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Patty | 6 years ago
My Dog Ate A Small Jade Plant At Least An Hour And A Half Ago…

My dog ate a small jade plant at least an hour and A half ago, and isn’t acting abnormally. 2 year old spayed female English Springer spaniel, 45 pounds. She ate dinner an hour ago. Should I try to induce vomiting or just monitor her?

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello Patty, Jade plants are toxic to dogs (and cats), and if you believe that your dog has ingested some I would recommend you either call the ASPCA Pet Poisin helpline or go to your veterinarian immediately. Without knowing how much was ingested or when, it is very hard to recommend anything. Vomiting should only be induced if the toxin was ingested within the last hour. After this time much of the plant has been broken down and passed out of the stomach. Signs of ingestion are lethargy, vomiting, and changes in behavior. Seek immediate veterinary attention if you notice… Read more »

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Lori Fadely | 6 years ago
I Brush My 3 Dogs Teeth Several Times Per Week But Feel That I Can’t…

I brush my 3 dogs teeth several times per week but feel that I can’t get to insides of teeth well. My Bichon is beginning to eat slower than he used to and it seems his teeth are becoming sensitive. Is there anything in addition to brushing with dog specific toothpaste to support dental health? I am seeking the most natural intervention possible.
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Kasey Litt
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Great question Lori! Small dogs are especially endanger of having teeth issues. I was on a very interesting pet chat regarding this very subject a few weeks ago. In addition to the brushing, try giving your pup a dental chew. You want the dental chew to have enough "bite" that your Bichon is actively engaged in chewing but according to a Vet/Dentist, Dr. Brook Niemiec from Southern California Vet Dental Specialties, the chews should be soft enough that if you pressed your thumbnail into the treat, you should leave an impression. This was news to me and had thought things… Read more »

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Laura | 6 years ago
My Bichon Who Is 6 Years Old Had An Inflamed Disk In Her Back. …

My Bichon who is 6 years old had an inflamed disk in her back. The acupuncturist suggested adding magnesium to her diet. What would be the recommend daily dosage for a dog?

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello Laura, Thank-You for your question and I am sorry to hear of your dogs injury. I am not trained in alternative medicine, so I did a little research to see if I could help you find the answer to your question. With respect to disc injuries I found some information on magnesium being used for its calming effects, and beneficial properties in degenerative joint disease, disk, and spinal disorders. The textbook dose for Mg is 24-300 mg per day*. That’s a big range! I would recommend that you ask your acupuncturist for the dose. I would also recommend that… Read more »

Christina Chambreau
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Laura,  without more information, it is difficult to make a lot of suggestions.  Krista gave you good advice on the magnesium. If your dog has any symptoms from the inflamed disc – weakness in legs, incoordination, crossing legs especially in the rear, dragging the toes, bladder or bowel control – you really do need to see an integrative veterinarian. Sometimes there are no symptoms and the acupuncturist detects “energetically” that there is a weakness/inflammation in a disc. If this is the case, you can continue with that treatment and add in the Magnesium at low levels.  In Schoen and wynn’s… Read more »

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Bessie Baxter | 6 years ago
My 5 Year Old Male Guniea Pig Is Chewing The Same Paw To The Point…

my 5 year old male guniea pig is chewing the same paw to the point of bleeding and i don’t have money for a vet right now.any suggestions?i have tried triple antibiotic ointment and bandaiding the paw.i am desperate for some answers and suggestions.
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concerned guniea pig mommy

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Eleanor Wood
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Hi, Unfortunately if your little pig is causing this much trauma to his paw, then it really needs to be assessed by a vet, as you will need to sort out the underlying reason for his behaviour. If money is a concern, are there any charity or low cost clinics you can apply to? Otherwise you may be able to speak to any local charities that may be willing to assist with vet fees to ensure your pig isn’t suffering. As a last resort, especially if you have a good relationship with your local vet clinic, explain the situation to… Read more »

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Stacie Handley | 6 years ago
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I Was Wondering If You Could Suggest Some Ways To Discourage Jealosy, And Encourage Co-exsisting…

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I was wondering if you could suggest some ways to discourage jealosy, and encourage co-exsisting between 2 female, spayed, approx. 4 year old Golden Retrievers? We rescued one dog on July 14th, and the second on October 12th. Penny, our first Golden, has adjusted beautifully in our home and with our family. Since we’ve brought Rosie home, Penny’s disposition has changed and she’s taken to snapping at Rosie, following her around everywhere, and trying to beat Rosie in and out of rooms, to greet us, get on the sofa, etc. Rosie just seems happy to be in a home and have a family, however, she will bare her teeth and growl on occasion as well. We live in a townhouse with a fenced yard and take the dogs on 1 to 2 walks per day. We’ve done all the logical things (I think). I am wondering if you could give us some pointers on how to encourage the girls at least getting along, and being able to trust them in a room alone together. Also, how long do these kinds of adjustments usually take?

Thank you so much,
Stacie

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Hi, Well done on adopting! I can thoroughly recommend the Adaptil/DAP collars or diffusers in the first instance to help them settle in. Otherwise, choose who is going to be top dog, Penny by the sounds of it, and ensure that she gets fed first, greeted first, fussed first. It sounds as though Penny is trying to establish her position above Rosie, but if you seem to place Rosie above her, she’ll work harder at putting Rosie down.However, still let Penny know that any kind of aggression is not tolerated, best done by a timeout. Put both dogs out though… Read more »

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amber speed | 6 years ago
My Boxer Puppy Is Kind Of Goody Like He Hit His Head Too Many Times…

My boxer puppy is kind of goody like he hit his head too many times. Heis a puppy but I don’t know if that is how all puppies are. And he is very fearful of other dogs. We got him when he was about 15 weeks old and I really don’t see why or how that would affect him. I think that maybe something happened with another dog but when I got him I was hoping for a dog that will protect my young daughter when she goes out for runs. Will his behavior change as he gets older? Please, email me back at: amberspeed11@yahoo.com
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Eleanor Wood
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Hi,

Getting him at 15 weeks old means that you will have to work extra hard at socialisation, as the best time has already passed. Get him to puppy classes and training classes, take him everywhere you can. If he’s not properly socialised then taking him on a run will be more trouble than it’s worth for your daughter, but a confident, well-behaved dog is fun to run with. Lack of socialisation will be the most likely reason for his nervousness, but he won’t grow out of it without help.

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kathy carroll | 6 years ago
Hi, I Have Adopted A 4 Year Old Cat. I Have Some Information But Not…

Hi, I have adopted a 4 year old cat. I have some information but not a lot.She is coming around to us great and very loveable. I have her upstairs off to herself for now.I have 3 dogs who are used to cats but I d not to my knowledge think she has been with dogs. My cats passed away they were all 16 and 17. The dogs have all been raised with cats but I need to slowly introduce the group. Two dogs are seniors and will not care. One is 5 and she is a yorky and she is more interested in everything then the other two. Now if the cat hiss’s which she may my yorky may become a barker at her.She is the worry. Do I slowly take Bella the one I worry about up to my cat Nina? She has already met a stray I have had for 3 years who comes in and goes where he wants and the dogs are great with him. She just stuck her hair up and looked but did not go after the cat. He is such a great cat he will walk away from a fight. Thanks for any help.

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Hi, I would avoid taking Bella up to Nina, as Nina may see this as a threat to her territory and be more likely to react aggressively by hissing. Initially, if Nina is not used to dogs, leave old blankets with Nina that have the dogs’ smell on them. Then, when she is nice and relaxed, bring her down to meet one of the older dogs (even if they’re asleep!). Once she is happy strolling around both the older dogs together, then you can introduce Bella, preferably after Bella has had a long walk and is nice and tired. By… Read more »

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davis | 6 years ago
Hi My 3 Month Old Kitten Has Been Trying To Poop Since The Morning…

hi my 3 month old kitten has been trying to poop since the morning but nothing has happenned i tried vegetable oil and petroleum jelly

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Hello Davis, There are many reasons that a young kitten will struggle with defecating. I would recommend that you bring him in to see your veterinarian and not give any kind of laxatives. You can cause significant gastro-intestinal distress and diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration and even death. Your kitten is struggling to defecate because something is either obstructed, or in most cases they are straining to defecate because they already have diarrhea. So adding a laxative or lubricating substance in almost all cases makes the original problem worse. Your veterinarian can identify whether the kittens problem is hard… Read more »

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nancy | 6 years ago
I Have A 14 Year Old Jr Who Has Cataracts.He Can See Only A Little…

I have a 14 year old jr who has cataracts.He can see only a little bit, would it be ok to do cataract surgery at this age. I am so afraid that he is going to get lost. Nancy

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Nancy,

age itself doesn’t contraindicate surgery. It’s general health and organ function that is important. Proper evaluation and lab work should give an indication whether he’s a good surgery candidate, and/or whether accommodations can be made to make anesthesia safe for him.

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mama | 6 years ago
My Lab Is Only 4 & Has Never Had A Bath & DONT Like The…

My lab is only 4 & has never had a bath & DONT like the bathtub.so how can I bath him

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Are you trying to remove dirt/stink or trying to relieve allergies? (Considering your earlier question I figure the latter) What is the weather like right now where you are? If it is warm enough, you could do that outside. That’s figuring you want to do it immediately. Meanwhile, you can work on conditioning him so he doesn’t mind the tub. Note: I’d be very careful, though, if he has any raw wounds …. ? (also as per your earlier question) I’d probably use water only, ending with mild betadine solution. I do recommend you see a vet with the problem,… Read more »

Tonya Wilhelm
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Hello.  You can slowly teach him the bathtub is a safe place to be.  I always recommend having a rubber mat on the floor in the tub, and a shower hose that you can hold and easily maneuver.  Take things nice and slow, and plan on working on this for sometime if he already has bad experiences with the tub.   Walk him nicely into the bathroom, tell him “Yes” and give  him a tasty treat.  (I like things like 100% dehydrated meat.  I also use these meat calories as part of  his daily calories, so no weight gain.)  Later… Read more »