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linda sarubin | 9 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!
thanks,

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    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 for your dogs. I use a doggie oatmeal shampoo for mine.

    As far as the sweaters go, I think it’s adorable to dress them up, but please change them daily and inspect your dogs everyday. I have seen skin infections develop because dogs are wearing clothes that bind or get dirty and trap moisture and infection between the clothes and your pets skin.

    If your pets can move freely and are comfortable with the clothes on then enjoy!

    Please see your veterinarian or groomer for any specific questions.

    Thanks Again for asking!
    Krista Magnifico, DVM
    Jarrettsville Veterinary Center

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Carol Ann Leyh | 52 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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  1. Carol Ann Leyh Post author

    Hello!!

    Thanks for your question. There are quite a few drugs now available for dementia in dogs, but like all drugs there are potential side effects. Many can be hard on the liver, kidneys, or blood pressure. It is a good idea to discuss any drug and treatment plan with your veterinarian before starting. Also many if these drugs take a few weeks to work.
    I have however seen great improvement with pets placed on them.

    There are also vitamin supplements, anti-oxudants and prescription diets to try.

    Before starting a probable life long drug talk about your pets current diet, supplements, and have a thorough exam and check blood and urine.

    Dementia is often a normal part of aging but it doesn’t have to be a reason for a decreased quality if life.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions to this. And ask for help. There’s a whole lot available to pets these days.

    Goid luck and thanks for asking.

    Sincerely
    Krista Magnifico DVM

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Joe Mccollum | 52 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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  1. Krista Magnifico

    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 pets kidneys. In PA I recommend they be applied from March to December. But remember, if we have a warm winter, then you probably need to keep applying them year around.

    Frontline is now available generically, and Advantix is also available over the counter. There are many very good options for effective flea and tick prevention. Please remember to not bathe your dogs for 24-48 hours before and after applying these topical products. They need the oils of the skin to be distributed throughout the skin.

    Also it is a very good idea to ask your veterinarian or veterinary technician to review with you how and where to apply your topical product. I have had a huge number of clients discover that they were not using it correctly, or applying it in the appropriate place.

    Certainly indoor pets are at less of a risk of fleas and ticks then outdoor pets, but it only takes one flea or tick to cause the cascade of skin, joint, and systemic diseases that these little critters can cause. Protecting your pets is the best way to avoid the problems fleas and ticks deliver.

    Ask your veterinarian about the product they recommend.

    Thanks again for asking, Let me know if you need any additional information.

    Sincerely,
    Krista Magnifico, DVM
    owner Jarrettsville Veterinary Center
    Jarrettsville MD

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linda sarubin | 52 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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  1. Krista Magnifico

    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 ask whether these diets are veterinary exclusive (i.e. require a prescription from your vet), or over the counter.

    Thanks again for asking,

    Please let me know if I can clarify anything, and if you need additional veterinary assistance you can find me at Jarrettsville Veterinary Center. Or ask for assistance from a board certified veterinary nutritionist.

    Krista Magnifico, DVM

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linda sarubin | 52 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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  1. Krista Magnifico

    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 usually a little frightened by it.

    A reverse sneeze is not a cough or a gag and should not produce vomitus, or anything else, from the mouth. It involves the nose alone. It sounds like air is being sucked in (often violently) into the nose causing the head to go backwards, and the lips to be pulled into the mouth.

    It is usually a benign, often self-limiting event. My beagle puppy will sometimes go into short fits of reverse sneezing. To stop them I put gentle pressure on the nostrils to try to get his mind off of the episode. I tell my clients that it is like hiccups in us humans, (no standing on your head and drinking water!)

    OK, big important caveat: IF your pet has any evidence of infection, blood, pus, or nasal discharge go see your vet immediately! A reverse sneeze is not a concern in many cases but it is imperative that your pet not be the exception to my rule. If you aren’t sure call your vet and ask for help in discerning whether your pet has something more serious.

    Once again, Thanks for asking! Let me know if anything is unclear, and my best to you and your family, 2, 4 and any-legged in between.

    Should you need any help, or have any questions with this please come see me at the clinic.

    Krista Magnifico, DVM
    Jarrettsville Veterinary Center

    See also;
    PetMD for a more thorough discussion and other conditions associated with reverse sneezing;
    http://tinyurl.com/akxfary

    and a reverse sneeze in action, thanks to YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3L4v0W2_Sw

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linda sarubin | 52 years ago
How Often Should You Brush A Dog’s Teeth?

how often should you brush a dog’s teeth?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    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 objective. I know that if your pet hates it, you will hate it, and then it doesn’t happen.

    So I try to make brushing teeth a very simple, quick, and easy task for everyone involved.

    First, I have to admit that I don’t use any expensive or elaborate toothpaste or brushes to do my dogs teeth. I use my finger with either inexpensive cotton gauze wrapped around it, or a small finger brush to massage the teeth and gums on the inside of the upper lip. A few small circles with your finger to loosen and brush off the yellow debris (called calculi) is all that is needed. I find that big brushes and lots of flavored paste just end up causing my dog to chew on my obtrusive finger. I also think that using your other hand to hold the muzzle helps. It is usually not necessary to clean the other tooth surfaces as the pets tongue does that for you. This advice may change if your pet has had extractions, or has a propensity to accumulate calculi quickly. Also, don’t let your pet get worked up or anxious about it. Keep things calm, be patient, and use the reward system.

    In general, the smaller dogs seem to need more dental care than the larger dogs. I have seen some poodles, chihuahuas, and toy breeds need a full dental cleaning, and even extractions at two years of age. I have also seen labs that never ever need a tooth brush or dental cleaning. So if you have a smaller breed dog ask your veterinarian to review your pets oral cavity exam with you, and ask them to show you any areas of concern as soon as they arise. Like many parts of healthcare treating early disease, or even prevention of disease, is always the goal.

    Some pets need a professional cleaning before routine in home brushing becomes beneficial. If your pets teeth are not bright pearly white from the gum line to the tip of the tooth, or if your pet’s breath is foul smelling, please make an appointment with your veterinarian for a dental exam. I also think that asking your veterinarian at your next visit to review your pets dental findings with you, and asking them what they suggest for your pet to keep their teeth healthy is a great way to keep your pet and their teeth healthy for the rest of their years ahead. An unhealthy mouth can lead to heart disease, and other organ impairment, and who wants kisses from an unhealthy mouth?

    For every pet that I see with any concern of dental disease or intervention I review tips to make brushing easier. At our veterinary clinic the staff is trained to give brushing demonstrations to anyone interested. Ask them, we always have great tips to make it a simple, easy, stress-free, part of your daily routine.

    Thanks for asking such a great question.
    As always let me know if there is any information that you would like clarification or expansion upon, and my best wishes to you and yours.

    Krista Magnifico, DVM
    Jarrettsville Veterinary Center, MD

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Olivia Reed | 53 years ago
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