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Health / Re: Vestibular syndrome?
« Last post by Finvarra on July 10, 2021, 11:45:03 AM »
Milo had it when he was around 10 years old. He had a nasty ear mite infection that got worse and caused it. He was on antibiotics and prednisolone, and the infection cleared, but it took about three weeks. Vet was thinking about ear oblation, yikes, but fortunately it didn't get that far. However, he lost his ear drums and over the next few months went deaf. For the rest of his life (he lived til 15) we had a strict ear cleaning and steroid regime, drops every day, and he had no further trouble. We watched his ears like a hawk, he had narrow ear canals (so do I actuall).
Maybe Laurie needs a longer course of treatment, to really knock it on the head. Milo certainly did, it did not clear up in a week. Hope she recovers soon, it's awful seeing them like that. Ear pain is the absolute pits.

Health / Re: Vestibular syndrome?
« Last post by bizzylizzy on July 09, 2021, 01:49:21 PM »
Hi Mari, - had been thinking about you recently and was wondering how Laurie was doing. Sorry but I canít help much either other than to join Jaysmumagain in sending hugs and love to you both and lots and lots of healing thoughts. Do please keep us posted!  :luv:
 :bigarmhug: :bigarmhug:
Health / Re: Show Cocker Speying - Positives & Negatives
« Last post by vixen on July 09, 2021, 12:55:33 PM »
When my two girls were spayed after 2 seasons, it had zero effect on their personalities  :luv:
It took a while for the change of coat to become apparent  ( I thought for a few years that it hadnít affected their coats at all ) but then as previously stated, Marley (solid black) started to get woolly and whilst previously I had been able to just use a comb and rubber band , I had to resort to a comb king. Only the black parts of Stevie (blue roan) were effected.
Even though they had both been spayed, Stevie developed mammary lumps.  Due to her age (11) I wouldnít let her go through a suggested mammary strip and the lumps never got any bigger.

Health / Re: Show Cocker Speying - Positives & Negatives
« Last post by Oscar22 on July 09, 2021, 12:44:01 PM »
To be clear, ours is 15 months, not less than 1. And has had 2 seasons so far, hence the need to now make a decision.

Health / Re: Vestibular syndrome?
« Last post by Jaysmumagain on July 09, 2021, 11:49:01 AM »
Mari - I can't help other than to say that I send all my love to Laurie and lots of hugs. I understand that ones mind runs away with thoughts but try and be positive.  Have you spoken to the vet maybe a longer course of medication was needed.

I hope someone will be along soon to give advice.

Lots of  :bigarmhug:
Health / Vestibular syndrome?
« Last post by Mari on July 08, 2021, 11:24:41 PM »
Almost two weeks ago LauriŽ got sick with what we assumed to be vestibular disease. Her eyes jerked side to side, she had a head-tilt, vomited a lot and kept falling on her ringt side. She had just had an ear infection, so it made sense to think it reached her middle-ear. She was put on antibiotics and prednisolone and started improving immediately. She was almost fully recovered, but then the symptoms started to return yesterday. She is still on medication and should not be relapsing, so I am now terrified that this is worse than vestibular syndrome. Does anyone habe experience with vestibular disease lasting more than a week, or symptoms recurring? Or experiense with other diseases causing head-tilt, nystagmus and balance issues?
Health / Re: Show Cocker Speying - Positives & Negatives
« Last post by AndyB on July 08, 2021, 09:21:01 PM »
I have heard that spaying before the dog has had her first season can result in some urinary incontinence in some cases.  Definitely wait until she has had one season.  She is only a baby after all. 
General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Enforced seperation
« Last post by Pearly on July 08, 2021, 03:38:12 PM »
Thank you all.🙏
Incidentally I weighed myself this morning, I have lost 1st 2lb 😢😢


Wowser! You need cake!
Oldies (Over 9s) / Re: Bowel Incontinency
« Last post by Jaysmumagain on July 08, 2021, 01:31:33 PM »
I can really relate to you with Darwin - Ollie however is with the bladder ( he is 13 and on steroids and water tabs due to illness) 

Like many cockers he has always had sensitive tum and it flares up more now.  While I manage it well with a a mix of 3 things Natures Deli wet food either salmon or senior, with added white flaked fish and and senior chicken rice kibble - I did discuss his tummy a couple months back with vet and she suggested I look to Hills I/D which I understand is in kibble and wet tin food (Ollie would not eat kibble alone >:( ) while I have never used it I was told the output on Hills would be less.  So it will be my back up if needed.  The output was because I mentioned he has bouts of the runs.

For his flare ups I use Dorwest bark powder which is slipper elm it usually settles the runs down within a day or two and I just give white fish and boiled rice. The other suggestion would be probiotics which help the digestion, but I think with Darwin it is different and muscle nerve loss.

I hope others come along with advice soon.

Take care
Health / Re: Show Cocker Speying - Positives & Negatives
« Last post by Oscar22 on July 08, 2021, 01:16:22 PM »
Thanks All.

From the masses of reading we've done, it appears the longer you leave it the less the health benefits actually become - it is just so difficult to get facts on the health benefits, or facts on the negative side effects of speying.

The main health benefits seem to be cancers of uterus/womb; obviously this risk is removed entirely but I don't think it is a massive problem anyway. Mammary cancer is more of a problem, but I don't believe speying makes a difference to that.

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