I have an amazing 10 year old border collie who was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis at 6 years old. He has been having courses of Zydax injections, a special mobility diet and Glyde since then which is starting to not be enough, he is also kept slim and has daily 30 minute walks. He has started his second course of anti-inflammatories this year as the last course of Zydax didn't work as well, which is not ideal long term as I understand. Our vet has recommended a total hip replacement. The issue for me is that my dog has fear aggression towards vets, he hyperventilates and is under enormous stress at each visit despite having vets try to help him overcome his fears over the last few years (he had an injury at 12 months and was kept a vet for a few nights and has never been the same since). I am worried that at his age this operation could place him under incredible stress and I wonder whether that risk is worth it. My boy is still happy, not limping or in pain very often and has a wonderful life at present and I know our vet is thinking of the future of a dog with hip dysplasia and arthritis and I know a THR would solve this completely , but what do you think about his stress levels and being 10 years old? Its such a huge operation?
My border collie Harry is breathing 60-200 plus breaths per minute. My vet has ran out of ideas. Harry had echo and ecg with no result there. He has high alkaline, protein and white blood cells in urine. He had the extra urine test direct from bladder and has no uti. He is sleeping more each day. I'm watching him deteriorate it seems and have been told to watch him for a fortnight. It's been a very tough five days since then and he needs help. I'm hoping there's a vet who specialises in border collies perhaps? The emergency vet told us to try dna testing for heart failure but our vet said his heart was fine. I'm running out of hope and would really appreciate any names or numbers or advice you could give me?Thank you so muchSharon Cartwright 0415642842TerrigalNs
I have recently rescued an 18month old male border collie. He absolutely loves people so much so that he will go frantic when left on his own. He will claw, push and jump his way out of any sort of enclosure. He has recently been desexed but it didn't help at all, he keeps climbing over the wall to find people - not even other dogs! I am worried for his safety obviously but im running out of options on how to keep him happy at home and stop him from running away. He has absolutely everything he could possibly want at home except when somebody leaves and he sees them go.
Our border collie has an itchy patch on the back near his tail which he bites and scratches and he has lost hair in that place. He has had flea treatment but a vet told us that it could possibly be the type of lawn we have in the backyard. Any thoughts as this has been going on for over a year now and we can't take him to the vet as he is not very keen on new people
A question for any vets out there - I am considering buying a Border Collie puppy from a breeder in Perth, Western Australia. In this litter, one puppy was stillborn and another puppy died after only a few days (there are 3 puppies surviving). Should I be concerned about possible current and or future health issues in the remaining puppies? eg could this indicate issues with the placenta/ utero environment which could mean the surviving puppies didn't get the healthiest start to life?
Hello, I really need help or understanding of something that’s happening to my short-haired border collie. She is 10 years old and has had a weird skin irritation for maybe 3 months now, she bites her skin so much she starts bleeding and scabbing everywhere. The vet told us to put a cone on her and disinfect her wounds, which we did and when she couldn't reach the back of her because of the cone she started to bite her feet. Her feet became so red raw and swollen that she couldn't walk on them so we had to put a much bigger cone on her, the vet gave us special medicated dog biscuits to feed her and she could only eat those. The bigger cone has stopped her from being able to bite her feet but she still try’s to lick the through the cone which still causes soreness. The back of her hind legs are always open wounds because of her bed sticking to her skin, it’s the most dreadful thing to watch because I know she’s still so alive inside and the vet has told us if it goes on the best thing to do will be to put her down. She’s not ready to go, she’s still healthy and energetic it’s just this irritation that’s stopping her. I know she can get over this we just need someone to really help her, we are all trying our hardest and it’s breaking our hearts more and more each day. If there’s anything you know or could help us it would mean more than the world, thank you!
We'd be so grateful for some expert help! Our beloved, 7yo Border Collie, Lucy, is increasingly impatient with our 16 month-old daughter (first child). Our daughter loves Lucy dearly and is learning to be gentle with Lucy and give her space. She gives Lucy lovely cuddles, but she also tugs at Lucy's paws and hair. Lucy has always been slightly awkward around children! As soon as our daughter gets close, Lucy growls. That is, unless, we are outside playing and throwing the ball. We have a large property for Lucy to get exercise and she gets exercise with us, but admittedly not as much as she did before we had our daughter. Poor Lucy - life has changed a lot. Lucy has always enjoyed being an inside dog in between her runs at the beach or in the backyard. I am beginning to think that I have to keep her outside to prevent any harm but she appears miserable about that as well and cries to be let in. I'm wondering, although she hasn't traditionally been particularly playful with other dogs, would she benefit from another adult dog to run around with? Will she adjust to more time outside during the day if that's what it takes to give her some space? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.