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About gator96

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  1. Thank you so much for all of the good advice. I have been giving him probiotics for the past month and haven't seen any change, but we will stick with it. With regard to the fecal tests, we have done some in the past and there have been no evidence of worms, however I didn't realize they were so hard to detect. The vet just recommended another fecal test when we got the TLI test back this week. This time I think he's looking more for bacteria. I will certainly ask about the deworming.
  2. I have a 3 1/2 year old male. Out of the blue starting around Thanksgiving, he began having very watery, mucousy, and in some cases bloody diarrhea. At first the vet prescribed Metronidazole and it went away. Then a couple of weeks later it was back. We have been battling this on and off again (more on than off) diarrhea since then. The poor boy has lost about 6lb since Nov. I have always cooked for him. When this started he was on beef, liver and a small amount of vegetables. Since then I have tried chicken and now just turkey and rice but nothing seems to help. He remains very energetic and has a great big appetite. The latest round of vet visits was a TLI test which turned out negative for any Pancreas issues. His B-12 was high and his Folates were low. It looks like the next focus is around figuring out why his folates are low thinking that this is what is causing him not to absorb the food. We are getting frustrated thinking that we may never find the answer. Anyone have any experience in this area to share?
  3. She's beautiful! What a great fit for what you are looking for.
  4. Thanks for the advice. I am hearing a lot of good things about raw diet to keep the pH down. Makes sense now that the diet I was giving him before probably didn't have enough acidity with the vegetables and kibble. It is great to have this forum to understand what works. There's so much conflicting information out there it can be very confusing.
  5. We just found out yesterday that our 2 1/2 year old BC has small struvite stones in both his kidneys and his bladder. The vet is hoping to dissolve them with diet and antibiotics for the infection. Our concern now is about the food being recommended. When he was about 8 months old, our pup experienced digestive issues which resulted in us moving towards a homemade mixture of meat, rice, vegetables, and a small amount of quality kibble. Since then he has responded well to this diet. The typical canned mixture recommended for dissolving the struvite stones is low protein and full of grains and fillers. We are terrified that we are going to trade one problem for another. Are there any recommendations on a more wholesome diet for these stones?
  6. Thank you so much for saving this beautiful girl. She is a very lucky girl. Looking forward to seeing pictures and hearing all about her.
  7. What a beautiful girl. Isn't there a rescue anywhere near that can help her?
  8. We had a hard time finding food which would work for our BC Jake. At about 6 months old, he stopped digesting his normal food and we were battling constant digestive issues. We decided to try Halo and it has been a lifesaver. We were very picky in choosing foods and did a lot of research before settling on Halo. It has a good reputation and is good quality food. Another plus is that they just donated 1 million meals to animal shelters. So at least they are doing good things with their money.
  9. I get mine from ebay. I just got 600 and a dispenser for about $16. I find this will last me about 6 months.
  10. Thanks! I just found it on Direct TV and placed it in my queue. Looking forward to watching it.
  11. Glad to know my boy isn't the only one who does this. I find he is often too busy looking at other things to take time to stop and pee. One of his white socks is longer than the rest and he is always hitting that leg. We tease him by calling him "yellow paw"
  12. We are looking forward to that day when we can have him do as he pleases at night. We thought he was ready and we tried it last week. Unfortunately the dresser took victim. We were both so tired, we didn't wake up when he started chewing on one of the drawers. So for now, we are back to the crate until we sure he is ready.
  13. I can appreciate your comment. I am currently working most Fridays from home and we are spending every waking moment with our pup. Until we can trust him on his own we are doing the best we can.
  14. Thanks for the advice. I tend to agree that we need to teach him have his own quiet time. We tend to be guilty about being at work all day we want to make up for it at night. I almost think he believes it is his job to keep playing with us and his toys at night. We need to find a way to teach him to keep himself occupied.
  15. I have been watching this board for a long time and really appreciate all of the valuable information especially as a new border collie owner. I have been searching for some help to my problem, but haven't been able to find the answer so I thought I would ask for some advice. I have a 8 month old BC. He has been crate trained since we brought him home. My husband and I work so he stays in his kennel during the day with someone coming to play with him at lunchtime and late afternoon and one of us is home by 6pm. From the time we come home we are active with him playing, taking a walk, catching tennis balls, etc. The problem is at night. We go to bed around 10pm and every night he wakes up at 1am and again at 4am. When he wakes up he starts whining, barking, and digging in his kennel to get our attention. At 1am, I am usually able to tell him to quiet down and he will go back to sleep. However lately when he wakes up at 4am he is doesn't give up. I have been letting it carry on until 5:30am then I let him out. He immediately wants to play. We are starting to think that he realizes we will be going to work and the earlier he wakes up the more he can play. He can sleep all day so no worries for him, however my husband and I are sleep deprieved and worried this pattern may not end. Any advice?
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