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Question:How far away should you place a plug in pheromone from my dogs? There is an outlet next to where the dogs bedding is. Is that too close?
Answer:There are different brands and different concentrations so you will have to read on the packaging.
Question:I have a 13 yr old lab who was diagnosed with dementia. Please help me help her. I love her so much and sheżs up all night and pants really bad. She also makes a half soft barking sound all day. I want her back. Rose
Answer:Here is a good article about the subject, written by another veterinarian, on a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952637
Question: My dog has anxiety every time I leave the house. What can I give her to help her out. Also my dog drinks lake water is there something I can give her in case there are parasites in the water?
Answer:All dogs are very different and will respond to different treatments - in fact there are so many, I will attach a link to our article about some of the various treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-treatment-dog-cat-29.htm There is no need to pretreat your dog because she drinks lake water.
Question:What can I give my 20lbs Jack chihuahua for this separation anxiety. Please help.
Answer:All dogs are very different and will respond to different treatments - in fact there are so many, I will attach a link to our article about some of the various treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-treatment-dog-cat-29.htm
Question:Why does my bull wawa consistly kiss me
Answer:It is a sign of submission, which is usually a good thing - you don't want your dog to think it's more dominant than you. It can be discouraged like any other behavior, ignoring and not interacting with the pup for a while may work better than noxious stimuli like yelling or popping because that may make the dog more submissive and want to lick more..
Question:I have a three year Pomeranian and he has these attacks where he can't sit still,eat,go potty or sleep. And he constantly wants me to hold him. He throws his self back against me and his eyes get really big. Could this be a symptom of epilepsy? He also has seizures sometimes 2 a day. He is very tired most of the day. He can be playing and will start to fall asleep. I am worried about him. Thank you
Answer:Epilepsy is certainly a possibility but so are many other things - definitely see your veterinarian for a good neurologic exam and probably some blood work. If you can capture exactly what he's doing on your phone with video, that will be helpful for your veterinarian.
Question:My dog is so high strung I cannot even go into the bedroom and close the door without her having a fit. Is there something I can give her to calm her down. Sometimes I need to leave her with my husband when I am busy and she just makes herself sick worrying about me I guess.
Answer:Separation anxiety, if that is what she is experiencing, can be hard to treat as all dog's, owners and individual situations are very different. This is why working with a local trainer is ideal. Here is our article about separation with various forms of treatment, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-dog-cat-29.htm
Question:My 2 year old dog is let out every morning around 6 AM for about 10 minutes in the backyard. For about 7 months, she was taking care of business right away. In the afternoon about 4 PM, she is let out again and she does her business. Lately, she has stopped peeing or pooping outside. She waits till she is left alone in the room by herself and then relieves herself. This is only started 4 days ago. When we take her out for a walk, she has no issues taking care of business. The poop looks normal. This also happened when she was left alone for only 2 hours. She was outside in the backyard right before we left her. When we came back she had soiled in the room. Any advice?
Answer:If it continues, have your veterinarian check her for medical problems, but some dogs have lapses in their potty training when they are older and you start the potty training over again as if she is a puppy. Here is a good article about how to do it correctly: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=8569058
Question:Hi there! My 6 week and 3 day old male boxer started panting and breathing very rapidly all of a sudden when he got inside of a car to meet his new family with his sister. It didnżt stop and he is even doing it in his sleep?
Answer:For something like that, I can't really help you through the computer - it makes me worry much more about medical problems at his age if he is having trouble calming down and adjusting. Make sure it is calm and quiet around him with no other animals for his first few days, but ideally his veterinarian should check him out and listen to his heart and lungs.
Question:I have a 4 yr old dog that i rescued when he was a yr old. About two yrs ago i was diagnosed with ptsd. Me and my dog went through everything together. Life is safe now but i cant even get him to a vet. I would be afraid for the vet. Im at a loss. I love him with all my heart and soul. I even moved to the country to let him live as normal as possiable. He has extreme anxiety. I can only have him around 3 people. No one else. What can i do ? Im not willing to give up on him. He never gave up on me. Please help.
Answer:Behavior problems are so complex and individualized, I would encourage you to find an experienced trainer in your area to work with. If he is not neutered, you definitely will want to do that. Getting him a good bit of daily exercise may help.
Question:I am not sure of age possibility of 6mo old she is a whippet very smart Obeys a lot of commands still jumps especially in public around people she is affectionate I am training her for a emotional support dog I am working with her several hours a day how do I calm the anxious of her
Answer:Behavior issues are multifactorial - work with your veterinarian, their staff and/or an experienced trainer who can witness her behavior and make recommendations based on exactly what she is doing. Exercise helps and as she gets older she will probably continue to calm down. Here is a good over-the-counter calming chew: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Composure+Bite+Sized+Chews-prod11251.html
Question:We have a Schweenie (his Mom - Shitz- Zue and his dad is a Datsun). Please advise as he's chewing on Furniture, inside of the stairwell, desk!
Answer:Is he still a puppy and teething? Continue to discourage him when you catch him in the act: make sure that he knows that No means No. Don't let him around the things he chews on unsupervised or he will positively reinforce himself. Be sure he has plenty of appropriate toys to chew on and he should grow out of it.
Question:My dog has bad Seperation anxiety what do you think is the best way to treat it?
Answer:Behavior problems are often hard to treat because they are so variable from dog to dog as far as severity, cause, etc so work with your veterinarian for the best results. There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article about separation anxiety - it has a tab at the top with many treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-dog-cat-29.htm
Question:How can I remedy this?
Answer:Here is a good article about separation anxiety that goes over various treatments methods that will hopefully help: https://www.vin.com/veterinarypartner/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952970 and then here is our article about separation anxiety: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-dog-cat-29.htm
Question:I am looking after a friends dog. He is not eating and hiding from us. He is usually friendly and eager to be petted. Should I take him to a vet or is there something I can do?
Answer:It's really hard for me to say without looking at him. If he has no other clinical signs, like vomiting or diarrhea, it may be because his pack is gone. Call and ask his parent(s) if this is normal for him.