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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 21-05-2021, 07:30 Thread Starter
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Just had a memory, Sandra, of giving one of my dogs a dental chew and it having really bad diarrhoea

Well, she has a UTI. Poor old gal. Spent yesterday up and down the vet's taking a sample first, weighing Molly in case drugs were needed and then going back because drugs were needed. It is about 15 miles away as I am fussy about which vet I use.

She went through the night!

We had an awful experience yesterday as we came back from our afternoon walk. We just got onto our drive when the two Rottweilers from across the road came running over and started to attack Georgia!! I had hold of both mine and could not do much except shout at them to clear off. They would not give up! She is a 12kg Spaniel but she stood her ground and got her teeth out! Eventually Chris heard all the commotion and came down, from upstairs, to help. Poor old Molly just stood there frozen to the spot. Chris chased them back across the road and it turns out the owner had left his back gate open. Good job I am an out and out dog person because anyone else would have had a heart attack!
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I hope you had a serious chat with the owner Pat, Rottweilers can be very friendly dogs but whether or not they were the gate should be properly locked even if the dogs are not out, they are big enough to frighten or knock over a child.
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Well, Kev, it was Chris who took them back and he would have apologised for not catching them sooner. I know the dogs and they are fine with people but it was very scary as they have not been socialised with dogs so find them scary. This leads to them trying to chase them away. Chris did suggest a spring on the gate to pull it closed. What is the matter with people? I have taken the labradoodle next door back several times. They, eventually, put a spring on the gate. It's not rocket science. If nothing else it prevents a terrible accident.
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I think some get a dog because it seems a nice idea, it is, but it's the same as having a child, it needs to be looked after and not let out on it's own, people can be very stupid about pets.
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Iím not worried about the bones enormous or
not

Iím worried about the bits he swallows

And have been for 13 yrs

Iíll stick to dental sticks

His teeth , not brilliant but not causing him a problem

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Little update on dear old Molly. The rescue, having said they would not spend money on her, were persuaded by me that a dental was needed on welfare grounds. Marcus my vet performed it and, while she was under, took all her corns off. I got a frantic call from him as he examined her all over while she was out and found a very enlarged stifle (knee) joint. Fearing that her mammary tumours had spread to her bones he x rayed her but was relieved to find it was not the big C. The joint is, however, a wreck with very little movement in it. Poor old girl.

Post dental she is now eating a new kind of dog food which is "cold pressed" and not as hard as ordinary dried food. It is called Tribal and I am very impressed with it both for Georgia and now Molly. Quite expensive but easier to digest. She does have days when she messes me around insisting she should have tinned food but I usually win!
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Just a little update on the old gal. She had the episode with the Muntjac, reported elsewhere, and is now confined firmly on lead. We now think that it gored her foot with its tusks because one of her wounds was very deep into an ankle joint. Vet bill of £400
Molly continues to be difficult to feed. I try not to give her mushy food because it is bad for their teeth but, unusually for me, I have given her best in the battle of wills. She had me sitting on the floor hand feeding her the Tribal cold pressed food, something I have not done in fifty years of dog ownership. I am now mixing a little warmed tinned food in with the Tribal and that seems to be working, at least for now. She still looks a bag of bones but at least we are both a little happier. The main thing is to not to let her think that her behaviour wins, over not eating what she is given, so I always put it away, without comment, and then magically find something better a little later when she has forgotten about refusing food.
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