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Domesticated canines commonly kept as pets. Please mention the breed / sex / age in your question if you feel it might assist in getting a more focused answer.

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Dark Hairless Spot On Skin

While brushing our 5 year old Schnauzer-Poodle we found a bald spot. We have not noticed him trying to lick or rub this spot. It is completely flat, and looks like this: Any ideas on what this could ...
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How do I help a dog with a swollen paw

Our elderly terrier has a swollen back foot - one of his pads seems to be the issue and he has trouble walking. We've been keeping it clean and dry and trying to help him on rougher ground where ...
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Dog with leg wound escapes cone and bites leg

Our dog has a wound in the right front leg (nothing severe). In order to treat it, a cone of shame (normal plastic one) is being used, together with a specific spray. For reference, the cone looks ...
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How much water should a nursing dog drink?

I've read that dogs need roughly an ounce of water per pound of body weight each day and that nursing dogs need more than that to produce milk. My pit bull terrier recently gave birth to a litter of 9 ...
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Puppy goes in tantrum when leaving for a walk

We have a 12 weeks old Cavalier King Charles. Leash training is going so so, but it's going. The issue is that my puppy's trigger is leaving / approaching the house. When we are leaving for a walk he ...
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Do dogs and other intelligent animals (cows, etc.) blink to communicate?

Cats are known to blink as a form of smiling. I believe I have also noticed that the dogs and cows here often look and blink at me when they are upto something. E.g.1: when one of the dogs is play ...
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Chances of survival after baiting with 1080 poison - sodium fluoroacetate

Our darling dog was intentionally baited today with sodium fluoroacetate or 1080 poison. She is at the vet. She had severe seizures and a heart rate of 230. They had her sedated, she was unconscious, ...
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English Springer spaniel hair thinning and pigment loss

Two trips to our local vet and we have ruled out all the big players that would show up on blood work. 2 separate thyroid tests, Cushing's syndrome, cancer... all blood work and urine is normal. He is ...
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Dog pees outside but doesn't know not to pee inside

In January my fiancée and I adopted a 1 year old beagle who was rescued from a lab. We have been attempting to potty train him since then, to limited success. We used the "umbilical cord method", ...
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What books explain most comprehensively the lure and reward method of dog training?

Having first read some reviews of several books on canine clicker training, in the hunt for works that experienced trainers would list among the "must read" books on the subject, I have now finished ...
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Is that true that taking pills causes stomach discomfort or pain?

A few days ago my dog started taking one antibiotics pill a day for a mild otitis. Then he started to cry a lot at night, always next to the house frontgate, as if he had a desperate need for walk. ...
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How to encourage my dog to clean his genitals

I have a nearly 2 year old Norfolk Terrier who is very casual about cleaning his genitals. The fur becomes matted and we need to carry out some grooming to clean this up. When we had his coat cut for ...
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Do leg braces help with older dog ACL tears?

I have a fourteen-year-old Weimaraner. He's mentally doing very well and still loves to play. He recently stopped using one of his legs. He had been slightly limping on it for a while, but one day he ...
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My dog has congestive heart failure and I am considering feeding him bone broth. Is this a bad idea?

The vet warned me about giving him too much sodium. Per cup the bone broth I am considering has 95mg of sodium.
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Dog continually licking thighs

My oldest pet dog (male, 2.5y/o, shih tzu/bichon mix) has had a little bit of a problem lately, he will not stop licking his thighs. We've done this: given him small doses of dog benadryl (we ...
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Phosphoethanolamine for dogs

Does anyone have experience giving Phosphoethanolamine for dogs? Ferreira et alli mention a concentration of 35 and 70 mg/kg in their study. This would translate into 2 capsules for a dog weighing 20 ...
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Rhodesian Ridgeback Liver Nose Health

I am interested in getting a Rhodesian Ridgeback. The registered breeder has both black and liver nosed pups. I would just like to know if there are any future health concerns I should know about if ...
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Is Elizabethan collar likely to cause very melancholic mourning or should I suspect of something else?

My dog is mourning like never before, this is compeltely new behavior (he is 16 monsths old shiba). Not much, like once a day, while lying down, he cries like a weak howling, at low volume, without ...
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Dog strange behavior before pooping

My dog is a shiba. He is now 16 months old. We live in a hot region in Brazil. This is our first pet, therefore we don't know how to address many suspicious behaviors. Unfortunately, some of these ...
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Neck biting without release during play

My German Shepherd male is 7 months old and has been socialized and exercised since he was 10 weeks old with trips to the local dog park (almost daily). Recently, his behavior has changed toward one ...
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Puppy became very thin in a day

I feed a litter of stray puppies. A puppy was just healthy enough, but suddenly when I saw him the next day, he became so thin I can see his rib cage. What could have happened and what can I do ...
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My 14 yr old Shepherd husky mix does not test positive for Cushings Disease…so now what!

He has all the classic systems, had major diarrhea for 8 days, was in vets on iv for 5 of those days. Now has excessive thirst, frequent urine, sway walking, weak back legs, eats lots of protein .......
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Will putting my dog's poo outside encourage it to take a dump in the garden?

My puppy (10 weeks, Pembrokeshire Corgi) has been having a little trouble with toilet training. He's only managed to poo once in the garden and all other instances have been indoors. He's very good ...
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My Dog's urine is drunk by big ants in large number

I have 18 months old male Rottie. Since last few days I have been notucing that when my dog pee, suddenly big ants come in a large number and start drinking it. Does it mean that my dog has some ...
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Why does my dog drink another dog's pee?

We live in a home with three other dogs. We have a nice backyard and a doggie door, and all the animals know how to use it, but for some reason we can't get two of them to stop peeing inside the house....
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My dog is protective in the neighborhood

Background My wife and I got our female St. Bernard (Ellie) about a year and a half ago from a family, but don't know much about her past before they got her (only had her a few months). We think ...
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Why is my dog's fur growing back so unevenly after shaving?

I have a pharaoh hound. I have had her for about a year now. During spring this year(I think it was in May or maybe early June) she was shaved. My dad shaved her in such a way that it looked like ...
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Female dog, spontaneous clear discharge

My fiancé and I have a 1 year old spayed female Rottweiler/Boxer mix, and she's been experiencing spontaneous clear fluid vaginal discharges. Sometimes it seems to be a slight mix of urine, but it's ...
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Can an American Bulldog tolerate Wisconsin temperatures?

My American Bulldog spends the night indoors (not heated) but then is outside for 12 hours every day. Will my dog be okay during winter? If not, what precautions should I take?
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Canine Physiology | Pomsky Vocalization - How Advanced For Speech?

There's been demonstration with some birds, such as with parrots like African Greys - e.g with Alex, with the work of comparative psychologist Dr. Irene Pepperberg, who also studied its intelligence ...
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Dog red area around pyometra suture

My Dog had a pyometra surgery in middle of September and she has been on the road to recovery - her activity levels are normal now (touchwood) and she is eating food normally. But over the last week ...
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Dog Atopic Dermatitis

I have a Scottish Terrier with major skin issues and food intolerance. Only eating Royal Canin Hypoallergenic food. This has reduced itchiness, but the skin is still red and flaky. The Royal Canin ...
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Can I split larger Heartgard chewables for my smaller dog?

I have a 35 lb (16 kg) dog who normally takes Heartgard chewables for dogs sized 26 to 50 lbs (12 to 23 kg). Recently, my larger dog passed away, so I have some extras of the larger Heartgard ...
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Senior dog feeling down and shaking

My dog is a female chihuahua, around over 10 years old (I found her on the street and don't know exact age). For the past 4 weeks, she progressively started to shake a little as if she was cold, but ...
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How to keep my dog from circumventing her massive e-collar?

My dog (10 month old Collie mix) recently had to have stitches on the bottom of her right hind foot. The vet provided an e-collar (aka "cone of shame"), appropriately sized, but she is a rubber puppy ...
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Convince a territorial pup to go out on walks

I recently adopted a stray pup. Although it is great in most ways, I just can't convince it to go out on short walks. It thinks the area around the house is its territory and is very happy/playful ...
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My dogs get along with each other outside but not inside our house

In the last 2 days we rescued an 11 month un-neutered male German Shepherd named Teddy from a family who could no longer care for him. That family advised that he was just too big and too hyper for ...
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How do dog daycares/hotels protect from pests?

Clearly, animal shelters inspect dogs before taking them in. I also imagine there being quarantine areas for newcomers. How do smaller for profit doggie hotels/day cares or grooming shops deal with ...
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Dog with Congestive Heart Failure - Rapid Heart Beat

My dog was diagnosed with congestive heart failure roughly 8 months ago. Though her breathing has been the thing we have noticed and discussed primarily with the vets, that seems to be under control ...
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Is it normal for a dog to eat it's dead puppies when giving birth?

I was following the progress of a pregnant dog. When she gave birth the owner said two of the pups were born dead and she ate them. I'd never heard of this and a dog breeder told me this was normal. ...
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High Creatinine level in female Dalmatian

I have a Dalmatian Female who is 11 years and 9 months old. Recently she started vomiting. All the tests were done and her Creatinine Serum is 2.8 mg/dl & Potassium Serum is 5.94 mEq/l. She has ...
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Can I give anti-rabies vaccine (PE Prophylaxis) to a 25-day-old puppy because he was bitten by a symptomatic rabid dog?

I found a severely traumatized puppy in front of my home, two days ago. Brought her home and found two bite marks on the sides of her head. Upon asking around the locality, we realized she had been ...
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Impulsive and habitual hump in a GSD bitch, what could it be?

Background My 7 month old GSD (German Shepherd Dog) bitch seems to have developed what looks like a habitual and impulsive hump after cleaning herself. Instantly or even during when cleaning her ...
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Why does my dog invites affection and then acts aggressive when the person turns to go?

My 2 year old border collie is lovely natured and loves a fuss from people but 6 months ago she started being aggressive when they stop fussing her and move away especially when she is in her cage in ...
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Dog and cat eating each other's food, what should I do?

Both my dog (2 years old, female) and my cat (6 months old, male) eat premium-class dry pet food (Hill's). For some reason, the cat prefers the dog's food -- even though it's harder to eat (bigger ...
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Why does my gun dog like gun shots but not fire works or thunder

I have a gun dog and she loves shooting, when she hears the shots it gives her a buzz and she gets excited, but with fire works and thunder she gets scared. How can she like gun shots but not the ...
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When breeding two purebred dog types, does it matter which parent is which breed?

For example, will there be any consistent difference between a Beagle / Cavalier King Charles Spaniel if the mom is the Beagle and the dad is the Cavalier compared to the dad being the Beagle and the ...
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Are the dead maggots in a wound dangerous to the dog?

I have 2 month old German Shepherd puppy which had a wound on her head and maggots inside her wound. I have consulted with a vet and they treated her with injection and a spray. She is fine now and ...
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What size should a dog toilet area with weekly cleanup be?

We want buy a bearded collie {40–60 lbs (18–27 kg)} and want to have a designated dog toilet in the garden. What size should it be if we plan to scoop poop once per week? Anything else we should ...
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How would a pitbull do as part of a livestock guardian team?

How effective would a pitbull be as part of a livestock guardian team? Not necessarily the only dog, maybe one dog alerting and the others jumping in.