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Wags’ for the wonderful vet | May June 13

I’m: Soni Hitesh Valecha 025
My pet’s name: Bobby
My vet’s name: Dr Sappan Sen
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Veterinary Clinic, Raipur
How I came across my vet: For vaccination and general health check-ups.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: For both purposes.
How long have I been visiting my vet: For more than a year.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Nothing so far.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Sappan is very calm in nature and his medication is very effective.
A special quality about my vet: Dr Sappan knows and handles any situation very well. He is extremely friendly to pets.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Dr Sappan is like the god. Thanks a lot for saving our furry angels.

I’m: Sangram Parida
My pet’s names: Junaid (Dalmatian), Mr & Mrs (Mongrel pair) and Maximum (GSD)
My vet’s name: Dr JK Pattnaik, Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pet Care Clinic, Rourkela
How I came across my vet: Recommended by A.R.M.Y. (Animal Rescue & Maintenance Youths) organisation.
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 2000.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Once Junaid suffered from not hearing.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Pattnaik advised me not to get tensed and saved the eardrums of Junaid.
A special quality about my vet: Dr Pattnaik vaccinates pets painlessly and vaccinates strays free of cost against rabies round the year under the War Against Rabies (WAR-I) of A.R.M.Y.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Thanks to Dr Pattnaik for the care of animals in distress at A.R.M.Y. Shelter or at roadside under Mobile Animal Assistant Service of the organisation. A big ‘thanks’ for Canine Awareness Campaign.

I’m: Deepti Thakar
My pet’s names: Bandu
My vet’s name: Dr Deepak Tulpule
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Tulpule’s Pet Care Clinic, Pune
How I came across my vet: A very close friend of mine, who is a dog trainer, recommended him.
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: Since last two years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: When my dog had to be neutered. It was a major surgery and there were many complications.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Dr Tulpule is a very skilled surgeon and he handled the complications very competently. Today my baby is alive; thanks to this excellent doctor.
A special quality about my vet: Dr Tulpule is very calm and composed doctor and he is very kind to his patients and pet parents. He is very intelligent and at the same time very down to earth. He genuinely cares about the well-being of animals and goes the extra mile to being available as a doctor.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Dr Tulpule, I owe my life to you. All the happiness and joy in my life today is ‘thanks’ to you. You are amazing doctor and more than that you are a very compassionate human being. Thanks for being there and a huge ‘woof’ from Bandu.

I’m: Vatsala Shukla
My pet’s name: Coco Chanel
My vet’s name: Dr Santosh Kumar
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Niti Bagh Pet Clinic, New Delhi
How I came across my vet: A friend who takes his dogs there recommended.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-up or only in case of medical condition: Coco Chanel visits Dr Santosh for medical condition when we are desperate for correct diagnosis.
How long have I been visiting my vet: We have been visiting Dr Santosh since May 2012 and will continue in future.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Coco’s genetic disposition to get struvites in her bladder. She was operated when a cluster formed and broke. The same got struck in her urethra. Emergency surgery was required and for two long months we had to make daily trips twice, to the previous vet to stop the bleeding. The stone formation started again and so did our nightmare.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: When the prescribed tests were not indicating the source of problem we went to Dr Santosh for a second opinion. New tests and ultrasound revealed the return of the original problem but at an early and curative stage.
A special quality about my vet: Dr Santosh and his colleagues did not start the medication until they had all the reports in hand. The treatment given was effective and within three weeks, the struvites vanished. All three vets at the clinic genuinely care the pets.
A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Coco Chanel wants me to say a big BOW-BOW Thank You to Dr Santosh and his colleagues for making her healthy again.

Send in your entries to the questionnaire along with a picture of your dog and your vet at info@dogsandpups.net

Dogs and Pups, May June 13 Issue

Table of Contents

+ Editorial
+ Just Fur Fun
+ New face
+ My Dreamy Boo
+ Love in a fur ball!
+ Beat the heat!
+ Neutering your dog may be a wise choice
+ Heat stroke hazards!
+ Different strokes for different coats!
+ Fun & exercise for brain & body
+ Doggies check in…
+ Your pooch has individuality!
+ Our pooches, our heroes!
+ Swallowing Objects
+ Paws and their stars
+ Picture Perfect
+ Bravo the ‘Four-Legged’ commandos!
+ New Face
+ Say No to animal abuse!
+ Wags’ for the wonderful vet
+ Ambassador got groomed!
+ Ask the expert…
+ Rejuvenating your pooch’s liver
+ dehydration in dog
+ Paw-tales
+ Events

Ask the Expert.. May June 13

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 cats are two and three years old. What is the best age to neuter and are there any side effects in terms of health?
– Ayush, Delhi

Dr K G Umesh: Spaying/castration is an irreversible means by which a cat is rendered sterile. Spaying at a young age prevents mammary cancer and neutering at any age prevents unwanted kittens, noisy heat cycles, roaming, fighting and possibly even urine marking in the house. The procedure entails complete removal of the uterus and ovaries in females and testicles in males. Surgery is preceded by a fasting period and requires general anaesthesia and hospitalisation. However, most hospitals/clinics discharge cats the same day as surgery. Complications are unusual/rare but may include post surgical haemorrhage or infection. 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. The incision must stay dry and suture removal is usually performed 7-10 days after surgery. There are also hospitals/clinics, which conduct spaying with Keyhole or Laparoscopy methods, with minimum invasive surgery and on out-patient basis. 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. The traditional age for spaying is six months. However, the last few years has brought us a great deal of research into ‘early’ spaying and we now know that there is no problem with spaying as early as eight weeks of age.

Just Fur Fun | May June 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

Just Fur Fun!

All About My Buddy:

just for fun

Sonya with Ginger

My Name is: Sonya Kapur
My Buddy’s Name is: Ginger
My Buddy’s Breed is: Pug
My Buddy’s Age is: Two years
My Buddy is: Female
My Buddy’s Favourite Treates : Pineapple and Choosticks.
My Buddy’s First Love: Me
My Buddy’s Funniest Habits: Following me wherever I go, even to the washroom.
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: I love my mom.

BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Playing with toys of all kinds.
What We Indulge on Sundays: Everyday is Sunday for Ginger
What is the Best Trick I have Taught her: Hide & Seek!

Ask the expert… | May June 13

Dr K G Umesh (MVSc, MSc (UK)) is a Postgraduate in Clinical Medicine. He has been aask the expert 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.

Q: Muffin is in the initial stages of her pregnancy but her rabies vaccine is due. Is it safe to give it now?
–Meena Singh, Jalandhar

Dr KG Umesh: Administration of modified live vaccines is not recommended during pregnancy. Routine vaccinations should be current or done prior to breeding. A puppy’s early immunity is dependent upon consumption of colostrum containing high levels of antibodies and, therefore, dependent on the female dog’s immune status. Killed vaccines like rabies may be given during high risk situations

Q: My six-month-old Dalmatian pup is suffering from ticks. Please advice.
–Varun Kapoor, Ajmer

Dr KG Umesh: A generalised tick life cycle consists of egg, larva, nymph and adult. The tick feeds once in each stage before maturing to the next stage. Ticks lay their eggs (as many as 18,000 in some species) in sheltered areas on or near the ground. Successful control of ticks depends on eliminating these pests from the dog and the environment. To control ticks or fleas on a dog, all animals in the household must be part of the flea/ticks control programme. There are two basic categories of ticks control products: Adulticides and Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs)/Insect Development Inhibitors (IDIs). It is always best to treat the dog and the environment on the same day. The use of these insecticides must be preceded by a thorough vacuuming; special attention should be paid to the areas under furniture, carpets, near pet bedding and along moldings. Make sure that other pets/dogs he frequently contacts/visits are free from fleas and ticks. The veterinarian will choose a product or products that combine safety, efficacy, and ease of use. Often a combination of adulticide and an IGR or IDI is used.

Q: I have two dogs – Sasha (female GSD – five years) and Sandy (male Lab – four months). Sasha sleeps through the day and is lazy. Sandy does not like to go for his walks and we have to coax him with treats- it takes almost 10 minutes to motivate him, once out he is always looking back and wants to go home. Please advice.
–Ankush Jain, Shimla

Dr KG Umesh: Dogs, too, can become complacent and lazy when it comes to fitness. If your dog hasn’t done much exercise in the past, it’s best to start off slowly. In fact, before you get your dog started on any exercise programme, you should take him to the vet first for a thorough check-up to rule out any medical causes. Start off with 10-15 minutes a day of walking to allow your dog to build up his cardiovascular and muscle strength. Eventually, you can work up to an hour a day – again, if it’s appropriate to him. Exercise to their abilities, not yours. In the summer time, opt for an early morning or evening workout when the sun and heat are less intense. Give them some fresh, cool water again once you get back home. Puppies generally sleep 12-18 hours a day. Poor socialisation or interaction, fear or shyness or even a previous bad experience may de-motivate puppies to play or walk.

Q: Hero, my three-year-old Dachshund, is fully house trained. Last two weeks, he has been eliminating in the house. Please help.
–Kiran, Gurgaon

Dr KG Umesh: As there are so many causes of house soiling, it is best to seek veterinary advice to determine the true cause of the problem. It is not unusual for dogs to have an occasional accident in the house. If this behaviour is occurring on regular occasions, there can be a number of reasons as to why. If the dog has soiled in the house, it may be that his access to his usual toilet area has been blocked off. There are many medical problems that can cause signs of incontinence. Some causes of incontinence can be due to urinary infection or bladder stones. The other possibility for your dog house soiling is if there is an underlying behavioural cause, such as, submissive urination, stress, a breakdown in toilet training, territorial marking or separation anxiety. Once again, these behaviour problems can be modified effectively. If your dog has house soiled, it is important that the affected area is cleaned promptly using a biological washing powder in warm water. If it is not cleaned effectively, he may mark that spot on repeated occasions.

Q: Joey, my Basset, loves to jump on the sofa or bed. He is four years old. More recently, I have noticed him being uncomfortable while jumping, his hind legs seem to quiver. Do advice.
–R Kumar, Trichy

Dr KG Umesh: Shivering or tremours in hind legs in large breeds is common as a result of variety of skeletal, metabolic, neuromuscular or degenerative diseases. It can affect joints, muscles, tendons or bones. This can also be the result of infection or trauma. It could be simply minor problem like ‘muscle pull’. Therefore, get him examined as early as possible.

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Ask the Expert.. May June 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 a five years old cat (male) and want to get another three and a half months old kitten in. How should I introduce them and take care of both of them? Is it ok to adopt a female cat or should I look at adopting a male cat?
– Sudhakar, Gurgaon

Dr KG Umesh: Whatever your reasons to add another cat to the family, just be aware that bringing in a new cat is a huge change for an older cat – and unless you go about it the right way, it could create a lot of stress. When a new cat is introduced into the household, it is wise to let her familiarise herself with her surroundings before she meets any resident cats or other animals. Here are a few ways you can help make the process of introducing your older cat to a new cat less stressful: All you need to do is rub your new kitten with an old piece of your clothing, one that holds your smell. That way, your new kitten will already have something familiar about her and will be accepted more easily. Since your new kitten is still young, there shouldn’t be any major problems. The pecking order will immediately be determined by the difference in ages. In most cases, the kitten will follow the lead of the older cat, who’ll protect the new and vulnerable arrival. It’s slightly more tricky if an older kitten is being introduced to a younger one, since her more developed self-confidence can lead to minor fights. Tom cats may establish a territory which is ten times larger than that of queens. In this case, start by making much more fuss of the younger kitten and then let the two of them settle. While they get used to each other, make sure that they have separate food and water bowls, and their own sleeping places and litter trays. Feeding old cat first at meal times is a good trick. They’ll soon be completely content in each other’s company.

Just Fur Fun | May June 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

Just Fur Fun!jff

All About My Buddy:

My Name is: Puravi Nath
My Buddy’s Name is: Zorro
My Buddy’s Breed is: Pug
My Buddy’s Age is: Three and a half years
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Colour is: Beige and black
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats: Fruits and salads
My Buddy’s First Love is: My father
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: He is very cute, sweet and friendly

BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: I throw toys which he fetches and i chase him, he runs, sometimes hiding himself between the legs of his supporting family members.
What We Indulge on Sundays: He papmer him on Sundays. He loves all his family at home.
What Is the Best Trick I Have Taught Him: Using his paws, shifting the AV Blower blades down towards him.

‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | May June 2012

  • I’m: Pramit Kumar Dash
  • My pet’s name: Prince
  • My vet’s name: Dr Sanjay Jain
  • Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Jain Clinic, Agra Cantt, Agra
  • How I came across my vet: Through my dog breeder.
  • 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 six months
  • Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: When Prince was taken for his first vaccination, he was suffering from high fever, unable to wake-up and unable to eat for 2-3 days.
  • Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: We can call up Dr Jain at any odd hours, he will always be there.
  • A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: His immense love for dogs. He treats Prince like newborn baby when he checks him up. Doggies don’t misbehave in front of Dr Jain as he has different attraction in his eyes and treatment.
  • A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Dear Dr Jain, Prince and we all are really very fortunate to have you as a family friend and vet. From the bottom of our hearts, we would thank you, ‘Bow-Bow’ ‘Wow-Wow’– Prince!

 


  • I’m: Pooja NairWags for the wornderful vet
  • My pet’s name: Leo
  • My vet’s name: Dr Vikas Sharma
  • Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Vikas Sharma Clinic, Moti Bagh, New Delhi
  • How I came across my vet: Through internet
  • 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 two years
  • Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Check-up for one testicle
  • Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: He provides good references of surgeons
  • A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He always makes things easy
  • A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: ‘You are really good’…

 


  • I’m: Utsa De
  • My pet’s name: Marshmellow
  • My vet’s name: Dr Munmun De
  • Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pet Care, Kolkata
  • How I came across my vet: It was through my friend’s father
  • 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 the day I got my puppy
  • Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: She (Dr Munmun) had come with me to choose the puppy.
  • Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: She helped me chose the best pup
  • A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: She’s my best friend.
  • A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: Love you Doc!

 


  • I’m: Ranjeeta Nath Ghai
  • My pet’s name: JW
  • My vet’s name: Dr Ravi Dutt Mishra
  • Veterinary clinic/hospital: Pet Care & Kennels, Hyderabad
  • How I came across my vet: Through a dog lover
  • 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: Over the last three years
  • Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: When I lost ‘Whisky’, my adorable female dog
  • Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: He helped me bring up a two days old pup with proper guidance and medical back-up
  • A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He treats each dog as an individual, not as an animal!
  • A ‘Thank You’ note for my vet: You are the best I could ever find, keep it up Doc!