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Just Fur Fun | May June 2012

All you kiddies out there, we would love to know more about you and your dog. Do write in your poems, short stories or anecdotes of your loving doggy and see them splash here. Here is the checklist of information we would love to have, e-mail it to us at info@dogsandpups.net

Just Fur Fun!jff

All About My Buddy:

My Name is: Puravi Nath
My Buddy’s Name is: Zorro
My Buddy’s Breed is: Pug
My Buddy’s Age is: Three and a half years
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Colour is: Beige and black
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats: Fruits and salads
My Buddy’s First Love is: My father
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: He is very cute, sweet and friendly

BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: I throw toys which he fetches and i chase him, he runs, sometimes hiding himself between the legs of his supporting family members.
What We Indulge on Sundays: He papmer him on Sundays. He loves all his family at home.
What Is the Best Trick I Have Taught Him: Using his paws, shifting the AV Blower blades down towards him.

‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | May June 2012

  • I’m: Pramit Kumar Dash
  • My pet’s name: Prince
  • My vet’s name: Dr Sanjay Jain
  • Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Jain Clinic, Agra Cantt, Agra
  • How I came across my vet: Through my dog breeder.
  • Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-up
  • How long have I been visiting my vet: Since last six months
  • Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: When Prince was taken for his first vaccination, he was suffering from high fever, unable to wake-up and unable to eat for 2-3 days.
  • Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: We can call up Dr Jain at any odd hours, he will always be there.
  • A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: His immense love for dogs. He treats Prince like newborn baby when he checks him up. Doggies don’t misbehave in front of Dr Jain as he has different attraction in his eyes and treatment.
  • A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Dear Dr Jain, Prince and we all are really very fortunate to have you as a family friend and vet. From the bottom of our hearts, we would thank you, ‘Bow-Bow’ ‘Wow-Wow’– Prince!

 


  • I’m: Pooja NairWags for the wornderful vet
  • My pet’s name: Leo
  • My vet’s name: Dr Vikas Sharma
  • Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Vikas Sharma Clinic, Moti Bagh, New Delhi
  • How I came across my vet: Through internet
  • Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-up
  • How long have I been visiting my vet: Since last two years
  • Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Check-up for one testicle
  • Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: He provides good references of surgeons
  • A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He always makes things easy
  • A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: ‘You are really good’…

 


  • I’m: Utsa De
  • My pet’s name: Marshmellow
  • My vet’s name: Dr Munmun De
  • Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pet Care, Kolkata
  • How I came across my vet: It was through my friend’s father
  • Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-up
  • How long have I been visiting my vet: Since the day I got my puppy
  • Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: She (Dr Munmun) had come with me to choose the puppy.
  • Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: She helped me chose the best pup
  • A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: She’s my best friend.
  • A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Love you Doc!

 


  • I’m: Ranjeeta Nath Ghai
  • My pet’s name: JW
  • My vet’s name: Dr Ravi Dutt Mishra
  • Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pet Care & Kennels, Hyderabad
  • How I came across my vet: Through a dog lover
  • Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-up
  • How long have I been visiting my vet: Over the last three years
  • Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: When I lost ‘Whisky’, my adorable female dog
  • Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: He helped me bring up a two days old pup with proper guidance and medical back-up
  • A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He treats each dog as an individual, not as an animal!
  • A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: You are the best I could ever find, keep it up Doc!

Dogs & Pups, March April 2012 Issue

Strengthening this bond of love… with your time
Born to win –American Staffordshire Terrier
Keep dental stress away
Nurturing a bond of love…
How to promote good oral hygiene
Demystifying dominance
‘The groomed’ city pooch
Why do dogs shed so much
The therapist Dr Moosa…
Woofing back to the days of wolves
Picture Perfect
Paws and Their Stars
Wagging secrets revealed!
Never abandon!
BOW WOWs for canine stars!
Ask the expert
Prevention is always better than cure!
‘WAGS’ for the wonderful vet
Emergencies! Be quick, don’t waste time!
Wheaten Terrier make life beautiful!
+ ‘PAW’-tales
Events

Ask the Expert.. Mar Apr 2012

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

Q: My cat is sneezing, has a runny nose and is coughing. Please help.
– Prashant Das, Kolkata

Dr KG Umesh: These signs are often caused by a combination of infectious diseases, with chronic recurrent viral infections complicated by secondary bacterial infections. Primary bacterial or fungal infections and non-infectious causes (foreign body, immune-mediated, dental disease, polyps, and growths) should be considered as well. Initial diagnostic testing is not indicated if clinical presentation fits with simple viral infection, but testing should be performed in complicated cases or if other causes are suspected. Isolation, good hygiene, and supportive care help control viral infections, and antimicrobial agents are often needed. Regular vaccination and other preventive health measures help. Please consult your vet for further treatment.

by‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | Mar Apr 2012

I’m: Komal Joseph Wags for the wornderful vet
My pet’s name: Jackey
My vet’s name: Dr Amber Mishra
Veterinary Clinic: Animal Care Centre (Veterinary Clinic), Rae Bareli
How I came across my vet: Through my friend circle
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: When required
How long have I been visiting my vet: Last five years
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Nothing so far
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Mishra is helpful at all times.
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: His constant watch on my pets is very assuring.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks a lot for your dedicated work.


I’m: Vinita Patil
My pets’ names: Nawab and Trazan
My vet’s name: Dr Chirag Dave
Veterinary Clinic: Pet’s Clinic, Vadodara, Gujarat
How I came across my vet: Through a friend
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Yes, I take my pets for regular checkups.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Since last five years
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pets: My lab retriever Nawab met with an accident as a speeding school van once hit him. He survived with major internal injuries and left him and me psychologically shaken for quite sometime.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Chirag treated Nawab with the utmost care. Got him moving in a couple of hours! His assurance gave me mental stability & strength and he gave my pet a second life. He is one of the finest vets I have come across.
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He doesn’t treat animals as a means of his profession. I have learnt how to handle my pets through him. He has been a great guide to me and a god sent saviour for my pets.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: The only thing I’d like to say to him is – “My dogs are healthy and happy all because of you. Thank you for all the guidance and care that you have showered on my pet.”


I’m: Shabnam Valson
My pet’s name: Spike
My vet’s name: Dr Uni
Veterinary clinic: Dr Uni’s Clinic, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad
How I came across my vet: Through a friend
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-up
How long have I been visiting my vet: One year
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Nothing serious yet
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: His role is always great
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He is very kind to animals and it makes them feel comfortable at his clinic.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks Dr Uni… Spike loves you a lot!


I’m: Sandeep Dash
My pet’s name: Lucy
My vet’s name: Dr S K Ray
Veterinary Clinic: Dog Care Centre, Unit 4, Bhubaneswar, Khurda, Orissa
How I came across my vet: My vet is a very old practitioner in my area.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Only in case of medical condition.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Over the last 15 years
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: My pug once undergone a cesarean delivery
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Ray is very friendly with pets through which we overcome any medical challenges.
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: Unconditional support and he is a solution to all types of vet-related problems.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thank you for supporting us and I feel that my pet is in safe hands.

Ask the expert..| Mar Apr 2012

Dr K G Umesh (MVSc, MSc (UK)) is a Postgraduate in Clinical Medicine. He has been aask the expert 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: Please give me a feeding plan and quantity to feed a vegetarian diet to my five-month-old Boxer.
– Anirudh Paliwal, Hasetri

Dr KG Umesh: We all know that dogs are omnivorous, meaning they are capable of digesting and absorbing nutrients from plants as well as animals source. But it is important that the diet you feed your dog should be complete and balanced. No single ingredient/source of diet will provide all the nutrients and energy requirement of a dog. For example, cereals are rich in some vitamins but lack many nutrients required for a dog or puppy. Our research indicated that most home-made diets/foods fed to dogs in our country are inadequate and it is difficult even for an experienced breeder/pet parent to prepare balanced diet for puppies or dogs at home. Therefore, consult your vet who will help you to design a balanced diet using safe ingredients (considering your pet’s body weight and condition). Other option is to feed the vegetarian complete pet food from a reputed manufacturer.

Q: My six-month-old Labrador loves to chew and keeps picking up small things and chasing. How do I ensure that he does not swallow any object?
– Padmini Ramesh, Nagpur

Dr KG Umesh: It is normal for puppies to be ‘mouthie’. Most chewing behaviour is seen in young puppies due to their strong desire to explore. As dogs mature, this desire decreases and they are less likely to be destructive. This type of behaviour may start after a change in the dog’s routine or as a result of boredom. The dog will find it hard to distinguish between what it can and cannot chew; therefore having their own toys will help define suitable chewing items. Make sure the chew is large enough so that your dog can’t fit it completely into his mouth. When your puppy does any inappropriate behaviour, stop it immediately by telling the pup ‘No’ and distract his attention with a toy/chew. Puppies want to make their pet parents happy and you need to help them by your voice tone when they are being good. Exercise and play with your dog regularly to alleviate excess energy and provide positive interaction and most importantly reward your dog with praise for chewing on appropriate items.

Q: We want to bring home a pup. Please advice how do I ensure that we get a healthy pup.
– Dr Pawan, Chandigarh

Dr KG Umesh: Dogs come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, all with different characters and temperaments. Consider your own environment and the characteristics of your chosen breed and try to match up the two. The best place to obtain a pedigree puppy is from a recognised and reputable breeder. You may find breeders through other pet parents, your veterinarian, advertisements in newspapers and dog magazines or by visiting dog shows. You may also find a dog through one of the breed rescue societies or you may know someone whose female-dog recently had a litter. The risk of disease and stress-induced illness is greater for a puppy if you buy from a dealer who has bought in puppies from several sources (puppy farms). It is always best to see the mother if you are buying a puppy so you can check that she is healthy and has a good temperament. Don’t buy a puppy which is less than six weeks of age. Show the puppy to your vet before you bring him home.

Q: Pia, my seven-year-old female Pomeranian, is suffering from jaundice. She is under vet care. Do advice what precautions to take so she does not get a relapse and determine that her liver is strong.
– Rita Arora, Ahmedabad

Dr KG Umesh: If you have medications recommended or prescribed, continue them until otherwise directed. Do not stop just because symptoms are subsiding or your dog seems better, since it is often the medication that is helping. If you notice persistent signs or symptoms, worsening of such symptoms if they were already present or new symptoms, your veterinarian should be aware of them. They may not all go away after starting treatment, but they should improve. Weakness, poor appetite, abnormal behaviour or mental dullness, bleeding of any kind, swelling of any kind, distended belly, difficulty in breathing, increased drinking/urination, vomiting, or excessive drooling are some of the signs or symptoms that can occur due to liver diseases. Routine follow-up will be determined by your veterinarian and frequent rechecks/blood tests and adjustments of medication may be necessary, depending on your pet’s specific symptoms and severity of disease. Your veterinarian can suggest a prescription diet (dry or canned) or can give you a list of suitable ingredients to create a balanced diet if you wish to make it yourself at home.

Q: Posto, my Bernard, has developed a lump on his elbow, which is making it difficult for him to sit. What should I do?
– Himanshu Bagga, Haldwani

Dr KG Umesh: Large breeds commonly develop a non-painful, fluid-filled swelling (Hygroma) under the skin that commonly develop on elbow joint. Generally they do not pose a problem for the dog unless infected. Periodical aspiration, inserting a drainage and surgical removal of hygroma are some of the treatment options. The hygroma in dog is believed to be caused by repeated trauma on the skin over bony prominences, particularly in large/heavy breeds lying on hard surfaces. Therefore, prevent further trauma on elbow by providing soft padding over the elbow and avoid hard surfaces. There are also commercial products (elbow caps) available for protecting the elbows and for dogs with hygromas. Ask your vet.

Ask the Expert.. Jan Feb 2012

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

Q: I have two Persians – Bhombol (female) aged three years and Bhodka (male) aged two years. When can I breed them?
– PK Bandyopadhyay, Goa

Dr KG Umesh: Female cats have generally their first season during six and nine months of age. Cats do not

ovulate unless they are bred. The stages of oestrus cycle (season) in the queen are anoestrus, proestrus, oestrus and interoestrus. Proestrus lasts for 2-3 days without showing any signs and queen won’t want to mate. Oestrus lasts between 2-10 days and shows signs such as vocalisation, rolling and rubbing against inanimate objects and sticking her back end in the air. This means she is in season and will want to mate. Interoestrus occurs if queen doesn’t mate and may last for 3-14 days. Anoestrus is period when there is no hormonal activity. Pregnancy length for cats is approximately 64 days and may vary from 53-65 days.

Dogs & Pups, Jan Feb 2012 Issue

Wagging Happiness!
Newfoundlands: The life saviours
Incredible but true!
Docking and cropping not to be allowed!
+ Play with Royal Canin!!!
Yummy! I’m loving it!
It’s in his genes!
+ Dining petiquettes!
Obedience & agility by OACI
Gifts for someone you love…
+ Picture Perfect
Acute pancreatitis in dogs
Small is beautiful
Fun at Canine Fest 2011
Ask the Experts...
Paws and their star
‘Wags’ for the wonderful vet
+ ‘Paw’-tales
Thank you Paws!
FAQs on ‘Essential Fatty Acid Supplement for Pets’
Events

‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | Jan Feb 2012

I am: Joydeep Mondal Dogs & Pups
My pet’s name is: Smokey
My vets’ names: Dr Kunal and Dr Bhanu
Veterinary clinic: Max Vets, New Delhi
How I came across my vet: From internet
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-ups
How often is my pet taken for check-ups: Twice a month
How long have I been visiting my vet: Over last five months
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Kennel cough
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: They provide right and adequate medicines
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in them: Playful treatment to my pet and a co-operative nature to explain me what I need to do
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks Dr Kunal for keeping me stress free and keeping my angel son in good health


I am: Dr Manik J Godbole
My pet’s name is: Tommy
My vet’s name: Dr Umesh Karkare
Veterinary clinic: Happy Tails Pet Clinic, Khar (W), Mumbai
How I came across my vet: My friend circle
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-ups
How often is my pet taken for check-ups: Once in four months
How long have I been visiting my vet: Over the last one a half years
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Tommy’s recurring skin problems with no permanent solution
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: His perfect diagnosis of the condition and perfect treatment
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: His compassion towards animals, his passion towards his profession, his expertise in the field and the practical guidance he gives to pet parents
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: THANK YOU Dr Karkare, Tommy’s coat is just fine after your treatment. Thanks a lot for the service you render to ‘all’ pets as well as strays and his entire staff team comprising five vets and six helpers all are compassionate and ready to help 24×7/365. His clinic is well equipped with all facilities: digital X-ray, sonography, 2D echocardiography, etc


I am: Guru Prasad Shastry
My pet’s name is: Rambo
My vet’s names: Dr Manohar Upadhyaya
Veterinary clinic: Mangalore Pet Farm, Mangalore
How I came across my vet: Word of mouth
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: Regular
How often is my pet taken for check-ups: Bi-monthly
How long have I been visiting my vet: Since last two years
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: None yet
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: In any case, my vet is always excellent
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in them: His cool personality
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thank you for your advice


I am: Vedant Agarwal
My pet’s name is: Miffy
My vet’s name: Dr Dipak Mahato
Veterinary clinic: Veterinary Hospital, Jamshedpur
How I came across my vet: From a pet shop
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-ups
How often is my pet taken for check-ups: Once in three months
How long have I been visiting my vet: Since last four years
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Nothing so serious yet as she is currently very healthy.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Whenever I call him, he is always present to offer his valuable service.
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He encourages me whenever my pet is having a problem.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: ‘Thank You’ always for being with us.

Ask the Experts.. | Jan Feb 2012

Dr K G Umesh (MVSc, MSc (UK)) is a Postgraduate in Clinical Medicine. He has been a ask the expertlecturer 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 a nine-week-old Labrador puppy and we are planning to buy a male mate for her. How would I introduce her to her new mate? Will it be okay to bring one at this age? What and how much should she eat?
– Aayushi Shah, Ahmedabad

Dr KG Umesh: Whatever your reasons you decided to add another puppy to the family, just be aware that bringing in a new puppy is a huge change for another dog – and unless you go about it the right way, it could create a lot of stress. However, both being very young puppies, they can get along very quickly. With the puppy in your lap and your another puppy held by someone else, let the older puppy sniff, lick and explore the new puppy. A couple of minutes are more than enough time for this initial introduction. On the second or third meeting, if all seems safe, allow the puppies onto the floor, and monitor that situation carefully for a few minutes. Make sure that you give your older puppy praise and attention. Repeat this exercise at least twice daily until you’re comfortable that the two will get along. Puppies nutritional requirements are almost twice that of an adult dog and are different from human. A nutritionally balanced diet is crucial for the healthy growth and development of a puppy. Therefore, accurate feeding and the provision of all nutrients (reputed complete puppy food like Pedigree) to maximize puppies genetic potential to grow is required. Puppies are fed 2-4 small meals per day and please follow the instructions given on pet food label or ask your vet.

Q: How do I housetrain my two and a half months old Pug pup and what are the first basic commands? Also, how do we go about the vaccination and deworming?
– Tej Bindra, Jammu

Dr KG Umesh: It is essential that you start the socialisation and training programme as soon as you acquire your puppy. Much of the early socialisation/training can be done in your home and you can take him out following his complete vaccination. If your dog is properly trained to ‘sit’, ‘stay’, and ‘come’, he’ll be less likely to have behavioral issues with people because his first concern will be to obey your commands. A dog who’s under control and knows you are the leader of his ‘pack’ will behave and, if your dog is socialised properly, he’ll be comfortable around strangers and in new situations. Your best ally in the prevention of health problems is your veterinarian. Typically vaccination is done at the age of six weeks or later and your vet may advise 2-3 booster doses until 20 weeks of age. Deworming recommended once in 2-3 weeks until six months of age.

Q: My dog’s nails have become long – how do I cut them?
– Mahima Gorani, Thane

Dr KG Umesh: Excessively long toenails will actually cause pain and may deform a dog’s feet. There is a nerve and a blood vessel in the nails. Watching your vet perform the task will let you know if your dog already has issues about toenail trimming. Even if the dog seems fine with it, consider waiting until you have had time to get used to each other before you try toenail trimming on your own. There are many safe nail clippers available and your vet will recommend the right one for your pet. In the meantime, you need to have a professional do it if your dog might bite you out of fear.

Q: My dog has been straining while passing faeces. This problem has been reoccurring. Please help.
– Gopal, Amritsar

Dr KG Umesh: There are number of reasons for a dog to develop straining or difficulty to pass faeces. Constipation is not a disease but condition that can be caused by many factors and diseases. Insufficient dietary fibre and water deprivation can cause constipation. Constipation can also result from consumption of bones and foreign materials. Environmental factors that affect an animal’s daily routine such as hospitalisation or lack of exercise can lead to constipation. Other common causes of constipation include aging, rectal or anal or pelvic problems, growths in large bowel and surrounding structures, certain drugs, metabolic and endocrine diseases. Therefore your vet can help to identify and treat the underlying disorder and he may also advise enemas, laxatives and high-fibre dietary products for some cases.

Q: My veterinarian has advised me not to neuter my five months old GSD Jack. I do not want to breed him. Please advise.
– M Shukla, Mathura

Dr KG Umesh: Early-age neutering is viewed as an important step in reducing the number of unwanted litters of puppies. Neutering a male dog also help to reduce some forms of aggressions and may prevent roaming and fighting. Long-term outcomes in a study found that early neutering offers more benefits than risks for male dogs. Some males can still be as aggressive if neutered but not well trained. Weight gain can be avoided if exercise is encouraged.