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Saint Bernard Pictures / Re: Lets go swimming!!!
« on: June 27, 2005, 08:45:47 am »
He looks like he's having a lot of fun!

I'm jealous - I want to take Zoey swimming SO bad. But, I don't have anywhere around that she is allowed to swim, and the one time we did take her to a lake, she chased a ball into the lake, and then looked so traumatized when the land ended and the water stopped (I don't think she realized what was going to happen) and wanted nothing to do with it after that.

I actually don't give Zoey greenies for this exact reason - she once swallowed a big chunk of one, but luckily threw it up right away.

I hope scout feels better soon! Zoey is crossing her paws for him :)

There is a thread already about what food everyone uses, but I was wondering what supplements everyone uses.

I give Zoey a glucosamine/chondroitin/msm supplement for her hips, and  am trying to decide if I should add anything else. I have been spending a lot of time looking at her skin lately because of the extra brushing for summer shedding, and I noticed it is looking pretty dry right now, so I was trying to decide if I should give her another supplement for her skin. One thing I know is that you have to be careful when you supplement because you can accidentally do more harm than good if you oversupplement without realizing it, so I am cautious about adding more.

I am wondering what other people use for supplements. Also, if you supplement with 'regular food', is there a specific reason (ie, that a certain food is good for the skin or the eyes or whatever)?

German Shepherd Discussions / Re: shadow's tplo
« on: June 26, 2005, 05:52:03 pm »
I have many kong recipes, but forgot about the dumb e-collar.  So until he gets his staples out, he gets a little free time for his kong, untill he starts licking his leg.  Thanks for your suggestions.  

Try a buly stick - he can chew away at it while still wearing the collar. When Zoey got spayed, we bought a 3foot long bully stick, and since it is long and thin, she could just chew on it while wearing the collar.

Leonberger Discussions / Re: Dogs in the autistic classroom
« on: June 26, 2005, 05:45:23 pm »
I don't have an articles to give you, but I will tell you that I work in a special ed classroom right now, and animals are all of the students very favorite thing (ironically, except for the one autistic boy, whose favorite thing is trains). Our town has a "challenger" baseball league and one day I took Zoey to one of their baseball games so  I could watch them play and they could not get enough of her! Everyone was all over her and treated her like she was their best friend. Ever since then, every day at school one of the kids in particular would come up to me and say "wheres my doggie" (meaning zoey).

German Shepherd Discussions / Re: shadow's tplo
« on: June 26, 2005, 12:10:48 pm »
I don't have any magic advice, but I will tell you what I would do. For one, if he's confined to a small room instead of a crate, I would make sure to spend a lot of time in the room with him. I would take a book of a small tv or whetever and hang out in the room when I could so that he wouldn't get too lonely. Just being near mom makes a big difference. Also, is he allowed to have chew toys in his recovery? If so, I would probably give a constant supply of bully sticks, raw hides, etc so that he wouldn't get bored - I know that when Zoey has something good to chew on, she's perfectly content to sit still and chew away instead of running around.

Good luck, and let us know how his recovery goes.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Chapped Chin??
« on: June 26, 2005, 11:59:09 am »
Or could it be partly because he sleeps with his chin on the floor and it may be irritating it?

I think this is probably the main cause, especially if you have hard floors. We have hardwood floors and my saint Zoey likes to sleep on the cold floor instead of one of her multiple warm soft beds, so she has developed little red calluses on her front elbows, and the vet says it is from sleeping on hard floors. I just looked on the internet to see if it would cause the same thing on chins and here is a quote from a website I found about canine chin acne:

Some dogs are prone to developing infections on their chin and lips that closely resemble "teenage acne" in people. In fact, "acne" is what this disorder is usually called. The cause, however, is not adolescent hormone fluctuations, but repeated "bumping" of those stiff chin and lip hairs on objects such as chew toys, food dishes, and the ground itself, an action which not only inflames the hair follicles by driving those stiff hairs into them repeatedly, but may actually break off the individual hairs below the skin surface and rupture the hair follicles, releasing hair protein and other irritating follicle contents into the tissues under the skin. The hair follicle begins to "ooze," trying to expel the foreign material, and it becomes chronically infected secondarily, repeatedly discharging small amounts of bloody fluid from small nodules, each of which is at the base of a hair or where a hair used to be.

Does Magoo have a soft dog bed? Maybe that would help.

Good luck

Welcome to BPO!

My name is Heather and to the left is my baby Zoey.

And ditto on the photos. We all love pictures.

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Super protector or big brat??
« on: June 25, 2005, 09:36:44 am »
I think he sensed something. Animals can always sense danger at times when we can't (remember how all the animals went to high land in the tsunami). He's a good protector :)

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: new memeber
« on: June 24, 2005, 08:00:58 pm »
Welcome to BPO! Everyone here is nice and all love big dogs like yours. I'm particularly partial to saints myself  ;)

Make sure to post more pictures of your babies (everyone loves pictures around here).

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Newfie Summer Cut
« on: June 23, 2005, 02:11:53 pm »
Cute pics! Drake is adorable.

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Puppy love
« on: June 22, 2005, 12:26:13 pm »
Adorable pic!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: saint bath
« on: June 21, 2005, 07:01:24 pm »
For some reason, pictures of saints in baths always make me smile. There's just something so funny about a big fluffy wet dog.

Great Dane Discussions / Re: Puppy growth
« on: June 21, 2005, 06:51:48 pm »
I have a saint not a dane, but when she was that age the vet told us her goal was about 3lbs per week.

Welcome to BPO! Yours pups are very cute - especially the picture of them cuddling!

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