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Food Discussion & Information / Re: Switching Dog Foods, Advice?
« on: July 29, 2008, 08:41:50 pm »
The standard is to switch gradually over 10 days, with a 10% change per day. So the first day, you would feed 90% old 10% new, the second 80% old 20% new, and so on until you get to 100% new. So you had the right idea, but you need to do it over a slightly longer period of time.

I think that the quality of food involved is more the issue than your method of transition. You'll read a lot on BPO about quality foods. Purina really isn't a great food, so if you're open to a more high quality food I would reccomend it and we can deffinately help you find a better one that is still within your budget.

But purina is actually a better food than ol roy, which is probably the worst dog food on the market. Ol roy is almost all filler that passes right through undigested, so his stomach probably needs time adjusting to actually having things to digest. There's a product by eagle pack called holistic transitions that is supposed to help aid with food transitions that you could try (I've never tried it myself).

Ideally I think the best thing you could do would be to switch more slowly to a higher quality food, and I probably wouldn't use a lamb formula unless he has shown an intollerance to beef and chicken formulas.

Poor fumbs! Hope he feels better soon  :-\

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Penny's got an infected incision
« on: July 29, 2008, 07:43:40 pm »
She is not doing too great today. The wound is stapled better than it was before, but it is so oozy. There's a yellow discharge that keeps oozing out, and there was a little more blood today. I cleaned the fur on her legs but more is oozing out on to her fur, so we'll be cleaning it again tomorrow.

The toughest part is that even though I know she has an infection, she doesn't. And she's starting to get restless and active again. She is SOOOO hard to keep "quiet". It's easy to keep her on a leash and restrict her outside time, but it's really hard to keep her still in the house - especially when I can't put her in the crate! I don't want to put her in the crate cause she needs her cone on and she doesn't fit too great in tbhe crate with the cone on. I bought nand x pen today so maybe that wilpl help but it's SO hard to stop my little spastic troublemaker from being a spastic troublemaker!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Penny's got an infected incision
« on: July 28, 2008, 07:52:37 pm »
Penny was spayed last Thursday, and has been fine since the day after so I thought we were pretty much in the clear... And then tonight she was laying on the wood floor with the E-collar on, and when she stood up I saw blood on the floor (not just a drop) then I realized she had blood all over her legs   :-\

We rushed her to the vet and they said one staple has come loose and with the blood there was a little bit of pus so they think she has an infection. They re-stapled her and sent me home with anti-biotics.

Poor penny  :-\

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Sad Penny after her spay
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:14:54 am »
be sure not to allow her to be getting off and on a raised human bed....unless of course you put her on and off.

We put her on and off the human bed. She sleeps on the the bed with us every night so she was only happy when she we put her on the bed with us.

I just discovered she has razor burn where they shaved her. I called the vet and they said its normal and I can put some neosporin on it... Poor girl  :(

How cute. I hope he got some good treats for his modeling ;)

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Sad Penny after her spay
« on: July 25, 2008, 09:55:06 am »
She was wimpering through the night so I slept with her on the floor until the morning when she had enough energy to get on the bed.

She's got more energy now and has kept down her breakfast so far. I'm letting her keep the cone off when I can keep an egal eye on her, but I have to watch her closely cause she was trying to lick at her belly this morning when she had the cone on - it was so sad to see her with her little leg over the side of the cone so frustrated she couldnt't get to her belly.

I wish they had kept her so they could keep her on the iv pain meds.

Right after I posted she got up and walked really fast to the door so I was really excited thinking she had energy to get up and wanted to potty. As soon as I got there she threw up. It was undigested - even though we fed her 2 1/2 hours ago (and a tiny bit of food as a test 1/2 hour before that). I had to take the cone off to clean it so I decided to leave it off for awhile. She's resting on a blanket now and looking a little happier without the cone but still pretty darn upset

No they didn't keep her overnight - our old vet did, but our current vet doesn't. Penny was done by noon and they kept her until 6:30 and now she's home and so sad looking. She's on pain meds and has eaten and had a little water, but she's obviously really sore. We had to lure her with hamburger rice just to get her outside to potty, and then later she had an accident while laying in her bed, so I had to take it away to clean it, and then I ran to the store to get a new one, but she hates the new one. And now she isn't even laying on a bed or a comforter but I don't want to make her if she'd rather be on the wood floor.

I still can't find the camera cable so I can't post the good pics from when she first got home, but he's a cameraphone pic of her right now

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Rescue Remedy
« on: July 24, 2008, 08:33:55 pm »
I would up on catnip - I would think that would be more effective on a cat then rescue remedy

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Sad Penny after her spay
« on: July 24, 2008, 08:26:54 pm »
My baby Penny got spayed today. She looks so sad in her cone (pic to follow once I find the camera cable).

My question is: is it normal to have a small amoung of blood come from the staples? The did staples instead of stiches which I don't like because they look too loose, and a few minutes ago she whimpered and got off the bed and when she moved I saw a little spot of blood on the bed. It's only a tiny bit of blood but I don't remember this happening before. Should I be worried?

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Baby Payton is born!!!!!!!
« on: July 18, 2008, 09:33:30 pm »
Congrats! Payton is adorable :)

Saint Bernard Pictures / Re: Recent Lucca Pictures :)
« on: July 18, 2008, 04:15:56 pm »
He's adorable! I especially like the pic with the close up of his nose  ;)

Golden Retriever Pictures / Re: Loki the lion
« on: July 15, 2008, 06:56:54 pm »
He is so adorable and unique. I love him!  :)

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: NDR - Sad news... My Sable is gone!
« on: July 15, 2008, 11:10:02 am »
I am sorry for your loss  :'(

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