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Charlie the Puppy has Turned One!! – We’ve Been Watching Charlie Grow

Charlie Has Turned 1!

I wrote to Angelique recently to see how Charlie was coming along. We’ve been following Charlie since she was a tiny puppy.

“Well Charlie and I are both doing well. I realized brushing her teeth (as much as she hates it) is a good thing as the yellow plaque goes immediately and they dont smell, said Angelique.

“There was a period of time she kept vomiting every 4-6 weeks. The vet said she could any number of things so she went on a bland I/d diet for six weeks. She settled but I actually think I worked out that the problem was – One, not too much cooked meat (especially lamb) oops – annnndddd ..she had a toy with two small tennis balls at the end of each rope end and she would chew the fur of the tennis balls. When I took that toy away each time there was no vomiting. Sooooo Maybe she ate the fur that got food caught in her digestive system somewhere or the chemicals from the material react with her causing her to vomit.

It’s gone now so I rarely give her toys like that to play with. I confiscated it basically. A very expensive lesson but insurance with Bow Wow Meow has proven to be amazing as I got all the money I spent back and it was over $2000. That’s a 100% return. I highly recommended pet insurance!

She has learnt to wee and defacate outside but occasionally there are still suprises inside during the night. I’m unsure why she does that but maybe there’s a noise outside that stops her from going out?.. Who knows? Maybe the bats…. But she can’t hold onto it all night yet. She’s getting better though as sometimes she can…..

I’ve been taking her to the groomers instead of grooming her myself and this is actually a good thing. They get her nails clipped alot shorter than I do. She’s always excited to come home too as she doesn’t like getting washed, etc. She sits still though so that’s great.

When I take her to the beach, or water/rocks, she’s scared of the water and I think that is because I still bath her and not shower her and she looks at water as torture rather than pleasure. It would be awesome if she could love to want to swim and just jump in..

We recently went to the mountains and I put the tick gel on her and so amongst all the bush walking, she remained free from ticks and fleas.

I had stopped giving her the flea tablets a while ago as I didn’t think I had to give them to her every month after six months but lucky I asked and she is now on the monthly dose of flea/worm tablets which is good.

She loves other dogs, and is very social – she doesn’t care what size they are, she loves them all……. and people….. She’s a gem!

If I need to discipline her, she always knows that she’s done something wrong and does a little wee in the corner.. I take it this is normal behavior when they fret? She doesn’t do it when she’s excited but when she gets into trouble she does….

She listens really well, only barks when she plays or wants to play so that’s good.

She is becoming a little more fussier with food. I’m getting all sorts of stories about her food. Some say she should just stick to puppy science diet biscuits as they’re enough….

But I like exposing her to the joy of other foods too. Especially when she stares at me the whole time. I give her raw chicken necks at times – some say these are good and some not. I give her both raw and cooked chicken in moderation as she looovvveeee chicken!

I give her those greenie treats for her teeth and she loves the king kong peanut butter treats.

I avoid giving her chocolate, onion, raisins, grapes, and potato. I think they’re the main no no’s and any meat cooked in spices is a no no too.

That’s pretty much all of it. I can’t think of anything else. She doesn’t throw up in the car that much anymore which is great but I still have to have her in the front, securely in the front. I would like to know the exact law around animals in the car as I don’t know it. Different stories again.

Charlies 1st birthday was March 18 so she’s getting older and cuter too”, Angelique said..

Happy Birthday Charlie from us here at Dogs and Cats!


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Mar 31, 2011 | 3 | A++++ Watching Charlie The Pup Grow

Juvenile Renal Disease in Dogs

By Susan L Fleisher, or Copyright 1996, all rights reserved.


In January of 1990, I had my twenty one month old Standard Poodle puppy euthanised. She was one of three puppies in a litter of eleven to die of Juvenile Renal Disease (JRD). All three of the puppies with the disease appeared healthy, and grew normally until clinical signs appeared at ten months in one, and twenty months in the other two. She died two weeks after being diagnosed. The disease is devastating. The prognosis is dismal. Nobody expects to lose a puppy of that age.

Breeds Affected by Juvenile Renal Disease

Despite the fact that several articles on Juvenile Renal Disease and Familial Renal Disease were published in veterinary journals in the 1970s, and many others have been published since that time, on JRD in Dobermans Pinschers, Alaskan Malamutes, Norwegian Elkhounds, Samoyeds, Standard Poodles, and Golden Retrievers, most individual cases of JRD are treated by owners and veterinarians as isolated occurrences rather than as the manifestation of a genetic disease. The type of renal disease, also called Renal Dysplasia, from which my puppy died, is also seen in Airedale Terriers, Alaskan Malamutes, Bedlington Terriers, Boxers, Bulldogs, Chow Chows, Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhounds, Keeshonds, King Charles Spaniels, Miniature Schnauzers, Old English Sheepdogs, Swedish Foxhounds, Shiz Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Portuguese Water Dogs, and Yorkshire Terriers. It is just recently being seen in Golden Retrievers, a breed in which it had not before been recognized as a familial disease. Other types of genetic renal disease are also well known in Rottweilers, Shar Peis, Miniature Poodles, Cairn Terriers, Welsh Corgis,Pekingese, Shetland Sheep Dogs, Collies, Beagles, Basenjis, Bull Terriers and Cocker Spaniels, among others. Similar forms of genetic renal diseases may have different modes of inheritance in different breeds. Other forms of familial and congenital renal diseases seen in the breeds listed above include Glomerulopathy, Amyloidosis, Polycystic kidneys, and Fanconi-like syndrome.


Early symptoms of Juvenile Renal Disease include drinking copious amounts of water, something that might not be readily apparent in a house with more than one dog, frequent urination, and dilute urine which has little color or odor. Some affected puppies leak urine, many do not. Often a puppy owner’s earliest complaint is about the difficulty of housebreaking a puppy later discovered to have JRD. The volume of water consumed, and, in some puppies,leakage of urine can make housebreaking a formidable task. As the disease progresses, vomiting, weight loss, anorexia, lethargy, and muscle weakness are seen. There is sometimes a chemical odor to the breath as a result of metabolic waste not being excreted by the kidneys.

In breeds in which juvenile renal diseases are seen, symptoms may be noted as early as a few weeks after birth; and affected puppies are almost without exception symptomatic before two years of age. Some puppies fail to thrive: most grow normally until symptoms appear. Puppies with renal dysplasia may appear clinically normal for extended periods of time before developing signs of chronic renal failure. The rate at which renal dysplasia progresses to overt renal failure depends on the severity of the initial renal lesions. Dogs commonly do not exhibit clinical signs of renal failure until less than 25% of renal function remains. A dog with renal dysplasia affecting only one kidney may be symptom free, and the dog may live a normal lifetime.

If a dog under two years of age is found to have an elevated BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and creatinine, and significant protein in the urine, as indicated by an increased urine protein:creatinine ratio, JRD should be strongly suspected. Abdominal palpation by a veterinarian may reveal small irregularly shaped kidneys. An ultrasound can be a useful diagnostic tool, since the kidneys are often atrophied and underdeveloped. It must be kept in mind, however, that kidneys from affected dogs may be normal size.

The most accurate method for diagnosing JRD is a wedge biopsy from one kidney taken any time after the second month of life, or a histopathologic exam after death. A biopsy or autopsy of a puppy less than two months of age would not be fruitful, since the normally immature kidneys cannot be distinguished from those affected by JRD. The slides should be examined by an experienced pathologist. There are a number of pathologists who have a considerable interest in this disease. It is not reasonable to expect most puppy owners who are not breeders, to agree to a wedge biopsy, since a more accurate diagnosis will not affect the treatment or prognosis, and since the necessary anesthesia is not without risk.

If the reduction in renal function is identified early, when only increased water consumption and urination are evident, medical management can be instituted immediately. Although the renal damage is not reversible, the quality and length of the puppy’s life may be improved by early treatment.


Treatments for the symptoms of JRD include a low protein and low phosphorus prescription diet, such as Hill’s K/D. The predominant effect of the low protein diet is to minimize production of uremic toxins so that the patient feels better. Low protein diets may help extend life in dogs. Phosphorus is more important in this regard, since high phosphorus accelerates renal failure, and restricted phosphorus slows it down. K/D is low in phosphorus, so it remains a good food for dogs in this condition. In addition to diet, IV fluids can be administered to correct disturbances created by the retention of uremic toxins. Epogen can be prescribed to treat the anemia of chronic renal failure, resulting in improving the quality, and probably the length of life. Kidney dialysis for dogs is offered at several veterinary medical sites. The University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical School is performing kidney transplants, but transplanted kidneys in dogs are commonly rejected, and involve an extraordinary expense and commitment. UC Davis will only do a renal transplant if the red cell cross matching and blood type is a perfect match. and if the tissue typing is also a perfect match. One of four healthy littermates of an affected puppy may offer such a match.

Current Research

George Lees, DVM of Texas A & M University is currently doing research on Juvenile Renal Disease in Cocker Spaniels. Both VetGen, in Michigan, and the Canine Genome Project at the University of California, Berkeley, are searching for the gene marker(s) for the Juvenile Renal Disease seen in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.

Although progress is being made, waiting for DNA testing to become readily available is not a feasible solution to the problems of many genetic diseases. Selectively breeding away from carriers now is the only responsible action. In some instances, careful breeders have succeeded in largely eradicating some genetic disorders from their breeds. Success depends on a number of factors. Every puppy buyer must be encouraged to report any major illness back to the breeder. Breeders must have a clear understanding of the modes of transmission of genetic disorders that affect their breeds. Known carriers as well as possible carriers, (littermates and offspring of those discovered to be carriers) must be conscientiously kept out of the gene pool, or used very judiciously. A method of communication among breeders must be established.

Clearly, an open registry such as the open registry begun in July, l992 for Sebaceous Adenitis (SA) in Standard Poodles (this disease also occurs in other breeds) is an important step forward and an invaluable resource. Open registries as well as research databases in many canine diseases are being established at the Genetic Disease Control For Animals (GDC) in Davis, California. In Europe, open registries have made it possible for careful breeders to greatly reduce the number of cases of some genetic disorders.

An open registry would include the names of carriers of the disease as well as the names of dogs who are clear, those who when bred to a carrier did not produce any cases of the disease in a litter of significant size. Obviously, the early onset of Juvenile Renal Disease allows carriers to be identified much sooner than does a disease which manifests itself later in life.


Kruger, J.M., Osborne, C.A., et al. : Congenital and Hereditary Disorders of the Kidney. Veterinary Pediatrics Dogs & Cats from Birth to Six Months., 2nd edition. (J.D. Hoskins, ed.) W.B.Saunders, Philadelphia, Pa, 1995: pp 401-406.

DiBartola Stephen P. et al: Familial Renal disease in Dogs and Cats. Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. (S.J. Ettinger, & E.C. Feldman, ed) W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, Pa. 1995:pp 1796-1801.

Willis, Malcolm B: Genetics of the Dog. Howell Book House, New York, NY, 1989;p 356.

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Mar 30, 2011 | 0 | Dog health

Dog Safety – Keeping Dogs Secure While Traveling

By Deb M

I was driving down the highway the other day when I saw a woman driving with her small dog in her arms and pressing to reach out the window. It was obvious that she was distracted with the dog’s active behavior. This is a very dangerous way to drive as it causes you the driver the distraction of containing your dog. Using a dog car seat provides a safer alternative for you and your dog.

Statistics show that distractions are a growing cause of accidents when driving a vehicle. There are the common distractions of eating, changing the radio station, talking on the phone or texting but having a pet in the car (that is not in a dog car seat) with you can bring on unexpected distractions. From the sudden bark that is startling enough to cause you to look away from driving to see what is causing the ruckus, to your dog climbing over you to get to the window or sitting in your lap and wanting your attention.

These distractions however short they may be take you away from keeping your eyes and attention on the road. Think about it, how many times have you looked away from the road to change the radio station only to look up and see that the car in front of you has hit the brakes and you are now slamming on your brakes to avoid hitting them? We all do it and we don’t think about it one bit until something happens.

Don’t take the risk with your dog. If you were to be involved in an accident and your dog is in your lap, do you realize that your beloved dog could be killed or seriously injured by the airbag deploying? Even if your pet is in the passenger seat or back seat, he could be thrown from the car or thrown around in the car and getting hurt or hurting you. It is unnecessary to take the chance when using a dog car seat is such a simple solution.

A dog booster car seat can be in the front seat of the car attaching to the console or passenger seat or it can be secured in the back seat with the seat belt. Any of these options would be better than letting your dog loose in the car to cause distraction. The majority of dog booster (car) seats have a strap that connects to your dog’s harness and keeps your dog safe and secure while giving them the ability to see out the window. Your dog is happy and you are able to concentrate on your driving.

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Mar 29, 2011 | 0 | dog safety

Making the Healthiest Dog Food With a Busy Schedule

By Pamela Mayer

We’re all busy. And we all want the best diet for our dogs to lengthen their lives, to keep them healthy and thriving. But if you do your own cooking you can add things like broth, meat, fresh vegetables and yes, fruits.

Veterinarian Joseph Demers suggests that even if you feed your dog quality, organic/natural kibble, it can be harmful to your dog over the long-term. Why? Well its dehydrated food which causes dehydrated dogs. Kibble is too dry, over processed and has added chemicals. This diet can lead to chronic disease caused by the ” internal heat ” caused by a diet of only dry dog food. This will overload the kidneys over time and the spleen, the organ that directs the digestive system. It will begin to heat up the liver and you will begin seeing burping, throwing up bile in the morning and upset stomachs. The saliva will be thick, dry stools and panting after the evening meal in spite of surrounding temperature. You’ll notice your dog has dry, coarse hair and flaking dandruff who are also shedding a lot of fur.

There is a simple solution thankfully. If you still want to feed kibble and don’t have a lot of time preparing homemade dog food, simply make the food wetter by adding beef or chicken broth. Try to aim for 30% moisture compared to the amount of dry food.

Another simple addition to your dogs dry food is a good digestive enzyme product to aid digestion and a fatty acid supplement, such as flaxseed oil; which by the way is also very good for you. Begin with 1 drop of oil for small dogs and 3 drops for large. Increase gradually until you can give your dog to a level of 1 teaspoon per 15 pounds of body weight. Flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

This plan fits very well in a busy schedule and still enrich your dog’s diet, correctly and quickly.

If you organize yourself and you cook for your family it really is not difficult to make your dog food yourself. I pull out chicken thighs the night before to defrost. I essentially make chicken soup. I add carrots, kale, cranberries (not dried) or apple pieces, green beans, peas, much of which I can get from leftovers. I pour a small amount of brown rice or couscous, a little olive oil. The largest percentage is the meat.

Once it is done I allow it to come to room temperature. It usually lasts 2 days and I have 4 dogs, a German Shepherd and 3 Pomeranians. I serve the homemade food at room temperature with a little aloe vera sprinkled over. I also put out Blue Buffalo dry food for their second meal.

If you make it ahead of time which is what I do, I let it stay at room temp and they love it. My vet tells me that is a perfect diet. I do change it up for variety but everything I use goes into one big pot. So easy. As you educate yourself on what dogs can eat and what is good for them, you will discover more recipes. Also know there are some foods that are toxic to dogs. They are onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and chocolate.

If you can find the time your pets will be healthy and happy and it is a great feeling knowing you’ve prepared a wonderful meal for your canine family members. And everything I put into my dogs “chicken soup” can be eaten by human beings as well.

I pour the recommended dosage of liquid vitamins with iron over the top and mix into the food. They know when I pull out four bowls and serve them up they head to my home office and go crazy because they love the food I make them. And that makes me feel so good.

By Pamela Mayer, lifelong dog owner, cook, advocate and owner of Noble Canine, Inc.

About the Author

Pamela S Mayer, creator and owner of Noble Canine Pet Boutique is a lifelong dog lover and activist for humane treatment of all animals. It is her passion to locate or design new and unique pet products to enrich dogs’ lives and make it convenient and stylish for the pet parent.

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Mar 27, 2011 | 0 | Dog nutrition

Should Emergency Evacuation Planners Consider our Pets? Do People Care?

By Randa Magdi

I watched in horror like everyone else when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August, 2005. Little did I realise at the time .. that here in Australia, six years on, we would experience similar devastation via another natural disaster..

First the flooding around Brisbane in January 2011, the capital city of the state of Queensland – followed by the cyclone in far-north Queensland in February.

Then not far from our shores .. New Zealand was hit by an eathquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale. This was actually an after-shock from the earlier September 2010 quake but this one hit at lunch time with its epicenter in the heart of the main city of Christchurch. It was very close to the surface so caused far more devastation.

Then only recently – look at what has happened in Japan?

So when it all started in our own country in January there we sat watching the constant live coverage on our TVs and we watched matters unfold. We sat glued to the television cuddling our two dogs and three cats.. feeling such empathy for our fellow human beings, their pets, wildlife, horses and livestock . Over that period people all over the world saw images.. Maybe because it was close to home we saw much more .. as I suspect our American friends did back in 2005..

We watched it all and knew that if ever we were asked to evacuate we at home agreed we could not leave our pets behind to fend for themselves.. alone and petrified.. like an 18 month old child as we have been told they resemble. There is just NO WAY we would do that.

So many people through these disasters have made that very decision and have actually died as a consequence. And please don’t get me wrong – I am not trying to judge others who have had to make heart-breaking decisions when they have had to make that decision with next to no warning.. people were taken by complete surprise and not prepared for such an emergency – nor were the authorities.

As an active social network user – I was able to immediately share information with other Australians on Facebook and Twitter and we went through it together as if we were family – regardless of our geographical distance. Humanitarians and animal lovers were united to help in whatever way we could. I felt that in some little way I could help just by passing on information to my networks about lost pets or weather situations .. or you know.. whatever I could do to help as someone so far removed but having strong networks.. maybe this might help in some small way..

You see after Hurricane Katrina a lot of lessons were learnt that many of us around the world are just learning now. Now it’s enacted in U.S. law that provision for pets must be made along with provisions for humans. Pets are no longer considered as if they were property but regarded as other sentient beings. In other words, there has to be evacuation centres for pets as well as humans, and/or the evacuation centers that are catering for humans also have to cater for pets.

Don’t you think other places in the world need to put these same laws into place – before rather than after?

I tried to create a Facebook group to build support and I must say that I was a little disappointed .. the group has over 300 members but I thought it would take off like a wild fire once people saw someone was trying to take action locally..

Just last night I created a poll on Twitter which will last for seven days – it asks..” It’s an emergency and you have to evacuate your home and you have pets – you can opt for “No way would I leave my pet behind” OR “I would leave my pet behind if I had to.”

I asked friends on Facebook and Twitter to take the poll. I was dismayed by a comment – “Done as well. And of course I think you know my answer as well. Although I have to tell you, my general feeling is that most people don’t give a crap about animals – hence all the millions of them that are put to sleep every year in Australia.”

What are your thoughts? I want to pursue this further..

I have plenty more to add so will do so in another installment..


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Mar 25, 2011 | 0 | Emergencies

Kranskybulldog – How and Why I Died..

This is a must read for anyone contemplating relocating overseas and taking their beloved pet with them.


“After an exciting and arduous 2010 making our new movie, Belinda, Jon and I decided to go live in Berlin. We engaged the services of Sydney based Animal Travel to organise and oversee my trip to Germany. Run by Ken and Narelle Hammond, they came highly recommended within the French Bulldog community and advertise themselves as the “Veterinary Qualified Animal Travel Specialists making International Animal Travel easy for your Very Important Pet…[our] charter is to provide professional, competent and caring pet transportation relocation services…we care about your pets as if they were our own and their safety and comfort is always our highest priority.” These services are offered for a substantial fee, in my case $2297.00.”

Click here to read the whole story of what happened to Kransky and what is going on now.

“His only justice will be found in the realm of public opinion, so please forward, post, tweet, email.. ” Jon says..

And once you have read the story you will see why this is so important to do so. Please pass this on to your friends.. for Kransky’s sake and help give some semblance of comfort to Jon and Belinda by doing so.


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Mar 24, 2011 | 1 | travel

Love animals? Will you take part in the BARC 10 times challenge?


We’d like to invite you to take part in a quick challenge to help a really good cause.

OK, this is the deal.. and we hope you take part..

Right here and right now, you have to do at least one of the following 10 things to help the Bali (dog) Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre.. That means if you are at work, or at home with your family or flat mates or even sitting in the library you have to complete at least ONE of these 10 things here and now for this great cause:

1. drop down to the floor and do 10 push-ups now

2. hold your breath for 10 minutes (be careful with this one)

3. imagine you are an excited dog and bark out loud 10 times

4. if there’s a loved one nearby, shower them with 10 kisses

5. if you’re at home and have a dog, get up right now and take them for at least a 10 minute walk

6. run around the nearest block 10 times

7. pretend to sneeze and do it 10 times in a row

8. write down a list of goals you’d like to achieve in 2011 (maybe one is helping more charities?)

9. ask at least 10 people around you to chip in $1 each so you reach $10 and donate it

10.donate at least $10 yourself to help BARC raise $5,000 to buy the land they so desperately need to create a sanctuary for dogs that are unable to be adopted out. These dogs may be old, unwell and/or “damaged” so cannot be adopted out.

The donating part is really easy and can be done by direct credit or via Paypal. Click here to donate. If you are prompted to provide a reference, use the word “land”.

Now, finally – you must send this link off to 10 people to complete your challenge including one overseas friend so we can make this a global effort. Or simply “hit” share so that all of your friends can see..

Please do consider supporting this wonderful cause and help the lives of dogs that don’t have it anywhere near as easy in Bali as the do in many other parts of the world… you’ll be doing a wonderful thing!

In all seriousness though, the truth is that all we need is 500 people to donate just $10 and the sanctuary can be a reality. Please make this viral and help make this dream happen.

Now, give yourself 10 good pats on the back for being a kind person and doing a good thing to help these dogs.

You can see Amber with a happy rescued puppy here or to see some of the gorgeous dogs that are waiting to be adopted out in Bali click here.

If you have any inquiries, please contact Amber ( or Tara ( at BARC (including media inquiries)

The crew at BARC thank you!


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Mar 21, 2011 | 0 | Stray dogs

Allergies in Papillons

By Lea Mullins

The papillons, also known as butterfly dogs get its distinct butterfly wing looking ears with fringed hair. They are delicate, quirky looking dogs with abundant, silky flowing coat. They do not have an undercoat and their hair is quite long. Although they are not as sensitive like other toy dogs, when it comes to allergies, papillons can still suffer from it and even cause it to their owners. Owners should always be on the look out for any allergic symptoms their pets may exhibit.

Symptoms that your papillon is having an allergic reaction could include excessive scratching, itching and licking of the ears, muzzle, paws or other parts of the body. Other symptoms could also include hair loss, recurring ear infections as well as changes in bowel movements. A pap experiencing an allergic reaction could also salivate and start licking his body, orange or red tinged hair is a sure sign of allergies in dogs. Difficulty breathing is a symptom mostly experienced by humans rather than dogs.

Allergies do not always begin from birth some papillons get them even well into maturity. Allergic reactions can come from food, parasites, insects, molds, pollen, changes in the weather, rage weed and fall seasons. Knowing what your dog is allergic to does not have to be a trial and error experience, just like with humans there is a test available to determine elements or food that dogs can be allergic to. Knowing is winning half the battle by helping papillons avoid such allergens. There are a few basic allergens that dogs can be susceptible to, these inlcude;

Flea and Bacterial Allergies – this is most common especially to hairy dogs. Dogs can suffer from extreme itching on the bite area, causing redness, hair loss and sometimes even sores. The flea is actually not as dangerous as its saliva which passes through your pet and causes the allergic reaction. Flea bites are harmful to both dogs and humans an can be addressed by proper grooming, cleaning and a medicated shampoo if necessary. Garlic added to the dogs food is known to repel fleas and other bugs. You can also spray vinegar water on the dogs’ outdoor living space to get rid of the bugs. Bacteria can also affect dogs, normally it would also cause severe itching and lesions, this could be a Staph infection; if this is the case immediate medical attention is needed for both dog and owner.

Inhalants – these are also called atopy or hypersensitivity allergens in the environment. Symptoms would include scratching, itching and salivating that cause orange or reddish fur, This would include those that can be inhaled, it may come as a surprise for new dog owners, but they can be allergic to pollen too. Other inhalants include cigarette smoke, molds, mildew, dust and dust mites. This is usually treated with antibiotics, shampoos and antihistamines. Hypersensitation or exposing your pet to the allergen little by little to get the papillons immune system going is often used as the last resort.

Food Allergies – this type of allergy is often easy to spot as it can have an immediate reaction. Food allergy can be differentiated from intolerance judging by the symptom. Intolerance often causes diarrhea or an upset stomach while allergies can show similar symptoms as atopy. Dogs can often be allergic to specific foods such as beef, dairy, eggs, chicken, lamb and fish.

With allergies, prevention is always better than the cure and it is important to know what your pap is allergic to. Although papillons are generally healthy dogs, they are fragile and severe allergic reactions can be fatal to them.

Lea Mullins, discusses the different allergies that papillons may have. Learn more about dogs from

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Mar 20, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information

Stop Terrier Chewing

By Suzanne Quinten

Every terrier puppy must naturally chew, a fact you must understand before you can stop them from chewing. They normally chew on things because of being bored or simply because they are teething. You must redirect that chewing energy unto something else. You are required to create just enough work for your dogs to do, other than chewing the carpets, curtain, etc.

If you are looking to stop your terrier puppy from chewing, then you must note that chewing is a natural behavior expected of them. There are various reasons why a terrier puppy must chew, either as a result of being bored or just because of teething. Obviously, you can not stop this act, only redirect the energy. You must create enough duty for your dogs.

Why Must You Stop Terrier Puppy Chewing

A lot of people will leave their puppy to chew on things around the house, especially young ones. Some might even start to yell or shout on their puppy which may lead to other behavioral changes. First, show your dogs that chewing on those items is not good and show them alternatives.

How To Make Your Terrier Puppy Stop Chewing.

There are some things you will have to do in order to effectively stop your puppy from chewing. Never lay your hands on them without reason. Don’t punish them mercilessly, hold yourself. Doing that will never tell them what they did wrong.

Behavior Adjustment

Don’t just chase them away from chewing on the wrong items, show them the right things to chew. When you see them chewing and you don’t appreciate the item being chewed on, retrieve it and present them with something better to chew on. This way, they will get to understand that the old item is not meant for chewing.

Keep Your Puppy Busy

If your puppy stays more idle in a day, they tend to develop that chewing habit more. Normally, terrier puppies chew to stay alive. It is like a normal daily routine for them. Present them with many exercises most the time and play when you can. If you are not around, use toys to keep them company.

Crate Training

Crate-train your dogs if they chew on your things. You can just lock them up in a room with chew toys.

Aversion Spray

Using elements like bitter apple or cayenne pepper on your carpets and cushions will render those places unfavorable for their taste. Soon enough, they will understand that those items have bad taste and will stay away from them.

Don’t let your terrier puppies direct their chewing behaviors to your household goods. If so, they must be made to understand that chewing your finger or other precious house commodities is not good.

Consistency Is Required

Never give up on your actions once you start to correct them from chewing. If you don’t want to wear rags, then teach your terrier puppies not to chew your cloths. Never bring stuffed animals as a toy. Lay down a strict rule and follow it. If you do the right things, your dog will catch up quickly and you will begin to enjoy them more.

Author and article writer for training dogs and puppies with a soft spot for terriers. All the best in your quest to training your terrier.

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Mar 19, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information, Tips

16 Behavior Changes That May Be An Indication of Health Related Problems In Dogs

By Robert D Hawkins

Virtually all dogs have moments when they behave uncharacteristically, or inappropriately. When behavioral episodes occur it is easy for pet parents to write these types of behavior off as instinctive. While this certainly can be the case all pet parents should be aware that a multitude of health concerns first make themselves known in the form of behavioral changes.

Any uncharacteristic behaviors or sudden changes in habits should be viewed as a possible sign that your canine is not feeling well. One of the more common examples would be a normally well trained and well intentioned dog urinating inappropriately inside the house. Another example would be your tail wagging super friendly canine all of the sudden becoming irritable, or possibly even showing signs of aggression.

If you notice this these behavior problems occurring the culprit could be almost anything ranging from a thyroid disorder to cystitis. While our 16 behavioral characteristics are somewhat broad when noticed they often signal one of a number of health concerns.

Let’s look at 16 behaviors a dog may be signs that your dog is sick:

*Inappropriate urination on bedding, clothing, and furniture with every pet seemingly having their favorite places for inappropriate urination.

*Urinating indoors only a short time after returning from outside

*Defecating indoors

*Not wanting to sit or refusal to sit

*Constantly licking or chewing one particular area or spot

*Exhibiting unexpected aggression when touched or approached

*Whining or whimpering excessively

*Excessive pacing

*Drinking unusually large amounts of water for no apparent reason

*Needing to urinate much more frequently than normal

*Overeating or refusal to eat or drink

*Frequently eating large amounts of grass

*All of the sudden acquiring a taste for his or other dog’s feces

*A desire to eat items such as dirt, sand, rocks or other non-food items

*Isolationism along with lack of interest in fun activities

*A sudden change in behavior and attitude

If your dog is in pain or suffering from an illness don’t expect training to improve uncharacteristic behavior. Experts suggest first ruling out any medical issues that might be, either causing, or contributing to your dogs bad behavior. Once the medical problem has been recognized, and resolved, only then should your pet parenting skills be used to work on better manors.

Additional behavioral problems related to health issues in dogs can include excessive panting.

As you may know a dog doesn’t sweat in the same way we do. In fact, a dogs perspiration is released mainly from through their footpads.

The main way dogs cool themselves is by panting, breathing rapidly with mouth open and tongue out. As a dog’s body temperature increases more of the tongue will become exposed and the mouth will be opened wider to increase the moist surface area for evaporative cooling. Also, dogs tend to pant when they are nervous much as humans tend to perspire when feeling the pressure of heightened anxiety.

If you notice your dog starting to pant excessively immediately stop whatever activity your pet is engaged in, move them to a cool area, and offer then a bowl of clean fresh water.

In conclusion there are many behavioral changes that can signal a health problem of which we have just identified a select few. Some conditions or illnesses may be serious while others may not. By recognizing the warning signs early you will be doing your part as a pet parent to remedy any minor health concerns before they become severe, or get an early jump on any serious illnesses that could be lurking before they have a chance to become deeply entrenched.

Robert D. Hawkins is an enthusiastic consumer advocate for natural pet health and wellness with over 10 years experience in the field.

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Mar 18, 2011 | 0 | dog behavior, Dog health