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WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR PET’S TRICKY HEALTH ISSUES ?

Q.
Lucy , a 2 year old Spitz  has long hair. Hence her fur tend to tangle quite often. Afterbathing, tangling /knotting problem increases. What should be done to keep her fur free from any tangles and knots thereby look better.

A.
You need to shampoo regularly with a good detangling shampoo like GLOSSOM. After shampooing and towel drying, combing with wide toothed comb is required. It also gives exotic fragrance for quite long time. It makes fur lustrous and shiny too.

Q.
Ticks have been a persistent problem with my dog. I am fed up with the chemical based shampoos which is generally recommended for addressing the problem. As vomition is common after use of such preparations. Once there was persistent vomition and our Vet had a tough time making him normal. Please suggest a solution for getting rid of ticks without harming my dear dog.
A.
Chemical based shampoos are generally of organo-phosphorus compound origin, which are very toxic for our loved animals. While excess toxicity can kill them , recurrence of even mild toxicity during their application over a period of time is very injurious to their health damaging vital organs like liver.

In the tick season, regular once in a week use of TICKOFF®, a herbal based shampoo would prevent the tick infestation onto the body of your dear dog. Use Tickoff®  on your already tick infested dog for at least 10 minutes. Wash thoroughly with water. Repeat applying Tickoff®. if required. You would be  relieved from your dog’s vomition problems even if your dog accidentally licks Tickoff®, as it is herbal based shampoo.
Making the vicinity tick-free is a long term solution for tick problems.

Q.
Our doggy, has long furs. It terribly stinks (bad odour) during humid and hot weather. In monsoon season it is worst. Can you advice any way out?

A.
You may use the de-odoriser shampoo GLOSSOM / PROLIFUR®  regularly. Fragrance remains for quite longer time. In Monsoon, good deodoriser dusting powder meant for dog e.g, TICKOFF® herbal dusting powder can also be used.

Q.
There are growing red spots near my pet’s excretory part and foul smell from whole body. He is itching too. Please help.

A.
Must see your Vet. Your Vet may suggest you to use Petben® shampoo along with Amitraz liquid and
proven MERAMEC tablet after seeing the case.  For boosting coat’s defence mechanism and hence speedy recovery, feed MAXIMIN® powder

Q.
My dog’s hair shedding problem is continuous. It creates a mess in our house.

We give Pedigree food in the morning daily and home made food in the evening. Please suggest solution urgently.
A.
Feed  MAXIMIN® powder @ 10g per 10 kg b.w. daily for at least ten to fifteen days either alone or along with food. Hair shedding, which is most likely nutritional in origin would subside to minimal However, Maximin® needs to be given regularly for getting rid of the problem on regular basis. A gap of a week may be given in feeding Maximin®

Q.
My GSD bitch is not taking any food on it’s own  and has become a spoon feeder since one month age. Our Vet. has given some medicine. But there is no improvement.

A.
Please reduce feeding her manually ( if being done). If other activities e.g alertness, playing etc are normal, please follow the given steps :

  1. De-worm every three months with proven KILVERM ( 1 tab.per 10 kg b.w.) or any other de-wormer with three salts as mentioned in the de-worming schedule below.
  2. Feed Becosule syrup two tablespoons twice daily for at least 15 days.

MAXIMIN powder  may be used as palatability enhancer and for correcting G.I. tract health as top dressing on her food. Plenty of physical exercise is advocated.If much improvement not seen, see your Vet. He may suggest appetite enhancers at a gradual reducing dose rate.

Q.
I have a GSD which eats soil and also sometimes its own faeces (stool). Its been there since long. Pl. help immediately!

A.
Pica ( mud eating)  and Caprophagia ( Feces eating) are very common in dogs. Conditions though not dangerous, are unpleasant to live with. Mostly, it is due to nutritional imbalance.
De-worm the dog first with three salt dewormer like Kilverm®

Try proven CALDOZ® ( 2  testitabs per 15 kg b.w.) / PROCAL® ( 20 gms per 10 kg b.w.) daily along with MAXIMINTM powder ( 15 g per 10 kg b.w.) for at least 15- 20 days. Continue the combination thereafter under the guidance of your Vet.  A gap of few days may be given. Parallely, behavioural changes and training should be given. e.g; saying strict ‘NO’ whenever dog tries to approach soil/ own faeces. Immediate praise and reward ( e.g; tasty snacks ) should be given after the dog’s obedience. Faeces should be immediately disposed off to pre destined place.

Q.
‘Sheru’ a 4 year old male GSD fell sick. Treatment continued for around 14 days. Now he is alright..but gone down by weight very much. Our Vet suggested a diet regime..but  even after 20 days of becoming well he is almost half the original body weight.

A.
Feed the
proven MAXIMIN® @ 15g /10kg b.w. along with his normal diet. Within two-three weeks he would approach his original body weight. Also consult your doctor.

Q.
My dog is suffering from diarrhoea since last 5 days. Though, doctor has given some medicines he is losing weight very fast . How to control the weight loss in such situation.

A.
In diarrhoea cases dogs are not able to assimilate nutrition out of whatever they eat into his body till the condition is controlled by medicines. At times, control process takes many a days. Hence lose weight.  In such situation it is pertinent to feed him easily digestible food. Hence approx. 5-20 g MERALAC ( depending upon age and breed) should be given along with equal amount of curd every 2-3 hrs in form of paste. This paste preparation may be forced licked by the dog. This should be continued for couple of days even after the diarrhoea stops  for the digestive system to become stronger.

Q.
My dog ‘s name is Suzy. He is sick for couple of days. Medication as advised by the doctor is continued. However, as in sickness dogs do not like to eat anything , he is also not eating anything and has gone down very much. Doctor is insisting on some food (nutrition ) should be taken for fast recovery. What should be done.

A.
For fast recovery from any sickness, body’s stronger defence mechanism is important. Defence mechanism is strengthened when body gets nutrition through food intake…which is normally not possible as dogs stop eating.In such case make paste out of the tasty  and easily digestible MEARLAC & curd in 1:1 ratio. Give such paste through spoon onto the tongue of the dog. Licked food can not be thrown out by the dog. Repeat the procedure until substantial amount is licked. Keep on giving such paste every 2-3 hrs. Suzy is bound to recover faster.

Q.
I have a 25 days old female Labrador pup . Please guide me about his feeding, bathing, training and vaccination schedules.

A.
Vaccination: To be done at the age of 6 weeks ( 7 in1 or 8 in 1) i.e; 7 or 8 (inclusive of Corona disease) diseases combined in one vaccine. Thereafter every 15 days to be repeated for another two times. Anti-Rabies vaccine to be given at the age of 12 weeks. Same should be repeated after 3 weeks as a booster dose.

Feeding: Feed four times daily with a gap of 4 hrs. Please do not give Human CERELAC® as it is not meant for meeting a pup’s nutritional requirements essential especially for their coat’s (skin and fur) defense system. Instead, give the branded proven MERALAC powder  till 8-10 weeks. Curd may be added into Meralac and paste is to be made along with lukewarm water in 1: 3 ratio ( 1 part Meralac) Read product label for exact dose per serving.   One week before approaching 8 weeks, start giving boiled rice, boiled egg white etc and reduce the dose of Meralac slowly.

Bathing: Start from 3 months onwards . Till then give sponge bath once in 3-4 days.

Training : Most important at this stage is the ‘Toilet (potty ) training’ . Always take the pup outside ( garden, toilet/ terrace in case of flat) immediately after meals. Say a firm ‘NO’ in case passes stool/ urine inside house.

Q.
Why deworming schedule is there for dogs while it is not there in human beings. What is the schedule and medicine .

A.
Dogs tend to sniff/ taste everything everywhere. Hence when outside, may intake unwanted worm infested stuffs. This results into worm load inside the body. This necessitate a life long de-worming schedule which is given as under:

Age                  Frequency
2-12 weeks      Once every 2 weeks
3 -6 months      Once every month
After 6 months  Once every 3 months to be continued life long.
For best results always go for three salt combination of Praziquantel, Fenbendazole/ Febantel & Pyrantel as are there in KILVERM® tablet.

Q.
How can a person bitten by a rabid dog is protected immediately.

A.
Rabies is a fatal zoonotic ( transmitted from animal to human being ) disease. A rabid dog usually die within few days. Hence after a person is bitten, if the dog dies within say 10 days.. the person  is confirmed to be infected with rabies. However, person needs to be protected right from the day one of biting. Immediately after biting, the wound needs to be washed with carbolic soap/ detergent e.g; Lifebuoy Red thoroughly. Do not bandage/close the wound at any point of time. Consult your Doctor who would give Anti-Rabies post bite vaccine, the schedule of which is 0(first day)/3rd day/7th day/15th day/30th day/ 90th day of biting. Vaccine after 15th day may not be required to be given if the dog who has bitten does not die. Please consult your physician.

Q.
How to take care of old dog with reference to diet, possible sickness and dieting care.

A.
As dogs get older, their energy ( calorie) requirement reduces. Effciency of absorbing fatty acids/ proteins ( amino acids) from their diet reduces. Hence senior dogs may be given less fat  and protein with higher fibre (carbohydrate) containing (for reducing constipation) diet. A lower level of Phosphorus and salt is beneficial for keeping healthy heart and kidney ( i.e; in heart & kidney related disease) In liver related disease , a diet essentially low in protein of good quality (high B.V. value) eg., cheese/ eggs white may be given. Chances of Kidney affection is more in older dogs. Hence older dogs need to drink plenty of clean water; a high energy diet , low in meat content ( meat is high in Phosphorus content) should be given.

For healthy G.I. tract ( digestive system) , diet needs to be supplemented with Vitamin B complex.. Give the easily digestible complete food for pups, MERALAC. Change any food gradually. For maintaining bone’s strength ( tend to become weaker), diet needs supplementation of calcium e.g; CALDOZ® mega tesitabs.

Q.
How to know that my dog is pregnant or not. My female Lab  is having her first Menstruation. When breeding can take place.

A.
The female should be crossed after the stoppage of bleeding. Bleeding stops within 9-11 days and thereafter  a female would accept a male dog. It is better to cross (mate) twice with a gap of 24 hrs.
Pregnancy period is 60 days. Pregnancy can be felt ( enlarged belly) easily after 30-40 days of mating. After 45 days , mammary gland would be enlarged. Milk would come out if milking is done.

Q.
Is SPAY/ NEUTER operation painful? Is Spaying beneficial? When it should be done?

A.
A dog cat has the best chance of good health if spayed before her first heat. Early spaying reduce the chance that the animal accidentally escape and become pregnant. This is beneficial to prevent unwanted or any pregnancy. The operation of Spaying/ Neutering is done under anaesthesia wherein the animal is unconscious .Hence does not feel pain.

Q.
Why should a male dog or cat be neutered?

A.
As they are freed from the urge to mate after neutering, dogs become calmer, more content and affectionate. Inappropriate mounting is eliminated in most cases. Activity level and appetite do not change. However, if your pet  tends to put on extra weight, then you can reduce the diet intake and increase exercise level.

Q.
Can older dogs be spayed/ neutered and  still get  benefited?

A.
Yes. But better to operate before 6 months of age.

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