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Australian cattle dog floppy ears

Australian cattle dog floppy ears

Australian cattle dog floppy ears

My male Cattle dog, Kody, has a few inches of fur on the bottom of his ears, and it has been this way for a while. He is also on prednisone, which he also had on the advice of the vets, as he was not improving, I noticed he was a bit droopy, and they did an xray and sd he had a mild heart condition.

The area under his ears have thickened and are swollen looking. At the vets today, they sd that this could be nothing, or it could be an infection, and gave me some antibiotics, (amoxicillin), just to rule out, I guess. They did tell me that they did a lot of research and saw no signs of ear infections or other conditions. I also have an extremely small patch of red on his nose (I think it is from sunburn, as he gets out in the sun often and will spend hours at the beach).

The antibiotics are being given a few times a day, and there is no way of controlling his head shaking, which makes getting to the medicine tricky.

I was told to come back in three weeks and have them check his ears to see if the antibiotics are having any effect.

The vet I have is the only one who knows anything about Cattle dogs, and he does not even see them, (or anyone with a dog), often, so it is really a shot in the dark. I am very fearful of having to take him to an emergency clinic or vet where I don't know anyone and have heard they don't do very much. I want to take Kody in and have him thoroughly checked out, but I am a little nervous, as it will cost us a pretty penny to have him looked at that way.

I was just wondering if anyone else has experience with Cattle dogs and this condition? Also, is there anything I can do at home to keep him in good health?

My boy was diagnosed in March 2010, although he has been showing symptoms of some sort since then. He is on three different medications dly, as well as supplements. He still has an occasional bout of diarrhea, and sometimes it can last a week, which he will still be eating. I don't want to give up on him, as he is still so lively, but it is not what he had before either. He used to have a lot of energy, even at this stage, and be willing to follow me around at will.

Thanks for your reply, and I also just had a thought as well. My brother has had an extremely lazy puppy a few years ago, so he is a big fan of treats. If I get any from the store, I will share, and if I go through any in my fridge, I will share those as well.

My sister and I are working on getting Kody some toys and other fun stuff, and if he is extra well behaved for that, I will give it to him as well.

Does this sound like a good plan, or should I just do the best I can without these treats?

Does this sound like a good plan, or should I just do the best I can without these treats?

Thanks so much,

Sarah

What I am hoping you can offer is encouragement to keep doing your very best. I will be sure and put out a couple of small treats in my kitchen while we are cleaning house. They can be out of reach. I do hope that Kody accepts them.

A lot depends on your dog. My first dog, a female (Pom), was not always as good as she was today and it took quite a while to learn to recognize signs of what was wrong with her. That can be helpful if there is something unusual about your dog's activity that you're not familiar with.

Another suggestion would be to get a couple of different types of treats. You can always get small amounts of food from the store for him. If he shows an interest, then maybe he'll want the treat. I'm certn that if you have some small treats on hand, he'll want to try them out.

Does this sound like a good plan, or should I just do the best I can without these treats?

Thanks so much,

Sarah

What I am hoping you can offer is encouragement to keep doing your very best. I will be sure and put out a couple of small treats in my kitchen while we are cleaning house. They can be out of reach. I do hope that Kody accepts them.

A lot depends on your dog. My first dog, a female (Pom), was not always as good as she was today and it took quite a while to learn to recognize signs of what was wrong with her. That can be helpful if there is something unusual about your dog's activity that you're not familiar with.

Another suggestion would be to get a couple of different types of treats. You can always get small amounts of food from the store for him. If he shows an interest, then maybe he'll want the treat. I'm certn that if you have some small treats on hand, he'll want to try them out.

Does this sound like a good plan, or should I just do the best I can without these treats?

Thanks so much,

Sarah

Good Luck.

My dog did the same thing. My husband is on vacation. He came home from work and there was my dog sleeping. No treats and no food! The only food in the house was dog food. I found the first piece of raw meat he had eaten in a week!

Yes I was told to feed her a little and see if he will take it. I was going to give him some hamburger and if he eats it then feed him more. I did. At first he sniffed the hamburger but after two hours he still wasn't eating it so I ended up giving it to him.

Then I put the rest of the hamburger in a bowl and in the morning he ate it all. I tried some tuna a few times to see if he would eat it. He did not. I gave him the treats after he had eaten the tuna and he ate them and slept some more.

He did not take the first bite. But that was over an hour later. I think he has a good nose.

If you were worried about him not eating enough food you should try to feed him a little more often. We have four dogs and I feel bad about how much food I give them. I only feel worse about it when it is a family vacation and the husband is gone and the dogs are looking for something to eat.

I don't think my dog has a health issue, the only problem I have is he just stopped eating. When he does he seems to be hungry, if I leave the house he is sure to eat a couple of hours later. Today I came home from work and he was on a diet of hamburger. I gave him a little more tonight.

Our dog eats once in the morning, the second time he eats he will eat some more. If he is still hungry when he has eaten he will get up and walk around.

He has been getting his food in a bowl, with his dog food and some water. Then I clean out the food and put the water and food in a dish. I have seen him eat without water once but I never gave him water. I don't think it will make a difference. He has been dry since he stopped eating but I have put some kibble in the bowl for him. I give him 3/4 cup in the morning and 3


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