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

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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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