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Old 05-13-2017, 01:14 AM
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I am so glad some of the things we suggested are making your life a little easier. Small steps toward progress can make a huge difference in stress level!

Is there any way you can make a deal with your parents to loan you the money or do some work for them? It is hard to make suggestions since I know you have already thought of most things I could suggest. We could help you make the case to them that this is necessary if that would help. I am sure you are not the only person in the house who gets stressed or annoyed by the chaos!

Also, I apologize for not noticing there were more posts on the next page before my last post. Now I realize it sounds a little odd because of that.
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I used my local 'pound' for low cost rabies and the other 'core' shots. No one asked any questions nor did I have to show proof of income. Just called and made an appointment. I have decided not to vaccinate my pups for distemper/parvo since they are inside dogs. They did have their booster after their puppy shots a year later.
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Have you talked with your 'pound' about spaying/neutering?
To my understanding they do a "mobile clinic" My dogs wouldn't be able to attend. But I have taken my dogs before to the low cost clinic from the humane society for cheap "shots" But this was when they were puppies and got along with any other dog. They also accepted everyone their mission was to make sure all pets got their vaccines at a low price regardless of your income or neighborhood. I had even once went with 3 dollars in quarters to pay for Jojo's vaccines. I didn't care and was not embarrassed at all. And they accepted also. I still laugh till this day and it's been about 3 years ago.
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I am so glad some of the things we suggested are making your life a little easier. Small steps toward progress can make a huge difference in stress level!

Is there any way you can make a deal with your parents to loan you the money or do some work for them? It is hard to make suggestions since I know you have already thought of most things I could suggest. We could help you make the case to them that this is necessary if that would help. I am sure you are not the only person in the house who gets stressed or annoyed by the chaos!

Also, I apologize for not noticing there were more posts on the next page before my last post. Now I realize it sounds a little odd because of that.
I know I was so surprised! That it's been helping a little.
My parents believe we should work for what we want, so a loan isn't possible. And they don't believe doing work around the house and getting paid for it. They say we should do it regardless if we get money. We don't get paid for are work around the house.
Yes everyone in the house is extremely annoyed since there's always seems to be a dog barking.
Mom has always thought a dog should be left the way it is as in don't fix it. A couple of dogs we've seen 1st hand got cancer and they were fixed. I also kinda see her point to be honest. Because I feel like the dogs getting cancer are usually fixed.
But she has now opened to the idea of fixing a dog.
Don't know what you talking about but I'll re read.
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Old 05-14-2017, 12:43 AM
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From what I have learned, there are some cancers that might be more common in fixed dogs, but there are also some that are absolutely more common in intact dogs. My guess is that the dogs they have know with cancer were spayed/neutered is that most pet dogs are. Keeping dogs intact may benefit normal growth and strength of bones, tendons, etc. Your dogs are all adults, so they have had the benefit of normal hormones during their maturation and there is probably little benefit in that area at this point.

Basically, the decision to spay/neuter probably should be made thoughtfully and on a case-by-case basis. For some dogs, hormones are not an issue. For yours, they probably are. Your family's sanity is worth thinking about surgery, in my opinion.

The other thing I was just thinking about is that the more exercise the dogs can get, the less energy they have to be obnoxious. I helped a young woman once who had to male Chihuahuas who had started fighting. I asked how much exercise they got, and she admitted she stopped taking them for walks because she was afraid of large loose dogs in her neighborhood. I sold her some Direct Stop (not sure if it is still called that, a citronella spray deterrent), she was able to walk them, and they stopped fighting.

If you start slowly, even little dogs can run along with a bicycle. That might allow you to wear them all out without wearing yourself out!
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The whole cancer thing is scary to think about honestly. I know they can get cancer either way but in a way I'd rather have them have him get it not fixed than fixed. I'd feel like I'd blame myself if he were to get cancer after getting fixed. I know I have no power of any of my dogs getting cancer but it's just a scary thought.
I cannot walk my dogs in my neighborhood what so ever. Majority of the dogs that are loose are "pit" mixes. I love the breed but when you have a 5 pound Chihuahua who thinks they can fight any size dog. And a pit comes charging down and the Chihuahua tries going for it, it's not gonna end very nice. Plus Buddy Bear has been in a fight with one before and needed to go to the vet to get put on antibiotics and I believe they shaved him (where he got bit) He truly doesn't know his size I believe.
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