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Jessica Morgan | 6 years ago
We Have A 1 Year (and 2 Month) Old Mixed Breed Dog (rhotweiler And Rat…

We have a 1 year (and 2 month) old mixed breed dog (rhotweiler and rat terrier mix). We crate trained him when we first got him and he did great. We slowly allowed him to spend more and more time out of his crate until he was good all day out of his crate while we were at work (6 – 3). He got to the point where he didn’t want to go in his crate at all anymore. So, for the last 7 months he has been allowed free range of the house and has done a great job. No accidents and no chewed up things. In the past 3 weeks he has chewed numerous rugs, shoes, pillows and anything else he can. we try to pick everything up but the rugs and pillows stay out. We began filling treats with peanut butter and freezing them and we give him one before we leave. We go on two long walks a day and he gets plenty of cuddle and play time. I didn’t really want to crate train him after he has had all of this free space as I felt he would see it as punishment. But I am unsure of what else to do.

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Hello, Thanks for asking your question, it is a doozie! But a good one. OK, here’s what think and am concerned about. I’m going to try to answer them as you state them and try to bulletize the answers to keep us on track. OK, to begin with, I think that crate training is a wonderful training tool. It is a wonderful life long training tool. (see my Pawbly blog for crate training)…Crate training is NEVER meant to be for punishing, but it is meant to be for training. Training to not eat your belongings as this is destructive and… Read more »

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Rosalie K | 6 years ago
Hello – Sometimes My Two Chihuahuas Will Fight With One Another And I Am Unsure…

Hello – Sometimes my two chihuahuas will fight with one another and I am unsure how to handle. For example, I was walking into my house carrying groceries and I heard, before I even walked in the door, the growling and barking. I walked in and my smaller chihuahua had the larger one pinned down. Their was no blood or fur flying, it sounded way worse than what it was. I immediately broke them up, but I was wondering what the best approach in this type of situation would be. I didn’t scold them, but should I have? Do they hate each other? Do they secretly fight when I am not home? So many questions, but my main concern is just making sure I am handling their fighting correctly. Thank you for your help!

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Hello Rosalie, Thanks for your question. It sounds like your two chihuahua’s are arguing about who is in control, and they are not settled with the decision as it stands. Dogs are pack animals and try to establish dominance with the other members in the pack. Sometimes this is a smooth process and sometimes it is not. It sounds like it is going to be something they need to work out. Certainly we don’t want the arguing for status to escalate to fighting and injurying each other. And certainly we don’t want you to get hurt or injured inthe process… Read more »

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Carole Reid | 6 years ago
My 3 Yr Old Maine Coon Threw Up Yesterday Morning (looked Like Her Entire Breakfast…

My 3 yr old Maine Coon threw up yesterday morning (looked like her entire breakfast) and last night I saw her drinking out of the dog’s water bowl twice in several hours. Since I switched her to only wet food 2 years ago I have never seen her drink any water. She is playing and eating and nothing else seems off so far. It is possible I am being overly concerned but she has had health issues in the past.
I will continue to observe, but I am wondering if she now has diabetes.

Carole.

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Hello Carole, Thanks for the question. I don’t think that vomiting once is a cause for too much concern. Especially if it was undigested food in a large full meal amount. Cats should have their food digested and moved out of the stomach about three hours after eating a meal. If you see vomited food after three hours, or if the vomiting continues, then I would recommend a visit to your vet’s office for an examination. Cats most commonly will vomit their undigested food shortly after eating if they have eaten too much too quickly. It is sort of the… Read more »

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Lisa Crowley | 6 years ago
I Bought My Easter Lilly In The House N Relized My Cat Has Chewed The…

I bought my easter lilly in the house n relized my cat has chewed the little points of the leaves on three of the leafs when i relized this I found it can b poisones to him ** he really didnt eat that much but I wanna make sure he is ok !!** he is 2 and half years old and he weighs 12 pounds mayb a tade more !! Thank u for any help !!**

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Hello Lisa, Thanks for your question, I’m sorry to hear that your holiday plant has become the interest of your curious cat. Easter Lilly’s are a very common plant given as gifts for the Passover and Easter holiday. Unfortunately they are very very toxic to cats. Here’s what the literature warns about lilys. Lilys are toxic to cats. They can cause some gi upset in dogs, but for cats even a few leaves can cause severe damage to the kidneys. Ingestion of any part of the lily is toxic. Even consuming less than one leaf can be fatal. Within 2… Read more »

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Laura | 6 years ago
I Have A Bichon Frise Who Recently (last Thanksgiving) Had 62 Stones Removed. She…

I have a Bichon Frise who recently (last Thanksgiving) had 62 stones removed. She recoved nicely but her pH is still high. She is eating raw (Nature Variety). I put in Berry Balance in her food as well as Ammonil DL-Methionine Tablets), Biotic pH and Milk Thistle. Her pH did look like it came down a bit and she doesn’t seem to be in pain as much. Is there anything else that I can feed her without going to prescription dog food (Science Diet).

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Hello, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately I would need more information to be able to specifically advice you on what to do. First, I don’t know what kind of stones were in your dogs bladder?. (Note, 62!!! I have retrieved a whole mess of stones, but to be truthful I never counted them). I think that you feel that you need to alter the pH to reduce the likelihood of the stones forming, but it isn’t as simple as that in many cases. The pH does influence the ability of stones to form but there are other factors also. So… Read more »

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Paul Evitts | 6 years ago
Good Morning– I Have A 13 Yr Old 26 Lb Mix Who Is Constipated. …

good morning– i have a 13 yr old 26 lb mix who is constipated. we’ve tried muralax with success but not sure the safety of using this long-term. any suggestions? oh- and she’s a picky eater too so some natural stool softeners (e.g., pumpkin) may not be a viable option. thanks much– paul/white hall

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Hello, Good Morning, and Thanks for your question, This question is one of those queries where I find myself asking my computer screen questions that only you can answer. So, I am going to try to cover the bases without you and provide you with some basic guidance and also try to recommend things based on worst case scenario, (we vets spend a great deal of time in ‘worst-case-scenario-ville’) unfortunately. The first and most important question is how or why you think that your dog is constipated? The concern is that unless your dog has a diagnosed history of constipation… Read more »

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TiffanyB | 6 years ago
My Dog Was Spayed Today, Surgery Went "well" I Was Told. Since I’ve Had…

My dog was spayed today, surgery went "well" I was told. Since I’ve had her home, she hasn’t slept, is restless, and has continuously been shaking. She is moving ok, and gone to the bathroom ok- not limping or hunched. No whining or crying. I specifically asked for pain meds for her. I was given 5 eyedroppers, to begin one per day starting tomorrow. She has had no vomiting, diarrhea, or any other warning signs I was to watch out for. I was thinking that the shaking and restlessness were due to aftereffects of anesthesia, but saw it could be a sign of pain after I googled it since it’s been going on for 6 hours. Not sure what I should do….not sure it’s urgent enough for the emergency hospital but certainly don’t want her to be in pain! ugh!

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Hello, Thanks for the question and for using Pawbly.. This is a difficut question to answer without seeing your pet. The restlessness, and shaking could be from the anesthesia, or pain, or discomfort, but unfortunately they could be because of other more serious issues. Post operatively we assess basic vitals, Like temperature, respiratory rate, and breathing. Because a spay is an intra-abdominal surgery there are also possibilities of bleeding, abdominal trauma, pain, etc. If she is not calm and comfortable then your best and safest option is to have someone look at her. The only way to distinguish post op… Read more »

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Mara Diem | 6 years ago
Last Week My 5 Year Old Boxer, Regie Had Some Growths Removed At Jarrettsville Vet…

Last week my 5 year old boxer, Regie had some growths removed at Jarrettsville Vet. We got some terrifying news on Friday, one of the eight growths came back showing mast cells. It was located on his butt. The biopsy report says:
"In one sample, the dermis contains a densely cellular mass of neoplastic mast cells, amixed with mature eosinophils. . . . There is moderate anisocytosis and anisokaryosis, and scattered binucleated cells. No mitoses are observed in ten hpf. Lymphatic or vascular invasion is not observed. The lesion appears excised in the examined sections with lateral borders of 2-4 mm and a deep border of 2-3 mm. . . . Mast cell tumor, grade II."
I have done my own investigating trying to understand the best course of action along with what the Vet told us. We were told that we could start Kinavet CA1 ASAP to stop the invasion. The issue we have with this option is it costs almost $400 per month for the rest of his life, we would have a very hard time affording that after already paying so much for his surgery (thats a car payment).
I have read some journal articals about mast cell tumors and everything says removing is the best treatment as long as 3 cm borders can be reached. As the report says the borders were 2-3 mm, do we opt for going back in and having larger margins? I want to do what is best for my baby.
Some other questions I have are; If we did use Kinavet for six months and then stopped treatment would it still prevent the mast cells from growing or would it come back with a vengeance? Is there a more affordable, effective treatment to concider? Is drawing lymph fluid out to test ideal or even feasible? Why was his tumor not staged? Can it be staged still? How agressive is the tumor according to the lab report? Would seeing an oncologist be helpful? Do you reccomend anyone? Is the homeopathic method recomended? Is sitting back and checking him over once a week enough to monitor him (this makes me nervous)?
Thank you for your advice and attention, we value your opinion.
Mara

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Hello and Thanks for your question, This is a very good question with many very valid concerns. I have to admit up front that Mast Cell tumors are one of the most commonly seen types of skin tumors. The best way to help guide you in understanding which option is the best moving forward is to go see a veterinary oncologist. They will have the most up to date statistics for any and all treatment options and also help you understand long term prognosis and cost. When my dog Ambrose had cancer and I felt as confused as you do… Read more »

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Beth Campbell | 6 years ago
Hi, My Cat Dewey Was Treated At Jarrettsville Vet At The End Of February B/c…

Hi, my cat Dewey was treated at Jarrettsville Vet at the end of February b/c his eyes were swollen, red, itchy, tearing up. He was also sneezing. He was given an antibiotic, antihistamine, and eye ointment. His sneezing cleared up, but his eyes were still itchy, swollen and red so I took him back on 2/28/13. He was given a different eye ointment w/a steroid for 3 days.

He finished the eye ointment on 3/3 and the antibiotic and antihistamine on 3/10.

Yesterday, 3/20, his eyes were swollen and itchy again. But he has not been sneezing.

Could I give him another 3 days of the eye ointment? It’s called Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates, Bacitracin Zinc and Hydrocortisone Ophthalmic ointment USP.

Thanks!!!
Beth Campbell

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Hello Beth, You can resume the eye antibiotic but I am concerned that once you stop it you will be right back to where you are now. It sounds like there is an underlying allergy? or something going on, and that the steroid is just quieting it down or masking it while you are suing it, but the underlying problem remains. IF the eye returns to being swollen and itchy make a re-check appointment (preferably) with one of the doctors that you have seen already and keep investigating the underlying cause. Sounds ike it is time for an answer to… Read more »

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Cybil Preston | 6 years ago
Hey Krista,
I Am Struggling To Find A Good Quality Food For The "kids". I…

Hey Krista,
I am struggling to find a good quality food for the "kids". I was using Iams senior for Murray and Iams adult for Minimoo. The started turning their noses up and we not thrilled with it. I switched to Iams premium protection which they loved but it is very hard to find. I tried beneful and they liked it but now am hearing scary things about that brand. HELP!
I do not have to have a senior plan for Murray but would like to keep his fat content at 10 % if possible. Thanks for your HELP!!!!!! You are awesome!
Cybil

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Hello Cybil, I hear you! I am continually playing the same game at my house. The puppies (my two three year olds) seem to go through periods of food boredom. They will go over to the well researched, expensive, high quality, commercially available, age and breed appropriate dog food, that I special order, deliver to their home, carefully measure, prepare with time, attention and love and then deliver by hand on their set structured time, and they will sniff the bowl, grunt in disgust and walk away. It’s frustrating! But, like every good mommy, and my mommy did for me,… Read more »