DocDoesFarming wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:18 pm
Just found out the mother of our two dogs just gave birth again....
Should I just go and abduct her and get the surgery done or what? I really can't afford another dog as much as we would like one, also picking poo up all day long isn't fun really.
Although if the local shiyakusho paid for the various injection and gave a bit of money for food I could probably deal with the poo poo.
Might be easy to help list them as free rescues on one of the pet sites?
Three times too many, the owners need a public shamin' to take some action there.
gonbechan wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:13 pm
About neutering, most see it as an unnecessary expense. Even though most municipalities have neuter subsidies, people are unaware of them. Vets themselves do not recommend it and only do it when the owner asks. This is because of pressure by drug companies who make the vaccines and heartworm medicine (which is ridiculously expensive in Japan).
Things might be changing, the 3 vets I used recently have all encouraged me to neuter my bigger pup soon as there is a high risk of testicular cancer in dogs after a few years. Though YMMV with vets.....had a really really really shitty one that missed a pregnancy on their ultrasound...which is important when it comes to feeding/exercise. When her blood tests came back abnormal a month later, I asked if it could have been that they missed pups in an ultrasound. "Not likely, no, that wouldn't cause her levels to be like this!" (spoiler alert, different vet confirmed she was pregnant) Then when there were complications with the birthing the shitty vet was the closest open place....but they had me waiting for 30mins while they had lunch and helped a few less urgent customers, only to miss the second pup's heartbeat on another ultrasound...sending me across the town to a much better vet, thinking pup #2 is dead but I'm gonna do all I can to save pup #3. Happy ending was the more competent vet opened their doors during off hours, found both heartbeats, gave her a calcium injection, and the pups popped out at home without any more drama. ( incompetent vet dared to try to charge but quickly backpedaled when I pointed out the 3rd misdiagnosis)
As to the annual meds, google nexgard and there are a few companies that will ship to Japan and the price is a fraction of what they go for in Japan. When you have 3X as much to buy, it adds up. If you have a Costco nearby, the dogfood has a good rep and is much cheaper than the brand name foods. They also carry wet tissues, sheets, etc. in bulk.
I only intended to have 2 doggos but the last litter came during coronachan's rampage and I had someone back out on me. (only bred her because I had people lined up for the pups) Not being able to find someone I trust to take him and not wanting to sell him to become a pandemic puppy, the pup with "no heartbeat" stayed with me. Mama is now spayed, the boys will be neutered later this year. In case anyone's wondering, they're not show dogs or anything like that. I went the the pedigree route because the requirements the rescue shelters had were beyond reason for Tokyo residents (who has a yard in Tokyo?), and a good breeder (there are plenty of shitty ones here) will screen for genetic problems, inbreeding, diseases and such. No dog shows for me but I will be a breed snob and say you're much better off with a more intelligent (easy to train) breed than the overpriced, inbred rat-sized, kaiiii that is so popular here. (though like the OP, if they have brain power, you need to keep them busy and burning off energy or you'll see it redirected in less desirable ways.)