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by LMayhew
Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Behavior
Topic: Older Dog Behavior/Feeding Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 6690

Re: Older Dog Behavior/Feeding Questions

Thanks for all the suggestions. The Satin Treat recipe sounds promising, as do egg noodles. So far, Darby is enjoying his extra meal - it might be giving him a bit more energy, or maybe he is more relaxed without the stupid diaper - but he has seemed pretty happy for the past few days. He sounds lik...
by LMayhew
Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Behavior
Topic: Older Dog Behavior/Feeding Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 6690

Older Dog Behavior/Feeding Questions

It's been a while since I've posted, but everyone has been so helpful in the past, I am hoping you will have some good suggestions. Darby - now 15 1/2! - has had run of the house and yard since he was two. He really likes his doggie door and running in and out. Last week, he went outside in the morn...
by LMayhew
Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Older Dog/Accidents
Replies: 8
Views: 7195

Re: Older Dog/Accidents

Thanks for all the comments, everyone. I did consult with my vet and we're giving Darby some probiotics to help him be more regular. So far, they seem to be helping. He still needs to go about 4 am each night, but no accidents and getting up just once is manageable. I've started leaving his collar o...
by LMayhew
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Older Dog/Accidents
Replies: 8
Views: 7195

Re: Older Dog/Accidents

Thanks everyone. I will talk to my vet about this - we're going Monday next week. The accidents only happen at night, when Darby is locked inside. During the day, when the doggie door is open, he hasn't had any trouble. So in general, I don't think he's forgotten to go outside or grown uncomfortable...
by LMayhew
Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Older Dog/Accidents
Replies: 8
Views: 7195

Older Dog/Accidents

Hello, I haven't posted on this board in a while. But everyone is always so helpful, I am hoping for some magical insights. Darby is 14 - almost 15! He's the only dog I've ever owned and I admit that I am a bit clueless about the aging process. He has recently begun having accidents at night. He's p...
by LMayhew
Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:56 pm
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Happily Keeping Arthritis at Bay
Replies: 2
Views: 2888

Happily Keeping Arthritis at Bay

I've posted a bit about our efforts to keep Darby's arthritis at bay. He'll be 12 at the end of the month. We've made lots of changes so he can run and play comfortably - we switched to a partial raw diet and have been doing cold laser therapy and making sure that he gets walked every day. It's been...
by LMayhew
Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What does an English Setter owner know?
Replies: 8
Views: 5664

Re: What does an English Setter owner know?

Darby's foster mom lovingly described him as "vinegar and piss". As a puppy, you could discipline him - take away the sock he was chewing, give him a nice toy and the second you turned your back, he'd go get the sock. As an adult, he slyly sniffle snuffs when off leash to areas off limits and preten...
by LMayhew
Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Arthritis Treatment
Replies: 6
Views: 5808

Re: Arthritis Treatment

This seems like an older post, but I wanted to second that we are having great results with cold laser therapy for Darby's arthritis. Darby will be 12 the end of February and we've had him on glucosomine since he was 8, just so he could keep that spring in his step. I've also changed his diet to a p...
by LMayhew
Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Chair Throw that Doesn't Slide Off?
Replies: 5
Views: 3883

Re: Chair Throw that Doesn't Slide Off?

Thanks for all the suggestions! I have some of that rug stuff under my area rugs - maybe I will just cut off a little piece to help keep the blanket in place. I cut Darby's nails every other week. I am trying to keep them as short as possible, but they are on the long side and I am always afraid of ...
by LMayhew
Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Chair Throw that Doesn't Slide Off?
Replies: 5
Views: 3883

Chair Throw that Doesn't Slide Off?

Does anyone know where to get a chair throw that has a little backing so it doesn't slide off? My husband got a fancy new leather chair and we're trying to protect it from the dog. For several months, we found putting tinfoil on the chair kept him off. But he can't get to his other favorite spot now...
by LMayhew
Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Introducing Raw
Replies: 15
Views: 10643

Re: Vet Check-Up

I took Darby to the vet today - the first visit after I introduced raw into his diet. When we weighed him, I found out that he had lost 8 pounds! I had noticed a little weight loss, but I did not think it was 8 pounds. The vet felt that this was a healthy weight loss, considering the changes in diet...
by LMayhew
Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Introducing Raw
Replies: 15
Views: 10643

Re: Introducing Raw

Yes, raw bones are different than cooked bones. According to what I have read, a raw bone will not splinter like a cooked one. I do take the ribs away from Darby, because those are thick bones. The turkey neck bones he chews up with no problem. It is a process to teach your dog to eat some of these ...
by LMayhew
Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Introducing Raw
Replies: 15
Views: 10643

Re: Introducing Raw

Thank you, Barb, for all your kind words! I have read enough about doggie diets that I knew what I needed and what he needed were two different things! Plus, I have seen with my own eyes that my boy feels really really good lately and I can only attribute this to his change in diet. It doesn't hurt ...
by LMayhew
Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Introducing Raw
Replies: 15
Views: 10643

Re: Introducing Raw

I just wanted to post an update on our adventures in feeding raw, in case anyone is reading this and considering trying it themselves. I have been feeding Darby kibble in the morning (about 1/2 cup) with about 1/4 plain whole milk yogurt. Every other day I add an egg. He LOVES the yogurt. He pushes ...
by LMayhew
Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Introducing Raw
Replies: 15
Views: 10643

Re: Introducing Raw

Dear PC, I am just getting started on transitioning my dog to a raw diet. So my answers right now may differ from what I will say in 2 months! At my pet store, I purchased a bag of frozen, raw beef nuggets. I think it was a 2.4 lb bag for about $10. I thaw out about 1/4 cup of the meat, add it to 1/...