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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Yes a key question to ask a vet who is a bit reluctant to tell a client something they think the client might not want to hear....

    is "What would you do if it was your dog?".
    One of the reasons I go to this vet she starts with "If it was my dog..." She was great everyone said do nothing with Karma's eyes but I finally when to this vet and she said, If she was mine she would have it taken out today... which is what we did. She is so much happier!

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    Im sorry for your loss. 7 yrs of being part of each others lives is a long time.
    Now there's no furniture to piss the dog off, just plenty of trees to piss on, no pain, and loadsa dirty crap to roll in, and no bath afterwards! Haven!

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    Bernie - did I miss something?

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    No, I think the OPs last post was just a bit random. I read Bernies comments and then read the OPs last post and maybe there were a few crossed wires?

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    We are seeing the vet this week, will keep you updated sorry for the confusion.

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    Thanks CapSilver

    No need to apologise for our confusion - self inflicted. No outside assistance needed.

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    So an update, we are trailing a drug which seems to be helping so going to keep him on that for a while and go from there. We have taken bloods and waiting for them to come back. Vet pretty much thinks the same but if we can find a drug that brings down the aggression and makes him "happier" on a day to day base then we will keep trying it.

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    Hi CapSilver

    Thanks for the update. So do you have a training program to go with the drug or are you keeping him at home for now?

    Vet thinks the same? Same as what or did I miss something else? What does the vet think? What sort of things are the bloods being tested for (eg thyroid problems may cause some of the aggression anxiety).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi CapSilver

    Thanks for the update. So do you have a training program to go with the drug or are you keeping him at home for now?

    Vet thinks the same? Same as what or did I miss something else? What does the vet think? What sort of things are the bloods being tested for (eg thyroid problems may cause some of the aggression anxiety).
    We don't take him out anymore, I have a farm so he can run around but we are altering the fences so he can't get in with the horses or the cow and risk getting kicked.

    Bloods are suppose to tell us if there is a thyroid issue, or cancer, or about 10 other things. Vet has not gotten back to me yet so I am going with that so far what results she has are good news. His hearing is not 100% but not too bad, his eye sight is fine.

    The drugs he are on are a calming so he sleeps more but has time to be all up and at them and still runs around with his sister but then has to come in and have a nap. We are having a small issue with his bladder in that he can't seem to hold it as well on these drugs but I ripped up the carpet in the back room and discovered tiles under it so have put pee pee mats down in there as she seem to get into that room and then struggles to get out the dog door.

    At the moment we seem to have found a balance of it working, not sure if it will continue to work but he seems happy. If there are going to be lots of people or children around he goes to my parents and hangs out there for a few days.

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    The idea of the calming drugs combined with training, is that your dog can hold it together in the face of major distractions and then you can train him to behave nicely and pay attention to you when the distractions are around, and maybe desensitise him a bit to that.

    But if you don't do the training and then you take him off the drugs, he will be like he was before the drugs.

    I don't know how well that works in practice (combining drugs and training) personally but it seems to work for some people and some vet behaviourists specialise in it. Seems a waste of the drugs and the opportunity not to try a bit. But you do need a trainer who knows the system to talk you through it and coach your timing and technique.

    But keeping him out of trouble will make life more comfortable for everyone too.

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