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Nancy Cormier | 3 years ago
Regarding My Great Dane 2 Yrs Old Female Is Stomach Tacking Absolutely Necessary …

Regarding my great Dane 2 yrs old female is stomach tacking absolutely necessary ? Don’t want to put her through surgeries if possible
reat Dane is it absolutely necessary to perform stomach tacking?

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2 years ago

With a Dane, I would absolutely get a gastropexy done, without question. Entirely too many Danes die from torsion as a result of bloat. It’s easier on the animal if you have it done during a spay, but either way, do it. Every Dane owner I’ve known who didn’t have it done ended up losing their dog to torsion.

Please note, this will not prevent bloat. It only prevents the deadly twisting of the stomach.

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2 years ago

To add: if bloat were anywhere in my Doberman’s pedigree, I would have had the vet do this while she was under for a spay. There appears to be a genetic component with some breeds, but in Danes it’s everywhere…and while you can do your due diligence to prevent it, there’s always a risk of it happening.

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James Tassone | 3 years ago
How Often Should I Wash My Pitbull Great Dane Mix

How often should I wash my pitbull Great Dane mix

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Sarah
2 years ago

It’s really dependent on how dirty they get, personal preference, if your dog enjoys a bath, etc….

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Courtney Ahrens | 3 years ago
We Have A 10 Week Old Great Dane Puppy And Are Trying To Find The…

We have a 10 week old Great Dane puppy and are trying to find the best way to start potty training her. Me and my husband both work full time more than an hour away from home and we have no one that can come let her out, to puppy sit her, and we can not afford for doggie day care. I know trying to crate train her is impossible right now seeing how she can not hold her bladder or bowels for long (and I totally don’t expect her too let me just put that out there). For the time being we made a SAFE large pen (about 8’Lx8’Wx4’H) for her is our basement where she would be able to move around and have a separate area for potty, bed, and food/water. Does this seem like a good option or am I just setting myself up for failure once she is old enough to be crate trained? Also, she is having an issue with stepping her is poo and trailing it all around and most of the time it ends up in her bed how could I prevent that?

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Julie Brader
2 years ago

Totally agree with Sarah. This is perhaps not the time to have a dog. Not only do you both work full time but you add an extra 2 hours onto that travelling. It’s really not fair on your puppy to expect her to be left for hours on end alone, and she will not end up a well socialised dog. Perhaps you didn’t realise the huge commitment it is owning a dog, and she is a baby who needs you there with her. Please do consider what is best for this puppy and her future.

Sarah
2 years ago

Hello- I hope I can be of some help. Please don’t take offense as I’m just trying to help and offer you the best advice for your new puppy. First off, 10 Weeks is a little young to be away from mom. It should be at least 12 Weeks or more before they are away from their mother as they are still learning from her and getting weaned. Secondly, a puppy is like a baby. It requires 24 hour attention, especially that young. I’m sorry to say that if your puppy is alone for an extended period of time right… Read more »

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Nicole Ball | 3 years ago
My 2 Year Old Great Dane Formed A Big Squishy Lump Beside The Base Of…

My 2 year old great dane formed a big squishy lump beside the base of his tail at the end of June. I watched it for a few days as it was the long weekend and the vets office was closed. It didnt seem to bother him or restrict any of hir normal daily atrocities. On july 4 i took him to the vet to have it looked it at. The vet took a sample from the bump and told me it was a seroma. Nothing serious…she prescribed antibiotics and said if it didnt reslove itself in 2 weeks the lump would need to br drained. August 1 the bump was still there with no change. Still the same size, still didnt seem to bother him or effect any daily activities. I took him back to the vet on her recommendation and had the drain put it in. I was supposed to take him back to have the drain removed on the 8th. The sermoa was still the same size. That morning loki had manged to pull the drain out himself with a 30in e-cone on his head. I still took him back to the vet to have him examined. Upon arriving i was told the vet who performed his surgery had moved away and no longer worked there. Thrle tech told me there was notes in his file about more surgery. This was the first time i had been told about more surgery…i demanded to have another vet examine him right there and then. The second vet said it was now a waiting game and the seroma never should have been drained in the first place, they take months to resolve themsefs. I am horrified at this point…why would this first vet want to put a drain in within 2 weeks of the seroma appearing when it takes months for them to go away? My poor pup has now been on 3 weeks of antibiotics and restricted activities. The drain holes have now closed and the seroma has gotten a bit bigger. I am at such a loss, i dont know what to do.

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Sarah
3 years ago

I’m sorry about your dog. I think I would get a second opinion if you are this uncomfortable with the vet you are currently using. You may find that you will be happier with the service elsewhere. I do know that seromas do take a long time to heal. So long as it isn’t infected, it should be ok.

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lyndsay flora | 4 years ago
My Great Dane (almost 2 Years Old) Was Spayed And Tacked On June 30th…

My Great Dane (almost 2 years old) was spayed and tacked on June 30th, she did great. but then on july 4th she started having a bloody discharge from her vagina. no temp , but she was lethargic and having trouble peeing. Vet said her lymph nodes in her abdomen were swollen so they gave her antibiotic on Wednesday july 5th. she has a few days of the meds left but she is still having discharge its mucusy and yellowish pink now. Any thoughts? oh and she now has a seroma on her side.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I would go for a second opinion from a specialist or a trusted local vet. I would also discuss bloodwork, X-ray and an ultrasound. Discharge is not normal and should not be present if the dog was spayed. There might also be some clues in cytology of the fluid. I hope this helps. Please let me know how things go.

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Aysha Mathieson | 4 years ago
My 9wk Old Great Dane Xpointer Puppy Is Pooping Melena, Shes Eating And Drinking Fine…

My 9wk old great dane xpointer puppy is pooping melena, shes eating and drinking fine and still very playful… she had her vaccinations almost 2 weeks ago and was de wormed recently

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3 years ago

Pooping melena is something that would worry me…it means something’s going on up in the GI tract. I’d call the vet about it ASAP.

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Gertrude French | 4 years ago
I Need Advice On My Puppy. Great Dane, 7 Months Old. Destroys Everything. He Has…

I need advice on my puppy. Great Dane, 7 months old. Destroys everything. He has been in training since 3 months old but chooses if he wants to obey or not.
I have heard the advice about only giving them a command once, but there is never any advice following that- what do you do when they ignore you?
For example: He knows “Sit” and “Drop” well. He can and does do them. When it suits him. He is a 45kg dog. If he refuses to do it, I dont have many options. He ignores snaps on his correction chain.
He knows “bedtime” means to go to his crate, he has followed this instruction previously. He has no aversion to his crate, he often puts himself in there when he is sleepy. But when we are going to bed and its time for him to go too, he raises his head, looks at us then lies back down. I can sometimes get him to move with a treat but I feel like that is rewarding him for disobeying. But I need him in bed and I have no other way of moving him. He would literally let me drag him by the correction chain rather than get up.

He is walked twice a day, has lots of toys which are rotated but still insists on pulling apart everything he is not supposed to. We spend as much time with him as we can but we can’t be with him 24/7. He is outside when we are not home and inside when we are.

Any suggestions on how to control this pup?

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Sarah
3 years ago

Just to add to the previous response, there are some good books out there to help you figure out exactly what/how to do this. Check out your bookstore or library. And your vet will be able to recommend one as well. Good luck! Don’t give up?

Jana
3 years ago

With dogs, it’s all about motivation. If they don’t see a good reason to do something, they likely won’t. With commands, there are a couple of stages. The first stage is teaching the command, meaning teaching the dog to understand what you want and how to do it. The next stage is convincing them that it is always a good thing to do it. What type of training method are you using? The most effective is clicker-training. Done properly, it teaches the dog that every time they do what you ask, good things happen. Over time, response to a command… Read more »

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Megan Morenz | 4 years ago
What’s The Best Thing To Use When Walking A Great Dane? Harness Or Just A…

What’s the best thing to use when walking a great Dane? Harness or just a collar? He doesn’t pull when we’re walking unless he is trying to lunge-he has a bad case of leash aggression. I do have a shock collar on him simply because it stops him from biting somebody and lunging at people.

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Sarah
3 years ago

At one time I was extremely anti- ecollar. However, I do believe that there are some circumstances that benefit from it. We did break down and get them for our dogs. An e-collar CAN be a very good tool for training when used properly. My advice, since you already have one, is to leash train using it. Dogs are smart. Your dog will rise to the challenge and learn whatever you work towards… no lunging, good leash walking, etc. As far as a harness vs. a collar, if you are working with your dog regularly, it’s really just a matter… Read more »

Sarah
3 years ago

This was a good article, and it may be helpful. It’s Victoria Stillwell.

https://positively.com/dog-behavior/aggression/leash-aggression/

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3 years ago

Honestly, if you’re dealing with leash aggression, you need to work on that below threshold. What sort of training are you doing to reduce the aggression?

And to answer your question, I don’t know that any corrective devices are a good idea in cases like that. A leash-aggressive dog can and will redirect his frustration onto the person holding the leash.

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Megan Morenz | 4 years ago
Hello! I Have A Great Dane That Is 14 Months Old And I’ve Had Him…

Hello! I have a great Dane that is 14 months old and I’ve had him since he was 6 months. For about a week now he has been growling at me, usually when he does this I am sitting on the couch or just relaxing. Today he lunged and bit a friend of mine when she moved her leg away from him while sitting on the couch – had to get stitches. His behavior is becoming a bit frightening, what’s going on with him?

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Sarah
3 years ago

First off- I would see my vet. Is there some medical issue going on that you are unaware of? Secondly, I would find a good trainer/ behaviorist to come to your home and help. Your vet should be able to help you find someone reputable. Good luck!

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Susan Barnhouse | 4 years ago
We Are Getting A Great Dane Puppy Next Week. We’ve Had 2 Great Danes…

We are getting a Great Dane puppy next week. We’ve had 2 great Danes who lived to be 10. Since it’s been a while since we’ve had a puppy, I wanted to know what some of the best dog foods are for Great Dane puppies. I know the protein and fat levels should be low. What do you recommend?

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Dawn Ferara, DVM
4 years ago

I recommend a good quality (i.e. Wellness, Eagle or Hills) large breed puppy food. It used to be that puppy food was not good for these types of dogs because of how fast their bones grew, but the better formulated large breed puppy foods work well for these pups.

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

You are welcome Susan! Enjoy!! They grow soo fast! But they are wonderful dogs.

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello!! I was pretty sure your name was familiar. I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet girl. And we are forever grateful that she had you! With love. Krista

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, Congratulations on your new puppy! I have to admit that I am old fashioned with respect to diets. I like the big established brands that I have seen feed more than three generations of dogs and withstand the scrutiny of other brands contamination episodes and pet inquiries. I have to trust the company AND know the company. I therefore recommend a large breed puppy food for the first 12-18 months. I also avoid excessive protein in puppies (an older dogs). I typically also discourage homemade as too often the ingredients tend to shift over time and vital nutrients can… Read more »