Tear Staining

Tear staining

Tear Staining

By:  Admin

Tear staining is a common problem with Maltese.   Most tearing problems are due to the famous “Four H’s” spoken of by Margarie Martin:  heredity, health, hygiene and happiness.  A seriously stained face does not indicate a poor-quality, nor poorly bred dog.  It is not proof that the dog is neglected, mistreated or unhealthy.  It just means the dog has more dog tears and less drainage than he needs for some reason that is probably somehow related to any one or any combination of very minor “heredity, health, hygiene, and happiness” concerns.

An eye stain can be caused by clogged tear ducts, ear mites or ear yeast infections.  Certain dog foods have dyes that can cause tearing eyes.

Tylosin can be used to help prevent tear stained eyes.  It is added to your dog’s water in small amounts.  Ask your vet about the correct dose for your dog.  Eye Envy is another good product that helps tear stains in dogs.

Breeding

Dog Breeding

By Admin

Breeding is a serious decision.  We should consider improving the breed not just making money.  A breeder should always strive for healthier and better quality puppies.

Pet quality dogs should never be used in your breeding program.  Their faults will only be passed down to their puppies.  Your female should be in excellent health and up to date on all vaccinations.  No really small females should be used.

Puppies are a a big responsibility  they need to be fed, kept clean and some have medical needs.  You should make sure you have the time, dedication and finances that will be necessary before you proceed.

Housebreaking Your Puppy

Housebreaking your puppyHousebreaking Your Puppy

You should begin housebreaking your puppy as soon as you bring it home.  Once bad habits are started they are harder to break.  You must decide whether you are going to train you puppy to go indoors, outdoors or a combination of both, which is recommended as you don’t have to worry about your puppy getting wet or soiling his coat if the weather is bad.

Most puppies should be taken out after:

Waking in the mornings
After naps
After meals
After play or training