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by chowdad
Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:07 am
Forum: Special Events, Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: In memoriam: George's last day
Replies: 35
Views: 3533

Thanks so much for making us feel surrounded by the greater chow family. It is an honor to be part of it. Chia's situation sounds a lot like George's as he also quit eating back in November, and we began the downward spiral that brought us here. He would voluntarily take prescription canned food, an...
by chowdad
Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:02 pm
Forum: Special Events, Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: In memoriam: George's last day
Replies: 35
Views: 3533

Thanks for the sympathy, I need it. He had a tumor in his head that recently caused hemi-facial paralysis and sores in his mouth, and his nose bled for the last 6 months. He likely had tumors in his chest also, but the tests would require anesthesia and he was too ill. His beautiful spirit remained ...
by chowdad
Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:01 pm
Forum: Special Events, Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: In memoriam: George's last day
Replies: 35
Views: 3533

In memoriam: George's last day

Hello Friends, We lost our son George yesterday at 5pm. He was 10 years old and most enjoyed chasing rabbits. We found out at our dr visit 2 days before the he had cancer. That is why he's been very sick for 7 months. With the knowledge that his suffering was not to be cured we decided on euthanasia...
by chowdad
Mon Jun 11, 2007 3:53 pm
Forum: Health Discussions
Topic: update on george
Replies: 4
Views: 328

update on george

Hello again, We took George back to the vet for his 10th check-up in 6 months. He is doing great as far as we can tell, but the vet is worried about his loss of weight. He is 50.5 lbs. His pre-sick weight was 60. He turned 10 years old last week. I want everyone here to know that the encouragement g...
by chowdad
Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:03 pm
Forum: Health Discussions
Topic: Pet Vaccines.
Replies: 6
Views: 368

George is almost 10 and has been very ill for several months, his shots are due now, but after reading up on them I am not planning to give him any more vaccines. He got all they made last year, and I believe they will last the rest of his life.
John
by chowdad
Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:50 pm
Forum: Health Discussions
Topic: update on george
Replies: 3
Views: 188

update on george

George had a good news visit to the vet today. He is recovering from a staph infection, but will still need antibiotics for another month. His sores are all healing and his appetite has returned. He had lost 9 lbs on his visit two weeks ago. today he had gained 3 lbs back. He weighs 54 now and his h...
by chowdad
Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: Nutrition, Diets and Food
Topic: Almost passed out when I smelled Solid Gold Green Tripe!
Replies: 22
Views: 1733

Thanks for bringing up green tripe Juniper, I found a place here that sells it and George is enjoing his first dish right now. Smell seems to really stimulate his appetite so I figured it might work. The lady that helped me also gave me a bunch of sample bags of kibble so I can try and figure out wh...
by chowdad
Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:23 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: in out in out
Replies: 7
Views: 518

George has a dog door for the same reason. It's made for dogs but it seems to work well for chows too. He seems to stay in or out now since he can come and go as he pleases, I think for him the compulsive in..out thing was about control.
by chowdad
Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Life Span
Replies: 14
Views: 936

"[quote="Jeff&Peks"]a vet trying to make that extra 35 dollars to euthanize. " Wow Jeff I appreciate your honesty. I thought I was the most cynical. Maybe not. The vet tech told us a month ago " I've seen a 12 yr old chow, but with his problems you aren't gonna get those kind of number...
by chowdad
Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Shy little Elsie
Replies: 10
Views: 551

You have recieved wise answers so far. At nine weeks she is perfect to begin socialization. You need to take her everywhere you go. Most retail places let you carry a puppy her age inside. I would do what we did and take her to an outdoor mall at least twice a week and just sit in the courtyard with...
by chowdad
Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Life Span
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Life Span

I realize this is a grave subject, but because our dear George looks like he's going to survive his staph infection, I have begun to read more on the care of senior chow chows. We have several chow books from way back, but the most comprehensive (thickest) is The Proper Care of Chow Chows 1995 by th...
by chowdad
Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:10 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: diva and divas mom is sick
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

I wish the best for both of you & hope for good news from the vet.
by chowdad
Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:13 am
Forum: Health Discussions
Topic: Shave bia myself, or let the vets do it?
Replies: 7
Views: 468

We have had to have our chows shaved a couple of times because of hot weather and matting, but if you stay on top of brushing and clipping shaving should be unneccesary. We have had bad luck with anesthesia, they lived through it but it wasn't pretty. We use an andis clipper I got online for trimmin...
by chowdad
Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Walkies!...how far?
Replies: 13
Views: 742

George has been sick and not walking much lately, but he loved to walk for miles and miles before. For the last year or two we worked up to 8 miles three times a week (2 to 3 hours). The other days we would go 4 miles. He insisted on going every day first thing. He would stop and sit in the road or ...
by chowdad
Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:59 am
Forum: Nutrition, Diets and Food
Topic: uncooked beef for a sickly chow
Replies: 19
Views: 1255

Hello All, I didn't think that ground beef was an appropriate BARF diet, because it stands for Bones and Raw Food. A good FAQ about BARF is at http://www.njboxers.com/faqs.htm The issue they have in common is the safety of uncooked meet for our chows. George has eaten uncooked meat three times in 10...
by chowdad
Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: Nutrition, Diets and Food
Topic: uncooked beef for a sickly chow
Replies: 19
Views: 1255

update

Thanks to all. George is slowly recovering his appetite, and only chose raw meat once. He now prefers it boiled for a minute or two and drained. He had another vet visit yesterday to check for what is causing him not to eat. He has lost 4 pounds in two weeks. All his stool tests were clear, and the ...
by chowdad
Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Walkin' the Dog..
Replies: 53
Views: 1799

This is the best thread. I was laughing out loud and startled George. He goes to the off leash park all the time. He started as a socialization, but now just cause he loves it. He does great with problem dogs, just sits there and rolls his eyes. People do freak out at the sight of him like I'm carry...
by chowdad
Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: Health Discussions
Topic: teeth cleaning
Replies: 28
Views: 1436

I'm really glad Maxwell is home and drinking, I will keep him in my thoughts as he returns to normal.
by chowdad
Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:00 am
Forum: Nutrition, Diets and Food
Topic: uncooked beef for a sickly chow
Replies: 19
Views: 1255

my picky eater

Thanks for the input. George is a very fickle eater. It is about to drive me and his Mom completely nuts. What he takes one day he refuses the next, and because he has been sick for 3 months we have been spoiling him more than usual. He went through a phase where he would only eat canned tuna, a wee...
by chowdad
Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:24 am
Forum: Nutrition, Diets and Food
Topic: uncooked beef for a sickly chow
Replies: 19
Views: 1255

uncooked beef for a sickly chow

Hello, I have discovered after months of trying everything to get my chow George to eat that what he was craving was ground beef. But he wants it raw, and at this point he's been so sick for so long I've decided if this is a risk it's worth it. It began with me making attempts to boil it for him, an...
by chowdad
Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:48 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Here's one for the blame it on the breeders.
Replies: 23
Views: 1242

nature/nurture

George is our 2nd Chow Chow. We were only 20 years old when we picked out our first. We did our homework on the breed and it matched our desires for a companion and family member perfectly. We picked the most "grumpy" loner type puppy from the litter because his teddy bear looks made the personality...
by chowdad
Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: Best of Health Discussions
Topic: my sick chow chow
Replies: 64
Views: 8219

booties

I ordered George some booties designed for sled dogs from this web site; http://www.dogbooties.com/ And I read the article about Zinc, the dosage that I got from the vet was for the first type of zinc, but the one I'm using is zinc gluconate which has a daily dose of 40 mg for his size, not 250 mg. ...
by chowdad
Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: Health Discussions
Topic: E-collar Alternative? - No-Bite Collar...Not for Eyes/Ears
Replies: 3
Views: 384

collars/ chow chows

George had a cone to wear when he had cruciate surgery on both legs. We could not make him leave it on. He would thrash around like mad untill it came off. We have found keeping a constant eye on him to be an effective way to keep him from licking or biting himself. He is very spoiled, and hates phy...
by chowdad
Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: Best of Health Discussions
Topic: my sick chow chow
Replies: 64
Views: 8219

zinc

Thanks again. I never thought about the ear being collagen. That's why the ear wound looks so odd, not really like skin at all, more like styrofoam. I know it's possible for him to heal because the other ear had the same thing and is better now. He is lucky that none of his ear stuff is inside the e...
by chowdad
Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Pet food recall...deaths reported
Replies: 54
Views: 1726

nutro

I returned a pile of food to petsmart yesterday because George won't eat it. The Nutro items I had were on the recall list the cashier told me. I am sure glad he wouldn't eat any. When I say he won't eat I mean he won't even tolerate it near him. One was a foil gravy pack of Lamb and rice stew. They...

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