Just Fur Fun | July Aug 2012

All you kiddies out there, we would love to know more about you and your dog. Do write injust for fun 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

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All About My Buddy:

Our Names are: Khushboo and Niyati Dave

Our Buddy’s Name is: Puchuk

Our Buddy’s Breed is: Labrador

Our Buddy’s Age is: Two years

Our Buddy is: Male

Our Buddy’s Colour is: Fawn

Our Buddy’s Favourite Treat is: Rice

Our Buddy’s First Love: Our mom!

Our Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: He is very loving and loves to be around our mom whole day.

BUDDY AND US: (Few of our favourite things)

List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: We play together and go for a walk every day.

What We Indulge on Sundays: We give him a bath, groom him, lie down together and watch TV.

Ask the Expert | July Aug 2011

Q: My three-year-old son wants to adopt a Labrador. I will like to know how much space a grown up Labrador needs to feel comfortable and what costs are involved in maintaining a dog on a monthly basis. Also, do advice us about the temperament of the Labrador.
– Churamany Chetry, Assam

Dr KG Umesh: Labrador, being a large breed, cannot be cramped in a small apartment.ask the expertThey need plenty of space to run around and more importantly, the availability of open spaces nearby for exercise. The initial cost of your puppy must certainly be taken into account, but be aware that other costs continue for the rest of his life – the daily cost of feeding and veterinary visits (for both routine check-ups and unexpected problems), training, kennelling during holidays and regular grooming sessions, etc. Labrador is an affectionate and loyal companion. Dogs are social animals. They need a lot of attention, especially when young, and sufficient time must be set aside for their training, exercise and grooming.

Q: I have a two and half years old male Labrador, who is extremely friendly and docile. We are planning to bring home a second dog, probably a Saint Bernard or an English Mastiff. We want to ask you how to introduce them and manage them both- so they grow to like each other? Can you also recommend some other medium or large breeds?
– Nikhil, Palli

Dr KG Umesh: Whatever your reasons to add another dog to the family just be aware that bringing in a new dog is a huge change for an older dog – and unless you go about it the right way, it could create a lot of stress. Here are a few ways you can help make the process of introducing your older dog to a new dog less stressful. With the new puppy/dog in your lap/lease and your older dog on a leash held by someone else, let the older dog sniff, lick and explore the puppy/dog. A couple of minutes are more than enough time for this initial introduction. Remove the new puppy/dog from the room, and then lavish your older dog with attention and praise. On the second or third meeting, if all seems safe, allow the puppy/dog onto the floor, and monitor that situation carefully for a few minutes. Repeat this exercise at least twice daily until you’re comfortable that the two will get along. It’s not a good idea to leave your puppy/dog alone with your older dog. There should always be someone there to supervise. When you talk to each of the dogs, use a happy, friendly tone of voice. Never talk to them in a way that is threatening. Reward good behaviour with treats and/or compliments of “good dog!” Monitor their body language. And be sure to give him lots of individual attention so he’ll know that he still holds a special place in your heart and hasn’t been ‘replaced’.

Q: My five-month-old puppy has hookworms. What measures should I take with the puppy? Also, I have an infant and a toddler- what preventive measures to be taken with them?
– Monica, Kolkata

Dr KG Umesh: Keep the dog in good health. Go for regular examinations by a veterinarian as well as up-to-date vaccines and regular fecal exams to check for intestinal parasites. Ensure that the dog is free of fleas and ticks. Simply practice good hygiene at home – washing hands with soap and water after coming in contact with urine, feces or any bodily discharge from a dog. Feed a high-quality commercial dog food. Do not feed raw meat or untreated animal-based treats. Do not let the dog lick or sleep in the same bed. Always supervise children when they play with a pet. For most puppies, it is sufficient to worm routinely every 2-3 weeks until six months of age and then as advised by your veterinarian. There are many safe, effective products available which will eliminate these worms.

Q: I want to know if I can keep a female Labrador with a one-year-old Lhasa Apso. What is the correct age for spaying the female dog? Is it a complicated operation? Further I want to know whether the female Labrador will come into cycle or season or heat despite being operated.
– Ajay Kumar Khanduri, Delhi

Dr KG Umesh: Spaying is an irreversible means by which a dog is rendered sterile. The procedure entails complete removal of the uterus and ovaries in females – means no cycles. Surgery is preceded by a fasting period and requires general anaesthesia and hospitalisation. The incision must stay dry and suture removal is usually performed 7 to 10 days after surgery. There are also hospitals/clinics, which conduct spaying with Keyhole or Laparoscopy methods, with minimum invasive surgery and on outpatient basis. Complications are unusual but may include post surgical haemorrhage and infection, etc. Postoperative care includes restriction of exercise for a week, protection of the incision from contaminants, and daily monitoring of the incision for inflammation or discharge. Some suggest spaying as early as three months of age, while few spay after first season for female dogs. 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.

Q: My four-year-old black female Lab constantly gets urinary tract infections. Steffi also has major skin problems diagnosed as psoriases. Do advice what is best for dogs- home food or commercial food.
– Abhijit Bhagwat, Pune

Dr KG Umesh: Urinary tract infection (UTI) refers to bacterial colonization of portions of the urinary tract that are normally sterile (kidneys, ureters, bladder, and proximal urethra) and is the most common infectious disease in dogs. Management of recurrent urinary tract infection is based on proper diagnosis of the underlying disease. This involves complete examination, blood tests and urine analysis including culture. This may help to identify some predisposing or perpetuating factors like diabetes, anatomical defects, urinary stones and systemic diseases. Ideally, patients with bacterial UTI that have been treated with antibiotics should have bacterial urine cultures periodically performed after completion of the course of antibiotics to ensure that the infection has been eliminated. There is no nutritional advantage to feeding home-made or raw foods over a commercially prepared pet food product, but there is the very real risk of illness. You may have to avoid only the particular ingredient in either home or commercial food that your dog has proven to have ‘allergy’ or adverse reactions (which are uncommon). The diet in fact plays an important role in management of some forms of urinary tract infections.

Just Fur Fun! | July Aug 10

All About My Buddy:

My Name is: Rosh

My Buddies’ Names Are: Nikki, Bruno & Renee

My Buddies’ Breed is Labrador Retrievers

My Buddies’ Colour is: Fawn

My Buddies’ Age Are: 5 Years (Nikki), 3 Years (Bruno) & 3 Years (Renee)

My Buddies’ Favourite Treats: They love to gorge on chew sticks & Ice Cream

My Buddies’ Funniest Habits: Every night after dinner they are the first ones to book their place on the bed which leaves me totally confused.

My Buddies’ First Love: Any day it’s me even though everyone at home loves three of them.

My Buddies’ Foods: They love anything made with chicken and simply adore any kind of fruits.

Celebrities My Buddies Resemble: They are the best celebrities around the house

Character Certificates to My Buddies Will Say: Always playful (Nickki & Bruno), Very very caring (Renee)

A Song Dedicated to My Buddies: Any song dedicated to friends’ Coz I love them so much

BUDDIES and ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Playing outside with tha ball and goimng for the walks

What We Indulge Doing on Sundays: Going for long drives in car with their heads held outside the windows

What is the Best Tricks I Have Taught Them: They are too cute to be trained

Dogs & Pups, July Aug 2010 Issue

Ask the expert.. | July Aug 09

Q:Blacky, my seven-year-old mixed breed, weighs around 30-32 kg. She has become fat; her stomach is big and soft even though her food intake is less. She also drinks less water and her urine is yellowish in colour. Her periods are quite irregular and she has never been mated. Her liver tests are as follows: S.G.P.T: 112.0 U/L, Serum Creatinine: 0.60MG/DL and B. U. N.: 9.30 MG/DL. Please advise.
– Preeti, Indore

A:Neoplastic or Non-neoplastic disorders may cause abdominal enlargement in senior dogs. The information and lab report provided is inadequate to make specific suggestions on either diagnosis or treatment. Therefore I would suggest complete investigations to identify the underlying cause of her problem.

Q:My three-year-old Neo Mastiff, Sheeba has developed nail growth on her paw pad. I am sure it wasn’t there until three weeks ago. Is this common in dogs? What are the causes & remedies?
– Prakash Chomini, Bangalore

A:There are many causes of claw and claw fold disease in dogs. Numerous diagnostic techniques can be employed to narrow the list of differentials. Because many of these diseases have similar symptoms, biopsy of the claw is often necessary to obtain a definitive diagnosis. I am not sure you are referring to extra claw or abnormal overgrowth of claw. There are dogs whose initial symptom is abnormal growth (onychodystrophy) of the claw. Once the diagnosis is established, an accurate prognosis can be given and a treatment plan is executed. A careful history is necessary to make a diagnosis of idiopathic onychodystrophy. Geriatric dogs with onychodystrophy may respond to gelatin or biotin supplementation.

Q:My Dachshund puppy is four months old. What kind of care should I take so that she does not develop any back problems?
– Gunjan Joshi, Nashik

A:The backbone of dogs is made up of bones called vertebrae. These bones protect the spinal cord, which extends from the brain to your pet’s tail. A pad of tough, fibrous tissue called disc is located between each vertebra. These intervertebral discs function as shock absorbers and stabilizers of the spine. In chondrodystrophic breeds like yours, the disc undergoes degeneration over time but many changes are present early in life. Disc degeneration is the main cause of the back problem but trauma is also a common cause. Dachshunds have the highest prevalence of slipped discs or disc diseases. Limiting running and jumping has been suggested to prevent occurrence, but the value of this has not been proven. Feeding balanced food and regular exercise will keep her fit and healthy. Make sure that she is not overweight or obese.

Q:My dog has motion sickness; each time I take him out in the car he throws up. Please advice how do I take care of this problem.
– Divya, Palampur

A:Travelling by car is easier for dogs; the safest way is in a crate. Many owners have discovered that an empty stomach is the best anti-illness prevention and they don’t feed their pets for up to five hours before a long car ride. It might also help to travel with your dog in his crate, if it can be securely fastened on the car’s seat or floor. The crate generally comforts your dog and gives him a place to lie down, which can reduce motion sickness. If your pet’s car sickness is truly motion related, your vet can also prescribe medications to fight travel illness. Be sure to stop frequently for potty breaks. Always keep something with your scent on it in your dog’s carrier. A piece of your clothing can be a reassuring reminder of home sweet home.

Q: I have two mixed breeds dogs, both males aged three and five years. I want to adopt a female dog. Please let me know:

  1. Will there be any dominance issues between my old dogs and new dog?
  2. When my female dog comes on heat, what should I do?
    Should I also neuter my male dogs?

– R Rao, Hubli

A:It’s important to realize that this is a huge change for other dogs—and unless you go about it the right way, it could create a lot of stress. Here are a few tips:

  1. Introduce her to other dogs gradually over period of few days with each dog on a leash. If all goes well up to this point, take the dogs for a walk, allowing them to sniff and investigate each other from time to time. Never talk to them in a way that is threatening. Reward good behaviour with treats/compliments of ‘good dog!’ and monitor their body language.
  2. If you don’t intend to breed your female dog, then you should seriously consider neutering. The most common methods of contraception are ovariohysterectomy (spaying) in female dogs and vasectomy or castration in males. Such procedures eliminate heat periods, objectionable behaviour, including spotting of blood in dogs, and the attraction of male animals. Spaying and neutering can reduce the risk of several different conditions later in life.

Dogs and Pups, July Aug 09 Issue

Just fur Fun | July Aug 08

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’s the checklist of information we would love to have.

Just Fur Fun!All about my buddy :

My Name is: Meghana Pampapathi

My Buddy’s Name: Krish

My Buddy’s Breed: Lhasa Apso

My Buddy’s Age: 9 months

My Buddy is: Male

My Buddy’s favourite treats: Dog chews

My Buddy’s funniest habit: When I, my mum and sister dry his fur using a hair dryer after bath, he tries to bite the air coming out of the hair dryer!.

My Buddy’s first love: Food, treats, me and more treats!

My Buddy and food: Pedigree

Celebrity my Buddy resembles the most: Hmmm…. not sure he’s unique!

Your character certificate to Buddy will say: Extremely loving, playful, amazing, naughty and excellent guard dog!!

A song you would like to dedicate for your buddy: Who let the dogs out!

BUDDY and ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of activity we like doing the most: Sleeping, playing tug-of-war and of course eating!

What both of us indulge doing on most Sundays: Playing with each other

What is the best trick I have taught them: Hmmm… nothing as yet!

Ask the Expert ….| July Aug 08

My dog Joey, who is a12 years old Lab has a lump on the back of his leg, I have been advised by my vet to go in for Chemotherapy. My concern is my dog’s age, to undertake the treatment at his age. Please do advice me what should I do. Also, I have two more dogs who keep playing with Joey – are they at any danger?
– Akshay, Delhi

If your vet does find a lump or tumour, a biopsy will be sent to a laboratory for analysis by a pathologist. This will help determine the type of growth, and whether or not it’s malignant/cancer. Bear in mind that not all tumours are cancerous. Lipomas (fatty tumours), warts, and histiocytomas are seldom dangerous and removal is a straight-forward procedure. Removal of bone cancer (osteosarcoma) and other tumours are much more difficult. In these cases, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are options to consider. Success of chemotherapy depends on the type and stage of cancer and some drugs may relieve discomfort and prolong a good quality of life. You should be prepared for possible chemotherapy-induced side effects. Few tumours like transmissible venereal (sexually transmitted) can be risk to other dogs but responds very well to chemotherapy.

We recently adopted a 2-month-old Spaniel pup, after one week, he fell sick and was diagnosed with distemper. To the uttermost grief of my family we had to put him to sleep. Is the virus in the environment and how can I protect the next pup? Also advise how one can ensure that the pup is healthy? Are there any norms/ guidelines which breeders follow? Are there any rules/ laws in India governing pet breeding?
– Anjali Das, Kolkata

Dogs are very susceptible to certain infectious diseases, especially distemper, ICH, parvovirus etc., which are preventable diseases. Distemper is transmitted usually by inhalation of virus in the air, which is contaminated by discharges from suffering dogs. Combined vaccination (all in one) against all these diseases has proved to be a very effective means of reducing the incidence of these diseases. Most pups lose protection from mother (maternal antibodies) at 6 –14 weeks of age; therefore, 2-3 vaccinations (2-3 weeks apart) are administered during this period. The risk of disease and stress-induced illness is greater for puppies. The best place to obtain a healthy puppy is from a recognised and reputable breeder or through your veterinarian. It is always best to see the mother if you are buying a puppy, so you can check that she is healthy and her puppies are free from signs of illness and all kinds of stress (weaning early, worms).

I recently read in a leading national daily that dog conjunctivitis cases are on the rise. Do explain about this diseases, prevention and cure.
– Rajeev, Jallandhar

Conjunctivitis in dogs can be primary due to allergy or infection or secondary due to underlying eye or internal diseases (glaucoma, uveitis, immune-mediated disease, tumours). Certain infections tend to become seasonal due to favourable conditions. Spasms of eyelids, abnormal persistent eye discharge or redness etc are the early signs that require immediate medical attention. Your vet may advise solutions and ointments to be applied after cleaning eyes. Some dogs may require Elizabethan collar to prevent self-trauma. Regular vaccination and health checks may help to prevent some forms of conjunctivitis.

I have to feed tablets to my pet, what is the best way to feed it? If I mix it with food, she gets the smell and does not eat it. If I try to put it into her mouth directly, she does not like it and growls.
– M Sathish, Trivandrum

It is important to practice tablet-giving (e.g., Vitamin pill) from the time your pooch is a puppy. Dogs will readily take some tablets/syrup designed for dogs or kids which are palatable. If crushing the tablet in food or disguised in other ways do not work, open the dog’s mouth with left hand by tilting the head upwards with thumb and index finger pushed in from outside the lips, behind canine tooth. With the opposite hand, open the mouth wide by pressing down on the lower incisors with your middle two fingers; pop the pill on the tongue as far back in the mouth as you can. Close the mouth, and hold it closed while stroking the throat to make the dog swallow. Visit your vet who can help you train giving pills to your pet. You can also try dog pill dispenser available in some pet shops or clinics.

Dogs and Pups, July Aug 08 Issue

Just Fur Fun! | July Aug 07

Just Fur Fun!

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’s the checklist of information we would love to have and you can win a doggy gift hamper.

All about my buddy :

My Name is : Simone Liane Noronha pawkid1

My Buddy’s Name : Cherie

My Buddy’s Breed : Beagle

My Buddy’s Age : 3 Months

My Buddy is : Female

My Buddy’s first love : None other than me

My Buddy and food : Royal Canin

Celebrity my Buddy resembles the most : Mr. Bean

Your character certificate to Buddy will say : Very naughty outside but loving inside

A song you would like to dedicate for your Buddy : How much is that doggy at the window?

BUDDY and ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of activity we like doing the most : Playing & going for a walk

What both of us indulge doing on most Sundays : Walking and playing

What is the best trick I have taught him : Fetch the ball !