• Maltese Conditions

    Reverse Sneeze

    What is a reverse sneeze? Dogs have a condition we call a ‘reverse sneeze.’ It gets its name because the dog rapidly pulls air into his nose, whereas in a ‘regular’ sneeze, the air is rapidly pushed out through the nose.  If you witness a dog having a reverse sneeze it may seem alarming, but it is not a harmful condition, and there are no ill effects. The dog is completely normal before and after the episode. During a reverse sneeze, the dog will make rapid and long inspirations, stand still, and extend his head. A loud snorting sound is produced, which may make you think the dog has something caught in his nose.…

  • General

    Are lawn care products really safe for my Maltese?

    I found this article on the site of MalteseOnly.com and wanted to share her comments. “Unequivocally NO!  Although many products say they are safe after a few hours, if you have a Maltese that sometimes grazes on the grass, it can cause severe problems and even death.  This we personally learned the hard way.  Luckily our boy did not die”. Back to my comments: On the exit appointments of families picking up their puppies, we go over all the needed information and do’s and don’ts with their puppy and I say that I like to treat my yard and not my pet.   I use a product I found on…

  • Maltese Conditions

    Patella

    The patella (kneecap) is a part of the stifle joint (knee).  In patellar luxation, the kneecap luxates, or pops out of place, either in a medial or lateral position. Medial patellar luxation is generally classified by grade, from 1 to 4. Grade 1 luxations usually do not cause lameness or cause very minor signs of lameness but can be found on physical exam because the patella is fairly easy to push out of the groove it normally runs in. Grade 2 luxations are slightly more severe and cause the dog to occasionally carry one hind leg in a motion often described as “skipping”. Grade 3 luxations cause prolonged carrying of…

  • Maltese Conditions

    Article by Tonia Holibaugh

    Is there any way to control or keep the tear stains to a minimum on a Maltese? The answer is yes.  Daily maintenance of gently wiping your dogs eyes with a soft cloth dipped in warm water and you can even use a small amount of baby shampoo.  Consistent daily wiping is the key to keeping the stains at a minimum.  Be sure to have your Maltese vet checked to make sure there are no problems. If you continue to struggle with the stains on your Maltese I encourage you to read an article written by Tonia Holibaugh concerning tear stains. Her information is very educational and helpful and her site…

  • Dangerous foods and household products

    Benadryl – Is It safe For Dogs? What to Know About Benadryl for Dogs

    Regular-strength Benadryl is a common OTC antihistamine, but is it safe for dogs? Let’s look at how and when Benadryl might be recommended for dogs with allergies, anxiety, insect stings or bites, and motion sickness. Our dogs experience allergies differently than we do. Rather than sneezing, they tend to express allergic reactions through persistent itchy skin. Excessive scratching can cause dogs to develop sores, exposing them to needless infection. So, is Benadryl safe for dogs? Can Benadryl for dogs help with allergies and other minor canine health issues? First, what is Benadryl? Is Benadryl safe for dogs? First, let’s look at what Benadryl is. Giving dogs Benadryl, like any human medication, can…

  • Dangerous foods and household products

    Certain foods can be dangerous to dogs!

    It’s only natural for dogs to be curious. But their curiosity can get them into trouble when they get into areas where you store household items such as medicine and detergents.  Many common household items that you use everyday can be harmful, and sometimes even lethal, to your dog. Foods that are harmful to your dog: (May cause vomiting, abdominal pain and/or diarrhea. Wild cherry Almond Apricot Balsam Pear Japanese Plum   May cause varied reactions: Yeast dough Coffee grounds Macadamia nuts Tomato and potato leaves and stems Avocados Onions and onion powder Grapes Raisins Chocolate Pear and peach kernels Mushrooms (if also toxic to humans) Rhubarb Spinach Alcohol  …

  • General

    Harness or Collar

    Harness!! Most of us are guilty of running to the pet store to pick out the perfect cute collar for our fur baby so that we can then make a cute name tag and then hang it on the collar along with the rabies tag.  I have heard so many terrible stories from families that this resulted in either almost death or actual death.  I experienced it myself when I had a boarder that had his collar on and when I walked in I found the collar stuck on his mouth between the upper and lower teeth.  Since that day no collars allowed in fact, harnesses either while boarding since…

  • Behaviors and Training

    Potty Training Your Puppy

    The term crate training may sound cruel to some but what it boils down to is confining your pet for a period of time to a small area so that should he/she need to potty, they should prefer to hold it until they can get out to potty and not soil the area in which they lay.  Initially a small puppy can only hold it for a few hours at a time and need multiple breaks throughout the day and night.  Ideally they will whine when they need to go but that is not always the case which is why giving them multiple opportunities to go will hopefully soon result…

  • General,  Travel

    Car Sickness

    Motion sickness in dogs is a common problem. Motion or car sickness is more common in younger dogs than adults. The reason may be due to the fact that the parts of the inner ear involved in balance aren’t fully developed. Puppies will often “outgrow” motion sickness by the time they’re about 1 year old. Long car rides can be challenging for new pets or adult dogs who haven’t done a lot of car traveling as puppies. Vomiting from motion sickness in puppies is more common than in adult dogs and many puppies tend to grow out of this condition. For new pets, he recommends taking short test drives before…

  • Liver,  Maltese Conditions

    Diagnosing Liver Issues

    From my experience in the 15 plus years of breeding these little fur babies, a handful (1 in 30), of Maltese puppies will have bloodwork done in their first year probably prior to being spayed or neutered and their ALT’s will come back elevated.  There are so many questions as to the severity of the diagnosis of your pet’s liver once this happens.  Could it be a Portosystemic Shunt, Microvascular Dysplasia, or a Small Liver?  These are all totally separate issues that affect the same organ – The Liver.  PSS likely does have a genetic cause, and is thankfully less common.  MVD does not seem to be as simple.  I…