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    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    thanks for all the comments everyone. It sounds like my sister should be ok as she will definitely focus on teaching her dog to settle and have downtime.
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    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    Thankyou Thistle and Deb, she'll contact spaniel aid and ask about fostering to tide her over until she can get to the top of a waiting list for a puppy, or as you say fall in love and keep the foster dog. Brittanys look like a good option too. ah they're beautiful! They are so cuddly! We'll...
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    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    Fun name though. I don't actually know anything about Papillons and the only pet home collies I've known have been challenging so I can't comment on the mix. As an aside, the best named crossbreed I've seen was a westie X poodle, and then the offspring was crossed with another poodle. Puppies...
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    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    ooh thanks, hadn't thought about a cross of the two
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    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    My sister is considering a worker cocker spaniel as her next dog but is open to other suggestions if there might be something better suited. The wish list is: 1. Small or small to medium sized, but not toy sized 2. Easily trained and loves being with people and 'working' eg retrieving, scent...
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    Cat's infected paw, hibiscrub?

    She's going back to the vet for a check up today. I think it looks like it's healing but she's figured out how to lick it still ☹️ it's a hind foot and she wedges the edge of the collar against her leg and then pushes down. This morning is the first time I've seen her do it. Should it be...
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    Cat's infected paw, hibiscrub?

    Thanks for all the comments, it's given me lots to think about. I don't think we're in an adder area. The paw initially presented as just being ridiculously swollen. It may have come on slowly, she was out all day and came home late in the evening so I guess it could have been coming on from the...
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    Cat's infected paw, hibiscrub?

    hm, yes you're right about there being patches Shady, I was thinking that might just be scabbiness from the skin being sore/raw? Before she was given a collar she had licked it until it was sore quite far up her leg. The swelling was huge last week, all four toes were swollen and splayed, and up...
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    Cat's infected paw, hibiscrub?

    10 days ago our cat came home with a hugely swollen paw. She was given an antibiotic injection and sent home with painkillers. We took her back on Monday as there was no improvement and were given a cone collar and hibiscrub. Took her back on Friday after still no improvement and were given...
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    Out and about nipper

    Oh, and the design is fantastic. Superbly easy to fold up and also remove the wheels so it takes up relatively little space in the boot of a car.
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    Out and about nipper

    The V4 sport also has a fixed front wheel, again for running. The non sport version has a swivel front wheel, which can be locked to make it fixed but I understand it still has a slight wobble. Not a problem unless you're a keen off road runner. We have the sport version and recently took it on...
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    Headshaking after a sinus tumour?

    To update this, my horse is going in to the clinic for x-rays on Friday. The vet came out to look at her and thought that should be the next step. He agreed she is in pain and said he thought her head carriage was odd even when she wasn't shaking it. Two days ago she was apparently rearing...
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    Headshaking after a sinus tumour?

    Thanks Trouper, I'll have a look. I feel a bit lost as it can be so intermittent, and it's only just occurred to me that there might be a link with the magnesium so I haven't previously been looking for any relation between her behaviour and how much mag she'd had recently. I'm also concerned...
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    Headshaking after a sinus tumour?

    This is going to be a long and convoluted post as there's a lot of history and I don't want to miss anything important. TL: DR could a sinus tumour (removed) cause headshaking/trigeminal nerve issues that are slightly alleviated with magnesium supplementation, but possibly not enough to remove...
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    Cavesson or sidepull? Why do cavessons have 3 rings?

    As I've been doing more in-hand work with my mare in her cavesson (the leather wrapped around a chain type) but normally ride her in a Transcend bitless bridle (sidepull with a curb strap so it has two reins) it got me pondering the different mechanisms. The cavesson has 3 rings across the nose...
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