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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

2016-01-03 Dog and fish incident??:

Well, dogs do not gulp water, they lap it up with their tongues, but when your fish hit the water, your dog undoubtedly turned its head and grabbed that fish up. Since the dog is used to being raw fed

2015-11-22 Does breeding make Dogs aggressive after their first time?:

There should NEVER be blood coming from your dog's penis! Something is very wrong and he needs to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible!    As to breeding him, that is not necessary. Go ahead and

2015-09-20 Fever in Fishes.:

This is really outside my expertise, and it is the last time I will respond to you.

2015-09-19 Fever in Pets.:

I seriously doubt that the primary reason for fever in pets is food poisoning. I have seen my dogs eat some things that would have had me in bed moaning if I had eaten it<G> Some dogs here (USA) are fed

2015-09-19 Fever in Pets.:

My expertise is dogs, but cats and horses are not that dissimilar, and all can have their temperatures taken rectally. (Normal temps for cats are 100.4-102.5F and horses are 99-101F.)    Normal temperature


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