"Do you mean cysts? if so, my SP has had two big cysts. The vet first tries to drain them. Then they just grow back and require surgical extraction and a 14 day wearing of the awful cone of shame. There goes my budget and my walls all in one fell…"
"There is no one answer to that question. It depends on many factors, including age, activity level, body condition, health, etc. An overweight dog, or one with digestive issues, should have a diet with a fat percentage under 15%. For a healthy,…"
"Bonnie, it's all on thw website. The vet has videos and explanations. They are selling it, so they are going to give you reasons for why it is what it is. Whether you want to accept the information there or not is up to you.
"It's all right on the website. Scroll down the various formulas and look at the guaranteed analysis for each formula posted right beside each one. Beef, 44% fat. Turkey 40% fat. Chicken, 45% fat. Pork, a whopping 53%…"
"Can you point out the foods with the high fat content? I don’t know how to interpret these things, unfortunately. I took photos of the packets for the three dogs and attached them here. That may help in analyzing the nutritional content. "
"The pricing for my three dogs is 69.00 week plus $5 shipping. Comes in ice. Weight of my dogs, having normal activity level is 44, 16, and 7 lbs. They ask current weight and desired weight, and then portion out the food for each dog accordingly. I…"
"Well, I am encouraged by the fact that the vet who formulated these foods is actually a veterinary nutrition specialist. And a fresh cooked diet is the best kind of food for dogs. But I can't get enough information from the website to…"
I haven’t a clue how to search this site for any previous discussion of this food made in No. California. I’m wondering if anyone has researched it. I tried their free two week Beef samples for my three dogs and they LOVED it! It comes sealed in packaging in portions created for each dogs weight and activity level. They have about 6 other choices available, which you can manage online. Delivery is once a week, 14 meals per dog. They also give you free snack and food samples, plus a full free…See More
"Hi Bonnie, I did give you this info before, but here it is again. PLEASE read it. I had already addressed the Apoquel and food allergy blood test nonsense but it looks like you didn't really "get" it. Again, blood tests are worthless,…"
"I didn't know about the Origen move to the US. Is there any change in quality? What would be the next best choice if not Origen? I know there are several products on the 'acceptable' list, but which one should I change to if I decide…"
We are interested in getting a doodle and hoping we can find out more about them here. Maybe we can get lucky and find an appropriate rescue or a sweet young puppy.
What Type of Doodle(s) do you have? What are their names? Tell us about your doodle(s) or any other pets you have!
No doodles yet, but we do have a Maltipoo.
Would you be willing to Dog Sit on occasion for other DoodleKisses members? (You are NOT committing to anything by saying yes - you are just saying you might be willing to do this if you were acquainted with the other member and the circumstances were right.)
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Hi Bonnie, I did give you this info before, but here it is again. PLEASE read it. I had already addressed the Apoquel and food allergy blood test nonsense but it looks like you didn't really "get" it. Again, blood tests are worthless, and I'm sorry you wasted money on that. FYI, it impossible for a dog to be allergic to something he hasn't ever eaten on a regular basis, so the fact that your dog tested positive for rabbit just proves that.
We just can't address these issues in the Atopy Group.
Also, I would strongly urge you to get pet insurance today, for all of your pets. We have lots of information and discussions here about it. You never want to have to make health or treatment decisions based on cost. I can tell you from personal experience that dogs with Atopy are also prone to other immune-mediated diseases, and the cost of diagnosing and treating those makes the allergy testing look laughable. Insurance would not cover your Shih Tzu for the allergies, but it will for anything else that comes along down the road. The biggest mistake I made was in not getting it after Jack's Atopy was diagnosed. The next immune-mediated disease he got cost me almost $5000 just to diagnose, and that would all have been covered if I'd gotten insurance. That $800 for the allergy testing didn;t look so bad after that, lol.
Well, it does sound like he has Atopy, which is otherwise known as environmental, inhalant, and/or seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, the only way you can know for sure and get him the help he needs is to consult a veterinary dermatology specialist and have skin testing done. There's just no way around that. Atopic Dermatitis is an incurable immune mediated disease which can be managed, but there are only two forms of treatment: immunotherapy shots (you must see a dermatologist for this) or immunosuppressant drugs like Atopica or Apoquel. Obviously, the immunotherapy is by far the less dangerous route to take, as there are really no side effects to speak of. "Bandaid" treatments like antihistamines, fatty acids, topical preparations, and occasional steroid use will not cure it or prevent the dog from suffering in the long term, and it does get worse with age. Once you have had the initial testing done and get to a maintenance dose of antigens, immunotherapy generally costs about $50 a month; the immunosuppressant drugs are much more expensive. So over time, that initial investment in testing pays off. And of course, there is no risk of cancer or other serious side effects as there is with the drugs.
If you came to a romp, you could take note of where different people got their doodles and then use the guide to decide which ones are reputable. One of our members has done all the testing etc, and bred her dog twice (did all the testing etc). She won't be there this time, but most likely will be there the next. We tend to meet once a month - usually at Arbor Dog Park.
My smaller doodle is from a breeder who has moved to Arkansas. He is a 7th generation Australian labradoodle and does not shed - he does have a very high maintenance coat - mats and need lots of brushing and combing and professional grooming. But - no shed and not doggy smell. My larger doodle is a a rescue guy - most likely first generation. He happens to shed a LOT. What you do not want to get is a 2nd, or 3rd generation doodle because they are as likely to be like a retriever as not with a greater chance for shedding. Some people like what is called an F1b which is a first generation doodle bread back to a poodle. While doodles are mutts and nothing is totally predictable, a reputable breeder can steer you to the coat and temperament most likely to fit your wants.
The two Doodle Rescues in the US are DRC and IDOG. If you want a 'road trip' I would like to invite you to meet many doodles at our monthly get together at Arbor Dog Park in Seal Beach on Sunday, January 25. Information is in the Southern California Group, the EVENTS section, or you can contact me.