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Where would I begin looking to find a mate for my male yellow lab that I want to breed, he is registered with the American Kennel Society?

As the temperature drops and the snow piles up, dog lovers need to take special precautions to protect their canine companions from winter's dangers. Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company, has compiled winter safety tips based on the experience of the company's worldwide network of dog behavioral therapists.

Beware of ice, snow and cold temperatures. While many dogs with proper shelter can be safe in outside temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, puppies, smaller dogs and older dogs should not be left outdoors when temperatures fall below 40 degrees. A shorthaired dog can quickly become chilled after leaving a warm house, so dress him in a sweater before heading outside. Always be sure your dog is wearing his identification tags, and keep him on leash. During a snowstorm, a dog can lose his ability to scent and thus can go astray. A loose dog can also fall through ice or get hit by a vehicle (icy roads make it harder for cars to stop). Finally, don't leave your pet in a vehicle during cold weather. A car in winter is like a refrigerator, holding in the cold and possibly causing the dog to freeze to death.

Keep older, arthritic dogs inside. These dogs should not be left outdoors under any circumstances. Escort the older dog outside for toileting. If the yard has snow or ice, use a leash since he can easily slip and hurt himself.

Watch for signs of frostbite and injury. Frostbite causes serious damage to the sensitive tissues of a dog's extremities, such as his ears, paws and tail. If you suspect your dog may be getting frostbitten, take him into a warm place right away. Soak the affected area in lukewarm water for 20 minutes and contact your veterinarian. If your dog plays on ice or hard, frozen dirt, his paws are susceptible to cuts as they slide across these rough surfaces. Watch for chewing at his paws during long walks or periods of play. Always wipe your dog's feet after a walk in the snow to remove ice, ice melt, and salt deposits from the road (salt irritates a dog's paws and can be toxic if ingested). Be sure to clean any ice balls from between his paw pads, and use only pet-safe ice melt.

Keep an eye out for hypothermia. Watch for signs that your dog may be getting overly cold when he is outdoors. If he begins to whine or you notice extreme shivering, lethargy, or low heart rate, immediately take him into a warm place, cover him with a light blanket, and call your veterinarian.

Eliminate the possibility of poisoning. Unfortunately, dogs like the sweet taste of antifreeze, which can cause sickness or death if ingested. Be sure all antifreeze containers are well out of reach of dogs, and thoroughly clean any spills immediately. If you think your pet has swallowed antifreeze, contact your vet or animal hospital right away.

Provide a protective shelter. If your dog stays outside in the winter, check that his doghouse meets minimum safety criteria. Face the house away from the weather and put a flap on the door. Be sure the house is raised several inches off the frozen ground or concrete. Place straw or cedar shavings on the floor, and change the bedding often to keep it dry. Don't use blankets, which get wet from snow and will chill your dog. The doghouse should be large enough for your dog to sit and stand, but small enough so his body heat will be retained in the house.

Supply fresh water. Hydration is important year-round. Use a plastic water bowl to ensure the dog's tongue does not get stuck to cold metal, and change the water often to keep it from freezing. Consider using a heated water bowl.

Provide an appropriate amount of food. A dog which is active in winter will burn more calories in the cold, and thus needs about 10 percent more food to compensate. If he is less active in winter, avoid allowing him to gain extra weight; decrease his food and be sure to take him out for walks and playtime.

Continue to train your dog during the winter months. Dogs that spend less time outside during the winter may become lethargic; or, in some cases, hyperactive. The best way to keep your dog active or encourage him to spend excess energy is to make him think. Provide 10-15 minutes of training daily on basics such as sit, stay, come, and walking on leash to energize the lethargic dog and tire out the hyper dog. (Doing this twice a day is even better.) Provide your dog with a treat-rewarding toy such as a Kong? or Buster Cube? to keep him busy indoors. For a less active dog, make him work for his supper by putting the food inside his toy.



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I had someone dump a golden retriever puppy on by door step about 3 days ago and my husband and I decided to keep her.  Her name is Tess and she is a very good dog, but it has been so long since I have had a puppy, I need some tips or advice on potty training her.  She has the idea to go outside, but everyonce in a while she will just relieve herself.  And she won't let me know when she has to go, I just watch her and if she starts sniffing I will take her outside.  I generally take her outside anyway about once an hour, but my consistancy still isn't working so somebody please help me!!!!!

My female boxer/pit mix has been having problems with uti since she was a young puppy. Is there anything anyone can suggest feeding her besides the expensive prescription food that the vet recomends?  It is too expensive but I don't want her to continue having them either. She went 8 months without an infection and now all of a sudden she has another one.



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i have a toy and a teacup poodle, a lady i know just gave me a 6 yr. old toy who is pregnant for the third time in a row, niether of my girls ever been bred should i be scarded for her health at this point?



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Hey everyone. I just learned from a friend that dogs can actually be prescribed Prozac, which is the same medication doctors prescribe for humans. I thought it was pretty cool that advances in medicine for humans, also means advances in medicine for dogs.

Now for my question. Since going on Prozac, my friend has seen little to no change, and I was wondering if anyone had a story to share about their dog taking Prozac. I'd really like to know what changes an owner should look for if their dog was put on Prozac.

Thanks in advance!



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I really miss Hank he was our best dog he didn't need a fence and he would hunt with the family.

He was a English Pointer and he was the best English Pointer too.Dad and Hank won contests of hunting.Hank was the best dog ever...


I just recently brought a pup inside that was dumped.  Over the last few days, he has developed what appeared to be tick bite type bumps, even though he has not had any ticks on those places.  One of the bites has now turned into a kind of hard patch of skin.  He has not lost any hair and does not seem to be scratching at it.  It is located behind his front leg on his rib cage.  I have not noticed any fleas or other skin issues and I gave him a bath before these bumps started developing.  I have looked up mange and ring worm and other skin disorders, but most involve hair loss, which he does not have.  Any help would be appreciated, as I want to get him well, preferably without having to get a vet involved (I already have 4 dogs, 3 of which were also dumped over the years, so my budget is limited for vet bills).  I have a few creams and pills from my other dogs in my "dog arsenal", so hopefully I can get this little guy well and to a new, loving home soon.  Thank you in advance for any advice.

I have a 15 yr old, male dachshund, who has 22 different allergies, gets an allergy shot once a month.  He started having congestion and sneezing attacks about 3 months ago.  My Vet put him on 2 different antibiotics, 2 different antihistamines, checked him for foreign body in nasal passage or abscessed tooth, took x-rays of his nasal passages and his chest but everything showed up negative.  He started off with just clear thin mucous, now it is a little thicker and more yellowish in color.  I showed this to my Vet.  Now he is on another antibiotic, antihistamine, and decogestant.  So far no improvements.  The sneezing attacks stopped but occasionally sneezes.  They also told me it could be a possible tumor in his nasal passage or on his brain.  I would have to get an actual cat scan to find out further.  I don't want to have to pay $1200.00 to get an internist to look at him and do a cat scan.  What do I do next?  Any suggestions, and anyone with a dog that had similar symptoms like Pistol's?  I am just tired of seeing my dog suffer with that congestion. 



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Hey everybody

After being sick and tired of my dog constantly coming home with ticks, and not really seeing a difference when I using drops or sprays or whatever, I did some research on the internet and found a site with amber dog collars made by amberdog. As I was curious and my dog needed a new collar anyways, I tried one out and was so surprised - it really worked. Since my dog has been wearing one of these amberdog collars, he hasn't had one single tick on him!
Hope this info helps you (and your pets) too!

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