• Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

    Ask a Vet: Does Trifexis Really Kill Dogs?

    This article is straight from Dogster.com A while ago I was speaking with my editor at Dogster. I mentioned that I would like to write a piece on canine Internet rumors and how to detect them. These rumors are common. They also have a great deal in common with each other. Most canine Internet rumors involve websites dedicated to stating that a product kills dogs. These sites usually contain heart-wrenching stories of tragic loss. The perpetrators of the rumors, in most cases, have not intentionally set out to start a false rumor. Rather, they honestly believe their stories. They have attributed or more frequently misattributed their dog’s death or illness…

  • Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

    Preventives – Heart worms, Fleas & Ticks

    I continue to mention to all puppy owners that I come in contact with that I don’t recommend Trifexis because of all the bad publicity I have heard associated with it.  In my research and reading through this article it leads you to think there is not a direct link to all the complaints against Trifexis causing deaths in their pets.  I also read that the FDA has received almost 1000 complaints from pet owners stating their pet died or had complications after taking Trifexis. The reason I am so against using Trifexis is when there is that much negative feedback I would rather gamble on finding a few fleas…

  • Maltese Conditions

    Tear & Saliva Stain Solution

    I truly believe that for some Maltese some just stain more than others and no matter what you try you aren’t going to stop the staining.  If you are dedicated I feel you can reduce the stain by cleaning the face several times a day but for some, they may never totally overcome it. Red fur staining is caused by a compound called porphyrin. Porphyrins are iron-containing molecules produced when the body breaks down red blood cells. They are removed from the body primarily through feces, but are also in urine, tears and saliva. Over the last 22 years of breeding I have tried so many new things and making…

  • Food and More

    Food and More

    While there are so many food options to choose from I try to pick a higher end food line that gives my pets complete nutrition and also being mindful of ingredients that are likely to cause allergies.  Over the 20 plus years of breeding I have fed Royal Canin, Nutrisource and now Pawtree. I decided to go with this new line because I tried it and my Maltese love it and too because they also have other related products that I use for my Maltese which I also have found to work very well with my Maltese.  Meat is the first ingredient and there is no corn, wheat or soy.…

  • Grooming

    Trimming Nails

    I am a self taught groomer for my Maltese and by no means am I a professional.  If I can do it then so can you.  I think back at how I used to play with baby dolls and Barbie Dolls and how many times I would cut their hair and ruin it.  Grooming a Maltese is much better than that because if you accidentally cut the hair too short the hair grows back!  I have learned what to repeat and what never to repeat.  Normally after I bathe my Maltese I hold them in my lap, while the hair dryer is going and keeping them warm, I start by…

  • Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

    Titer Test

    What are titers for immunizations? A titer test is a measure of the antibodies in the blood, providing a check of disease immunity.  The results of a titer test then allow a clinician to determine whether a vaccination is required.  A titer test involves a simple blood draw.   How long is a titer test good for? A three-year interval is appropriate for the majority of adult dogs when quantitative tests are used. The manufacturers of a in-clinic (yes/no) screening tests recommend  they be used annually. A titer test within the first 6 months of life and again at one is appropriate for puppies. Breeder:  So the way I understand this…

  • Maltese Conditions

    A Possible Solution for Tear Stains

    After many years of breeding Maltese I determined that I have never come across a true fix for tear staining.  I have tried Angel Eyes, Eye Envy, used and still use stainless steel bowls, filtered water however I have never used distilled water so I can’t count that one out yet.  I have talked to families though that have used the distilled water and say it didn’t clear the staining up in their Maltese. The latest thing I have been using is baking soda or baking powder.  I clean my pets eyes well with a warm cloth and then I roll a q-tip in the baking soda and dab it…

  • Dangerous foods and household products

    Harmful Household Items

    Common household items that are harmful to your dog: Acetaminophen Antifreeze and other car fluids Boric acid Deodorants Deodorizers Detergents De-icing salts Disinfectants Drain cleaners Furniture polish Gasoline Hair colorings Weed killers Insecticides Kerosene Matches Mothballs Nail polish and remover Paint Prescription and non-prescription medicine Rat Poison Rubbing alcohol Shoe polish Sleeping pills Snail or slug bait Turpentine Windshield-wiper fluid   Symptoms of possible poisoning are: vomiting, diarrhea, difficult breathing, abnormal ruin (color, aroma or odor, frequency, etc.), salivation, weakness.  If your dog should inject harmful chemicals, contact a veterinarian or poison control center immediately.  

  • Maltese Conditions

    Pigment

    Just because your dog has some lemon or buff color on the coat does not mean your dog is not a purebred Maltese, although any other colors would definitely be a sign that your pet is not a purebred Maltese.  Some breeders actually feel that the sign of lemon/buff in the coat as a puppy is needed for better pigment.   Many times puppies will have definite lemon/tan color  but in many cases the buff in the coat, generally on the ears, lightens up considerably or is totally gone by the time the dog is 1 to 2 years old.