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    Thanks so much Riley, I feel so bad. The car wasn't going that fast, but fast enough that I heard/felt the bump. Neither car nor tyre went over him, I hit him square in the behind with the middle of the bumper. I think I knocked him down, he has some little bits off the inside of his leg (no more than he gets playing with sal) and a graze on his belly. I stopped immediately and I doubt he went under far, if at all. He yelled, and shot past me back into the yard like a bullet - he'd snuck out while the gate was open and I hadn't noticed. He's quite fine, I'm convinced of that after having spent the day with him, but it's given us both a wake up call.

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    Try not to feel to bad Dhru.....

    It'll make ya feel better to know i'm a even bigger D head as i actually totally ran over my old dog Scooby. He was racing me up drive way whan i felt him go under the back wheel. He wasnt to bad but i felt terrible for ages afterwards and slept with him for a few nights as he was scraped up badly.

    So i kinda know your guilty feeling.

    Good thing about dogs is they dont even care when you run them over ...they love you just the same !!!! LOL..... what other animal on earth would do that hey. We are lucky to have them.


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    Thanks heaps Sean, actually you've made me feel heaps better and even made me laugh even though none of it is funny at all

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Good thing about dogs is they dont even care when you run them over ...they love you just the same !!!! LOL..... what other animal on earth would do that hey. We are lucky to have them.
    How true is that!!!

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    Poor you dhru.
    It was an accident so i wouldn't beat yourself up about it. As Sean said, dogs do tend to forgive easily.
    Glad he's ok and glad the other problem is getting better. Heaps of best wishes to you both.
    If it makes you feel any better i was asleep one night with Kodi on the bed with me and must of been having a bad dream that someone was attacking me and in my stupor i punched her fair in the ribs.
    She got off the bed real fast and it took her a while to get back on and me a while to stop appologizing to her. Think she slept with one eye open for the rest of the night.
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    I haven't run over Misha but I've lost count of the number of times I've accidentally hurt her. Being the kind hearted person I am I always apologise profusely!
    She hasn't given up on me yet so it must be working

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    I don't give Frosty much chance to get run over. She's either in the car, or in the house... she can't wander behind the car with me in it.

    She sometimes tries to help other people park at our local ovals - especially if they've got a fun dog with them. But I do my best to prevent her access ie see car coming before she does and put her on lead.

    supercoat is not to be confused with nutro natural choice. That's like confusing nestles milo with mars bars.

    Ie supercoat is made by nestles (the same people who bring you nescafe and purina 1 and supercoat); nutro natural choice (and advance and pedigree) are made by Mars (the same people who bring you mars bars and m&ms).

    Kalacreek's mum makes a mix of the nestles and the mars products.

    When changing a dog's food - it's best to do it quarter by quarter (ie swap a quarter of the old for a quarter of the new each day until it's all swapped over). Some dog food packs have this instruction written on them.

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    Update. Thursday I had my 2 week catch-up with the vet. Abe's been on an adult maintenance kibble with no meat but chicken in it (and nothing else) and seems to have been doing ok. For the last 2 weeks he's been on a further reduced dose of steroids. My vet said it's time to get him off the meds, see how he goes. He wasn't convinced Abe was ok and suggested I take a bag of ZD something or other just in case. Well, day 2 off the meds and Abe's spurting again. Obviously the steroids were holding him and the food he's been on doesn't suit him either.

    So prescription diet here we go. 4 days of steroids whilst changing over. then fingers crossed. My vet says we can still try to find a cheaper food once we get him right, but the priority at the moment is to get him right and work backwards from there.

    Poor boy hasn't had a good time of it lately. Unfortunately neither has my bank balance but that's not the priority right now. I so hope we'll be able to get him sorted, it's not nice worrying constantly about your pup. Didn't realise how easy I've had it over the years with my tough old girl...

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    Hi Dhru

    Have you checked the ingredient list on the prescription diet? I asked a vet nurse to explain to me how the stuff they were recommending was better than boiled chicken and rice for a dog with a tummy upset. She couldn't and she agreed with me there were a whole lot of ingredients in it that are known to cause tummy trouble in sensitive dogs.

    So she got to keep that can. I did feed some optimum from the supermarket but in the end - boiled chicken and rice worked better and the output wasn't as stinky.

    I hope the vet has given you a plan for eliminating different foods for as long as it takes to find out what the allergy is. And there is some way of testing... you send off a doggy hair sample (I think) and get a report back on things the dog is probably allergic to. Or it might be a blood test. Not sure. There's a similar test for humans. Tests for about 90 different allegens. Or you can go the slow way and test one at a time. Might be easier than an elimination diet or a way to know where to start.

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    Yeah thanks Hyacinth, I might talk to the vet regarding allergy testing, I can see your point regarding where to start on an elimination diet, I've been wondering myself. I have checked the ingredient list and it looks pretty good - the only meat protein in it is hydrolised chicken liver and hydrolised chicken. It's Hills Prescription Diet - ZD Canine ULTRA Allergen-Free.

    As for the chicken and rice - apart from the sheer quantities I have to cook for the hound, is just chicken and rice enough nutritionally? And although he seemed to do well enough on it, I have to remind myself that he was on a daily dose of steroid when on it.

    On the plus side - day 2 of the prescription kibble and the vile farts have stopped altogether. Although I'm a long way from celebrating yet, I'm thinking this is a positive sign. I'm hoping...
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    what a bloody nightmare! Im sorry life is throwing canine curve balls at you.
    Dont blame yourself etc. My Dad, and my partner, have both run over my pets. Accidentally, of course, and all had the guilts.
    You bumped yours anyhow. Its a mastiff, not a yorkshire terrier!

    perscription kibble. mmmm
    change of diet coming up here for my 3, Raw is too expensive, with Pohm's op and dog 3. I'll be interested in what you find.

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