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  2. sanford

    Nelly has New Growth Under Left Front Leg

    So sorry to read this sad news. I share your worry and concern for Nelly and wish I cold offer more...
  3. Today
  4. pkcrossley

    Nelly has New Growth Under Left Front Leg

    right, ditto with brad. i think i know how you are feeling. don't get trained by past disappointments or defeats. every case is different. Nelly will take her cues from you. thinking all good thoughts,
  5. bradl

    Nelly has New Growth Under Left Front Leg

    One step at a time. Holding good thoughts for Nelly and her folk.
  6. As many times as I've been through this, I never become accustomed. Time for the drill with another treasured baby.
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  8. bradl

    Leba iii for dental health?

    Some of the local Cairn folk were using a similar spray (if not that one exactly) a few years back but I'm not sure if any kept with it long term. I just resigned myself to periodic cleanings. It feels to me like their may be some genetic component to plaque development. Some of our Cairns have seemed more prone while others seemed more resistant.
  9. Kathryn

    Leba iii for dental health?

    Never heard of it! What is it?
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  11. Cairn Parent

    Leba iii for dental health?

    Has anyone tried Leba iii for dental health? My vet mentioned it to me as a good way to get rid of tartar build up and potentially delay dental cleanings, but it seems like kind of an "out there" product. Curious whether other forum members have experience—or can recommend a good food for dental health.
  12. Hillscreek

    Successful bike ride with Sassy

    Or too wet.
  13. hheldorfer

    Picky Eater

    I can attest to the fact that a second dog won't necessarily make any difference. Ziggy was always a food hound and gobbled up his meals the minute they were set in front of him. Since Nattie joined us, however, he has gradually become more like her - "Maybe I'll have a nibble or two now and finish it later."
  14. Islander

    Brexit cairn

    Brexit will affect people’s ability to freely travel through EU with their pets. No wonder the dogs are “Remainers”. On a positive note, might lead to Scottish independence!
  15. Your dog’s sleeping habits may begin to change as he or she ages Sleeping more is (usually) very normal for senior dogs, although there can sometimes be reason to worry Pay attention to your canine’s behavior — certain changes in sleep cycles may be an indication of possible disease If you have a senior dog at home, then you know all too well that your pet’s health and behavior are likely to evolve and adapt over the years — and that includes sleep. But what differences should you expect and what are some signs it’s time to seek help from a vet? For those with aging pets, here’s a closer look at what’s considered a “normal” amount of sleep for dogs as well as some changes to look out for with your senior’s sleeping routine that could signal potential underlying health issues. What Does “Normal” Sleep Look Like for Healthy Dogs? Dogs sleep a lot, even when they’re healthy and young. How much time per day, exactly? While puppies may be down for the count for up to 20 hours per day, fully grown dogs often get as many as 12 to 14 hours of Zzz’s in a 24-hour period — or about half the day. On top of that, they may spend an additional 30 percent of the day resting, meaning they may only be active about 20 percent of the day. Dog Sleep by Breed and Size For fully grown, larger breeds of dogs, non-waking hours can creep up even higher than their smaller counterparts — to up to 18 hours per day. More active breeds, like working dogs, can do with less sleep per day than more sedentary ones. Senior Dog Sleep Basics For starters, let’s talk about what we mean by senior — or older — pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), larger breeds become geriatric (or senior) when they’re about 6 years old, while smaller dogs are considered “old” starting at age 7. As the years pass, it shouldn’t be surprising that your pet’s energy level will drop. For instance, if the two of you used to enjoy long hikes together, now your walking partner may tire more easily. That’s all part of the normal aging process, according to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, which explains that as your dog gets older, he or she is likely to sleep even more hours per day. ‘Too Much’ Sleep, Changes in Sleep Cycles, and Other Sleep Problems in Dogs Getting shuteye can be restorative and getting more of it should be expected, but can there be too much of a good thing? Changes in sleep cycles are among a list of possible behavior differences the AVMA explains humans should take note of as dogs age. Why? Fluctuations in behavior — including with sleeping — could be a warning sign of a possible disease. Sleeping more often, for instance, could be an indication of arthritis, depression, diabetes or hypothyroidism. More Signs of Sleep Problems in Senior Dogs Dr. Jerry Klein, Cheif Veterinary Officer of the American Kennel Club, says if you have senior dogs at home, you should pay attention if you notice any of the following: Staying awake at night and wandering around aimlessly in the evening hours while acting confused or disoriented. “These signs could be early indications of cognitive degenerative disorders and your dog should be examined by your veterinarian,” says Dr. Klein. Not waking up to sounds or stimuli. This could potentially indicate pet hearing loss. Sleeping in different places. For instance, you may find your senior dog has begun sleeping in closets. Being reluctant to curl up to fall asleep or sleeping while sitting up or standing. Dogs may adopt these sleeping positions if fluid begins accumulating in their lungs or chest due to a heart condition or heart failure. If you spot this behavior, Dr. Klein says, “This definitely requires a quick check-up at your veterinarian.” Experiencing pain and discomfort. Dogs with arthritis, for one, may need more comfortable, orthopedic beds to ease their joints. In addition to not sleeping the way they used to, your senior pet may also exhibit other behavior changes, such as appearing more lethargic, skipping meals, or not doing the things they used to do. If you observe any of the above sleep problems or any of these often coexisting issues, it’s time to seek help from your pet’s vet. Dog Beds Your Senior Dog May Like AKC Orthopedic Crate Mats Senior dogs, arthritic dogs, and virtually any dog will appreciate this memory foam crate pad, which offers comfortable support. It’s covered with an ultra-plush material, just right for snuggling. And as a bonus, the materials are recycled and eco-friendly. It also makes life easy for you: machine-wash it and toss it in the dryer. Price: $40 Super Orthopedic Lounge Dog Bed This supportive orthopedic dog bed is ideal for your aging dog. The waterproof cover is machine-washable and the zipper if rust-proof. The bed fits breeds of all sizes and the Sherpa fur top is comfortable and cozy. Price: $100 Orthopedic Cozy Cave Dog Bed The Cozy Cave Bed is perfect for senior dogs who love to nest, burrow and snooze. The soft Sherpa fabric inside makes the bed extra cozy and the machine-washable cover makes it easy to clean. The added orthopedic foam and polyester batting will ensure that your senior dog will be extra comfy and appreciative. Price: $80 The post Too Much Sleep: Is There Such a Thing for Senior Dogs? appeared first on American Kennel Club. View the source article
  16. Hillscreek

    Brexit cairn

    Most Brits have a dog or dogs and they take part in everything the family does. Currently as you may have read Brits are very involved with their relationship with the rest of Europe. Naturally their dogs are too.
  17. sanford

    Picky Eater

    Good question. Having adopted Ruffy as a 3 year old, I suspect he might have been raised on “free-feeding” as a grazer. On days when he decides to eat, he often leaves approx 1/3 in his bowl. Late in the evening, on our way out the door, with his harness and leash on, he will stop and leisurely nibble away and finish his bowl as I stand waiting, keys in hand, bundled up (in winter) with coat, hat, scarf, gloves, etc! Ridiculous, right!?!...but it always amuses me to indulge him, so I do.😀
  18. Pepper Bug's Mom

    Traing a terrier gun dog

    If my husband goes to the cupboard to get the small bb gun out, Pepper goes wild!!! Barking, screeching, ready to get that squirrel!!!! She is a true hunter!
  19. hheldorfer

    Successful bike ride with Sassy

    Very nice! Perhaps you could also construct a red velvet tasseled "roof" for the carrier so Her Royal Highness doesn't get too warm.
  20. Rss Bot

    The Best Puppy Toys

    The AKC independently selected each product featured in this article. If you purchase a product through this article, we may receive a portion of the sale. While we do our best to update links often, please note that prices and deals are subject to change. Puppies explore the world through their mouths, so they’ll chew anything they can sink their teeth into. By providing them with toys that indulge their teething instincts, you’re more likely to spare your shoes and socks from destruction. During a puppy’s period of rapid development, from 2-months-old to 10-months-old, it’s important to give them appropriate toys, and both breed and personality can play a role in what toys might become your pup’s favorites. If your puppy bursts with energy and enjoys a challenge, they’ll love a toy that they can play with, or one that dispenses treats. While some pups like to snuggle up with a soft toy, others may toss it around the room and tear it to shreds. Read on below to discover some toys and treats to offer your puppy to help soothe painful gums and distract from the discomfort of teething. What You Need to Know About Puppy Teething Toys Whether you’re helping your puppy through teething, teaching good behaviors, or just enjoying playtime, good quality, age- and size-appropriate toys are as important to dog development as training and exercise. At around four months old, puppies start to teethe, as their baby teeth are replaced by adult teeth and molars. At this stage, chewing may seem like your puppy’s obsession, and they may chew on anything and everything. As any parent of a teething baby knows, teething is painful, so your puppy will need ways to reduce the discomfort of sore gums. Teething toys soothe your puppy, while giving you an opportunity to teach them what they can and can’t chew on. For instance, don’t give your dog toys that resemble taboo items, like a squeaky shoe toy. Size is also an important consideration, as toys made for the small mouths of an 8-to-10-week-old puppy may cause a 6-to-9 month-old to choke. Always read the manufacturer’s guidelines to make sure the toy is appropriate for your dog’s age and size, and that it’s been tested for safety. No matter what toy you select for your puppy, it’s important to watch them when they play, and to check the toys occasionally to make sure your puppy hasn’t bitten off any chunks. Discard your puppy’s toy if it appears to be nearing its breaking point. Best Starter Kit for Teething Puppies AKC Shop Puppy Teething Pack This starter set of puppy toys and treats from the AKC Shop comes with a cooling Chilly Bone, a Nylabone chicken-flavored puppy chew, Buddy Biscuits, a KONG toy, treat pods, and a guide for dealing with teething puppies. These toys will help cool aching gums and provide hours of chewing entertainment for active puppies. With an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars, reviewers expressed thankfulness for this well-equipped assortment. Price: $37 Best Soothing Teething Toy Nylabone Just for Puppies Key Ring Bone The shapes and textures of this Nylabone toy will satisfy your puppy’s need to chew, while keeping them entertained. Plus, the different textures on the keys are specifically designed to clean teeth and massage gums. While many owners recommended this teething toy, some have warned that the small keys can be chewed off, which may lead to internal damage. Price: $6 Best Teeth Cleaning Puppy Toy Nylabone Puppy Chew Toy Puppy Teething Bone If you want a teething toy that freshens breath and cleans teeth at the same time, this Nylabone dinosaur is the solution for you. This teething bone is designed for puppies up to 25 pounds, but it is not intended for aggressive chewers. The fun, T-Rex shaped puppy toy comes in an enticing chicken flavor. Many users praised the durability of this toy, while some reported that dogs who don’t typically enjoy chew toys liked this one. However, others caution that this toy can be dangerous, as chunks of the toy may be torn off and digested. Price: $5 Best Toy for Aggressive Chewers NWK Freezeable Pet Teether Cooling Chew Toy This non-toxic NWK puppy toy can be frozen to enable cooling relief over hours of chewing. The thick ring is made of 100-percent purified water, and reviewers noted that the durable ring was able to withstand even the most aggressive chewers. Price: $10 Best Small Puppy Toy KONG Puppy Binkie Made in the USA, this KONG puppy binkie is perfect for small breeds under 35 pounds, and may be filled with treats to better appeal to dogs. The binkie is available in small, medium, and large sizes, with color choices of blue or pink. Though many users liked the soft, squishy texture that was appropriate for teething, others reported the toy being quickly destroyed within a day or two. Price: $8 Best Made in the USA Puppy Toy KONG Small Puppy Teething Toy For a fun, durable toy that is designed for a puppy’s baby teeth, try KONG’s small chew toy. The KONG’s odd shape enables erratic bounces, creating a fun game of fetch. Manufactured in the USA, this puppy toy can be filled with kibble, peanut butter, or other treats for added enjoyment. Scores of reviewers rave that puppies love this classic KONG toy. Price: $19 Best Non-Toxic Puppy Toy SCENEREAL Small Dog Rope Chew Toy Available in an assortment of six fruits and vegetables, these Scenereal rope toys are sure to provide hours of fun for your pup. The toys range in size from 2.5 to 8.5 inches, making them compatible for cats and small dogs, but less suitable for medium or large dogs. They are all made of non-toxic cotton, and contain a squeaker hidden inside. While few reviews are available, buyers noted these toys are mostly tear-resistant, though one reported that the yarn unravelled after repeated use. Price: $13 Best Affordable Teething Toy Petstages Cool Teething Stick Freeze this Petstages puppy toy and let your dog cool their aching gums as they chew. The cooling stick crunches when frozen, and includes bright colors, streamers, and ribbons to entice eager dogs. Customers note that the toy doesn’t stay always cold, and the outer material rips easily, although others affirm that the toy is most effective when frozen solid. Price: $4 The post The Best Puppy Toys appeared first on American Kennel Club. View the source article
  21. pkcrossley

    Successful bike ride with Sassy

    yes, looks like she can't get enough of this. it's good to be the queen.
  22. remltr

    Successful bike ride with Sassy

    Sassy is the Queen of the trail. Her Highness sits up high because, well she is her Highness. And, unfortunately for her there is no structure up front for a carrier. Just two wheels and two pedals. She does get some smiles mostly from the young kids that see us passing by. But she ignores the peasants who seek her approval, because, well she is her Highness.
  23. pkcrossley

    Picky Eater

    i didn't ask but is he a grazer or a diner? a lot of grazers get bored with food and just leave it. then it gets stale and they want it even less. kathryn's principle is dining --you can do it with one cairn (though two sounds superior in many ways). just pick up the food after a half an hour and don't offer it again till the next meal. same routine. as long as the food disappears quickly if not eaten, you'll be testing whether ruffy is just bored with the food or not.
  24. pkcrossley

    Successful bike ride with Sassy

    came back just to watch the video. i don't know, HC, Sassy seem convinced that the back seat is the seat of honor. those are chauffeurs who ride in the front.
  25. A change in diet is a go-to strategy for treating inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's. In dogs with a similar illness, researchers tracked specific changes in the microbiome as the pets went into remission. The team's findings, which mirror what is seen in children with Crohn's, could inform the design of improved therapeutic diets. View the source article
  26. bradl

    Traing a terrier gun dog

    That's a terrific article A small sampling …
  27. Hillscreek

    Traing a terrier gun dog

    I know some of you don't like the sport of hunting with or without dogs. However I think this shows very well the nature of terriers and their attitude towards training. So different from the average retriever, pointer or setter. To me it seems the writer has a real understanding of a terrier's nature and how to relate to the independent minded breed of which we cairn owners have one of the feistiest I'm sure. https://www.shootinguk.co.uk/gundogs/gundog-breeds/terriers-born-anarchists-85061
  28. Researchers have detected a potentially human-infective microbe in pet dogs in Nigeria. View the source article
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