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Finally ordered a raincoat for Kook online - the ones in the stores are way too small!  He hates getting wet and I hate a wet floofy dog.

Had a hard time finding one with what appears to be a real hood.  Ended up having to order an XXX Large - primarily because of his chest measurement and lengths.  

It should arrive early next week, so I hope it works out.

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5 hours ago, DeLurker said:

World's Best Cat Litter (clumping formula) has been a disappointment on odor control.

Two of my friends - the two for whom I cat-sit - use that, and I don't like the smell of it even when it's fresh out of the bag.

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11 hours ago, DeLurker said:

Had a hard time finding one with what appears to be a real hood.  Ended up having to order an XXX Large - primarily because of his chest measurement and lengths.  

I feel bad for thinking that it was too bad that dogs don't have vanity sizing after reading which size you ended up having to choose for him.
 

13 hours ago, DeLurker said:

World's Best Cat Litter (clumping formula) has been a disappointment on odor control.  I cleaned the litter pan 5 days ago, put in fresh litter, clean it twice daily and there started to be a bad odor by day 3.  I We also tried okocat featherweight.  This one worked well and did a fine job with odor control.

Catty face is not super picky about litter so I can change things around without him doing a protest. 

I'm lucky that Captain isn't super picky about litter either. I just hate that more times then not when I try a new littler out on him it usually sticks to his backside which ends up being unpleasant for both of us. I've seen okocat being sold it's always seemed to be more expensive then some other litters though.
 

8 hours ago, Bastet said:

Two of my friends - the two for whom I cat-sit - use that, and I don't like the smell of it even when it's fresh out of the bag.

I've seen a lot of people online during pet care discussions say they use the World's Best because it's supposedly flushable. I've also seen the mentions about it not having very good odor control qualities. I always wonder if those are the same people who think flushing human bathroom wipes is ok too. When there are posts about baby wipes sale on a couple popular deal forums people always come in to ask if they are flushable. I love how many things stronger baby wipes can be used for outside of use on human babies.

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14 hours ago, Jaded said:

I feel bad for thinking that it was too bad that dogs don't have vanity sizing after reading which size you ended up having to choose for him.

Nah, he’s a big silly boy who we love madly so he won’t feel bad at all!  He’s actually quite svelte for his size - especially since full Great Pyrs males can run 120-150 (depending on source you use).  Male German Shepherd ‘s typically top out around 90.  He’s 85 lbs, but chesty and long.

I hope it arrives tomorrow since it has been raining.  It started again while he was out with my daughter this morning so he came home a bit damp.

I toweled him off and was trying to bring him upstairs to give a quick blow dry, but he was not a willing pup as the bathroom with the dreaded tub is at the top of the stairs.  He was very relieved not to be taking a bath.  He really does not like water.

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On 12/29/2018 at 9:23 AM, DeLurker said:

After reading many reviews on cat litter looking for biodegradable ones, I decided to try a few brands that were recommended in multiple reviews.  World's Best Cat Litter (clumping formula) has been a disappointment on odor control.  I cleaned the litter pan 5 days ago, put in fresh litter, clean it twice daily and there started to be a bad odor by day 3. 

What makes some litters start smelling no matter how well you take care of the box?

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14 minutes ago, bosawks said:

Start the new year with a splash!

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Great action photos. Alli is an active dog and a pleasure to see. 

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16 hours ago, isalicat said:

Go Alli! Isn't that water awfully cold?

 

14 hours ago, DeLurker said:

Ali is immune to temperature!

That's the joy of having a chessie, no such thing as water that is cold, so if you want a dog that you have to take swimming in the middle  of February have I got the breed for you!

I aspire to be as happy as she is when she's swimming.  

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34 minutes ago, bosawks said:

I aspire to be as happy as she is when she's swimming.  

Me, too. 

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Kook in his new raincoat - worked pretty well, although the hood kind of blocks his vision sometimes.  Maybe I’ll find him a Gorton’s Fisherman hat instead.

 

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8 hours ago, bosawks said:

That's the joy of having a chessie, no such thing as water that is cold, so if you want a dog that you have to take swimming in the middle  of February have I got the breed for you!

It's fun to watch the difference in my house between the Labrador and the Italian Greyhound when it comes to cold. Labs are also pretty much set up to be happy retrieving ducks in cold fall water, and Danny just wanders out in the freezing rain, the snow, the whatever and moseys around the backyard as if it were a beautiful 70 degree day in May. Neo, on the other hand, goes running to the back door when I say "You want to go out?", gets about three feet from the door when the cold rain registers with him and he stops and turns around and looks back at the door. In his head: "F this shit. I'll just pee in the house later."

3 hours ago, DeLurker said:

 Maybe I’ll find him a Gorton’s Fisherman hat instead.

Ha! Does he mind wearing the jacket?  My above mentioned Neo doesn't mind his winter puffer jacket when it get's really cold out. 

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Guess no one informed Kook that he is supposed to be able to herd sheep independently in mountain ranges with no covering from rain and snow.   

He’s ok with the jacket  - I was pleasantly surprised with the design & construction given it was a lower cost option.  Just a couple of tabs that click to enclose the neck and two straps with Velcro that secures under his stomach.  The other versions I’ve bought & returned to pet stores were more fussy.  We’re basic - and ok with that.

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From the Pet Peeves thread, we were discussing talking to our pets. Over here, I ask Little Girl (Little Mama's daughter), "Who's the best little girl ever??" "MEOW!" "Yes, you are!!" I also tell her she's a very lucky and special girl because she has two mommies who love her so much. Little Mama isn't very vocal until it's time to eat. It doesn't stop me from trying to engage her in conversation. "Who's the best mama ever??" *silence* "You are!!"

Check out this hilarious conversation between a man (cartoonist I follow on Instagram) and his cat. He has a female cat, and the "story" is that she was being ugly to the male cat in the video. It's just too much. The male cat has three legs (he was adopted that way; his leg loss is a mystery) and the most precious little face!

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Litter box update:  I did end up switching to Tidy Cats Breeze, and it’s worked out well.  I followed the instructions to keep the old box and let it get dirty and stinky, but I had to get rid of it completely before Shadow started using it.  The only issue I have is that when she starts digging in there, the pellets make quite a racket.

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My very tall dog has figured out that he can literally walk over the barriers I use to block him into part of the house (like away from the front window during the AM since I clearly need to be alerted that my neighbor has opened the garage to leave for work or kids are waiting for the school bus).  Since Kook only barks at one level - maximum - it can be quite unsettling.

He is not happy now that I scold him for being a rebel.

Catty Face has decided to be an asshole and keeps nimbly leaping over the barriers just to show him he can without getting in trouble.  Or he sits right on the other side of the barrier.

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@Bastet, thanks for the link to Dr. Lisa Pierson's list! Kitty Gunderson the Younger is going to get a diet makeover for the new year. Some of the foods we have been giving her have too much phosphorus (she has kidney disease). She approves of the change, as she thinks the stuff we give her now is crap (it's not, but she's picky). 

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I'm glad to have helped you and Kitty, @MargeGunderson.  When Maddie was diagnosed with CKD many, many moons ago, I immediately launched into a diet research project, because I hate the ingredients used by the prescription food companies and was hoping there was something better out there.  That's how I learned it's not just the inferior ingredients (and the infuriating practice of charging as if they're made with expensive ingredients; I can't even imagine their profit margin, and it makes me angry every time the subject comes up), but that the entire concept - of low protein/low phosphorus - is half wrong.

So then I set out to find something among the commercial foods with good ingredients that had reduced phosphorus content but adequate protein.  This data is obviously not on the cans (that's just "guaranteed analysis," a max/min percentage it's guaranteed to fall within) and was often not even on the manufacturer's website (this has thankfully changed in large part by now).  So I had to contact the manufacturers to get the "as-fed" data, and then do the math to come up with dry matter analysis (to properly compare between foods with different moisture contents) and the caloric composition (how much of its calories come from protein, fat, and carbs, because too high in carbs is bad).  To get to my one-page spreadsheet was months of work and all those numbers invaded my dreams.  

I wrote up a one-page summary of the issues at hand with caring for CKD cats, added a column to the spreadsheet with the lowest local price for each of my CKD-approved foods, and my vet handed that out to other clients whose cats had CKD.  I think it was a couple of years later that Dr. Lisa Pierson came out with her initial spreadsheet, which grew to the pages long project as stands today.  So now we can just direct people there.  The amount of work that went into it is staggering, and she, not her assistant, did most of it (I learned this when I heard back from her assistant after passing on the crunched numbers on a couple of formulas she didn't have on her list).  It's a tremendous resource, so I share it with other cat owners whenever it's relevant, and always credit Dr. Pierson in the link by name (rather than just saying "here's a chart") because it was such a labor of love.

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Been a few months since I posted about the two new felines. They've both settled in fairly well now, although Calypso is still a bit nervous about sudden noises. Probably related to the injuries she got as a stray.

Catsby now prefers to spend evenings on my bed snuggled up against my legs. He's mostly an indoor kitty.  Calypso has staked out a number of nests for herself (on the washing machine, on the bathroom counter, behind the door in Mom's room, in front of the wood stove, etc) which she uses as the mood strikes her. She's more of an outdoor kitty.

I've been giving them both dry food and canned food, but I've managed to convince them that the canned food is a special treat that they only get when I call them. In other words, I've trained them to come when I call. Rather handy that.

Both cats have determined that the best time to approach me for petting is when I'm sitting down, usually when I'm trying to use the computer. I'm currently trying to type around Catsby, who's reclining on the wrist pad in front of the keyboard with his nose stuck into my armpit.

Been raining a lot this week, and neither of the furry twits has enough sense to just stay indoors. They want back in almost immediately after going out, probably because the rain makes lots of noise on the metal awning over the deck.

 

Catsby getting full use of the ratty old recliner in the living room:

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Calypso preventing me from making the bed:

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News about the Mindthinkr cat:

A week ago we went for our yearly vet check and to get vaccinated. They have never had their nails clipped because they were outdoor cats and hunters in our previous home. I asked that they be cut in an effort to slow down the clawing on my furniture and that she likes to scratch herself a lot during the months I have to heat on. (To slightly reduce the self cutting it produces). The first thing they did was their nails. Big Boy was no problem, but she didn’t like it one bit. Then she moved onto the regular things..weight, temp etc. Girl cat wasn’t happy and the tech was trying to hold her, awkwardly, as she was squirming. We explained that she might need to be restrained or at least wear protective gloves. Girl Cat got that look on her face and we told the girl to let her go. Cat was getting angrier and again we warned her to let her go. She does not like being man-handled. “No need, I can handle a 10 lb cat”. After the third time of YOU NEED TO LET HER GO all hell ensued. She twisted like a contortionist and bit the assistant. Hard. Drew blood. Hey, she was warned three times and told that this wasn’t going to end well. Then the vet came in. The exams were finished, vaccines given and the visit was over. Due to the fact that the tech was bleeding, we were told that she was going to the local Doc in a Box for treatment. No stitches, but two antibiotics were given. They also mentioned that she’d be reported to the Sheriffs Dept. They also gave me a follow up call at home to reiterate that the cat was going to have a report filed on her. So the next morning the Deputy shows up at my door. He was satisfied that they’d (even though the incident only involved Girl Cat) always had their inoculations on time and their cat taxes and licenses were up to date. Then I was told she was under quarantine and under house arrest. Yes, I have a litter box. No, there’s no cat door. Yes, they are indoor cats. Why? Coyotes, I answered. Etc etc. then they needed to physically see her. Well for once she didn’t dive under my bed or furniture and stood at the entrance to my bedroom eyeing this stranger with the authoritative voice. (Loud and booming) He explained it would last 10 days and they would be doing spot checks every few days. Ha, so now I’m busy in the am making my bed and cleaning up for the Deputy. Yes, there have been follow up calls (How is she? Is she exhibiting any new symptoms? Yada yada yada). Spot checks...yes. It also means I don’t know when to go to the store and I have to curtail my activities lest I become non-compliant for these unannounced surprise visits. They also park far away and walk to the door. I never did see where he parked and which vehicle he was driving (Sheriffs car or Animal Control truck). I wonder what my neighbors are thinking as they appear every few days. This mess ends Saturday. I can’t wait. I understand that they need to do these things for other owners who might not be as responsible as I am. I don’t even know how she could contract rabies or distemper because she has always been vaccinated on time. She did bite once before. Me. I knew better at time, but was determined to get her flea medication on. She drew blood and after 3 days it got red and I went in and got the antibiotics. I didn’t have to deal with the Sheriffs Dept then and don’t know if it was reported, but I guess it’s a rule like child abuse having to be reported. This is her second offense. I have been told next time she will be euthanized. She is not a mean cat but hates being man-handled. The tech was warned numerous times. I don’t want to blame her, but if she had worn protective gloves, let her go as suggested or restrained her this would not have happened. I have been very stressed over this situation. I will tell people not to pet her (she usually responds well as long as they don’t grab). I don’t know what else to do. Lock her in the room when people come over? I feel like a criminal. 

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The quarantining of animal for 10 days due to its involvement in a bite to a human is necessary because the Dept of Health in every state requires it, even if is a provoked bite or happens on the animals own property. That is the incubation time of the rabies virus. Even though your animals are up to date on their vaccines, its required by law.

However, your county seems to have stricter rules when it comes to quarantines with the random check ups. I would also contact your Animal Control Dept to discuss that "euthanasia rule". If the bite was provoked, then it shouldn't be held against her.

I'm sorry this happened to you. 

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That is utter bullshit @Mindthinkr and I hope you are looking for a new vet and file also a complaint against the tech who didn't listen to you and as a result received an injury you told her was going to happen. Also leave a review on Yelp and get the word out about this incompetent, ignorant tech. I am livid on your behalf.

When the kitten-cat went full Cujo I was terrified that something like that was going to happen but they said they were fine and they don't report that sort of bite / "attack" to anyone.

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Brown wrapping paper with a sort of waffle weave, patchy in places. Does this ring a bell with anyone? My sister sent me something, the store wrapped it in this paper, and the Girl Cat looooooves it. The store doesn't have email or I'd ask them what it's called and where to get it, and my Google skills are on the fritz, I guess. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

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9 minutes ago, ABay said:

Brown wrapping paper with a sort of waffle weave, patchy in places. Does this ring a bell with anyone? My sister sent me something, the store wrapped it in this paper, and the Girl Cat looooooves it. The store doesn't have email or I'd ask them what it's called and where to get it, and my Google skills are on the fritz, I guess. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

This? https://www.uline.com/BL_1961/Indented-Kraft-Paper?keywords=Waffle+Paper

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@Mindthinkr - I am so sorry.  As a vet tech, I am appalled.  Techs that say they 'can handle a 10lb animal' are just foolish and should not be working with animals.  They are putting their own ego before the welfare of the animal in their care and that always angers me up.  I never do nail trims before the what I like to call the important stuff, i.e. Vet exam, vaccines, and/or blood/urine. You never know when an animal will reach its limit, so I want to make sure the important stuff gets done first. I would rather an animal goes home with its vaccines than a nail trim, even if that means the client isn't happy. We actually even do axillary temps (in their armpit) instead of rectal temps, unless there is some concern the animal is sick to try and prevent undo stress. I would look for a new vet if that is an option.  If not, I would request a different tech when you do visit.  If your kitty does seem stressed for medical handling, you might want to talk to your vet about trying gabapentin.  We usually prescribe it for our kitties that are unhappy at the vet and/or with traveling. It can cause them to be sleepy and we have had a lot of success using it with our kitties that do not enjoy time at the vet no matter how happy I am to see them.  I use it for my dog (in combo with another drug) when I have to bring him to work or when a large amount of company comes over my house because he gets really stressed out.  He still isn't completely happy, but it takes the edge off.  So sorry you had this experience.

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My daughter’s friend’s dog needs his nails trimmed, but he gets so stressed the groomers have said they can’t do it.  The vet’s office has tried but due to the dog’s extreme anxiety, they said they could do it on a future visit but they would need to put him under anesthesia first.

Does this sound normal?  My dog’s have always worn down their nails by walks, although the vet tech’s take care of Kook’s dew claws since they are pretty substantial.

Anesthesia seems extreme.

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That sounds excessive, but who knows what might have happened to the dog in the past to get him so upset.  Every three or four weeks Denali gets her nails done.  There's a local pet supply place (like Pets Plus, but a local store) and one night a week they have a couple of women who come in and trim nails (they use one of those Dremel tools rather than a clipper) and the money they charge goes to a pet rescue place.  Denali loves it, because she gets cookies as a reward when she is done.

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Have they tried giving trazodone and gabapentin the night before and 2 hours before the vet visit for the nail trim to see if that helps to calm the dog down?  I sound like I am really pushing the drugs, but they do help in some cases!  We have done sedated nail trims, but very rarely.  It's not full blown anesthesia where they are intubated, but we give some drugs that will mostly knock them out, but usually are reversible when we are done.  We have refused to do nail trims on animals that are too stressed out, especially if they have other underlying conditions because it puts the animal at risk. We also don't want to put people at risk for getting hurt trying to restrain them.

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@theredhead77, I think that might be too solid. But thank you! This is a picture of the paper. It might be "mesh" but the images I find online look either too solid or too open:

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Thanks @smeds - perhaps something got lost in the translation of the story to me and hopefully they just meant giving the dog a prescription like you've described.

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19 hours ago, ABay said:

Brown wrapping paper with a sort of waffle weave, patchy in places. Does this ring a bell with anyone? My sister sent me something, the store wrapped it in this paper, and the Girl Cat looooooves it. The store doesn't have email or I'd ask them what it's called and where to get it, and my Google skills are on the fritz, I guess. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

 

2 hours ago, ABay said:

@theredhead77, I think that might be too solid. But thank you! This is a picture of the paper. It might be "mesh" but the images I find online look either too solid or too open:

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I don't know where to get it, but Walmart uses it to wrap glass jars on their delivery items.  

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Thanks, @walnutqueen

I think I found it! It's Ranpak Geami WrapPak. And it costs $73 on Amazon!

Girl Cat will have to make do with regular brown paper for now.

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5 minutes ago, ABay said:

Thanks, @walnutqueen

I think I found it! It's Ranpak Geami WrapPak. And it costs $73 on Amazon!

Girl Cat will have to make do with regular brown paper for now.

Glad you found it!


Shoot them a note, maybe they'll send you some as a sample or give you a list of local vendors that sell it.

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17 minutes ago, ABay said:

Thanks, @walnutqueen

I think I found it! It's Ranpak Geami WrapPak. And it costs $73 on Amazon!

Girl Cat will have to make do with regular brown paper for now.

That's insanely expensive.  Next time I get a delivery with some, I'll PM you & send it to Girl Cat.  My Babalu totally ignores the stuff, so it was recycled.

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Girl cat is officially off house arrest and quarantine. Not that she noticed any changes in her life...spoiled rotten. 

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 Which was suggested she do.

Took Kook on an errand with me earlier just so he doesn't always associate getting in the car with a long trip or a visit to the vet or groomers for a bath (in colder weather washing my very reluctant dog in the tub is less than rewarding for either of us).  He was so excited when we got home, he ran to find the cat and give him a good chase.

Silly Kook.

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Good news! My sister has found some of the mystery paper and is sending it. Girl Cat will be so happy. Although that will look just like it does when she doesn't really care.

Cats, amirite?

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1 minute ago, ABay said:

Cats, amirite?

The ONLY reason I keep on living.

Meanwhile, my Babalu is eagerly anticipating the return of Game of Thrones, because I beat out a drum solo on his body to the opening theme music.  I cannot bear to tell him this is the last season.

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Yep, cats. Snip has decided that she now wants Lily's sleeping spot on my bed, next to the pillows on the alarm clock side.  So Lily is now sleeping in the living room, and I'm getting whacked in the nose (with claws) when the alarm goes off in the morning.

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On 1/11/2019 at 12:25 AM, DeLurker said:

My daughter’s friend’s dog needs his nails trimmed, but he gets so stressed the groomers have said they can’t do it.  The vet’s office has tried but due to the dog’s extreme anxiety, they said they could do it on a future visit but they would need to put him under anesthesia first.

Does this sound normal?  My dog’s have always worn down their nails by walks, although the vet tech’s take care of Kook’s dew claws since they are pretty substantial.

Anesthesia seems extreme.

That’s my dog. And yes, it’s true. I asked earlier at some point in this thread if they knew of a help but no one did. It’s horrible.

Knoxie goes and has gone on long walks and they just won’t wear them down. I’ve scoured the Internet like you wouldn’t believe. 

I can also give PSA.  I went to brunch one Sunday and I still get a Christmas stocking as an adult and the goods were on a table in a bag (!) and we determined Knoxie had eaten 15 plus mini Reese cups, 10 Hershey kiss, and maybe 20 other bite size- all milk chocolate upon return. 

Well- as you can imagine that scared me. They asked how much, when, what kind. I told them and they were like can you get here in 30 minutes and time matters. Whole thing was insane. They have an IV which forces them to puke and she apparently puked a ton of chocolate and foil wrappers. Whole thing cost me 118 which I felt was a bargain as they treated her as “get her here  now”. 

What I learned is bakers or unsweetened chocolate is no joke. Semi sweet should also be taken seriously.   And size of dog matters.  I probably would have been ok not taking her but consider scarred but smarter. 

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On 1/11/2019 at 12:25 AM, DeLurker said:

My daughter’s friend’s dog needs his nails trimmed, but he gets so stressed the groomers have said they can’t do it.  The vet’s office has tried but due to the dog’s extreme anxiety, they said they could do it on a future visit but they would need to put him under anesthesia first.

Does this sound normal?  My dog’s have always worn down their nails by walks, although the vet tech’s take care of Kook’s dew claws since they are pretty substantial.

Anesthesia seems extreme.

I haven't been here much since the format change but had extra time to mosey through it tonight.  I have 3 dogs, 2 never need their nails clipped, the other every daggoned  month.  And of course he's the one that I can't do myself.  Pet Smart groomers with nail grinders has had the best luck with him.....he likes the open area rather than the small room of the vets office.

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On 1/19/2019 at 8:40 AM, smittykins said:

I’m trying to read Pioneer Girl, but Shadow has other ideas.

A) that's really a great revelatory book, and B) was there ever a cat or dog who didn't do that? Lol.

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