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Jason | 2 years ago
Good Day- We Are The Proud Owners Of A One-year-old English Pointer Named Bruno And A …

Good day- We are the proud owners of a one-year-old English Pointer named Bruno and a proud patient of Dr. Magnifico’s. Recently, Bruno has been shaking his head more often and scratching his ears. He has also been sleeping much more the past few days. When not sleeping, he is still pretty playful and eating/drinking. How do you know if he has an ear infection or not? His ears have been professional cleaned, but same actions with his head. Also, no smells coming from his ears. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, Ear infections are best diagnosed with an otoscope visualization and a swab and microscopic slide evaluation of the ears. In some cases there is simply dirt and debris and only an ear cleaning is needed. In others it is infection and therefore an otic antibiotic or antifungal is needed and in some cases it is just a red itchy ear due to an allergy. In any and all cases of head shaking it is imperative to identify what is going on and alleviate it ASAP or you can get an aural hematoma. Which adds two things to treat for… Read more »

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Jason | 2 years ago
Can Someone Give Me Some Suggestions On Nail Trimming On A 1-year Old Pointer? His Nails …

Can someone give me some suggestions on nail trimming on a 1-year old Pointer? His nails and quick are black so that adds a challenge. As soon as he sees the nail clippers, he gets into a panic. Trying to hold him down is very stressful for both the dog and me as the owner (but I do try to remain calm and talk with him the entire time). Please advise tips so we can get to a better place and maintain his nails better. Thank you.

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning- This is going to be a bit of a road to travel, but CAN definitely be done. You are going to have to reintroduce the clippers as a positive thing. Slowly and gradually until you get to the point where you are able to trim. Treats and praise will help- but it will take time to get there. In the meantime- the vet techs at your vet will most likely be able to assist you. I am still trying to reintroduce nail trimming to one of our shepherds and it’s almost a year now… not giving up though.… Read more »

Laura
1 year ago

I agree with Sarah – you need to revisit the clippers (or dremel) in a different way.

Are you on Facebook? There’s a FANTASTIC group focused on doing nails in a way that the dog isn’t stressed. Some members build scratch boards for their dogs to use while they’re training them to accept clippers. I would encourage you to join and read all the Files: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nail.maintenance.for.dogs/learning_content/

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Jason | 2 years ago
My Wonderful Vet Gave Us Eye Drops For Our 6-month Old 40lb. Puppy. He Just Had …

My wonderful vet gave us eye drops for our 6-month old 40lb. puppy. He just had surgery to address a “cherry eye”. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to administer these drops? Every time the dog sees the little white eye drop bottle, he gets very stressed. We are unable to keep him still long enough to put in the drops. Please advise any suggestions.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I have two options I recommend. One sir him down in between your legs. Surround him under you and hold his nose to the ceiling. Then drop the drops into the eye. And talk to him. In cases like these it’s not the drops that are the problem it’s the restraint. So practice and don’t give up. The other option is to pull the lower lid away from the eye and place the drops in the pocket. So he doesn’t have to be looking at you. If it’s really a struggle being him in and we will help. If… Read more »

Sarah
1 year ago

Hi there-
I just want to reiterate “calm and firm”. And yes, if you let him win, you will have to go back to square one with a lot of training success you’ve had already. I am living proof😞 it is why I have such trouble trimming my dogs’ nails. Keep trying and be persistent. Best of luck.

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Jason | 2 years ago
Good Day- We Are Owners Of A New 12-week-old Rescue Puppy Names Bruno. He Has Been …

Good day- We are owners of a new 12-week-old rescue puppy names Bruno. He has been a great addition to the family and we are working thought having a new puppy in the house.
Reference to crate training at night, should we be waking up in the middle of the night to take him out (4-5 hours or so), or should he alert us that he needs to go out and then we wake up and take him out? We do walk him before going to sleep in his crate. Please advise your thoughts.

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Laura
2 years ago

Yes, when crate training, someone should wake up in the middle of the night to take puppy out…unless you stagger bedtimes in such a way that he’s only in there 4 hours.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello! My answer depends on a few things. For the first week I just tel people to focus on getting used to each other I’m more worried about the stress of acclimating than the hard core training although both should be thought about simultaneously. If he is waking up at night then yes help to reassure hi and to get him on a potty break schedule by getting up. Most puppies won’t sleep more than 3-5 ours at a time until they are about 4-6 months old. So getting up as soon as he gets up helps to reinforce he… Read more »

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