• General,  Harness instead of a collar

    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…

  • Travel Sickness

    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…

  • The Liver

    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…

  • Oral Health,  Tear Stains

    Poppy Jo – Dental Cleaning

    On January 22, 2019 I took Poppy Jo in for a dental cleaning.  Poppy Jo was born May 4, 2015 and is 3.08 pounds. Not only did she have tartar build up, her breath smelled worse than most and she had terrible staining around and under her eyes.  A new veterinarian has joined my vet and she does the Naso Lacrimal Flush (eye duct flush) so I asked that that procedure be done at the same time while Poppy Jo was under anesthesia. When I picked her up, they had pulled 6 tiny teeth that were loose and that she probably didn’t really need by the looks of them.  Although…

  • Tear Stains

    Another take on tear stains under dogs’ eyes

    Tear Stains Under Dogs’ Eyes, What They Mean & What We Should Do About: You’ve probably seen dark brown or reddish tear stains under a dog’s eyes and wondered where they come from. Tear stains appear in certain breeds more often than others, and they can indicate a lot of different things. It’s important that you see a veterinarian or eye specialist if your dog is developing tear stains to determine the cause and possible treatments. Here’s what you should know about tear stains under dogs’ eyes. What Are Tear Stains? Tear stains are dark brown or reddish marks that appear beneath a dog’s eyes. The stains are often accompanied…

  • General,  Tear Stains

    Reverse Osmosis Filtration System

    When discussing tears stains with anyone you can bet the top three solutions will be to use some type of filtered water.  I have county water with no filter which is what I drink and cook with and give to all my Maltese.  For the last two years approximately I put a Water Ionizer on the water supply which was to reduce the acid and create an Alkaline purified water.  I had this unit on hand because I had breast cancer in 2008 and purchased this unit because of the benefits of Alkaline Ionized water.  Alkaline water is an antioxidant and is very alkalizing, hydrating and detoxifying.  I had it…

  • Oral Health

    Allie – Dental Discharge

    Allie is a 6 year old female Maltese, 7 pounds.   She had her first professional dental cleaning at 3 years of age (2015) and had one tooth removed.  I notice that for Allie she has a lot of plaque build up on her teeth regardless of brushing.  I try to brush her teeth about once per week but that isn’t enough for her.  13 months later (2016) I took her in again and they had to pull one of her front teeth because it was loose from gum disease.  She went yesterday and they extracted 10 teeth.  I was devastated! In addition to brushing all my dogs teeth once…

  • Oral Health

    Mikasa – Dental Discharge

    This is the ideal discharge that you want to receive from you vet when you take your pet in however ideally you would prefer to not have to go to the vet if you can keep your pets teeth free of plaque and tartar. Mikasa was born in 2016 and yesterday was her very first dental cleaning (age 3). They only extracted one tooth and that is because is was a baby tooth. This was her only issue and her teeth and gums were in very good shape.  This is very good news and I will continue to brush her teeth once a week unless I see that plaque and…

  • General,  Tear Stains

    Unsightly Tear Staining

    I have bred Maltese for about 15 years now and 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…