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The way you attend to the needs of a dog is generally referred to as dog care. The type of care your dog needs can depend on the situation, the type or breed of the dog, and the owner’s willingness to follow through with a proper dog care procedure. Dog care can range from the basic to the specialized, such as the care of a dog that is having puppies, or the care of a puppy that has been orphaned. Below are commonly asked questions about dog care that have been answered by Experts.
What information do you need to take care of an orphaned new born puppy?
If a pup has been orphaned, rejected by its mother, or is unsafe with its mother, you can take good care of the puppy if these basic directions are followed: The puppy will need to be bottle fed formula at least every 2 hours. This will continue until the puppy reaches six weeks of age. Just as important as
the puppy is helping it to go to the bathroom. Mother dogs get their puppies to go the bathroom by
the puppies’ genital area, which stimulates the puppies. To assist a puppy you can use a wash cloth moistened with warm water and use it to massage the genital area of the puppy. On top of feeding and toileting, the puppy will need to be started on worming medication every two weeks from the age of two weeks to ten weeks. When the puppy reaches the age of six weeks, it may begin to eat hard puppy
that has been soaked in formula to make it softer and more appealing.
What should be done if a small part of a starter log has been ingested by a dog?
If a small part of a starter is ingested by a dog, the use of the antacid Pepcid is recommended. This can be bought over the counter. The dosage will dependent upon the animal’s
, the milligram of medication per pound of weight is 0.25. This can be given to the dog every twelve hours. It is recommended that this be done for three days, as a preventative measure against ulcers or upper gastrointestential problems. If the dog exhibits any signs of abdominal pain, loss of appetite, or vomiting, the dog will need to have x-rays done at the veterinarian to rule out the possibility of a bowel obstruction.
What should be done when an animal refuses to eat dog food, but will eat table food?
This often happens when a dog has been fed table food regularly. To correct this, an individual may have to re-teach correct
. This can be accomplished by putting the dog’s food out and if the dog does not eat put it back out. When the owner goes to eat they will need to put the dog’s food back out, continuing to do this until the dog understands what food is theirs. If the dog does not eat it in the first few instances, the owner need not worry. The dog will eventually eat the
and will not starve. Since table food is not healthy for dogs to live on, this will teach the dog better
What should be done when a new animal is recovering from parvo and the other animals have had the vaccination?
The main effort needs to be focused on keeping the other dogs from being within contact of the dog that is recovering from
. The dog care would consist of lowering the potential of infection of those dogs that are not in recovery. The dogs will need to be separated for several weeks, while the dog recuperating sheds some virus. Care should be taken that the dogs that did not have parvo does not come in contact with the feces of the dog that had parvo. If toileting occurs in the home, cleaning with diluted bleach is recommended.
Which is better for a longer than a few days boarding, a vet or a dog kennel?
When it comes to boarding a veterinarian’s office will usually be thorough in dog care needs such as eating and medication if needed, but the
time will not be much. A kennel will allow the dogs more play time, and good kennels are very thorough with dog care.
Dog care comes in many forms, and many different ways. If a puppy is orphaned or rejected by the mother, the individual will have to take the place of the mother, feeding the puppy every two hours up until at least the age of six weeks, while also helping the puppy go to the bathroom by massaging its genitals with a warm wet washcloth. Poor dog care can come in the form of spoiling a dog until it refuses to eat anything but table food. The dog will have to go through re-teaching, so that it can fulfill its
. To find answers to questions about caring for your own dog, it is always best to ask an Expert.
Recent Dog Care Questions
11 yo female black lab, small stature (52-ish pounds), excellent
11 yo female black lab, small stature (52-ish pounds), excellent conditioning (previous competitive hunting dog), no history of injury/accidents/health issues, current on heartworm/flea/tick/prevention.
Fairly suddenly started losing control of front right leg and then at approximately the same time or shortly thereafter also losing slight control of back right leg -- although front rt leg was always the primary issue in her lack of ability to walk normally.
She compromised by swinging leg, but would often fold on the wrist.
This started approx 3 weeks ago.
Diagnostics performed by our vet included an exam testing reflexes, proprieception (sp???) where she did knuckle and have slow response in both legs, and reflex testing, which was also slow. Xrays shows some spondylosis in middle of her back and some bony growth on vertebrae in her neck.
From what I understand most spinal conditions would have symmetrical issues, but this does not appear to affect lt side at all.
Appetite is excellent, desire to be mobile is excellent but she is not able to be as mobile as she would like leading her to crash and burn as she's trying to get places. We have been diligently crating her for the better of these last three weeks, but when she does come out, she has no filter to slow her down although we do try to control her.
She has worn a rub spot on the front of her rt wrist as a result but we have been keeping it clean and watching for infection (none at this time) and attempting various, unsuccessful, things to keep it covered as she moves. Today, given her deteriorated condition, we have made a split with a doggie boot taped to it, but she has not gone out since and we have no idea if it will work.
She is on pred 7.5 mg BID (twice a day - want to make sure I said it the right way). Was on 5 mg BID and I felt it wasn't enough. When we upped to 7.5 per vet, we saw progress.
For a period of 2-3 days abt 1.5-2 weeks ago, we were delayed in our pred supply and it was clear that the pred was making a HUGE difference. Once we got her back on, she could walk well enough that she was not at risk of injuring herself. We did continue w crate rest, however.
This morning, she got around fine on her own. Definitely still some sort of injury and not "better" but also not injuring herself as she went.
This afternoon, around noon EST, we went to get her out of her crate for a potty break and she could not stand because of her inability to use her right side.
We used a sling to get her out, but she was not able to get her body under herself to bear weight. She wasn't struggling, but was stressed, so we brought her back in and laid her on the bed.
This is a dog that is historically VERY active, despite her age, bouncy, in the middle of everything (to a fault). She is now laying on our bed looking pitiful.
Temp and appetite were both normal as of noon. Capillary refill is good, hydration seems good. She would voraciously eat anything we would offer. Stool, urination, etc. has been good and appears to be well-controlled at this point.
However, something does seem painful or uncomfortable as she is pretty stiff and not maneuvering around at all. She laid on her side in bed for three hours straight as we laid with her taking a break for the afternoon. Normally she would at least wiggle around a little bit and try to get in our faces.
No incontinence and she does have at least some deep pain reception in both of her legs.
My questions (and I welcome any other insights you may have):
1) What are some differentials on this given the nature of her condition and history?
2) What other things can I check here at home?
She will be going back to the vet tomorrow. Our vet felt, at the time of the exam, that it was some sort of either brain tumor, spinal degeneration or an injury to the bundle of nerves to her front leg (until back leg started to seem to be affected too).
I want to see what else we can look at... tickborne diseases or other more treatable stuff than "brain tumors" before we make a decision on what to do next...
Thank you in advance for your help.
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I just adopted a rescue. He is a miniature/standard schnauzer.(Hans)..
I just adopted a rescue. He is a miniature/standard schnauzer.(Hans).. 15 inches tall and about 20 pounds, very skinny. I have had him for two weeks. When I got him, he had a severe case of Kennel cough. He finished 10 days of Doxicycline. The vet gave him a physical and stated that his ALT enzymes were at 300 not 100. She suggested I purchase SAM-E which I have. Hans has been on the pill for 4 days. He is energetic and playful, but is very finicky about food. I have tried dry dog food, salmon wet food, chicken and rice dog food, and even browned ground turkey and mixed it with dry food. He nibbles at best. My question is twofold... Please explain the heightened enzyme levels, providing some bases by which I can determine the severity of the condition as well as suggestions to foods to get this picky eater to eat and gain the much needed weight. Thanks
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