Every pet is different, please consult with your veterinarian. These FAQ's are only helpful guidelines and should be used for knowledge purposes, not diagnoses.
An estimated 5 million to 8 million animals are euthanized in shelters across this country every year. Many organizations are trying to decrease that number by opening low-cost spay/neuter clinics to prevent more litters of puppies needing homes. Spaying your female pet drastically slashes her risk of mammary cancer, which is fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Neutering your male pet eliminates his risk of testicular cancer.
Puppies are born without teeth, and at 2 to 3 weeks the first teeth start growing in. By 6 to 8 weeks of age the puppy should have a complete set of 28 teeth.
The canine parvovirus (CPV) infection is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs/puppies. The virus manifests itself in two different forms: an intestinal form, or a less common, cardiac form. The majority of cases are seen in puppies that are between six weeks and six months old. Early vaccination is key to helping your pup survive.
1. Severe, bloody diarrhea
6. Severe weight loss
Reasons why your dog could be eating poop:
1. Poor digestion
It is natural for the mother to eat the stool of her puppies. She does this both to keep the "den" clean and to protect the puppies from predators that might be drawn by the scent. The mother does this from the time the puppies are born until they are weaned, and since puppies are in the process of learning how to be dogs, they may naturally follow her lead and do what she does. The mother usually stops eating her puppies' feces around the time that they have begun eating solid food and can leave the den to defecate.
Between 99.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit
1. Bad breath or drooling
2. Excessive drinking or urination
3. Appetite change associated with weight loss or gain
4. Change in activity level
5. Stiffness or difficulty in rising or climbing stairs
6. Sleeping more than normal, or other behavior or attitude changes
7. Coughing, sneezing, excessive panting, or labored breathing
8. Dry or itchy skin, sores, lumps, or shaking of the head
9. Frequent digestive upsets or change in bowel movements
10. Dry, red, or cloudy eyes
Declawing, also called de-knuckling, partial digital amputation, or onychectomy, is a surgical procedure in which the animal's toes are amputated at the last joint. Most people do not realize that a portion of the bone, from which the claw grows, must be removed in order to remove the nail.
Not an exhaustive list, but here are some common essential oils that may cause health concerns in pets:
Nutmeg, Clove, and Cinnamon oils
Tea tree (Melaleuca)
Lemon (limonene), and Orange oils
Wintergreen and Peppermint oils
Those swellings on either side of his penis are the bulbus glandis. This is normal anatomy and not connected to his testicles.