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tracyturmelle | 7 years ago
I Have A 7 Mo Old Boxer Puppy, Lola. She Broke Her Back Right…

I have a 7 mo old boxer puppy, Lola. She broke her back right leg last Friday running into a tree. She has a splint on, Monday was her first splint change. She’s not licking at it, but couldn’t settle in tonight. When checking it all over her two toes are red inbetween and look a little swollen. I ran my finger between the two toes and applied vetericyn. Is there anything else I should do until I can get in tomorrow to my Vet. ? She seems comfortable now?

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Tracy

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Hello Tracy, If you think that the toes look swollen you can cut the red vetwrap from the toes about 3 inches up towards the ankle. You can also cut the under wrapping of white cotton. But don’t cut the fur or skin, (she’s a wiggler so just be careful). This will relieve some of the pressure from the bandages. I will be in tomorrow evening, but the clinic is open at 8, Dr. Morgan is there at 8:30. If you need me you can get me at anytime.. xoxo to lola. If she is still uncomfortable you can give… Read more »

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Christie | 7 years ago
I Have An Unneutered 7 Month Old Aussie-poo Mix Who Wont Quit Peeing And Spraying…

I have an unneutered 7 month old aussie-poo mix who wont quit peeing and spraying every where. The last week he has hiked his leg on people’s faces, legs, my tv, and all over my walls. We take him outside every hour, but nothing works. He just does it even worse outside. I have run out of ideas for what to do that might actually work. Any advice?

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Hi Christie–An Aussie-Poo! What’s his name?
My first thought is neutering help with this issue.
It sounds like it may be more of a territorial behavior rather than a potty training issue.
Here is a great article with information on why this is happening and what to do about it. It suggests neutering an intact male to reduce the spraying, but also offers solutions if you choose not to neuter. Please let us know how he progresses!

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Here’s the link to the article–sorry!

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/urine-marking-in-dogs

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Hello!! Everyone!! Certainly in a 7 mo old puppy I would ask your vet about neutering. Lots of boys like to "mark their territory" with urine, BUT, the other concern is a urinary tract infection. It is not as common in younger puppies but it is a possibility, and the longer you wait to treat a urinary infection the more difficult it can be. Also, an untreated urinary tract infection can lead to a kidney infection which is VERY VERY bad. The ASPCA has a wonderful blog on spaying and neutering, it is included below. It can help you talk… Read more »

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Tammy | 7 years ago
I Have A 5-year Old Neutered Male Indoor Cat Who Recently Got Constipated And Had…

I have a 5-year old neutered male indoor cat who recently got constipated and had to have several enamas at the vets office. He eats crunchy grain free food, and since his episode I have started giving him canned food. What can I feed him that will help with the constipation?

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Hello, Thanks for your question. There are many things that can contribute to constipation in cats. Rather than just prescribe or recommend supplements I try to find the reason for the problem and then start treating that. Certainly there are many things that you can "try" to help move the feces along. There are laxatives like "cat-lax" some old fashioned home remedies (which I do not recommend), the addition of fiber, the addition of water, switching diets, and adding motility agents. But I have to confess that there is not one remedy that works for everyone. This is because there… Read more »

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Here’s what I feed my kitties. I like Science Diet canned, because it comes in many flavors, and they like a little variety, (like all of us do), and they are ALL high quality. I stick to the big companies who have been around for a few decades. There are many small companies out there trying very hard to sell very high quality foods, but they have yet to stand the test of time and they are at the mercy of their suppliers. Small companies have a very difficult time overseeing and checking the goods provided from their suppliers. This… Read more »

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Robin kemp | 7 years ago
Are There Any Other Medicines Other Than Metronidazole That Can Get Rid Of Giardiasis? …

Are there any other medicines other than metronidazole that can get rid of giardiasis? Is there anything to get rid of giardiasis in your yard?

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Hello, Thanks or your question. Here is the best information I could find. In the article;"Diagnosis and Treatment of Giardia Infections in Dogs and CatsWorld Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2011Michael R. Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIMDirector, Center for Companion Animal Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA"he writes that there are multiple treatments for Giardia. By far the most commonly used one is metronidazole. Other treatment options are fenbendazole, (sometiems with metronidazole, or febantel, or tinidazole, ipronidizole, ronidazole, pyrantel/prazinquantel/febantel, quinacrine and furazolidone. I’m not sure why you don’t want to use it but I would talk to… Read more »

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Dawn | 7 years ago
My 1.5 Year Old Yorkie Poo Is Finding Rabbit Poop In Our Yard And Eating…

My 1.5 year old Yorkie Poo is finding rabbit poop in our yard and eating. So far my 11 month old Maltese has not started this habit. Is it dangerous? And how do I get the Yorkie Poo to STOP? Thanks for your help. Dawn

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Hello Dawn, Thanks for your question. I have to tell you that I hear you! I understand your dilemma and I want you to know that you are not alone! Many of us move to no area that has amenities for us. I moved to the country for the open spaces, peace, solitude, and love of nature. BUT, I moved to a part of the country close to two major metropolitan cities so I can sneak in for the arts, the culture, and the gourmet food. I have the best of both worlds. For my pups they got open fields,… Read more »

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gail | 7 years ago
I Have A 6 Month Old Puggle Who Just Came To Live With Me. She…

I have a 6 month old puggle who just came to live with me. She is not house broken. She goes to the bathroom everywhere. On the floor, the furniture and bedding. She even goes in her crate. She will not go on puppy pads or newspaper. I will put her in her kennel outside for a couple hours at a time and she will not go in the kennel but as soon as you bring her in, she will go on the floor or sofa. She is not learning from my other dog who is older. I don’t know what to do. HELP!!!

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Hello Gail, Congratulations on your new Puggle. They are a sweet, snorting bunch of happiness. They are irresistible and adorable and fun! For information on housebreaking see;https://www.pawbly.com/housebreaking-your-new-puppy/ For information on your puppy and their rearing see:https://www.pawbly.com/puppy-primer/ Puppies learn from their parents. It is an active process. The longer you wait to be disciplined and consistent with your puggle the longer and harder it will be to train. Start now. Be consistent, be kind, be forgiving, and be steadfast, after all it’s not your puggles fault they didn’t learn, its your puggles parents fault not being taught. All of these articles… Read more »

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Jessica Morgan | 7 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 | 7 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 | 7 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 | 7 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 »