Monday, September 15, 2014

Allergy Tests

Mr. D asks:
Have you ever had your dog allergy tested?

Mother:
Yes. Lily has been going to a dermatologist for approximately five years.  We were giving Lily an antigen injection which did nothing for her. She was so uncomfortable at one point it was extremely concerning. She was chewing and scratching herself which was eventually causing infections. Lily has been taking Atopica regularly. Her quality of life has improved 100%.





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Monday, September 8, 2014

Coconut Oil

Mr. P asks: Have you ever heard of giving your dog coconut oil? 

 Mother: Absolutely. Coconut oil has a lot of beneficial factors for our pups. Edward gets a tiny bit mixed in with his dinner. No more dandruff.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lunging At Cars

KL asks:
Does anyone have any suggestions for me regarding my dog suddenly wanting to lunge into the street.


Mother:
I have this issue with Lily which began when she was 4 years old (now 7). One day as we were walking she decided to lunge, bark and pull after a motorcycle.  It is terrifying to me because if she broke free, she would be gone. Another thing she randomly does without warning is to lunge at a car driving by. Where did that come from! So far, the only thing that has been semi working for me is taking an about face and switching direction. I talk to her in an attempt to her snap out of the fixation. I know I shouldn’t but I have also picked her up and held her very tight which calms her and must make her feel safe. Furthermore, I have walked her over to running and parked motorcycles. After we get there, the cyclist pets her and she calmly walks away….I will take any suggestions if anyone has any….

Friday, August 29, 2014

Car Ride Barker

JP asks: Have you ever come across anyone asking about their dogs barking incessantly during a car ride? 


 

Mother: I find this funny since I am dealing with the same issue with one of my French Bulldogs. I know it’s not fear but pure excitement because Edward enjoys the car. He will bark for the first few minutes. He will quite down and maybe let out a few husky barks 20 minutes or so into the ride. I have been trying different approaches to train him, but nothing has worked so far.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hives

Ms. K asks:
Does your dogs ever get hives?
Mother:
Yes.  Edward gets them occasionally. I have been lucky because he responds to Benadryl. I am convinced it is the fertilizers they put in the grass which I try very hard to avoid.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Furminator

Ms. P asks: Do your dogs shed? If so, have you ever used the Furminator?



Mother: When I initially brought home my French Bulldogs, I read and read all about them…. I also read they were “medium shedders.” To my surprise, medium shedders must mean I can eventually stuff a pillow with all the hair they lose. So, yes. I use the furminator gently on their bodies, mostly around the neck area. It works wonders. Then I top of the grooming with a nice soft bristle brush.




Monday, August 18, 2014

Exercise and Pets

Jack asks:
I know a couple that rarely takes their dog out for a walk.  It’s a Lab and is in obvious need of exercise.  It is “hyper” when they arrive home from work and they wonder why. HELP!  I suggested a pet sitter, a doggy door and a play date with my dogs. No luck.


Mother:
I run across the same issues. I have suggested doggy day care and suggested to “try” a walk. The more exercise your dog has the better. I have also suggested Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, makes it mandatory and not a “suggestion.” It definitely is the first step in resolving behavioral issues in my opinion.