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Lele False Pregnancy

May 24, 2011 2 comments

Brought lele to Dr. Vanessa at Toa Payoh Vet today for review. She has confirm my doubt of lele experiencing false pregnancy. Initially I have already suspected lele having false pregnancy as her character has made a huge change. She tends to be less hyper, will show her teeth at male dogs who keep sniffing her butt, less enthusiastic with toys and increase in appetite. But the awareness came about is the physical observations of her bloated abdomen and harden areas around her nips. Lele is our first dog. There are so much to learn as a pawrent. I wanted to share this so more pawrents will be able to understand better about their furkid development.

Dr Vanessa explained to me that false pregnancy will mostly occur around 3rd to 8th weeks of the heat. Either your dog have an increase in appetite or refusal towards food. We will have to monitor on lele if the symptoms get intense. The symptoms will be signs of milk production and feverish by feeling her ears. She has not shown any nesting patterns but tends to automatic go to her crate and rest without call. Overall, the vet has given a clean sheet that lele is still a healthy pup with the exceptional of slight overweight.

In order to stop the false pregnancy, sterilisation is the best solution. But it can only be done 2 months after lele’s heat. Therefore if the false pregnancy goes into extreme stage, lele will need to consume hormones medication to overcome the symptoms. Hormones medication is also not recommended by the vet as they do have side effects. We hope lele will get over with it herself. Everyday I will be telling lele she is not pregnant. LOL…

Well, more info can be found on the web about False Pregnancy also known as pseudopregnancy.

My Lele is Growing Up (Part 1/2)

May 7, 2011 2 comments

Lele had been a different dog since the heat. Me and CS are quite puzzled by her sudden change of character and behavior. The change have both positive and negative effects. Wondering if this is because lele is entering to adulthood soon, therefore she is starting to get wary about the surrounding. I guess my lele is growing up and big girl now. Mummi is getting to know lele once again.

Negative behavior

1) Increasing in barking frequency– Le le gets quite paranoid with surrounding nowadays whenever we are out for walks or even at home. She used to whine and wag her tail when she see strangers. But now she tends to bark at strangers (those she don’t like) and had her tail between legs. One such incident is when walking down the stairs. If steps are heard from someone walking down, she will bark and lunge forward once sighted. I usually get to hear her bark like only once a fortnight. Now I can hear it like few times a week.

Mummi’s reinforcement: I prepared a bunch of treats every time we go out for walks. If she barks, I will immediately tighten the leash and try to get in front of her view. At the same time trying to get her to sit or down with the treats in my hand. I will immediately praise her and treat her if she looks at me or keep quiet. If she trys to lunge forward to the person, I usually uses my voice “ackkk…. + No”. The moment she stop I give her a treat and praise her. As the other person is walking pass us, I will try to constantly get her attention and treat treat treat + praise praise praise. And stop until the person is distance away from us. Then I will ask her to heel about 2-3 steps and then “free” her to go sniff (favourite activity when outside).

2) Growling – Aggression over food and toys – Lele for the first time growl at me during her dinner time when I tried to put my hand in her food bowl. (That day lele was served a special delicious dinner.) I got startled and suddenly felt so vulnerable. (No matter how, lele still have fangs that can puncture my hand.) It actually break the trust between me and lele. I felt angry and frightened at the same time when I tried to go near her food the 2nd time. And she growled at me again. I know I cannot let this behavior go on without correcting her.

Mummi’s reinforcement: I have no idea what to do as this is the first time experiencing such behavior head-on. I scolded her very loudly “No” and tell her I feed her not taking her food. Next , I stroked her head and talk to her nicely. Afterwhich, I just push my hand into the bowl (closing my eyes and praying she won’t  bite). Immediately I grab a piece of her food and feed it to her muzzle. And I go on and on until dinner is finished. It was a heart-stopping moment. The reason I do it is more of an impulsive action. Well, this is not the first time I’ve been reaching into lele’s bowl, I almost do it everyday once on either meal time which no aftermath. Somehow to think back as in putting my hand in with gut feeling is stupidity.

So I went to check for the appropriate reinforcement online and came across a video, Doggy’s Dinnertime – SIRIUS Puppy Training Classic by my favourite dog trainer Dr Ian Dunbar. At least now I know the correct method to reinforce so to ensure my safety in future, should it happen again.

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As for toys, it have been a while since lele last socialised. She don’t like other dogs to snatch toys from her when out at the dog run. Most of the time she will try to get her toy back by knocking on other dogs or being sneaky when the dogs drop the toy. There is a couple of times that she growl at other dogs who tried to take her ball. I will simply stepped in, take the toy and tell her “No”. Subesequently I will keep the toy to avoid unnecessary conflicts between the dogs.

So these are the negative behaviors lele has been showing. I like to share my experiences so that others will take note especially not repeating my insensible actions. My actions may not work for your furkids but at least to understand the importance to teach and correct them when their behaviors are inappropriate. We do not want them to get hurt or hurting other people resulting to a point of no return.

Next up will be the positive actions she has been surprising me!!!

“I’m watching you. Do not come near my poof…”

Lele Labour Day

May 2, 2011 2 comments

Day 13 of Le Le Season – ♥ It’s Sunday, yeah it’s sunday. Happy Labour Day and tomorrow is another holiday. ♥

I usually start my blogging late night when lele and the rest of the family members are sound asleep. Somehow my blogging mind tends to perk up at night and also with the serenity view of lele sleeping expressions helps to promote some inspirational writings.

Lele will be in her final week of the heat cycle. (Phewww… Finally) Since this is my first experience, I tried to observe lele closely on her heat situation. The swelling of lele’s vulva has subsided. Bleeding has stopped for the past 2 days. Her hygiene pants has been discarded aside since. However lele stills seems moody and unmotivated in the house. Sleeps a lot and easily tired from playing.

Lele favourite activity is “Gai Gai” (walk walk). So I brought her out for an hour walk around our estate. Nowadays she pee more frequently on the grass patches when she is outside. Probably sending scented signals to male dogs that she is eligible right now. This is said as one of the “heat” pattern. Although there is another said pattern about male dogs loitering around home of female dogs in heat. Guess I’m lucky to not have one following us home.

After much walking, we finally reach home. Next I try to engage lele to play tug with her elephant plush toy. Unexpected, she seems lost in her eyes.  So I have it cuddled on her body and we ran around the house like crazy. It was one of the better days we had since her season.

  

“Mummi, next time can we bring elephant for walk together?” ^o^

Lele First Visit to Toa Payoh Vets

Day 12 of Le Le Season – As per my earlier post, Sleeping Beauty on 28th April 2011, we sent lele to the vet the next day. Lele has been visiting the vets at The Animal Doctors in Ang Mo Kio since we got her. I have found their services overall satisfactory but appointments booking for specific vet seems to be difficult. Every furkid is a precious to their pawrents (paw-parents). So I decided to widen my choices.

I went online and found Toa Payoh Vets which is nearer to my home. Frankly speaking when we arrived the location, the first impression of the place is not good. It is located at industrial area and seems a bit run-down. The outlook of the reception area is not appealing at all. Honestly, this is what most of the consumers nowadays look out when patronizing a store. Well, I do had the urge to back out the moment I’ve stepped in. My appointment was at 4.30pm but because I’m late for 10mins (no excuse to be late, my fault). I ended up waiting around 5.30pm for the vet to see us with nobody in line. Understand the vet was conducting an operation the time we arrive. Looking back at all my initial negative reactions, yet I conclude the overall vet visit a definate worthwhile.

Finally, it’s our turn. Dr Vanessa Lin came to greet us. She has made an immerse impression. Her friendly, bubbly and genuine character made me feel like home and my lele is safe in her hands. After her detailed examination, lele condition is worst than we expected. Her tail has to be shave bald as the hair coat around the tail conceal the infected area. 60% of lele tail was practically red and wounded with pus. My heart sunk when I see her in such agony.

I asked Dr Vanessa what’s the cause. She clearly explained to me there are 2 reasons, one is due to her heat where lele can get irritated and tempermental. Secondly is due to her anal glands which causes irritation to her buttocks area hence causing lele to chew at her own tail to relieve some discomfort. True enough, Dr Vanessa show us how to relieve lele’s anal gland and she squirt out a full sac of blackish liquid (base on her expertise). The waste from the anal gland smells purgent and fishy.

After which, Dr Vanessa gave us lele’s medication and explained clearly the usage + the dos and do nots. Le le will be due for revisiting 2 weeks later. Dr Vanessa has been the best vet I’ve seen whom have answer every of my questions with patience and guidance. She has earned my respect and I would definately bring lele back to her.

There’s a saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. So don’t judge a vet by its clinic. Dr Vanessa Lin from Toa Payoh vets, Thank You. Thumbs up, Highly Recommended.

 

Lele’s shaved tail. @_@                                    Lele and her KONG Cloud Collar.

Sleeping Beauty

April 28, 2011 2 comments

Le Le Beauty Sleep Regime + Daily Activity

  • 0800 – 0900 – Wake up to send pappi to work
  • 0900 – 1130 = ZZzzzzz…… sleep
  • 1130 – 1300 – Brunch play and training time
  • 1300 – 1530 = zzzzz… sleep
  • 1530 – 1630 – play and roaming around time
  • 1630 – 1830 = zzzz…. sleep
  • 1830 – 2200 – Dinner, play, training and walk time (at times in between slept for 1 hour)
  • 2200 – 0800 (next day) = sleep *snore snore ZZZZZzzzzz….. (tends to wake up for position shifting and pee sometimes)

Day 9 of Le Le season – Le Le has been so lethargic nowadays. Sleep and sleep and sleep. Even when I tried playing with her or going through her training routine, she just seems not keen. So is the hormones acting up on her? Her vulva area has since swollen to the size of ping pong ball. Her licking frenzy once again activated on her paws, stomach and vulva. As read on net, it was mentioned to be a normal behavior. But should we prevent her from doing it, since such actions for female dogs is more of a “cleaning” activity during heat season.

2 days ago, we realised lele has bitten her tail until reddish. I have applied Neem oil on her wounds and today the reddish seems to subside but there are pus from her bitten wound. This is the first time I saw such wound on her and its heartaching. She’s on KONG Cloud Collar now as to prevent her from licking but yet she still can do her yoga twisting and manage to reach her tail. But she is unable to reach her vulva areas which solve my earlier doubt since she has to wear her cloud collar. The good thing about the KONG Cloud Collar is lele has no resistant against it. She simply treat it like a neck pillow and wore it throughout her sleep.

But that was not the case when I first wore it on her. She struggle, shake profusely, did her pawing kung-fu just to get rid of this odd thingy on her neck. Immediately using distraction and positive reinforcement methods, I dished out her favourite squeaky toy and we played and ran around the house. Soon later she forget about her neck cushion. Subsequently I took it off. And a while later, I put it back on her again and there comes the treats and praises when she did not try to remove collar. In this way, she will associate the Cloud Collar with all the positive actions.

Tomorrow I’m going to bring her to the vet and had her wound examine. Hope we will find the cause and it will get better.

Moody Le Le

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Le Le seem to be restless and moody due to her PMS. She seems not interested in anything. Her attention span is very short. And she has put on weight. Seeing her in such condition make my heart sulk. Thinking back, I should have spayed her eariler. If she is spayed, she only have to go through the operation recovery. Now she need to be “quarantine” for 3 weeks make me feel bad. 

Lele loves the outdoors very much. Every Saturday morning, she will usually get to meet her paw friends at Bishan Dog Run. But now I am quite reserve in bringing her out. Worried about the male dogs and of course her getting pregnant. Her vulva area has become more swollen today. I really don’t know how to make her feel better.

Finally in Season

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Waiting waiting, lele finally came on heat on 19th April @ 10.5 months old. We actually book her sterilise operation on the 27th April. But now guess I need to postpone it to July-Aug.

On 18th April, the symptoms of her coming on heat is visibly detected. Lele’s vulva area became reddish and swell up slightly. On the 19th April morning, Le Le was sleeping beside me. I woke up and check on her and found a small tiny patch of red discharge (blood) at her vulva area. Immediately i ran around the house making annoucement “code red, code red!!!”. hahaha…

Next thing, I rush to pet’s lover center at ang mo kio outlet with intention to get her the pampers. After recommendation from the store keeper, I got the Mikki Hygience Pants instead. In additional, got lele a pack of sticks rawhides and a new squeaky toy.

When I got home, I manage to get the pants on lele. As expected, she will try bite off the pants. The solution is distraction. I offer her the new toy to divert her attention away from the pants. After playing, I gave her the rawhide for chewing. Soon before I know, lele has her pants on without resistence. This is part of the positive reinforcement method that I’ve learned during lele’s obedience training. Lele is now sound asleep with her pants on. Sweet dreams sweetie.