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Stages of Development of your Pup

The first six weeks

For the first two weeks of a puppy's life, he is essentially blind and deaf and seeks the nourishment and warmth he needs from his mother. At about three weeks of age, he will begin wagging his tail, playing with his littermates and noticing people around him. Your puppy will acquire almost all of his adult sensory, motor and learning abilities from his third week until his twelfth or fourteenth week.

Six to twelve weeks

Dogs are pack animals. They look for one leader in their pack and are very loyal to serving and protecting their pack. Since dogs usually determine who their leader will be at six to eight weeks - this is the ideal time to bring home your puppy.

  • Although bringing your puppy home can be a fun, exciting, wonderful time for you and your family, it can be stressful for your puppy. Here are some suggestions that can ease the transition for your dog.
  • Decide on a name and consistently call your puppy by that name.
  • Plan your puppy's homecoming at the start of a weekend or some other time that you will be able to stay with it for a day or two to help orient your puppy to its new environment.
  • Never disturb a sleeping puppy. There will be plenty of time to play when it wakes - well rested and eager for your attention.
  • Keep your puppy in your sight at all times. It is important to establish your household rules quickly by guiding your puppy to the correct behavior.

Three to six months

Your little puppy is starting to feel pretty comfortable with his new family and he's busy trying to figure out where he fits. He's constantly exploring and testing his environment - and you!

Now is the time you need to reinforce your status as the leader - teaching your puppy the rules of your family. It is a good time to enroll your puppy in a puppy class which teaches him how to socialize with other dogs, and helps curb negative behavior before it becomes a problem. Your veterinarian, breeder or neighbors and friends will be able to provide puppy class referrals for classes in your area.

Six months to one year

While different breeds of dogs mature at different rates, all puppies hit adolescence sooner or later. For smaller breeds adolescence can start as early as six months, larger breeds may not enter this phase until nine or ten months of age. This is a period of behavioral adjustment - much like the teenage years are for people - and it can be difficult for both puppies and owners.

Male puppies may begin "marking their territory" by lifting their leg to urinate on almost anything. Puppies may also exhibit independent streaks, attempt to mount during play, and body slam themselves into other animals or people in an attempt to show others who they think is the boss. The good news is that you will probably be advised by your veterinarian to spay or neuter your puppy prior to this time. Spaying or neutering will help tone down you puppy's antics.

The second year

Many dogs act like puppies for most of their adult lives. Even as they continue to age and mature, their energy and affection stay high. Once a puppy is physically mature, inside and out, he is considered an adult. The amount of time it will take your puppy to reach adulthood will vary, depending on his breed. Many larger breeds take up to two years to reach adulthood. Consult your vet to find out when your puppy is "officially" an adult.

Once your puppy has proven he's ready, you can begin expanding his privileges - letting him roam your house at free will. But remember, even the best mannered puppy may get into mischief if he's lonely or bored. Even as your puppy enjoys more freedom, keep in mind he still needs his own space. Make sure your puppy continues to have access to its crate when it needs a retreat, even into adulthood.

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If Your Dog or Cat Ever Does This, Go To the Vet IMMEDIATELY!

What Exactly is “Head-Pressing”?

The term “head pressing” is actually pretty descriptive—the affected pet stands close to a wall or other hard surface (furniture, the corner, etc) and literally presses the top of her head against it. It almost always signifies significant illness.

What are the illness/diseases that can cause this behaviour?

Many diseases can have head pressing as a clinical sign, but most often we associate it with hepatic encephalopathy, a condition that occurs in pets with liver disease. The liver is meant to remove toxins from the blood stream. When it doesn’t function properly, ammonia and other toxins build up and create this neurologic syndrome of head pressing.

Many breeds are predisposed to liver shunts, a condition in which blood bypasses the liver. Head pressing is a common clinical sign in these pups because of the hepatic encephalopathy that occurs secondary to the liver shunt.

Other conditions that can cause head pressing are:

Hydrocephalus (water on the brain)
Tumours in the brain
Strokes or vascular accidents in the brain
Head trauma.
Inflammatory and infectious types of meningitis and encephalitis
Any kind of trauma to the head or brain can potentially cause head pressing.
Are these disease and illness hereditary?

Some diseases, like liver shunts and hydrocephalus ARE hereditary. Pets with these conditions should not be bred. The other causes mentioned are not hereditary.

Any other symptoms people should look for?

Depending on the underlying cause for head pressing, other symptoms will likely be apparent. In the case of the most common presentation (hepatic encephalopathy), owners will likely see signs of liver disease including:

Jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes and gums)
Weight loss
Increased urination
Increased water intake
Lethargy
Mental dullness (particularly after a meal)
Are there any Preventions?

Not specifically. Many of the conditions that lead to head pressing are just luck of the draw. By keeping your pet healthy, up to date on vaccines, and on appropriate external and internal parasite control, you can avoid some of the infectious causes of encephalitis, however.

What is the prognosis of an animal that displays this behaviour? Does waiting to seek treatment make a difference?

Prognosis largely depends on the underlying cause. There are treatments for many of the conditions that lead to head pressing, and often pets can make a full recovery.

For most veterinary illnesses, the sooner treatment is sought, the better.

Any other information readers need to know?

You should not be concerned if your pet rubs his or her head against you for affection or attention. This kind of head butting is completely different from head pressing, which is an obvious effort to press the head into firm stationary objects.
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Our volunteers from Blue Cross never stop at anything! This was one of the most challenging cases we have faced in a while. Gaining ownership of cattle, be it temporary or permanent requires a lot of procedures. This case in particular had a lot complications as the cattle ignored by the owners involved a police case due to a series of unfortunate events.

Our volunteers found 5 cows which had been starving for 5 days. The neighbours and village members were reluctant to enter the premises and help the cattle as the feared for their own lives due to the complications involved. They could hear the cows screaming in agony for help!

Our volunteers were accompanied by the local Sub Inspector to visit the location. The cows were carefully loaded in the trucks and we ensured that their travel was comfortable. They are currently at at the Velachery Shelter under recovery!

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