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Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by Genipher, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. Aug 14, 2018
    Genipher

    Genipher Loving the herd life

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    This last Saturday (8/11) we added an 11-week-old puppy to our "pack". We already have a 3-year-old medium-sized mutt (female). We thought the older dog would enjoy having one of her own kind to play with but besides one rousing playtime in the mornings, she either ignores him or snaps at him.

    To be fair, the pup will NOT keep his nose out of her, um, "private parts". If I had someone with their nose constantly in my crotch, I'd snap, too!
    They're both spayed/neutered (pup was "broken" the day before we picked him up from the humane society) so I'm not sure why he keeps "getting into her business".

    The humane society treated the pup for fleas 2 weeks before we got him. In fact, I happened to be there when they did it. Yet, every time (before adoption) that we saw him, he was scratching. Brought him home and he's constantly scratching at himself. I finally got out the flea comb today and, lo and behold, he has fleas! Grrrr! :somad
    I've made it a point to keep our older dog flea-free from the moment we got her as a puppy so I'm a tad irritated at this revelation. I immediately gave the pup half of a NexGard flea pill (based off dog size/weight so I had to cut the dose down) so hopefully the fleas will die soon and he won't be so itchy, poor guy. :(

    I can't help but wonder why the humane society uses a flea product that flat-out doesn't work? I know the flea pills cost more than the squirt-on stuff but they're actually effective!

    And then there's the doggie smell which, with one dog was slightly noticeable, but now? Ug. Last night I sprinkled the carpet with baking soda. It seems to have helped a bit with the smell but I figure it won't last long. I think when we tear out the carpets it will help a lot with the smell but while that chore is on our "to do" list, it will probably be awhile (ahem, a few years) before it gets done. Until then, I'd rather not have company (or myself!) walking into a wall of stinky dog when they come into the house. Should I get an air purifier? Any other ideas on how to downsize on the dog smell? Our older dog is indoor/outdoor (she prefers the outdoors in the summer) but the pup isn't old enough to be left outside at night and when winter comes, the dogs stay inside...

    Any advice on any of these issues would be 100% appreciated!

    Oh, and here's a picture of our new little guy. He reminds me of your dog, @TAH

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    And the two dogs, together:

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  2. Aug 14, 2018
    greybeard

    greybeard Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    Funding is limited in almost all of those places. It is moot whether a product is more effective or not....if ya can't afford it ya can't afford it.

    Your older dog looks a lot like a dog I used to have here.
    Not very good pictures of him I'm afraid.
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  3. Aug 14, 2018
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    Baymule Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    Cute pup! Dog smell.... carpet loves dog smell! What’s under the carpet? Can you pull it up and just paint the floor until you put down new floors?
     
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    Genipher

    Genipher Loving the herd life

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    They do look similar. Ours is a Rottweiler/Mini Pincher mix. We suspect she might have some hound in her, too. She's SUPER submissive. So much so that it's hard to get her to play. The new puppy keeps trying to entice her to play, but she doesn't wanna. When he's not trying to play with her, he's trying to hump her. sigh. I get the whole "dominance" thing but he just won't stop!!
     
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    Genipher

    Genipher Loving the herd life

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    You can do that?? I didn't know we could paint the flooring underneath. Hmmm....I'll have to talk to the husband about this. I want to take out the bedroom carpets, too (last owners must've owned a cat — one of the bedrooms absolutely reeks of cat pee!). If we can get out the carpets and keep the flooring underneath "healthy" until we can put down something better, that would be awesome! (New clueless home owner here, can you tell? ;))
     
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    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Depends on what the subfloor is... boards, plywood, OSB... If you pull up a corner of the carpet to determine this, it will help decide on the painting issue. Maybe you'll get lucky and find hardwood flooring under the carpet. Wouldn't THAT be nice? :weee
     
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    Genipher

    Genipher Loving the herd life

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    Oh, hardwood floors would be lovely! Our house is 100 years old...it should have its original floors. I'll have to sneak a peek under the carpets after the baby goes down for a nap!
     
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    We had a horrible outbreak of fleas last fall. I mean the dogs were miserable and we had to wash pretty much everything in the house. They got flea baths for a while too. we tried that oil stuff they put between the shoulder.. didn’t work. Then we got a different type from the vet..didn’t work. Then finally we got two of the pups a chew that would cover them for a few months. And it worked! The other dog got a flea collar which also works wonderfully.
     
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    Southern by choice Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    I like comfortis - trifexis is also good but does more than just fleas.
    We don't have flea issues here. Ticks are however unbearable. But we did have fleas get on some of the housedogs from the cat. Go figure. Always August. We gave the comfortis few 2 months and that was it.

    Topicals IMO are worthless these days. of course some regions they do fine. Just not here.
     
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    Genipher

    Genipher Loving the herd life

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    I had been giving our dog Bravecto (lasts 3 months) but I had to get it from the vet and it was speeeeendy! $65 for one pill. :th

    I switched over to NexGard because I could get 6 pills (I give the dog one pill/month) for $60. She's been on it for 3 months and it seems to work just as well as Bravecto.

    I like the pills. They work much better than the squirty ooze and I don't have to worry about it washing off or getting on the kids.:sick