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Update on our Senior Min Pin – Dr Quito

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Update on our Senior Min Pin – Dr Quito

When Dr Q returned from the vet last month after his dental drama he was furious with me. It was the first time that I had seen any of our dogs looking really hurt and angry. I had, after all, taken him to the vet on that fateful day. Danny had collected him and paid the bill. So I was clearly the baddy. The black jet eyes were blazing. Despite the after care pills he was clearly in pain He lay in an igloo basket on a chair beside the warm wood burning stove for four days, with brief trips to the garden to relieve himself. Twice a day he ate...

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Dental disaster: check your dog’s teeth regularly

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Dental disaster: check your dog’s teeth regularly

A week ago we noticed that Dr Quito had lost weight and was off his food. Quito has had a crummy shake of the dice. He was attacked by a lurcher at 10 months old and has been semi-crippled since then. From a pup, he’s always been a picky eater so we tried soaking his food in delicious gravy, bought different dog food, changed the toppings. “It’s like The Caesar Syndrome,” muttered Danny as he hand fed our best boy. I was curious. What could The Caesar Syndrome be? Some sort of dog related condition discovered by Pliny? I’d forgotten...

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