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Discussions & Information on Grooming / Grooming supplies
« on: January 21, 2007, 08:05:53 pm »
The best and easiest affordable way to buy supplies is to ask a groomer. They can tell you what you need to buy for your breed of dog. Some groomers even offer lessons. I used to give lessons on clients dog's while they watched. I told them to bring what they have, so I could tell them what is good or not. They could ask any question they wanted. Then, I gave them a list of what to buy, and where to buy it.

Biggest mistake people do, is buying clippers and blades from superstores. If you plan on keeping your dog forever (lol), then why not invest in good items? Like Sally's for people, we have grooming catalogs and stores for dogs.

Blade sharpening runs an average of $5, clipper repair runs about $20+.  So, don't throw your things out, just ask the nearest groomer where they fix theirs.

P.S., Ryan's Pet Supplies.  They both have everything you can imagine: shirts, ribbon, leashes, collars, brushes, shampoos, etc.

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Craft Idea for Nameplates
« on: January 21, 2007, 06:25:25 pm »
I bought an unfinished wood bone about 6 months ago.  Myself, being the packrat, figured I'd create an idea someday for it.  Well, I got an idea recently, and bought another bone.

I painted both, put stickers and sorts on each of them. Each are personalized for each BRAT! This is better than nameplates on their food bowl stands.

I thought I'd share with everyone. By the way, that's our dobie butt in the pic.   

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Hyaluronic acid for joints
« on: October 23, 2006, 10:26:14 am »
Gracie, who's large for a doberman, has shown signs of joint problems. At around 9 months, off and on, we'd hear popping sounds coming from her rear lower part of her legs.

She just turned 1 year old, and the popping still doesn't seem to bug her at all. She plays rough with her 4 year old dobe sister. Yet, no cries of pain, etc.

I've read about how Hyaluronic acid helps joint problems. So, I went to a feed store and bought a supplement.  Fluid Action HA Powder by Finish Line. It comes in fluid, or powder form. It's for horses, cats and dogs. It also has glucosamine, msn, vitamin b & c, etc.

This is a new form of doseage, as it used to be only injectable.  I've also heard from other people with joint problems taking hyaluronic acid, but from other companies.

So, if this works on my dogs, then I'll put my hubby on people form for his back and osteoporosis.

Wish us luck!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Popping sound comes and goes
« on: August 04, 2006, 05:58:00 pm »
 I've read alot od posts here, now I'm scared. It started around 9 months old, she'll be 10 on the 9th. Gracie (fawn doberman)came down the carpeted hall one night, and I kept hearing popping sounds. Almost like knees popping like people have. I only hear it in the house, not outside. It's not constant either, it comes and goes. Sometimes after a few weeks. It only seems to be at
night, or at least that's when it's more common.

Her hips aren't stiff when she walks or runs. She also never seems to be in pain. Her and our other dobe run around the yard and spar alot.

We live in Arizona, so it's not cold, it's just hot. And our dogs sleep on our bed, they are very pampered. I cannot figure this one out. 

Now, Gracie is a big chic!! She's a fawn, and her parents were HUGE! Mama was 90lb, and the father was about 120.
Gracie is about 70lb now, and is almost larger than our 75lb 4 year old black/tan dobe.

Our older eats Kirkland chicken and rice. Gracie eats Nutro Natural choice Lamb & Rice, the other food gave her bad gas. They both also eat one Bumble Bee Fish oil capsule a day for Omega 3. Could these popping sounds be air pockets while she's growing? Everytime I plan on taking her to the vet, it doesn't happen. Should I take her in anyways to get an xray?

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