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Ask the Expert : May June 12

Q: My 10-year-old Rottweiler Tarzan has developed a mole between his paws – it was ask the expertoperated two years back but now it has grown back again causing him pain. He has other moles on his body- but the one on his paw makes him limp. Please advice.
– Vinita Patel, Vadodara

Dr KG Umesh: Neoplastic or non-neoplastic disorders may cause growth between fingers in senior dogs. If the growth has come back, your vet may consider doing a biopsy that will be sent to a laboratory for analysis by a pathologist. This will help determine the type of growth, and whether or not it’s malignant/cancer. Bear in mind that not all growths are cancerous. Therefore I would suggest biopsy to identify the underlying cause. There are no specific preventive measures available for warts/moles.

Q: I have a German Shepherd named Radhe who is four months old but his ears are not standing properly. Also do advice me on the food to feed him and any tips for his care.
– Ayush Bissa, Jodhpur

Dr KG Umesh: If there are no signs of ear infection or deformity, this can be considered ‘normal’ and many a time they become erect as ear cartilage becomes tough. Wait and watch until he grows to an adult. A nutritionally balanced diet is crucial for the healthy growth and development of a puppy in order to prepare him for an active, long and healthy life. The best idea is to get your puppy used to eating commercially prepared foods from the very start. The advantages of reputed commercially prepared foods are that they meet all a dog’s nutritional requirements and they don’t require any food supplements including calcium. Other activities such as exercise, training, grooming and regular visits to the veterinarian are equally important to keep your dog happy and healthy. It is recommended to have deworming and booster doses for all vaccinations including rabies.

Q: Just bought a three-month-old Labrador puppy. We stay close to forested area, the other day I noticed a leech on my puppy, was advised to rub salt and take it off. Do let me know if this is fine. How do I protect my puppy from such parasites? Please also give some inputs to prevent snake bite and first aid for the same.
– Abhinav Utpal, Mizoram

Dr KG Umesh: Most recommend is using a fingernail to break seal of oral sucker and some unapproved measures include use of flame, salt, soap, or alcohol, vinegar, lemon juice, insect repellent etc to detach. After removal or detachment, the wound should be cleaned with soap and water, and bandaged. Keep dogs on leashes and closely supervised when in known snake habitat. In areas of known snake abundance, snake avoidance classes can be offered to teach dogs to avoid contact with snakes. First aid measures to be avoided include ice, incision and suction, tourniquets and hot packs. The effects of snake venom are time dependent; any delay in initiating medical treatment is deleterious to the patient and may result in complications that cannot be corrected. Recommendations for first aid in the field are to keep the victim calm, keep the bite site or limb elevated or at heart level if possible, and transport the victim to a veterinary medical facility for primary medical intervention. The patient should be hospitalised and monitored closely for a minimum of eight hours for signs of envenomation.

Q: Sugar, my 11+ years old mixed Pom, is causing me concern. She sometimes shivers or trembles even in summers. Please help.
– Radhika Bhasin, Jammu

Dr KG Umesh: As well as cognitive and physical changes, it is not uncommon for pet parents to notice behavioural changes in their dogs as they age, such as changes in their food or bedding preferences or toilet or sleeping habits. Due to these changes, the care of elderly dogs may need to be adapted to take account their different needs. Shivering or trembling in a senior dog can be result of pain (mild slipped disk, pain in organs or joints, etc) or simply can be a sign of endocrine problem. Please take her to your vet to find underlying cause. Some senior pets undergo anxiety, signs include trembling, salivation, pacing, vocalisation, destructive behaviour, eliminations and escapism.

Q: My two-year-old Lab had a seizure wherein he collapsed and was drooling excessively. We stay close to our vet and so were able to rush him to the clinic. Please advice.
– Mrs Sinha, Delhi

Dr KG Umesh: A seizure (also called a convulsion or a fit) is caused by excessive, disorganised electrical brain activity that is not consciously controllable. For example, epilepsy is one of many medical conditions that can cause seizures. There are numerous potential causes of seizures in dogs broadly grouped, the causes of seizures include problems that are confined to the brain (intracranial causes) and generalised problems affecting the whole body, for which the ‘weak link,’ or point through which the symptoms first manifest, is the brain (extracranial causes). Your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical and neurological exam and take a complete medical history and ask information on your pet’s age when you noticed the first episode, the frequency of seizures, vaccination and medication history, nutrition, any potentially toxic substances in the household, and any traumatic events. Additionally, he may suggest blood and urine tests and radiographs if required. Occasionally, specialised, advanced radiology tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) of the skull may be required. A dog or cat diagnosed with a seizure disorder may require lifelong medication, depending on the actual underlying disorder causing the seizures. The goal of treatment is to find the cause of seizures and eliminate it. If a specific cause cannot be determined, oral anticonvulsant medication can be given to help reduce the number, frequency, and length of seizures. Seizures may continue to occur despite medication, and in these cases, recheck visits are important to make sure that the medication doses are adequate and if necessary, change medications. Therefore, with proper medical attention, a good quality of life is possible with many or most pets with seizures.

Dogs & Pups, May June 2007 Issue

‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | June July 2011

I am: Abhishek DasguptaMy pet’s name: Pluto (Retriever male) & Liza (Retriever female)

My vet’s name: Dr Pritam Sarkar

Veterinary clinic: Agartala Government Veterinary Clinic, Agartala, Tripura

How I came across my vet: Recommended by a friend

Do I visit the vet for regular checkups or only in case of medical condition: Regular check-ups.

How often is my pet taken for checkups: Biweekly

How long I have been visiting my vet: Since last eight months

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Pluto swallowed mosquito repellent coils when he was two months old.

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: My vet, on getting my phone call at 6 am, immediately arranged for antidote though it was raining heavily.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He has a strong attachment with my pets and makes occasional visits to my house to enquire about their health.

A thank you note for my vet: I would thank him from the bottom of my heart for the care and devotion for my pets.

 

I am: Tanuja MMy pet’s name: ZAC

My vet’s name: Dr S Suresh

Veterinary clinic: Barking Fine, Anna Nagar, Chennai

How I came across my vet: Through 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: Once in two months

How long I have been visiting my vet: From the day ZAC came home.

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Hip dysplasia

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: He explained the condition and referred to an orthologist Dr S Ayappan. ZAC was operated at the age of six months. He is doing very well now.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: His ability to handle the situation correctly and treating the animals patiently.

A thank you note for my vet: We are very much thankful to Dr Suresh and Dr Ayappan. We are happy that ZAC is relieved of pain and now he is playing happily.

 

I am: Aditi PandeyMy pet’s name: Zany

My vet’s name: Dr Anuj Agarwal, Veterinary clinic / hospit al: Rampur Road, Haldwani, Uttrakhand

How I came across my vet: Through 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: Once in two weeks

How long I have been visiting my vet: From the day Zany came home

Toughest medical challe nge faced by me and my pet: Hip dysplasia

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: He explained the condition and referred to an orthologist Dr Anuj Agarwal. Zany was operated at the age of five months. He is doing much well now.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: To handle the situation correctly and treat the pet patiently. A thank you note for my vet: We are very thankful to Dr Anuj Agarwal. We are happy that Zany is relieved of pain and now he is playing happily.

 

I am: Pramit Kumar DashMy pet’s name: Prince

My vet’s name: Dr Sanjay Jain

Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dr Jain Clinic, Agra Cantt, UP.

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 often is my pet taken for check-ups: Monthly

How long I have been visiting my vet: Since last 15 months

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: When my dog took his first vaccine, he was suffering from fever; he did not eat anything and was unable to open his eyes.

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: I called him at odd hours and he was there to help.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He loves dogs immensely and treats them like a newborn baby. When he is doing regular check-up, my dog can’t misbehave in front of him. He has different attraction in his eyes and his treatment.

A thank you note for my vet: We all are really very fortunate to have you as a family friend, advisor and vet. From the bottom of our heart, we would thank you….bow wow!

‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | May June 11

I am:
Beniel AMy pet’s name:
BlackieMy vet’s name:
Dr P PrabuVeterinary clinic/hospital:
Thangam Memorial Trust, Tirupur

How I came across my vet:
Through an acquaintance

Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of a medical condition:
I visit only in case of a medical condition

I have been visiting my vet since:
Since my GSD Blackie joined our family

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet:
Neutering my pet

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it:
He informed the advantages and disadvantages of neutering. So we planned to go for the operation.

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him:
His caring and loving nature and his dedication towards pets

A thank you note for my vet:
We wish him a long and happy life.

 

I am:
Anjani SharmaMy pet’s name:
CookieMy Vet’s name:
Dr Pankaj BhardwajVeterinary clinic/hospital:
Caring Hands, Noida, UP

How I came across my vet:
In my neighbourhood

Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of a medical condition:
Regular check-ups

I have been visiting my vet since:
Two years

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet:
My pet is petrified of injections

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it:
Giving a muzzle and helping me

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him:
Being positive at all times

A thank you note for my vet:
Thank you for being a caring vet!

 

I am:
GauravMy Pet’s name:
BrunoMy Vet’s name:
Dr VishalVeterinary clinic/hospital:
Pets Clinic, Delhi

How I came across my vet:
Through friends

Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition:
Regular check-ups

I have been visiting my vet since:
Six months

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet:
Loose motions

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it:
Immediate action

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him:
Understands situations and very helpful

A thank you note for my vet:
Thanks doctor for calming me down when Bruno was ill.

 

I am:
Hemant KulshreshthaMy Pet’s name:
SnowyMy Vet’s name:
Dr J VerhnakarVeterinary clinic/hospital:
J Verhnakar’s Clinic, Kalina, Santacruz (E), Mumbai

How I came across my vet:
Recommendation from a pet shop

Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of a medical condition:
In case of a medical condition

I have been visiting my vet since:
One year

Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet:
Worms, blood in stool

Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it:
Accurate diagnosis and appropriate medication

A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him:
Knowledge and understanding, patient explanation

A thank you note for my vet:
Thanks for your dedication

Just Fur fun | May June 11

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

just for fun

Sasha

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: Shivani Singh
My Buddy’s Name is: Sasha
My Buddy’s Breed is: German Shepherds
My Buddy’s Age is: Four months
My Buddy is: Female
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats: Royal Canin foods, chicken and ice creams
My Buddy’s First Love is: None other than me.
Celebrity My Buddy Resembles the Most: She’s a celebrity on her own
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: Very naughty outside but loving inside!
A Song Dedicated to my Buddy: Hey There Delilah! by Plain White
BUDDY AMD ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
List of activities we like doing the most: Playing and going for a walk.
What we indulge on Sundays: Sitting inside the A/C room and eating ice-cream.
What is the best trick I have taught her: Shake hand

Ask the Expert | May June 2011

Q: My four months old English Mastiff puppy is on dog food. Her weight is 29 kg. Whatask the expert quantity should I feed her per feeding – I feed her three meals a day. My puppy is not ready to walk long distances. At what age will she be ready to walk long distances? Do advice her exercise needs according to her age.
-Prabhakar R Patil, Kolhapur

Dr KG Umesh: Feed the required quantity as mentioned on the pet food label, three to four times a day. All dogs need exercise but the amount depends greatly on the individual dog. Puppies don’t need to be encouraged to exercise. However, you have to be careful not to over-exercise them because their bones aren’t very strong. Large breed generally becomes adult by 24 months of age. The rule is to exercise them a little, and often, probably not lasting for longer than 20-30 minutes for each exercise. Exercise to your dog’s abilities, not yours.

Q: I have a three years old female German Shepherds, who is facing skin problem at chest and thigh. My vet prescribed medicines. After using the medicines on a regular basis, my observation is that the problem reduces in a slow manner but also spreads in the other areas rapidly. I am facing this disease with my dog since last 5-6 months. Please advice.
– Suman Kar, Chittaranjan

Dr KG Umesh: German Shepherds are highly susceptible to certain chronic skin diseases. All chronic or recurring skin problems require some lab tests to find underlying cause. Your vet can do simple skin and blood tests that will help to identify causes like parasites, allergies, fungal or yeast infection, etc. Therefore, my approach would be to find underlying cause and then your vet will be able to recommend suitable shampoos and medications that will eliminate the cause and therefore recurring problem.

Q: Buddy- my four and a half years old Golden Retriever’s platelets count is very less (76000) and is undergoing treatment since Dec’10 for the same. It increased from 55000 to 76000. Moreover he’s got a ringworm problem too. Lately the test showed a reduced thyroid too. Please advice.
– Anupam Sharma, Mumbai

Dr KG Umesh: It is difficult for me to suggest specific treatment or diagnostic plan with the available information. Considering his multiple medical problems, I would suggest a complete medical examination and lab tests to arrive at a confirmatory diagnosis. These medical problems may be complications from an underlying disease or may be unrelated also.

Q: My two and a half months old Lab male puppy is frequently urinating and defecating inside the house. How do I house train him?
– Amrutha Sanish, Mysore

Dr KG Umesh: House training rarely presents a problem with puppies who have been reared under normal conditions. A young puppy needs to urinate and defecate frequently as he has a very small bladder and bowel. This gives you as a puppy owner plenty of opportunity to praise your puppy for performing in the right area, allowing him to learn quickly. Do not punish your puppy for doing wrong. It is your responsibility to ensure that you take your puppy to the chosen toilet area as frequently as he needs to go, generally as soon as he wakes up, after every meal and at hourly intervals. Take your puppy outside, wait with him until he performs and then praise him by giving him a snack or playing with him. Whilst he is learning, it is essential that you wait with him, so that you can praise him at the correct time. Young puppies will inevitably have ‘accidents’. It is important to ignore these, and to clean up well so that the smell does not linger, as this may encourage him to repeat the performance on the same spot. Do not scold your dog for mistakes, but rather reward him when he is correct and he will soon want to go outside. It is also possible to train your dog to urinate and defecate on command.

Q: How can I take care of a Rottweiler during summer?
– Kannan Ramakrishnan, Bangalore

Dr KG Umesh: Generally dogs eat less in summer because of heat or heat stress. But energy requirement increases with increase in ambient temperature. This means he may need to eat more during hot summer. A well-balanced nutritionally complete diet like Pedigree confers some protection against the effects of heat stress. Feed during cooler part of the day, if possible or increase frequency of feeding. Remember to give them plenty of water so he doesn’t become dehydrated in the warm weather. It’s extremely dangerous to leave a pet alone in a vehicle/room/outdoors in the sun – even with a window open – as an overheated car/room can have fatal consequences. Avoid exercising your pet in the midday heat and stick to early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler. It’s important your pets get their annual vaccinations and regular worm/parasitic treatment during summer.

Dogs & Pups, May June 2011 Issue

Editorial

Angels together…

Breed Profile

Amazing Akitas!

Large dogs with mesmerising oriental eyes, quiet but intelligent, Akitas form excellent companion animals. An Akita named Hachiko became immortal after he patiently waited at the railway station for his master to return for almost 10 years, oblivious of the fact that his master had died when he was at work. A statue of Hachiko still greets everybody at the Shibuya Station in Japan.

Breed Profile

Truly golden!

A Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds. Charming looks, golden locks, friendly disposition, eager-to-please demeanor – a Golden Retriever has everything you can ask for in a family dog.

A ‘Golden’ diet

Training

I am ‘Me’

If you are not fulfilling the breed specific needs of your dog, you are creating a rift and he may not have a balanced life.

Frightened furry friends@vet

Doggies’ day out at vet’s place is an ordeal for most of the pet parents. But with a better understanding and a few precautions we can make it easier for our furry friends.

Angels Together

Smart dogs for smart kids

Diet for the moms-to-be and new moms

Angels Together

Striking the angelic bond!

Good kids and good dogs will have miscommunications every day. By teaching children and dogs how to interact with one another, we are laying the groundwork for happy, healthy relationships between them.

Summer delight!

Angels Together Summer’s here! The kids can’t wait for the vacations to start, and parents wish they’d never. It’s all fine when the kids come back after a tiring day at school, but how do you match their energy levels when they are unbridled from the burdens of a taxing day at school. Time for Juno, the family dog, to jump in and take matters into his paws.

Health

Observe carefully!

Prevention is always better than cure… you can determine the health condition of your pooch at your home…merely by observation. Here’s how to do so.

Kids Korner

Healthy Bites

Picture Perfect

Ask the Experts..

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.

Events

Paws and their star

Pooch love seems to be in the genes. Meet actress Divya Seth who not only shares her profession with her mother Sushma Seth but also her love for pooches.

Watch out for signs of sickness

Grooming

Dashing pooches: the Drools way

Travel@Pets

Bon Voyage

This summer, take a vacation with your pooch to a pet-friendly hotel/resort. Here’s how to make your trips more comfortable and enjoyable.

‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet

Dog art connoisseur!

From nineteenth century dog paintings and collectibles to modern day dog art –William Secord Gallery has it all! Here’s more on this pawfect art gallery.

Health

Flea allergy: what a pet parent must know

Fleas are cosmopolitan ectoparasites with a large variety of hosts. For companion animals and humans, Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) and dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis) represent the most important species worldwide. Apart from causing flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), the ability of fleas to function as vectors for disease pathogens, such as Rickettsia & Bartonella spp. bacteria, Dipylidium caninum (dog tape worm) and some viral pathogens is gaining attention. Let’s know more about them.

‘Paw’-Tales

My Adorable baby

They are the world to me

 

I have a one-year-old GSD male.. | May June 10

Q: I have a one-year-old GSD male. I would like to know what food should be given to him in summer and if any special care needs to be taken in the hot months. He sometimes isask the expert not very keen on eating food though otherwise his appetite is not much of a problem. I would also like to know certain tips on the overall health of this particular breed. How many times should we bathe him in summer?
– Snigdha, Pune

Dr KG Umesh: Heat and heat stress affects skin health and digestive health and in addition to heat stroke, the susceptible pets (puppies, young dogs, aged pets) are prone to develop a number of heat related diseases due to hyperthermia and reduced immune function. Dogs tend to eat less in summer but they spend more energy in an effort to lower the body temperature (e.g., panting). Therefore, a well-balanced nutritionally complete diet like Pedigree (which also contains some natural antioxidants) confers some protection against the effects of heat stress. Feed during cooler part of the day, if possible, or increase frequency of feeding. Make sure that you feed total recommended quantity of food for your pet in 2-3 meals. Remember to give them plenty of water so they don’t become dehydrated in the warm weather. Avoid exercising your pet in the midday heat. It’s extremely dangerous to leave a pet alone in a vehicle/room/outdoors in the sun – even with a window open – as an overheated car/room can have fatal consequences. Your pets can only cool down by panting, so make sure they have access to shade, proper shelter and water when outside. Dogs only need bathing when they are dirty or on the advice of your veterinarian.

Q: My Labrador is 13 years old. He is developing weakness in his hind legs and he has to make an effort to stand up. Our vet suggested a medicine named ‘Care O Pet’ by Cipla. We are giving this tablet every day alongwith Condro and Neuribion forte. Is there any thing else we can do? What is the normal life span for a Labrador? Please advise.
– P K Sengupta, Noida

Dr KG Umesh: Weakness in hind legs of aged pet may result from dysfunction of the nervous system, neuromuscular system, metabolic, cardiovascular or joint problems. Therefore, the cause of such weakness can either be such primary disorder or can result from dysfunction of a number of other systems that result in impaired neuromuscular function. Some common causes include spinal/backbone problems (particularly disk), heart problems, anemia and arthritis. A reasonable work-up for the weakness is required with selected tests to identify underlying cause, considering pet’s age, breed and concurrent clinical signs. This will help your vet to provide appropriate treatment plan based on cause. Physiotherapy and supportive treatment may benefit until cause is identified or when no underlying problem can be identified. The average life span of Labradors in India may range from 10-16 years depending on level of care.

Q: Please advise the care to be taken of my three months old Lhasa Apso pup, also can I feed him curd and fruits? What tonics are supposed to be given for growth and better coat? He has been given rabies vaccination – can I give booster dose after 21 days?
– Dinesh Koti, Nellore

Dr KG Umesh: 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 (Pedigree puppy) and foods which deliver additional health benefits (Pedigree small breed puppy). Just curd or fruits is not adequate for a growing puppy. Please remember that it is not possible to feed your dog a consistent and adequate home-prepared diet without considerable time, effort, and expertise. There is no need to feed any tonics/calcium or home diet while he is feeding on a balanced food like Pedigree, except clean fresh water. Other activities such as exercise, training, grooming and regular visits to the veterinarian are equally important to keep your dog happy and healthy. It is recommended to have booster doses for all vaccinations including rabies.

Q: My eight-year-old cross-breed has become very aggressive. He sometimes bites our family members in anger. What can be the reason behind this?
– Raj Saxsena

Dr KG Umesh: The two most common manifestations of aggressive behaviour towards humans are fear biting and dominance-related aggression. Fear biting is most commonly seen in a dog raised without appropriate human contact during the socialization period of growth. Biting is a canine dominance behaviour and is surprisingly, a form of communication to establish standing within the pack. So, if the pack leader (your dog) decides that a member of the pack (you or a family member) is getting out of line, he may bite that person to show them ‘who’s boss.’ Good training plays a crucial role to ensure a happy and successful relationship between you and your dog (reward good behaviour and ignore unwanted behaviour), that means everyone being diligent in enforcing basic commands to show your dog who the real leaders of the household are. Some examples – If your dog barks, growls, or ignores you, try to shift his attention to an exercise or a task he knows well. If this doesn’t help, walk away from the dog. While instinct is a powerful determinant, dogs also take cues from an owner’s personality– friendly, secure dogs, for instance, often have calm owners, while dogs who are easily frightened might have anxious owners.

Q: I have a two-year-old GSD named Bebble. She is falling sick frequently, is not eating food and is losing weight. Please advise.
– Anthony Fernandes

Dr KG Umesh: Any chronic or recurring illness requires some basic investigations to find the underlying cause. Please take her to your vet for complete examination and the vet may recommend required lab tests (it may include stool examination, radiograph, tests for liver and pancreas function, etc)

Q: I have a male three-month-old Golden Retriever. He urinates more than 20-30 times, sometimes white in colour and sometimes yellow. He does poop four times or more and its colour is blackish brown. Is his urination normal, do dogs urinate at one place only or move about and urinate at different locations.
– Aroonita Ghosh, Kolkata

Dr KG Umesh: Puppies are not capable of controlling urination or defecation until eight weeks of age. A young puppy needs to urinate and defecate frequently as he has a very small bladder and bowel. Housetraining a new puppy usually takes 2 to 4 weeks and is accomplished through confinement, a regular schedule of feeding and elimination breaks, and a great deal of praise but no punishment. It is your responsibility to ensure that you take your puppy to the chosen toilet area as frequently as he needs to go, generally as soon as he wakes up, after every meal and at hourly intervals. Whilst he is learning, it is essential that you wait with him, so that you can praise him at the correct time. Young puppies will inevitably have ‘accidents’. It is important to ignore these, and to clean up well so that the smell does not linger, as this may encourage him to repeat the performance on the same spot. It is also possible to train your puppy to urinate and defecate on command.

Q: I have a male Lhasa Apso. Please advice whether a Boxer/Spitz will be a suitable breed with the Apso or do you suggest any other breed so as to avoid clash. Is neutering necessary for keeping two male dogs?
– Ajay Kumar Khanduri, New Delhi

Dr KG Umesh: Whatever your reasons you decided to add another dog to the family, just be aware that bringing in a new dog (breed or size does not matter) is a huge change for an older dog – and unless you go about it the right way, it could create a lot of stress. With the puppy in your lap and your older dog on a leash held by someone else, let the older dog sniff, lick and explore the puppy. A couple of minutes is more than enough time for this initial introduction. Remove the puppy from the room, then lavish your older dog with attention and praise. On the second or third meeting, if all seems safe, allow the puppy onto the floor, and monitor that situation carefully for a few minutes. Repeat this exercise at least twice daily until you’re comfortable that the two will get along or have mutual understanding of their position/rank in the family. It’s not a good idea to leave your puppy alone with your older dog. There should always be someone there to supervise. Be sure to give old dog lots of individual attention so he’ll know that he still holds a special place in your heart and hasn’t been ‘replaced’. Neutering may help to minimise some behavioural issues like aggression, etc.

Just fur Fun | May June 10

All About My Buddy:

just fur fun

Yogini & Goofy

My Name is: Yogini

My Buddies’ Names is: Goofy

My Buddies’ Breeds is: Irish Setter

My Buddies’ Ages is: Two years & Five months

My Buddies is: Male

My Buddies’ Favourite Treats : Royal Canin Biscuits

My Buddies’ Funniest Habits : When I play with other dogs and come back home, he gets angry and doesn’t talk to me for a long hours.

My Buddies’ First Love: Hot Lips

My Buddies’ Food: He loves boiled chicken with rice and vegetables

Celebrities my Buddies’ Resemble: GOOFY – the cartoon character

Character Certificates to my Buddies : Extremely intelligent and cute

A Song dedicated to My Buddy : Hero by Enrique Iglesias

BUDDY and ME:
(Few of our favourite things)

List of Activities We Like Doing the Most :
Playing with ball and catch n’ cook

What We Indulge Doing on Sundays:
Get up late, watch a movie, go for a walk and drive and play with mom and dad.

What is the Best Tricks I Have Taught them :
To runaway when he’s not hungry, to play Frisbee, to run to his girlfriend’s house in the next building.

Dogs and Pups, May June 10 Issue