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Tips for Applying Topical Flea Medication on Your Dog

Tips for Applying Topical Flea Medication on Your Dog

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I am being ignored.  I had the audacity of applying flea medication to my dog.  She’ll letting me know that she is suffering the indignity in silence.  She’s afraid of the flea medication tube which why I am being ignored. I had to put her bed and blanket next to my computer chair so she could do it in comfort. It had to be done.  She has been itching like crazy the last couple of days.  Last night, I finally…

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Incurin for Dog Urine Leakage is Back in Stock!

Incurin for Dog Urine Leakage is Back in Stock!

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I’ve got great news for anyone who had their dog on Incurin (Estriol) for urine leakage. If you’re like me, you were dismayed when Incurin went out of production for several months last year. Well, worry no more because it’s back! I had a lot of trouble finding Incurin last autumn. I was worried that I would have to switch my dog to something else. Since it was our third attempt at solving her urine leakage issue with medication, I…

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Sometimes Small Toys are not the Best Thing for Small Dogs

Sometimes Small Toys are not the Best Thing for Small Dogs

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I needed to replace Misha’s Busy Buddy Twist N’ Treat toy.  It’s only a year old but she has worn it out.  I bought a replacement but bought the extra small rather than the small.  It was a bad choice. Why Her Old One Needed Replacing Her Busy Buddy is only a year old.  However, she doesn’t play with it like other dogs.  She doesn’t roll it around on the ground or move it from side to side to get…

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Switching to Natural Flea Control for My Dog

Switching to Natural Flea Control for My Dog

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Fleas are a problem during the summer and it warm climates. As the weather heats up, the fleas start hatching.  Summer is particularly bad time for fleas.  It can be a miserable time for your dog. Misha had a rough summer in 2014.  She ate things she shouldn’t have–twice–that caused her stomach upset.  She was stung on her paw and had an allergic reaction.  In the middle of all this, she got fleas. The San Francisco Bay Area was having…

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Incurin Can Cause Vulva Swelling in Dogs: A Known Side Effect

Incurin Can Cause Vulva Swelling in Dogs: A Known Side Effect

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Three weeks ago, Misha started taking Incurin (Estriol) for urine leakage.  Incurin is a synthetic hormone that has less side effects than DES and is usually more effective than other medications used for this female urine leakage.   With Incurin, you start your dog on the maximum dose of two pills every day for two weeks.  Then, you reduce it to one pill a day for 7 days. You reduce the amount each week (always keeping your dog on any dose for…

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Getting Your Dog to Pee in a Cup

Getting Your Dog to Pee in a Cup

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Oh, the joys of dog ownership.  This was my latest challenge. My little nervous midget dog would not relax enough even on acepromazine to let the veterinary tech get a sterile urine sample.  So, I got to collect the sample. There are logistics to consider when trying to get a 7 lb. Jack Russell Terrier to pee in a cup.  For one thing, she is only a couple of inches off the ground.  Where the heck do you stick the…

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