  5. jami74

    First Christmas!

    Ooh that is vey positive. We have the tree up. Only the tree, no lights or baubles yet. Being the clever dog he is, he mostly ignores it. Unless he wants our attention, then he siddles up to it and gently starts chewing it while watching us out the corner of his eye . I think he's going to be okay though, it was left untouched overnight (no-one available to offer distractions and attention so no point going near it). Lights will go on tomorrow.
  6. What do your dogs typical day look like? (Looking for ideas and a bit of comparision)
  7. jami74

    The Hall Carpet

    It's hard with the chewing isn't it. Our boy is now eight months and wants/needs to chew a lot. What he'd happily chew all day are sticks, but these are bad. Rawhide chews would satisfy his needs, but these are bad, knawing on a beef leg bone helps, but these are bad. He likes tearing up foam balls or tennis balls but this is messy and costly (and probably bad). He did have some nylabone style chews but once his adult teeth were through and he ripped them into pieces, they were discarded. So it's Kong's with frozen dog food in, kibble and hopefully some thawed raw chicken pieces for the moment.
  8. jami74

    The Hall Carpet

    Right, I'll get rid of the bones then. Thanks. What about thawed though? I was all set to buy some the other day but the person I was with said no chicken bones under any circumstances and I started doubting myself. Sorry for the questions.
  9. jami74

    The Hall Carpet

    Ah okay, never thought about that. They're hollow leg bones stuffed with his normal food as I only have 2 Kong's and it adds variety as they're a different shape. Will get some more rubber type stuffers, there must be more than just Kong's. I wondered about raw chicken pieces. I'm never likely to switch fully to raw feeding but can buy bags of chicken pieces, drumsticks and wings I think they are. Are they okay? Or can buy boneless chicken pieces.
  10. jami74

    The Hall Carpet

    Phew! Our boy eats from stuffed Kongs and bones straight out of the freezer. Sometimes he eats room temperature food and occasionally he'll have something warm for his meal. He especially likes drinking warm (bath ) water. Actually thinking about it, he'll take carry-out food (stuffed Kongs, bones, eggs) away and settle down to chow, outside if possible, but as they're not messy I never gave it a second thought. As a smaller puppy he'd take a mouthful of biscuits to a different location and then spit them out to eat but now he's older he eats bowl food out of the bowl. Maybe it's because carry-out food needs holding and working at to get the food whereas bowl food just needs chewing and swallowing. dumbbird7, I know it might go against the reasons for your feeding choices but do you think if you chopped his meal up small he'd eat it out the bowl? Maybe you'd only need to do it a couple of times and then he'd realise that was the place to eat.
  11. jami74

    First Christmas!

    Thank-you! Yes I'll make sure to discard food wrappings securely. I never even thought about baubles looking like balls! That could be our biggest challenge. It might be a bauble free tree this year
  12. Any tips? Suggestions? Horror stories? Our day to day routine won't change much over Christmas (no visitors or crazy big meals) so the biggest challenge will be the extra 'stuff'. I thought we'd put the Christmas tree up in stages, first the tree on it's own for a few days, then if all okay the lights, then if still okay the baubles. That way if he can't keep his paws off it (open plan house so no option to shut the tree in a different room) at least we'll know before it's connected to the mains and covered in delicate decorations. Presents? Think I'll avoid leaving presents within his reach, I don't think he'd be able to resist the temptation of a wrapped parcel. Anything else I should think about?
  13. Our boy will bark if he hears a dog barking, either on the TV or outside. I've started playing a dog barking YouTube video very quietly for just a few minutes at a time while keeping him busy with tricks and he's okay for a short time if I keep him busy but if the tricks don't come quick enough then he will bounce around and bark. Has anyone had any success teaching their dogs not to get excited and bark if they hear another dog barking? And is there anything else I can do additionally or instead? It didn't feel like a thing that I needed or expected quick success with, but tonight there's a barking dog outside. Hopefully it's just visiting for one night only because I can't spend every evening doing non-stop tricks.
  14. I second the hand gesture. Plus, you can probably do it nice and discreetly and maybe they won't notice. I also think though that these dogs are clever enough to realize that they can get away with different things with different people. One example with our boy is that I use 'Down' to mean go into the down position and 'Off' to get off the furniture whereas my partner will tell him to 'Get down, down, down' when he's on the furniture and he doesn't have any trouble working out who wants what from him. Do you think if you persevere, maybe having to go back to the beginning and keep on reinforcing it, that he'll learn that when you say it, it means something different than when everyone else says it? I use quite a lot of hand gestures alongside the word. If he's very focussed he'll respond to either, if we're in a distracting environment I need both.
  15. It's such a pity there aren't border collie specific classes, I'm sure they would be so different to the standard anydog classes.
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