‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | March April 11

I am: Shiv Pratap Singh ChauhanMy pet’s name: BuddyMy vet’s name: Dr Ramchandani

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dog’s Aid, Jaipur

How I came across my vet: Dog show

How often is my pet taken for checkups: Once in two months

How long I have been visiting my vet: One year

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Boil on my dog’s paw

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Great treatment and regular dressing

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He advises me correctly on health issues.

A thank you note for my vet: Thanks a lot for all your support and care.


I am: Raksha PrasadMy pet’s name: WillieMy vet’s name: Dr Pawan Kumar

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Cessna Lifeline Veterinary Clinic, Bengaluru

How I came across my vet: Through a friend

How often is my pet taken for checkups: Once in six months

How long have I been visiting my vet: one year two months

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: None. Thank God for that.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: Care and the attention that he pays to the pets

A thank you note for my vet: We totally trust you and you guys are doing an amazing job. Thanks a lot.


I am: Patil RahulMy pet’s name: JulieMy vet’s name: Dr Anil

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pet Clinic, Kolhapur

How often is my pet taken for checkups: 15 days

How long have I been visiting my vet: Five years

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Julie’s eye operation

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: She recovered completely.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He is very careful while handling pets

A thank you note for my vet: I thank my vet for handling with perfection the sensitive eye operation.


I am: Shlesha S KatkadeMy pet’s name: ZenaMy vet’s name: Dr Manoj

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Lovely Pet Shop And Clinic, Mumbai

How I came across my vet: Reference from Pune

How often is my pet taken for checkups: Once in a month or twice in three months

How long have I been visiting my vet: 1.5 years

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: I got my dog sterilized last month and it was the most difficult time for me and my pet Zena.

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: He ensured that she had a speady recovery.

A thank you note for my vet: Thank your for helping Zena overcome the operation .

Dogs & Pups, March April 2011 Issue

Editorial ›

Pawssionate parenting!

Breed Profile ›

Stunning Shih Tzus!

Amongst so many dog breeds around the world, only a few can compare to the glamorous looks of a Shih Tzu, or his arrogant carriage or his undying love for his pet parent. He is a complete package of beauty, love and pride. Here’s more about these gorgeous K9.

Pawssionate parenting!

Pettiquettes : Mind her manners!

K9 : Care Just a click away!

Glam me gorgeous!

Caring for the pearly whites

Training ›

Pawsome secrets unravelled!!

An holistic approach is to look at the underlying cause of a behaviour or training problem by looking at the whole-istic health issues of the dog, physically and mentally. In the last issue, we discussed diet, health, bodywork, relationships and communication. Here are a few more factors that affect the dog on a daily basis.

Toys – not just a play thing

A dog’s behaviour is influenced by the games he plays as a puppy. A game is a structured activity, undertaken for enjoyment and also used as an educational tool. Games are played with toys, which are important to develop character, skills, creativity, security and social acceptability. Here are more on different types of toys available. Health ›

Battling the Red Mange

Dermatology in dogs has attained great heights in both diagnosis and management during recent years. Demodicosis or Red Mange is one of the common skin problems in dogs from one month to eight years and in almost all breeds, most common in Pugs and German Shepherds. Here’s more on Red Mange.

Paws and their star

Picture Perfect

Feature ›

CGS Hospital | where joy is infectious!

Cuddle, Goldy and Spotty (CGS) Hospital is the place to be when you are looking for medical, grooming and boarding needs for your pets. This recently launched hospital offers comprehensive high quality veterinary care with an emphasis on exceptional client service and patient care.

Ask the Experts..

Welfare ›

It’s KARMA that makes the difference!

Homemade Diets ›

Concerns about feeding homemade diets

I can steal your heart away

Just Fur Fun

Paw-tales ›

Nawab – the light of our life!

Maggie-my sounding board!

Care for aging tailwaggers!

Watch the waistline

Frame your Heartbeat!

What better way to show your love for your pet than to have him painted on a canvas? Here, we bring two artists – Gita Bhattacharjee from India and Lisa Graziotto from Canada who create canine portraits – helping people make their pets immortal. Vet Contest ›

‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | March April 11

Memoirs of K9 delights!


Just fur Fun | March April 10

All About My Buddy:

My Name is: Shanmugan S

My Buddies’ Names are: Jenny & Scooby

My Buddies’ Breeds are: Labrador Retriever & Doberman Pinscher

My Buddies’ Ages are: 4 Yrs (Jenny) & 3.5 Yrs (Scooby)

My Buddies are : Female (Jenny) & Male (Scooby)

My Buddies’ Colours are: White (Jenny) & Black & Brawn (Scooby)

My Buddies’ Favourite Treats : Biscuits & Ice Cream

My Buddies’ Funniest Habits : They keep running all around me when I return… from office

My Buddies’ First Love: It’s me for Jenny & mom for Scooby

Celebrities my Buddies’ Resemble: Manisha Koirala (Jenny) & Vijay (Scooby)

Character Certificates to my Buddies : Jenny : Very adorable and Scooby : very naughty and darling

BUDDY and ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of Activities We Like Doing the Most : Playing, walking, jumping and Jenny loves to bathe

What We Indulge Doing on Sundays: Playing in the lawn

What is the Best Tricks I Have Taught them : Fetch the ball, hide & seek and fetch the bone

just fur fun

Jenny (Left) & Scooby (Right)

Dogs and Pups, March April 10 Issue

Ask the expert.. | March April 09

My five-year-old Spaniel is not neutered. Once when I took him for a walk, without any reason, he snarled and tried to jump at a passer by. This has happened three times in a month. Can you advice me why this sudden aggression and what can I do to remedy it?
– Harshil Mishra, Baroda

The two most common manifestations of aggressive behaviour toward humans are fear biting and dominance-related aggression. The other serious types of aggressions are possessive aggression, conflict related aggression, protective aggression, and predatory behaviour. Fear biting is most commonly seen in a dog raised without appropriate human contact during the socialization period of growth (6 to 12 weeks of age). Such an animal fears people who are unfamiliar to him, and he may attempt to bite when feeling threatened. The more he gets outside and encounters lots of other people and unfamiliar things, the less likely he will act aggressively around people. So provide your dog with a chance to socialize with people and other dogs. Take him out and spend lots of time with him. Reward him with a pat or a snack if he doesn’t react. If biting continues to be a problem, take your dog to a professional dog trainer who will work to change the behaviour.

I take my pet Jugnu who is just four months old to a vet for vaccination/health problems when they arise. I wanted to know whether a six monthly overall check-up is better or should one do it annually? Also what are the things the vet will check to determine that the overall health of the pet is perfect?
– Ruby Garg, Ludhiana

When you get a new puppy, you need to know about minor and major ailments, and when to consult a vet. As a puppy owner, it is recommended to visit your vet every three months, following the last vaccination and at least twice a year after reaching adult stage. The routine preventive health care procedures include complete physical examination, weight and body condition, vaccination, progress made in housetraining & behavioural training, parasite control, neuter surgery, diet/feeding suggestions and dental home care.

My three-year-old Lab is always hungry; we give him dog food twice a day – morning and evening. Over the last couple of months, his appetite has increased. Is this normal?
– Ragini Shah, Delhi

If he’s eating a lot, maybe he needs the food to fuel/match his activity level. Or it could be just that he’s bored – just like when we humans get bored and end up reaching into the refrigerator. Is he having any signs of illness? Is he losing or gaining bodyweight? Some medical problems like diabetes, pancreas insufficiency or drugs may also cause this problem. Answer to some of these questions will help to find underlying cause for his voracious appetite. Please take him to your vet.

Susan, my Dalmatian, starts panting very soon when I take her for a walk. She is four years old. Should I reduce her walk time or how do I build up her stamina?
– M Rana, Mumbai

If your dog hasn’t done much exercise in the past, it’s best to start off slowly. In fact, before you get your dog started on any exercise programme, you should take her to the vet first for a thorough check-up. Start off with 10 to 15 minutes a day of walking to allow your dog to build up her cardiovascular and muscle strength. Eventually, you can walk up to an hour a day – again, if it’s appropriate to her. After a few months, you both will be up for a good run. Exercise to Susan’s abilities, not yours. Make sure Susan always has plenty of fresh water before and after exercise.

While reading a pet food label, what are the important ingredients that one should take note of?
– Dinesh, Pune

The ingredients list cannot be used to assess the quality of a dog food. The ingredients used should be of very high safety and quality as laid down by the regulatory bodies. The final nutrient profile of a pet food is most important factor in meeting the recommended pet’s daily nutritional needs. If the food meets your pet’s nutrient profile, it does not matter whether the sources of those nutrients are cereals, chicken by-products or soyabean. The ingredients do however affect taste and hence most pet foods are designed to be very palatable (using tested and established ingredients). Knowing ingredients list matters only when a pet has ‘allergy’ to a particular ingredient. The incidence of true food allergy in pets is not exactly known but very low as per scientific publications. It is a frequently overestimated problem by pet owners.

Ask the Expert.. | March April 09

Dr. K. G. Umesh (MVSc, MSc (UK)) is a Postgraduate in Clinical Medicine. He is working for WALTHAM as Regional Associate for South Asia. Q: After using the litter box my cat comes out and drags her backside on the carpet. Why do you think she is doing this, how do we remove this habit? – Ritu Puri, Delhi

Dr. K. G. Umesh: This behaviour is sometimes seen in cats and is usually due to anal sacs/glands problems. The anal sacs situated on either side of the anus, should empty every time faeces are passed. However, the sacs may become impacted (over full but not expressed) from conditions such as constipation/diarrhoea, irritation or infection. The cat responds by scooting her bottom. The other conditions which may cause cat to rub her hind end include matted hair around anus or tapeworms. Your vet will able to manually express the contents and help to clear up the underlying cause. The cat should return to normal if there are no signs of infection.

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