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I have been showing miniature schnauzers in conformation, obedience, and earthdog for forty years, and am a professional dog groomer. I am not a veterinarian and cannot answer questions of a veterinary nature. However, I can give my opinion or share some experiences on some health issues. Everyone should remember that this is a volunteer service, and few of us are up late into the night. Medical emergencies require a veterinary visit, or at least a telephone call... not an internet question which might not be viewed and answered until hours later. If your dog is sick or injured, it should be seen by a licensed professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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I have taught obedience classes and have taught people how to groom for many years.

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Member of: American Miniature Schnauzer Club; Twin Cities Miniature Schnauzer Club; Twin Cities Obedience Training Club; Elk River Kennel Club; Minnesota Professional Pet Groomers Association; Greater Twin Cities Earthdog Club.


Fifty-one years of living with, observing, and training dogs, along with numerous seminars during that time.

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Recent Answers from Karen Brittan

2015-07-24 border collie:

There is usually no way to know what any dog will do in an emergency situation until it actually happens. I would expect the shepherd to do the protecting, as that is what they were bred to do. I know

2015-06-30 Daschund with Skin Irritation and Has Seen a Vet!:

Yes, indeed, it could be from the food, although Fromm is a pretty good food. Dogs can, however, react to certain items in foods differently. It is, however, unusual that food would cause a reaction in

2015-05-28 french bulldog and british bulldog fighting:

Dogs should always be fed separately as food is one of their highest motivators. Mine are all fed in individual crates so that no one can bother anyone else during mealtime. Once you know what things can

2015-05-10 fresh food diet for dog with kidney stones:

A good site that explains what sort of raw diet should be fed to a dog with bladder stones is      Here's how to start a raw-food diet: http://www

2015-04-11 Doggy Whelping Help:

Labor usually starts within 24 hours after that major temperature drop, so I would prepare for her to start labor shortly. Puppies need a warm environment, so keep the whelping box in a warm area and out


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