All About Poodles Dog Care Blog
on Saturday October 16th, 2010 at 05:10 PM
I have not posted in quite a while and I want to explain why. In February, Cleos stomach became a little bloated and at first I thought she had just gained weight. At 11 years old, she was showing signs of aging and was becoming less active. Then she became restless, pacing and pacing when usually she would be laying on the couch flat on her back. One morning we got up and it look like Cleo had swallowed a basketball. We saw our veterinarian right away. She examined Cleo and took an x-ray.
on Monday February 8th, 2010 at 11:12 AM
Brushing your Poodles teeth on a daily basis will help prevent dental disease, Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is reversible. Periodontal disease is irreversible and can lead to damage of the heart, liver and kidneys.
Get in the habit of checking your poodles mouth and brushing her teeth every day. Choose a time that will be convenient and become a part of your poodles daily routine. When brushing your poodles teeth, use a soft-bristled pet toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs....
on Monday February 8th, 2010 at 09:12 AM
The American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that 80% of all dogs over the age of 3 have tooth decay and gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by poor dental hygiene. Food particles and bacteria remain in the dogs mouth and plaque forms on the teeth. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that covers the teeth. Plaque can be removed by brushing your dogs teeth. Plaque deposits can turn into tarter in about 3 to 5 days.
The continued build-up of tartar both above and below the gum line...
on Thursday January 14th, 2010 at 06:07 AM
A professional groomer will trim your poodles nails during the grooming session, but because these visits occur every 6 weeks or so, youll need to clip your poodles nails at home. How often your Poodle needs her nails trimmed varies with the dog. It is best to keep the nails clipped so they do not touch the ground when your poodle is standing.
With my dogs, Cleo and Pipers toenails grow fast and need their nails clipped weekly. Nyka needs her nails trimmed once every two weeks.
It is important...
on Sunday January 10th, 2010 at 09:05 AM
Dogs have two anal glands. These sac-like structures are located just under the skin on each side of the rectum. Normally, the glands secrete a watery, brownish fluid that empties into the rectum during defecation. Occasionally, the fluid is not expelled completely and the sacs become clogged. The pressure causes irritation, which the dog tries to relieve by scooting across the floor on his hindquarters, or by constantly licking and biting at the base of the tail.
Though the signs can vary...
on Tuesday December 29th, 2009 at 10:08 AM
Your poodles eyes should be checked daily. Because the eyes are fragile organs, neglect of minor irritations can lead to serious problems. Regular inspection of the eyes can help you notice potentially dangerous conditions at an early stage. Any irritation that does not clear up in 24 hours or causes your poodle to squint should be reported to your veterinarian immediately.
It is normal to find a little matter on the inside corners of the eyes from time to time. This can be removed by...
on Friday December 18th, 2009 at 02:35 PM
Hair grows in the poodles ear canal. Some poodles may have an abundance of hair in the ear canal, while others will have less. If the ears become heavily weighted with hair, the ear canal can become blocked and an infection can develop.
Standard practice is that the ears are plucked free of hair each time a poodle is groomed. If you take your poodle to a professional groomer, ear cleaning and the removal of excess hair on the insides of the ear flaps is always included as part of the complete...
on Thursday December 17th, 2009 at 08:34 AM
Good grooming is important for all dogs, but it is absolutely essential for the poodle. Poodles must be brushed, bathed and clipped regularly because if they are not, they become quite matted. The poodle has hair that is more like our own than a dogs. The poodles curly hair never stops growing and even grows inside their ears and on the bottom of their paws. It is said, the poodle is non-shedding. The truth is they do shed; only the hair does not fall out, it stays in the hair coat. This is...
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