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Sarah | 17 hours ago
Morning Pawbly Friends!! I Wanted To Try Trick Training With One Of Our GSDs- Rontu. Any …

Morning Pawbly friends!! I wanted to try trick training with one of our GSDs- Rontu. Any advice on where to start?

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Laura
16 hours ago

Hiya! If you do well with book guidance, Kyra Sundance is the way to go. Her books are fantastic. If you do better with video or in-person instruction, I can absolutely recommend the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy online. They have levels of training, and bronze is the most affordable. I STRONGLY recommend them for all sorts of things. I’m actually going to sign Ripley and I up for Nosework through them…and right now is enrollment! Classes start April 1.

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7 hours ago
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He’s a smart kid. Definitely work that brain! You know that’s one of my favorite things for dogs behaving badly. 🙂

Look into nosework. Minimal physical effort for you, TONS OF MENTAL WORK for him. Everybody wins. Plus the AKC now has nosework competitions, which are a lot cheaper than the other nosework orgs out there.

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JoAnn Sevey | 1 day ago
We Have A Young Dog Who Will Not Stop Licking Our Older Dog In The Mouth. …

We have a young dog who will not stop licking our older dog in the mouth. She is out of control with this, its not a normal greeting type of lick its always full speed jumping all around & non stop licking. The older dog hates it & tries to get away but cant so then it turns into the older dog getting loud & aggressive but that doesn’t even stop the other dog…

We don’t know what to do, or how to make her stop. She’s very bullheaded & stubborn almost impossible to train. Any advice would be wonderful. Thank you for taking time to read my cry for help

JoAnn

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Sarah
16 hours ago

Good morning☺️ My first bit of advice would be basic obedience. I know you said that she is nearly impossible to train, but dogs are smart and want to please you. It’s just a matter of finding a good motivator for her to learn- whether it be treats, praise, play…etc. all positive reinforcement. Once you know what makes her tick, I would just work on the basics, really. Come, sit, down, stop. There are a ton of YouTube videos and write ups online about how to train and what to do. Those basics will help you keep her off your… Read more »

Laura
16 hours ago

Leash the younger dog and let them drag the leash. Correct immediately with the leash. Be consistent. If you aren’t already crating the dogs when you aren’t supervising, I’d start doing this to give the older dog a break.

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jessica | 1 day ago
Recurring Anal/Rectal Prolapse In Kitten

We just began an adoption trial with an adorable 4 month old kitten named Georgia. She’s very playful and happy but we instantly realized a few things seemed off with her health.

She’s got a watery eye, sneezes occasionally, scratches a lot, shakes her head occasionally, has a lot of gas, has diarrhea on and off, and is dealing with some mild bowel incontinence. But, most concerningly, seems to be dealing with a recurring anal or rectal prolapse.

We’ve taken her to two vets where she’s been given full examinations and deemed healthy. She has had two fecal tests, which return good results – no parasites are seen. She has prescription eye drops, a prescription antibiotic, prescription canned food, and a probiotic that we’ve just started. But no one seems to be as concerned about this rectal issue as we are.

Throughout the day, we notice a tiny bit of pink tissue poking out of her rectum. It’s very small and comes and goes. She also passes gas when this happens. And sometimes poop leaks out. She licks her butt a lot too.

Sometimes a cylindrical round bit of red tissue protrudes much further and what looks like a piece of poop can be seen poking out too. This tends to happen most often when she wakes up from a nap. It seems that her muscles relax and her bowel starts to come out. It will be out for seconds to a few minutes after she gets up and is moving around and then it pushes itself back in. It’s very disturbing to see!

We already have one special needs cat and, while we absolutely love this kitten and want to keep her, I’m afraid that this is going to be a recurring issue that will become very stressful. The vets we’ve seen are trying to treat the underlying cause, which they assume is diarrhea. But I’ve read that some parasites don’t show up on fecal exams or under microscopes – is this true? I’ve also read that stitches and surgery can help if this doesn’t improve on its own but that, with some cats, this is just a recurring problem throughout their lives.

Help! 🙂

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Krista Magnifico
1 day ago

Hello, I think that almost everything you are worried about it fairly normal for a newly adopted kitten. I always tell clients that we put these guys through a tremendously stressful time when we move them away from their family and into a new home. It’s a huge advisement and with that the immune system gets totally stressed out. Upper respiratory infections are a very common sequela. Also most kittens come with parasites. I send out at least three fecals before I deem them to be parasite free. Also stay on a good kitten food. Between the change in homes,… Read more »

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Tracy Courtney | 2 days ago
My 12 Year Old Cairn Terrier Is Coughing/ Gagging.

My 12 year old Cairn Terrier is coughing/ gagging.

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Krista Magnifico
1 day ago

Hello,
This clinical sign is always best answered by a trip to the vet. Coughing for longer than 12 hours is a problem. Please see your vet.

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Robyn | 1 week ago
Hello! I Will Try To Keep This As Short As Possible But Is Hard Because So …

Hello! I will try to keep this as short as possible but is hard because so much has happened.

I have 3 cats. My male cat is the one I am worried about the most right now. About a month ago all 3 got URIs and went to the vet. They were treated with antibiotics however they weren’t helping much so I had to bring them back a few times! Due to financial issues I ended up bringing them to our local shelter/humane society where they have a free clinic right now due to Covid. Biggest mistake EVER! They were so mean to my cat and overly rough with him completely stressing him out. I wasn’t allowed to go in the room with him however was able to watch some of what was going on through a window. This stressed my cat out so much that a week later he got a urinary blockage (2 weeks ago now)… I have never had issues prior with the other vet. He is 8 yr old. Anyways the vet cathed him and sent him home since it was the weekend and they are closed… where he ended up going to the ER the next day because he was crying all night…. They took the cath out… gave him pain meds and fluids… and kept him for 5 hours… He came home that night and has been on pain meds as needed and prazosin 2x a day. He is also on Hills C/D wet (with minimal dry of the c/d) He has been seen 2x since at the vet and Monday they did a urine sample/culture…. They said he has white blood cells so was put on antibiotics…but once the culture came back it showed everything to be normal…so was taken off of them…. Prior to all of this he was free fed however I have been switching all my cats to meal times 2-3 times a day… and will continue with that because of weight issues . He has been peeing, however, sometimes when I am peeing he will come pee in his litter box at the same time… He shakes his back end and puts it up in the air kind of and the pee shoots or sprays out …. this isn’t every time he pees but it has happened 3 times that I have seen. His pee clumps aren’t as big as they were prior to all this and now vary in size… sometimes a golf ball size give or take a little bit bigger/or smaller. I also will see his back end/tail twitching randomly in the day. The vet said this happening more than likely was due to stress. I have been making sure to keep the stress level low at home, use feliway (idk if it helps) and new toys/cat nip.

My questions are…

1. When switching to a wet food diet…. Will cats pee more than usual? They were on a 90% dry diet before. Sometimes I add a little water to it as I don’t see him drink a lot.

2. He only has a few days left of the prazosin… Should he been weened or go off cold turkey?

3. Is the shaking and spraying like pee normal? He does so in the litter box however because of his angle sometimes it gets on the wall.

I am new to this… and have talked to/seen several vets however they all say different things so I am confused… I just want to know if this is normal….. I think he is probably irritated from being cathed and such… due to licking his private sometimes and whining (both aren’t as bad as they were before however still happen)

Thank You for taking the time to read this.

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Krista Magnifico
7 days ago

Hello, I’m sorry all of this has happened. I will try to answer your questions BUT you really need to stick with a vet you trust and be prepared for this to take a while to resolve. In some cats it is a lifelong issue. I prefer wet to dry as it is a much higher water content and usually much less fattening. I even recommend adding water. I also advise clients to try to give Sq fluids at home. Prazosin is a question for your vet. Some stay on this medication long term as it seems to be very… Read more »

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Morgan | 1 week ago
My 11 Year Old Indoor Cat Has Started A Snoring Sound When Breathing Over The Past Year. …

My 11 year old indoor cat has started a snoring sound when breathing over the past year. A local vet said it was not in her lungs and that he saw something while looking in her nose. She is eating and drinking fine with no other problems. Steroids and antibiotics helped pretty well, but the symptoms returned afterward. We think it could be a nasopharyngeal polyp (all of the symptoms are there[the sneezing fits, the head shaking, the constant swallowing like she has something in her throat) but we just got quoted 5 grand for a CT and surgery at the specialist. No other local vet will do an exam under anesthesia to look. Someone please help. We feel like our days are numbered for our sweet Sadie girl. 😢

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Sarah
9 days ago

Good morning- sorry you are going through this. Is your vet able to do this or are you referred to a specialist? I vaguely remember another Pawbly friend having the same issue a while back, and they found a vet that did an exam under general anesthesia for a much more affordable cost. Have you spoken to your local animal shelter to see if they know of a vet that can do this? They may be able to offer some advice on who else to reach out to in your area. I am sorry that I cannot offer more concrete… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
9 days ago

Hello,
I agree with Sarah. Start calling rescues and shelters and ask if they’ve had a case like his and who they used for it. There are lots of vets who will look and remove a polyp if it is there but you have to be persistent. If you find someone please share it with us so we can pass it along. Also I would ask your vet to have the radiographs reviewed by a boarded radiologist. It might help. At my clinic this is about $70.

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7 days ago
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Thank you. Please let us know what happens.

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Michelle | 2 weeks ago
Yesterday We Got Home From Work And Our Dog Broke Into Our Bathroom And Told Through …

Yesterday we got home from Work and our dog broke into our bathroom and told through at least 5 soiled baby diapers. The brand was hello bello. My dog has not vomited, and is eating and drinking, but his gas is out of control. Is there anything else I should be keeping an eye on?

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Krista Magnifico
12 days ago

Hello,
If he is eating and drinking and urinating and defecating normally those are all good signs. I would continue to watch him and call your vet immediately if these change. Also please get a container that is lockable for things like diapers ans tampons or any other product he might get into like trash. An obstruction surgery at an er in the USA can be multiple thousands of dollars and potentially life threatening.

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Tim | 3 weeks ago
I Just Came Across Your Video Of Hank The Beagle From Dec. 2016 And It Gives Me …

I just came across your video of Hank the beagle from Dec. 2016 and it gives me hope.

Our beagle Katy just had surgery for a ruptured disc between the T12-13 and T13-L1 vertebrae that was causing compression on the spinal cord. She had no use of her back legs.
She had a hemilaminectomy on the 13th after waking up with no use of her back legs.

We brought her home today the 18th, still no use of her back legs and we have to express her bladder for her.

Also It’s my first day but I can’t seem to get her bladder to express. She has leaked pretty consistently on the pad overnight.
One last thing. She tends to sit up and not want to lay down. Can she not do this on her own. When I guided her down she went right to sleep but I dont want to force anything that may cause damage.

Dr. said we should give it until the end of the month to see if overall improvement happens.

Any advice. Signs of hope to look for?
We are doing passive range of motion therapy with her.

Thank you so much,
Tim Perry

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Krista Magnifico
17 days ago

Hello, There is a lot of missing information that makes this a little difficult to give advice on. Like how long she was down? What that looked like? How severe it was/ how long she waited for surgery, what her physical condition before was, etc Etc. Also who did the surgery. What did that look like? I don’t expect that you will know all of this but your vet should. And they should be a constant part of her recovery. I have a huge amount of information available on my blog and YouTube channel. Here tou will see how much… Read more »

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Melik | 3 weeks ago
My Cat Doesn’t Poop For 4 Days And He Is Very Unhappy And Even Don’t …

My cat doesn’t poop for 4 days and he is very unhappy and even don’t even notice me

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Krista Magnifico
18 days ago

Hello,
It is time to see a vet. Unless he’s straining to defecate I assume he is not eating enough, or strong enough to go to the bathroom. I also worry about dehydration, disease, illness and a whole slew of other possible conditions and causes. Please see a vet immediately.

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Cheryl | 3 weeks ago
Can You Answer A Question For Me? My Persian Had Surgery At 2yrs Old Due To …

Can you answer a question for me? My Persian had surgery at 2yrs old due to calcium oxilate stones and now at 7yrs old he’s having trouble peeing. He’s been on RX food since his 1st surgery and drinks a ton of water. Is it possible he can have stones again when he’s on UR veterinary food from day 1?

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Krista Magnifico
19 days ago

Hello. Yes it is possible. Please cal your vet ASAP and have your cat seen