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I have questions on all of these topics so figured I would cover them in one post.

Last night we took Tegan to the vet with a red bump on the side of her eye, he said it looks like a plugged hair folicle and said to put warm compresses on and keep an eye on it. Has anyone else had this problem?

I mentioned to the vet that her shots were due in March and he said he could do them now while we were in and he would also give her a general check over. Well he just happened to find that she was quite tender in her lower back and gave us some pain blockers and said to watch that as well. We hadn't noticed she had back pain she has seemed fine but when he pressed her down near the tail she winced and whined. Also I mentioned she goes through phases where she refuses her food for about 4 meals in a row and asked if she is fussy or does she maybe have some stomach issues. It has been suggested by the pet store that she is just being fussy. The vet said if she does have a sensitive stomach anyway, which she does, then she could be suffering from pancreitis every so often which would be inflamed and she would find it uncomfortable to eat. He gave her her annual shots as well as the pain blockers for her back, which she has to take for 2 weeks.

Tegan has been sleeping in a play pen on the floor of our room, there is also a big comfy cushion in there, which she has slept on since she was a puppy. I noticed the other night that she was sleeping half on and half off the cushion and I'm wondering if her pen is too small and with the cushion in there as well she can't stretch out properly.

Last night we took the play pen away so she could use the cushion or the floor to stretch out but she was whining to come on the bed at 11:30 so I lifted her up and put her on the bed. Our 16 pound male cat (Kody) sleeps with us every night and was already on the bed, then our 8 pounds female cat (Lilly) came up as well. I had Tegan pressed tightly up against my side and Lilly laying on my feet, I could hardly move for the 2 of them and ended up sleeping on the very edge of our king sized bed. Usually we do put Tegan on the bed when she wakes up around 4:30 a.m. but having all 3 pets on the bed all night was just way too much. Lilly doesn't often sleep on the bed, but I think she figured if Kody and Tegan were there, she wanted to be with us also. Tonight I think we will move a dresser out of the room and I will have DH make Tegan's pen bigger.

Tegan has dark coloured nails and we have cut them 3 times. Two of those 3 we caught one of the quicks and it bled profusely, now we are afraid to cut the nails. It does seem to be a hassle to take her to a groomer or vet just to have her nails cut. Do you think walking on pavement will keep them short enough?
 

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Sorry to hear Tegan is having some problems, I hope she is feeling better soon and it's nothing major

As for cutting the nails - make sure you have some "qwikstop" in the house in case you cut to short - it stops the bleeding.

All dogs are different - we had two choc labs at one time, sisters and Molly kept her nails short from playing and walking but Heidi's had to be cut.
Annabelle's also need to be cut, but we do not walk her on pavement.

prayers and puppy hugs for Tegan
 

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I doubt the nails will stay short enough just with walking. Dante also has black nails. The key is to cut them every week and just barely take the tips off. That way not only do they stay short but the quick keeps receding. If you do cut one too short and don't have a commercial product in the house to stop the bleeding, plain old flour will work too.

We cut Dante's nails every Sunday night during a commercial from one of our favorite TV shows. It is a time we are almost always home and helps keep us in the habit of doing it weekly. He could easily go a month without a trim but this way you don't have to worry about taking too much at once and causing them to bleed.

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As for his laying half off his cushion, Cinnamon does that and she has the whole floor. She'll lay with her head down off of the cushion too. I've seen pictures of other doodles on this forum do that, too. I think it's a doodle thing.
 

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As for his laying half off his cushion, Cinnamon does that and she has the whole floor. She'll lay with her head down off of the cushion too. I've seen pictures of other doodles on this forum do that, too. I think it's a doodle thing.
haha...I totally agree. They sleep in the silliest positions. Dexter will be up on the sofa and have his head hanging off the edge...or Kirby will put his head on his dog bed and body on the floor. They are silly like that :wink:

I'm sorry I can't really help with your other problems. Kirby's nails do stay somewhat short from walking on the sidewalk, but we give him an occasional trim or take him to Petsmart for a full clipping.
 

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get well quick Tegan

Denver sleeps on our bed with us and three cats
We only have a queen size, it gets crowded.............
 

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Denver sleeps on our bed with us and three cats
We only have a queen size, it gets crowded.............
i can only imagine - we kick dexter out of our queen bed quite often because it's crowded...i can only imagine adding 3 cats (and a very large doodle) :)
 

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Denver sleeps on our bed with us and three cats
We only have a queen size, it gets crowded.............
i can only imagine - we kick dexter out of our queen bed quite often because it's crowded...i can only imagine adding 3 cats (and a very large doodle) :)
I hear ya and sometimes in the middle of the night I tell him move
to the floor and he does after he verbally lets me know that he does not
think that is fair............
bahahhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa
 

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You can get a Dremal and that way you don't have to worry about the Quick, it seals as it grinds them off. You just have to get the dog use to the noise of it they aren't to awful load either.

Hope his back and eye get to feeling better.
 

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Hi Julie,
I have been reading this post and the responses so I won't address the nail issue.
I am quite concerned about Tegan's sore back...how is he doing now?
Please keep in mind that I know nothing at all about your sweet pup and so my remarks may be way off base...but Teagan looks like a miniture, correct?
If so, it is possible that by breeding the size down too quickly, the breeders may have caused bone structure problems. My mother once had a Yorkie Terrier, this was my first lesson in pure breed breeding operations...the breeder inbred the dogs to keep the size smaller and smaller...in so doing, they produced a puppy who had such severe back problems that he would cry out whenever you walked past him. He couldn't jump on the bed and he was in constant pain. The vet told my mother that the problem was due to the inbreeding and breeding down to size. It was really sad.
If he is still in pain, I would take him to a specialist and see if there is a genetic link, especially since if there is you want to take advantage of your contract warranty.
The eye problem has probably cleared by now, but it does sound like the hair follicle was infected...yes, warm compresses are helpful.
Also, is it possible that Tegan has been bitten by a spider? One of our pups had a tender spot, the vet couldn't tell what it was so they just said to wait and see....well, they took the pup to the groomer who shaved him down and found a huge lump and a bruise! It also had a puncture type wound...when they removed the scab, it drained and drained! Soon the pup was much better...but the vet didn't find the lump because it was under his belly and in a tough spot to "feel"...
I hope that my advice is much too late and that Tegan is feeling better by now. Please update...thanks!
 

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Thank you, Jac for your helpful comments...
I, too, am a little concerned about the painful spot on the back.

I wasn't there at the vets, so don't know how thorough an exam may have done, but I would want an x-ray or something to determine what, if anything, may be wrong. A call to the breeder for insight may also be in order....at least, to give a heads up...that something may really need to be addressed.

Keep us posted, Julie...OK? Praying all is well....but make sure, OK?
 

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How old is Tegan? It's hard to keep up with all the ages and names...sorry.
The back issue would have me concerned too.
As far as the nails, I won't cut any of my dog's nails after a bad experience. Especially black nails!!

Bogie & I send prayers for Tegan...........hope he feels better really soon!
 
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