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Angie Briant | 6 years ago
Ok So My Mom Passed Away Almost 3 Months Ago And I Now Take Care…

Ok so my mom passed away almost 3 months ago and I now take care FULL TIME of her 14 year old shin tzu who knows me very well. He is completely blind and deaf. My issue is that I cannot leave his side for more then 10 minutes or he will start panting and crying like really crying, witch I’ve never heard him do in his entire life. I don’t know what to do ???? I can’t go anywhere or even clean the house because he starts to freak out. I’ve though about maybe having him put down but I don’t because he still does what I call his happy mode, after he eats he does this thing where he rubs his head into the bed kinda under the pillow and I engage with him using my hand. It only lasts for a couple minutes or so but he does this about 2 or 3 times a day. And I feel like that shows some signs of still having a good quality of life. But oh my god he is driving me crazy with not being able to be alone. HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT SHOULD I DO ????????

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Hi Angie, I am sorry to hear that you and the dog are having a tough time. If you think the dog is still having a good quality of life then there are some things you could try. -Treat puzzles such as Kong. The dog can still smell so get something like a Kong and fill it with treats the dog enjoys. You can even fill it with his food. Let him smell it and see if that takes his attention off of you. They make these toys for senior pets too so it won’t be to hard on his… Read more »

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Amanda | 6 years ago
My Dog As Been Painting Really Hard At Night For The Past Few Days But…

My dog as been painting really hard at night for the past few days but she won’t drink water. I fear that I may have made a horrible mistake of giving her ice cubes sense I have just read that they are bad for dogs.
She as also had some minor stomach problems. Starting a few months ago she would through up water.
She also has some gas.
She is a border collie / pit bull mix about 8 years old.
We moved two weeks ago.
My mother abandoned us.
She is on new food due to lack of money.
My other dog is just fine.

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Dear Amanda It sounds like a very stressful situation going on in your home — not only for you but also for your pup. Panting can be the way your dog is trying to deal with stress. I am not a veterinarian and we have some great ones on this forum but my big concern is your dog not drinking water. You need to get enough fluids into her so she does not become dehydrated. A quick test for dehydration is to pull up the skin on your dogs head. If it stays then you have a dehydration issue, if… Read more »

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Jean Butler | 6 years ago
Our Maltese Has A Collapsed Trachea. Up To Now We Have Managed Via Medications…

Our maltese has a collapsed trachea. Up to now we have managed via medications, but something happened to him. Now it is very hard for him to breathe, and it seems like he is getting very little oxygen. He no longer wants to walk, and has actually collapsed and fallen over. We have seen him have like a mini-collapse, followed by some leg shaking and then urinating and then vomiting. He is currently in a oxygen tent being "revived", but we need to determine if surgery is the right next step, or if there are other alternatives we have not yet tried. He is 9, but so cute and loveable! What do you recommend? And what can you tell us about the surgery success vs. risk?

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Hello, I have never had one client regret doing the surgey. Their pets could finally breathe. And they were finally happy, calm and comfortable. The patients wake up feeling so much better. That surgery is like a miracle. It, like all surgeries has potential risks and is not cheap, as it is usually done by a boarded surgeon at a referral practice. Your surgeon will discuss all aspects of surgery with you. There are not any other alternatives to resolve this particular disease. I would always recommend surgery. The alternative is euthanasia. And this disease progresses to eventual suffocation or… Read more »

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Kaitlyn | 6 years ago
My Cats Eye Is Sometimes Watery. Last Night It Looked Like She Was Crying And…

My cats eye is sometimes watery. Last night it looked like she was crying and it had puddled up in the corner of her eye. This morning it isn’t watering but her nose is very wet as well. Should I take her to the vet? thanks!

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Hello Kaitlyn, Thanks for your question and for being so observant with your kitty. Unfortunately many of my clients don’t recognize that their cat is having an eye issue until it has been causing problems for a while. This makes treating the eye more difficult and sometimes changes the outcome from an easy fix to a more difficult (and often expensive) fix. I always tell my clients that eye problems are often relatively easy (and cheaper) to fix the earlier they are addressed. So every eye problem should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. The signs of… Read more »

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You are welcome Kaitlyn!

Please keep us posted. We love to hear back, otherwise we worry!

Best of luck!

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Gaynor | 6 years ago
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My Staffie Is Nearly 16 Yrs, Apart From Deafness, Failing Eyesight And Joint…

Please help!

My staffie is nearly 16 yrs, apart from deafness, failing eyesight and joint problems (which are understandable at her age) she’s, in the last 2 months, developed a penchant for uncontrollable whining and anxiousness between 8-12pm every night religiously, causing broken sleep for both me, my husband and my son. Her uncomfortableness is affecting us all, she’s slept on our bed since being a pup and going up to bed at a ridiculous hour seems the only way to calm her down. We’ve tried tiring her our, massage, salmon oil, serene drops and everything else possible but nothing seems to work. She pees on the floor regularly but we’ve just accepted this as part of her age, she sleeps peacefully all day but for those few hours at nighttime is absolutely inconsolable. Although she’s old it seems to us that her poor little body is giving into age even though her mind refuses to accept it! Very stressfull times! Please give advice! X

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Dear Gaynor- Wow – 16 years old is quite a long life for a staffie. It’s been my experience that the whining and anxiousness can be a sign that the girl is in pain. She is probably not so happy either about the incontinence as she has been a good girl for many many years and knows it is not right. At this age, the incontinence could be a sign of kidney issues or diabetes. I am a firm believer that our animals will tell us when it is time to go and perhaps this is the time she is… Read more »

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kara | 6 years ago
What Do You Do If Your Dog Eats Some Pokeberries?

What do you do if your dog eats some pokeberries?

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Hi Kara-

First, contact a veterinarian. Depending on how long ago your dog ate the pokeberries, your vet may tell you to induce vomiting by giving your dog hydrogen peroxide. I usually use an open ended syringe to administer. The pokeberries will most likely cause your dog some vomiting and diarrhea. If this is the case, make sure your pup gets plenty of fluids.

Good luck and I hope your pup is doing ok!

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Julescork@hotmail.com | 6 years ago
I Recently Rescued A Cocker Spaniel. He’s So Great! Loving His Company. I Have…

I recently rescued a cocker spaniel. He’s so great! Loving his company. I have a concern though. When I picked him up from the shelter he came down with kennel cough a few days later. He started an antibiotic yesterday for it. Now this morning he seems to be "shivering" a little bit. I’m concerned about this for a number of reasons I’m reading online that trembling could be a sign of distemper? Is it possible that The vet could have missed that? He was not Trembling when I brought him into the vet only after he started the Antibiotic Also I am concerned that maybe it’s a side effect from the anabiotic? Or the third thing it’s rather cold here in Buffalo New York maybe he’s just chilly? any ideas would greatly put my mind at ease thank you

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Jules- Congratulations on rescuing your beautiful boy! Shivering can be a sign of many things as your list above indicates. My first advice is to always consult your veterinarian. The symptom of shaking and trembling is when the distemper travels to the dogs brains. This would most likely be accompanied by serious lethargy and your boy would probably not be able to stand. Distemper is a horrible disease and can be passed dog to dog through urine, blood or saliva. The most common way for a dog to get distemper is from another dog with distemper sneezing on him, sharing… Read more »

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PS I am not a vet and am not telling you it is distemper but whatever it is, your piece of mind will be settled once you see your vet again.

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Leanne | 6 years ago
My Very Excellent Friend : Linda O’Connor? Suggested I Look You Up And YES I…

My very excellent friend : Linda O’Connor? suggested I look you up and YES I ‘LIKED’ you to ask if anyone can answer this question :
: can you give Cat Revolution to Dogs : they are made of the same ingredient but the cat is 60mg/ml and the dog is 120mg/ml : so I reckon 2tubes would equal one .. but then the cat one suits 2.6-7.5kg and the dog 20.1-40kg : THE QUESTION IS "HOW MANY TUBES OF THE CAT SHOULD I USE FOR A 35KG DOG" the cat Revolution is outta date but I’ve run out of Dog Revolution ???

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Hello Leanne, Welcome! And a BIG THANKS to your (and our) most excellent friend Linda! We are so happy to have you! OK, so this is a loaded question..Here is the dilemma. These products are prescription only and are labeled as they have been approved by the FDA. SO, if we (a veterinarian, because only a veterinarian can prescribe them) give you an off-label dose, or use, etc then WE, the veterinarian, are almost in essence voiding the guarantee and subsequently safety, and/or efficacy of the drug. Now, that’s not to say that it isn’t done, because it is. In… Read more »

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Kerry Teodoro | 6 years ago
My Dog Is 16 Years Old He Is Half German Sheppered Half Bull Terrier
He Has…

my dog is 16 years old He is half german sheppered half bull terrier
He has developed big lups under his tail near his bottom looks like huge boils He has arthritis in his right back leg And i think he is going blind i love my dog but i dont want him to suffer any more my husband wont accept it I want to know how much it will be to relieve him of his pain and will a ver come to my house to do it

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Hello Kerry, I am so sorry to hear of your dogs illness and situation. I am a veterinarian at Jarrettsville Vet in Jarrettsville Md. I can’t give you an estimate for services and I can’t give you a diagnosis or even a recommendation based on a question through our site. The best advice that I can give you is to call your local veterinary clinic and ask for help from them. Not all clinics can or will come to your house, but some will, and there are also mobile veterinarians who can come to your home. I know it is… Read more »

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Hi Kerry – Making a decision to put down your beloved pup is very difficult. For me, I had to weigh how much my dog was in pain, what the chances were for recovery and was I prolonging his/her life for me or for them. I am still haunted by my dog Beatrice who I had taken to a surgeon for a consultation/biopsy where we found a large cancerous tumor on the base of her tongue that was prohibiting her from eating or drinking. I am haunted because the last thing she saw was some stranger putting her out. It… Read more »

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Kelly S | 6 years ago
My Dog Threw Up Yesterday Early Morning, It Looked Like It Was Just Stomach Bile…

My dog threw up yesterday early morning, it looked like it was just stomach bile, he was a little apprehensive about his food in the AM, but he did eat (and went to the bathroom). This morning I was woken up again by him throwing up- just stomach bile and this morning he didn’t eat all of his food. As far as his mood… he isn’t "depressed" he just doesn’t seem like himself. I am not sure if I should wait it out or if I should bring him in.

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Vomiting is always considered a fairly serious sign for vets, so my advice would always be to get him checked out. For any more advice, we would need to know a little more about him – age, breed, any other known illnesses, type of food normally fed, prone to scavenging or being given tidbits, any diarrhoea, any change in food, routine or exercise recently.

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Eleanor Wood (vet)

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Vomiting is always considered a fairly serious sign for vets, so my advice would always be to get him checked out. For any more advice, we would need to know a little more about him – age, breed, any other known illnesses, type of food normally fed, prone to scavenging or being given tidbits, any diarrhoea, any change in food, routine or exercise recently.

Good luck,
Eleanor Wood (vet)