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Medical Conditions & Diseases / HD?
« on: April 26, 2008, 09:25:45 pm »
Well, just got back from the Vet.  Kodi has been having some pain the past couple of days.  after he has been laying down for a while, when he goes to get up he cries quite a bit and also cries during the first 5-10 steps he takes.  He was reluctant to climb the stairs to get back into the house after going to the bathroom plus just him not acting like himself lately.  My fiancee was getting worried over Kodi's crying and got him an appointment this morning.  The Vet examined Kodi's legs and joints.  They tested him for Lyme disease, which is quite common in our area, and can cause joint pain, but he was negative for that.  The vet said that he is concerned about and wants to do x-ray's tomorrow morning to check for HD.  He's 19 months old, at a perfect weight according to the Vet.   I know there's  a ton of posts on here regarding HD, and i've been doing some research here at work about it too.  Just looking for any advice from those of you who have had to deal with this.  Hopefully the x-rays come back clean, but i have a bad feeling that they wont. 

Food Discussion & Information / Question about changing foods
« on: February 12, 2008, 08:06:26 am »
I know that when changing types of food it is supposed to be done slowly mixing the two foods at varying amounts untill you're at 100% of the new food.  But my question is, what if you're staying within the same brand but just switching flavors?   I have been feeding Eagle Pack Hollistic for Large Breeds, and thought about switching possibly to either the Duck or Chicken formula, simply because the store is out of the Large breed formula.  Since i'm staying within the same company would it be ok to switch "flavors" for say one bag, since i have no clue how long it'll be before they get the large breed back in and since i have maybe 2 days worth of food left in my existing bag?  Thanks

Meet & Greet BPOers / Anyone in CNY?
« on: January 16, 2008, 12:37:40 am »
Any BPO'ers in Central New York, near Utica?  Kodiak would love to make some new friends and have someone his own size or bigger to play with.  All the other dogs are much smaller than him in the family, and most are very intimidated by his size so they do not play well with him.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Kodiak is falling apart!
« on: January 15, 2008, 04:33:52 pm »
last week i had Kodiak at the vet for this mystery rash on his chest.  The vet thought it might possibly be ringworm ... not sure i agree with that but she wanted to see him back in a week (which is today).  well monday night i notice he has something on the left side of his snout.  I grab his face and it looks like a big scab, hadn't noticed anything before, but i though, ok he's going to the vet wednesday, i'll just have her look at that as well,  well the next day i get home from work and he's got the scab partly off and now it's an open sore.  The only thing i can think of is when he's trying to break out of his kennel, he's sticking his nose through to pry the door open and he's rubbed it raw.  Well last night i call him in from the kitchen and he's LIMPING!!!  he limps into the living room and stands there holding his left front paw off the ground and doesnt really want to put weight on it.  i'm just thinking what the heck is going on!!! i had him outside playing yesterday afternoon and he was fine, i dont know at all what would've hurt his paw/leg. I checked to make sure he didnt have anything stuck in his paw, didnt find anything, and i could move all his joints without him protesting, but if i reach for his paw, he pulls it away.  WELL, looks like i'll be getting my money's worth out of this vet visit!!!   Thanks for listening, just had to vent a bit,  sometimes it feels like you're fighting a loosing battle

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Dog Houdini
« on: December 01, 2007, 01:43:29 am »
Last night i got home from work around 10pm.  When I got out of the truck i didnt hear Kodi barking  (he's always barking when we get home and he's left alone in his kennel).  I was kind of nervous wondering why he wasnt barking, so i hurried inside and opend the door to find him standing there looking at me wagging his tail.  I looked into the other room where his kennel is and both of the doors are shut and locked,  i tried opening them and couldnt.  Needless to say i was very confused.  I took Kodi out and came back in to look at the kennel again.  Upon further investigation i find that the bottome latch on one ofthe doors was undone and he must've squeezed his 65 pound butt out the door with only one lock undone.  Now i'm thinking to myself, did i not get the latch all the way closed when i left for work?    Fast forward to today,  I go over to my brother's house,  put kodi in his kennel,  make SURE all the latches are closed and leave.  Come home .... no barking ...  get inside, there's kodi in the kitchen again.  Looks like kodi figured out how to get the latch undone from the indside of the kennel.  so i've spent some of the day today putting child proof latches on the cupboard doors.  Looks like i'm going to have to figure out a way to hold the latch closed or let Kodi have the run of the house.   He didn't do any damage to the house, no accidents inside, but he did kill 2 blinds in the bedroom, but he's done that before.  Anybody else have a Houdini dog story?! 

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Dog Runner?
« on: November 28, 2007, 08:23:07 pm »
Winter is approaching fast and they are calling for snow this weekend for us.  This got me to thinking, that it's a pain for me to have to get all dressed up to take Kodiak out in 3 feet of snow for a batheroom break.  We live in an apartment a busy corner.  Our back hard is not fenced in so I have a chain around the tree in the back yard and that's what i use to tie Kodiak out.  The tree is about 35 feet from the back porch and when we get all that snow I can already tell it's going to be a pain to dig up the chain to let him out.  I was thinking about putting in a runner that would go from the back porch to the tree so Kodiak would be able to play in the snow and get his "outside time" without a: me being worried that he'll try to investigate the road, and b: i can hook him up at the back door and he can come back to the door when it's time to come back inside.  I've tried looking online for some runners with limited success.  Does anyone here use one? could you reccommend one for me to try?   Kodiak is about 65 pounds now, and he's been holding pretty steady there for about a month so i'm not expecting him to grow too much more at this poing  (being 14 mos old).  Any suggestions would be great.  Thanks!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Diarrhea
« on: November 05, 2007, 08:14:53 am »
The past couple of days Kodiak has been having very loose wet stools.  We changed his food about 3 weeks ago to Eagle Pack and he had been doing fine on it, and his poops were smaller and firm.  Now all of a sudden he's got diarrhea all the time.  About a week ago my girlfriend's aunt sent her a care package with some stuff in it for Kodiak because it was his birthday, and i'm wondering if these new treats are the cause of his problems.  The treats she sent were made by Dogswell.   www.dogswell.c om is their website and the ones she sent us are the mellowmut and the happy heart.  Usually Kodiak gets the large Milkbones and he likes those just fine.  Has anyone used these dogswell treats  with or without problems?  these are basically chunks of meat which he is not used to, he gets the dry food and the dry treats.   Also the girlfriend has recently discovered that he LOVES cheese.  I dont know if the dairy is upsetting his stomach.  So i told her that from now on he only gets the dry food and milkbone treats to see if that brings things back around.  Anyone have any thoughts???? thanks!

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Trainer?
« on: October 18, 2007, 07:59:22 am »
When i was at Pet Supplies plus the other day, i was talking with one of the employees who mentioned that he did some training on the side.  He didnt have alot of time to talk as his boss was down this throat about unloading a shipment they just got in.  Anyway, i had been thinking about doing some training with Kodiak for walking on a lead, and just some basics.  He does very well with sit, down, and shake.  He is horrible about Sit and Stay however.  I quickly asked him about his price.  He said $150 for 5 weeks  = $30 per hour, and he gaurentees everything out of the dog.   He said teaching him to walk on a lead is 20 mins tops .... he said it's just directing the attention of the dog to the handler and not the surrounding environment.    i really dont know much about trainers, but how does his price sound?  i thought teaching him to walk on a lead would take a bit longer than that

Food Discussion & Information / Dog food
« on: October 16, 2007, 06:53:39 am »
I've been doing alot of reading on here the past couple of days about dog food, and it really has me questioning what i'm feeding.  Reading alot of posts, both old and new, i've learned alot about food.  I know that there is no "right" food, and every dog is different but after looking over the ingrediant list of Kodiak's current food, i know i can do much better by him by changing his food.  Right now i've been feeding him Science Diet Large Breed Lamb meal and Rice recepie, i guess more out of ignorance than anything.  Now that i feel more informed i feel guilty about making him eat this food any longer.  I noticed that his eating habits are "weird" to me.  I'll give him his whole daily allowance in the morning (8am?) and he doesnt usually touch it untill maybe around 5pm.  ANYWAY  ... Anyone feeding Natures Recepie Large Breed?  I was looking it up online and the ingredient list looks MUCH better then the SD that i'm currently feeding:

Ingredients: Chicken meal, oatmeal, pearled barley, brown rice, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken, brewer's yeast, dicalcium phosphate, tomato pomace, salt, animal digest, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, chicory, alfalfa nutrient concentrage, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), inositol, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, beta-carotene, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfate complex, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), L-carnitine, glucosamine hydrochloride, choline chloride, chondroitin sulfate, yucca schidgera, rosemary extract

Any Thoughts?  i just want to make sure i'm not feeding him the equivelant of McDonalds cheeseburgers everyday!

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / De-Crating??
« on: October 14, 2007, 05:30:50 am »
I feel horrible about leaving Kodiak in his crate when we are not at home.  About a month ago, I tried leaving him out of his crate since at that point he had gotten to the point where I was sure that he would not "go" in the apartment.  So I decided to let him roam free, but limited him to the Kitchen, (which happens to be the biggest room in the apartment, and has tile floor so messes would be easy).  Well there are 4 Doors in the kitchen, the outside door was obviously locked, the bathroom door was shut, the doorway to the living room (no door) and the door to the bedroom, (which doesnt latch, just friction shuts).  I put Kodiak's kennel in the doorway to the living room to block that off, but left the door open so he could enter his kennel, and put a couple of chairs in front of the bedroom door to discourage him from going into the bedroom.  The first couple of days went real well .. no problems, no trouble, he wasnt all riled up when we got home like he usually is when he's crated.  Then the trouble began.  The first time he got into the garbage ... probably my fault for not thinking to put that in the bathroom with the door closed, but there wasnt much in there so no biggie.  Second day,  the guys came to mow the yard, and Kodiak just HAD to see whatever that noise was that he was hearing, knocked the chairs to the bedroom over, got in and chomped the blinds about halfway up all the way down in half and had them all over the bedroom floor when i got home. My girlfriend said that it looked like an alligator chomped them right downt he middle.  Strike 3 was when he got into the cupboard below the sink, where he got into a box of 250 garbage bags, which were all over my kitchen floor ... luckily he didnt get into the cleaning supplies which are stored under there, i never would've forgiven myself. 

So after strike 3 he's back in the kennel and doing ok, but when it's time to go in, he mopes around and avoids the kennel, and i feel terrible about putting him in there.  Anybody have any suggestions about a way to let him run free when he's home alone and keep him occupied enough that he doesnt get bored and get into trouble?  Usually i leave a TV or radio on for him for some noise and obviously some lights if its going to be dark when i get home. Would he have gotten less bored if i would've left the whole apartment for him to roam around?  Obviously i'd have to leave the blinds up a little for him to look out so we dont loose anymore of those.  Thanks for any help!

Akita Discussions / Akita Mix?
« on: October 10, 2007, 08:14:51 pm »
Hi,  about 4 months ago we adopted what we were told is an Akita/Bullmastiff mix.  There is obviously Akita, but i'm not so sure about the mastiff.  Here are a few pictures and what do you guys think his mix could be?  He turns 1 this month so i'm guessing he'll start to fill out soon.

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Hello!
« on: October 10, 2007, 03:26:07 pm »
Hi,  my name is Chris and i just stumbled upon this forum and thought i'd check it out a bit more.  Over the summer I adopted a "puppy" which we named Kodiak from the local humaine society, an Akita/Bullmastiff mix.  He's been great, and turns 1 year old this month.  We've had him for about 4 months now.  I really wanted an Akita for a while and did alot of research on them.  Then I saw Kodiak up for adoption right in my town, and a couple of days later I adopted him.   

I tried to put up a profile picture, but havent been successful at it yet but i'll keep trying. 

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