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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
|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!|
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
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
|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|
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.
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.
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
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