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08-05-2021, 21:13   #1366
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My dog has turned 17 years and 5 weeks old. He is still in good health. Sleeps a fair bit but that is normal considering his age.
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09-05-2021, 23:22   #1367
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One of our much loved cats is missing (whisper: actually our favourite!) - been gone 3 nights now - she came to us as a skeletal feral wreck 3 years ago, never wanders far off the property, mostly indoors and food obsessed. We're on very quiet rural lanes, little traffic and shes quite wary of cars, have left notes in a couple of neighbours doors in case shes locked in a shed - so unlike her to go wandering. Being a cat owner is HARD - theyre such strange individuals
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09-05-2021, 23:34   #1368
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Hope she turns up soon aonb. I know how hard it is. All of my cats went missing at some stage. In two cases they were locked into sheds. Toby even managed to get himself locked into the same barn twice. The other cats could squeeze under the door, but he was too fat to get out.

They all found their way home eventually. Snowy was actually missing the longest-over 3 weeks 12 years ago. She turned up limping and much thinner, but thankfully safe. Hopefully your cat will come home safely too.
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10-05-2021, 12:19   #1369
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Had the most bizarre and disappointing experience at my new vets. Back to my old vets I go, even though it'll take a bit longer for me to get to them as I'll have to drive.

Long story short, everything I said seemed to be ignored, she just did whatever she saw fit with my dog and didn't really care about anything I had to say or note, even though she asked me. It was all "yes yes, mmm, yes, yes". I had to pay for a follow up consult just to be told my dog is fine, in my old vets when they requested to book you back in for a check up, there was no fee. And also did I want to give him the rabies vaccine and he's not vaccinated against it.
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Had the most bizarre and disappointing experience at my new vets. Back to my old vets I go, even though it'll take a bit longer for me to get to them as I'll have to drive.

Long story short, everything I said seemed to be ignored, she just did whatever she saw fit with my dog and didn't really care about anything I had to say or note, even though she asked me. It was all "yes yes, mmm, yes, yes". I had to pay for a follow up consult just to be told my dog is fine, in my old vets when they requested to book you back in for a check up, there was no fee. And also did I want to give him the rabies vaccine and he's not vaccinated against it.
Oh no there’s nothing worse than it? I have major what-ifs with Lucy over a vet we saw - and i will question and kick myself forever over taking her there I’m not the only one who left that practice although I had one foot out the door already.
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10-05-2021, 14:46   #1371
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Oh no there’s nothing worse than it? I have major what-ifs with Lucy over a vet we saw - and i will question and kick myself forever over taking her there I’m not the only one who left that practice although I had one foot out the door already.
Yeah I'm starting to get question marks with my other dog who is on very expensive medication through them that isn't helping a whole lot. I had 3 days in a row where he was off it (he gets the medication every other day), and I started to see improvements in his ears, now he went back on it and his ears became flared up again. It doesn't make sense because these meds are meant to stop this from happening.

It's also really not nice to hand off your dog to someone and not see the care they are getting. Even with Covid my old vets still had a way for you to see everything that was happening with your dog, even when you're not in the same room.
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That’s one thing I dread when we move, is changing Vets. Our vets are fab with me and they’ve never fobbed me off, one of the nurses tried that once & was reprimanded by the senior vet.

I also love that they understand my pets different foibles & generally do whatever they can to accommodate them.
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That’s one thing I dread when we move, is changing Vets. Our vets are fab with me and they’ve never fobbed me off, one of the nurses tried that once & was reprimanded by the senior vet.

I also love that they understand my pets different foibles & generally do whatever they can to accommodate them.
The furthest I’ve driven in a year is 15k each way - Glasnevin to Dun Laoighaire to our old vet for acupuncture lol
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After we eventually move, at least we’ll be literally a stones throw to the new vets, in Dun Laoighaire, so I hope they’ll be as great as our current. I’ve heard good things about them & a good friend of my SIL is a vet nurse there.

The furthest I’ve gone in nearly 6 mos is to Chapelizod and back �� I’m sooooo over this pandemic!
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11-05-2021, 20:05   #1375
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It is very hard when you are trying to advocate for your pet and feel you are not being heard. I've actually been through this recently. Was seeing another vet at the practice as my usual one was on leave and though they were doing their utmost to help, I felt that I couldn't really communicate the my concerns about the effect the treatment was having on my cat to them effectively. Saw my usual vet yesterday and although the situation is still difficult I feel so relieved.
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One of our much loved cats is missing (whisper: actually our favourite!) - been gone 3 nights now - she came to us as a skeletal feral wreck 3 years ago, never wanders far off the property, mostly indoors and food obsessed. We're on very quiet rural lanes, little traffic and shes quite wary of cars, have left notes in a couple of neighbours doors in case shes locked in a shed - so unlike her to go wandering. Being a cat owner is HARD - theyre such strange individuals
Any sign of her aonb?
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Well it's the beginning of the end for my staffy. He is 17 years and nearly 7 weeks old now. He was in with the vet this evening as he started going to the toilet frequently today. Like a small amount a lot of times. After I came back from the vets he went to the toilet every 10 mins for it must be a hour and a half. I kept bringing him out except one accident I decided to wait 12 mins instead of 10 and he went in the room just before the door to outside.

He got 3 injections in the neck and tablets plus a restock of the steroid tablets he is already on as I only had one tablet left of them.

So who knows how long he has left.
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Well it's the beginning of the end for my staffy. He is 17 years and nearly 7 weeks old now. He was in with the vet this evening as he started going to the toilet frequently today. Like a small amount a lot of times. After I came back from the vets he went to the toilet every 10 mins for it must be a hour and a half. I kept bringing him out except one accident I decided to wait 12 mins instead of 10 and he went in the room just before the door to outside.

He got 3 injections in the neck and tablets plus a restock of the steroid tablets he is already on as I only had one tablet left of them.

So who knows how long he has left.
I’m sorry to hear about your dog. What time he has left is in your hands - if you want to do the right thing by him. I’m sorry to be so blunt and I’m at odds even replying here as you threw everyone’s advice back at them a few weeks ago(!) Your dog is suffering.
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I’m sorry to hear about your dog. What time he has left is in your hands - if you want to do the right thing by him. I’m sorry to be so blunt and I’m at odds even replying here as you threw everyone’s advice back at them a few weeks ago(!) Your dog is suffering.
He is still not suffering he just got a kidney or some such infection is all.

Look I was in with a vet and not once did a vet say he needs to be put asleep. I know the dog too myself. I do know his days are numbered but that time is not yet.

As I said the vet knows far more than anyone on the internet.
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20-05-2021, 08:25   #1380
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So we're now 4 months on from adopting the new cat Totoro and he's settled in really well. Our resident cat seems to have accepted him into the house and they've even snuggled up together on the couch once. But we've never had 2 cats before that were both so energetic (our last cat was an elderly lady and wasn't interested in play at all) and it can be worrying to watch them play fight all the time.
We've read up on play fighting and have watched videos so we know that once their ears are up, tails and backs aren't puffed out, and the tail stays in it's happy ? position it's probably just play fighting and not real fighting. But our resident cat batters the life out of poor Totoro and I saw her try to bite him this morning. He usually just shakes it off and goes to lie on the floor with his belly out so we know he's not actually hurt. And it's usually him who goes looking for her to play with. She's just really aggressive with him and it scares us.
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