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Since hip dysplasia (HD) is so prevelant in Big Dogs, I wanted to make a thread gathering info about prevention, treatment, and personal experiences to share with people new to HD.

I am going to be copying some old posts here that are relevant to HD, and please feel free to add anything from your experience with HD.

Anything Non-Dog Related / My new walkway - oops!
« on: October 26, 2006, 03:27:29 pm »
The town is doing all this work on our street and ended up tearing up our walkway so they had to give us a nice new one. Well, they came, laid all the cement, and then the neighbor let their dog out off leash. Whoops!

It's been fixed now but the picture makes me laugh ;)

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / How to reassure a fearful dog?
« on: October 23, 2006, 12:32:38 pm »
Zoey some irrational fears, and is very anxious in certain situations. I always ressure her with soothing tones and telling her 'it's ok' and stuff. Well yesterday I took her to the pet store to get her nails cut. She has an irrational fear of getting her nails cut so she was reluctant to even walk in the room. I was comforting her that it was ok and the lady told me that by trying to soothe her with calm tones, I was basically telling her 'yes, there is something to be afraid of, and i will try and protect you from the scary thing'. Instead, she wanted me to just command zoey to go and it would give her confidence. I am not sure I agree with that, but I do see where she is coming from. Anyone have thoughts about this ???

Meet & Greet BPOers / Pet Rock (new england)
« on: August 20, 2006, 02:39:59 pm »
Is anyone else planning on going to pet rock this year? We took Zoey last year and enjoyed it, so we'll be going again. It's september 10 in worcester, and they have a ton of doggie booths and activities, plus music (this year they have some rock bands and a couple american idol peeps).

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Different types of throw-up
« on: July 30, 2006, 01:02:54 pm »
Usually if Zoey throws up she throws up yellow bile. But today when I came home I found a pile of thrown-up partially digested food. This would have made sense to me if she had just eaten, but I fed her 4 hours before I left the house, so I know a good amount of time passed before she threw up.

Does anyone know the difference between what would cause a dog to throw up bile, and what would cause them to throw up partially digested food ???

Food Discussion & Information / Bland Diet dog foods
« on: July 10, 2006, 02:48:12 pm »
So, Zoey has been having diahrea issues and last week we put her on a bland rice/hamburger diet and the vet also prescribed some medicine to calm her irritated stomach/bowel. She was doing well, but as soon as I put her back on regular food yesterday the diahrea came back. Her stool tested negative for any parasites, so now we know for sure the food is the issue. She has been eating Nature's Variety, which is a super-premium food, but it is apparently too rich for her. Zoey has had the following foods:
*pedigree (the breeder fed it to her): she did fine on but I switched her off of it right away because it is crap
*solid gold wolf king: she did great on at first, then started to have issues with
*wellness super5mix: she did great on, but then they got a "great new taste" that she didn't like
*canidae: she did pretty well on, but then got sick on the last ag
*nature's variety: she is not doing well on

The vet wants to put her on a prescription diet and recommends science diet ID or eukanuba low-residue. But I REALLY don't want to do that. I refuse to feed her the science diet because it is crap (first five ingredients: Ground Whole Grain Corn, Brewers Rice, Dried Egg Product, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal). The eukanuba is a little better, but still not good (first 5: Corn Grits, Brewers Rice, Chicken By-Product Meal, Chicken, Fish Meal).

I am looking for a premium brand that is less irratable to sensitive tummies. I really strongly believe in the kinds of foods recommended by the whole food journal.

Does anyone who has had similar problems have any suggestions?

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Zoey is a skinny minny
« on: July 05, 2006, 01:25:11 pm »
We took Zoey to the vet today to get her checked out because she has been sick the past week. The verdict was that she is generally healthy and her tummy is inflammed either from an infection or from her food being too rich, so we are waiting on lab results to see which one. In the meantime she is LOVING her temporary warm hamburger/rice diet

Get this though: my Zoey has lost 20lbs  :o We put her on a little diet at the beginning of the year to reduce her weight to protect her hips, and now she is down to 105lbs. She looks like this is the perfect weight for her. I just can't believe how much she lost  :o

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Slimey Poop
« on: June 30, 2006, 09:22:17 pm »
The other day I thought I saw something weird on Zoey's poop - it looked like it had a peice of slime on it, but I thought I was imagining it. But then today she had two accidents that were not like normal poop, but like slime. The best way I can describe it is that it looks like someone mixed a little bit of poop into a raw egg white. Dan described it as looking like a brown slug, or like brown drool.

Then she was eating a cookie just now and when I looked at her she had a little bit of foam in her mouth which really freaked me out.

She is up to date on all of her vaccines, but we all know they aren't foolproof.

What could be some possible causes of this? I am really concered and I want to take her to the vet ASAP but can't take her to the normal vet for almost a week since they are closed for the fourth of july long weekend. I want to take her to the emergency animal hospital, but Dan thinks I am overreacting. Am I? What is wrong with my baby  ???

Holiday Things / Fourth of July Game
« on: June 27, 2006, 12:48:47 pm »
I just found this fourth of july game and I'm hooked. I've been playing it for an hour straight  :o

I finally decided to join dogster today. Anybody want to be pup pals with Zoey? m/?302281


Specific Website Information / Problem viewing pictures
« on: April 15, 2006, 12:30:23 pm »
Is anyone else having issues seeing pictures lately? It is the weirdest thing - in some threads I can see the pictures that are posted, but in others it just shows the photo title and if I click on it I get an error message saying that I need to be logged in to view it  ???

Michael, do you have any advice for me so that I can see all the pics?

For those of you who have had to make the tough choice to send a pet on the rainbow bridge because of a medical condition: I am wondering if you could tell me how/when you made the choice. What was the breaking point for you that you knew your furbaby was in too much pain? Where did you draw the line?

I know that it may be painful to talk about, and I know that it is different for every dog, but I think it would be helpful for me to hear from some other people who have had to make the hardest choice. I have never had to deal with this before, but I know that it is in my future, and we are starting to realize we might be faced with it sooner than we had hoped. Zoey's hips are starting to fail her with increasing frequency, and we are in agony over seeing her in pain. She is still a happy and otherwise healthy dog, but her hips are getting worse every day and it is absolutely terrifying me right now. I think that I need to start preparing myself for the inevitable - no matter how soon or far down the road it may come.  :'(

We just got home from the meet-n-greet. We had to leave early because I was worried about her hips after a few hard falls from rough play, but Zoey had a lot of fun. It was nice to see some of the other big dogs in person :)

I'm attaching all the pictures I took today. I am sure everyone else will post more when they get home, since pretty much everyone had cameras. The pups there were: Zoey, Fumble, Sadie, Titan, Winslow, and Kali.

My very favorite is the one of Zoey and Sadie sharing the water bowl. Zoey especially loved playing with little Sadie :)

Medical Conditions & Diseases / I am very very sad right now
« on: March 10, 2006, 11:51:45 am »
The other day I posted a question about doggy nosebleeds because Boo (the other dog in my life) was having major nosebleed issues. Well, they took him to the vetschool teaching hospital and had to admit him because it was so bad. They ran a ton of tests and found out he had some kind of fungus eroding his nasal cavity. During treatment last night he developed pneumonia from the anesteshia and some how got esophagus damage from the medicine or something. Things don't look good  :( I am afraid he will probably be at the bridge soon  :'(

I am so very sad right now. He is like a second fur-baby to me  :'(

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Doggy Nosebleeds
« on: March 07, 2006, 06:12:22 pm »
Anyone ever have a dog with nosebleed problems?

Zoey's 'cousin' Boo has been getting nosebleeds for about a week. And I don't mean a little trickle of blood, I mean pouring out. It's only in one nostril, and it seems to be better when he is resting than when he is active.

Boo has had some tests (a scope to check for issues in the nasal canal, a bloodclotting test, not sure what else) at his local vet and they haven't been able to come up with a diagnosis. Tommorow he is going to the best animal hospital around for more testing. But right now everyone is stumped as to whats going. Have any of you guys ever experienced something similar? Any ideas what might be going on?

I'm scared for him  :'(

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