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  1. Liz P

    new pack member

    I've got 3 generations of head spots at my house. I think they might be good luck.
  2. I realize I haven't posted here in a very long time. I've been busy with work, training dogs, taking care of the farm. I have a new pack member, Gilly, aka Gillyflower, Gillyweed. She is sired by my Open dog, Tweed, and out of an imported bitch. She is adorable, devilish, intelligent and goofy. I am looking forward to starting her on sheep this fall.
  3. In ten years of prescribing it, I've never seen a dog experience side effects. I wouldn't hesitate to use it on my own pets. That said, you can't use the higher dose meant for motion sickness more than 5 days in a row (or you will see side effects). I would do a lot of work getting her happy in the crate in the car with it not moving and have faith that she will eventually outgrow it. At 2 years old, Holly still drools excessively when she realizes she is going on a car ride, but she never vomits and she genuinely wants to go. I think it's just excitement at this point. Gilly hasn't drooled on car rides in months. (OMG, another bad person who hasn't shared photos of their new puppy!)
  4. Liz P

    Left mitral valve disease

    My Sage started to really struggle while working at 7 years old. He was diagnosed with mitral valve disease via an echo done by a cardiologist. He is 11.5 years old now and takes enalapril and Vetmedin. While he is a happy, active pet, he has been retired since he was first diagnosed.
  5. Eileen, I had already let you know that when I went to submit Freya on the web page I had no response. I tried again, still no response. That is when I had contacted you via PM. It was implied I did not get a response because she did not fall into one of the listed categories on the web page of desired dogs. A few months ago I tried twice to submit another dog. Didn't hear back. My laptop was dying at that time, so thinking that was the issue I tried again. Never heard back. I know two other people (don't want to publish their names here but initials are TM from the southwest and PP from New England) also tried to submit via the web page with my urging and had no response. I am bringing this up because there may genuinely be an issue with the submission process. Most people won't be as persistent as I am.
  6. Yes, and I did send you samples from the first dog to your home address since I had no response from the ABCA web page. I hope those samples have been taken to the lab are helping with the study. I tried to submit a new dog via the forms on the web page. No response. Tried to submit again. No response. Encouraged someone else to submit, no response. He tried again, no response. I am hearing the same from others on Facebook. Perhaps there is an issue with the web page? Is there an actual human reading those forms that people send in requesting their dog be included in the study? I have been encouraging people to submit samples. I even paid for several dogs I don't own to be tested to see if they were going deaf and could contribute to the study. I test my dogs annually to track their hearing so, God forbid, if I have anymore issues I can submit samples from clearly documented dogs.
  7. I tried to submit a newly identified EOD producer, BAER tested normal multiple times, over the age of 8 years old. No response whatsoever. A friend of mine tried to submit a newly identified 6 year old dog who went deaf. No response. I have heard similar stories from others online. It's making people frustrated and lose faith in the study. Who is responsible for responding to those request forms to submit dogs to the study?
  8. Liz P

    Puppy Advice -- Fear Period

    Never, ever correct growling. Never. Did I say never enough? His growl is his way of saying he is scared. Imagine if your child came in your room, said he was afraid of the thunder and you punished him. Would that help the fear? Or destroy his trust in you? Remember those stories you hear about the dog biting "out of the blue" or "with no warning?" Guess what, their owners almost certainly corrected them for growling. Growling is communication. Figure out what it means and address the problem. In your pup's case, it's fear. Protect him. He needs to know you have his back. If he trust you, he will relax. Do not let people come near him if he is scared. Do praise and shove treats in his mouth when you are near scary things. That way you can associate good experiences with what scares him. Read this article "He Just Wants to say Hi."
  9. Liz P

    Interactions with cat advice

    I don't think it's fair for the cat to be followed constantly, let alone herded (cut off from going places). I correct my pups the minute I see them staring or following. You may not be able to stop a dog from being obsessed with the cat, but you should be able to stop them from acting on their obsession. Imagine how annoying it would be if someone followed you all the time and constantly got in your way.
  10. I would want to see the pedigrees of all 3 parents first, sire and the two dams. Call me skeptical about the red merle, but I've seen a bunch of red merles out west advertised as being out of a great working bitch. They were out of a bitch who I personally knew of that was sold several times for being a failure on sheep. (No stock sense, super weak.)
  11. Liz P

    Advice on spay recovery?

    I sure wouldn't do it. Better to tough out the recovery time than risk the incision opening, adhesions and other potential complications.
  12. Liz P

    Advice on spay recovery?

    Ack! Vet here. They should NOT be back to normal running and playing less than a week after surgery. As the body heals and replaces the initial tissue laid down immediately post op, the incision becomes weaker before it becomes stronger. For a spay, 2 weeks of actual rest. Just on a leash to potty. No jumping onto or off of furniture. No long walks, no running.
  13. Liz P

    Vet practice question

    Smalahunder, no, it's not. Most vets keep their prices so low compared to their costs that the profession is hemorrhaging skilled employees, there is little to no profit margin and we cannot afford to pay back our student loans. We are actually drastically undercharge for our services. If something doesn't change, the profession will implode or will no longer attract the best and the brightest.
  14. Liz P

    Vet practice question

    "And yes, very much to just filling any Rx at a real drug store that can be. Walmart's pharmacy is better, but even Walgreens is cheaper than the vet dispensing most things." The old business model in vet med was to charge relatively little for services like exams and earn the profit on marked up products like drugs. As consumers purchase drugs elsewhere, from places like Walmart, the times are changing. Walmart and other big retailers can use their vast purchasing power to get better prices than small mom and pop vet hospitals. They can also take losses on drugs, making up for it with impulse purchases on other items. Vets can't sell for less than what they pay. What does that mean for you, the clients? We can't operate hospitals at a loss. Salaries need to get paid, as do water bills, mortgages/rent, equipment companies, etc. So how is a vet to make money? They raise the fees for their services. Yes, vets have to make a living too. They have families to feed, bills to pay.
  15. Liz P

    Vet practice question

    It's not that simple. Uncomplicated urinary tract infections are rare in males. There is usually something else going on, and doing a thorough physical exam and taking a history is key in finding the correct diagnosis. Unless I have an established relationship with a client and their pet, we already know the cause of repeated UTIs and how to best deal with them, have worked out a game plan and the dog is current on an exam, I won't let them just drop off a sample. That makes for poor medicine. Things get missed. Dogs can get worse or die if critical information gets missed. It has nothing to do with being greedy and everything to do with practicing good medicine. GentleLake, yes, doing something you did not authorize is wrong. I won't disagree with that. However, your assumption that just because you feed raw and your dog's teeth look good it means they are healthy is not correct. I worked at a hospital where were testing some new technology: test strips that detected byproducts of the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. We used the strips on all dogs coming in for wellness exams and scored them. Those scores were compared to full mouth radiographs and other information collected on our dental cases. I was surprised by the number of dogs who had high scores (bad) on the strips that had pretty looking teeth. Two of them were my own dogs, whose teeth looked quite pristine due to raw bone consumption. The dogs who scored high on the strips did indeed have significant periodontal disease (bone loss, pocketing, etc) that could only be detected during a thorough dental that included rads. Cleaning those teeth *below the gum line* and applying specialized antibiotic products will help save them.