Dr. Hadley Answers Your Questions!

You sent us the topics! You sent us the questions! We do have Layla here and she's a very cute dog below us-you'll see her in a second. Let' go to our questions!

Q: Let's say you let your dog's nails grow too long. How do you shorten them up?

A: Gradually! The nails have a blood, bone and nerve component-the quick. That's the part you don't want to hurt, because that's the part the bleeds and gives everyone a bad experience. So, you take little bits off at a time. It's easier if your dog has lighter or clear nails-black nails are tricky! You may want to get help from a groomer or a veterinary technician or someone to help recognize how far is far enough to cut.

For a thorough step-by-step guide on cutting your pet's nails, click here. 

Q: How old should your pet be before treating for fur balls? And what is the best way to handle that?

A: I'm going to be really obvious here. When your cat starts coughing up fur balls is when you should start treating for them.

Q: So you don't need to do a prevention measure?

A: I don't think so, because some cats don't get fur balls! I have a long haired cat that almost never gets fur balls, so I don't do anything! If you notice that fur balls are a problem, there are over the counter ointment type treatments. Those you just put the ointment on their paw and it helps ease the passage. For cats that are getting a lot of fur balls, it could mean there is a problem with their digestive system and they should see the vet. One hairball a week isn't a big deal, but a hairball a day is. 

Q: Should dog owners worry about snakes in the foothills and what's the best way to prevent a bite?

A: That's a great question. Yes, we have rattle snakes here and dogs do get bitten by them. There is a rattle snack vaccine, however the effectiveness of it is somewhat questionable. There are rattle snake programs where they train your dog to avoid snakes and that's better. The best prevention is not to get bitten. If you have a dog that does not have an excellent recall and it's high summer snake season, keep them on a leash. I know it seems tough out in the foothills, but it's better than having your dog get bitten. 

Q: Last Question. This sounds gross, but, it's a real problem! How do you stop dogs from eating their own "doo-doo?" 

A: That is a real problem! There are a couple of home remedies out there. I heard of crush pineapple being a solution. I've heard this from other vets, I haven't really put it to the test. But, it won't hurt anything if you can get your dog to eat the pineapple. Mind you, this needs to go into the dog whose feces are being eaten. 

Q: The pineapple makes the feces not taste so good?

A: Right, because otherwise it tastes wonderful *laughs.* There is also a presciption product called Furbid that works pretty well. The other solution is just being faster than your dog and picking it up before they do. Disposing of it before they eat it, but that can be tough sometimes! 

Q: Thank you so much! That was great. Layla is up for adoption. She is so sweet! Probably the sweetest dog we have had on here. So relaxed, so calm. Now, she did have an infection in one of her legs, so she is stuck with three legs, but sh'es been getting around great! 

A: Yes, dogs adapt amazingly well. We are being a little bit more picky about her home because of her situation. We want to make sure she goes to a home where she will be cared for properly, because she does have some special needs!