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Over the years that this group has been in existence it has assisted many doodles and their humans.  It has offered advice, a place to vent, etc.  This group MUST be a place where people can turn and be confident that the advice they will get is based upon FACT - medically and scientifically accepted FACT- not "I heard", anecdotes, advertising claims, or other unfounded or misleading advice. The moderators of this Group will delete any post that we feel does not meet this criteria. 


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  • Has anyone have any experience with laser therapy home devices for arthritis? I'm just now looking into it. The closest vet that does it near me is 50 miles away.
    • In order for the laser therapy to be effective, the machine needs to meet certain specifications. Otherwise, you can do more harm than good, or at the least, waste your money. I had looked into the many various types of cold laser treatment machines several years ago, and there is a huge range, even among the professional grade machines that are used in vet offices. You really need to research this carefully.
    • That's what I was afraid of. I didn't want to do too much research if someone already has and give some recommendations. So did you find anything worthwhile or is too frustrating? I just wish some local vet had the service to at least try it out.
    • In my case, Jack had been getting cold laser treatments at a canine rehab facility which was part of a huge specialty practice for years, and they suddenly raised the prices by a huge percentage, plus started requiring a monthly consultation with yet another vet specialist besides the one he had been seeing all those years, and it was more than I could manage. My regular vet offered laser treatments for much less, but I was worried that the much smaller, less fancy equipment in my vet's office wasn't going to provide the same benefits. So I tried researching. I can't really remember much of what I read other than there was a huge range of options and things to consider, and huge price variations. But it was never going to be something I would do myself. The costs alone, even for the smaller, less powerful equipment, were very high, I would have had to rent it. And I am just not a do-it-yourself person, lol. I think it worked out okay.
    • Now that I did some initial research, I see what you mean. It looks like anything under $2000 most likely isn't up to standards so the ones on Amazon for $150 look a bit suspect!
      That's frustrating what happened for you. They don't care about losing clients?? The closet clinic to me charges $20 and add $20 for gas at 2X a week (plus 2hrs driving each visit...ack!), which is still lower than investing in a device. My head hurts already!
      Thanks for you advice, I've always respected your research. You are the main attraction on Doodlekisses!
  • Hi I’m new to this sight. My Golden doodle of 5 years experienced a seizure on September 3rd. Followed by very low platelets. Is there anyone out there that has experience this with their doodle.
    • Yes, we have a group for owners with doodles with seizure disorders. Here's the link:
      Seizure Disorders and Epilepsy
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  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Just know your not alone. Lost for words sending lots of love.
  • I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure we all feel some of your pain as we know the love we feel for our doodles. May your happier memories bring you comfort soon.
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Possible Liver Shunt

Hi everyone, It's been a *long* time since I updated about Ludo. I was quite good about updating when he was a puppy. Ludo is now a very handsome, 7-year-old ALD living his best life in NYC (though he does not appreciate the stairs in my 6th-floor apartment). Ludo had annual bloodwork done in December, and a couple of his values came back iffy. He was in desperate need of a dental cleaning (or, to be more accurate... extractions. The poor guy has terrible teeth). In short, Ludo's liver values…

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9 Replies · Reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Feb 15


So my old gal Sassparilla is beginning to get up and walk slower than usual.  Watching her trying to stand up I really suspect arthritis (hind quarters).  She will be 12 years old this fall and has what her orthopedic described as global arthritis in her shoulder where she also has a torn tendon that has defied gravity the last several years. Earlier this week something must have happened and she had a tough couple days following.  Earlier this week I got a call from my daughter saying Sassy…

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3 Replies · Reply by Nancy, Charlie, and Jinkxy Jan 28

Hypothyroidism and stool issues

Hello All,Addie is my almost 9 yr old double doodle. who weighs approximately 40 lbs, with which the vet is happy. In March of 2022, she was diagnosed with hypothyroid disease and placed on Thyroxine. Another thing that started a few months prior to her diagnosis was issues with her anal glands that started to need to be expressed by the vet tech about every 6 weeks- 2 months. She also has had several bouts of hot spots and ear infections since her diagnosis of hypothyroidism which caused her…

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20 Replies · Reply by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie Jan 31

High urine ph

Hi! My 10 year old girl, Sophie, was just found to have a high urine ph at her 10-year check-up. She seems perfectly fine and he wants to recheck for accuracy in two weeks. Just in case, I've started taking her out more often and adding bowls of water in different rooms of the house so she always has easy access. I read that Vit C can help with high urine PH and I believe I've read on a post here that some supplement C for overall health. Just curious about anyone's thoughts about supplementing…

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8 Replies · Reply by Nic Olinger Nov 7, 2022