Dogs & Pups, Jan-Feb 2014 Issue

Jan-Feb 2014


+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

+ Pawsionate Profession


+ 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

Dogs and Pups, July Aug 13 Issue

July Aug 2013

July Aug 2013

+ 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

+ Making Your Own Dog Toys at Home

+ 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

+ 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.

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‘Wags’ for the wonderful vet | July Aug 13

I’m: Tanu

wags for the wonderful vet


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.

Dogs and Pups, July Aug 2012 Issue


+   Editorial
+   Breed Profile
+   Educating your puppy
+   Play with Royal Canin!!!
+   Seasonal care
+   Health myths busted!
+   Pedigree
+   Training myths busted!
+   Grooming myths busted!
+   Breeding myths busted!
+   Paws and their stars
+   Picture Perfect
+   Inspiring Tails
+   Remembrance
+   Ask the Expert
+   Training secrets
+   Understanding fleas for better control
+   ‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet
+   Kick the ticks!
+   Preserving the genes
+   Book Review
+   Don’t abandon me please!
+   Events
+   PAW’-tales

Ask the Expert.. July Aug 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 five-year-old Persian cat is having hard stool; he sometimes passes stool after 2-3 days. We give him a mix of home and cat food (dry). Is he suffering from constipation?
– Hari, Vadodara

Dr KG Umesh: Constipation is a frequent sign of large intestine problem in cats. Constipation can result from simple causes like bone, hair ball, and lack of exercise or old age. Other causes include injury to pelvis or motility disorders, mega colon (dilated intestine) or problem with nerves controlling intestine. Administration of safe laxative is usually sufficient to take care of simple problems. However, if constipation continues and cat shows signs of pain or discomfort, then vet attention should be sought. Mix of home and dry manufactured food may not meet your cat’s requirements. Feed complete pet food from a reputed pet food manufacturer.

Wags for the wornderful vet

‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | July Aug 2012

I’m: Arpit BhatnagarWags for the wornderful vet

My pet’s name: Brat

My vet’s name: Dr Ashok Kumar

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pet Care Clinic, Gurgaon

How I came across my vet: Through friends

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 two years

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Parvo associated with tick fever.

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: His excellent counseling and constant responsibility.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: His in-depth knowledge

A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks for saving my child!

I’m: Srivatsa

My pet’s name: Tobey

My vet’s name: Dr Sampath Kumar

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Lake View Vet Clinic, Bengaluru

How I came across my vet: Referred by a friend.

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: Over the last five years.

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Stomach infection.

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: His accurate treatments.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: His vast experience in the field.

A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks a lot doc for taking care of my doggie over the last five years.

I’m: Neelesh Vinay Sokey

My pet’s name: Barron

My vet’s name: Dr Hira Lal

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Shiv Shanker Vet Clinic, Ranchi

How I came across my vet: Because of his popularity in the neighbourhood.

Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Dr Lal visits my home in case of any medical requirement and vaccinations.

How long have I been visiting my vet: Two years.

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Very critical sore on Barron’s front leg.

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Treated the sore with proper medications and regular care.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: After couple of meetings, he became our family friend and now we meet almost every day.

A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thank you Dr Hira for taking care of Barron. The commitment you show is excellent!

I’m: Kanupriya Agarwal

My pet’s name: Mischief

My vet’s name: Dr Ajay Sood

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dog & Cat Clinic, New Delhi

How I came across my vet: I came to know about Dr Ajay through a TV programme.

Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Regularly.

How long have I been visiting my vet: Over the last one year.

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Very serious tick fever.

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: He really took dedicated responsibility to treat my dog as most of the time we needed him in odd hours.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: When Mischief got tick fever my vet guided me all along.

A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: You are an angel who saved my little angel. Thank you for everything from the depth of my heart!

Ask the Expert : July Aug 12

Q: I am taking care of a dog who met with an accident in November 2011. He had a fracture in lumber region near pelvic girdle but now he is walking. He is suffering from ask the expertanal fistula and urine and stool problem. He is trying to pass stool and urine but in an uncontrolled way. He urinates while walking, sleeping, climbing steps, etc. But when he tries to urinate, he cannot. Please advice.
– Jaya Iyer, Nagpur

Dr KG Umesh: There is a possibility that your dog’s previous injury has resulted in progressive damage to disk material in the area surrounding the spinal cord and/or spinal cord/pelvic injury/inflammation. This may cause weakness or paralysis of the hind limbs and loss of bladder or bowel control depending on location and severity/nature of the damage. To confirm spinal disorder (also rule out other causes) and to determine the location of the lesion, your vet may run blood test, spinal fluid tap, radiographs, CT scan or MRI. Based on the diagnostic tests and neurologic assessment, your veterinarian will determine a prognosis, which is an anticipated outlook for recovery. Dogs vary tremendously in their ability to recover, and in many cases, the only way to know for sure whether recovery is possible is to proceed with treatment (including surgery, if necessary) and nursing care and observe any progress over the next two to six weeks. The spinal cord can take weeks or months to recover. You must be prepared for a long-term commitment if you choose to treat the injury. Perianal fistula is a severe, chronic disease of the area around the anus. Multiple draining tracts are present, which are deep fissures in the skin surrounding the anus. The anal sacs themselves are not involved. Many dogs are affected for no apparent reason. There are no preventative measures to guarantee that the problem never returns. There are medical or surgical options available to manage and cure this problem. Please contact your vet.

Q: My two-year-old male Pomeranian barks excessively, especially when I leave home, when the door bell rings, when the maid picks up the broom to sweep, when somebody new comes in, dogs, etc. Do let me know the reasons for his behaviour and how can I control it.
– Shikha Saxena, Jaipur

Dr KG Umesh: Reasons why your dog barks excessively can be complex and must be determined before you can begin fixing the behaviour. Those reasons vary from dog to dog, but include greeting, play, territory and self defense, sight of other animals, separation from family (anxiety), to get attention and a sudden loud noise. Try identifying what triggers the behaviour and use systematic desensitisation and counter-conditioning techniques. Unfortunately, pet parents often attempt to silence their dog by shouting at him, but because the dog’s communication skills don’t extend to understanding your language, he simply assumes the pet parents are barking too and continues undeterred, or even redoubles the effort. Other dogs discover barking makes their pet parent pay attention to them, if only to shout ‘Quiet!’

Eventually the dog may seem to develop an imagination, and bark at nothing at all, just to get a response from his pet parent. However, the main reason dogs learn to bark excessively at every person who passes their territory is the simple fact that most of those people go away again. The dog doesn’t realise they didn’t want to come in. He thinks he has successfully chased them off.

Some tips to control or reduce excessive barking include socialisation of your pet with other animals and people. Reward is, of course, the best motivation of behaviour, so it’s important to praise the dog while he’s doing the right thing, not afterwards. Exercise and play with your dog regularly. Try to increase non-vocal play (for example, fetch) and exercise. Counter-conditioning is an effective way to stop nuisance barking. That is, create a new, more desirable response to the stimulus, like playing with a chew toy rather than barking. If your dog is defending his territory, try blocking visual/hearing access to intruders on or near territory. Your dog might have anxiety related barking, if so, medication should be considered. Please consult your veterinarian regarding medications that may be useful for your situation. As always, we strongly recommend enrolling your dog in obedience classes. With the knowledge from the classes, teach them a ‘settle’ or ‘quiet’ command to use during desensitisation.

Q: I want to adopt a Great Dane. Please advice me about health problems to watch out for.
– R Kapoor, Mussoorie

Dr KG Umesh: The amount of time taken for a growing puppy to achieve adult bodyweight varies considerably, with larger breeds having a longer growth period (20-24 months) than smaller breeds. Excess feeding/energy and excessive calcium during this growth are associated with an increased incidence of skeletal defects like Hipdysplasia and Osteochondrosis. Great Dane is also susceptible to gastric dilatation-volvulus and dilated cardiomyopathy. Some of the problems may be inherited/congenital, which include atrioventricular valve dysplasia, Subaortic stenosis and Wobbler syndrome. Well, these problems should not discourage anyone to keep this most adorable breed as a family member.

Q: My dog Turbo, a Cocker, continuously scratches and injures himself. On checking, I saw black specks which seemed like flea dirt but could not spot the fleas. How should I manage this?
– Avinash Gulati, Indore

Dr KG Umesh: There are several causes of itching in dogs from infection to parasites. Flea bite allergy is a common cause of itching in pets. It occurs when a flea bites an animal who is allergic to proteins in the flea’s saliva. Non-allergic animals usually develop very mild itchiness at the site of a flea bite for only a brief time after the flea bite. However, animals with flea bite allergy can develop intense itchiness anywhere on the body (most common at lower back). Evidence of fleas consists of finding adult fleas, ‘flea dirt’ (brown-black specks that consist of flea excrement containing digested blood) and/or flea eggs (white specks) on the affected pet or other pets in the household. Animals with flea bite allergy often have only a few fleas or sometimes no fleas on them at all at the time of examination because the fleas are often dislodged as a result of the animal’s excessive scratching, chewing and licking of the skin. Treatment and prevention of flea bite allergy requires the elimination of fleas from the flea allergic pet, the pet’s immediate environment (yard, house), and other dogs and cats in the household with products that kill the adult flea (adulticide therapy) and prevent fleas from reproducing (insect growth regulators). Nowadays, oral or topical (applied to the skin) prescription anti-flea products are given to the pet at home once or twice a month and are very effective. Be sure to use the treatments exactly as prescribed; misuse, or using over-the-counter (nonprescription products) are common reasons for failure to eliminate fleas.

Q: I have a two-month-old Lab. What is the right age and method to neuter him?
– Ashok Rai, Mangalore

Dr KG Umesh: This has been an area of debate for several years. Associations between medical or behavioural conditions and early-age neutering ( 6 months). Today, many shelters and high-volume shelter clinics perform sterilisation surgeries in puppies as early as six to eight weeks of age. The most common surgical methods of contraception are spaying in female dogs or castration in male dogs. Spaying/castration is an irreversible means by which a dog is rendered sterile. The procedure entails complete removal of the uterus and ovaries in females and testicles in male. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on what exactly is involved with the operation and also on the best time for it to be performed.