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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

 

 

 

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Just Fur Fun | Nov Dec 2013

Kids Corner

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

All About My Buddy:

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Liza and Geisha with Rajbala and Nancy

My Name is:Nishi Anil Singh
My Buddies’ Names: Liza and Geisha
My Buddies’ Breed is:Pug
My Buddies’ Ages are:Liza (three years) and Geisha (two years)
My Buddies are:Females
My Buddies’ Favourite Treats:Boiled egg, milk with cream, cheese and chewstick
My Buddies’ First Loves: Me and her first teddy for Liza and her ‘mom Liza’ for Geisha
My Buddies’ Character Certificates Will Say:They are adorable and they love all animals
A Song Dedicated to My Buddies:Mere do anmol ratan ek hai ram or ek lakhan

BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing The Most:Sleeping and giving food to our local colony dogs.
What We Indulge on Sundays:Just chilling out!
What is the Best Tricks I have Taught Them:Liza knows how to call her papa (my hubby) and Geisha knows the time to offer dinner to the colony dogs.

Wags’ for the wonderful vet | Nov Dec 12

I’m: Deepak R Wags for the wornderful vet
My pet’s name: Jammy
My vet’s name: Dr Baloo
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Baloo Vet Clinic, Jayanagar, Bengaluru
How I came across my vet: I was in the area when I spotted his clinic.
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 eight years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Jammy once suffered from dehydration.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Baloo is generous in handling any emergency situation.
A special quality about my vet: His pleasing nature!
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thank you Dr Baloo for being with us at all times.

I’m: Ashish James
My pet’s name: Ricky
My vet’s name: Dr Parul Swali
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Swali Pets Clinic, Mumbai
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-up.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Over the last nine years, since the day Ricky was born.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Ricky once suffered from goitre, which was also accompanied with some infection.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Parul handled the situation very carefully by taking relevant references of other experts.
A special quality about my vet: She is always ready for any help.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: ‘Thank You’ for your all-time help and commitment towards the betterment of the pet world.

I’m: Shikha Verma
My pet’s name: Snoopy
My vet’s name: Dr Vikas Ranjan
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Vikas Pet Care Centre, Indira Nagar, Lucknow.
How I came across my vet: Through my neighbours
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: For 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: Nothing yet.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Vikas is always helpful.
A special quality about my vet: Dr Vikas works on principles laid down by the WHO.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thank you Dr Vikas for helping me in solving all my queries about Snoopy’s health and providing vaccinations which keep my dog away from all diseases.

I’m: Jyoti Daniel
My pet’s name: Leo
My vet’s name: Dr Ashok Kumar
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Centre Point Pet Clinic, Sushant Lok-I, Gurgaon
How I came across my vet: While exploring the shopping arcade
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: For regular check-up every month.
How long have I been visiting my vet: Since March 2008.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: When Leo was diagnosed with mange.
Role played by my vet: Leo got sarcoptic mange and Dr Ashok was very quick in diagnosing the actual problem. He handled the case with utter sincerity and monitored Leo on daily basis till he was on his road to recovery.
A special quality about my vet: Dr Ashok is very patient and sure of any treatment and diagnosis. He once saved Leo from exercise-induced collapse (EIC) and thus collapsed. But the doctor was calm and focused on his treatment and revived Leo completely.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thank you Dr Ashok for being there for Leo and for us whenever we need you. Thanks for your patience, warm smile and love with dedication towards your patients.

Just Fur Fun | Nov Dec 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

All About My Buddy:

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Prince

My Name is: Paramjit Singh Dash
My Buddy’s Name is: Prince
My Buddy’s Breed is: German Shepherd
My Buddy’s Age is: Two years
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Colour is: Black & Tan
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats are: Ice cream and food prepared with chicken and mutton.
My Buddy’s First Love: My parents, particularly papa.
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: Playful, funny, naughty, intelligent and who always protects my father.
My Buddy’s Funniest Habit: When papa returns home from office, he takes a big ball and throws it towards Prince. Prince grabs the ball and starts running around the house like a fighter plane and keeps turning back to watch anyone is coming or not, he loves the chase and excitement. And when he hears a new kind of sound, he turns his head like a robot and makes a funny face, which is adorable.

BUDDY AND ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Playing and walking; spending time with each other.
What We Indulge on Sundays: We go on long walks, eating and sleeping.
What is the Best Trick I have Taught Him: To find out anything hidden; to catch a ball; to crawl; to protect us.

Dogs and Pups, Nov Dec 12 Issue

+   Editorial
+   Breed Profile
+   Common food myths busted!
+   Mastering the art of canine communication
+   Inspiring tails
+   Starter kit for puppies
+   Female vs Male Is love gender specific?
+   Fur dressing – Brush to shine
+   It’s all in the ears!
+   In memory of Richie
+   Picture Perfect
+   Paws and their stars
+   Ask the expert…
+   Training secrets by commando kennels
+   ‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet
+   Fighting the dreadful cancer
+   FAQs on blood donation in pooches
+   Healthy petting
+   Events
+   PAW’-tales
+   Freedom from fleas!
+   Grouped to instincts!
+   Tracing the paws!

Ask the Expert.. Nov Dec 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 two male Persians get into ego hassles and start battling each other. How do we make them more cordial

ask the expert cats

Billu

to each other and if they get in an aggressive situation- how do we separate them?
– R Ramesh, Mysore

Dr KG Umesh: Cats are territorial creatures and they do like to go outdoors to establish a territory in relation to neighbouring cats. This is far more important for toms (male cats) than it is for queens (female cats). Tom cats may establish a territory which is 10 times larger than that of queens. The territory of a domestic cat will be centred on his own home-base and he will use smells, sounds, scratches and other marks to define the boundaries. The territory of a cat only remains fixed for as long as the cat dominates the area – if another cat arrives on the scene, there may be a confrontation, boundaries may have to be redrawn, and life goes on. Treatment for aggression between cats living in the same household requires separation when supervision is not possible. Treating intercat aggression takes time (sometimes months), so, patience is a necessity. The aggressor is banished to a less desirable location (for example, spare room) while the victim is allowed free range or access to favourite locations. The aggressor can be fitted with a harness or collar and bells, allowing both victim and pet parent to hear the aggressor at all times. At the first sign of aggression, the aggressor should be startled using the mildest stimulus necessary. The stimulus (for example, calling his name) used to startle the aggressor is meant to interrupt and distract but not to terrify the cat, as fear can increase aggression. Reintroduction is gradual and supervised at all times, with you vigilant during these sessions. It is also important to provide strictly indoor cats with a stimulating environment that includes playing and searching opportunities, hiding places, and high perched resting areas. Neutering and medications to controlling undesired behaviours are other options.

Dogs & Pups, Nov Dec 2011 Issue

Double your happiness!
White as snow!
Bundles of joy– Welcome
How the right diet can get life off to a good start…
Be prepared for whelping
Kids Korner
Comfy ‘n’ stylish winter dressing
Adopting an adult dog
It’s a pawsome world for all!
Paws and their stars
Little caretakers for the tailwaggers
Pawfect frame!
Picture Perfect
Steps towards being a responsible pet parent
Paws agony at puppy mills
Ask the expert
Events
‘Wags’ for the wonderful vet
Dog safety for kids
Canine mammary tumours
All about shampooing!
Pawfect family!
Why deworming is important?
Discovering obedience in your puppy
What goes inside your dog’s mind?
‘Paw’-tales

Just Fur Fun | Nov Dec 2011

All you kiddies out there, we would love to know more about you and your dog. Do write in just for funyour 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!

All About My Buddy:

My Name is: Soham Roy Choudhury
My Buddy’s Name is: Timmy
My Buddy’s Breed is: Golden Retriever
My Buddy’s Age is: Four Months
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Colour is: Fawn
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats: Jer High chicken sticks and vanilla ice cream
My Buddy’s First Love is: Who else me
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: He loves to chew anything and say ‘Hello’ by licking.
A Song Dedicated to My Buddy: ‘Be with you’ by Enrique Iglesias

BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Playing with his red chewy ball and rolling on the floor together.
What We Indulge on Sundays: We spend playing with each other and training on all Sunday.
What Is the Best Trick I Have Taught Him: To find my lost toys!

‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | Nov Dec 2011

I am: Pramit Kumar Dash
My pet’s name: Prience
My vet’s name: Dr Sanjay Jain
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Jain Clinic, BP Line, Rajpur Chungi, Agra Cantt, Agra
How I came across my vet: Through my dog breeder
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-ups
How long I have been visiting my vet: 15 months
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: After his fist vaccination, Prience got high fever.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Prience lost appetite and became very weak. He was admitted to Dr Jain Clinic for three days and recovered
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: His immense love for dogs and compassion towards them. Also I can call him any time
A thank you note for my vet: Dear Dr Jain, Prience and we all are really very fortunate to have you as an advisor and vet. Prience says wow wow to thank you from our heart…

 

I am: Suchandra Mallick
My pet’s name: Tanya
My vet’s name: Dr Bhavna Kalra
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pet Clinic, Gurgaon
How I came across my vet: Via newspaper ads
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: Both regular check-ups and medical condition
How long I have been visiting my vet: Over the last eight years
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Epilepsy fit
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Immediate medication and personal support
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: She is always available and in all times…
A thank you note for my vet: I am indeed indebted to you for your kind help and ever willing support

 

I am: Hardik Dagar
My pet’s names: Roxy
My vet’s name: Dr Madan Dagar
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Dagar Pet Clinic, Vijay Nagar, Alwar, Rajasthan
How I came across my vet: Dr Dagar is my father
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: My dad regularly checks him
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Canine parvo virus
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: When my dog refused foods and constantly vomited, my dad detected it as a syndrome of canine parvo virus. He immediately took Roxy to his clinic, administered antibiotics
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He is very positive in nature and he is indeed a saviour of our pooches
A thank you note for my vet: I am really thankful to my father

 

I am: Prashant Sharma
My pet’s name: Sam
My vet’s name: Dr Kuldeep Singh
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Kuldeep Clinic, Mohali
How I came across my vet: Through my friend circle
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-ups
How long I have been visiting my vet: Eight months
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Sam has 20 nails. He underwent a surgery to remove two backside thumb nails
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He detects problems at first sight
A thank you note for my vet: We are really thankful to him for his support!

Ask the Expert.. | Nov Dec 2011

Q: How can we clean the ears of our dog? I saw my dad using hydrogen peroxide once, but he stopped using it as he said it may have some side effects on dogs.
– Mridhul Jain, Ludhiana

Dr KG Umesh: Knowledge of ear canal anatomy is helpful for cleaning. Cleaning ask the experttechniques generally focus on the external ear canal, which comprises vertical and horizontal canals. The canal is generally two cm in length and varies from five to ten mm in diameter, depending on breed and size. There are many components that make up ear cleansers, which can be classified according to how the chemicals perform in the ear canal: detergents, organic acids and alkalizers, etc. In addition, alcohol components are included in many products. Hydrogen peroxide must not be used for cleaning healthy ears. Ear cleaning products may also be used after swimming or bathing to prevent swimmer’s ear and are useful in a maintenance ear programme to keep infections from recurring. It is important that vet demonstrates the proper cleaning technique to you. You will be advised to fill the ear canals with a cleaner and massage the ears for at least one minute prior to letting the dog shake his head. The external ear canal is then gently wiped with a cotton ball (never use ear buds). The frequency of use of the ear cleaner will depend on the individual. Ask your vet for a suitable ear cleaner for your pet.

Q: We want to adopt a stray pup who lives outside our home. I need advice on how to take care of him.
– Medha Prakash, Mumbai

Dr KG Umesh: A crossbred or mongrel puppy can be very appealing but he may be something of a mystery in terms of adult size and temperament, especially if you can’t judge the parents. Changing homes and leaving his mother is stressful for a puppy. It could cause an upset stomach. If this happens, take him off solid food for two meals, and just give him small quantities of water to drink. Then, gradually introduce boiled rice and scrambled eggs over 24 hours, before you reintroduce his normal puppy food again. If, however, the diarrhoea or vomiting continues for more than 24 hours, or becomes more severe, phone your vet. Once your puppy has settled in, you’ll likely want to change his diet to reputed brands of puppy food. Make sure you replace the original food with the new puppy food gradually, over a period of three to five days. Make sure that he has a comfortable bed and placing a covered warm water bottle in the bed will help him as this will feel like snuggling up to his mum.

When you leave your pup home alone, your puppy may feel separation anxiety from you as well as from mum. Leaving a radio playing quietly or a soft light may also make him feel more settled. You could try putting a cloth or something else that smells of you in his bed too. Socialising your puppy is very important and a worthwhile investment into your and your puppy’s future, as you are laying the foundation for the dog’s behaviour later on in life, and prevention is much better than cure. It is essential that your puppy is fully comfortable to be with people and children, other pets, tolerating motorbikes and cars, TV and washing machine – to name just a few.

Puppies love to chew. Generally, they chew to entertain themselves, because they’re teething/love to explore your home or if they’re a little bored and want to expend some energy. Toys and chews not only help prevent chewing behaviour but also help to train him to become more confident and obedient pet. Ask your vet for suggestions on which ones are best for your breed of dog. Lastly, other activities such as exercise, training, grooming are as important as regular visits to the veterinarian. Deworming and vaccination are must.

Q: My four years old pug Rambo is on dog food. He has put on weight. How do I make him lose weight? He is still not house trained and he keeps jumping on people, sofas and bed. Please help.
– Shruti Mohan, Bangalore

Dr KG Umesh: If you feed your dog a prepared pet food, the label on the package will provide a guideline as to how much to feed daily. These recommendations are a guideline only and you should make adjustments according to your dog’s individual needs. Don’t forget to take into account the calories in treats and other tidbits he eats—they shouldn’t make up more than 10-15 percent of his daily calorie intake. Try to exercise your dog as much as he can. The more muscle he maintains, the more calories he’ll burn and less fat he’ll carry. Start keeping a record of your dog’s weight. If possible, weigh him once a week. Give him two to four small measured meals a day so you can regulate his portions. To keep him from begging for food, feed your dog before you have your own meals. Your vet may give you guidelines on exercise appropriate for your dog’s age and health as well as specific advice on how much he should be eating. He can also check for, and treat, any weight-related problems.

There is a possibility that the dog may be house soiling as there is an underlying medical or behavioural reason (submissive, territorial marking, stress or anxiety, etc) and these behaviour problems can be modified effectively by training.

Exercise your dog for at least 30 minutes of walking or playing before guest arrives and if the arrival of guests makes your dog excitable, give him a break in his crate or in a quiet room with a familiar doggie bed or blanket. Train your dog to sit quietly near the front door when the doorbell rings and finally start by earning your dog’s respect through obedience commands—such as sit, stay and down. Remember, dog training involves consistency and repetition, so stick with it and don’t give in.

Q: I have a five-year-old pet dog (Estrela Mountain Dog). Please guide for better nourishment, health care, etc.
– Suzie Carlos, Mumbai

Dr KG Umesh: Owning a dog is a big responsibility and giving your dog the best care and attention can help to improve the quality and length of your dog’s life. Feeding your dog a well balanced diet is clearly necessary to keep him 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 and foods which deliver additional health benefits. Other activities such as exercise, training, grooming and regular visits to the veterinarian are equally important to keep your dog happy and healthy. Maybe one of the most important aspects to ensure a happy relationship between you, your family and your dog is to ensure that your dog’s requirements can be matched by your lifestyle and environment.

Q: I have a male Rottie, who is two years and nine months. He has developed small bumps on the skin in the neck area. The bumps also itch- as he keeps scratching them, what could this be?
– Naveen Sharma, Surat

Dr KG Umesh: There are many reasons for itchy small bumps on your pet skin. Most often, it is caused by fleas or other parasites, infection or allergies. Get him examined by your vet ASAP before it worsens or spreads to entire body.