Should we let the dog lick the dishes in the dishwasher?



My husband lets my dog ​​lick clean dishes in the dishwasher. It drives me crazy, but he says it doesn’t matter because the germs will be washed off. Who is right ?

It’s true that dishwashers are generally much more efficient than hand washing at removing germs from plates and bowls, removing over 99% through a combination of washing food and debris (and throwing them away. in the sewer), creating an alkaline environment with the dishwasher detergent, then using the heat to kill any residual bacteria and viruses.

That said, many dishwashers now have a fast or eco cycle, using shorter times and lower temperatures. I suggest you avoid them and use hotter, longer cycles instead. If you do this, you can be sure that the hygiene practices in your husband’s home are super safe. I’m not convinced that allowing dogs to lick dishwashers is a good idea in terms of having proper behavioral limits for your pets, but that’s another question!

We are getting a puppy in the new year. When should we give him the second round of vaccinations?

– Joanne, County Kerry

The vaccine schedule is important. If given too early, antibodies in breast milk neutralize the vaccine, preventing it from “taking”. If administered too late, there is a space where the puppy may be vulnerable to infection. Each different brand of dog vaccine comes with a data sheet that specifies the exact age at which the vaccine should be given.

Two vaccines are usually needed, with the second usually given at ten or twelve weeks of age.

The best answer is to talk to the vet who will administer the vaccine: they will inform you of the requirements of the brand of vaccine they are using.

My cat has started yelling at me very loudly and nibbling my ankle when he wants something. Is it my fault and does he hate me, and how do I become the boss again?

– Cliona from Cork

Yes it’s your fault, no he doesn’t hate you, and to become the boss you have to change the way you react to him. The behavior that is rewarded tends to increase, so you have to accidentally reward him for screaming and biting (eg giving him what he wants).

Instead, you need to ignore his bad behavior and start rewarding him for his good behavior (give him what he wants when he behaves in a way that you want him to behave).

The screams and bites are hard to ignore, so put him in another room when he does that. You may need a piece of wood to help gently pull it away from you at these times.

I have a rescue, a greyhound, should I take it to a groomer? His fingernails seem very long, especially the lug. Can I do it myself?

– John, County Limerick

Greyhounds generally don’t need professional grooming – they have short, easy-to-groom fur.

However, some people still like their dogs to be professionally washed, brushed and beautified, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Nail trimming is an important part of dog care. You can do this yourself with the proper equipment, but I would recommend professional instruction, from a groomer or your vet first.

My neutered little tomcat has changed his behavior recently. He refuses to go out and has had a lot of cystitis-like infections. There are two new big male cats that have moved in near us. Could they intimidate our tabby?

– Norma, Cork City.

Yes. Cats are very vulnerable to social stress in situations like this, and illnesses like cystitis are a common consequence. I would consider making him an indoor cat only, with a few litter boxes, a cat tree, and toys to keep him entertained. I’m afraid it’s impossible to “put manners” on other bossy cats.

We promised our 6 year old that he could have a fish for his birthday. What would you recommend? Should we fear that our domestic cat is trying to gobble them up?

– Veronica, Co Tipperary

I would recommend a couple of simple goldfish: they’re social creatures, so keeping them like singletons is wrong.

Some cats are captivated by the temptation to move shiny little prey like this around, so you should keep the fish out of reach (and possibly out of sight) of your cats, with a cover that fits tightly over the tank, and a solid foundation that cannot be knocked down. Choose as large a tank as possible and avoid a traditional bowl.

We have an adorable golden retriever puppy, but she jumps on visitors. We practiced the sit order with treats, but if someone new comes along, it’s all over the place. To help!

РNicole, Li̬ge

The simple answer is to ask people to “be like a tree” when they do this, standing still and unresponsive. She will learn that it is not fun for her and stop. It is the tip of the important iceberg of potentially difficult animal behavior. You need to engage with a good dog trainer to get good one-on-one advice on all the ways you interact with them.

I am paying a fortune for my vet’s “sensitive” dog food because our cockapoo had tummy issues as a puppy. What good is the point now of trying to wean him off on something cheaper?

РDesmond, Li̬ge

There may be more budget-friendly options, whether it’s at the vet, at pet stores, or online. However, you need to take into account the risk of high cost of a recurrence of tummy problems. It is easy to cause gastrointestinal irritation again if you suddenly change your food. Explain your budget concerns to your vet, and they may be able to guide you to a cheaper but still safe option.



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