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Saint Bernard Pictures / Re: Pete and Josh
« on: March 09, 2007, 04:38:32 pm »
Josh thinks it's great.  They go out in the yard and "rassle", play nose soccer with the ball etc.  Josh is getting lots more exercise now.

Saint Bernard Pictures / Pete and Josh
« on: March 09, 2007, 02:51:36 pm »
Josh (the half mask) and Pete, our new rescue Saint

Saint Bernard Pictures / Pete our rescue Saint
« on: March 07, 2007, 06:49:36 pm »
This is our new Saint.

I have some pictures of Pete now but cannot figure out how to get them on the board nor can I find any instructions.  Can anyone help me with this or point me to some instructions?


Josh has hip displasia so cannot get as much exercise as I would like.  I'm sure that is part of the problem. The vet put him on Previcox and it works much better than the aspirin he was on before and he is able to walk further without limping.  Also, Pete, our new Saint, is running Josh all over the yard so things are improving in the exercise category.

The vet thinks he's overweight because he can't feel his ribs through his skin.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / We got our second Saint
« on: February 27, 2007, 12:33:36 am »
We just got Pete a couple of weeks ago.  He is an 18 mo. old male that we got from a rescue organization.  He had been starved, left out in a small pen with no shelter and apparently physically abused (we have found 3 sets of scars under his fur).  He was also losing his fur due to the stress.

Since we got him his fur is recovering nicely although he doesn't have the thick winter coat our other Saint has, he is putting on weight and his real personality is now coming out (he was quite fearful before). He is a lover and has one of the sweetest personalities I've ever seen. He doesn't have an aggressive bone in his body and loves to play with Josh, our other Saint.

I am always baffled that anyone could abuse such sweet dogs.

I'll post some pictures when I have time to take them.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / How much do you feed your adult Saint?
« on: February 27, 2007, 12:17:15 am »
We have a problem with our 3 year old Josh putting on too much weight.  We feed him 1 cup of Eukanuba Lamb & Rice Large Breed for breakfast and 3 cups for supper. This is a reduction from his puppy diet of 3 cups and 3 cups. He is pushing 200 lbs.
I asked the breeder how much he fed his dogs and he said 5 cups for breakfast and 5 for supper.  I couldn't believe it.

Josh is naturally a big boy.  He has a huge head and  paws (much bigger than our other Saint) which has nothing to do with fat so I expect him to weigh more.  But the vet thinks he needs to lose about 20 lbs.  Any suggestions?

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Josh has hip dysplasia
« on: December 10, 2005, 02:09:38 pm »
Just to update:  The vet put Josh on Rimadyl but only for 10 days... too risky to use it longer.  After that he will get 2 entropic coated aspirin per day.  We are feeding him Eukanuba lamb and rice large breed kibble which contains chondroitin and glucosamine.  In the meantime we are researching other options but need to sort through the claims carefully.

Our plan is to make him as comfortable and happy as possible for as long as possible.  If he ends up in excessive pain we will look into hip replacement at the Iowa State U vet college... they do a lot of them.  This, of course will depend on his age at the time.

We are also looking to get him (and us) a companion dog probably in the spring..  In fact his brother (who is not dysplasic--- go figure) may become available.

I greatly appreciate all the words of encouragement and the very helpful advice.  We are going to do whatever we can to help Josh.  One way or other we will have a happy Josh..

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Josh has hip dysplasia
« on: December 06, 2005, 09:01:21 pm »
We just got back from the vet where Josh was x-rayed because I thought that when he walked, his gait was a bit strange.  He has dysplasia in both hips and his left front elbow.  We are a bit beside ourselves at the moment.

Has anyone here gone through this and what did you do about it?  Is there any truly effective treatment?  the vet has prescribed anti-inflamatories and mentioned the the vet college at the state university does hip replacements but had little more than that to offer. We have no intention of putting him down unless it ends up being the very last humane thing to do.

Josh can walk and hopefully will continue to be able to do so.  Anyone's experiences with this would be very helpful.

We love Josh and he loves us and we want to do whatever is possible for him.


Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Question for Saint owners
« on: October 22, 2005, 03:02:15 am »
Josh is a big lovable pile-o-dog.  He is wary of strangers and will bark and snap if they get too close, but give him a treat and some petting, you have a friend for life.  The trainer says he doesn't think Josh would actually bite but is just trying to scare the stranger away.  Around people he knows, he is very friendly and he remembers them.  He remembers my sister who he only sees every 6 months or so.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Chapped Chin??
« on: August 24, 2005, 10:04:52 pm »
Our Josh has the redness on his jowls and chin too.  Our vet (who takes care of a lot of giant breeds) says it's chapping because that area is always wet.  He said to put Desitin powder on it and try to keep it dry (an impossible task with a Saint).

I'm in the process of training Josh to wipe off his own drool.  I've got him to the point now where I can hold out a towel and say "drool" and he will grab the towel in his mouth and shake his head.  He gets rewarded with a "good boy" or occasionally a treat.

Next step is to get him to do it without being commanded.  That is to get him to grab a towel off the rack after he drinks. 

Next step after that is to get him to do the laundry....  ;D

The vet told us it was not a good idea to shave Josh the Saint all over but it was acceptable to shave his belly in the summer.  Makes sense to me since he could the turn into his usual snoring pile-o-dog on the kitchen tiles and get some cooling affect.

Wolfhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Finny has a rash!
« on: June 06, 2005, 01:08:32 pm »
Josh the Saint gets those.  We put Polysporin on them and they clear up pretty quickly.  The vet says they are the same thing as a hotspot except there is no fur on the area..  The vet can also provide a prescription ointment at abput $30 per tube..

We currently have Josh, a 1 year old Saint Bernard.  We are considering getting a second dog but are not sure what would be a good companion to Josh.  Obviously another Saint would be a good choice but we would like to consider other breeds too.  My primary concern is that Josh is so big (150 lbs. and still growing) that he could easily injure a smaller dog just playing.  Josh is very friendly and loves to play with other dogs.

Does anyone have experience with multiple dogs where one is a giant breed? Am I being too conservative here?

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