Some time ago I published and also edited a dog magazine. It covered obedience training, breeding and feeding of dogs. There was a questions and answers section in the magazine and readers were invited to send in questions.
Here are questions for which a great many readers wanted answers.
My 4 month old pup gets very car sick every time I take him with me in the car. Is there any “cure” you can suggest?
Your pup will probably outgrow this tendency towards car-sickness. In the meantime however ,make quite sure that you do not feed him at least two hours before taking him the car. Let him sit with you in a stationery car to let him get used to the car. Try one of the human remedies for sea and air-sickness. The dosage for a pup of this age would be roughly the equivalent to the recommended dose for a child.
Friends have told me only the yolk of an egg should be given to a pup and that on no account should the white be fed. Is there any truth in this theory?
There is definitely truth in this theory. Scientific experiments have revealed that raw white of an egg contains a substance called “avidin” that destroys one of the B Vitamin, Biotin. To be on the safe side it would be better to feed the yolk only or boil the eggs as cooking destroys the potentially harmful “Avidin” without affecting the protein value of the white.
Question My bitch is now six months old and has not been spayed. When can I expect her to come into season for the first time? Is it advisable to wait until the second heat to have her mated?
Answer: A bitch usually comes into season for the first time from 8 to 11 months, but it possible for her to come in season late -when she is 14-16 months. Don’t allow her to have pups before she is at least 20 months old, when is mature enough to have her first litter.
Question:Which is the easiest way to give a dog medicine.
Answer: Place your left hand over the top of the dog’s muzzle. Open his mouth by slipping your left thumb around the upper jaw, just behind the two large front canine teeth. . Having opened the dog’s mouth, gently lift his head. With his mouth now open, drop the pills deep in his throat. You can if you wish make sure that the pills are swallowed by using the fingers of your right hand – or your right thumb – to gently push the pills right back behind his tongue.
To give a dog liquid medicine is even easier. There is no need to open his mouth at all. On his lower jaw you will find that there is loose skin that can be folded to form a sort of pouch. Raise the dog’s head and then pour the required amount of liquid medicine into this pouch.
My German Shepherd is now five months old. At what age can I expect his ear’s to come up?
Answer It is not uncommon for the ears of a German Shepherd to be floppy at the age of five months, but you should see some sign of movement in the ears during the next month. When the pups are large and heavy-boned it sometimes takes longer. The ears of a great many pups only start coming up when they finished teething. You could consider taping which is usually successful if it is expertly done. There is quite a lot of literature in books that will explain exactly how to go ahead with taping.
Question:My dogs eats a lot of grass and the vomits it up. Is this evidence of worms or is it just a habit he has developed?
Answer: Eating grass and vomiting it immediately afterwards is fairly common practice and there is no reason to be concerned unless there are other symptoms which worry you. If the animal seems otherwise in good health it might simply be the result of having eaten to much or having exercised on a full stomach.
Question. Does garlic prevent a dog from getting worms and will it also prevent fleas. Is this true or is it just an old wives tale?
Answer: Although there are many dog people who swear that garlic is an infallible remedy to prevent a flea infestation, there appears to be no scientific evidenced that this is so; neither is there scientific evidence that eating garlic will prevent worms. But there certainly is no harm in feeding the dog garlic. So many human beings take garlic regularly and are convinced that it is a cure-all.
Question: What is in-breeding and what is line-breeding. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both systems?
Answer: Briefly, in-breeding consists of very close family breeding – father to daughter, half-brother to half – sister, son to mother or, the very closest in-breeding possible full brother to litter sister.
The purpose of in-breeding is to stabilize type and ensure that the good points of an excellent specimen are retained and perpetuated.. It must be remember though that in resorting to in-breeding, which is not permitted by many breed regulatory authorities, there is always a strong possibility that the bad points might appear even more prominently than the good points. It was practiced to quite an extent in the past and the results were often satisfactory but obviously where there is a large genetic pool of quality animals to breed from – as is the case with most breeds – it is quite unnecessary these days.
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