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Last night I was playing with Bun Bun's face and felt something like matted fur on the side of her face right below the upper lip. I gave her a bath and found that it was a sore that had developed quickly. I took her to the vet this morning and she told me she thinks it is a bacterial infection from drinking water and the moisture sitting in her fur around her mouth. Has anyone had this happen to their dog? Is this common with Havis? Should I be wiping her little mustache? I give her a bath once a week. She is clean and shouldn't be getting any infections. She is on oral meds now and a topical. She was given a shot today at the vets to kick-start the process. I hope she heals quickly!
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Hi Happy Camper, we had that issue, several years ago, with our 15 year old. He was put on antibiotics also and healed rapidly. Our vet said if it didnít return it could have been a moisture issue, heís been fine since then. I do wipe everyoneís muzzle as much as possible. We have 3 Havanese and dozens of micro fibers cloths around the house😋 I donít know if itís common with Havanese in particular versus longer hair on any dog. My Dadís Havanese was all black which created more of a challenge in spotting skin conditions. Itís hard to know if itís a moisture issue or something else. I commend you on your alertness with Bun Bun, heís very lucky to have you as his Mom. Heís a handsome little man❣️
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I've never had an issue with any of ours, but if you think it is from a wet beard, there are drinking options that keep the face dry. I just don't like water all over the house, so mine either drink from a water bottle or from a slow release-type water bowl similar to this: https://smile.amazon.com/UPSKY-Float...s%2C149&sr=8-2
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I've never had an issue with any of ours, but if you think it is from a wet beard, there are drinking options that keep the face dry. I just don't like water all over the house, so mine either drink from a water bottle or from a slow release-type water bowl similar to this: https://smile.amazon.com/UPSKY-Float...s%2C149&sr=8-2
When you say water bottle, do you mean something similar to this?
https://www.chewy.com/lixit-small-do...6-oz/dp/131600. If so, what kind do you use?
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When you say water bottle, do you mean something similar to this?
https://www.chewy.com/lixit-small-do...6-oz/dp/131600. If so, what kind do you use?
I think she does mean a bottle like the lixit on your link. Willow uses one. Amazon has a lot of them available too. Here's one that we use:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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When you say water bottle, do you mean something similar to this?
https://www.chewy.com/lixit-small-do...6-oz/dp/131600. If so, what kind do you use?
Yes, very similar to that. The one in my office is a Lixit brand, though it looks a bit different than that. But I've had it for years.
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Yes, very similar to that. The one in my office is a Lixit brand, though it looks a bit different than that. But I've had it for years.
Thank you! I think I will try that route. I love your quilt on the wall BTW.
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I didnít care for the slow release bowl I tried. It had to be cleaned every other day or mold would form. The issue with continuous cleaning, for me, was the hassle of taking it apart. It can also compromise the plastic ring that holds the floater in place and then the plastic ring is easily pulled off by the dogs. I like your set up with the water bottle Karen. Did you buy it or make it yourself? Also, does the water bottle leak? That was the issue for me in the past but it looks like the bowl underneath would keep it contained.
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Thank you! I think I will try that route. I love your quilt on the wall BTW.
Thanks! I didn't make it. I was involved in a mixed media gallery show where I provided one of my photographs and this quilt artist did a representative piece based on my photo. I loved the quilt SO much that at the end of the show, I bought the quilt from her. We were just building our addition and my new office at the time, and I decided to decorate my office around those two pieces.
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I didn’t care for the slow release bowl I tried. It had to be cleaned every other day or mold would form. The issue with continuous cleaning, for me, was the hassle of taking it apart. It can also compromise the plastic ring that holds the floater in place and then the plastic ring is easily pulled off by the dogs. I like your set up with the water bottle Karen. Did you buy it or make it yourself? Also, does the water bottle leak? That was the issue for me in the past but it looks like the bowl underneath would keep it contained.
The one I have was hand made and was on Etsy. I don't see them on there now. Other people make them out of PVC and router out a slot for the drinking tube. Not as "pretty" as the wood ones, but just as effective. And really, I never EVER have used the food dish. it is totally unnecessary.

ALL the good water bottle drip a little. You really have to keep a dish under them. They don't drip enough that it doesn't evaporate... it's not like you get a puddle. it IS enough that you will ruin a wood floor. I do NOT like the "drip-proof" bottles. They have a spring behind the ball bearing that closes off the water when the dog isn't drinking. The problem is that the dog has to REALLY push it with force to get any water to come out. I don't want it to be hard for my dogs to get water. I believe that animals should have free access to as much water as they want. I didn't feel like they got that with the drip-proof" bottles. I saw them "give up" if they weren't REALLY thirsty.

I do understand the problems with the limited flow bowls. But I'd rather clean and replace them as needed than deal with the wet beards all the time. And remember, I'm dealing with multiples!!!

I also use this type, which holds larger amounts of water: https://smile.amazon.com/Heininger-3...094789&sr=8-18

This also has its pros and cons. It holds more water (good in multi-dog households) but is harder to clean. You REALLY need some bleach and a bottle brush to get into the handle part. It can also be a bit of a pain to re-seat the rubber gasket when you open it. But they are VERY sturdy. We've had the three we are currently using for several years. Two are in constant use, and one is in the camper, so only gets used when we use the camper, but we've had it as long as we've had Kodi.

ETA: We empty, rinse and refill ALL water dishes daily, and thoroughly clean every couple of days anyway, so that doesn't really vary, no matter what we use.
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