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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 »

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Varun Goyal | 6 years ago
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I Have A Lionhead Bunny. Her Eye Is Red Below The Eyeball, Seems Like An…

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I have a lionhead bunny. Her eye is red below the eyeball, seems like an internal blood clot. She is still behaving like normal though. I am scared what has happened suddenly.

Can someone please help? All vets in my area are closed right now and I am freaking out. Please help.

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Hello If your bunny is acting normally and the only thing that you are seeing is a swelling then you are probably ok until the morning. The swelling can be from an infection, trauma or possibly an abnormal growth of skin/tissue. If it happened quickly (like within the last day or so) it is more likely to be infection or trauma. Try to keep her from rubbing or scratching it and get to your vet ASAP for them to take a look at it. Certainly if you are very worried you can bring her to a pet ER. They are… Read more »

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Brian | 6 years ago
I Have An Older Dog That Is Having Trouble Controlling Her Bowels. As A…

I have an older dog that is having trouble controlling her bowels. As a result, she is pooping in the house, and I have noticed over the past two weeks that her poop is coming out cold. What causes this? Is it anything to be concerned about? Is it a sign of a health problem?

Thanks!

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Hello, Thanks for your question. It would be interesting to know what kind of dog you have and how old she is? Loss of continence, whether it be urinary or fecal, is more common in older dogs, for many of the same reasons that it is in people. As we age the hormones and muscles that control our ability to hold our urine or feces starts to weaken. Controlling the sphincters (the circular muscles that act as the gate to and from the areas that control feces and urine), requires intact and strong muscles, innervation via the nervous system (therefore… Read more »

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Kelly Furgason | 6 years ago
We Have A Year Old Neutered Male Cat Named Sherlock. We Have A Woodstove In…

We have a year old neutered male cat named Sherlock. We have a woodstove in our living room and Sherlock has started randomly spending time licking the metal piping that comes out of the stove. (it’s not hot or cooking wood currently). He will do this several times a day for about 5-10 minutes each time.

What could be some reasons causing him to want to lick the wood stove piping?
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~kelly

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Hello Kelly, Thank you for your question. But you have put me in a bit of a pickle. I am unwaiveringly honest. It is a bit of a flaw in some cases. This would be one of those cases. I cannot answer your qestion honestly and for the public, so I am going to default to what I belive to be the best advice I can give you and your pet, and answer this directly. Sherlock needs a friend. He is a pent up bundle of un-spent energy and he has resorted to doing odd and probably dangerous acts because… Read more »

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Anna Schwartz | 6 years ago
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My Dog Recently Had Part Of His Tail Amputated. We Were Told To Look…

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My dog recently had part of his tail amputated. We were told to look for a number of symptoms and one of them was colorful discharge. He has not really had any excessive bleeding episodes with his tail,just a little blood softened at the tip (assumed to be from dryness). Now the area has turned to a darkened red, and we can no longer see his stitches. Is this normal, or should we bring him in?

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Hello Anna, Thanks for your question. This is very hard for me to answer because I don’t know how long ago the surgery was, and I don’t know why the tail was amputated. Here is the advice I give all of my clients, "If you ever have a question or a concern you should come in so I can take a look at it." For any surgery that I, or any of my other doctors do, we do not charge for a re-check. We want you to feel completely at ease with coming to us with any question post-operatively, and… Read more »

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Sandy Pietrowicz | 6 years ago
I Have Had My Cat, Bear, To JV Veterinary Center And Saw Dr. Morgan For…

I have had my cat, Bear, to JV Veterinary Center and saw Dr. Morgan for a skin condition. It has been a recurring itching where he scratches or licks until he wears off his hair. In the past we gave him a regimen of prednizone as well as oil capsules.

He is currently on prednizone, but I have had a great deal of difficulty giving it to him on the prescribed schedule, as he’s outdoors so much this time of year. He also learns quickly the routine, and sees me coming and runs from me at medicine time. As a result, it has been once a day rather than twice, which has not really helped the itching, and I’m unsure of how to taper the dose at this point.

Dr. Morgan had also offered an injection, which she explained can carry a bit more risk to the cat, so I opted for the oral tablets.

My question is this: Is it possible to still opt for the injection since he has been on the prednizone tablets for a couple of weeks? I’m concerned with his continued itching, and also I will be going away for 4 days at the end of next week. Missing the doses that we did, I would still have to give him the pills during the time I’m to be away.

Please advise. Thank you!

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Hello Sandy, Thanks for your question. One of the things that I love and admire so much about cats is their fierce independent nature. Mind, you I love them for this when they are my cats, but it isn’t the best character qualities for a patient. If your cat is still have an itchy episode then yes you can give the steroid injection. The benefit of the injection is that it lasts about 30 days in cats. That’s the good news, but it is also the bad news. Because it is a longer acting steroid IF there is anything going… Read more »