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Forum: Health Issues Yesterday, 12:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By Magwart
HW is very serious, but it's also routine for...

HW is very serious, but it's also routine for those of us doing rescue work in the Deep South. Nearly every foster I've had since moving here has been HW+. Even the old ones. They're all still...
Forum: Obedience & Rally 04-21-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,469
Posted By Magwart
You really ought to write a book about this...

You really ought to write a book about this experience, to guide and inspire others who rescue such dogs. You are a wonderful writer, and Pongu deserves to be the poster dog for this kind of...
Forum: Health Issues 04-20-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 161
Posted By Magwart
Agree re running a fecal test. That should...

Agree re running a fecal test. That should always be step 1 in assessing a cause for persistent diarrhea IMHO. It's very inexpensive to do. Many parasites can't be seen by the naked eye.

I...
Forum: General Behavior 04-20-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By Magwart
Medicate, and get the dog inside -- not in a...

Medicate, and get the dog inside -- not in a garage, inside. Ideally, during thunderstorms, we want them in a bathroom (most dogs prefer to be in a tub or large shower enclosure, or next to the...
Forum: Basic Care 04-18-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 125
Posted By Magwart
I've done a lot of spay-recovery in foster, and I...

I've done a lot of spay-recovery in foster, and I don't think I'd take her out to walk today if she had surgery yesterday. I try to keep them very quiet (crate rest or the like) for about 3 days,...
Forum: The Senior Dog 04-18-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 431
Posted By Magwart
Please look at some of the past threads here on...

Please look at some of the past threads here on Adequan injections.

It gave my senior about 2 years of high quality of life at the end of his time with me. He went from plodding slowly behind me...
Forum: Basic Care 04-18-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 107
Posted By Magwart
If you only use HW preventative seasonally...

If you only use HW preventative seasonally (instead of year round), you are at greater risk of a positive dog -- thus the increased need for annual testing. I know people who ended up with HW(+)...
Forum: Health Issues 04-17-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,714
Posted By Magwart
If anyone cares to get back to whether this "new"...

If anyone cares to get back to whether this "new" strain is actually parvo or not, I'd like to know if any of the rescues there have run necropsy tests for Strep Zoo.

The symptoms (coughing --...
Forum: Diet & Nutrition 04-16-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By Magwart
The best Louisiana treats are the Marsh Dog!...

The best Louisiana treats are the Marsh Dog! treats made from nutria. Every dog I have flips out for those -- esp. the jerky-type. They're made in small batches, locally in Baton Rouge.

Marsh...
Forum: Obedience & Rally 04-02-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,469
Posted By Magwart
You're an amazing team. Every time I see...

You're an amazing team.

Every time I see an update, I think back to your very first post on this thread -- and how you've consistently proven how capable Pongu is, despite all his foibles and...
Forum: Rescue Stories & Where are they now? 04-01-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 931
Posted By Magwart
Please don't give up on the old ones. They often...

Please don't give up on the old ones. They often rehome beautifully, wanting nothing more than a soft bed in a quiet house. "Fospice" situations do exist -- and sometimes there are even great...
Forum: Health Issues 03-26-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By Magwart
Roundworms can also infect people. It's not just...

Roundworms can also infect people. It's not just the dog that's at risk of infection.

This article suggests steam is effective against the eggs, but chemicals are not:...
Forum: Basic Care 03-20-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,906
Posted By Magwart
HW products are RX, so ultimately this is a...

HW products are RX, so ultimately this is a conversation to have with your vet. I went into my last vet appointment with a spreadsheet that compared various options -- but I have special concerns (I...
Forum: Feeding Our Puppy 03-14-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 174
Posted By Magwart
One major suggestion: pick up all poop as soon...

One major suggestion: pick up all poop as soon as it happens. Rounds can affect people, as well as dogs, so don't leave the poop.

http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/Merial_CDCBroch_rsgWEB.pdf
Forum: General Information 03-14-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 988
Posted By Magwart
The pros of a chip include MORE TIME at a shelter...

The pros of a chip include MORE TIME at a shelter for you to reclaim your dog, if your dog gets found -- in some places, they euthanize strays found without tags or chips VERY quickly. Tags or a...
Forum: Basic Care 03-11-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,906
Posted By Magwart
I've been hearing good things about Vectra3D...

I've been hearing good things about Vectra3D locally for ticks (and fleas). You'd still need a HW preventative, but it's an option for the other. It's only available from vets.
Forum: Basic Care 03-07-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Posted By Magwart
I was told by the vet not to use cotton balls --...

I was told by the vet not to use cotton balls -- risk of lint bits being left behind. Also, no q-tips (same reasons you shouldn't use them on your own ears).

On my vet's advice, I use 2"x2"...
Forum: General Information 03-07-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,656
Posted By Magwart
Congrats on the Element! One tip we've learned...

Congrats on the Element! One tip we've learned with ours: the hard plastic textured flooring in the cargo area can be a little slippery, esp. with wet dogs who've been out playing in the mud.
...
Forum: Health Issues 03-05-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,605
Posted By Magwart
Glad she's okay! That's scary stuff. One...

Glad she's okay! That's scary stuff.

One tip about poison control, if anyone has a microchip registered through HomeAgain and pays their $17.99 annual fee for "premium membership," that...
Forum: Basic Care 03-04-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By Magwart
In some states, if you give rabies vax at home,...

In some states, if you give rabies vax at home, it doesn't "count" legally--the dog will be treated as unvaccinated in the event of a bite (likely impounded and held at animal control for 10 days,...
Forum: Training Our Puppy (basic) 03-04-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 671
Posted By Magwart
My blind GSD did this -- he followed his nose up...

My blind GSD did this -- he followed his nose up to the counter to steal anything that interests him. He was sneaky about it, like yours, so we rarely caught him in the act. We fixed it by...
Forum: Rescue Stories & Where are they now? 03-02-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,196
Posted By Magwart
Congrats on getting this pup out of a bad...

Congrats on getting this pup out of a bad situation. He may surprise you with his resilience.

It sounds like he's ready to learn from other dogs, so after he's cleared by a vet and fully vaxed...
Forum: Finding the Right Puppy 02-28-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,171
Posted By Magwart
At 12 weeks, he's still has the possibility of...

At 12 weeks, he's still has the possibility of being VERY resilient. Don't count him out.

I've seen some breathtaking transformations in much older dogs whose psyches were utterly broken, and...
Forum: Finding the Right Puppy 02-25-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,171
Posted By Magwart
12 weeks? LOL -- I recently had a 10 *YEAR* old...

12 weeks? LOL -- I recently had a 10 *YEAR* old GSD in rescue bond as hard and deeply with her adopter as any dog I've ever known. She won the lottery in her senior years, after a bad youth, and...
Forum: Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly) 02-25-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 375
Views: 15,265
Posted By Magwart
As others have already pointed out, once a dog...

As others have already pointed out, once a dog has a bite history, it will be almost universally rejected by rescues -- they can't take that liability on, for good reason. I don't know of any GSRs...
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