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I have started to set aside one hour a day to get some exercise for me and by my boy. We have been running, but thats become a little boring. Does anyone have any ideas for an hour long activity that I could do other than running?

I have 2 (6 month old) puppies.  The female is so distructive when I put her in a crate.  If  I put her in with her brother she fights with him.  She carries on whinning a lot and salivates excessively to the point where she looks like she has  a white beard (she's all black), and there's a puddle in the crate and saliva all over the door of the crate.  She's supposedly a Vizsla Hound/Black Lab Mix.  Her brother looks like a Vizsla and she looks like a Black Lab.  Both dogs were rescued.  They were from a litter of 10 and were found abadoned in a house, skin and bones.  Any ideas as to why all the saliva and carrying on?

My 3 year old Beagle is suddenly barely able to walk.  I went to a concert Sunday afternoon.  Before I left the dog was fine.  When I got home at 10 pm the dog could barely walk. She was unable to make it down the stairs so I carried her. She was obviously in pain, and lethargic - completely unlike herself - but was still eating, drinking and went to the bathroom.  Took her to the vet Monday morning. She wasn't acting as bad at the vet as she was at home - I think maybe adrenaline was pumping because she was at the vet. They did the ortho exam and she didn't yelp once.  There was no sign of spinal/skeletal damage based on the physical exam. They did not do an x-ray. Blood work came back "great". Now it is Tuesday night and she seems worse.  She is still eating and drinking, but when I carry her out to go potty, she just lays down and will no longer attempt to stand up. She seems to be more sensitive when moved. She did walk around a little this afternoon and go potty on her own, but now she won't. She is on pain meds prescribed by the vet, but that does not seem to be helping. Has anyone come across this?  I am going to take her for a second opinion tomorrow and insist on an x-ray, but anyone knows of something I else I should be looking out for, I would really like to know.  I read about Beagle Pain Syndrome, but her blood work was "great" according to the vet so I don't know if that is something to worry about.  Again, any advice/help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!



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So my partner and i got a 7 month old puppy in November, we know he is part hound since he bays after a bark, and he looks like he might have some terror in him. Well he is now a year and 2 months and he loves other dogs, but we recently decided to not live with a roommate anymore and our old roommate had a dog for Blaize to play with. So since there was no other dog anymore we decided to get Blaize a baby sister, Ember, this past saturday. They get along really well, the introduction took a little while, we think because Blaize is so loud when he is excited that it startled Ember, so it slowed the introduction process. Well since then they play well together with us having to interrupt once in a while since they get a little carried away. But twice yesterday Blaize had a little outburst towards Ember as he was waking up. He snarled and snapped at her pretty violently, and we though it might be because he was waking up and he was startled by her coming up on him, but the second time he went at her, Ember was just crawling toward me on the bed, very slowly since she had also just woken up, and he leaped across the bed to attack her. We would hate to have to take Ember back, so we are just hoping for a little input on this situation. Thank you :)



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if you want to groom a dog be careful i got bit when i tried know i put a mussel on them

I have a number of questions:

Our 16 month old treeing walker coonhound we adopted is SERIOUSLY hydrophobic.  He won't even go outside when it's raining (but needs exercise still!) and we only got one bath for him in two weeks.  He stinks and needs another bath but the last time we tried he nipped me.  What can we do? The only thing I can think of is take him to a groomer.

He also WILL NOT poop or pee in our yard.  He always wants to do someone else's> His former owner must have trained this.  How to change that training?

My son is terrified of him and he snapped at my son's sweater when he was waving a book around and dancing around near him and now my son has concluded the dog is horrible.  How to change this situation?

WHen we adopted him, we weren't aware that he had hook worms and Lyme bacteria.  I am very disappointed in the shelter that we weren't told or they didn't check him for it. What should we do? We are treating it but should we do anything about the fact we didn't know until we took him to the vet?

He wants to eat things that aren't edible.  We can watch him but not when we are sleeping.  We have no space for a crate for him as our house is very narrow with small rooms.  It just don't work anywhere and our basement is a flooded subbasement not accessible except from a common back entry way with steep steps. It would be impossible  to put a crate down there.  We can't police him when he is sleeping.  What to do?

He is very needy, He is fresh out of the shelter and might settle down, but he is very unhappy when just I and my son are around,  It takes the whole family around before he is happy.  His former owner also let him run wild, follow him around everywhere and never was on a leash before us.  Could that be part of his "problem"?  Will he settle down after a few weeks?  

Despite the fact many of its practices are thousands of years old, Eastern, or non-traditional, medicine is becoming more popular today than ever. Acupuncture is one specialized facet of non-traditional medicine that not only entered the mainstream; it's become a treatment option for our pets. The specific origin of acupuncture is uncertain, said Rodney Bagley, a veterinary neurosurgeon. “No one knows if it originally came from China, Korea, or India but it's widely held that the Chinese perfected it. Dr. Bagley recently completed a three-week certification course learning veterinary acupuncture techniques. The specific mechanism of how acupuncture works is uncertain. Theories include stimulation of the release of natural chemicals with in the body or stimulation of neuromechanical mechanisms that diminish pain and promote healing. Local micro-trauma from the needle itself may also play a role. There are more than 150 acupuncture points on a dog's body There are more than 150 acupuncture points on a dog's body with 50-100 of those points being most commonly used. Overall, acupuncture is based on a principle of restoring balance with in the body. Veterinary ailments acupuncture is most commonly used for are pain management and diseases of the liver, kidney, and skin. Generally, acupuncture treatments are combined with traditional approaches to healing such as physical therapy or the use of medications. Just as with any medical treatment, acupuncture has innate risks associated with it. According to Dr. Bagley There is always potential for site infection, but that's rare because the needles used are small. Acupuncture's effect on animals is usually positive or none at all. There have been some studies that showed it increased the growth of certain forms of cancer so it shouldn't be used in those circumstances. Veterinary acupuncture isn't widely available yet. If you think it could benefit your pet ask your veterinarian for more information or a referral. Acupuncture isn't a panacea, but it's another tool to treat ailments and enhance the quality of our pet's lives. Despite the amazing scientific advances in veterinary medicine, one of the most exciting new treatments may be thousands of years old.

I'm a little concerned about my beagle's eye. He is 4 months old and since we bought him from a breeder, we noticed that one of his eyes looked different from the other. It seems that his eyeball tends to bulge out a bit and the white of his eye is visible in the corner. After inspecting it closer, it seems that his iris is an irregular shape, slightly oval. Sometimes the white of his eye looks slightly red (in the corner). It does not seem to cause him discomfort, although he does get slight tear stains which are clear. He does not have these issues with his other eye.

We have taken him to the vets and mentioned this, however the vet did not seem concerned and told us he had mild conjunctivitis. She did not prescribe any medication.

Sometimes pet owners does something that irritate their veterinarians, what about the stuffs that vet does makes pet owners go crazy???



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My scottie barks when I leave him. I have never had this problem with any of my other dogs and I do not know what to do about it. I do know that citronella collars have worked for others.

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