Dog FAQ’s

Dogfaq

How many times to feed my puppy daily?

The best is 3 times daily. Once they reach 7 – 8 months of age, 2 times daily is sufficient.

How often do bitches come into heat?

It is not necessary that females come into heat exactly every 6 months, the timing can be very variable in some females. Some bitches may have silent heat, i.e. they will come into heat but it will not be obvious. If a bitch has very irregular heats then it is best to spay them to prevent them from getting mammary tumours and pyometra.

I feed my dog home-cooked food and sometimes he has no mood to eat. How can I increase his appetite?

Home cooked food does not have the important vitamins and minerals for his growth and development, and this will greatly affect his health and when is older.

I have problem in toilet training my dog. Please help me.

Toilet training is actually a development process with 2-3 months period, and its results depend on the effectiveness of your training. Training a puppy is much more easy compare to the older dog. Here are few tips you can follow: Put your puppy outside first thing in the morning, after meals and last thing at night. If you do not have a garden, use a newspaper. Encourage him by gently rubbing his tummy. You can also praise your pup when it does something. Of course, there will be mistakes at first, but be patient, use newspaper to protect carpets etc. Good luck.

My dog considered quite fierce and he bites someone yesterday. Should I bring him to personal dog trainer?

First, you have to differentiate between aggressiveness and just being a defensive dog. Normally, dog who is poorly socialized will act aggressively. The best thing, consult a professional dog trainer for help. If you would like any recommendation on that, do contact us for help

My dog is afraid of loud noise eg. fire crackers, what shall I do?

When not exposed to loud sounds, people and other animals, some dogs can get very scared. They will go hide under the bed, especially if it is fire crackers. Reassure him and give him lots of attention during this time and slowly but surely he will become less afraid.

My dog not eating much of the dog biscuits, It prefers to eat banana, carrot and apple. How?

The dog tends to be choosy due to diet spoilt. It’s very simple, just stop feeding him fruits for a while and just feed or recommend dog biscuits. Do that until he started eating.

My dog’s eyes are watery. Need help.

You will need to visit a vet to check on this. Too many possibilities.

My dog’s fur has been shedding since the last six months. Any solution or recommendation?

Hair molt or fur shedding could be either signs of hormonal, nutritional or skin disorder. Regular grooming can help to get out the dead hair. Corn and fish oil or zinc supplement can also be included in diet, and it helps a lot in nutritional related cases. If this treatments plus regular grooming do not resolve the problem, your pet may have a skin problem. Please seek advice from your local veterinarian.

My Shih Tzu nowadays has lost his appetite. Please advice me on it.

Eating refusal may be resulted due to stage transitional of your puppy. Do you also feed other diets like taste food, treats, etc? Dogs tend to be choosy when they are given options. Cut the options and just feed the dog only single diet. After a day of starving, any dog will surely get back to the food.

My Snowy (3 months old Terrier) has itchy and sensitive skin. The fur also drops and sheds every 3 months. Any suggestion?

Hair loss problems are normally caused by temperature condition, nutrition, diseases and grooming. This will also result on the skin itchiness that causes pets to scratch. Improving dog’s diet and adding omega fatty acid to diet might help. Regular grooming can also help to improve skin conditions and stop the itchiness especially caused by fleas and ticks. If still got problem, consult your reliable vets for advice.

My St. Bernard has an extra toe. He is 6 months old. What do you recommend I should do for him?

The extra toe will be very painful for him. Take him to the vet and he will advise you on what has to be done.

What is the gestation period for dogs?

Gestation period for dogs is 60-65 days.

When is the best time for pets to mate?

Dogs averagely reach puberty at 6 months of age. It occurs every 6 to 7 month and last for 2 weeks. However, this average is variance depending on age and breed. First heat can start as late as 12 or even 14 months of age or later in rare cases. Again, it can vary from dog to dog depending on the breed. During the mating season, the female will be on heat and show keen interest to any male dog that is around due to pheromones. Remember, breeding should only be performed with pets free from inherited/ breed defects like one testicle, hare lip, etc.

Why do some dogs eat their own stools?

Although frequently encountered and disgusting to the pet owner, the actual causes of ‘coprophagy’ (eating their own stools) are not well established. It is usually due to a behaviour problem, boredom or bad habits.
An insufficiency of pancreatic enzymes occasionally may be involved. Dogs may eat their own or another animal’s feces which contains unabsorbed nutrients. The objectives in combating ‘coprophagy’ are:
Prompt removal of stools from the environment to curtail opportunity.
Activity for the dog.
Provision of a highly-digestible, balanced diet adequate in all nutrients.
The management of ‘coprophagy’ should include the following;
Spend more time with the dog and provide more opportunity for exercise.
Sprinkling commercial meat tenderiser, such as Adolf’s on the dog’s food in the same manner as salting one’s food may decrease stool palatability.
Unseasoned meat tenderisers should not be used for dogs with known gastrointestinal disorders, as ingredients used in the seasoned type may irritate the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. If pancreatic exocrine insufficiency is present, management by a veterinarian will be necessary.

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