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brenda beere - 2013-09-16
Leo, our 2yr old longhaired chihuahua was scratching more than usual & we could feel scabby lumps on his skin. On the local vets advice we are bathing him in Malaseb Shampoo. He has stopped scratching & the scabby bits have gone. but now, when being brushed he waves & arches his back & is also rolling about on the carpet quite a bit. does anyone know what this is all about?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Maybe he's just enjoying having his skin feel good again:)
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liezl - 2013-09-15
I have a 4 year old bull terrier male. Very loving and spoiled! We got an 8 week old femal bull terrier 5 days ago, and our male usually doesn't like other dogs! I have been indroducing him to her by putting her on my lap and letting him smell her. He sniffs her and his tail is wagging, he seems happy, but I can't put the puppy on the floor then he wants to jump on her. Or when she barks at him and growls he looks pretty upset and looks as if he wants to go for her. What can I do about this? And must I wait until she is about 7 months to stand her ground before I leave them to see if they will bite or play with each other?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Sounds like they are still getting to know each other, but they are well on their way to being good friends. How cool is that!
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Bobbie - 2013-08-28
I just got a long haired chi. She will be 4 yrs in NOVEMBER. The HUMANE SOCIETY took him from his previous owner for abuse. She is the sweetest thing. I've had her two weeks. She is so afraid of every noise and movement. She loves to sit by or on me now. I've heard her bark once and it was so quiet and little. I laughed but she was telling me someone was at my door. She is potty trained. She gets on my lap and scratches at me when she wants to go out. Sweetest dog EVER!!

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  • Jim - 2013-09-04
    Ours barks at every sound. There are some words/names we have to actually spell out otherwise he will go nuts. He always goes on the puppy pad we lay down then he will run out and look at one of us then 'RALPH' but not bark to let us know he did his business. He loves just sitting outside in the sun and he does not care how hot it is outside...he just wants to sit outside.
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Joyce Holt - 2013-08-30
My little Chihuahua was only 3-4 weeks old when my daughter bought her. They sold her as a teacup, then when she got her home and put her down she couldn't walk and had no teeth, so she decided to take her to the Vet. That's when she found out her true age. So she fed her with a syringe until she was big enough to eat soft food. That was 3 years ago, she gave her to me 2 1\2 years ago and we are as close as we can be, she's my baby.

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Jonathan Seer - 2009-09-18
Japanese Chins no matter what they eat have a digestive tract designed to process animal products ONLY. Try to avoid soy, corn, and gluten. Millions of humans suffer from the horrible condition known as ciliac disease from eating this, so what do you think it does to a Japanese Chin?  If Corn and the often included gluten are so bad for us humans, it's can be toxic, life-threatening to Japanese Chins - thus they're much shorter than usual lifespan.

Soy is a huge reason why dogs in general have so many skin conditions and infections and Japanese Chins are particularly susceptible. Soy isoflavins are 'estrogen precursors' and dog food companies KNOW this, but don't care, because it's a super cheap way to bulk up dog food. Isoflavens, being estrogen related compounds, play havoc with a Japanese Chin's reproductive system, and help make them far more suseptable to reproductive illnesses, because they're hormones will be way out of balance.

IDEALLY, being a carnivore, Japanese Chins should have a diet consisting of meat by products, bone by products, bones, meat, animal organs. They'll eat lots of other things, but unless it's animal based, they won't be able to digest it, and quite often be hypersensative to plant compounds that are perfectly fine for humans.

I'm an owner of many chins for several years, and NONE of mine EVER get sick. The only reason they've ever gone to the vet is for shots. They do NOT have skin problems, NO breathing problems, NO knee problems and so on and so on - and it's because I feed them the way carnivores should be fed.

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  • Kelly - 2010-02-26
    Your comments make a lot of sense. I have a japanese chin and dont want to feed him processed pet food. What do you recomend a good homemade "carnivores" diet should be?
  • Kiyo - 2010-11-26
    So what do carnivores eat or what do you exactly feed them, I have a 6 years old
    chin and I am trying to figure out what exactly to feed him.
  • raven - 2013-03-29
    I have a chin mix, who will not eat dog food.When she was younger it was real hard to keep her sugar and weight up. But her vet said to feed her fish. She is thriving now. :) but she still will not touch dog food or store bought dog treats.
  • Helen - 2013-04-22
    Can you tell me what you feed your chins we have a 5 month old pup and have been feeding him eukanuba small breed puppy food as recommended by the breeder but he has become bored of this so we have given him chicken ,salmon ,mackerel,sardines and turkey but feel he needs a high quality cibble to achieve a balanced diet and healthy coat please help
  • Priscilla Anderen - 2013-08-23
    I just got a 3 year old Chin, and he is very selective as to food. The breeder said he was eating Pedigree dry food, but he has refused to eat it for me. Then I was told to try can with the dry. He ate some, but still is not eating well. What kind of food do you suggest, and can they really eat carrots and green beans? Please advise me by email.
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jonbon - 2013-02-09
Hi, I have an 11 month bull terrier and I am in the process of changing her diet, I've been boiling organic chicken and rice and mixing it in with her blue buffalo puppy food. Itss been well over 2 weeks and she's been fine till today. She vomited every where, my questions are should I not give her white rice? Or even chicken? And when I switch to adult food next month should I still mix it with chicken and rice? Or should I just mix the rice and chicken with fresh veggies?

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  • Georgie - 2013-08-16
    Hi, when changing a dogs diet it should be done slowly. Mixing new food 1 /3rd into old food then eventually 2/3rds and 3. I recommend premium dog foods if you want your friend to thrive not just survive. A balanced diet of large raw dog bones once a week {never leave dog unattended with bones } help to clean teeth and is natural to them. Dry food and occasional wet food. Remember too much wet food creates plark ending in rotten unhealthy teeth.
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marinda - 2013-02-18
Hello can someone please tell me why does my dog cry all the time. She is fed clean and very active not jumping a lot but running around. But she cries non stop.

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  • Cat - 2013-08-15
    Does she whine when she cries? Or is it tears? If it's tears, Rudi had eye duct issues and our vet had me massage (gently) her tear ducts. If it is behavior our mini, Spud, is a worry wart! He whines and will shake when he wants his way or we, in his thinking, are paying too much attention to our other pets. Then if that doesn't work he rolls over on his back and gives the big puppy dog eyes, shakes his little paws in the air (playing the 'I'm sooo cute card')! It took me a while watching him and to figure out how insecure he was. Now I make sure to give him the little extra snuggle. But he still occasionally shows the worry wart behavior. That's his personality!
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Bruce Walden - 2010-01-18
Toby is our 5 yr old red dapple doxie weighing 19 lbs. He had injured his back in October. He was unable to stand or use his back legs. We took him to the Clinic within 12 hours of the symptoms. Toby was given anti-inflammatory and pain medication. Total confinement was the call for a 30 day minimum and possibly 6-8months with surgery if no improvement. My wife and I went home with little hope of recovery. We understood the confinement but how were we going to assist with Toby's daily bathroom trips? What we came up with was a real simple solution. My wife made a device that allowed us to carry Toby out and assist him when he needed to both urinate and defecate.The device allowed us to support his weight and minimize his movements with no discomfort to Toby. We kept him more in the device than in the crate. We could hang him up on the patio or a tripod I had placed in the yard. the device also allowed for him to use his back legs and as he improved we could let him bare more of his own weight. We took Toby back for a visit 2 weeks after his injury and the Veterinarians (4 in this clinic) were absolutely stunned and amazed at the device and the progress Toby had made. Toby is now on his own and running again with his friends. We have submitted for a patent at the instance of our veterinarians. The device will soon be made available but for now we are just wanting to help others.


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  • Wendy Brown - 2010-02-22
    Hi Bruce, where can I get this or can I make something simular? I have a 4 year old mini-dachshund that is 9lbs and she has injured her back. We are doing all the same things as you but not the device you spoke about. I have no interest in creating this to sell (stealing your idea) but we want to help our dog Lilly, regain her back leg use and mostly get rid of her back pain. Please contact me if you are willing to help us out. Thanks!
  • Kathy Hartline - 2010-03-21
    Hello,
    My name is kathy and I have a little Datschund dog named "oscar". For some reason he woke up with a fever and could not walk (his back legs don't work). I have not carried him to the vet because today is Sunday. I will carry him tommorrow.I love my dog very much and I Hope he will be able to walk on his own.
    Please let me know what I can do to help my little Oscar. If I lose him I will be devistated. He is only 6 years old and has a long life ahead of him. Please Help Us!!!

    Thank You
  • Jacob - 2010-08-02
    Bruce,
    My dog has suffered the same injury, with similar symptoms of not being able to walk. He cannot and will not stay confined to cage rest. I'm very interested in the device you have mentioned.
  • Irma Oliman - 2010-08-25
    My sister's doxie has this very same issue right now. He drags himself around, surgery has been recommended, but she can't afford it and doesn't have the heart to lay him down. Do you think this could help her doxie?
  • Robert Rosensteel, Jr. - 2010-09-10
    Hello, I have a 4 yo doxie that has both legs paralyzed since last night, we have taken him to the vet and they have him pumped full of meds and surgery will not financially be an option for us. The neurosurgeon wants $450 to examine, $1800 for MRI and we don't know how much for the surgery. We have chosen a course of treatment that we can afford with out vet however if this option does't work we will need to consider....well I don't want to say it. Can you provide information on your device that could possibly be of assistance and save our doxie's life. We would be very grateful for any assistance that you could provide. Thank You Bob and Sharon
  • Robert Rosensteel, Jr. - 2010-09-10
    Looking for help?
  • Kelly Blickhahn - 2010-09-17
    Please contact me so I can get that devise from you
  • kay sheppard - 2010-10-31
    hello my dashund is name jasper he to injured his back 4 weeks ago and we cant afford the surgery but i will buy anything that may bring his mobility back.... please send me more info on anything you can suggest
  • Dawn Williams - 2011-06-04
    I know this is 2011 but I have a 6 yo black min. dash who weighs 11 lbs. He just quit using his back legs one evening. Took him to vet next day and he is now on meds. I am so wore out taking him to the bathroom and holding is rear end up. Please help!!! This is day 4 and we do not see a surgery for consultation till day 6. Need some assistance.
  • Wayne/Lois Redick - 2011-07-03
    This sounds like something we would be interested in, for future use. Where would we get it and for what cost? I'm really happy that Toby is getting along fine now. Good luck with his progress.
  • Jeff - 2011-10-04
    Hi,
    I,like others here, have a similar problem and am facing having to put my dapple dauchund down. He has a slopped disc pressing on his spinal chord. We can't afford the 3- 5 K for the surgery to fix. So my vet is trying to treat him medically over the next few days looking for improvement or for possible feeling and use of his back legs. If it doesn't work do you think this device could help us take care of him at home. Would you be able to sell me one? Thanks for any advice you can give us.
  • Janet - 2011-10-13
    Oh man why didn't I see your message two weeks ago. Our Dash-approx. 6 years old came down with IVDD and was put on a DSMO drip back in March. But just had reoccurence 2 weeks ago. They tried the DMSO again but it didn't work. He had no bowel control and could only drag his hind legs. Heartbreaking. Sadly we had to put him down so he would not suffer. I am just heartbroken and really wish I had seen this sooner. Thanks for your letter and invention. Hope it helps others. And good luck w/ Toby!
  • Adria - 2012-04-25
    I have a 5 year old 4 lb chihuahua that slipped a disk in his back last October, and the vet gave me steroids and a muscle relaxer for Nacho, and told me to keep him in a crate for 6-8 weeks with the slight possibility he might get better. We followed the instructions with precision, and it was starting to seem pointless. All I had left of my beloved puppy was a dog I didnt recognize. He seemed -well high. He would sit for hours in his crate propped up with a pillow and blankets
    to keep him comfy and look completely gazed and confused about what was happening around him. After the first prescription of steroids and muscle relaxers was gone, we went back to the vet, and this time opted out of the muscle relaxers. We brought Nacho back home and decided to try therapy with him. We looked it up online and decided water therapy might work best, so, we put him in the bathtub. After weeks of that, the one last week of steroids, and a few months of working with Nacho to get the feeling back in his hind quarters, Nacho is almost back to himself. :) He was out running in the lawn today (a little unsteady/tipsy) but, nonetheless, much better. I didn't have to buy anything special except the pills and puppy pads due to him being unable
    e to control his pottying. Nacho completely amazed me with his
    determination, and I'm proud. :) He didnt have to get the multi-thousand dollar surgery the
    vet says might
  • Adria - 2012-04-25
    *** finishing last post..(my phone wouldn't let me finish!!) ***
    Ok... So I was saying the vet told me if this didn't help Nacho, the surgery would be needed to get him out of pain, then he'd need a wheelchair for dogs. Well, again, everything worked!! Hes still improving every day, and he's the proudest little guy ever! If this happens to your dog, just be committed, and keep your dogs spirit up. Don't lose faith! Give them extra love and let them know you're with them thru it all.
  • Adria - 2012-04-25
    I forgot to mention, when this all happened, Nacho jumped in my lap off the floor. Thats it.. Next thing I know, he kind of crawled up me, and started yelping. He was COMPLETELY paralyzed on his back legs (basically his mid back to his back toes) and had the most frightening look in his eyes. This is a popular thing that happens with little dogs, and its common to happen more than once if it happens the first time. Just keep them from jumping up on things no matter how small the jump. Good luck, and I hope our story has helped someone.
  • kylie - 2013-01-15
    sweet
  • cat - 2013-08-14
    We have two Dachies, a standard female named Rudi and a mini named Spud. Rudi is older and started getting stiff. She hasn't majorly hurt her back but when she stretches she would pop and crack. This concerned me. One day while roaming my local pet store I found a snack that contains Glucosomine and MSM (just like I take). Now she stretches all the way, she isn't popping anymore.
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jak - 2012-06-04
I have had two poms, Bambi and Lille. Bambi ate a sago palm seed and it destroyed her liver. She was one year old. Lille is almost four and is beautiful and very intelligent, loyal, loving, and funny. Poms need to be taught that they are not the master of the pack. They have a very strong pack instinct. They are the only small dog breed that are direct descendants of a working breed, the spitz, a sled dog. They love to get wet and easily tolerate cold. They get overheated easily and must be acclimated to long walks in the summer. Their presonality is second to none and are choosy in picking friends. They don't like loud noise or excitement. A poms perfect day is snoozing next to it's master. They follow you closely and watch you like a hawk. They are resiliant animals and don't know their size and will face off with another animal much larger than them. They are prone to be stolen as they are prized by many, but some cruel people will steal a pom and use them to train their pit bull to kill.

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  • Carmen Alexander - 2013-08-12
    I HAVE BEEN MAULED BY A DOG AND LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. How horrible to use them as a way to train another dog. They are a living being as well.
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david hunter - 2013-08-06
I've had this full blooded real red nose pit since 3 months old. Now 2 years old female full ears tail. And fertile are you telling me this breed is that rare? Biggest baby on the planet have plenty of pictures to prove it.

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