Post # 1
Let me preface this by saying that Cujo already has a vet appointment.
We picked him up from boarding on Monday, and he was fine. Sleepy, but fine. You know, normal.
Yesterday a big red spot showed up on his lower lip, on the side. So much so that when he’s looking at you, it puffs out from his jowels. It’s about the size of a dime. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by it at all, he’s behaving completely normally. I made a vet appointment anyway, but they can’t fit him in until next week, unless it becomes an emergency. Has anyone ever heard of this, or seen anything like it?
Secondly, Quil has been doing fantastic playing with other dogs. He got moved to large dogs, and he’s been having a ball. I guess what he likes to do is find one dog and then he latches on to them for the weekend, this past weekend it was a lab. The employees said they slept next to each other, ate from the same bowl, and liked to run through the room to stir the other dogs up, shoulder to shoulder.
So, FI is listening to this, and he says “After the wedding, i think we need to bring home a friend for Quil. (His name will be Embry, of course.) He is obsessed with the idea of bringing home a mastiff, but they look enormous, like, would totally dwarf Quil. Does anyone have experience with the breed? For some reason FI is meh about labs, which is what I’d really like. But I don’t think I’ve ever even met a mastiff…
Post # 3
cold sores are a viral infection — your dog is just as likely to get a cold sore as he is to get chicken pox. (ie, not at all)
if your dog has a red spot, it’s probably a small lesion — you know how the slightest cut or nick on the inside of your cheek gets swollen and inflamed? It’s the same for dogs. As long as he’s eating and acting normal, I wouldn’t worry too much. Just keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t become infected.
Post # 4
Dog warts (papillomas) are really common, especially in the mouth. They usually clear up naturally as the dog matures, but a trip to the vet is a good idea in any case.
Also, if you’re planning on getting a dog, I would look at fit, not at a specific breed. Take Quil with you when you look at dogs so they can meet and see how he interacts. Either way, just remember a big dog (like all dogs) will need serious training, especially walking nicely on a leash, jumping, etc., because of their massive size.
Post # 5
I don’t personally know any mastiffs but they seem to be very cool. One consideration if you’re looking for a playmate for Quill is that you may find that they’re not the most energetic of dogs. That’s true of most giant breeds though.
Post # 6
We care for a mastiff often, so I’m pretty familiar with them. She can be a little bit grumpy and when she doesn’t feel like playing, she pretty much sends Catch strong signals (growls, pushes him away).
She also drools. A. Lot. I can’t express to you how much actually. Bernese Mountain Dogs are a dry mouthed breed, so we don’t deal with a lot of water on the floor, on the face and all over the house. With Sophie though, it’s so messy!!! She’s such a love. Really mellow dog and very attentive to us, but the drool… It’s just a lot to take care of constantly!
Post # 7
If the sore is near the canine tooth, it may be a common sore large breeds get. It requires vet intervention. If it isn’t, then it still probably requires intervention. Ryder recently had sores near the back of his lips, and the vet put him on oral antibiotics and gave us a lotion to put on his lips twice daily. They both worked miracles and cleared him up like a charm!
Post # 8
Oh, about the Mastiff thing…not really the most playful breed. They’re couch potatoes. If you’re looking for a playmate for Quil, then a mastiff probably would just serve as a pillow.
I’d recommend labs (very playful!) or another active herding breed like an Aussie or Cattahoula!