Wags for the wonderful vet! Jan-Feb 2014

Britney and Romeo

I’m: Sylvia Fernandes
My pets’ name: Britney and Romeo
My vet’s name: Dr Natasha Couto
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Natasha’s Pet Clinic, Mumbai

How I came across my vet: We live in the same locality.
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: Nearly four years now.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pets: Nothing so far now and I pray it never happens.
Role played by my vet: Dr Natasha is always helpful.
A special quality about my vet: I can trust her blindly. She is always
there when I need her and also she loves all types of animals, be it Pedigreed or strays.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks dear doctor for always being there when my pets need you the most and curing them when they fall sick. A big ‘Thank You’ again!

Whiskey & Spikey

Lakshmi Nair
My pets’ name: Whiskey & Spikey
My vet’s name: Dr Ramani Jairam
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pluto Pet Clinic, Mumbai
How I came across my vet: I met him when I had my first baby Takila, a Doberman, that was about 15 years back.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Mostly in case of medical conditions.
How long have I been visiting my vet: About 15 years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pets: With Whiskey and Spikey nothing serious, but Takila towards the end of his life had gotten seriously ill. He wasn’t eating for more than a week and he was passing blood in his urine.
Role played by my vet: Dr Jairam and the other doctors at his clinic helped Takila live another 6-8 months, so that when he finally breathed his last it was from old age and not suffering from any illness. Dr Jairam had also conducted surgeries on Takila for bladder stones & hernia and treated him multiple times for maggots, which Takila was extremely prone to contracting despite the best care.
A special quality about my vet: In my experience there is no doctor who has the kind of compassion and connection to animals like Dr Jairam has. One visit to him and my babies get healthy again. My respect and gratitude to Dr Jairam cannot merely be conveyed in words.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thank you doctor for always being available, for patient even when I called at 7 am out of worry and for taking such good care of Takila every time he was ill. Thank you for being such a great friend to my babies.


I’m: Sudipto Dutta
My pet’s name: Pluto
My vet’s name: Dr Asis Shadhukhan
(Laltu Da)
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Asis Shadhukhan Pet Clinic, Kolkata
How I came across my vet: Through local sources.
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: After getting my new puppy Pluto; it has been around 16 months now.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: My previous dog had eaten bleaching powder and saved by Dr Asis.
Role played by my vet: Dr Asis helped me a lot, more than my expectations.
A special quality about my vet: His first priority is his patient (Pluto).
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: I am very thankful and grateful to my vet Dr Asis.

Samrat Dey

Skye & Joey

My pets’ name: Skye and Joey
My vet’s name: Dr Bhupen Sahariah
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Animal Health Care, Darrang, Assam
How I came across my vet: A friend of mine informed me about Dr Sahariah when I was looking for a furry friend and thus Skye came to me.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: I do visit him regularly.
How long have I been visiting my vet: I visit Dr Sahariah often, almost every 2-3 months, if I have to know anything regarding the health of Skye and Joey.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pets: So far, both Skye and Joey are in good health.
Role played by my vet: Dr Sahariah is always there whenever I needed help.
A special quality about my vet: He knows the nerves of animals, whether it is a dog or cat or any other animal. He would make the animal so comfortable that I as a pet parent feel tension free.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: I would like to thank you
Dr Sahariah for always ready to help my Skye and Joey whenever they needed your help. I would also thank you more and more for bringing Skye to me, who is my family member now. Thank you for patiently listening to me whenever I visited you and gave a solution to my worry regarding my two furry babies.

Just Fur Fun | Jan-Feb 2014

Kids Korner
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:

All About My Buddy:



My Name is:Tanvi Moudhgil
My Buddy’s Name: Sheffy
My Buddy’s Breed is: Lhasa Apso
My Buddy is:.Male
My Buddy’s Colour is: Golden brown
My Buddy’s Age is: Two years
My Buddy’s Favourite Treat: Cheese
My Buddy’s Food: Chicken and cheese
My Buddy’s First Love: My female dog named Loosie. They both love each other.
My  Buddy’s  Character Certificate Will Say: Awesome blossom!

(Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing The Most: Playing with ball and going for a walk.
What We Indulge on Sundays: We both love doing that.
What is the Best Trick I have Taught Him: He could jump into the car.

Events l Jan-Feb 14

National Symposium on Companion Animal Practice and CE (Continuing Education) Program concluded in Mumbai
Sponsored by Royal Canin, the 5th National Symposium on Companion Animal Practice was held on 16th November 2013. Dr Sunita Patel, President, Pet Practitioners Association of Mumbai (PPAM) stated that kidney diseases were on the rise and it is important to spread awareness about the different stages of the disease and treatment. On his keynote speech during the symposium, Dr Larry D Cowgill, professor, Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, USA focused on chronic kidney disease and educated the veterinarians on various treatment aspects. Dr Sarah Boston, associate professor of Surgical Oncology, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida stressed on therapies for treating cancer in veterinary medicine.

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The symposium also saw a presentation by Emilie Moulard of Royal Canin who discussed on extensive research which goes into making dog food balanced and palatable. The second day on 17th November 2013, the 12th World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Continuing Education (CE) Program was sponsored by Bayer HealthCare, Hills and MSD Animal Health.


Himalaya Drug Company introduces FurglowUntitled-28
Himalaya Drug Company launches Furglow, a natural fatty acids supplement fortified with vitamin E, zinc and selenium. For further details, log on to:

Pawfect Pet Shop – Bareilly
Bareilly-based Pet Shop is a 25 years old pet corner and has facilities like hostel, training, breeding and others in addition to dog food, toys, kennels, accessories, etc. For more details, contact at: 9917100507.

Royal Pet Shop – Ajmer
Offering a complete range of your pooch’s requirements, a new pet shop named Royal Pet Shop has opened at Madan Ganj in
Ajmer. For further details, contact Sonu Sharma at: 09784625555

IDW – Jaipur
International Dog World (IDW) in Jaipur provides registered pups and has a host of services to cater to the needs and requirements of your pet. For further details, contact Hemant Singh at: 09782422884 or visit:

PROFESSIONAL Range STARTER Mother & PupPedigree
Pedigree has developed customised offerings for pregnant/lactating mothers (female dogs) & their weaning pups with the launch of PROFESSIONAL Range STARTER Mother & Pup.
Saurabh Shekhar, Director Research and Development, Mars India explained that newborn puppies depend completely on their mother’s milk for nourishment. PROFESSIONAL Range STARTER Mother & Pup is nutritionally designed to maximise their genetic potential to grow. Nitin Kulkarni, Director, Corporate Affairs, Mars India said, “In fact, pregnant or nursing mothers have 2-3 times the energy requirements than healthy adult dogs. More protein is needed to nourish the healthy development of puppies. With the launch of PROFESSIONAL Range STARTER Mother & Pup, Pedigree intends to complete its offerings for all life-stages”. It will be available in 10 kg pack across India and is priced at Rs 3,000.

Convention of ISACP in February at Patna
Indian Society for Advancement of Canine Practice (ISACP) is organising XI Annual Convention and National Congress on ‘Strategy for Canine Heath Care with Focus on Zoonotic Disease’ on 10th -12th February 2014 in Patna. Pet practitioners, clinicians, scientists, medicos, administrators, policy makers, field veterinarians and entrepreneurs engaged in the discipline of canine practice and its management are expected to participate in the convention. For more info, contact Dr VK Sinha at: 09835457521, 09386899716 or;

Ricky rocked the ring!Eukanuba
Hosted at the 13th annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championships in Orlando, Florida, the prestigious Eukanuba World Challenge (EWC)saw 43 elite dogs from around the world – compete against each other for the highly coveted title of ‘Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2013’ and $10,000 prize money. Judge Miguel Angel Martinez selected Ricky as the EWC Champion 2013. Said Ricky’s proud parent-Jason Lynn, “It has been the most wonderful week.” For further details, visit: or

WAG BOX – Gift HamperUntitled-31
Heads Up For Tails (HUFT), New Delhi introduces WAG BOX, a monthly gift hamper filled with full of surprises for your pet. Based on your dog, HUFT team will sniff and dig around the tail-wagging toys, accessories, grooming products and healthy treats just for your pooch. You can choose to subscribe for just one month, three months or six months for this. For further details, visit:

Ectimar Spray by Bayer
Bayer HealthCare is introducing Ectimar Spray for control of ticks, fleas and lice. Ectimar Spray (250 ml) is an effective, environment-friendly formulation which is suitable as an ectoparaciticide for dogs and cats to combat parasites in the pet’s surroundings.
Ectimar Spray can be used on young animals too. For more information, contact Bayer HealthCare at: 022-25311234 or

Ask the expert… | Jan-Feb 2014

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.

Chang, our Pekinese, has a rash on the paw – he has been licking and biting it – pus had collected with bleeding. We took him to his vet who removed the pus and cleaned it, the infection has gone deep in his paw. Please do explain.
– Anisha & Ayesha, New Delhi
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 and parsites can predispose pets to a variety of skin diseases, including pododermatitis. Embedded hairs or other foreign bodies (plant awns, splinters, thorns) can cause pododermatitis with nodules or draining tracts in the feet. Since several different disorders can cause the same symptoms in pododermatitis, your veterinarian may recommend tests (skin scrape, culture, biopsy) to find out the underlying cause. Treatment is aimed at correcting or avoiding any underlying conditions and at treating any infection present. Antibiotics given for several weeks are necessary to control bacterial infection. Disinfecting the feet can help healing, and soaking the feet daily in an antiseptic solution is also recommended. Some allergy or immune mediated cases may require corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs.
Is it safe for pets to travel? At times I don’t understand what my pet wants and what he wants us to do and say. How do I cope with this?
– Varun Vickraman, Bengaluru
Dr KG Umesh: I assume your query is related to travelling by road. Travelling for any good reason are best when you have your family with you and when your pet is as much a part of your family. Proper planning can make the travel experience better and less stressful for you and your pet. If your pet is not accustomed to car travel, take him for a few short rides before your trip. Help your new dog learn to rest calmly in a crate. This is an essential skill for dogs during travel, boarding and other situations. Take advice from your vet if your pet suffers any travel sickness. Stick to your regular feeding routine and give the main meal at the end of the day or when you reach your destination. Feeding dry food will be more convenient. Give small portions of food and water and plan to stop every two hours for exercise. Pets should not be allowed to ride with his head outside car window. Best never to leave your pet unattended in the car. When travelling by car, pack a simple pet first-aid kit that includes assorted bandages, antiseptic cream and an anti-diarrhoeal medication that is safe for pets.
Lulu has got surgery in one eye for cataract but she’s still cannot see from that eye. Need information on cataract.     
– Esther Adiappa, Guwahati
Dr KG Umesh: Cataracts are common in dogs and some dog breeds are prone to hereditary cataracts. The most common cause of cataracts is heredity, where the likelihood of developing cataracts at some point in life is transmitted genetically. Other causes include diseases such as diabetes or can be a result of inflammation of the inside of the eye, called uveitis. With cataracts, black pupil normally looks cloudy or white in bright light. A similar but less serious condition that resembles cataracts is called ‘nuclear sclerosis’. This is a normal, older-age-related haziness of the lens. Nuclear sclerosis rarely compromises vision, is very common as dogs age, and progresses (worsens) much more slowly than true cataracts. The process that leads to cataract formation is irreversible. Therefore, no medication exists that can clear cataracts and the treatment of choice is removal of the cataract from within the eye with surgery. Treatment and outlook for other types of cataracts depend upon the cause. Surgery can involve removal of the cataract intact or the use of phacoemulsification, a process whereby ultrasonic waves are delivered within the eye to dissolve the cataract-containing lens, and the dissolved fragments are removed during surgery. Intraocular lenses, which are synthetic lenses that replace the lens removed with the cataract, can be implanted at the time of cataract removal for better near-field vision. Phaco surgery facilities are available in cities like Bengaluru, Chennai or Mumbai. Speak to your vet.
We are moving overseas. Our dog is an eight years old German Pointer and has been with us since she was a puppy. To get to where we are going she will have to be in her cage for at least 35 hours. Also, the climate will be very different and it will be very expensive to fly her. My questions are: Will our dog feel deserted if we leave her in a good home? How important is it for a dog to stay with their original pet parents? Appreciate your advice.
– Yair Kohn
Dr KG Umesh: Since your dog has become a true family member, it would be great moving with the family! Dogs are highly adaptable. It’s quite possible to meet a dog’s needs and live happily together in a home very different from the home you shared before. Use the crate to help the dog through any adjustment period, such as the separation anxiety that can occur temporarily in a new place. Moving with your dog can greatly enrich your life and make transitions less stressful for you. Give special treats in the crate, provide comfy bedding if the dog is old enough to refrain from chewing it, and keep the crate in a place the dog likes to be. Discuss with your vet on giving him a tranquiliser before boarding the flight, which has pros and cons. It’s safest for the dog to travel with you rather than being separately shipped. Contact your veterinarian and the authorities involved so that you can get the required health checks and certificates, make the necessary reservations, and arrange for every step of the dog’s safe journey. For your pet’s comfort, air travel on an almost empty stomach is usually recommended. The carrying container (transport crate) should be well-ventilated, roomy enough for the animal to move around, safe and have adequate food and water for the trip, with easily refillable containers for a long journey. After you move in to new house, your pet will need to sniff around the new house and yard in much the same way the humans will explore it with their eyes and hands.
My dog has been coughing. He also takes out white foamy like substance.  Please advice if these are symptoms of kennel cough.
– Kusum Biswas, Kolkata
Dr KG Umesh: Dogs can develop cough for several reasons and cough is merely a sign of an underlying problem anywhere in wind pipe, food pipe, lungs or left heart failure. The kennel cough is generally caused by various combinations of bacteria and viruses and in pets under stress living in unhygienic conditions.  Kennel cough is typically seasonal and respond very well to medications. The dry cough is also associated with another common condition is collapsing trachea which is frequent in toy and small breeds. This condition has non-productive (dry) cough. The cough is often described as a ‘goose honk’ because of it characteristic sound and the cough typically can be triggered by excitement, anxiety, exercise, eating and/or drinking, becoming overheated, and mild pulling on the collar. Most cases of cough respond favourably to rest and medications. These medications include sedatives; drugs that widen the air passages; expectorants, which break up the mucus in the lungs; and anti-tussives to relieve the coughing. Antibiotics may help if a bacterial infection is complicating problem. Kennel cough can be prevented by annual vaccination. Cough due to other causes like heart failure or tracheal collapse may require lab tests, imaging and bronchoscopy to confirm and initiate suitable medical management. Surgical intervention may be indicated with tracheal collapse and for tumours involving the respiratory system.

Shining Star

Shining Star’s: Jan-Feb 14



Name: Boney
Date of Birth: May 2004
City: Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Loves to eat: Royal Canin food and milk.
Loves to do: Spending time with his pet parents.





Name: Pluto
Date of Birth: 2009
City: Bengaluru
Loves to eat: Bread, biscuit and vanilla ice cream.
Loves to do: Plays and car drive.



Name: Buzo
Date of Birth: 4th December 2002
City: New Delhi
Loves to eat: Apples, porridge, scrambled eggs, curd and his favourite Windsor biscuits.
Loves to do: Fetching morning newspaper, sleep, roll on grass, tummy scratch, getting powdered and combed.



Name: Bruno
Date of Birth: 31st October 2005
City: Allahabad
Loves to eat: Egg and Pedigree.
Loves to do: Loves to play with my dad.