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Old 11-25-2012, 09:02 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Rerun- your replies are also very appreciated and definitely make me take a step back. I'd love to help the dog and at least give him a chance, but as I said, it makes me nervous. Would you suggest contacting a rescue or just letting the situation go? Fostering? Nothing?
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:40 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I would do it because I have taken dogs on before with serious health and behavioral issues and seen them turn around. I would take Carmen up on her offer--she's been at this a long time and will advise you.

I have not used her products but have heard good things about them and I did turn a dog around who had lost almost all of her fur due to environmental allergies, was severely depressed and lived with a cone on her head, a t-shirt and socks because she couldn't stop scratching herself. She is now healthy and happy. The key was finding the right food, the right supplements and the right amount of exercise.

Stress greatly exacerbates health problems and exercise, attention, training and a loving home should also help in the healing process.

ETA: This will not be a stress free process for you and there will undoubtedly be a lot of ups and downs but the rewards are all worth it. Rafi, in my avatar, was in such bad shape when he was found that although he was only a year old everyone thought he was a doggie senior. Now everyone thinks he's a puppy (at age 6)!
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:11 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Kudos to you for wanting to help this dog. I say, "Go for it!" Take Carmspack up on her generous offer. The worst thing that could happen, is the dog shows no improvement and would have to be put down. At least you would know you gave it your best shot. It sounds like you are a very caring person who will make sure this boy knows love. That is more than he has now.

The best case is that most of his issues will be resolved and you will have a great family pet. He will thank you many times over.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:34 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Hi PotentialGSDowner!
When you look up the word “compassion or help” your name should be there! I think it is wonderful that you are willing to take on this poor baby. Will it be trying in the beginning?....Of course….Will you have to learn some new, possibly unfamiliar alternative health modalities to help him?.....Yes…. but, sounds like you and your husband are up for the task since you are asking questions and considering it! BRAVO!
I can send you a list of members from CT of the AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Member Assoc.) if you’d like to help this dog with a DMV from the holistic side. Conventional vets will just want to stick him with more steroids to stop the allergy itching or more and more antibiotics, and, of course “keep him up on his vaccinations” which IMHO will harm this dog more than help him. These may all have their time and place but I feel this dog may have been overloaded with them!!! Remember, the vaccination box clearly states “for healthy animals ONLY”!!! This boy is not healthy right now. Conventional vets are trained to “cover up” the problem instead of “getting to the root” of the problem and “healing” it……It’s a “HIDE” or “HEAL” choice and if your conventional vet is unfamiliar with or suspicious of alternative therapies, you’ll be in for a whirlwind of resistance from him/her and confusion on your end. BUT to have CARMSPAC by your side directing you would be the ultimate! Take her up on her offer! With her guidance and your willingness to learn new things, I feel you'll be able to help this poor boy!
I have helped many dogs over the years and can offer you the information on how to detox your dogs with homeopathic’s so that his system can begin to regain balance and heal. Homeopathic's are different than herbals BUT the herbals are DEFINITELY needed too! As others have said, his immune system sounds like a mess and both of these things along with some raw food will help.
You also mentioned that the defecation in the house is “new” so that should give your hope of him re-gaining his balance there with frequent outdoors bathroom breaks.
PM me anytime if you want the homeopathic info.
I’d be honored to help along with the others on this post.
Wishing you the BEST of luck!
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:01 AM   #25 (permalink)
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It's really generous of you to offer to help this boy.. I am in CT as well, there is a couple things I would suggest as well as the advice given.

First if you take him, I would start off with a good vet workup. I'd keep things low key for a few weeks and let him re adjust to living IN a house. His potty problems IN the house where he is, could just be from not letting him OUT to potty vs a behavioral issue..If he's fine with a crate, then yes, definitely crate him when you aren't home, can't supervise.

I'd treat him like a new puppy with the housebreaking issue, since again, it may just be an issue of taking him out.

If you want to look into obed training, that's great but i would give him time to settle in and get some of his medical issues under control.

If you want to feed RAW, there are two great sources here in CT,,Bravo or Oma's Pride. You can google either, there are distributors around the state or you can go directly to the source.

Not sure what part of CT your in, but if you want to pm me with your location, or put your town/city location out there, some may be able to reference a good vet in your area..

Good luck with him, it sounds like his issues may be from lack of care / continuing care by owners/ leaving him in the basement is NOT a good thing for him.

Please keep us updated on him
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I just want to add that no one would blame you, if you decided this guy was too much of a challenge. Bless you for even considering helping him.

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Old 11-26-2012, 11:27 AM   #27 (permalink)
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op, i hope this works out, but if this is your first gsd, along with all the issues he comes with, you are going to need to some training. i hope there is a training center near you that you have already checked out. there is a proper way to intro the dog and cats, i hope some one here can tell you the best way to do this. good luck if you decide to do this.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:09 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Thank you all for your support. I am taking the time to research now and contact people for information to see if this is something we will be able to do. I think more than the shedding/allergy issues, my biggest concern will be our cats at this time. I have asked the current owner to give me a little time to research/look into some options and see if this is something I will be able to take on or to see if I can find a rescue willing to help. Thank you again, I've been back and forth on this a few times, so now I just want to take the time to research it thoroughly before making a final decision.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:11 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Why not get the dog and see if you can intro him to the cats, for instance, while the cat is in a crate or some such? Of course the dog would be leashed for the intro.

Has he ever seen a cat?
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:40 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I guess I forgot to ask, and maybe missed it,,but have YOU personally met the dog?? If yes, how did that go? If no, I think you should meet him and see how the meeting goes...
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