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SUSAN SIRICO | 3 years ago
How Hard Are German Shepherd Heads? We Collided. As In She Ran Back With A…

How hard are German Shepherd heads? We collided. As in she ran back with a ball, and I bent to pick it up, as my son threw her other ball, and she whipped around full force into my head – Yes, I now look like a racoon, with a huge egg on my forehead – but I’m ok. I’m worried about her, as you can’t see bruises on furry family members.. She’s walking eating – and yes, talking fine, eyes are equal and reactive, maybe more cuddly than usual, I kinda put that down to she knows I feel bad.. but, any advice appreciated.

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  1. Sarah

    Good morning. My guess is she is probably ok. If there is any change in her appetite, she starts acting lethargic or you notice any difference in her behavior- especially vomiting- I would get in to see the vet. If it were me, I would probably call my vet and let them know just to be on the safe side. I hope you are ok!

  2. Krista Magnifico

    I agree with Sarah. Although I would call your vet and have them take a look at her. I have seen some pups break or dislocate teeth with head trauma. Hope you are all ok.

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SUSAN SIRICO | 4 years ago
Allergies! – Our Vet Said To Just Give Her Benadryl, But That Seems To Be…

Allergies! – Our vet said to just give her Benadryl, but that seems to be a bit crazy, as she would need it a few times a day. She wakes with icky eyes, and sniffles, which comes and goes thru the day. Benadryl sort of works, but as I said, its a lot, and I hate having a drugged dog. altho.. (kidding!) This is my baby landshark, 5 months – I should have said that first..

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  1. Anonymous

    What species of animal is this? What sort of testing was done to identify the cause of the allergic reaction? Is this recent, or has your pet had this sort of allergic reaction since you brought her home?

  2. Sarah

    I would get a second opinion. OTC human drugs are usually not the best option for animals. Your vet should be able to provide a Rx to help, that suits your pets specific needs. Best of luck.

  3. SUSAN SIRICO Post author

    That’s why I posted here Sarah 🙂 she’s a 5 month old GSD, and when I mentioned it at her well visit/ shots, that’s what I was told to do.

  4. Anonymous

    Again: what sort of diagnostics were done? Has your vet offered anything to figure out the *cause* of the allergic reaction? If not, you should pursue that avenue…and if your vet is incapable of helping you further, I would find a veterinary dermatologist.

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SUSAN SIRICO | 4 years ago
Thank You. Thank You For The Help And Advice When We Were Lost. Phoenix, My Beloved GSD…

Thank You.
Thank You for the help and advice when we were lost.
Phoenix, my beloved GSD lost an intense short battle on 2/13/18. She was adorable and loving to the end, even giving my son a kiss.

They think because she went so fast – cancer, but the fact that she went blind after one dose of Gabapentin, has me questioning…

Again, thank you for all your help.

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  1. Sarah

    I am so, so very sorry for your loss. I would talk to your vet about your question regarding the reaction to treatment. They may be able to research things further.

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SUSAN SIRICO | 4 years ago
Hi, Me Again. I Need Honest Straight Up Answers, No Tip Toeing Around. Sorry In Advance…

Hi, me again.

I need honest straight up answers, no tip toeing around. Sorry in advance, no disrespect meant Dr Krista.

My GSD Phoenix is 8, she’s been in and out the vets since August with various things.

Thursday night/Friday she got very snuffly, and was sneezing. I insisted her origonal vet see her friday (the one she first saw when we rescued her)

We were scared when we took her in, she sounded so bad. Upon examination tho, her lungs were clear, and altho her temp was 103, its always been 103.. so that’s not an issue.

However, her lymph nodes are extremely swollen, and she has an open sore on her mouth. She is eating and drinking fine.

So an aspiration of her lymph node was inconclusive. We were told it could be an autoimmune thing, a tick/flea thing, or, lymphoma.
She’s now on Doxycycline to see if that helps – in a week I’ve to call and talk to the vet. and give her an update.

Unfortunately they had a serious emergency with a yorkie at the same time, and I couldn’t pick her brains like I wanted to.

Autoimmune, what am I looking at? Ballpark? how long till shes feeling like a big bad lapdog again? (right now, shes just a lapdog)
Systemic infection from a flea or tick (thats what killed my sons g/f cat at thanksgiving) – same, what am I looking at?
and lastly, Lymphoma – timeframe? having just survived tongue cancer, I cant imagine giving chemo to a defenceless animal for minimal gain and severe decrease of quality of life. That I feel would be selfish as I’d be doing it for us, not for her. We cant imagine life without her. So, I really, really need straight up answers. As I told my Drs – “I need the honest bare truth, then I can face it, if you don’t give it to me, I’ll get blindsided by something I didn’t expect or know was coming”.

Thanks in advance – Sue

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Also I should add that I just did all of that for my own dog. It took me three weeks to get his his diagnosis. It cost me lots of time, worry and $$. But now we have a plan. And I feel better than not knowing.

  2. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m sorry to hear about your dog. It sounds like you are worried and that this worry is translating into a desperate need for help and information so you can plan and prepare. But I can’t tell you what to do or expect if there isn’t a diagnosis. Your answers lie in this. So take that fierce voice and determination of yours and go find answers. Start with asking your vet for a referral to an internal medicine specialist or go get a second opinion from a different vet. I only give honest advice and I never tip toe. But I am never afraid to keep digging until I get answers I am at peace with. My suggestions are:
    1. Repeat lymph node aspirates
    2. Get full body rads and have them reviewed by a boarded radiologist
    3. Get an ultrasound.
    4. Check a full blood work CBC chemistry urine and tick panel.
    Good luck.

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SUSAN SIRICO | 4 years ago
Need Advice – My Poor GSD Has Been Thru The Ringer These Past Few Months. First…

Need advice – my poor GSD has been thru the ringer these past few months.
First vestibular, then fleas! – then what looked like dog flu, runny eyes, warm, runny nose… skin infection.. discharge from eyes (like she’s crying) and now sores under both eyes, being washed with warm cotton ball, dried and cream applied with cortisone with anti itch stuff.

has been in Cipro prescribed by vet, for at least 25 plus days (3rd refill) 2 treatments of steroids (vet prescribed)

and NOW, horrible Ear infection/mites, its Jan 1st, Im waiting until Jan 2nd to get her in the vets, BUT is there anything I can do to make her more comfortable? There must be something?

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  1. SUSAN SIRICO Post author

    Thank you for answering so fast. Phoenix is eight years young, getting control of the fleas involved, advantix, soresto and bravecto (yes all three) I now think she got them from my son’s girlfriend cat who is no longer with us, and I’m terrified that what got her, had crossed to my girl. This doesn’t make much sense to me, but her cat, the last thing the vet was checking was hema bordatella? Before seeing her at the vet on the last day, I’d never seen an animal so emaciated. Her blood counts were in the 8% for RBC.
    I’m an EMT, I can take care of humans, but my animal knowledge is limited.
    I don’t have anything else from our vet, part of me is thinking like a human and wondering if all the Cipro is causing a yeast problem as it does in humans?
    Just is there anything I can do to make her more comfortable before tomorrow? (If she was human I’d give her Tylenol, put her to bed, and so on…)

  2. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    No Tylenol please! I think that you just have to wait. There aren’t too many options if you are on a steroid. All would be prescription and/vet exclusive. The ER is the only place to get them. I also have never seen a dog on three flea preventatives. So I’m not sure about them either. I’ve also never seen fleas cause his many issues in an older dog. Sounds like something else is going on. I suggest asking for a specialist referral.

  3. SUSAN SIRICO Post author

    Sorry about the tylenol quip, my English/EMT humor doesn’t transfer to text well.. thank you, I’ll update after we see the vet!

  4. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I’m also sorry to say that we can’t provide advice on prescribing anything because we don’t know your dog and don’t want to jeoprodize your current or future treatment plan or options. Maybe there is something that has been given to you already that you can use until tomorrow? Did they give you any pain meds or shampoos to try? Your only good option is to go to the ER or see your vet first thing tomorrow. I hope things work out.
    I have to say that I always worry about immune mediated diseases in German shepherds. I also think it is time to ask about a specialist as it seems things are getting more complicated and difficult for him

  5. Sarah

    Good morning. I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I think that all of the concerns which you have voiced here, should also be brought up at your vet visit, even if you’ve already asked. Seeing as you’re still trying to find out what is happening and how best to treat it, it can’t hurt to double check. If it’s possible, perhaps you could put a call in to your vet? Maybe they can squeeze you in early as possible, or suggest something else to do in the mean time since they are familiar with this case? It sounds like right now you are doing all you can to keep her comfortable as possible. Good luck. Please keep us posted.

  6. SUSAN SIRICO Post author

    OK! – she had a bacterial infection whose name escapes me (sounds like coxsackie in humans) so she had her ears cleaned out, and has drops every day, and has ointment for her eyes, and.. the red patch under her nose, is from a nasal drip – so basically – an upper respiratory thing?

    Phoenix now has clean ears, no runny eyes, and a new vet! when her vet said they couldnt see her until friday, that was it.. she seems a lot better in herself already.

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SUSAN SIRICO | 4 years ago
Fleas Again, Or Should That Be “still”? Phoenix Got Fleas Bad Back In August (I Posted…

Fleas again, or should that be “still”?

Phoenix got fleas bad back in August (I posted) she had advantix 2 top spot continuously, then advantix baths.. house was bombed, everything that can be washed has been washed.

Then we realized we were not winning, so we got a sorelto collar, and headed to our vets. As we guessed, she had a little infection going on, so she got steroids and antibiotics, and a nice dose of bravecto.

So to recap, advantix top spot, bath, house bombed, sorelto, bravecto – and she’s now being bitten up badly again! How?? I don’t know what to do anymore.

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  1. Anonymous

    Treat the outdoor space, if possible.

  2. Anonymous

    Oh that’s frustrating. 🙁 I’m sorry.

  3. Sarah

    I am so sorry that you are still struggling with this- especially since it sounds like you’re doing everything you can! What does your vet say? I wish that I had more to share/help you with this issue.

  4. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Bravo!! For doing such a great job and being so thorough. Sounds like the only places left to scrutinize are:
    1. Make sure every pet in the house (orwho visits the house) is treated.
    2. Stick with a good product (of the above I like seresto).
    3. Stop bathing! Unless the vet oks it. I find it further irritates and harms the already sensitive skin. If you need to bathe use a gentle shampoo. Never (like never ever!) a flea shampoo.
    4. Understand that once you get infested it is a process. There will be flare ups (bc the eggs of the adults you killed months ago) are now hatching. So just get thorough this by doing everything you have and call in professional help (again) and try to never let the infestation happen again by keeping the pets protected year around. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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SUSAN SIRICO | 5 years ago
Fleas! In All The Years I Have Had Dogs, I Have Never Had A Flea Problem. About…

Fleas!
In all the years I have had dogs, I have never had a flea problem.
About 6 weeks ago, Phoenix had to go to the ER in the middle of the night (whole nother story!)
Anyways, week after bring there, she started scratching.. and scratching.. she’s always got Advantixx 2 on her, so she had a skin calming bath, 2 advantix flea baths, outside has been treated, inside has been fogged, vacuumed, beds washed, . and she’s STILL scratching!

Any suggestions before she ends up hairless?

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  1. Sarah

    At this point are you sure that it is fleas? I would go to my vet and have her checked for perhaps another type of skin irritation. Perhaps she was exposed to something other than fleas at some point in the recent past.

  2. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    First you need to make sure the fleas are being treated for. Which it sounds like you are doing with the advantage. It should be applied as directed on the box and every pet in the house needs to also be treated. Then you need to decide whether the home needs to be treated. Which it also sounds like to are doing. In many cases the fleas can cause a secondary skin infection which will require seeing your vet for an anti itch medication and antibiotics. I would also discuss switching to a product like nexgard, simparica, bravecto as these apps treat for mange which can be intensely itchy. Good luck

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