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Bryan Clark | 6 years ago
I Rescued A Female Pitbull Approximately 8 Months Ago From A Local Shelter Here In…

I rescued a female pitbull approximately 8 months ago from a local shelter here in Baltimore. Her name is Fiona and she is our third pitbull rescue. The shelter told us she was roughly 4 to 5 years old but that was just a guess. Our other 2 dogs are substantially younger and larger. Fiona has definitely started to slow down and recently she developed a little hitch/limp in her left rear leg. It seems when she would lay down for an extended period of time it would take her a little walking around before she would start to use it fully. This coincided with the temperature starting to drop outside. I started her on Cosequin DS plus MSM at the listed dosage. She has been on this for 4 to 5 weeks now and her rear leg seems to be improving as she does not limp anymore. I think she is still in pain though because whenever she decides to play with our younger larger dogs or run around she shows clear signs of discomfort and soreness over her entire body. When I first rescued her my girlfriend and I noticed that she walked with a little bit of a hunch in her lower back and we just though that was due to her build, but the more we watch her it does not seem like a natural stance. I wanted to know what this could be signs of and when I take her to the vet what tests I should have them perform or direct questions I should ask. I have definitely fallen victim to vets running superficial and unnecessary procedures just to increase the bill. I don’t have any good picture or video of her showing what I described, however if you would like I can get that for you. Thank you for your time and expertise, Fiona and I appreciate all your help.
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Bryan

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Hello!
I am sorry this question somehow got missed. It would be appropriate at this point to take her for the vet to do an exam and at least an x-ray. It would also not hurt to test her for tickborne diseases like Lyme . I think you will find we are overall a very honest profession. If you do not trust that you are vet will be honest and do what is needed then you may want to think about going elsewhere.

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Bryan Clark | 6 years ago
I Rescued A Female Pitbull Approximately 8 Months Ago From A Local Shelter Here In…

I rescued a female pitbull approximately 8 months ago from a local shelter here in Baltimore. Her name is Fiona and she is our third pitbull rescue. The shelter told us she was roughly 4 to 5 years old but that was just a guess. Our other 2 dogs are substantially younger and larger. Fiona has definitely started to slow down and recently she developed a little hitch/limp in her left rear leg. It seems when she would lay down for an extended period of time it would take her a little walking around before she would start to use it fully. This coincided with the temperature starting to drop outside. I started her on Cosequin DS plus MSM at the listed dosage. She has been on this for 4 to 5 weeks now and her rear leg seems to be improving as she does not limp anymore. I think she is still in pain though because whenever she decides to play with our younger larger dogs or run around she shows clear signs of discomfort and soreness over her entire body. When I first rescued her my girlfriend and I noticed that she walked with a little bit of a hunch in her lower back and we just though that was due to her build, but the more we watch her it does not seem like a natural stance. I wanted to know what this could be signs of and when I take her to the vet what tests I should have them perform or direct questions I should ask. I have definitely fallen victim to vets running superficial and unnecessary procedures just to increase the bill. I don’t have any good picture or video of her showing what I described, however if you would like I can get that for you. Thank you for your time and expertise, Fiona and I appreciate all your help.
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Bryan

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Hi Bryan, The stiffness on first rising and the fact that it seems to have got worse with the cold weather strongly suggests that she has arthritis in her hind leg. This can also account for the stiffness and hunching in her lower back if it is the hip that is affected. Improvement of her symptoms since starting Cosequin supports this. If she needs further support however the next stage is usually anti-inflammatory medicine. A good physical exam and response to treatment is usually sufficient for a diagnosis of arthritis, I would only tend to advise X-rays if she doesn’t… Read more »

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Hi Bryan, a thorough physical examination, and x-rays would be a way to start figuring this out. What you’re describing about the leg does sound like signs of arthritis. What you want to find out is whether there is a further reason for this, such as hip dysplasia or injury to a knee ligament etc. What you’re describing as hunched posture and possibly pain all over, though, that could be another story though. Hunched posture could be also from spinal pain or internal pain (such as abdominal pain). Unless she had a full blood work some time recently, I’d personally… Read more »

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Haley | 6 years ago
I Have A Bulldog Mix… The Other Day We Went To My Step Dads And…

I have a bulldog mix… The other day we went to my step dads and my dog drank out of his dogs water bowl… then he told us that his dog had gotten sick and disappeared for about a week. The next morning he found his dog deead under his house and now my dog is constantly sneezing so i felt her nose and her nose is dry and warm. I am getting worried about her and dont know if i should take her to the vet or what… Please help!!

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Hi,

At the very least if your dog is sneezing and has a warm, dry nose, it is likely she has an infection so it’s worth taking her to the vets to check if she needs antibiotics. Take as much information as you can about your step-dad’s dog as well, and the vet can give your dog a full examination to check there is nothing more sinister going on.

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romelle | 6 years ago
6 Month Old Male Schnauzer Puppy…have Been Trying To Wean Him Off Royal Dog Food…

6 month old male schnauzer puppy…have been trying to wean him off royal dog food . Also trying to housebreak him too…using pads he still won’t do anything outside…..He tears things up too even his canvas carrier…!

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Congrats on your Schnauzer puppy!! With any kind of parenting (human and furry), you have to get into Survivor mode–outwit, outplay, outlast! When you take him outside to potty, no playing, no talking–other than the word you are using for the potty command. Whatever is most natural to you–potty, wee-wee, tinkle, get busy–whatever works. All your puppy should hear is his potty word and do not interact with him until he pees–then you completely lose your mind and praise him with words, pets, and treats. It won’t take him long to get the idea that his tinkling makes you happy… Read more »

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Hi, One thing at a time:You say you are trying to wean him off royal dog food but you don’t say why, what you want him to eat, and why you are having problems so it is impossible to give a useful answer to this. House training – is it weeing or pooing you are having problems with? If he is used to using the pads, then take him outside when he is most likely to want to go, like when he wakes up or after a meal, and have a pad placed outside where you want him to go.… Read more »

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My Thirteen Year Old Standard Poodle Has Been Getting A Lot Of Sebaceous Cysts. She…

My thirteen year old standard poodle has been getting a lot of sebaceous cysts. She has more than ten with new ones appearing all the time. A lot have been biopsied to make sure what they are.

Our vet tells us there’s not much we can do about the cysts besides keep an eye on them, that over active sebaceous glands are causing them.

But is there anything that can be done about curbing the sebaceous glands themselves?

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According to Dr. Karen Becker, these things should help: – Keeping your pet brushed and well-groomed will keep the sebum flowing out of the oil gland and hair follicle, which will help prevent the oil buildup and entrapment under the follicle that leads to cyst formation. – Optimizing your dog’s fatty acid intake is another important step. Essential fatty acids are delicate (easily destroyed by heat and processing), and should be replaced especially for dogs eating only dry food. If your dog is fed raw, essential fatty acids can be optimized. – Adding krill oil or another omega-3 fatty acid.… Read more »

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bill brown | 6 years ago
My Cat Is A Seven Month Old Female Tabby, Indoor Only. She Recently Started…

My cat is a seven month old female tabby, indoor only. She recently started using the litter box without covering it up afterward. We have two other cats as well. But they continue to us the letterbox and bury when finished. We clean the multiple boxes at least once a day, sometimes twice. Her new behavior doesn’t seem like a serious problem. But I am curious about the sudden change and would prefer she go back to burying. Any thoughts or advice?
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Bill

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Hello Bill, What an interesting question. I have to admit that with my four cats and the countless cats we have at the clinic, I notice this often. (Especially because that uncovered poop has a strong odoriferousness!) Here are my suppositions:1. Is your cat de-clawed? For these cats pawing in the litter can be painful, or conjure up the those painful memories of their post-operative period. They associate the litter with pain and are reluctant to use the box, or dig in the litter.2. The litter is too dusty? Cats won’t stir up the litter if its too dusty. Lots… Read more »

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Rachel | 6 years ago
My Dachshund Has Diarrhea On And Off For The Last Few Weeks. She Went Fine…

My Dachshund has diarrhea on and off for the last few weeks. She went fine this morning but this afternoon she had diarrhea twice. She is eating, drinking, and acting fine. What is the cause and how can we treat it?

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The thing with diarrhea is that it can have a long list of causes, particularly when it is over longer period of time like this. Have you changed food recently? New treats? Anything else that changed or is new?

My recommendation is to get your vet help to figure this out, as that is the only way to really find the cause. Meanwhile, this is a great article series on diarrhea:
http://dawgbusiness.blogspot.ca/2010/10/tale-of-many-tailsand-what-came-out.html

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maggie | 6 years ago
My Cat Has Been Treated For What We Thought Was An Upper Respiratory Infection And…

My cat has been treated for what we thought was an upper respiratory infection and was placed on Clavamox. She stopped eating and drinking. Now her WBC count and her EOS is ridiculously high. I have done research online and found that a high EOS could be a result of feline asthma. Yet, when I mention it to the vet, they are blowing me off. Help!

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Hi Maggie, You are right that a high eosinophil (EOS) count can indicate feline asthma, but it is not specific for this. In other words, it can also be raised due to any allergic or inflammatory disease, including worms, irritable bowel syndrome or fleas. The neutrophil count trends to give information about infection, and it is not uncommon for a cat with impaired lungs, for any reason, to be more prone to respiratory infections, as bacteria can take hold in damaged organs more easily. this reason your very may be trying to clear the infection first so they can better… Read more »

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Becky Cooper | 6 years ago
Our Dog Rides Fine In The Car Until We Get To Elevation/curvy Roads, Then Gets…

Our dog rides fine in the car until we get to elevation/curvy roads, then gets carsick. She drools at the mouth, her eyes get watery and she throws up. Once we get to our destination, she is fine. I have heard of giving Dramamine to animals, but am afraid to give her anything without a vets advice. She is a black/tan coonhound and weighs 57 lbs.

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Your vet can give you a product called Cerenia which is great for motion sickness. Without knowing your dog I would be remiss to tell you that it is safe to give anything over the counter.

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Gus Mattila | 6 years ago
Hi, My Dog Was Laying On The Floor, Sleeping And When He Got Up, He…

Hi, My dog was laying on the floor, sleeping and when he got up, he is limping bad, as if he twisted his foot some how. He will not put pressure on his back Left paw. It is the paw and not the leg. This is very hard for him to walk or go to the bathroom outside. He can go down our porch steps, but can’t get back up. King ( My dog’s) name, is a 5 year old lab and weighs approx. 100 + pounds…We can’t take him to the vet, because he wont get into our vehicles, and he won’t let me or my wife touch his foot to look to see what his paw is looking like. Me and my wife are elderly, and cannot lift him and he will not let us touch his foot. Any advice you could give us would be helpful, We don’t want to take him to the Vet due to finances… He will put pressure on the tip of the toes on the bad foot (Lightly)..when walking sometimes. Your help would be very grateful.. It appears he may have sprained his paws when he got up after sleeping. Your help is so much appreciated.

Gus Mattila

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Hi Gus- Certainly his weight could be a factor. 100+ lbs is quite large for a lab. Will he let you trim his nails? My labs have really thick but brittle nails and if I do not cut them often, they have had issues with tearing but if you are not seeing any blood then it is probably not torn nail. Since labs have webbed paws, it is also easy for materials to get stuck between their toes. This is also a favorite place for ticks to hide. I check between my labs toes for debris and ticks. Bottom line… Read more »