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  1. Cat Spay Pics 1/24

    Wow that looks horrible. I work at a vet clinic and monitor routine spays and neuters all the time and have never seen an incision like this. We always use internal, dissolvable sutures and glue on the outside. Sometimes I can barely see the incision it's so small. I would definitely be making a complaint! Were you supposed to go back and get the suture removed? Here's what our spay incisions usually look like, just a tiny closed up line.
  2. So Why Not Add This To Our Family..

    What a cute kitty! She'll be a beautiful cat. Cats and kittens can get very sick from cow's milk by the way. They are lactose intolerant.
  3. Skinny Animals Healthy

    The protein in wet food is not listed as dry weight, but it's actually much higher than dry food usually. Here's an article on how to convert.
  4. Skinny Animals Healthy

    I would stick with the wet food. It's much healthier for cats in the long term anyway. Cats are obligate carnivores and rarely drink much as they fully consume their prey in the wild. Especially cats with kidney/bladder problems wet food is the way to go. You may just need to up the amount.
  5. Michael Jackson Is Not Dead

    And nude photos of little boys apparently.
  6. Michael Jackson Is Not Dead

    Full list of **** found in Michael Jackson's house.
  7. New Catahoula Pup Pics :)

    Unfortunately Texas has no such laws. Even if they did, I doubt this "breeder" would follow them. 5 weeks is way too young to be separated from the mother and could cause many behavioral problems down the road. Here is a list of states that have puppy age laws: Article on the importance of waiting until at least 8 weeks. I agree with PaintMyPast about becoming familiar with state laws and reporting breeders who sell puppies too early. I also encourage everyone not to support backyard breeders. Good breeders take the time to better their breed and put the welfare of the puppies first. Dogs should be at least two years old before breeding and have proven themselves in some way whether it be conformation, dog sports, or working. A great way to find a reputable breeder is to check out the national breed club's website or the AKC. Edited to add: PaintMyPast, you sound like an excellent breeder. I would love to see pictures of your litters sometime.
  8. Talk To Me About Whelping Boxes...

    Thank you. This is exactly what I was trying to say.
  9. Talk To Me About Whelping Boxes...

    I understand. I suppose we have different views then. To me it's not about the market or "value" of the puppies, it's about the health of the breed as a whole. I would not feel right breeding two young dogs without knowing what they may pass on.
  10. Talk To Me About Whelping Boxes...

    I'm not trying to start anything, but if neither dogs are at least two years old they can't possibly be health tested. Out of curiosity, why did you not wait until the female fully matured and they could both be health tested? How do you know neither of them carry bad hips, elbows, or hereditary defects? My border collie just turned a year old and while he has amazing potential, I couldn't dream of breeding him based on potential alone even with his phenomenal breeding.
  11. When To Give Up On Diagnostic Medicine?

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. I went through something similar to this a few years ago with my older Border Collie. He passed away last fall at age 16, but thanks to the great community on the Dog Food Chat forums I was able to make his last year more comfortable. Like your dog he had constant loose stools, but I could also tell he didn't feel well. As a last resort we changed his diet to raw and he improved considerably. The last month when he couldn't really chew we ground it up for him. It sounds expensive and a lot of work at first, but after the initial preparation I just tossed food in his bowl each day. I've since switched all my dogs over including my 8 week old puppy who is 10 months now. I even feel better getting rid of a lot of processed foods in my diet too. It's worth a shot if nothing else works! Good luck with whatever you decide. Hope something helps!
  12. How Often Can My Dogs Eat Raw Eggs?

    Raw eggs are actually fine for dogs. Dogs' stomachs are much more acidic than ours and they have a shorter digestive tract. Unless the dog's immune system is already compromised, salmonella is not a huge concern. I have been feeding one of my dogs raw eggs and meat for three years and my 8 month old puppy raw since he was 8 weeks old. The breeder actually weaned him onto raw for me. Here's a good link about the benefits of raw eggs.
  13. How Often Can My Dogs Eat Raw Eggs?

    I give my dog a raw egg just about everyday shell and all. Makes his coat shiny and he loves cracking them open. :)
  14. Animal Breeding.

    I feel that working dogs such as Border Collies are a bit different. The "real" border collies are bred as working dogs, NOT as nick pointed out "barbie collies." Therefore they should be bred for their working ability not on their appearance or even agility skills. There are many breeders who breed for agility or conformation, but in my opinion that is not a good reason to breed a Border Collie. I would have no problems with you breeding your two working dogs if you believe they have valuable skills to pass on and perhaps have an outsider evaluate their working ability as well. It's easy to get kennel blindness when you love your dogs. Most breeders compete their dogs in USBCHA trials which is very similar to working your dog at home. It's not expensive or competitive really. It's a lot of fun for both you and the dogs. I got my current puppy from a well-known Border Collie trainer, handler, and judge who competes in USBCHA trails. He has a ranch at home where he works his dogs just like you. But before he breeds them, he makes sure his dogs can pass a simple "test" if you will. Anyway, I don't necessarily agree that dogs have to be shown to be bred, but they should have proven themselves in SOME way. In your case, as valuable working dogs cowgurlup1983 I also completely agree with nick that a good working dog is worth his weight in gold. Edited to add: I would not breed if you're focused on how much money you can get for the puppies. Also, most ranchers want to stay away from candy colors such as blue and red merle. You very rarely see top working dogs that are anything other than black and white. It's the agility folk that are interested in the colors. Colors also do not make puppies any more valuable. There's not a lot of money to be made in average working border collies. I kind of disagree with nick there. Most ranchers aren't willing to pay more than $500-$800 for a working dog as a puppy. Started dogs, however, go for thousands. Usually it's the sports and conformation dogs that are crazy expensive!
  15. Animal Breeding.

    I don't think any dog should be bred unless they have proven themselves in some way. There are too many unwanted dogs in shelters that need homes to breed for more "pets." I agree with Epona that there are many things to take in consideration before breeding, especially health. All genetic health tests for the breed should be done including OFA for hips and CERF for eyes. These tests don't cost much and help ensure that any offspring does not pass more genetic diseases into the breed population. When looking for a breeder the first thing I look for is WHY they are breeding. For example, a few months ago when searching for my Border Collie puppy I only contacted breeders who bred to better the breed. Because Border Collies are herding dogs, I was looking for a breeder who not only worked their dogs but competed in the Open level of USBCHA. If I had been looking for another breed of dog, say a Golden Retriever or lab, I would search for a breeder who competed in AKC shows or field trials. Next I would check the OFA for records of hips and yearly CERF for eyes. Breeding practices are also important as well as how well the puppies are raised and socialized. I guess my point is, just because two dogs are purebred does NOT mean they deserve to be bred. Especially if no genetic testing is done. In my opinion, it is so important to support breeders who breed for the right reasons and NOT buy from backyard breeders who are only looking to make a buck.