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Got mats? Try dipping your comb into cornstarch and 'pouncing' it into the mat. In many cases, this will loosen the mat enough to comb it out.

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3/15/11 8:21 A

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Vaccine FAQ and General Information

Why do Baby Animals Need a Series of Shots and how many do they Need?

When a baby kitten or puppy is born, its immune system is not yet mature; the baby is wide open for infection. Fortunately, nature has a system of protection. The mother produces a type of milk called colostrum that is rich in all the antibodies that the mother has to offer. As the babies drink this milk, they take in their mother's immunity. After the first couple of days, regular milk is produced and the baby's intestines undergo what is called closure, which means they are no longer able to take antibodies into their systems. These first two days are critical to determining what kind of immunity the baby will receive until its own system can take over.

How long this maternal antibody lasts in a given puppy is totally individual. It can depend on the birth order of the babies, how well they nursed, and a number of other factors. Maternal antibodies against different diseases wear off after different times. We DO know that by 16 to 20 weeks of age, maternal antibodies are gone and the baby must be able continue on its own immune system.

While maternal immunity is present in the puppy's system, any vaccines given will be inactivated. Vaccines will not be able to take hold until maternal antibody has sufficiently dropped. Puppies and kittens receive a series of vaccines ending at a time when we know the baby's own immune system should be able to respond. We could simply wait until the baby is old enough to definitely respond as we do with the rabies vaccination but this could leave a large window of vulnerability if the maternal antibody wanes early. To give babies the best chance of responding to vaccination, we vaccinate intermittently (usually every 2 to 4 weeks) during this period in hope of gaining some early protection.

When a vaccine against a specific disease is started for the first time, even in adult animal, it is best to give at least two vaccinations. This is because the second vaccination will produce a much greater (logarithmically greater) response if it is following a vaccine given 2 to 4 weeks prior.



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5/26/10 11:34 A

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DOG ALLERGIES

DOES YOUR DOG HAVE SIGNS OF SPRING ALLERGIES???

OR ANY SKIN ALLERGIES??

When we got our little Malt from the Rescue Center she was absolutely bald from her 'waist' to her tail from an allergy so I'm particularly atune to allergy advice.

READ DR. JON'S ADVICE HERE:

Allergy season is here. I treat a lot of pets with allergies, and this year I've seen some really bad cases. One case in particular was so bad that it almost made me cry. It was terrible. This poor dog was as SWEET as could be and she was so miserable.

Jessie, a mixed breed dog, had been itching for about two months. Her owners knew she was uncomfortable, but they struggled with the decision to bring her in because they were worried about the costs. They didn't think that they could afford the best possible care.

Having a dog can be expensive. In fact, I recently read that on average, dog owners pay about $2,000 to $2,100 a year. If you happen to be on a tight budget, that is an awful lot of money. When people get a dog, they just assume that the dog that he will be healthy and not have any problems. Unfortunately, that is just not the case.

That is what Jessie's owners thought, too. They saw this adorable mixed breed pooch at the pound and they couldn't resist. It was love at first sight, so they brought her home and all was well until Jessie turned about 18 months old - that's when the itching started. It was terrible, and that poor little dog just scratched and scratched until her skin bled. This poor little dog is miserable and her owners are miserable too because they are on a very tight budget and they aren't sure they can afford to treat her.

To make a long story short, we looked at Jessie and treated her. She is on antibiotics, Benadryl and therapeutic shampoos to help her skin heal. I think she feels much better and that she is going to do okay. I'm due to recheck her next week to see how she has progressed.

The good news is, Jessie should fully recover from this allergic episode. But the bad news is that she will battle with her allergies for the rest of her life.

Allergies are so hard on dogs. When you see how sore and raw their skin becomes, and you think about how miserable they must be, you can't help but cringe.

For cases like this, the best things you can do are:

1. See your veterinarian. Sometimes an early diagnosis not only makes your dog more comfortable but it can make it easier to treat the condition before it progresses.

2. Consider pet insurance . If you're like Jessie's owners and cost is a factor, it really can help. This is so important because your dog relies on you for his health and well-being. I encourage you to take a minute today to see if pet insurance is right for you. Pet insurance will not only reimburse you for these types of medical problems but it also has policies that can cover wellness treatments like vaccines, neutering and heartworm prevention. Take a minute and get a free quote. Go to: petinsurance.com

It is allergy season - take note if your dog is itching and get him the help he needs early on.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon


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Here's a list of a few great things to do to keep your dog safe:

1. Keep a collar on to identify your dog. Every dog should have a collar. This is the best way to be reunited with your dog quickly if he is ever lost or injured. You'd be surprised how often this happens.

2. ID your dog. Please use an ID tag and microchip in case your dog gets lost or gets out and loses his collar. Many people are never reunited with their pets because the pets don't have any form of identification.

3. Keep a leash or harness by the door in case you need to get out of house quickly with your dog or dogs - especially in case of a fire or other critical emergency. Keep multiple leashes if you have multiple dogs.

4. Keep fire safety stickers on the house so firemen will know how many of each kind of pet are inside.

5. Observe your dog for problems and know the common signs of illness. Call your vet when you detect a problem.

6. Keep emergency phone numbers handy e.g. vet, emergency clinic, humane society, animal rescue, poison control. Print and keep this list of emergency phone numbers handy. You never know when you will need it. Go to: http://www.petplace.com/emergency-numbers

The more prepared you are to deal with an emergency situation the better. Take the necessary steps to help keep your pet safe.


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TODAY'S PET TIP

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Dogs may lick the paper shredder mechanism or have hair caught in the mechanism pulling in limbs or tails. Keep paper shredders turned completely off or unplugged when not in use.



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Puppy Proofing your Home

To puppy-proof your home, start by assuming you have a two-year-old child. emoticon

Everything that you would lock up for a child, lock up for your puppy.

Keep all cleaning materials, household chemicals, and medications locked behind cabinet doors.

Keep poisonous plants, electric cords, and children' toys out of reach.


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