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My best freind has a very old and tired labrador.  As a young dog, he was a great friend to me, and loyal dog to her.  Now I fee terrible, becasue he just isnt healthy and is really old.  It seems like he is in pain and I want to tell her its time to put him to sleep.  Can anyone help suggest a way for me to bring up the subject without causing her a lot of pain?

Hello, I have an 8 month old terrier who is about 11 pounds.  Should I use advantix or frontline?  I've seen all the commercials, but I'm curious what real people think.  Thanks!

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TheBestDogTips

In Dogs

My dog keeps escaping from the yard no matter what i do he keeps getting out i have tried just about everything that i know of and nothing seems to stop her she is a choklate lab 1 1/2 years thebestdogtips.com

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marsh0n

In Dogs

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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babygirl84

In Dogs

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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poodlelover

In Dogs

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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snoopdogm

In Cats

Ok, before I explain my problem, let me just give you a little backstory.  My current cat, Gaby, is 5 years old.  I had been living with a friend and her cat for the past 5 years, so they were the only family Gaby had known.  I just bought a new house, so Gaby and I moved out.  She just wasn't the same once we were living on our own.  She was sad, and seemed really lonely.  We've been in our house for 2 months, and last Sunday I went to the Humane Society to get Gaby a little sister.  This is what I need help with...

The new cat, Millie, and Gaby are not yet friends.  I've been keeping them pretty separate.  For the most part, they are always in different rooms.  Gaby has been hissing at the door, growling, the whole bit.  Is this normal?  Will she get over it?  Pretty soon I was thinking of putting Millie in her carrier and let Gaby smell her, but I'm worried Gaby will just hiss at her some more.

That, however, seems to be the least of my problems.  Millie is crazy.  I took her to the vet today for her first check-up, and he jokingly said she has "adhd".  The vet tech said she must "have wings".  She pooped in her carrier on the carride there, and I can't tell if it's because she was nervous, or what.  She is CONSTANTLY clawing and biting at things.  Is this a kitten thing (she's 11 weeks old)?  How do I stop her from biting?  I can't tell how much of it is playful, and how much is aggression.  I'm worried that I'm never going to be able to leave her home alone, must less introduce her to Gaby.  I'm worried that Millie is going to be one of those naughty cats who bites everyone, and gets into everything.  Any advice for cats like this or introducing new kittens?

HELP!!!  Thanks!

My 4 month old kitten just got spayed abt 2 weeks ago, the outside stiches are healed, she was fine and playfull ..until a couple of days ago..she is indiferent now, doesn't want to play or even move around...she sleeps in one spot all day. Her appetite is not the same, she is eating very little..and seems to have developed somewhat of a badbreath..is the weekend now and I am very concerned, she is just not herself...

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