Dr. Giroux Answers Your Questions – 3/2/10

by on 02/03/10 at 3:19 pm

Dr. Giroux Answers Your Questions – 3/2/10

Once or twice a week, Dr. Giroux goes through the questions asked on the tag board and presents answers to the best of her knowledge. If you do not see your answer here, please be patient, as we go through all the messages. If you have a question for Dr. Giroux, you may also comment on any post here.

Ali: are there cat treat that a male w UTI problems can have? he is only allowed UTI food.

You can used the canned form of the Urinary Diet and place it in the refrigerator or freezer. Then open the can at both ends and slide the food out. Cut it into thin slices, then cut the slices into treat sized pieces. Sprinkle with a little garlic powder and bake in the oven at 200 degrees until the pieces are firm enough to use for treats.

Nicholas: Do you recommend feeding a Raw food diet to our Dogs and Catsa

I believe that pets need a well balanced, fresh diet. If you consider feeding raw diets attractive, I would use one of the commercially prepared raw diets that are available on the market today. It is essential to remember that handling raw diets requires much greater care due to the possibility of bacterial growth in the food and on utensil and dishes.

Knoll: Should we Titer test our dogs before deciding which vaccinations if any would be appropriate?

Checking titers on adult dogs is very controversial. In evidence based medicine, there is no proof that having a high titer will protect your pet from contracting a disease. Older dogs always exhibit lower titers, and we are not sure what this means. My recommendation is to vaccinate your pet annually for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. The frequency of Rabies vaccination is determined by local laws and should be given accordingly. Vaccination for Lyme Disease, Kennel Cough, Canine Influenza and Giardia should be determined by consultation with your veterinarian after assessing your dog’s exposure risks. Remember if you will be traveling with your dog, boarding your dog, taking your dog to classes, shows, or trials, your dog is at risk, and should be vaccinated at least annually.

Julie: How can I correct my dog’s fence aggression?

Is your dog aggressive toward other dogs? People? Bicycles?. It is important to be sure that there are not children or people teasing or taunting the dog from outside the fence, because if that is the case, it is not fair to blame the dog. If you feel the dog’s behavior is the problem, you should put a leash and collar on the dog, and ask someone to recreate the situation outside the fence. When your dog starts to misbehave, give a pop on the leash with a strong verbal “NO” and call the dog back to you. Walk the dog away from the fence and praise him for coming to you, and give him a treat if that is how he I trained. With many repetitions, the dog will associate the stimulation outside the fence with a negative feeling, and turn away from the fence to you for reassurance that he/she is doing the right thing. You must be consistent for this to work.

Karissa : I have a baby in the house and my cat has worms how can I make sure it doesn’t get to her.

You should take your cat to the veterinarian, and have the cat treated for worms, as well as checked over for any other health problems. There are some kinds of worms that cats have that can be contagious to children, so you should do this right away.

There is an excellent website sponsored by the Companion Animal Parasite Council, http://www.petsandparasites.org, which has more information for you on this topic.

Jessica: My dog has somehow split her toe nail in half and is infected. What should can I do from home?

Often the remaining part of the toenail will need to be extracted, and, because it is impossible to keep a dog’s toe clean, the foot will need to be bandaged. If you suspect the toe is infected, it probably is, so you should visit your veterinarian to determine the best care and proper treatment and medication for your pet.

Roza Iovtcheva: When I give my dog raw bones, he threw up them. Whats the reason?

Any sudden change in diet can cause digestive upset. You do not mention what your dog normally eats, or what type or how many raw bones you gave your dog. If you want to give your dog raw bones, I would start with a shank or shin bone, and let your dog chew on it for twenty or thirty minutes, then put it in the freezer. See how your dog handles that. If he does fine, you can give him his bone back for an hour the next day. If you are using raw bones with marrow in them, the marrow is almost pure fat, and that can be upsetting if the dog is not used to that. Additionally, older dogs might be subject to other issues such as pancreatitis if there is a sudden increase in the amount of fat in the diet. Consult with your veterinarian, who will be more familiar with the needs of your own pet.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay
blog comments powered by Disqus