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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My dog is a 100 lb. labrador male, 7 years old. He has had allergies andear infections in the past. This year he was around another dog who also scratched all the time and who was wearing away her fur. Our dog is no longer around this dog, but continues to scratch all the time. Not only his ears, but all over his body. He has rubbed the hair off the underside of his snout. We see a vet who prescribed antibiotics for a possible ear infection and predisone for allergies as well as benedryl and fish oil tablets. However he has minimal relief? What else can be done?

A: This does sound like allergies. If the itching started after being around the other dog it is possible that your dog is allergic to fleas, mites, or ticks that were passed to him from the other dog. I recommend bathing him in OatNella Insect Repellent Shampoo and Bug N' Out. Our Skin Care for Dogs will also help to relieve his itching. Determining what he is allergic to is key to stopping the itching. If the insect repellent doesn't effect the allergies consult your vet about potential food allergies.

Q: I have a rat terrier and he has very bad breath and I have tried breath spray and dog biscuits, but nothing worked.

A: Brushing your dog's teeth may help this problem. Dog dental care products have advanced to include a variety of products to help keep a dogs teeth clean, which typically helps keep breath fresh.

Q: What do I do for a German Shepard pup that eats the feces of our older German Shepard?

A: There are products like Deter that you can buy that you feed to your dog to make his feces undesirable for a dog to eat, or you can train your dog not to eat feces by placing a solution that your puppy doesn't like on the feces so that again it is undesirable. This is a common problem.

Q: What should we prevent our puppy from eating? What ingredients are most harmful to dogs?

A: Common sense applies to potential dangers such as cleaning solutions and obvoius toxins. Generally, dogs have a high tolerance for most things, but keep him away from household plants and chocolate. Refer to the poison section of the Dog Care Handbook on our site for specifics.

Q: I have a Newfoundland puppy. Occasionally when he breathes, his breath is cloudy or smokey. Like when you can see his breath when it cold out, only he does this in the house when it is warm. Is this normal?

A: Newfoundlands are big dogs with heavy fur coats, they are also very slobbery i.e. they have alot of mouth moisture. You are just seeing steam from his breath. This is OK as long as his nose is moist and cool. If his nose is hot and dry take him to a vet.

Q: My vet said my golden retriever has dry eyes but he never gave me any medicine for it. What can I do for my golden?

A: There are a variety of over-the-counter eye drops for dogs available that helpd with dry itchy eyes. You can make make your own natural eye drops for your dog by boiling 1 cup of distilled water with 1 teaspoon of the herb eyebright (euphrasia) for five minutes. When the solution has cooled use a cotton ball to squeeze a few drops in his eyes. This can be done several times a day as needed.

Q: Yesterday my 3 year old Siamese cat jumped out of the window of my second story apartment. I found him at night when I returned from work. He's not physically hurt, but he seemed stressed, quiet and aloof. Is there anything I can do to get him back to normal.

A: Your cat should be OK in a week or so, if not take him to a vet. He is just reacting to the stress of the fall.

Q: About 4 months ago my 11 year old doberman started to loose her appetite, I took her to the vet and they did a blood test but couldn't find anything wrong. A couple weeks ago she started to have blood in her urine. The vet gave me antibiotics, which hasn't cleared the problem and she still isn't eating properly. I wish my vet would give me a definite answer as to what they think the problem is, can you please help.

A: Blood in the urine could is a definite sign of a problem. It is important to either return to your vet or seek a second opinion to get this issue resolved as quick as possible.

Q: I have a 3 year old male rottweiler. He constantly scratches and bites at his skin. You can feel scab like places on his back especially close to his tail. Do you have any suggestions?

A: I recommend using our Skin Care for Dogs. It clears up hot spots, relieves the itching and prevents any infection.

Q: I have an English Setter. He is 4 years old and gets a good work out. Every year during hunting season I have trouble with his paws. Is there anything that I can do or should know to toughen up or protect his paws from the sores that he gets between his pads?

A: There are a few things that you can do to help your dog's paws.
  1. There are dog booties that you can purchase that will slip over the paws for rough terrain.
 2. Ease into the season by conditioning your dog gradually. Slowly increase field exposure until he is properly conditioned for the season. This will help toughen the pads.
  3. Use Skin Care for Dogs to keep the pads moist. Dry pads are much more likely to crack.

Q: My neighbor just informed me that our 2yr old golden retriever barks all day while we are at work. Is this a social thing or a disciplinary problem. How do we get her to stop barking all day?

A: Try leaving the radio or TV on so that your dog feels like she is not alone.

Q: Hi! We bought 22 acres of rough desert land. While waiting for the building permits, we've moved an RV up there to spend weekends.For the first time we went up there with our dogs. One of my dogs LOVED it. He ran and ran. Came back to check on us, then ran some more.That first night, I noticed he was limping. All four paws (pads) look like he got blisters which popped and now just have a flap of skin there.He still wouldn't stop. He continued marking HIS territory and checking it out, at a much slower pace. I want to have my vet check him. Hubby says no. What do you think?

A: If he continues moving he is probably not in that much pain - just watch paws to make sure an infection doesn't set in. If he shows signs of pain or infection take him to a vet.

Q: My 3 month old dog recently had red spots and pustules all over her body. After a week, those spots had become bumpy sores which bled. Right now, she has bloody wounds which smell with pus all over especially on the head, flanks and ears. The vet gave some skin cream and an injection but it doesn't seem to get any better. Can you please give me some tips on home diet, proper care and supplementary medication that I can use on the dog?

A: You may want to get a second opinion from another vet. Also consider switching to a premium dog food, and increasing her intake of fatty acids. You may want to try to our Dr. Dog Skin Care product that will help relieve the soreness and itchiness.

Q: I have a ten yr. old sheltie that has a blister type sore between her toes on her two front paws on the outer side. She licks them several times a day. What can I do for her until I can get her to the vet?

A: It could be a condition called lick granaloma - our Dr. Dog Skin Care should help prevent her from licking it.

Q: I need some advice, my 13 year old lab has come down with heart worms. How dangerous are the treatments and what can I expect if we opt not to treat? She is being treated for arthritis and some beginning kidney problems.

A: Consult your vet immediately. Heartworms are very serious and often deadly.

Q: My dog was just hospitalized for sever seizures and convulsions. I'm looking for possible toxins. He ate some fingernail polish the other night and I wonder if this did not set off this attack. If you have information regarding this issue please post. Thanks

A: Fingernail polish is a dangerous chemical. Take strong measures to prevent him from ingesting it. You may also want to read our page on poisons.

Q: I think my dog just eat some marijuana. His head is bobbing and his coordination is off. He threw up earlier, but is still acting strange. Do I need to take him to the vet or will he be okay in a few hours?

A: Watch him closely, if his condition doesn't clear up or deteriorates take him to the vet immediately. You may also want to read our page on poisons.

Q: My dog has I believe Hip Displacement Disorder, and my sister said (though I don't believ her) Arthiritis as well, could you please respond if there is any medicine, surgery, or cure to these.

A: There are a variety of treatments available, from OTC pain relief products, to prescriptive drugs to hip replacement surgery. Consult your vet to determine which is most appropriate.

Q: What exactly are "hot spots" and what is the treatment/prevention?

A: A hot spot is the nickname given to a condition called pyotraumatic dermatitis. A hot spot consists of a bacterial infection (usually staphylococcus intermedius) that develops and rapidly spreads, emits pus and smells badly. Hair will usually fall out from the infectedarea skin. A hot spot will be warm to the touch, and painful to your dog. Because this condition is so painful and irritating the dog willusually bite and scratch the area further spreading the infection. I recommend using our Dr. Dog Skin Care treatment. We guarantee that it will clear up hot spots.

Q: Can you provide me with information about heat stroke. Howlong does it take for a dog's temp. to get that high? Are there warning signs? Are there any diseases which could contribute toheat stroke? Any information you can provide would be helpful.

A: The Heat Stroke Page from The Home Vetrinary Handbook should answer most of your questions.

Q: Flies have bitten my dogs ears until they are raw. I have been treating them with antibiotic ointment but how can I keep the flies off her ears?

A: I strongly recommend using our Bug N'Out product. It is a spray that repels all insects, not just fleas and ticks, like most pet products.

Q: My cat has been diagnosed with fibrosarcoma. He has a large lump on the backside of the head and extending around the neck. What is best for the animal?

A: Without a detailed medical history it is impossible for anyone to make a recommendation. Consulting your vet is your best option with any condition as serious as this.

Q: I have a lab that loves to fetch but after a while his back legs seem to give out.As he has gotten older it seems to be worse. He is only 3. The vet said that hehas muscle lock down. Can you tell me more about this syndrome?

A: This appears to be a neurological disorder - your vet will be your best resource.

Q: What can be done about a dogs bad breath, especially in smaller dogs?
A: There are products that help with bad breath and improve dental care. Even brushing your dog's teeth can help.

Q: What do you do if your dog eats clothing?

A: Monitor your dog and make sure he passes the clothing. If he doesn't then get him to a vet immediately because there could be an obstruction, which is very serious.

Q: I have a dog with a skin problem due to a liver disorder. What can I do to help him?
A: Increase his intake of fatty acids (such as olive oil) and give him antioxidents. Try a skin care vitamin that contains antioxidants and fatty acids.

Q: Can Maalox be given to dogs with an upset stomach?

A: Check with your vet before giving any new medications to your dog.

Q: My dog has experienced hearing loss, now she is regaining her hearing yet is scared when she hears even common noises like coughing. What can be done to help her?

A: She will be hyper-sensitive to noises while she adjusts, but if her reactions seem severe then discuss this with your vet.

Q: What should I give my dog who has diarrhea? What should I avoid giving him?

A: First, determine what is causing the diarrea. If he has a parasitic infection, he needs to see the vet. If it's simply due to a diet change, or is clearly not serious then your main concern is to make sure your dog stays well hydrated by giving him plenty of water. Over-the-counter digestive remedies can also help. Also, adding a little garlic to his food or cutting back on his food may also help.



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