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Canine Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know if my dog is in heat and how long will it last?

A: Signs of estrus in dogs, commonly referred to as "in heat," are gradual, progressive vulva swelling followed by or occurring at the same time as blood-tinged vaginal discharge. Estrus signs commonly last 2 to 3 weeks.


Q: Why do dogs eat grass?

A: Eating grass is a natural behavior for dogs. There are several theories as to why. The most commonly held belief is that it helps relieve gastrointestinal symptoms and potential parasites or infections. It is also thought to be a way for them to obtain micronutrients. For some dogs, they may just like the taste.


Q: Do dogs dream?

A: Yes. Usually dreaming takes places roughly about 20 minutes after they have fallen asleep and can be characterized by muscle twitches, irregular breathing and rapid eye movements.


Q: Why do dogs howl?

A: Dog's howl for a variety of reasons. It can be a means of communication, a way to call another dog, or even a person back to them, or a way to warn others off. Stressful situations, persistant noises or territorial feelings can also cause a dog to howl. For some dogs, it seems they just enjoy the activity.


Q: Why do dogs have whiskers?

A: Whiskers serve as sensory information gathering organs and as a means of communication. When whiskers are stimulated they give feedback about the dog's surroundings. If a dogs whiskers are pointed forward or backward instead of neutral placement, it can communicate a dog's emotional state to other surrounding dogs.


Q: Why do dogs chase their tails?

A: Althoughthe behavior may seem cute and playful, research has shown that consistent tail chasing can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. On occasion it can be attention getting behavior but it can become compulsive. If your dog seems to be exhibiting the behavior frequently, then you should consult your veterinarian.


Q:How do you clean a dogs ears?

A: First you will need a quality ear cleaning solution and cotton balls. Place a small amount of the ear cleaning solution in your dogs ear. Massage the base of the ear to help loosen debris. Let your dog shake their head to aid in bringing debris out of the ear canals. Using the cotton balls clean the outer ear as well as the ear canal. Place the cotton ball into the ear as far as you can, without losing it. Repeat until there is no longer any debris.


Q: Why are dogs noses wet?

A: Dogs noses are wet for a couple reasons. The first being to aid their ability to smell. Scent chemicals get trapped in the thin layer of the mucus, then when dogs lick their nose, the chemicals are processed by special scent glands in the root of their mouth. A dogs nose also functions as a sweat gland and becomes wet when heat is being discharged. A warm dry nose doesn't mean anything is wrong, however discolored or thicker than normal nasal discharge might.


Q: How do you stop dogs from digging?

A: Digging behavior in dogs, while a natural way to entertain themselves and explore their environment, can also signal boredom. If left unchecked, it can become a serious problem. To avoid escalation, do not leave any dog out in a yard without supervision, especially in areas where the pet may have dug before. Keep your dog occupied with activities and toys to curb the behavior of wanting to dig.


Q: How do you introduce your dog to.... (babies, cats, family, etc..)?

A: Each of these situations is unique as each dog in the situation. There is not a simple solution that will work for every pet and their situation. When getting ready to introduce your dog to a new baby, cat, other dog, etc.. you should consult your veterinarian to ensure a better chance of success.


Q: Why do dogs bury bones?

A: The act of burying bones and other objects is instinctual. Many animals store food and other objects for later use.

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