Declawing a dog is not a common practice, according to The Daily Puppy, and not all breeds can be declawed. Some breeders choose to remove a puppy's dewclaws shortly after birth, and some owners choose to have the dewclaws removed when the dog is older.Know More
Declawing in dogs refers to the process of removing the dewclaw. The dewclaw has evolved to move up the side of the leg; while the issue in controversial, there are certain instances where dewclaw removal is a sensible course of action — or even an essential one. Every breed and every dog is different, and some dogs have dewclaws that sit close and tight against the body. In this instance, just trimming the nail should suffice, according to The Daily Puppy. They also describe that dogs with loose, floppy dewclaws that serve no purpose are at significant risk of injury if the digit snags on something and tears, so these dogs are good candidates for dewclaw removal.
Gun dogs and working dogs commonly have the dewclaws removed to reduce risk of injury in the event of running through undergrowth, while sporting dogs, such as those who participate in agility should not be declawed unless absolutely necessary, as the dewclaw provides an advantage, aiding in turning tight corners to achieve a better course time.Learn More
In the broadest sense, it is a myth that a dog with a cold wet nose is healthy and a dog with a warm and dry nose is ill. However, the appearance, color and other factors regarding a dog's nose can help to diagnose various ailments.Full Answer >
Puppies get an oral or an injection of broad spectrum dewormer at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks, according to Doctors Foster and Smith. The veterinarian may need to check the puppies for specific parasites, such as heart worm, which can effect the level of treatment needed.Full Answer >
Shih Tzus are more susceptible to heatstroke and intervertebral disk disease than other breeds, according to Pedigree dog foods. Eye problems, including infections, ulcers, and cataracts, are also prevalent in Shih Tzus.Full Answer >
If a pet dog swallows a bone, the first course of action will depend on the condition of the dog after ingesting the bone. Should the dog appear to be in some form of distress, such as pacing anxiously, drinking continuously, having difficulty sitting, licking excessively, gagging, retching or vomiting, the bone may be lodged in the dog's esophagus and requires immediate medical attention.Full Answer >