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Now this is Interesting [Nov. 5th, 2006|01:13 pm]

For those of you who have aging fuzzy babies who are getting a wee bit stiff, here is a possible method of relief: GNC has a Triflex supplement (contains Chondroiton, which contains shellfish...so if you or your dog are allergic, then DO NOT USE OR TOUCH). I have seen the results in my little Stormy 9who weighs approx 27 pounds, for weight/doseage reference--a normal human would take 2-3 pills at a time. I started her with half a pill once a day (usually in the morning before breakfast). There was some improvement. I upped her daily take to 1 pill (usually cut in half and fed wrapped in cheese) and saw a marked improvement in her mobility. I had previously discussed this treatment with her vet and with a vet tech that I know. Both said that it was worth a try. So far, her movement is much easier and she does not seem to be as stiff.
This is not a cural, but it may make life a bit easier on you and your fuzzy baby.
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Greetings! [Aug. 20th, 2006|04:40 pm]


I'm the owner of a 7 year old Keeshond named CC: who I adopted from a local rescue society about a year and a half ago. I'm a new convert to the breed, but I'm crazy about my little fuzzbutt. She has a bunch of health problems (diabetes, recent cataract surgery), but we deal with them pretty well and I'm wrapped around her little fuzzy fingers. Speaking of which...

Does anyone have any suggestions for toe-fuzz trimming techniques? I know you're supposed to trim the fur that sticks out between the pads, but her feet are so ticklish (and she's so squirmy) that it's hard to get more than a little done at any one sitting.

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What difference a year makes... [Jun. 20th, 2006|03:27 pm]

As I understand it, Kye was rescued sometime in June 2005. We adopted him in September 2005.

A very scared Kye his first day with us...Collapse )

His coat had been clipped since he was terribly matted.

Kye today...Collapse )

Sweet Kye-bye, that day in June when strangers picked you up may have been very scary, but it was the best day of your life. :-)
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KSRF February Auction [Feb. 22nd, 2006|10:04 pm]

The Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Fund has monthly auctions to raise funds dedicated to providing financial assistance for the medical expenses of rescued Keeshonden in foster care. Check out the February auction:

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Copper Toxicosis in kees, among other breeds [Feb. 11th, 2006|09:00 pm]

Got this from another list. Evidently keeshonden are one of the breeds that have a genetic predisposition towards copper toxosis. High levels of copper can lead to liver problems of various sorts. Here are links from a doberman owner that has some information. The first is a summary page that includes a list of some kibbles and their copper content. The second is a more detailed description of the condition.


Just something to be aware of. Although I feed mostly a raw food diet, we do use some Newman's Own dog kibble. I wrote them and they promptly sent me a reply with the copper amount. I recommend others check their kibble.
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Newest member of the family [Feb. 11th, 2006|08:48 pm]

I'm overdue for an announcement, but a few months ago we adopted another keeshond, Kye (life got busy in many ways besides working with Kye). I created a journal for Kye, in order to document his rehab--that way his foster mom could check up on him as she desired. kyesjournal Kye has come a long way in a few months!

Dan and Kye, 2006

More photos are available at Kye's photo album
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Keeshond in Upstate NY needs home! [Feb. 3rd, 2006|06:10 am]

This adorable 2 year old neutered male Keeshound, Shadow, needs a new home. His owner doesn't have enough time for him anymore. If interested or you'd like more information, please contact Adam at 518-774-9762.

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Question [Feb. 2nd, 2006|04:14 pm]

I have a furbaby with some pretty bad arthritis setting in. She is 12.5 years old and otherwise healthy. Does anyone have any recomendations on what to give her (besides pain meds, as I try to keep the furbabies away from that) to allieviate the arthritis?
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Liver Failure [Jan. 9th, 2006|10:20 pm]

I came across this today on AOL and it struck a chord because I've seen a couple other kees owners who mentioned their little ones suffering from liver failure. Mine Cody died of it himself a few months back, and I'm intending to talk to my vet about this sometime this week to see if there is a possibility it could have stemmed from this.

Courtesy of AOL

Family Cares for Dog Ill From Pet Food
Contaminated Food Has Killed at Least 76 Dogs Nationwide

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 9) - Caring for her ailing 9-year-old chow has taken over Shanika Stewart's life.

The company has recalled 19 varieties of dog and cat food.

Cocoa must be force-fed with a syringe six times a day since suffering permanent liver damage after eating contaminated dog food.

"I haven't had any time to do anything but take care of her," said Stewart, a 19-year-old nursing student at the University of South Carolina. "She's the No. 1 priority. ... I get maybe four hours of sleep before she wakes me up."

Through relocations from Army bases in Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington and now South Carolina, Cocoa has been a constant companion for Stewart, whose father is serving in Iraq.

When her own daughter died last year, Stewart said Cocoa helped her through her grief. "It was like she understood," Stewart said. "She was my best friend."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that at least 76 dogs nationwide are believed to have died as a result of eating contaminated Diamond Pet Foods.

According to the company, the pet food was distributed to stores in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia and West Virginia.

Diamond officials say they are doing what they can to help affected pet owners.

"It's going to take some time to take care of all these customers, and we're going to do it," said the company's chief operating officer, Mark Brinkmann.

The company has recalled 19 varieties of dog and cat food because tests showed high levels of aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxic chemical that comes from a fungus found on corn and other grains that causes severe liver damage in animals.

The company recalled products manufactured at its Gaston, S.C., plant from around September to November 2005. Based on sample testing, Diamond has narrowed down the exposure to food produced on Oct. 11, Brinkmann said Thursday.

The FDA and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture have launched investigations.

Stewart's other dog, a 2-year-old pit bull named Chulo, died last month just hours after being diagnosed with liver failure. It was only then that the family learned of the recall.

Stewart initially thought Cocoa had refused to eat because she was depressed about losing Chulo. After the recall, the family vet confirmed aflatoxin poisoning in Cocoa, Stewart said.

Steve Shrum, president of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, said vets around the state were confused when puppies began showing signs of liver problems usually seen in older dogs.

"It takes such a small amount, and there's pretty much nothing you can do with the process that will inactivate that toxin once it gets in the food supply," he said.

Diamond has promised to reimburse pet owners for vet bills and other costs associated with the aflatoxin poisoning, which officials now believe may include pets in Europe and other areas outside the country where the food is distributed.

The company set up a call center staffed with veterinarians. The call volume peaked at about 2,000 calls a day last week, Brinkmann said.

Stewart says she has not spoken with anyone at the company despite several calls. The family has filled out an online form explaining their situation.

"You don't get anybody to talk to and tell your story," she said. "It's like they're not concerned. To me, it's like they're saying, 'Oh well, we'll get to it when we get to it."'

Brinkmann was sympathetic.

"We're going as fast as we can," he said. "I grieve with her, and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure we can do right by her."
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