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Colleen Vrankin | 6 years ago
We Have A 7 Year Old German Shepard With Perianal Fistulas. He Has Been…

We have a 7 year old German Shepard with perianal fistulas. He has been on this course of prednisone for 2 weeks, started at 30 mg per day and after one week and much improvement in the anal area we reduced the dose to 20 mg per day. Yesterday he started vomiting and today he has not had anything to eat or drink. He is still vomiting, just slime coming up. I am assuming that the medicine did not stay down yesterday and he would not take it today. He is also very lethargic today. He has been taking 20 mg of pepcid and 1 g carafate with food prior to taking the prednisone. Every other time he has been on prednisone getting him to eat has not been a problem. Not sure what to do this time to get him to eat so that he can take the meds.

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Hello, I think that you are Jarrettsville clients so I jumped in to answer. My advice would be to stop the prednisone and don’t try to force it. And then get back to see us tomorrow. Because I am not positive that you are a JVC client I will warn you that the vomiting may indicate gastric ulcers. These are painful and can be causing bleeding into the stomach. The Pepcid and carafate were prescribed to try to prevent this, but the longer your pet is on prednisone the more likely we are to see the potential side effects of… Read more »

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Kelly | 6 years ago
One Of Our Cats Woke Up This Morning With An Oozy/watery Eye. Clear Fluid And…

One of our cats woke up this morning with an oozy/watery eye. Clear fluid and gooey looking. I have erythromycin at home, but she is pregnant. Is it safe to use this on her? thank you, ~kelly

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Hello Kelly, Many Thanks for your question. There are many concerns we have prescribing medications to pregnant pets. Most ophthalmic medications are systemically absorbed so anything we put in the eye can and often will, end up on the body. Very dangerous and scary information when we are concerned about impacting the unborn and developing babies. In general we play it safe with any pregnant pet. I think it is imperative to try to get a diagnosis of what may be causing the eye irritation before applying anything in the eye. My other long standing motto for eyes is that… Read more »

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Sharon Burton | 6 years ago
Why Does My Pug Keep Shaking Her Head And Licking?

Why does my pug keep shaking her head and licking?

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Hello Sharon, Many Thanks for your question! Your pug, like many pugs, may have either dirty ears, inflammed ears, infected ears, or allergies. A pet with a shaking head often needs a veterinarian to take a peek in the ears. We look to distinguish dirty, versus inflammed, versus infected. All require a different treatment option, (and each is a bit more difficult to treat from the previous). Also, we want to help you be able show you how to distinguish between these and try to prevent any future occurrences. If your pet is having an allergy flare up there are… Read more »

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Hello Sharon, Many Thanks for your question! Your pug, like many pugs, may have either dirty ears, inflammed ears, infected ears, or allergies. A pet with a shaking head often needs a veterinarian to take a peek in the ears. We look to distinguish dirty, versus inflammed, versus infected. All require a different treatment option, (and each is a bit more difficult to treat from the previous). Also, we want to help you be able show you how to distinguish between these and try to prevent any future occurrences. If your pet is having an allergy flare up there are… Read more »

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Sarah Klauda | 6 years ago
I Have A Pit Bull Mix That Is Absolutely Terrified Of Getting Her Nails Clipped…

I have a pit bull mix that is absolutely terrified of getting her nails clipped, ears cleaned, and bathed or sprayed with flea remedy. She won’t even let me give her a dry bath.

I get anywhere near her with this stuff and she starts growling and showing teeth. I back off and she looks away at me and won’t come to me for awhile even if I don’t have the stuff in my hands anymore.

I know the nail clipping phobia comes from when I tried to clip her nails and messed up, hitting her quick. But everything else I have no idea.

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Hi Sarah, sorry you too are having such a hard time. How does she do with other types of handling, having her feet touched, having her ears touched and looked at without the trimming and cleaning tools around? Does she allow brushing? Is it the sight of the tools or you opening a specific drawer/cabinet door? There is no quick fix to this. You will need to change the way she feels about these things; make the sight of these things a promise of something great. You need to step back and start working on making new associations. Here is… Read more »

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Sarah Klauda | 6 years ago
I Took In A Lady’s Cat Because Her Son Was Constantly On The Brink Of…

I took in a lady’s cat because her son was constantly on the brink of death. She’s 8, is missing an ear, has a clubbed foot, and is declawed. So she’s pretty messed up and would be nearly impossible to rehome. She’ll use a puppy pad and loves our kitchen, but one of our other cats, Siberia, goes out of her way to attack her.

We put a baby gate between them, but Siberia can now jump it. This cat is now terrified to go to her litter box and puppy pad because she is afraid she will be cornered, so she pees on the floor mat. If I put this cat in a room by herself, she will never get any attention. We don’t know anyone who would take her. I’m having trouble finding homes for the healthy young adult fosters I have. For now all we can think of is to cage Siberia.

Any ideas?

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Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for your question. You definitely have two very different issues and I’ll try address each. The first is the behavior issue between the cats. Some cats, just like some people just don’t get along. There are lots of things that come into play such as individual personalities, past experiences, how they were introduced, etc. Sometimes, they can overcome their issues and become friends and other times they cannot. One product you may want to try is Feliway. It’s a plugin diffuser that emits a cats natural pheromones and many people have wonderful things to… Read more »

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Rosalie K | 6 years ago
What Is The Best Type Of Collar To Use For A Small Dog That Pulls…

What is the best type of collar to use for a small dog that pulls on the leash?

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Hi Rosalie!There are an array of comfy and attractive harnesses out there. A harness gives you more security and control with your little furry friend and there is no wheezing and straining around the dogs neck. If pulling has become a habit and not an occasional action for your little guy, he may have come to the conclusion that ALL walks involve pulling as hard as he can against what’s trying to hold him back! In that case, I would recommend something called a gentle leader. One kind goes around the dogs muzzle and the leash attaches beside the face… Read more »

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Dee Hoeck | 6 years ago
Can Allergies Make Our Black Lab Cough? What Can We Give Her?

Can allergies make our black lab cough? What can we give her?

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Is there a specific reason you’re suspecting allergies? Does he have a history of such problems? Does your dog has a history of heart disease? It the cough worse with exercise or at rest? Is it a dry or "moist" cough? It is possible that allergies could cause coughing, though it wouldn’t be the first thing that would come to my mind with a coughing dog. In dogs, allergies are most commonly manifested through the skin – itching and scratching. When Jasmine suddenly started coughing, at first we though it was from her "barking contest" she had with the neighbor’s… Read more »

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Kimberly Ryan | 6 years ago
Hello. I Have A 3 Year Old Male Silky Terrier And A 4 Year Old…

Hello. I have a 3 year old male silky terrier and a 4 year old female Yorkie poo. Recently a brown lab puppy has moved in behind me. Not sure of its sex. My male dog is going crazy trying to bite and get to this lab. We even put lattice work over our existing fence to provide some security. My male will not let him alone the entire time the lab is out. My male will bark consistently at the dog, bite at the lattice work and run back and forth. He is normally submissive to my female and this is very out of character for him. Any suggestions/ideas???

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Kim Ryan

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Hello Kimberly, Thanks for your question. I am not sure if you are looking for advice on how to keep your silkie from barking, or if you are looking help to try to avoid the situation? So, I’ll try to do both. I think that the lattice was a move in the right direction. If your male is upset with the new neighbor then you need to provide a more substantial solid blockade so that your dog cannot see the lab. However, I wonder if you could try to resolve the frustration or curiosity of your silky by talking to… Read more »

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Hi Kimberly,I asked our dog trainer, Marla your questions and this is her response: "You might try doing a desensitization exercise with your terrier. Have your dog on leash and determine how close your dog can be to the lab puppy without becoming aggressive. This could be halfway to the fence or you may have to start inside the house and work your way out. While your dog is calm and not exhibiting aggression toward the lab puppy, either click/treat your dog or say "yes" and treat your dog. Lots of yummy treats to begin with. Once you feel that… Read more »

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Kelly | 6 years ago
Hello, I Have A White Pitt Bull Terrier Named Flex Who Suddenly Has A…

Hello, I have a white Pitt bull terrier named Flex who suddenly has a very red nose and ear over the weekend. What could be the cause of his skin turning red? Thank you, – Kelly

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Hello Kelly, Thanks for your question. Did you know that animals get sun burns? If your dog was outside in the sun over the weekend (it was a very beautiful and sunny weekend here) and it is a white dog there is a chance that the skin might be sun burnt. A sunburn causes the skin to turn red, thicken, and can peel just like when we get a sun burn. The best way to treat this is to avoid sun over exposure in the future. I see this most commonly in white dogs. On dogs and cats it is… Read more »

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Christy | 6 years ago
Hi, Can I Put Frontline Plus On My 20lb After Her Eye Surgery? Also…

Hi, can I put Frontline Plus on my 20lb after her eye surgery? Also, she has be coughing a lot. (bronchiol). Should I be worried?

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Hello Christy, First I apologize for the delay in responding, seems our upgrades to our system delayed your note to us, (I am very sorry again). The frontline should not interfere with the healing, or surgery. Bt, if you wanted to delay using it for a few days, that won’t hurt either. The cough may be a result of your dog having a tube down its throat (endotracheal tube) for breathing while under general anesthesia. This happened to my dog after his surgery, it lasted about four days, but I do think that it is always better safe than sorry,… Read more »