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Domestic Dogs
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Acronyms & Abbreviations

If K-9 refers to a dog then what does K-6 mean?

'K-9' sounds like canine (ca-nine) and is used as an abbreviation for canine units in the police force in America and in some armies. It is also the name of the fictional robot dogfeatured in the four television programmes Doctor Who (1963-present), K-9 and company (1981), The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-present) and K-9 (2009-present), and many books and other media associated with those shows. The nearest counterpart; a robot called Motoman K-6 is a real-life industrial welding robot manufactured by Welding Robots.

Otherwise, K6 or K-6 may be:

  • K6 (Mountain) mountain in Pakistan
  • AMD K6, a computer microprocessor
  • Bravo Air Congo IATA code
  • Sonata in C for Keyboard and Violin (Mozart) was the sixth work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart according to the Köchel catalogue
  • K-6 (Kansas highway), a state highway in Kansas
  • K-6 represents the grades which are traditionally grouped together in American elementary schools; formerly Kindergarten through to sixth grade
  • K6 HMG, a 12.7mm heavy machine gun of South Korea
  • Ka 6 glider manufactured by Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co, Germany.
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Dog Health
Ibuprofen
Anti-Inflammatories

Can you give your dog Ibuprofen?

no, you cannot give ibuprofen to your dog unless your veterinarian specifically instructs you to do so. This includes brand names of ibuprofen, such as Advil, Motrin, and Midol.

This drug is highly toxic to dogs and can easily cause poisoning. Veterinarians rarely recommend it due to the high potential for disastrous side effects or even death.

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Veterinary Medicine
Aspirin

Can you give your dog aspirin?

No - aspirin (and all other human pain medications like Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen, acetominophen, etc.) are toxic to dogs. They are very sensitive to the side effects and can develop a fatal stomach ulcer from the drug after even a single pill. Every year a number of veterinarians watch a dog die because the owner gave the dog aspirin to treat some sort of pain.

If you believe your dog would benefit from pain medication, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian. There are safe and relatively cheap medications that your veterinarian can prescribe for him.

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Ingredient Substitutions
Dog Health
Veterinary Medicine

Where would you buy vanilla extract to rub on a dog's nose?

Vanilla extract contains alcohol, and alcohol is not appropriate for application to an area as sensitive as a dog's nose. The result would be intense pain and drying; it is no less than abusive to apply such a substance to a dog's nose, and no veterinarian would approve of it. Also, dogs have extremely acute senses of smell and vanilla extract has a very strong odor to it - this would be the equivalent of putting an air horn to your ear and hitting the button. It would be extremely painful and there's no reason to be that cruel.

Never apply anything to a dog's nose other than clean lukewarm water if and only if the outside of the nose needs cleaning.

Actually most modern vanilla extracts are alcohol free and use polyethylene glycol instead as the solvent. However its still probably not a good idea to put it on anyone's nose.

Where did you happen to get this strange idea from?

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Domestic Dogs
Dog Health
Cat Products
Dog Care

Can my chihuahua get sick if she eats cat food?

This question also confused me as I have a dog and a cat. My dog likes to eat kinds of food including cat food but my cat is not interested in his partner's food anymore. After I knew the nutrition and ingredient of dog and cat food are different, as they have different digestive systems and nutritional requirements, I separate their food bowls-putting the cat's one in a high place, so the dog cannot reach it and eat cat food. Why is cat food bad for dogs? Cat food tends to be high in fat, calories and protein which means it's not ideal for dogs. Dogs with sensitive stomachs may suffer gastrointestinal upset, sickness and diarrhoea after eating cat food.

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Domestic Dogs
Dog Health
Dog Care

Why do dogs get a dry stool?

Some causes are not drinking enough water, or eating unsuitable foods. If the dog is constipated, the vet should give you advice.

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Domestic Dogs
Dog Health

Why do dogs have wet noses?

Dogs' noses secrete a small amount of mucus which serves two purposes: to help their sense of smell, and to keep themselves cool. The thin layer of mucus helps with the absorption of scent chemicals from the air. In addition, the nose, along with the mouth and the pads of the feet, is one of the locations where dogs' bodies release heat.

A dry nose CAN mean the dog is sick, but a perfectly healthy dog may have a dry nose, as well.

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Dog Health
Dog Care

What age can a pitbull puppy leave his mother?

It should be 8 weeks, just a little sooner if he/she is eating dry food good and drinking water on it`s own.

It is better, however, if puppies can stay with the mom/family for 10 weeks (or even 12), because it helps with the socialization of the puppy.

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Dog Health
Dog Behavior

Why do dogs pant and birds open their mouth and elephants flap their ears?

The reason why dogs and birds pant through their mouths and elephants flap their large ears, is to control (reduce) their temperature.

Some animals can sweat through their skins and cool themselves as this sweat evaporates from their skin.

However, dogs, birds and elephants (and perhaps some other animals) can not sweat so they either evaporate water in their mouths or pump blood into their 'radiator' sized ears to cool themselves.

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Dog Health
Animal Parasites
Potatoes

Can dogs get worms from raw potatoes?

The kind of worms that will give dogs problems do not live in potatoes - HOWEVER - if the raw potatoes also have dirt/soil on them, the dirt/soil may contain worms, eggs, larvae, or other parasites that CAN give dogs problems. It isn't the potatoes they will get the worms from, it is the soil.

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Dog Health
Dog Care

Cod liver oil for dogs?

Is good in small amounts, however, Salmon Oil is better as the vitamins are more balanced than in cod liver oil. It does similar to what it does for people!

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Are hazel nuts toxic to dogs?

No

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Can a dog be given bonine for an upset stomach?

No; this is a powerful medication that has not been evaluated for use in animals. If your dog is vomiting and appears ill, you should talk to your veterinarian about possible causes and what you can do to help your dog feel better. If the vomiting doesn't stop on its own within 24 hours, your dog should probably be taken to a veterinarian for an exam.

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Domestic Dogs

Is soy bad for dogs?

Soy is simply a filler. Much like corn or wheat. In some cases these ingredients can cause allergic reactions (diarrhoea or vomiting), but generally they are simply a "nothing" ingredient used to help fill the pup's stomach and reduce the cost of producing for the manufacturer.

Try to look for foods which do not use soy. Rice is the best alternative as a "filler" since it is an excellent protein and carb source as well as a method for curbing your pup's hunger.

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Dog Health
Dog Care

Should dogs eat ticks to build their immune?

No? Haha. That's not how immunity works.

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Eating them wouldn't help. Ticks are small insects that burrow into the skin of animals. There is little that can be done to make anything or anyone immune to ticks, unless you can turn skin to wood or find a tick repellent.

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Domestic Dogs
Dog Health

How many hrs between Dramamine dosages for dogs?

To prevent car or travel sickness, Dramamine is perfectly safe for use in dogs and cats. The normal dosage is 2-4 mg per pound of body weight given 30 minutes before travel every 8 hours.

The following advice given by another reader does pertain to general health - but certainly does NOT apply to the prevention of car sickness or travel sickness. I run a dog shelter and do not subscribe to the below panicky sound of getting your dog to the vet ASAP. Many dogs vomit once or twice and it is no biggie. They even eat grass to cause themselves to vomit to clear an upset stomach. However prolonged copious vomiting of more than a few times, or vomiting with blood, or vomting AND diarrhea should be checked by your vet.

This applies only to general health as explained above - "You should not be giving your dog Dramamine. Is your Veterinarian aware of this? If your dog is vomiting, there is a reason for it. You dog needs to be taken in to see your Veterinarian to be checked out and treated properly. Do not treat the dog yourself as you could cause more harm than good. I highly recommend you get your dog in to see your Vet ASAP. Vomiting is bad and can dehydrate a dog fast then they die."

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Domestic Dogs
Dog Health
Dog Behavior

How do you get grass out your dogs eye?

Use saline solution like what you'd use to clean contact lenses. The dog will blink out the grass.

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Domestic Dogs
Dog Health
Botany or Plant Biology
Black Beans

Are black beans poisonous to dogs?

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Dog Health
Dog Care
Veterinary Medicine

Is mange potentially fatal to my dog?

While mange is not typically life-threatening, cases can be so severe that animals loose body condition because they are so miserable that they don't eat or drink well.

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Eyes
Dog Health

Is the black line around the iris band in a dogs eye bad?

Nope. All dogs have it. It's not bad at all, it's very natrul it actually helps the eye..

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Dog Health
Benadryl (diphenhydramine)

How much Benadryl can you give a dog?

Give 1mg of Benadryl per pound such that if your dog weighs 30 pounds, you should give it 30 mg of Benadryl. Administer the medicine three times in a day

Talk your veterinarian - while antihistamines are generally safe, there are the potential for side effects particularly if your dog has chronic organ failure (renal failure, liver failure, congestive heart failure, etc.). Also, your vet will talk you through how to figure out which formulation to buy (there are multiple different concentrations of Benadryl and at least two different types, liquid and pill form) and how to figure out how much to give your dog on what schedule. Your vet will also describe what side effects to look for that may indicate a serious reaction to the Benadryl.

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Dog Health
Time

How long is dog days in normal time?

Check out the dog age in human years calculator accessible through the link in the related links section for very good information on this subject.

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Dog Health
Cat Health
Animal Parasites

Will dog flea drops hurt a cat?

Yes! It well harm your cat because dog flea drops are much too strong for a cat! If you do then immediately wash it off with a wet whipe or a wet (paper) towel! You should just give it cat flea medicine. that is most safe.

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Mice and Rats
Poisons and Toxins

Does rat poison kill dogs?

yes it can

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Dog Health
Dog Behavior
Human Behavior

What does it mean when a person puts dog mess at your front door and a trial of ashes in your yard?

It means you have terrible neighbors with too much time on their hands. With all the misery on this planet, you would think people would find something more constructive to do. GROW UP WORLD!

Or it could mean that your dog defecated in someone else's yard, and you refused to clean it up. So they put it in your yard to send a message.

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