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Living with a dog in the Philippines

A lot of expat friends and colleagues ask me about my overall experience in raising dogs in the Philippines. To this question, I reply that raising dogs is always fun and fulfilling, if you know how to adapt to your own surroundings. Growing up, we had a very large enclosed yard that made it easy… Continue reading Living with a dog in the Philippines

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Health testing mini schnauzers in the Philippines

Health tests are a must for all dog breeders. If you’re about to buy a puppy, make sure that you get one from a breeder who has done health testing on his or her lines. Unfortunately, not too many breeders in the Philippines do this because DNA testing for dogs and other services are not… Continue reading Health testing mini schnauzers in the Philippines

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12 questions to ask yourself before getting a dog

Are you ready to have a dog in your life? Before you say you are, here are some hard questions to ask yourself. A dog is a 15-year commitment. This is a line that you’ve probably heard many times, but let me repeat it again, especially if you are considering getting one. As a dog… Continue reading 12 questions to ask yourself before getting a dog

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International travel with your dog from the Philippines

Traveling with your dog can be fun, but let's admit it, it’s not the easiest thing to do because it entails a good measure of paperwork. Based on my experience, you’ll need to do some planning to prepare for your dog’s travel, but if you do it right, it can actually be a fun experience.… Continue reading International travel with your dog from the Philippines

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Ear cropping and tail docking in the Philippines

No topic can elicit more debate among schnauzer owners than the issue of ear cropping and tail docking. In many countries (UK, EU, and Australia), tail docking and ear cropping are banned so dog owners there don't have to make any decision regarding their dogs. The Philippines is among a handful of countries (including the… Continue reading Ear cropping and tail docking in the Philippines

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Can dogs eat rice?

This post is from the American Kennel Club newsletter. I am reposting it as is because rice is a staple in the Filipino diet, and is easily accessible to all those who want to give their dogs something else beyond kibble.  One of the most popular foods around the world is rice. But can dogs… Continue reading Can dogs eat rice?

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Ehrlichia in the Philippines: 7 things you should know

Ehrlichia is a most dreaded word for any dog owner. Recently, I've been hearing from so many dog owners who are absolutely floored by their beloved dog's ehrlichia diagnosis. Having gone through this experience not just once, but a number of times, here are some ehrlichia facts that I can share with you as a… Continue reading Ehrlichia in the Philippines: 7 things you should know

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Anti-flea and tick treatments that work in the Philippines

Fleas and ticks are a perennial problem for dog owners in the Philippines. The concern of pet parents is understandable -- each time I step into the vet's clinic, I would always encounter a dog suffering from ehrlichiosis, a tick-borne disease. (One case I saw was so bad, with the dog bleeding heavily as a… Continue reading Anti-flea and tick treatments that work in the Philippines

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Know your dog food choices in the Philippines

Dog owners all over the world always ask what they should feed their dogs. The  same is true in the Philippines, where dog owners are faced with a wide array of choices that can be confusing for any pet owner. For the purposes of this blog, I will put dog food under five categories --… Continue reading Know your dog food choices in the Philippines

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Falcon is now a Thai champion

Today, another dog of ours, Falcon, became a champion of Thailand after winning at a dog show held in Nondha Buri, Thailand. To top it all, he topped Group 2, also called the Molossoid-Schnauzer Group, in one ring under Australian judge Joanne Sewell. Falcon, whose pedigree name is Virrey de Copertal, lives in Thailand with… Continue reading Falcon is now a Thai champion