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  1. Such a great topic! I'd be interested to know how you all selected the land / plot that you ended up on. What criteria did you use? I recently moved back to where I grew up only to find out that my dogs have a hard time with the humidity we get out here. This has me looking elsewhere in the US for greener pastures and lower humidity. For those of you on a farm - did proximity to sheep / cattle trials play into your decision at all? Anyone willing to share their experiences about making the transition from suburban life out to the farm? Thanks in advance. This information is fascinating to me.
  2. Did you continue working Willow once the murmur was found / her heart enlarged? Both of my boys are still within the normal limits but I'd rather not work them if that means shortening their lives. Especially when dealing with whether you can push a dog or not to keep working after a bad gather, etc. How to tell the difference between the dog not wanting to work for you and not being able to?
  3. Great to hear a first hand account of the drastic difference this treatment can help supplement.
  4. Sue R - thanks for the reply. Sending good BC vibes Megan's way!
  5. Both of my boys have been recently diagnosed with heart murmurs which has been confirmed as mitral valve regurgitation referred to as myxomatous mitral valve degeneration (MVVD). Luckily we seem to have caught it early as both of their hearts are within normal range despite the confirmed diagnosis. Took them to see a cardiologist @ Texas A&M and the experience was great. During the visit the cardiologist referred to a recently completed trial that I did some research on below: There have been two veterinary medicine trials within the past couple of years that have proven that pimobendan (vetmedin) can significantly increase a dog's life span and quality of life as compared to an ACE inhibitor (like benazepril / enalapril) which have been the gold standard prescription once a dog has entered the CHF stage (algongside other supplemental drugs like furosemide, beta blockers, etc). This was discovered in the QUEST trial. https://www.epictrial.com/epic-trial/faqs/#whatisquest Not only that, but it gets better! Following the QUEST trial they then posed the question, "Well, if pimobendan is this effective at elongating and improving a dogs life that has entered CHF - does it help stave off CHF in a dog with MVVD that is pre-clinical (not showing symptoms like coughing, fluid build up, significantly enlarged heart)? Turns out, YES IT DOES! https://www.epictrial.com/epic-trial/faqs/#whatisepic Here's the cliff notes of the latest study which is very promising: "Prolongation of preclinical period by approximately 15 months represents substantial clinical benefit." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27678080 Would be interested to hear if anyone else was aware of this new information and what you all think. Hoping to pass this on to give you & yours a better shot when dealing with MVVD / CHF. Here's a link to the full EPIC study that went in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jvim.14586/pdf
  6. Looks like the recommendation is 1/4 tsp per 10lbs - is this what you guys go by?
  7. Thanks for the suggestion - I will look into seeing if anyone offers acupuncture therapy near us and give it a try.
  8. Nothing has seemed to work out for our dog Tate. He was diagnosed with hip dysplasia by our vet after getting x-rays as I've posted on here before. First we were prescribed a NSAID that I can't recall the name of at the moment and also tried Cosequin + Fish oil capsules which I can't tell if they are working or not. We decided to try the Adequan route and were very pleased with the initial success - he seemed like a brand new dog during the loading dose phases but once he was transitioned to once a month you could tell he was back to discomfort. What's next? He's 6 or so and we just don't want him to be in pain - has anyone tried other alternatives?
  9. Any chance I can get the full resolution picture of Bear? I'd like to use it as my desktop wallpaper!
  10. PIGLETS! I can't wait to see them. Looks like no dot-heads in this litter, I am very proud of Tikkle for pushin' out 7 babies! Can't wait to see them. Tikkle's brothers Luke & Rhys and her sister Piper say congratulations!
  11. How bad were Hope's hips prior to you deciding to go ahead with the FHO surgery? What type of mobility did she have prior to the surgeries?
  12. Our Tate has mild hip dysplasia and has reacted well to the Cosequin / Fish Oil regimen we have him on - I'm wondering if Dasuquin would improve his quality of life that much more? Says it requires vet prescription on the website which wouldn't be hard because we just had x-rays done not too long ago - but is it worth it? Has anyone made the transition for their dog from Cosequin to Dasuquin and noticed good results? Thanks in advance.
  13. Also, Tate has started the following daily regimen: 37mg Carprofen 1000mg Fish Oil 2 Tablets Cosequan Are there any additions or subtractions I should look into?
  14. According to the Vet she mentioned that when an FHO is performed the dog does not have a chance of regaining near 100% range of motion as opposed to a full hip replacement which should get the dog back to near that. With FHO she said the hips won't be as stable as it is relying on the muscles and local tendons to keep that area together and the patients will have a noticeable change in gait etc. I've only read a little bit on it myself but would be curious to hear other's stories.
  15. We adopted Tate when he was 1.5yrs old from a family that couldn't keep him any longer. According to the previous owners he was purchased at a pet store unfortunately. After intense excercise sessions, especially when catching Frisbees, jumping, etc. I would notice he was a little slow to get up but he would be fine a little bit later and didn't think too much of it. Over the past couple of years he began to show more & more signs of having trouble getting up from a resting position in the afternoons so we decided to have him x-rayed. Vet said he has hip dysplasia which we figured so we have him on ~37mg of Carprofen daily to twice daily as needed. The vet discussed referring us to a specialist who can give us more details on FHO & total hip replacement. My wife & I want Tate to have the best life possible so if we were to look at surgery we would most certainly choose total hip replacement. Would appreciate any feedback on the photos - also would like to hear any of you who have gone the total hip replacement route and how grueling of a recovery it sounds like it might be. Is daily carprofen a sustainable treatment for a dog? We've had his blood tested once after a month of being on it and they say all of the tests came back normal. On carprofen he performs remarkably better than without it and we have identified some areas that we are now limiting him excercise wise. Example: Our backyard has one terrace that is ~4ft high so all of our dogs chase each other around and there are frequent jumps off off and onto this terrace. We've since disallowed Tate from participating unsupervised to make sure that he does not injure himself out there.
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