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EXCLUSIVE: Tell Your Kids 'Pets And Candy Don't Mix'

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The Perez Hilton family wants EVERYONE to have a safe and happy holiday!

That's why TeddyHilton.com's Hollywood vet Dr. Patrick Mahaney has an important message for parents of kiddies and doggies!

Dr. Patrick says it is SUPER important that you

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Q & A: Dog Doesn't Like Pedicures

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Anyone who's tried to trim their dogs nails themselves knows it's not the easiest thing.

Even if your dog is super calm and will lay down and let you go to work, it's still a nerve wracking task.

TeddyHilton.com reader, Viktoria, writes Dr. Patrick Mahaney:

I have a really hard time trimming my dog's nails. She doesn't seem to allow me, a vet, or groomer near them, she tries to chew them down herself. I am afraid she will crack her nails to the quick, is there some way I can relax her so I can trim them for her?

Thanks,
Viktoria

Dr. Patrick responded:

Viktoria,
Thank you for your question. The care of our pet's nails can often be a frustrating undertaking for owner, veterinarian, and groomer alike.
Based on her aversion to having a pedicure (yes, trimming dog's nails is technically a pedicure, as dogs have 4 feet) and her keen interest in chewing her nails, there may be an underlying medical issue affecting the health of her skin and nails.

Many dogs a prone to skin conditions that will lead to uncomfortable inflammation and infection. Environmental and food allergies, immune system diseases, metabolic conditions (hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, other), and others can all be contributing causes.

Have your veterinarian closely evaluate your dog's nail beds for any debris and take a sample for microscopic evaluation (by pressing clear tape or scratching the surface of the nail with a microscope slide) to look for bacteria, yeast, and other infectious organisms.
If your veterinarian is unable to diagnose or resolve the problem, then seek a consultation with a veterinary dermatologist.

Massage, acupuncture, exercise, sedatives, pain relieving medications, and herbal remedies (like Rescue Remedy Pet) can all have a calming effect to facilitate the nail trimming process.

Good luck,
Dr PM

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Q & A: Destructive Young Pup

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Dogs love to chew things. It's a fact of life.

But it's no fun when that thing is an expensive piece of furniture.

TeddyHilton.com reader, Jenna, sent in a question for Dr. Patrick Mahaney:

My boyfriend and I adopted a Yellow Lab/Collie cross, Richie, a few months ago. He's about nine months old now, and absolutely loves our home and our 4 year old Border Collie Muttley Crue.

Our problem is that when we leave him in his large crate during the day, he chews on the bars, tears blankets to pieces and thrashes around to the point where he has left holes in the walls. When we leave him out of the crate, he destroys furniture (two arm chairs and a $3000 leather couch). What can we do to train him out of these bad habits?

Also! He has a bad habit of biting! He'll jump up to greet us and bite our faces. When we're walking, he bites the back of our legs and knees. What can we do! Is this the Collie in him trying to herd us?

- Jenna

Dr. Patrick responded:

Hi Jenna,

Thank you for your question. Many pet owners find themselves in your situation and poor companion animal behavior can really interrupt the human companion animal bond.

Border collies and their mixes are very smart breeds and need appropriate training, discipline, and "work" to keep them from behaving in a way that is unacceptable to humans.

It sounds as though Richie is having issues with separation anxiety, which often happens during puppyhood but can occur at any point in life.

Before you leave him in the crate, make sure you thoroughly fatigue him so that he will be more inclined to rest or sleep in your absence. Keep Richie's crate out and open at all times. Feed and give him treats inside his crate so that he associates the crate with a positive stimulus. Remove blankets and any other objects from the crate (when you put him in the crate and leave him) as we don't want to give him anything that Richie could consume if he gets anxious.

If he insists on jumping, then turn your back to him and refuse to interact. When Richie calms down and you finally greet him, put him in a sit-stay, then praise and give him a treat for good behavior.

Finally, pursue a consultation with a Diplomate of the College of Veterinary Behaviorists specialist (see http://www.dacvb.org/) as they will help you to best manage the problem from behavior modification and medication (if needed) perspectives.
Feel free to connect to me further via my website.

Good luck,
Dr Patrick Mahaney

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Exclusive: Dr. Patrick Mahaney Talks Hero Dogs

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We have an exclusive video from Dr. Patrick Mahaney!

With the recent ten year anniversary of 9/11, Dr. Patrick brought up the subject of hero pets, and specifically a hero dog he knows personally.

Check out the above video for Dr. Patrick!

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Q&A: Cat Has Trouble Jumping

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney

It's always upsetting when a pet seems unwell and our normally playful buddy just isn't acting right.

That was the case with perezcious reader, Jennifer Heard, who asked Dr. Patrick:

i have 12 cats but the one has a lot of trouble jumping, she is in no pain and she can walk but i think she has something wrong with her hips. She is still young and lively and lives a happy life but she cannot jump up fences or jump from one object to the next, and if she falls from a height she is not landing as a normal cat does and can sometimes land on her back.

Also when landing she does not bend her back legs, i always thought it might be hip dyslasia, but i didnt think that that would affect cats. It would be a great help if you could recommend something to help her.

Thank you xxx

Dr. Partrick responded:

Jennifer,
Thank you for your question regarding your mobility compromised cat.

If she has trouble jumping, then she is likely having some degree of discomfort, likely in her hind end. The issue could be with her low back (lumbar spine), hips, knees, ankles, toes, or other. Her issue could be hip dysplasia or a variety of other orthopedic or soft tissue conditions that affect both cats and dogs.

If she is not properly able to use her legs (any of the 4 that she has) to support herself when she falls, then she could seriously injure herself.
Schedule an examination with your veterinarian and definitely get some radiographs (xrays) to best evaluate her overall health. Supplements like Glucosamine/Chondroitin and Omega 3 Fatty Acids (fish oil) can benefit your cat's joints and reduce her reliance on other medication to control pain that can potentially have serious side effects.

Until you schedule the examination and have a better idea what is going on with your cat, it is best to prevent her from further traumatizing herself by keeping her inside and off of elevated surfaces (from which she could take a dangerous tumble).

Good luck,

Dr PM

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Pet Q&A With Dr. Patrick Mahaney

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Anyone who's ever had a puppy or currently does can certainly sympathize with Perezcious reader, Jose, who asked:

"My maltese-poodle mix rescue puppy (3 months) seems to get too excited sometimes when people come home and during any time actually jumping, pouncing, nipping, is this normal puppy behavior or will it go away soon?"

The always helpful Dr. Mahaney responded:

Hello Jose,
Thank you for your question, as I am sure that other TeddyHilton.com readers have experienced the good, the bad, and the puppy when it comes to keeping one's sanity while training a youthful and energetic canine companion.

All the behavior you describe can be seen in puppies and adult dogs. At the same time, no matter how cute your dog is, the behavior may not be so cute or well accepted if it is still happening during adulthood or if the person on the receiving end of the behavior is adverse to it.

I hope that you are actively training your dog to exhibit desirable behaviors based on the guidance of an experienced trainer. I always suggest having a series of training sessions as compared to trying to do so yourself based on books, videos, etc. YOU, the primary dog caretaker (and your family, friends, etc), need to be trained how to guide your maturing puppy to behave at home and in public. Without proper and consistent training, your puppy may not grow out of this behavior.

If your puppy is overly excited, get him/her (not sure from your question) to focus attention on something positive, like a small/healthy food treat and give the command to sit (perhaps gently pressing down on the hind end). Say "good sit", then give the food treat, then offer more praise.
This calms the puppy down with positive reinforcement.

This suggestion is not "the law" when it comes to puppy training, as there are many techniques you can use to train a puppy or adult dog, but we definitely want to focus on the positive and minimize the negative.

Good luck

We guess "puppies" will be "puppies."

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Watch Our Very Own Dr. Patrick Mahaney On Career Day

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We are so imprezzed!

TeddyHilton.com's very own vet specialist Dr. Patrick Mahaney was featured on Career Day!

The show follows Dr. Patrick makeing house calls, treating dogies with acupuncture, AND at home with his pup Cardiff. Oh yeah, we LOVE seeing a man at work!

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