Wednesday, April 3, 2013

5 Common Questions Dog Owners Ask - Get the Answers

I thought it was an interesting conversation so I made a list of the top 5 questions and their answers:

1. “Are dogs color blind?” This one is really popular! While a dogs sense of smell is certainly their most refined, many also have exceptionally strong eyesight. However, its not necessary for dogs to be able to tell the difference between colors in order to survive. Though they can distinguish between certain colors in the environment, their color vision is limited and the colors they see may appear muted to them. Find out more about how dogs see. Go to:

2. “When do dogs go into heat?” Most dogs generally go into their first “heat” (or time when they can become pregnant) sometime between the ages of 4 and 18 months. Most dogs that go into heat are at least 6 months of age and the average age is usually between 9 and 13 months. Dogs also go into heat twice a year on average. Learn more about a dogs heat cycle. Go to:

3. “Is it good for dogs to have their first heat before they are spayed?” The short answer is no. Dogs should be spayed before their first heat. Find out why. Go to:

4. “How do you potty train a puppy?” There is no simple answer to this question, unfortunately. To get the full story, please read this very informative article with detailed instructions:

5. “Can dogs take ibuprofen or aspirin?” The short answer is that they can…but it must be done carefully. Dogs may take either ibuprofen or aspirin under the recommendation of your veterinarian but often in reduced dosages and with special care. It is absolutely critical that you do not give your dog any medication without discussing it with their vet first.

For more information, go to: hope you enjoyed these questions and learned something helpful. Until next time, Dr. Jon

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