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FAQs about puppies / Re: Soft Puppy Poop
« on: May 26, 2008, 12:10:29 pm »
If you can't get this under control in a few days, have him checked for Coxsidia (unsure of spelling, sorry).  This is a hard-to-detect bacteria that can be picked up by puppies and dogs with vulnerable immune systems.  Because the bacteria tend to stick in the intestines rather than be expelled in stool, it's hard to diagnose.

We had this happen with a Newf rescue we got from a shelter.
Molly had constant soft bowels and diarrhea, so I asked our vet to treat her for Coxsidea even though we couldn't detect it in her stools.  Cleared up within 3 days.

You do want to keep an eye on things so your pup doesn't get dehydrated.

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Ooops I goofed!
« on: May 26, 2008, 12:00:55 pm »
Nell used to do this--I don't think it's at all malicious, but it can be a way of saying they're boss, so you are probably better off to (pardon the pun), nip the behavior now.
Nell always wants to carry Annie's leash, but Annie never does it, so I wonder if it's a "big dog" thing (Nell is older and the Alpha dog).
You might want to watch for other signs of dominance, just to make sure everyone knows that Mom is in charge.
It's no big deal--typical "testing the boundaries" behavior, I think. Been there....

There are a lot of great posts here, and I echo their advice:  Staying thin and getting MODERATE amounts of exercise is the best advice (HD or not!).  Swimming or water therapy works wonders, and they tend to love it.

Giving joint supplements should help a great deal.  Look into Cosiquin--we use it on our Newfs, and it has made a big difference, especially with Nell, who is approaching 11 and has very bad hips.

I know it sounds very scary, but I've had Newfs with HD live to be 13. We're very lucky that medicines and foods are so much better than they used to be.

I would also encourage you to keep looking for a vet you like and can trust.  We have always had 2 vets for our Newfs, one local for the "basics" like shots, emergencies, etc., but we also have our "preferred" vet for things like consultations about HD, arthritis, etc.
There is no better feeling than having a vet you feel good about, and nothing worse than not trusting someone with your fur-kids, so even if it means a longer drive, it can be well worth it.

Good luck, and keep us all posted!
Nell--almost 11
Annie--still a puppy at 8!
Molly, Sam, Katie: at the bridge, but always in my heart

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