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How to keep healthy and pleasant dogs

 Puppy in your home need a lot of attention, This is a baby, just different breed. To grow him or her in the healthy and good dog we  will need to know more. Ask us for the information you did not find, we'll try to help.
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How do I choose puppy which is right for me?

Now that you've thought out your decision to make a dog part of your life, and are resolved to becoming a responsible dog owner the main question you are facing is : What kind of dog should I get?

In order to find out what type of dog is best for you, you need to think about what you expect from a dog.

Do you want a jogging partner? Higher energy breeds, such as herding dogs, or working dogs are ideal exercise partners. They require a lot of exercise though, so if you aren't prepared to spend several hours a day exercising your dog, maybe these types aren't for you.

 
from Shevy: Hi my 10 month old Maltese-Poodle just started her first cycle but she is in dire need to be groomed is it ok to take her to the groomers while she is in heat? And if not how long should I wait after her cycle ends to have her groomed?
A: It is definitely okay to have your Maltese-poodle groomed even though she’s in heat. If you feel like she needs some grooming, go ahead and bring her to a pet groomer or you can even do it yourself. Poodles are one dog breed that needs a consistent commitment from the owner when it comes to bathing, brushing and trimming their hair and this part can really cost you much.
Maintaining your pet’s hygiene is very important notably when you own a poodle. Good grooming lets them stay away from health problems involving the skin, coat and teeth among others. If you’re a hands-on and patient pet owner who is budget conscious, you can personally look after your poodle’s health by brushing and combing her hair several times every week to make her look good while in heat. Learn also the proper way of trimming and shaving the hair and the tools you will need such as quality electric clippers and scissors.
 
Male or female
Neutered males and spayed females make equally good companions. Although some people insist on cats of one sex or the other, cats actually vary in personality independently of their sex. Neither sex is uniformly more affectionate, more intelligent, more calm, or more playful.

Unaltered cats of either sex, however, can be difficult to live with. Unneutered males "spray" a foul smelling urine on the walls and furniture. If allowed outdoors, they will roam and fight with other cats. Unspayed females may also spray, and usually "call" when they are in heat; this is an incessant yowling that will drive you and your neighbors to despair! Neutered and spayed cats make much more pleasant companions.

 

Hi. My question is this. We have a small 3 lb yorkie that is almost 1 year old and has started her heat cycle. Small pad shows small spots of blood. How long is she expected to go through this phase and how soon can I have her spayed now?

Heat cycles can last as long as 21 days although it is usually less than that. Have your pet checked by the vet as soon as the heat cycle ends. Your dog can be spayed soon after. The earlier a dog is spayed the faster and easier the procedure is. Since it is harder to spay mature bitches vet usually charge more to perform the surgery, which is another reason why you should have your dog spayed as soon as possible.

 
How long after a female has a litter does she come back into heat? Do you count from when she was bred or after the pups are born?

On average, female dogs are ready to breed again 20 to 24 weeks AFTER GIVING BIRTH. Observe your dog and watch out for the signs that she is in heat again.

 

Is it good changing the color or dyeing my dog's skin? 

Is it good dying my dog's fur?

It is always best to leave your dog's hair alone and free from chemicals. If you really want to do it though you can dye your pet's hair. When doing this keep in mind that your dog's hair is more sensitive than human hair and that using any strong commercial dye will ruin their coat. Because of this, make sure that you don't use products containing ammonia or peroxide. You can use food coloring or human shampoo that dye the hair temporarily and are easy to wash off. When applying them try to use as little as possible and to not soak the skin with it since it can irritate your dog's skin.

 

What are the best vitamins for fighting dogs?

Dog fighting is a blood sport you should NOT engage in. It is not only cruel to your pet but will also land you in jail if you get caught. However, for those interested for research purposes the vitamins and other drugs that are usually given to dogs being trained for dog fighting include iron/liver extract, vitamin B-12, Provim, Magnum supplement, a variety of hormones, weight-gain supplements, creatine monohydrate, steroids, speed and cocaine.

 

Any advice on how to take good care of my dog?

There are so many things to keep in mind when caring for a dog. The most basic thing you should remember though is to you give your dog enough food, water, exercise and love. Make sure you also provide your dog with a safe and big enough shelter. Take your dog to the vet for a regular visit and put a collar on your dog so that it will be easy to return to you in case it strays.

 

How long will it take to train an average dog?

This depends on the dog's age and temperament as well as your training skills and goals. In general though it will take just a month of consistent training to teach puppies to “Come”, “Stay” and “Go”. The older the dog is the harder it is to train.

 

I am an proud owner of two basset hounds. My little girl Lulu is about 5 months old. I would just like to know when she is going to go on heat and if it is safe for her to fall pregnant the first time around. How often will she go on heat?

Basset hounds usually experience their first heat cycle at 6 to 12 months of age. This means that your dog is about to go in heat soon. It is not safe for your dog to become pregnant at this time. It is recommended that dogs be at least 24 months old before they are bred. However, since you have a basset hound you should consider having your dog spayed as soon as possible BEFORE it even experiences it first heat cycle. Breeding basset hounds, unless they are “show quality” bassets, are discouraged.

 

I just bought a puppy. She is 8 weeks old. How often should I be feeding her?

Feed your puppy three times a day until it is 6 months old. An 8 week old pup will need to be fed about 3/4 – 1 ½ cups of food each meal. Larger dog breeds can be fed a bit more than that. However, make sure you don't overfeed your puppy even if it would like to eat more because it can cause digestive problems.

 

How can I keep my DOG far from fleas?

The best way to prevent your dog from getting fleas is by keeping the dog's surrounding, meaning your home, and the dog itself clean. Fleas usually live in your furnishings and only hop on to your pet when they need to feed. Vacuum your home regularly, especially if you have a carpet. If you already have signs of flea infestation sprinkle salt on your carpet and upholstery and leave it overnight. The next day vacuum everything thoroughly and throw the vacuum bag immediately. If you allow your dog out into the yard make sure that the yard is also free of fleas by spraying the whole yard with flea killer. As for the dog, bathe it regularly with warm water and shampoo. Once a month apply insecticides like Bio Spot, Advantage, K9 Advantix, Frontline Top Spot, Revolution, and Defend on your dog's back. Do not forget to wash the dog's bedding regularly as well.

 
We have many questions related to this main - Is my Pooch of age to date (Breed)?

Do you long to find a mate for Fido and hopefully raise cuddly puppies? Before you go in search of a suitable date for Fido, you will need to consider whether breeding Fido will improve his genetic traits and not just to make puppies. You will also need to take into account his age.

At minimum, a dog should be two years old before breeding. With dogs, sexual maturity develops earlier than full physical maturity. However, this does not mean that because they can, they should be allowed to breed. Dogs should be given ample time to “grow up”. This will also help ensure that puppies born will be reasonably healthy.

The most basic breeding related health screening is completed until a dog is physically mature, usually at twenty-four months. Breeding related health screening consists of measures that a dog breeder takes to look for health complications that might not be affecting a particular dog but may bear upon the other dog if mating occurs. These health problems usually include sexually transmitted diseases and congenital conditions that may be passed on to puppies. A dog should be healthy to be a good match for breeding. He/She must also conform to breed standards. The breed standard is a set of characteristics that defines a certain breed of dog. As mentioned, diseases rule out some dogs for breeding. Coat flows, unusual sizes, abnormal bone structures and dental problems also disqualify some dogs for breeding.

Generally, a bitch (female dog) has to experience two heat cycles in her lifetime before she can be a candidate for breeding. For the most part, a bitch’s heat cycle occurs every six months and lasts two to three weeks. The heat cycle includes bleeding for seven to ten days. Subsequently, she will be ready to breed during the succeeding seven to ten days.

If your dog is of age to breed already, finding a mate is the next consideration. Looking for a date for Fido takes time, effort and patience. You definitely will want a mate with genetic features that your beloved pooch lacks and that will enhance the breed standard of his puppies. If Fido is deficient in one area, you can pair him with a mate who is exceptional in that area. This way, the puppies will inherit the best of both parents’ characteristics.

To find the perfect mate for Fido, kennel club websites are great resources. These websites feature breeder referrals as well as links to dog shows worldwide. Dog shows are excellent venues for finding a mate for your dog. Other possible sources are dog magazines and newsletters, breed clubs and online dog dating sites.

Once you have found Fido’s “princess charming”, hopefully it is only a matter of time before you will be surrounded by cute little puppies. However, the concerns do not stop once the puppies arrive. You must also be prepared to provide for puppy care which includes vaccinations, regular vet visits, food and breed registrations.

Make no mistake, dog breeding can be rewarding but it can also be costly. So, be prepared financially.

 

I have a male and female dog that I want to breed. Is it ok to let them be together all the time during heat, or should I use a controlled program?

A controlled environment is always preferrable for many reasons. Before you do breed your dogs though make sure that you have learned the basics of breeding and have had your dogs checked by a vet to make sure that they are in good health and that neither of the two has brucellosis, which can cause your dogs to eventually become sterile or cause the pups to be aborted or die right after birth.

 

I have a male basset hound called Buddy who is a year old. I am planning on getting a female german shepherd who is two months old. Could you tell me anything about the compatibility between this two breeds?

Breeding the two dogs might not be a very good idea. Breeding can prove to be difficult since German shpherds are much taller than basset hounds. The height discrepancy will make it hard for your basset hound to mount the female German Shepherd. Furthermore, German shepherds' have a low compatibility with other dog breeds and might not tolerate the basset hound's attention at all.

 

How do I keep both my dog and house clean?

Keeping your dog and house clean is not very hard if you have a regular routine. Give your dog regular baths. Brush your dog's hair outside your house to lessen shedding inside the house. Vacuum upholstery and carpets more frequently and install big rubber mats at the door to gather as much dirt of your dog's feet before it enters the house. During rainy weather keep the dog indoors to prevent it from tracking mud into your house. In addition to this, make sure your dog is housetrained because if it isn't then you will really have a hard time keeping your house clean.

 

I'm looking for a female English Bulldog to breed my male with but I am having trouble finding any in my area. I live in New Hampshire. Could you suggest any place or websites that would help me find one?

You can try visiting EngBulldogs.com for a list of British / English Bulldog breeders in the United Kingdom. Go to their breeders page and click on the newly added feature – Breeders in the United Kingdom. You can even have your own website listed so that other breeders can contact you.

 

My dog had her first litter of puppies. She had a total of nine but three have died. I think two of them died from the cold weather when my heater went out for about two days. I thought I saw mucus coming from her nose as she gasped for air hours before she died. The next two mornings I lost her brother who was the largest of them. My question is, how soon can I bathe the mother after having the puppies? They will be two weeks on 12/13/06 but today is nice outside and I want to take advantage of it but not get her sick. / When should the bitch take her first bath after giving birth?

As long as she doesn't have a cold and its a pretty warm day you can give the dog a bath the day after it gives birth. It is very important though that you blow dry the dog until thoroughly dry so that it won't get cold afterwards and get sick. Make sure that you do not use any insecticide dips or rinse on your dog because the puppies will ingest the chemicals.

 

What if the female dog is taller than the male? They have been trying but not been able to connect. Should we wait a couple more days? She let him try today to connect but wasn't able to. This is their first time. / We are trying to mate rat terriers. The female is a little taller than the male. We tried yesterday but she wouldn't let him. Today she did but did not connect. He is having a hard time since she is taller. Should we let them try some more or keep them apart. Will it work since she is taller. He is about 9 lbs and she is about 14 lbs but taller.

One method used to breed dogs when the female is slightly taller than the male is to simply wait until the male starts mounting and then just giving him a hand by gently boosting him upwards and inwards so his penis can penetrate the female. The problem with this method is that not all male dogs are comfortable being handled when trying to mate. This is especially true for those that are mating for the very first time. If your dog resists your help you have no choice but to wait until the male dog matures and has more experience before trying to mate it again with a taller female dog. For the time being artificial insemination (AI) might be a good option for you.

 
If we decide to get another dog, how to choose second or third dog for the household?

Do you feel as if your only dog needs a companion? Does it seem that he or she is feeling lonely without a playmate of his or her own? If your answer is yes, then it may be time for you to consider taking in another dog. The fact is, most dog lovers feel that having one dog is not enough – for reasons that apply to both themselves and their dog. Yet before you actually go to the pet store or the animal shelter to get a second dog, there are some things that you must consider carefully.

First you must think about your reasons for getting a second dog. Are you getting one so that you can leave the pair alone? That may seem a good reason on the surface but you have to bear in mind that dogs will still seek your attention even with companions. They may even fight for it. As such, you have to be able to give the time and effort the deal with two, or even three, dogs. This brings us to the second consideration – the expenses and other resources that would be needed to maintain a second or third dog. Having more than one dog would mean double or triple the cost when it comes to food, toys, treats, and medical expenses.

Once you have settled those two issues, you then have to think about the dog you already have. You have to make sure that your first dog is already trained. Just imagined having to train two or three dogs at the same time – it would be crazy! If this is not a concern, then you must take into consideration the breed of your dog. This is intertwined with the temperament of your dog. If you have an energetic dog, you may want to consider getting another of a comparable breed and temperament. Having two or three different dogs of widely different temperaments is a potential for disaster. In line with this is the dogs’ age and sex. Though it may seem that dogs of the same age might mix better together, it is far from the truth. Dogs of the same age will most probably clash with each other. Getting an older dog will pose potential problems. It is always better to get a younger dog which will be easier to train. However, observe your first dog well. If he or she is the type which is not tolerant of “puppyish” behavior, you may want to get a new dog which is out of that stage already. You wouldn’t want your new dog to be bullied by your first dog.

As for the sex, you may want to get a dog of the opposite sex to avoid competition. So if you have a male, get a female and vice versa. If you do not want them to breed, you should also make sure the dog is neutered or spayed before you acquire him or her.

Once you’ve picked out the perfect addition to your family, it is time to introduce him or her to your first dog. Do this in a neutral location to avoid territorial fights.

 
Hi. I have the opportunity to own a female chocolate lab that has been bred and is now retiring. She is 5 years old. I would like to know what I can expect healthwise from this dog. Is there anything I should watch out for before taking her? I'm looking for a lab as I've had one in the past. I would appreciate any advise you can provide.

Labrador retrievers have a normal lifespan of 10 to 13 years. However, most labs encounter plenty of health problems and often do not reach 10 years of age. It is safe to say that you can expect a 5 year old lab to start developing health problems soon. Before taking the dog in, visit a vet to have it checked for any existing or impending health problems. Since the dog was used for breeding you can assume that it doesn't have any genetic disorders, however, it can still be suffering from common illnesses like ear infections.

 

My female dog went into heat over a month ago she's 10 months old. Her nipples are still a little big. Are they going to go down or are they going to stay like that? I'm going to get her fixed if they don't go down. Will they go down after shes fixed?

Swollen nipples usually indicate that your dog is pregnant. If you think that your dog is not pregnant then expect the swelling to go down in a few days. If it does not go down then purchase a canine pregnancy test kit or go to your vet and have your dog checked. If it turns out that your dog is not pregnant after all the vet can spay your dog to stop future heat cycles. Make sure to mention your concern about your dog's nipples to your vet when you go for a visit.

 
How to properly diet my high breed dogs?

The phsyical differences in dogs due to their respective breeds mean that each breed has a specific dietary need. Because of this whether your dog is of a more common breed or high breed the best way to learn the exact nutritional requirement is to visit your vet. This is very important since the needs of individual dogs of even the same breed still vary. While you may decide which dog food to feed your dog by simply reading labels it is better if you have guidance from a vet so that you will know which nutrients your dog lack and if you need to give your dog food supplements.

 

from Debbi: Why does my Rotweiller male still mount and mate with with my female rotweiller even after she has been spayed. Also wants he does this they m get stuck and she cries the most heartbreaking cry I have ever heard. This goes on for about 30 minutes and I don't know what to do- Does the female still come into heat even though she is spayed or could the male be smelling another dog on heat. Also how can I get them to seperate when they are stuck without hurting either of them?

A: Rottweiler have a tendency to be dominant that they want to be the boss if they had their way. And yes, female dogs that have been spayed may still show symptoms of being in heat such as attracting male dogs and bleeding. This then confirms that your dog may have been in heat at the time your male Rottweiler mounted her.

As to your dogs being stuck together, it’s perfectly normal. That’s known as a “tie” -- a sign that a male and female dog are mating. This is usually caused by the structures of the dogs’ reproductive organs when the male dog’s penis gets trapped in the bitch’s vagina. This so-called “tie” takes about half an hour or more. Not all mating behavior, though, results in a tie. When this happens, it’s best to leave your dogs as helping them to separate would only cause them more harm.

 
from Lisa: Can my dog have a bath after mating?

A: Dogs need to be kept clean on a regular basis to maintain their proper health and development. When female dogs are in heat, though, they are best left on their own because they know how to clean themselves including their vagina. The ideal thing to do is to give your bitch a bathe before the start of her heat cycle. Trim her hair especially those around her vulva to keep her clean, cool and comfortable.

After mating takes place, what you should do is to let your dog stay in her crate for about half an hour. This would prevent her from urinating and releasing semen. You may give her a bath only after a week or two or at the end of her heat cycle.

 

from Naomi: Why is my 3week old puppy losing his fur?

A: It is absolutely normal for dogs to shed their fur so no need to fear. It is a normal process of getting rid of dead hair so that new coat can grow. Dogs, however, differ in the level of shedding they experience. Change in temperature, skin infections, stress, mange and ringworm are other causes of dog fur shedding. When this is suspected, consult your vet.

In fact, it is also possible that a dog sheds the whole year through. Most of the time, indoor dogs experience this when they get exposed to outside weather after being accustomed to a steady temperature inside the house. To minimize the amount of fur shedding, certain products are used by dog groomers or if it bothers you a lot, you can remove the falling hair yourself before they scatter around your house.
 
From Tressia: My Pom gave birth 9 weeks ago to 6 healthy pups and now all her hair is falling out what should i do?

The condition of hair loss in dogs is known as alopecia. This can be caused by certain diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism or the Cushings disease. Alopecia X sometimes called the hair cycle arrest, telogen defluxion or pattern baldness could be another cause. Alopecia could either be the cycle flank type or the post-clipping one. This is common in Nordic breeds of dogs such as the Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Shiba Inus and miniature poodles.

Similar to humans, dogs especially those that need regular hair cuts have an active hair cycle called anagen. This period is short lasting for about a month to one year the most during which the hair grows to its desired length. What follows is the telogen phase during which the hair stays at a particular length for a longer period.

In order to determine the real cause, you need to consult your veterinarian. While there is no standard test that can easily diagnose the alopecia X condition, your vet may perform a biopsy to determine any infection or inflammatory condition associated with the falling hair.

 

From Charity: I have an older dog and she just had her second litter(3 puppies). After she gave birth one of her puppies died. The next day i came home and saw another puppy was died. What is my dog going through?

Newborn puppies can die due to various causes. Some pups may lose interest in suckling or it can be that they’re ignored by the mother that they don’t survive at all. Other causes could be a cold, lack of milk, injury at birth or staying too long in the mother’s womb.

Streptococcal or staphylococcal infection can be another cause and this needs the immediate attention of your veterinarian. Your vet should give your pups antibiotics in this case.

Many puppies also die due to lack of warmth at the so-called whelping time or during the first few days or week. Make sure then that your kennel is in a very warm room and the dog’s bed has a covered hot water-bottle especially during winter.

The bag (amniotic sac) in which the puppy is born into, if not broken quickly at the head, could also cause suffocation of the pup which can lead to death.

To keep your other pups from dying, make sure you provide the mother with lots of fresh water and quality food. If they’re crying all the time or see signs of diarrhea or physical defects, bring them right away to your vet.

 

From Jennifer: How long do female chihuauas bleed for after giving birth? It's been about 2 weeks already, and she's still bleeding, is it normal?

You should bring your dog to the vet if she continues to bleed after giving birth and especially if the blood has an odor. Your veterinarian should give her a shot of oxytocin to ensure that everything is cleaned inside her womb and the placenta is already out. Sometimes too much nursing could also cause bleeding but not for long. Prolonged bleeding is a not a good sign as it could signal an infection and should, therefore, be given emergency care.

Chihuahuas in particular normally need a caesarian section procedure because oftentimes, their puppies are big and they’re not capable of delivering them the natural way. A Chihuahua can have from one to three litters, sometimes four. Not all of them, though, will live because of their small size.

Vaginal discharge colored green or black is normal after birth and may last for up to three weeks. A bloody discharge, however, is abnormal. This can be caused by the failure of the placenta to recede after birth.

Other causes of bloody discharge are clotting or coagulation disorders, cancer of the urogenital tract and trauma or presence of a foreign body in the vagina.

 

from Sara Slagle: Is it ok if you get water in your puppy/dogs ear while giving it a bath?

No, it’s never okay to get water in your dog’s ears. While bathing, always avoid getting water into your dog’s ears as this could cause ear infection. You can prevent water getting into the ears by capping each of them with your hand as you pour water over your dog. Avoid putting cotton ball in the ear opening as this can still draw water while you’re washing and rinsing your pet.

Never use soap and water in the ears. You can clean them later after bath using a cotton ball or cloth with a special dog ear cleaner or mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel. Do not use cotton swab as much as possible. Make sure you towel dry the ears as well after the bath. Do understand that moisture in the ears can also lead to infections.

Your dog’s ears are sensitive and delicate so keep them safe by examining and cleaning them at least every week as needed. Foreign objects in the outer ear could cause injury or infection so check this part often. Healthy ears should appear light pink inside without any bad smell or discharge.

 

from Jessica Dcunha: can i give my dog a bath during her heat cycle??? is it gonna harm her in any way?

Sure you can although it depends on how you feel about her condition. As long as your dog is healthy, bathing her while in heat should not be a major problem. It’s okay to give your female dog a bath even though she’s in heat just as it’s okay for females to take a bath when they have their monthly period. Dogs in heat or those that have bloody discharge usually know how to clean themselves including their vaginas but it won’t hurt if you give them a quick bath. Doing so will even relieve the discomfort and itching that they may experience while in the heat cycle. Just make sure that you dry them completely after bath to prevent chills and colds.

Everyone loves to have a clean dog all the time so bathe your dog on a regular basis suitable to his breed and environment. Ideally, you should bath your dog every two or three months.

 
Q from Sherry: My dog lost her litter of puppies. When will she come back in heat?

Dogs can be in heat even a few days after giving birth. You should learn the signs when a dog has come in season. These include bleeding from the vagina accompanied with swelling of the vulva and frequent urination. For small dogs, the bleeding may not be too much. Of course, a major sign that your pet is in heat again is the presence of male dogs hanging around your home.

Generally, female dogs experience their first cycle at age six months. Some dogs, though, may have their estrous cycle earlier while the others may have it as late as when they reach 14 months. This period normally lasts an average of three weeks although it may also vary. Some dogs can be in heat for two weeks while the others can have their cycle for four weeks.

During this cycle which usually occurs every six months or once a year for some, a female dog may get pregnant. This can happen after a male dog mounts a female canine.

 
Q from Annie Saldana: How long after the puppies are born do you start feeding the mother again?

Feeding your dog should be a continuous process and should not stop even when she gives birth to her litters. There’s more reason for you actually to feed her with quality food when she gives birth to regain her strength and nutrients she might have lost during pregnancy and while nursing her pups. Feeding her with the right food would also allow her to have more milk to feed her puppies. She needs all the vitamins and nutrients after delivering her pups.

Here’s a good and healthy recipe that you can try. Mix baked chicken with poached or baked eggs and add some ground up puppy food. Scrambled egg mixed with boiled chicken breast is also a good alternative. Brown rice with chicken broth is healthy food as well.

High quality puppy food is ideal as it has more nutrients which should be absorbed through the mother’s milk. You can add some cottage cheese to it as well for that extra calcium.

Another thing, get powdered milk replacer from a pet store and mix it with the food for added nutrients. Provide lots of water, too. Let your dog eat all she wants to make her strong.

 
Q from Pam: I have a Chiweenie (chihuahua/daschund mix) female who will be 4 months old 9/67/08. She has started sucking on the corner of a blanket and pushing her feet against it as though she is nursing from her mother. This is recent (1 week). I rescued her and don't know the situation of when she was weaned, but she eats food and treats appropriately, is active, healthy, somewhat housebroken (if my husband pays attention when he is home) and is crate trained for night sleeping. Is this something I should worry about? She also chews sticks from outside almost obsessively and I have noticed her eating dirt on occasion. I am giving her puppy vitamins along with a holistic brand of puppy food.
Your Chihuahua puppy might be nipping. This is the stage when they start to teethe such that they want to chew on anything that’s available. Chewing is their way of soothing their aching gums. While this is a normal behavior for young Chihuahas, you should discourage such act by saying “no” every time you see it chewing on other things except its toys. Be firm and consistent when you say no in order to let the pup know that you are serious. When you correct such behavior, do give the pup a chew toy instead. In this way, it will eventually learn to chew only the toys and not your fingers and blankets.
Keep in mind that Chihuahua puppies have already sharp teeth and they could hurt you. Teach your dog then the things he or she could chew on and those that should be off limits. Be sure also to praise him when you see him chewing on the appropriate toy. This should reinforce his desired behavior.
Your puppy’s chewing should stop by the time his adult teeth have appeared. However, don’t worry if he continues to chew on as he gets older. It’s just a sign of boredom or that he needs to relieve tension.
 

from deneen metala: We have a 8 year old golden retriever and she has recently stopped eating her dog food. She has been eating the same food her whole life. Around christmas time she stopped eating her food. we usually feed her about a cup and a half of food twice a day. She weighs between 50 and 53 pounds. WE have even tried another kind of dog food and she ate the whole first bowl but has stopped eating that also. She is still drinking her water but will go 2 to 3 days without food. we have covered the food with gravy to try to interest her but she will eat a little and lick the gravy off the rest. She will eat people food if she is offered some but thats all and that usually causes her to throw up. when she throws up it is bright yellow in color. What do you think could be wrong with her?? Do you have any suggestions?? Thanks for your advice.

A: With the changes in your dog’s eating behavior, it would be best to call your vet and tell him or her about your observations. There may be something wrong with your pet so he needs a checkup if possible to really determine the cause. A dog not eating for two to three days is definitely not okay. In the meantime, you can try feeding him with chicken soup and rice because this has worked for other dogs.

Loss of appetite could be a sign of a serious health problem so don’t wait any longer. Since you’ve already taken steps to feed him a variety of food other than his regular dog food but to no avail, your vet should be the best person to diagnose the problem. Food blockage could be a cause as you said your dog throws out when he eats human food and this problem can be determined only through an x-ray.
 
from Connie: I am in a mess! My female yorkiepoo is in heat and I have a male poodle. They are both almost 10 months. I know I should have already spayed and nutered but they are my babies and I kept putting it off. We have had no conection yet. Can I take my Male and have him spayed now or will he end up hurting hisself trying to bred afterwards. HELP!

Spaying and neutering dogs are very important to lengthen their lives and keep them healthy. Right, you should have done this when they were still puppies. Spaying or the removal of a female dog’s reproductive tract actually prevents your pet from experiencing the heat cycle that occurs twice a year and from getting pregnant. The advantage of spaying early such as between five and eight months is the fast recovery compared to those spayed in a later age. Early spaying does not in any way affect a dog’s growth and development.

Ideally, female dogs should be spayed before their first heat. Although vets can spay a dog even during her first heat, this is not the best time to do it. While in estrus or in heat, the uterine tissue is normally swollen and therefore, can experience more damage. Bleeding is also heavy at this stage hence surgery is risky. Tests are usually performed before surgery to determine your pet’s condition.

But with your situation, you need to consult with your vet due to the fact that you have a male dog in the same house while your female canine is in heat.

 
from Cassandra: Hello, my dog is a first time mother. She just gave birth to 3 puppies within 2 hours which came out dead. Then 6 hours later she gave birth to one and i was able to save that puppy, right after she had another one that was also dead. the next day i Headed out to school and when i came back she had giving birth to another puppy that turned out dead too. Later that night at around 12am,I heard her moving around a lot and saw a sack hanging out so i pulled it out and opened the pouch but that puppy was also dead. All of them had pink/purple paws that indicates they were alive inside. I am very concern and of course deeply sad. Is this normal for a first time mother? I feel that she wasnt pushing them out at the right time. I really need answers I am so confused and hurt. And what do you suggest I do for her next pregnancy? Should i let it be natural or a c section? Please answer back. Thank you.

Your dog might have had difficulty giving birth considering that she had a total of six puppies in her womb. Her other puppies could have been saved if the mother was brought right away to the vet or you could have just called the vet for instructions on what to do. A c-section may be performed by the vet for dogs with delivery problems. In worse cases, a mother dog could die while giving birth especially when the placenta does not come out.

Yes, it’s normal for dogs to give birth to puppies that may not make it alive after a few minutes or hours or days of delivery. Puppies can be born dead or can have deformities. Most dogs are also not comfortable giving birth when humans are near so it’s best to just watch at a distance. You can only intervene if there’s a serious problem like in your case. Puppies are born with a 20-minute interval. However, some may rest in between and may deliver again after a few hours. Consult your vet about the best method of delivery for your dog in her next pregnancy.

 
from Erica Martinez: Why doesn't my english bull dog start her period she only started once? She’s 2 years old.

female dogs go in heat twice a year. If your dog has only had one cycle in her two years of existence, then something may be wrong with her reproductive system. Delays or the absence of a heating cycle should not be ignored as this could lead to some serious medical conditions such as hypothyroidism or cystic follicles.

Consult your vet about this problem and ask for advice on what to do with your pet. Spaying may be recommended to prevent her from experiencing infections especially of the urinary tract and other health problems later on.

It could also be that your dog is experiencing the so-called silent heat which does not usually show the normal heat symptoms. The silent heat is the first estrus cycle during which ovulation takes place. The non-appearance of the symptoms may be due to the low strength of the hormones. If this is the case, you may have been unaware when your dog went through a silent heat.

 
Q from Pam: I have a Chiweenie (chihuahua/daschund mix) female who will be 4 months old 9/67/08. She has started sucking on the corner of a blanket and pushing her feet against it as though she is nursing from her mother. This is recent (1 week). I rescued her and don't know the situation of when she was weaned, but she eats food and treats appropriately, is active, healthy, somewhat housebroken (if my husband pays attention when he is home) and is crate trained for night sleeping. Is this something I should worry about? She also chews sticks from outside almost obsessively and I have noticed her eating dirt on occasion. I am giving her puppy vitamins along with a holistic brand of puppy food.

Your Chihuahua puppy might be nipping. This is the stage when they start to teethe such that they want to chew on anything that’s available. Chewing is their way of soothing their aching gums. While this is a normal behavior for young Chihuahas, you should discourage such act by saying “no” every time you see it chewing on other things except its toys. Be firm and consistent when you say no in order to let the pup know that you are serious. When you correct such behavior, do give the pup a chew toy instead. In this way, it will eventually learn to chew only the toys and not your fingers and blankets. 

Keep in mind that Chihuahua puppies have already sharp teeth and they could hurt you. Teach your dog then the things he or she could chew on and those that should be off limits. Be sure also to praise him when you see him chewing on the appropriate toy. This should reinforce his desired behavior. 

Your puppy’s chewing should stop by the time his adult teeth have appeared. However, don’t worry if he continues to chew on as he gets older. It’s just a sign of boredom or that he needs to relieve tension.

 
from marcellus: my pit-bull had her puppies today and i need to move her to a bigger cage can i move her puppies and if i touch with cloves her puppies will she still feed them?

As much as possible, avoid touching or moving newly born puppies. Unless it’s needed and you see the mother dog having difficulty whelping her pups, just don’t touch them yet. Give them a few weeks before you try moving them to a bigger place. Additionally, only one individual or the person who is closest to the dog should do this.

Dogs who have just given birth don’t want to be disturbed. They want some privacy to enable them to enjoy their little ones. Puppies also need to be alone with their mom so they can suckle and bond with her. Sometimes it’s hard to resist the urge to touch them but not just yet. It’s best if you could just observe them at a distance and leave them in a quite environment for several weeks. Avoid letting other people other than you visit or touch the puppies as diseases can easily be passed on to them and there’s also a risk that the mother might ignore the pups for good if they’re disturbed. If you see some problems, only your vet can look into their condition.

 
from Amanda: Our 9yr old lab and 7yr old fiest eat cat pooh. They are constantly searching our yard for these morsels. We have two cats who go outside, so there's plenty of fodder for this bad habit!! What are they lacking in their diet that we need to supplement? We feed them Nutro for Seniors. Please help!

It is absolutely normal for dogs to eat cat waste. They just find it tasteful. Contrary to what you and other dog owners believe, this behavior is not a sign that your canine is lacking in nutrients.

Cat stool has been found to be rich in proteins and bacteria which some dogs find good to eat. However, it should not be this way. Be strict about this and discourage your dog from eating cat poop as it can get diseases and other parasites from habitually doing this.

Now since you have two cats at home, the best thing you can do is clean the litterbox as often as you can. Another tip is to use a meat tenderizer on your cat food. This won’t cause a change in cat food taste but when it comes out as waste results in a bitter taste. A veterinary product called Forbid can also be used in the same way. For other options, check with your veterinarian.

 
from Contessta: My sister's dog has had her first litter of puppies and there happen to be 11 but two died. She's a pittbull and husky mix and the father was a pittbull, shepard, and rottie. She had a normal birth and everything. But the pups chewed up her nipples pretty good at some points, they healed. The problem is, after a month the pups have left and milk is no more, two bumps appeared on the first set of nipples to the side and they feel like it's either a parasite or a blood clot possibly, when you squeeze the nipples softly, they leak blood. I can't figure what it is and we're not able to take her to a vet yet. I fear it might get worse if I have nothing to do

Your dog could have an infection of the mammary glands known as mastitis. This condition should not be ignored so you better bring your pet to the vet right away to prevent the problem from worsening.

Mastitis is more than just sore breasts resulting from breastfeeding. It is not a normal condition but painful which could make your dog very uncomfortable. Also, the milk produced by the mammary glands could become infected as a result of an increased immune response which eventually could affect the health of the puppies. Antibiotics are usually prescribed for this problem and while the mother is being treated, you can just bottle feed her puppies.

Avoid applying any cream or liquid medicine especially when you see an open wound. But as a first aid, you may use warm compress on the nipples twice a day. Do this when the pups are not nursing. As for your pups, make sure to trim their nails as these can also cause scratches on their mom’s nipples and surrounding tissue when feeding.

 
from David: My wife has a female Lab that had a litter of 7 pups. The pups are 8 weeks old now and the female is getting bald spots all over her body. I had a female Lab do this several years ago. What could cause this?

Dogs normally shed their hair after giving birth much like humans do. Some dogs usually those that belong to the double coat and long coat breeds shed more hair than the others. Breeds that shed hair the least are those that have single coat such as the terrier, Schnauzers and poodles.

While it is normal for dogs to shed hair notably during the spring season to make way for new hair growth, some dogs such as the females may also shed their coats after experiencing a stressful situation. These situations include undergoing surgery, getting sick, giving birth and living in an uncomfortable and strange environment.

There are things you can do to lessen your dog’s shedding. Brush the canine and give her a bath every day. If she’s okay with it, you can use a vacuum as well. It’s not ideal, however, to shave your dog as this could cause sunburns, increased risk of insect bites and colds.

 

from mark:

Hi,we have a toy poodle,she gave birth to 2 pups on oct 25th, she had a little blood on pee pad last night nov. 4th and also our male poodle keeps sniffing at her rear. does this mean she is going in heat again?

It is just normal to see discharge from your female dogs after they deliver their puppies. A dark red bloody discharge should be normal. As time goes by, this should eventually get lighter in color until it stops. Similar to humans, a dog’s uterus also has to get rid of the lining needed during pregnancy the reason for this continued bleeding.
However, you should also know that female dogs that have just given birth can start their heat cycle again even after only a few days. The heat or estrus cycle occurs twice each year and each cycle last for about three weeks on the average. Bleeding is a major sign for dogs in heat. Blood usually comes from the swollen vulva and frequent urination is also observed.
Another sign is the presence of male dogs near the female canine. The males will be very persistent but the female will normally not allow any breeding to take place at the initial phase of the heat cycle.
 

from virginia:

How long after having pups can a dog be spade?

Ideally, male and female dogs should be neutered and spayed as early as six months of age. Older dogs, however, can still undergo this surgical procedure as long as they are healthy. Initial tests will be required to ensure their health condition.

As for female dogs, they can be spayed even when in their heat cycle or are pregnant. For pregnant dogs, spaying can be performed a few days before they’re scheduled to give birth although this can be more expensive and longer to take. For dogs that have just given birth, the best time to spay them is when they have weaned their puppies usually in about eight weeks and when their milk has completely dried up. This should not be a problem then especially if your pet is healthy and eating quality food. Ask your vet for more advice.

Spaying is important if you no longer want more puppies and want to give your pet dog a longer and quality life.

 
from Susan: my yorkie whelped on the 26th of September. When should I expect her to come in heat again. She is AKC and I need to be sure she does not breed during her next cycle in order to register her pups.

Dogs can be in heat again immediately after birth the reason why it’s very important for you to observe the common symptoms. These are bloody discharge, swollen vulva, presence of male dogs and mounting behavior. However, it is also possible for your dog to experience a silent heat with no noticeable symptoms which could just leave you guessing.

Don’t despair, though, as there are ways to confirm if your dog is in heat. First, you can have her undergo a blood test to monitor her progesterone levels. Secondly, if ever a silent heat occurred, you could still have known it due to the presence of a male dog in your home’s vicinity. Remember, dogs have a strong sense of smell and even when in silent heat, the males could still know about a female’s hormonal odor. Finally, the best way to confirm the heat cycle is through a check up with your vet with you providing details of your dog’s last heat and whelping date.

 
from Brianna: hi. I have a rat terrier dog with the name of Buddy. My mom's friend has puppies that is a cocker spainiel mininature pincher mix (CSMPM). The CSMPM is a little boy. do you think these dogs are able to live together in my small house? I need to know ASAP! Thanks.

Having two breeds of dogs in the house should not be a problem if both have gentle temperaments and can easily be trained. Rat terriers are energetic, bossy, impulsive, independent, clever and sometimes stubborn. Being the active ones, they need regular activities to keep them busy otherwise, they would bark and do destructive acts like chewing stuff. Some of them can be dominant or aggressive especially to other dog breeds. Rat terriers are actually not ideal household pets and are recommended for obedience class.

Cocker spaniels, meanwhile, are moody, aggressive with a biting instinct. They have a tendency to growl or snap when reprimanded making them not ideal for families with children. When unhappy like being left alone for hours in the house, they could chew on things and bark.

Basing on their behavior, it’s not recommended to have a rat terrier and cocker spaniel live in one house. They could be aggressive towards each other. A very good trainer or behaviorist can be of great help to you.

 
from Linda Rounds: My bitch has not long had a litter of puppies but they all died. It has only been a week since they have died. My dog is sniffing around her constantly, is it possible that she has come back into season and should we watch them whilst they are together. Could she get pregnant again so soon.

On the average, female dogs come back in season about six months after her first breeding. There are some dogs, though, that experience more than two heat cycles in a year depending on the breed. The clear signs to watch out for include bleeding, swollen vulva, presence of male dogs in the vicinity and mounting behavior. Don’t be confused, though, with bloody discharge because this is normal for female dogs that have just given birth. This should be dark red in color which becomes lighter before it stops.

It’s indeed a pity to see a mother dog with no surviving puppies. But sometimes, it’s better that way instead of letting the pups survive and experience serious health problems later on. Make sure also that you don’t bury the dead puppies right away. Let the mother be with them for awhile to let her be aware of what happened and not give her stress finding them. Your dog’s sniffing may just be a sign that she’s looking for her little ones who did not survive.

 
from Mariel: My dog got a vaccine of anti rabies. after 1 month we found out that she was pregnant the time she got vaccine. she gave birth with one puppy. what will happen to the puppy if her mother got vaccine while she was pregnant. we observe that the puppy was have no hole in his ears and his eyes was not opened. its already 5 days after she gave birth. how many days when puppy open his eyes and walk?
There are risks associated with vaccinating a pregnant dog. There are some instances, though, that may require your pet to be vaccinated such as when traveling or the health of the mother dog is at risk. Ideally, vaccinations are not recommended for pregnant dogs. The first phase of pregnancy is critical for the development of the fetus hence, vaccines that are modified live are not safe in any stage. Killed vaccines, however, may be given but only in the later phase if really needed to protect the mother’s health. Vaccines help dogs by stimulating their body to make antibodies that will enable them to attack diseases. The antibodies are passed on to the puppies through the mother’s milk. The best time to vaccinate a pregnant dog should be before she is bred to ensure that she and her puppies are well protected. Anti-rabies vaccines help protect dogs and people they happen to bite as well. As for puppies, it is during the first two to three weeks when their eyes will open. During this stage, they will already respond to light, movement and sounds around them. They should also start crawling at this time.
 
from Rosa: My Mothers' Chihuahua had puppies a few weeks ago,they now have thier eyes open and we are wondering how soon we can bathe the puupies and when will they be ready to leave thir mother?? Thank you for your help.
You don’t have to worry about cleaning newly born puppies because the mother will do that after giving birth. She will usually lick every part of their body. You can initially use baby wipes to keep them clean. When they’re older about three to four months old, that’s when you can give them a bath. It may take more than two weeks to wean your Chihuahua puppies. They will continue to feed from their mom but you can already try offering them puppy formula every now and then. They may reject it at first but once they get used to its taste, they will no longer hesitate to eat them on a regular basis. Offer the formula on a large platter so that every puppy can get in and have a taste test. To avoid any mess, make sure to put some newspaper underneath the platter and clean up your puppies afterwards with a damp wash cloth.
 
from Emily Price: We are getting a puppy from the pound and she is being sprayed on Saturday. I was wondering how long I have to wait to bathe her. She does not smell so great so I was just wondering. Thanks.
A newly spayed dog should not be given a bathe right away. Wait at least a week or two before you do this to allow the wound to completely heal. However, you can keep them clean by wiping the body with a warm washcloth except for the sutured part. You can also use pet or baby wipes as well as waterless powder shampoo. Remember that spaying is considered a major surgical procedure that removed the reproductive tract of your female dog. General anesthesia is normally given. Good if a laser surgery was performed because the stitches will fall off by themselves but if it’s a regular surgery, staples are used which means you should wait for the wound to heal first before giving your dog a bath. Sometimes, the sutured area could become swollen so be careful about this. A skin could also loosen in that part. In bathing, make sure to use a puppy shampoo for your pup. Use only flea/tick products or shampoos for older dogs.
 
from Lachrisha: I have a 1 year old male english bulldog. We recently got another 12 week old male English bulldog. The older one is constantly on top of the little one. He wants to lick the little one all the time on the head and ears. Is there anything I can do to get him to stop?

Older English bulldogs can have a dominant behavior such as the constant mounting of your older pet to your younger bulldog. One way to stop this behavior is to apply the alpha status approach which takes away all your pet’s privileges to teach him a lesson. A part of this is to keep all the toys in a closet where your pet can’t see them and bring them out only when it’s time to play. If at first he ignores them, continue what you were doing. The point here is not to allow your dog to get what he wants.

Always be firm when you try to discipline your bulldog especially about his mounting behavior. Get him off the smaller dog by force if possible. Patience is also key to successfully change his dominant personality. If all else fails, though, your best bet is to enroll your pet in an obedience class so that he can learn about good manners and how to earn the respect of his owner.
 
from Joey Lowell: Hi my dog just had a litter about 9 weeks ago. When will she be in heat again,and when will she have her next litter of puppies? Thanks, Joey.

Dogs come in season at least twice each year after every six months. Depending on their breeds, they however differ in their heat cycle as some experience it early in life while the others go through this in a later stage. The heat cycle normally lasts for three weeks on the average.

Not all heat cycles show the usual symptoms. There is also the so-called silent heat during which a female dog may not show the signs. You may only know about this if a male dog comes near your home. The reason is that a male dog’s strong sense of smell can make him aware that a female is in heat through that distinct hormonal scent.

Dogs that have just given birth may experience their estrus cycle again in even a short time after delivery. You would know then if your pet is ready to breed when she shows a flirty behavior, her tail is up and wagging, willing to stand and show her vulva and her vaginal discharge becomes pinkish in color.

 
from Bev: Yes, i would like to know if a dogs heats change after having a puppy? Like do thay have them closer together. And don't show signs that thay are in heat. Thank You Bev

Female dogs may not follow a regular heat cycle period. After she experiences her first heat, she can also start to breed if you allow her. Signs that show your pet is ready to be bred are a flirty behavior, the wagging of her tail especially when male dogs are around and her standing up to show her vulva. Additionally, the dark red discharge becomes pinkish in color.

A dog that has given birth to her first litter is capable of breeding during her next heat cycle or when she’s fertile again. Keep in mind, though, that it’s not advisable to let your dog breed once more when she still has puppies to take care of. With nine living puppies, a mother needs to be with them while they’re in the nursing stage yet. Let your dog’s reproductive system rest for quite some time before allowing her to breed again. Pregnancy and giving birth can be stressful to them, too.

 
from Annie: Is it okay to bathe a dog while she is in the bleeding stage of her heat?

Good hygiene is critical for any dog and most especially for the females who are in heat. Those in heat experience bleeding similar to a woman having her menstrual period. Dogs know how to clean themselves so there’s no rush in giving her a bath at this time. Being in heat can provide discomfort to the dog but you can do some things to make her comfortable.

To prevent blood spots around the house, let your dog wear a disposable diaper pull-up pants or perhaps a small boy’s underwear with the fly on her. Before putting the underwear on, put a light days pad on the shorts and put the pants on backwards with the tail coming out of the fly. The mini pad should be changed regularly during the day to keep it from overflowing. In case your dog wants to relieve herself outside the house, don’t forget to take off the pants first.

 
from Lachrisha:

I have a 1 year old male english bulldog. We recently got another 12 week old male english bulldog. The older one is constantly on top of the little one. He wants to lick the little one all the time on the head and ears. Is there anything I can do to get him to stop?

Older English bulldogs can have a dominant behavior such as the constant mounting of your older pet to your younger bulldog. One way to stop this behavior is to apply the alpha status approach which takes away all your pet’s privileges to teach him a lesson. A part of this is to keep all the toys in a closet where your pet can’t see them and bring them out only when it’s time to play. If at first he ignores them, continue what you were doing. The point here is not to allow your dog to get what he wants.

Always be firm when you try to discipline your bulldog especially about his mounting behavior. Get him off the smaller dog by force if possible. Patience is also key to successfully change his dominant personality. If all else fails, though, your best bet is to enroll your pet in an obedience class so that he can learn about good manners and how to earn the respect of his owner.

 
from joey lowell:  Hi my dog just had a litter about 9 weeks ago.When will she be in heat again,and when will she have her next litter of puppys? Thanks, joey.

Dogs come in season at least twice each year after every six months. Depending on their breeds, they however differ in their heat cycle as some experience it early in life while the others go through this in a later stage. The heat cycle normally lasts for three weeks on the average.

Not all heat cycles show the usual symptoms. There is also the so-called silent heat during which a female dog may not show the signs. You may only know about this if a male dog comes near your home. The reason is that a male dog’s strong sense of smell can make him aware that a female is in heat through that distinct hormonal scent.

Dogs that have just given birth may experience their estrus cycle again in even a short time after delivery. You would know then if your pet is ready to breed when she shows a flirty behavior, her tail is up and wagging, willing to stand and show her vulva and her vaginal discharge becomes pinkish in color.

 
from bev: Yes, i would like to know if a dogs heats change after having a puppy? Like do thay have them closer together. And don't show signs that thay are in heat. Thank You Bev

Female dogs may not follow a regular heat cycle period. After she experiences her first heat, she can also start to breed if you allow her. Signs that show your pet is ready to be bred are a flirty behavior, the wagging of her tail especially when male dogs are around and her standing up to show her vulva. Additionally, the dark red discharge becomes pinkish in color.

A dog that has given birth to her first litter is capable of breeding during her next heat cycle or when she’s fertile again. Keep in mind, though, that it’s not advisable to let your dog breed once more when she still has puppies to take care of. With nine living puppies, a mother needs to be with them while they’re in the nursing stage yet. Let your dog’s reproductive system rest for quite some time before allowing her to breed again. Pregnancy and giving birth can be stressful to them, too.

 
from Annie: Is it okay to bathe a dog while she is in the bleeding stage of her heat?

Good hygiene is critical for any dog and most especially for the females who are in heat. Those in heat experience bleeding similar to a woman having her menstrual period. Dogs know how to clean themselves so there’s no rush in giving her a bath at this time. Being in heat can provide discomfort to the dog but you can do some things to make her comfortable.

To prevent blood spots around the house, let your dog wear a disposable diaper pull-up pants or perhaps a small boy’s underwear with the fly on her. Before putting the underwear on, put a light days pad on the shorts and put the pants on backwards with the tail coming out of the fly. The mini pad should be changed regularly during the day to keep it from overflowing. In case your dog wants to relieve herself outside the house, don’t forget to take off the pants first.

 
from Shari: I have a 1.5 year old chihuahua-shitzu mix. Ninty percent of the time he is a sweetheart. Unfortunately, the other 10% he is a demon child. He is extremely possessive so we can not give him bones or chew toys. He is also possessive of my husband. He has actually attacked me when I have tried to wake my husband up in the morning. He is also very tempermental when he is tired. We've tried a few things that we have seen on animal planet and they have helped in some areas. My biggest concern is that we’re about to have our first child and I am worried that once the baby is up and crawling that my dog will attack our child. Do you have any suggestions on how we may tame the beast within our puppy?

It takes some training to be able to tame your Chihuahua-Shitzu dog. Training, however, should start as soon as possible because the more you delay, the more will have a hard time to deal with your pet’s aggressive behavior. Be prepared for some challenges along the way but what you can also do is to have a deeper understanding of your dog’s character.

Chihuahuas are very fragile and smart dogs. But they can be stubborn and can manipulate you. So keep in mind that when training the dog, you have to be firm and consistent. If you’re unsure of what type of training to give, you can consult a professional dog trainer to get some tips on how best to tame your pet at home. If this is not a good option for you, you may choose to send your dog to a formal training class.

Finally, make sure that while you want to be a good friend to your dog, you should ensure first to be a leader to your dog. It’s you that your dog should follow and not the other way around.

 
from Priscella: Can a female dog be taken to the groomers if she is in heat at the time?

Yes, absolutely. Even when in heat, you can bring your female dog to the groomer. In this way, your dog will be properly cleaned and become more comfortable. You may decide to have her hair trimmed especially in the rear part to prevent the area from getting messy as a result of her discharges and urine.

You should understand, though, that female dogs in heat know how to clean themselves. They actually clean their vaginas by licking the area. Sometimes, it would be better to leave them as is when they’re in heat especially if the dog is experiencing a swollen vagina. Bringing them to the groomer may just give them some discomfort.

A dog’s heat cycle lasts for about three weeks. If you know your dog very well, you should at least bring it to the groomer before her heat cycle starts. At least, you are giving her an early treat.

 
from trish: hi we have a 2 year old staff bitch that we think is having puppies. the last few days she has been acting realy strange she has lost some mucas and a brown water discharge that was 2 days ago no signs of her going into labour .then on her 3rd day she has lost a green dischargh is this normal as im getting worried now.

Your dog may indeed be experiencing labor pains as she goes through the whelping stages. The mucous discharge is already a symptom. You should know that a liquid discharge is already a sign that the amniotic sac has broken even before the puppies come out. The breaking of the sac before the delivery of the puppies is normal but your dog may be in danger if it takes quite some time for the puppies to come out of the vagina.

The role of the liquid in the amniotic sac is to lubricate the vagina while the puppies pass through it. If the vagina dries up, a more difficult delivery may occur.

If your dog’s delivery of her puppies become delayed, it’s best to take it to the vet as soon as possible. Your vet should know what to do. Most likely, he or she will help stimulate contractions by inserting fingers into the vagina.

 
from pauline: my shitzu dog just gave birth yesterday november 01,2009 to a healthy three puppies.Actually they are 4 but the last litter was dead when it came out with protruding eyes and the head was open.Anyway at least we have 3 new healthy puppies.My question is when can I bring my dog to a grooming center because she smells so bad because of the blood that stains all over her reproductive area and hair because of giving birth.Is it ok to bath her immediately while she just gave birth yesterday?

Ideally, female dogs that have just given birth should be given their needed privacy. A mother dog would want to bond with her pups and feed them after birth. For this reason, it does not want to be away from her litter as much as possible. You need not worry so much about her awful smell because dogs very well know how to keep themselves clean.

But if you really wish your dog to be cleaned, you can give it a quick bath. It would also be okay to bring your female dog to the groomer. Just make sure that you instruct the groomer to do the cleaning quickly as you would not want your pet to be away from her litter for long. You would know if your dog wants to be away for a while but if you think she’s not ready, don’t force her to go with you.

 

from Sherry: My dog lost her litter of puppies. When will she come back in heat?

Dogs can be in heat even a few days after giving birth. You should learn the signs when a dog has come in season. These include bleeding from the vagina accompanied with swelling of the vulva and frequent urination. For small dogs, the bleeding may not be too much. Of course, a major sign that your pet is in heat again is the presence of male dogs hanging around your home.
Generally, female dogs experience their first cycle at age six months. Some dogs, though, may have their estrous cycle earlier while the others may have it as late as when they reach 14 months. This period normally lasts an average of three weeks although it may also vary. Some dogs can be in heat for two weeks while the others can have their cycle for four weeks.
During this cycle which usually occurs every six months or once a year for some, a female dog may get pregnant. This can happen after a male dog mounts a female canine.
 

from Pam: I have a Chiweenie (chihuahua/daschund mix) female who will be 4 months old 9/67/08. She has started sucking on the corner of a blanket and pushing her feet against it as though she is nursing from her mother. This is recent (1 week). I rescued her and don't know the situation of when she was weaned, but she eats food and treats appropriately, is active, healthy, somewhat housebroken (if my husband pays attention when he is home) and is crate trained for night sleeping. Is this something I should worry about? She also chews sticks from outside almost obsessively and I have noticed her eating dirt on occasion. I am giving her puppy vitamins along with a holistic brand of puppy food.

Your Chihuahua puppy might be nipping. This is the stage when they start to teethe such that they want to chew on anything that’s available. Chewing is their way of soothing their aching gums. While this is a normal behavior for young Chihuahas, you should discourage such act by saying “no” every time you see it chewing on other things except its toys. Be firm and consistent when you say no in order to let the pup know that you are serious. When you correct such behavior, do give the pup a chew toy instead. In this way, it will eventually learn to chew only the toys and not your fingers and blankets.
Keep in mind that Chihuahua puppies have already sharp teeth and they could hurt you. Teach your dog then the things he or she could chew on and those that should be off limits. Be sure also to praise him when you see him chewing on the appropriate toy. This should reinforce his desired behavior.
Your puppy’s chewing should stop by the time his adult teeth have appeared. However, don’t worry if he continues to chew on as he gets older. It’s just a sign of boredom or that he needs to relieve tension.
 
from Sheila: I have two Chihuahuas, father and son. They have started to play a little too rough for me. The little one (who is 1yr.) is biting and trying to hump his dad. Is this a normal behavior? The dad in turn is doing the same thing. Are they trying to see who is the big dog in the house?
Chihuahuas , despite their small size, are full of energy and personality. They are natural jumpers and climbers and use their front paws often similar to cats. And yes, biting is a normal behavior of Chihuahua dogs. In fact, obedience instructors and behavioral consultants confirm many of this breed have neurotic behaviors that include biting, yapping and nastiness. They can even manipulate you if you’re not consistent and firm enough in training them about the proper way they should behave.
You must understand, though, that not all Chihuahuas share the same personality. Some are energetic, some are not. Some are stubborn while others are sweet. So if you have this breed of dog, there’s no way to determine what kind of personality he or she will have during the growing years. Keep in mind that even the purebred puppies do not grow up to have a standard behavior and personality.
If you want your Chihuahuas to behave well, then proper training and socializing skills should be taught to them. Start the training while they’re still young.
 

from Roland: How can I tell how many puppies my dog is having? I have a Chihuahua and she had puppies 8 weeks ago. When can she become pregnant again?

The best way to know the number of puppies your dog is going to have is by bringing her to the veterinarian. An x-ray is the most effective method of determine how many puppies are inside your dog. At around 45 days of pregnancy, an x-ray can already show fetal skeletons.
Your vet should also perform an ultrasound on your dog which is just a simple procedure requiring you to only hold your pet still. Normally, when your dog is around her 25th day of conception, fetal heartbeats can already be detected. Other ways to confirm a dog’s pregnancy include a blood test to determine the presence of a hormone known as relaxing and an exterior physical examination of the stomach.
Your dog can get pregnant again any time when she is returns to her heat cycle. And this can happen even a few days after giving birth. You can detect when your pet is in cycle again through the swelling of her vulva, vaginal bleeding and of course, the presence of male dogs within the vicinity of your house. However, if you don’t want your dog to get pregnant yet, by all means don’t let any male dog come near her. If no dog mounts her, there won’t be any chance of her becoming pregnant.
 

from Patsy: At what age does a female stop going into heat?

Female dogs will always go into heat throughout their lifetime. The heat cycle does not stop even in their old age but the interval between their heats just increases as they grow older and reach their senior years.
Heat cycles for female dogs tend to vary. Some come in season every six months, some four months while the others just once a year. The heat cycle can last for as short as 7-10 days or as long as three to four weeks.
In their early years, dogs usually have regular heat cycle. As they get older, the heat periods will have longer intervals. The heat cycle does not completely stop, though. Big dogs can be considered in their senior ages when they reach the age of six and eight or nine years for smaller dogs.
The estrus or heat cycles as well as the length of this period may change in some dogs. This can be due to hormonal issues including low levels of thyroid hormone or the condition known as hypothyroidism.
The heat cycle may be stopped temporarily through the administration of hormonal medications such as in the case of dogs used for breeding. Spaying at about six months of age is another effective way of controlling the heat cycle and it lowers your pet’s desire to look for a mate.
 
from Yolanda Rincon: I have a female dog that has gone into heat for the second time and she is always attempting to mount my male dog (both labs). I don't want her to get pregnant yet, but my male dog does not show any interest in her what so ever. Is that normal behavior?
Yes, it is normal. Do understand that it’s not only the male dogs that do the mounting because female dogs can do that to the males, too, notably when they’re in heat. However, it is not always that a male dog will show interest in a female dog in heat. Most often, male dogs are persistent to mount the females during their proestrus period when bleeding takes place.
A female dog that is in season, especially one that ovulates, will always have the habit of mounting males even though the males do not show any interest. She will then have a strong, distinct smell that even dogs from a distance can smell. Other signals that she’s ready to breed include the flagging of her tail, backing her butt up to your leg and her teats become more noticeable with a pinkish color.
Your decision not to let your dog get pregnant at this time is okay. It’s ideal to breed on the third heat cycle of your dog or when she reaches the age of one and a half to two years old like what most breeders do. You may also want to have your pet undergo genetic testing through your vet to make sure she’s completely ready for breeding.
 

from Donna: My dog just had a puppy this morning. This is her second liter. She is a very prissy dog that loves to be groomed and cleaned. As expected, she is a bit of a mess from the birthing. How soon and well can I bathe her? I would not dream of taking her to the groomer as she could bring something home to the pup, but I am afraid she will get depressed from being messy. This happened with her first litter. She and the pup will be going to the vet in the morning. What is the best way to clean her up?

No, don’t bathe your dog just yet. Wait for at least a week or two to three weeks before you give her a bath. Being a new mom, your dog needs to take care of her pups first and she knows how to clean herself. Besides, her uterus and vulva are still dilated so bathing her might only lead to infection.
Bathing means you’re taking your dog away from her pups and this might not be a good idea as she would only feel frantic not seeing her litters. Be careful as well because some dogs don’t want anybody near them even their owners after giving birth. They’re prone to biting people so wait for the proper time.
What you should do to keep her clean is to use unscented baby wipes or if there are doggie bath wipes available, a soft cloth or warm damp towel. Wipe your dog down when the puppies are sleeping and provide them with a clean bed to make them comfortable.
When it’s time to bathe her, make sure to use a mild shampoo only and wash her private parts well so your pet would feel clean. Dry her completely to avoid chills.
 
from SHANNON: I have a dog that starting to have her 2nd litter of pups. She has had three around 6 am this morning and has had no more. Is it normal for them to have a smaller litter than the first? She is a husky.
Yes, it’s absolutely normal for dogs to have smaller number of puppies in their second and third litter or even in their first. On the average, a female dog can produce two litters in one year depending on the breed and size. Each litter may have from six to 10 puppies. In six years, one dog and her offspring are capable of producing about 67,000 puppies.
Don’t be surprised if the number of puppies your dog produces differs from the previous litter. Dogs that breed for the first time tend to have fewer pups or even just one. Since you have a husky, the average number of puppies is six although it can also be two to eight. They can live up to 15 years of age.
Of all the breeds in existence, the nap mastiff holds the record for having the most number of puppies in a litter with 24. Normally, smaller dogs have few pups of two or three. The Pomeranian has only two while those with three include the terrier, dachshund, spaniel, and pinscher.
A trivia here. Did you know that 15 puppies are born for every human baby that is delivered into this world?
 

from Jen: I have kind of a strange question that I can't find the answer to anywhere. I have a dog and a cat. My cat is 4 years old. My dog will be 4 in October. They were raised together and are great together. However, sometimes my dog, who is much larger (an Australian Shepherd) than the cat, will try to bite the cat's head. I don't mean nip-at biting. I mean putting the cat's whole head in her mouth. I don't think it is actually "biting (I always pull the dog away immediately. So I don't really know what would happen)." It looks more like when she picks up one of her toy tennis balls. Oddly enough, the cat never freaks out about it. What is going on?

It’s a normal form of play for dogs to do that but this should be controlled if possible. Many pet owners have experienced this as well. Although there’s really nothing to worry about, this may eventually hurt your cat or worse could kill your cat.

Do not allow rough play between your dog and cat. Be firm when scolding your dog about his rude behavior. Dogs are also bigger than cats and these feline pets are quite defenseless. If you don’t want to see rough playing again, better put a leash on your dog and keep it away from the feline.

If you’re having a hard time disciplining your dog, you may enroll him in an obedience class. The class will teach him how to control himself and behave in the presence of the cat. Additionally if you’re away from the house, never allow your dog to be together with the cat. It’s best that you put your dog in his crate or kennel.
 

from Antonietta: I have 6 month old pups that were just spayed yesterday. How long should I wait before I can give them a bath?

Spaying is a delicate process. It’s actually a surgical procedure that requires healing post operative. The stitches on your dog’s genitalia will first need to be taken out or should be dissolved before you can give your pet a bath. Give her at least 10 to 14 days to make sure the wound has totally healed and dried.

While in the healing stage, just use damp washcloth or perhaps doggie or baby wipes to clean your pup. Avoid touching the stitched area. There’s also a waterless or powder shampoo you can use but avoid those for teas and flicks. Pick the mild one for your puppy. A quick bath will do so that you won’t get your puppy cold and chilling.

 
from Quenton: How much should i feed my 65 lb boxer mix with dry food?

Concentrate on giving your boxer dog all natural food more than dog food. By providing your pet with natural food, you can control the nutrients that he or she eats whereas if you go for the ready to eat dog food, you may not be able to control the supplements.

Based on the BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet, you should give your boxer dog raw meat and raw meaty bones as well as muscle meats, raw processed veggies, fish, eggs, whole oat, rye, fruit and dairy products. Yogurt may also be given. Avoid giving them grapes or raisins as these have been found to cause kidney failure in dogs.

Meat should be a main ingredient in your boxer’s diet. Pork and poultry are recommended and other high-fiber food. Fiber content should not exceed four percent while crude protein should be at least 30 percent and crude fat should not be lower than 20 percent.

 
from jazmin: my dog just had puppies and know she acting crazy walking around everywhere whats wrong with her?

Some female dogs may act strange after giving birth. Unusual behavior will be very evident especially if the mother dog is separated from her litter. This is the reason why dogs that just gave birth need to be given their privacy to allow them to bond with their puppies and feed them as well. Dogs are very sensitive and they know when they’re being watched all the time so provide your pet with a private place where they are not seen by humans.

Strange behaviors shown by dog could also mean they are suffering from stress, fear and anxiety. Symptoms include whining, barking and being restless most of the time. If you observe your pet to be showing her out of the usual behavior, you may consult your vet about it to get tips on how to manage your dog.

 
from PLS: It is about time for my dog to go in heat but there is no swelling. She is starting to act weird. She doesn't want to eat, or drink hardly anything, She doesn't wanna jump on anything, She acts like she doesn't even wanna walk, sometimes she will just stand there and shake. I just had 1 inch of hair shaved off of her yesterday. I don't know if it is because I had her shaved or because she is going in heat or something more serious and I should take her to the vet?

Female dogs can really act strange when they’re in their heat cycle. They may refuse to eat and move around because of an ill feeling. Normally, a female dog will spend so much time licking herself. This stage is very similar to the menstrual period of humans during which females go through some stomach and back pains and anxiety that they would prefer to just stay in bed.

The first stage of the heat cycle is usually the time when the dog feels weak and this may last for a week. Extreme behaviors are evident at this time from being aggressive and temperamental to being nervous and sickly. This is due to the changes that take place inside her body that causes the dog to feel ill. From there, the dog’s heat cycle moves to the second stage during which bleeding and swelling of the vulva occur.

If the silent and weak behavior continues, check with your veterinarian.
 

from doggyman: my dogs are 11 months male and female prolly a year they wound up tied is it ok if theyve done it more than once i mean could it hurt the mom or puppies.

Dogs are social animals and in one way or another would always like to look for a mate. A female dog is ready for breeding when she reaches her first year or before two years of age.

It is not always that a male and female dog succeeds in mating every time they do it. Sometimes, the male dog may not be able to penetrate his penis for reasons that the female tends to move so much. When successful, though, a tie can occur forming a genital lock. During this time, the dog’s penis gets very swollen that the two dogs get locked up. This normally occurs for 15 minutes during which the pair becomes calm and inactive.

A female dog in heat is very willing to accept male dogs near her so you shouldn’t worry so much if your dogs mate several times in a day more so that they live in one house.

 
from patricia: i have a questin . my dog just had a puppy 5 days ago . how long does it take for her to be well?she still bleeds...is that normal?

dogs may continue to experience having discharges such as bleeding even after giving birth. The discharge can go on for several weeks but it should not be a bright red blood. It should be a dark green to black discharge which could go on for days or even up to three weeks. Watery and blood discharge is not a good sign because it could mean that the placenta did not recede. If you observe pus and bloody red discharge, you should bring her right away to the vet for check up.

Feed your pet with the right food and water to allow her to regain her energy. Delivering puppies is a stressful experience hence as a pet owner, you should do your best to let your dog eat and rest with her litter. Foods like yogurt, cottage cheese and chicken broth are best.

 
from s.shukanthi: my puppy is very small but its barking sound is terribly loud.i m very scard that it will be so irritating to my neighbours.

Yes, you’re right. Frequent dog barking from your pet could be irritating not only to you but to your neighbors as well. There are several factors that cause your dog to bark. These include boredom or social isolation, separation anxiety from the pet’s owner or guardian, territorial or protective behavior and fear.

To control your dog’s barking, you have to find out first what caused him or her to bark. If the canine is bored, then spend more time with him and give him toys to play with. You can also talk him for a walk early in the morning or in the late afternoon. If your pet is territorial, teach him the quiet command and then reward him if he follows you. If he’s afraid of loud noises, put him in a quiet room and turn on the radio or TV so he won’t hear the loud sounds. If you suspect separation anxiety, consult your vet for some possible medication or ask a professional trainer for tips.

 
from Sara: I have a 3 year old female yorkie, who i have yet to have spayed. She seems to always be in heat. I was wondering what could be causing this, and if it is safest to wait until after she has stopped bleeding (which barely ever happens) to take and have her spayed?

Female dogs are prone to showing erratic behavior such as moodiness when they’re in heat. This can be caused by the bodily pain they experience during estrus.

If you’re bent on spaying your dog, you can do it after her cycle. Many who had difficulty managing their pets decide to spay their dogs after just one heat cycle. The others who want to have puppies spay their female dogs after one litter.

But if you’re a pet owner who doesn’t want puppies around the house, you may have your dog spayed before she gets pregnant. In this way, you maintain her good health and temperament. Spayed dogs are more attentive and energetic.

 

from Laura: I have a 15-month-old female pure-bred labrador retriever. She's not spayed and has just gotten over her first heat. It's been almost two weeks since, but her nipples and vulva are still swollen. Will this go away over time? Does this mean anything? There were no problems during her heat as far as I could tell. She used a dog diaper, so I was able to see the contents of her period, and everything appeared normal throughout the duration. She has never been pregnant or tried to mate. Should this be a concern?

Dogs don’t experience the same heat cycle. Although most go through the estrus period at least twice in a year, the duration of the cycle is not the same for all dogs. Some have a heat cycle lasting for three weeks while the others experience this a lot longer for up to a month. What this means is that the symptoms associated with being in heat can also extend with dogs that have a longer heat cycle.

What your dog is going through may also be the so-called false pregnancy syndrome. If you’re very sure that she didn’t mate with any male dog and if the symptoms continue longer, then better bring her to the vet for a thorough checkup.
 
from Lee: Hie, m Lee & I own a 2 month old lab pup. Recently he was vaccinated(rabies vacc is yet 2 b given) and my brother took him out 2 play. When he returned, he was so dirty dat we had 2 bathe him wid d shampoo dat a vet suggested. Nw m worried bcuz after takin 2nd opinion, d new vet told me dat d pup is nt supposed 2 b given bath unless all
vacc is complete. I would like 2 knw d reason & solution 4 d same. Plz Help!

It’s recommended that puppies complete their vaccinations before they are taken out of the house. This is to prevent them from getting diseases which their bodies are not yet capable of fighting off. Vaccinations are vital in building your dog’s resistance to different types of diseases.

Some people don’t give their puppies a bath before vaccination but others don’t mind at all whether it’s before or after the vaccination. An exception in giving puppies a bath would be if the weather is cold. Avoid bathing your pet during this time to prevent him or her from getting colds. Your vet should be the right person to provide you with guidelines on the proper time to bath your pup.

 
from Marisue Bell: I have a 6&1/2 year old female Rat Terrier. She was given to me by a man who allowed her to breed with her "husband", another Rat Terrier, every time she went into heat since she was approximately 2 years old. Her last litter of puppies were born in early August of last year. All 4 were healthy and normal. Now that she is mine, I don't intend to breed her anymore, as I believe that she has had enough of that already. In mid January she had an unusual heat. She never got the "puffy" look with her vulva, she just started bleeding for 24 days straight. I was concerned this was a sign she might have something wrong with her female parts, or is there such a thing as "Doggie Menopause" in dogs that have been overbred. Thank you for any information you can give me.

Female dogs not go through the menopause stage unlike humans do. They may experience a stop in their heat cycles for a certain period of time but it will return to normal again. As female dogs grow older, they continue to go in heat although their fertility does down. But they can still get pregnant.

Continuous bleeding for more than 3 weeks is normal. The average heat cycle is three weeks. Keep in mind that dogs differ in the length of time they go through their heat cycle. It is usually during the first stage when a dog has bloody discharges. This is a stressful situation for female dogs which could provide them pain and discomfort.

If you want to keep your dog healthy and don’t want her to breed further, spaying her would be the right thing to do.

 
from patti: hello thanks for your time - I have a 7 8mo old Maltese that just went into heat/ I thought this was early and how often do they go into heat as I want to have her spayed asap. Also, she seems very uncomfortable, laying around & crying on & off (she's also teething), so she's eating less. Poor thing needs to be groomed too, but don't want to stress her our any more - just happened to notice a few drops of blood on her wee
wee pad - then checked her and noticed she's swollen & bleeding (a tiny bit) as she is quite small herself. I appreciate you help very much!

As an owner of a female dog, it’s really important to understand the heat cycle as well as the changes in behavior that go with it. Maltese dogs can start their heat cycle as early as about six months of age and as late as 16 months. During this stage, your dog may show some unusual behavior such as moodiness and loss of appetite. This is caused by the physical and hormonal changes that occur in the dog’s body. Physically, your Maltese pet will experience some swelling in her vulva and nipples and eventually as the heat cycle progresses, bloody discharges will be evident.

If you want your dog spayed, best that you wait till her heat cycle is over. This way, your dog will be calmer and will be ready for any surgical procedure. Spaying will greatly benefit your pet in a number of ways such as a lower risk of ovarian or breast cancer and a healthier body with more energy.

 
from John: I have a Yorkie that has recently given birth. She is still bleeding a bit, three weeks later. Is this normal? Also, my Male Yorkie has been trying to mount her, could she be in heat already? Thank you for your advice.

Female dogs can still have discharges even after giving birth although not necessarily bloody discharges. Dark colored discharges will be evident several days after the delivery. This may continue for weeks possibly up to a month but if you feel that it’s longer already, then bring her to the vet for a checkup. Continuous bleeding with foul odor is no longer normal and it could be a sign of infection of the uterus.

As for the heat cycle, it varies from one dog to another. There are some dogs that go in heat every 3 months, others every six month and still, there are dogs that come into season only once a year. It could also be that your male dog has mistaken
 
from Donna Dearmon: Hi, My Chihuahua had 3 puppies(one died) 9 days ago. Momma has spotted off and on for the past week, now she is spotting heavy with bright red blood, is this normal? I am going to call vet first thing in the morning since it is Sunday now.

Calling your veterinarian is the right thing to do. Do understand that discharges are normal for a female dog that just gave birth. However, the discharges should not be the bloody red type but rather dark in color. Heavy bleeding could be a sign of something serious such as an infection of the uterus. If you’ve observed a foul smell from her discharges and restlessness as well as loss of appetite, your dog really needs to be checked.

Normally, the discharges of a female dog after giving birth should take two weeks or longer. The color will be dark at first but eventually, it will become lighter until it stops. Your vet is the right person to help you if you have questions concerning your dog.
 
from Cynthia: I just got my male Basset Hound puppy fixed on 3-11-09 how long do i have to wait to give him a bath he really stinks.

Puppies younger than 8 weeks old should not yet be given a long bath. They’re still getting their vaccinations at this time and therefore, are susceptible to diseases. You can clean them with puppy or baby wipes to make them smelling good but avoid using shampoos yet if possible notably those meant for ticks and fleas.

If your pup is older, you may give him a bath using a mild shampoo. Use lukewarm water is possible to keep your pet from getting the colds. Remember as well to just give your dog a quick bath. Make sure that you don’t let water or shampoo go to his eyes and ears. For those with puppies three months old, the flea and tick shampoo can already be used if you observe that your pet has a problem concerning these.
 
from Jessica: Hello, My brother has a rottweiler mix that had a litter of 10 pups about 2 weeks ago. The mother continues to bleed and a yellow snotty discharge coming from her eyes and nose. This doesn't seem normal. Please help.

After whelping, a female dog will continue to have discharges from her vagina. This is absolutely normal but keep an eye on the discharge as normally, what comes out should be dark green or black in color and not the bright red bloody discharge. If your pet has bloody, greenish or yellowish discharges, have her check by your vet. This could be a sign of a more serious condition such as infection of the uterus or vaginitis.

The yellow discharge from your dog’s eyes and nose are symptoms of colds and cough. This can be caused by respiratory infection or allergies from pollen and mold and usually causes discomfort such as a burning sensation in dogs. Schedule an appointment with your vet if your dog becomes weak, not eating well and not nursing her pups.
 
from alondra: my female Schnauzer just had her second litter of(6 puppies)about 5 days ago. When can I give her a bath and her puppies a bath and what should I use to bath them with?

Give your female dog and her litter more time to bond with each other. Your dog can clean herself as well as her puppies so don’t rush on bathing them. Besides, the mother dog may not yet be comfortable leaving her puppies alone.

Keep in mind that puppies need to be vaccinated first hence, it would be best that you complete their vaccinations before giving them a bath. To keep them clean, you may use puppy or baby wipes for the meantime. There’s also the powder shampoo which you can use but be sure to ask the opinion of your vet. A mild shampoo is best to use when it’s time to finally bathe them.

For the mother dog, you can bathe her after two to three weeks. At least by then, the puppies are bigger and you can try to take her away from them for a few minutes. Just give her a quick bath if she’s uneasy being separated from her litter.
 
from twidell: why do my dog eats cat pooh?

This is a normal behavior. Dogs find cat’s wastes tasteful and they can mistake it as dog food actually. The reason for this is that cats do not digest totally the nutrients from the food they eat and what happens is that they release some of these to their feces. But while eating cat’s wastes cannot harm your dog, it’s still not advisable. Doing so can lead to a foul breath.

If you have a cat in your house, make sure to keep the litterbox away that it cannot be reached by your dog. In case you catch your dog eating cat feces, scold him by firmly saying “no” to teach him that it’s not right to do that. It’s important to discipline your dog very well.
 
from Jayson: my pit bull roti mix is in heat i tried to mate her with a pit bull but im not sure how long the dogs are supposed to be "tied" together for her to get pregnant. how long does the "tie" usually last?

The one-time mating of two dogs may not always be successful. If they’ve just met, they may experience uneasiness at first. A male dog may also find it hard to penetrate the female because of frequent movements. If a male dog succeeds, a genital lock or tie is achieved which can last for about 15 to 30 minutes. This renders the two dogs immobile and quiet.

The “tie” occurs when the male dog’s penis gets enlarged and locked in the female dog’s vagina. It is during this time when the male’s sperms are released into the vaginal canal. There may be some movements from the male dog. You may have seen dogs rear parts connected but a tie is actually happening. Make sure not to forcibly pull them apart as it could hurt their respective genitals. The two dogs can separate only when the swelling of the penis subsides.
 
from raynard: how long will it take for my dog's nipples to go back up after she gives birth?

A female dog’s nipples normally swell when she goes through her heat cycle and when she’s pregnant. These are normal changes in dogs similar to humans. The swelling is caused by hormonal changes in the mammary glands. For pregnant dogs, the swelling is due to lactation or the development of breast milk.

For dogs that don’t breed or spayed, their nipples will return to normal after the heat cycle. The nipples will also normalize even after your dog has her first litter. Breeding several times, however, can result in sagging breasts and nipples. After the weaning stage, it may take two months for a mother dog to get her nipples back to normal. The nipples may reduce in size after the mother dog has stopped producing milk but it may not be to the original size.
 
from marybloody13131: i have a spotted hound i don't know how old she is, i know she still puppy like. i found her on the streets about 2 months ago she was straving. she was doing good untill about a 3 days ago. she keeps throwing up not everyday, but she cries and when i try to confront her she bites me not hard just like she don't what to do. could she be in labor? PLEASE help me to help her!!!

You have to bring your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. The vet will determine your dog’s condition and will recommend ways to make her comfortable. You don’t actually know what the dog went through before you found him or her so it’s best that a vet see the pet.

There are several factors that may contribute to your dog’s throwing up. It could be that the animal has eaten something out of the usual or it could have parasites inside his or her body. Also, since you just found the dog on the street, he or she may have not eaten for long that what he or she takes in is expelled instantly. Your vet could conduct tests to find out the real situation.
 
from nichola: my dog has just finished suppling her pups with milk, but her nipples have gone really hard and are still enlarged, is there something i should be giving her to break the excess milk down and for her nipples to go back down?

It’s best that you take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. Your veterinarian should know what your dog is undergoing and should prescribe the necessary medications that could normalize the pet’s nipples.

The hardening of the nipples could be a sign of mastitis or infection in the breast. You can try giving your dog a warm bath and let her nurse her puppies using the hardened nipples to let the milk out.

The swelling of the breasts and nipples are normal for a mother dog that just gave birth but hard nipples are not normal. Lactation is what the dog’s mammary glands experience and this process allows for the production of milk that enables the dog to feed her litter.

The nipples can reduce to a smaller size once the mother dog is done with milking. It won’t go back, though, to its original size.

 
from Holly: I have a female yorkie almost 9 months old that I just found out is in heat. I had no idea small dogs went into heat this young. I also adopted a one year old pomeranian two months ago with one testicle whom I was planning on neutering as soon as funds were available. These two are the same size and weight, I am terrified my baby could be pregnant because of my ignorance and I am putting her health at risk; please, can you help me with some answers? Is the pom even able to mate with one testicle? Thank you, Holly.

The heat cycle of Yorkies could last for up to three weeks. Unlike the other breeds, a Yorkie in heat can show a loving behavior by getting close to you to catch your attention. There’s a good chance that your Yorkie and Pom have mated unaware to you. But since your Pomeranian male has only one testicle, he may not be capable of getting your female dog pregnant.

A dog with only one testicle is hereditary and a genetic deformity and could put your pet at risk of cancer. With this genetic problem, your Pom is considered not of breeding quality. This type of dog should be desexed and your vet is the right person to determine the condition and advise you on what to do.
 
from Dawkins: I have a 6 week old female puppy and I thought that she could use a playmate so I got a 10 week old male puppy. Now the male puppy keeps trying to hump the female puppy and I don't want them to have sex cuz I think the female is too young and neither has been neutered. Is it okay for them to have sex? If not, how do I keep the male from trying to hump the female?

Male dogs are really aggressive and want to mount female dogs most of the time if they had their way. In puppies, though, mounting does not necessarily mean they intend to have sex already. It’s actually all about their dominance and this is evident before the puberty stage or about six to 10 months of age.

Female puppies usually mature earlier because they can experience their first heat cycle as early as six months of age. For male puppies, their mounting behavior is usually caused by their dominance behavior, anxiety, it could be influenced by sexual hormones or it could also be a sign of an obsessive/compulsive disorder.

With puppies, humping and mounting are just signs of playing around. Mounting for the male puppies tests their physical and social abilities. It also shows their dominating behavior which they carry on until they become adults.

 
from amy: i have a female rotweiller how old does she got to be to go in heat?

Dogs differ in the time they experience their heat cycle. Female dogs mature sexually ahead of the males and that is between the age of six months and one year. The smaller dogs mature earlier than the bigger breeds. On the average, a female dog goes into heat at least twice in a year every six to seven months.

The heat cycle has four stages – the proestrus during which the dog has bloody vaginal discharges and a swollen vulva; the estrus during which the female dog mates with a male, the diestrus during which the female will not accept breeding and the anestrus which involves the shrinking and becoming inactive of the uterus. The heat cycle normally lasts for about three weeks.

 
from debbie brauer: If a mother gives birth to a litter of puppies and they die after a few days, is there anything that you should do to dry up the mother's milk?

If you want to stop your dog’s milk production, consult your vet about the proper way to do it. Your vet could give your pet a hormone shot to solve this problem.

However, your dog’s body will stop producing milk naturally especially if no puppy is nursing from her anymore. It may take some time, though.

On your own, you can help your dog relieve her milk. She may be experiencing some discomfort as her breasts are full of milk so what you can do is apply warm compress to relieve the pressure inside. Releasing the milk is also one way of preventing mastitis or infection of the breasts. You can also reduce the amount of liquid or water you give to your dog to help slow the milk production.

 
from sal: i have a 10 month old boxer dog she had her first season about 4 weeks ago,she got into my neighbours garden who has a staff, we have now noticed that she is putting on weight and has larger nipples,could she be pregnant and would she be able to carry the pups even tho shes only 10 months herself. we was planning on breeding her when she was older.

Ideally, a dog should be bred at about 16 months to two years old. But you’re right, your dog may be pregnant at this time basing on the symptoms you’ve mentioned. Other possible signs of pregnancy are lesser activity, low or big appetite as well as changes in behavior. Weight gain is a major sign and this can be noticed when your dog is about a month pregnant.

On the other hand, it could be that your dog is just one of those that have a longer heat cycle. You see, not all dogs have the same time frame when they go in heat. Her nipples could not have subsided right away.

The best person to know, though, if indeed your boxer dog is pregnant or not is your veterinarian. The vet can do some tests or feel your dog’s stomach to find out the real condition.

 
from meka: My dog (pittbull) just had puppies yesterday when is it ok to give here a bath?

I suggest you give your dog and her puppies some privacy for now and think about giving her a bath later. Let the mother dog bond with her litter and nurse them first. You don’t have to worry about getting them cleaned as the female dog knows how to clean herself and her puppies. Just make sure that they’re okay and avoid watching them every so often.

Perhaps after two to three weeks, you can already give the mother dog a bath. But just make it quick so she won’t experience any anxiety while separated from her litter. You know how mother dogs are, they’re very protective and if possible, they don’t want to be away from their little ones.

 
from Heather: My female Lab Retreiver just got done with her first heat. How soon should I make her a appointment to get spayed?

The ideal time to spay is a dog is before her first heat. By doing this, you cut the risk of your dog developing mammary cancer and uterine infections. But since your dog has already gone through her first heat cycle, it’s best that you have her spayed any time soon.

Spaying is a delicate and major surgical procedure hence, you need to prepare your dog for it. What is removed during the surgery known as ovariohysterectomy are the ovaries and uterus. The post operative stage is also important and requires pet owners to provide their dogs with the proper care. With a traditional surgery, your dog will have an incision that will be stitched. Today, though, laser surgery is possible without the need for any incision. All it takes is an intense beam of light to remove the reproductive organs.

 
from Paula: Our 10 week old St.Bernard keeps eating at our pine tree. Is she just playing or is she trying to eat the pine needles?

Keep your dog away from your pine tree as much as possible. It is not right and safe for him to be playing with the tree and it’s especially dangerous if your dog eats the pine needles as they could hurt his stomach and intestines.

Puppies just like babies like to explore their surroundings. They can eat everything. If you still can’t control your puppy, you can just put her or him in a crate especially when you’re in the room where the pine tree is located. You can also put a puppy gate around the pine tree to prevent your dog from going near it and then make sure that you clean the surrounding area of the tree on a regular basis.
 
from Monica: sorry but my dog is not yet 60 days yet and she is bleeding and she has been bleeding brown for about three days and now she is bleeding red stuff and this is my first time with a dog that is about to give birth and I just needed to know if I need to take my baby to the vet, is it ok for a Kobe Pit bull to do things like that.

Pregnancy in dogs takes about from 60 to 64 days or about nine weeks. It’s not always fixed, though, as a female dog can deliver her puppies at 58 days.

In the case of your pregnant dog, continuous bleeding is not a good sign so call your vet right away. There are some mobile vets available so you can turn to them during this emergency situation.

Dogs in labor should not be bleeding before they give birth. It’s actually after the delivery of their puppies that can experience vaginal discharges and not prior to that. The first stage of labor should show signs of behavioral changes in dogs but these do not include bleeding.

 
from Monica: How long do a dog bleed before giving birth to her puppies?

A female dog should not be bleeding before giving birth to her puppies. Mother dogs normally experience vaginal discharges after their litter is born. The discharges should initially be dark green in color and changes into reddish brown. If it’s of a different color and with foul odor, it could mean a sign of a serious condition so your dog should be examined by your vet.

Bring your dog to the veterinarian right away to have the animal checked if she continues to bleed while in labor or even while still in the gestation period.
 
from Hailey Mia: I am an owner of a female King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and she is in heat. I never would have thought how messy it was for a dog to be on her period so I have decided to have her spayed. How long after her period can I take her in for the operation?

Female dogs can be spayed before or after their heat cycle. Spaying is important for the health of your dog. In fact, it brings several benefits such as lowering the risk of your pet for cancer and uterine infection. The ideal age to have a dog spayed is after her first heat cycle or when she is about six months of age.

Spaying is also the right decision especially for dog owners who don’t want to always follow a dog’s mess during her heat cycle. It’s also the best thing to do for people who don’t like to have puppies or who don’t want their dogs to have sagging breasts and nipples later on.

After the surgery, ensure that you take proper care of your dog so that her wound can heal faster.

 
from alison armstrong: my cavalier king charles gave birth 4 days ago she for the first 3 days was eating everything I put to her today however she will not take her food and has been sick and has had diareah do you think I am worrying for nothing or do I have to take her to the vet I dont want to seperate her from the puppies

Female dogs that have just delivered their puppies may experience stress. Similar to humans, some can also go through the post partum depression. Symptoms could include loss of appetite and ill feeling. They should be fed with the right foods that contain the proper nutrients to enable them to regain their energy.

The sickly behavior of your dog could also mean something serious such as calcium deficiency or the failure of her placenta to recede. If you suspect this, call your vet right away. Mobile vets can go to your place during emergency situations. If you don’t want your dog to be separated from her litter, then they’re the best people to turn to.
 
from antuan spivey: my female pit bull had puppies almost 7 weeks ago. And every time she go to the bathroom there is blood ,dripping when she sit down . Its been almost 7 weeks ,should I be worried ? Is this normal or do I need to get her to the vet?

Bloody discharges after your dog’s giving birth should not be ignored. This is not normal. Supposedly, the dog’s discharges should be dark green or blackish in color and not red. If blood with foul smell is still present after several weeks, it may be a sign of an infection or could mean that the placenta failed to recede.

Feel free to bring your dog to the vet for a checkup just to make sure. It’s best that a professional examines her to determine her condition. After seven weeks, your dog should not be having discharges anymore. If you’ve noticed the blood every time she urinates, it could be a sign of urinary tract infection.

 
from jhoanny: my dog had blood in her stool. I took her to the vet and meds were prescribed. She got better but now is three weeks later and she is not eating and has soft stool. I also can hear her stomch growling. What do you think it is? thank you so much for help. Jhoanny

Traces of blood in a dog’s stool is normal. What’s not normal are heavy discharges of blood in the stool known as “hematochezia.” The presence of blood in the dog’s feces signals gastrointestinal problems ranging from the minor ones to more serious disorders. Some of the common gastrointestinal illnesses are caused by bacterial and viral infections, allergies, parasites, swelling of the anus and colon, tumors and changes in the dog’s diet.

You may try some home remedies such as adding garlic in your pet’s food, white rice, cottage cheese and boiled potatoes or a bland and hypoallergenic food rich in fiber. If your dog’s appetite does not improve for several days, bring the animal to the vet for a checkup.

 
from Jessica: We have an amazing 12 week old basset hound puppy and love her like crazy. Right after we got her she started bleeding just a tiny bit from her vagina. It was just a little bit and only that one time, but then yesterday it happened again! I'm worried about her. She seems completely healthy and happy but I just worry because I know that's not normal. I read about basset hounds having blood diseases...do you think this could be the cause?

It’s true that Basset Hounds are prone to experiencing certain health problems. One of these is the blood disorder called Von Willebrand’s disease. In fact, it is estimated that 15 percent of all Bassets can be born with this type of disease. A major symptom of this disorder is moderate to severe bleeding with no probable cause. Thrombopathia is another blood disorder that Bassets can suffer and has similar symptoms as that of Von Willebrand’s disease. Still another one is the Lyme disease usually spared by ticks.

In your dog’s situation, I recommend that you take the animal to the vet for a proper checkup. Your vet should determine your pet’s condition and prescribe medicines if needed.

 
from kim: I have a male toy poodle thats a little over a year old. A aquaintance asked me if i would agree to letting her try to mate with her toy poodle. I didnt think it through and immediatly said yes. I wanted to have his own loved one around with him. We would love to have another little pup. SHe said that her dog was in heat and that she would take him over the weekend to see if it would happen. I called and checked on him and she said that they were trying to get to know each other. Well today is Monday and i got him back. I'M very upset but its my fault for letting him go. He came home and doesnt seem like his self at all. He's just so tired all the time. Does it make sense that dog doesn't sleep for 2 days? (I'm new to this so please help me.) The acquanitance told my husband that nothing happed.Then why didnt' he sleep? Is it possible to know if anything did hapen to him?

Your toy poodle may be adjusting to his environment especially his sleeping area. Remember that he got separated from you for a few days and stayed in a new house. He may not have liked it there and wasn’t able to sleep well. It could also be that since he slept in your friend’s home, he had to adjust to your home again upon returning.

Stress may be the reason behind his not being able to sleep. He may have been exhausted trying to mate with your friend’s poodle without success the reason for his loss of sleep.

Try to ask your friend about your dog’s behavior while in their house, how he acted there with the female poodle, his eating and sleeping behavior and if he showed something unusual. If he still can’t sleep, call your vet and ask for help.

 
from maria: what age does a female dog stop getting pregnant?

The ideal time to breed female dogs is during their younger years. While they can breed until they are older, it is more risky for them and for their puppies. Breeding at an older age can result in complications so better start early between the first and three years of life. However, if you love your pet and want to keep it healthy, breed her just once or twice and then have her spayed afterwards.

At one year old, a dog is already an adult. On the average, dogs can live up to 10 to 12 years of age. When it comes to individual breeds, though, the lifespan varies. Some breeds live up to 6 to 7 years only while there are others that can live up to 15 years old.

 
from Nalleli: I have two Maltese dogs one female and the other male, lately the male has been trying to mate with the female but for some reason she wont let herself she would fight him.Im worry for my dog because even though he is neutered he gets fustrated that he can't be with the female. I dont know what to do is this normal? thank you for taking your time

Your female dog may be in the last phase of her heat cycle during which she would not allow a male dog to mount her or be near her. This is the diestrus stage which lasts from four to 14 days although the average is one week. At this point, female dogs no longer want to breed.

Neutered dogs will continue to show humping and mounting behavior. Eventually, though, the frequency and intensity will be reduced. Although this behavior is expected to vanish, it may continue for several months after the neuter surgery. For the male neutered dogs, humping allows them to recreate the sexual pleasure they experienced before the surgery and it may take some time for them to unlearn this.

 
from Willene: My dog is a red heeler and she had her first heat cycle the last week of november and the first three weeks of december 2008. She also turned 12 months in dec. 2oo8. It has now been maybe over six weeks since her last heat cycle. Well i have a male red heeler also. and now the male dog is smelling my female dog and also is trying to mount her. She was not bred the first time she was in heat. but my question is can she be in heat again after only six weeks? she is not bleeding and her vulva is not swollen, but the male will not leave her alone. we have separated them in case she is,but i thought it was at least ever 5 or 6 months. can you give me some advice/

You’re right. Female dogs come in season at least every six months although there are others that go in heat every three months. In your case, your pet dog may not really in heat.

The reason for your male dog’s attraction to the female is his natural sexual behavior. Males are aggressive and would want to go near female and mount her as much as possible. Mounting shows a male’s dominance and this can continue regardless of whether the female dog is in heat or not. Even with neutered dogs, this mounting behavior is still evident despite the fact that they are no longer capable of getting a female dog pregnant. Male dogs are just like that. They always want to show to the females that they’re more powerful.

 
from michael whittington: how can you tell if your bitch is safe to be around a male after she stops bleeding from her heat cycle? and is it a better idea to let her miss pregnacy on her first heat?

You would know if your female dog is no longer in heat if there are no traces of blood coming out of her vagina and her vulva is not swollen anymore. If you don’t want her to breed yet, avoid taking her for walks for at least three weeks after the heat cycle but rather keep her in your backyard or indoors if possible. Your female dog can urinate while you’re walking and the males will know her scent and then follow your dog’s trail up to your home.

And yes, it’s better not to let your dog breed after the first heat cycle. Smaller and middle sized dogs will be in a better condition to breed in the second heat cycle or when they’re one year old. The bigger bitches, however, will have to wait until their third or fourth heat or about two years of age before they can breed and become pregnant.

 
from Carrie: Hello, we have a 7 month old English Lab. How long do we have to wait before we can bath our dog after being spayed. Also how long before we can take the cone off. She has had her cone on for 8 days and does not seem to be trying to get at her stitches.The vet put stiches in that will disolve itself, so we do not go back to the vet to have them removed. She is full of energy and seems to being healing fast.

Wait until the wound of your dog has completely healed. Make sure that’s dry and the stitches have dissolved as in your dog’s case. Since it’s already been eight days, you can inspect the wound first and see if it doesn’t open or there’s no longer any fluid leaking. If everything’s dry and your dog is not in the habit of licking the wound, then it would be fine to give her a bath. Otherwise, just use baby or puppy wipes to make your dog smell good.

In giving her a bath, make sure to use a mild shampoo such as a baby shampoo but make it quick so as not to give your dog the colds. Remember that she is still healing from the surgery so avoid touching the wound area and let her dry completely afterwards.

 
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