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Posted 29 January 2018 - 09:53 AM

Anyone have a dog experience Vestibular Disease?


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 09:08 AM

Iím owned by a Harlequin Great Dane by the name of Jarhead. He will be 3 years old on the 4th of July. As of Feb. 1 he weighs 168lbs.

Iíve attached a favorite picture of him as a puppy next to an old bag of mine with the sunset in the background. One photo of Lord knows how many, that I actually think is pretty darn cool.

Great Danes have such a need for attention and affection or just contact with humans. This in turn makes them pretty tolerable of toddlers and younger children. They donít mind the kid who doesnít stop holding and hugging on them. Great family dogs that unfortunately donít have a long lifespan. Eight to ten years is typically given as the average. Which is extremely short in comparison to other breeds.

Theyíre loveable gentle giants that bless us with so much in very little time. As long as Iím able to afford them, I will never be Ďownedí by any other breed. ;)

Here he is next to a Ďsmallí 119lb female Dane. Small in comparison to him is all. Merle with mantle markings is what her coat is.

Last picture shows I was crazy enough to have three Danes in the family at once.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 12:34 PM

Beautiful dogs! Haven't read through all the post and don't mean to alarm you or anyone else.
Had a beautiful block head english lab named Prince who we tragically lost to a thing called the bloat.
It's something dogs with big barrelled chest are risk with after they eat a meal. What happens is the stomach becomes detached from the chest and flips like a balloon. My boy always wanted to wrestle unfortunately this was right after he ate on this occasion
And his stomach was full.  I had no idea, happened within 24 hrs he was gone.
I don't mean to alarm anyone it's just something I wished I had knowledge of.
That was 5yrs ago and I think about him all the time. Love my new crazy dogs ( vizslas) Bruno & his half breed son georigo.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:05 PM

View PostJose c., on 08 February 2018 - 12:34 PM, said:

Beautiful dogs! Haven't read through all the post and don't mean to alarm you or anyone else.
Had a beautiful block head english lab named Prince who we tragically lost to a thing called the bloat.
It's something dogs with big barrelled chest are risk with after they eat a meal. What happens is the stomach becomes detached from the chest and flips like a balloon. My boy always wanted to wrestle unfortunately this was right after he ate on this occasion
And his stomach was full.  I had no idea, happened within 24 hrs he was gone.
I don't mean to alarm anyone it's just something I wished I had knowledge of.
That was 5yrs ago and I think about him all the time. Love my new crazy dogs ( vizslas) Bruno & his half breed son georigo.



Yes one of the big medical expenses for Danes that I only had read about while researching the breed prior to ever having one. Huge chest cavity and torso with empty or negative space allows for the stomach to flip on itself. Hip dysplaxia being another big one among others.

In 2011 Mufasa somehow found a wood chip from a neighbors landscape in our yard. He was chewing and gnawing on it for some time apparently, then decided it was small enough to eat whole. It was only the size of a half dollar but about 3/4 inch thick. We werenít home and only returned in time to notice he was not walking right. Within the hour I noticed his stomach and torso were beginning to swell or bloat. The muscles in the stomach work so mightily to break down and pass the obstruction that it flips the stomach on itself, then trapping gases that lead to the bloating. We rushed to the vet for a consult. We knew more than likely he needed the surgery which attaches a portion of stomach to one side of torso. After a few deadlifts of the poor guy to move him from one rooom to another, he gave me a look Iíll never forget. Thankful in case it was the end but also hopeful the surgery would relieve him of his pain. He went on to live another 5 yrs post surgery. A great 11 yrs for Mufasa who is the merle furthest from the camera in the shot with 3 pups.

My advice on this would be to have the procedure completed as a prevention method when or if you elect to have your Dane spayed/neutered.Vet will have them opened up anyhow and can stitch it all pretty easily making bloat a non-factor.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:07 PM

The vislas are beautiful btw Jose C.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:09 AM

I know about bloat (or torsion) in large breed dogs.  I lost a great German Shepherd show dog to torsion.  It was the hardest thing I ever had to go through with a dog.  It "usually" happens after the dog has eaten.  My Shepherd bloated, then the stomach turned.  My vet was very well-versed in this & performed surgery within 24 hours.  My dog recovered and had another wonderful six month, then succumbed again.  Owners of large breed dogs need to be cautious after feeding the dog, and do not allow vigorous exercise right after a meal.  At the very first signs of bloat the dog needs to get to an emergency clinic immediately...time is of the essence.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:31 AM

It was so traumatic my boy passed in my arm's I had no idea what was going on. Talking to my sister-in-law after, she told me about the blout.
It all made sense,just wished I would of known.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:52 AM

Thanks mo golf, they (vizsla) are a mixture of dog and cheetah LOL,glad we have room to roam.

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 11:16 AM

 Jose c., on 09 February 2018 - 11:52 AM, said:

Thanks mo golf, they (vizsla) are a mixture of dog and cheetah LOL,glad we have room to roam.
Beautiful Visla.  I have a friend who has Champion Visla, and yes, they are intense & need LOTS of exercise!

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:32 PM

Our pups at Sea Pines on Hilton Head last year.... Sam (Black Lab/Pointer Mix) and Ronin (Hound/Yellow Lab mix... both rescues) just love the beach and running. :)

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:49 PM

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:22 AM

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In December, we went to the pound to rescue a dog, and my wife fell in love with one. She is some kind of terrier mix. Almost looks like something mixed with Schnauzer. I wanted a big dog, but she insisted on Mila (named her when she saw her). She was not up for adoption yet, as they had just picked her up. A few days later, under protest from me, we went back, I went into the kennel and picked her up. Since that day, that dog has been glued to my hip.


Mila is the diva type. She is the princess, and she wants you to know it. She cant be bothered to do certain things, and if one of the dogs is in the recliner with me, she will sit at the foot of the chair and give a howly bark till the other dog gets down so she can claim her spot. When we put the food down, she runs up and eats all of the chewy bits, leaving the hard crunchy bits (presumably with less flavor) for the other dogs. She is also rather lazy.



So, I have been out of town working for the last 2 weeks. When I got home, I noticed Mila looked a little skinny. She's quite shaggy, but I've been looking at her for 10 years. My wife (not the same one mentioned above, I got remarried last year) did not notice because she just doesn't pick her up much. I reached down and picked her up, and she just felt emaciated. Her spine was sticking out, her ribs and hips were all very noticeably there. She felt like a malnourished dog. My wife said she had been eating, drinking, and using the bathroom like normal. We took her to the vet, they ran some tests and said her blood counts were out of whack, so they did x-rays. Her spleen is more than double the size it should be, and her lungs and chest cavity are riddled with tumors. I'm devastated. To say I'm attached is an understatement. When my first wife and I split, I took her with me. Then, after our divorce my ex passed away, and I inherited all 4 of the dogs. I rehomed 2 (one to my sister and one to a long time friend of my ex), and brought the other 2 to my new wife's house (we weren't even living together at that point). She has become really attached to both of them, and we are heartbroken. The vet gave her a steroid shot to help with her choppy breathing, and gave us some meds to try to fight the infection, but basically all we can do is try to make her comfortable until the end. If she starts showing signs of suffering, I will have no choice but to put her down. I cant watch her suffer. For now, she is a little lethargic, and she is skinny, but otherwise she is showing no real signs of distress.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:30 PM

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View Postbigred90gt, on 24 October 2013 - 04:56 PM, said:

In December, we went to the pound to rescue a dog, and my wife fell in love with one. She is some kind of terrier mix. Almost looks like something mixed with Schnauzer. I wanted a big dog, but she insisted on Mila (named her when she saw her). She was not up for adoption yet, as they had just picked her up. A few days later, under protest from me, we went back, I went into the kennel and picked her up. Since that day, that dog has been glued to my hip.


Mila is the diva type. She is the princess, and she wants you to know it. She cant be bothered to do certain things, and if one of the dogs is in the recliner with me, she will sit at the foot of the chair and give a howly bark till the other dog gets down so she can claim her spot. When we put the food down, she runs up and eats all of the chewy bits, leaving the hard crunchy bits (presumably with less flavor) for the other dogs. She is also rather lazy.



So, I have been out of town working for the last 2 weeks. When I got home, I noticed Mila looked a little skinny. She's quite shaggy, but I've been looking at her for 10 years. My wife (not the same one mentioned above, I got remarried last year) did not notice because she just doesn't pick her up much. I reached down and picked her up, and she just felt emaciated. Her spine was sticking out, her ribs and hips were all very noticeably there. She felt like a malnourished dog. My wife said she had been eating, drinking, and using the bathroom like normal. We took her to the vet, they ran some tests and said her blood counts were out of whack, so they did x-rays. Her spleen is more than double the size it should be, and her lungs and chest cavity are riddled with tumors. I'm devastated. To say I'm attached is an understatement. When my first wife and I split, I took her with me. Then, after our divorce my ex passed away, and I inherited all 4 of the dogs. I rehomed 2 (one to my sister and one to a long time friend of my ex), and brought the other 2 to my new wife's house (we weren't even living together at that point). She has become really attached to both of them, and we are heartbroken. The vet gave her a steroid shot to help with her choppy breathing, and gave us some meds to try to fight the infection, but basically all we can do is try to make her comfortable until the end. If she starts showing signs of suffering, I will have no choice but to put her down. I cant watch her suffer. For now, she is a little lethargic, and she is skinny, but otherwise she is showing no real signs of distress.
Sounds like you're doing what's best for your girl, & that's all you can do.  Yes, it hurts like Hell, I know, and is really hard to watch.  She will be grateful to you for not letting her suffer, even though you will be suffering greatly.  My vet told me once there's only one thing worse than putting them down too early, & it's putting them down too late.  I'm so sad for you....

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:22 PM

It is nice to see so many dog loving golfers. Bigred, I feel your pain. My two mutts are my best friends and I had to put the black one down this past Sunday. He was a real mutt with some Great Dane, Lab, and Pitbull blood for sure; and who knows what else. Bone cancer got the best of him. We were lucky to get the 8-9 years we got with him. I told my wife years ago we could have kids when Riley dies. Well, we figure the cancer started not too long after we found out she was pregnant. Haven't been able to go five minutes without thinking about that dog. Never thought I would be so attached to an animal. Buried him out on the golf course at Quail Prairie. Going to plant a tree on top of him so he can help keep my ball from going out of bounds.
Anyways, the only negative to owning pets is putting them down.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:51 PM

Guys, my eyes are tearing up as I type.. I lost my girl about 18 months ago and it still hurts. Just know how much love you gave them and how much they gave it right back. We have a plaque in our bedroom with our girls birth and death dates to remind us of her. It is a tough day when you lose them, but it is a fact of life. They bring so much joy, I am so sorry, it will hurt for quite some time but time does heal. We now have a 1 year old Catahoula that is flying around the house. We forgot what it was like to have a puppy, lots of work again.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 09:46 PM

 dukeman, on 05 November 2017 - 04:56 PM, said:

English Setter?

Oops, just saw this - yes!

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