|Animal Radio® Audio Newsletter December 2012|
Animal Radio® Show #679
Don't Let Your Dog Play With Matches
Birds Fly South First Class
Humans Aren't Only Ones Who Suffer Mid-Life Crisis
A Very Dangerous Root Canal
Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Pet
Safeguard Your Four-Legged Friend With Emergency & Estate Plans
Pooches for Parkinson
Leave No Four-Legged Family Member Behind
Love Motel For Dogs
Dogs Take 4,000 Mile Bike Ride
The Truth About Rudolph
Drunk Birds Crash In Mid-Air
PETA Wants Highway Sign to Memorialize Dead Fish After Crash
Pet Industry Rakes In A Whopping $53 Billion
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Mike K.: Recently my Schnauser has started to eat dirt, has not been eating regular food like before, I tried adding same brand canned helps a bit, I use blue buffalo wild. I am a trucker my dog and I have been on the road since she was 6 weeks old, March this year she had the seizures they are under control with phenobarbital, and she has gingivitis, they did blood work found nothing abnormal also she has a heart murmur since a puppy.
Dr. Debbie: Hi Mike! If your doggie is having any signs of digestive problems (not eating, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss) then it could be gastrointestinal problem that is causing her to eat dirt. Inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatic disease and intestinal cancers are just a few of the causes making a pet eat dirt that never did it before. With a poor appetite I'd encourage you to have your vet check her belly out more- I usually start with an x-ray and consider treating with a deworming treatment and using an antacid like Famotidine.
Mike S.: Could you guys recommend a "sound" collar to help us in stopping our dog's barking?
Alan Kabel: A lot of companies that make collars and devices that you can use to stop dog braking. Innotek and Petsafe are two of them but there are many others as well. They make collars that use unpleasant scents to a dog like Citronella and citrus spray. When the dog barks they release the scent. Dogs don't like these scents but it might not work on a strong dog determined to bark. They also make collars that use a static electric shock and devices that emit ultrasonic sound. Ultrasonic won't be enough for a big dog determined to bark but might work on a more mild one. The electric ones give a dog a warning first and have different levels. You start at the lowest one and see if that works increasing it one step at a time.
It's your preference as to what you want to use. I like teaching my dog not to bark using positive reinforcement but if barking is a problem when you're not home a collar might be your best bet when you're not around.
Hope this helps you
Mike Silva: I have an English bulldog That move his head up-and-down if I distracted him he stops. Someone told me it's called bobbing head.
Doctor Debbie: Sure sounds like it could be! Idiopathic head tremor syndrome is an unusual tremor condition of head, with up & down or side-to-side movements and which is more commonly seen in English bulldogs and Dobermans. Dogs with this don't display other more serious issues like wobbly gait, pain, or seizures. which make vets worry about other causes.
Most dogs will stop tremoring when you talk to them or feed them. I recommend a thorough blood work up to ensure nothing else is of concern, but otherwise no treatment is advised. I have known some colleagues to prescribe anti-seizure meds - but they aren't really helpful nor justified. This condition freaks out pet parents, but doesn't bother the doggies.
So perhaps you just have a Bobble headed fella!
Barbara B.: Dr Debbie - have you ever run into a dogs nose fading from shiny black (my boydog is a blk and white) to a grayish color. Both of these dogs are allergy dogs (one to chicken/one to beef and other foods) and have done very well on Natural Balance Fish and Sweet Potato Diet along with some raw and cooked vegetables. I can't tell you how good a food this is for dogs with allergies. I know they are a sponsor but it truly is a food thats "good for a lifetime" and when even the vets allergy foods caused problems this didn't. My male is 3 and my girl is going on 9 and both have been on it for years. I asked my vet about it and she said maybe he's getting old....he's 3. He tends to have a rash around his lips a lot which I have been treating with a wet washcloth and a little triple antibiotic
Dr. Debbie: Hi Barbara! Thank you for tuning in. I love your enthusiasm for our program.
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