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Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Giardia help please
« on: December 25, 2008, 03:47:48 am »
Thats good to know. He won't be back there until this round of treatment is over and he is clean. Thanks for the info. Its very much appreciated. MERRY CHRISTMAS

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Giardia help please
« on: December 24, 2008, 05:50:08 am »
Thank you everyone for the replies. We just returned from the vet and she said that nelson is "the picture of perfect health" BESIDES this diarrhea issue. She tested him for Giardia again and said he WAS positive AGAIN. :( I am pretty bummed but it was almost a relief because at least we know where the diarrhea is coming from.

She said that either his Giardia has not been completely killed in the last few rounds of treatment OR he keeps getting Giardia from a source. She has given me a lot of meds to kill the crap out of this parasite, so we are crossing our fingers that this kills it! If it doesn't, we need to figure out where he is getting it, and Im praying he isn't getting it at daycare or something because that is the best thing in the world for him to go to when I'm in class.

I will keep everyone updated. Thank you again.

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Giardia help please
« on: December 23, 2008, 09:41:05 am »
And can I just put his stuffed toys in the washing machine??

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Giardia help please
« on: December 23, 2008, 09:31:12 am »
We live at an apt complex so should I still go ahead and clorox all the poop I see outside??

So I should throw away all his toys?? What about bones he chews on? I had no idea that I should throw away his toys and such. That is new to me. Thanks for the advice.

What else specifically should I clorox?

Thank you to everyone for the advice. It is appreciate more than you know :) I love this webite!!

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Giardia help please
« on: December 23, 2008, 05:09:24 am »
Thanks so much KBNewf. It is really appreciated  ;)

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Giardia help please
« on: December 23, 2008, 04:44:09 am »
Nelson has been bathed actually, he was bathed last wednesday in fact. It wasn't actually because of the Giardia, it was because he needed to be groomed, but thank you for that tip, I hadn't even thought that bathing would be important but now that you say that, it makes perfect sense!!

I have heard that Giardia is hard to diagnose and that is probably why it took so long for someone to realize that is what he had! It just starts to worry me and all these questions race in my head like "what if its worse?" "What if something is seriously wrong that is NOT giardia?" etc etc.

Right now Nelson eats Natures Variety raw and dry food, and since he's going to the vet tomorrow they will probably give him something to get rid of the diarrhea, so should I feed him the chicken/pumpkin puree or just wait? I just am starting to get so discouraged because after the first round didn't work, and now the second round, I'm just wondering if my little (big) guy will ever get rid of this  :(

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Giardia help please
« on: December 23, 2008, 04:02:36 am »
I'm not sure if this is the right "section" to be posting this in, but forgive me if its not.

I have a 7 month old Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Big Boy Nelson. For the last 2-3 months we were in and out of the vet with severe diarrhea. No one could figure out what was wrong until I took him to my parents vet and it was found out he had Giardia. Well this was right before Thanksgiving, so about a month ago. The treatment he was given was panacure and stuff to get rid of the diarrhea. About 2 weeks ago it came back and so he was put back on the meds, and as of last night its back again. Does anyone have any suggestions? He has another vet appt with my parents vet tomorrow but I was wondering if anyone has had this happen, if anyone knows what to do or any help.

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Re: Bones For Berners
« on: December 21, 2008, 12:12:53 pm »
Thanks to both of you for the responses. They are much appreciated!!

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Bones For Berners
« on: December 21, 2008, 06:56:08 am »
Hi everyone! I have a now 7 month old Berner Nelson, and I was wondering what are the best bones to get him to chew on? I don't enjoy giving him rawhide because he seems to chew them so darn fast that it makes me a little nervous. I found a "tibia" bone at petco and was wondering everyone's thoughts on bones to give him that won't upset his tummy and that will keep him entertained.

Warm Holiday Wishes to all!
PS Nelson is the features daily puppy today on www.dailypuppy .com :)

Thank you for such a detailed response!! I will continue to try walking away. This morning when he and I went outside we went to an area where it was open and he was able to roll around outside, play, stop etc like you said. Thank you for the advice. It really helped.
I am in Overland Park KS, and we are currently in a puppy kindergarten class, and will start obedience classes (one with no choke collars :) ) on Sept 4th.
I will look up the recommendation s for teething after I write this. He just turned 3 months yesterday, so I would assume he will start teething in a couple months?
Thank you again, and I'm sure I will be asking many more questions. :)

Ok, so what do you suggest that I do for exercise with him? I live in an apt and the walks have been great for him, he really enjoys them. Should we just do a short walk (like 10 min?) in the morning and evening? And when can he begin to have longer walks?

Also, he bites like crazy. I mean he jumps up on me and chomps down on my skin. He leaves over 15 bruises and bloody cuts. He isn't an "aggressive" dog, he just bites really bad, and my clothes too. I got him a pigs ear the other day and that has kept him from biting me a lot, but what else can I do?

It doesn't work to yell "ouch!" or to grab the back of his neck as his mom would, and it doesn't work to walk away because he rips my pants! Any suggestions would be FANTASTIC.

I have an 11 week Berner, and I was wondering, am I not supposed to be taking him on walks? He loves the walk. I take him on a 20 minute walk in the mornings and in the evenings.

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