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August 16, 2016
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That proposed schedule for all vaccinations below is helpful. As a pet owner, I would like to see my pets in healthy condition. This weekend would be full of doctor visits; one getting my teeth straightened with Invisalign at my dentist here in Arlington, VA and, two, I'll visit my vet for my pet's yearly vaccinations. I'll grab this schedule vaccinations and will talk this out with my vet. 

December 23, 2014
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Nope, the FloraBear is perfect! I am sure she enjoys it a lot [Image Can Not Be Found]

December 23, 2014
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We are giving her one Renew Life Flora Bear at night. I will switch to the other if it will make a difference.

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Debbie

December 23, 2014
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Hi Debbie:

If your new puppy has Giardia, she might have to be treated with medication to get rid of it.   However, I would start her on extra probiotics now (the Nutri Source may not contain enough) and continue giving them to her during and after any treatment to avoid more “tummy  troubles” in the future.  Jarrow Formulas makes a probiotic powder that can be added to her food called “Pet Dophilus”  It can help crowd out the Giardia parasite and restore little Layla's gut flora to normal.  Dr. Lorna

December 23, 2014
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Vicki, Layla was diagnosed with Giardia and is being tested again Dec 26. It is intermittent right now. Is there anything we can do to outside of waiting? She also had kennel cough and was treated but may have it again. The vet just said to keep an eye on her. She has this almost like gagging noise she does from time to time. Not sure if that is the kennel cough.

Debbie

December 10, 2014
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EARTHBATH makes natural shampoos and conditioners for pets, including puppies. Also, you could just get some ordinary sand and use that instead of kitty litter. Sand is not toxic to dogs.

December 10, 2014
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What brand of pet body wash is good?

Debbie

December 7, 2014
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If you don't want to use litter there is a a product called “spotty indoor dog potty” and another called “potty patch” both for small dogs under 15 pounds and for puppies. Just rinse them clean or replace the faux-grass. They say the odor control is good for a week, but that's questionable.

December 7, 2014
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Hi Vicki,

The kitty litter isn’t going to work because Layla licks it. That is not safe for her is it?

Debbie

December 6, 2014
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Actually, it is not a stupid question at all, Debbie. I would use the type of litter that is sand (I think it is a clumping sand/litter available at Walmart or any mega-mart, but it has been over a decade since we had a cat, so do not remember what it was called [Image Can Not Be Found]), as that is most like the out of doors area where Layla may want to do her business when it is sunny and bright outside….maybe have a sandy area in the yard for her so that she associates sand with doing her business?

Like cats, dogs are creatures of habit, so if you establish boundaries for Layla, she is likely to always respect them, whether you want her to do her business only in a litter box, out of doors or in any sandy area; although, I can tell you from experience that when they are that cute, they tend to rule over their humans [Image Can Not Be Found]. Who can argue with such a cutie?!

December 6, 2014
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Vicki,

Stupid question here, do I buy the kitty litter as well or just the box? Wasn’t sure the litter would be something she would eat or not.

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Debbie

December 5, 2014
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Hi Debbie, below is the proposed schedule for all vaccinations. Each State is different and the only vaccine that I know of that is mandatory is Rabbies, all the rest are optional. if you want to board your dog you will also need Bordetella (but call the facility to see what they require). Discuss with your vet what they recommend, as an example, if you live in a high tick area then you'll want a Lyme vaccination for your dog. The only vaccine I have for my dog is a three year Rabbies.

Food – Pet smart carries raw food. Raw is what your Yorkie wants, remember, a Yorkie is bred for ratting. A little dog with a big personality and she thinks she is a super-hero so feed her the best. Pay no attention to the probiotic label on the bag. It is a marketing pitch for you, the probiotics are most likely dead by the time you get them and the Omega 3 causes your food to go rancid faster, so if you have to have dry get first quality food without a bunch of additives and NO artificial preservatives. If you see the word BHA, BHT, TBHQ or propyl gallate, pass on the food. If you see ethoxyquin NEVER purchase the product. 

I do believe in probiotics and Omega 3's for your dog, bur add them yourself and keep them refrigerated.

Yes to NSC-100, a life saver. Give her 1/2 capsule every other day.

 

Dog Vaccine
Initial Puppy Vaccination (at or under 16 weeks)
Initial Adult Dog Vaccination (over 16 weeks)
Booster Recommendation
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Rabies 1-year
Can be administered in one dose, as early as 3 months of age. States regulate the age at which it is first administered.

Single dose

Annual boosters are required.

Core dog vaccine.Rabies is 100% fatal to dogs, with no treatment available. Prevention is key.

Rabies 3-year

Can be administered as one dose, as early as 3 months of age. States regulate the age at which it is first administered.

Single dose

A second vaccination is recommended after 1 year, then boosters every 3 years.

Core dog vaccine.

Distemper
At least 3 doses, given between 6 and 16 weeks of age

2 doses, given 3-4 weeks apart

Puppies need a booster 1 year after completing their initial series, then all dogs need a booster every 3 years or more often.

Core dog vaccine.Caused by an airborne virus, distemper is a severe disease that, among other problems, may cause permanent brain damage. 

Parvovirus
At least 3 doses, given between 6 and 16 weeks of age
2 doses, 3-4 weeks apart
Puppies need a booster 1 year after completing the initial series, then all dogs need a booster every 3 years or more often.
Core dog vaccine.Canine “parvo” is contagious, and can cause severe vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Parvo is usually fatal if untreated.
Adenovirus (canine hepatitis)
At least 3 doses, between 6 and 16 weeks of age
2 doses, 3-4 weeks apart
Puppies need a booster 1 year after completing the initial series, then all dogs need a booster every 3 years or more often.
Core dog vaccine.Spread via coughs and sneezes, canine hepatitis can lead to severe liver damage, and death.
Parainfluenza
Administered at 6-8 weeks of age, then every 3-4 weeks until 12-14 weeks old
1 dose
A booster may be necessary after 1 year, depending on manufacturer recommendations; revaccination every 3 years is considered protective.
Non-core dog vaccine.Parainfluenza infection results in cough, fever. It may be associated with Bordetella infection.
Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough )
Depends on the vaccine type; 2 doses are usually needed for protection.
1 dose of the intranasal or oral product, or 2 doses of the injected product
 
Annual or 6-month boosters may be recommended for dogs in high-risk environments.
Non-core dog vaccine. Not usually a serious condition, although it can be dangerous in young puppies. It is usually seen after activities like boarding or showing.
Lyme disease
1 dose, administered as early as 9 weeks, with a second dose 2-4 weeks later
2 doses, 2-4 weeks apart
May be needed annually, prior to the start of tick season
Non-core dog vaccine.Generally recommended only for dogs with a high risk for exposure to Lyme disease-carrying ticks.
Leptospirosis
First dose at 12 weeks; second dose 4 weeks later
2 doses, 2-4 weeks apart
At least once yearly for dogs in high-risk areas
Non-core dog vaccine.Vaccination is generally restricted to established risk areas. Exposure to rodents and standing water can lead to a leptospirosis infection.
Canine influenza
First dose as early as 6-8 weeks; second dose 2-4 weeks later
2 doses, 2-4 weeks apart
Yearly
Non-core dog vaccine. 
Similar to bordetella.
December 5, 2014
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Our kids have named her Layla.  We are feeding her Nutri Source Balanced with Omega 3 & 6 with DHA  Probiotics & Prebiotics.  I can find the food you recommend in any dog store?  Also, I have read where you give your dog NSC 100.  Should we as well?  Too, vaccines for dogs, are they important?

 

Debbie

December 4, 2014
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For all of the puppies we have ever had, we found that consistency is key. It is important to take her out about every hour so that she associates going outside with doing her business (because she is a fairly small breed, you could also potty train her in a kitty litter box so she does not have to get her paws wet in the rain or snow (I found our dogs, any size, do not like wet grass much!).

Using 2 leashes looped to one another with your puppy hooked to her collar or harness at one end and the other end either looped into your belt or around your waste helps to remind you to take her out often and also bonds you to one another. It is amazing how quickly they can be potty-trained when you show them where to go often.

As an aside, I highly recommend feeding her Nature's Variety Raw Frozen Bites instead of dry food, which easily creates fungal overgrowth in puppies and dogs. Fortunately, it is now available at PetSmart, so widely available! It did not used to be that easy to find. Absolutely you may also give Layla an NSC-100 each day; just sprinkle it over her food, or, if she will take it out of your hand as a treat, so much the better. You may also give her RenewLife FloraBear for Kids as a treat daily. I would.

We learned the hard way that a sick small dog goes down harder when sick than a larger sick dog, so I would do everything you can to keep her fed well with the best nutrients. You may read more about feeding raw and why it is the most nutritious and proper way to feed dogs and cats of any age (and why most commercial foods are likely to make them sick) HERE.

Congratulations and good luck with your new little girl! What is her name, Debbie?

December 4, 2014
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Hi Debbie, the single most important training to start your puppy off right is, be the leader. Of course she needs the right food and a warm bed but mostly she is hard wired to follow the pack leader, so you are the Alpha.

Next, start moving the piddle pad towards the door so she can tell you when she wants to go out. House breaking is easy since she doesn’t want to soil her den, and always be consistent when you take her out. Don’t punish if she has an accident. Good luck with your new puppy.

December 3, 2014
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Any advice on how to train a 4 month old Yorkie?  We are first time pet owners.  We take her outside several times a day and the weather is cold so she is hesitant to go.  We place an absorbent pad next to her crate and she has used it a couple of times.

 

Thanks

Debbie

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