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Old 23-02-2017, 10:26 AM   #21 (permalink)
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True, but wouldn't you say that dogs have a higher risk profile? All hair, and getting into places that adults and kids would not be typically crawling around in?
Oh I don't know, you should see the state my little boy comes home in sometimes! He loves climbing about and getting filthy, and the dogs are often following him!

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I'm in the preventative camp on flea's simply because I cannot face the idea of having an outbreak in the house and what getting on top of that might entail. Especially so as Gemma is allowed to share all the human furniture (beds included!). I really need to know I've got a clean, uninfected dog resting her head on my pillows and cushions! Ewww makes my skin itch just thinking about it!
Maybe I've just been lucky, but in 20 years of owning cats and dogs I've only ever had fleas once, and that was the cats!

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Ticks, I'm fortunate to have never had to deal with one, maybe luck or a benefit of prevention, but I get the impression that they are no fun to get rid of safely (have a tick-twister in the first aid kit just in case). Nor would I necessarily trust myself to vigorously spot if she did have one. Just gives me one less thing to worry about I guess.
I'd never seen one until last year, but for whatever reason we had quite a few! The first one was right next to Frank's eye, so I took him to the vets and they made it look a doddle to remove and weren't fussed about any ongoing effects from it. I bought a tick o tom and have removed about half a dozen since, it's very easy to do. I think the concern from ticks is Lyme disease, and humans can catch this too so you might want to doube up on your Advocate order!

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I worm on schedule too. Could perhaps reconsider that though, I guess I just fell into the habit. My original motivation was a fear of what she could pick up from eating all kinds of disgusting treasures, but (fingers crossed) that's a thing of the past now. I suppose the other risk might be that we frequent dog-busy areas like the local park so she is highly exposed to where 100's of other dogs have been, and she shares some popular watering holes for a drink and a cool down, which again, will have had plenty of others in doing the same thing. Maybe not so bad after rainfall where there is some fresh water current, but during the dryer seasons it can be pretty still with gawd knows what lurking in there.
Not advertising here as I have no connections and won't state the direct website, but wormcount. All online, boxes and bags sent to your door, you fill them with poo and results are emailed a few days later. Easy as..........
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Old 23-02-2017, 10:55 AM   #22 (permalink)
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When my two son's were born we were blessed both times with two healthy baby's - they got their vaccinations.

Even though they were the picture of health - I figured it better to put chemicals into them rather than wait and see if they would get diphtheria, polio or the like
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Old 23-02-2017, 11:12 AM   #23 (permalink)
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When my two son's were born we were blessed both times with two healthy baby's - they got their vaccinations.

Even though they were the picture of health - I figured it better to put chemicals into them rather than wait and see if they would get diphtheria, polio or the like
And so did my children, but do they get boosters every year? Do you worm them on a monthly basis (because children can get worms too!)?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti vaccination, but I do think the dog world takes it to the extremes. Take annual boosters, you don't get them on an annual basis in the human world and titre testing in dogs has shown that you don't necessarily need them on an annual basis and the drug manufacturers themselves have even changed their recommendations in the last few years (though they don't publish this well as it may hit their profits!). Then if you look at fleas, ticks, worms, etc, I prefer to treat something if they should get it.

Just my thoughts, everyone has their own and makes their own decisions.
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And so did my children, but do they get boosters every year? Do you worm them on a monthly basis (because children can get worms too!)?
No my kid's get their boosters as and when recommended by the NHS and likewise Mason gets his as and when recommended by his vet.

I don't worm my kids monthly - but then to be fair when they are out playing I've never seen them carry a dead animal in their mouth or eat another kid's poo.

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Just my thoughts, everyone has their own and makes their own decisions.
Yep - the world would be a boring place if we all thought the same.

To correct my earlier post in this thread. The dog that died a few miles from where I live was killed by lungworm believed to be from a slug.
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I'm a bit slack regarding flea and worm treatments but I don't like using all those chemicals anyway. I worm them about twice a year but very rarely use flea/tick treatments. I suppose we have been lucky not to have had anything so far.

Going back to MWH, you don't quite save 20 but you can save a few pounds by buying 2 or 4 sacks of any of the foods if you multibuy from that particular food's page. I'm a bit limited as to what I can use as one of mine has allergies so I stick with turkey or salmon, usually the cheapest one unless they have some sort of promotion on.

I'm just debating whether to order before the prices go up on Wednesday. 14.5kg lasts my two a month so 50 is acceptable. I might look around if the prices really go up. Pets at Home are doing a good deal on Wainwrights at the moment. Grain free is 2 x 10kg for 60 but the feeding guidelines suggest feeding more than MWH so it works out about the same cost per day.
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I'm going to place an order today before the 5% price increase, want to stock up before new pup arrives. They have recomended countryside or obedience for her so will get a load of countryside. If it doesn't go down well (probably unlikely) then Cola is fine with it. Would like to get some wet food too this time as it's handy for kongs.

I was wondering roughly how much food 2 dogs would go through in a month (I know it will be more initially for a puppy) A 12kg bag lasts us roughly 5 weeks at the moment
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Coco is about 23kg (overweight) and Griffin is 24kg (underweight). Coco gets a level cup full each day and Griffin has a heaped cup full. She never seems to lose anything and he never seems to gain despite him having loads of treats on top. I haven't weighed it recently but I think they get slightly less than the recommended amount - any more and Griffin gets loose though.
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I'm going to place an order today before the 5% price increase, want to stock up before new pup arrives. They have recomended countryside or obedience for her so will get a load of countryside. If it doesn't go down well (probably unlikely) then Cola is fine with it. Would like to get some wet food too this time as it's handy for kongs.

I was wondering roughly how much food 2 dogs would go through in a month (I know it will be more initially for a puppy) A 12kg bag lasts us roughly 5 weeks at the moment
Not sure how much you will use but I do use a measure cup and Mischa has 275/280 grams a day, so 12kg bag lasts her approx 42 days.

My normal order is usually for 8 12kg bags of Tracker for the 3 dogs, it does last the 3 approx 107 days, it does save me a lot buying bulk though, the poor DPD guy does carry it round back to the store, bless him.

Just wanted to let you know that the mixed 4 bag special offer seems to be suiting them all at the moment, have only used the agility and gundog so far, hopefully the other 2 will also workout as it was a saver at 34 per bag.

My way of calculating is 12 kg converted to 12000 gram - divide by amount all dogs eat per day [my 3 is approx 800g] .

Will let you know how they are in couple of months .

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Not sure how much you will use but I do use a measure cup and Mischa has 275/280 grams a day, so 12kg bag lasts her approx 42 days.

My normal order is usually for 8 12kg bags of Tracker for the 3 dogs, it does last the 3 approx 107 days, it does save me a lot buying bulk though, the poor DPD guy does carry it round back to the store, bless him.

Just wanted to let you know that the mixed 4 bag special offer seems to be suiting them all at the moment, have only used the agility and gundog so far, hopefully the other 2 will also workout as it was a saver at 34 per bag.

My way of calculating is 12 kg converted to 12000 gram - divide by amount all dogs eat per day [my 3 is approx 800g] .

Will let you know how they are in couple of months .

June xxx
Cola has 280g a day too which makes it last around 42 days
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