The velcro dog of my dreams
When I first saw Manatee at the shelter, I knew she was the dog for me. Unlike the other dogs, she seemed quiet and shy. When my husband and I took her out for the meet and greet she shivered. She's had a rough life. Her paperwork officially reads "Shar-pei mix" but she's believed to be a Boxer/ Shar-Pei, which has become an increasingly popular pairing in Hawaii. People often confuse her for a Pittbull. This dog is highly sensitive and needs to be around people. Her separation anxiety and general phobias have been our biggest stumbling block, but she's getting better every day. She was very easy to train. After dealing with a few hard-headed pooches in the past, I was amazed at how much she wanted to learn and how hard she took it when she didn't get the answer just right. She requires a very gentle handler. Training was a great confidence-builder for her. Although we did not have her go through formal agility training, we did set up our own agility course to keep working on her confidence. Her health has been fair. We had a lot of issues with her when we first adopted her because of the abhorrent conditions in which she was kept. She was riddled with mange, and because she is half Shar-pei, she naturally has bad skin. The other odd thing about this dog is that her fur is short and spiky like a Shar-pei. This fur, which is very short, is so sharp that it can actually embed into out feet when we walk barefoot. (We have to sweep a lot.) Other than that, she's very easy to groom and doesn't really have a strong odor like some other dogs I've had in the past. She's great with our cat and has a low prey drive. I haven't had her around kids, but I think she'd do well. There's not a hint of aggression in this dog. I take her for a two-mile walk every day, but other than that she is happy to lounge around the apartment all day..
From Aphebus Jun 9 2018 3:58AM
Most used (overused) medicine
Prednisolone is a synthetic drug that mimics the cortisol, product of adrenal glands. Steroids can be used for dogs to treat inflammation and suppress the immune system. Doses depend on the type of the problem, but most common ones are: 0.25 mg/lb for suppression of allergic symptoms 0.5 mg/lb for anti-inflammatory effects 1 mg/lb to suppress the immune system The anti-inflammatory properties of these drugs makes them very usefull for variety of conditions such as auto-immune diseases, skin allergies, asthma, some forms of cancer, IBD, etc. Side effects of short usage of these drugs are relatively normal, but for longer usage can be very severe leading to conditions such as diabetes, intestinal ulcers, hyperadrenocorticism etc..
From DVM Ivana Vukasinovic 146 days ago