Q & A: Bald Spots, Yellow Teeth, Irregular Heat Cycles and More
Question: Bald Spots
“I own a seven-year-old Dachshund. He is unregistered but has a pure bloodline. When he turned four the hair on his tail began to fall out. We thought it would grow back as he was shedding at the time, but it never did. His tail is now about 1/3 covered with fur. Another Dachshund, three, is also having its tail fur fall off. Is this normal?”
The experience your dog is having is perfectly normal, and is a condition known as alopecia (baldness), especially with the Dachshund breed. However, you can try to add some lanolin on the bald areas about once or twice per week. Lanolin has been shown to restore hair in many cases, but is not 100% successful in all dogs.
Question: Yellow Teeth & Irregular Heat Cycles
“I have a lovely white Toy Poodle but, unfortunately, I also have a problem. My Poodle, Collette, has very yellow teeth. Now I know she should be taken to a veterinarian to have them cleaned and have any cavities fixed, but we are currently on a tight budget and very strapped for cash to spend on something like teeth cleaning.
I have gotten her milk bones and they helped but Collette eats about two or three of them and it fills her up for the rest of the day. I have tried a damp cloth dipped in salt also, but her teeth are still very yellow. I’m getting very worried. Can you help?
I also had another question. There is something very strange about Collette – she didn’t have her first heat until she was over two and one half years old. That was about one year ago. She had her second heat five months ago. Is this abnormal?”
When it comes to yellow teeth, some dogs, like people, have yellower teeth than others. This in itself is no problem. Keeping tartar down is more important. Take her to the veterinarian and ask him to show you how to scale teeth. Get an old scaler from your dentist for this purpose.
Dealing with your dog’s irregular in-heat sessions, this is also nothing to worry about. Your female may have an erratic heat cycle but many females are not all that regular to being with.
Question: Shaking Head
“Could you please tell me how I can overcome a problem that I am having with my two-year-old dog. She is a cross of some sort, looks like a Border Collie. When she falls asleep she will wake up shaking her head violently about six times. What causes this and what can I do to help her overcome this?”
The problem could very well be something logged in your dog’s ears. The best advice is to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian and have him or her check the dog’s ears. It could be hair or wax in the ears, or worse yet, ear mites.
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