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17-11-2020 19:59
aldra Heís not gaining weight Viv

Heís a shadow of his former self

But enjoys his food, his walks

His bowels are poor

So Iím not sure the vit B 12 is helping, I donít think heís gaining any weight

Heís getting old for a German shepherd

But he seems to enjoying his life such as it is, isnít in any pain

Owes us nothing when itís time for him to go

But not yet he says, Iíll let you know when

17-11-2020 18:12
HermanHymer Have just read through the Shadow saga! Vit b12 deficiency can cause many problems. I have it too for the same reason as Shadow. Missing bits. The tabs are really expensive and if one is not absorbing it, really a waste of money. The best solution is a jab but they are soooo painful but a lot cheaper. I'm using patches now until I pluck up the courage to go for a jab. I havent noticed any weight loss. 🤔 Hope Shadow improves. He's such an intelligent dog!
28-10-2020 20:48
aldra Well, today we got an appointment following a phone call

Apparently we were wrongly informed that we needed to go on line

I printed out a list of questions and he answered them all

Heís now on a Vit B12 supplement which apparently he has not been able to absorb, lack off causes weight and muscle loss

I was concerned that if he couldnít absorb it from food could he absorb it from tablets ?

Itís absorbed through the small intestine I found

The vet says he will absorb it from his stomach before it reaches his small intestine

So we will see

The hound from hell may Well be with us longer, Iíve upped his food to three meals a day, fresh cooked fish and rice for dinner added to breakfast and evening meal

I think he could get used to this for life

27-10-2020 19:22
27-10-2020 18:42
aldra Well a wasted journey the tablets were not ready

They say they usually text when the prescription is ready, wished they had said that yesterday, itís over an hourís journey there and back + waiting to see someone

27-10-2020 12:34
patp They are not grass eaters, Ray. They will eat thistles, and roses and runner beans and whatever else takes their fancy but grass would be their last choice. Of course, when tethered, they pee and poo on the grass so that then becomes a no go area anyway. They have a bad reputation for escaping and it is true but there is usually a good reason and one of them is not enough roughage to eat. It is why they have a reputation for eating the washing
27-10-2020 11:54
raynipper Our neighbour here had a goat tied to a stake in the middle of their 1000 sq.m. of land. The goat ate all the things it liked and left great tufts of things it didn't. So he still had to mow now and again.

27-10-2020 10:32
patp You will almost certainly get the pro biotic cheaper on line, Sandra. Vets cannot compete with these big companies with their Amazon style warehouses.

On the subject of goats - we kept them for years. It all started when we had horses. Goats and horses eat virtually the same things and one needed a good home so we took Narnia home with us. She produced a small amount of milk having had a kid several years ago. We then got another goat and bred her which meant we had lots more milk and two kids. Kid meat is lovely. It is like lamb when it is young but gets a bit gamier as it matures. I am sure many will have had it abroad. Once we had the room we started to board goats as you cannot just go on holiday and leave a milking goat with the lady next door. At one time I remember we had nine to milk twice a day. With that came gallons of goats milk. In order to sell it you have to have stainless steel equipment etc so we got some weaner pigs and fed them gallons of goats milk.

Our daughter was brought up on raw (unpasteurised) goats milk and never had a days illness. When I say raw there were times when the goat would put its foot in the bucket and I would just strain it through fine muslin and we would drink it with no ill effects whatsoever. Our dogs all had it and we reared a litter of German Shepherd puppies on it too. We kept one of the puppies, Otto, and he was a really healthy dog throughout his life.

Goats are amazing hedge trimmers and the whole of our four acres was surrounded by hedges with more hedges dividing it into three paddocks. We never had to cut a hedge and we did miss them when they went.
26-10-2020 21:35
aldra Well phoned today and asked for a copy of the blood tests

Iím not sure what they mean but Iíve payed for them and want them

Iím hoping they are not a repeat of the blood tests he already had, but Iíll compare them

He says on one test, an extra £60 they might have diagnosed the problem, but without our phone call Iím wondering if we would have found out

Anyway heís left the tablets and we collect them tomorrow, he is deficient in a vitamin / mineral although I couldnít understand which

I wanted to know why we are giving him paracetamol and how long for?

The probiotic seem to be easing his loose bowels but at almost£60 a week is not sustainable so asked for a cheaper alternative

So we wait ......again

22-10-2020 22:37
Originally Posted by aldra View Post
Yes I heard it good for dogs, it’s also excellent for lactose intolerant babies

Apparently, but very hard to get in the centre of Edinburgh after the war! My poor mother had to pound the streets for hours and I existed on tomato juice and glucose. Well, I very nearly didn't exist but you wouldn't think it to look at me now!
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