Friday 13 December 2013 02:26 UTC
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In short, it's possible that dogs helped Homo Sapiens wipe out Neanderthal, and had a role in making the white of our eyes wider.
Timothy, I have to thank you for the suggestion of acupuncture. Our 14.5 year old border collie was suddenly taken very ill recently - unable to walk, vomiting, incontinence, etc. Although she rallied slightly from this acute disorientation, after a week we were at the point of calling the vet out to have her put to sleep when, as a last resort, I tried acupuncture treatment as a result of your suggestion on another thread. The improvement was incredible, such that the next morning she was hassling to go for a walk! She had spent the previous several days just lying down and barely eating.
Four weeks later (I held off posting earlier until her continued progress was assured) Flo is almost back to her former self, and certainly enjoying life. Turns out it was idiopathic vestibular syndrome, and the acupuncture seemed to restore her balance literally overnight. I wouldn't have believed such a rapid improvement was possible unless I had seen it myself. Thanks most sincerely once again - you can credit yourself with saving one dog's life, and I hope to get the chance to thank you in person one day.
We had our dog put down this morning. Very sad. He was a rescue dog of a few years old when we got him 17 (yep, seventeen) years ago. I was very upset earlier but feel relieved and calm now. We've done the right thing at the right time.
Sympathies, Joe. It's horrible when it happens.
“I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.” Stephen Jay Gould
My advice-if you do have it done--bring your dog home --put it to bed-and have vet in,. I made the mistake of leaving her with vet at the surgery --now 20 years ago and it still haunts me to think that she must have felt deserted. She was 15 years old and had cancer.
I'm reliving my youth - got a Cairn Terrier puppy a couple of months back and what a joy it is to have around.
Antagonise no man, for you never know the hour when you may have need of him.
I have only heard of this once. Friends on hols this summer took their dog for a long walk on the beach and in the morning they found him dead. He was a 10 year old Airedale. Shocking but great way to go.
One of my Fathers may black labs died in the Land Rover on the way to the vets to be put to sleep
12 year old Golden Lab - Vet - here at home - he screamed and I have never felt worse ( and still feel the guilt)
12 year old Black Lab ( his brother) - Veterinary Nurse - here at home - whilst he was asleep ( only a month later than his bro ) - but peaceful
3 year old replacement Flat Coated Retriever - at Vets - Cancer - peaceful
All buried in the garden which is apparently illegal - b0**0cks to the rules
We have a Spaniel, a generally good natured and affectionate dog, but doesn't react to well with strangers and vets, I dread the day should it come, we have to have him put to sleep.
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