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Published on November 19, 2017 By Frogboy In Life, the Universe and Everything

I have 3 children. I love them to pieces.

But dogs? Obviously not in the same league but holy cow there is just something so touching in their unconditional devotion.

Sometimes, especially with the smarter ones, their similarities to small children can be uncanny. For instance, my 6 year old Entlevucher brings her stuffed dinosaur to bed every night, she just sleeps with it.

Who else here feels the same?


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on Jan 06, 2018

Where is the itching?   The ears are commonly a problem.   Sadly, for small dogs, so is the liver.   If it's a generalized itching with no visible irritation beyond the dog's scratching itself causing it, you need to look into possible liver issues.   Milk Thistle is one of the more awesome herbs out there, even if the root cause is allergic.   I've taken it for decades, and look how I turned out.   Don't answer that.

 

on Jan 06, 2018

It's a more general itching all over, though he's biting and scratching mostly on the legs and underside, his rear end.  anti-histamines seem to work up to a point, which suggests it may be an allergic reaction.  Thing is, I've spent a lot of money trying to help the little bloke find some relief, and we've even put down a bag of garden line in the hope of controlling fleas, but nothing thus far seems to work.

Hopefully it's not liver issues and I can find a not-too-expensive fix.

on Jan 06, 2018

I like nice dogs. I don't own a dog.

Would you like dogs if they were a lot smarter than you?

on Jan 06, 2018

I think you had better check for liver shunt.  It's not a death sentence.

on Jan 06, 2018

I have 2 little Dachshunds and love them to pieces just loyal little pups!!

always loved Dogs they are just such great little or big things...LOL

on Jan 07, 2018

tetleytea

I think you had better check for liver shunt.  It's not a death sentence.

Yeah, I'll take him to the vet.  I have pet insurance so it shouldn't cost too much to have him checked over.

on Jan 07, 2018

starkers

but if I go into the store while Shaunna minds him, he yelps with separation anxiety and wants to come with me. Like I said MY dog.

yeah your Dog but MY baby lol  

on Jan 07, 2018

mrs_starkers


Quoting starkers,

but if I go into the store while Shaunna minds him, he yelps with separation anxiety and wants to come with me. Like I said MY dog.



yeah your Dog but MY baby lol  

Yeah, you helped bring him into the world, so I'll give you that.  Luckily you were there at the right time, otherwise we wouldn't have him.... the gecko hunter that he is.  Tonight he was with me in the computer room and was convinced that he could get a gecko on the other side of the window pane. 

Nothing I tried, including putting him right up to it was going to change his mind.  Oh well, he's still a pup yet, so maybe he'll grow out of it over time.  Well I hope so.  As lovable as he is, he can sure be a distraction when you're busy and least need it.

As for the constant itching and scratching, his mother suffered with it as well, so maybe it's hereditary and she has passed on to him.  The other two pups aren't afflicted, though.  Anyway, I shall get him to the vet in the next couple of days and see if she can treat him for it.

on Jan 07, 2018

I do like the Milk Thistle.  Even if the root cause is allergic, I found that my allergies are better with it.   It's like the liver better processes "foreign agents" if it functions better, and that includes false enemies, like ragweed, cats...yourself... (autoimmune).   Also works for hangovers (which for dogs is when they eat too much bread).

I'm glad I wasn't in Melbourne when that freak storm happened, and all those allergy deaths.

on Jan 07, 2018




Who else here feels the same?



Nope...I don't bring my stuffed dinosaur to bed every night...

That's cruel!  You used them and now you've abandoned them?

on Jan 07, 2018

tetleytea

I do like the Milk Thistle.  Even if the root cause is allergic, I found that my allergies are better with it.   It's like the liver better processes "foreign agents" if it functions better, and that includes false enemies, like ragweed, cats...yourself... (autoimmune).   Also works for hangovers (which for dogs is when they eat too much bread).

I'm glad I wasn't in Melbourne when that freak storm happened, and all those allergy deaths.

I can't get him in to see the vet for a few days so I will give Milk Thistle a try and see if it helps control the itching.... or better yet, cure it.  The poor little bloke gets so frantic with it sometimes and whines in frustration.  Apart from the anti-histamines, I've been dabbing Pinetarsil on him with cotton wool as well.  It does help relieve the itch for a while, but it's still just a temporary measure.

As for bread, I don't let Buddy have it, nor do I let him have cake or cookies, etc.  None of that stuff is good for dogs, so it's off his menu.  However, I do give him vegetables, like carrot, mashed potato, cauliflower and swede, etc.  He loves those, especially mashed potato and pumpkin.  I supplement his diet of meat products with vegies regularly... just no onion, peas, corn or cabbage, as they can cause colic and bloating.

The little so n' so surprises me often: like the time I had him in my lap while eating a banana at the computer.  I put half the banana down because I needed both hands to do something, and he snatched and ate it.  Another time we had pizzas and a piece of pineapple fell on the floor: guess who picked it up and ate it.  To be sure it wasn't a one-off, I gave him a couple more pieces and he ate those, too.  Yup, he's a funny little dog.

on Jan 08, 2018

starkers

The little so n' so surprises me often: like the time I had him in my lap while eating a banana at the computer. I put half the banana down because I needed both hands to do something, and he snatched and ate it.

My dog once wanted a banana from me, but when I gave him a piece he ate it happily, then turn around and vomited it back on the carpet. Guess he realized too late that he doesn't like the taste! lol

on Jan 08, 2018

The dog we used to have happily ate our leftovers but if we used green pepper/capsicum in the meal it was incredible how dilligently she'd eat everything else in her bowl and lick any juice off the bits of capsicum but leave the little bits...

Has anyone else noticed how dogfood used to say "Not Fit For Human Consumption" (and looking it at you could see why!) and now it says "Not Intended For Human Consumption" and looks like actually not a bad casserole-type meal...

 

 

on Feb 01, 2018

tetleytea

I do like the Milk Thistle. Even if the root cause is allergic, I found that my allergies are better with it.

Well I've had Buddy on Milk Thistle for about 3 weeks now and his itching has improved greatly.  I use in conjunction with Polaramine, an antihistamine used to help with allergies and he's not biting or scratching anywhere near as much so his fur is starting to grow back, so many thanks for the tip, Buddy and I very much appreciate it

On a side note, I also began taking Milk Thistle because it was mentioned in an article that I read on it that it is good for people with type 2 diabetes and can help bring blood sugar levels down.  Well I've been on it for the same time as Buddy and I have noticed improvements in my blood sugar levels.