Hi, We have a 6 month old puppy, Barney (unsure of breed, but possibly staffy X bulldog) and when he was playing with his brother (45kg Mastiff) he hurt his back left leg. After 2 weeks of the leg not improving we got an X-ray that showed a defect in his hip, either hereditry or from a fracture that stopped blood flow when he was first born. We have had a Vet look at it and we are tossing up our options. We are thinking amputation may be the best option for us financially (as myself and my husband both run our own business) and realistic for Barney to live a long pain free life. Barney doesn't appear to be in pain all the time, however won't put too much/no weight on his back left leg. We can't go for a big walk and he can't seem to run and play for long without pain or his limp becoming worse. We are currently taking pain relief to manage pain. As it seems to be getting worse every day he grows I would love to do something about it sooner rather than later to he can adapt while he is still young, especially if amputation is the best option. Just contacting to ask if you think this is the best option or have any other suggestions for us or any advice on a vet that could help us out. We live in Newcastle, NSW. We are more than happy to travel for him to receive the best care and a picture of the X-ray can be provided. Anything you could suggest would be greatly appreciated, Erica
So my small dog of about 8 years , keeps on attacking lizards, before she would only bark at them and get very close but recently she attacked one when we were at home,and recently we had found one dead in our backyard.How can I prevent and stop my dog from attaching and harming these reptiles such as blue tongues and other large lizards, as I am afraid of her harming more of them or trying to attack a snake.
I have a 12 year old male Russell Terrier x Bichon Frise, and when he sleeps, he will act out his dreams to the point of throwing himself off the couch and biting people near him in his sleep. He never used to do this and it is quite alarming as he could injur himself or others. When this happens he eventually wakes up and looks very disoriented and confused, not to mention he cannot get a restful sleep. This has been happening for the past 6-9 months. When he was younger, when he slept you would often see him move his paw or bark a little as he dreamt, but now he is full on throwing himself around the room whilst still in a dream-like state. Please help!
I am currently trying to bond my 5 month old maremma pup with my chickens. While the coop is a bit too small to put her in with them, she does sit outside the coop and I let them out to free range as often as possible and she is with them. She is very interested in them and will often just sit with them and watch, but I am concerned that sometimes I find her picking them up and even shaking them. She even drags them around with their head in her mouth. I have been concerned several times that the chickens may be killed by her. I have been stopping this behavior as I am concerned that she may kill them and even develop a taste for it. Should I let this over "enthusiastic" behavior continue? Is this bonding? The chickens submit every time and seem quite accepting although I am not sure just how much "enthusiasm" they can take. I only let them out when someone is supervising.