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Dogs: Westie Poo lethargic and vomiting, loose stools, squirll
loose stools, squirll, sensitive stomach: Hi MJ, It s good your dog is still drinking, but don t let her drink too much at a time, as that can cause her already sensitive stomach to become distended, and cause her to vomit more. Since this has been going on since yesterday, if your dog is still...

Dogs: walking on a lease, dogs head, obedience classes
dogs head, obedience classes, gentle technique: A good class is about the owner learning to play the role of top dog. The only problem with only taking one dog is that the other doesn t get practice staying on task around other dogs. Easier dogs will give up their pulling with a few good snaps of...

Dogs: walking my staffordshire bull terrier, staffordshire bull terrier, dogs head
staffordshire bull terrier, dogs head, gentle technique: One gentle technique I like is to just stop when he pulls. He wants to go. If you refuse to walk as long as he has ahold of the leash and is pulling, he should quickly figure out the only way to get to go, is not to pull. This is about teaching him not to...

Dogs: we want our rottweiler to be protective of this house and our children, training dogs, working dogs
training dogs, working dogs, rottweiler: Just being a Rottweiler goes a long ways. There are girls to hurt that don t have a Rottweiler around. Dogs are very good at reading emotions and take their cue from their family. I can t promise you that if somebody bothers your girls, the dog will attack,...

Dogs: worried about mom dog not lactating enough, nursing dog
nursing dog: Hi there, Congratulations on your new litter! It s absolutely fine, and often recommended to rotate the pups when feeding. Let four feed, then alternate them in order to ensure they all have a turn to feed. You can do the at least 3 times a day. Put...

Dogs: Y do dogs hump?, cat neutering, obedience classes
cat neutering, obedience classes, nilif: Dogs hump to demonstrate their dominance to another creature... another dog, people, or a cat. Neutering him might help, but most likely it won t. I would fill a pop can with a few pennies, and everytime he goes to pester the cat, shake it loudly and tell...

Dogs: Yorkie Puppy (cont.), obedience class, multipoo
obedience class, multipoo, natural instincts: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Dogs: young girl half chihuahua, shelley davis, swollen breasts
shelley davis, swollen breasts, hormonal imbalance: Hi Tracy, Thank you for writing to me about your new dog. It is not normal for a dog to have swollen breasts unless she has just had a litter of puppies or if there is a hormonal imbalance. Therefore, it is important that this dog be examined by a vet...

Dogs: 10 month old frequently urinating, crystals in urine
crystals in urine: Hi Donna, I m sorry your puppy is having such problems at such a young age. Many times when a dog or puppy has a recurring urinary tract infection, it s because they weren t on antibiotics long enough, so the infection wasn t totally wiped out, causing...

Dogs: My 10 Year old Schnauzer, spring checkup, blood panel
spring checkup, blood panel, bad teeth: Only a veterinarian can determine if your dog has a health problem. Make sure she is eating a quality food that is not too high in fiber, and that she is not being overfed. Both conditions make for excessive stools. It could be that as she ages she is having...

Dogs: 14 week old lab has extreme biting problem,, puppy teeth, adult teeth
puppy teeth, adult teeth, puncture wounds: You have to understand the biting is a very natural thing, and the longer he was allowed to bite his litter mates, the more difficult it will be to stop it. There is no quick, easy way. He must lose your attention time after time and each and every time...

Dogs: 14 + yr old husky w/sore on his face, anestetic, unfortunatly
anestetic, unfortunatly, carecredit: Really, the only thing that you can do is put an E-collar on him so that he cant rub his head against something. Unfortunatly, because it is on his face it is not a good idea to bandage it, it needs to be open to heal. If you are loathe to remove it, and I...

Dogs: 2 girl dogs, cooperative extension offices, girl dogs
cooperative extension offices, girl dogs, obedience class: Usually any 2 dogs will get along fine. Often if they don t it is 2 females. If they were both spayed it would help. Good leadership would help. 4-H dog training is a great idea if it isn t too late for this year. In my area, clubs form soon after the...

Dogs: My 3 year old female lab, peeing, vinegar
peeing, vinegar, good luck: Daniele- She needs to be kept away from this room. Put up a gate and do not allow her in your sons room, at all, without you being RIGHT THERE. If she pees in front of you, a FIRM no and taken outside to allow her to pee outside. After a few months of not...

Dogs: 3 year old male Jack Russell 2nd dog for companionship, jrt, somewere
jrt, somewere, jack russel: JRT/Beagle mixes are a common mix now and have seen and met a few,all seemed friendly,so I think this cross would get along fine with your JRT isn t as a much the breed,as the personality,so it might be good to have them meet somewere that is netural,and...

Dogs: 3 yr old Dog pees inside and refuses to go outside sometimes., going round in circles, old dog
going round in circles, old dog, urinary tract infection: Hi Alison, Have you ever had your dog examined to rule out a urinary tract infection? For a female dog, needing to urinate as many as 18 times during a walk is excessive. Plus the walking while peeing sounds like she may not to control the flow well. ...

Dogs: 3 yr old Pug, elongated soft palate, palate surgery
elongated soft palate, palate surgery, mild sedative: Hi Shar, Untreated, an elongated soft palate can cause increased airway noise, difficulty breathing when excited and in hot weather, and secondary upper airway diseases such as laryngeal collapse. How you decide whether or not your dog needs to have...

Dogs: 4 1/2 month old westie, vomiting blood, poor appetite
vomiting blood, poor appetite, black tarry stools: Ibuprophen can be very toxic to dogs, if it is a large dose. Do you know the dosage? The biggest problem is it can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines. It is certainly not a recomended drug for dogs, however a small dose of it will most...

Dogs: 4 year old teacup yorkie is itching/biting constantly and her belly is red a raw., teacup yorkie, head and shoulders shampoo
teacup yorkie, head and shoulders shampoo, shampoo and conditioner: Hi Tina- Using a dandruff shampoo was a mistake as it most likely seriously dried out her skin causing an allergic reaction that has created the red, raw mess that you are seeing now. It may have also allowed yeast to develop and she now has a bad yeast...

Dogs: 45 days old shih tzu trowing up and not eating, lack of appetite, god thanks
lack of appetite, god thanks, vomitting: Hi Vana, I have to apologize to you. I get a large number of these all expert messages, far too many are from people who s dogs are in desperate need of veterinary care. In your first message you didn t say that it was a milk replacement supplement,...

Dogs: 45 days old shih tzu trowing up and not eating, goats milk, cows milk
goats milk, cows milk, puppy food: Vana- 45 days is too young to be seperated from the mother- toy breeds should not be seperated until they are at the very minimum 8 weeks old, preferably 12 weeks. In fact, in many states it is illegal to sell puppies as young as 6 weeks. No, I would not...

Dogs: 6 Month old Jack Russel not eating, a second puppy
a second puppy: Hi Denver, It s possible that it s a coincidence that Roxy has started vomiting and not wanting to eat when the puppy showed up. She may really be ill. If this has been going on for more than 48 hours, Roxy should be examined by your veterinarian. Stress...

Dogs: 7 1/2 yr old female beagle, Cushing's Disease
Cushing's Disease: Hi Josephine, You should definitely proceed with the additional tests your veterinarian wants to preform. Cushing s disease has a boat-load of different symptoms which your dog may or may not have, just keep that in mind if you ve been reading about...

Dogs: 7 month female havanese, bitter apple, obedience classes
bitter apple, obedience classes, nilif: First, get this little dogsnot into obedience classes and start working with her every single day. Then you and your husband must start practicing Nothing in Life is Free with her. http://k9deb.com/nilif.htm Be careful of the attention you are giving...

Dogs: AGRESSION, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: I doubt it is sexual. Getting him fixed still should help. As dogs mature, they occasionally decide they are big enough to challenge their owners for leadership. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts....

Dogs: Over Aggression in Dogs., aggression in dogs, obedience classes
aggression in dogs, obedience classes, peke: Everytime the pug/terrier bothers your Peke get a water bottle and spray him and say leave it loud and firm,and spray him as often as you have to to get him to stop and when he stops praise him-this works in getting the message across that the other dog...

Dogs: Aggressive Behavior and Barking, barking
barking: Hi Tami, Harley needs some firm leadership in his life. That pretty much sums up the dominate aggressive relationship Harley has with you. You would see the best results, in the shortest amount of time if you were to work with a professional dog trainer,...

Dogs: Akita, breeding
breeding: Hi Shanti, Just as it s best when a human teenager doesn t have babies, the same is true of dogs. Female dogs should not be bred before their second heat cycle, at that point they ll be emotionally mature, fully grown, and will be better mothers. Before...

Dogs: American bulldog and aggresion, american bulldog, new faces
american bulldog, new faces, small baby: How early did you socialize him to very many strangers? It is very important that it is done well before 12 weeks. If you weren t able give him the early socialization, it is just what I would expect. At 10 months, it will be difficult to change him,...

Dogs: Anxiety?, natural pheromones, dog appeasing pheromones
natural pheromones, dog appeasing pheromones, herbal pills: Hi Jackie, I agree, I wouldn t want to resort to using a tranquilizer for my dog on a nightly basis either. Your dog might benefit from other medication though. Prozac is used on dogs with anxiety disorders. This medications can reduce anxiety and make...

Dogs: Anxiety? Urination, little biscuit, kidney disorder
little biscuit, kidney disorder, kidney problem: Hi Eileen, You should have your dog examined by your veterinarian. If he has a urinary tact infection, that would explain the increased frequency of urination, and the inablity to hold it that you ve been seeing. A kidney disorder might also need to...

Dogs: Asthma/Anxiety Service Dogs, anxiety panic disorders, service dogs
anxiety panic disorders, service dogs, cocker spaniel: Here are the rules regarding what makes a service dog a service dog. Do you have a disability as defined by the ADA (a disability that severely impacts a major life function ie, walking, talking, seeing, hearing, breathing, etc)? As the ADA is written...

Dogs: Avoiding fleas, fleas and ticks, flea infestations
fleas and ticks, flea infestations, flea treatments: Yes, Frontline Plus is very effective against fleas and ticks. Here is a site that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about fleas and how to deal with them, inside and out, and talks about the various flea treatments: http://www.fleascontrol.com/...

Dogs: abt my new stray puppy, stray puppy, adult teeth
stray puppy, adult teeth, yelp: Dogs get rabies by being bitten by a dog with rabies. Fortunately it is fairly rare, and as long as your puppy isn t sick, it won t give you anything by biting. You do need to train it not to bite. Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend...

Dogs: abused dog, fearful dogs, collie mix
fearful dogs, collie mix, behavior tip: Hi Jacob, It s just going to take time, and lots of love and kindness for your dog to be able to trust you. Sadly, because a man abused her, she fears men. This is actually very common in rescued dogs. Here are some sites to help with this problem:...

Dogs: adopting an akita-lab mix, puppy shots, stool sample
puppy shots, stool sample, crate training: The best way with a cat is have places where the cat can hide,but since you are getting a young puppy they should be able to tolerate each other and even become friends Now for the puppy in general,because he/she is so young,it might be a good idea to bring...

Dogs: adult dog now urinating in home, vet check, excersize
vet check, excersize, real solution: I would start with a vet check. Has anything changed? Are you leaving her at alone more? I don t see much of a solution except crating her. It is only natural that a puppy resists its crate at first. What the puppy wants more than anything else is...

Dogs: aggression, professional dog trainer, obedience training
professional dog trainer, obedience training, spats: You need formal obedience training for both of them, contact a professional dog trainer. The pup could end up hurt, or dog aggressive himself when he gets older. Keep them separate for now if you can. If she is still early enough in pregnancy they can do...

Dogs: aggression towards puppy, male australian shepherd, american bulldog
male australian shepherd, american bulldog, agility training: Hi Anne-Marie, Thank you for writing to me about this neighborly situation. If your dog is dominant and isn t yet neutered, I would suggest having that done. I would also find a way to get his energy out, like long walks, training classes and agility...

Dogs: aggressive barking and behavior, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, old boston: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Dogs: alternative for advantix/frontline, natural tick repellent, lyme test
natural tick repellent, lyme test, flea and tick prevention: Hi Caroline, Thank you for writing to me and for caring enough about your dog to not want to use poison for flea and tick prevention. For flea prevention I have found that Missing Link works wonders. I once ran out of it during a particularly hot and...

Dogs: area poop training, wire grid, kids play area
wire grid, kids play area, housebreaking: Much of housebreaking is not training the puppy, but making it easier for your puppy, you, and your carpet while its body to catches up to its instincts. At around 8 weeks when the puppy goes to its new home, the time from when it realizes it has to go, and...

Dogs: Bad Breath, bad breath
bad breath: Hi Mark, If your dog has bad breath and his teeth are fine, you need take him into the vet. There can be other conditions which might be responsible: Thyroid problems, metabolic disease, gum disease, diabetes, stomach or intestinal problems and occasionally...

Dogs: BEHAVIOR, whiner, day break
whiner, day break, mid day: Dogs don t like being by their selves all day. They are pack animals by nature and she enjoyed having you home. Having a neighbor or professional dog walker give her a mid day break might help. Better yet, if you could, would be doggy day care where she...

Dogs: My Beagle, female beagle, signs of nervousness
female beagle, signs of nervousness, heat cycle: Michelle- I would be concerned that the two things are related- drinking lots of water, peeing a lot, and not having her heat cycle. It sounds to me like she has a urinary tract infection or stones. These can go unnoticed for a long time. Take her in for...

Dogs: Behavior on greeting people, containment area, cocker spanial
containment area, cocker spanial, buissness: Hi Annette, When you return home or when guests arrive, have you tried totally ignoring your puppy for the first 15 minutes or so? Whatever containment area you keep your puppy in when you re gone, leave him there. After those first 15 minutes, give him...

Dogs: Black labrador, poison control center, acute renal failure
poison control center, acute renal failure, hydrogen peroxide: Call your vet IMMEDIATELY! Raisins ARE grapes, and the results can be the same... acute renal failure. If he ate them a few minutes ago, you can try to induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide. Ask your vet (or a poison control center) for the correct dosage...

Dogs: Boston terrier puppy agression, boston terrier puppy, old boston
boston terrier puppy, old boston, boston terrier: the best way is with a trainer,as they can show you you how to correct these unwanted problems-and this is a serious issue and will be easier to fix now,rather then later Trainers can fix problems like this esp if the dog is still very young,as as this...

Dogs: Boxer hair loss, hair loss
hair loss: Hi Karen, Boxers are prone to hair loss on the flanks, it is often a seasonal thing, so it goes under the term seasonal flank alopecia . Because there isn t any itching, it s probably a good guess to say the cause isn t demodectic mange, or an inhalant...

Dogs: Boxer skin issue, dish soap, thyroid deficiency
dish soap, thyroid deficiency, sweet little girl: Follow up Hi Patty, If the problem is caused by allergies, then a human grade fish and potato is a good start for food. Try Solid Gold brand. In place of the steroids, try baby Benedryl. Good luck, Shelley Hi Patty, Thank you for writing to...

Dogs: Boxer trying to jump wall, male boxer, jump harness
male boxer, jump harness, garden chairs: Hi Paula, There are special harness made especially for dogs who jump, the only movement these harnesses restrict is the movement necessary to jump. You can see an example of this kind of harness here: http://www.gundogsonline.com/dog-collars/nylon-dog-collars/anti-jump-restraint-harness.html...

Dogs: Bran, fiber
fiber: Hi Christina, For a 95 pound dog, you can start him off by giving 1 tablespoon of a bran cereal per day into his food. It s best to start out with just a little, as giving a dog too much fiber can cause loose stools, just as it can for people. You can probably...

Dogs: Breaking of Potty Pads, toilet area, frequent opportunities
toilet area, frequent opportunities, terrier mix: Hi Lisa, This is one of the reasons why training a puppy with paper or pads is not a good idea. You need to move a soiled pad to an outside area, and take your dog outside to use the pad. I say to use a soiled pad, so that she will smell her scent on...

Dogs: Breathing prob, good shape, lungs
good shape, lungs, tumor: I would talk it over with your vet. it is has grown to where it is interfering with his breathing, it is time to remove it as long as he is in otherwise good shape. Another reason to check with the vet is the breathing could be something unrelated to the...

Dogs: Budget Clippers, wahl professional clippers, standard poodle
wahl professional clippers, standard poodle, interchangeable blades: I am not familiar with this particular clipper, but cheap clippers really don t do a good job and don t usually last too long. They generally cannot handle interchangeable blades, which you would most likely want in order to clip your dog longer and shorter....

Dogs: Bulldog humping, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, obedience training: Neutering him should help it, along with obedience training. it sounds like it is about pack rank. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with...

Dogs: my babies ears., microscopic mites, malotic
microscopic mites, malotic, tinactin: Hi Kevin, The MalOtic is an antibiotic, and the athletes foot cream is an anti-fungal. If they aren t helping your dog s condition, she needs to be re-examined by your get, and a new medication needs to be prescribed. Of course you want your dog s treatment...

Dogs: bad chewing behavior in a good dog (vizsla), puppy housebreaking, vizsla puppy
puppy housebreaking, vizsla puppy, feeding a puppy: Hi Nicole, Thank you for writing to me about your new Vizsla puppy. The best thing is to practice prevention. The protocol for puppy house breaking incorporates crate training and I suggest that you follow this for chewing as well. If your dog is eating...

Dogs: badly split nail, split toe nail
split toe nail: Hi Mariah, Nail injuries are really painful, that s one of the reasons they are usually best handled by a veterinarian. Usually a split toe nail has to be removed from the place it is split, so that the remaining base that is healthy can grow back and...

Dogs: bald spot and sneezing, irritable bowel syndrome, upper respiratory infections
irritable bowel syndrome, upper respiratory infections, therapeutic diet: Hi Amy, Congratulations of getting a dog! If the red spot on her chest isn t bothering her in any way, then there s not much to be done about it. Keep an eye on it, if it seems to be getting larger, or if your dog begins to lick or scratch it, or if...

Dogs: beef bone, shelley davis, marrow bones
shelley davis, marrow bones, beef bone: Hi Michelle, Thank you for writing to me about your dog. You haven t said if the bone was cooked or raw. Typically a raw marrow bone is very healthy for your dog. A cooked bone can be deadly. Raw marrow bones are very hard and dogs can gnaw on them and...

Dogs: behavior, dog rolling on back
dog rolling on back: Hi Joe, Thank you for your question! Sorry for the brief delay in responding. I had to go out of town suddenly as a family member was ill. What is sounds like to me is that your dog is enjoying a good back roll in your yard. Dogs can and do gleefully...

Dogs: What are the best foods to feed a chihuahua?, chihuahua puppy, canine cuisine
chihuahua puppy, canine cuisine, classic gourmet: Most puppies will happily eat anything they get, but some take a little while to adapt to their new home before they will eat. The heavier they are, the less likely to eat. There is very little good information about dog food available to the public and...

Dogs: big dogs & little dogs, rescue puppy, boxer mix
rescue puppy, boxer mix, little dogs: It could work out fine, but will require supervision. The puppy will want to play, but will be too much for them. You will need to crate it when your aren t around. They are a big help with housebreaking too. It is only natural that a puppy resists its...

Dogs: bladder control after spaying, shelley davis, bladder control
shelley davis, bladder control, yorkie: Hi Margaret, Thank you for writing to me about your sweet yorkie. It is common for dogs to pee a lot after anesthesia, and especially a hysterectomy because of all the movement in that area. Give it time. In the meantime, eliminate all grains from...

Dogs: bloodclots in urine, rodesian ridgeback, vet asap
rodesian ridgeback, vet asap, bladder infection: Josh- Yes, this sounds like a bladder infection or kidney infection or other UTI. It could also possibly indicate stones. She needs to see a vet ASAP. It would be HIGHLY unlikely that she has come back into heat (dogs typically come into heat twice a year,...

Dogs: bloody discharge, bloody discharge, male dogs
bloody discharge, male dogs, prostate disease: Hi Thad, Your dog might be having a infection in his urethra (the tube through which urine flows), or it may be prostate disease. Bloody discharge in male dogs can also be caused by an injury to the penis or some other part of the urinary tract leading...

Dogs: My blue tick/aieradale is becoming aggressive with men, hitting dogs, result of hitting dogs
hitting dogs, result of hitting dogs, dog aggressive to men: Hi Amber, This is Madeline at AllExperts. I drew your question out of the Question Pool here. Please feel free to read my bio. First, sudden aggression deserves being explored by a vet. Even though your dog is on the young side, please talk with your...

Dogs: my border collie, flea allergy, border collie
flea allergy, border collie, food allergy: Lorna- I would take her in for a skin scraping. Loosing fur around the eyes and mouth is classic demodex mange, however at her age it is possible it is a food allergy, flea allergy, or something else. Only a skin scraping under the microscope will tell...

Dogs: bowel movement, dog excessively pooping, excessive bowel movements in dog
dog excessively pooping, excessive bowel movements in dog, what is normal for a dog: Hi Shavonne, I m not *really* answering this question, but answering it on the boards here so that perhaps others can benefit from my *almost* answer. In my bio it says that I am not qualified nor able to make any types of medical diagnoses, and I m not...

Dogs: boxer, stomach acid, 11 years
stomach acid, 11 years, bile: Zack- There are many, many things that can cause a dog to vomit. Unfortunatly, there is no enough information for me to make a diagnosis over the internet. You should take her to the vet if she continues to vomit. If this is just a once or twice thing,...

Dogs: What breed is this dog???, social dogs, long walks
social dogs, long walks, chows: This is a mutt,and since it s a puppy it s hard to even say how big it will be But my guess it s a chow/golden retriver mix,chows are known for being independent and and doing fine on there own and rather cat-like,goldens on the other hand are the other...

Dogs: Choc Lab Puppy, lab puppy, positive reinforcement
lab puppy, positive reinforcement, lunch time: At that age, it is very important to be out with the puppy. Sometimes they need to be forced to walk around to stimulate urination. Even more important is lavishing praise on them when they go. Later, the praise shifts to when they go to the door. Maybe...

Dogs: Chow/Pitt puppy, obedience classes, chow
obedience classes, chow, puppy: The best way to go would be to enroll her in obedience classes as a trainer can walk you through everything,and show you how to fix any potential problems As for the crate NEVER use it to punish a dog,only use it for house training problems only,not for...

Dogs: Cockerspaniels, st johns wort, sliver
st johns wort, sliver, 7 months: Going to the vet is a good next step to rule out any medical condition that might be causing this. The only other thing I could suggest is trying St Johns Wort or DAP (dog appeasing pheromones). Both are known to calm dogs. Maybe it s a stress issue. Ask...

Dogs: Collar vs Harness small dog, dachshunds, brother and sister
dachshunds, brother and sister, dachshund: Yes, you can leave a harness on the dog all the time so long as it is properly tightened. With dachshund mixes, a harness is ALWAYS recommended because putting pressure on their necks can lead to neck and back problems, because of the way they are built. I...

Dogs: My Cowardly Chihuahua!, fearful dog
fearful dog: Determining why your dog is fearful is not always essential to treating the fearful behavior, although the reason for her fear will dictate the relative success of the treatment. A dog that is genetically predisposed to general fearfulness, or a dog that...

Dogs: Cracking joints, Panosteitis, Pano
Panosteitis, Pano: Hi Gellia, Don t don t lie. If your dog is whimpering when she gets up, or when her joints pops, you can be sure that she s in pain. Panosteitis, or Pano is a growth disease which is common in large breed dogs. It can show up as young as 6 or 9 months...

Dogs: Cramps, joint pain
joint pain: Hi Karen, At 8 years old your dog is getting up in years. He is no longer considered to be a young dog. Depending on his weight and size he would be around 51 years old in human years. Your dog may have a little arthritis, or possibly hip dysplasia. Both...

Dogs: Crystals in my dogs urine, struvite bladder stones
struvite bladder stones: Hi Norma, There are several different kinds of kidney/bladder crystals. Your vet is correct to wait for all the test results to come in before proceeding with a treatment. Urine that is saturated with excess amount of certain minerals are prone to form...

Dogs: Cushings, high liver enzyme, high liver enzyme count
high liver enzyme, high liver enzyme count, liver enzymes: Hi Angharad, It s not at all uncommon that a sick dog should need repeated trips to the vet, and additional diagnostic tests. I know it s a lengthy process, but when a dog doesn t respond to treatment, and the condition persists, the only thing to do...

Dogs: cairn terrier/yorkie, skills dogs, bite inhibition
skills dogs, bite inhibition, tiny needle: Hi Louise, Thank you for writing to me about your puppy s mouthing issues. For puppies raised with their mother and littermates, bite inhibition begins around eight weeks of age. This is one reason that it’s critically important never to remove a pup...

Dogs: caring for a malnutritioned dog., lg box oatmeal, satin balls
lg box oatmeal, satin balls, wheat germ: Hi Kate- I am not sure what is available in Nicaragua, but I am going to list a recipie for what we in rescue call Satin Balls . These are EXCELLENT for getting weight on a starved dog. 10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest fattiest kind] 1 lg. box...

Dogs: changing blades on a dog clipper, clipper, screwdriver
clipper, screwdriver, hinge: Make sure that the hinge that the blade fits on is open. (You might have to pry it open with a screwdriver if it has accidentally closed.) Slide the blade onto the hinge. Turn the clipper on (so that the two pieces of the blade line up properly), and push...

Dogs: chewing, german boxer, dobberman
german boxer, dobberman, kong toy: Chewing is usually a stress reliever for a dog, while some do it because they are bored. The solution is to prevent it from happening by keeping him confined when no one is around, and giving him something more appropriate to chew on... such as a Kong toy...

Dogs: chewing penis, smooth fox terrier, doggie park
smooth fox terrier, doggie park, pain meds: Sometimes it it is tough to figure out what is happening. have you tried Benadryl? You can give up to 2 mg per pound of body weight every 8 hours. If it seems to help, you might take a closer look at allergies. You might try a behaviorists too. Good ones...

Dogs: chihuahua leaking a pus-like fluid from breasts, breast cancer treatment, yellow pus
breast cancer treatment, yellow pus, spayed female: Hi Helen, Thank you for writing to me about your sweet Chihuahua. Your dog may have a condition called Mastitis. This is an infection of the milk ducts which if left untreated can lead to gangrene. This is a medical emergency and if left untreated can...

Dogs: is my chihuahua sick?, cyst
cyst: Hi Daniela, There s no way of knowing what kind of growth your dog has without your veterinarian looking at it. Most of these sort of cysts are not cancerous, but it s best to have your veterinarian examine it if it seems to be getting larger, or if it...

Dogs: color marking on a dog, random color pattern, adoptable dogs
random color pattern, adoptable dogs, good dogs: Hi Tami, Markings of any kind are purely genetic and pure chance. You can interpret a marking to be anything you d like: lucky, unlucky, or anything in between. But that doesn t make it so. It s purely a belief, and not rooted in science. The V shape...

Dogs: I am confused, healthy dogs, empee
healthy dogs, empee, seperate rooms: I m sorry! I didnt see your follow up. Yes, it will help, but make sure you wash hands between dogs and you do not allow anything that your sick dog touches to touch your healthy dogs. It sounds like he has bordetello. This is HIGHLY contagious, so to be perfectly...

Dogs: craping problem, puppy housebreaking, creature of habit
puppy housebreaking, creature of habit, natural instinct: Hi Anirudh, Thank you for writing to me. There s no such thing as an almost housebroken dog. Either your dog is or isn t housebroken. When a dog is housebroken it never uses the house for its toilet, so I suggest that you go back to basic puppy housebreaking,...

Dogs: crate training, chorkie, petfinders
chorkie, petfinders, buying a puppy: Forcing or allowing a dog to relieve itself in the crate overcomes its natural instinct to keep its den clean. A dog can go 4-5 hours in a crate or overnight once a little older. If left longer giving it a place to take care of physical needs isn t enough....

Dogs: Dachshund, miniature dachshunds, crate training
miniature dachshunds, crate training, behaviorist: Brandi..putting a doggie door in is not going to help the problem. All it is going to do is having them destroying your yard and trying to figure out ways to get away. They need to be crate trained in individual crates to fix all the problems you are having...

Dogs: Dachshund won't stop licking people., smart boy, acceptable behavior
smart boy, acceptable behavior, destructive behavior: Emma- If he stops when you tell him to, you just answered your own question :) Don t let him do it! When he starts, tell him to stop. Every time, immediatly. If he starts again, get up and walk away and ignore him. He will eventually learn this is not acceptable...

Dogs: Daschund vs Backpack, dog backpack, dog conditioning
dog backpack, dog conditioning, doggie backpack: Hi Stephanie, Before I consider answering your question, I hope you don t mind if I ask a question. :-) I m wondering why you feel the need to strengthen your Dachshund s back and want to backpack your dog? Is your doing so on the advice of a vet or...

Dogs: Diablo - our rescue dog, white german shepherd, obedience classes
white german shepherd, obedience classes, white shepherd: I think the main thing is to get him used to people and situations,that he could encounter everyday-obedience classes are great as it can often open dogs up to situations.From the sounds of it,it sounds more like a lack of socialization then anything else-but...

Dogs: Difficulty training new dog, quiet street corner, obedience class
quiet street corner, obedience class, corn stalks: Hi Jeff, It can help to give your dog a good run, or some other form of exercise before the obedience class. It will take the edge off of her boundless energy, so maybe she ll be better able to pay attention in class. If your dog isn t interested in...

Dogs: Doberman, dog obedience class, local animal
dog obedience class, local animal, dog trainer: Hi Niyaz, Your problem is that your dog is WAY overdue for training! Getting another dog will not help your problem. It would be best to first get control over the dog you have, before getting another, otherwise you ll have two out of control dogs. If...

Dogs: Doberman Licking legs raw, acral lick granulomas
acral lick granulomas: Hi Grace, Doberman Pinscher s are one of the breeds of dog prone to develop a condition called Acral Lick Granuloma . The licking that creates a lick granuloma may stem from an underlying medical condition, or it may be psychological in origin. Medical...

Dogs: Dog, having puppies, female puppy
having puppies, female puppy, healthy dogs: Hi Kristin, All dogs, no matter the breed have a gestation period of approximately 63 days. That s an average, it can be a little 56 days, or as long as 69 days. There is a certain amount of risk in having puppies, but young healthy dogs pose less risks....

Dogs: Dog Breeding Age, recommended age, dog breeding
recommended age, dog breeding, litters: Hi Pam, In the same way that there is a recommended age for the first pregnancy, there is also a recommended age for the last one. Most breeders agree a female dog shouldn t be bred after she is six years old, possibly seven, depending on how many litters...

Dogs: Dog bitten by another dog, bloody wounds, neosporine
bloody wounds, neosporine, puncture wounds: Did you find out if the other dog had their rabies shot? If not, this NEEDS to be reported. If the are two very clean, small puncture wounds, you can treat it yourself by leaving them exposed to the air and gently cleaning them with peroxide. Neosporine...

Dogs: Dog chewing on pet bed, winter wonder land, child gates
winter wonder land, child gates, rope toy: You are correct about training her not to do something when you aren t around won t work. The only solution is to take the bed away. She may move on to something else, including any electrical cords she can get to. You may have to crate her. It is...

Dogs: Dog Grooming at Home, dog clippers
dog clippers: Hi Meghan, I ve heard good things about the Oster Golden A5 2-Speed Clipper, and the Andis AGC 2 Clipper, these both have detachable blades. Cheap models comes with blades on it and you must use snap on combs, they do not work as well as detachable models....

Dogs: Dog gets excited and starts jumping up, chow mix, sixteen months
chow mix, sixteen months, paws: Consistently is very important in correcting jumping and other problems. Quickly correcting him each and every time he jumps on somebody is very important. He must never get the affection he wants. A number of things have been used. One of the most gentle...

Dogs: Dog Housetraining, mini dachshund, closing doors
mini dachshund, closing doors, carpet cleaners: You may need to start all over again like with a new puppy. This can be applied to older dogs too. Biggest difference is the longer time after eating or drinking before they are ready to relieve themselves. You will need to learn to read the dog and learn...

Dogs: Dog's hurt leg, arthritis pains, fever heat
arthritis pains, fever heat, baby asprin: Hayden- Its possible that she just tore a ligament or gave herself a little extra joint pain while running and jumping after the cat. If you can extend it, gently prod the bone and hip without pain, then I wouldn t worry about taking her to the vet just...

Dogs: Dog living outside...is it ok?, outside dog
outside dog: Hi Nikki, I agree with what you ve been told at the other message boards you participate in. I don t believe a dog, should be relegated to a life outside, away from its human family. Dogs are social animals that need to be around people. It s as simple...

Dogs: Dog Meal, puppy
puppy: Hi Rejesh, Veterinarians do not generally recommend giving milk to puppies or dogs. Many puppies do not tolerate cow s milk well and will experience diarrhea from it. There are specific milk replacement products that are similar to the milk produced by...

Dogs: Dog Odors, two dogs, local authorities
two dogs, local authorities, dog owners: If he is really cleaning up after them, there shouldn t be much odor. You could suggest a little lime. You could also complain to the local authorities. Let me assure you, most dog owners keep their place clean and have very little odor from the dogs...

Dogs: Is My Dog a Pitbull, american bulldog, border collie
american bulldog, border collie, english bulldog: She looks like she could have pitbull in her,but could also be American Bulldog,which a lot of people mistaken for pitbulls It would also be an unrelated cross,such as a lab/border collie-it s almost impossible to predtict what a mix actually is,unless...

Dogs: Dog poops in house right after being let outside, mini schnauzer, dog poops
mini schnauzer, dog poops, housebreaking: He is probably to claim the house as his the best way to fix this is with a crate and keep him in there all of the time,except to go outside,to be fed,walked ect and do this for about three weeks,then slowly let him out more If the presents come back,back...

Dogs: My Dog Is Scared To Go For A Walk, husky puppy, new experiences
husky puppy, new experiences, dangerous time: At 12 weeks he is reaching the stag of life where he no longer accepts new experiences as well. It may take a lot of work overcoming problems now. Don t coddle him for showing fear and don t let it stress you. The period between 6-12 weeks is a dangerous...

Dogs: my Dog split her ear......., shelley davis, female dogs
shelley davis, female dogs, dries: Dear Alex, Thank you for writing to me. Your dog needs to be seen by a vet immediately. The longer the ear dries or heals split, the more impossible it will be to stitch it back together. You will end up with a dog with a forked ear, which I don t...

Dogs: Dog who stopped eating, canned dog food, bull mastiff
canned dog food, bull mastiff, stubborn child: Julie- Unfortunatly you are right- he is being a stubborn child and there is only one thing you can do- stop catering to it. I know that sounds so hard, but he is NOT going to starve himself. Stop giving him any treats at all- if he gets treats for doing...

Dogs: Dog urinates on daughter's bed, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: This clearly is a leadership problem. Spaying her is not already would help. She understands your daughter is pregnant and may be unhappy about it. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the...

Dogs: Dog's weight?, hills science diet, missing something
hills science diet, missing something, akc: Sounds good to me. If you need confirmation you are doing it right, see http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx It never hurts to see what you vet says, it sounds like you have a big, healthy girl. Keep doing just what you are. If anybody...

Dogs: Dog weight loss, weight gain
weight gain: Hi Sharon, I will assume the only dietary restrictions your dog has, is a low sodium diet. You can try mixing puppy food in with your dog s regular food. There are also nutrient supplements that add calories to a dog s diet, such as Tomlyn Nutri-Cal...

Dogs: Dogs, collie puppy, cross breed
collie puppy, cross breed, collie: This is fairly normal,and sometimes can take up to 6 weeks to work itself out,but in time it will-your older dog is just putting the puppy in her place She may also be jealous of the new puppy,so spending some one on one time with her might help as wel...

Dogs: Dogs getting along, collie puppy, cross breed
collie puppy, cross breed, collie: Once past 3 years old, many dogs don t want anything to do with puppies, their sharp little teeth, and their biting games. You need to teach the puppy to leave the older dog alone. As soon as the puppy starts to focus on the older dog, give it a sharp ...

Dogs: Dogs behavior, thyroid condition, vet check
thyroid condition, vet check, animal shelters: Not being neutured might be the cause of this,as unaltered males tend to want to fight more,so getting them done may solve this altogether-often animal shelters can offer this at a reduced rate as well It could also be a thyroid condition,so you can have...

Dogs: Dogs in Heat, dogs in heat, grooming table
dogs in heat, grooming table, shih tzus: You don t say how old these dogs are, but if he is old enough, I would get the mix neutered ASAP. If he doesn t have a screw loose G , it could be that the shih tzu has some sort of infection (bladder?) as that will sometimes trigger this sort of reaction...

Dogs: dachshund, american animal hospital, emergency veterinary care
american animal hospital, emergency veterinary care, animal hospital association: Hi Vally I am very sorry to hear of your dog s problem. Not being a doctor, I could only give you guess as far as what your dog s condition might be. It could be a variety of things, ranging from kidney failure to an impact injury, to cancer. Treatment...

Dogs: do danes have to stay in the house, luke and maggie, person job
luke and maggie, person job, tool room: It would be best to have them meet in neutural grounds,such as a park ect as your dog,might see the new ones as some type of threat,and it s pretty much a two person job,and what you would do is walk slowly towords the new dogs and just let them sniff ect...

Dogs: dog, old dog, dog show
old dog, dog show, cardboard: You are VERY lucky! Or maybe just have a very well-trained dog. It is quite remarkable that he hasn t eliminated for two days. Personally, I would keep an eye on him because he should be having to go soon. There is an old dog show trick that you might try,...

Dogs: about my dog, closet shelving, wire grid
closet shelving, wire grid, housebreaking: I don t think wee pads are a good idea. It only confuses the dog if later you try to change to outside. Also, some dogs insist on going next to them. If you want to try them, do as I would with an outside spot. Much of housebreaking is not training the...

Dogs: dog, cavalier king charles, time heals all wounds
cavalier king charles, time heals all wounds, pet companion: Hi I m sorry for the loss of your dog. It s fairly common for a surviving dog to some behavioral changes after losing a pet companion. Just as you may have done when your dog was a puppy, you should not be giving him/her the run of your home, because...

Dogs: dog, newborns, puppies
newborns, puppies, few days: Jennifer- This is normal, she is too protective to leave the puppies. Put a leash on her and pick her up (if possible), move here somewhere where she can not hear or see the puppies and let her go to the bathroom. She will get the hang of it soon :)...

Dogs: dog, seizure activity
seizure activity: Hi Judy, The odd tongue movements that go along with the staring, and acting oblivious to things around him could be a sign of seizure activity. Seizures can be much more subtle than falling over or foaming at the mouth. You should take note of how...

Dogs: My dog may have aborted her pups, quality puppy, puppy food
quality puppy, puppy food, seclusion: I have no idea what he meant by do not let her strain herself . I suppose he meant you should keep her quiet and not let her exert herself too much, however, you should have been walking her every day so that she has been getting plenty of exercise. As she...

Dogs: My dog may have aborted her pups, birthing positions, calcium deposits
birthing positions, calcium deposits, junebug: She sounds like she is a lot closer then three weeks. If the breeder did not see the ties and is guessing how far along she is, she could easily be off. Her symptoms are farther along then three weeks out. I would start taking her temperature twice a day and...

Dogs: My dog acying very strange, pekinese, chewie
pekinese, chewie, guesswork: Hi Stephanie, With those symptoms, there s no way to guess at what the problem might be. What doesn t require guesswork, is the fact your dog is in pain, or doesn t feel very well. For this reason, having your dog examined by your veterinarian is the...

Dogs: dog behavior, old baby girl, extreme rarity
old baby girl, extreme rarity, atribute: Brian- Try to remember that this is your males house, and all of a sudden there is a new dog in HIS house, in HIS territory, and he doesn t understand whats going on. If he isn t attacking her, he s trying very hard to let her fit in. Snapping at her over...

Dogs: dog behavior after being nutuered, female boxer, major surgery
female boxer, major surgery, couple weeks: Rhonda- Yes, he just had fairly major surgery. It will probably take a couple weeks for him to feel up to par again- just like anyone who goes through surgery. He is probably still feeling the affects of the anastetic. Good luck, thanks for neutering...

Dogs: dog with cancer, grass fed beef, cancer of the spleen
grass fed beef, cancer of the spleen, shelley davis: Hi Lisa, Thank you for writing to me about your sweet dog diagnosed with cancer. The first thing I would like to recommend is putting her on Low Dose Naltrexone. You can get this by working with Dr. Newkirk from Margate Animal Hospital. http://www.alternativevet.com/VET/margate/index.html...

Dogs: dog constipation, small breed dogs, steroid prednisone
small breed dogs, steroid prednisone, canned pumpkin: Hey there Laurie Yes, this can happen with antibiotics, its fairly common. Before you try any laxatives, which should only be done under the observation of a vet, try giving her half a can of canned pumpkin filling from the store. This is a wonderful home...

Dogs: dog eating other dogs feces, shock collar, control diet
shock collar, control diet, supermix: Hi Lynn, The absolute best method of stopping your dog from eating feces, is to pick up the waste, and dispose of it. Prevention works 100% of the time. The increased defecating and vomiting might be due to a couple of factors. The new diet probably...

Dogs: dog feed, dog food
dog food: Hi Lynn, Whomever you sent your message to was unable or unwilling to answer your question, so it ended up in a question pool , where any of the experts in the category of dogs could choose to answer it. Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice food is a...

Dogs: dog glaucoma - holistic treatment?, glaucoma
glaucoma: Hi Jean, I m sorry to hear of your dog s condition. Glaucoma is a very frustrating disease because it requires constant monitoring, may require several different therapies, has a high cost financially, and despite excellent care often still results in...

Dogs: dog grooming, chorkie, horse shampoo
chorkie, horse shampoo, occasional bath: Most any shampoo will do; I like to open the top and smell the shampoo to see if it is something I will enjoy when the dog is up in my lap (as they often are around here). One of my favorite shampoos is Farnum White N Brite, a horse shampoo. It is intensely...

Dogs: 'One dog' household, female yorkie, yorkie poo
female yorkie, yorkie poo, two dogs: Some dogs bond too closely to other dogs in the household, and it is very hard for them if the other dies. It sounds like Lucy relied on the Pom to take the lead in her life and is a bit lost without him in charge. Getting another dog is certainly a decision...

Dogs: dog humps me, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: Why she picks you is hard to say. she is letting you know she is in charge. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own...

Dogs: My dog keeps jumping on my car!!!!, move the car, mental stimulation
move the car, mental stimulation, merc: Walk her on a leash in the yard for the next few weeks- even a flexi lead or long extended leash. Do not allow her outside in the fenced in area around the cars without you being RIGHT THERE. If she attempts to jump on the car, correct her with a firm no,...

Dogs: my dog has latley benn going after, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Dogs: dog licking, konnor, ear infection
konnor, ear infection, nurse: I consider some dogs to be nurse dogs . I have had a couple over the years, and when they start licking another, there is usually a reason and I discover the problem when I start looking... a sore spot, an ear infection, etc. My Konnor was so good; he always...

Dogs: My dog is picky about where to go for walks, head harness
head harness: Hi Kendra, Your dog might benefit from using a head harness, rather than being walked with a standard neck collar, or even a shoulder harness. These clever, humane training devices that go by the brand names Gentle Leader (also known as the Promise collar)...

Dogs: my dog post Bronchoscopy
Hi Cheri, The usual symptoms of Kennel Cough include a dry, non-productive cough. The dog sounds as if there is something stuck or caught in the throat and the coughing is an unsuccessful attempt to dislodge the object. A coughing jag is sometimes followed...

Dogs: dog's, dangerous germs, dead squirrel
dangerous germs, dead squirrel, disease causing bacteria: Hi Kathy, When we talk about the cleanliness of a mouth, we re really talking about the amount and type of bacteria it contains. The kind of bacteria found in a human mouth and a dog mouth depend on what s been there recently. Unlike dogs, humans typically...

Dogs: dog in season, deadly cancers, veterina
deadly cancers, veterina, boarding kennel: Dear Tracyann, Thank you for writing to me about the situation with a dog in heat and a dog reacting to the dog in heat. For every heat that your female goes through the chances of certain deadly cancers and infections developing are magnified significantly...

Dogs: dog vaccine, excessive salivating, upset stomach
excessive salivating, upset stomach, rabies: Yes, dogs can have reactions to rabies or distemper- excessive salivating indicates an upset stomach which is a possible reaction. You may also notice him stumbling, lethargic, throwing up, dizzy, or feverish. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if things...

Dogs: doggy, skin infection, best of luck
skin infection, best of luck, veterinarian: Hi Lucy, Nobody on line can diagnose your dog for you. Since the problem has been going on for a number of weeks, you need to have your dog examined by your veterinarian. If you don t get your dog treated, the problem can get a whole lot worse, and...

Dogs: my dogs, best of luck, kisses
best of luck, kisses, puppies: Hi Kat, It s hard to say whey after about 5 years your dog suddenly got more affectionate towards you, and started to give kisses. If you want your other dog to give kisses, you can actually train him to do so. Here s a short video to show you how:...

Dogs: dogs, social animal, puppie
social animal, puppie, best of luck: Hi Hannah, I m sorry, but no dog should be kept outside year round. A dog is a social animal that needs to be with it s human family. If one person in your household doesn t want a dog, the problem isn t in selecting a dog that can be kept outside,...

Dogs: dogs antibiotics, puppy head, epsom salt
puppy head, epsom salt, vet clinic: Hi Ed, Having tried to treat your puppy s sty on your own, but not seeing any success, you are correct that your puppy needs to see a doctor now. Did your vet diagnose it as a sty, or are you assuming that s what your puppy has? There are other conditions...

Dogs: my dogs behaviour, pain medication, possiable
pain medication, possiable, cuddle: Hi Sonia, Because your dog was just spayed yesterday, she might not be feeling her best today. After surgery isn t isn t at all odd that a dog won t appreciate being touched, and will remain near things that are a comfort to her, in this case, the new teddy....

Dogs: My dogs face is swelling, Emergency Clinics
Emergency Clinics: Hi Jen, If your vet, and none of the vets you ve contacted do not have a doctor on call after hours, go here: http://veccs.org/hospital_directory.php On the right side, in the Find a clinic field, select your state and click on submit. (you need...

Dogs: dogs nose peeling, nose peeling
nose peeling: Hi Karen, The peeling might be nothing serious, but there are a few skin diseases that should ruled out by your vet. You didn t say if she s licking her nose more than normal, or not. If she is, then she must feel some sort of irritation and it should be...

Dogs: my dogs rapid weight gain, rapid weight gain, benign tumour
rapid weight gain, benign tumour, greenbeans: Hi Kelly- Neutering older dogs can certainly cause a weight gain, it is very common. What is he eating, and how much? I d suggest what we call a green bean diet- cut his food down to 1/4 a cup a feeding and give him two big heaping spoonfuls of greenbeans...

Dogs: My dogs tail., vet visit, coffee tables
vet visit, coffee tables, whimper: Hi Duane- She may have injured a nerve ending in her tail (labs are pretty good about thwaking their tail into walls and coffee tables :) ) I would just keep an eye on it. If she continues to favor it, lick at it, whimper or if you notice any swelling or...

Dogs: dogs being together, shepherd mix puppy, border collies
shepherd mix puppy, border collies, obedience classes: I am sure that eventually they will be fine together, but until the puppy grows up more (mentally), they will need to be watched to make sure that the puppy doesn t pester the Yorkie and possibly hurt him. Your puppy is old enough to get into some obedience...

Dogs: getting drops in my dogs ears, dogs ears, nylon rope
dogs ears, nylon rope, nylon leash: Hi Becky, Some dogs have a harsh reaction to being medicated or treated. Many times this behavior is limited to the vet s office, but some dogs strongly object to treatments even when their owners are the ones doing it. Putting drops in your dog s ears...

Dogs: Eating habit changes in elderly dogs, diarrhea and vomiting, eating habit
diarrhea and vomiting, eating habit, american eskimo: At his age, i would let him pick and choose his foods as long as they are good for him. The important thing is he is eating! Many owners of older dogs cook regularly for their dogs. It is very unusual for a dog raised on kibble to still be able to eat it as...

Dogs: Elderly German Shorthair bad habits, itching
itching: Hi Philip, Sleeping all the time is perfectly normal for an 17 year old dog. You need to pick up the solid waste in your backyard. Prevention is the cure for this problem. The chewing herself until she bleeds is your only real problem. The root cause...

Dogs: English Springer Spainel and Food, puppy food
puppy food: Hi Ali, High-quality ingredients are essential for a healthy food. Some economy brands of dog food are made from inexpensive ingredients that are not easily digested, and therefore, do not provide the best nutrition. While they may technically meet the...

Dogs: Excessive Shedding, purina puppy chow, blue wilderness
purina puppy chow, blue wilderness, corn wheat: Hi Qiana- What an adorable puppy. I highly suggest you switch her food. Purina puppy chow is filled with inferior grains- corn, wheat, soy, barley etc. The few bits of meat in it are undefinable processed by products that I wouldn t feed to my enemies....

Dogs: Excited Urination, wcvm, schnoodle
wcvm, schnoodle, usask: It sounds to me like you are doing all the right things... keeping everything low-key and ignoring him. I am assuming that you are also not correcting him whenever he does this. I think it might be time to contact your veterinarian and see about putting the...

Dogs: Expressing glands, anal sacs, anal glands
anal sacs, anal glands, wet spot: I think she is urinating in her sleep. It may not smell much if she is drinking lots of water. She may need her anal glands done, but this doesn t sound like she is leaking fluid from them because the smell of anal gland fluid is horrendous. There is no...

Dogs: eating non foods, Pica
Pica: Hi Phyllis, Eatting no-food items is called Pica . There are many medical conditions such as dietary deficiencies and esophageal dysphagia which should first be ruled out through a veterinarian s examination. In the absence of any physiologic or pathologic...

Dogs: eating wastse, last ditch effort, noel lewis
last ditch effort, noel lewis, canned pumpkin: Nobody has a good answer to that. The best solution to stool eating, coprophagy, is cleaning them up before the dog has a chance. You can try food additives, the home remedies pineapple juice or canned pumpkin or the commercial products Forbid or Deter. ...

Dogs: Feeding the Dog, lincoln logs, loose stools
lincoln logs, loose stools, lakeland terrier: When switching over to any new food, be sure to do so gradually (over a week or two) to avoid intestinal upsets. Also, be sure you are not overfeeding him as that can also produce loose stools. A dog fed a premium product requires less food. The fiber level...

Dogs: Female First heat, unaltered dogs, cancer breast
unaltered dogs, cancer breast, intact animals: Summer, Im sorry, I SWORE I answered this but I must not have published it. Yes, this is completely normal behavior. No, I can imagine it is not much fun dealing with the two unaltered dogs, it is a very annoying situation trying to keep them seperate...

Dogs: Fruits, fruit for dogs
fruit for dogs: Hi Sarah, I will assume you re asking about a ripe apple that s green, such as a Granny Smith Apple, and not an unripe apple. Don t feed your dog unripe fruit. Most dogs love apples. They are a great (and healthy) treat for your dog, but too much of...

Dogs: Asthma/Anxiety Service Dogs, anxity, chihuaha
Dogs: Asthma/Anxiety Service Dogs, anxity, chihuaha, heart problem

Dogs: Boxer skin issue, black patches, female boxer
Dogs: Boxer skin issue, black patches, female boxer, food allergy

Dogs: big dogs & little dogs, spiral staircase, couch bed
Dogs: big dogs & little dogs, spiral staircase, couch bed, jack russell

Dogs: Is My Dog a Pitbull, american bulldog, bulldog
Dogs: Is My Dog a Pitbull, american bulldog, bulldog, english bulldog

Dogs: Dog urinates on daughter's bed, acting out, terrior
Dogs: Dog urinates on daughter's bed, acting out, terrior, pecking order

Dogs: Nipping mini Shnauzer, regime
Dogs: Nipping mini Shnauzer, regime

Dogs: Poisoned four months old dog... Please help... =(, dogs food, vet
Dogs: Poisoned four months old dog... Please help... =(, dogs food, vet, chocolate

Dogs: QUESTION, heat cycle, insight
Dogs: QUESTION, heat cycle, insight

Dogs: feeding and how much, dog food, pei
dog food, pei, ribs: Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is different. Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its food and exercise...

Dogs: female boxer, vet asap, female boxer
vet asap, female boxer, mastitis: Lady- This sounds like mastitis. She needs to see a vet to see if it is necessary to go on antibiotics, which could require the puppies to be weaned. In the meantime, you can offer her a little relief with a warm compress. But she does need to see a vet...

Dogs: female dog humping, mounting behavior
mounting behavior: Hi Cindy, Both sexes engage in humping , or mounting behavior. Mounting behaviors occur due to sexual hormone influences, dominance behavior, anxiety, and sometimes as a sort of obsessive/compulsive disorder. A dominant dog (or a dog attempting to...

Dogs: female dog urinating in home, bed sofa, long walks
bed sofa, long walks, female staff: Hi Jo, You didn t say if your dog has ever been reliably house trained, or not. If the accidents are a fairly new occurrence, your dog might have a urinary tract infection that makes it uncomfortable for her to hold it as she should. She should be examined...

Dogs: fever treatment, adult heartworms, ivermectin treatment
adult heartworms, ivermectin treatment, baby asprin: I am concerned that you are giving revolution to a heartworm positive dog? Am I reading that correctly, she is indeed heartworm positive? If your dog is in the very beginning stages of heartworm infection, then it is possible to use ivermectin based heartworm...

Dogs: flea prevention, flea prevention, flea sprays
flea prevention, flea sprays, flea spray: I would not use frontline with a flea spray- flea sprays are more dangerous and the dog should be at least 12 weeks before using a flea spray, plus thats a whole lot of chemicals to add to your dogs system at once. Frontline itself is just fine for a 9 week...

Dogs: food?, merrick dog foods, finest foods
merrick dog foods, finest foods, dog food: Hi Jennifer, Merrick Senior Medley is an excellent dog food! All of the Merrick dog foods rank very highly in quality. It s great that you can afford to feed your dogs one of the finest foods made. You can feel good about the food you ve chosen feed...

Dogs: food, vitamin e alpha tocopherol, calcium gluconate
vitamin e alpha tocopherol, calcium gluconate, calcium lactate: Missy- I am NOT in anyway a fan of Science Diet, and CD has actually killed dogs before so I really don t recommend it. Here is some great info on preparing a homemade diet and what I have always followed with dogs with lower urinary tract problems. ...

Dogs: food for dogs, cheese eggs, other crap
cheese eggs, other crap, cottage cheese: Rice, ground meat, cottage cheese, eggs, etc are all perfectly healthy and can be added to their dry food. You can also try plain yogurt. I am not a fan of most canned foods as they have a LOT of sugar and other crap in there, so unless it is a very high ...

Dogs: foods my dog ate, bacon grease, vet bills
bacon grease, vet bills, chicken neck: Most of that should be okay, but might be a bit rich for her all at once. She could get some diarrhea from it (liver in particular). The bacon grease might be a problem, as all that fat could trigger a pancreatitis attack. I would call up your veterinarian...

Dogs: foot infected?, probaby, foxtail
probaby, foxtail, bootie: The hair between the pads will mat very easily on a schnauzer if it isn t kept scissored or clipped out. It seems unlikely that this was caused by his chewing on a bone. My guess is that he probaby stepped on something causing an infection, and the draining...

Dogs: french bulldog has aggression towards certain dogs, neighbor friend, french bulldog
neighbor friend, french bulldog, neutered dogs: Dogs don t see a whole lot of color, but surely can tell light and dark dogs apart. After all, a black dog looks different in a black and white photo. When it comes to why, we can only guess. It could be more of subtle behaviors. Things like body position,...

Dogs: German Short Hair Pointer 16 y/o slippery paws, double sided carpet tape, paw wax
double sided carpet tape, paw wax, german short hair: Hi Laurie, There is are non-slip sprays for dog’s paws, one such product, called Show Foot, was designed to keep show dogs from slipping in the ring. There are also some cream style products that do the same thing, look for Tacky Paw, or Shaw s Paw Wax....

Dogs: garlic, golden retriever puppy, red blood cells
golden retriever puppy, red blood cells, iv fluids: Yes, Garlic can be toxic to dogs. If your dog consumes the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of garlic for every 10 pounds of their weight (1 teaspoon for a 10 pound dog) it can destroy red blood cells, and could potentially kill the dog. Watch for the common symptoms...

Dogs: HELP, itching puppy
itching puppy: Hi Heaven, If the cause for the itching is a food allergy or intolerance, it can take 8-10 weeks before improvements may be seen. It s also important that your puppy does not eat treats that contain any ingredients that were present in her old food, or...

Dogs: Heat, shar pei, human teenager
shar pei, human teenager, kinds of dogs: Hi Gina, Your puppy is physically able to be bred during her heat cycle, but just as it s not a good idea for a human teenager to become pregnant, it s not a good idea to breed a dog before she s two years old. You should take extra special precautions...

Dogs: Heat question, spay and neuter, rescue situations
spay and neuter, rescue situations, eye development: Chelle- There is certainly a much higher risk of deformities/whelping problems breeding brother to sister. Breeding too closely related dogs can cause vleft palets, heart defects, lung defects, swimmers, improper eye development, you name it. It does not...

Dogs: Help Me With Chewing Problem!!!!, pitbull terrier, coffee table
pitbull terrier, coffee table, real solution: Dogs are wired differently than people. They take comfort being in a small protected place. It is only natural that a puppy resists its crate at first. What the puppy wants more than anything else is to be others, you, anyone else in the household, and any...

Dogs: Hit by car, antibotics, unfortunatly
antibotics, unfortunatly, abcess: Nicki- Unfortunatly I can t diagnose based upon that information- it could be an ulcer, hot spot, abcess, or just a gathering of fluid from the antibiotics and possibly if he is bed ridden from his position. I recommend a vet trip to get it checked out,...

Dogs: Holistic treatments for Demodex, tea tree oil, shelley davis
tea tree oil, shelley davis, demodex in dogs: Hi Emmy, Thank you for writing to me about your dog s condition. I am not familiar with a particular treatment that is an alternative for Demodex in dogs, but I do know where to send you for those answers. Dr. Newkirk at Margate Animal Hospital in Margate...

Dogs: House Training, closet shelving, closing doors
closet shelving, closing doors, wire grid: Following the same thing as with younger dogs for older dogs works too. Biggest difference is the longer time after eating or drinking before they are ready to relieve themselves. You will need to learn to read the dog and learn its schedule, and when it needs...

Dogs: Housebreaking, obedience class, female chihuahua
obedience class, female chihuahua, carpet right: This may be a leadership problem, not housebreaking. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top...

Dogs: Housebreaking/territory marking?, west highland white terrier, highland white terrier
west highland white terrier, highland white terrier, going to the bathroom: Hi Jenny, Your mother s dog should have a good long walk before another dog comes over, or before she is taken to someone else s home. It doesn t matter if this is a marking issue or not, it s not a behavior your mother approves of, so it must stop. ...

Dogs: hair loss, hormonal disorder, hypersensitivity reaction
hormonal disorder, hypersensitivity reaction, losing hair: Hi Annette, You should have your dog examined by your veterinarian to find the cause of your dog s hair-loss. If there isn t any redness, scaling, ulcers or itching, the problem may be an autoimmune, or hormonal disorder. If your dog is getting any...

Dogs: handling a rottie inherited, problem dogs, dobies
problem dogs, dobies, rottie: Robert: Here are some resources for you. I can not offer assistance with dominance problems or growling because of legal concerns with red line agression problems, but if it continues I highly suggest speaking with a profesional trainer that can be on site...

Dogs: heart mummer, heart murmur
heart murmur: Hi Marilyn, You didn t say how old your dog is, or which tests have already been done. Hearing a murmur is not a reason to panic. Many dogs with murmurs live normal lives and never need any treatment for heart disease. But the only way to know for certain...

Dogs: on heat, vicks vapor rub, best bet
vicks vapor rub, best bet, neuter: It is very normal for the male to constantly cry. He desperatly wants to breed her. There are sprays that you can buy that mute the scent (usually available at pet stores) or you can also put a diaper on your bitch and then smear a bit of vicks vapor rub on...

Dogs: going into heat., time dogs, spaying
time dogs, spaying, five months: Dogs are individuals and that first season can vary considerably. Here my bitches have come in as early as 5-1/2 months and as late as 11 months, with the average age being around 8 months. After five months of age, upend your bitch on a regular basis...

Dogs: hot spots, contact dermititis, food allergies
contact dermititis, food allergies, topical spray: Hi Mary- Unfortunatly, some dogs are just prone to hot spots. If this is his first one, I would not be too concerned about it. It is VERY normal for these to get HUGE in a short amount of time. I regularly see people who bring me a beloved dog with a softball...

Dogs: house breaking/yorkie pup, submissive/excitement urination
submissive/excitement urination: Hi Tanosha, Congratulations on getting a puppy! Your puppy is still a small baby. Puppies don t gain control over their bladders or bowels until they re around 3 months of age. When you come home and first thing in the morning, you need to take your...

Dogs: house training two male chihuahuas, puppy pen, baby gate
puppy pen, baby gate, chihuahuas: The thing you can try is to first put them in a puppy pen and put down either papers or puppy pads-and every half an hour or so(also when they start to sniff around a lot)put them on the pads/paper then praise them once they start going on them on their own.Then...

Dogs: house training puppies, child gates, frequent trips
child gates, frequent trips, old dog: Hi Gary, The why of why your dog is having a problem doesn t really matter. What you need to do is go back to the basics of house breaking: supervising, containment with either child gates or a crate when you re not home or unable to watch your dog,...

Dogs: how to housebreak my chihuahua, puppy housebreaking, creature of habit
puppy housebreaking, creature of habit, natural instinct: Hi Melisa, Thank you for writing to me about your Chihuahua. There s no such thing as an almost housebroken dog. Either your dog is or isn t housebroken. When a dog is housebroken it never uses the house for its toilet, so I suggest that you go back...

Dogs: housebreaking, weiner dogs, new carpet
weiner dogs, new carpet, daschund: You may need to crate them. They should be able to go 4-5 hours in a crate. It is only natural that a puppy resists its crate at first. What the puppy wants more than anything else is to be others, you, anyone else in the household, and any other pets. In...

Dogs: housebreaking, woodfloor, wire grid
woodfloor, wire grid, house breaking a dog: If you are going to leave a young dog in the house, it needs a mid day break. If you or your spouse can t make it back, try to find a neighbor or professional dog walker. I don t like using pads. Much of housebreaking is not training the puppy, but...

Dogs: Indoor potty training, puppy pen, heat vents
puppy pen, heat vents, square pan: It is only a good idea if it works. (How is that for an answer? G ) Some puppies will not willingly go onto wire to potty. Those that are trained to do so have no other option as the entire area is wire. Once he is trained to do that, anything resembling...

Dogs: inching, omega 3 fatty acids, 3 fatty acids
omega 3 fatty acids, 3 fatty acids, main ingredient: If they don t have fleas or ticks, it sounds like an allergy. Try a food without wheat and with chicken, lamb or fish as the main ingredient. Switch over slowly (mix the foods to begin with, with more of the current food at first and then more of the new...

Dogs: How do I introduce a male Dog to another male dog?, introducing two dogs, staffishire terrier
introducing two dogs, staffishire terrier, bull mastiff: Hi Lauren, It would be a big help, if all involved would have their dogs neitered! Here is the info you requested about how to introduce the two dogs: http://www.naturaldogblog.com/blog/2007/09/dog-training-how-to-introduce-your-dog-to-another-dog-in-ten-easy-steps/...

Dogs: introducing a new male dog into the household, closet shelving, cocker spaniel
closet shelving, cocker spaniel, wire rack: I would have somebody hold the cocker on a leash or tie it to something, and let the puppy approach it. The puppy is invading the older dog s territory. It needs to submit to him. If it does, things should be fine. Rough play is normal with young dogs....

Dogs: introduction of a new dog at home to another dog at home, neutral territory, transition period
neutral territory, transition period, adult male: Most dogs do better when introduced on neutral territory such as a park, etc. Here I keep the newcomer in a crate, and let the other dogs meet it through the crate door. Once they start ignoring it, I carefully let it out with the other dogs and watch for...

Dogs: itching, spicy pie, anal glands
spicy pie, anal glands, free diets: This isn t a problem I have had success fixing, or have a reliable other source. Have you tried diet? I think cure is larger, firmer stools. As you reduce the grain in a dog food, the stools become smaller, but firmer. Have you tried both a high grain...

Dogs: Jack Russell with a Chihuahua, jack russell terrier, puppie
jack russell terrier, puppie, real solution: I think it will be OK. Once past 3 years old, many dogs don t want anything to do with puppies, their sharp little teeth, and their biting games. You need to teach the puppy to leave the older dog alone. As soon as the puppy starts to focus on the older...

Dogs: joint care, standard poodle, potato variety
standard poodle, potato variety, couch potato: There are several good supplements out there. Just be sure it is a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement with MSM. If your dog is more active (agility, obedience, etc.), I would start her now. If she is more of the couch-potato variety, you could probably wait...

Dogs: joint supplements, joint disease
joint disease: Hi Margaret, It s good that you ve taken such excellent care of your dog, but as a dog ages they still can develop some joint problems. If it were my dog, I d start with a vet exam. If this is something that needs treatment a dietary supplement won t...

Dogs: kennel club, genetic health concerns, ilp number
genetic health concerns, ilp number, rescue springer: I would not suggest breeding a rescue dog- without knowledge of her pedigree, you would not know if you were inbreeding, breeding improper traits, or breeding a line that has genetic health concerns. You can not register a dog with AKC without paperwork...

Dogs: they killed my dog, chinese sharpei, free legal assistance
chinese sharpei, free legal assistance, nonprofit corporations: Hi Wesley, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I m afraid you need to contact an attorney. I couldn t begin to guess at whether or not the police were justified in killing your poor dog. I don t want to even guess, at the risk of being really wrong...

Dogs: I just got a Labrador Puppy?, labrador puppy, quality puppy
labrador puppy, quality puppy, getting a puppy: Hi Felix, Congratulations on getting a puppy. You should have your puppy examined by a veterinarian. Puppies need some vaccines to stay healthy, and he may also need to be de-wormed. Feed your puppy the best quality puppy food you can afford for...

Dogs: Lhasa apso, sign of affection, adult dogs
sign of affection, adult dogs, time and patience: Hi Julie, It s not unusual for some dogs to develop the kind of licking habit you ve described. There are several reasons why a dog licks it s people , or persons: He may be telling you that he wants your attention and that he likes you. You may...

Dogs: Lumps :(, tiny flakes, black pepper
tiny flakes, black pepper, fleas: Hi Dean, It s hard for me to understand your description of the bumps, or spots that you ve given. If your dog is scratching the area, there s a very good change that they re the bug bites your dad says. Examine your dog for fleas. You might not actually...

Dogs: my lab mix bit my pom, pack of dogs, little dogs
pack of dogs, little dogs, obedience training: Hi Debbie, Whenever you have more than 3 dogs, you have a pack of dogs, and that means power plays within the pack s hierarchy. Banning Tyson from your home is a little extreme when you figure the fault isn t his, if you weren t around to supervise....

Dogs: labradors and new bichon frise pup, bichon frise, labrador retrievers
bichon frise, labrador retrievers, small dogs: Size doesn t really matter,as a lot of people have a mix of big and small dogs,and in fact often the small one is in charge! The best way to do things is to introduce them slowly,even keeping the new one behind a gate for a few days and letting them sniff...

Dogs: lameness in puppy's backside, lameness, all fours
lameness, all fours, backside: While no question was presented here, it is evident that the husky s licking is a pain reaction. Your dog needs to be seen by a veterinary chiropractor (or failing that, a regular GP veterinarian) to determine the source of his problem. http://www.avcadoctors.com/search_for_avca_certified_doctor.htm...

Dogs: leash train an older dog, leash train, positive reinforcement
leash train, positive reinforcement, supervised area: Hi Carol, Dogs are big on habit and routine. You can certainly train an adult dog to walk on a leash, it will take time, patience and consistency on your part. While training your dog to walk on a leash, you should use particularly special treats like bits...

Dogs: back left leg trembling, shelley davis, orthopedic surgeon
shelley davis, orthopedic surgeon, glucosamine: Hi David, Thank you for writing to me about your Labrador. I do feel that his leg needs to be looked at by an orthopedic surgeon and to especially rule out a tumor in the leg. Please try to get this done as soon as possible. Good luck. Best Regards,...

Dogs: licking, legs and feet, jack russel
legs and feet, jack russel, packing: Hi Esther, If your dog doesn t usually lick you as she s doing now, it could be a reaction to stress, and she s trying to soothe you. When enough is enough, gently restrain the dog s head back from you with a hand, and say That s enough licking. This...

Dogs: My licking pee, shitzu, medical training
shitzu, medical training, puppy: Don t know if it s normal (I m not a vet, nor have any formal medical training), but the only way to stop her from doing it is, pick up the pad as soon as she pees. If you walk in and she s licking, correct her. Tell her NO! (or NO LICK), remove the pad...

Dogs: little humping puppy, puppy humping, obedience commands
puppy humping, obedience commands, puppy training: Hi Janice, Keep telling your puppy No , and remove him from your arm, or leg as you give the No command. He will learn if you are as persistent and consistent in your corrections. Of course, having your puppy neutered will help with the humping behavior....

Dogs: how much longer, whelping
whelping: Hi Bonnie, When your dog is due to give birth, depends on when she was bred. A dog s pregnancy lasts approximately 63 days (sometimes it s a little less, sometimes a little longer). If you know when your dog was bred, you can use this dog pregnancy calculator...

Dogs: My Male /dog, neuter, plenty of room
neuter, plenty of room: As a general rule, it is best to spay/neuter any dog that isn t a serious candidate for breeding. It is a big help controlling sexually oriented and dominant behaviors. It alone may not stop them, but makes training them out of the behaviors much easier...

Dogs: Males and Marking, marking
marking: Hi Stephanie, Testosterone plays a role in urine marking. You didn t say if your dogs were neutered, but that is something which could help. Supervise! Supervise! Supervise! Close supervision is necessary. You must be dedicated to stop the marking behavior...

Dogs: Maltipoo, wcvm, weird problem
wcvm, weird problem, droplets: This is submissive urination. Keep everything low-key with him, particularly when coming home and when leaving. Do not correct him for this behavior or it will be worse. As you have observed, ignoring him for a few minutes does work. http://www.usask.ca/wcvm/herdmed/applied-ethology/behaviourproblems/suburine.html...

Dogs: Maltipoo, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, obedience training: Many dogs eventually outgrow it, but you can reduce it by building the dog s confidence up. Start with obedience training. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household...

Dogs: Maltipoo, Excitment Urination
Excitment Urination: Hi Jeff, Your puppy has a pretty common problem, that isn t a house training issue, so he shouldn t be punished for it, because he can t control it. It s called Excitment Urination , you can read more about it, and how to treat it here: http://www.perfectpaws.com/excur.html...

Dogs: Mixing 3 year old Bichon with 3yr Lab, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, cureall: I would hesitate to add another female to the home with her. If she isn t spayed, doing so might help. It is no cureall, but is a big help. Better leadership would help too. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural...

Dogs: Momma Labradore not eating, calves liver, quality puppy
calves liver, quality puppy, puppy food: Hi Shelly- At this point, I would offer her VERY iron rich soft food. Mothers are exhausted and much more concerned about their puppies then eating at this point. Try some calves liver warmed up a little, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, rice, and boiled chicken...

Dogs: Mucous in feces, starch grains, green mucus
starch grains, green mucus, mucous in feces: Hi Emily- A little green mucus can be normal, a bit of anal sac secretions, a little bit of an upset stomach thanks to the move, maybe she found something that you missed in the new house and just HAD to taste it! But with the vomiting, if she were my...

Dogs: male boxer, male boxer, dog neutered
male boxer, dog neutered, best of luck: Hi Jason, Your male dog shouldn t be allowed near the new litter of puppies, until they have been weaned, and even then should be supervised when with the pups. He doesn t know the puppies are his , and could easily hurt the puppies. Your male dog s...

Dogs: male dog harrasing female dog, spay and neuter, heat cycle
spay and neuter, heat cycle, shiz: Elly- I appologize this took me so long to respond to, I had thought I had answered it the day you sent it but for some reason the answer wasnt published. Yes, this is unfortunatly normal behavior. He is guarding her because he wants to breed her. She...

Dogs: male neutered female in heat, dominance behavior, female dogs
dominance behavior, female dogs, heat cycle: It takes several months before the hormones are deminished enough where the male will not want to mount a female in heat. At this point, he still thinks he is intact and can breed! No, she can not get pregnant. If it was the day of the neutering there...

Dogs: male vs. female, shih tzu puppy, spayed female
shih tzu puppy, spayed female, schnauzer: Because you have a mixed pack already, it shouldn t matter what you bring in UNLESS your male schnauzer is unaltered, or is male aggressive. Despite common lore, altered dogs do not care who they pal around with be it male or females. They do not have the...

Dogs: min pin new mom, bladder infection, new mom
bladder infection, new mom, housetraining: Kim- This is very normal with new moms. They tend to forget their housetraining as they are too concerned about the puppies and also, because of their hormones and the amount of food they are eating they are producing a LOT of waste. The only thing you...

Dogs: min pins, puppy mill, rescue dogs
puppy mill, rescue dogs, backyard breeder: No ethical breeder would breed a dog that many times. Sounds like a puppy mill or a poorly informed backyard breeder. I wouldn t buy such a puppy. I am not too impressed with many who brag about being responsible breeders either. One of the best sources...

Dogs: My mini maple doxen starts convulsing, doxen, ear area
doxen, ear area, minute period: I think your dog needs to be seen by a veterinary chiropractor. http://www.avcadoctors.com/search_for_avca_certified_doctor.htm If one cannot be found within driving distance of your home, I would find a different vet and get a second (or third) opinion elsewhere....

Dogs: & month old Tibetan terrier aggressive w/ dogs, natural instincts, initial minutes
natural instincts, initial minutes, obedience train: I would neuter him if not already and then obedience train him. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack...

Dogs: Need help with dog choice, staffordshire bull terrier, minature poodle
staffordshire bull terrier, minature poodle, stay at home mom: While you could learn to groom your own dog,it really is better to just take it to a groomer,so yes professional grooming And usually about every 6-12 weeks depending on if you brush the dog,and depending on how often you want it done,and how long you like...

Dogs: New 7 mo. old pomeranian puppy & older dog not accepting her, pomeranian puppy, puppy stage
pomeranian puppy, puppy stage, female puppy: Everytime the pomeranian bothers your papillon get a water bottle and spray her and say leave it loud and firm,and spray her as often as you have to to get her to stop and when she stops praise her-this works in getting the message across that the other...

Dogs: New puppy having trouble going #2, laxative effect, getting a new puppy
laxative effect, getting a new puppy, bowel movement: Hi Stephanie, Congratulations on getting a new puppy! Many times, the stress of arriving in it s new home, and the possible change in diet, and even a change of water is enough to make a puppy a little constipated. Don t worry if your puppy doesn...

Dogs: New Terrier Belly Crawl, hi tim, couple seconds
hi tim, couple seconds, jack russell: Hi Tim- This is a very common and adorable belly scratch move. If you have carpet or some nice scratcy floor that he has never really been around, he is just reaaaallly enjoying having his belly rubbed against it. Keep an eye on it, and how often he does...

Dogs: Newly Mischievous Behavior in Older Dog, oat bran, wheat bran
oat bran, wheat bran, spaniel mix: Hi Laura, Knowing you can t trust your dog NOT to go through the garbage, and seeing that punishment doesn t work, it s now time for prevention. Move your garbage cans out of reach of your dog, when you aren t around to supervise. You don t want this behavior...

Dogs: Nipping/Biting, german shorthair pointer, obedience class
german shorthair pointer, obedience class, muzzle: Hi Juanita, If your dog hasn t ever showed aggression towards people before this incident, you may never know why he went after the park employee. If you have your dog since he was 5 month old, and he s only known love and kindness since then, this attack...

Dogs: Nipping mini Shnauzer, mini shnauzer, temper tantrums
mini shnauzer, temper tantrums, fri: You have a couple things going on here. One is a young dog who has never learned to inhibit his bite. The other is a young dog who is crated far too long and is not getting enough exercise to wear him out. The dog must be corrected every time he bites....

Dogs: Nuerotic chow-terrier, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, obedience training: It all sounds like poor early socialization although Chows and some terriers are sometimes suspecious of strangers. I would work at building her confidence in both herself and you. Start with obedience training. The key to most behavior problems is approaching...

Dogs: Nursing Puppies, puppy vaccines, puppy food
puppy vaccines, puppy food, breeding dogs: Arthur- I have been showing and breeding dogs as well as doing rescue for 10 years. I have never once heard that allowing puppies to nurse will cause the vaccine to become less effective. I would continue to allow the puppies to nurse and wean on their...

Dogs: natural remedies to help with Addison's Dx, Addison's DIsease
Addison's DIsease: Hi Nicole, You didn t say which medication(s) your dog is getting for treating his Addison s. Holistic treatments can interact with prescription medications, so you need to run any supplements you re considering past your vet, to be sure it s a safe combo....

Dogs: new born puppies, new born puppies, colostrum
new born puppies, colostrum, immediatly: Leslie- You need to tube feed them. Unfortunatly, this can be very dangerous if you do not know how, and I am very nervous to try to explain it to you over the internet, because if you mess up, you will be drowning the puppies. You need to contact a...

Dogs: my new boxer pup, short attention span, boxer pup
short attention span, boxer pup, boxer puppy: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Dogs: My new dog Sally, day before yesterday, lake norman
day before yesterday, lake norman, real solution: I don t know if what I suggested in my first answer will encourage her to eat when ytou aren t there or not. I should have also explained how to keep her from eating so fast. If you slow her down, the food should stay down. There are not one, but 2...

Dogs: new puppies, small dogs, pomeranian
small dogs, pomeranian, best of luck: Hi Pam, Absolutely! When you think it could be a matter of life and death, you should always consult a veterinarian! In this case, your dog s puppies lives depend on being able to nurse. Your vet can best advise if the pups are healthy, being fed,...

Dogs: new puppy and old dog, breaking my heart, crate training
breaking my heart, crate training, old dog: You should try to spend more time with your older dog, he may be a bit depressed, his life has changed and he is no longer the only child who gets all the attention. So while you are crate training the puppy, she will be in the cage a lot. So that is a...

Dogs: new puppy owner, puppy owner, pug puppy
puppy owner, pug puppy, puppy food: If you wait until you see the puppy needs to go out, take her out and walk her around. She should go fairly quickly allowing both of you to get back in. Keep a coat where you can grab it on the way out. Papers create the problem of retraining the dog...

Dogs: nipples turning HOT pink, Mastitis
Mastitis: Hi Linda, Yes, it s possible your dog has an infection. Mastitis is an infection of the milk ducts. An engorged breast is a mild form of mastitis. Call your vet as soon as possible, as in advanced stages you will need an antibiotic. Ask your vet about...

Dogs: non barking breeds, rescue dogs, medical expenses
rescue dogs, medical expenses, hounds: Lab usually aren t problem barkers. Avoid terriers or hounds. One of the best sources for dogs with a predictable personality is the rescue dogs. These are dogs that lost their home, but were taken into a foster home to be retrained as necessary and...

Dogs: nosing her food, and moving water dish, water dish, resistant water
water dish, resistant water, global product: Why a dog does anything is mostly guess work. Try a tip resistant water dish that has an outer skirt making it very difficult to pick up, see http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441775458&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=2534374302023689&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302025875&bmUID=1078323611448À....

Dogs: nursing moms tits, warm compresses, vet visit
warm compresses, vet visit, lumps: Hi Julie- Unless they are extremly hard, hot and painful to the touch, this is a normal part of her beginning to dry up. Try not to jostly her and avoid the urge to use warm compresses as this will stimulate flow and keep her with milk. She will dry up...

Dogs: Old dog not eating, getting dog to eat
getting dog to eat: Hi Todd, I m sorry to hear of your dog s condition. Your dog s pacing and not being able to settle can be a sign of pain or discomfort. If you can t afford the diagnostic tests to rule out cancer, you should talk to your vet about providing pain medication....

Dogs: Old English sheepdog 8yrs old - erratic periods of pooping at night, erratic periods, incontinence problem
erratic periods, incontinence problem, proper diagnosis: Hi Nichollette, You should have your dog examined by your veterinarian the next time he s having an episode of house training accidents. A medical reason for the problem should be ruled out, given his age. It s possible he s having an incontinence problem,...

Dogs: Old german shorthair pointer, german shorthair pointer, benedryl
german shorthair pointer, benedryl, eating poop: Hi Phillip- Congrats on 18! Thats amazing for a GSP. She is beautiful. Sleeping all the time is par for her age. Nothing wrong with that! Eating poop (coprophagia) can also be part of her age- this can happen if there is a mineral defficiancy in her...

Dogs: Oral blisters, mouth blisters
mouth blisters: Hi Joey, It s impossible for me to diagnose your dog. All I would be able to offer is guesswork, and your dog deserves much better than that! I can tell you that bad breath, or dog breath is a symptom of dental disease, just as it is in people. Your...

Dogs: old dog, glucosamine chondroitin, old dog
glucosamine chondroitin, old dog, quality food: Dying of old age? That is the most indefinite diagnosis I have ever heard. Keep your guy warm, give him a comfortable bed to lie on, feed him a quality food, give him a good glucosamine/chondroitin supplement with MSM twice a day, and give him a bit of exercise...

Dogs: my old dog, old dog
old dog: Hi Toni, I can t begin to guess at why your dog is suddenly spooked by her feed bowl. Does it work to change bowls, or put her food directly on the floor? If it does, it s a simple fix for the problem. You may never know what spurred your dog to reject...

Dogs: old dog, correct spelling, food bowl
correct spelling, food bowl, paper plates: Toni- Is she eating out of a stainless steel dish? It may be that she is also loosing her vision and the stainless steel is bothering her. This is fairly common. Try a completely different bowl, of hard plastic or something similar. I have one dog that...

Dogs: open fontinel, open fontanel, hydocephalus
open fontanel, hydocephalus, vet bill: No, the open fontanel has nothing to do with the fact that your puppy has a virus, but that open fontanel could possibly led to further health issues such as hydocephalus or seizures. You should return the puppy to the breeder, along with your vet bill,...

Dogs: outdoor dog...is it ok??, rare occassion, answerers
rare occassion, answerers, long periods: As you have learned, the dog tied outside is a big red flag. Many dislike the current trend to designer dogs , expensive cross breeds. The concept is offensive to many breeders. In general many of the breeders answering question on the net are snobs...

Dogs: Panic Attacks, separation anxiety in dogs, behavior tip
separation anxiety in dogs, behavior tip, wire fence: Hi Wendy, The correct term for what your dog has is separation anxiety , not panic attacks. Here are a few web sites that show you how to train your dog out of it: http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/our_pets_for_life_program/dog_behavior_tip_sheets/separation_anxiety.html...

Dogs: Peculiar behavior in older dog, cognitive dysfunction syndrome, peculiar behavior
cognitive dysfunction syndrome, peculiar behavior, shepherd mix: Hi May May, A good place to start would be with a vet exam. Older dogs can develop a condition called Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, which is often compared to Alzheimer s Disease that people can develop. Dogs over 8 years old who develop changes in...

Dogs: Peeing in the hallway of our condo, st bernard puppy, thanks in advance
st bernard puppy, thanks in advance, pee: Vik- He needs to be distracted away from this spot. As you start walking him, and you near the spot, call his name and start play bowing and talking baby talk to him. Offer him cookies as you walk by so he ignores this spot. Once he is past and in the elevator,...

Dogs: Poisoned four months old dog... Please help... =(, labrador retriever breed, veterinarian clinic
labrador retriever breed, veterinarian clinic, canned pumpkin: Hi Nadine, Even though we love our dogs dearly, they are animals. A dead cat is a tempting treat that many dogs would gladly eat, if given the chance. If your dog recently ate something foul, it could certainly make him feel bad enough to go off his...

Dogs: Poisoned four months old dog... Please help... =(, labrador retriever breed, veterinarian clinic
labrador retriever breed, veterinarian clinic, labrador retriever: Your askal MUST be seen by a veterinarian as he might be starting to dehydrate and be needing fluids under his skin (sub-Q fluids). Lift up the skin on his neck, and it should return to normal immediately. If it goes down slowly or stays up, he is dehydrated....

Dogs: Poop in Crate, lavish praise, bowel movement
lavish praise, bowel movement, poop: One of the things that might help is to walk him around outside. They can t walk and hold it very long. Then when it happens, lavish praise on him, but don t go back in too quickly. You don t want him to connect the bowel movement with the end of the walk....

Dogs: Pooping in certain areas in house, wheaton terrier, odor neutralizer
wheaton terrier, odor neutralizer, housebreaking: Animals can grieve loss just as humans. Make sure you clean the area with a commercial cleaner that will remove any lingering odor (or your dog will just keep going back). You may have to treat the area several times and don t be afraid to soak it. Also,...

Dogs: Pork Rib Bone, natural laxative, canned pumpkin
natural laxative, canned pumpkin, raw bone: Theres nothing that can dissolve it unfortunatly, but you can offer him some canned pumpkin to flush his system.... canned pumpkin is sort of a natural laxative that pushes everything out. I would continue to feed him normally, and just offer him water and...

Dogs: Potty training 2 pups - bro and sis, puppy food, adoption agency
puppy food, adoption agency, adult formula: If it was possible, another week with the mother would have been better. Yes, they will eliminate quite frequently. The stools should be well formed and solid. If not, the vet needs to check for parasites. They may also just need to time to adjust. ...

Dogs: Pregnant 3 lb Yorkie, yorkshire terriers, puppy mills
yorkshire terriers, puppy mills, breed dogs: Kelly- Yes, I would be highly concerned about her size. It is my opinion that it is INCREDIBLY dangerous to breed dogs that are under standard. 3 LBS is too small to safely carry a litter without reprocussions. Plus, your dog is only a puppy. It would not...

Dogs: Pug breeding, intact dogs, pug breeding
intact dogs, pug breeding, litter mates: Melissa- It does not matter if you are breeding litter mates or not, you will be breeding two dogs with the exact same genetic make up. Think about it this way: If you and your husband/boyfriend etc had a daughter, and then 3 years later you two had a son,...

Dogs: Pug delivery, c section, thousand dollars
c section, thousand dollars, puppies: Denise- 1 our of 3 pugs need a c-section to deliver their pups as the heads are too big. Pugs are extremly difficult to breed correctly. (And very expensive when done correctly) Here are some websites for complications: http://www.pugman.com/Pug%20Information/Breeding.htm...

Dogs: Puppies, toy breeds, siberian husky
toy breeds, siberian husky, litters: Lauren- This depends greatly on the breed in question. For instance, a pug may only have 1-3 puppies, a siberian husky 4-6, but it is not unusual for a golden retriever to have 12, 13 or even 14 puppies. Toy breeds tend to have very small litters, sometimes...

Dogs: Puppies, bathing after whelping
bathing after whelping: Hi Mickala, Only extremely rarely would a dam need cleaning after having puppies. As far as bathing the pups, leave your dog to deal with it. If you must, wipe your dog with a wet, warm towel, NO SOAP, just get the blood off. She will do the rest when...

Dogs: Puppies and Handicapped Dog, shih tzu puppy, two puppies
shih tzu puppy, two puppies, shorkie: Hi Donna, No dog is ever going to be respectful as to the physical needs of another dog. It s 100% up to you to supervise your other dogs, so your Shih-Tzu Mini doesn t get hurt. When you leave the dogs alone in your home, the Shih-Tzu Mini should be...

Dogs: Puppies Sleeping, puppy growth, puppy behavior
puppy growth, puppy behavior, different stages: Hi Shawna, I think the puppy was probably dreaming. Three week old puppies pretty much sleep all the time, they re actually still developing, even though they re outside of their mother s body. At 3 weeks old, your puppies are just now starting to hear....

Dogs: Puppy = bad behvaior and jumps my fence!, german shepherd mix, obedience class
german shepherd mix, obedience class, foot fence: Smacking a dog usually is ineffective. There are better ways to discipline it. You are right about the leadership issue. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household...

Dogs: Puppy barking from separation anxiety, puppy barking, separation anxiety
puppy barking, separation anxiety, cockapoo: I know much more about preventing problems than fixing them. The walking in and out of the room sounds good. Try to avoid ever letting her out of the crate when she is barking. Make her quiet down before opening the crate. And yes, I still blame early...

Dogs: Puppy feeding, hand rearing puppies, protective antibodies
hand rearing puppies, protective antibodies, eye dropper: No, it is absolutely recomended to intervene. It is cruel not to. As the breeder of the puppies, you are responsible for their lives just as a parent. If a mother abandons the puppies you need to step in and ensure their survival. The puppies should be tube...

Dogs: Puppy is a fussy eater, chopped chicken breast, last puppy
chopped chicken breast, last puppy, vet check: If the dog never did eat very well, and has seen the vet since the problem existed, you may be over feeding it. A vet check still won t hurt. Many dogs will wolf down more than is good for them and look for more. Others refuse to eat more than than they need....

Dogs: Puppy Ice Cream, puppy chow, smalldogs
puppy chow, smalldogs, french bulldog: Yes, avoid regular ice cream due to the lactose. I would watch the yogurt at that age. Most puppy chow is high in calcium and adding more can create an unbalance. I don t think it is quite as bad for the smaller breeds, but can cause real problems in the...

Dogs: Puppy Training, cavalier king charles spaniel, cavalier king charles
cavalier king charles spaniel, cavalier king charles, household routine: Hi Jacqueline, You are correct to crate your dog overnight with the crate door closed. You didn t say that he s soiling in his crate, so I ll assume he isn t, which is just as it should be. As far as what to do, you need to treat your dog like he was...

Dogs: Puppy Weight, puppy chow, blue wilderness
puppy chow, blue wilderness, star category: Brooks- A very active dog will burn caleries at a rapid weight- and unforunatly puppy chow does not contain nearly enough caleries and protein for puppies. It is just a very inferior food. I highly recommend doing a bit of research at www.dogfoodanalysis.com...

Dogs: my pekingese, puppy food, sweet potatoes
puppy food, sweet potatoes, finicky eater: Hi Trina, You didn t say if you re also feeding your puppy a puppy food. Puppies are still growing, and require a special diet for their first full year. If you are only feeding your puppy chicken and sweet potatoes and broccoli, all of her nutritional...

Dogs: period, spayed, length of time
spayed, length of time, bitch: The average length of time that a bitch is in season is 21 days, but some can go a bit longer. Consequently, the bitch should be confined and closely watched for at least four weeks to insure that she is not bred. She will be trying to get to the boys as much...

Dogs: pigmentation, dark pigment, italian greyhound
dark pigment, italian greyhound, white dogs: Hi Karolina- Congrats on your new puppy! Pink spotting on eyelining and nose is completely normal for solid or mostly solid white dogs, it s part of the genetics that allows for the lack of dark pigment in the fur. It is completely normal. This is most...

Dogs: pooping in the house, accidents in the home, frequent opportunities
accidents in the home, frequent opportunities, immediate connection: Hi Marie, You didn t say if there has been something happening in your home lately that could be stressing your dog. Any change, such as a person moving out, a new baby, a new pet, a change in your work or school schedule, a change of food, preparing to...

Dogs: how do i potty train my dog, puppy housebreaking, creature of habit
puppy housebreaking, creature of habit, medical checkup: Hi Rebecca, Thank you for writing to me about your dog Snowball. The first thing to do is have a medical checkup. I am assuming that this is new behavior. Below is the protocol for puppy house breaking. If the medical checkup works out well, then you...

Dogs: potty training, yorkie poo, cocker spaniel
yorkie poo, cocker spaniel, potty breaks: Hi Maria, At 10 weeks old, your puppy isn t stubborn, she s untrained, and doesn t know any better. It really wouldn t matter if there were 12 house training pads in your kitchen, your puppy isn t connecting the dots or realizing what those pads are...

Dogs: potty training, female pup, closet shelving
female pup, closet shelving, wire grid: I don t like pee pads. What you need to do is to leave the puppy confined in a small area. They should be able to go 4-5 hours without relieving themselves. if you must leave the puppy longer than that, try to find a neighbor or professional dog walker...

Dogs: potty training huge problem with an eight month old baby, mini schnauzer, month old baby
mini schnauzer, month old baby, exercise pen: You really should housebreak this dog, although she has been eliminating in the house for so long that she will probably never be clean inside. I think I would put up an exercise pen and put her in it, along with the potty pads, when she cannot be watched....

Dogs: potty training yorkie, pee pee, medical issue
pee pee, medical issue, couple of minutes: This could be a medical issue and not a training issue. It sounds like he knows that he is supposed to go on the potty pad. It is not normal for a dog to pee, pee a minute later and pee a minute after that. Try confining him to the pad for a couple of minutes...

Dogs: pregnance dog, 13 years, 6 years
13 years, 6 years, bitches: A bitch can become pregnant whenever she comes in season... no matter what her age is. In reality, they should not be bred before 18-24 months of age, and most good breeders retire their bitches around 5-6 years of age as the odds for having problems increases...

Dogs: puppies/heat, accidental pregnancy, heat cycle
accidental pregnancy, heat cycle, dog spayed: Hi Julie, Ideally, a female dog shouldn t be bred before her second heat cycle. Technically, your dog is still a puppy herself, and isn t mature enough to be as good a mother as she would be when she s older. It s a pity you didn t have your dog spayed...

Dogs: puppy, intestinal blockages, closet shelving
intestinal blockages, closet shelving, sturdy stuff: Highly experienced people don t give dogs real bones. At best real bones wear dogs teeth down too quickly. You are much better off with Nylabones and other such products. The pet stores are full of toys that many dogs will quickly chew up into pieces...

Dogs: puppy, undercoat, groomer
undercoat, groomer, siberian husky: Huskies can do just fine in heat-in fact I know someone that lived in Australia and had three of them,they just seem to get used to it if raised in the heat And do NOT have the fur shaved,that in fact will make the dog hotter-but what you can do is go to...

Dogs: puppy afraid, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, distant noises: How long have you had him and are you sure he is only 9 weeks? That behavior is more to be expected in a puppy that didn t go to its home until later. It is possible he has a hearing or vision problem. Since he responds to distant noises, his hearing may...

Dogs: puppy ears, puppy ears, q tip
puppy ears, q tip, earache: Its possible he has water in his ear. Does his ear smell bad, do you see any discharge, or is he just shaking it hard? Try to gently use a q-tip to clean his ear and remove access water or build up. However, if this continues remember that he can loose...

Dogs: puppy eating plants, yellow lab puppy, sago palm
yellow lab puppy, sago palm, poinsettias: People problems are difficult, and at one point I realized I had always questioned my parents judgment. They can be very difficult to straighten out. Perhaps your mother needs to let your father clean up the diarrhea. I find wives do better than daughters...

Dogs: Why is my puppy so lazy?, pekingese puppy, pekingese
pekingese puppy, pekingese, vet: Your new puppy could just be needing more time to adjust. It would be a good idea to get him to the vet to start his shots and worming next week. The vet can better judge the lack of activity after seeing him than I can. It would be possible that your...

Dogs: puppy mill rescue dog, puppy mill, verbal praise
puppy mill, verbal praise, pomeranian: ostly it s going to take a lot of time But what does help is encouraging the dog with treats,for even doing small things like venturing out on his own further then he has before,and when he comes to you,give him a small treat as well as verbal praise and...

Dogs: Getting a puppy with thin hair (yorkie), silky coats, getting a puppy
silky coats, getting a puppy, congenital diseases: *ANY* puppy should come with a written contract and health guarantee, and a new puppy/dog should be taken to the buyer s veterinarian for a health checkup within 48 hours to make certain that it is healthy and not harboring parasites (take in a stool sample...

Dogs: QUESTION, male boxer, two dogs
male boxer, two dogs, x rays: This could be any number of things. She isn t ready... he isn t ready. Maybe she is too dominant and won t let him mount or he is hypothyroid and has no sex drive (or not enough sperm). Maybe he is just too young. If you are determined to breed the two...

Dogs: Question about grooming, poodle schnauzer, thick coats
poodle schnauzer, thick coats, ear hair: Most of these are the poodle/schnauzer type dogs (particularly those with thick coats), but as a groomer it is really not information that one needs to memorize. All dogs need to have their ears cleaned/swabbed out during grooming, and if there is ear hair,...

Dogs: question regarding an older dog, euthanasia, putting to sleep
euthanasia, putting to sleep: Hi Raymond, Even though the average life expectancy for the Akbash breed is around 11 years, it really all comes down to your particular dog s quality of life. Being 18 years old is certainly testament to the love and good care you ve given Jerry Lee. ...

Dogs: Many questions, obedience puppy, blanche saunders
obedience puppy, blanche saunders, puppy training: I am assuming that by E-collar you are referring to shock collars and not Elizabethan collars. First of all, I must say that I have been training dogs since I was 11 years old... and I am now 62. I taught myself how to train using one of Blanche Saunders...

Dogs: Many questions, obedience puppy, gentle leaders
obedience puppy, gentle leaders, puppy training: I am with you,Choke Chains are my LEAST favourite training tool,and even prefer halties to them(and not a fan them either,since most of the time the dog is trying to get it off,same with gentle leaders)as people tend to over-use choke chains Prone collars...

Dogs: Many questions, obedience puppy, puppy training
obedience puppy, puppy training, pinch collar: The prong and choke collars shouldn t be used before 4-5 months. The E-collar should never be used to teach basic obedience. It is a specialized tool for off lead work. I don t like the prong collar either. Nobody should use it without hands on help fitting...

Dogs: Many questions, obedience puppy, prong collars
obedience puppy, prong collars, puppy training: John- I do not agree with any corrective training. I do not agree with choke chains, pinch collars/prong collars, shock or scent collars. I am not sure what you are refering to when you say e-collar . Correctly labeled, an E-collar is an elizabethian collar,...

Dogs: not quite house trained....?, separation anxiety in dogs, containment area
separation anxiety in dogs, containment area, bladder problem: Hi Jennifer, Giving your puppy the run of your house if she isn t house trained isn t a good solution. Have you tried containing her to part of one room with the help of a child gate or two? There are also wire containment pens for indoor use, that are...

Dogs: Rapid weight gain, rapid weight gain, miniature poodles
rapid weight gain, miniature poodles, unexplained rapid weight gain: Hi Jill, Unexplained rapid weight gain or a sudden potbellied appearance signals a problem. A malfunctioning thyroid gland can lead to weight gain, especially in dogs. Your dog needs to be examined by your vet to determine what exactly is causing him to...

Dogs: RE: PUMPKIN, low sodium chicken broth, sodium chicken broth
low sodium chicken broth, sodium chicken broth, health food store: Hi Diana, It probably would have been best to leave well enough alone as far as diet went, while the dog is recovering, and not fully mobile. Changing a dog s food too quickly can cause diarrhea. When changing a dog s diet, it must be done gradually,...

Dogs: Really bad Pomapoo!, pee pee, obedience class
pee pee, obedience class, kids backpacks: Getting him fixed should help. If his barking won t disturb anybody when you aren t around, go back to crating him when you aren t around. He needs to learn you are in charge. This will not happen over night. For now, the crate will be a big help. ...

Dogs: Recently Adopted, Formerly Abused, Hard to Walk Dog, fearful dog
fearful dog: Hi Kristen, Shyness and timidity can develop as a young dog matures. Sometimes the root of the problem is lack of proper introduction to different people, animals, places and things during the prime puppy hood socialization period. Other causes include...

Dogs: Reluctant Eater, reluctant eater
reluctant eater: Hi Jackie, It s nearly impossible to guess at why your dog has become reluctant at meal time. Is she really being reluctant, or is she being finicky, or is she not feeling well and is not wanting to eat because of that? When a dog suddenly becomes reluctant...

Dogs: Rescued puppy, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, obedience training: Often puppies, even ones from reputable breeders don t get the early socialization they need. Youcan deal withthose issues, but it will take a while. 1 This could be stress from fear. Try building her confidence. Start with obedience training....

Dogs: Rescued puppy mill dog, mini poodle, puppy mill
mini poodle, puppy mill, verbal praise: Probably a good way is everytime he leaves the bed,even when you take him out,use a lot of verbal praise and petting,if he won t take a treat,and he will likely do things in very small steps,but each step is progress It took him four years to get like this,it...

Dogs: Rusty Beard, grass stains, hydrogen peroxide
grass stains, hydrogen peroxide, corn starch: The only time I ve had grass stains on my dogs is if they go out on newly mown grass, so keep your dog off of the lawn for a few hours after it has been mowed. The shampoo I like to use on my dogs is Farnum White N Brite. It is a horse shampoo that is intensely...

Dogs: rectum red and swollen, puppy chow, pug puppy
puppy chow, pug puppy, loose stools: Trish- I would be concerned that the puppy has had very loose stools which may indicate a health problem, or that he has had an impaction. 7 weeks is MUCH too young to be seperated from the mother, and is illegal in many states. A pug puppy should not be...

Dogs: reg 8 year old peekapoo, sudden aggression
sudden aggression: Hi Chris, It s not normal when a normally happy, loving dog is suddenly aggressive for no apparent reason. Pain, fear, and illness can all cause sudden behavior changes and temperament changes like aggression. Dogs are fairly stoic creatures, so they try...

Dogs: Our rescue lab mix, rhodesian ridgeback, obedience training
rhodesian ridgeback, obedience training, stealing food: The best way to deal with dominance issues would be with obedience training-as it puts YOU ion the alpha spot and in a possition to get your dog to listen to you at all times And another thing you can do with the toys,rawhides ect is to always have an...

Dogs: Scared adopted dog, aggressive posture, pointer mix
aggressive posture, pointer mix, foster mom: Hi Kevin, It might take a month or longer before the dog you adopted will begin to feel more at home, and gain some confidence. By being gentle and patience your dog will come around. You can help your dog gradually gain confidence. Avoid eye contact...

Dogs: Scared Shih Tzu, long term boyfriend, hapened
long term boyfriend, hapened, best bet: It does sound like he might be jealous and not used to someone else spending time with you It could also be that something hapened by accident,such as your new friens accidently stepping on his paw or tail ect Though my best bet is jealousy which is common...

Dogs: Schnauzer growling/talking, dominant dogs, obedience classes
dominant dogs, obedience classes, schnauzers: Some schnauzers are very talkative. If you think that is all that he is doing, then just ignore him. If it could be more, then he should be corrected. Does he growl when he is moved from where he is lying or when anything is taken away from him? Dominant...

Dogs: Scrunching up the blanket, yorkie poo, rhonda
yorkie poo, rhonda, fluff: Hi Rhonda- This is just a way to fluff up her bed to make herself more comfortable :) It is an instinct that comes from the wild- same as why dogs turn around before laying down, they have the instinct to flatten the grass to make a nest. Scratching and...

Dogs: Selective aggression, german shepherd mix, obedience class
german shepherd mix, obedience class, pack members: I think it is a matter of leadership. She sees him as being in charge and responsible for the other dogs, but feels she must take care of them with you. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack...

Dogs: SHIH TZU BEHAVIOR, Dog is behaving different, dog behaving differently
Dog is behaving different, dog behaving differently, dog under bed: Hi Elisa, Sorry for the slight delay in responding. I had to go out of town for a sick family member. Here, finally, is my response to your question. :-) The manner in which you describe your Shih Tzu behaving sounds as if he may be experiencing...

Dogs: Shih Tzu, dirty teeth, bladder stones
dirty teeth, bladder stones, ph level: The color change is due to a change in the pH of her body... specifically her saliva. Wherever she licks will change her hair coloring. The foot licking may be due to allergies. Dirty teeth is one thing that can change pH levels... food is another one. ...

Dogs: Shih Tzu Breeding, detecting pregnancy
detecting pregnancy: Hi Karla, It is normal for the female to continue bleeding after they tie. In dogs, the earliest method of pregnancy detection is ultrasound—a nice test because it is noninvasive and very reliable. Fetal heartbeats can be detected at around the 25th...

Dogs: my Shih Tzu front feet are red and a bit swollen, food allergy
food allergy: Hi Nathania, In dogs, foot licking is often a symptom of an allergy of some kind. That s why the medicated shampoo didn t stop the foot licking. The color change of the fur is caused by the constant licking. A form of yeast or bacteria might be growing...

Dogs: Sick 4 month old pitbull, pedialyte, parvo
pedialyte, parvo, distemper: Yessenia- A dog is not protected against parvo or distemper until they have had all three vaccines. Because of this, any young dog that can not stop vomitting, is refusing food or water, and is lethargic, the first thing we think of is parvo. Please...

Dogs: Sick CHi, message service, drawback
message service, drawback, vet: Hi April, I m sorry for the delay in getting back to you, it s the biggest drawback to an online message service such as this one. I m assuming you ve already had your dog examined by your vet, if you have any questions regarding your vet s diagnosis,...

Dogs: Sick dog, sore red eyes, mini poodle
sore red eyes, mini poodle, food allergy: Hi Sue- It really sounds like allergies to me- possibly a food allergy as this really isn t the time of year where airborn allergies are common. Has she had an allergy panel? Do you know what type of drop/ointment they have her on? What type of food are...

Dogs: Sores, testicular area, dirt dogs
testicular area, dirt dogs, testicular infection: Hi Joe, You didn t say if these red sores seem to be itching your dog. That area on a dog is a popular spot for fleas. It s possible what you re seeing are flea bites. To check for fleas, it s easier to look for what they leave behind, namely flea...

Dogs: Studding out my pug, cause breathing problems, vet school
cause breathing problems, vet school, breeding dogs: I do not agree with backyard breeding, indiscriminate breeding or breeding dogs that are not: Titled through AKC or a working dog registry if of a working breed Completely health checked with all genetic testing (OFA/PENN HIP, CERF/OPTIGEN, heart, thyroid,...

Dogs: Sudden Aggression, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, obedience training: If not neutered already, do so. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much...

Dogs: Sweet Smelling Urine in Young Female Pug, sweet smelling urine, frequent accidents
sweet smelling urine, frequent accidents, acetonemia: Hi Rachel- Urine that smells sugary can indicate a number of problems such as diabetes mellitus and acetonemia. I highly sugest you take her to the vet asap to have a urinalysis done. I wouldn t suspect a UTI with mild, sweet urine- UTIs usually cause strong,...

Dogs: scratching at the door, obedience classes, cocker spaniel
obedience classes, cocker spaniel, smile on your face: This dog needs to learn to come when called. Get her into ongoing obedience classes for a few months and work with her every single day. Start practicing Nothing in Life is Free with her. http://k9deb.com/nilif.htm Rattle a bit of kibble in a metal bowl...

Dogs: shih tzu, bristle brush, metal pins
bristle brush, metal pins, adult teeth: Hi Melanie, You should get a bristle brush, and a brush with flexible metal pins. You can probably find one brush that s a combo of both of these kinds of brushes, plus you ll also want a comb (one with both wide and narrow teeth), for your puppy. You...

Dogs: shih tzu puppy, anal glands
anal glands: Hi Jessica, Your puppy is having an anal gland problem. This is common in dogs, but it s uncomfortable. Your puppy s anal glands are blocked, and she s trying to unblock them by scooting her butt across your floor. You can express, or empty her blocked...

Dogs: sick puppy, pit bull puppy, sick puppy
pit bull puppy, sick puppy, emergency visit: Try panacure or drontal- panacure you can get OTC but drontal you need to get from the vets. If he is dragging his butt, I definitely would think worms, especially tapes. If it was parvo, it would probably be worse by now- usually parvo takes about 3-4 days...

Dogs: small dog syndrome, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, small dogs: What you really need to do is to take it seriously. It may be small, but it is still a dog. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having...

Dogs: my smelly foster dog:), epsom salt bath, wheat barley
epsom salt bath, wheat barley, corn wheat: Its possible that she is having an allergic reaction to the grains in the nutro max food- corn/wheat/barley etc can produce an access of yeast in the body that can be eshuded through the pores. Cresteds are of course, very prone to skin problems. I d suggest...

Dogs: How soon Can I tell If my Beagle is pregnent?, first symptoms of pregnancy, signs of pregnancy
first symptoms of pregnancy, signs of pregnancy, doggie diaper: Nipples can remain taut for a few weeks after heat, totally normal :) In fact, its possible that she is having a false pregnancy where she will show ALL the signs of pregnancy, the only way you will know its false is with an ultrasound. Take her in roughly...

Dogs: sore leg, buffered aspirin, baby aspirin
buffered aspirin, baby aspirin, sore leg: Hi Debra, Needless to say, a limp can be caused from any number of ailments ranging from a sprain, or pulled muscle, to a broken bone or arthritis. If you haven t already done so, it would be helpful to check between your dog s foot pads to see if something...

Dogs: staffy dogs, puppy care
puppy care: Hi Nicoline, Congratulations on getting a puppy! Six weeks is too young for a puppy to be taken from it s mother and litter mates. Young puppies learn important social cues from their mom between the age of 5-8 weeks. Your puppy will be easier to train...

Dogs: starting a dog rescue, ugly ducklings, county pound
ugly ducklings, county pound, adult dogs: Hi Danny- This is a very controversial decision and many rescuers have fought tooth and nail over which dogs should be pulled and which should be allowed to be humanely euthenized (if thats an option). Since you asked me, I will give you my opinion....

Dogs: stiches, bitter apple spray, liquid bandage
bitter apple spray, liquid bandage, vets office: Heather- I would not use any products not advised by your vet. If she pulled the staples out at in just a week, and there is any leaking, she needs to go back to the vet. The vet can use disolvable sutures to close the wound, which is standard now, but...

Dogs: how can I stop my dog from nipping when she gets excited?, nipping & jumping
nipping & jumping: Hi Chris, It s up to you to put away anything you don t want chewed! If it s out laying on the floor or someplace your dog can reach, it s fair game, and you have nobody to blame but yourself for not putting your stuff away. You need to be especially careful...

Dogs: stray puppy peeing inside, border collie mix, stray puppy
border collie mix, stray puppy, border collie: When you are around you need to keep a close eye on the dog. Use closed doors or gates to keep it in the same room as you are, and perhaps as I do, a short chain fastened to the computer desk. If you catch it in the act, give it a sharp Ah, ah, ah! and...

Dogs: Teaching my puppy to let me know when he has to use the bathroom, golden retriver, begining
golden retriver, begining, pee: Once your dog is completely housebroken (knows every time that he goes outside to go potty), then he will start to let you know that he needs to go out. You can shape that alert by doing what you re doing, every time you get ready to go out to potty, have...

Dogs: Toy Aussie, pregnant dog
pregnant dog: Hi Stacey, All dogs, no-matter the breed have a gestation period of 63 days on average. Being an average, the actual number of days might be slightly less, or slightly longer, there s no way to tell. If you know the day your dog was bred, you can use...

Dogs: Training for dog barking, obedience classes, ygrr
obedience classes, ygrr, separation anxiety: Your puppy is way too young to be left alone in a room, unless there is absolutely nothing in it but her and her stuff . Puppies will chew on anything. Personally, I would put her back in the pen as that is what she is used to. When you are home, she should...

Dogs: Training dogs not to jump, dog ramps, dog stairs
dog ramps, dog stairs, jungle gym: Hi Mary, The dog ramps you currently have are actually a very good way of preventing your dogs from jumping up, or down from furniture, especially if you aren t around to monitor your dogs 24/7. It sounds like you need more ramps, or dog steps throughout...

Dogs: Trying to get my puppy to walk, fun thing, baby steps
fun thing, baby steps, eye level: One thing you can do is pick up a cheap leash and cut it down to about 2-3 feet. Put it on him and let him drag it around the house to get used to the leash. Only do it when you can watch. As he gets used to it, then try a walk outside. If getting...

Dogs: Can't break dog pooping in house, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, poops: When you are around you need to keep a close eye on the dog. Use closed doors or gates to keep it in the same room as you are, and perhaps as I do, a short chain fastened to the computer desk. If you catch it in the act, give it a sharp Ah, ah, ah! and...

Dogs: tearing up carpet, invisible fence, obedience school
invisible fence, obedience school, odd behavior: Hi Jill, When you can t be supervising your dog, containing him to a dog crate, or part of a room (with the help of a child gate or two) is a lot more cost effective than investing in an invisible fence. With supervision, and containment this odd behavior...

Dogs: timid puppy, rescue puppy, allday
rescue puppy, allday, pee: Something else you can try is to put him in a room with a gate,and put down puppypads and when he looks like he is sniffing around a lot,put him on the pads,even if he start to pee,pick him up and put him on the pads.Then praise him,so he will learn to go...

Dogs: tired liver and suitable diet, Prescription diet, therapeutic diet
Prescription diet, therapeutic diet: Hi Serif, Depending on what your dog s medical condition is, being on a prescription diet could literally be a life saver, if she can t undergo the rigors of surgery. Prescription, or therapeutic diets have been formulated to target specific metabolic...

Dogs: toy fox terriers, toy fox terriers, toy fox terrier
toy fox terriers, toy fox terrier, fox terriers: To truly learn more about any breed, one should always contact the breeders of that breed: http://www.atftc.com/breeders/breeders.htm (scroll down that page for breeder list) Generally, in most breeds, the males tend to be more sweet and loving, and the...

Dogs: training, dog obedience training, cat poo
dog obedience training, cat poo, cat poop: Hi Haley, The time to investigate the traits of the breed of dog you ve chosen was before you took him home... don t you think?!! You can read about this breed here: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/ratterrier.htm Anything you don t want your puppy to...

Dogs: under weight boxer puppy, boxer puppy, thyroid disfunction
boxer puppy, thyroid disfunction, weight boxer: Hi Sharon, Thank you for writing to me and bless you for trying to help this sweet, frightened and confused dog. We have no idea what happened before this dog was rescued. Her frustration with getting her bearings is demonstrated in her biting response....

Dogs: upset tummy, high protein diets, low protein diet
high protein diets, low protein diet, yorkshire terriers: Hi Lesley- I would suggest putting them strictly on a diet of plain cooked rice for a few days to help soak up some of the stomach acid. Continue with the plain rice for a few days until the stools begin to firm up, and then you can begin adding some plain...

Dogs: urinating and chewing, poodle mix, feeding time
poodle mix, feeding time, poodle: Other dogs may not be as bad as the young Labs I am plagued with. Still your house and dog will be much safer with the dog in a crate when you are away. The dog may be happier in its den than loose in the house. It relaxes, it feels safe in its den. It rests,...

Dogs: urinating and chewing, marking
marking: Hi Diane, If your dog does have a separation anxiety, work with him to get him used to being alone for brief -- then gradually longer -- periods of time. Don t reinforce your dog s neediness for constant attention, particularly when your dog attempts to...

Dogs: No urination in 2 days, broad spectrum antibiotic, collie mix
broad spectrum antibiotic, collie mix, urinary tract infections: I m not aware of any side affects for tramadol, but cephalexin is a broad spectrum antibiotic that is often used for urinary tract infections (among 20,000 other things), so it shouldn t be causing any problems at all with her eliminations. Is she squatting...

Dogs: Vaccinations, american animal hospital, rabies vaccines
american animal hospital, rabies vaccines, veterinary medical association: Hi Lisa, The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have updated vaccination data and suggested protocols. Dogs now should be vaccinated every 3 years, not yearly. (and many think even that is...

Dogs: vomiting, shelley davis, dead puppy
shelley davis, dead puppy, sick puppy: Dear Shonna, Thank you for writing to me. You MUST RUSH this sick puppy to the vet NOW! Call the vet and tell him what s happening. I know it s a Sunday but this may be a dire emergency. The last person I told this to that didn t listen to me had a dead...

Dogs: vomiting/weight loss, distended abdomen, good appetite
distended abdomen, good appetite, 2 females: Hi Karen, I m sorry to hear your dog isn t well. Your dog s current symptoms of stomach distention/hardness, lethargy, vomiting and oddly formed bowel movements do not sound as though it s related to the recent diet change. I m afraid your dog needs...

Dogs: Walking...not walking, wire fox terrier, toy poodle
wire fox terrier, toy poodle, first timer: Hi Robert- I d suggest some distractive training for a while until he gets more comfortable with other dogs walking past him. Bring his favorite treats- something he doesnt get very often like cooked hotdog. When you are walking and another dog approaches,...

Dogs: Weight Loss, affording vet care
affording vet care: Hi Dana, It s impossible to guess at what the problem might be. At one end of the spectrum, something like internal parasites can cause weight loss, at the other end serious diseases such as cancer cause dramatic weight loss. There s no way to guess,...

Dogs: Weird bedtime behavior, heeler mix, dog crate
heeler mix, dog crate, crate training: Hi Amanda, It sounds like something happened at some point that frightened your dog while she was crated. You may never know what, it was, but knowing what it was wouldn t change things anyway. I d move the crate to a new location, maybe even change...

Dogs: Weird Incident, heart to heart talk, lab 75
heart to heart talk, lab 75, calm heart: Yes, I do believe that dogs can see/sense things that we cannot. If I get upset or stressed, my dogs react accordingly. I once shared a hotel room with an internet friend that I met for the first time that weekend. My dogs were fine with her at first......

Dogs: Wheaton terrier, typical life span, soft coated wheaton terrier
typical life span, soft coated wheaton terrier, average life span: Hi Doug, It s perfectly normal for a 13 year old dog to spend more time sleeping, than he used to. The average life span for a Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier is 12-14 years. That s just an average, it s possible for your dog to live longer. It s also...

Dogs: Whelping, pelvic canals, small breed dogs
pelvic canals, small breed dogs, natural birth: Hi Joyce, Your dog may well have a difficult labor. Your best source for answers will come from your veterinarian. Your vet may recommend doing a Cesarean Section. Usually this is performed on small breed dogs because their pelvic canals are just too...

Dogs: Worried about my dog..., shallow water dish, puppy milk replacer
shallow water dish, puppy milk replacer, infant cereal: Hi Mary, At three weeks of age, it s okay that your dog leaves her puppies for short periods. As long as she s taking care of them, they re still nursing and being cleaned, it s okay. At about 3 weeks of age, the puppies will begin to imitate their...

Dogs: walking a dog, get a dog
get a dog: Hi Autumne, As Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer says: To your dog, your home or back yard is like a large fish bowl in which they are trapped inside. Fish swim, birds fly and dogs walk. Having a dog should not be about only fulfilling our human needs,...

Dogs: weimaraner anxiety, male weimaraner, st johns wort
male weimaraner, st johns wort, kitchen cupboards: You can try two things St Johns Wort and/or DAP (dog appeasing pheromones). I don t have any experience with either except that I ve heard from ppl they work. There is also doggy prozac. I don t recall the name of it, but your vet should know. Discuss...

Dogs: whelping, male rottweiler, french bulldog
male rottweiler, french bulldog, rottie: Yes, I would be extremly concerned. There is way too much of a size different, and frenchies already have a lot of whelping problems. A rottie mix is going to produce puppies that are probably MUCH to big to be passed naturally. Especially if this is the frenchies...

Dogs: whining/separation anxiety in a 1 year old, separation anxiety, crate train
separation anxiety, crate train, consistent message: One of the best ways to stop this,is when you come home or let her out with you,is to ignore her 10 minutes before going out/putting her behind the gate and also ten minutes after coming home/letting her out-so seeing you won t be a big deal anymore And...

Dogs: My Yorki's behavior, carol lea benjamin, peter j vollmer
carol lea benjamin, peter j vollmer, drill sargent: Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure they realize that when they are alone, if they quit biting, they...

Dogs: Yorkie, eating poop, bland diet
eating poop, bland diet, withholding food: Hi Elizabeth, If your puppy has been vomiting or has diarrhea for more than 48 hours, he should be examined by a Veterinaran. He may have a blockage that needs treatment. Simple vomiting/diarrhea can be treated by withholding food for a short period,...

Dogs: Yorkie, viable sperm, female yorkie
viable sperm, female yorkie, male yorkie: Hi Mari- Im sorry this took so long to get to you, I thought I had answered it but apparently I didnt click the send button. Yes, 11 months old is too young for a female to be bred, especially a toy. Yes, I would be slightly concerned that the male...

Dogs: Yorkie Potty Training, kitty litter pan, litter box training
kitty litter pan, litter box training, puppy pen: The best way to litter train a dog,is to get a puppy pen,and put down a crate and a litter box,but seperate as you do NOT want him to learn to go in his crate,as you will be defeating the purpose of a crate So a puppy pen is the best way to go for litter...

Dogs: Yorkie puppy 7 weeks old, shampoo
shampoo: Hi Yolinda, Dogs and puppies actually have sensitive skin, and it s a different pH than human skin. Using the wrong shampoo, or shampooing too often can cause dry skin, as you re seeing. Because you recently shampooed your puppy, the solution isn t to...

Dogs: Yorkie urinating in one room only, puppy housebreaking, vet checks
puppy housebreaking, vet checks, yorkie puppy: Hi Erin, Thank you for writing to me. It seems that your dog is expressing some sort of anxiety through urination. I would suggest that if her medical exams are normal to follow the procedure for puppy housebreaking: There s no such thing as an almost...

Dogs: One year old dog training, obedience class, chawawa
obedience class, chawawa, natural instincts: I think more exercise is too often suggested, but this sounds like a case for it. Oh, the more you walk her on pavement, the less nail clipping she needs. Obedience training helps. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog...

Dogs: one year old sheltie, intact dogs, fish formula
intact dogs, fish formula, hip bones: Be sure you are feeding a quality food such as Eagle, Wellness, or Solid Gold. The first ingredient should be a meat protein (or preferably a meat meal), there should be a minimum of grains, and there should be NO by-products. If you can handle the smell of...

Dogs: 1 week puppies have sores, dollor coin, vets
dollor coin, vets, hot spots: Courtney- Seperating them wont help at this point- but I highly suggest getting them to the vet. If they are outside it could be hot spots or the mother could be licking them bald, but without a skin scraping there is no way to know if its NOT ringworm,...

Dogs: 10 mo. old yorkie deperate to potty train, excess food, poopers
excess food, poopers, lunch time: He may start pottying in the smaller crate, too, but I think he is in a too-large crate during the day. Give him the smaller one and see if he behaves himself. You might try giving him a bit longer time to potty and see if he will go more. Some dogs are...

Dogs: 11 year old dachound, dachound, belly band
dachound, belly band, question pool: Hi Erma, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. For whatever reason, the person you addressed your message to was unable or unwilling to answer it, and it ended up in a question pool , where any of the experts on staff can opt to answer it. If...

Dogs: 2 chi brother question.., litter mates, neutered dogs
litter mates, neutered dogs, sexual frustration: Hi Wendy- around 4 months is when males begin noticing bitches in heat- they may not understand whats going on, but they CAN smell them... and from up to three miles away! Most likely it is hormones coming to play, and your males are trying to determine...

Dogs: 2 MALE DOGS FIGHTING, neutering
neutering: Hi Julie, Your problem stems from having two healthy un-neutered adult male dogs. They re acting like two un-neutered male dogs are supposed to act! Your solution starts with having both of your dogs neutered!! Contact your vet, local shelter, or humane...

Dogs: 2 yrs old lab, diaheria, digestive problem
diaheria, digestive problem, food allergies: How much of the problem has the vet confirmed? Many people are quick to suggest any digestive problem is due to the food. Has your vet confirmed the allergies? Has he also done things such as a fecal check to eliminate parasites? I have had very little...

Dogs: 2yr old boxer with baby teeth, adult teeth, baby teeth
adult teeth, baby teeth, thirties: I think this is probably just a rare fluke. I say this because I once had a neighbor who was in his thirties, and he still had ALL of his baby teeth. Just guessing, I would say that this could be genetic, and the reason for the baby teeth staying in is...

Dogs: 3 month old blue healer, blue healers, blue healer
blue healers, blue healer, 3 lbs: Hi, Dave, If what I read is correct, a full grown dog should weigh between 30-45 pounds. I m not certain, but I think at 3 months, the female should probably weigh more than 3 lbs. Sometimes if dogs eat too fast, they will throw up their food and/or...

Dogs: 3 week pitbull puppy w/o mom, puppy kindergarten, cocker spaniels
puppy kindergarten, cocker spaniels, puppy formula: What you can do until she is 6 or weeks is to go to your local petstore,and looks for puppy formula,it s simular to what you give human babies,and gives them everything they need-and then slowly over a week at 6 weeks switch her to dry food Now as for pitbulls...

Dogs: 3yr old boxer dog, relaxation exercise, food rewards
relaxation exercise, food rewards, visual cues: Hi Maria, There are a couple of things you can try, to help your dog get over his fear of other dogs. It will take time, and plenty of patience on your part. Counter-conditioning is the term used to help a dog get over a fearful experience. It interrupts...

Dogs: 4 1/2 month cocker paper trained, cocker spaniel, corer
cocker spaniel, corer, news paper: Yes, you might have a bit of a problem in breaking him from using that spot, but since he is trained to go outside, too, it is just a question of getting him outside often enough and praising him profusely for pottying there. Keep him confined in a crate when...

Dogs: 4 yr old dog peeing in house, house training adult dog
house training adult dog: Hi Patty, Yes, it s possible to get an adult dog house trained. You need to be very diligent in preventing accidents, though. The longer a dog has been allowed to soil in the house, the longer training will take. Clean the areas where your dog has soiled...

Dogs: 5 month old puppy-afraid?, proper socialization, necessary corrections
proper socialization, necessary corrections, different places: Sadly, this puppy has never had the proper socialization that she should have had, and will never be the dog that she could have been if she had been given the proper care and training. If you want to bring this puppy around, it will take LOTS of patience,...

Dogs: 8 month old whippet mix: questions on feeding and elimination schedule, major health concerns, lean side
major health concerns, lean side, time parent: I think feed him morning and evening and take him out in about a half hour. Try to give him a mid day break. I don t think it is good to leave a dog more then 4-5 hours. Don t leave any food or water for him. I think Whippets may keep themselves on...

Dogs: 9 year old laborador aggresion, step mom, laborador
step mom, laborador, aggression: Getting him neutered might solve these problems all together,and it isn t risky even for a 9 year old-and in fact is rather minor,compared to a female,and females can be done at 12 This will stop him from wanting to run away because of females and will...

Dogs: Adopting and Transitions, german shepherd mix, female german shepherd
german shepherd mix, female german shepherd, stress and anxiety: probably two weeks is about all that is needed,3-6 weeks IS too hard on the dog,and may lead to seperation anxiety which you do NOT want In fact it s often best just to go full stop and once the dog is in your home,it stays there,bouncing back and forth...

Dogs: Aggressive Bulldog, responsible dog owner, puppy classes
responsible dog owner, puppy classes, check ups: We did move to another house about 10 months ago, do you think that could have influenced him? ***************************************************** A change in environment or moving to a new home CAN be stressful for a dog, or any pet for that matter,...

Dogs: Aggressive behavior in boxer puppy, boxer puppy, obedience training
boxer puppy, obedience training, reputable breeder: Based on what you tell me, I feel his behavior stems more from fear (or apprehension) than dominance. Dogs are generally very forgiving toward us humans. In order to patch things up between the 9 year old and the puppy, start having HER be the one that...

Dogs: Aggressive puppy at night, aggressive puppy, jack russel
aggressive puppy, jack russel, wags: I am afraid he isn t accepting your leadership. It is possible for a dog to learn its obedience commands without learning the owner is in charge. Take a look at http://www.dogbreedinfo.com./topdogrules.htm Another variation is nothing in life is free. ...

Dogs: Agressive French Bulldog, obedience class, french bulldog
obedience class, french bulldog, natural instincts: Moving is traumatic for a dog. Try to arrange for people new to him to give him treats. Are you giving him good leadership? The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in...

Dogs: Agressive Puppy at night, jack russel, wags
jack russel, wags, background info: Hi, Nicole, You state that you have or had a trainer, who taught you the “control down” position. Have you presented your questions to this person? It’s difficult to diagnose a problem like yours via email; I’m wondering if it might not be better...

Dogs: Agressive Yorkie, tea cup yorkie, obedience class
tea cup yorkie, obedience class, natural instincts: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Dogs: Amusing Dog Bahaviour, rawhide bone, staffordshire terrier
rawhide bone, staffordshire terrier, chipmonk: I think he wants you to fight him for it or chase him. That is one of the favorite games of young dogs, to have something and the other one try to get it. Most of us are careful to teach dogs not to keep things away from us. He hopes if it is valuable enough,...

Dogs: My Australlian Shepard, miracle workers, australian shepard
miracle workers, australian shepard, dog trainers: I think getting him fixed would be a start,as altered males are less aggressive And also as you said,a trainer as well-but in this case not just any trainer,call around and explain to them the way your dog has been acting,as it seems to be a bit of a fear...

Dogs: aggressive behavior, puppy training classes, puppy teeth
puppy training classes, puppy teeth, schnauzer puppy: It isn t aggression, just normal puppy play. Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure they realize that...

Dogs: antisocial behavior, hind quarters, walker hound
hind quarters, walker hound, antisocial behavior: First of all, it is perfectly okay for a bitch to object to another dog sticking its nose up her rear end. And she *will* object unless she is in season and in standing heat. That is normal behavior, and some bitches can get downright nasty about an intrusion...

Dogs: mysterous lumps, anti inflammatory drugs, two lumps
anti inflammatory drugs, two lumps, fatty tumors: Hello again, Dustin. It depends on the lumps. Fatty tumors and some cysts are not harmful. But in order to be ABSOLUTELY sure the lumps are not cancerous, one would need to do a biopsy or fine-needle-aspirate. Keep an eye on the lumps. If they get...

Dogs: Bad rear legs, glucosimine, rear legs
glucosimine, rear legs, spinal column: There is no way to fix a problem without knowing exactly what is the cause. You need to get your springer into a veterinary chiropractor so that it can be determined what is causing his problems. This could be his stifles, his hips, or something in his back....

Dogs: Barking, tasty bone, ygrr
tasty bone, ygrr, crate train: This is a form of separation anxiety. http://www.ygrr.org/doginfo/behavior-anxiety.html You need to keep your comings and goings very low-key by ignoring your dog before you leave and immediately upon coming home. Desensitizing him to your leaving also...

Dogs: Beagles-mommy and son, whelping, inbreeding
whelping, inbreeding, beagles: Hi there- Technically, a male is able to breed as early as 14 weeks, meaning they are producing viable sperm. Most males do not get the urges to breed until they are older, say, 8-10 months, but I have seen on numerous occasions people bring me siblings...

Dogs: Behaviour change, toy poodle, separation anxiety
toy poodle, separation anxiety, belly rub: While it COULD be the medications,it is unlikely,but it might not hurt to take him off of those and see if things improve What is going on is he is afraid to be alone,probably from memories of being in the shelter ect Because this is a specific problem,I...

Dogs: Birth, dog pregnancy care
dog pregnancy care: Hi Jenna, If this pregnancy wasn t a planned one and is unwanted, please consider spaying the pregnant female or having a medical abortion before she s too far along. There is a terrible canine over-population problem with many shelters euthanizing dogs...

Dogs: Brown Grass!, brown grass, border fence
brown grass, border fence, garden fencing: Hi Stephanie, Your dog will relieve herself in whatever area she has access to. From her point of view, one area is as good as the next. You must limit your dog access to only the areas you want her to use. There are many styles of fairly inexpensive...

Dogs: Bulldog attraction to male dogs, obedience class, male dogs
obedience class, male dogs, english bulldog: When one dog mounts another of the same sex, it isn t about sex, but pack rank. Females do it too. Neutering the second one will help. The most important thing is strong leadership on your part. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using...

Dogs: bad vet?, orphan puppies, having puppies
orphan puppies, having puppies, blood transfusion: Jessie- I am so sorry for your loss. Yes, I would certainly look for a new vet. I can not believe she sent your bitch home immediatly after a c-section. She should have been hospitalized for 24-48 hours to monitor her blood count and to ensure she was...

Dogs: beagle illness, coughing
coughing: Hi Steven, To diagnose your dog, he or she needs to be examined by a veterinarian. A persistent cough can be a symptom of many things, such as an upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, kennel cough, a lung or heart problem, internal parasites, collapsing...

Dogs: belly button puppy problem, bug bite, delivering a baby
bug bite, delivering a baby, medical experience: Hi, Jaime, Actually, puppies will have a belly button of sorts because they are born with an umbilical cord, just like humans. Of course, the mother dog severs it herself and doesn t make a nice knot like an OB/GYN does when delivering a baby! :~) ...

Dogs: bold spots, gold lab, medical background
gold lab, medical background, blisters: Hi, Fernando, Forgive me for not understanding, but are you saying your dog has bald (no hair) spots, or boil (blisters) spots? If it is no hair, then you may wish to have your vet check his thyroid; having the vet look at him would be the best place...

Dogs: boxer, veterinary ophthalmologist, male boxer
veterinary ophthalmologist, male boxer, health checks: Your bitch is too young to breed. She should not be bred until she has had her hips X-rayed (and cleared) at 24 months of age and her eyes examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist. When bitches are bred too soon, they often do not want to care for their...

Dogs: which breed?, pet store owners, eye rims
pet store owners, eye rims, colored shade: Three weeks old?! That place ought to be shut down and the owners horse-whipped for selling puppies that young! (and the breeder, too!) Your puppy doesn t sound like either a poodle OR a bichon, and since the pet store owners and the breeder don t seem...

Dogs: breeding dog with Lyme Disease, lyme disease, lyme symptoms
lyme disease, lyme symptoms, centers for disease control and prevention: The first thing I would do would be to put this bitch on lyme antibiotics (probably doxyclycline) for at least four to five weeks. Talk to your vet about this. http://www.2ndchance.info/lyme.htm I have found some human studies, and there seems to be some...

Dogs: Chinese Crested furnishing, hairless variety, hairless gene
hairless variety, hairless gene, bodyhair: Hi Pam, The amount of bodyhair on the hairless variety varies quite extensively, from the true hairless which has very little or no bodyhair and furnishings, to what is called a hairy hairless(HHL), which if left ungroomed can grow a nearly full coat of...

Dogs: Collar vs. Harness, martingale collar, loose leash
martingale collar, loose leash, steve ellis: 1)Yes, if you are able to train her with the martingale, there s no reason to use another collar. 2)If you are able to get the proper action with a snap or pop on the leash with the martingale, there s again no reason to use another collar. 3)If you...

Dogs: Cysts on Puggles, puggle, heart problems
puggle, heart problems, cyst on: Elle- Yes, I would remove a cyst if in the webbing of the paw. It will most likely continue to grow and since she is constantly walking on it is is surely very annoying or painful. If your dog is healthy and without heart problems, anesthesia should be...

Dogs: cairn terrier and cats?, cairn terrier, small apartment
cairn terrier, small apartment, baby cat: Nobody can really say for sure. Starting them out together when very young improves the chances. Your terriers are not the best choices with cats, having been bred to hunt vermin. However ther is a good chance so young, it will work. Many cats dislike...

Dogs: after care for Scrotal Ablation, heat leakage, elizabethan collar
heat leakage, elizabethan collar, initial procedure: Hi Terri- No, just keep him as quiet as possible and keep that E-collar on. Watch for any swelling, heat, leakage or pain in the area, similar to the previous infection you dealt with. Did your vet give him antibiotics to help? You do not have to keep...

Dogs: chewing, puppy teeth, adult teeth
puppy teeth, adult teeth, safe toys: Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure they realize that when they are alone, if they quit biting, they...

Dogs: chewing carpet, tons of toys, nothing works
tons of toys, nothing works, real solution: Crating them would eliminate the chewing and urinating, but it is best if they aren t left more than 4-5 hours without a break. If you can t make it back to give them a break, maybe one of the friendlier neighbors or a professional dog walker could. I am...

Dogs: chewing on hands and feet, adult teeth, safe toys
adult teeth, safe toys, kongs: Neutering him will help, but it takes some specific training. Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure...

Dogs: chihuahua growling and snapping, zsa zsa, soul mates
zsa zsa, soul mates, moodiness: It is strange that her personality changed so drastically. I think I would take her in and have the vet give her a thorough going over. Perhaps she is in pain from something and that is why she has gotten so grumpy. No, watery eyes are not normal; she could...

Dogs: what are the chihuahuas mainly kept for, companion dogs, city dogs
companion dogs, city dogs, cold temperatures: Chihuahuas are mainly companion dogs. Chihuahuas are alert dogs with terrier-like qualities. They are good with families if the children are gentle and patient. Because of their small size, they require little exercise and are good city dogs, but can be sensitive...

Dogs: chocolate labs?, chocolate gene, chocolate labs
chocolate gene, chocolate labs, chocolate lab: The parents either have to be chocolate or carry the chocolate gene in order to produce that color. If only one parent carries that color, then no chocolate puppies will be produced. Here s where to start your search for a quality dog: http://www.labradorretrieverclub.ca...

Dogs: Is cleaning of the Vulva area Ok, growth of bacteria, dog biscuits
growth of bacteria, dog biscuits, mild soap: Hi Jennifer- Believe it or not, this can actually do more harm then good :) I would not recomend cleaning the vulva at all unless you notice a crust of urine. Lots of water, good, appropriate healthy food (not high in grains, fat, sugar and waste products)...

Dogs: cocker poo, cocker poo, dry hands
cocker poo, dry hands, sheath: Hi Liz- Hopefully you have contacted a vet if it is still out, or have gotten an answer from someone else, but if this happens again or if it is STILL out, yes, this is not normal, he most likely was humping the air and got a little stuck. If you notice...

Dogs: cysts, shi tzu, cysts
shi tzu, cysts, surgical instruments: Anthony....is this a serious question? Do you have anesthetic, suture material, surgical instruments at home???? Seriously, though....I would take him to the vet. The cysts MAY NOT even need to be removed, but if they do need to be, a vet should do it,...

Dogs: Dalmation Growth, withers, dalmatian
withers, dalmatian, thanks in advance: Hi, Christianne, A lot depends on his parents, but most breeds reach full size between 1 & 2 years old. From the AKC website: Size, Proportion, Substance Desirable height at the withers is between 19 and 23 inches. Undersize or oversize is a fault....

Dogs: Dandruff..!!, whch, fish oil
whch, fish oil, skin condition: Hi, Rushab, I would certainly advise having your veterinarian look at him. He could have some type of skin condition or fungus that is causing his hair to fall out. For the dandruff, you also may want to add some fish oil or other type of fatty acid...

Dogs: Daschund Back problems, vet school, pinched nerve
vet school, pinched nerve, orthopedic specialist: Hi Rhonda, Thank you for writing to me about your situation. My heart goes out to you and I can tell that you are in a panic. Your vet, although meaning well, should have given you a referal to an orthopedic specialist or neurologist. This is not your...

Dogs: Deisel, english mastiff, mastiff
english mastiff, mastiff, lunge: You can t break him of it. If you correct him for lunging, he will stop, but eventually, he will bite instead. The lunge is most likely a stress/fear lunge. If he has to bottle up that stress (because you ve corrected him for lunging), he will eventually...

Dogs: Demodex mites, mitaban amitraz, demodex mites
mitaban amitraz, demodex mites, bulls eye: it looks like whoever you sent this question to originally passed it on to others. I will not try to answer it either. I would try a different vet. A good vet will know what is safe and what isn t. Those that are the quickest to answer questions like this...

Dogs: Digging before pooping, mini schnauzer, wee wee pads
mini schnauzer, wee wee pads, leashed: Hi Brenda, It may be challenging to train your puppy to go to the bathroom outside, once you finally get him used to going on the pads or in the box. Hopefully, you re also giving your puppy leashed walks to get him used to that experience too. If...

Dogs: DOG SCRATCHING FRONT DOOR, separation anxiety, shih tzu
separation anxiety, shih tzu, play time: A good way to deal with this is to ignore him ten minutes before you go out and ten minutes after you come home,as it will no longer be a big deal to him when you go out-and that is generally the cause of such anxiety,so do that for about 2 or 3 weeks,and...

Dogs: DOGS URINATING INSIDE, basset hounds, ebay
basset hounds, ebay, lyra: Janice- You answered your own question: They are not neutered. Unaltered males mark their territory, it is nearly impossible to stop, no matter how well they are trained. I highly suggest neutering the pair since you are no longer going to breed them. In...

Dogs: Doberman Diet, calcium supplements, quality diet
calcium supplements, quality diet, canine nutrition: You should put the bitch on a good-quality diet such as Eagle, Wellness, or Solid Gold. Milk, chicken, and rice is a very incomplete diet. A dog needs several amino acids, enzymes, several different vitamins and minerals, calcium/phosphorus in correct balance,...

Dogs: Dog Barking, lonely dogs, shih tsu
lonely dogs, shih tsu, ddfl: Hi, Christie, Have you had your vet check her to be sure there isn t some medical reason, like a urinary infection, causing this change? Here are some documents dealing with barking. http://www.marinhumanesociety.org/Behavior/Handouts/BarkControl.pdf...

Dogs: Dog behaviour, breeds dogs, leg bones
breeds dogs, leg bones, bladder infection: No,I have never personaly experienced that in the 11 years of working with dogs-if anything it will get rid of behavioral problems,such as marking and dog aggession That only problem that early neutering in giant breeds(dogs that weigh 100 pounds or more...

Dogs: Dog Eating Fur, silky terrior, signs of allergies
silky terrior, signs of allergies, cayenne pepper: The hair chewing could be stress-related. It could also be allergies. Any other signs of allergies? You might try giving him bones to chew or a Kong toy with something in it to keep him occupied. I think I would also talk to your vet and see if there might...

Dogs: Dog fights, distressing problem, sitution
distressing problem, sitution, sharpei: Hi Kendra, Thank you for writing to me about what must be a very distressing problem in your household. This is a very volatile sitution that needs to be seriously addressed. The verocity of the fights you describe, has not come unexpectedly. It...

Dogs: Dog Groomer, first few days, spray oil
first few days, spray oil, two dogs: Hi Chelsea- Most likely, the groomer uses some sort of cologne/grooming spray/oil on him while grooming him that you do not use at home, and he comes back smelling completely different. Try bringing your own shampoo in for the groomer, and asking them not...

Dogs: Dog Paws Loosing hair, bony prominences, paw pads
bony prominences, paw pads, shetland sheepdogs: Hi Mayra, Dermatomyositis in dog is seen primarily in Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs. This is an inherited inflammatory disease affecting skin and muscle. It s symptoms are: Crusting of the skin, and inflammation on the face; hyper- or hypopigmentation;...

Dogs: Dog sleeping habit, kong toys, special toys
kong toys, special toys, schnauzer: Hi, Rene, Are you using a crate or kennel for her? If not, you may want to consider one. This will keep her confined to her area until you re ready to get up and let her out. You probably cannot make her sleep any longer, but you can possibly buy...

Dogs: my Dog has a temper problem, out of control dog
out of control dog: Hi Davie, Your dog has been overly pampered, and hasn t been taught that he isn t the one in charge. You, and your family need to take serious steps to gain control over your dog, or his behavior will get worse, and bite somebody one day. Provoking him...

Dogs: Doggie Piggy, over-eating
over-eating: Hi Chandler, Dogs are natural scavengers, most will eat whatever is presented to them, or whatever they can find that is inviting. You don t have a lot of options with your one dog, who eats everything in sight. It may well be the Beagle in him, but...

Dogs: Dogs, shelley davis, glands
shelley davis, glands, vet: Hi Shirley, Thank you for writing to me. I would recommend that you have your dog seen by your vet as soon as possible. This odor could be anything from impacted anal glands to an infection that needs to be treated. It s very important that you have...

Dogs: Dogs and Bug Zappers, bug zappers, bug zapper
bug zappers, bug zapper, chow mix: Hi Leslie- Any unusual object can cause fear when first introduced- a bug zapper has a very weird smell and makes a REALLY odd noise when a bug hits it, plus... it glows. Its very disconcerting! So long as she can t touch it, its not going to hurt her,...

Dogs: Dogs getting into garbage with diapers, dirty diapers, stinky stuff
dirty diapers, stinky stuff, hi mary: Hi, Mary, Is there something I can put in the bag or spray into the bag so that they don t tear the bag open and spread the diapers all over the neighborhood? Probably not. Most scavenging animals (which dogs are) seem to like stinky stuff. ...

Dogs: Dogs getting into garbage with diapers, dirty diapers, trash cans
dirty diapers, trash cans, hi mary: Hi Mary, A tight fitting garbage can lid is the solution to your problem. Purchasing a can that latches can be an effective way to dog- proof trash cans. Some people use bungee cords on their trash cans to keep the lids on. There are also retainer...

Dogs: Dogs peeing on area rug, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: You may need to take several steps. If the rug is washable, wash it using an enzyme odor eliminator. Otherwise, spot clean it with one. You could try treating it with the sprays meant for outdoor shrubs found with the lawn and garden supplies. This...

Dogs: Dogs peeing on area rug, house training adult dog
house training adult dog: Hi JR, The answer isn t to get a new rug, the answer is to get your dog trained. You can teach an old dog new tricks. If you have male dogs that are not neutered, that needs to be done. It will benefit it s health in future years, and reduce his urge...

Dogs: my devil dog, mini fox terrier, devil dog
mini fox terrier, devil dog, fox terrier: Yes, go ahead and have him neutered. He will still need training, but it will go much better once he gets all the hormones out of his system. Consistently is very important in correcting jumping and other problems. Quickly correcting him each and every...

Dogs: diet for elderly dog with kidney disease, pepcid ac, chicken and gravy
pepcid ac, chicken and gravy, small fries: Cindy- I am a big big anti-science diet person, and K/D has been known to cause more problems then fix, because it doesn t have enough nutrients for the dog to survive on, and eventually causes liver failure, and can actually make the kidney problems worse...

Dogs: dog, lifespan
lifespan: Hi there, A dog s lifespan will vary, just as a person s life span will. There s really no way of knowing. Generally, smaller dogs will live longer than giant sized dogs, with medium sized dogs having a life span that falls someplace in the center. It s...

Dogs: my dog, animal emergency clinic, worst case scenario
animal emergency clinic, worst case scenario, feeding puppies: Hi, Pat, Firstly, I don t think I have addressed you before, so I don t know what the situation was that you had with your puppies. Secondly, the text that I have in red on my profile and other information is there because I get many questions from people...

Dogs: dog behavior, natural instinct, adoration
natural instinct, adoration, eye contact: Hi Tina- This is just a dogs way of keeping their eye on you... its an adoration/protection/pack thing. She is watching you for instructions or cues, keeping an eye on you in case you should leave and she should follow, and sometimes waiting for a few kinds...

Dogs: our dog's behavior, aggressive puppy, annoying behavior
aggressive puppy, annoying behavior, dog obedience schools: Hi Don, Your little dog is indeed running the show. He needs to learn his place in the pack , which isn t the lead position he thinks it is. Most dogs assume a neutral or submissive role toward people, but some dogs will challenge their owners for dominance....

Dogs: dog bitting, basket muzzle, professional dog trainer
basket muzzle, professional dog trainer, pack leadership: Hi Amanda, Until you can get control over this problem, using a muzzle on Narla would be the prefect way of ensuring that your grandson, or anyone else won t get hurt! A wire basket muzzle is the most humane. It allows the dog to pant, drink, and even eat...

Dogs: dog with broken leg, broken leg
broken leg: Hi Valeria, If you didn t have your dog examined by a veterinarian, you have no way of knowing if your dog s leg is really broken, or not. You could be dealing with a torn ligament, dislocation, or any number of other muscular problems, and treatments will...

Dogs: Our dog Diesel, territorial aggression
territorial aggression: Hi Pamela, The lunging behavior your dog does may or may be related to the attempted kidnapping event. In either case, it sounds like your dog has, what s called: territorial aggression. There are two primary motivations for territorial behavior: dominance...

Dogs: My dog eat poop and is on Bil-jack, canned pumpkin, pineapple juice
canned pumpkin, pineapple juice, food additives: Don t know who you were expecting to answer, but they were wrong about a high quality food helping. Nothing much helps. As for Bil-Jac, those pushing high quality food based on ingredients likely would bash it too. Of course, they have nothing to base...