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Dogs and Pups, Jan Feb 14 Issue

Editorial
+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
+ Do you ‘give in’ to the ‘soulful looks’?

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!

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

People@Paws
+ Pawsionate Profession

Pawstore

+ 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, Jan Feb 2013 Issue

Editorial
Just Fur Fun
+ New face
Breed Profile: True Terriers!
Tarots 2013
Food allergies in dogs
Dog show decoded
Pawsome Valentine’s gifts!
Pawfect shutterbugs!
Bust the myth!
Nurturing a pup made easy
Happy winter… Grooming
Paws and their stars
+ Picture Perfect
Organisation
Say ‘no’ to kennel cough
Lola the rescuer
Ask the expert…
Care for glittering Shiny eyes…
Wags’ for the wonderful vet
Golden bling!
30 days & 30 ways of pet parenting
Naturally strong!
+ Paw-tales
+ Events

Ask the Expert.. Jan Feb 2013

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 three-year-old cat Tom is having a lot of hair fall, especially in certain area patches. Is this some allergy? What should we do?
– Ashish Shukla, Ghaziabad

Dr K G Umesh: Hair loss/shedding is a common complaint with skin disorders and results from number of

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causes. Cats may shed excessive hair because of stress, worms, harsh climate and general illness. Therefore, my approach would be to find underlying cause(s) like fleas, ticks, mange or allergy, hormonal imbalance, bacterial or yeast infection, etc and then your vet will be able to recommend suitable medications that will eliminate the cause and therefore hair fall. Balanced and complete nutrition is most important for healthy skin and hair coat.

Wags’ for the wonderful vet | Jan Feb 13

I’m: Sunita Mittal
My pet’s name: Muffin
My vet’s name: Dr Rana
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Niti Bagh Pet Clinic, New Delhi
How I came across my vet: Dr Rana is popular vet among my 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: Over the last one and a half years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Muffin sometimes gets epileptic fits.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Rana advises me not to get tensed and helps a lot to overcome Muffin’s trauma.
A special quality about my vet: He loves dogs and it is visible in his eyes.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Dear Dr Rana, You have really helped to bring wellness to our dearest furry family member. You are simply THE BEST!

I’m: Aspi M Bharucha
My pet’s name: Eva Bharucha
My vet’s name: Dr Bhagat
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Bhagat’s Clinic, Thane, Mumbai
How I came across my vet: From my friends.
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: Since last nine months.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Eva’s gastrointestinal problem.
Role played by my vet: Dr Bhagat attended Eva instantly and saved her from the fatal syndrome.
A special quality about my vet: He is quite gentle and friendly with all animals.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks a lot Dr Bhagat for being with us whenever Eva needs you.

I’m: Arun Kumar Nair
My pet’s name: Coco
My vet’s name: Dr Shivajirao Talikar
Veterinary clinic/hospital: New Hope, Navi Mumbai
How I came across my vet: Recommended by my friends.
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: Since May 2010.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Once Coco suffered from hip dysplasia.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: A big and dedicated role while diagnosing the ailment.
A special quality about my vet: His solutions are very effective.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: I thank you Dr Shivajirao from the bottom of my heart for being with us whenever we need you.

I’m: Ketan Verma
My pet’s name: Nawab
My vet’s name: Dr VK Sobti
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr VK Sobti Vet Clinic, Ludhiana, Punjab
How I came across my vet: A friend of mine, who is a lifetime pet parent, informed me about Dr VK Sobti.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: I visit him even in the slightest case of medical condition, apart from regular check-ups.
How long have I been visiting my vet: One year since I got my Rottweiler puppy Nawab.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Nawab got a serious stomach infection when he was just four months old. Since he didn’t take food or water, he had to be put on glucose for eight days straight.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr VK Sobti saved Nawab from the life-threatening situation and brought him back to life for me.
A special quality about my vet: Highly experienced PhD and retired head of department of Punjab Agriculture University. I had always been with a friend’s side whenever he visited Dr VK Sobti with his dogs when I didn’t have any pet.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thank you Dr VK Sobti for everything.

Ask the expert… | Jan Feb 13

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. My dog Mumtaz, a seven-year-old Spitz, has been diagnosed with diabetes. She is on dog food; we also give her roti and curd. Please do advice food and medical care to be taken. – T Raghav, Coimbatore

Dr KG Umesh: Dogs generally develop type I diabetes which typically requires lifelong insulin injections. The goal of treating a diabetic animal is to minimise blood glucose fluctuations, eliminate the symptoms associated with high blood glucose levels (excessive drinking, urination and appetite), and improve the quality of the pet’s life. The most important factor in a diabetic animal’s life is routine. You have to follow instructions meticulously given on medications and diet. As in diabetic people, a good daily routine of eating and exercising for diabetic pets will help prevent irregular fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Diets that are high in simple carbohydrates (sugars), which can cause a spike in blood sugar levels, are avoided. Diets containing complex carbohydrates and fibre are preferable, in moderation. There are several different commercial prescription diets available that can meet the needs of all diabetic patients. Achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight is helpful in the treatment of both type I and type II diabetes mellitus. Once your pet has started any treatment for diabetes mellitus, monitoring for signs of low sugar levels (hypoglycemia) is also very important. Too much insulin/low sugar levels can cause disorientation, sluggishness, seizures, coma, and even death, if prolonged. If you notice that your pet seems disorientated or weak but is still responsive, offer food immediately. If your pet is unconscious (cannot be awoken despite loud calling and shaking), apply a sugary solution like corn syrup or maple syrup to the gums. In both of these cases, contact your veterinarian. Likewise, watch for general signs of illness, which can include changes in appetite, weight loss, decrease in activity, sluggishness, dull or poorly kept coat, and changes in behaviour such as hiding and aggressiveness.

Q. What are the main dog vaccines to give and what is their frequency in the life span of a dog? Do any of the vaccines have any side effects which can be harmful? – Karuna Sabharwal, Bareilly

Dr KG Umesh: In the past, infectious diseases, such as those caused by parvovirus and distemper virus, have been significant cause of illness and death in dogs, especially young animals. Vaccination against these and other diseases like hepatitis, influenza, leptospirosis (all in one) has proved to be a very effective means of reducing the incidence of these diseases. It is important to discuss a suitable vaccination programme including rabies and coronavirus with your local veterinarian. The vaccination will involve an initial course of injections (usually at six weeks of age), followed by booster injections at various times (every 2-3 weeks) until 20 weeks of age and then every year throughout your dog’s life. These booster injections help maintain his immunity, but they also provide a good opportunity for your veterinarian to carry out a full health check.

Q. Guddu, my GSD pup, is chewing everything in the house. Please help. – Karan Shukla, Agra

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. 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. There are many suitable toys for dogs and choose toys which have been manufactured using high-quality molded materials to increase durability. If the puppy does try to bite, command ‘NO’, and distract his attention with a toy. Many of these habits can be modified quite easily if done correctly and persistently. When the pup stops the bad behaviour, make sure you reward the pup with ‘GOOD (puppy’s name)!’ Prevent access to unacceptable chew items. Exercise and play with your dog regularly to alleviate excess energy and provide positive interaction.

Q: My 11-year-old Dalmatian named Silky has lost two front teeth. What do I do? – Madhu Ghosh, Kolkata

Dr KG Umesh: Just like people, they need to have their teeth brushed and cleaned. But the fact is, probably the number one health problem for dogs, apart from being overweight, is periodontal disease. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs show signs of periodontal disease by the age of three. The accumulation of tartar and plaque and the resulting gingivitis can lead to more serious disease. Tartar accumulates, and eventually the healthy pink gum starts to look red, and swell. At this point, without medical intervention, gingivitis or inflammation of the gum takes over. This process leads to bad breath. And worse, it often leads to damage of jawbones, and loss of teeth. Please consult your vet if your pet has lost teeth due to trauma or any other disease.

You can lightly brush Silky’s teeth at least twice a week to remove plaque deposits. A child’s nylon toothbrush dipped in a toothpaste made for dogs should be used. Do not use toothpaste made for humans, which can cause nausea in dogs, if swallowed. An alternative to brushing is using a dental chew. Studies by Waltham have shown that certain specifically designed dental health chews (Dentastix) result in a significant reduction of plaque and calculus accumulation, gingivitis and malodour. Dry dog foods also help prevent dental plaque accumulation.

Q. I have adopted two St Bernards – Tipsy (female, three months) and Turvy (male, four months). I have adopted them from different breeders – need your advice how to bring two dogs up. Also, I will like to mate them, so when is the right time to do so? – Harpreet, Ludhiana

Dr KG Umesh: Pet parenting 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. May be 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. Most vets recommend mating after first ‘heat’ or few months after they become adults. St Bernars are considered puppy until age of 24 months.

Just Fur Fun | Jan Feb 2013

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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Billu Don

My Name is: Adrian Joseph
My Buddy’s Name is: Billu Don
My Buddy’s Breed is: Labrador-Hound hybrid
My Buddy’s Age is: Seven months
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Colour is: Fawn
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats are: Beef treats
My Buddy’s First Love: School kids in uniform
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: Yo Wazzup! I’m cool like my pet parent!
My Buddy’s Funniest Habit: Jumping to and fro joyfully

BUDDY AND ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Jogging, playing tag and bouncing in the inflated castle.
What We Indulge on Sundays: Watching movies, splashing water.
What is the Best Trick I have Taught Him: Peeping down the balcony and duelling with other pooches.

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.