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    Feline dementia?

    Animals can definitely become anxious, disorientated, confused etc as they get older. It can also be a sign of something else. In an older cat, hyperthyroidism or renal failure are quite likely. Does her sight seem ok? Blindness could be another potential cause and is commonly a result of high...
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    So as not to derail another thread: does your dog need to bring you toys when you come in?

    Border collie, but was not the smartest. Fetch was his most favourite thing to do. He used to bring me all his toys whenever I came inside and put them all in a big pile by the front door. His favourite was a soft hedgehog which he would carry around and lick. Never chewed it. I threw it away...
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    Hobbies after giving up horses

    I had to give up horses due to moving to London to pursue a new career, although I did share a pony for a bit. I read more, went to the gym, cycle etc. I took up drawing for a bit. I now live in NZ. My main new hobbies are hiking and photography. My next thing is paddle boarding, looking to buy...
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    Feed options for weight gain?

    I would advise a vet check over if not had one already, and a giant breed puppy food.
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    Early stage kidney disease in cat

    Common side effects of kidney failure include nausea, so going off foods happens quite a lot. I advise most people to keep a selection of a few different flavours/brands. Renal diets are the best thing for slowing down the progression of kidney failure, but they obviously aren't as palatable as...
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    High blood pressure in cats

    Lots of reasons why a cat can have high blood pressure. I would be a bit concerned that your vet isn't investigating further. Your cat will need to have a blood pressure reading at least. Most clinics I have worked in will have the cat in for the day and take repeated readings during the day...
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    Pigmentation in gums

    Looks like normal pigmentation to me. Very common in dogs. If you are worried you could email them a photo.
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    Should I get the cat?

    Agree with above, if you like the cat you can try....but if it doesn't work out then have a back up option. I had a male & female from the same litter. They HATED each other, were only happy when we finally separated them at 17...
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    Loan with view to buy

    I think they can work well for buyers, although very hard to find as many sellers won't want a potentially ruined horse (either from injury or training) coming back to them and being worth less than before. Most LWVTB I have come across are to help sell quirky horses. Most younger uncomplicated...
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    What would you do

    Whatever you do please be aware that many riding school ponies can be very different out of the riding school environment. In the riding school they may get ridden for a few hours a day. In a private home they are generally exercised a lot less and can turn from school plod to whizzy naughty...
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    Any Birman breeders (or knowledgeable owners) on here?

    Sorry didn't mean to put you off, rather point out that in my experience they are quite different to Burmese in terms of their behaviour. I know many people with Birmans who love them and wouldn't hesitate to get another, they just like most things to be on their terms more so than other breeds...
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    Any Birman breeders (or knowledgeable owners) on here?

    Not any help regarding breeders or costs, but I just wanted to say that Burmese are (literally) pussycats compared to Birmans :D From my experience of working in a vets and seeing a lot of exotic cats, Birmans can be VERY sassy.
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    Noise reactive dog

    Have you thought about a longer term anxiolytic medication (one that is given everyday rather than just before the event) and training to condition her to certain noises. You can play them from youtube. TBH if it is that bad and getting worse, I would seek help from a qualified behavourist, Your...
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    I got surprised with a farm bred collie puppy when I was 12. TBH he was a bit like a labrador in a collies body. Very intelligent and would learn quickly but also a bit of an idiot sometimes. I don't think he had very strong working genetics. He was very dog aggressive but I put that down to him...
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    Comfiest horses ever?

    Comfiest horses I have ever ridden have all been arab crosses. Arab x new forest Arab x welsh D Anglo arab Never ridden a full arab mind you.
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    Dream breed(s) you've always wanted

    Bernese mountain dog Swiss mountain dog Pyrenean mountain dog Leonberger Corgi I have border collies normally!
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    Loaning to Hartpury

    Didn't realise you wouldn't be studying at Hartpury and would not be on-site to over-see his care. I would not be sending a horse there if you are in need of training livery and furthering its education. I personally would not believe any riding school that says the horse would only be used by x...
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    Loaning to Hartpury

    I was at Hartpury about 15 years ago so things might have changed then..... But the horses are ridden by all standards of rider. If your horse is kind natured then expect him to be used for novices quite often. The instructors left a lot to be desired. Lots of school work, jumping and no...
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    Dogs Disliking Specific Breeds

    My border collie disliked all dogs, but he really really hated german shepherds. After he made friends with a golden retriever once, he decided that all golden retrievers were ok.
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    College course - Online Learning Vs Physical school

    Definitely don't quit your job to learn more about horse care. Why the biology? A biology course won't teach you much about horse care. If you want to learn more about biology because you want a career in it then go for it! Agree with everyone else re: see if you can volunteer somewhere for...
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    Samoyed Bath Frequency

    Wetting the skin so often could possibly cause it to become dry. If you want to wash his belly with water everyday then just ensure he is fully dry, any damp spots close to the skin that are missed could potentially go on to become hot spots in thick coated dogs. I wouldn't recommend bathing...
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    Asking for a friend... Nappy horse

    One mare I had was awful. She was used in a riding school and people before me had given up. It took me a couple of hours just to get her out of the yard. She used plant and then mini rear and spin if you used a crop. I used to quietly sit it out, never applying too much pressure and never...
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    Animal Friends Pet Insurance

    Just make sure you get a decent level of cover and read the small print. I don't know if they are better now, but a few years ago most vets I worked at would not do direct claims with animal friends as they were difficult to deal with.
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    Adopting stable cats

    As above I think your best bet would be your local CPL. They tend to have a lot of semi-ferals looking for yard homes.
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    How to get dog to exercise on walks

    I live in NZ and have met many huntaways, I think most herding breeds behave like this tbh. It's not necessarily their training, it's behavioural traits of the breed. My border collie would always stick by my side. Only times he would run were if I threw a ball, and he would bring it straight...
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    Pet Plan not covering Physio

    It does depend on your level of insurance, but I would see if your vet can write an email to your insurance company saying that they reccomended hydro but she didn't do well with in this circumstance they would recommend physio instead. See what the insurance company say? Or just phone...
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    Corgi crosses always look like a corgi in disguise. They tend to look like a shorter and longer version of the cross breed. Look at the google images for corgi cross!! 😂
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    Poodles and teeth

    Can be genetic. IMO most small breeds, brachycephaphic breeds and greyhounds tend to have quite bad teeth.
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    French bulldog ear problem

    Yup, draining does not sort out most haematomas unfortunately. Most dogs will need some sort of surgery to compress the ear and prevent it from filling back up again. This can involve just regular sutures, stitching on buttons, foam etc. They may also need a head bandage for a while. Some vets...
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    Fun Ideas to Exercise a Mini with Limited Facilities!

    The mini on one yard I was at was kept fit by being trained to pull all the small hay/straw/shavings bales from the barn to the stables. She loved having a job!