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Dog Health > 10 year old pug and neutering?
Foxxy

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Barked: Sun Jul 20, '14 5:11am PST 
It shouldn't be a problem. A vet that understands his anasthesia drugs will choose the one with the lowest risk for a brachy dog. It's a 15 minute-ish procedure, and 10 years old is just fine to neuter in a small dog. It's practically an outpatient deal. I know of lots of pugs living 15-18 years so he might have a whole lifetime ahead of him, and neutering will help with the aging prostate.

Find a good vet though, I wouldn't take him out to the quick places.
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Dog Health > Dog throwing up on purpose (at will)
Taggert

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Barked: Sat Jul 19, '14 3:21pm PST 
how does she eat? 8 months is one of those windows where anxieties can creep in. Many pet parents start to see food aggression at around this time, and it is something you should work on if you see it. Gulping down food is like a stage 1 food aggression and that is the#1 reason for regurgitation. It is a type of anxiety. It means that they do not feel secure in their eating arrangement. High strung dogs like terriers as a group as well as chihuahuas are prone to anxieties. They sort of get rooted in the dog in a window when they are weaned, and again when they are going through puberty.

Never punish a dog for vomiting. You just have to catch the behavior as it starts and reroute it to a more convenient place. If you see her pawing at the sofa, and that is a precursor to vomit, pick her up and put her in a kennel or set her outside for 15-30 minutes.

try using a dish that discourages gorging, or use a toy you can fill. When taggert was transitioning into our house, he used to try to attack foxxy, gulp down his, and try to bully foxxy out of hers, and then he would go find somewhere we could not easily reach to throw up, like under the table or behind the couch or under the bed. We got him to stop by putting his meal first by feeding him in his kennel and then leaving him in there for 15 minutes after he finished, and then when he was more secure in his environment, we bought him a food ball that he could roll all over the floor and food would drop out, which he would hoover up. By the time he had finished with his food, foxxy was done with her bowl. After a while, when we transitioned to raw, he was secure enough that he eats right next to her in his own bowl.
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Dog Health > Please HELP We are DESPERSATE, Wound will NOT Heal on Puppy *PICTURES*

Foxxy

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Barked: Sat Jul 12, '14 12:25pm PST 
good thing you were using iodine on it then. poor baby! just thank goodness it wasn't on a leg. hughughughug hopefully you can get all the bad tissues out and get baconto healing
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Grooming > Recommend a everyday brush?

Foxxy

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Barked: Fri Jul 11, '14 6:30am PST 
Just get a slicker brush. That's the one that looks like a bunch of blunted metal pins poked through a rubber mat. Slicker brushes pick up the hair that's already loose, whereas the furminator actively shaves the undercoat hairs with a blade at the base of the tines.

Slicker brushes are your basic everyday brush for long haired dogs. Short haired dogs, just use a silicon bristle mitt. There is a brand called "purebred" that makes the type of mitt you need.
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Grooming > Is there a such thing as dog conditioner?

Taggert

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Barked: Tue Jul 1, '14 4:18pm PST 
but if you are not fr using a chemical conditioner on dogs with short coats, you might try doing a coconut oil rinse. massage coconut oil into the skin and fur, then rinse it out with warm water.
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Raw Food Diet > Premium meat kibble vs homecooked vegetarian diet
Foxxy

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Barked: Mon Jun 30, '14 7:02am PST 
explain to them that there is no biological reason for dogs to be vegetarian. Vegetarianism is a spiritual diet. You become vegetarian because you feel or believe that it is right for you personally. that's what a spiritual issue is.

You cannot expect dogs to follow or even understand your spirituality, sorry. they just aren't programmed to think like humans. if you have a dog, you have a responsibility to understand that though they eat more veggies than their ancestors they are still carnivores, in fact a subspecies of gray wolf, the only large carnivore we have ever domesticated.

If you can't handle that and give a dog what it's body mind and spirit craves (in other words, meat protein, not milk, not egg, but actual meat) go buy rabbits. Rabbits make very god pets that do not require the feeding of anything that used to have a face.

Dogs need the kind of diet that humans used to have back when we were hunter-gatherers. Humans need that kind of diet too, but we discovered agriculture, which is what made vegetarianism even feasible. Dogs need food pretty much in this order from most amounts to least: meat and/or insects, eggs, bone, veggies, nuts, fats, fruit, starches, cultured milk product(hard cheese or yogurt). You can stop safely after bone, and that works for prey model.

just, I'm sorry, but forcing your spiritual diet choice on an animal that can't understand is just wrong.
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Food & Nutrition > Lying down to eat...should I be concerned?

Foxxy

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Barked: Mon Jun 30, '14 6:09am PST 
completely normal to be laying down to eat. Think about how a dog eats a bone. They lay down and put it between their paws. Same with the dog food bowl. It's like us sitting down to eat, or reclinging on the sofa to eat. Only for dogs, it's a more natural position to eat in because it aligns thei stomach and their esophagus more naturally than bending the head down to the floor.

If it really concerns you that he is laying down to eat, try using an elevated food bowl. They are theoretically better for large dogs anyway, especially when it comes to the possibility of bloat. Elevated food bowls are reccomended for any dog over 40 lbs.
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Food & Nutrition > free feeding

Foxxy

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Barked: Wed Jun 25, '14 2:54am PST 
but it never lasts that long. They only get 1/3 cup per day. They have very small tummies.

Now, I have a friend that used to have a pekinese that had the weirdest self regulating habits. 1 cup food left on the floor would last her for up to a week. The dog just didn't like eating. She was never too skinny, she just didn't need too much.

My two suck down their food as soon as I fill the bowls, and were I to keep food down they would quickly make themselves very fat indeed. They just will not self regulate, and Tagget steals out of Foxxy's bowl given half the chane. He bullies her out of her place if we don't watch him. It would just be a very bad situation.

I learned about not free-feeding the pets from my parents who free-fed the cat until she was 20 lbs and bulemic. When I complained, because the cat would always find my things to yak on, they made it my chore to feed the cat 2 times per day. Free feeding is a bad idea for housepets.

We do offer water 24/7 as much as they can drink
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Dog Health > Dog drank water with a spider in it?

Foxxy

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Barked: Tue Jun 10, '14 10:15am PST 
Dogs drink out of lakes. That's pretty much a fish toilet and mass grave. they also drink out of mud puddles. A little spider in the water bowl is no problem.
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Dog Health > Dogs Ear Flipped Backwards?
Foxxy

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Barked: Tue Jun 10, '14 10:02am PST 
papillions, chihuahuas and german shepherds are all born with floppy ears. When they start to stand up, sometimes they will flip backwards. It's all part of the muscles and skin and cartilage building up.

Four weeks old is the right time for puppy's ears to start standing on their own. You will find that the ears do this back and forth thing all the time untill around 20 weeks.

After that, you may see a little trouble with the ears while they are teething, but after the adult teeth come in, the ears should be normal. You can help by keeping the ear fringes trimmed, but messing with the ears can lead to breaking the cartilage and then it will button over for life. Just enjoy the goofy ears stage. If you want, it might help to make a photo book by taking pics every day for the next few months so you can get to understand how you puppy is growing day to day.
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