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One month old puppy pacing in circles and crying

I took her to a good vet today. She checked her, found that she was blind, but she was responding to sounds well. She was pacing in circles when she got stressed. Today with this new knowledge, I ...
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One month old puppy pacing in circles and crying

BEWARE OF RABIES! DANGER TO LIFE The symptoms you describe, the lack of motor control, the unawareness, staring into nothing, not being able to drink and eat on her own, could all be symptoms of ...
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Is it a good idea to get anti rabies vaccines or booster shots regularly for myself as well as my pets?

All pets should be regularly vaccinated against rabies. Typically the first shot is done at a few months old, and additional shots are done every 1 or 3 years thereafter; your vet should track this ...
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Is it a good idea to get anti rabies vaccines or booster shots regularly for myself as well as my pets?

Foremost, I will note that policies for vaccinating against rabies might differ for different areas. My knowledge is most applicable to the United States. As for pets, not only should you get them ...
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Cat hisses then immediately blinks at dog

Slow blinking in cats is often thought of as an expression of affection by humans, but that is only half the truth. On its own, it is merely a signal communicating that the cat is not preparing for an ...
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Calming aggressive puppy

This problem is more severe than you probably realize. You puppy is in a phase of life than will influence his personality and future behavior more than anything else. If you let him get his will by ...
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Hosting Thanksgiving with a puppy

There are a few techniques you can use to make your day run as smoothly as possible without involving puppy prison—but expecting the day to run as smoothly as it had pre-puppy isn't setting yourself ...
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Bovine colostrum for infant puppy

I have no practical experience with feeding infant puppies, so please understand this as a theoretical answer. Colostrum is the first milk a mammalian mother (human or animal) produces for each baby. ...
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What is the minimum safe room temperature for puppies?

At 4 months of age a puppy can regulate their own body temperature well enough. Any temperature that's appropriate for an adult dog of that breed is also appropriate for the puppy. That mostly depends ...
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Is it possible to train a dog to not have separation anxiety right from when it's 8 weeks old?

The FIRST thing I would be concerned about is getting an Australian Shepherd (mini or not) when living in an apartment and having to leave the dog alone for several hours each day. Are you experienced ...
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Are there any non-live virus vaccines for canine distemper?

I recommend that you talk to your vet about your concerns. The UC Davis Veterinary Medicine website says Dogs that recover from natural infection have lifelong immunity to CDV. That suggests to me (...
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Why does my puppy only eat half of his food when I feed it to him- but then eats another half of other types of dog-food afterwards?

This is how many food related problems arise (and it's most often the humans who exhibit the problematic behavior like insisting their dog needs to be hand fed). You already tried different brands of ...
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Aggression in puppy after getting a small object into his mouth - how can it be corrected?

Is this normal for puppies? In general, yes. He found something exciting and you were trying to steal it from him. He tried to defend his toy/food. It can also be that he was the biggest or bravest ...
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Cannot take puppy out during daily 2-hour rain shower

I really see no other solution than to go with her either before the rain starts or worst case during the rain. As you mention, the current situation is actively reverting her potty training because ...
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How to train my dog to sit somewhere for a long time?

There are two ways how dogs perceive “being parked” somewhere. One is a “sit” (or similar) as part of a chain of commands that will soon(-ish) be followed by the next exciting thing. Mine had no ...
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Border Collie puppy excessive biting

It's hard to diagnose this kind of behavior from afar, so I'll mostly list some tips that come to my mind in random order. The breed is infamous for being extremely high energy and high maintenance. ...
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4 month old staffy greyhound cross puppy rough playing with a 2 year old. Help!

You must immediately establish the general rule that the dog is never allowed to pull on any hands or clothing at all. Not just when interacting with your son, but it's completely off limits for him. ...
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Bovine colostrum for infant puppy

There are several reasons colostrum is important to a newborn: it is nutrition dense, it is a laxative which helps the gut empty itself of meconium, and most importantly, it provides widespread ...
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Dog having potty training accidents on rugs

You have in fact trained your pup to use the rugs as toilet. When you teach him to go on those training pads, it’s quite “logical” for him to classify your rugs as just another form of training pads. ...
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Can I play an audio of a small puppy's whining or crying to calm a neighbor aggressive dog?

That's an interesting idea and it might actually work, but on the other hand it's totally possible it causes the stark opposite. The big question is: Why does the dog bark at you typing? Personally, I'...
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Calming aggressive puppy

I am writing this with a good amount of time after we encountered the described problem. Our dog has grown to a really friendly pet. Elmy's advices were indeed helpful. We were already doing obedience ...
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Can a regular German Shepherd give birth to German Shepherd puppies with coat colors identical to hers, but give birth to one single white puppy

Yes it is possible! Not common, but it CAN happen. The white coloring happens because of a recessive gene that can be hidden for several generations before making an appearance. Both parents must ...
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How to handle potty/pee training in apartment setting on 16th floor

Short answer: you go outside with your dog so he can go to the toilet. It doesn't matter whether you live on the 16th or 1st floor. Long answer: I would start training to pee/poo outside as soon as ...
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Where to Get a Golden Retriever Puppy?

You're right to be avoiding Pet Stores and puppy mill set ups. It's also just as important to avoid what are called "Back yard breeders" too. Back yard breeders are hard to weed out because ...
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Hosting Thanksgiving with a puppy

My personal experience is this: Puppies are excited by guests. Keep him in his crate for a few minutes when the visitors arrive to help him calm down, then let him interact with your guests. That ...
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My dog's teeth are really bad, what can I do about them?

My (late) dog lived up to 16, and he had teeth removed all the way until he was 13-14. A good vet will warn you of the risks but also not do it if they feel its too dangerous. Rotting teeth can lead ...
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My dog's teeth are really bad, what can I do about them?

Even in healthy, young humans there's always a small risk that general anesthesia and surgery can lead to death. Every human doctor is required to inform you about the risk before you undergo any ...
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Bovine colostrum for infant puppy

I have been raising puppies for around 45 years. Bovine colostrum is available in New Zealand, carefully pasteurised, and available in capsule and powder form. I have had puppies who have had some ...
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Puppy eating food, covered with hair, problem?

The short answer: No, very unlikely. Remember wild carnivores (like wolves) will inevitable end up eating bits and pieces of their prey, including hair (and even bones). And don't forget about their ...
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Training a really stubborn puppy

Ultimately, fetch may not be the best game for your dog and it may be worth looking into other games. Dogs have different personalities that are very broadly grouped into: Socially motivated dogs ...
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