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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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vineet mondal - 2013-08-10
In 2013 i.e. recently, I found a local pariah [street] dog puppy playing in the roadside and I brought it home. My wicked old grandmother told me to throw him outside but I did not listen to her.  For 8 to 9 months he stayed with me. But one problem was there and it was that he excretes in the home and therefore one day my grandmother secretly sent him somewhere with the help of my uncle. When I came to know about it I cried bitterly. Till today she didn't tell me where she left him. I miss my dog very much. Now I had decided to buy a yellow lab and I can gurantee one thing that no one can separate him from me.

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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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sophia - 2013-08-05
One august one we saw a long haired chihuahua on the street and we got it we named it princess and it is very happy.

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Micey - 2012-11-08
Hello.. I have a 4 month old Long Haired Chihuahua girl 2.5 lbs. She is such a sweetie!! I feed her healthy dry food with every meal and add IAMs wet food almost every meal. She loves the vegetables in the food. Do you think it would be okay to boil some chicken and add steamed vegetables maybe even some steamed white rice to her plate? I don't want to mess with her stomach, but lets be honest, that wet food looks and smells disgusting!! Would appreciate your input! Thanks :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-08
    Sure you can do that.  You can add broth, little rice, little steamed veggies, little table leftovers, yogurt to the dry food.  Sure makes it taste better.  I wouldn't get to carried away though as the basic dog food has a lot of nutrition in it that is good for the pup and at 2.5 pounds a little people food goes a long way.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    mmmm.... love to be that dog!
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sham - 2011-12-21
I have a long haired chihuahua that just turned a year old on the, 19th dec. His name is Lucky Boy. He is very smart, but every morning I find that he has peed all over the tiles outside my house this happens everyday. I do beat him and try to teach him not to do it but he still does it this is the only problem I have with him, other than that he is a really smart dog. How else can i train him to stop doing it ??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-22
    It will never do any good to hit/beat a pup. Besides you are doing it after the deed is done so your dog just thinks you are hurting him for no reason which leads to anxiety and possibly the behavior. Could he be afraid of morning? That is a little pup and he can only hold it so long. You can remove water after 6 pm - should bedtime be the 11 pm. You can take him out earlier and possibly in time, he will be able to hold it longer. He is going per you he has 'peed all over the tiles OUTSIDE my house'. You can try and put paper down (or a wee wee pad on the tile and then move to grass. Hurting the dog each morning and the pup has no idea why will just lead to anxiety. He is housebroken and per you going outside -- now you have to figure out a way for him to go where you would like. You can walk him earlier.
  • Lucy - 2011-12-28
    Never beat a dog! Are you walking the dog outside? If you are just letting him out by himself..please change this routine and take him out on a leash and show him where to go potty. This will take time to correct his bad behavior but it can be done, only if you put in the time. (One of my dogs is 9mos, but I walk both of them in the rain and snow). Also, you can remove water early, so he can get all his pee out before you go to bed. But remember to give him water as soon as you get up is the morning. He is just a baby and can not hold his pee too long. But if you don't have the time to spend with him to train... either find him a new owner or get the water hose out and wash the tiles off each morning.
  • sk - 2011-12-31
    You don't deserve to have a dog if you are going to beat him!
  • amanda smith - 2012-01-06
    No wonder he is peeing all over the tiles...you have pissed him off literally. don't beat your animal, how dare you!
  • Suzanne - 2012-01-16
    Do not hit your dog. He won't learn that way. Keep him a crate or the bathroom at night. Make sure you feed him just twice an day, take him out about 15-20 minutes later, praise him when he makes. At bedtime, lock him in the crate. Put a towel or old blanket in the bottom. Take him right out to make in the morning. Praise him again. Look online for good hints about potty training, too. Good luck!
  • debbie - 2012-04-27
    I would take him away from you
  • Donna Castro - 2012-04-28
    Are people so 'stupid' that they would actually hit a dog? Any breed of dog. We raised the most wonderful rott. with the help of a trainer, he was the best dog ever. We now have a long hair chihuahua we rescused from a shelter. Make a loud nosie when they bite, or are doing something wrong, they learn quickly. Donna
  • Cindy - 2012-05-07
    I wish I knew where you lived, you are abusing this poor chic, I have a 12 week old and would never think of hitting him, or hurting him in any way at all, maybe you need anger management classes and but first please put your dog up for adoption or give it to some that loves dogs
  • tootie - 2012-05-09
    I have found with my chihuahua, that if you get into a routine helps alot. I routinely get up at a certain time and take mine outside to the same spot, this has helped with accidents tremendously.
  • Holly - 2012-05-12
    Never beat a dog! My dog was beaten and now I give him extra protection, he is also a long-haired Chihuahua and personally I would take him away from you! You should be kind and use a POSITIVE attitude! Seriously, you make me wanna cry because you have beaten your dog!
  • loretta hoolmaa - 2012-05-14
    if u beat your dog YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE ONE
  • vicest - 2012-05-30
    My long hair pees too so I take her out before I go to sleep and as soon as I wake up and this helps a lot. She hardly ever pees in the house. Chihuahuas are strong willed dogs and don't respond well to being hit or beaten so try and not do that anymore. It's a little dog and it needs a lot of attention and I'm sorry but you decided to get the dog and take the time to do what your dog needs you to do and that's take her out to pee
  • gloria - 2012-07-23
    try putting his nose in it some times that will work
  • Selena - 2012-07-23
    A stern tone of voice is best, don't beat!!!!
  • Michelle - 2012-11-13
    I am finding the word beat problematic because its sounds harsh. I'm sure you just mean you reprimand. Try not to yell I have learned that Chico cringes and looks so ashamed everytime I do it and he's not listening to what I have to say. What I've found works is to say 'NO' when you see him start, stick his nose in the pee, and then take him to the litter box or outside or puppy pad and put him there and tell him firmly. 'THIS is where you go!' I did that and the next day when I was standing in the bathroom he walked over to the litterbox and made sure I looked as he went, I was so proud. I will forgive him for missing with his wee wee....he still made the attempt! LOL Michelle
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    Um, why beat the dog?
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Jill - 2012-11-25
I rescued a 13 month long hair Chi a year ago. We named him Chico. He was advertised as being 8 pounds (big boy). Since then he has grown to 15 pounds. Vet says for his size he can be 15-17 pounds. I love him just the same. He came house broken and very lovable except he picks and chooses his friends. Only likes a couple of dogs and humans in the neighborhood and wants to kill the rest. When I am at work my Mom walks him and I fear for her falling when he meets up with someone he does not like. She spoils him when I am away. Not sure what I can do to stop this behavior...any thoughts?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    Maybe only give him a few treats every once in a while, for example, give him a new toy every 7-8 months. But, if he seems bored, then immediately get him a new toy.
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wakeelah - 2013-01-24
Gerri, I think it is the nature of these dogs to dig. I have a 10 month old long hair chi, and she digs in her bedding, my hardwood floors, and outside. Have you noticed the fox charterisic of these dogs. Foxes have holes, and yes, they dig them. I bought a cat litter box and cat litter for my foxie Brown, she enjoys digging in it and making a mess.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    I have a really old Golden Retriver that does that too. I think it's just because of the dogs instinct. Weird.
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