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Well.. I will definitely be following you!
As I’m sure you’ve heard from my Twitter updates – I just bought a Poodle! It really is a pup! So cute!
Anyway… I’ll talk to you later! 🙂
You just followed me in Twitter — and I reciprocated. Just have one dog but she’s a Vizsla and a handful. Is Daisy a Vizsla mix? Reading your blog on a snowy morning here. Dick
Glad to have you here. Hopefully we will have snow here at some point. We usually get it every year.
I don’t know what mix Daisy is. We got her from a rescue centre and they didn’t really know anything about her. Looking at your lovely Vizsla on your blog there is a definite similarity though. Hope to Tweet you soon.
Site looks wicked, just signing up so I can join in with the Canine action 10-4
I am one of the administrators at Pit Bull Chat (www.pitbull-chat.com). We have recently added a forum for Dog Blogs and postings.
We are experimenting with automatically posting blog entries using RSS feeds from a few dog blogs. Would you be interested in allowing us to automatically post your new blog entries to our forum using your RSS feed? If you would like to see how if would look, KC Dog Blog and a few others are automatically posting to the forum!
If you would take a minute to refer any dog blogs to our site who would be interested in having their blog automatically posted to our forum, we would surely be interested in adding their RSS feed.
Also, if you would consider adding a link to our forum (http://www.pitbull-chat.com/forums.php) on your blog, we would sincerely appreciate it!
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Pit Bull Chat Community
Hi, we have met via twitter but wanted to say a bit more, so here goes, I have been grooming my Border collie Heidi at the same time each day for the last 3 days, following your advice, and in that short space of time have gone from “oh no you don’t” to “well okay then, so long as we can go chase sticks afterwards”, she has adapted that quickly. I will be keeping it up now, she no longer resembles a woolly mammoth.
Hi Eulalie, so nice of you to come and commment. I hope you can join in more and add to the site with more great comments.
I am SO glad that you have been grooming Heidi so consistently and that the work has paid off.
She deserves some stick time after being so good.
It is amazing how quickly they get in to a routine and will allow you to do what you thought they would always shy away from isn’t it?
Glad the “wooly mammoth” phase is behind you.
Take care and come back soon.
nemi and crab friends send greetings to the doggies (and kitties, and all the beaux animaux) but thats another story:) ))…hi!!!!!!! eat well! love always xxx
Very nice site. I read your article on dangerous foods. I have been giving my little bichon/shitzu mix a teaspoon of avocado in the morning and a half of a raw garlic glove to help with his oral virus. I have sen no ill effects but am now concerned about any build up. Any suggestions or signs I should be watching for? He recently has started scooting his butt across the floor. Hmmm.
It is a tough call with Acocado and Garlic. It is impossible to say how much is OK and how much can build to dangerous levels.
Personally I would just stop it as soon as you can, is it having a beneficial effect?
As for the scooting, that is an anal gland problem. Some Dogs have to have them emptied. The solution to that I can answer. If you give some raw meaty bones the extra roughage will help keep the glands clean and clear and visits to the vet will no longer be in order.
If you don’t give raw bones then try anything that it very high in roughage. If you do a search onthe site there is an article or two about anal glands. Not nice but part of looking after Dogs.
I hope this helps.
am putting you on my blogroll… reciprocate? thanx !
It is done. All the best.
my two little dogs have anul sack issues and one is actually going to have surgery because he has been on antibiotics for 1 month. He has a infection and medicine isnt helping. I read you recommend raw meat bones. Do you mean soup bones and then I boil them in water and take the marrow out. Any advice will help!
Just raw. Don’t cook them as cooked bones are very dangerous for Dogs. Just get raw bones from the butchers and give them to the Dogs. It will help to keep their anal glands clear and will give them super shiny white teeth. The harder the bones the better. Ask a butcher and they will tell you what they have that is the best. It really does work wonders for them. Any raw bones are great but I find ours go through them quickly if they are too soft. The harder the bone the cleaner their teeth with the scraping and as they go to the toilet this helps to empty the anal glands naturally and keeps them in great condition. Hope this helps.
Hi! Just wanted to say your blog is great 🙂 Hope you’ll check mine out!
Hi, I came across your web site and am very concerned about a lump I found tonight on my dogs head. It’s just below her ear and is leaking out bloody stuff. It’s about the size of a ping pong ball. Sambuca is almost 13, black lab. She can’t have surgery, she’s too old and not in good health. From searching I see that this could be a gland in that area or due to bad teeth, like an abcess. We saw blood on her bed where she’d been rubbing the side of her head. I’ve touched it, it’s very hard and moves around, doesn’t seem to bother her that much, and she was rubbing her head hard so must not hurt, more like itchy maybe. Any help or advice would be so much appreciated. Our vet is away right not till Monday so have to wait and go crazy. Thanks very much..Colleen and Sam
Sorry for the late reply. Hopefully you have been to the vets by now and i hope that Same is better.
My dogs are pretty healthy now, but my dog that had cancer, Webster, was throwing up and having bad diahrrea (sp?) and I had no idea he was so sick.
He got really skinny. I miss him.
I have a review of Trifexis. This pill is to protect your dogs from fleas, heartworm and other worms. It does not work. Fleas are acually attacted to your dog. I am very worried now that it will not protect from heartworms.
I was looking at your review of 1800petmeds but the link to the site you recommend as an alternative did not work. Can you give me a good online pet medicine site?
valentino try petcarechoice or canadavet, both have great prices.
Love your blog…very usefull. I have a 2 year old rescue lab who has a sensitive stomach that I got from the pound about 6 months ago. No matter what we fed him he had a sloose stool. Chicken and white rice was pretty good but any store bought dog food was an issue. My vet gave me WD kibble with chicken and that has been great…no more loose stools. We use low ingredient treats, liver treats and bits of chicken, and now for a couple of months our lab is great with no bathroom issues. I have tried pig ears and bully sticks which are fine but other bones or treats have caused some issues. I have been reading about raw bones on your site and really want to try them. CFan you suggest certain bones that may be better than others regarding his sensitive stomach? I feel maybe srating with chicken wings or something but it would be great to give him a big bone that would occupy his time for a bit. He can eat a huge bully stick in under 5 minutes to give you an idea. Rawhide has been trouble when we tried that. Any suggestions on large bone options would be great. Not sure what would be the easiest for him. Thank you!
I just read about Daisy and I think it’s awesome that you rescued her. I hope that you are abe to keep working with her and forming her into the happiest dog that she can be. Good Luck!
Lab Lover, shin bones are great as they can’t really chew through the bones. They jsut grate on them to clean their teeth and get the marrow out.
My 11 month old Yorkie went into heat Thursday and has an appointment to be spayed on Tuesday, 5 days later. Is it still safe to have her spayed, or should we wait until she’s done? Also, we have a male chiaucha who won’t leave her alone. We’ve had a diaper on her and are caging them both at night, but it’s a real struggle to keep him away. Will the vet spay her if she’s pregnant?
The best advice I can give is to go with what your vet tells you. I would not want to offer advice on this that was wrong, sorry.
my pom got into my salted dry sunflower seed…..???? should i worry and keep the container hid????
Wallie, I definitely would in the future. All that salt is not good for Dogs at all.
I read you blog about bad foods for dogs. I have a question that I am hoping you might have some insight you could offer. I have a large black lab, typical weight is 110lbs. He is very tall and lean with good muscle tone, or at least he was. We recently moved into a house with an apple tree. Well, it seems he loves apples because he has been eating them left and right. Seemed like he preferred apples to his dog food for a while, well now that the apples are not readily available he is eating his dry food but seems to be loosing weight daily. He looks like a dog that has been starved and abandoned. We have started mixing wet food with the dry food now and he is consuming more. Is it possible that with all the apples he has eaten that he has poisoned himself and this is the result? For the record we did not know that apple seeds and cores were bad for dogs. It seems that he likes all the fruits and nuts that are harmful certainly now that I know this we will not be giving our dog these items.
Thank you for your assistance in advance.
Sorry to hear that Monica. Personally I would get to the Vets right away and get some tests done. It could be the apples or it could be a simple case of worms.
My dog’s side had 3rd degree burns when I had her fixed. They used rice bags and one was too hot.
I need to know if there is anything I can use to help get rid of the scars. It does not look like her fur will grow back. the scar is not in a straight line but about as thick as a pencil and almost 3 inches long.
After 7 weeks most of the scabs are gone. I know if they killed the hair follicle nothing will grow. Is there anything I can do to help them heal and maybe have some of the fur regrow?
I was told to use sesame oil, vitamin e oil, etc. but I don’t want to poison my 12 lb. jack russell terrier.
Donna, I am afraid I don’t know the answer to this, I am sorry. Hopefully it will heal up very well in a few months though.
I am working on a blog post about bones for dogs and broth from boiling bones for dogs. I wanted to know if it is okay if I reference your blog post about serving meaty bones. In addition, I wanted to know your credentials.
Elizabeth, that is fine, thanks.
Hi, I have been feeding one of my 3 dogs large amounts of liver because she loves it, what I didn’t realise is that to much can harm her. She is fine in herself, lively and loves to walk and play, (she is a rescue greyhound so she doesn’t play but oh boy does she sleep!!), what are the signs I should look for if I have done any damage to her. I hope you don’t think bad of me I just thought that as she was enjoying it so much she would be ok. I have 3 dogs all together, (2 rescue greyhounds and 1 rescued lurcher), and they can’t stand liver. I also have to say I love where you are and would love to be somewhere like that so my dogs would have more room than I already have. Thankyou so much, Kerrie
Kerrie, I am afraid I don’t have experience of liver really, I can’t stand it myself, so never buy it!!! I would assume they are fine now if you cut right back on it though. All the best.
We are going to meet our possible pup number 2 tomorrow, and I am so stressed out I can’t believe it. We have rescued our Nikki 5 years ago, well actually she found us, and we met our possible new pup at the vet a month ago…..I had to read your article ’28 reasons 2 are better than 1′ again this morning to reassure myself that creating chaos in my home will be worth it……I am sweating just thinking about it…I love your site and am so happy to see your amazing trio of girls…..thanks for unknowingly reassuring me…..DOGS RULE…..
my dog was nudred 5 days ago, she drake a lot more water today then she normaly does is this ok after sergy
alice, that is fine, nothing to worry about.
Hey there three dog,
Love the blog. I have been wanting to start feeding my dog raw meaty bones and have tried a couple of times.
Once with soup bones but there were little sharp bits that came off the bone. Then a beef rib but was leary when she started cracking it. Then a lamb shank, but again small bits where coming off and they seemed sharp.
I have been researching for the past few weeks but I am still on the fence. My girl seems to knaw on the bone and then pull off the bits of bone but does not seem to chew them up. Was wondering if just holding it for her until she chew the bits is a better way to slow her down.
Also do you have a list of types of raw meaty bones you prefer?
Secondly, I have a partner that is vegitarian and can stand the occassional bone but really dislikes all the meat in the house. So I was wondering what your thoughts are about the occassional raw meaty bone given twice a week for a dog that eats high quality kibble the rest of the time.
Thanks for the blog and your time
Hi Three Dog
Love your blog.
Had a question about feeding raw meaty bones only two or three times a week. I feed Nori a high quality kibble but want to endulge her primal side.
I have read in other forums that its best to feed raw before any kibble,because of the different digestive enzyems breaking down raw and kibble. I was thinking of feeding raw in the morning and then second feeding is kibble.
How do you feed your clan?
Deborah, firstly ensure they are always raw. And if they are splintering then I would go for beef shin, or something similar. They are very hard and really the Dogs just gnaw them without eating them. I would ask your butcher, he will be able to tell you what the hardest bones are.
Deborah, on raw bone days we give them that and nothing else. It does them good to break the routine, and they honestly don’t mind it 😉
Just discovered your site while searching for an answer to whether liver is safe to feed my two Shelties. Now I remember reading previously that it can be fed occasionally in very small amounts and your answers reaffirmed this.
Love the site and will bookmark it. Thanks!
It sound like you have a great life just want to let you know that I heard on the news that Rabies was on the rise mostly in wild life so when read that your dogs were not fenced I thought I would let you know.
Sorry a typo on the web site.
Roger, thanks for the heads up. We have since fenced around our house so they should be safe.
Hi. Thanks for the great info. What do you think of bully sticks? I read about them in a Cesar Milan book and found them at Target. Thanks!
Hi I love your post. I really want 2 dogs but I don’t have any now. I have a 2 year old daughter and i was wondering if it would be better to get one first then add another or get 2 at the same time. Also i wanted to rescue dogs do you think older dogs would be ok with my daughter? thanks I really need some good advise. 🙂
Hi…. just found this blog site today and am quite excited abount it… loads of informaition. I was looking for information on cleaning my dog’s teeth and saw your article (from a very long time ago) on raw meaty bones. I am not sure that there is an actually butchery in my area (we have a lot of chain supermarkets) and so was looking for other options to getting my dog (2 year old boxer staffie mix) some good old fashioned bones to chew. In the store i came across some racks of beef rib. Would it be okay for me to purchase that and give him a rib to chew on every few days? They don’t have a huge deal of meat on them (i guess that is why they are very inexpensive) but i am hoping the act of chewing the bone will have a similar effect whether or not there is a lot of meat on it. Is that true?
Nicki, that sounds perfect. As long as it is raw then that will work wonders.
You may also find that large pet food stores have bones in the freezer section too. You can also buy chicken carcasses too.
Abigail, as she is so young it may be better to get her used to 1 Dog first, then introduce another. But if you go for older rescue Dogs, who should be calmer, then I would get them both at the same time, just so there are fewer domination issues concerning the house and your daughter.
Our 1 year old corgi was spayed this past Monday (it is now Sunday morn) we kept her in the kitchen for 2 days and carried her up/down steps to go outside. After the 2 days she was going up and down steps on her own. We also left her out of the kitchen then too. She was back to acting her old self by Friday then………..Saturday she wouldn’t eat her breakfast or dinner. This morning (sunday) she ate a little but for a corgi she wasn’t that interested in eating. Is this normal 5 days after the operation? Otherwise she acts/pees/poops like normal.
Iam getting a mix of red heeler, dingo, and alaskan huskey puppy, does any body know what i can expect? like matanance, engergy, and playfullness anything will help thanks so much for your time..
Our Terrier puppy does not care for “Dog Food” so we have to give him cooked meats along with a few croquettes. any suggestions as to how we can persuade him to eat “Dog Food” Our Labrador eats anything K Thompson
K, I think the bottom line is to be rather harsh I am afraid. A Dog is not going to starve itself to death. After a few days of more limited food he should eat what you give him. I would try giving him half his special food and half regular and gradually change the ratios. In time he will then be eating what your Lab does.
I was surprised to see liver listed as dangerous. Having read further, it makes sense- everything in moderation is best. But- I do have a question re fish. Our beagle loves food generally (big surprise)- anything but fruit and veggies, but she especially loves salmon or anything with salmon in it. She’s stolen my lunch a couple times to get at the salmon in the salad. My understanding was that fish, cooked, very certainly deboned was good for dogs. No?
Just a thought my dog stole gum containing xylitol which nearly killed him after he went into shock and had kidney failure.14000 dollars later we are still fighting high creatnine levels and terrible ulcers loss of appetite. Its 6 months post dialysis but he ie doing well at hope with careful watch. Most any low or zero calorie food contains it but gum is the worst because it does mnot digest.please help warn people by adding it too your list.
Enjoyed the site and dogs. I have had multiple dogs since I can remember. Grew up in NYC with guard dogs in home, and then had a pack of street dogs i fed and helped to find homes (always more street dogs showing up. :(…). Left home and city at 18 and it’s been hiking, dogs, and semi-nomad ever since. my wife and i have owned mixed breeds of all types, a Field Lab, a Bull Mastiff, Catahoulas, a German Shepherd, Austrailian Cattle Dogs, a Rottie, a Doberman, Jack Russell Terrier, and finally a rescued pit Bull who lived 17 years. We have lived in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the state of Washington. Have hiked with the dogs all over the east and Applachin Trail, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana etc….after 27 years with the dogs I can say they are my teachers and friends and, for us, do best in groups. Dogs living with dogs are relaxed, know who they are, and are never lonely. Nothing like wandering the country working, hiking, and living with the pack! Enjoy the day and dogs!
I adopted my dog Kobbie, a coton de tulear when he was 5 months old. The previous owner started to feed him human food then and I cannot seem to bring him back on dog food diet. I tried to mix the dry dog food with tuna but he selectively eats the tuna from the dry dog food. I also tried to mix with cheese, then salmon too to no avail. Kobbie is now 7 months old. Do you have any suggestions?
Ray, this is going to sound harsh but the fact is that dogs will not starve themselves to death. You need to just put the basic dried food down and don’t give him anything else. I can pretty much guarantee that after a day or two of maybe not eating then he will suddenly get it and begin eating fine. I would try that for a few days, it’s what we have done in the past when the dogs suddenly decide to get fussy. If it doesn’t work after a few days then I would try a different dog food but ensure that you never give him anything apart from dog food. Please let me know how it goes.
Whew….tx for knowledge. I came home only to discover that my Australian Shepherd ate the raw chicken legs, which I left our to cook for dinner. Naturally, I FREAKED OUT!! GOOD TO learn SOMETHING NEW…. GLAD she’s safe.
Ughhhh…..crazy dog lady here.
What is the URL to the Canadian pharmacy used? I just called one and am being asked for our Vet to Rx a heartworm prescription. Our Vet moved out of state and the one remaining in the practice will not refill without seeing my 110 lb German Shep.
Our dog has a bad reaction to vet clinics, last time he nearly paralyzed himself when the vet techs had him on a leash, a rope style lead that was about as thick as a thumb in circumference. Our dog jumped when the vet tech approached to give him a shot and he broke the lead in middle of th rope like fabric, he pinched a nerve or something and can not play frisbee anymore due to the accident at the vets office.
There has got to be a way to get heartworm medication without prescription.
Sorry for the delay replying. Try worldpetexpress.net they are very good. Hope that helps.