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  1. Did the anxiety improve off the Proin? If not, I would put her back on it and look deeper for a root cause of the anxiety. If it did improve ... that is a tougher choice. Has she used Incurin at a dose of 2 mg per day? That is the higher end of the dosage recommendations, but I would not call it a failure until the higher dose has been tried. Some dogs need a combination of the two products, so that is another option. If you are signed up with NextDoor you might ask for recommendations for a practice near to you. But, for your current issue I would ask for a referral for the internal medicine practice. You can just politely say that is how you would prefer to handle the next step. I'd be pretty appalled if they refuse.
  2. Further workup is a good idea, as soon as possible. Failure to respond to either PPA or Incurin makes it more likely that there is another undiagnosed issue (bladder stones, resistant bacterial infection, tumor, neurologic issues, etc). Can you look for a referral practice for internal medicine? They are more likely to be privately owned. There ought to be quite a few options in a big metro area.
  3. I have salt stone blocks for foot warmers and they can be heated in the microwave.
  4. Proin is phenylpropanolamine (PPA). Higher doses would increase the likelihood of side-effects, so it is definitely worth exploring and would be a pretty easy fix. Anxiety can be a sign of so many things: cognitive decline, discomfort anywhere in the body, etc. Some dogs become more anxious as they lose their hearing; others get less anxious. With my own dog an uptick in anxiety was due to a tumor like mass in her brain. I hope it's something easy like a UTI or medication side effects!
  5. I would try to get her off of the Proin first. This would be within the scope of reported side effects. There are alternatives -- Incurin is approved for incontinence, and is a different mechanism of action so it wouldn't have the same expected side effects.
  6. Has he been worked up for a hiatal hernia? The parasophageal variant would fit his symptoms, I think: Signs and Symptoms Most small hiatal hernias do not cause symptoms. The most common symptom of hiatal hernia is gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Giant hiatal hernias may cause symptoms including heartburn/regurgitation, anemia, aspiration, chest pain associated with eating, vomiting after meals, difficulty swallowing, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Symptoms of parasophageal hernia may include problems swallowing, fainting, and vomiting.
  7. Now I'm picturing Andy Bernard at the Michael Scott's Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure. I thought the nipple bleeding was made up! Good luck to your son, and may he not chafe!
  8. Ella Enchanted (The book is much better than the movie!) and other books by Gail Carson Levine The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Rabbi Harvey books (The same author wrote some fun history books for kids, like King George: What Was His Problem?)
  9. Think of it as a small, portable oven with a few differences: it preheats much faster, and all cooking is timed, so when the timer rings the oven turns off. Other than that, as long as the pan fits you can broil, bake or toast just like you can in a full sized oven. Do you have a Williams Sonoma near you? I think they have them in their stores. The standard size oven comes with a 12" square pan and also fits a 13" pizza pan. Here's a link the the Williams Sonoma website listing:
  10. The Breville Smart Oven gets a lot of use in our house, especially in the summer. It functions very well as a small oven, and is a great toaster, too. More expensive than most, but the build quality seems good and it has held up well. I have seen them a few times at TJ Maxx for about $150. They come in multiple sizes, so there is a more compact one for tighter spaces.
  11. My first thought was a pinched nerve (from disc disease), possibly in the cervical (neck) region. Is he holding his head carefully, or reluctant to jump or move as usual?
  12. I have the washer dryer set (about 4-5 years old). The dryer works fine, no complaints -- I'm not very picky as long as the clothes get dry in a reasonable time. What I do like is that the lint collection is very accessible and easy to clean out. And, I can put a ball of aluminum foil in the lint collector which helps with static electricity. I won't use dryer sheets, so I really appreciate this option. Other dryers might have similar set ups, but none of my previous ones have.
  13. For those of you who do it deliberately .... can I ask why? I have known a few examples of this, but they were either cases where someone disliked their given first name OR they were called by a "cute" childhood nickname -- examples from my life are Ducky, Bunny, Dobie and Newbie (the last one was because a sibling kept calling the "new baby" Newbie and it stuck).
  14. I have a new Bissell Big Green that I have used a handful of times. It has pros and cons, but I will say it does get the carpet pretty dry. I cleaned one room late last night and by early this afternoon it feels dry to the touch (I don't trust that it is fully dry, but it feels like it). I do go over the carpet quite a few times to remove water, but I did that with previous machines with worse results. It is heavy, bulky, and not very maneuverable, but it is a better cleaner than a Rug Doctor that I used previously, which made the rooms smell like a wet dog for days! It seems well-made and durable, but it's too soon to be sure about that.
  15. Two things that haven't been mentioned yet: 1) If she isn't already doing so, shave every single day, year-round. Shaving exfoliates the skin and skipping days can cause hairs to be trapped under the skin 2) consider laser hair removal. I wish I had done it sooner. It hurt like crazy (that varies from person to person and with the type of laser) but was very worth it for me.
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