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Dogs and Pups, Sep Oct 13 Issue

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Sep-Oct 2013

Editorial
+ Sparkle Struck!

Dog Breed Profile
+ Stunning Yorkshire Terrier

Dog Training
+ Sports for the pooch
+ Dos and Don’ts for avoiding dog bites
+ Prevent fireworks fear
+ Inspiring tail

Dog Health
+ Key kidney knowledge
+ Find out about kidney emergencies
+ Why does your dog eat grass?

Fun & Features
+ Facebook friends
+ King of my castle
+ The more the merrier
+ Doglicious delicacies for all occasions

Dog Grooming
+ your essential shampoo guide
+ Secrets revealed -to bond with your groomer

Paws and their stars
+ Ashok K Banker

Pawstore

+ Events
GC-‘Primo Companio’ fashion show at Kolkata
Prime Animal Care Hospital opens at Noida

Readers Write In
+ Just fur fun!
+ Picture perfect
+ Ask the expert…
+ ‘wags’ for the wonderful vet
+ ‘paw ’ – tales
+ Remembrance

 

 

 

Dogs & Pups, Jan-Feb 2014 Issue

Jan-Feb 2014

 

Editorial
+Why God made dogs?

Dog Breed Profile
+ Anatolian Shepherd The Guardian Dog

Dog Training
+ Home alone… DOs & Don’ts
+ How to Correct canine chewing
+ Home alone… a trainer’s guide

Puppy Care
+
Educating your puppy in 8 lessons

Dog Health
+ FAQs on the role of nutrients for Skin health

Dog Grooming
+ Why do Dogs drool?

Dog Nutrition
+ Are you sharing your food with your pooch?
+ Decipher the role of SALT in your pooch’s diet

Fun & Features
+ 6 habits to learn from the furry guru!

Seasonal Care
+ Warm and happy in Winter wonderland!
+ KPS Valentine Pooch!
+ 2014 New Year Resolutions

Care 24*7
+ Perfect match: Choose the right Leashes & Bowls
+ Caution of common errors made by pet parents

Paws and their stars
+ Saina Nehwal’s

People@Paws
+ Pawsionate Profession

Pawstore

+ Events
National Symposium on Companion Animal Practice and CE
(Continuing Education) Program concluded in Mumbai

Readers Write In
+ Just fur fun!
+ Picture perfect
+ Ask the expert
+ ‘wags’ for the wonderful vet

‘Wags’ for the wonderful vet | Sep Oct 13

Oscar and Alladin

I’m: Nancy Khan
My pets’ names: Oscar and Alladin
My vets’ names: Dr Rahul and Dr Ravi Kumar
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Rahul’s Lifeline Pet Clinic, Dwarka, New Delhi and Dr Kumar’s Dog Clinic, Indrapuram, Ghaziabad
How I came across my vets: I found both the vets through online but now my pets have bonded well with them.
Do I visit the vets for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: For regular check-ups.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Since last four years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Oscar once got infested as a puppy and got parvo.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Rahul certainly saved Oscar’s life.
A special quality about my vets: Both of them are really polite and really good in handling animals.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vets: Thanks for being there!

Charvi & Brando

I’m: Charvi Joshi
My pet’s name: Brando
My vet’s name: Dr Rajeev Pandey
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Canine Pet Clinic and Veterinary Hospital, Lucknow
How I came across my vet: While passing in front of the clinic.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-ups.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Since last six years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: He got diarrhoea and was very critical, but Dr Rajeev attended him in time.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Rajeev did whatever he could and helped to overcome it.
A special quality about my vet: He never says ‘no’!
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks for saving my Brando.

Zak

I’m: Kulbir Gill
My pet’s name: Zak
My vet’s name: Dr Jaspreet Mauj
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Vets for Pets, Ludhiana
How I came across my vet: Through friends.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: For regular check-ups.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Over the last 10 years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Zak was diagnosed with epilepsy.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Jaspreet did his best.
A special quality about my vet: He is always there in time of need.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: I like to thank Dr Jaspreet for his dedicated work.

Diky

I’m: Haimanti Kumar
My pet’s name: Master Diky
My vets’ name: Dr DJ Sen Choudhury and Dr Konar
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr DJ Sen Choudhury’s Pet Clinic, Kolkata
How I came across my vets: They are popular vets in the neighbourhood with committed works.
Do I visit the vets for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: I make it a point to go to the vets once a month for regular check-ups.
How long have I been visiting my vet: For Diky now about six years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Diky is very naughty. An earlier incident still gives me shiver as I might have almost lost him. Once I was so busy and delayed in getting his nails shortened. Dogs have general habit of scratching and Diky was also upto it. Due to the big nails and scratching coincidentally damaged his right ear tip and was bleeding profusely. I didn’t know what to do! Somehow I applied first aid and rushed him to the vets who were very prompt to take care. But bleeding made Diky so weak that he became very thin, unable to move for quite a few days and had to be under special care. Finally, by God’s grace, vets’ medicines and mom’s special care Diky bounced back to normal in weeks.
Role played by my vets: Dr DJ Sen Choudhury and Dr Konar were very calm in nature and their medication was very effective.
A special quality about my vets: They know and handle any situation very well and extremely friendly to pets.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Dr DJ Sen Choudhury and Dr Konar, I owe my life to you. All the happiness and joy in my life is a big thanks to you. You are amazing doctors and more than that you are compassionate human beings. Thanks for being there always. A pawful thanks and big BOW-WOW from Diky!

Ask the expert… | Sep Oct 13

Dr K G Umesh (MVSc, MSc (UK)) is a Postgraduate in Clinical Medicine. He has been a lecturer in clinical medicine at Vet College in Bangalore for 15 years, and has won the ‘best teacher’ award in the year 2000. He is a member of European Society for Vet Dermatology and is currently working for WALTHAM as Regional Associate for South Asia.

Q: I have two dogs – Pomeranian and Labrador (mix), both male and eight years old. They are fully vaccinated and dewormed. My Pomeranian started scratching and there were red spots and also hair loss which spread. With the help of a veterinarian and medicines, he got relief for some days but the problem is back. Please help.
– Rajesh Udai, Ajmer

Dr KG Umesh: Skin problems are common in dogs as their skin is thin and the barrier function is poor, compared to man or other animals. Any dog with chronic or recurring skin disease must be subjected to investigations like skin scraping or blood tests to find the underlying cause. Proper nutrition particularly zinc, fats and vitamins can help to strengthen skin barrier function. Therefore continue only commercially prepared food that meets all your pet’s nutritional requirements and your pet won’t need any food supplements. My approach would be to find underlying cause(s) for scratching (like fleas, mange, allergy, bacterial or yeast infection, etc) and then your vet will be able to recommend suitable medications.

Q: My dog has developed a rash on her right front paw which she keeps biting – so it has become like a minor wound. I have been applying Betadine and my vet advised to put an Elizabethan collar, which she does not wear. The wound is not healing. Please advice.
– Apurva, Hyderabad

Dr KG Umesh: Allergies, parasites, bacterial, fungal or yeast infections are common causes of rashes developing on paws of dogs. If the rash has not responded to treatment, your vet may advise few lab tests to find underlying cause. Self-mutilation and Acral Lick Dermatitis (caused by boredom or behavioural problems) are also frequent causes. Elizabethan collars are helpful in such cases. Your vet may prescribe topical creams that help to relieve itching sensation and promote healing.

Q: I have two female Golden Retrievers – they have their heat cycles – approximately within a week of each other. Currently both are three years old. One of the dogs missed her 3rd cycle – but when the other was having the 4th one – she (the one who missed the 3rd) had her cycle. Is it normal for cycle to be delayed?
– Joy Fernandes, Bengaluru

Dr KG Umesh: Oestrus/heat cycle lasts about three weeks. The first signs of heat are usually a swollen vulva and a blood-stained discharge. On average, this will continue for about nine days, this is the period of pro-oestrus. This stage is followed by a period of oestrus when the vulva will be very enlarged and the discharge will appear straw-coloured rather than blood-stained. During oestrus, male dogs will be attracted to the female dogs. Many a time these signs may go unnoticed or absent. Most female dogs, if not mated, will come into season approximately every 6-9 months, although very large breeds of dogs may cycle anything up to once in 15 months. Consult your vet if she continues to miss her cycles or shows any abnormal vulvar discharge or signs.

Q: My four-month-old Lhasa Apso while playing jumped from my bed about one week back. Since then he has gradually stopped playing and now even he walks very less. He keeps lying down in his bed or floor and when he walks, at times, he limps with his front right foot. When I spoke to my vet regarding the problem, he has prescribed me Melonex Oral. Is the medicine ok for him? What should I do? Also, advise on the dietary needs of dogs?
– Samrat Dey, Mangaldai, Assam

Dr KG Umesh: Please take him to your vet for complete physical examination to rule out any serious injuries. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs like Melonex will control pain or inflammation but may not remove the underlying cause. These drugs must be given under your vet’s supervision as they cause serious adverse effects in puppies when you exceed dose or duration. Manufactured dry pet foods not only provide complete nutrition and are also cheaper compared to home prepared diet. Feeding your dog a well balanced diet is clearly necessary to keep them fit and healthy, and there is a whole variety of different types of products to choose from, including diets designed for specific stages of life (puppy and adult) and foods which deliver additional health benefits (small breed puppy and adult). Please remember that it is not possible to feed your dog a consistent and adequate home-prepared diet without considerable time, effort and expertise. There is no need to feed any tonics/calcium or home diet while he is feeding on a balanced food except clean fresh water.

Q: Éclair – my one and a half year old Lab – eats his food very fast and then throws up. I feed him three times a day. We feed home-cooked meals and dry dog food. What should I do?
– Ishani Rai, Chennai

Dr KG Umesh: Most Labradors have ravenous appetite and this greedy eating sometimes causes in-coordination in movement of ingested food from mouth to stomach through food pipe. This allows food to accumulate in food pipe, to be expelled through the mouth. Frequent small meals may help to prevent this normal regurgitation. Some dogs tend to eat food fast for the fear of competition. Please make sure that he is comfortable and has safe environment while eating his meals. Just like us, adult dogs need a balanced diet which contains just the right amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, many different vitamins and minerals to ensure that they stay in peak condition and maintain optimal health. Unless properly formulated by a nutritionist or a vet, diets made at home are not likely to be nutritionally complete and balanced. Prepared pet foods from reputed pet food manufacturers come with a guarantee of nutritional adequacy, quality and safety. Therefore continue feeding only recommended quantity of the prepared pet food.

 

Dogs and Pups, July Aug 13 Issue

July Aug 2013

July Aug 2013

Editorial
+ Magical Nine

Dog Breed Profile
+ Amazing Alaskan Huskies

Dog Training
+ Being Social!
+ Train them young!
+ Sports for the Pooch-Part I

Dog Health
+ Controlling pest on
+ Dental care: a key to general well being

Dog Grooming
+ The science of pet odour
+ Groom them young!
+ Scintillating Siberians!

Dog Nutrition
+ Are proteins really bad for dogs?

Paws and their stars
+ Shiv Khera

Puppy Care
+ Pawfect homecoming!
+ Cool puppy shower ideas…
+ Educating your puppy in 8 lessons

Children and Dog
+ Pooches shape your kid’s personality

Blog
+ Making Your Own Dog Toys at Home

welfare
+ Adopting a rescued angel

Readers Write In
+ Just Fur Fun
+ Poem
+ Shining Star
+ Picture Perfect
+ Ask the expert
+ Wags for the wonderful vet
+ Pawtails
1 Sheroo my youngest son
2 Love struck one rainy day

Events
+ PetLabs360 introduces Titer Testing for diseases
+ Wag N Wash pet grooming salon opens in Pune
+ Just Dogs introduces Spa on Wheels and opens a new outlet
+ Harley’s Corner introduces Ready-To-Eat Wet food
+ Claws & Paws organised free eye and ear consultation camp
+ Paw’lished introduced at PetStepin’
+ The Paws Pack unpacked K9 Monsoon Mania
+ Kennel Kitchen launches
+ ‘Board a Pooch’ provides unique boarding facility
+ PAL organises Pet Carnival and Fashion Show in Thane
+ A series of Royal Canin conferences
+ Making Your Own Dog Toys at Home
+ Pooches shape your kid’s personality

July Aug 13 | Dogs and Pups

Table of Contents

+ Editorial
+ Just Fur Fun
+ New face
+ My Dreamy Boo
+ Love in a fur ball!
+ Beat the heat!
+ Neutering your dog may be a wise choice
+ Heat stroke hazards!
+ Different strokes for different coats!
+ Fun & exercise for brain & body
+ Doggies check in…
+ Your pooch has individuality!
+ Our pooches, our heroes!
+ Swallowing Objects
+ Paws and their stars
+ Picture Perfect
+ Bravo the ‘Four-Legged’ commandos!
+ New Face
+ Say No to animal abuse!
+ Wags’ for the wonderful vet
+ Ambassador got groomed!
+ Ask the expert…
+ Rejuvenating your pooch’s liver
+ dehydration in dog
+ Paw-tales
+ Events

Ask the Expert.. July Aug 13

Dr KG Umesh (MVSc, MSc (UK)) is a Postgraduate in Clinical Medicine. He is working for WALTHAM as Regional Associate for South Asia.Ask the expert cats

Q: Polka, my Persian, keeps grooming himself. He kind of retches and vomits some fur too. How can we reduce his excessive grooming habit?
-Kavita, Mumbai

Dr KG Umesh: During the routine activity of grooming, cats swallow varying quantities of hair. Length of grooming is highly variable among cat breeds with short or long hair coat. If small quantities of hair accumulate in the stomach or small intestine, the cat can cough and retch until the hairball is vomited. Occasionally a large mass of entangled hair called trichobezoar accumulates and can be as large as nine cm long. Clinical signs include vomiting, anorexia and may lead to a potentially serious obstruction. This condition is very rare. Hairballs can be diagnosed by radiograph or endoscopy. Hair ball diets containing high fibre diets to bulk the lumen, or lubricant laxatives such as paraffin wax are prescribed to treat the obstruction. Itching in some cats, sometimes, manifests as excessive grooming behaviour. Fleas, allergies, mange or fungal infections that stimulate itching must be ruled out.

For queries about your cat, call us at 1800407112121 (Toll free) (toll free from all BSNL nos.) or email us at whiskas.india@eu.effem.com

‘Wags’ for the wonderful vet | July Aug 13

I’m: Tanu

wags for the wonderful vet

Odie

My pet’s name: Odie
My vet’s name: Dr DN Sharma
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dog Clinic, Ghaziabad
How I came across my vet: Internet and website.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-ups.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Since last one and a half years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Diarrhoea, almost led to the condition of being admitted.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Cured Odie almost magically!
A special quality about my vet: Dr DN Sharma knows Odie and his job is extremely well.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks for helping Odie live a healthy life.

I’m: Rohit Kandoth
My pet’s name: Sparkle
My vet’s name: Dr Nanjundappa
Veterinary clinic/hospital: V Care Pet Polyclinic, Sarjapur, Bengaluru
How I came across my vet: Family and friends.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-ups.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Started just recently.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Skin infection.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Nanjundappa is committed, sensitive and follows up.
A special quality about my vet: Extremely humble and passionate about his profession.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Appreciate you walk up to the pet to examine rather than have the pet on bed!

I’m: Manish Kumar
My pet’s name: Puggy
My vet’s name: Dr Thyagaraju SN
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Sharadha Pet Clinic, Bengaluru
How I came across my vet: Word of mouth.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: On a regular basis.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Since last two years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Fever
Role played by my vet: Dr Thyagaraju prescribed the necessary medicines.
A special quality about my vet: He is very humble and shared a lot of info on pet care.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks to Dr Thyagaraju for being part of the family.

I’m: Kreethi Priyadharshini
My pets’ names: Pooch, Bonzo, Casper, Abu, Pinto, Max, Pumpkin and Tony.
My vet’s name: Dr Manikandan
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Barking Fine Pet Clinic, Periyar Nagar, Chennai.
How I came across my vet: Through friends.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: For regular check-ups and vaccinations.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Over the last 10 years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Heart disease and arthritis in my 17 years old Tony (Spitz).
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Manikandan’s treatment gave Tony a few extra months to live.
A special quality about my vet: He is available for our pets’ emergency needs during odd hours.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Dr Manikandan is more or less like a family doctor for us. He has always been helpful with our pets’ needs and we admire his efforts towards welfare for stray animals.

ask the expert

Ask the expert… | July Aug 13

Dr K G Umesh (MVSc, MSc (UK)) is a Postgraduate in Clinical Medicine. He has been a lecturer in clinical medicine at Vet College in Bangalore for 15 years, and has won the ‘best teacher’ award in the year 2000. He is a member of European Society for Vet Dermatology and is currently working for WALTHAM as Regional Associate for South Asia.

Q: I’ve a female Boxer who is one and a half years old. She has been scratching her neck and thighs a lot.ask the expert What should I do?
– Ranvir Grewal, Sangrur

Dr KG Umesh: Many disease conditions of the skin cause itching in pets, and often allergies are a common cause of itching—pets can be allergic to substances in the environment, such as inhaled pollen and dust (called atopy), to food, or to parasites. Bites of parasites such as fleas, mites, lice, ticks, and flies can be responsible for itching. Skin infections due to bacteria, ringworm fungus, or yeast commonly cause itching, and secondary infections are a common additional cause for greater itching in pets with allergies, fleas, and other primary skin disorders. Less commonly, certain immune-mediated diseases, boredom and anxiety and some skin tumours may stimulate itching. Because so many different skin problems can cause itching, diagnostic tests from simple skin scrapings to biopsy are used for determining the cause of itching. Treatment is extremely variable, since itching is the only symptom of the problem. Therefore, the medications and other treatment strategies chosen depend entirely upon the underlying cause of the itching and should be discussed with your veterinarian. Balanced and complete nutrition is most important for healthy skin and hair coat.

Q: My eight-year-old Dalmatian seems to be losing balance and seems wobbly. Do advice.
– Ajeet Banerjee, Kolkata

Dr KG Umesh: Weakness or wobbly gait in pets may be caused by problems in musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. While problems in any of these systems can produce gait abnormalities, neurological or orthopaedic pathologies are the main causes of lameness and abnormal movement in dogs. Your vet may localise the problem based on physical examination finding and he may suggest lab work, radiograph, etc to find the underlying cause.

Q: My dog is limping and his paw pads seem swollen. Please advice.
– Brijesh, Thane

Dr KG Umesh: Pododermatitis refers to skin disease involving the feet (paws). Bacterial infections are frequently involved, although a variety of conditions may be underlying causes. For example, allergies can predispose pets to a variety of skin diseases, including Pododermatitis. Embedded hairs or other foreign bodies (plant awns, splinters, thorns, etc.) can cause Pododermatitis with nodules or draining tracts in the feet. Several parasites, most notably Demodex mange mites and hookworm larvae, can cause skin irritation and secondary bacterial infection of the feet. Contact with irritants such as chemicals or trauma can also be a triggering factor. Treatment is aimed at correcting or avoiding any underlying conditions and at treating any infection present. Moisturising and disinfecting the feet can help healing, and soaking the feet daily in a dilute, purpose-made antiseptic solution is also recommended. Please get him examined by your vet ASAP.

Q: Rover, my GSD, is having hair loss and is excessively chewing his paws. His genital area also seems red and itchy. Our vet is saying it is a skin infection. Do help.
– R Chawla, Ahmedabad

Dr KG Umesh: Dogs shed hair due to their unique hair growth cycle and seasonal hair shedding. For example, Photoperiod (light intensity) is main factor besides nutrition, genetics, health that can cause dog to shed hair excessively during some seasons and is physiological/normal. Dogs also may shed excessive hair because of stress, harsh climate and general illness. If the degree of shedding appears abnormal, or if he has signs of serious skin problems or fleas, consult your veterinarian.

Medical conditions such as thyroid disease or skin allergies can also cause excessive shedding. Itching of paws and genital area are common signs of allergic diseases. Some tips to prevent or reduce hair shedding include keeping skin and hair coat healthy by regular brushing, bath and feeding balanced food which is rich in nutrients like zinc, fatty acids and high quality proteins.

Q: I have a five-year-old Labrador, who is on dog food. She has never been fussy about food but lately is eating very less. In fact she is not having her dog food and we have to feed her chapatis like a little child and boiled boneless chicken/liver. She has lost weight and is not so active and bright. Please help.
– Payal, Chittoor

Dr KG Umesh: There are number of reasons for your pet to behave like this. For example, she may have fear for new food, previous bad experience with the food, poor palatability or simply, she may be a fussy eater. Some dogs may refuse food/skip meals, when they have consumed more energy than they would require (which is common in our experience). Please make sure that you are not overfeeding her and monitor her body weight at least every two weeks.

If she continues to refuse food, contact your vet and discuss whether there may be medical cause(s) for this and in some instances, blood work may be required to find the underlying cause.

Wags’ for the wonderful vet | May June 13

I’m: Soni Hitesh Valecha 025
My pet’s name: Bobby
My vet’s name: Dr Sappan Sen
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Veterinary Clinic, Raipur
How I came across my vet: For vaccination and general health check-ups.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: For both purposes.
How long have I been visiting my vet: For more than a year.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Nothing so far.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Sappan is very calm in nature and his medication is very effective.
A special quality about my vet: Dr Sappan knows and handles any situation very well. He is extremely friendly to pets.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Dr Sappan is like the god. Thanks a lot for saving our furry angels.

I’m: Sangram Parida
My pet’s names: Junaid (Dalmatian), Mr & Mrs (Mongrel pair) and Maximum (GSD)
My vet’s name: Dr JK Pattnaik, Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pet Care Clinic, Rourkela
How I came across my vet: Recommended by A.R.M.Y. (Animal Rescue & Maintenance Youths) organisation.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: For regular check-ups.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Since 2000.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Once Junaid suffered from not hearing.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Pattnaik advised me not to get tensed and saved the eardrums of Junaid.
A special quality about my vet: Dr Pattnaik vaccinates pets painlessly and vaccinates strays free of cost against rabies round the year under the War Against Rabies (WAR-I) of A.R.M.Y.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks to Dr Pattnaik for the care of animals in distress at A.R.M.Y. Shelter or at roadside under Mobile Animal Assistant Service of the organisation. A big ‘thanks’ for Canine Awareness Campaign.

I’m: Deepti Thakar
My pet’s names: Bandu
My vet’s name: Dr Deepak Tulpule
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Tulpule’s Pet Care Clinic, Pune
How I came across my vet: A very close friend of mine, who is a dog trainer, recommended him.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-ups.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Since last two years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: When my dog had to be neutered. It was a major surgery and there were many complications.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Tulpule is a very skilled surgeon and he handled the complications very competently. Today my baby is alive; thanks to this excellent doctor.
A special quality about my vet: Dr Tulpule is very calm and composed doctor and he is very kind to his patients and pet parents. He is very intelligent and at the same time very down to earth. He genuinely cares about the well-being of animals and goes the extra mile to being available as a doctor.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Dr Tulpule, I owe my life to you. All the happiness and joy in my life today is ‘thanks’ to you. You are amazing doctor and more than that you are a very compassionate human being. Thanks for being there and a huge ‘woof’ from Bandu.

I’m: Vatsala Shukla
My pet’s name: Coco Chanel
My vet’s name: Dr Santosh Kumar
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Niti Bagh Pet Clinic, New Delhi
How I came across my vet: A friend who takes his dogs there recommended.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Coco Chanel visits Dr Santosh for medical condition when we are desperate for correct diagnosis.
How long have I been visiting my vet: We have been visiting Dr Santosh since May 2012 and will continue in future.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Coco’s genetic disposition to get struvites in her bladder. She was operated when a cluster formed and broke. The same got struck in her urethra. Emergency surgery was required and for two long months we had to make daily trips twice, to the previous vet to stop the bleeding. The stone formation started again and so did our nightmare.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: When the prescribed tests were not indicating the source of problem we went to Dr Santosh for a second opinion. New tests and ultrasound revealed the return of the original problem but at an early and curative stage.
A special quality about my vet: Dr Santosh and his colleagues did not start the medication until they had all the reports in hand. The treatment given was effective and within three weeks, the struvites vanished. All three vets at the clinic genuinely care the pets.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Coco Chanel wants me to say a big BOW-BOW Thank You to Dr Santosh and his colleagues for making her healthy again.

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