scallywag She is going really well, and so am I, thanks scallywag. Apparently these little dogs with shallow eye sockets get tear staining a lot, especially in times of excess tear production like teething. The vet will check that her tear ducts are draining normally when she is under anaesthesia for her hysterectomy in a month or so. But the vet really couldn't offer any good suggestion for cleaning them off.
It is suggested that dogs should be physically (linked to when growth plates close off) and mentally mature when you spay them. In hindsight knowing what I know now I probably did both of mine too early!
Sorry can not help at all regarding tear staining.
Don't really have any advice regarding tear stains, although a more natural diet (i.e. raw) is supposed to help reduce/get rid of them as I've seen a few before & after raw posts from owners of Westies and the like saying that the tear stains completely disappeared after putting the dog onto a raw diet. Not sure how accurate it is though.
Regarding spaying, they used to say that it's best to let a female have their first season before spaying, but now they're saying that it's not actually true and a dog can be spayed from 6 months (I think). However, there is other advice that says it should be done once the dog has fully matured physically as neutering early can cause other issues such as behaviour problems. I fully believe that Ellie was spayed too early as she was done by Dogs Trust when she was about 6 months old. Pepper, on the other hand, was spayed when she was 14 months old which may still have been too early, but certainly better than being done at 6 months old.
I have heard that it could be a good idea to research things like the rates of mammary tumours etc. in a dog's breed and then using that information to make your decision i.e. if the rate is low, then there's no harm in leaving the dog entire until a bit later in life. But obviously it's a complete personal decision.
Checked with vet and they now recommend spaying between 5 and 6 months. I think these fashions bounce back and forth according to the latest bit of research, which then might be contradicted next year. Much like the cholesterol and carbohydrate business!
I don't know what the science is so don't know if bottled spring water from the supermarket will be better, but I'm trying it, bectil and orpheous87. She has grown scallywag - doubled in weight and in height, despite being a picky eater.I found some balanced raw food that comes in frozen packs from a few pet shops and she is eating some of that but still prefers plain beef and chicken.
I don't know what the science is so don't know if bottled spring water from the supermarket will be better, but I'm trying it, bectil and orpheous87 . She has grown scallywag - doubled in weight and in height, despite being a picky eater.I found some balanced raw food that comes in frozen packs from a few pet shops and she is eating some of that but still prefers plain beef and chicken.
Join the club jassycat1, I have the same problem with Jasper. (fussy little git) He gets a complete raw food and I sprinkle a little minced pork and beef on top and I also give him a raw chicken wing too, or a tiny bit of lambs liver with it.
You just have to remember to alter the amount of complete food to compensate.
scallywag: just returned to our room having been on a roasting spit all day , pheww so HOT but a lovely cold pool is a step away
Mar 1, 2018 20:48:44 GMT
caz2golden: Glad you are having a fantastic holiday scallywag. Though you are missing some fantastic snow
Mar 2, 2018 21:46:47 GMT
caz2golden: 1 Tonib 1 Scallywag
Mar 2, 2018 21:48:07 GMT
scallywag: Ok so y days left in this glorious sunshine sooooo pleased I am missing all that white stuff, only white stuff here is the surf rolling over the white beaches hope its not forecast for end of next week
Mar 3, 2018 10:30:41 GMT
lotsofcats: Do you want us to keep you some snow?
Mar 3, 2018 19:34:53 GMT
alfiemummy: Our snow is already pretty much gone!
Mar 4, 2018 0:25:45 GMT
jassycat1: What spectacular weather you are having! Watching it on TV.
Mar 4, 2018 8:07:45 GMT
scallywag: No thanks no snow required Jenny
Mar 4, 2018 18:15:12 GMT
caz2golden: Get Well Scallywag
Mar 17, 2018 10:42:59 GMT
cazypops: Hope your feeling better soon Scallywag, Hugs.
Mar 18, 2018 0:30:10 GMT
scallywag: Thank you both, on the turn now so will be back up to full speed in no time at all xx
Mar 19, 2018 7:49:44 GMT