A reader has a question about drinking water for her dog, Lacey. Lacey is 9 months old and of mixed breed descent. Erin knows of caretakers who only use bottled water for their companions, fearing potential problems from tap water. Is tap water safe for Lacey? If not, what makes it unsafe?
Erin from Modesto has a question about drinking water for her dog, Lacey. Lacey is 9 months old and of mixed breed descent. Erin knows of caretakers who only use bottled water for their companions, fearing potential problems from tap water. Is tap water safe for Lacey? If not, what makes it unsafe?
A medication that does one thing for people does not necessarily do the same for our pets, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Although there are many medications used in both animals and people, the effects, doses needed, and other things can differ.
Allison from Modesto has been recently saddened by the loss of her dog, Fanny, a 12-year-old golden retriever. Fanny had a form of cancer called lymphosarcoma and after eight months of treatment and a good quality of life, Fanny had a recurrence of her cancer and Allison elected to let her go.
An essential part of any dog training program is a solid reward system. The learning process is accelerated when there is an element of fun or enjoyment for both the teacher and the learner. Rewards can come in many forms – treats, physical interaction or petting, toy play, hand play, access to something interesting in the environment, etc.
When last we “spoke,” our subject was Annie, a 9-year-old yellow Labrador retriever who had presented to our veterinary hospital for an annual physical examination. She was her normal happy self, always wanting to please as we went through the examination.
Annie walked into the exam room just like she had been doing for the past nine years, rear end wagging back and forth with her tail keeping time. She had a big smile on her face and lowered her head as always to make it as easy as possible to pet her head. It was time for her annual physical examination.
Paula has noticed swelling on her bunny Timothy's left lower jaw. It does not seem to have changed his attitude about life, though recently he acted like the area was painful when touched by Paula. This increased Paula's concern as a result.
The great thing about a dog park is that anyone can go there with their dog – that’s also the worst thing about a dog park. I’ve been to many, and it’s troubling to see the inappropriate behavior of both dogs and humans on any given day.
Linda has written in with a question about her 5-month-old boxer puppy, “Alexa.” It seems she’s quite a jumper, and Linda has tried everything from scolding to spraying water to try to stop it, with little success. I’ve addressed this behavior in this column in the past, but it’s been awhile, so I’m happy to go over it again.
I suspect for many of you that this time of year is a bit hectic. I know for me that is indeed the case. It seems there is so much to do during the holidays: decorating the house (I’m still not done), shopping (I need to start!), planning for gatherings, cooking, and the list goes on.
There are times when I receive a letter from one of my readers and from their description, I become absolutely sure I know what is wrong with their companion. Of course this may be quite delusional on my part but since I seldom find out the outcome of the case, I will choose to continue in that vein. Today’s letter is a prime example.