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Puppy Proof Your Home, 20 Tips To Save You Tears

20 Tips

  1. Keep rubbish bags out of their reach
  2. Protect them from electrical cables
  3. Keep Chemicals locked away
  4. Do not leave plastic bags lying around
  5. Don’t allow them to climb on the furniture
  6. Do let them have their zone
  7. Start teaching early
  8. Verify none of your house plants are poisonous
  9. Do not leave doors or windows open
  10. Secure the outside pool
  11. Clean up their feces
  12. Never leave them unattended
  13. Have an area with fencing
  14. Keep the lawn short
  15. Protect them from overheating
  16. Close the toilet lid always
  17. Screen off fires and stoves
  18. Place your soiled clothes in a linen basket
  19. Protect your furniture
  20. Beware of cat litter trays

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The Happy Day

At last, you have your Lhasa Apso puppy at home. That happy day you have been waiting for so long has arrived. After all the fun of buying toys, collars, a comfy bed and of course choosing a name is over, you must now get to the serious part of owning another living being. You have taken on a big responsibility, your puppy is no longer under his mother’s care, you are, in their eyes, their parent. You will need to look after them just as human parents look after their children. They are so cute to watch as they scamper around your home. But just as children can get seriously hurt in our homes and garden the same is true for your puppy. Below I have listed some examples that you must take seriously to protect and teach your puppy as they grow.

Rubbish / Trash Bags

Just as the title says it’s rubbish, leftover meal scraps, old food wrappings, toothpicks, soda cans, sharp things that may be inside your trash bags. All potential danger/health problems. Remember the old saying, curiosity killed the cat, well your puppy is going to be just the same, they are curious too. In their new world, so much to see and new odors everywhere, trash bags smell so good to a puppy, they are going to explore the contents of this strange object.

Vigilance on your part should be the priority. Never leave your puppy any form of access to the trash area. Secure your bags inside appropriate containers inside and outside the home. Reduce the risk of them eating something which could be poisonous to them or injuring themselves on some sharp object. Nice stainless steel bins for kitchens that blend in with any style of decoration can be sourced on Amazon, I have already saved you time by finding this particular model which resembles mine, with the current price and availability on Amazon.

If your rubbish is collected once a week, even less in some countries, then your trash needs to be kept securely out of your puppy’s inquisitive eyes and nose. Leaving your trash lying around is only asking for trouble, outside trash bins can, of course, be less glamourous, Amazon has many on offer and this one would keep your Lhasa safe and out of harm.

Electric Cables and Cords

In today’s hi-tech world we have so many appliances that need a constant power source. This power nearly always comes from the home electrical circuit. We may have some cords running across the floor exposed to the world. Before you brought home your puppy this was not a concern or a safety issue.

Now that “Scamp” or whatever their name might be has arrived into your home these cables now become a big issue for their safety. Puppies and cords are not a good combination to have, so try and keep all cords that have to run across the floor close to the wall, try and fix them to make it difficult to chew.

With their puppy teeth, they can chew through a cord in seconds exposing themselves to the danger of electrocution. To them it’s not running 110/240volts, it’s just a new thing that needs exploring. It is possible to gather the cords together and wrap them in a spiral cord wrap. These are excellent and not only will they help protect your puppy from chewing the cords they also tidy up the unsightly mess of many cords lying around the home. Amazon has a cool one especially for pet dogs, you can check the availability and today’s price’s here

Keep Chemicals Locked Away

As a parent of two young children, I was always worried that they would drink or eat something dangerous. We kept the house clean using many different products that were a danger if not handled correctly. So all these were put away, out of sight, with child locks on the doors to prevent them from having access to them.

Young puppies are no different to young children, the best advice is to keep everything locked away, where they will not be tempted to have a little chew at something new. They are not going to need childproof locks on the doors where the chemicals are kept but don’t tempt them by forgetting to close the doors, it can be easily done.

Do Not Leave Plastic Bags Lying Around

Fortunately, plastic is becoming banned in many countries now. There are still dangers though that you must be aware of concerning these bags. The most important is suffocation. Your little bundle of joy is going to be playing and running around so much, exploring the new environment.

Although most plastic bags now have holes to eliminate the risks of suffocation many are still made without these holes, posing an enormous threat to your puppy.

Another life-threatening issue with plastic can be the ingestion of plastic bags. The possibility that a bag was containing some nice smelly food is very likely. Your pup is going to get right into eating the bag and choking. Dispose of all the plastic into selective containers. In this way saving the planet and wildlife from more suffering.

Do Not Allow Them To Climb On The Furniture

Advice some dog trainers will tell you is never let your puppy start to climb on the furniture. They are trying to make themselves as big or bigger than you, trying to dominate you. In one way yes I agree, but we do love our little pups so much it’s nice to have a cuddle with them.

My own Lhasa “Lucky” who has been with us for seventeen years, he has always been allowed onto the sofa/couch. He has never chewed at anything, it is a moment when he lays beside us before going to bed. Oh and here is another big no-no we are guilty of. “Lucky” sleeps at the foot of our bed. He seems so comfortable there, even though I have kicked him off a few times by accident as I roll over in my sleep. To be awakened by a thud as he hits the floor.

If you can prevent them from climbing on the furniture and this is your choice, you must train them to not climb, reward after each command has been obeyed. But I think like us you will be soft in your heart.
Lucky Resting on the Sofa

Do Let Them Have Their Zone

Allowing your Lhasa puppy to have an area just for them is advisable. This is where you could place their crate and bed, all their toys and food bowls. If possible find somewhere that is less frequented by humans, a place where they can rest up and chill out after playing.

Every time your dog goes to this area to investigate it, give them a reward, some praising words, or a treat so they know what they are doing you approve of. They will become happy to go there knowing a treat is coming.

Remember, if you have young children, they understand that they must not go there, it’s just for the puppy. Today’s Amazon prices on dog crates can be found here, this model will blend into any home anywhere. They are ideal if you wish to teach your puppy from an early age to have their own place

Start Teaching Early

I use the example of my own Lhasa “Lucky” who arrived at the age of eighteen months by chance. He was abandoned and decided to take up home with us. He was not trained to obey any commands, although he always went outside when he needed to go to the toilet.

I started with basic commands of sit, stay, come, NO, good boy, every time rewarding him. they are intelligent and like to obey you. Its a Lhasa quality to please their masters. My daughter then started to teach him more complex tricks that he would perform with happiness.

Teaching your puppy earlier than we did with Lucky is highly recommended. Not only will you have a Lhasa that obeys you sooner, there will be personal satisfaction as well when you show your friends how clever your puppy is. To help your training here is a link to one of my other posts all about training your Lhasa Apso.

Verify None of Your House Plants Are Poisonous

Mother Nature is very good at providing us with plenty of good things to eat. On the downside though there are plants that can make us very sick, or even kill us. We, humans, have the knowledge and stay away from plants harmful for human consumption.

Now our four-legged little Lhasa’s, although smart does not have the same knowledge as humans and sometimes their curiosity gets the better of them, they might take a nibble on a toxic plant. Listed below are some of the more common house plants that are poisonous for our Lhasa’s.

  1. Peace Lillie
  2. Poison Ivy
  3. Jade
  4. Aloe Vera
  5. Pothos / Devils Ivy
  6. Elephant Ear
  7. Dumb Cane
  8. Snowbread
  9. ZZ Plant
  10. Asparagus Fern

Although not exhaustive these are the most popular houseplants. I would need a post just for them. Do check your plants for non-toxicity for your dog.

Do Not Leave Doors or Windows Open

For reasons of house security you never go downtown and leave the windows or doors open. Burglars will be inside in a blinking of your eye. Taking possessions that you have worked hard for, even your Lhasa. Lhasa’s sell for a good amount, if you have a Show / Concours Lhasa they can change hands for thousands. A lucrative market for some bad people.

The Lhasa Apso is a very alert sentinel, they will allways be listening/looking then barking at any strange noises outside. Open windows and doors will give them the opportunity to run/jump outside to chase that cat or another dog. The added risk of jumping out of the window includes the fall and hitting the ground, this could be fatal, if not it may cause serious injury to such a small dog.

Secure The Outside Pool

France has a law in which all pools must be made secure to prevent any child falling in and drowning, sadly there are too many deaths here. This security can be an alarm or better still a barrier that is childproof.

With Lhasa’s that are so energetic and chasing around so much I strongly advise you, to secure your pool with a dog-proof barrier. They take time to install/implant around the pool but you will have peace of mind whilst you let your dog outside alone.

Do take into account that although small they can jump. So a barrier to prevent jumping over and into the pool will be required and can be purchased in specialized stores. I like this pool barrier on Amazon. Check out the price they are selling for today, and make sure your Lhasa stays dry. It has a mesh you can see through, stainless steel posts that simply drop into the predrilled holes you have made around the pool that follows your pool design. One of its good points is that it can be removed easily and stored away if needed. Check out the price they are selling for today, and make sure your Lhasa stays dry.

Clean Up Their Feces

Unsightly and unhealthy to leave lying in the yard, dog feces contain a multitude of germs and bacteria. There is also the risk of someone treading in one and bringing it into the home. A startling fact about dog poo, in only one gram there can be up to 23 million bacteria, YUK.

These bacteria can be transmitted into your home by wind, insects, especially flys, critters which I personally hate, I see flies on many disgusting things in the countryside, they enter my home ahh. I find them repugnant knowing they have been on feces of all types of animals.

If left on the lawn, nature will, with the help of rain reduce feces to nothing. But, check this out, bacteria can live in your garden soil for over year

Picking up poop is not one of the best tasks in life, to help make this chore easier I searched the internet to see what equipment was available and make the job easier. Of course, there are the ordinary little shovels and pinchers, but I found this high tech pooper scooper on Amazon that even puts the poop into a bag with a press of a button.

Never Leave Them Unattended

This is for their security. Outside other dogs in the neighborhood might be lurking and fight with your puppy. They could run off and get lost, hit by passing cars, worse still, stolen.

Inside the home, there are dangers that may cause problems including stairways, a fall from the top will cause serious injury to a puppy, poisonous plants, electric cables, unfinished food bowls, your chocolate. There are many other reasons why you should keep a close eye on your puppy.

To be able to relax many owners opt for a crate so their puppy is safe and cannot do any harm to themselves or the home. Lucky my Lhasa has never been in a crate but if you feel this would be an option for you and your puppy I did some digging on Amazon and found this dog crate that will allow some calm time for both of you. It is also a very nice piece of furniture that will not look out of place in any home.

Have an Area with Fencing

An area outside that is fenced in gives your puppy the chance to run around while you relax. You will have peace of mind knowing they are safe, are not going to eat anything unhealthy. They too will feel secure in their own area which aids their growing up.

Fenced areas can also be used in the training period, allowing some freedom for your puppy whilst you’re training them. One important factor though is don’t let them do their toilet inside this area. As they might associate the fenced area is for the toilet, then they will not go anywhere else.

Keep the Lawn Short

A couple of reasons here as to why keep the lawn short. Our Lhasa’s are, in the leg department a little short, thus allowing their body to sweep along the ground, and long grass in the morning can have dew/moisture from the irrigation system or rain. Into the home, they come full of life, full of wet dirty hair.

Having the lawn short helps in locating their poop stools, aiding in the removal. Female dog urine will burn the grass, so when you observe brown circles on the lawn this can be the reason. Lawn repair is also easier on a nicely kept lawn.

Protect Them From Overheating

As your puppy grows so will their hair, if you decide to keep them with the teddy bear cut them overheating is reduced. Adversely having long flowing hair is going to increase body temperatures in the hotter times of the year.

Proper grooming will help temperature control as this reduces the build-up of the undercoat matting. I do use different combs and brushes for Lucky. You can see which combs and brushes I use in this video here.

Learn to groom your puppy at an early age. You and your puppy will enjoy the time you spend together helping to build a solid relationship. I have a post on how to grown your Lhasa Apso here to give some advice.

Close the Toilet Lid Always

My wife is always telling me to close the toilet lid, you male readers out there I’m sure to have the same instructions. Well, ladies, to protect our little puppies from falling in and drowning everybody must remember to close the lid. Dogs like new smells and puppies are no exception.

Screen off Fires and Stoves

Security should be top of your list when owning a puppy, and one of the top security issues should be protecting them from any extream heat source. This will include the open fire and the stove.

Placing a fire screen in front of the fire will prevent any puppy from wandering too close. Fire screens are good for restricting any chance of sparks or debris falling from the fire and landing on your sleeping puppy by your feet.

Place Your Soiled Clothes in a Linen Basket

Dogs have a very acute sense of smell. When your dog smells you, they feel secure, being in your presence is reassuring to them especially if yours is still a puppy. So why place your soiled clothes in the linen basket?

Your Lhasa is just going to love finding your clothes lying on the bathroom or bedroom floor. They have found their masters odor and will start to chew on them. By the time they have finished your clothes will be just a pile of shredded rags. This is normal behavior for dogs. Keep reading to find out why.

Being up to 100,000 times better than our nasal orifice, dogs actually live by their sense of smell. My own Lhasa Lucky who is blind, still finds his way around the grounds without getting lost. By using his memory of smells he has remembered.

Underwear is an article of clothing that our dog does not get to smell on a daily basis. Just as all dogs have their own scent, we also have a personal scent and your puppy is going to find that in your underwear.

Underwear uses elastic, if your puppy gets chewing on them they stand a big chance of choking. Accidents happen and if you find your clothes shredded do not scold your puppy, unless you actually catch them in the act. It serves absolutely nothing to show your dog their error 2 hours later when you come home. Dogs do not have a long memory span and will wonder “what have I done?”

Protect your Furniture

Lhasa Apso’s do have a particular habit of scratching when on furniture. Lucky my dog will spend what seems to me ages trying to dig a hole in the couch or his bed. Many folks say never let your dog up onto the couch or your bed, but they are so cute I can’t help it.

Another Lhasa problem is they often bring up a yellow sick. This is not a sign they are ill, it nearly always results when they are hungry. Have a throw cover that is easy to wash on the couch just in case this happens.

Beware of Cat Litter Trays

Do you have cats as well as a Lhasa? If so then do be careful that your puppy does not get into it and start digging around with all those new smells in there. It could make your Lhasa sick.

Cat litter is made with chemicals that absorb the urine and kill the smell of the cat’s urine. Your puppy is in his new world now and will explore everything including the cat tray.

Being an absorbent, cat litter, if your puppy has ingested it runs the risk of becoming dehydrated or worse an obstruction inside the intestines.

Another issue that is worrying is the high chance that your puppy will eat the cat poop, doing so runs the risk that they could get hookworms, roundworms, whipworms.


Becoming the owner of a Lhasa Apso is a rewarding moment but there are many things that can be a danger to them around the home. Maintaining them in good health, stopping them from getting hurt, you must be on your guard all day every day. I do hope my post has given you some insight into how to Puppy Proof Your Home, with the 20 Tips To Save You Tears Enjoy your puppy to the max.

Cherry Eye, Everything You Need to Know

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What is Cherry Eye?

The best way to describe the cherry eye syndrome is by seeing the third eyelid inside the eye itself.  This problem occurs mostly in younger dogs up to two years old. 

This third eyelid’s role, which under normal conditions is invisible, is to produce tears and nutrients that protect your dog’s eyes. Cherry eye occurs when your dog’s gland that produces tears, protrudes and prolapses.

Your veterinarian will know this condition under the name of Nictitans Gland Prolapse, resulting in a pinkish-red lump that will appear in the corner of their eyes. 

The color of this third eyelid being blood-red or pink. Hence the reason we call this syndrome cherry eye. Appearing from the nasal area of the eye you will observe what appears to be another eyelid.

The first impression when seeing your Lhasa Apso with a cherry eye will scare you. You’re going to be thinking is this cancer or something terrible. Cherry eye must be treated, but it is far from being life-threatening for your pet. Now you feel reassured let’s continue to learn more about this common problem Lhasa Apsos can encounter during their lives.

I would like to say I am fortunate that my own Lhasa, Lucky, has never had this problem.
Lucky with perfect eyes

What Causes Cherry Eye?

As a result of the retinaculum, the part that keeps the gland in place, becoming defective for some reason the Nictitans Gland will prolapse and protrude into the corner of the eye.

This gland which washes the eye constantly becomes exposed more, thereby becoming dryer and inflamed, causing that reddish-pink flesh in the corner of the eye. 

This happens due to the drying of the third eye tissue, creating other symptoms that can lead to infection and further complications. 

Early Stage Symptoms

Even before you see that ugly mass in the corner of your pet’s eye you may notice some unusual signs in your Lhasa. The most common sign is an abundance of tear production or lack of tear production. Is your Lhasa becoming increasingly moist around the eyes? An overproduction of tears will leave brown stains on their fur, from the eye running onto the muzzle. 

If you notice your dog rubbing or trying to scratch their eyes this should alert you to the first signs of cherry eye. I recommend a visit to your veterinarian before the problem becomes worse. 

Is Cherry Eye Hereditary?

There is no proof of cherry eye being hereditary. 

Veterinarians will advise you not to breed your Lhasa if it has had cherry eye. Even though the problem may have been treated in your Lhasa, and they have been given the all-clear they still might have a recessive gene. Therefore it is highly possible that a pup from the litter may have a gene passed forward. Increasing the chances of it developing cherry eye later.

Is Cherry Eye Painful?

Looking at that unsightly third eyelid, which has prolapsed, in the corner of the eye. We would be forgiven thinking it is very painful.

That red lump of flesh does look painful, but it is more irritating for them as the eye will not be receiving enough irrigation and will become dry.

How To Prevent Cherry Eye

Cherry eye is a problem that young dogs up to two years seem to be prone to getting. There is no way to prevent your pup from getting this eye disorder. The exact causes that result in Cherry eye are not fully known, thereby making prevention almost impossible.

One way to help irradicate this eye problem is to make sure you do not breed any Lhasa that has had a previous third eyelid prolapse. Cherry eye can be passed onto future pups by breeding previously affected adults.
Lucky 2 Years Old

Can It Heal By Itself?

This is possible in some rare cases. If you have spotted your Lhasa in time then you could try a gentle eye massage, softly massaging the affected eye. Steroids along with Antibiotics (check the latest prices on Amazon by clicking on Antibiotics, or Steroids, (these links are affiliate links to my Amazon Affiliate program) may be combined with the massage, and help correct the Cherry eye. Always consult your veterinarian for their advice.

How Do You Treat Cherry Eye?

If massage has not corrected this then the only alternative is surgery. The ultimate solution has to be undertaken. The sooner the better. The veterinarian will perform an operation where they will reattach the third eyelid in its original position.

Their aim is to correct this long term to prevent any future eye inflammation and infection. A few weeks after the intervention the third eyelid with its tear gland will return to normal.

There are a few cases where there might be a relapse and you will need to undertake a second operation. Do be aware that if your pet has had cherry eye in one eye it is very probable that the second eye will get it too.

What Are The Costs Of Surgery?

Different countries will practice varying tariffs. Loving your Lhasa means that you will have a good assurance cover to help meet these fees. To give you some idea I have found these costs from 

  • UK       £340
  • USA     $300 / $800
  • CAN     $300 / $900
  • AUS     $300

These are fees that can easily double or triple depending on the expertise required. Do some research in your region before choosing your veterinarian. 

Is Surgery Necessary?

If you have tried massaging and applying ointments and there were no positive results then yes surgery is necessary. There are two types of surgery available.

The first option is called the pocket technique. Your veterinarian will make two small cuts either side, With the tear gland free the veterinarian will replace it into its original position, then securing it in place with stitches.

The second possible surgery, if the pocket technique failed, will be to completely remove the tear gland. Removing the tear gland will obviously mean less irrigation for the eye and you will need to administer eye drops to prevent dry eye or any further infections.

Post Operation

Now that you have your Lhasa at home you will need to care for them. They are going to want to scratch their eye after the operation, I strongly advise, if your veterinarian has not provided one, to purchase a cone that can be placed on their head to protect their eyes. 

I found these two on Amazon, (clicking on them will take you to my affiliate link) a PINK one and a BLUE one

They are lightweight and have a nice soft collar and rim. Check out the prices on Amazon, I think they look so much nicer than those your veterinarian supplies.

As the eye recovers there might be some pus leaking, this will cause crusts to form on the hair near the eye, this will need to be removed. Daily wiping with some eye wipes to moisten the eye will keep this to a minimum. If however there are crusts in the hair near the eye you will need to gently comb them out. I found this Small Eye Combe on Amazon, (clicking on the link takes you to my Amazon Affiliate program if you purchase one I receive a small commission)  

Eye wipes are necessary and to save you time, I found these Eye Wipes, on Amazon, (clicking on the Eye Wipes link will take you to my Amazon affiliate program where if you purchase anything I will receive a small commission)
Clean stain free eyes


If you suspect your Lhasa of having cherry eye then you should immediately consult your veterinarian. Taking the appropriate steps cherry eye can be dealt with easily with the help of your veterinarian. Although the cherry eye is not life-threatening you should not let it go untreated.

Always place a cone on your Lhasa to prevent them from scratching post-operative. Use eye wipes, administer creams or eye drops to help in the recovery stage. 

Fashion Accessories for Lhasas, get the latest trends

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When it comes to fashion accessories for your Lhasa you might think this is a new tendency. Actually, it cannot be further from the truth, in ancient Egyptian times dogs was decorated in various manners. 

A nobleman called, Maiharpiri, from ancient Egypt was buried in his tomb with his dog. Archaeologists, when they opened the tomb found a dog collar. This dog collar made from leather was embossed with scenes of hunting.

An image of his dog, Tantanouit, was also embossed into the leather. Being the noble man’s favorite dog they were buried together. He thought the dog would be reincarnated with him in a new life.

The English King, Henry VIII also had dogs and these had collars made from gold, silver, velvet, and silk in various decorative forms. These collars were put on his dogs that had survived in his various battles.

The Renaissance period saw dog collars with a locking system, these were placed on dogs of the nobility. Dogs in those days were classed as an object of possession and only the owner had the key to the lock.

From as early as 1900 dog owners were dressing their dogs in human clothing,  it must have been a funny sight. We can conclude then that fashion accessories for dogs is nothing new.  Today with the arrival of the internet this fashion market has now exploded.

As you read this post I hope that some of the links I place here for you to look at will give you smile, they did me, they may even convince you to purchase a fashion accessory for your Lhasa.

In Bryant Park in New York a dog fashion show was held in 2011, this fashion show was called Last Bark.

Next time you take your Lhasa down to your local park for a walk, make people’s heads turn with some beautiful fashion accessories on your Lhasa. Don’t worry you’re not the first to dress up your dog, nor will you be the last.

What is Dog Fashion?

Dog fashion is the way we dress our dogs, refined ultrachic dog fashion is very diverse, ranging from clothing, scarves, boots, jewelry, and much much more. There is no stopping us in what we would like our pets to wear, then to show them off. Having the best dressed Lhasa in town is the fashion dog owner’s ultimate goal.

It might be just a simple pair of boots, like these from Amazon that Lucky wears in the winter when we go off skiing. Read all about taking your dog on winter holidays in one of my other posts here.  Going on to special items like collars, ties, dinner jackets, dresses, hair bands, the list just goes on and on.

Is it Bad to Put Clothes on Dogs?

Why not dress up your Lhasa Apso in some special fashionable clothing, give your dog that special treatment. Now some people frown upon dressing up animals thinking this is ridiculous, but you and I know differently.

So do certain fashion designers that are now creating clothing for canine friends. Every year the world-known shopping center Harrods of London holds a fashion show, Pet a Porter, a huge success for our canine friends.

Back to the question, is it bad to put clothes on dogs? It could be bad if the clothing is tight, which could restrict blood circulation, also may restrict their movements.  Clothing could also continuously rub on their body causing irritation if too loose. These are areas that you need to control regularly so your pet does not suffer.

Another point to look out for during hot weather, when putting a fashion coat on your pet it may cause them to suffer from overheating and dehydration, do be very aware of this problem if you live in hot climates.

There are articles of clothing, (not part of the fashion wardrobe)  which help pets that are anxious, it helps them to calm them down when they are stressed. This piece of clothing which is fabricated in the USA is called a Thunder Shirt and will definitely help your dog if they are stressed.

The vest wraps around your pet, nice and snugly, the feeling it creates reassures them, it’s similar to them being cuddled in your arms. When I take Lucky down to the veterinarian his Sixth Sense kicks in, he knows where we are heading, he gets very stressful on the drive there,

I think one of these jackets would be ideal for him, it should calm him down on the journey.  I have checked out Amazon and I found this particular model which should be ideal for Lucky.

Harnesses Collars and Leashes

Let’s take a look at these accessories that are also security items. Harnesses are my preferred system when taking Lucky out for a walk. They provide excellent restraining capabilities if your dog decides to run after a cat or dog the harness restrains the dog without hurting their neck.

This particular model made me smile, not for Lucky because he is male! But on your little princess, it would look so cute. Lucky has a tough guy military-style model 🙂
                      Luckys Harness


Collars are available in all types of fabrics and colors, varying in their prices,  the sky is the limit, if you decide to have your dog’s collar studded with diamonds then you better have a friendly bank manager.

Celebrities and pet influencers place photos of their pets dressed in fashionable harnesses, collars and leashes on all the social media platforms. Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Connolly, Brunello Cucinelli, and Bottega Veneta are all producing fashionable harnesses, collars, and leashes for the pets market.


If you are interested in fashion accessories for your pet, (of course you are, you are reading this post)  then you might like to purchase beforehand a little wardrobe to hang up all the outfits you will be purchasing.

These small wardrobes are ideal for organizing your pet’s accessories, harnesses, collars, leashes, booties and many other items that your Lhasa Apso is going to need.

Check out here, our recommended products page, to see a large range of accessories. Alternatively, after reading this post you can access the recommended products page from the main menu, to see the latest prices.


As time goes by you are going to amass a lot of articles and accessories for your Lhasa Apso.  Trying to keep all this at hand and in an orderly area can be made easier by having a pet wardrobe. One that has one or two drawers as well to stock all your brushes and combs, collars and leashes. above the drawers, there will be a rail to hang your dog’s jackets, dresses, tutus, or whatever.

Looking around on the internet I have come across a few models, Lhasa Apso is a small dog then you might even think of buying a doll’s wardrobe,  pink ones of course for a girly Lhasa’s and I’m sure somewhere you’ll find blue ones for our macho Lhasa’s.

Here is a nice pink doll’s house that may well be acceptable for your female Lhasa,  checkout and latest prices on Amazon here.

Alternatively, if you are a handy person or do-it-yourself type of person you will find on the Internet plans and drawings that will help you build your own pet’s wardrobe. This is not only cost-effective but will give you enormous satisfaction when you see your personalized pet’s wardrobe made by yourself.


The Reason Why we Dress up our Dogs

We as Lhasa owners love our dogs so much. They are part of our lives, part of our family. We take them out everywhere with us, (thankfully they are small) downtown shopping, restaurants, holidays and don’t we just love to show them off.

Our Lhasa Apsos are a reflection of ourselves when we dress in fashionable clothes we enjoy the looks from passers-by. In the same way when we dress our dogs in fashionable clothes we are becoming one with our pet, enjoying the looks people are giving to us both.

The clothes that we dress our Lhasa Apso’s in, is a mirror of our status. The better dressed we are, will lead us to be dressing our Lhasa likewise, they will also be wearing some top name wear. In doing so we are creating an even stronger bond together.

Could you imagine if we wear the same colors, clothing, as our pets, by the same top name clothes designers? Crazy eh!

As our Lhasa Apso’s brings so much joy and happiness to us it’s only natural that we would like to return the pleasure they have given us. We can do this by dressing them up in some fashion clothing.


Now is the time to get into the pet fashion. There have never been so many fashion accessories on the market. Dress up your Lhasa in some quality top name clothing, get them a smart-looking collar, some little boots when it gets icy, maybe a raincoat to keep that long furry coat dry in the wetter climates, a scarf, headbands, ribbons, I think that anything you could imagine for you Lhasa, someone, somewhere is making it!


15 Questions Answered Before Adopting a Lhasa Apso

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  1. Choosing a reputable Dog Shelter
  2. Decision-making takes time
  3. Do you have enough free time 
  4. Check your income resources
  5. Time for the dog to adjust 
  6. Tattoo’s microchip and dog tags
  7. Neutering or Spaying
  8. Grooming
  9. Food
  10. Exercise and playtime
  11. Training
  12. Worm and Tick prevention
  13. An area for your dog
  14. Showing your love
  15. Making your yard dog proof

Like myself, you are undoubtedly a lover of dogs, and you have decided not to buy your Lhasa Apso but to adopt one. Owning a Lhasa Apso is the same whether you adopt one or if you buy one. In my particular case my Lhasa Apso, Lucky, actually adopted my family.  I found him wandering and lost in my garden, I think he was abandoned, he was about 1 year old,  he has been with us for 17 years now.

So you’re thinking about adopting a Lhasa Apso?  Yes, well done, that’s a great move and the Lhasa Apso is a great little character of a dog. They will bring you many years of happiness. I am going to answer these 15 questions, knowing the answers will help you with your final decision in adoption.


1 Choosing a reputable Dog Shelter

Trying to find a reputable Dog Shelter to make your adoption application is not an easy task.  With so many around how do you choose the best reputable shelter? One of the best ways is always by word-of-mouth, a good shelter people will talk about and recommend. They will, of course, talk about a bad shelter, but not recommend it.

No doubt you will now have a couple of shelters to choose from, obviously, you need to go along as a visitor and see what the conditions are like yourself. Although your friends and well-doers have given you their recommendations, go check them out for yourself. Prepare yourself with some questions to ask the personnel. Are the staff friendly towards you? Can they answer all your questions? Do the dogs in the shelter look well cared for?


2 Decision-making takes time

After weeks and weeks of looking for that reputable shelter that takes care of their animals, you feel happy with them so you now need to make a decision. The most important decision you have to make is are you going to adopt a male or a female Lhasa Apsos. Each gender has its characteristics (you can read more about male and female Lhasa Apsos characters on one of my other posts here)

After reading about the Lhasa Apso characters on that post you will have finally made your decision, what did you choose male or female?  I personally had no choice as Lucky adopted us so my Lhasa is a male.

Whilst visiting the shelter you will have seen so many adorable little puppy faces looking up to you,  each and everyone you want to take home with you. Of course, this is not possible and you’re next major decision is, do I take a puppy or do I take an older dog?

If you have fallen in love with a puppy Lhasa Apso, which I think everybody would,  you will have the joy of having a baby which includes teething potty training obedience training and all that goes with a small baby.

If your decision has fallen for an older Lhasa Apso, then these early stages will already be accomplished before they were left in the shelter. But, and a big butt it is, this is where you must take your time because these older dogs may have picked up bad habits. Are you prepared to retrain a dog that has been badly trained or mistreated? They may also have emotional problems if they have been badly treated by a previous person.


3 Do you have enough free time

You will surely say course I have, sorry but you need to look at your daily and weekly schedules.

Are you a student and live on a campus which does not allow pets? If you can only touch home at the weekends your new companion is going to miss you whilst you’re at college.  Probably you live at home but leave in the morning for school early and don’t return home until late in the afternoon, although this is a better scenario than the person that lives on campus, your pet Lhasa is going to have an empty day when you’re nowhere around.

If College and campus life is long behind you and you are now in an active working situation the same applies to you, your Lhasa Apso is going to be home all day on its own which I strongly condemn.

Your new little fur baby is going to need lots of attention and teaching,  you really do need time to be next to them. Do you have a sports club you attend that will take your time away?  Adopting a Lhasa Apso will mean you need to reorganize your time schedules.

If you are young and still at home with your parents, this can be a solution as they can help enormously whilst you’re away
           Spending lots of time together


4 Check your income resources

Ok, now we’re getting somewhere after the first three questions. You have chosen the shelter,  taken time in deciding whether to choose an older dog or a young puppy. You’re happy that you can organize your time, to give precious time towards your new Lhasa Apso.

The next question concerns the financial commitment that it is going to be assessed,  not only the initial stages, not only all vaccinations and tests that have to be paid for before you even leave the shelter.

Once home you will want to spoil your new friend with toys, a nice soft bed, grooming brushes and combs amongst much other paraphernalia. To get some idea of the items I have for Lucky and the latest prices you can check them out on my products pages here.  As you can see these items are not expensive and they are normally a once only buy.

A regular expense is their food and treats. Luckily for us, the Lhasa Apso is a small dog with a small appetite, I once owned a German Shepherd who would get through the 25-kilo sack of dry meal in no time.

It would be very sad if you had to take your gorgeous Lhasa Apso back to the animal shelter because you cannot financially meet the commitment of owning one.


5 Time for the dog to adjust

Having adopted a dog from a shelter you must try and understand what’s going through the mind of your new friend. They were once in a home with someone as their parent. Now torn away from that person that they believed was going to look after then for the rest of their lives, they are locked up with other barking dogs, they could be emotionally upset.

The staff at the shelter should be able to tell you about your chosen pets previous life-history.  This indeed will prepare you for the days and weeks ahead knowing what they have suffered, you are going to have to have patience and love to win the heart of your new friend.

They will, of course, be so happy to be out of the shelter and into a new family home, you have probably saved their life. Your newly acquired Lhasa Apso is going to need time to adjust to his new surroundings, sights and sounds, new smells, your love and regulations, the new training you are going to give them.


6 Tattoo’s, microchips and dog tags

Here in Europe and no doubt in the American states you have enormous problems with dognapping, dogs are taken off the street hustled into a van and taken to unscrupulous dealers and shelters to be sold onwards. The police have enough on their hands with serious crime and cannot sadly allocate enough time catching these dog thieves.

This is where getting your new Lhasa Apso companion microchipped and getting them some dog tags is good, although becoming less and less used here in Europe dogs used to be tattooed with a number inside their ear which was traceable.

In today’s modern technology era, most dogs now have a small microchip placed just under the skin on their neck, my own Lucky has a microchip buried into his neck skin just under the left ear.

Having a collar with some dog tags are an excellent addition to the microchip.  if you’re Lhasa runs off after a cat for example and gets lost or doesn’t come back, because they are a stubborn breed, then tags with your phone number and contact details allow people that find your dog to contact you or bring it to your home. I would advise not to put your dog’s name on the tag as this helps dog thieves, already knowing a dog’s name they can entice it into the vehicle.


7  Neutering or Spaying

You have done a very noble jest in adopting an animal from a shelter, saving it from maybe a fatal injection to put them to sleep.  Each year in the United States alone between 6 to 8 million different types of animals are left in animal shelters and 50% are put to sleep. Up to 4 million animals destroyed each year. Don’t let anybody put you down because you adopted your pet, there is nothing at all to be ashamed of, the contrary,  you should be thanked and praised for doing what you have done.

Neutering or Spaying your new pet will help to reduce those numbers being placed in shelters and of course the reduction of the unfortunate ones being put to sleep. You have a home, somewhere to live, just imagine if the roles were reversed and us humans were destroyed because there is no place for us on the planet.

What does neutering or spaying involve? You probably know this renders your male or female dogs infertile. In the female they remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus,  this has the beneficial effect that the female will no longer have her heat cycle, with the result of no blood loss. The male has his testes removed. This will stop him from being able to reproduce and curb his sometimes embarrassing breeding antics.


8 Grooming

We all take pride in ourselves and how we look,  and an important question I’m going to answer here is the grooming needed for your new pet. The most satisfying part of grooming is when you brush and stroke your pet’s hair. Lhasa has hair and not fur! This is therapeutic for us and helps us to relax and unwind after a stressful day, with the benefit your dog is getting his daily brushing.

I also give Lucky a massage over the top of his shoulders and his neck, he absolutely adores it, he almost falls asleep.

Grooming is not just about brushing your dog, you will need to do many other tasks,  I have a post specifically about grooming which you can read here,

Small dogs have problems with their teeth and tartar build up so you need to regularly keep their teeth clean and brushed.  I found this very difficult with Lucky even trying to use a specific chicken flavored dog toothpaste he still would not let me brush his teeth,  so I used chewy dental sticks which helped for many years.

After speaking to my veterinarian I have learned how to trim his claws, although not a difficult task many people are scared to undertake this part of grooming.  I have made a video where I show how to cut a Lhasa Apsos claws, of course, I used Lucky as my model.  If you would like to watch the video it is on YouTube here

Allowing the claws to get too long will interfere with they’re walking, can sometimes get caught on tissue with some bad results if the claw breaks, as the dog tries to pull away. A young dog full of energy will in his daily activities keep their claws to the correct length naturally. It becomes important as your dog becomes older and is less active, as in Lucky’s case, that you must pay particular attention to their claws.

One area to watch and treat are the brown stains that some Lhasa Apsos get from their eyes,  releasing liquid, staining in their fur. Although not a problem medically, it is unsightly.
Grooming time for Lucky

9 Food

We need food daily to obtain vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial for our health, to build healthy teeth, bones and strong muscles it is vital we choose healthy food. Your new furry friend cannot read the ingredient list on the food packaging, so you have the responsibility of selecting the correct food for your breed of dog, it’s age and sometimes male and female foods are added to the enormous range available.

Some Lhasa Apso owners will cook chicken and rice for there pet and they are fine. Personaly I leave Lucky’s food bowl with dry biscuits and a bowl of fresh water available all day for him,  beware Lhasa Apsos can be very difficult eaters. At lunchtime, my wife and I will give him a small amount of what we are eating, this is a special treat for him.

One type of food that is very beneficial for humans has totally the opposite effect for dogs, that food is chocolate. Never on any occasion allow your dog to eat any form of chocolate. Other foods can also be dangerous for our pet dogs, these would include raisins, onions, macadamia nuts, grapes, etc. Do be very careful and ask your veterinarian, check out on the internet for foods that are ok for your Lhasa.

Although being active and loving to run around, the Lhasa Apso, if you are not careful in their feeding plan can become overweight. Again as your Lhasa Apso increases in age, the activity will be reduced and they will stand a chance of becoming obese. You can read one of my other posts on this website that is titled ‘is my Lhasa Apso overweighthere.


10 Exercise and Playtime

This question follows well the questions above about their food, not becoming overweight and the time needed to exercise your Lhasa Apso.  Just as our body needs exercise to keep us on form physically and mentally so your new adopted Lhasa Apso is going to need exercise.

Even though Lhasa Apsos are a small breed they need to be exercised daily. In general the minimum would be 30 minutes daily, you can spend as long as you are able, even up to 2 hours exercising/playing or going for a long walk together.

The responsible pet owner will always be watching thier pet to see signs of over-exercising,  these would include heavy panting, laying down, not wanting to do anything and any form of limping. You should also keep a close eye on their paw pads when the temperatures are high. As I am writing this post, here in the South of France, we are having a record-breaking heatwave, temperatures reaching 45+ degrees in the sun, the concrete and tarmac road surfaces are well into their  50° maybe even 60° which will very quickly burn your pets paw pads.

Talking about the heat you must also remember our dogs can also get heatstroke in these hotter months. Our small Lhasa Apsos may become dehydrated and if their body temperature reaches over 160° it could have serious detrimental effects on their well being and can even be life-threatening.

These extremely hot periods are rare, you need to be careful all the same. The rest of the year your dog can continue it exercises normally, but can you over-exercise your dog?

Yes, you can over-exercise your dog, once again if you do very long walks on rough road surfaces check their paw pads for signs of wear, splitting and bleeding.

They might enjoy the running around and chasing the ball or a stick so much they don’t want to stop and you’re having a great time with them and you continue. The next day your dog may be over-exercise and will be suffering from sore muscles.

Next day when you call your pet for his or her exercise and they are excited to go and play, did you notice them struggle to get up? You know exactly how they feel, when you have done any energetic physical sport, the next day your muscles are aching as well!

One last point on exercising your Lhasa Apso, remember they are subjective of having patellar luxation, too much vigorous jumping and running may induce this problem which you can read all about on one of my other posts here.
         Lots of exercises

11 Training

Now that you have your adopted Lhasa Apso with you at home you need to think seriously about their training. Just like our children, if they were untrained and uneducated in life, they could become uncontrollable and lost. As loving parents, we teach our children right from wrong, so they can enter the adult world with a good solid base. We need to do the same for our Lhasa Apso, they must learn you are their master,  they must learn to obey you and your commands.

Coming from a shelter they are going to need your love,  this will be returned by their loyalty towards you. If you have adopted a young puppy you need to start training them now, probably to stop biting and chewing furniture, any misplaced growling at you or anyone else and of course, they need to be trained to go outside for their toilet.

Whilst you are training and your pet obeys your commands always give them a reward,  this does not have to be little biscuits every time, it can also be encouraging words and cuddles showing your contentment,  your dog will pick this up very quickly, knowing what they have done has pleased their master.

If you visit friends with dogs then it would be another good training opportunity for them to encounter other dogs, to learn animal social behavior. If visiting your friends involves transportation in a car then you will need to train your new pet to travel, for small distances to start with. Lucky at the beginning was very car sick,  today he is fine in a car and actually jumps in even before we do. I have a post on this website where you can learn how to train  your pet to travel in greater detail here


12 Worm and Tick Prevention

An adopted pet that has lived in an animal shelter for some time may have picked up kennel cough or other contagious problems that can arise in shelters. The day you collect your new Lhasa Apso from the shelter the owner will provide you with the health documents or passport with all vaccinations and deworming that has been administered to your pet.

Give your adopted pet the chance to have a longer and healthier life. To do this you need to regularly vaccinate against the many various diseases dogs are prone to get, and of course, treat against ticks and fleas. Depending on which country and which region you live in, ticks and fleas can be an almost all year round problem. I would like to invite you to continue reading about ticks and fleas here on my website my Lhasa

In rare cases ticks can spread a disease that might kill your dog, it is rare, if treated in time it can be life-saving, on the other hand, heartworm, if your dog picks this up, as the name clearly suggests, it is a worm that gets inside your pet’s heart with fatal results. You must treat against heartworm for your dog.

Regular visits to your veterinarian, who will do blood tests and other examinations, will be able to put your mind at rest, they can diagnose any illnesses that you cannot see visually.


13 An Area for your Dog

As silly as this may sound your dog will need their own area where they can go and be alone with their own thoughts, just like you and I sometimes need, to escape from the world, your pet Lhasa needs that same personal space.

If you’re living space permits, there could be an area in one of your rooms where you can place their bedding and some soft toys that they like, I still have the very first homemade bedding that lucky had 17 years ago. I recently purchased a new bed for Lucky but he will not sleep in it at all. So I decided to remove the new soft interior and replace it with his old bedding from 17 years ago, he jumped straight in and went to sleep. It’s a comforter for him, I suggest you do the same for your dog.

If you have a large garden you can fence off an area for them to play in on their own with their toys. There are various types of fences that can be used to contain your new pet Lhasa. Some people use an electrical system whereby a wire is buried underground and your dog wears a device on a collar when your dog approaches the buried wire the device on the collar gives off a small electrical discharge and your dog learns not to go beyond this area you have determined with the buried wire. If this seems too painful then another alternative is a physical fence that can be placed on your lawn/grass area. Giving you the peace of mind that your pet is not going to get an electrical discharge.

14 Showing your Love

We all like to be loved by someone, it makes us feel wanted. Time spent with the person that loves you is invaluable, precious and we can’t get enough of it.

Your pet Lhasa Apso coming from a shelter has not received this personal love from a human. You selected your new friend to enter into your home and your life, it will come so natural to shower them with your love. Lots of cuddles, stroking, brushing, grooming, talking, going for walks, having fun times together.

Dare I say, letting your tiny Lhasa Apso sleep in your bedroom!! I will admit to you now, my Lucky sleeps on the foot of my bed. Sometimes to my discomfort, as he takes up my feet area,,   he is like a child to me and I spoil him rotten. Do make your Lhasa Apso, that you have adopted and maybe saved their life, the most spoilt Lhasa Apso ever.
  Love your Lhasa unconditionally

15 Making your Yard Dog Proof

The final question or advice that I would like to give you is to protect your adopted pet, make sure your yard is protected by a barrier. This will prevent your precious pet escaping or chasing after cats etc, and will impede any other dogs in the neighborhood from entering your yard and attacking your Lhasa. I would recommend physical fencing or barriers rather than the underground electrical wire type of barrier. The reason being an attacking dog will have no collar with the electrical device that would stop them. These underground fences are only to keep your pet inside a confined area. The attacking dog can enter your grounds and attack your Lhasa.


I would like to thank you on behalf of all the animals in shelters. You have done a very noble jest in saving a dog from certain death. Probably your chosen Lhasa Apso is a cross-breed and will never enter a dog show for the best  Lhasa Apso in the world. Be assured they don’t care about that! that’s for humans to talk about, your Lhasa Apso is going to love you with all his little heart,






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This is the hardest moment we have to face being a dog parent. Preparing yourself, before the rainbow bridge arrives, will help you handle the death of your Lhasa Apso. My own Lhasa Apso, Lucky, is seventeen years old and I am preparing myself mentally and emotionally now for that day.

Preparing for your dog’s death is emotionally difficult. Follow the 17 tips below, prepare yourself for that day when your beloved Lhasa dies. This is the hardest day you must encounter being a Lhasa parent, these tips can help in your impending separation.

Having an old Lhasa myself I am preparing myself emotionally and mentally now.  These are the steps I am taking. If your Lhasa is nearing the rainbow bridge period, read on and prepare yourself.

  1. Accepting their death
  2. Spend more time together
  3. Talk to your Children
  4. Comfort for your dog
  5. Spend More Time Together
  6. Comfort Your Dying Dog
  7. Do Dogs Show Signs That They Are Dying?
  8. The Decision You Have To Make
  9. That Guilty Feeling
  10. Forgive Yourself
  11. Why is it Painful to Lose your Lhasa Apso?
  12. Greiving for Your Lhasa Apso
  13. Organizing the Cremation
  14. Chosing a Memorial Stone
  15. Life Goes On
  16. Chose a New Pet or Not
  17. Some Useful Numbers Where You can Get Help


Accepting Their Death

Accepting the fact that your dog has a shorter lifespan than you will help, they are therefore, unfortunately, going to pass over the Rainbow bridge before we do. This passing away when it occurs will affect you emotionally to such a degree that you might need outside help with the loss of your pet.

As your Lhasa Apso becomes older you will notice they are less active, just like old people, they will sleep so much more.  My own Lucky sleeps nearly all day now, his cataracts have made him totally blind, it is so sad to see him looking up at me, but I am nowhere where he is looking. Nearly all of his teeth have fallen out and to put the cherry on the cake he is completely deaf.

Talk To Your Children

If you have young children then you must also talk to them explaining that your beloved K9 family member is very old and like humans will die soon. Preparing your children beforehand will relieve you of trying to explain to them when it’s too late. They are going to be very upset and will ask you so many questions. You don’t have to go into fine details if your dog is suffering from cancer or another disease.

Young children as they grow up with a Lhasa Apso, that can live for as long as 14 to 20, will talk to their pet as they would to one of their friends. There will be an enormous bond between them. Chloé my daughter who is now 24 years old has been with Lucky for 17 years, treating him just like a baby at first, pushing him around in a pushchair, then as he grew she put ribbons all through his hair.
Growing up together

Even now when she goes skiing on a winter holiday she takes Lucky along,  puts on his little snow boots to keep his feet warm and free from salts on the footpaths. You can read all about taking your Lhasa Apso on a winter holiday on this post which I am sure will help you when you take your Lhasa Apso skiing.

Spend More Time Together

Now that you have noticed death is approaching I advise you to spend much more time together. Since I have created this website about Lucky I am setting aside special time for him now. Once he has gone it will be too late to have these precious moments together. Although we no longer chase each other around the garden we do have walks together. I even use the time brushing him to be close together, talking loudly and closely into his ear hoping he can still hear me, giving him a massage at the same time, I know he really enjoys that.

As you spend time together, why not capture those moments with a camera and build up an album of photos so that you can remember the good times together. When you’re feeling sad and down, missing your pet, you can reach for your album of photos and reminisce, this will help in your grieving. Having a small box with some personal items from your dog will give you a physical remembrance, to hold and smell their presence.

Comfort For Your Dying Dog

If your Lhasa Apso is old or has an illness that is terminal then you will, of course, want to make their last moments with you as comfortable as possible. You do not want to see your pet in pain and suffering so do consult your veterinarian for painkilling medication. After so many years together your pet is going to need you more now than ever before.

An older dog without a terminal illness is going to need a quiet and calm environment, having less children and visitors coming to your home will assist in this calmness. Going for leisurely walks together and stopping frequently so they do not become too tired. Profit from these rest moments during your walk to caress and talk to your pet to let them know you love them.

Once home make sure that they are comfortable in their bed and have familiar items around them that they have grown up with. These could be their special sleeping blankets or a soft chewy toy that they enjoy. Extra spoiling will give them additional comfort, this could be allowing them to sleep at the foot of your bed, or moving their own bed closer to you in the evening whilst you are watching TV or when you go to your bedroom, why not bring their bed inside so that they sense your closeness to them.
Old Lucky Resting


Do Dogs Give Signs That They Are Dying?

As that dreadful day approaches do dogs give any signs that they are about to die? Signs can manifest in different ways. Your dog may become very tired in a short period of time. They could also start to lose interest in you, probably not wanting to welcome you home. They can also go off their food and water.

Your dog may become so tired that they lay in the same place all day not moving, this will lead to messing themselves by not going outside to the toilet. If we look at these signs from our dogs, they are also typical signs of humans that are dying.

Difficulty in breathing varying from heavy and long drawn out spaces between each breath. Your pet dog knows their time is approaching to go over the Rainbow Bridge, they may come towards you more looking for your support, love and care. Talk to them softly, stroke them gently. Try to reassure them that you are there, and will be there next to them at the end.

The Decision You Have To Make

Part of preparing yourself for your pets passing away is at some point you are going to have to make a very difficult decision. If your beloved Lhasa Apso is suffering from a lot of pain you will need to decide weather to let them continue suffering. Or take them to the vet’s to be put to sleep. This choice will end their suffering. Although a heartbreaking decision which will tear you apart, it has to be made, and you alone are the only person what can make this decision.

Talk to your veterinarian, with their experience they will be able to assistek in making the decision easier for you. They will explain to you the reasons why that choice must be made. Allowing your suffering pet to live on is your last hope to stay with them. This choice is selfish and does not show love or compassion.

That Guilty Feeling.

Being a pet parent has many responsibilities, from the first day to the last day you will feel responsible for everything concerning your dog, including things out of your control, when your dog has to go over the Rainbow Bridge is the ultimate example.

When a situation occurs which you are unable to handle, you will feel guilty because of the outcome.

Feeling helpless and not being able to save your dog will bring on many emotional feelings. The most difficult to overcome personally is the feeling of guilt, this will be more profound especially if you had to choose to have your pet put to sleep.

Although having to choose to put your pet out of their suffering is enormously hard to accept I would like to tell you a story of one of my friends. This friend of mine had a Jack Russell that followed him everywhere. This little dog was once torn open buy a wild boar, luckily the veterinarian saved him and stitched him up.  All was well until one day sadly when moving his car my friend unintentionally drove over his Jack Russell and killed him by accident.

My friend was heartbroken of course, that guilty feeling he must have had at that time would have been more difficult to deal with than if he had to put him to sleep. He killed his dog accidentally, he would never have done this purposely, this is where he needed to get over his guilty feeling and the shame that had engulfed him.


Forgive Yourself

It is natural to feel guilty after your pet’s death, the first thing you must do to overcome your guilty feelings is to forgive yourself. Not as easy as it sounds, if your guilty feelings are left inside they will devour you. Although it may take time you have overcome this emotional hurdle,  thereafter your life can continue normally.

If your pet was suffering from a terminal illness putting them to sleep has relieved them of enormous sufferings. Try and remember this as you forgive yourself, choosing the terrible choice you had to make could be classed as a farewell gift, the gift of taking away suffering.

Remember all the positive moments and things that you did together, positive thoughts will overcome negative thoughts and help you to forgive yourself.

Why is it Painful to Lose your Lhasa Apso?

This question can be answered by one word, Love.

More than likely in your teenage years you had a boyfriend or a girlfriend that you were deeply in love with. Then one day he or she decided to end your relationship,  wow weren’t you heartbroken that time? It was painful to lose your partner.

The same applies when we lose our little four-legged friends. Most Lhasa Apso parents acquire their new love when they are a few weeks old. You grow up together and an unbreakable bond is formed, teaching them potty training, obedience, laughing at their comical antics, they are just like having children.

That moment when they leave us and pass over the Rainbow Bridge will be so painful, the same pain you felt when you were a teenager, the same pain as if we have lost a child, the same pain when we lose a family member.

Grieving for your Lhasa Apso

After accepting the passing away of your pet, the guilty feelings you had, the process of forgiving yourself will have taken its toll on you emotionally. Once these first three processes have been overcome it is time now to attack the final process, grieving.

How long will it take to grieve and overcome the loss?  It varies enormously from person to person. In some cases, the person may never overcome the loss of their pet and will grieve always over them. Having your little four legged friends removed from your life, obviously, you will miss them.

At the beginning of this grieving you are going to be constantly thinking about them, this is normal of course. At the start you’re going to feel really sad, as the days and weeks go by you will start to have better days and your sadness will even out. After a few months your happier days will overcome sad days and you will be able to remember your little friend with happy memories.

There will be a empty space in your heart that needs to be filled again. I have said to myself when my Lhasa Apso Lucky passes over the Rainbow Bridge I will never have another dog because I know my heart would be broken again. If you are in the same mind as I then try and fill that empty space with a hobby or meeting new friends where you can talk about your pet who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Organizing the Cremation

When I was a youngster and lived on a farm we had many pets, cats and dogs, when these died they were given a burial in the grounds. Unfortunately with today’s laws on hygiene we are no longer allowed to bury our pets on our grounds, they must be cremated first. If you find this task too hard emotionally for you to organise, you can ask your veterinarian to make the arrangements in your place.

Depending on your wishes you could ask the crematorium to return your pets ashes to you, alternatively you could ask the crematorium to spread the ashes in an area of their grounds where you could place a memorial and visit from time to time.

If you prefer to have your Lhasa Apsos ashes near you at home, then keeping them in a beautiful urn especially for pets would be the best option. This is totally acceptable and you will have a constant reminder of the good times together. I have been looking at some models of urns for Lucky, he is so special to me at I would like his presence in my home when he goes over the Rainbow Bridge.

Here is one urn I have found that pleases me, the one I will be purchasing for Lucky, this nice small urn with a lovely little dogs paw on top appeals to me and I think you would find it ideal for our small Lhasa Apsos. You can view it on this link here. With a secure lid that screws down, making sure your pet’s ashes remain securely inside, no accidents can occur, because the lid cannot fall off.


Choosing a Memorial Stone

Once you have your pet’s ashes back at home or they have been spread in the crematorium you might like to purchase a memorial in their honor. Creating a memorial area in your own garden or in the crematorium grounds will give you that quiet place where you can be emotionally and spiritually together again with your pet.

The day when it happens and I receive Lucky’s Ashes and I place them in that urn, I will, of course, bury him in the grounds and to mark that place I am going to purchase a headstone,  this will have a photograph of him, laser-cut into the stone, you can personalize the text as you wish, there are four different sizes available and I have chosen this one which is 11 inches by 8.5 inches

Life Goes On

How many times have we all heard that expression, Life Goes On, it’s easy to say to others, when it is us that are suffering those words are much harder to swallow.

The best way to face life head-on, after the death of your pet, is to pour out your heart to people, friends, and family that will listen to you, to take the burden off your heart. Unloading the burden that is laid upon your heart will help you face life in the future. As I said earlier, taking on a hobby, making new friends, will help you face life in front of you.

Choose a New Pet or Not?

Now a few months have passed by and you have come to terms with your loss, do you choose a new pet or not?  I personally think at my age, I am 67, I would prefer not to choose a new pet but to carry on the rest of my time remembering the good moments with Lucky, the fun we had, the times he made me laugh with his special little character, the times when he made me mad, but these were few and far between. As all of us Lhasa Apso parents know our chosen breed has a special character, and temperament, if you are new to this breed or are considering purchasing or adopting a Lhasa Apso, It would be helpful for you to read about their temperament here.

You may decide that you want another companion in your life, this is totally acceptable, don’t rush into your choice, take your time. Do you want a small dog? or are you going to change breed completely and go for a large dog, bearing in mind large dogs do not live as long as small dogs

Having spent time grieving and mourning your last pet, which may have taken a few months.  You now feel this is the time to acquire a new pet companion. When accepting a new pet they are not going to replace your last pet, just as humans all have different characters so do animals,  your new pet will have their own character and their own ways which will be different from your last pet. Keep this in mind as you build a new relationship between you.

Some useful numbers where you can get help

I really do hope this post has helped you to prepare for your pets passing over the Rainbow Bridge or if it has happened recently then the second part of this post will help you grieve and overcome the loss of your Lhasa Apso.

Whilst compiling this post and learning for myself many tips I also came across some help phone numbers, they may be of use for you if you are finding it too difficult to manage on your own over the loss of your pet.

If you live in the U.S you can call; ASPCA Pet Loss hotline at 877-474-3310

If you live in the U.K you can call; Pet Bereavement Support Services at 0800 096 6606

If you live in Canada visit; Pacific animal therapy societies grief resources

Living in other countries visit; chances spot to find support near you

My personal Thoughts for You

My final comments are to any of you preparing the imminent death of your pet, probably your dog is suffering. For those of you that have recently lost your pet, and for those of you that have to make that terrible decision, whether or not you put your pet to sleep now or let them live on and suffer. My heart and my thoughts go out to you, I know you are going through a difficult time and you feel all alone at this time, in the decision that you will have to make, alone in your grief and mourning, alone without your four-legged companion beside you. May your God bless you all and give you the strength in this difficult time.

Although having had many pets throughout my life, each one when it passed away was heartbreaking. I know my turn is coming when Lucky is going to go over that Rainbow Bridge and I am going to suffer again.






Eliminate Ticks and Fleas on your Lhasa Apso

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The chances of your dog catching Ticks and Fleas will be greatly increased if you live out of town. For the last seventeen years, I have had to combat these bugs that attach themselves onto my Lhasa Apso Lucky. Eliminating them early ensures your dog will not get diseases that these unwanted critters carry.

Has your dog got Ticks or Fleas as unwanted guests? The best way to Eliminate dog Ticks and Fleas is easy.  I use a tick puller and some homemade flea and tick lotion. The puller gets the ticks off with a twist and pull. This lotion will kill the small fleas and ticks before they do any harm to your dog.

Fleas are not nice to have on your Lhasa and I am going to reveal my homemade recipe and some others found doing Google research. There is nothing worse than finding a fully blown up tick on your dog YUK. I am going to tell you the best and harmless way to remove them if they have already become attached to your pet.

What is a Tick Puller?

A tick puller is an implement that is used to remove ticks that have embedded themselves on to your pet. Normally made from plastic, they have two small protrusions, like flat fingers that gradually arrive at a point where they join. Just like you do the Victory sign. I personally have two of these plastic-type tick pullers. A small one if the ticks are very small the other one is a little larger to remove ticks that are beginning to get larger. Some people like to use tweezers these must be small at the end so you only get the head and not the body of the tick.

The model I use is very practical, you just slide the fork underneath the head of the tick, very close to the skin of your dog, then with your thumb and finger roll the shaft of the tick puller so that there is a rotating action, at the same time slightly pulling away from the skin of your dog and and the tick is out.  You can find exactly the same as the one I use on Amazon.
Tick pulling tool

How to Make Homemade Flea and Tick Lotion.

I am going to propose two different types of lotion that will keep away fleas and ticks from your Lhasa Apso. Here are the ingredients for the first

one cup of water

2 cups of white vinegar

two spoonfuls of almond or vegetable oil

one or two spoonfuls of lemon juice or lemon oil or peppermint oil

Mix this all together thoroughly. Transfer your lotion into a small spray bottle and start to spray your pet’s dry coat. Do pay particular attention so as not to get this in your dog’s eyes or part of the anatomy that may be sensitive. If your Lhasa remains indoors most of the day then one treatment per day of this lotion will repel ticks and fleas. On the other hand if your dog is outside like my Lucky and always in the garden then you will need to spray your dog quite a few more times during the day to be well protected.

The second lotion consists of essential oils and can be used safely on small dogs to repel fleas and ticks. These oils are citronella, eucalyptus, cedarwood, and peppermint. You will notice in this lotion that there is no white vinegar.

one cup of water

15 / 20 drops of essential oil

Before each spray treatment be sure to vigorously shake the bottle to mix the oil with the water.

What other Products Repel Ticks and Fleas?

There are products that you can buy from large supermarkets.  Maybe you do not have the time or the facilities where you can make homemade lotions. Then tick and flea repellents from big stores that come to mind are Frontline,  K9 Advantix from Bayer, amongst others. For those of you that prefer to purchase ready-made solutions, I recommend this from Amazon 

There are also collars that are impregnated. These are placed on the neck of your dog, giving up to 8 months of protection. I would change before this 8 month period though to assure your pet is fully protected. Replace with a new one. Here again, you can find a tick and flea collar from Bayer called Seresto on Amazon

It is also possible to make your own powder to control tick and flea infestation on your Lhasa Apso. For this, you will need 3 ingredients. Personally I have never made this, ask at your local chemist for these powders, they are available on the internet.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE)  get it here

NEEM (Dry Form)               get it here

Yarrow  Powder                    get it here

Once you have these three powders, mix them together in equal amounts thoroughly. Apply this powder into your dog’s coat. Be careful of the mucosa,  as the DE can cause irritation. Once the dust is no longer in the air, there are no problems.

What is the Best way to Kill Ticks and Fleas Instantly?

Is it possible there is a product that would kill ticks and fleas instantly?  I have my doubts as to the well being of my Lhasa Apso. Using a product that would kill these parasites instantly I think would be detrimental for our pets. Let’s take a closer look at one of the products available.

After researching I have found that there does exist tick and flea spray which contains pyrethrins. Is Pyrethrin safe and what is it? Its chemically sounding name, Pyrethrinis, is far from being a chemical, it is a natural compound that is withdrawn from chrysanthemums flowers.

This flower is found in East Africa, Asia and north Eastern Europe. Many North Americans call this plant a mum which is very decorative in the fall season. Inside these plants there is a substance called pyrethrin.

When a chrysanthemum is attacked by insects or pest animals, this is the plant’s natural defense to protect itself. Pyrethrin has a deadly effect on the insect’s nervous systems. Paralysis is almost instant once the insect makes contact, resulting in instantaneous death.

Another way to kill ticks and fleas is to wash your dog. With a reputable tick/flea shampoo. Don’t forget to wash the armpits, around the collar area, where ticks and fleas love to hide. You will need to do this on a daily basis just until you find no more fleas or ticks on your dog. Fleas will lay eggs on the skin of your Lhasa Apso, these hatch, so more fleas, and the eggs do not latch on to your dog but fall off! so constant washing and grooming with a flea comb like this one is essensual in this never-ending combat against these parasites.

How do You Use a Tick Puller?

Using a tick puller could not be simpler. Once you have located a tick on your Lhasa Apso, do this by parting the hair, you will notice whether the tick has just attacked itself or if the tick has been there a day or two. The telltale sign is that the body has become bloated. In the first case, when the tick is small, when he’s trying to attach himself, use the smallest of the 2 pullers. In the case of a bloated tick, opt for the larger of the two.

Having calmed your dog and holding them closely to you, now relocate the tick. Part the hair with one hand and with the tick puller in the other hand gently slide those two protruding fingers underneath the head of the tick, really close to the skin of the dog.

If you are certain you have correctly placed the tick puller, now you need to twist this with your thumb and forefinger, clockwise or anticlockwise it does not matter. At the same time a gentle pulling away from the dog’s body will remove the tick, the body, the head everything.  Simple really wasn’t it. Now you have a tick, that is still alive, Yuk!  what to do with it?     I take the tick outside, put it on the floor and squash it. They are tough little critters and take some force to squash them when small, if you have a big one then look out for blood splashes……

In this video, I show exactly how I remove a tick from Lucky

As I am typing this post, here in southern France the tick and flea season is at its highest level, so checking Lucky is a regular daily job. Remember that ticks spread the disease Lyme amongst many others.

Here you can read why you should vaccinate your Lhasa Apso against Lyme disease
A fully bloated tick

What to do if the Head of the Tick has Broken off?

The first thing is to understand that a ticks head can continue to stay attached to your dog. This can happen in the removal operation where maybe the tick puller was not correctly placed.

This head could transmit other diseases. It can grow a new body thus continuing the cycle. So you must take immediate action. Certainly, do not go digging into your dog’s skin to try and remove the head exposing broken skin for more infections.

Just as our body expels splinters and foreign bodies so your dog’s natural defense system will expel the head. I suggest you thoroughly wash the area with an antibiotic shampoo and apply some antibiotic cream.  Keep an eye on the progress and if the head does not seem to be rejected then consult your veterinarian.

What you Must do and Not do When Removing Ticks and Fleas

If your dog like mine, is in the garden every day where they can get ticks and fleas, you must check them daily. Once you have found a tick then you must remove them within 24 hours. Observe your pet, if you notice them scratching or biting an area repetitively this could be a sign there is a tick or a flea.

Using your tick puller remove the parasite, then dab a cotton pad soaked in an antibiotic lotion to disinfect the area afterward. Now you have successfully removed the tick you need to dispose of it. I will normally take the tick outside put it on the floor and squash it under my foot. You may also flush it down the toilet or put it in a small container with industrial alcohol, not the good whiskey type!!! If you have the slightest concern that your Lhasa Apso may have a tick infected disease then consult your veterinarian immediately.

There are certain manipulations you must never do in trying to remove a tick. The first one I will never do, because it is so disgusting, that is to try and remove a tick with your fingers. Also, don’t try and kill a tick by crushing it because this could push the fluids back through its mouth and into your dog’s body increasing the dangers of infection.

Some dog owners will try and suffocate tick by using Vaseline, nail polish or other repellents which I disagree with.  The tick might have an adverse reaction to this and vomit into your dog.

Once you have removed this parasite tick from your dog do not put it in the trash can or put it in the sink, a tick can easily crawl back out.
A Squashed Tick

What are Ticks and Fleas?

Ticks and fleas are parasitic insects that like to take up residence on your dog and feed off them.

Let’s start with that little critter the flea or fleas, as there are 2500 different species of these insects. The sizes of flea’s vary between 1.5 to 3.3 mm in length. Normally dark in color, this helps you to locate them on your dog, as long as your dog’s skin is not too dark.

To help them make their way through the forest of hairs on your Lhasa Apso they have bodies that are compressed (like and envelope) being so slim they can make their way through a dense coat very easily. Their body is covered with hairs and spines that point rearward, this also assists them to get through the hairs and reach their goal, the skin of your pet.

Fleas are without wings. The only means of traveling for a flea is by jumping onto their future living quarters. The legs are long and are adapted well for jumping. Once they have landed on your dog they hang on with their claws situated on the end of their legs.

For their size, they are extremely powerful with the ability to jump up to 18 cm vertically and cover a whopping 33 cm in distance so we can see they can easily jump onto a dog. They really enjoy moist humid climates and can be found in shady areas, long grass, wood stocks and in the dog’s house if it is outside.

Ticks that you find on your Lhasa Apso are small eight-legged creatures ranging from about 1 mm up to 10 mm in size. They look somewhat like a small spider. We have learnt the flea is tall and thin. Totally the opposite, the tick is low and thin when young. Their bodies are brown in colour, making the job finding them on dark-haired dogs difficult.

Infectious diseases are carried by ticks, they hold second place after mosquitoes for spreading diseases to people and animals alike. They are able to spread diseases from dogs to humans or humans to dogs. Ticks can be found living in long grass, fields and of course forest areas.

Ticks cannot fly or jump, they attach themselves to your dog as they walk in long grass. As your dog brushes the blades of grass where the ticks are waiting, they will drop onto your dog.

Are Ticks and Fleas a Problem all Year?

It depends where you live in the world. Ticks and fleas can be a problem all year-round. Living in warm climates with high humidity levels the chances of ticks and fleas being active all year round will be higher. Ticks can be around from early April, going through to the end of September in normal climatic areas. Living in colder, drier climates have the benefits where ticks and fleas are no longer active over the winter months.

Tick and Flea Diseases in Dogs

These two parasites that live on our dogs transmit various diseases. Depending on where you live some diseases listed below will only be specific in certain regions and countries. If you have recently moved to a new area or you are a new dog owner, then I would suggest you consult your local veterinarian, ask them what tick and flea diseases are in your area.

The most well-known diseases from ticks are called Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. There are also others that you must be aware of, these are.

  • Haemobartonellosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Tick Paralysis
  • Ehrlichia
  • Flea allergic dermatitis
  • Anemia
  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever


This disease is transmitted by ticks and fleas. Once a tick has bitten your Lhasa Apso a microorganism called mycoplasma will enter the bloodstream, attacking the red blood cells. The red blood cell’s job is to carry oxygen around the body. The mycoplasma is the smallest germ that is free living. Ticks and fleas pick up these mycoplasma germs when they feed on an infected animal and then pass it on a new host, infecting it.


This single-celled parasite can create a diseased state in your Lhasa Apso. Your Lhasa Apso can get this by being bitten in a fight with another dog. Having a transfusion, or of course by being bitten by ticks. Once a dog has been bitten there is a 2 weeks time lag During which time the parasite is in an incubation stage.  it could take months or even years before there are any signs that your dog is affected. These parasites attack the red blood cells and multiply within. Resulting in the blood cells breakdown then jaundice will set in. The parasites continue their attack on the red blood cells. These red blood cells that are being destroyed are decreasing in numbers. They will be unable to produce new blood cells and anemia will set in.

Tick Paralysis

This disease is found in North America, although rare it is a serious disease.  When a female tick bites your Lhasa Apso the salivary glands, which produce a neurotoxin, will be passed into the bloodstream of your dog. This toxin then gets into the bloodstream and will attack the nervous system. Resulting in a lack of coordination of the lower muscles. You will notice after 6 and 9 days from the day the tick was found on your dog the first symptoms. If you have the slightest doubt in the health of your pet do consult your veterinarian immediately because respiratory paralysis can also occur, as the term implies they are going to need immediate medical assistance.


This particular disease is caused by bacteria transmitted by ticks. Ehrlichia bacteria is found on ticks worldwide and especially in humid and warm regions. Normally in 1 to 3 weeks your dog can fight off this infection naturally. If they are unable to combat this invasion of bacteria, the period of infection called acute develops, the bacteria will be producing in the white blood cells now, your dog will start to show symptoms such as poor appetite, inflamed eyes, high temperature, lack of energy, bleeding abnormally. These symptoms can last up to a month if untreated, then strangely enough affected dogs tend to get better on their own.

Flea allergic dermatitis

If you see your Lhasa Apso scratching a lot then maybe they are infested with fleas. Dermatitis is a skin disease. Younger dogs are most likely to suffer from flea allergic dermatitis, but it can also attack older dogs, but less often. Flea dermatitis is transmitted to your pet as the flea bites and the saliva enters the body. If your pet is sensitive then as little as 1 flea bite can bring on a flea allergic dermatitis.


Anemia is a serious problem in dogs and it needs to be treated by your veterinarian. Once your dog has been bitten by a tick, that has passed on parasites and other nasty germs, they will start to attack the red blood cells. Anaemia is a condition when there are not enough red blood cells to carry the oxygen and pick up carbon dioxide from around the body. If your dog has anaemia its own immune system is killing its own red blood cells. Dogs reproduce just as humans do new red blood cells from the bone marrow. he problem with anaemia is the immune system mistakenly thinks the new red blood cells are intruders and kills them.

Lyme disease

This is a commonly known tick transmitted disease. Of the dogs infected around 10% will show symptoms. Lyme disease is found in Europe and the United States and is found in greater numbers in the upper midwestern states. Pacific coastal areas and the Atlantic seaboard are not excluded. If not treated early by your veterinarian, who will prescribe antibiotics, it could eventually lead to kidney failure. Normally treatment lasts a minimum of 4 weeks and maybe longer depending on the severity.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

This disease is commonly known as Rickettsia, they are microorganisms that look like bacteria and act like viruses. Viruses reproduce in living cells, so this is going to be attacking the living cells of our Lhasa Apsos. Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to having a severe reaction to the Rocky Mountain spotted fever and these are mainly large dogs and purebred dogs. If your dog gets a high fever within 5 days then they could well be contracting rickettsia.  some other signs to look out for, anorexia, irregular heartbeat, blood in the urine, depression, swelling of the limbs, blood clots,and painful eyes amongst others, this Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a nasty disease for our pets to pick up.


After reading through this post and seeing the problems that ticks and fleas can inflict on our pets then we need to take positive action to combat these tick-borne problems. Firstly you must always have all your vaccinations up-to-date, and then I would suggest using some of the ideas I have mentioned above. You could use the homemade lotions, the commercial products, or the homemade powder. I personally use a product that my veterinarian recommends, this is a small tube, I squeeze the liquid onto the backbone of Lucky, and he is good for a couple of months.

Do bear in mind that ticks can attach themselves to humans if you see ticks on your dog then keep an eye on your own body.

Related Questions


What do ticks look like on a dog?

Ticks are bigger than fleas so they’re much easier to locate visually. Ticks look like spiders and are shaped like an egg, if they have their head buried into your dog and are sucking their blood. I normally find ticks on Lucky as I caress him, if a tick has already attached to him and has started to draw blood then I will be able to feel the body of a bloated tick.

Typical dog tick

Can a Dog Die from a Tick Bite?

Unfortunately YES a single bite from a single tick can kill your dog, depending on what disease it has transmitted. These diseases create anemia, weight loss and uncontrolled bleeding that can end in death. You do not need dozens of tick bites, just one bite from one tick could kill your dog. You have been warned!!