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    Spotthedog you've done an awesome job with Gus.

    And both of you are right, things like this shouldn't happen. Every dog from a shelter should've been there long enough to have gone through a quarantine period after arrival, and had it's basic medical and physical needs attended to. Which is at least two weeks. If a dog from a shelter still has parasite problems after two weeks then the whole shelter has a problem and it should be addressed as an animal welfare issue.

    There's no excuse for not doing these things, it doesn't matter how busy they are.

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    It's unacceptable that any shelter should leave dogs untreated like that. I think both of these dogs are very lucky to have found people like SpottheDog and Julie 82 who will care for them and give them the life they deserve.

    I too would just accept what has happened and move on, there's no point in being angry. In the end you've ended up with a wonderful companion so the rest can be let go.

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    Julie I think the quetion is, if you knew the dog had/s mites, would it have altered your decision? If so, then yeah, Id be pretty pissed. If not, then what does it matter what the shelter did.
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    I have been treating the 'ear mites' with stuff from the pet store for over a week now. The bottle says to treat twice a day for 1-2 weeks, but there has been no improvement at all. She has so much black stuff in one ear it just looks terrible, so I am calling the vet tomorrow for a full check-up.

    When I first got her she also did this weird not-quite-a-cought-not-quite-a-sneeze thing when she pulled on the lead. I figured she had just pulled too hard and didn't give it too much thought. Then she started doing it when she was out of breath too, still I didn't think too much about it. Now she does it at home for no apparent reason, or when we go for a walk and she is on a loose lead the whole time and not out of breath. So that's another worry.

    I so wish I had taken her straight to the vet when I first got her.

    And also, I emailed the foster carer last week asking about my certificate of ownership from the microchip company which I should have received by now, and have not heard anything back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Julie I think the quetion is, if you knew the dog had/s mites, would it have altered your decision? If so, then yeah, Id be pretty pissed. If not, then what does it matter what the shelter did.
    No, I would still have wanted to adopt her, but I would probably have said "I think I will leave her with you for now until you have treated her fleas and ear mites, and just put a deposit down/pay in full and pick her up later, as I have other animals at home"

    What I paid for the dog should have covered worm and flea treatment. And if it turns out she has an ear infection, she should have been treated for that before being put up for adoption (but admittedly, I didn't check her ears when I got her, so if it's an infection and not ear mites, she might have gotten it after I adopted her).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie_82 View Post

    When I first got her she also did this weird not-quite-a-cought-not-quite-a-sneeze thing when she pulled on the lead. I figured she had just pulled too hard and didn't give it too much thought. Then she started doing it when she was out of breath too, still I didn't think too much about it. Now she does it at home for no apparent reason, or when we go for a walk and she is on a loose lead the whole time and not out of breath. So that's another worry.
    Always use a harness to walk littlies. It takes pressure off tiny windpipes.
    Reverse Sneezing in Dogs

    Ears: she's going to need an antibiotic.

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    unbelievable...

    This is the last thing I am going to say, because quite frankly if I keep reading this thread I am going to lose it.

    This dog should have been to the vets ages ago...how many more problems are you going to come up with before you take her? You are treating for ear mites and you don't even know that is what it is...i certainly hope you aren't causing further problems...

    painfully obviously you aren't interested what anyone has to say anyway and just want to have a cry so people will urge you to demand your money back...

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    She wasn't even having problems until last week when we discovered what we thought were ear mites, unless you consider fleas a problem that requires medical attention?

    The first thing I did when I was told she had ear mites was to go and get something to treat it. I had no reason to believe it wasn't ear mites, after a professional groomer told me it prolly was.

    And like I just said, the coughing/sneezing seemed related to pulling until a few days ago when she started doing it more frequently.

    I don't know about you, but I don't run to the vet at the first sign of any tiny little thing, because with 6 cats, we'd be at the vet's at least twice a month if we did that, and the times when we have been at the vet's it has always turned out to be something that would have fixed itself in a matter of days even if we didn't go, and so it was a waste of money.

    So what is your problem?? I even said I don't care about the money anymore, I just wanted someone who is more experience to give me their opinion in this forum, and I have even said I am taking her to the vet in the next couple of days AND I said I wish I had taken her to the vet as soon as I got her. I really really don't see a reason to 'lose it' because of that. But I guess there is no room to make mistakes with you, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powerlegs View Post
    Always use a harness to walk littlies. It takes pressure off tiny windpipes.
    Reverse Sneezing in Dogs

    Ears: she's going to need an antibiotic.
    She only pulls when my hubby walks with us for some reason, the rest of the time she is really good.

    And we do have a harness that I started using when he walks with us, but she still does it even when she's not pulling and not out of breath. Even just sitting on the couch she sometimes does little wheezy noises. I googled it but didn't really come up with anything useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie_82 View Post
    admittedly, I didn't check her ears when I got her, so if it's an infection and not ear mites, she might have gotten it after I adopted her).
    The first thing I did when I was told she had ear mites was to go and get something to treat it. I had no reason to believe it wasn't ear mites, after a professional groomer told me it prolly was.
    What makes you think it's ear mites... because a groomer told you so?
    How many groomers have you seen with microscopes in their salons?

    If you go to one who offers this service I'd like to know who they are so I can save myself some vet bills!

    It has now been almost a month since you adopted the dog. Ever heard of the saying live and let live?
    Just get the dog treated and forget about the fact she came from a shelter. Get on with your life, all this stressing and blaming is pointless and counterproductive.

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