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And:
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Monday, September 30, 2019

Two happy Road's End Paps with their mom , residing in Central Oregon.
Such peaceful, relaxing, happy moment pictured here.


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Toenail Injuries, Broken Toenails in Papillons, Dogs

(Reposting from april 2013)
We might pamper our little Butterflies, but Papillons, Phalenes are a quite active breed of dogs, and injuries-, broken toenails are common.
Injured nails can be very painful and can cause severe foot pain, and limping. The dog's nail bed has, as humans have, many nerves, and therefor is very sensitive.
A broken-, or torn nail can also lead to an infection.
A veterinarian might have to be consulted to asses the injury, and trim the torn nail under anesthesia.
I recently posted an article about nail care for our Papillons.
 http://www.roadsend-papillons-phalenes.com/2013/04/papillon-phalene-dog-toenail-care.html

Papillon, and other small dogs, lap dogs, are kept often in homes to the most part,and their nails are too long.
As longer the nails are as more prone they become to torn, or injured nails.
Prevention:
Keep the nails trimmed regularly, and short.

Resources:
http://www.ehow.com/list_7231194_dog-toenail-injuries.html
http://www.vetinfo.com/dog-nail-injury-treatment.html#b

Papillon, Phalene , Dog Toenail Care

(Reposting from April 2013)
It is important for the overall health of your Papillon, or any other dog to trim his toenails.
If you hear your Pap's  toenails clicking on an uncarpeted area, the nails are are too long.
Overgrown nails can easily tear, split, scratch you unpleasantly,  even alter the gait of your dog, and inflict even more  discomfort, and misalignment of his body.
Photos here are copied from Google images.
Nails are too long

Nails are severely long


We all know what an unpleasant task it is to clip our dogs nails. But it can be done.
I recommend especially to do this job right after a bath, where his nails are still moist, and softer.
Or after he had been out on a rainy day.
It will be more acceptable to him, especially if you turn a hair dryer on, and he will be preoccupied with his hair being blown all over the place.
Some dogs, if small, even do not mind to sit on your lap while their nails being trimmed.
Use either a dog nail clipper for (small) dogs, or, as I do most often, a human foot nail clipper on adult Papillons, and a human finger nail clipper on puppies.


When you purchase a puppy, or a new dog touch his feet and toenails daily, for him to learn to accept your handling. Reward him after your touching session.
After a few sessions start clipping only one nail a day, and reward your dog that he put up with this  operation!

I found this great chart on toenails, also under  Goggle images. Click on the image to study it a little closer:

If you cut into the Kwik, in other words: you cut the nail too short, have Kwik Stop handy, which you can purchase in pet supply stores, or on line.
In case you don't have Kwik Stop, use at least plain baking flower, it will also clot the blood and stop the bleeding.
If your dog has dew claws (the nail on the side of the leg) and it seems to be embedded back into the dog's flesh, you may still cut the nail on the appropriate spot, and then try to pull the  in-grown part of the nail right out of the flesh. If it is leaving a small wound treat the wound with a antibacterial dressing.



Of course you could grind the toenails with a dog toenail grinder.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Using Air Fresheners & Scented Candles

Using Air Fresheners and Candles? Here's Why you should stop!

Using air freshenersđź’¨, candlesđź•Ż and plug-ins? Here's why you should reconsider! (Credit: Resposted video from Companion Animal Network)

Posted by Planet Paws on Sunday, September 9, 2018

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Papillon Hair Colors

Re-posted this from Nov 2009!!

Always parti-color or white with patches of any color(s). On the head, color(s) other than white
must cover both ears, back and front, and extend without interruption from the ears over both eyes. A clearly defined white blaze and noseband are preferred to a solidly marked head. Symmetry of facial markings is desirable. The size, shape, placement, and presence or absence of patches of color on the body are without importance. Among the colors there is no preference, provided nose, eye rims and lips are well pigmented black.

Kibble & Health


Road's End Madame Mimi

Our Mimi: then and now

Mimi 2.5 weeks, Nov 2009

Mimi 2.5 weeks, Nov 2009

Mimi 3.5 months old

Mimi, 2019, 10 years old

Papillons Hair Maintenance/ Coat Care

Re-posting from November 2009!!

The Papillon has a soft, silky coat with no "under coat", that requires little grooming. The Papillons  long-haired coat, along with ear fringes look dramatic, but require less grooming than most long-haired coats, and they do not need professional grooming.

Brush/comb your dog a couple of times per week to keep mats out, improve blood circulation and bonding!!Pay attention to your Papillons culottes (the hair on back thighs), the hair under his belly, inner thighs and - most-around his ears. These spots are matted easily .
Spray a little mist on him to prevent his hair from breaking.
Start brushing him from the first day on to get him used to it; no matter how long his coat is.
These two Road's end Paps live in Central Oregon.
Gallery of RE Paps owned by Others

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Toy Dogs, Small Dog Breeds vs Teacup, Pocket Dogs

Toy Dogs, Small Dog Breeds  vs Teacup, Pocket Dogs.

Small dog breeds, or Toy dogs are usually under 15", and weighing less than 15 LBS.
Toy dogs that are under 10" may be called Miniature Dogs.
The very smallest version of Toy dogs are sometimes called Teacup-, or Pocket Dogs, but these two titles are not recognized by any breed registry.
 Toy, or small dogs, including our Papillons, and Phalenes are basically hardy dogs, with mostly a big dog attitude, with an average of a 13 year life span. There are many Papillons who reach the age of 16+.


 But here I want to focus on the health problems+ heart breaks people have when they purchase a cute Pap, ever so tiny, under the term Teacup, or Pocket Pup.
These little dogs, weighing barely 2 LBS when full grown, are mostly the results of inbreeding, as litter mates, or sons, daughters to parents.
With inbreeding you have the high risk of genetic diseases. And even not inbred, breeding for increasingly smaller offspring will put all pups , and moms in danger. Small dogs, or Papillons have small litters anyway, with an average of (my Papillons) 2.2-(other small dog) 4. A very small mom will most likely have big troubles to bear puppies, and her naturally ability of bearing any healthy puppies diminishes.
There is no such a thing as a Teacup dog.

Another problem you may run into is that you may purchase a very tiny puppy under the Teacup term, but it is a puppy in a much younger age given to you than it actually is.
Most people can not distinguish the difference between a 5 week old puppy, and a 8, or 10 week old one, simply because of the lack of experience. A small puppy is small, and that is what they see; especially in small breeds.
These kind of breeders just simply lie to you for extra money. The outcome here does not need be further explained.
The very worst and horrible kind of breeders are the ones who force the puppies to remain small by starving them. The pups are taken of their moms milk bar, and given only occasional puppy formula  or sometimes no formula at all, and substitute only liquid vitamins, and or liquid gel like Nutri Cal; which all stunts their growth.
All these puppies will have health problems, as they have insufficient calcium for bone growth, protein for muscle, brain development, no colostrum given to  develop their immune system.
The outcome is that you purchased a dog which will remain frail, fragile in all aspects, with a possible lifespan of only 1/3 of the normal lifespan.

I had written an article before about the size of the Papillon Dog. I encourage you to click here and read.
Don't make the "Teacup" mistake, go for a healthy pap!!

The Size of the Adult Papillon / Phalene Dog