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I just went by the vet this afternoon to check if the scar on her abdomen was a spay scar or not. He palpated her, checked out the scar and her down-theres, and determined that she was definitely in tact and in heat! Great. No idea what the scar is from, which worries me a bit.
Penny’s teeth are in great shape – she’s only about a year old. After continued spotting all over our house, I’m pretty much convinced it’s from her lady parts and not her teeth, like I’d sort of hoped. Not the outcome I was hoping for, but at least it’s fixable! Literally!
Hopefully this won’t affect her leg surgery and things can progress as planned. :
My pit isn’t stubborn, but she definitely likes a routine! No lie – there is a yellow streak in the front yard where she likes to pee. It’s the first spot she goes to every time we put the leash on her! She poops around the same time every day, too, so if I were you I’d get a feel for when your little one goes and take them out preemptively – don’t let him back in until he does his business. He’ll get the picture; pits are clever. Combine it with frequent potty breaks during the course of the day and eventually accidents will be a thing of the past. 🙂
Other than killing the grass, I find my girl is more accommodating than stubborn. She’s constantly watching me to see my reaction – it’s very sweet!
Welcome to the forum! 😀
Leaving your puppy with a toy (like a treat that’s particularly hard to get out of the kong) will help keep him busy, too. You don’t have to have a huge crate, though, and if it comes down to saving your rental floors or squeezing one in there, you might find it makes a big difference!
Crating my girl helps her mentally, too – she has big time separation issues and will go bonkers if we leave without crating her. If she’s in her home, she knows we’re coming back. Maybe your kiddo’s just freaked out that you’re gone and needs a way to know you’ll be back?
I don’t have too much of a smell problem with my girl, but I heard someone mention once that they gave their dogs oatmeal baths (not oatmeal shampoo – actual oatmeal). It apparently did wonders for their coat and scent. It couldn’t hurt to try, right?December 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm in reply to: Hi, I’m Vanilla’s Daddy… and a recovered Pit Bull-aphobic! #16329
Too sweet! Congratulations! 😀
Welcome, and congrats on the puppy! This is a great place to find your answers. 🙂
It might seem silly, but it’s definitely practical. Just because you want to keep her warm doesn’t mean you have to get the jacket with the pom poms and frills, though. If you don’t like dressing her up, just go for the core basics – something cozy to keep her warm and healthy!
My pit is still building up to an ideal body condition, so she still gets cold easily. I went ahead and crocheted her a sweater to keep some of that body warmth in when we go out on cold days. She doesn’t even notice it when she’s wearing it, but it does seem to help! I do think it makes people a little more comfortable about them, like ash_page said, too.
I was unaware Taurine had to do with musculature, but I’m definitely no expert on dog nutrition. I do know that high protein diets are the best for getting a dog back up to a healthy weight and building muscle. As far as maintaining them, though, will she have a normal level of activity? You don’t really need high protein or anything like that just to maintain – you just need a normal rounded diet and plenty of exercise to keep her in shape. Humane societies don’t typically receive much aid from THE Humane Society, so they can’t afford top shelf dog food – they take what they can get in donations. They probably only sent you with it so you could switch her to a new food slowly instead of all at once, which would give her tummy upset.
Unless she is underweight or in poor condition, I wouldn’t feed high protein. She’s just going to pack it on in weight if she isn’t working harder to burn it.
I second the nylabones – I haven’t had my girl for very long but a nylabone is the only toy she hasn’t destroyed completely in under 24 hours.