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‘WAGS’ For the wonderful vet | Sep Oct 2011

I am: Saurabh Singh
My pets’ names: Ady & Eva My vet’s name: Dr Dayal Veterinary clinic/hospital: Clinic, Ghaziabad
How I came across my vet: Reference through a friend.
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: Yes, specially for vaccination.
How long I have been visiting my vet: Since last six months
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: None yet
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Generally gives guidelines.
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: Friendly and good advice.
A thank you note for my vet: Keep doing good work, we need you.

 

I am: Shaji G
My pet’s name: Jimmy
My vet’s name: Dr Murthy
Veterinary clinic/hospital: CUPA, Bengaluru
How I came across my vet: When I visited CUPA shelter
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: In case of medical condition.
How long I have been visiting my vet: Since one year.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: My vet has guided me well in all issues.
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: He is very supportive.
A thank you note for my vet: Thanks for your kind gesture and service towards animals.

 

I am: Jolin Luis
My pet’s name: Cherie
My vet’s name: Many vets at Hebbal Veterinary Hospital
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Hebbal Veterinary Hospital, Bengaluru
How I came across my vet: Through internet
Do I visit the vet for regular check-ups or only in case of medical condition: Regularly
How long I have been visiting my vet: Over the last one year
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: Skin allergy.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: Prescribing the right medication
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: Prescription works
A thank you note for my vet: ‘Thank You’

 

I am: Shilpa Chaudhary
My pet’s name: Shinchan
My vet’s name: Dr Ajay Sood
Veterinary clinic/hospital: Dogs and Cat Clinic, Delhi
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 long I have been visiting my vet: 7-8 years.
Toughest medical challenge faced by me and my pet: My pet suffered from tick fever.
Role played by my vet in helping to overcome it: First aid, regular medicines, home remedies.
A special quality about my vet which strengthens my faith in him: Correct judgement of disease and first aid provided even on phone.
A thank you note for my vet: We all trust you blindly. Thank you also for your support and welfare activities!

Ask the Expert.. | Sep Oct 2011

Q: My one-year-old male Rottweiler has got a problem with his elbows on the front legs. Water like liquid fills in them. The veterinarian had pricked the water out with a thick syringe and put a medicine in but he is again suffering from the same problem. Do advice.
– Ketan Verma, Ludhiana

Dr KG Umesh: From your description, I assume that your pet may be having a condition ask the expertcalled hygroma. This is a non-painful, fluid-filled swelling under the skin that commonly develops on elbow joint. Generally they do not pose a problem for the dog unless infected. Periodical aspiration, inserting a drainage and surgical removal of hygroma are some of the treatment options. The hygroma in dog is believed to be caused by repeated trauma on the skin over a bony prominence, particularly in large/heavy breeds lying on hard surfaces. Therefore prevent further trauma on elbow by providing soft padding over the elbow and avoid hard surfaces. There are also commercial products (elbow caps) available for protecting the elbows and for dogs with hygromas. Ask your vet for the same.

Q: I have a three-year-old male Spitz dog. Can I keep another male dog of large breeds like Doberman, Boxer, Mastiff, Bulldog, etc?
– Rahul Chakraborty, Kolkata

Dr KG Umesh: It’s not impossible that the two male dogs would get along forever without problems but the relation you have with your Spitz dog is very special and bringing in another male does jeopardize it. It is likely that there will be some conflict between these two, they may go to war in six months, a year, two years, even several years later as they decide to try for a change in pack order. It’s just so much happier for the dog and safer for you when your dogs are of opposite sex.

Q: My Pug initially had red and subsequently blackish blisters all over his body and they keep spreading to the rest of the body. Please advice.
– Parag Goyal, Muzaffarnagar

Dr KG Umesh: Any chronic or recurrent skin problem in pets requires some investigations to find the underlying cause and appropriate treatment. Dogs with recurrent skin problems may develop secondary bacterial or yeast infections that need to be addressed before treating primary skin problem. Likewise, some skin diseases like atopy or hypothyroidism may require lifelong treatment. Please take him to a specialist vet ASAP.

Q: My pup after relieving himself keeps sniffing his poop and tries to eat it, to my horror, I somehow manage to pull him away. Please do advice – how do I deal with this problem.
– Niharika, Lucknow

Dr KG Umesh: Coprophagia, or eating of faeces, is very common in dogs, and is often seen in puppies. It is not dangerous to the dog’s health, but can be unpleasant habit to live with. Treating the problem can be simple and involves thinking ahead. Any faeces deposited in the garden should be removed as quickly as possible. A dietary imbalance or parasites can on occasions cause coprophagy. Make sure that your dog is receiving complete and balanced food and dewormed regularly. One method of training is to walk your dog on an extending lead and purposely direct him towards some stools. As soon as he stoops to try to eat faeces, pull the dog gently and effectively away and at the same time, unpleasant distracting noise such as “NO” should be sounded and immediately after this, make him ‘sit’ and praise for compliance with kind words and physical contact. The dog should not be punished as he will not associate the punishment with the action. This type of exposure should be repeated several times. We suggest professional training if it is associated with behavioural problem. Some advise products containing (or spraying) pepper or mustard on faeces and are ethically questionable. Feeding a slice of pineapple or peppermint oil may work in some dogs.

Q: My six-month-old Alsatian puppy King had indigestion and vomited the food- after which he ran to our garden and started eating grass and plants. Do let me know if this is normal.
– R Seth, Ghaziabad

Dr KG Umesh: It is not uncommon for dogs to eat grass and is generally un-harmful to the dog providing the grass has not been chemically treated. Some suggest dogs do this to relieve an excess of digestive juices that accumulate in the stomach when it is empty. Some dogs will graze on fine grass and may even digest it to provide roughage in the diet. It is important that dog’s main diet is nutritionally balanced and the correct amount of food is being fed for the dog’s life stage. If he is on dog food, all he needs is only water. If the grass eating is accompanied by prolonged or persistent vomiting, and particularly if the vomits contain blood, veterinary advice should be sought.

Just Fur Fun | Sep Oct 2011

All you kiddies out there, we would love to know more about you and your dog. Do writejust for fun 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: Tanya Jojy
My Buddy’s Name is: Cleo
My Buddy’s Breed is Labrador Retriever
My Buddy’s Age is One year and two months.
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Colour is: Fawn
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats: Buttermilk, choosticks and biscuits.
My Buddy’s Funniest Habit: Running around all the kids in my society (residential colony).
My Buddy’s First Love is: Me , as I love him the most.
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: I hate dog hostels and will protect my big sister always!
BUDDY AND ME: (Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Playing catch, hide & seek and ball with all the kids in the society.
What We Indulge on Sundays: Long walks, sleeping, playing and eating.
What Is the Best Trick I Have Taught Him: Fetch and to give a shake hand to all the guests who come to our house.

Just fur Fun | Sep Oct 10

All About My Buddy:

just fur fun

Gold and Dolly

My Name is: Neha Kanchan

My Buddies’ Names Are: Gold and Dolly

My Buddies’ Breed is Labrador Retrievers and German Spitz

My Buddies’ Age Are: 1 Year (Gold) & 1.3 Years (Dolly)

My Buddies’ Are: Male (Gold) & Female (Dolly)

My Buddies’ Colours are Golden (Gold) and White (Dolly)

My Buddies’ Favourite Treats: Biscuits and Curd

My Buddies’ Funniest Habits: They keep running all around me while I am doing any work

My Buddies’ First Love: It’s me for both Gold and Dolly

Character Certificates to My Buddies Gold very adorable and dolly very naughty and my sweetheart

BUDDIES and ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Playing, walking and jumping and Gold loves to take a bath

What We Indulge Doing on Sundays: Playing with toys and of course eathing!!

What is the Best Tricks I Have Taught Them: Fetch the ball and the bone

Ask the expert… | Sep Oct 10

Q: I have a one-year-old Labrador, who is losing a lot of fur. I have shown to my doctors but they cannot figure out the reason. Please help.
–Deepti Shah, Pune

Dr KG Umesh: Hair loss is a common complaint in our country in dogs with skin ask the expertdisorders and results from a number of causes. Unlike human being, hair growth cycle in dogs is different. For example, hair does not grow continuously in dogs. Photoperiod (light intensity) is main factor besides nutrition, genetics, health that can cause dog to shed hair excessively during some seasons and therefore, can be physiological. Dogs may also shed excessive hair because of stress, worms, harsh climate and general illness. Therefore, my approach would be to find underlying cause(s) like fleas, ticks, mange or allergy, hormonal imbalance, bacterial or yeast infection, etc and then your vet will be able to recommend suitable medications that will eliminate the cause and therefore hair fall. Your vet may suggest some blood tests and trichogram. Evening Primrose oil capsules (1 cap per day) or corn oil (2-4 tsp) and Zinc capsules everyday in the feed may also help him improve his hair coat in the short term when no underlying cause is identified.

Q: My 33-day-old pug ‘Dhanush’ seems to have a birth defect on his right paw, which is slightly bent as diagnosed by my vet, Dr. Morton. He limps slightly when he walks. His paw is slightly bent inwards. Is this correctable by surgery? When is the right time? The breeder even offered to take him back but we are all so emotionally attached to him that we wouldn’t give him up at any cost. I look to you for help.
–Bharati Ramesh, Bangalore

Dr KG Umesh: It is difficult to recommend or suggest suitable therapy without reading his radiograph and confirming the diagnosis. Juvenile carpal flexural deformity and carpal laxity syndrome are pretty common growth-related conditions in young pups (usually less than four months of age). Most people advise a good quality puppy diet and good footing but there’s no sure evidence that this makes any difference. Splinting does not help and may be contraindicated. Thus, the best treatment here is probably benign neglect. Please contact your vet who can suggest orthopedic specialist in your region.

Q: I kept a street pup at the age of about 20 days, now she is two months old and she is having bowing of front legs with inversion at ankles, she was diagnosed with rickets and was given calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D without any improvement. I have just gone through a website which says it is a disorder called knuckling over which is due to overnutrition, my dog is on Puppy Pedigree–200 gm per day. Please help.
–Vikrant, Bhopal

Dr KG Umesh: Growth in dogs occurs within a genetically determined time frame, but is influenced by a variety of environmental factors, including nutrition. No specific cause has been identified as being ultimately responsible for the clinical manifestations of developmental bone disease, but research indicates that two of the more important nutritional factors are calcium and energy. Whereas simple deficiencies of both of these variables can induce growth and developmental problems, it is their excess (calcium and overfeeding/energy) or alterations in calcium homeostasis that are likely to be of more practical significance. Dysplasia, OCD, hytertrophic osteodystrophy, Valgus deformity are few examples of common orthopaedic problems seen in growing dogs. Therefore my suggestion is to find the cause by thorough investigations including radiograph. Treatment is to decrease the energy intake if the puppy is being fed ad lib and to discontinue any and all dietary supplementations while it is fed on recommended quantity of Pedigree.

Q: My eight-year-old Dachshund has not been able to walk for the past 15 days with his front legs. I took my dog to our veterinary doctor here in Thanjavur – they said it is due to spinal problem. They gave him two injections (painkiller and B-complex) and also IR therapy. His condition has worsened as he cannot get up at all—when he tries to stand up he makes noise. Please advice.
–Balraj & Alex, Thanjavur

Dr KG Umesh: Slipped disc (dislocation of cushioning disc between the vertebrae) is very common in short-legged, long-backed breeds like yours. Intervertebral discs function as shock absorbers and stabilizers of the spine. In these breeds, the disc undergoes degeneration over time but trauma and embolism etc are some other causes. The degeneration causes loss of normal disc architecture and function, resulting in disc bulging or herniation into the spinal canal. Severity and type of signs depend on the rate of disc extrusion/protrusion, volume of compressive mass/cord compression, and lesion location. Surgery or conservative management is used to treat the disease. Conservative treatment is recommend for grade 1 and 2 which includes strict confinement for 4 to 6 weeks; using harness rather than a collar to walk dogs with neck disease. Keep him in a well-padded, clean area to help prevent bed ulcers and urine scald, and bathe as needed. Loss of conscious urination will require manual bladder emptying. Range-of-motion exercises/physiotherapy help maintain muscle and joint health, and standing/balancing exercises encourage limb use and build strength. Non-ambulatory animals should not be allowed to drag themselves around. A cart is a good option for animals with permanent loss of mobility as long as the owner can provide appropriate care.

Q: How can hot spots be prevented? I have a 3 years and 10 months old Labrador who has just recovered from hot spots on the tail and I am a bit worried about recurrence.
–BG Menon, Ghaziabad

Dr KG Umesh: It is very important to recognise that recurring hot spot is secondary to some underlying disease in majority of cases and therefore it is important to perform appropriate diagnostics to find the cause. The most common underlying causes may include fleas and other parasites, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal or other metabolic disorders, allergies and immature immune system. Your vet may suggest some basic blood test and skin tests to find the possible cause. Make sure he is receiving balanced food containing adequate zinc and fatty acids that may help strengthen skin barrier function and bathe only when required (your vet may recommend suitable antibacterial plus colloidal oat meal shampoo). Grooming and flea control are equally important in prevention of hot spots.

Dogs & Pups, Sep Oct 2010 Issue

Ask the expert | Sep Oct 2009

My Lab takes homemade food, please, do let me know, is this diet right and how can I train him?
– Ayush Bissa, Jodhpur

Our research indicated that most home made diets/baby foods fed to dogs in our country are inadequate and do not meet recommended nutritional requirements. Prepared pet foods from reputable pet food manufacturers like Pedigree come with a guarantee of nutritional adequacy, quality and safety. Remember that it is not possible to feed your dog a consistent and adequate home-prepared diet without considerable time, effort, and expertise. It is difficult even for an experienced breeder to prepare balanced diet for dogs. There is no need to feed any supplements like calcium or home diet while he is feeding on balanced food like Pedigree except clean fresh water. Therefore, continue feeding only recommended quantity of the prepared pet food.

Effective training should be a combination of information: what you want the dog to do; motivation: a reason for your dog to do it; and timing: when to reward a good action. Therefore, the most important thing in dog training is to reward good behaviour and ignore unwanted behaviour.

I have an eleven-year-old Labrador – Max, who does not respond to his name or commands. We think he is becoming hard of hearing. What tests can we get done to confirm, if he is going deaf or is there some other problem?
– Suman Arora, Jhansi

Dogs health problems related to advancing years are similar to our own. This might involve deficits in brain functioning, total or partial loss of hearing, eyesight, or sense of smell. Due to these changes, a senior dog may begin to appear to be ignoring commands, appear disorientated or have a reduced appetite. Early detection can help in disease prevention and can minimize suffering. If left undetected, many diseases can put your pet’s health at risk. The best approach to caring for your senior pet includes preventive diagnostics such as establishing baseline blood work, identifying existing health problems and monitoring progress during treatment. Visit your vet who will advise suitable tests for impaired hearing (BAER) and schedule regular health check-ups. Meanwhile, make sure that he is fed on suitable balanced diet that matches his age, dentition and energy requirement.

My 3-year-old dog, Tipsy (Spitz) mated around the first week of June. She had three puppies on the 9th of August at home. All the three puppies did not survive. Could you tell us what possible reasons this could have happened?
– Bijoy, Noida

The failure to thrive in newborn puppies or neonates, known as fading puppy syndrome, can occur from birth to nine weeks of age. The causes of fading puppy syndrome can be broadly put into genetic, environmental or infectious agents groups. Hypothermia, herpes virus infection and maternal neglect resulting in poor nutrition are frequently reported causes. Affected neonates can decline quickly and die, so immediate detection and treatment are keys to survival. Therefore, always observe all the neonates’ behaviour and be on the lookout for key signs. Neonates or puppies that lie away from the group, cry constantly, are restless, or fail to nurse should be examined at once. Timely veterinary attention provides the best chances for saving these neonates’ lives. Because the exact causes of fading puppy syndrome are often not immediately apparent, your veterinarian will initially focus on supportive care and diagnostic evaluation. Your veterinarian will also ask about the dam’s ease of delivery, appetite, diet, vaccinations, mothering skills, and medications, etc that may help to prevent such problems next time.

I have a Doberman who is one year old with an undescented testicle. Please, advise.
– Kumaran, Mangalore

Generally testes in dogs descent to final scrotal position by 2-4 months of age and may occur later in some dogs. The incomplete descent of one or both testes into the scrotum is called Cryptorchidism. This condition is believed to be inherited and is rarely associated with signs of illness. However, the risk of testicular cancer is thought to be approximately 10 times greater in affected dogs than in normal dogs. Castration is recommended practice before four years of age. Breeding of such dogs should be discouraged.

Dogs and Pups, Sep Oct 08 Issue

  • Editorial
  • Breed Profile
  • Doggys Day Out
  • Got an itch?
  • Training
  • Pooch Harmony
  • Feature
  • Caring for young dogs
  • Grooming
  • Picture Perfect
  • Product Spotlight
  • Paws & Their Stars
  • Ask the expert
  • Paw Concern
  • Health
  • Doggy Delight
  • Eevents Reports
  • Agility
  • Pawtails
  • Doggy News
  • Just for Fun

Paw News | Sep – Oct 07

Like father like son…obese!

Fat mum and fatty dad…no wonder kids are overweight – our pampered pooches in cities. Pets are inheriting the lifestyle sickness with their masters…and most of them are obese and have health problems related to over weight. While obesity invades people because of their busy lifestyle, idleness makes their pets fat. The nuclear family set up and busy working schedule prevents most of the people to give enough physical activity to their pets and themselves. Obesity brings with it ailments like liver problems, complaints of immobility and breathlessness, which can be highly harmful. Here comes the role of dog trainers and dog walkers, who give regular work-outs to pets. Busy pet parents in metros are now availing services of such people for the betterment of their canine kids.

Meet the dog lakhpathies

Our doggies are our love for life, but what after that? Have you ever given it a thought, what will happen to your pets if something happens to you? Well people like Bhawani Dutt Joshi defiantly do. An Utharanchal-based ex-military official, he gave off his entire wealth including retirement benefits to his two sons, Tikaram and Shivaraj. Before brushing aside this news, let me tell you that Tikaram and Shivaraj are his pet dogs! Even though Joshi had two wives, he could not father a child. And so, he showered all his love and affection on his two pet dogs. And now that he is old, he has formed a committee which would look after his pets after he dies. A true example of eternal love.

Bing! Bing…locating doggies!

Next time, when your pet hides himself, don’t worry. You can find him out easily in a high-tech way… like our Hollywood movies. Bing! Bing…locating doggies! A manufacturer of GPS equipment, Garmin, has developed a micro sensor device named Astro to sense motions and other additions to help owners to track their pets. Astro, which weighs two ounces, has two parts. One is a hand held GPS unit for the owner and the other device is meant to be put on the dog’s collar or harness. The unit on the dog’s collar computes the animal’s location from GPS satellites and radios the information to the owner’s hand-held unit. The dog units also have tiny motion-sensing chips that detect whether the dog is running, sitting or on point. Sounds great…well! hold on that’s not all. In Singapore, all the pets are tagged with microchips as well so that parents can trace their dogs easily…now pooch parenting has really become hitech, what say?

Bow! retirement benefits for us too!

The life after retirement might be a nightmare, if we don’t plan for it. Our serving pooches are worst victims of it. In the absence of proper care, old age becomes the sum total of discomfort and sorrows. But now, the dogs in Tamil Nadu Dog Squad will get a sigh of relief as they come under the pension scheme proposed by the state government. The dogs, after retiring from Dog Squad, were generally auctioned to pet lovers. But seeing the pathetic retirement life of these courageous and hardworking dogs, the government decided to give them a peaceful life by providing regular medical check up, diet and total care. Previously, when the dog reached retirement age, they were immediately sent out of the squad. But now, the scheme also allows them to stay in familiar surroundings and carry out routine exercise, so they can avoid the trauma of a sudden change of life style. A smart way for caring our dauntless canines!

Yummy ice creams for us too!

Scorching summer days and yummy ice cream treats…woof! We just love that. When we are slurping on delicious ice candies, our furry angels often pine for these mouth watery attractions. But not anymore as here’s good news for those who want to enjoy the hot summers with their beloved pets with a cup of ice cream. Pooches in Vienna, Austria are already slurping tasty ice creams at Iori, an ice cream parlour near St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Doggy ice creams are available in three flavours-vanilla, vanilla-rice and soy. After several months’ experiments, Anton Mramor-Leonardini, the owner of Iori, has developed these most suitable doggy ice creams. A sure way to pamper your canine’s taste buds!

Dog trafficking foiled in Assam

Every other day, we come across news of heinous activities conducted for making money. More recently, a few young men in Assam were caught for trafficking stray dogs to Nagaland. They paid Rs 50 per dog to the dogcatchers and later handed them over to the Naga traders for Rs 1000 for each dog, who use these dogs for food.

Recently, People for Animals, under the leadership of Sangeeta Goswami, saved the life of 32 such stray dogs from death, after they came to know these canines had been confined and dumped at Uluoni forest by some local youths. A real encroachment to the life of the hapless! Let’s all unite to make this world a better place for our canine friends.