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I'm being a pain aren't I???  Well, the first week went fabulous, Faith is awesome and she goes in her crate now with no crying even when we go away!  She is now sleeping from 10 until 5:00, goes out for a pee and then I put her back in her crate and she sleeps for another hour! 

Her and Caleb( my 6 year old son) love eachother to pieces and she is jsut getting soooo curly and cute, I really need to find time to download more pics!  ANYWAYS......

1.)  Faith is breathing very rapidly while sleeping is this normal???  It's almost like she just ran a marathon! 

2.)  I recieved her health chart and pedigree from her previous owners and I finally read their chicken scratch which said she has mild vaginitis, that freaked me out and now I've been researching and it says it can be dangerous and she may have alot of urinary problems, now since researching I've noticed that she pees well but it doesn't seem like much (I know I'm a bit worrisome! 

3.)  Also on that list was she has an umbilical hernia (what????)  they said that she will need surgery down the road! 

My baby is worrying me to the grave!  I love her so much and don't want anything bad to happen to her and it's only been 1 week and a bit since we got her! 

Please any words of knowledge or wisdom to ease my worries or should I be worrying??

P.S. Oh ya she is till eating her poop but more times then not we are catching her before she snatches a piece!! 


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Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 28, 2012 at 8:45pm

Good advice Laura!  Also glad you were able to share your story with April.

Comment by Laura on May 28, 2012 at 8:37pm

Hi April, First of all Welcome from a fellow Canadian! Faith is beautiful!  This is a wonderful site for all your Doodle questions and sharing all our Doodle stories! You will love it! And as I am sure some have already said we like to share our experiences but finding a trusted Vet is the best thing to do for you and Faith! Now having said that I will tell you that Gracie came to us with an umbilical hernia and our breeder called us about it as soon as she knew our little Gracie had one. It caused her no discomfort at all and we had it removed when she was spayed. We ofcourse were responsible to pay the spaying costs but our breeder paid the additional cost that accured to remove the hernia. I think your breeder should be happy to do the same! Looking forward to watching your little Doodle grow! Love and Prayers, Laura and Gracie (from Saskatchewan) xox

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 25, 2012 at 12:06pm

I'm sorry, but I have to say it again and you should be paying according to any health issues, don't you think?  April we got a 1 year guarantee on Pemon also and if I knew then what I know today I would have insisted on a 2 year guarantee.  Some Vets say you can't test for displaysia until they are almost 2 years old.  Also, I think you will find that your health guarantee is broader.  I was just looking at mine and covers quite a bit.  But do make your list for the Vet.

Comment by Sharon on May 25, 2012 at 11:21am

Congrats on your new puppy! They are alot of work but so worth it! Dogs "sweat" through their tongues and the pads on their feet so the rapid panting may be just simply that she is warm. As long as her activity is good and you do not see any sign of fatigue or inability to run or play there probably is no reason for concern.

As for the other concern, my pup developed a urinary tract infection (frequently squatting to pee and then cleaning herself) the vet said to keep her "girlie parts" groomed. I thin this happened because she was not drinking anough water but nonetheless as soon as she was on the ntibiotis there was such a change and we have not had any problems since!

The best advice which everyone is saying is to make a list of questions to ask the vet when you go. You may think of one now but won't remember it when you are there and in the middle of the exam. 

I may have missed it but were you told ahead of time that she had medical issues? It's one thing to get a health guarantee but another not to disclose such important information. I don't think any of us would give our puppies up because they had a problem (they grab our hearts so darn fast!) but it would be nice to know ahead of time so you could prepare.

Comment by April Smith on May 25, 2012 at 9:35am

Yes, they gave a health guarantee for one year!  But I thought that was only for the genetic inheredities like hip displaysia that are usually found in goldendoodle breeds, etc!  I'll have to look into that!  I'm feeling alot better and her breathing rapidly doesn't worry me as much anymore because she still runs like the dickens during awake time and doesn't have wheezing, etc it's just when she sleeps, its not a panting but its rapid breathing!  Panting is a dogs way of sweating but I was just concerned over how many times a minute her lungs fill up when she is asleep even when it isn't hot out!  Thank you all for your comments!  June 5th can't come soon enough oh no is this another countdown??????  The owner still hasn't got back to me about the mild vaginitis on her health record from the vets so we are just waiting to hear back from her to tell us what we should be doing, looking out for, etc!

Comment by Jo Bill on May 24, 2012 at 9:08pm

Good advice all the way around.  As I was reading your post, the first thing that came into my mind was take her to your vet.  I know nothing about what you are asking, so I'm no help at all.  LOL.  Your vet should put your mind at ease, though.  Let us know how it all turns out when you go to the vet. 

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 24, 2012 at 7:24pm

Pemon pants also.  But I guess that is normal.  I also read somewhere that dogs do not sweat and that is how they cool theirselves down.  We use K9 Advantix II for Pemon as we did our other dog.

April did the Breeder not give you a health guarantee on Faith?  I know, I know.  You can get attached to the Doodle within Hours.  or even Minutes.  But to protect your investment, I was just wondering. I think if anything had happened to Pemon within the warranty period I would probably had made them give me my money back and of course we would keep Pemon and Love and Care for him as we do.  Good advice, definitely make a list and talk to your Vet.  Alessandra, tell Glen we also laugh at Pemon when he burps.  From the other end is not funny though! 

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on May 24, 2012 at 3:36pm

That's why we're all here for! To share stories, worries, photos... 

And I think you've got pretty good answers as well, I'll just add that Pedro goes through phases, times of year of even times of the day that he pants more or less heavily. Sometimes I have to remind him to go drink water which helps or all of a sudden he pants for a few minutes then lets out a big burp (which I find gross -especially if he does it in my face- but his Daddy finds hilarious... Men! LOL) I don't think it's a concern but my advice is make notes of everything and have a thorough Q&A with your vet when you go in. 

Finally, although the internet is a good source of information, especially when it comes to health issues whether human or canine, sometimes I find that I read "too much" and many times the detailed diagnosis don't really apply to my concern. Always best to chat with the vet and have a personalized assessment. And of course, ask on this community, everyone is so awesome and supportive.

Loving paws from Pedro 

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on May 24, 2012 at 3:15pm

Ginger pee's like a male...on everything and everywhere.  I was surprised at that at first, but then concluded that its just the way she is.  No problems...

My vet recommends Revolution...because it takes care of heartworms in addition to fleas.

Comment by April Smith on May 24, 2012 at 10:45am

Thank you everyone!  Just first time doodle worries I guess ;)

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