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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spaying/Neutering your Papillon

There are nothing but pros of neutering your Papillon. (Best at 6-8 months of age)
The only "con" I can think of is the actual operation. there is always a risk involved putting a dog (like people) to sleep.
But the "pros" are numerous:
You would help preventing several problems that your Papillon may get in an un-neutered stage.
Females may develop tumors on their mammary glands if not spayed.
There also found plenty of cancer in the sex organs of our canine friends (uterus, testicles),which are removed when neutered.


There is less of a mess: Females can get quite messy (bloody discharge) while in heat.
Boys, when neutered in time will most likely never think about marking their, or other's territory.
A neutered Papillon will be a calmer, "more in peace with himself", dog. He/She is not driven by a steady flow of sex hormones, therefore:
No PMS!!!
No roaming, more attention to the owner to please him or her.
A neutered Papillon will have a fuller hair-coat.

There is one slight disadvantage I can think of:
The Papillon may get a little less active and because of that a strict diet is recommended to prevent weight gain.

Q Babes @ 6 Weeks


Quantum Leap (Lippy)




Quo Vadis



Grandi Matti overlooking in the bright sun



Pierce

These wonderful photos where taken and sent to me by Rick.
His family adopted one of our Papillons: Pierce (Road's End Einstein)




These photos say it all!!
And don't forgett to click.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Juvenile Hypoglycemia in Papillons

Transient Juvenile Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in Papillons, and other Toy breeds is quite common in puppies less than 3 months old. (5-16 weeks of age)
Puppies at that age have not fully developed their ability to regulate the concentration of  blood glucose (a form of sugar) in their systems. They also have a higher requirement for glucose than an adult dog.
Possible causes for such Hypoglycemia are:
  • Fasting
  • Low body temperature
  • Intestinal parasites: worms
  • A cold,
  • Infections 
  • Low quality dog food
  • Not eating enough food, or too seldom, or changing the feed itself
  • Water/or lack of it
  • Changing owners, and any kind of Stress
can trigger a bout of Hypoglycemia.
You should see that your young Papillon puppy eats a good quality, high protein, high energy diet  3-5 /day, pending in how much he likes to eat.
By picking the food up after a while you will establish a good pattern of eating behavior.
If you crate- train your puppy, give him his food only in the crate. He will love his place after a while and will use it as a "retreat"

The smaller the puppy the more predisposed he is to this type of Hypoglycemia.


Here are common signs of Hypoglycemia:
  • Will not eat/loss of appetite, depression, listlessness
  • Trembling, shivering, disorientation
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Seizure ,muscular twitching, collapsing, muscle weakness
  • Incoordination


You may not see all symptoms, so, close monitoring of your puppy and "knowledge of the signs of hypoglycemia and acting upon  may mean the difference between life and death of your Papillon.
Hypoglycemia can permanently cause brain damage, if not death.


Always have a tube of "Nutri Cal" available for your Papillon. Teach him to lick a little of the stuff right of your finger.( Most dogs like it)
But in an emergency: (if unconscious)
 Squeeze some of it between his teeth and gums, and under the tongue.
Any kind of sugar (Karo Syrup)
Give him the sugary liquid with a syringe, or eye dropper in his cheek, if he can swallow.
If conscious:
Give him anything to eat he likes, from canned food, to cat food, or any snacks.

Keep him very warm with a heating pad, or other means and run to the vet.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Show Time

Multi CH Gracia Gina vom Cavalierchen
Our Gina won over this weekend an additional Champion Titel in Eugene, OR at the




International All Breed Canine Association.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Phalene Dog

The Phalene is the first and earliest form of the Papillon.
His origin is believed to be from Belgium around the 1400s. The Phalene was very popular in the French and Italian royal courts at that time. His popularity peaked in the 17Th century at the French court of Louis the XIV.
The dwarf spaniel found his way to England and later on to the U.S.
The AKC Kennel Club accepted the Phalene in 1935 in the registry.


The Phalene is also named:
  • Drop eared Papillon
  • Espagneul Nain
  • Continental Spaniel
The  body type is the same as of a Papillon.
See Papillon Standards

Jan Verokolje 1675

Paolo Veronese 1560-70

Papillons and Phalenes may be born in the same litter.