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Your Questions About St Bernard Pitbull Mix

Mandy asks…

PitBull pup with German Shepherd?

Is it alright to put a 1 year old German Shephard/St. Bernard Mix with a 13 week old PitBull puppy? I just recently got a pitbull pup and I was wondering if it was alright to put my dogs together at this time? Or should I wait til the puppy gets a bit older? I wasn’t sure because I’m afraid my German S, might sit on her if they play alittle. She doesn’t bite, but when they got near each other my older dog started getting a bit too excited. Help? It would be greatly appreciated.

Sarah Jones answers:

No, there should be no unsupervised time spent together. I’d worry that the puppy would play too hard and damage his growing bones.

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Your Questions About Great Dane St Bernard Mix

Sandy asks…

How much corn does a Great Dane need to eat to cause bloat and how long do I need to watch them after eating?

I have a great dane/St. Bernard mix. And we are very careful to buy her food without corn in it. But my kids just spilled a box of Trix cereal on the floor and she went to town before I was able to get there. (the number one ingredient in Trix is corn) She looks fine but of course now I am worried about her.n Any tips?

Sarah Jones answers:

Corn alone will not cause bloat. Large dogs with deep chests are prone to bloat. Allowing the dog to gulp too much food or water are bigger factors than corn. A large dog should be relaxed prior and post eating. Water should be withheld a half hour prior and post as well. Some dogs will get bloat no matter what you do or what they eat.

Being bloated and having bloat are two very different things. Bloat is from the stomach twisting and the other (being bloated) is just having gas. WOW!!!

Luckily I have never had a dog with bloat. However, the signs to watch out for are, sudden expantion of the stomach, several attempts to produce a bowel movement or extreme projectile diarrhea much like water as the body attempts to flush the blockage plus vomiting that produces little or no matter. Some vets will stitch the stomach when spay or neutering a dog for a little more. Time is critical with bloat and it can happen even if the dog hasn’t drank or eaten for a while.

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Your Questions About Saint Bernard Mixed With German Shepherd

Maria asks…

Puppy with torn muscle, exercise-limited, and bored. What can I do?

My 1 year old Saint Bernard/German Shepherd mix (60 lbs) was hurt at Doggy Day Camp. After a week of limping off and on, I took her to our vet who diagnosed her with a soft tissue injury in her shoulder and wrist on her front left side. She was put on anti-inflammatory medication and 4 weeks of NO exercise.

It has been 2 weeks and she is terribly bored and acting out. I understand that a not exercised dog equals a misbehaving dog, but I don’t know what to do about it. She’s chewing and barking no matter how much attention, bones, and toys I give her. How should I handle this? Should I punish her bad behavior like I typically would in our normal situation? How can I wear her out mentally and not physically?

Poor girl. Poor house. Poor neighbors. Any help would be much appreciated.

Sarah Jones answers:

Try toys that are meant to keep dogs “busy” so to speak.

Like a Kong Toy, filled with Peanut Butter, or peices of her kibble or whatever treat she can tolerate.

Food dispensing type toys come in two general varieties – the puzzle and the chew toy. Both kinds of toys are frequently recommended for distracting and amusing the dog when it is left alone. One should note that there is no toy that is 100% safe, so unsupervised use does have some risk. Select a toy of an appropriate size and degree of sturdiness for your dog and you can minimize the risk. Balanced against the usually low risk of danger from the toy itself is the higher risk when a bored dog makes something into a toy that was never intended to be one. Growing in popularity is the idea of feeding the dog’s entire meal using these toys.

There are a lot of variations of this kind of toy. Be careful. Some are poorly made and can end up being dangerous.

You can look them online, and see which ones you think would be the right, safe choice for your pet!

Hope that helps!
Good Luck!

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Your Questions About Pug Mixed With Beagle

Thomas asks…

Are there any health issues with any mixed pugs?

Are there any problems with having a mixed pug like some problems might be sttuborn, health issues, or hard to train? Some mixed pugs like Beagle and pug, boston terrier and pug,or Shiz tuz and pug.

Sarah Jones answers:

Depends. If a pug is bred with something with a longer snout (like a beagle) it could eleviate some of the breathing problems, but a beagle’s energy w/ a pug’s lack of tolerance to a lot of activity could spell out some heart problems down the line.

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Your Questions About Bulldogs

Maria asks…

bulldogs???

are bulldogs good to have?

Sarah Jones answers:

I love English Bulldogs. I own one and she is great. They can have afew medical problems, and you can not let them get to hot. They will die quickly if they get to hot. They love everyone, and are great with kids. They do not make a good watch dog, because if you will pet them they would let them walk out of your house with everything you own including them. Ido think mine would protect her family, but only if she really thought we were in real trouble. They have wonderfull personalities, and are super cute though.

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