By AKC Staff Chocolate is toxic to dogs and depending on the type and amount of chocolate consumed and the weight of your dog, it could cause a serious medical emergency. If you know your dog has eaten chocolate, it’s important to monitor him for signs of toxicity (see below), and it’s recommended that you contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline (855-213-6680, fee applies) for advice. Learn how much is too much, which types of chocolate are the most dangerous, and what signs to look for that may signal your dog needs treatment
Keeping Papillons and other small dogs in a household requires often some furniture rearranging. When these little dogs have chances to fly of high surfaces , they end up eventually with spinal cord injuries, or broken legs.
I keep hearing more and more of folks who all of a sudden notice their small pap squeaking when picked up, or worse, not wanting to get up, refusing to walk up stairs, or unable to go potty.
The vet will take the X ray, there is inflammation around the vertebra, or worse. He will prescribe prednisone, muscle relaxants, and order 2 weeks confinement.
A short while later the dog ends up again at the vet, for the same reason, and the same thing.
Look around your home , make it "Pap Proof". Clean up all places where your 4-legged friend can jump from, and you know it is too high of a jump.
Couches should never be placed in the middle of the room, so the dog can jump from the highest part right down on the floor. (worse even on a hardwood floor)
Chairs should be always pulled all the way under the dining table, so Pap can not jump on the chair, then on the table, and then jump right off the table onto the floor. (they may do those kind of things while you are gone!!)
High beds should either have a stepper, or simple chair by the bed side for the dog to at least come down to the floor. An extra thick blanket, carpet, or pillows around the bed would also be advisable.
Unfortunately get to I see many images of Papillons with paws looking like those in the pic below:
Please, do your dog a favor and trim his paws; especially between his toes, as well his pads (underneath). Your Pap will have better traction, bring less dirt into your home. Moisture on his paws will dissipate more quickly.
U ask: how to trim the paws of my Papillon/Phalene.
First, let me mention, that I am not a professional groomer.
I will show you here my :"make do" style. I do brush and take care of my Papi's feet often, but I am not a perfectionist, and not a groomer.
But they always look neat and clean to the most part, and I have gotten a lot of compliments on their clean looks.
I am not going here into nail clipping either. The best is for you to have that shown at a vets office, or groom place.
You can buy the utensils in any pet shop, or even Walmart. Some times I use just the shears, and sometimes I use the clippers + shears. So, if you just have a nice, sharp set of shears, it will do. But be careful not to cut into the paw pads!!
Trim all hair around the paw, in an oval shape, just like the paw's shape is. Some people prefer to leave some of the hair above the tows a little longer, to show the "spaniel breed" in the dogs. I prefer to round it off all the way.
The hair between the paw pads should be trimmed. It will also drag less dirt into your house.
A paw done in a hurry. But it works!!
To have your Papillon's dainty small legs, and paws show their best appearance, you should incorporate the "hock trimming".
Article and pics coming later.....