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Treatment & Preventative Meds / 25% off NuPro Joint Supplement
« on: February 09, 2007, 08:55:50 am »
Someone was asking about supplements a couple weeks ago and I had posted a link to what we use.  Currently Pet Food Direct is offering 25% off any order.

Promotion Code PET3395

Offer expires 11:59 PM, February 10, 2007

Great Dane Discussions / She is Driving me Nuts
« on: February 08, 2007, 05:00:06 pm »
OK... since we had our cold spell last month Miss Tyra has found that she likes to be under a blanket.  It's very cute but the problem is when she moves and the blanket comes off.  She will whine until I get up to put it back on.  This happens at least 3 or 4 times EVERY night.  Needless to say I'm not getting a good nights sleep.

Any suggestions??  I'm thinking I need to wrap her like a baby so she can't move.... ;D

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Can Your Dog Do This
« on: January 29, 2007, 08:59:39 pm »

Too cute!!!

Tucker can open doors so we have to make sure we use the deadbolts.

Anything Non-Dog Related / We Have a Hole (Update) Got Water??
« on: January 17, 2007, 05:10:04 pm »
OK... it's a little more than a hole.

Yesterday they broke ground on Tucker's pool and today they finished with the plumbing and rebar.  I cannot believe how fast these people are moving.  We expect they will be done by the end of February.

Now if only the weather would break.  Unlike the east coast that has been experiencing unseasonably warm temps here in the desert it has been VERY cold.  Today we had a high of 48, normal highs for January is in the 60's.  At night it has been going down to the teens. 


My BIL was at the shelter today (looking to adopt a cat) and someone was surrendering their brindle great dane.  Here is the shelter information if someone wanted to check on it.  I would but I'm 2500 miles away.

Sorry.... I have no additional information.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / UnFRICKEN Real
« on: January 01, 2007, 11:19:27 am »

If you read my Six Week Post-Op post you would know that my only wish for the New Year would be to make it 30 days without a visit to the vet.

Well guess what.... we are not even going to make it 12 hours!!!

Tucker had a tumor removed just before Christmas and we have had a heck of a time keeping Scooter from licking the area.  Well early this morning the stitches disintegrated Tucker shook his head and now he has a gapping hole that needs to be stitched again.

Because he had just eaten we need to wait until 11am to take him to the ER; they will have to anesthetize him before they can stitch him up. 

So much for my New Year's wish.

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Six Weeks Post Op
« on: December 31, 2006, 08:23:22 pm »
It has been six weeks since Tucker's FHO and I cannot believe what a difference it has made. We walk 3 times a day for 30 minutes.  During these walks he has two speeds; slow/deliberate that forces him to really use his legs and you can see the muscles bulge. During this pace his gait is slightly "off" with the leg "clicking in". It reminds me of someone who is double jointed the way it "clicks".  It's not a sound but a movement. The "chicken leg" appearance was
gone after two weeks and the swinging out to the side has been gone for a couple weeks. I would say that he is bearing weight 95% of the time. His second speed is a bit faster and at times looks completely normal. At this speed I know that he is over compensating and later in the day he pays for it on the non-FHO side.

Tucker feels so much better that all he wants to do is play. With four dogs we have to be very careful. We still do not them all play in the big yard. At least once a day we do let Tucker out in the big yard but have to watch him cause he wants to run and jump. Currently when he runs he still bunny hops but it's different from the bunny hop pre-surgery. Can't really explain, it's just different... more

Without a doubt this was the right decision for Tucker. I think the key is finding a surgeon that has done many FHO's on large dogs.  Experience goes a LONG way.

Most of the information available about FHO's and large dogs is not positive. Does anyone have published articles or study's regarding the success of FHO's and large dogs? I know that Tucker's surgeon recently completed a study and the research will be published early in the year. I will post here when available.

As for the rest of the pack it has been a somewhat difficult time for us.  As most of you know my beloved Bobo kitty who would have 19 crossed the bridge in November.  Aruba my other 5 year old cat got very sick the week before Christmas so he spent 2 days here on an IV and then four days being force fed.  He is now eating on his own and doing well.  Tyra was xrayed last week for a lump on her leg.  Apparently she had a hairline fracture sometime in the last couple of weeks that is now healing....ugh .... at least it wasn't bone cancer.  In addition Tucker had a tumor removed from his ear... news back from the vet yesterday is that it is benign.  Knock on wood Scooter and Luke are doing great.  Our hope for the new year is to avoid the vet for at least 30 days, other than Tucker going back to have his stitches removed from his ear.

Hope you all are doing well.  Maybe I'll get a chance to hang out more with you here at BPO in the coming year.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Dog Pile (pic)
« on: November 27, 2006, 05:39:45 am »
Tucker has been spending more time out of his crate in the evenings, when the others are not so wild.

Here is a picture of the dog pile.

As I type this Tuc is getting ready for surgery.  Because Tuc is not a touchy feely pup Dr. Eich was unable check his knee so he will do that first and if it's OK he will be doing the FHO on his right hip.  This is so freaking me out but I know once we get thru the recovery he will have little to no pain on the right side.  We will most likely have to do the left side in the future. 
We already have the gorilla crate set up in our room with a nice clean bed and new toys.  As long as everything goes well we will be able to pick him up in the morning.
I will be updating in this thread for those that are interested.  I will warn you now that pictures posted may not be suitable for the squeamish.

Mixed Breed Pictures / Group Pics
« on: November 16, 2006, 05:28:16 am »
Thought I would try getting some group pictures.  These are the only ones that were decent.

Great Dane Discussions / Speaking of Throw-up
« on: November 16, 2006, 05:24:15 am »
I just had to share the latest thing Tyra harked up.... octopussy!!! 

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Visit with the Surgeon Tomorrow
« on: November 16, 2006, 12:38:27 am »
Tucker will be three in February and was dx. with bi-lat. HD when he was about six months old.  Shortly after his dx. he had his first seizure. 

Since his dx. we have done med (Metacam) management mainly because of we had poor control of his epilepsy.  We now have excellent control of his seizures and are ready to do surgery.  The surgeon he saw 18 months ago suggested an FHO.  My concern is that Tuc weighs over 80 lbs.  We are not against doing the THR but concerned with what appears to be a high failure rate.  We feel strongly that this is a one time deal for Tuc because of his temperament.  He does not do well away from us and has no use for mankind. 

We meet with the doc again tomorrow and would ask that you share your thoughts, experiences, and suggested questions.  Although they may be ready to do surgery tomorrow I don't think I am.  Having just lost my 19 year old cat Bobo last week if anything happened to Tuc it might just push me over the edge.  We are also building a pool and thought waiting until closer to spring might be better so he can use it as part of his rehab.

At this point I'm really looking for any and all advice and support.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Changing Vets Again
« on: November 13, 2006, 02:14:22 am »
Two years ago we changed vets mainly because of a conflict with Tucker's epilepsy treatment.  In addition we had long wait times and communication issues. 

For the most part we have been on the same page with our current vet regarding Tuc's treatment; however, we do not agree on vaccination protocols.  We have decided to titer and our vet does not approve... oh well.  Not that big of a deal.

Well last week when we had Bobo PTS we had an issue.  Bobo at almost 19 was suffering from Hypokalemia (low potassium) After doing a great deal of research we decided to have him PTS.  My issue with the vet was that we was telling us that Bobo had "many issues" including a heart problem... well yes Hypokalemia I agreed does cause arrhythmias but other than the low potassium Bobo's blood work looked GREAT.  When I suggested that the arrhythmias were as a result of the hypokalemia my vet blew me off and stated, "it would not cause heart problems".  Well according to my research it does.

Because of Bobo's age, joint issues, and the unknown cause of his condition we made the decision to PTS; however, had this been our 5-year-old cat Aruba we would have done things differently.  My problem is, had we just listened to our vet we would have made a decision without all the facts or worse with misinformation .

So I guess I would like to ask how you deal with conflicting information you find in your research as opposed to what you are told by those that are suppose to be in the know.  Should I just keep my mouth shut and continue to do what I feel is best?

This is not just limited to my animals but also human health care.  I personally had an issue with my doctor regarding routine testing and when I confronted him with documentation from medical and cancer associations he said “whatever it’s YOUR body do what you want”.  I also had issues with my son’s doctors when he was dx. with HCM.  Glad I did because we ended up at one of the best hospitals (John’s Hopkins) that deals with HCM.

Anyway, I am a firm believer that you are your own best advocate, that NO ONE will have your best interest in mind like you do, and we must be informed patients.  My concern is that I always seem to have these issues with most in the medical field…. Is it just me or do they really suffer from a “god complex”?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / She's Touching Me (pics)
« on: November 08, 2006, 03:59:46 pm »
People always comment about how the brindle pack is always touching.  For those of you in a multi dog home do yours do this.  Let's see those "touching" pics.

Tyra has decided that Luke makes a great pillow.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / The Pack (pic)
« on: November 08, 2006, 03:44:19 pm »
This was taken yesterday while I was hanging with Bobo.  The pack knew something was going on and that the "mean kitty" was not doing good.  They were all worried and took turns checking in on us.

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