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  1. Thanks Millie-Annie, I have wondered about that too, I've had guinea pigs with those, and they do feel a bit like that. Not sure if ducks can get them.
  2. Kind of in between? not liquid, but not solid... she doesn't react when we press them
  3. Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone had any idea what could be happening to Cumin, one of my runner ducks. She doesn't live with me at the moment (I'm in between houses so she's at my ex, where my daughter looks after her), so I'm unsure how long this has been happening, though my daughter thinks the first lump on top of the beak appeared a few days ago, and the one on the side of her head came on in the last couple of days. I saw the ducks about ten days ago and there definitely wasn't anything much noticeable then. The ducks have been free-ranging, so I wonder if these could be bites/stings she gets when foraging around. I'm worried they might be tumours, though unsure it can be considering the timescale. I'll make an appointment at the vet, but if in the meantime anyone has any advice or idea of what these lumps could be, I'd be grateful to hear about it! Thanks in advance!
  4. My OH is pretty good at most things, especially electrical and electronic, but he does tend to take a while to do them (why spend ten minutes doing something when you can spend half a day, with a couple of trips to the diy stores included), not always understanding that in a busy house with four kids, the luxury of taking a whole day off to do one job is not usually an option... he does tend to know his limitations too, though he's become more careless in the recent years... not sure why... we've had not one, but two instances of him insisting on drilling (he does LOVE his power tools) into wall/floor with me standing there saying 'shouldn't we use that little device you have to check for wires or pipes first?', to hear him say 'no, no, there is nothing there' and then the sound of the drill and then the gurgle of water and the swearing rushing around trying to remember how to turn the water off... last time we had to call someone in to fix the leak, and they had to take a couple of floor boards off, and it was quite a palaver... especially as the next day we couldn't find one of the cats, but could hear her call, and we had to take the floor boards off again to free her! My dad, on the other hand, used to be terrible!! Fair enough money was extremely tight, and he knew how to do some things, but his jobs were definitely very much on the amateurish level, and would involve strings of constant swearing punctuated with frequent yelps and calls for the first aid kit... whenever he would fix a leaking tap, we ended with a tap that would make Hercules struggle to close it, and he'd lecture my mum, my sister and I that the tap was just fine, it's just the problem was with us cause we didn't know how to close a tap, then he would proceed to demonstrate said skill by closing the tap, having to put all his strength on it for a considerable amount of time... Haaa... memories
  5. There is lots of kindness in this world, both here and abroad. I remember a trip in Boston once, when there was snow and a massive wind storm, I tried to go for a walk with my then toddler and baby, and gave up as it felt dangerous. But I saw people go to and hold total strangers to help them cross windy roads. When things go wrong with nature people pull together. We see it here in the UK a lot... You know, when it snows a bit and all the cars get stuck? There is usually someone to come and help push. When there are floods (and we get our fair share of it in oxfordshire), people talk and help each other. This is a nice video... My darker side wonders whether its a bit 'planned' and not quite so genuine, but i hope its not, and even if it was, who cares, those things happen
  6. Hi everyone... This is what happens when my daughter plays the piano... We try to discourage it, as we don't want Yeti to get into such habits, but still we find it so funny...
  7. Thank you all you lovely people for your thoughts and suggestions... this forum is great when one needs a bit of community support. Little pup (who's developing long legs!!) is doing great. Waiting for a call from the vet with results, I've heard nothing so far so I guess there's nothing to tell, if they haven't called by Tuesday I'll give them a ring. We're keeping Yeti under Eagle eye supervision at all times, and so far so good. 19 days went between the first day of her first illness, and the first day of the second bout, and we're now at day 7. I know everything that's gone into her as she is leashed or muzzled or supervised at all times. If something happens while we keep her so controlled, I'll know it's nothing to do with something she scavenged. The patient girl is coping beautifully with a muzzle, bless her. Bramble, I haven't quite got a diary running, but your idea is good, and kind of what I'm doing in my head at the moment. I like your suggestion though, and hoping she'll never get sick again, I might still get a diary and write everything down. You never know, it might help some day, and I might use it for fun recording her training too. Thanks again everyone... Yeti and I find it so much easier to cope with all of you around
  8. Space Chick, that's exactly the kind of things I'm thinking of doing and reading about. HGE (hemorrhagic gastro-enteritis) can, from what I understand, have many causes, and there seems to be hundreds of unexplained cases I've found on the internet, so when vets can't find a cause it seems to be considered an illness in it's own right (especially in the states in seems), though here vets seem to see it more as just a symptom (sometimes unexplained) rather than a diagnosis. Yeti is now back home, and she is her usual happy self. When treated quickly enough, with IV fluids, an affected dog makes a remarkably quick recovery. When she got sick this time, OH suggested we waited too see if she'd get better, thinking maybe after antibiotics, and being so young, she just needed to 'build up her immune system', but having read more about the condition, I decided to rush her back to the vet and they kept her 2 nights. The problem is the diarrhoea is so liquid (there's no fecal matter in it, just water and diluted blood, sorry for the comparison but it looks a bit like pink lemonade!!), that within a matter of 2 hours (or less) the dog's blood can thicken and the dog goes into shock. It then can lead to internal coagulating of the blood within blood vessels, and kills a dog in a very short time. That's a brief explanation of what I understand, pls don't take this as a fully savy scientific explanation. Vets have sent three stool samples to lab, hoping to get some clues as to what might cause it. It's still a big question between toxin (food indiscretion, something in the garden??), bacterial infection, viral infection (though the vet isn't sure that's likely considering she had it twice and was very well for two weeks in between). I now no longer let Yeti in the garden unleashed or unmuzzled, as I want to be sure she doesn't eat anything out there. When she's in the house, the cat food goes out of reach in a cupboard, and if I can't keep my eyes on her she goes in her pen. I will keep her on the science plan soft food (it's a special one for dogs recovering from gastric problems) for a little while, and I'm reading up on food and what would be best to feed her afterwards. I don't intend to go back to my usual kibble (she had half kibble half soft foods), but want to find other options. Of course if the vets come back with a precise answer as to what's causing the symptoms, then we can re-think our plans... It's quite a military discipline, keeping such a close eye on a dog, but I really don't want her so sick again... Having spent so much time sick or at the vet, her training has suffered a lot and, while she is a lovely affectionate dog, she is quite a wild little tear away... putting a leash on her is like trying to put a leash on a demented sledge-pulling husky... thankfully now that I have my muzzle I can let her run in the garden and she can let off steam, as having been in a cage or on leash for a few days did make her a bit edgy. I am not worried about this, though, as I have time to spend with her and she is quite bright and with a bit of patience and consistency, I'm certain she'll learn to be a well behaved dog. She, unlike Charlie, responds well to treats (trying to get Charlie to do anything for a treat, no matter what the treat, from the freshest liver, to the best sausage, via the strongest cheese - only ever resulted in him staring at me with a glazed expression on his face, as if to say 'you don't really think I'll bother to do anything for that, do you??), but I am reluctant to feed her treats when she obviously has a sensitive tummy... so right now rewards are fuss and play only. Cooking for her is definitely something I'm considering. It won't help considering I'm already cooking for scratch for our vegetarian gluten free family, but hey, I'm sure we'll manage somehow. Sorry, long post!! Thanks everyone for all your support. I do hope we get some answers soon, and if not, that my precautions will help... Thanks again
  9. Dear all, Yeti has been back in hospital, and she's ok, will be home hopefully tomorrow night or monday morning. Same as last time, vomiting and then extreme diarrhoea, like just a garden hose connected to a pink lemonade supply (sorry, that's what it looks like)... vet doing tests, trying to find out what causes it. The condition is HGE, (translated in my own language as bleeding gut enteritis), and can have many causes... problem is it's so dangerous, even more so for a young pup who's been sick before... it can de-hydrate and send a pup into shock in two hours... Occasionally HGE is never sourced or explained. I'm baffled that Yeti's had it twice in a month, when Charlie never had it. We're talking to vet about tests, and taking extra precautions for when she comes home. I know it's not a good idea to try several things at once, as you never end up knowing what the problem is, but the problem is too serious to take it easy, and the vet costs too high for us to risk having so often (we do have insurance, yes, but the problem started in the first fortnight of the insurance, when they only cover accidents, third party and so on, not illnesses). We plan to give her the special food she's given at the vet for longer, exclude kibble for a while, go for more natural foods, and also supervise her at ALL times in the garden (and I've bought a muzzle for when we can't... I don't mean to be cruel, but if there are times she has to be outside when I can't supervise, I'd rather protect her as I don't know if she's eating anything toxic...) I know I should check for toxic plants, but we have a huge garden and plants growing everywhere, so I'd rather supervise or muzzle. She's got room to run around unmuzzled in the house, so I'd rather try this for a while than risk losing her again... I didn't post before because I knew everyone would be worried again, but she's coming home soon and we'll go ahead with testings and precautions... Life is stressful!!! Oh, and on the day we found her sick in her crate in the early morning, we also found our last chook dead... not a happy time... Fern was old and had a lovely time the day before, freeranging happily in the garden, but then was dead in the morning... cats and ducks and other dog show no sign of problems, but if anyone suspects something affected Yeti and Fern, we are open to suggestions...
  10. We have 7 pets insured, and for most of them we never seem to spend more at the vet than we do on insurance premiums. One of our cats, though, has a lifelong illness, and has already been covered for ultrasound and medication for the last five years. Not sure we win much, because the cost of the premium is not that much below the cost of the treatments, but then treatment might become more expensive as he gets older and needs more regular checks and maybe more expensive interventions. I don't regret taking the cover as it gives me peace of mind. Our second dog was unfortunate enough to develop a condition four days after beginning of cover... so it won't be covered because in the first 14 days of cover, the insurers will only cover accident/third party damage and so on, not illness... Personally I think it's a gamble. If you are financially very comfortable, you can take a chance, as you can afford to look after your pet if things go wrong. If you're financially less 'free', it's harder to pay the premiums, but if your pet is diagnosed with a lifetime illness, the lifetime insurance, that will cover year after year, becomes a blessing... Not much help I know, but my recommendation would be if you can afford the lifetime premiums, and think you might not be able to afford vet fees for lifetime conditions, go for the premiums.
  11. Great to hear she's better. It's such a worry when they're not well, isn't it.
  12. Lolalayla, Charlie too is on Royal Canin, and he had very similar symptoms twice, once about two years ago and then a few months later. I think that in our case it was due to over-feeding him, making him poo several times in a walk, and apparently that can then make them strain, as they don't feel 'empty', which then causes bleeding. He had diarrhoea too. I re-checked how much we were supposed to feed him and found we gave him way too much, so re-adjusted quantities. I also started giving him soft food too, not just dry kibble (he gets Lily's kitchen tins), and he really likes it, and hasn't had a problem since. I did think of giving up on Royal Canin, as dry food gets a lot of bad press and my research was a bit scary, but the vets seem to think it's a good food, and the breeder swears by it, and it's easier to store than hundreds of tins of soft food, so decided to mix and it's worked for us. Glad to hear your doggie is on the mend. Thanks to Lavenders Blue for suggesting the gulp feeder... Charlie isn't too greedy, but Yeti really scoffs her food, so will get one of those!!
  13. So, so sorry to hear about Daisy She had a wonderful life with you, and I hope in time you find a lovely place to spread her ashes... RIP Daisy
  14. From Yeti to all of you lovely people Vet said that although test had been negative, he's pretty sure it was parvo... apparently the test isn't so reliable.
  15. I don't think we know what it is yet... campylobactor came to my mind too, one of my daughters got it when she was small, and it was a big deal for a while, we even got a letter from the NHS to do a survey, as at that time they had had many more cases reported than usual (along the lines of 78 for a usual 10 in the area) and were trying to source the cause. I will talk to the vets about the cause, but from what I understand they don't know yet. They have concentrated on things like parvo as it is so dangerous. It seems to me that they went straight in for 'treat for everything' as Yeti got so weak so quickly, rather than spend time and money on testing. Personally I would love to know too, but can understand the 'let's now waste time finding out, let's cure everything' theory, considering how listless Yeti got in a matter of hours. Of course I'll talk more to the vets about what could have caused it, and I asked a few questions which they said they would look into (like walnuts?? three walnut trees overlooking the garden and dropping walnut fruit at a rate of 2 per minute), and we are still waiting for the results of the second parvo test (that's one they send off to a lab, takes a while). My guess is that it will be like most things that ever happened to my daughters... we'll never know for sure. Hoping for Yeti to keep strong tomorrow off the drugs and fluids... and hoping to have her back home. Thanks again a million times to you all out there... you're an amazing bunch of people!
  16. Welcome back! Congratulations on wedding and baby and on future new girlies... sometimes hectic isn't bad
  17. Hey everyone, While we are still told they can't guarantee she's fully safe yet, there is great news, in that she had normal stools this morning instead of profuse watery diarrhoea... the nurse sounded so positive and happy, it was lovely... Yeti is getting the last dose of medication today, and they're taking her off the fluids drip in 18 hours... if she remains happy and perky tomorrow, she can then come home in the evening. Of course if she takes a turn for the worse today or once the drugs/fluid are off, we'll have to take it from there. Today is my birthday, and I was so, so happy when I heard the nurse's news and positive tone. Never thought a puppy's stools would make such a great birthday present! Talk about organic thinking!! I don't dare to take it for granted, but I'm really, really hoping our little girl will be back home with us soon and fully recover... I told the news to OH after talking to vet, then to each my 4 DDs as they got up, and I was quite fine until the last time I re-told the news, when I started sobbing and couldn't stop, much to the consternation of my 15 year old daughter! Good thing I had already told her it was good news or she'd probably have thought the worst had happened.I feel three days of tension suddenly released... Thank you everyone for your lovely words of support and encouragement... I hope to bring on more good news soon... Have a great day all,
  18. Cautiously positive news : Yeti is still responding well to treatment, and getting better rather than worse. Vet still says 'keep in mind it's early days and if it is a nasty virus, she could suddenly go downhill again very quickly', but at the moment he says they're happy with her progress. Eating, drinking, alert. Still bad diarrhoea, but they're keeping the fluids going. I don't dare to be over-optimistic yet (the house feels strangely empty, Charlie is looking for her everywhere ) but at least it's not bad news. Come on little Yeti... you have a good life ahead of you, it's worth fighting for... Thank you all for your kind support... it's all a bit overwhelming, and I just knew people on here would be supportive... thank you so much!!
  19. Thanks everyone for all the good wishes and the support, it's not easy waiting for news and worrying all the time. I spoke to the people at the vets, and Yeti is doing ok, though she's obviously still ill. They still don't know what's wrong with her, so they have her in isolation and are treating her as if contagious and viral. She did say that Yeti was bright and alert right now, and is eating and drinking (which is progress compared to yesterday morning). She still has diarrhoea, but there is no blood in it. However, the vet nurse also warned that when ill and put on fluid, puppies often perk up for a while, but depending on what is wrong they can then go downhill again. I'll call them again this afternoon and see if they have found anything new.
  20. She's still alive, waiting for vets to call with more details... will update when I hear... thanks everyone
  21. Hey everybody, thank you for your kind words. Vets have confirmed its NOT parvo... which is good... but they don't know what is actually wrong with Yeti. She is stabilised with fluid, but still very ill. They're giving her antibiotic drugs and anti-viral drugs. No idea whether she will pull through or not... I'm feeling drained... will update when I get more news... Thanks again everyone.
  22. Yeti is in hospital, with a serious, and yet undiagnosed condition... I went to her crate this morning to let her out and give her breakfast, and found she'd been sick and had diarrhoea. She was quite lethargic and wouldn't touch her food. She sniffed at the water but didn't drink. I went to look up some information and vet phone number, and when I came back to her there were two puddles near her... couldn't tell which end it'd come out of... I guess, from closer inspection, it was sick rather than anything coming out of the other end... one puddle was clear... one was pink, like diluted blood... Rushed her to the vet and she's there now... vets are stabilising her (she was getting dehydrated and was in shock), and doing xrays and blood tests... they don't seem optimistic... parvo has been mentioned as a possibility, or some kind of blockage in digestive track, or it could be anything else... We're so, so upset... our little Yeti was so full of life and bounce yesterday, and this morning she is so seriously ill...
  23. We changed surgery a few years back because of similar problems getting appointments. I took my then 8-year-old daughter to the surgery on the way back from the school run (dropping off her siblings) and asked if she could be seen as she'd been having quite a temperature for a few days and missing school. I was told all urgent appointments were booked up and they could see her two weeks later. Well to be honest, 2 weeks later she'd either be fully well again, or in hospital or worse. What really bugged me, was that my husband always got 'emergency' appointments because he travels abroad for work and therefore tells them he can't make any other day and they give him urgent appointments even for the most trivial thing which could wait weeks, whereas a sick child has to wait two weeks. The other problem was that the appointments available 'in two weeks' were all with one doctor who I swear must have got his degree in a kinder surprise egg, as all he ever did with any of my kids (and husband the one time he really did have something serious wrong with him - pneumonia) was take a look at their face and say 'it's nothing, just go home and go on as normal'... I enquired at a different surgery nearby and they agreed to take us on immediately, saying my daughter could be seen the same day. I've been very happy there, we don't often need doctors (especially considering we have four kids), but we've always been able to get appointments in a very reasonable time frame, often with a preferred doctor. Unfortunately that surgery is now closing down and we have to move
  24. All still going well with Yeti... she got a strange little abscess on her tummy on sunday, but we kept it disinfected and it turned into a blister and now seems fine... She is still sweet and relatively easy for a pup... one of her ears is moving up, the other one still down... she loves 'accompanying' my daughter when she plays the piano (and it sends us in such fits of laughter, which we have to hide because we try to discourage the howling/wild-moose-like call... she shushes when told, but if DD2 starts playing suddenly, Yeti instantly jumps up to join in... Here are a few more pics... Charlie seems to be enjoying having a playmate, and is starting to stand his grounds in their games... I hope the harmony lasts...

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