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Hey,
I was just wondering if anyone can offer some advice on some concerns I have over my Dog.
Bambi is 2 years old but i've only had her 5 months and when I first got her I washed her weekly! I know now that is excessive but now its every 2 months,anyway she is molting a lot!Hairs everywere!

I read that in spring they molt and because my heating is on 24/7 and the house is red hot, then I thought okk she is just molting,and besides when I got her her hair was thick so it didnt bother me BUT on her temples on the top of her head she has gone bald on each side i dont no whats up with her can you helpp?offer advice?

Other than that she is completely healthy little dog and so loving and very spoilt lol.
She also has bad breath but ive started brushing her teeth and givin her stuff from the vets in her water to help but she has some build up and could do with a proper clean but this cost 100 and atm cannot afford it-is this a reasonable price? Also is their a way to get my dog to eat dry food instead of the Ceasars wet food she is used to>?

I have booked her to the vets for this week so fingers crossed and she is just molting!
Also i'm lookin for a puppy chi to go with her but am worried how will Bambi take to her! I've read lots of books on the bread and she seems fine-I just worry lol x

matti xoxo
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:21 AM
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By "molting", I am pretty sure you mean "shedding". Dogs don't "molt", molting is something done by reptiles, when they shed their skin.

Some chis shed more than others do.You can brush her a bit to try to get it off before it sticks to things, but for most chi owners, it kind of is just a part of life.

Yes, you can get her onto dry food. You start by mixing in just a tish of kibble, maybe 1/4 of her normal food. Keep in mind that kibble is much higher calorie density than wet food, so 1/4 cup kibble has more calories than 1/4 cup wet food, so her portions will be smaller. Slowly add more and more kibble and less and less wet food, over about 2 weeks, until she is completely on dry.

Most chis love having the company of another one.
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scrape up the money to have her teeth seen to.
it'll be worth it in the long run as having her teeth cleaned is far cheaper than having to have rotten teeth extracted. not to mention it'll save your dog a lot of pain.
if you're having problems finding the money to have this done for your existing dog, please, please don't get another puppy.
look after the one you have.
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I'd also start giving her some raw meaty bones as these help clean their teeth. Is she a short or long coat??

I would personally get things sorted with her before you think about getting another puppy. I would pay the money for her to have her teeth scaled as you don't want her to end up having all her teeth pulled out!!!
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Hey,
I was just wondering if anyone can offer some advice on some concerns I have over my Dog.
Bambi is 2 years old but i've only had her 5 months and when I first got her I washed her weekly! I know now that is excessive but now its every 2 months,anyway she is molting a lot!Hairs everywere!

I read that in spring they molt and because my heating is on 24/7 and the house is red hot, then I thought okk she is just molting,and besides when I got her her hair was thick so it didnt bother me BUT on her temples on the top of her head she has gone bald on each side i dont no whats up with her can you helpp?offer advice?

Other than that she is completely healthy little dog and so loving and very spoilt lol.
She also has bad breath but ive started brushing her teeth and givin her stuff from the vets in her water to help but she has some build up and could do with a proper clean but this cost 100 and atm cannot afford it-is this a reasonable price? Also is their a way to get my dog to eat dry food instead of the Ceasars wet food she is used to>?

I have booked her to the vets for this week so fingers crossed and she is just molting!
Also i'm lookin for a puppy chi to go with her but am worried how will Bambi take to her! I've read lots of books on the bread and she seems fine-I just worry lol x

matti xoxo
You answered your own questions in the part I changed to bold. Dogs show allergies through their skin. Accessive shedding & hair loss is a sign of an allergy. I would highly recommend changing the food you are feeding her to a quality kibble at least. An example of a better quality kibble (or wet food) is Orijen, EVO, Innova, Canidae, Wellness, etc. You can find more at www.dogfoodanalysis.com. Many dogs are allergic to a lot of grains & other "fillers" or "dyes" found in grocery store brands of dog food.

Another option which I'd highly recommend that would help with her teeth as well is feeding raw food & raw meaty bones. We just started feeding raw a few weeks ago but there are many MANY people here that could help you out with that if it's something you're interested in.

Anyway, food plays a HUGE part in the health of your dog. Most quality foods are more expensive yes BUT their feeding servings are much smaller because they need less of the food to get the correct amount of nutrition they need.

Good luck!

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First off get her off that horrid wet food..it is junk !! Bad for her health--bad for her teeth. Put her on the kibble--a good one Mchi-s gave you a list.

Brush her teeth and book the dental, she is five years of age and has build up. If you let it go it could cause other health problems, and possibly her life.

I'd say that washing a dog once a week isn't excessive. What are you washing her with. Be very careful and use something with a ph that won't harm her skin. I use baby wash for human infants (just Johnson's the pink stuff) and have never had a problem-once a week.

As far as the heating goes if the house is really hot you could get more shedding. Maybe you could turn the heat down a bit.

she sounds like a really lovely dog--best of luck !!
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Well I took her to the vets today
She basically said that the first thing she wants to rule out is fleas/mange ect so she gave me Advocate small dogs <4kg and 14x rilexine tabs 75mg because I havent had her long I dont no when she was last flead so she gave me these-but tbh she isnt scratching or anything so i'm sure its not that!
She said her skin doesnt look dry or anything it looks healthy so she wants to see her in two weeks for a follow up and if no imporvment then to do a skin scrape...
I'm still concerned over her balding bits on her head I just want it to grow back but she still seems so happy and im worried sick ..

I did get her sum Bakers for small dogs dry food a few weeks ago and put half wet/dry but she would just leave the dry bits!I think shes set in her ways with the food shes used to!lol but im goin to buy sum more dry and try a diffrent brand from bakers-in the uk what is a good high quality dry food?

As for her teeth-the vet said she has sum build up BUT at 2 year old she doesnt really want to put her under the anesthetic but obv if they get worse she will do,she just adviced me to swap her to dry food and keep doing what im doing and I ordered some stuff you put over her food or in water forgot its name though.

And I always thought dogs molted haha learn something new all time!I do brush her, but I think its very excessive shedding but maybe its time of year well i'll keep you updated and in 2 weeks on the tablets/new food see if any improvement!!

And btw to whoever asked shes short haired x matty thanks for your replies
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As said before, a premium food will help wonders with coat and teeth. I think your vet should have went ahead and done a scraping that day. When you say bald spots on the head and face, that sounds like Demodetic mange to me. Demodetic mange is not a conatgious mange but is usually caused by stress and starts on the face/head. Extreme shedding can also be caused by stress.

As for giving her a flea medication? I am sure if she had fleas, both you and the vet would have noticed??
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