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Old 23rd April 2019, 12:47   #4921
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I once had adopted a stray pup who had crooked front legs, but calcium / phosphorus / vitamin D supplements and strict restriction to rough surfaces had cured his problem 100%.
I agree. A vet also pointed out to calciun deficiency in early days for Toby's condition. Before adoption, he was in an under-construction building and wasn't really cared for. We started with calcium tabs only after his crooked legs became apparent at around 3 months of age. Thanks for your inputs.
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Last night again something similar happened, but this time it's only an injured foot. Have to take that pup to the vet tonight.
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Out of the 7 pups born, only 2 are left now.
The 2 brothers have reached adolescence, and have been vaccinated / dewormed according to schedule.

This is 'Big Boss' when he broke his leg in November:


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This is him now:

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This is his brother & littermate 'Motka' - he's the bigger of the two.

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This is them on our terrace in the morning - they spend their nights on the terrace and daytime in the garden / garage / neighborhood

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Lovely pictures of your lovely dogs.

Very good that Big Boss didn't tear off the bandage
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They're both adorable. Good on you blackasta for giving love and care to our mutts
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Start basic training when he's a puppy as they tend to be really stubborn and have a mind of their own.
He is turning out to be quite a handful. While chewing furniture and destroying shoes is fine, the challenge is his puppy biting. He has a strong bite. While mostly it starts playfully but then he gets quite aggressive/adamant.

I spoke to a pet behaviourist and he said that Beegu is too young to be trained but he will send one of his trainers to sensitise my parents on how to handle him. I will also be in Delhi next week so will be able to observe him more carefully.
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the challenge is his puppy biting. He has a strong bite. While mostly it starts playfully but then he gets quite aggressive/adamant.
This works with cats, I don't remember if it works with puppies and I have my doubts. When cats play-fight, they stop if one makes the this-really-hurts noise.

It's just a case of learning the language! But it has been too long since I played with a puppy.
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Hi, I had previously posted in this thread about my beloved pet, Hunter. What I didn't mention was that we also have another dog at home, a 2 year old German Shepherd. This is mainly because he isn't technically "my" dog, he belongs to my cousins. We all live in the same house, albeit on different floors.

Recently, he has been having epileptic seizures. These are short attacks of 1 minute each, during which he lies on his back and violently moves his legs and makes crying sounds. There's also a white milky liquid that oozes out of his mouth. After a minute, he gets up and walks in a dazed manner where he isn't able to recognize anyone, and he bumps into stuff around him. This goes on for a couple of minutes post which he's again completely fine.

This first of these attacks happened a couple of weeks ago. The vet was called home, and the dog was administered an injection. The dog was fine for 2 weeks, but on 29th April around 2am, he again suffered another of these attacks. Since we stay on a different floor, we didn't get to know. My uncle, aunt and cousins handled it. On the same day in the afternoon, my mom spotted the dog in the courtyard, lying on his back and shuddering violently while at the same time wincing in pain. We screamed out to my cousins, but they weren't at home. We ran downstairs, and my cousin arrived home at the same time. By then, the dog had recovered. The vet was called home again, and he prescribed a couple of medicines (which we later found out were for nausea in humans). Since I was home that afternoon, I drove the dog to a nearby government pet clinic, where the vet again prescribed a couple of sedatives and medicines for discomfort and such. These medicines were bought and given to the dog that day.

On 30th April, around 1am, he again suffered one of these attacks. It being late at night, my uncle didn't call me but informed me the next morning. Immediately, I cancelled my schedule for the day and drove the dog to the Belgachiya Veterinary Clinic, which everyone said was the best place to take him to. There, the doctor again prescribed a new set of medicines (this I don't know for what, I was having a hard time controlling a GSD who was excited upon seeing scores of dogs around him. My uncle spoke to the vet). Those medicines were administered, and thankfully between then and now (30 hours), he hasn't suffered any of those attacks.

What I want to know, and what none of the vets could answer was, is there anything we can do when he's having one of these attacks? It really pains a lot when we're around him at the moment but unable to do anything to help. Has anyone here experienced the same?

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Old 1st May 2019, 20:33   #4928
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I had a pug who was 4 and a half years old and he passed away suddenly while sleeping but he wasn't showing any signs of trouble or disease.
To our dismay this is my second pug to pass away almost at the same age.
While the whole family is devastated and I couldn't be there when all this happened.

Based on what i know pugs don't have a short life span and is there anything that we could have missed?

Thanks in advance.
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Lovely pictures of your lovely dogs.

Very good that Big Boss didn't tear off the bandage
Well , he sure tried, but that bandage was a sort of cast and had a layer of cotton, then a splint, then again a layer of cotton, then gauge and finally was wrapped in surgical tape. The leg was swollen when I wrapped it, and the bandage fell off after quite a few days when the swelling decreased and the bone was set.
While setting the broken bone (I could feel the pieces moving, first such experience in my life), the dog faced such intense pain that it bit me drawing blood. My bad that I didn't muzzle him properly. So after that I had to take 5 shots of anti rabies.

The poor fellow was again bit on the same leg after a few months by a bigger transient dog of questionable health. The gash was deep, and so he had to get a booster of anti rabies, and a host of other medicines to get it corrected.

But these two incidents have left him with one weak forelimb and a limping gait.


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What I want to know, and what none of the vets could answer was, is there anything we can do when he's having one of these attacks? It really pains a lot when we're around him at the moment but unable to do anything to help. Has anyone here experienced the same?
Seizures in dogs can happen for a lot of things, including congenital diseases, acquired diseases, ingesting poisonous stuff, head injury, or for reasons unknown. If the cause is unknown, vets normally work on the symptoms.
The important thing to do if you see a dog having a seizure is to lower it's body temperature, so if the dog is not violent or not trying to bite, sponge his legs him with cold wet towel or simply pour cold water on it's paws. Have someone familiar do this.

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I had a pug who was 4 and a half years old and he passed away suddenly while sleeping but he wasn't showing any signs of trouble or disease.
To our dismay this is my second pug to pass away almost at the same age.
While the whole family is devastated and I couldn't be there when all this happened.

Based on what i know pugs don't have a short life span and is there anything that we could have missed?

Thanks in advance.
Pugs, due to their unique bodily features, are susceptible to a lot of unique diseases and ailments. Request you to please read about them in details online. One such condition makes the flap on the nose of the pug such rigid and the pathways so narrow, that the dog can pass out by not being able to breathe enough.

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Old 2nd May 2019, 08:40   #4930
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He is turning out to be quite a handful. While chewing furniture and destroying shoes is fine, the challenge is his puppy biting. He has a strong bite. While mostly it starts playfully but then he gets quite aggressive/adamant.

I spoke to a pet behaviourist and he said that Beegu is too young to be trained but he will send one of his trainers to sensitise my parents on how to handle him. I will also be in Delhi next week so will be able to observe him more carefully.
Chewing stuff is a part of the teething process. They will chew anything and everything that comes their way. Make sure not to leave her unattended with a lot of stuff lying around. We had a tough time for the first year but now she is well behaved (to some extent).

Make sure you let Beegu know that playful biting is fine but being aggressive and adamant is not. Hitting the dog is not an option and not recommended but everytime he does something he is not supposed to, maybe you can isolate him for sometime so that he realises not to make the same mistake again.

Also there are a lot of chew toys available which might with the teething process. Yakies chew bone is something which will keep him busy for a good amount of time.
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Recently, he has been having epileptic seizures.
Are you sure they are epileptic seizures? Seizures can be caused by a variety of reasons.

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What I want to know, and what none of the vets could answer was, is there anything we can do when he's having one of these attacks?
There is nothing you can do during a seizure. Blackasta has already mentioned what can be done to keep the dog comfortable.

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It really pains a lot when we're around him at the moment but unable to do anything to help. Has anyone here experienced the same?
My 8yo lab experiences a seizure every 30-45 days. This started in August last year. The vet has prescribed him Gardenal 30 mg, one in the morning and one in the evening.

I am not sure how effective this is, or maybe if Gardenal is the reason why seizures don't occur more frequently. But I have made my peace with it and accepted that this is going to happen.

I would suggest mapping the seizures (date, time, duration, recovery time). They can sometimes be triggered by emotional distress too.

Here is a good resource to read on.
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Old 6th May 2019, 17:20   #4932
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Sharing some experience on Aari's weight loss and recovery from a very bad sprain (long post)

Aari was always pampered with excess of food and within no time, we lost control over his weight. We tried a lot of dietary changes and couldn't get him back to shape.

During this period he hurt his front left foot twice (possible bad sprain) and developed a very pronounced limp.

It was quite painful to see him limp and struggle to walk normally.

We visited a vet in Hyderabad who had specialization in veterinary orthopaedics, however after undergoing many tests and x-rays she was unable to conclude anything.

We then went to another Vet, and had to get another set of x-rays, she mentioned that it is tough to pin point the issue and advised physiotherapy. He being overweight wasn't helping either.

(Getting the x-rays was very painful for him as they had to spread his legs, while he was forced to lie on his back to get the pictures of his shoulder joints, he was in immense pain after the procedure and was heart wrenching to watch him unable to get up, and mourn in pain).



Following the advice of a very well reputed kennel in Hyderabad, which is our regular stop for swim sessions (Progressive Kennels) we got him on to a new diet plan and continued Physiotherapy at home.

His fortnightly swimming sessions were changed to weekly and Aari lost 13 kgs, over a period of 6/7 months :-).

The limp is completely gone now and he is back to being all interested and enthusiastic about our treks as well. We almost paused our Sunday early morning outings to reduce the stress on his legs and now happy to inform that we are back to our weekly (Sunday) trails / treks.

Meal Schedule (which worked for him)

7 AM Snack - 1 boiled egg / fried in coconut oil. 1 piece of boiled mutton bone.

9 AM - 1 bowl of vegetables stock

1100 AM Snack (training rewards) - approx. 30 gm - paneer / an apple / 1 boiled sweet potato / watermelon.

1 PM - 1 bowl of buttermilk / 1 bowl of raagi malt.

3 PM - approx 30gm of paneer / sweet potato (training rewards) followed by 1 bowl of vegetable Stock.

5-6:30 PM : Training session for 15-20 min (approx.) followed by play time. He gets around 30 gm of boiled chicken / liver (as rewards).

7 PM : Dinner - 400gm (200gm boiled chicken + 200gm boiled vegetables) 1 piece of mutton bone.

9 PM : approx. 10-20gm of chicken as reward for physiotherapy and hot bag session (duration 15 min).

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Aari @46Kgs



The limp




Aari @33Kgs




All active and happily running around






Regards,

Pradeep.

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Hello everyone, would like to draw your attention to this little black dog sleeping under my car.

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She is a stray that I care for, and from saying hi on streets to moving into my apartment and then sleeping under my car it has been a short journey. The thing about my car is that I have to use it to go to work. So when I asked her to get out of there, she got out, complained about me disturbing her sleep and then went to the car next to mine, a Wagon R. She didn't like it. So went to the front of the apartment and found a nice too end Innova Crysta to sleep under. Dogs have standards! Strays dogs! Who could have known!

Of course this comes with the additional complication that my dog Caesar, who is happy to be sniffing her butt all day long, doesn't like that she sleeps under "his" car. It's actually very funny to see this dog wait for me to get back home so that she has somewhere to sleep. Maximum marks for Honda in this regard. They've built a car that stray dogs approve.

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He is turning out to be quite a handful. While chewing furniture and destroying shoes is fine, the challenge is his puppy biting. He has a strong bite. While mostly it starts playfully but then he gets quite aggressive/adamant.

I spoke to a pet behaviourist and he said that Beegu is too young to be trained but he will send one of his trainers to sensitise my parents on how to handle him. I will also be in Delhi next week so will be able to observe him more carefully.

The point is well taken. When Darth & Daisy (our boxer menagerie's founder members) had their first litter, we found their play-fights entertaining - till we ourselves were at the receiving end! The pups seem to have lock-jaw characteristics from the weaning/eye-opening stage.

And once they latched on to our pajama or track-pant bottom, they would just hang on. Till a firm slap on the butt with a rolled-up newspaper convinced them to let go. It took some time (a week or less) but, like Pavlov’s dogs, they got the message. And from then on the journey to civilized behavior – our idea of “civilized” – was uneventful. Though the boxer’s genetic trait of FUN at all cost remains unimpaired.

I’m sorry to know that your earlier pooch (Angel) passed away. But I’m also happy that you decided to go in for the beagle pup. Most animal specialists (our favourite is James Herriot) encourage owners to go in for another pet on the demise of the first one, specially for owners who are senior citizens.
Wishing you years of love & fun with Beegu.
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We're looking to bring home a well bred, reasonably priced lab puppy. Our requirements are good temperament and health. Not too bothered about things like pigmentation, bite, etc. Would anyone have suggestions for ethical breeders or availability of pups, preferably in Mumbai or nearby? We're experienced pet owners. I've had a rescue german shepherd earlier and currently have an adopted cat. Looking forward to any pointers or help in this regard. Thanks!

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