Tuesday, December 21, 2010

And a partridge in a pear tree . . .

Well our 12 Days of Doggie Christmas contest is over.  Here are all the answers!  Thank you to everyone who participated!  Hope you learned some things.  

(Photo to the left is of my four dogs from 2007--Amos, Jake, Trevor & Noah)

Our last winner for the 15% off coupon was Kelly Bohn with Whiskey the Heeler mix.  She got all of the answers for days 7-12 correct!  Way to go, Kelly!

1st Day of Christmas:   . . . my doggie brought to me . . . a puppy who was whining because his nail was cut too short and bled a bit.  What was snipped accidentally that caused this to happen?
Answer: The "quick".  It is the artery that runs through a dog's nail & when snipped with a nail trimmer can bleed.  Bleeding is not normally profuse & can easily be stopped by dabbing a bit of corn starch or baking flour on the end of your dog's snipped nail.
Winner: Kim Bonfadini & Tango
Prize: Premier Squirrel Dude Interactive Toy
2nd Day of Christmas: . . . my doggie brought to me . . . a picture of his friend on a leash.  What does this photo tell us about his friend?  What would be best to do in this situation?
Answer: The first thing that should be noticed is the dog's body language, not the leash.  The dog is completely stressed out.  Ears back, head turned away, not sitting down completely & he's at the end of the leash as much as possible (attempt to get away).  The man is trying to convince the dog to listen but it's not going to work, he's too stressed.  The owner needs to learn to "listen" to his dog.  How?  By learning more about canine body language.  A good start is this article.  You can also Google "calming signals" to learn more. 
Winner: None.
Prize: None.
3rd Day of Christmas:  . . . my doggie brought to me . . . a sweet little puppy that drooled all over me.   What kind of puppy is this?  What movie did this breed have a main role in?
Answer:  This is a Dogue de Bordeuax puppy, also known as a French Mastiff.  This was the same breed as "Hooch" from the movie "Turner & Hooch" starring Tom Hanks in 1989. 
Winner: Ashley Prince & Josey
Prize: $5 off any training service
4th Day of Christmas: . . . my doggie brought to me . . .a dog that climbed a tree.  What rare breed of dog climbs trees?
Answer: The New Guinea Singing Dog climbs trees and has to be kept in a yard that is completely enclosed.  It was thought that there were only 150 in captivity until about a month ago 85 were discovered in a hoarder's home in Pennsylvania.  Read the story here.
Winner: None.
Prize: None.
5th Day of Christmas: . . . my doggie brought to me . . . a dog that had heartworms--oh no!  How does a dog get heartworms?
Answer:  Heartworms are most commonly transmitted via mosquitoes.  So we know that here in Texas they can be very common.  You should give your dog a monthly heartworm preventative such as Heartgard or Interceptor.
Winner: Lisa Young & her crew
Prize: $10 off a group class 
6th Day of Christmas: . . . my doggie brought to me . . . a dog that didn't bark.  What breed of dog doesn't bark?
Answer:  The Basenji.  They make a yodeling sound but do not actually bark.
Winner: None.
Prize: None.
On the 7th day of Christmas my doggie brought to me . . . a bottle of empty Tylenol.  Uh oh, did he have a headache?  Answer the following:  If your dog is in pain you can give him/her aspirin if dosed correctly according to weight.  True or false?  Please explain your answer.
Answer: Tylenol and other pain relievers for humans are not good for dogs.  In fact they can cause much damage.  They often cause bleeding in the stomach and your dog can actually die from it.  One study showed that 100% of dogs given ibuprofen developed ulcers in the stomach.  I just received an email from a client the other day where they were unaware of this and gave their dog some pain reliever from their cabinet.  Fortunately the dog is ok but it was a blood transfusion and very stressful and expensive emergency room vet bill later before he was released.   If you suspect your dog is in pain you need to call your veterinarian for an appointment.
On the 8th day of Christmas my doggie brought to me . . . his friend who isn't very nice.  He doesn't like other dogs too well.  If a dog is aggressive to other dogs will he likely be aggressive to humans as well?  Please explain your answer.
Answer: While dogs can be both human and dog aggressive if your dog is one and not the other it doesn't mean that your dog will one day become aggressive to the other.  It can happen but they do not go hand in hand and if it does happen there is another reason for it.  Dogs are aggressive for a number of reasons.  Sadly the most common reason I find dogs are aggressive is poor handling, training and genetics.

On the 9th day of Christmas my doggie brought to me . . . a tapeworm--ewww!  How do dogs  most commonly get tapeworms?
Answer: Fleas most commonly are the reason for dogs having tapeworm.  In Texas it is best to use a monthly flea preventative all year.

On the 10th day of Christmas my doggie brought to me . . . some serum.  What famous dog in  the 1920s brought serum to a town to help a diptheria outbreak?  What was his name & breed?
Answer: Balto was a Siberian Husky who led a sled dog team from Anchorage to Nome Alaska in 1925 to deliver serum to children with diptheria.  Full story here.

On the 11th day of Christmas my doggie brought to me . . . a Great Dane with gastric torsion.  What is that more commonly known as & what is it?
Answer: The technical name for bloat is "Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus" ("GDV").  Bloating of the stomach is often related to swallowed air (although food and fluid can also be present).  It usually happens when there's an abnormal accumulation of air, fluid, and/or foam in the stomach ("gastric dilatation").    Stress can be a significant contributing factor also.  Bloat can occur with or without "volvulus" (twisting).  As the stomach swells, it may rotate 90° to 360°, twisting between its fixed attachments at the esophagus (food tube) and at the duodenum (the upper intestine).  The twisting stomach traps air, food, and water in the stomach.  The bloated stomach obstructs veins in the abdomen, leading to low blood pressure, shock, and damage to internal organs.  The combined effect can quickly kill a dog.  For more info on bloat read here.

On the 12th day of Christmas my doggie brought to me . . .  a little dog that was bred to chase badgers out of holes, what breed of dog is it?
Answer: Dachshunds were bred for this.  This is why they are so long & short!
Ho, ho, ho!  Merry Christmas to you all!  I'll post another post about dogs during the holidays so stay tuned for that . . . 

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