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Dr. Patrick Mahaney On Pet Safety And Mitt Romney

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney is back with more awesome advice on how to keep your pet pampered and healthy!

He is inspired to talk about car safety and pets after reading a scandalous story about Mitt Romney.

We previously mentioned Mitt drove from Boston to Ontario with his dog inside a carrier strapped to the roof of their car, which is cruel, near torturous and totally unsafe.

Make sure to check out the above video so you can learn how to properly ensure your dog's safety on any car trip you take!

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney Talks Doggie Red Carpet Fashion!

As we're in the midst of Award season, it's not only the celebs who are looking forward to getting sharply and beautifully dressed - but their pets, too!

Luckily, Dr. Patrick Mahaney has some pretty helpful suggestions on how to give your pooch an extra bit of class and glamor with some pet-friendly and very fashionable accessories!

Ch-ch-check he and Cardiff out (above) rocking some recycled/upcycled leather collars, with a bow tie front, from Papaya Pascal - which also donates 10% of the proceeds to spaying and neutering animals!

Excellent!

We ADORE fashion that also helps out such a necessary, wonderful cause!

FABOOSH!

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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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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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