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Ask Nancy: Eew – Poo!

June 8, 2010

You go to clean the cat box, or pick up after your dog and find a terrible mess instead of the usual firm stool. Your dog or cat is producing stools that are soft, mucus filled or maybe even bloody or liquid instead of the usual easy to clean up type poop. What could...
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Ask Nancy: Red Spots!

May 28, 2010

There you are innocently giving your dog a tummy rub when you see red spots on that wiggling belly! What on earth could these spots be? There are a number of possibilities and I’ll list some common ones here. Those spots might be from ringworm which you can read about here: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ringworm.html Ringworm is...
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Ask Nancy: Ah Spring! Thinking about Breeding – Some Basics

April 14, 2010

Dogs are normally in heat for about 3 weeks. The first week they have a red discharge then the second a clear or straw colored discharge then almost no discharge the last week. For some dogs this all stretches out longer for 4 or more weeks. Female dogs are usually wiling breed sometime in...
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Ask Nancy: So You Want a Puppy – Now What?

April 1, 2010

Why a Breeder and not a Pet Store? A breeder is the person who owns the mother of the pups at the time the breeding took place. This usually is also the person who owns the pups when they are born. This should be the person who knows more about the litter than anyone...
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Ask Nancy: Help My Puppy is Chewing EVERYTHING!

March 22, 2010

All pups go through a chewing stage. How you handle it determines how bad it is, how many household items get impacted, and how your dog chooses chew items for life. Many people start noticing destructive chewing around 12 weeks though it can begin earlier. At 12 weeks this is still a baby puppy...
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Ask Nancy: Are You Ready?

March 16, 2010

t’s been another winter and this year another storm hit where many lost their power for days or had damaged homes. Here, we have had the electrical work done and invested in a generator, and stored gasoline, so we can have heat and light and running (although cold) water but many here in NH...
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Ask Nancy: Happy Tail – What to do about bleeding tail tips that won’t heal!

March 8, 2010

To resolve this problem you need to control the tail so it has time to heal and re-grow the hair. This can be done a number of ways.  You typically need to do more than one thing to help with this.  For healing the tail tip up there are a few solutions and one...
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Ask Nancy: Gasp, Snort, Honk – What IS that noise?

March 2, 2010

A reverse sneeze sounds like a cross between coughing and gasping for breath and can last for a couple of minutes. You may also see drooling with this. You can read up on reverse sneezing here: http://www.beaglebuddies.com/misc/reverse.html It may be from the soft palate getting irritated. If the palate is a bit swollen, and gets...
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Ask Nancy: Leap up and Lick Someone!

February 22, 2010

Dogs jump up to greet us is they typically do greetings to the face area. As our face, unlike another dog’s, is way out of reach for most dogs, they try to get up to that area as best they can, thus the leaping is intended to get them closer to the greeting area. Most...
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Ask Nancy: How Do I Decide if my Dog Needs Emergency Care?

February 15, 2010

While it’s always best to let a vet decide just what is wrong and what treatment is needed, often we owners need to decide if we should see the vet right now or if it can wait until our regular vet opens for office hours. Here is a general overview of what to look...
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