Neither parvo or flu would be cured that quickly. Your other pups aren't protected yet by their shots because the shots take time to have their full effect. It could be your pup had something else wrong with him, such as eating something bad, or maybe food poisoning, in which case he's probably feeling better with a little boost to his blood sugar and electrolytes. If you can quarantine him it would be a good idea, in case he does have parvo or flu.View Thread
Seems to me there is some reason why he doesn't want to continue the walk. It sounds like he does this in other ar Does he play as long as usual, or quit sooner? Does he walk differently after he decides to go home, limping or walking more slowly?
I would suspect some kind of discomfort after he's walked a certain distance. Maybe he's got a sore joint or something that starts feeling funny to him after he's walked a while. Maybe your vet can offer some advice?View Thread
My first instinct would be either he ate something that was poisonous, or perhaps he had an allergic reaction that caused respiratory arrest? It's difficult to tell without a necropsy, but it really sounds like the main problem was his lungs. WIthout a fever that means it may not have been viral or bacterial. Of course, these are just uneducated guesses and I hope someone else can offer better ones.
My heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry your pup passed. It's really hard to go through that and you have my every sympathy.View Thread
Pretty much any dog can breed to any other dog, though sometimes it's very dangerous for the mother. Usually the mother's size seems to effect the size of the future dog the most. I've seen chihuauha/pit bull crosses though I believe the mother was the pit, and heaven knows how the father dragged that stepladder over! Check online for more information, there are some really strange crosses. Also, it should be said that just because you can doesn't mean you should. But you knew that already.View Thread
Glad your dog is feeling better! You are right about being careful with things on the internet. It's all in knowing what can be learned from descriptions and what can't. Some information is really good, other information isn't.View Thread
I can understand your concern about your cats. They are family members too. They really will be fine with someone coming by to feed them, so you can feel free to enjoy your trip. Cats love routine and they will be a little upset, but they will be so happy to see you that it will be a truly joyous reunion.
They will be less upset if you are calm and loving. If they eat a little less while you are gone, that won't harm them, and they will probably sleep through a lot of your absence. When I am gone for a few days, my cats look for me but they also take care of themselves. When I come home they won't leave me alone for a few hours but a bunch of petting soon sets them right. I'm sure your son will be more than glad to look after the cats once a day, after all, he loves his mom and I'm sure he wants you to be able to take a trip.
Enjoy your trip. You need to get out. Have fun, and enjoy the extra attention your cats will give you when you get home. Everyone will be fine.View Thread
The dogs I know that have survived parvovirus have been fairly normal afterwards and haven't needed long term care. Your vet should be able to tell you more, after considering your pup's specific needs and symptoms. Best of luck to your pup!View Thread
That can be really hard to deal with. Some cats take forever to adjust to a new member of the household. Here are some tips that can help.
Always make sure the cats have a safe place to be away from the puppy. Also make sure they can get to food, water, and litterbox without interference.
Train the puppy not to bother the cats. At 6 months you can start training the puppy at least a little.
Make sure you give the cats plenty of quality time. Spend time petting them, talking to them, and letting them know that they are very much loved. Play with them if they will allow it. Try to maintain some routine for them, they thrive on that.
If they tolerate it, give the cats catnip. It may help them forget their troubles.
Cats don't snap out of anything until they are ready. Have patience and keep encouraging your depressed cat. As the puppy settles down, and starts smelling like the cats' surroundings, hopeully there will be more peace in your home.View Thread
Some dogs do get impacted anal glands from time to time and it's usually not serious. Definitely ask the vet how to do it, because no one is going to be able to safely teach you over the internet.View Thread