My weimaraner getting dark spots on her chest?

Written by jemke1 on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 – 11:11 am -

My 3 year old weimaraner has never had any health problems. But I’ve noticed over the past couple of days that she has a large reddish-brownish spot on her chest (about 6 inches or so) and another on her inner thigh. It’s not swollen, it’s not bleeding, and it doesn’t seem to bother her at all. Should I be worried about this? She refuses to sleep on her bed, and often sleeps on the hard linoleum floor in the kitchen – could this be a callus of some sort? Any other ideas? I’m going to call the vet tomorrow, but it doesn’t seem like an emergency, and I was curious about whether anyone else had experienced this.

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My weimaraner has been having some skin problems…his coat has become very blotchy and discolored, any help?

Written by jemke1 on Monday, June 14, 2010 – 12:20 pm -

Took him to the vet yesterday, they dont know and are referring me to a animal dermatologist. They think it is breed specific….Any weim owners out there that can help??
I do put fish oil in his food everyday….

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Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy Bone Disease on Dogs

Written by jemke1 on Saturday, April 10, 2010 – 7:47 pm -

Hypertrophic osteodystrophy or HOD is a condition that affects young large breed dogs. HOD is a bone disease that affects the rapid growing bones of large dogs and may occur between ages of 2 and 7 months.

The breeds that are at high risk for HOD are Boxers, Chesapeake Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever and Weimaraner, although there can be exceptions to this rule. Male large dog breeds are more affected than females.

There is no known of Hypertrophic osteodystrophy. Possible causes  are; bacterial infections, canine distemper, virus infection, vaccination with distemper virus  or vitamin C deficiency. is also speculated, hence the decreased uptake of Vitamin C and/or increased uptake of other vitamins and minerals other than vitamin C. The excessive calcium supplementation is also included as one possibility. There may be a link to recent vaccination with a modified live vaccine, but no specific vaccine has been implicated. on Weinmaraner dog prevent the possibility of vaccine-induced HOD.

The signs and symptoms of HOD strict in often to be mild to moderate painful swelling of the growth plates in the leg bones of dogs. It most commonly affects the ends of the radius, ulna (the long bones from the elbow to the wrist) and tibia (the long bone from the knee to the hock). Lameness may vary from mild to severe, reluctance to stand if multiple limbs are affected. Fever, anorexia, loss of appetite and depressions are noticed. Swelling and heat are commonly present over the affected bones. Some clinical signs also includes diarrhea, discharge from the eyes, tonsillitis, thickening of the foot pads, pneumonia, and abnormal development of the enamel of the teeth. Dogs suffering really proper petsafe and care.

X-ray signs of HOD are more clearly noticed. A line of lucency where the bone has been destroyed is usually found to be parallel to the growth plates of the affected bones. X-rays show a dark line at the metaphysis, which can progress to new bone growth on the outside of that area. This represents microfractures in the metaphysis and bone proliferation to bridge the defect in the periosteum. Some signs seen on microscope are also clear. The growth plate is normal, but blood vessels adjacent to the growth plate are frequently dilated. Bleeding in the bone adjacent to the growth plate and extensive death of the bone adjacent to the growth plate. Adjacent to the line of lucency is a zone of increased density of bone that corresponds to collapsed of layers of dead bone. The outer layer of the bone (periosteum) is thickened with new bone formation.

The treatment for HOD is generally supportive since this is a very painful condition and these disease is usually self-limiting which can last a few weeks. Treatment includes intravenous fluid therapy, anti-inflammatories and painkillers such as buffered aspirin or carprofen (Rimadyl) are given and needed enough rest on their comfortable pet beds. In addition, the animals are usually given a broad-spectrum antibiotic since bacterial infection is suspected. Since the dog might be too irritable and uncomfortable, strict rest on a comfortable warm bed is recommended. Feeding a nutritious, highly palatable food will help to encourage some dogs to eat. In severe cases steroids may need to be given to control the pain, but because of the possibility of this being a bacterial disease their use may be contraindicated due to their immunosuppressive qualities. Supplementation of Vitamin C is contraindicated due to an increase in calcium levels in the blood, possibly worsening the disease. Permanent skeletal deformity can occur, recurrence can be a problem until the dog reaches maturity and dogs usually do not die of the disease rather are euthanatized if recovery is poor or if clinical signs are severe.

Hannah Serrano

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Does your Weimaraner have skin problems?

Written by jemke1 on Saturday, April 10, 2010 – 7:41 pm -

Our Weimaraner gets little bumps on his head in the summer and then when they go away, they leave little tiny bald spots. The spots also must itch because he rubs his head on the floor all the time. This year seems to be worse. Does anyone else have this problem, and is there a solution? Thanks!

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Your Weimaraner & Separation Anxiety

Written by jemke1 on Sunday, March 21, 2010 – 12:20 pm -

 Separation anxiety is one of the most common problems that Weimaraners seem to develop. It is an anxiety disorder, and is defined as a state of intense panic brought on by your Weimaraner’s isolation/separation from you.
 In other words: when you leave for work in the morning, your Weimaraner is plunged into a state of nervous anxiety which intensifies extremely quickly and often results in complaints, from neighbours, when you return.
Weimaraner’s are social animals – they need plenty of company and social interaction to keep them happy and content. No dog likes to be left alone for long stretches of time, but Weimaraner’s can react a lot worse than others.
It doesn’t just affect Weimaraners – some breeds are genetically predisposed towards anxiety and insecurity, which is something you should consider when deciding which breed you’d prefer (particularly if you’re going to be absent for long stretches of time). A few of these breeds include Springer Spaniels, German Shepherds, and Airedales.
A significant proportion of dogs from shelters develop separation anxiety. Most of these ‘shelter dogs’ have undergone significant trauma in their lives – they’ve been abandoned by their previous owners – and thus they have little trust that their new-found owner (you) isn’t going to pull the same trick. A lot of Weimaraner owners can’t cope and end up taking theirs to a shelter. Now imagine a Weimaraner that’s also a Shelter Dog!
If you’re absent much more than you’re present in your Weimaraner’s life, separation anxiety is pretty much inevitable. Your Weimaraner needs your company, affection, and attention in order to be happy and content.
The symptoms of separation anxiety are pretty distinctive: your Weimaraner will usually learn to tell when you’re about to leave (she’ll hear keys jingling, will see you putting on your outdoor clothes, etc) and will become anxious. She may follow you from room to room, whining, trembling, and crying. Some Weimaraners even become aggressive, in an attempt to stop their owners from leaving.
When you’ve left, the anxious behavior will rapidly worsen and usually will peak within half an hour. She may bark incessantly, scratch and dig at windows and doors (an attempt to escape from confinement and reunite herself with you), chew inappropriate items, even urinate and defecate inside the house. In extreme cases, she might self-mutilate by licking or chewing her skin until it’s raw, or pulling out fur; or will engage in obsessive-compulsive behaviors, like spinning and tail-chasing.
Upon your return, she’ll be excessively excited, and will leap around you in a frenzy of delight for a protracted period of time (more than the 30 seconds to one minute of a happy, well-balanced dog.)
This extended greeting is a source of some misunderstanding: without realising that such a greeting actually signifies the presence of a psychological disorder, some owners actually encourage their Weimaraner to get more and more worked up upon their return (by fuelling the Weimaraner’s excitement, encouraging her to leap around, paying her protracted attention, and so on.)
If you’re behaving in this way with your Weimaraner, please stop. I know it’s tempting and very easy to do, and it seems harmless – after all, she’s so happy to see you, what harm can it do to return her attention and affection in equal measure? – but in actuality, you’re just validating her belief that your return is the high point of the day. She’ll extremely happy when you return – but, when it’s time for you to leave again, her now-exaggerated happiness at your presence is under threat, and she gets even more unhappy when you walk out that door.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimise your Weimaraner’s tendency towards anxiety. Here’s a short list of do’s and don’ts:

Do:
Exercise the heck out of her. Really wear her out: the longer you expect to be away, the more exercise she should get before you leave. For example, if you’re leaving for work in the morning, she’ll probably be by herself for at least four hours; and, if you’ve got a dog-walker to take her out mid-day instead of coming back yourself, she won’t see you – the person she really cares about – for at least nine hours. So she needs a good, vigorous walk (fifteen to twenty minutes is the absolute minimum here!) before you walk out that door. More is even better.

Distract her from her boredom, loneliness, and anxiety by giving her an attractive alternative to pining, pacing, and whining. All dogs love to chew – why not play on this predisposition? Get a couple of marrowbones from the butcher, bake them in the oven for 20 minutes (so they go nice and hard and crunchy – and so she can’t smear marrow all over your furniture), slice them up into chunks of a few inches long, and give her one about 15 minutes before you leave. It’ll keep her happy and occupied, and will act as a smokescreen for your departure.

When you leave, put the radio on to a soothing station: classical music is ideal, but any station featuring lots of talk shows is also ideal. Keep the volume quite low, and it’ll calm her down a bit and give her the feeling that she’s got company.

If at all possible, supply her with a view: if she can see the world going by, that’s the next best thing to being out and about in it.

Acclimatize her to your leaving. Taking things nice and slowly, practice getting ready to go: jingle your keys about, put on your coat, and open the door. Then – without leaving! – sit back down and don’t go anywhere. Do this until she’s not reacting any more. When there’s no reaction, give her a treat and lavish praise for being so brave. Next, practice actually walking out the door (and returning immediately), again doing this until there’s no reaction. Gradually work up – gradually being the operative word here! – until you’re able to leave the house with no signs of stress from her.

Do not:

Act overtly sympathetic when she’s crying. Although it sounds very cold-hearted, trying to soothe and comfort your Weimaraner by patting her and cooing over her is actually one of the worst things you can do: it’s essentially validating her concern. Make sure she can’t tell that you feel sorry for her: don’t ever say, “It’s OK, good girl” when she’s upset!

 

It’s a great learning tool for anyone who wants to learn how to deal constructively with their Weimaraner’s problem behaviors.

 

All of the common behavioral problems are dealt with in detail, and there’s a great section on obedience commands and tricks . I simply wouldn’t have survived 5 years, with my own Weimaraner, without this information!

Maya Jakes owns a 5 year old Weimaraner and knows, from experience, that they’re not dogs – they’re Weimaraners!

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