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My chews on his feet and takes his skin off. He doesn't have anxiety. Please help?

Please carry out a detailed body checkup of your pet during grooming. Your pet may have ticks between the toes or it may be due to fleas in the hair coat. Make it a regular routine to check up specially once the dog comes back from outdoors. #FidomateKnowsBest #AskTheExpert

How to keep ticks and fleas away?

Ticks and fleas are highly relevant in the tropical Indian climate. There is dog mange that can affect the dogs. Not only ectoparasites suck the blood from the dog but also transmit many diseases. Dogs should be bathed with anti-tick and anti-flea shampoo on a regular basis. Ticks and fleas are required to be removed physically too. In addition to that, your Vet can suggest some good SPOT-ON for a comprehensive coverage against ectoparasites. We recommend #FIDOMATE’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal shampoo to keeps ticks and fleas away and for a shiny and smooth coat. #FidomateKnowsBest #AskTheExpert

How to treat my pet's skin infection?

It is important that the type of skin infection is identified first. The infection can be bacterial or fungal and it can be with or without tick and flea/ mite infestation. Proper diagnosis is important that is based on an examination by a Veterinarian. Assuming that it is a mixed bacterial and fungal infection, your Vet may recommend an antifungal/antibacterial shampoo along with some oral medication which will certainly help. If the infection is associated with the ectoparasitic infestation, your dog may require a SPOT-ON treatment to combat that. Please note that skin hygiene is the primary factor to keep your dog away from any skin infections. Please visit and consult your Veterinarian for medical advice.

How to get rid of dandruff?

Dandruff is indicative of skin infection, poor nutrition, climatic change or poor grooming. In addition to that, it can be due to hormonal disturbances. Skin infection can be bacterial or fungal in origin, so you need to use the antifungal or antibacterial shampoo once a week. Daily diet can be supplemented with good Salmon oil which is highly rich in Omega-3 fatty acid. It will bring the balance in the diet of the dog. Hormonal disturbances can be due to hypothyroidism and Cushing\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s disease, it will require intervention by a Veterinarian based on examination of the dog. Now, irrespective of cause, regular grooming of the dog will go a long way to help him to get rid of dandruff. #FidomateKnowsBest #AskTheExpert

My dog doesn't eat food. What should I do to increase the weight?

You need to show your dog to your Vet. Anorexia can be due to many reasons and if it is for a prolonged duration, it will require detail blood examination, other tests, and regular monitoring. Whereas if the weight of your dog is within the laid down norms and the dog is energetic then you should not worry. However, if the dog is underweight, you need to consult your Vet for stool examination and deworming. Roundworms can be the cause of your dog\\\'s weight issues. #FidomateKnowsBest #AskTheExpert

What should be the ideal weight of my dog at the age of 3 years?

Roughly a Labrador will gain full weight at 2 years of age, and it should be between 70 to 80 Pounds. #FidomateKnowsBest #AskTheExpert

Why is my pet not gaining weight?

Please note that if your dog is energetic/bright and weight is within the prescribed range, you do not have to worry. However, if the dog is dull and lacks energy, you should take your dog to a Veterinarian who may recommend deworming the dog after stool examination. Based on the routine physical examination, the Veterinarian may go for blood examination. He may recommend dietary changes for the dog. High protein diet is usually recommended for weight gain. #FidomateKnowsBest #AskTheExpert

I have a 35-day old puppy. When should I start giving him calcium and multivitamins?

Giving calcium and multivitamins depends on the diet chart of your pet, which can be prepared by your Vet. If the food given is balanced then you are not required to add anything. 50 mg of Calcium is required per kg of body weight and it can be sourced directly from the routine diet. However, if there is a calcium deficiency, calcium supplements can be added by your Vet. #FidomateKnowsBest #AskTheExpert

Why does my dog have bad breath?

You need to check the buccal cavity of the dog and clean it regularly with the help of a mouthwash. Ensure you clean the teeth on a regular basis. This can also be done with the help of artificial bones. If there is too much tartar or plaque, please consult your Vet. In addition, please check if your dog has got constipation. If so, then you need to check for crude fiber content of the feed. Discuss the overall nutrition of your dog with your Vet. #FidomateKnowsBest #AskTheExpert

How to deal with my pet's chewing habit?

If your pet is chewing your household items, then it is because they are demanding more attention from you, they are bored or because of lack of exercise. Pay attention to these issues and your pet will be happy as ever again! #FidomateKnowsBest #AskTheExpert