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Marnie Elizabeth | 1 year ago
Are Essential Oils Bad For Dogs And Cats? I Used To Use Essential Oils…

Are Essential Oils bad for dogs and cats? I used to use Essential oils in a diffuser for my own health all the time. But since hearing from some sources that these are bad for animals I have stopped. I am getting contradicting information from animal professionals as to if using essentials oils in a diffuser is bad for animals. I have 5 cats and two dogs and do not want to do anything to upset them. One of my cats has IBS but all the other animals are healthy if that is relevant. If essential oils are not bad for animals I would love to start using them again. Anyone know for certain?

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello,
I know that this has been getting A LOT of press, causing confusion and in general making people feel crazy as they don’t know who to believe and who to trust. Anytime I get a question like this I turn to the experts. Here is the most informative link from a place I trust.
https://www.aspca.org/news/latest-home-trend-harmful-your-pets-what-you-need-know

Laura
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Honestly, I would AVOID completely. Especially with all those cats – they have sensitive respiratory systems.

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Marnie Elizabeth | 3 years ago
My Dog Had Surgery On Her Knee About A Couple Of Weeks Before Christmas. …

My dog had surgery on her knee about a couple of weeks before Christmas. She had a grade 4 luxating patella. It was a hard journey as she ended up having a rare side effect from the medication that was used and went into Kidney failure. Her kidney function is almost back to normal now. This week on Tues she had the pin and wires removed from her knee. During the first surgery she did not appear to have any bruising but this time she has alot. The bruising is a red and brown colour. I have been trying to get a hold of the surgeon to find out of this is normal but he is not available. Can anyone tell me if this is normal bruising for after getting pins and wires removed?

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Hello
Without knowing what was done exactly I cannot answer completely. Bruising is not uncommon post operatively, but any questions or concerns about your dogs surgery should be directed to your vet or the surgeon who did the procedure. They should be happy to help you and answer all of your questions. Call them or your vet and ask for a post op recheck. If they cannot provide one ask for a referral.
Best of luck

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Marnie Elizabeth | 3 years ago
Is There Hope For A Normal Life After Kidney Failure In A Young Dog? My…

Is there hope for a normal life after Kidney Failure in a young dog? My 10 month old puppy went under the knife for simple knee surgery. When she came home she refused to eat and started having tremors and eventually we had to rush her to an emergency hospital with a grand mal seizure. They determined that her sodium levels were too low and that may be causing the seizures. They also determined that she was in renal failure. She has been tested for Addison’s disease but it is NOT that. Right now she is in hospital with a catheter so they can measure her urine. She is peeing a lot but it is mostly water. They are working on raising her sodium levels slowly and today they are up to 101.. Her electrolytes and potassium are normal. Her Creatinine level was 800 on Sun, 600 yesterday and has gone down to 400 today which is great news. They also did an ultrasound and her kidneys looked good. She is usually a very active puppy but right now is lethargic and confused. Now we are waiting to see if her kidneys will heal or not. I am completely confused after reading articles with contradicting information. I know that it is difficult without seeing her test results but I am asking for a second opinion. Is there any hope of returning to a normal life after this?

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I see there are nobody seems to be rushing to answer your question.So sorry about what happened to your pup. With acute kidney injury, there are variables which help determine the prognosis, such as how much damage there was, what caused it …The short answer is yes, there is hope. Some might recover well, some might, however, end up with lasting damage … Your attending veterinarian should be able to discuss these things with you.http://www.acvim.org/Portals/0/PDF/Animal%20Owner%20Fact%20Sheets/SAIM/SAIM_Acute%20Kidney%20Injury.pdfIf what you’re asking is whether it makes sense to put her through the treatments; if it was my dog I would because the chance for… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
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Hello, I am sorry to hear about your pup! The difficulty in answering this question is that we don’t know if this is acute or chronic kidney disease. My hope is that it is acute and that with aggressive and judicious fluid therapy she can recover from this. If possible ask for a referral to an internal medicine specialist and keep her in the hospital for as long as it takes to flush her kidneys and monitor her progress. I can tell you from experience hat I have seen some young animals return to normal happy and healthy lives. Some… Read more »

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That’s good that you know. I’d say the hope is quite good. Of course, things often happen the way they wish and not every dog “read the book” but I’d be quite hopeful.

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I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for letting us know <3

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Marnie Elizabeth | 4 years ago
From What I Have Read It Is Normal For Male Ibizan Hounds To Have A…

From what I have read it is normal for male Ibizan Hounds to have a reduction in appetite during adolescence. This is something that is apparently temporary and the appetites do return. Does anyone know if this is also a typical behavior for female Ibizan Hounds during adolescence?

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I have a friend who is very involved in the Beezer world…I will ask her for you.

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I will also add: many male dogs, particularly intact male dogs, can get weird with food once they become sexually mature.  My primary focus is the Doberman world and it’s not uncommon for owners of young male Dobes to have difficulty keeping weight on.  I do not know if this is due to eating/appetite issues or if they just burn through calories faster, but I’m inclined to believe it may be the former.

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My friend’s response: “Ibizans losing appetite is actually somewhat common. Biggest culprit is inadequate exercise.”

I would also discuss this thoroughly with your breeder or the rescue you go through to get your Beezer. They’ll want to make sure you’re an appropriate home for the breed. My friend has described them as velociraptors…they’re smart, mouthy, and need a TON of exercise. She runs hers for miles every day.

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Maybe start looking into coursing events in your area? Beezers really need to be worked.

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Marnie Elizabeth | 4 years ago
Elle Is Constipated – This Just Started Tonight. I Have Given Her Some Puree Pumpkin…

Elle is constipated – this just started tonight. I have given her some puree pumpkin and psyllium fibre. I am not sure what caused this but here are my 2 guesses as to what it could be . .

1) She had a doggie-chocolate treat from the pet store last night. This is the first time she has had doggie-chocolate
2) I have caught her in the past eating cat litter. The litter is completely organic with no chemicals – it is made from grass. I don’t let her eat it but I am sure she could sneak some when I’m not looking.

Obviously if it does not clear up I will take her to the vet. But for now is there anything else I should be giving her?

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Ok, so I’m guessing you don’t need our help?

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Marnie Elizabeth | 4 years ago
I Have Two Dogs, One Is A 5 Months, The Other Is A Year And…

I have two dogs, one is a 5 months, the other is a year and a bit.

My puppy eats dry puppy food mixed with wet for flavor.

My older dog eats regular food mixed with wet for flavor. Her food says on it “For all Stages”. Both are holistic and of the same brand and I find it confusing why they would bother making a puppy food if the other is good for all stages. Opinions on that are welcome!

Both, of course, want each others food in place of their own. Grass is always greener on the other side! So my question is . . . At what age can you typically switch Puppy’s over to regular dog food?

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I don’t feed puppy food, but those I know who do will switch at or around 6 months to an All Life Stages food.

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Nah, raw’s too fussy for me. I have a breed that does not benefit from puppy food – we see a lot of puppies with pano because their owners feed a regular puppy food instead of large breed puppy, and I didn’t like what was available in large breed puppy formulation when my girl was a pup.

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I feed raw – not puppy food.  The only concession I make to a puppy is to feed several times a day (3 times when very young, changing over to 2 meals a day when about 4 -5 months old).  I also chop up the bigger bones until my puppy has a full set of adult teeth.  When my puppies are about 1 year old they go to one meal per day like all the adults.

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The standard is to feed puppy food until 1 year of age.  If a food meet the standards of AAFCO (group that test food standards for animals) then the food can be labeled for multiple life stages.  If your dog does well and is healthy on the multi-stage food there is no reason to change.  However, most animals do not grow and maintain a healthy weight on multi-stage foods.

Hope this helps

Dr D

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Marnie Elizabeth | 4 years ago
Her Background:
– Rescued From A Reservation
– Part Husky/part Wire-hair Terrier And Probably A Mix Of…

Her background:
– rescued from a reservation
– part husky/part wire-hair terrier and probably a mix of a few other things as well
– I have had her for almost two month and she has done this a total of 3 times.
– she had mange from the reservation, although her mange is now clear she has a yeast infection in some areas of her skin as a result.
– She was treated for the yeast infection with steroids and medicated baths. She just finished her steroids 2 days ago, we are still giving her the baths and her skin is much better.
– She was spayed by the human society before we got her (she was just under 3 months old when this was done)
– other then the bed-wetting and the yeast infection she is a happy, energetic and wonderful puppy.

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Have you had her tested for a UTI?

Dawn Ferara, DVM
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You need to take her to a vet this is not normal.

Laura
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i’d wonder if it’s spay incontinence.

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