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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 dog featured 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.
Asked in Dog Health, Ibuprofen, Anti-Inflammatories
Can you give your dog Ibuprofen?
No - dogs are very sensitive to the side effects of human pain medications (including ibuprofen, Tylenol, Advil, Excedrin, acetominophen and aspirin) and they can die from having it. It can cause fatal perforating stomach ulcers and liver damage with very little medication, as small as one pill in some dogs. If you feel your dog would benefit from pain medication, you will need to make an appointment with your veterinarian. There are safe medications for your dog to manage pain but you can't get them without a veterinary prescription. No, you should never give a dog ibuprofen - dogs are very sensitive to the side effects of ibuprofen. A single pill can be enough to cause a fatal perforating gastric ulcer.
Asked in Dog Health, 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.
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?
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Cat Products, Dog Care
Can my chihuahua get sick if she eats cat food?
If she eats only a small amount occasionally, then it won't hurt her. But if she eats it as her regular diet, then yes, it can make her sick. Cat food is formulated for the nutritional needs of cats, which is very different from the nutritional needs of dogs. For example, cats require a higher protein diet than dogs do, and too much protein can harm the dog's kidneys. So you need to keep your dog (no matter what breed it is) on a good quality dog food, and resist the temptation to give it table scraps (including bones, as they can be very harmful), which is not good for dogs because it causes weight gain, heart problems, and the extra fat, sugar, and sodium is harmful to them.
Asked in 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.
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Dog Care
What age can a pitbull puppy leave his mother?
Asked in Domestic Dogs, 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.
Can dogs get worms from raw potatoes?
Asked in Dog Health
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.
Asked in Dog Health, 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.
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Dog Care
Should dogs eat ticks to build their immune?
Asked in 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."
Asked in Eyes, Dog Health
Is the black line around the iris band in a dogs eye bad?
Asked in Dog Health, Cat Health, Animal Parasites
Will dog flea drops hurt a cat?
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.