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  1. johann

    pain management

    Hey all, I used to post here when my Johann was a puppy....But I've been gone for a few years. Johann is 9! He was diagnosed with spondylosis around age 4, at this point all of his thoracic and most lumbar vertebrae are involved. I also think he's has hip dysplasia He gets 50 mg tramadol, 300...
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    Anaplasmosis

    Anyone had their boxer treated for anaplasmosis? I live in a lyme/anaplasmosis endemic area. Johann's 4DX (lyme, anaplasmosis, heartworm, erlichiosis) test was positive last year, so we treated with 2 weeks of minocycline. For some reason we didn't do a recheck to make sure he was no longer...
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    Transitioning to farm life

    We're buying a farm, closing next month. It's on a very rural road in a very small town (1500 people?). Currently, we live on a busy road in an area with limited off leash areas (well, there are off leash areas, but Johann is not good with other dogs). Johann is very used to his life on a...
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    Balancing medical concerns with quality of life...

    Not sure where to put this, so here it goes.... My 6.5 year old boxer used to be very athletic, we did basic agility, rally, obedience, noseworks, and weightpull. He was a very happy and fulfilled boxer. We used to do rally trials or runthrus once every 2 months. Then we had a kid, started...
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    Been gone a while...

    I used to post on here multiple times a day, but haven't visited in forever. Life has been absolutely crazy- chasing Johann (still a puppy at 6) and a 2 year old son around is nuts. They absolutely love each other and I've started prepping Ian (son) for junior handling in rally in a another...
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    Massive blood in urine

    Not Johann- Thank goodness! Also- said dog has gone to vet already. A friend's 1 year old boxer had a UTI 4 months ago- treated and resolved. This weekend, he started peeing blood again. Progressed to grape jelly looking pee- vet said it was basically pure blood. No bacteria seen, just...
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    Poor Johann

    He is missing his dog walker. We have been paying someone to come walk him 2 times a week because I've been so busy with working fulltime and fulltime master's program. I'm on vacation for the next 2 weeks, so we are walking him ourselves. Poor dog has been moping by the window all day...
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    :sigh: Dog fight...

    Johann has been so, so great lately. Lots of play dates, running on the beach, not reactive to dogs on walks, etc. I had a friend over with her boxer/pit/shepherd mix today. We've been on a few walks together and they have played together for a short time before. Today was going great...
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    Whining/demanding during mat training

    I'm taking a control unleashed class with Johann, which is going great. It involves a lot of relaxation exercises and mat work. We've done mat work before and he is great at home. When at the training center, however, he will stay in a down on his mat, but whines/quietly barks to get the...
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    Frostbite?

    In my attempt to be a good dog-mom, I broke Johann. :( He had a dog playdate on Thursday and played outside in the snow (off and on- let them in whenever they wanted) for a few hours. I noticed a bit of blood in some pawprints, but didn't think much of it and figured he cut his foot a little...
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    Teaching niceness to toddlers

    Johann is a good dog. So patient and now very quick at avoiding our 13 month old son. We've never let Ian (kid) harass Johann in any way, but this was much easier to do before he started walking and now running. Johann now spends a lot of his time on our bed (too high and far away for Ian to...
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    What can cause hair loss (other than thyroid)

    First off- Johann is going to the vet tomorrow for an exam and thyroid level test. He's been acting weird for a while- very whiney, lethargic, and just "off". He actually growled/snapped at a visitor to our house on Saturday- something he has never done. We were thinking this was because...
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    Good harness for spinal arthritis

    During Johann's pancreatitis episode last week, we found that he has some significant bony changes in his spine around his shoulders. He isn't symptomatic, and I'm hoping to keep it that way. :) Vet recommended using a harness to prevent putting pressure on his neck. Any thoughts on a good...
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    Good thoughts for Johann please?

    I know I've been missing for a bit, but I'm back with a request for healthy thoughts. Johann has been acting off for the last week or so (not eating his breakfast, multiple trips outside at night, eating grass). We put him on just low fat food instead of half and half with Acana and started...
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    Good thoughts for my cat please...

    Marty Moose has been hiding a lot lately and not been very active. We figured it was from the heat and didn't think too much of it. I was petting him last night and found huge, huge lumps on all of his lymph nodes in his neck and head. A few in his belly too. These weren't there last week...
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    Bad Johann, scary morning....

    This morning Johann did something he has never, ever done before. He rushed past DH out our open door and took off. We live on a road with a 50 MPH speed limit and tons of traffic/18 wheeler trucks. Johann is literally never off leash at our house except in the fenced backyard, but has never...
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    Fresh turkey

    What part of a turkey can a dog eat safely (other than the meat, obviously). DH managed to get a turkey on today, and we're planning on getting the heart/lung/liver for monster boy and probably the neck. Anything else he can eat?
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    Finally more Diamond/TOTW recall

    It's about time! Unfortunately it took humans getting ill from the food to get it all recalled. Diamond Expands Voluntary Recall » Diamond Pet Recall |
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    Control Unleashed and When Pigs fly books

    Any reviews of these? A local trainer offers a control unleashed class based on the book/exercises, and I'm really thinking of getting Johann enrolled in the next class. He is great onleash, but has no future as an off leash rally/obedience dog or agility because he Just Does Not Listen...
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    Not allowing on leash greetings...

    Or, more accurately, any random dog interactions. Johann is not allowed to greet dogs on walks or when out in public. He is usually very good at ignoring other dogs when we walk by, but does react a bit if the other dog is lunging/barking/pulling to come see him. We have a rough time every...
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