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Michelle Molinaro | 7 years ago
Hello. My Name Is Michelle And I Have A 4 Year Old 140lb Great Dane…

Hello. My name is Michelle and I have a 4 year old 140lb great dane who recently started to have hip issues. I have seen my vet over the past year for this and was trying to treat it with supplements and a grain free diet with pain pills occasionally. The problem has increasingly gotten worse to the point where he can barely walk. He shows significant atrophy in both legs and is only comfortable while standing or sitting (does not like to lay down so is not sleeping well). My vet wants to put him asleep to do xrays and is saying it will cost between $550 and $650 just for the xrays and for someone to read them. Through research it is pretty clear to me that he will need some form of surgery to repair the problem. I’m lost on what to do because knowing that he will most likely need surgery, I’d rather save the money for the xrays and just go right in and fix it all. However, I do know xrays are needed to assess the severity of his condition. Is it possible to just go directly to a specialist to save the time and money or do you need a referral from a vet? Will they know without xrays if he will need surgery and what kind? Please help me on what steps to take, it is just breaking my heart to watch my boy go through so much pain.

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Hello!! Welcome to Pawbly and thanks for your question. I am sorry to hear of your Danes problems. There are a few good aspects of your dogs case to discuss. First, I assume your dog is not overweight? And that you are on a very good high quality diet. I’m not sure why grain free? Or what that has to do with his condition? And two that he is on a joint supplement, I like Dasaquin, from Nutramaxx, available over the counter. Also I would recommend asking your vet about an NSAID for pain. The cost of the X-ray should… Read more »

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Hello Again,

Never hesitate to get a second opinion.

I always want my clients to feel comfortable with all of the information and decisions they make.

We would love to meet you and Rommel. And we would be happy to go over any and all concerns that you have.

It sounds like he definately needs some help.

The estimate is not something I can review with you here. But any vet visit you make should clarify their choices and your options clearly and help you to make the right decision for you and your pet.

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linda sarubin | 7 years ago
One Of My Dogs…small Miniature Poodle..is On A Very Restricted Diet Because Of Allergies/seizures…it Is…

one of my dogs…small miniature poodle..is on a very restricted diet because of allergies/seizures…it is really helping, thank goodness! i want to be able to give him something to chew on…would rawhide bones, or something like that go against his strict eating plan? thanks!

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Hello Linda, This is a great question! It will be hard to give you advice on what to feed without knowing what restricted diet your pup is on. This is a great question to ask your vet at your next visit, (or call and ask them to call you back to discuss or see if they have a way for you to email this question). Sometimes you can use the regular diet as a snack. Some of the restricted diets are available in canned varieties, and sometimes you can even bake the canned food so it more closely resembles a… Read more »

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linda sarubin | 7 years ago
How Often Should My Dogs Get Bathed? I Have Two Miniature Poodles And I…

how often should my dogs get bathed? i have two miniature poodles and i take them to be profesionally groomed every six weeks, but i feel like they get a little dusty/grimy in the interim…should i be bathing them? also…..in the cold weather, i always put sweaters on them, but my husband says i am being silly….who’s right? i don’t want them to be cold!
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Hello, Thanks for your questions. In general healthy dogs don’t need to be bathed frequently. Certainly dogs with skin infections or parasites may need some topical treatments, sometimes in conjunction with baths, or medicated baths, but every 6-8 weeks is the usual frequency for dogs like poodles who need their coats trimmed. If your dogs get dirty (mine like to roll in poop if they can find it, yucky dirty, and always need a bath after), then a shampoo for dogs, used as directed, is what I would recommend. Please ask your vet what kind of shampoo would be best… Read more »

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Carol Ann Leyh | 50 years ago
Our 15 Year Old Terrier Is Showing Signs Of Dog Dementia–pacing, Staring, Etc. I…

Our 15 year old terrier is showing signs of dog dementia–pacing, staring, etc. I read about Anipryl. Will this adversely affect her because she is in the beginning stages of renal failure?

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Joe Mccollum | 50 years ago
I Live In PA And Would Like To Know Your Thoughts On Flea Protection. …

I live in PA and would like to know your thoughts on flea protection. My pets both dogs and cats are inside most of the time but do get outside a few hours a day.

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Hello Joe, Thanks for your question. Flea protection is a vital part of protecting our pets in PA. If you reside in a rural part of PA then fleas and ticks are a part of the world that your dogs live in on a daily basis. Most of the commercially available topical flea and tick preventatives, (like Frontline, Advantix, Vectra, etc), are monthly products that protect your pet from the blood sucking ectoparasites that transmit disease, and could possible be lethal. I have seen dogs die from Lyme disease (which s prevalent in PA), because the disease can infiltrate the… Read more »

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linda sarubin | 50 years ago
I Have An Almost-eight Year Old Miniature Poodle…should I Start Feeding Him A Diet For…

i have an almost-eight year old miniature poodle…should i start feeding him a diet for senior dogs? he has a tendency to be a little bit chunky ( like his mother ) thanks!

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Hello! Thanks for asking about your poodles diet! In general, the guidelines for classifying a dog as geriatric are based on breed and size. The smaller breeds of dogs live longer than the larger breeds, so I classify a small breed dog as geriatric at about 10 years old. There are many wonderful diets now available to just about every size, shape, age, and disease out there. It is incredible how far veterinary nutrition, and equally, interest in it has come. Ask your vet at your next annual (or semi-annual for geriatrics) is best for your pet. And remember to… Read more »

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linda sarubin | 50 years ago
I Have Two Miniature Poodles. Sometimes That Makes Very Scary Shocking Sounds That I…

i have two miniature poodles. sometimes that makes very scary shocking sounds that i have heard referred to as "reverse cough". what’s the best thing to do for them when this happens? Thanks!

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Hello Linda, I think that you are referring to a reverse sneeze? If I am unsure that my client and I are speaking of the same thing I ask them to try to catch it on film, (everyone seems to have phones that capture video), and then send it to me to validate that we are both speaking about the same thing. And many times I try to simulate it, (but I have yet to perfect it without looking like a fool). A reverse sneeze is a common occurrence in dogs. Although the first time someone sees it they are… Read more »

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linda sarubin | 50 years ago
How Often Should You Brush A Dog’s Teeth?

how often should you brush a dog’s teeth?

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Hello Linda, Thanks for asking such an important question! Did you know that February is national pet dental month? Studies have shown that dog’s should have their teeth brushed more than 4 times a week. There was no benefit seen to dogs if they were brushed less than twice a week show no long term benefit. I know that seems like a difficult thing to fit into our already over booked days, but if we can help you make it a simple, easy, and stress-free part of your routine, then it’s not insurmountable,is it? Well, for me, that’s always my… Read more »

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Olivia Reed | 51 years ago
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