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Kelly Furgason | 7 years ago
My Cat Seems To Enjoy Shredding My Couch. What Can I Do To Stop This?

My cat seems to enjoy shredding my couch. What can I do to stop this?

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Hello Kelly, Thanks for the question. It’s a great one! I was just on the phone yesterday talking about this same subject with an old friend who is contemplating de-clawing his cat because she is using their couch as a scratching post. They are understandably frustrated. Your cat scratches your couch for a few reasons.First, cats naturally shed their claws. They do this by using something to help them pull off the outer layer of the nail. The old outer layer soughs off naturally, but to keep them sharp and healthy a nice vertical surface that allows the points to… Read more »

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Kelly Furgason | 7 years ago
I Feed My Dog Purina Dog Food, But One Of My Friends Says That It’s…

I feed my dog Purina dog food, but one of my friends says that it’s not a good brand. What is the best kind of food to feed my dog?

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Hello Kelly, OK. I have to warn you, this is a heated topic. I have many clients who I think will start a fist fight over dog food preference. It’s as seems as sensitive a topic as favorite sports teams. I always take a deep breath and cross my fingers before i open my mouth and voice my honest unpaid opinion. So, with that I will say that I think that there are a whole slew of great foods out there..some of them are far better than the foods I eat three times a day. There are gourmet exclusive diets… Read more »

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Kelly Furgason | 7 years ago
My Dog Pulls On The Leash When I Walk It, How Can I Get Her…

My dog pulls on the leash when I walk it, how can I get her to stop?

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Hello Kelly, The best way to stop a dog from doing anything that you don’t want them to do it to train them to not do it. I know, easier said than done. There are dog obedience classes to help. These can be found through your veterinarian, your local shelters, and from the advice of other pet owners you might know. There are also some leashes that help curb a dogs desire to pull. The one I recommend most often is called the gentle leader. The best way to train a dog to not do something that you don’t want… Read more »

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Kelly Furgason | 7 years ago
How Can I Get Rid Of Fleas On My Dogs?

How can I get rid of fleas on my dogs?

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Hello Kelly, Fleas are a common parasite on dogs. Luckily in the last few decades they have become easier to eradicate. My favorite flea products are; capstar. it kills all of the fleas on the dog in 30 minutes, and then I use Frontline topically to keep my dogs flea free for thirty days. If your pet is not well then you should seek veterinary help. There are many new over the counter products available that work well on fleas, but I fear that for as many good generics that are out there now, there are equally as many bad… Read more »

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Diedra Cardamone | 7 years ago
Why Do Dogs Drink So Much Water When They Get Old And How Much Is…

Why do dogs drink so much water when they get old and how much is too much?

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Hello Diedra, Thanks for asking such an important question. There are many reasons why dogs drink an excessive amount of water. Many times an increase in water intake is one of our first clues to the onset of a disease. If you think that your dog is drinking more water than usual you should make an appointment to see your veterinarian and they will likely want to check your dogs blood and urine. Some of the diseases that can cause increased thirst in dogs are kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, and adrenal tumors. There is actually a formula used to… Read more »

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Diedra Cardamone | 7 years ago
My Dog Bandit Is An 85 Pound Border Collie Mix Rescue. On My Morning…

My dog Bandit is an 85 pound Border Collie mix rescue. On my morning run today from 10 to 11 am, he had diarrhea. He went three times and by the third time it was straight water. What should I look for or do for him today?

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Hello Diedra,

If your dog is not feeling better , or if the diarrhea continues you should bring him to see your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Diarrhea can cause dehydration and an anti-diarrheal, or fluids may be indicated.

In most cases acute diarrhea is short lived and self limiting. But diarrhea of longer than one day, or severe in its onset should be addressed by your veterinarian.

If the diarrhea persists, or you get concerned you and Bandit can see me at the clinic.

Sincerely,
Krista Magnifico, DVM
Owner Jarrettsville Veterinary Center

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Diedra Cardamone | 7 years ago
My Dog Maizie Is A Mix Chocolate Lab Dalmation. She Is Going To Turn…

My dog Maizie is a mix Chocolate Lab Dalmation. She is going to turn 14 in a month. Over the past year she has lost most of her muscle and her back legs look especially thin and wobbly. She has a large living room to live in and is let outside through a door with a very small step. What can I do for her to help her body be as strong and safe? Also, she eats best when her dry food is mixed with a little canned food, is that ok?

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Hello, Thanks for your question. Congratulations on all of the things you must have been providing and giving to Maizie to get her to an astounding age of 14! Did you know that most labs and dalmatians only live to about 12? 14 years old is amazing! There are many things that you can do to help her age gracefully and maintain her strength, stamina, and vigor. Diet is a great place to start. Ask your veterinarian about which diets they like and recommend for her. I like Science diet J/D. The "J" is for joint. I also like a… Read more »

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I would love to see Maizie.

I can be reached at http://www.jarrettsvillevet.com.

Hope to see you soon!

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Kelly | 7 years ago
I Found A Dog That Is Pregnant. What Can I Do To Help The Mother…

I found a dog that is pregnant. What can I do to help the mother dog deliver healthy puppies?

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Hello, Your found dog needs to visit your veterinarian. There are far too many items that may affect the heath of both the mother and puppies. The mom needs to be checked for intestinal worms with a fecal exam, heart worms with a blood test, and vaccine status. We also get very concerned about vaccinating, deworming and jeopardizing the health of the unborn puppies. At minimum provide a good, high-quality commercially available dog food, (we usually recommend a puppy food for expecting moms) and fresh clean water that is in a high sided, steady and sturdy container so the puppies… Read more »

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Kelly | 7 years ago
I Have A New Dog That I Rescued. It Hasn’t Had Any Shots. What Shots…

I have a new dog that I rescued. It hasn’t had any shots. What shots do I need to get it up to date?

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Hello Kelly, Thanks for your question. This question is a great place to start your discussion at your vet’s office. I advise my clients to bring their new pet to us within the first few days. There are many things to discuss about your new pet. Of paramount importance are things like; updating, or starting, the vital vaccinations that most pets need. We also like to check a fecal sample right away, to help you prevent spreading any intestinal worms throughout your home and environment. There are other important items to discus like diet, training, spaying/neutering, and a thorough physical… Read more »

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Kelly | 7 years ago
My Dog Hasn’t Eaten In A Few Days Since He Ate A Bag Of M…

My dog hasn’t eaten in a few days since he ate a bag of m & m’s. He’s been throwing up and having diarrhea. What can I do to help him.?

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Hello Kelly,

It sounds like your dog needs to go immediately to the veterinarian.

Not eating for a "few days" is significant and severe and requires immediate veterinary intervention and treatment.

If your veterinarian’s office isn’t open you should go to the local emergency clinic.

Your dog, depending their size, breed, and age probably couldn’t have ingested enough m&m’s to be fatal, but the secondary pancreatitis, or other side effects could be life threatening.

I wish you luck, and my best wishes for a return to health,

Sincerely,
Krista Magnifico, DVM
Owner Jarrettsville Veterinary Center
Jarrettsville MD.
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