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Sandra | 20 hours ago
I Have A 6 Month Month Old Puppy That Is Afraid Of People And Other Dogs. Have …

I have a 6 month month old puppy that is afraid of people and other dogs. Have taken her to just walk around in pet stores. If someone wants to approach her she squats and pees. If another dog wants to approach her she poops? I live with my son, daughter in law, 2 granddaughters (7 and 13). They have 2 pit bulls and she is fi with them. How do i socialize her outside the family?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,

    This is a very common issue that I see all the time. The great news is that your puppy is so young and you are very proactive in both identifying and trying to resolve the problem. That’s wonderful! The first piece of advice I can give is to call around for local References on puppy classes. That’s a great place to start. Next start taking walk with the dogs she is used to and see if they can help her build confidence. Next start to find out where her discomfort zones lie. How close does she need to get to someone before she starts signaling she is unsettled. From this you start working very gradually on reducing the distance. It may mean you sit at a park bench 20 feet away (if that’s her radius to anxiety) and just watch the world pass her by for a few trips. Then the next time try for 15 feet. No interactions. Tell people you are in training and they should not approach her. This is allowing her to be challenged very gradually on terms she is comfortable with. It needs to be slow, consistent and full of rewards when she is doing well. And understanding but not being harsh or reprimanding when she needs more time and patience. You can also ask for a positive reinforcement trainer. But be careful as she is demonstrating submissive anxiety now. I fear with hard reprimand it might turn to fear which can lead to aggression if treated unkindly. Be kind. Gentle and supportive but help her face her challenges. I hope this helps. I also love the training books by Victoria Stilwell. Try them. They are very helpful.

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Tomas | 20 hours ago
Hello! What A Great Site This Is. I’m Really Hoping Someone Can Help Us Here, …

Hello! What a great site this is. I’m really hoping someone can help us here, as we’re stuck with our dog situation!

We have a 10 year old female Maltese called Yuca. She is the light of our lives but is getting old 🙁
She’s healthy but tends to sleep a lot, and we read that keeping older dogs active is essential to keeping them alive!

We both work, and although she’s totally happy by herself, we decided it might be good to get her a companion for the times we’re not around. We hoped this might keep her entertained and engaged more during the day. As we’re both working from home at the moment, we thought now might be a good time to grow our little pack…

So we got another Maltese female, Coco, who is about 5 months old now. We’ve had her for just over 4 weeks. She’s amazing. A really cute little ball of fluff. But things don’t seem to be improving with regards to their relationship.

Of course, Coco is totally obsessed with Yuca. She will run to her and try to lick and play, but Yuca seems terrified of her. She backs away quickly and hides. Yuca has never been an aggressive dog, never. She doesn’t growl or bark or bite, ever. But she also has never been a dog dog, always avoiding them in public when out for walks.
We thought this was just a matter of them being strangers.
She has never once growled or barked or bitten Coco, she chooses to simply run away from her, even when Coco is trying to bite her playfully.

When Coco is calm, usually in the evenings and midday, Yuca is better. They will sit in the same areas, with Yuca sometimes letting Coco get quite close, but always with a cautious eye on her. The best moments we’ve had have been in bed in the evenings, with both of them sleeping almost touching! But then the day comes around and Yuca goes back to being her timid self again.

We’ve tried a lot of things to get them closer, and to help Yuca get used to her being around. They both have their own beds, food and water, and Yuca has a space she can be alone when she wants it. The problem is, she would choose to stay there the whole time! SHe seems anxious about walking around the house, which is not ok for us. We want her to feel dominant and have no fear of being anywhere at home.

We’ve tried using treats to bring them together, which works well in the moment. Yuca is a greedy lil thing and Coco’s existence doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference when there’s a treat around. She would take the treat from our hand even with Coco being right there next to her. But once the treat has gone, Yuca reverts back to scared mode.

We’re being firm with Coco on the rough play, although she’s tiny and couldn’t hurt a fly if she tried! We’re separating them for periods of time, so Yuca has her space and then trying controlled meet-ups several times a day. Of course, with us both working full time, this has been difficult and we’re very concerned about when we have to go back to the office.

We’ve made sure to give Yuca extra love and attention, always treating her as the alpha and giving her attention and food first. She doesn’t appear jealous at all.

As time goes on, we really hoped they would become close but we’re not seeing much improvement. There’s some improvement for sure, but it’s very slow progress. We really just want them to be friends. That was the whole point in getting Coco in the first place.

I really hope someone can help us. We love them both and just want them to get along.

Thank you for reading.

Tomas and Fernanda. Yuca and Coco.

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  1. Laura

    It’s possible that Yuca simply doesn’t enjoy puppies. And that’s NORMAL and perfectly okay! Puppies are annoying. Your best bet is to put a LOT of attention on working Coco’s brain more. A tired puppy is a good puppy, and the BEST way is to work their brain. This would be obedience training, beyond basic sit/stay/down. I know group classes aren’t really a “thing” right now, but I’d look into classes through Denise Fenzi’s dog sport academy: https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/

    Maybe work Yuca while you’re at it. It’s a good way to keep her engaged, and working them together can help.

    1. Tomas Post author

      Thank you for the reply Laura! I will take your advice and look into that for sure. It’s a shame we can’t walk Coco yet, as she still hasn’t had her final round of vaccinations. Next week hopefully! I’ve heard that walking them together will help the bonding process?

  2. Krista Magnifico

    I agree with laura. I have an eleven year old dog. When his companion passed away I got a 4 month old. He was driving my older dog nuts. So I got a puppy for my puppy. The two puppies play endlessly and occasionally the old guy jumps in for just a little while. It is keeping him young and active but he isn’t being relied upon to be the single source of the puppy playtimes. Everyone is happy and healthy.

    1. Tomas Post author

      Thanks Krista. So your advice would be getting another puppy for the puppy? Ha! In an ideal world maybe, but we can’t afford that right now.

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Ashlee | 2 days ago
16 Month Old Female Husky (40 Pounds) Had A Double Patellar Luxation Surgery On 6/30. Grade 4 In Both Knees, …

16 month old female husky (40 pounds) had a double patellar luxation surgery on 6/30. Grade 4 in both knees, severe muscle wasting and arthritis. The surgery was more complex than anticipated and involved the addition of rod placement. First couple of days fairly uncomplicated except that she would urinate in her kennel while asleep despite attempts at potty breaks.
She has now developed two huge seromas, one on each knee. She’s walking well, eating and drinking well. If anything she’s so close to her normal self. She’s still on gabapentin, trazodone and rimadyl.
The seroma on the left “burst” between sutures on Sunday despite the meds and confinement. It has continued to “burst” and release a LOT of serous fluid EVERY day since (today is day 4 of this).
She’s been back to the vet twice for this.
They said to:
Keep the meds
Stop passive ROM
Confine and keep down as much as possible
Warm compresses 3 times a day

They want to push back suture removal and have assured me that this will eventually stop. And if it continues for the next few days then we may consider other options.

She is walking around, standing up and turning around in her kennel despite the meds and obviously needs short walks to go pee/poop. These things cause the ruptures.

I am beyond frustrated and worried.
Does this care plan seem reasonable?
Does heat actually help? She’s so squirmy when I come near her kennel that it hardly seems worth it.

Any advice? Thank you!

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Sierra | 2 days ago
My Six Year Old Male Mini Pin Was Crying Out In Pain Four Nights Ago. He …

My six year old male mini pin was crying out in pain four nights ago. He sticks his neck foward in a downward gaze, arches his back and lifts one leg. I timed each cry and they were 10 minutes apart. We decided to take him to the emergency vet, which was located 25 miles away. During the car ride, my baby did not cry out loud once. After completing blood work, the vet. did not mention anything concerning other than she thought he hurt his back. She prescribed two medications. Fast forward to today, and the pain continues, although it’s not every ten minutes, but almost every single time he moves his body. He can walk on all four legs, eats and drinks as he normally did, but he is not the same. You can tell he is in extreme pain- the medication does not seem to be helping. Why did the emergency vet not screen for IVDD? Do you think these are the early signs of the condition? If so, how should I go about mitigating the pain?

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  1. Sarah

    Hi there-
    I am so sorry you and your dog are going through this. I think I would get in to see your regular vet ASAP- bring all the info from the ER vet to share. Let your vet know your suspicions. I also think that you are within your rights to phone the ER vet and ask them about ivdd and why they didn’t check that possibility out (or do an X-ray). Also let them know that the meds are not helping. Meantime- I would think crate rest and limited activity might help- you might want to search out Dr. Magnifico’s YouTube videos on ivdd. She has a lot of experience and you could find some helpful info there. Very best of luck to you🐾

    1. Sierra Post author

      Thank you for the information Sarah! I am happy to report that he has not cried out once today! But I will still reach out to vet to ensure everything looks good.

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Laurie Nichols-Letra | 4 days ago
My Cats Have Been Patients At Your Clinic For Some Time. It’s A Bit If …

My cats have been patients at your clinic for some time. It’s a bit of a drive, which is fine for everyone but Flynn. He usually will poop in his carrier which in turn gets all over him. The poor staff and vet have to deal with his unfortunate messy, smelly “accident”. My question is if there is something we can give him to help this situation. Or if you have any recommendations to calm his obviously nervous digestive system. Thanks!

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Thank you for the question and for being so loyal you would drive such a distance and put Flynn through this.
    The great news is that there is a whole lot you can do and try. First I would say start with making the carrier less scary and anxiety filled. This is accomplished by acclimating him to ir as a normal part of his day. Leave it out for at least a week before the visit. Or, try to incorporate it s part of his daily life. Put toys, catnip and food in it. Make it a part of his life and have it always be associated with enjoyable things.
    Two, use feliway pheromones in the home and car and carrier.
    Next when he is in the carrier in the car keep it dark and quiet by insulating with shredded newspaper inside and towels covering it on the outside. The less noise and motion from the car the safer he feels.
    Lastly try anti anxiety medications like Solliquin (available at JVC) with catnip, to Benadryl to gabapentin, or even a longer term medication like fluoxetine. Each work a little different and all have advantages and disadvantages but we can help you find which is best in his case.
    Hope that helps. Keep me posted and thank you again.

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Susan Poage | 4 days ago
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My 6 year old female pit was diagnosed with Chylothorax yesterday, 7/5. My vest was only able to pull a little of the gel type liquid from her lungs. She referred us to a specialist, but they cannot see her until Aug 4. Do you know if there is another specialist in the Baltimore, Maryland area that could see her? She is currently taking 50mg of Lasix. I don’t want to wait four weeks. She has barely eaten anything over the last two weeks as it is. She’s lost about 7-10 pounds.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Without knowing exactly where you are located I would go to UPenn through the ER service and that way you can be seen immediately. You should not wait until August. In fact I would be incredibly worried that you don’t have that much time to safely wait. My preference is UPenn above all other referral centers as I have found them to be the most efficient and affordable of all the specialty centers. There are other specialty centers like the PetER and Chesapeake Vet Referral in Towson but I have had many clients find them cost prohibitive for care. If you in the through ER at a specialty hospital you can be transferred to the internal medicine department from there same or next day at the latest. Good luck. Go very soon especially if your pet is acting unwell.

    1. Susan Poage Post author

      I ended up taking her to Pet ER in Towson and they said she has Pyothorax . The thick fluid includes bacteria and maybe cancerous cells.

      They said the only thing they could do was all in or nothing. Is surgery the only option? I did ask them to send the liquid from her chest to the Pathologist. I want to know for a fact that there are cancerous cells. What if it’s only bacteria, would antibiotics resolve the infection? Do they have to do open chest surgery to remove the liquid?

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Mackenzie | 6 days ago
My 16 Week Old Australian Shepherds Front Right Leg Will Randomly Shake… Is This Something I Should …

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  1. Sarah

    Hi there-
    Sorry, but I believe more information is needed to even consider any reasons. There could be so many- possible injury, joint issues, neurological…. the list could go on. Best advice would be to speak to your vet about it. Possibly get some xrays for starters…. best of luck.

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Christina McMillan | 6 days ago
My Daughter’s Beautiful 5 Year Old Pitbull Died Suddenly Last Night. He Was Current With Shots …

My daughter’s beautiful 5 year old pitbull died suddenly last night. He was current with shots and vet visits, bloodwork, etc. and had no known health issues. My son in law had played frisbee with him. He did not exhibit any signs of heat exhaustion. Drank a lot of water when he came inside and was fine while my son in law took a shower. He fed him after his shower and he cried out while eating, seized a bit, collapsed and died. Son in law checked for airway obstruction and did several compressions on his chest, but he did not recover. They are heartbroken. How does this happen?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m so sorry about your dog. All of the same issues that can happen with people can happen with dogs. Heart attack, aneurysm, blood clot, hypoglycemia, heat stroke or hyperthermia, etc etc. It is possibly o do a necropsy (animal version of autopsy to try to ie the cause of death). Please call your local ER or vet for more information on where this might be available. I’m sorry for your loss.

  2. Sarah

    I am so sorry for you all. Heartbreaking. I would see about a necropsy to possibly find out what happens. I truly am so sorry.

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Worried | 6 days ago
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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
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Jay | 6 days ago
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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m sorry but we don’t have any pocket pet people here. This is out of my arena. Have you tried any of the Facebook groups for this question.

  2. Leah

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