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Mon, Nov. 8th, 2010, 04:15 am
werealljustfuct: some fast questions!

Hi! I had a few questions and I'm new to the weimie breed and I'm having some food issues. My weimie is about almost 5 months now, and he is still trying to eat...EVERYTHING in sight if it's food he's all over it. and the vet assures me he is at a good lean weight but I dislike seeing his ribs a bit. how much should I be feeding him and how often? I've never had a weimie before and he really isn't my dog he's a service dog in trianing and I love him to bits. Another thing is he has a allergy to something in dog food it makes him break out in a HORRIBLE!!! red itchy rash and I was wondering if you had any advice on what kind of dog food to switch him to?. Also does anyone have any advice on the breed for me? I know I should have researched a lot but I had two days notice I was going to be raising a weimie and not a standerd poodle. But I love my boy to bits and he is by far the smartest sweetest boy ever!. I know it's a lot of questions but is your dog ery hyper? like I was warned he would be....because he's a lazy dog...unless he's running and playing with my puggle [who is actually over weight >.>] then he's being lazy and curled up on his dog bed or beside me watching tv.

I love him so much he has made me fall in love with the breed. If he gets released form the service dog program we will be adopting him and he is just such a joy to have around the home. Sorry to ask so many questions but I don't know anyone else with a weim in my area!.

Tue, Jun. 23rd, 2009, 11:52 am
ruinedfryou: Owning My First Weim

It doesn't seem like this community is particularly active anymore, but I'm going to give this a shot anyways. So, I'm interested in purchasing my first weim and I'm nervous about the whole process. I have located several breeders in my area (MI), but would be willing to travel as far as Ohio or Chicago. How did you select a breeder? I've read suggested questions and guidelines for what to ask a potential breeder. I'm also just nervous of being rejected. How did that whole process go for those who already own weims? Thank you!

Sun, Apr. 19th, 2009, 04:51 pm
kungpaokitten: Had to share

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Thu, Jul. 10th, 2008, 07:11 am
maska5060: Taking Your Arthritic Dog To The Vet

Taking Your Arthritic Dog To The Vet
 by: David Silva
If your dog suffers from morning stiffness, has trouble climbing the stairs, and appears to be less active now that he's getting older, it may be that he's suffering from arthritis. Even if he exhibits only one of these traits, it's time to get your dog in to see the vet. Here's what to expect on your first visit.
Your vet will begin with a full visual and physical examination of your dog. The doctor will check your dog's body for swollen lymph nodes, listen to his heart and lungs, and check your dog's ears and skin. Like any general physical exam of your dog, your vet will also inspect the dog's gums and eyes.
After this initial examination, your vet will look for any easily detectable signs of arthritis, beginning with the spine, limbs and neck. A series of range of motion tests will check your dog's flexibility. This process will help uncover any old injuries, any problems with the ligaments, and any obvious arthritic symptoms. It will also help uncover any fever, bacteremia, posture, gait, and signs of inflammation.
Assuming your dog displays signs of arthritis, the next step in the process will be to learn more through some diagnostic testing. This will likely involve drawing blood first. With some relatively simple blood analysis, the vet will be able to determine if your dog is allergic to the anesthesia required to take X-rays (the next step in diagnostics), and will also be able to make sure there isn't anything else going on inside your dog that might not be obvious. Finally, the vet will want to use the results of the blood tests as a baseline for future testing to make sure the arthritis drug therapy is effective.
X-rays will help the vet detect the presence of arthritis in your dog and help determine the seriousness of the disease. To position your dog properly for the radiographs, most likely he'll need to be sedated. X-rays can also detect any fractures or cancers that might be the underlying cause of your dog's arthritis symptoms.
If it is determined that your dog has arthritis, the next step in the process is to design a treatment approach. New medications are now available that can dramatically assist your dog in leading a healthy and pain-free life. However, all dogs react differently to medications. Therefore, your vet will likely recommend a series of treatment trials. This simply means your dog will be given several medications on a trial basis to see which is most effective.
It's always difficult to see your dog suffering with the pain of arthritis. But it doesn't have to be that way. A trip to the vet can quickly determine whether or not arthritis is the culprit, and if it is, a treatment program to alleviate your dog's pain can be started right away.

Sun, Jul. 6th, 2008, 09:56 am
kungpaokitten: Our handsome, rugged outdoorsman

I thought I would post some pictures of our puppy, Killian. I was so proud of him, he was able to hold his own against 5 lab puppies all at once, for hours! He had so much fun.

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Mon, Jun. 30th, 2008, 03:11 pm
maska5060: How To Train A Dog To Stay

How To Train A Dog To Stay
 by: Michael Colucci
In this article I want to explain how to get your dog to stay. Most of the time, when you get up to leave out of a room, your dog will want to follow, especially if they're energetic. Sometimes you will want them to stay in one place.
The first thing you want to do is get a supply of dog treats. Take your dog into a quiet room and have him sit down. Hold out the dog treat in your hand, letting the dog know that you have it. When the dog tries to take the treat, close your hand. Your dog should then pull his head back. When he does this, praise him and give him the treat.
Timing is very important for training your dog to stay. Repeat the process again. Keep doing it until the dog doesn't go for the treat, and instead pulls back immediately.
After the dog is consistenly pulling back each time you hold out the treat, you want to begin the next stage of the process. Repeat the first step again, but wait two seconds after your dog pulls back before handing him the treat. Make sure you only praise your dog and give him a treat while he is remaining still.
If the dog gets up, walk a few steps away and repeat the process again. Keep doing this until the dog sits for at least five seconds. Make sure that you're able to get the dog to stay while you're next to him before trying to get him to stay while you're walking away.
For the next step, begin telling the dog to stay as you show him the treat. Tell the dog something like "ok" or "good" after handing him the treat. If the dog does not site for at least 30 seconds, tell him something like "no" and don't give him the treat.
If your dog continues to make mistakes, try for 15 seconds instead of thirty. If the dog continues to make mistakes this means you're moving to0 fast. Go back to what the dog already understands and build up from this point.
As your dog begins to get better and stays for longer periods of time, take him from a quiet room to an area of more distraction. Do all the steps above over again. This way the dog will learn to follow your commands without being distracted.

Mon, Jun. 23rd, 2008, 11:41 am
kungpaokitten: How much?

We've just welcomed an 8 week old Weim into our home and we are wondering how much he should be eating? He is on good quality (Royal Canin) large breed puppy dog food, but he always seems hungry. How much should he be getting in a day? Thanks!

Wed, Jun. 18th, 2008, 06:11 pm
maska5060: How To Pick The Right Pet Bunny Rabbit For YOU!

How To Pick The Right Pet Bunny Rabbit For YOU!
 by: Andrea Austin
Aside from appearance, there are a number of considerations that you will have to make when it comes time to pick out your fuzzy friend at a pet store or other venue. This is important both to ensure that you select a healthy pet, and to make sure that you and he are compatible!
Now I'll explain what you'll need to think about prior to heading out to buy your pet rabbit, and what to look for when you're actually selecting an animal from a breeder, adoption center or pet store.
Remember, while size, breed, fur type and color are mostly a matter of personal preference (as I've explained in the previous chapter), the considerations here are essential to bringing home and raising a healthy pet.
There are a few general points to think about when deciding whether a rabbit is the right type of pet for you and for the rest of your family, too.
Many people in this country have pet allergies, often to dogs or cats. It is worth remembering that if you are allergic to cats, chances are you might well be allergic to rabbits. Of course, this is not always the case, and you may wish get an allergy test from your doctor before deciding to bring home a new pet. If you don't want to go to a doctor for a test, you may want to visit a pet store or breeder and see how you feel after handling the animals.
Also keep in mind that it is not just the pet itself that you may be allergic to. Rabbits often consume hay, which could be problematic in households where a family member has hay allergies.
Children in the House
Do you have young children? If so, a rabbit may not be an ideal pet. For the most part, this has nothing to do with rabbits being a danger to the child. On the contrary, since young rabbits are delicate and relatively tiny, a child may very well do unintentional damage to the pet! For this reason, older children, who have a better sense of their own strength and understand how to treat animals nicely, may be better suited to a pet rabbit.
In any event, if you do choose to bring a pet rabbit into a home with young kids, always try to supervise interactions between your child and your pet to ensure that both remain safe and healthy. Children must be taught how to handle rabbits, and only if they are mature and responsible enough to be trusted with the fuzzy creature.
Even if you adopt a rabbit for free rather than buying one, you should prepare for certain expenses.
A good-sized cage will cost you at least $30 USD or $40 USD, and this is an absolute essential. You can also expect to pay for other accessories, such as toys.
Feeding is another considerable expense. At minimum you will need to buy food pellets, hay and vegetables for your rabbit to consume. You may also need to supplement with vitamins. Then there is also the matter of the litter box and fresh litter, which can add up over time.
Moreover, you will need to take care of medical issues such as spaying (starting at $35) or neutering (a bit cheaper, starting at $25), as well as medical bills for checkups and any illnesses that arise. Of course, it is also possible in some cases to purchase or adopt pet rabbits that have already been spayed or neutered, but even then it is going to be essential to pay for various medical expenditures over the course of your pet's lifetime.
Before bringing home a rabbit, make sure that you can commit to giving him the quality of lifestyle he deserves throughout his lifetime (5-15 years, depending on the rabbit's breed and age and health at the time of purchase).
by Andrea Austin,

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Thu, Apr. 24th, 2008, 11:46 am
annamadrigal: Liver/spleen issues

Anyone had their Weim experience raised liver enzymes without explaination? My 9 year old female went in for her annual check up and 4 of the liver levels were exceedingly high. An ultra-sound revealed suspicious spots (tumors have been ruled out) on her liver and also on her spleen. She's on a three week course of enzymes and milk thistle.

I was wondering if liver ailments run in the breed?

anna & Olive

Fri, Mar. 14th, 2008, 09:23 am
annamadrigal: Thank you to anonymous...

I want to thank the anonymous poster who pointed me to Grey Ghost Weims in Canada. Beautiful dogs and they seem to be a reputable, responsible breeder with an emphasis on longhairs in their line.

Thanks again.

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