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linda sarubin | 7 years ago
How Often Should My Dogs Get Bathed? I Have Two Miniature Poodles And I…

how often should my dogs get bathed? i have two miniature poodles and i take them to be profesionally groomed every six weeks, but i feel like they get a little dusty/grimy in the interim…should i be bathing them? also…..in the cold weather, i always put sweaters on them, but my husband says i am being silly….who’s right? i don’t want them to be cold!
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Hello, Thanks for your questions. In general healthy dogs don’t need to be bathed frequently. Certainly dogs with skin infections or parasites may need some topical treatments, sometimes in conjunction with baths, or medicated baths, but every 6-8 weeks is the usual frequency for dogs like poodles who need their coats trimmed. If your dogs get dirty (mine like to roll in poop if they can find it, yucky dirty, and always need a bath after), then a shampoo for dogs, used as directed, is what I would recommend. Please ask your vet what kind of shampoo would be best… Read more »

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Carol Ann Leyh | 50 years ago
Our 15 Year Old Terrier Is Showing Signs Of Dog Dementia–pacing, Staring, Etc. I…

Our 15 year old terrier is showing signs of dog dementia–pacing, staring, etc. I read about Anipryl. Will this adversely affect her because she is in the beginning stages of renal failure?

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Joe Mccollum | 50 years ago
I Live In PA And Would Like To Know Your Thoughts On Flea Protection. …

I live in PA and would like to know your thoughts on flea protection. My pets both dogs and cats are inside most of the time but do get outside a few hours a day.

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Hello Joe, Thanks for your question. Flea protection is a vital part of protecting our pets in PA. If you reside in a rural part of PA then fleas and ticks are a part of the world that your dogs live in on a daily basis. Most of the commercially available topical flea and tick preventatives, (like Frontline, Advantix, Vectra, etc), are monthly products that protect your pet from the blood sucking ectoparasites that transmit disease, and could possible be lethal. I have seen dogs die from Lyme disease (which s prevalent in PA), because the disease can infiltrate the… Read more »

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linda sarubin | 50 years ago
I Have An Almost-eight Year Old Miniature Poodle…should I Start Feeding Him A Diet For…

i have an almost-eight year old miniature poodle…should i start feeding him a diet for senior dogs? he has a tendency to be a little bit chunky ( like his mother ) thanks!

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Hello! Thanks for asking about your poodles diet! In general, the guidelines for classifying a dog as geriatric are based on breed and size. The smaller breeds of dogs live longer than the larger breeds, so I classify a small breed dog as geriatric at about 10 years old. There are many wonderful diets now available to just about every size, shape, age, and disease out there. It is incredible how far veterinary nutrition, and equally, interest in it has come. Ask your vet at your next annual (or semi-annual for geriatrics) is best for your pet. And remember to… Read more »

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linda sarubin | 50 years ago
I Have Two Miniature Poodles. Sometimes That Makes Very Scary Shocking Sounds That I…

i have two miniature poodles. sometimes that makes very scary shocking sounds that i have heard referred to as "reverse cough". what’s the best thing to do for them when this happens? Thanks!

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Hello Linda, I think that you are referring to a reverse sneeze? If I am unsure that my client and I are speaking of the same thing I ask them to try to catch it on film, (everyone seems to have phones that capture video), and then send it to me to validate that we are both speaking about the same thing. And many times I try to simulate it, (but I have yet to perfect it without looking like a fool). A reverse sneeze is a common occurrence in dogs. Although the first time someone sees it they are… Read more »

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linda sarubin | 50 years ago
How Often Should You Brush A Dog’s Teeth?

how often should you brush a dog’s teeth?

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Hello Linda, Thanks for asking such an important question! Did you know that February is national pet dental month? Studies have shown that dog’s should have their teeth brushed more than 4 times a week. There was no benefit seen to dogs if they were brushed less than twice a week show no long term benefit. I know that seems like a difficult thing to fit into our already over booked days, but if we can help you make it a simple, easy, and stress-free part of your routine, then it’s not insurmountable,is it? Well, for me, that’s always my… Read more »

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Olivia Reed | 51 years ago
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