• 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.

  • 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…