Monday, December 31, 2007

Wishing You A Happy New Year

I would like to take this time to thank everyone for visiting and contributing to the All About Labradors Blog. I continue to meet so many wonderful people and so many beautiful Labrador Retrievers.

From my family to all of your families, wishing you the very best, healthy and happy New Year.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES AND YOUR LABRADOR RETRIEVERS!!

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Black Labrador Retriever’s front paws turned white - part II

From: Pat (USA)

Subject: Black Labrador Retriever’s front paws turned white - part II

Labrador Retrievers name: Gypsy Rose Lee

This is the second part of a two part reader's e-mail. To read the first part visit: Black Labrador Retriever’s front paws turned white - part I

All About Labradors Blog Response:

Hi Pat,

Your welcome! Love the names of both of your Labradors. Two Labrador Retrievers... you have your hands full. Like you, I also have a female black Labrador retriever and a female chocolate Labrador Retriever.

I agree with you 100 percent, Labs are without a doubt the most wonderful dogs in the world!

Did the vet state they would try anything in regards to the vitiligo? I don't believe there is much they can really do about it. I know there are some supplements available such as L Tyrosine, but I don't recall reading anything to support the return of pigmentation with the use of supplements.

If you ever need any other help in regards to your Lab girls, don't hesitate to ask.

Take care of yourself,
Fay

Reader's E-mail - Pat's Response:

Hi Fay,

I have another question about my Labs. I hope you can help me.

I have read/heard so much conflicting advice about dog food. I’ve tried Iams, Science Hill, etc. For the past 6-8 months (before all of the recalls began) I’ve been using Blackwood. This was great during the recall because this food has no gluten, wheat, etc., & everything is made/raised in the U.S. Also, their coats started looking much, much better – their hair no longer came out in clumps.

However, they HATE this food & have lost weight since I’ve begun using it. Maggie Mae has a sensitive stomach, & this food seems to upset her even more. My vet says give them Purina. The kennel owner says Blackwood only. Others say the Science Diet. I just don’t know what to do. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks so much for any help you can give me!
Pat

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All About Labradors Blog Response:

Hello Pat,

No problem Pat, here are a few good quality foods I recommend.

EaglePack - http://www.eaglepack.com/

Wellness - http://www.omhpet.com/ (Super 5 Mix or Core)

Precise Plus - http://www.precisepet.com/pplus.asp

Canidae - http://www.canidae.com/index.html

These are some of the better foods for you Labrador Retrievers. Please let me know what foods you try and how they are working. If none of these foods work for your Labradors I do have others I can recommend. Thanks Pat.

Talk to you soon,
Fay

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Black Labrador Retriever’s front paws turned white - part I

From: Pat (USA)

Subject: Black Labrador Retriever’s front paws turned white

Labrador Retrievers name: Gypsy Rose Lee

Reader's E-mail - Pat Writes:

Hello,

My 9 year old black lab’s front paws suddenly turned white – almost as if they had been bleached. Her back paws are fine. I tried cleaning the front paws, thinking she had just been into something, but they’re still white. Should I take her to the vet?

Thank you.
Pat

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hello Pat,

My apologies on the delayed response as I receive many questions to the All About Labrador blog and it does take me some time to answer all of them.

I'm sorry to hear about your Labrador Retrievers condition. Yes, I would definitely recommend taking your Labrador Retriever to see your veterinarian.

I have found a couple possible reasons that your Labrador's paws may have turned white:

Vitiligo - is a hereditary lack of pigment in the skin in which the dogs develop somewhat symmetrical depigmentation especially of the nose, lips, muzzle, inside of mouth and footpads.

In some cases the pigment returns and in other cases the changes are permanent. It does not appear to have consequences other than cosmetic.

Contact reaction - contact with a sensitizing material can result in depigmentation.

I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help to you Pat. Please keep me updated with whatever your veterinarian tells you and how your Labrador Retriever is doing, as this will be of help to the readers of the All About Labradors blog.

If you have any photos of your Labrador Retriever (what is her name) that you would like to e-mail me, I would be happy to post them on the Labrador Retrievers Picture blog.

Take care of yourself and your Labrador Retriever,
Fay

Reader's E-mail: Pat's Response:

Fay,

Thank you very much for your reply. I did take Gypsy (Gypsy Rose Lee!) to the vet, and he thinks that it is, indeed, vitiligo. Very good! I’ve never even heard of it! I will try to get you a picture of both Gypsy and her step-sister, Maggie Mae Barber (a chocolate lab), to include on your website. Labs are without a doubt the most wonderful dogs in the world. (-:

Thanks, again!
Pat

To read the second part of this e-mail visit: Black Labrador Retriever’s front paws turned white - part II

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Aggressive Behavior in Labrador Retriever? - part II

From: Lisa (USA)

Subject: Aggressive behavior in Labrador Retriever? - part II

Labrador Retriever Name: N/A

This is part two of a two part e-mail from Lisa.

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Lisa,

I'm so sorry to hear about your 9 year old, I hope she is o.k. Sometimes when dogs are in pain they don't quite understand where the pain is coming from and will lash out to stop it, as what could have happened in your case. Your dog might have been spooked also and lashed out.

All dogs are different Lisa. Remember the different causes in the last letter about the reasons dogs bite. With my two Labradors, my daughter rides them, pulls on their ear's, rolls around with them and does all sorts of other things to them and they don't bite her. That's not to say that you can get away with it Lab.

This is the second serious condition now. Basically, from what other little information I know about your Lab, I believe she can fixed, but you should be very careful with her right now (careful supervision around all). Also be aware that this could be a situation whee you might have to get rid of the dog ( I'M NOT SAYING YOU DO, BUT IN CASE SOMETHING IS WRONG PLEASE BE PREPARED)

I have listed some names, numbers, e-mail addys that you might already have. It is imperative that you seek professional help.

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Birmingham, AL
Birmingham Obedience Club
Email: http://us.f376.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=
Name: Alice Linn
Phone: (205) 681 - 9210 Ext:
Email:sheltima@charter.net

Daleville, AL
Southeast Alabama Kennel Club
Email: http://us.f376.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=
Name: Jimmy Chambers
Phone: (334) 598 - 6683 Ext:
Email:dogwood@ala.net

Decatur, AL
Shetland Sheepdog Club of North Alabama
Email: http://us.f376.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=
Name: Alsie Fisher
Phone: (256) 353 - 2060 Ext:
Email:Albanypups@aol.com

Huntsville, AL
Huntsville Obedience Training Club
Website: http://www.hotc.org/
Name: Joyce Rupert
Phone: (256) 852 - 4377

Montgomery, AL
Montgomery Alabama Dog Obedience Club
Email: http://us.f376.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=
Website: http://madoc.org/
Classes Offered:
Agility
Basic Manners/CGC
Competition Obedience - Novice
Competition Obedience - Open
Obedience
Puppy Kindergarten
Rally
Therapy Dog
Name: Ginnie Richardson
Phone: (334) 269 - 1698 Ext:
Email:RenRoyBoxers@aol.com

Going to keep looking and asking others if anyone knows of trainers in you area to help (posting to blog to see if any readers can help).

Let me know what you get from the Kennel Club. Please keep me informed every step of the way.

Fay

Reader's E-mail - Lisa's Response:

Fay,

Thanks so much for helping me. I haven't heard back from the Birmingham Kennel Club. I did e-mail the top2 contacts you sent me. I hope they can help.

When my dog bit my daughter, it was like a slice, not a chunk out of her face. When she was leaning over the dog, the dog turned and snapped and got whatever was there. I just told everyone not to put their face in her face anymore, I guess me too. We love to kiss her and love on her, it's so sad that we can't trust her anymore.

I'll keep you posted.
Lisa

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Found a couple more:

Try this one first, give them a call to better explain your situation.

Contact Manners in Motion http://www.mannersinmotion.com/ and tell them your problem. They have class schedules and private training/ behavior counseling in Pelham (don't know how close that is for you) and in home.
(205) 621-6730

If they can't help, then try these:

Creative Dog Training Inc3190 Cahaba Heights RdBirmingham, AL 35243 (205) 967-2062

Pet Partners 2938 Chestnut StMontgomery, AL 36107 (334) 265-2585

We'll find someone, don't worry. :)

Fay

As of this posting, I recently wrote Lisa and I'm awaiting a response to see how things are going.

To read part one of this e-mail visit: Aggressive Behavior in Labrador Retriever? - part I

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Road Trip Tips for Travel With the Dog

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Holidays can be hazardous to pets' health

The holiday season brings a great time of joy for us, but can also be a very hazardous time to our Labrador Retrievers. The following article, "Holidays can be hazardous to pets' health," from the Fresno Bee, lists some of the hazards to watch out for.



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Aggressive Behavior in Labrador Retriever? - part I

From: Lisa (USA)

Subject: Aggressive behavior in Labrador Retriever?

Labrador Retriever Name: N/A

This is part one of a two part e-mail from Lisa. To read part two of this e-mail visit: Aggressive Behavior in Labrador Retriever? - part II

Reader's E-mail - Lisa Writes:

Hi, Could you possibly lead me in the right direction?

I have had a dog my entire life. Got a lab puppy 3 1/2 yrs. ago. Had a old lab mix (10 yrs) at the time. Old dog taught puppy bad habits, barking at people, being very protective at the house, in the car, at the park, etc. I have a 9 and 11 year old kids. Dogs have always been a big part of our family, live with us in the house, sleep on the bed, etc. I have trained her to do many, many tricks. She is smart.

Old dog died in September. Puppy is still very protective. When I drop my kids off in car pool line, she barks at the kids and acts like she wants to tear them up. When my kids have friends over, we let the dog see them, smell, them, talk to them and then she is fine.

The other day, my sons friend came to the door and my daughter without thinking opened the door and the dog came running out barking, the boy jumped off the step and then ran into the house, the dog bit him in the leg, broke the skin. I spanked her and left her in the garage while we ate dinner and I cleaned up. When she came back in she went to the boy and sat and I made her shake his hand and she was fine after that.

I think he caught her off guard and he was scared and ran from her. But...I can't allow that. What should I do? Do you think I can find some one with some experience, to come to my house and help me to teach her to be more friendly? I appreciate any direction you can give. We love our dog so much and it's worth it to get help.

Thanks,
Lisa

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All About Labradors Blog response:

Hi Lisa,

Sorry to hear about your problem. There are many different reasons dogs bite: mouthing as a puppy, prey biting, fear, protection, aggression.

In your case its sounds as though your lab was either scared or was protecting his space. Same goes for the barking in the car.

I believe your Labrador needs some behavior modification. I do recommend that you get professional training to help with your problem. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation if you don't know of a trainer.

Has your Lab been spayed? Heat cycles bring hormonal changes that can lead to personality changes.

I hoped this helps some Lisa, as it is hard for me to recommend other specific help without me spending time with your Lab.

Please let me know what you do decide and how your Lab ( what is her name ) is doing. Thanks.

Talk to you soon,
Fay

Reader's E-mail - Lisa Writes:

Thanks for replying. Last night we went camping and when it got dark, my 9 year old girl was afraid that the dog would get attacked by wild animals, coyotes, or anything, so she was laying on her and holding on to her and wouldn't hardly let her breath. We told her to stop over and over and finally the dog turned and snapped at whatever was there and got her face :( We ran to the ER and she had to have stitches on her face, which I'm horrified about.

Everyone in my family says it wasn't the dogs fault, I disagree. To me, no matter what you do to the dog they shouldn't bite, snap, show aggression in anyway. They all love the dog and don't want me to get rid of her. I live about 60 miles from Birmingham Alabama and I'm thinking there has to be someone who can help me there. I have sent an e-mail to the President of the Birmingham Kennel Club asking for a referral. Do you think the dog can be changed? I know she is smart I have taught her many, many tricks. What do you think?

Thanks,
Lisa

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Free Sample of Pet Pick-Ups Mitts

"In keeping with their commitment to animals and the environment, Pet Pick-Ups designed mitt-like bags to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets in an easy, sanitary and convenient way.

The environmentally friendly mitts are made of 75% reprocessed plastic and 25% cornstarch. They are also available as mitts made of 100% reprocessed plastic."

Hello to all the readers of All About Labradors, here's your chance to try a free sample of PetPick-Ups Mitts. You use the mitt-like bag to pick up your dogs waste, turn it inside out and close the foldable lock, making easy cleanup.

I have yet to try this one yet as this was recommended to me by a friend, so I will let your know when I receive the free sample. If anyone has used this product before, please share any information with us.

To request a free sample visit Pet Pick-Ups (click free samples, bottom left hand side of website).

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Looking to adopt a Labrador Retriever

From: Michael (USA)

Subject: Looking to adopt a Labrador

Reader's E-mail - Michael Writes:

Good morning I’m looking to adopt a lab. The one that I have been offered is a Black with brindle/tan makings. Is this type of lab a pure breed?

Is there something wrong with this type of dog? He is a male 2 yrs old and weighs 70lbs... Will he get bigger?

Thanks so much

Mike

All About Labradors Blog Response:

Hello Michael,

Thank you for writing and visiting the All About Labrador blog.

Here is the Labrador Retriever Standard from the AKC

"The Labrador Retriever coat colors are black, yellow and chocolate. Any other color or a combination of colors is a disqualification. A small white spot on the chest is permissible, but not desirable."

There are only three recognized colors in Labrador Retrievers. No other colors are recognized. Now, you will see other colors of Labrador Retrievers, black and white, black and tan, brindling, gray or silver. These colors are a disqualifying fault.

Black purebred Labrador puppies, must be black from head to toe. Once again the little white spot on the chest is permissible. There should not be any brindle markings, no streaks or different colors.

Sometimes you will get a breeder or puppy store owner that claims that this is a "rare" color for the breed, but this is not true.

Now don't get me wrong, the incorrect coloration does not make the dog a bad one, nor does it mean that it won't be a good pet.

As for the weight, the Labrador Retriever will be in the 65 to 80 pound range. A mixed breed can be larger or smaller.

I hope this is of help to you Michael. Let me know how it goes and if you do get this Lab, please e-mail me a photo. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to write.

Take care of yourself,

Fay

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Friday, December 14, 2007

All About Labradors Podcast

I've been receiving many e-mails from the readers of All About Labradors asking if it was possible to get this blog available in podcast. So, as part of the changes going on at All About Labradors, your wish is my command.

The All About Labradors blog is now available in audio. On the right hand side of this blog, in the sidebar, you will see a box labeled "Listen via Podcast". By clicking on Odiogo, you will be able to subscribe via many of your favorite podcast clients.

You can also subscribe through this post by clicking:

http://podcasts.odiogo.com/all-about-labradors/podcasts-html.php

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pet Q&A: Licking by dogs not unusual

Q: My yellow Lab Lucy, 6, has started licking my mongrel kitten's rear end. Lucy chases Gypsy, and they play together. They've both been fixed, but dogs and cats living together - totally anarchy!



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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Black Labrador Foams at the Mouth

From: Bob (Canada)

Subject: Black Lab foaming at the mouth

Reader's E-mail - Bob Writes:

MY BLACK LAB WHEN WE ARE OUT PLAYING AND RUNNING SHE GETS ALOT OF FOAM AND SLOBBER AROUND HER MOUTH CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT BRINGS THIS ON.

All About Labradors Blog Response:

Hello Bob,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

Thank you for visiting the All About Labradors blog.

There are different reasons why our Labrador Retrievers may foam at the mouth. Many times people will assume that the foaming is caused by rabies (not all rabid animals foam at the mouth), distemper or a symptom of a seizure.

There's a possibility that she could have some kind of foreign object stuck in her mouth/teeth/gums, or some other form of dental disease. Take your finger and run it around her gum line and check the roof of her mouth. Also check her gums for a healthy pink color as well. What you need to remember is that if this was the case, it would cause foaming at other times, not just when she is playing and running around.

It may very well be that it's just a case of excitability with her running around and playing, as this does occur in many Labradors. I have also a friend of mine who trains dogs and she stated it could be a sign of nervousness/anxiety.

If your Labrador Retriever is in good health, you notice no other range of behaviors (trembling, falling, nervousness,restless,withdrawn, etc), and she only foams when running and playing, I really don't think you have anything to worry about.

If you should notice that she is foaming at other times, she doesn't have all of her shots, you notice changes in her, and/or it gets worse, I would immediately take her to your veterinarian to have her checked.

I hope this helps. If you should have any further questions in regards to this or any other condition with you Labrador Retriever, please don't hesitate to write.

Take care of yourself and you Labrador Retriever,

Fay

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Update 2 - Yellow Labrador Retriever with Cushing's Disease

From: Patricia

Subject: Update 2 - Yellow Labrador Retriever with Cushing's Disease

Labrador Retriever: Haley

I just received some great news from my friend Patricia who has been keeping me up to date with her yellow Labrador Retriever Haley. For those of you that don't know, the beautiful Haley was diagnosed with Cushing's Disease. You can read all of the prior e-mails on Haley by visiting:

Yellow Labrador Retriever with Cushing's Disease

UPDATE - Yellow Labrador Retriever with Cushing's Disease

Reader's E-mail - Patricia Writes:

Dear Fay,

Great news!!!! I took Haley, my Yellow Lab to the University of Georgia small animal teaching hospital. They did a thorough evaluation of her and determined that she does indeed have Cushing's disease. They started treatment with Trilostane 30 mg twice a day and determined after 6 weeks to increase the dosage to 60 mg in the am and 30 mg in the pm.

Haley just got back from UGA and is in EXCELLENT health. She is down to a trim 86 lbs from a massive 105. She is strong and healthy and happy. The trilostane has been an answer to my prayers. AND the best news is...it is NOW FDA approved. Also, the only side effect she has is loose stools, which are still better than when on Lysodren.

In case some of your readers are interested, the trilostane does not kill the adrenal cells like the Lysodren does. It basically interferes with the message the adrenal glands receive to produce more cortisol. I highly recommend going this route. I have a different dog and a very positive outlook for Haley's future.

Thank you for being so supportive in my quest for help. You have been a blessing. And you taught me to follow my instincts. Thank you for your wonderful site and your prayers!

Love, Patti

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I hope this can be of some help to other owners who have Labrador Retrievers that have been diagnosed with Cushing's Disease. I would like to thank Patricia for keeping us up to date on Haley's condition and her treatments. As much as she thanks me for my help, I must thank her just as much because it is of great help to me and hopefully will be helpful to some of the readers of this blog.

To see photos of Haley (along with Chloe) visit: Chloe and Haley 9/28/07

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Food and our Labrador Retrievers

From: Stephanie (USA)
Subject: Importance of food that we feed to our Labradors

I want to thank Stephanie (USA) for e-mailing this letter to me. She provides some great advice on what we feed our Labrador Retrievers and how it relates to different conditions that can occur with this lovable breed. Truly appreciated Stephanie!

Reader's E-mail - Stephanie Writes:

I have had labs all of my life and currently have 3. My older black and younger black started shedding clumps and had a lot of gray, which was dry skin causing the coat to appear dull and discolored. They both had chronic ear infections and my yellow had an odor and whenever we would pet him, our eyes would itch from whatever he was giving off.

I did some research online and came across www.nzymes.com . I read info on the site for over 3 hours, reading testimonials and figured why not. I had talked with my vet previously and he really offered no cures other than possibly allergies or to put them on medications. After reviewing the site, I realized that I needed to put them on better food and supplement their diets. I put them all on Eaglepack Duck food and bought the nzymes vitamin tablets. I am not even kidding, but within one week, both of my blacks had shiny, black velvet coats, brighter eyes and after some time, the ear infections ceased. (They all swim several times weekly.) My yellow stopped shedding so much, his odor went away and my days of vacuuming daily are over! I now vacuum once a week with hardly any dog hair at all.

I do not work for either company, but have told everyone I know who has dogs, especially labs, to research it and make the switch. I did have a period of time when I had a limited budget, switched them back to a common brand of dog food and they started showing it. I immediately vowed I would never do that again. I believe that what we feed our dogs truly affects them with coat issues, allergies, infections and general well being---no different than how quality of foods and diet affects us humans. I hope this will help other lab owners to give their pets optimal health and reduce the stress of shedding that a poor diet causes us humans!

Stephanie

All About Labradors Blog Response:

Hello Stephanie,

Thank you for visiting All About Labradors and the wonderful information. All I can say is that you are right on the money!

You couldn't be more correct with your statement " I believe that what we feed our dogs truly affects them with coat issues, allergies, infections and general well being---no different than how quality of foods and diet affects us humans".

If you look at many of the answers to some of the e-mail questions I receive, you will see that many, many times I recommend a switching to a high quality dog food (good choice on your part with Eagle Pack). It's just to important an issue not to feed them the best available foods.

I appreciate your letter and would like to post it to the All About Labradors blog, if that is alright with you. Please let me know.

Once again, thank you.

Fay


Reader's E-mail - Stephanie's Response:

Absolutely. And thanks for your great response. I didn't go through many emails on the site, so didn't see those...just saw the few on the first page which led me to write to you. Keep up the good work! :-)

Fellow Lab Lover,

Stephanie

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Dog Lover’s Choice™ Natural EXTRA™ Topping

Hello everyone, hope all is going well and everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving. A quick note that as of the new year I will be posting new rules in regards to the e-mail questions sent. I just can't keep up with all the questions (my apologies, I'm trying). I will be posting new rules shortly and will continue answering as many as possible.

Now for the free sample. Over at the Dog Lover's Choice website you can request a free sample of Natural Extra Topping.

Product Information from site: "We developed Dog Lover’s Choice™ Natural EXTRA™ Topping because we felt dry dog foods were lacking an important element. If you think about it, in order to arrive at your house and be safe and wholesome, even the freshest product may have taken 4 to 10 weeks to get there. In order for the product to remain “fresh” and wholesome it must be heated and cooked several times during the process. This is to prevent it from spoiling or becoming moldy. Think about a nice piece of meat, fish or poultry … then cook and re-heat it several times. By the time you open a bag of dog food, it may be weeks before it’s gone. That means the food is exposed to oxygen and can become stale. As we all know, most stale foods are usually tasteless.

Our idea was simple - add the taste and nutrition right when the dog is going to eat the food."

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Yellow Labrador Retriever with tear problem - part II

From: Keith and Joan (New Zealand)
Labrador Retriever: Chester Charles
Subject: Yellow Labrador Retriever with tear problem - part II

To read part one of this e-mail visit: Yellow Labrador Retriever with tear problem - part I

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hi Joan and Keith,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

Thank you for the replies to my questions and for the photos of Chester Charles. He is a great looking Labrador Retriever!

There are many different reasons for excessive tearing and eye discharges with our Labrador Retrievers. Based on the symptoms that you provided with the answers to my questions, I will list what I believe may possibly be Chester Charles problem.

I'm not quite sure from the photos of Chester Charles, but that looks like staining to his fur under his eyes. The medical term for this condition is called Epiphora. What happens is that excessive tears drain down Chester Charles face, and over a period of time, exposure to the moisture causes irritation and infection. The fur in that area becomes stained a brown to reddish color due to the tear pigments. Do you notice any order to that area?

Irritations to your Labrador Retrievers eye’s will produce more tears, as this helps flush away any irritants that might have contaminated the surface of the eye.

Discharge from the eyes that continues throughout the day, may be a sign that your Labrador Retriever has an infection. Eye infections are fairly common, and can just occur on their own, or can occur when something gets trapped in your Labrador Retrievers eye. They can also occur when the cornea gets scratched.

Signs of an eye infection can be seen with Chester Charles eye discharge appearance. It will often appear thick, with a green, gray or yellow color. It can also form crusting on the eyelids.

Allergies can also cause discharges from the eyes, but they are usually clear and can be sticky. Your Labrador Retriever may scratch his eyes and they may be bloodshot as well, but from what you state in your answers to my questions, Chester Charles is not displaying any of these symptoms.

There is also a condition called Entropion, which is an inward rolling of the eyelid edges. The eyelids roll inwards so that the hairs rub against the cornea, causing significant discomfort to the cornea. Entropion often affects the outer aspect of the lower eyelids of one or both eyes. Entropion can cause tearing, rubbing of the eyes, thick discharge from the eyes, and wetness on hairs adjacent to the eyelids. Surgical correction is required as treatment.

What I would definitely recommend to you Joan and Keith, is to get Chester Charles to your veterinarian to have his eyes checked, especially due to the fact that Chester's eyes have been tearing for as long as they have. Not to mention the fact that the eyes are something you don't want to fool around with.

Some things you can do for Chester Charles eyes:

First thing in the morning, gently wipe away any discharge, sleepers from the eyes with a moistened tissue. You can moisten the tissue with a good cleaning solution, which you can get from your pet store or veterinarian, although tap water is fine. Make sure you use a separate tissue for each eye.

You can also take a look in the eye to see if there is anything stuck inside the eye and remove with a moist tissue. Never dig or use tweezers in your Labrador Retriever's eye.

If that is staining under Chester Charles eye, there are products such as Tear Clear and other tear stain supplements that can help, as well as wiping the area with peroxide. Use caution not to get any in the eye if using the peroxide.

Make sure you are feeding Chester Charles high quality nutritional dog food. If you need recommendation, please let me know.

I hope this is of help to both of you and most of all Chester Charles. If you don't understand anything, or have further questions, please don't hesitate to write.

Also please keep me up to date with Chester Charles condition and anything the veterinarian tells you, should you decide to take him.

Take care of yourselves and Chester Charles,

Fay

Reader's E-mail - Joan and Keith's Response:

Dear Fay,

Thank you for your prompt reply about our Chester Charles eye problem. I think you had it right and I now feel it has been a dust problem, as we have been having our 5 acre property split up.

I will follow your advice and let you know later if we have success.
Best wishes and Cheerio from Joan.

PS: We have had a lot of success with Colloidal Silver as a healer.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Yellow Labrador Retriever with tear problem - part I

From: Keith and Joan (New Zealand)
Labrador Retriever: Chester Charles
Subject: Yellow Labrador Retriever with tear problem - part I

Part one of a two part e-mail question

Reader's E-mail - Keith and Joan Write:

Hello my name is Keith. We have a cream Labrador who is 7 years old. He is beautiful.
He has a tear problem. Not terribly bad but have you any suggestions for cleaning them please.

Thank you,
Keith

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hello Keith,

Thank you for writing. My apologies for the delay. I receive many e-mail questions, and having a full house myself, it takes me some time to answer all of them.

I have a couple questions I need you to answer in order to be of some help to you.

Is the tearing from one eye or both?

Is it heavy, constant tearing?

How long has the tearing been going on?

Is tearing clear or colored?

Are the eyes red?

Is your Labrador Retriever pawing or scratching his eyes?

Are the pupils dilated?

Does he squint his eyes?

Any ear problems?

What is your Labrador Retrievers name?

With all the email questions I receive, I always ask a favor of the person writing. If you have any photos of your Labrador Retriever, that you could email me, I would love to post them to the Labrador Retriever Pictures blog. You DO NOT have to send a photo to receive an answer to your question.

Please answer these questions at your earliest convenience, and I will have an answer for you right away.

Talk to you soon,
Fay

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Reader's E-mail - Keith and Joan's Response:

Thank you so much for taking time to answer our query. I will attach a couple of Photos if I may.

Answers to your questions:

Tearing from both eyes but mainly the right.

Yes it is constant not terribly heavy all the time.

Approx 2 years.

Slightly coloured.

No black rimmed.

No he does not wipe them much even.

No.

No he does not seem to squint.

No ear problems.

His name is Chester Charles. He is 71/2 years old and bred from Gun Dog breed.

Loves swimming in any water.

Terribly spoiled and overweight, although we are working on that.

Any guidance would be really appreciated. Thank you and take care.

Joan and Keith

To read part two of this e-mail visit: Yellow Labrador Retriever with tear problem - part II

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Yellow Labrador having Seizures/Tremors - part II

This is part two of a two part e-mail question. To read part one of this e-mail visit: Yellow Labrador having Seizures/Tremors - part I

From: Russell (USA)
Labrador Retriever: Haley
Subject: Possible tremors or seizures

Reader's E-mail - Russell Writes:

Fay,

Thank you SO much for your willingness to help. Below are the answers to your questions

1. Haley is going to the vet on Friday.

2. Nothing listed occurred during her episode.

3. It started happening while she was awake. The other night was the first time I have seen her do it in her sleep.

4. The first time it only lasted a few seconds and each episode, although infrequent seems to be progressing in time. It lasted about 2 min on and off this time.

5. No other Haley problems.

6. Current on all shots.

I'd be happy to attach a few pics of Haley...

Thanks again!

Russ

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hello Russell,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

My apologies on the delay as I receive many questions at the All About Labradors blog and it does take me some time to answer all of them. Thank you for the photos of Haley, she is just to adorable.

First off, the most important thing here, and one in which you are doing, is taking Haley to your veterinarian for a complete examination.

Here are some possible conditions I have found for you that can be causing Haley's problem:

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Hypoglycemia - an abnormally low blood glucose (sugar) levels. Signs of hypoglycemia include nervousness, lethargy, seizures, lethargy, tremors, weakness, incoordination, and in severe cases your Labrador Retriever may become unconscious.

It is important to always have a source of sugar (honey, Karo syrup, maple syrup, granular sugar) with you for Labrador Retrievers dealing with hypoglycemia.

Your veterinarian can diagnose hypoglycemia with a quick blood test that checks your Labs blood glucose or blood sugar.

Have you noticed any of these episodes occurring after physical activity or on an empty stomach. You might want to try feeding Haley two or three meals instead of just one.

Epilepsy - is a chronic condition characterized by recurrent seizures. This is a big subject with so much information on epilepsy and other diseases that can cause seizures. I have found two websites for you that I believe may be quite helpful to you and has far more information and knowledge on the subject than I can provide.

The Epi Guardian Angels Website:

http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/

Naturally Treating Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders - this website covers types of seizures, causes, supplementation and a very informative section on factors that may trigger a seizure.

Website: http://www.purelypets.com/articles/epilepsyarticle.htm

Here are three videos I want you to take a look at to see if it is similar to what Haley is doing:

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=539296077706955474

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=992683019408822522

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nucc0rajrPI

There is a condition called "idiopathic head bobbing syndrome" that deals with the head bobbing either up and down or side to side. I found limited information on this, but visit this website -

http://www.homestead.com/bulldogsworld/headtremor.html .

Scroll down to just about the bottom of the page where it states - I had sent the video of Zimmer's head shakes to my vet who in turn sent it to a neurologist, Dr. Eric Glass at Red Bank Veterinary here in NJ.

Does Haley take any medications (Heartworm, Frontline, etc) or had any vaccinations around the time of these incidents?

I'm asking because I read an interesting article called Are "Spot On" Flea Killers Safe which you can read here:

http://www.apnm.org/publications/resources/fleachemfin.pdf

It list ingredients in some of these products and the effects on animals. In Frontline there is an ingredient called Fipronil that can cause twitches and tremors.

You might want to keep some sort of journal to record everything that happens before the behavior and after the behavior (does it happen after walks, after she eats, after she plays, how long it lasted, how frequent, etc). Maybe you can find a pattern by doing this.

I hope this information can be of some help to you Russell. Please keep me informed of Haley's condition, and any information you get from your veterinarian as it will be helpful to me and to all of the readers at the All About Labradors blog.

Take care of yourself and Haley,

Fay

Reader's E-mail - Russell's Response:

Fay,

Thank you SO much for your information. At the very least it helps provide a limited universe of potential ailments. We have taken Haley to the vet and are awaiting results. Your research and knowledge has helped ease the anxiety by letting us know possible causes so I would like to thank you for that. Hopefully the vet will come back with positive information. I will let you know what the outcome is. Hope you enjoyed the 4th of July holiday.

Best Regards,

Russell

To see some photos of the beautiful Haley, visit: Haley 11/21/07

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Yellow Labrador having Seizures/Tremors - part I

This e-mail was sent in by Russell, who is having a problem with his yellow Labrador Retriever, Haley having seizures or tremors. This is part one of a two part e-mail question.

Reader's E-mail - Russell Writes:

Hi,

My name is Russell and my wife and I have a Yellow Female Labrador named Haley who is about a year old. I came across your blog when Jennifer (my wife) and I were conducting research on a condition we noticed in Haley for the first time about two weeks ago. I saw it tonight for the first time and it concerned me. Haley was sleeping on the couch when her head began moving side to side as if she was saying "no" fairly rapidly. We woke her up thinking she was dreaming but she continued with this behavior/condition for 3 minutes longer. I managed to get a short video clip of it to show my vet. Have you ever heard of this happening to labs? Is it common? Do you think this could be seizures or tremors? Can it get progressively worse?

I read on some other blogs where dogs were having tremors and when their owners changed their diets the tremors stopped. We feed Haley 4 cups 1 time per day of Iams Dry Puppy for Large Breed dog food. She's moderately active. I should mention that when she has these tremors she is otherwise normal. Just kinda sits around looking around the room as if nothing is happening. To our knowledge she has not gotten into any thing around the house that might prompt it.

I'd certainly appreciate any insight you or your readers might be able to offer. Thank you in advance.

Best Regards,
Russell

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Hello Russell,

Thank you for writing and visiting the All About Labradors blog. I'm sorry to hear about Haley's problem.

To answer your question, yes I have heard of this happening in Labrador Retrievers, and yes this could be seizures or tremors. Not that I am saying this was a seizure, but the Labrador Retriever breed does have a high incidence of seizure disorders.

In order to try to be of more help to you, I need to ask you a few more questions.

When are you taking her to the veterinarian?

Did any of these things occurring while Haley was going through these episode:

Foaming/Drooling at mouth
Urinating
Any smell to her during or after
Paddling of the feet
Rapid or weird eye movements
Any problem with her sight after these episodes

This only happens while she is sleeping or when awake also?

This condition lasted how long? How long the first time?

Any other problems with Haley now or in the past?

Haley has had all her shots?

Make sure you keep a record of all future incidents: when they occurred, how long they last, and what happens during the incidents for your veterinarian. (Good job recording the incident)

Russell, please get back to me with the answers to these questions and we will see what we can find out to try to help Haley.

Talk to you soon,
Fay

P.S. With all the email questions I receive, I always ask a favor of the person writing. If you have any photos of your Labrador Retriever, that you could email me, I would love to post them to the Labrador Retriever Pictures blog. You DO NOT have to send a photo to receive an answer to your question.

Reader's E-mail - Russell's Reply:

Fay,

Thank you SO much for your willingness to help. Below are the answers to your questions

1. Haley is going to the vet on Friday.
2. Nothing listed occurred during her episode.
3. It started happening while she was awake. The other night was the first time I have seen her do it in her sleep.
4. The first time it only lasted a few seconds and each episode, although infrequent seems to be progressing in time. It lasted about 2 min on and off this time.
6. No other Haley problems.
7. Current on all shots.

I'd be happy to attach a few pics of Haley...

Thanks again!
Russ

To read part two click: Yellow Labrador having Seizures/Tremors - part II

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

New Greenies Free Samples - All About Labradors

For those of you that have never tried Greenies, here is you chance to see if your Labrador Retriever likes them.

There are three different free samples offered on the Greenies website:

Greenies for dogs 6+ months and over 5lbs

Greenies Lite™ Low calorie

Greenies Senior™ for dogs 7+ years

For those of you that have used them before and still use them (myself included), the Greenies Lite™ Low calorie is new.

Quote from Greenies: "Introducing new Greenies Lite™

Designed to address weight concerns.

All of the oral care benefits and great taste of Greenies® with less calories.

Clinically proven to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup.

Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Highly soluble and formulated for easy digestion."

If your interested in trying any of the Greenies free samples visit their website at:

http://www.greenies.com/en_US/2k6Sampling/

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Yellow Labrador Retriever losing hair in patches - part two

This is part two of a two part e-mail question. To read part one of this e-mail question visit Yellow Labrador Retriever losing hair in patches - part one

Subject: Yellow Labrador Retriever losing hair in patches on various parts of her body

From: David (USA)

Readers E-mail - David Writes:

David's answers to my questions are colored in green.

How long has the problem been present and has it occurred before?
Not long only a couple of weeks.

Is the hair missing, broken or chewed off short?
Looks like it fell out

Are the areas of hair loss itchy for Winnie?
She doesn't scratch at it.

Is she constantly licking the areas of hair loss?
We haven't seen her do it.

Are all the hairless area raw and inflamed?
No, kind of scabbed and thick skinned

Are the areas a particular shape?
No, just balding

What do you feed Winnie?
High protein, high fat food

Does Winnie's paws itch?
We have never watched her rubbing or chew on them

Does Winnie scoot?
No

Do you find yourself itching?
No, but there are a lot of ticks around.

What do you bath Winnie in?
Whatever shampoo we use

Is Winnie an emotional or nervous dog?
No really mellow and gentle

Any fleas present on Winnie?
Not that we can see, this is more of a tick area.

Any discoloration or darkness to skin where hair loss is?
No, just scabbed and in some spots are bloody.

How is the rest of her coat (oily, dry, smelly, etc)?
She has never had a smooth coat of fur. It has always been kind of frizzy feeling, but she does stink now no matter how much i wash her.

Thanks
David

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hi David,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

There are many different reasons for hair loss with our Labrador Retrievers. It can be anything from parasites to infections, hormone problems to nutritional deficiencies. Many of these conditions we can usually eliminate due to your answers of no itching or licking going on.

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What might have occurred with Winnie is something that happens with many dogs during pregnancy, that being excessive shedding of the hair.

Many female Labrador retrievers who are nursing puppies will lose a large amount of hair. With dogs, the hair is not always growing. The growth phase of the hair cycle during which new hair is formed is called anagen. The resting phase of the follicle in the hair cycle is called telogen.

During pregnancy and nursing, hairs may enter the resting phase (telogen) prematurely and shed simultaneously, resulting in what is called "blowing the coat". The hair loss at this time may come out in large clumps.

What you also must know, is that this is not abnormal, it happens in many pregnant and nursing bitches. The hair will grow back. You might even observe a different texture to the new hair or a darker coat.

It is important that you make sure you are feeding Winnie a high quality food during the nursing phase.

What I would recommend David is a appointment with your veterinarian especially considering she just had a litter not long ago. Not to mention the fact that you state she has never had a good coat and she smells no matter how much you wash her.

A rancid odor is usually often the first sign of a skin infection. Infections will usually cause scaly red rashes, open sores, boils and/or pimples.

A healthy Labrador Retriever, eating a good diet and brushed regularly, usually will not have an odor problem unless it finds something foul to roll in. The brushing ( which is great during the "blowing the coat" phase) will help to keep your Labrador Retriever clean.

I would definitely recommend getting a good shampoo for Winnie, not just using whatever shampoo you use. Your veterinarian can advise you on a good choice. Also remember healthy Labrador Retrievers don't need to be bathed frequently, as I only bath mine when absolutely necessary.

As for the bleeding to the ankle you want to make sure you keep the area clean. You can give Winnie periodic soaks in a soothing mix of cool water and colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno). Be advised that a sore that doesn't heal means that something more serious is going on.

I hope this helps you out David (and Winnie). Please keep me advised on her condition, and if you do take her to your veterinarian, let me know what they say as it will be useful to the other readers of the All About Labradors blog.

Take care of yourself and Winnie,

Fay

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Yellow Labrador Retriever losing hair in patches - part one

Today's readers e-mail question come from a nice young man named David (USA). His yellow Labrador Retriever, Winnie has a problem with patchy hair loss on various parts of her body.

This is part one of a two part e-mail question.

Reader's E-mail - David Writes:

Hello. My name is David and I am 17 and I have a yellow Lab named Winnie. She is losing hair in patches on her legs, chin, elbows and ankles. Her ankle seems to be the worst spot though. It is swelling and is starting to bleed.

She is an 8 year old female and about 5 weeks ago had a litter of 12 puppies. Have you ever heard about this on a lab? Is there a treatment for this? Or is the Vet the only way to go for her. I really don't want her put down. If there is any information you can give me I would really appreciate it.

Sincerely
David

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hello David,

Thank you for writing, I am sorry to hear about Winnie's condition.

In order for me to try to be of some assistance to you, I have a couple of questions in regards to Winnie's condition. Please try to be as specific as possible with the answers to the questions.

How long has the problem been present and has it occurred before?

Is the hair missing, broken or chewed off short?

Are the areas of hair loss itchy for Winnie?

Is she constantly licking the areas of hair loss?

Are all the hairless area raw and inflamed?

Are the areas a particular shape?

What do you feed Winnie?

Does Winnie's paws itch?

Does Winnie scoot?

Do you find yourself itching?

What do you bath Winnie in?

Is Winnie an emotional or nervous dog?

Any fleas present on Winnie?

Any discoloration or darkness to skin where hair loss is?

How is the rest of her coat (oily, dry, smelly, etc)?

Anything else you can tell me that you think will be helpful in regards to Winnie's condition.

One last thing David, with all the email questions I receive, I always ask a favor of the person writing. If you have any photos of your Labrador Retriever, that you could email me, I would love to post them to the Labrador Retriever Pictures blog. You DO NOT have to send a photo to receive an answer to your question.

Please get back to me at your earliest convenience with the answers to these questions. I will reply as soon as I get your answers.

Talk to you soon,

Fay

To read part two of this e-mail question visit Yellow Labrador Retriever losing hair in patches - part two

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Free Sample Of Natures Variety Dog Food

Found another free sample of dog food for you to try. This one is from Natures Variety. I have not tried this one yet so I can't give you information on what I think of their products or how my Labrador Retrievers responded to their products.

Here is some information from their website:

"The Nature's Variety line of natural pet products was developed by families who have been engaged in sustainable production agriculture for over 140 years - raising quality livestock and growing crops in America's heartland. For the past 30 years, we have been primarily focused on the meat processing business. Our experience in processing meats for human consumption gives us an ongoing advantage in providing superior, nutritional pet products.

Nature’s Variety holistic diets are rich in meat, poultry, or fish protein. Our diets include dry kibble, cans, and raw food."

Visit the Natures Variety website to learn more about their products and make sure you read the testimonials. If you feel like this is a product you would like to try, you can also request a free sample.

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Is it to cold for my 2 year old Labrador

Today's e-mail was sent in by Matt (USA). He wanted to know if it's to cold for his two year old Labrador Retriever.

With the weather getting colder in certain parts, I receive many of these same questions.

Reader's E-mail - Matt Writes:

I know labs have a really good tolerance to cold weather, but how cold is too cold? He's two years old and I take him to play everyday, but in the winter it gets snowy and in the twenties and lower and I was wondering if that's alright for him. I've got a neoprene hunting vest for him, but is that even necessary or should his coat keep him warm enough? Thanks.

Matt

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hi Matt,

Thanks for writing.

I get these questions from many Labrador retriever owners when the weather gets colder. Depending on who you talk to, you will get many different opinions on this. I'm sure I will get plenty of email from others in response to this answer.

The Labrador retriever has a short, dense, water-repellent double coat that provides great resistance to cold weather, icy water and different kinds of ground cover. Their double coating helps them tolerate cold temperatures keeping them fairly comfortable in the cold weather.

Taking him out for short periods of time in extreme temperatures to walk, play and relieve himself are not a problem. Remember, this is a breed that hunters have outdoors for hours on end and in ice cold waters.

Here are some things to remember:

Your Labrador retriever’s health is very important in colder temperatures. Make sure your "Lab" has had a recent checkup with your veterinarian and has a clean bill of health. The colder weather can aggravate certain health conditions (muscle myopathy, arthritis) in your Labrador.

Make sure your Labrador gets some extra calories and water. Don't worry; the extra calories will be converted into energy which is needed to maintain body heat in the cold.

Watch for frostbite in his ears, feet and tail. An alternate lifting of the feet could be an indication he feels the effects of frostbite. Skin discoloration, pain, swelling and blisters are signs. Just like with us, shivering will indicate he is feeling the effects of the cold weather.

Make sure to check his paws when you come in from a winter walk or play session. Salts and other chemicals on the grounds can irritate his pads causing cracking. Ice balls can form in paw crevices, along with mud and dirt being trapped which could be harmful to him.

I always make it a point to wipe my Labrador Retrievers paws, lower leg, and belly area after being out in the winter weather, just to make sure they didn't picked up any salt or chemicals that can cause problems. I have tried the dog booties with no luck. Neither Labrador liked them and would try to bite at them.

As far as the neoprene hunting vest goes that’s up to you. As long as your Labrador retriever is running and moving about he should be fine. It’s when they stop moving around you have to watch that he doesn't get cold. If I was going to have my Labradors out for a few hours in the extreme cold, I would use them. They provide excellent insulation and also protect your dog's underside.

I hope this helps you. Feel free to write if you have any other questions.

Take care

Fay

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