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  1. #41
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    Hes gonna be a beautiful dog once he's all good!
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    Hi spot,

    I am sorry for your loss.
    I am really happy to see a person like yourself and your puppy is just gorgeous.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    I think Gus has been sent to you to help you through your hard time, as you help him through his. He's special.

    If I were you I would keep a diary of everything that is happening with him from day one. You write well and I'm sure it would make a great story, kinda like Marley and me, only better.

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    Most animals and people come into contact with ringworm far more often than ever they would know, that is what immune systems are for, to fight off these things.
    Your pup has had a rough time, so immunity is obviously low, if that ringworm has had a few days treatment it is probably all dead, we have had the occasional outburst of them in our pups, often in wet weather, it has not spread to cats or other dogs, nor even all of one litter just one or two, without us taking any of the super careful measures you are taking.

    We simply bath them in a fungicidal shampoo and put ointment on any active ones they have daily, also give a good tonic to boost immunity, that is all that is ever needed, relax, give him a bland diet to help his tummy adjust to what is probably different food or maybe just more of it 8>) a good tonic will help him with his immune system.

    There are some 5,000 parasites alone (let alone fungi) any of which can be in various parts of our, and a dogs body at any time, we live with at least some of these things pretty well all the time, it is part of nature, they can and will take over when our systems are down, normally they do not even cause clinical symptoms.
    Enjoy your pup.

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    Thanks for all the help guys. I fly out in about 9 hours for my dad's funeral and won't be back for four weeks. In that time, husband is minding Gus and the rest of the menagerie. I've told him to come on here and ask for tips and advice if he's having a bit of a meltdown!

    While we're being pretty careful of hygiene inside the house, we're a bit more relaxed - Gus is getting plenty of interaction and he's had a couple of nose-touches with one or two of the cats out in the yard on toilet trips.

    Gus is going really well. The diarrhoea only lasted a day - a combination of the stress of a new house plus the treats at the vets and the car ride I think. He's really responsive to our interaction and enjoys the trips outside for his toilet training because we come out and play with him while he's out there. He's sitting on request and generally being a lovely natured boy. The cats are coming out to investigate him too - they're pretty chilled out, and three of them in particular seem to think he's pretty interesting - I envisage future friendships.

    We gave him a big, raw meaty lamb bone yesterday evening. It took him about two and a half hours to take every last scrap of fat and meat off it and his tail didn't stop wagging once. All I could hear for hours was a combination of chewing noises and the 'clack, thunk, smack' sound of the bone being walloped off the bathroom tiles.

    Am hoping that the ringworm won't spread - my cats are *disgracefully* healthy, a bunch of big shining moggies, and I have faith in their immune systems protecting them, but I don't want to push it too much. Thanks for the personal experiences though - most of what you read online about ringworm is written like the Doomsday book!

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    Deeply sorry for your loss

    I can't give you anymore advice than what everyone else has, but i do know how you are feeling with the ringworm, we had a few horses contract it, i wouldn't recommend it for a pup but we use sump oil, carefully used it works a treat.

    Cats tend to get along well with most dogs, they seem to be 'boss' over them.

    Keep us posted on how things go, you've done a great thing by not giving up, well done.

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    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. What a blow.

    You sound like a very loving owner to your little Gus, who is adorable and very lucky to have you.

    Safe journey.

    Hugs,

    Cathy.

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    Just an update, folks.

    I'm on the opposite side of the planet to Gus, who's in the care of my long-suffering husband, who's in rainy Victoria with a houseful of six cats and a pup.

    DH has shown me pics of Gus on Skype. Gus is looking very happy - he still has his ringworm patches, DH is treating them every day still with cream, and I bought a shampoo which may help (and certainly won't hurt) which should arrive Monday. You can no longer see skinny puppy's ribs - he's enjoying his food thoroughly and gets a big lamb bones to chew on if DH has to go out!

    He's such an incredibly sweet dog - he never whinges, though DH says he's now started to kick up a fuss if he needs to go out to the toilet between scheduled trips, which is excellent news because it allows himself to get Gus outside in time for him to be able to go to the toilet out there. He still has occasional toilet accidents, but they're getting fewer and fewer, and he's started to always pee in the same place for instance, if he has an accident inside. Not bad going for a shelter pup from poor circumstances who started off just over two weeks ago crapping on his own bed.

    Himself also says that Gus has started to bounce. He bounces when he's out in the yard, bounces about happily. So he's a wee fat bouncing ringworm puppy now, which still isn't perfect but is a marked improvement on where he was!

    Am back on the 2nd September, and I look forward to it so much. Major kudos to husband (who's a cat person) for dealing with the dailing cleaning of poo and pee, the ringworm, and the other stuff that goes with all of our animals, while I'm away dealing with all the stuff I have to do here.

    Have snaffled a couple of my late Dad's woolly hats, which I'll bringing back with me and wearing while walking Gus in the Victorian winters - won't be a fair weather dog walker!

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    How is Gus going?

    I have only just noticed that it was you that wrote that excellent letter to Chanel 10 re Bondi Vet.

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    Only just seeing this update now!

    Has he grown much? Photos?
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