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Conifer Veterinary Hospital has agreed to answer questions here regarding the care and well-being of your household pets. (Thank you, Conifer Vet!)

Please remember that they can not advise on specific medical advice without a client-patient relationship (And that is not what this forum is for), but they are willing to field generic pet care questions and direct people to more complete care in more serious situations.

So ask your questions and may you and all of your pets be healthy and happy!

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Yay! Thanks for starting this. :D

How often should I bathe my Samoyed?

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What a great idea! Thank you Conifer Veterinary Hospital.

My question is: what is the correct age schedule for a new puppy's innoculations and when is it safe to take them out in public?

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Why does my dog constantly eat out of the cat's litter box? Thanks

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We are always happy to help out in our community and answer whatever questions we can!

Aspenleaf: We recommend no more than once per week but this is very dependent on lifestyle. Most Samoyeds do not need a bath more often than every 3-4 months.

ChampagneAbby: This is somewhat dependent on what vaccines have already been given and when they were given but standard practice is to vaccinate at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. Provided vaccinations have been properly given most puppies can go out in public at 12 weeks of age after their second round of inoculations.

Leeker: Sadly, there is no scientific reason for this activity that has been discovered... yet. It seems to simply be a favored past time although less than pleasing to the human portion of the family.


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Thanks. Guess we will just live with it.

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My 6YO German Shepherd has had diarrhea for several days. It seemed to have stoppped, but then came back with a vengance! I have tried mixing rice and probiotics into her kibble. This is not working. I have heard that you can do a rice water fast with Immodium AD. Is this true?
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I have an itchy Aussie....I do not see any redness and she definitely has no critter infestation she just seems to itch a lot, esp on her hip area both sides.

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My diarrhea dog itches too! Same areas. I wonder if there is some type of food allergy. It used to be seasonal. Now it is all the time.


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Is it harmful for dogs to eat uncooked pasta? My guys just love it and are always pestering me for more after I dropped some on the floor.

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Whybehave: While the rice water and Immodium AD may help it is usually a safer bet to try a bland diet such as boiled beef or chicken (so all the fat boils off into the water) mixed with rice. However if it has been several days, there are other concerns that may need to be addressed. It is best to see your family veterinarian after that time period as they can help combat dehydration and check for parasites or bacterial imbalances that may be causing the diarrhea. Veterinarians also have the medications to get that under control right quick! I hope your pup feels better soon!

MountainMomma2: Being itchy all over can be from a variety of causes. She may have dry skin esp. in Colorado and at this altitude or it could certainly be allergies, food based or environmental. There are also certain ectoparasites that are not visible. Fleas aren't common at all at this altitude but mites are a possibility; even scabies which is transmissible to humans. There is numerous things your family veterinarian can do to help with that from medications to food trials based on the nature of the allergy.

Taza Lady: Nope! It's not harmful in small amounts though anything outside of their normal diet has the potential to lead to tummy upset.


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