Living Type, on 07 November 2019 - 04:11 PM, said:
I think a better solution would be working with your parents to help give them a better lifestyle, rather than a short stint.
Could you take them from a walk from their house and/or get a dog walker? Have they been taken to a vet to have food recommendations for them?
If we lived in the same town as them this is the approach I'd take
gettin my fance on, on 07 November 2019 - 04:13 PM, said:
Do they smell because they need a bloody good wash?
Or could it be a health issue that is causing them to smell?
What about taking them to a vet for evaluation and then make a decision.
I don't know what's causing them to smell, but if I took them I'd have a mobile dog wash here on their arrival then straight up to see a vet for a once-over.
MarciaB, on 07 November 2019 - 04:13 PM, said:
I think it sounds like they need a good Vet check.
I have 2 Cavs and they do not smell! Having said that - they can get very funky ears if you don't clean them - and this can progress to ear infections. So that needs checking. Same with teeth - gum problems can also cause them to be whiffy.
So that may solve the smelly problem.
As for the weight - again - the Vet will guide you how best to tackle. You can either just cut down their food and see how that goes or else you can buy the special "Metabolic" dry food which apparently is good. My vet suggested for my 2 when they needed to drop 1kg each - to reduce food by 20% - then check in 2 weeks. If they drop a bit - carry on. If no change cut back again.
Re exercise - just be warned - they aren't typically great walkers (mine go for a walk every day - but they are such bloody sniffers I can't fathom it is exercise) - but they do love to play with a ball so we get them doing that in the yard every day as well.
All the best to get the dogs in great condition - you are a very kind person for having a go.
Thanks for the tips
#notallcats, on 07 November 2019 - 04:15 PM, said:
Is the plan for them to go back to the in-laws? Is it likely they will follow up if you do get their weight down, or will it all just go back to their old lifestyle? I don't see the point if it's likely they just go back to normal.
It sounds like they can't really care for the dogs anymore, perhaps a more permanent solution is needed.
The spoken plan would be for them to go back to the ILs, and the plan would not likely be followed. I'd say MIL would be relieved to have them gone and being cared for.
Silverstreak, on 07 November 2019 - 04:17 PM, said:
You are a sweetie pie! Awww, thanks
If your MIL has mobility issues and your FIL is not interested in the dogs, chances are they're not getting shampooed and groomed as much as they should. Can your PIL outsource and get a dog walker to take them out a couple of times a week at least, as well as a mobile dog wash at least once a month or so?
Nope - no disposable income. FIL would be greatly offended if we paid for it too. Any options that involve telling/advising them what to do will not be followed. Prior experience tells us this
#notallcats, on 07 November 2019 - 04:29 PM, said:
If the dogs are otherwise happy, and the plan is just to go back to overfeeding them, I'd just leave them be. I think it might be a bit unfair to everyone to remove them from their home/owners, make them diet, get use to walks, etc and then just go back to normal. I know you're intentions are good but beyond a vet check, I'd leave it be.
ILs do not have the money to pay anyone for dog walking or grooming. Any options involving telling/advising them what to do will fall on deaf ears and will not be effective. I've known these people for 20 year and believe me when I say there is one very strong personality involved that everyone dances around. Paying for these services ourselves would be met with great offence.
ILs don't have a garden for the dogs to get into, they never have so I guess this is an unknown. Cavies aren't particularly diggy, are they?
MIL has asked me to convince DH to take them. They are actually her dogs, FIL wasn't involved in the decision to get them.
In terms of what would happen to the dogs afterwards I'd say if it was working well they would stay here with us. I can't see them going back to the ILs although we'd have to start there.
Sorry for the drip-feeding, but one other factor is DS. He is autistic, poor verbal skills. He is a VERY easy child to parent. He is fascinated by dogs but also very scared of them. Each time we have visited the ILs over the past few years he's gotten closer and closer to them, this last visit it was "where's DS?" He's outside with the dogs, telling them to sit down (they were lying down). He's been spotted crouching down next to them patting them. I see an opportunity for DS with these dogs. Another conversation point, something he can write about at school. MIL sees this too, she's been watching.
But in terms of convincing DH, he's not a dog person.