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‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | Jan Feb 2011

Mishki

I am: Madhavi Anand

My pet’s name: Mishki

My vet’s name: Dr Bhavana Kalra

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pet Clinic, New Delhi

How I came across my vet: My parents used to take their dogs.

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: Every 4- 6 months

How long I have been visiting my vet: Since last seven years

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Currently he is suffering from a very severe cough, it has been diagnosed as Kennel Cough. He is quite unwell, unable to |retain food, medicines.

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: I can message, call at any hour and she is always there.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith: Her immense love for dogs. She treats them like little children. When a dog misbehaves, is agitated, it’s amazing to see how she calms them down. It always works.

A thank you note for my vet: Thank you for always being there with us and for us. To know that there are people in this profession for the love of animals and not just to make money, strengthens my faith in people. Thank you once again.

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about a great vet in Ahmednagar. This is where we got our Labrador. Being a small place, veterinary care was a major concern, however, through some references we were told about Dr Santosh S Gaikwad. A tough experience we had was, when our dog had an accident, Dr Gaikwad treated him and within two days Moti was back to his old naughty self. A big thank you Dr Gaikwad for always being there. A great quality about Dr Gaikwad is that he also administers home remedies.

 


I am: Dr Naveen Sharma

My pet’s name: Bruno

My vet’s name: Dr Sunil

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Gurgaon

How I came across my vet: Recommendation from a friend

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: Monthly

How long I have been visiting my vet: Two years

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith: Great knowledge

A thank you note for my vet: You are the best doc!!!


I am: BG Menon

My pet’s name: Toffee

My vet’s name: Dr Ravi Kumar

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Indirapuram, Ghaziabad

How I came across my vet: Through billboards

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 a year How long I have been visiting my vet: Since last four years

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: When he was down with tick fever and his haemoglobin level dipped dangerously.

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: He was always there for Toffee and us, reassuring both of us round the clock. He administered drips and monitored blood composition, calling in experts for cross checking, encouraging Toffee to overcome his illness and giving us mental support for which we all would remain ever grateful to Dr Ravi. He is a wonderful doctor and a wonderful human being.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith: He does not hide anything and explains very clearly the situation. He is gentle, kind hearted and patient with all pets and respects the owner’s feelings.

A thank you note for my vet: Dear Doctor Ravi, Toffee and we all are really very fortunate to have you as a family friend, advisor and vet. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say a real big thank you and….bow bow wow from Toffee.

Ask the Expert.. | Jan Feb 2011

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 cat who is nine years old is showing pain and difficulty in movement. Please do advice.
Ajith, Coimbatore

Dr KG Umesh: Your pet may be having neuromuscular, skeletal or joint problem considering age and symptoms mentioned here. Some causes of pain in senior cat include joint diseases, inflammatory or infectious diseases and neoplasia. The definitive diagnosis for pain is made by evaluating your cat’s history, clinical signs, radiographic/scanning findings and relevant lab tests. The treatment plan depends on the underlying cause and also includes weight management (in overweight/obese cats), exercise moderation, physical therapy, nutritional and anti-inflammatory medications. Do not administer human pain killers as they are toxic to cats

Just Fur Fun | Jan Feb 11

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

just fur fun

Brouno & Roger

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

Just Fur Fun! All About My Buddy:

My Name is: Tanisha
My Buddies’ Names are: Brouno & Roger
My Buddies’ Breed is Labrador Retriver
My Buddies’ Ages are: Both two months.
My Buddies are: Males
My Buddie’s Favourite Treats: Ice creams and chew sticks.
My Buddies’ First Love It’s me.
BUDDY AMD ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
Character Certificate to My Buddies Will Say: Brouno–very naughty and Roger–very playful and cute.BUDDY and ME: (Few of our favourite things)
List of activities we like doing the most Playing in the garden with a ball and watching TV and playing video games
What we indulge doing on Sundays: Sleeping for a long time on bed with my sweethearts

Ask the Expert..| Jan – Feb 11

Q: I am planning to buy a Labrador Retriever puppy. Please tell me what are the pre/post things I should check/do? Also suggest how many month old pup should I buy?
-Amrutha, Bangalore

Dr. K.G. Umesh: Owning a dog is a big responsibility and giving your dog the best care andask the expert attention can help to improve the quality and length of your dog’s life. The best age to bring a puppy home is when he is eight weeks old. The best place to obtain a pedigree puppy is from a recognised and reputable breeder or recommendations from your veterinarian. It is always best to see the parents/mother to check that they/she is healthy and have good temperament. Don’t buy from a dealer who has bought in puppies from several sources (a puppy farm). The risk of disease and stress-induced illness is greater for these puppies and this type of trade should not be supported. Consult your vet to have a complete health check and examination before you bring him home. The list of essentials you’ll need for your puppy’s first big day home are weaning or puppy food from a reputed manufacturer, feeding/water bowl, collar, leash, safe toys and chews, shampoos, brush/comb and also a puppy crate. Make sure that he has a comfortable bed and it is fairly normal for a puppy to be restless at first until he is adjusted to his new home.

Q: Do advice how to take extra care of female pets when they start getting their period cycle?
-Ranjana Batra, New Delhi

Dr. K.G. Umesh: Puppies usually have their first heat at about six months of age; however, this can vary from breed to breed and can occur as early as four months of age or as late as 18 months. The female-dog is usually in season for about three weeks and she becomes increasingly attractive to males during this period. Her own behaviour may also change and she may become restless and more excitable, but it is normally not until the second week of her season that she will allow the male to mate with her. However, all female-dogs are different and sometimes a male can mate as early as the first day of her season or as late as the last day. Therefore, be sure to keep your female dog well away from male dogs right throughout her season, unless you wish to breed. Most female-dogs, if un-neutered and if not mated, will come into season approximately every six months, although very large breeds of dogs may cycle anything up to once in 15 months. You can postpone her cycle using pills or consider neutering which has several advantages.

Q: I recently got an abandoned Labrador pup, who is 35 days old, Alvin (my pup) is quite agile & playful. He is around one kg body weight and has a good appetite. Is he underweight? Do advice the growth rate of a lab –till he becomes an adult.
– Dr. Abhinav Saikia, Guwahati

Dr. K.G. Umesh: Historical information is very important, especially regarding diet, daily activity, environment, signs of digestive disease or any specific disease to identify underlying cause of poor weight gain. Typically, a puppy’s growth is influenced by nutrition, genetics and environment. The list of likely different causes for a puppy with poor weight gain despite a normal or increased appetite is much different and much shorter than that for patients with decreased appetite or anorexia. However, they share a common feature – insufficient caloric intake or availability to meet metabolic needs. Please make sure that you are feeding as per feeding guidelines and increase quantity of feed by 10 percent for every extra one hour activity. Avoid supplements when he is exclusively fed on weaning or puppy food. Please get your pet examined to rule out any underlying medical problem and monitor weight of your puppy on weekly basis. Lab puppy may weigh between 2-5 kg at 6-9 weeks to 27- 30 kg at 12-16 months of age. Please ask your vet for Waltham puppy’s growth chart and body condition score that help to assess growth of your puppy.

Q: My Basset, who is two years old, is suffering from a recurring ear infection which has a bad odour and a discharge. I have consulted a veterinarian but the problem recurred after two months. Please let us know how to prevent this situation.
– R Banga, Jamshedpur

Dr. K.G. Umesh: Recurrent ear infection is common in Basset hounds for several reasons. Your pet may have an anatomic ear problem—often stenosis, but a growth, excessive hair, and poor conformation are also possible. Ear infections usually become chronic or recurrent because the infection is caused by an unusual or very resistant organism or the infection is very deep and has never been cleaned or treated aggressively enough. Most frequently, an underlying disease (parasites, atopy or allergy or seborrhoea/endocrine disease) predispose to recurrence. Failure to address the underlying cause in a pet with chronic ear problem dooms one to treatment failure. Your vet may advise series of tests including cytology to find the underlying cause. Therefore each factor must be considered in your pet and, if present, must be corrected before the ear disease will stay in remission.

Q: I have two Lab Retrievers – a male and a female. I give my pets bananas to eat. Can dogs eat fruits?
– Janarthan
Dr. K.G. Umesh: Fruits contain some good nutrients including fibre but are not essential/beneficial when your pets are receiving complete and balanced food. There is no harm in feeding fruits occasionally but make sure that it does not add to calories that may contribute to overweight or obesity. Avoid grapes/raisins, avocado and macadamia nuts which are toxic to dogs

Q: My dog has been vomiting and is showing loss of appetite. Please advice.
– Aditi Dev, Kolkata

Dr. K.G. Umesh: Vomiting is merely a sign and may result from many disorders (digestive and non digestive like kidney, liver etc). Most vomiting cases are acute and reversible, requiring only supportive and symptomatic therapy. Generally it is advised to withhold food and water for at least 24 hours and introduce highly digestible food like rice, avoiding high fat diets. In contrast to acute problems, chronic ones are rarely self-limiting and it is usually essential to establish specific diagnosis (with help from lab tests/investigations) and appropriate therapy.

Ask the expert..| Jan Feb 10

Q: I am planning to get a Doberman pup and I want to get his ear cropped. What care ask the expertshould be taken before and after the cropping?
– Chaitanya Raut, Yavatmal, Maharashtra

Dr KG Umesh: Ear trimming or Ear Cropping (Cosmetic Otoplasty) does not need to be performed except on the pet owner’s request. However, it is banned in most countries. The procedure should be done (only by qualified vets) in puppies who are healthy and well nourished to minimize the possibility of infection. Requirements vary with breed and are based on standards of the Kennel Club. The age at which the procedure is best performed ranges from 8 to 24 weeks. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, preceded by a fasting period. The puppy is sent home with his ears bandaged and will feel pain for about 5 days after surgery. The bandages must be checked daily for malpositioning, complications and discharge. The sutures are removed 7 to 10 days after surgery. The ears must be checked and rebandaged regularly for 4 to 6 weeks. External support of the ear may be required for as long as 20 weeks.

Q: My 8-year-old dog’s nose is turning very dry and appears a little cracked. Please guide.
– Yogita Das, Dehradun

Dr KG Umesh: Thickening and cracking of skin on Nose Bridge (Nasal planum) is a common finding in old dogs with any chronic localized diseases. Some common causes include pyoderma, nutritional, idiopathic hyperkeratosis and immune mediated diseases. Therefore treatment outcome of this depends on the extent and depth of the skin involvement and the underlying disease. Please get it examined by your vet. Topical and/or systemic drugs can be used. If there are no signs of infection, consider using moisturisers/Keratoplastics/lytics. Vaseline/Petroleum jelly also helps to some extent. Meanwhile, make sure he is on complete balanced food like Pedigree.

Q: Yearly rabies vaccination of our pregnant dog is due. Is it safe to vaccinate her now- also when she is nursing her puppies- or do we wait after she has finished nursing?
– Sunanda, Mysore

Dr KG Umesh: Some killed virus rabies vaccines although appear to be safe, it is generally not recommended to vaccinate a pregnant dog. Get her vaccinated either after whelping or weaning puppies.

Q: My dog Bagels is six years old. He is on dog food and I buy him chewsticks/dental chews occasionally. Do advice is it mandatory to brush or can I give him chews, which will clean the tartar? Is it necessary to take him for a yearly dental check-up to keep teeth problems away? For a check-up, does he have to undergo anaesthesia?
– Niti Paul, Udipi

Dr K G Umesh: Just like people, dogs 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. More than 80 percent of dogs over two years of age who haven’t received regular dental care have these dental problems. The accumulation of tartar and plaque and the resulting gingivitis can lead to more serious disease. And worse, it often leads to damage to the jawbones, and loss of teeth. Infection may spread to vital organs like kidney or heart.

Regular dental check from your vet, at least twice a year is recommended which do not require any anaesthesia. Your vet may use short time anaesthesia only for procedures like dental scaling. Owners can lightly brush their dog’s teeth at least twice a week to remove plaque deposits. A pet toothbrush or child’s nylon toothbrush dipped in toothpaste made for dogs should be used. If the dog will not tolerate a toothbrush, you can try using a soft cloth instead. Do not use toothpastes made for humans, which can cause nausea in dogs if swallowed.

An alternative to brushing is using a dental chew. Clinical 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. This product is endorsed by British Veterinary Dental Association and European Veterinary Dental Society. Dry dog food like Pedigree may also help prevent dental plaque accumulation.

Q: Cheeni, my-two-year-old GSD is very boisterous and active. Lately, we have noticed that he has not been wagging his tail and seems uncomfortable. I have checked his tail thoroughly for bite marks/ hurt but cannot find anything. Please help.
– R Banerjee, Kolkata

Dr KG Umesh: In absence of any physical abnormalities, my suggestion is to get opinion from your vet, who may help find underlying causes including injury to nerves, healing fracture or soft tissue injury. He may recommend radiograph if required.

Dogs and Pups, Jan Feb 2010 Issue

Just Fur Fun | Jan Feb 09

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.

just fur fun

Feedo

Here’s the checklist of information we would love to have, email it to us at info@dogsandpups.net

 

All about my buddy:

My Name is: A Vishal

My Buddy’s Name: Feedo

My Buddy’s Breed: German Spitz

My Buddy’s Age: 1 year 3 Months

My Buddy is: Male

My Buddy’s favourite treats : well balanced home food with occasional chicken and ice-cream.

My Buddy’s funniest habit: When my father returns from his office, he lies on his back and get totally confused or if a great comes home, he gets excited.

My Buddy’s first love: Its me!

Celebrity my Buddy resembles the most: He’s a celeb himself

Your character certificate to Buddy will say: Playful and fluffy

A song you would like to dedicate for your buddy: Googly Woogly Hush

BUDDY and ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of activity we like doing the most: Playing and walking

What both of us indulge doing on most Sundays: We go for long drives and on alternate Sundays we play in the park behind our house.

What is the best trick I have taught him: To protect we whenever anyone hits or scolds me and I tought him clapping while on hind legs.

 

Ask the expert.. | Jan Feb 09

Rufus is five-year-old and his teeth have become yellowish. How can I take care of his teeth?
– Vikas Gupta, Meerut

Just like human being, dogs need to get their teeth brushed and cleaned. But the fact is, probably the number one health problem for dogs, apart from being overweight, is periodontal disease. More than 80 percent of dogs over two years of age who haven’t received regular dental care have such kind of teeth problem. The accumulation of tartar and plaque and the resulting gingivitis can lead to more serious diseases. Owners can lightly brush their dog’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 tooth pastes made for humans, which can cause nausea in dogs if swallowed. An alternative to brushing is using a dental chew.

How to brush your dog’s teeth: Start by putting a small amount of the toothpaste on your finger and gently rubbing it on your dog’s front teeth and gums. After a few times, switch from a finger to a dog’s or a child’s toothbrush, one with soft, rounded bristles. Start by brushing the front teeth only, with a downward motion on the top teeth and upward on the lower teeth-the same way we’re supposed to brush our own teeth. After your dog gets used to this new activity, start brushing the premolars, then molars with the same motion you used on the front teeth. Vet dentistry is very similar to human dentistry in practice and vets use safe sedation or anaesthesia for any dental work or scaling.

My dog licks the face of my 10-month-old daughter. My concerns are: can any disease be transmitted to my daughter through such activity? And also how should I tell my dog not to lick? Please advice.
– Sneh, Patna

Rabies is most serious zoonosis transmitted by saliva of infected animal while sore throats and diarrhoea causing bugs are very few examples of more than 50 diseases that are transmitted from pets to humans. Pregnant women, asthmatic patients, infants, elderly people and immuno-compromised people should avoid handling pets. Most cases of human infections can be prevented by practising good personal hygiene and precautions about keeping pets and washing your hands regularly. Discourage pets to lick children’s faces. Wash or change bedding frequently. Dispose excreta properly.

Lastly keep pet animals healthy by preventive vaccination and deworming and visiting your vet for regular medical check-up. When your puppy does any inappropriate behaviour, stop it immediately by telling the pup ‘No’ meaning ‘Stop whatever you’re doing right now.’ Act early before bad habits become established. Ignore your puppy when he behaves inappropriately, rather than giving him attention. When the pup stops the bad behaviour, make sure you reward the pup with ‘GOOD’ followed by the puppy’s name. Puppies want to make their owners happy and you need to help them by your voice tone when they are being good. Praise your puppy when all four of his feet are on the ground. Providing chews, exercise and playing with your dog regularly help to alleviate excess energy and provide positive interaction.

I have a four-year-old Cocker who sometimes looks very sad and quiet. I had taken him to our vet for a health checkup thankfully all is well. I try to pep him up with his toys when I get back. He spends most of his time at home though I take him for his morning and evening walks. Do you think my dog is depressed? What should I do to cheer him up?
– Rajan Pandey, Allahabad

Before you leave, bury toys and hide treats where he can find and ‘dig’ them up. Rawhide chews, a food filled Kong and a food dispensing Buster Cube are some of the things dogs can be left with to help them settle. Scent can also be associated with relaxation and providing old towels, blankets, impregnated with the scent of the person whom he is attached to can help maintain a state of calm when that person goes out. Keeping a TV or radio on can also provide ‘company’ for your pooch. You can also consider having a second dog.

Can I feed my five-month-old puppy with fish? We also give her rice and milk or roti and milk, is that fine?
– Kapil Minocha, Ghaziabad

Our research indicates that most homemade diets/baby foods fed to dogs in India are inadequate and do not meet recommended nutritional requirements. Fish is excellent source for protein but lack some vitamins/minerals, likewise milk and rice lack or has low level of some essential nutrients required for dogs. Prepared pet foods from reputed pet food manufacturers like Pedigree are available with a guarantee of nutritional adequacy, quality and safety.

I want to adopt a pup but have asthma. Will my problem get worse with dog hair?
– Rasna, Shimla

It is a known fact that dander/hair inhalation, particularly from cats, can trigger attacks in some asthmatic patients or those individuals susceptible to allergy. However, dog hair is less likely to trigger asthma in susceptible individuals. You can choose a shorthaired breed to avoid excessive hair shedding problems.

Ask the Expert.. | Jan Feb 09

Dr. K. G. Umesh (MVSc, MSc (UK)) is a Postgraduate in Clinical Medicine. He is working for WALTHAM as Regional Associate for South Asia. Q: My six-year-old kitty Clara has started urinating frequently and does not seem to be feeling hungry. Do advice.
– Deepak Joshi, Mumbai

Dr. K. G. Umesh: Although cats have justifi ed reputation of ‘clean’ animals, eliminating in inappropriate places is one of the most common behavioural problems reported. A distinction must be made between abnormal urination behaviour and a true incontinence (dribbling of urine without the cat being aware of it). Abnormal or frequent urination can occur as a result of:

  • Nervousness (intruder/presence of another cat, unfamiliar surroundings etc): Clean the accident spot with strong odour disinfectant and the behaviour disappears once the cat is allowed to settle
  • Territory marking – spraying: Un-castrated male cats or un-spayed females spray more often than neutered cats do. Castration or spaying may help and occasionally medication may also be given.
  • Old age: Keep litter tray clean and place it in an easily accessible area.
  • Increased urine production: It can be due to diseases such as diabetes, chronic kidney failure, spinal problems, bladder infection, lower urinary tract disease (common), etc. A veterinary examination, blood and urine tests and radiographs will be required to determine the cause. Generally cats loose appetite with any of these diseases.

Dogs and Pups, Jan Feb 09 Issue