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Tracy Payne | 6 years ago
My Dog Is Diabetic And Insulin Dependent. My Question Is Can She Ever Go…

My dog is diabetic and insulin dependent. My question is can she ever go back to not needing insulin and if so, how can I be proactive to help her.

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Krista Magnifico
6 years ago

Hello Tracy, This is a tough question without knowing about your dog, age, breed, weight, lifestyle, and how long they have been a diabetic. BUT, in general dogs that are diagnosed and treated successfully with insulin are insulin dependent for the rest of their lives. In some cases the amount of insulin can be decreased as the diet and weight is managed. Also, many dogs lose their sight as the diabetes progresses. There are many things that you can do to help your dog manage their diabetes and many factors that parents can correct to make acquiring diabetes less likely.… Read more »

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My Puppy Has A Bladder Infection Which My Vet Is Treating. Is This Unusual?

My puppy has a bladder infection which my vet is treating. Is this unusual?

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Krista Magnifico
6 years ago

Hello Ellen, Certainly a puppy can get a urinary tract infection, BUT, every suspected urinary tract infection should be diagnosed with a urinalysis and a physical examination. I also would recommend that your puppy and another urinalysis be done before stopping the antibiotics. Make sure that you look at and discuss any of the possible reasons that your puppy might have been predisposed to the infection, specifically talk about diet, lifestyle, environment and discuss whether your puppy has any anatomical conditions that make a urinary tract infection more likely to occur. I hope this helps.Best of luck with your puppy.… Read more »

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Diedra | 6 years ago
Hello, What Are Your Thoughts On Rawhide Treats? My Dogs Enjoy Eating Them But…

Hello, What are your thoughts on rawhide treats? My dogs enjoy eating them but I wonder how good or bad they are and how often it is ok to give them one. Thanks! Diedra

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

Hi Diedra. Many veterinarians recommend them as one of the safe chews. Some important points I feel are important about it– make sure the chew had been made in US/by a reputable manufacturer, because there is a possibility of contamination– always supervise your dog when they chew on one of these– be very careful if your dog has a tendency to swallow large chunks of things– remove the chew when a small piece is left that could be swallowed whole I don’t consider it an ideal chew but following the above rules. I give one to our guys from time… Read more »

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Sarah | 6 years ago
Good Monring Pawbly Friends! Quick Question… My German Shepherd, Butch, Just Came In From…

Good monring Pawbly friends! Quick question… my german Shepherd, Butch, just came in from a nice romp around outside. He was fine for our walk earlier this morning, but when the dogs came in this time and we were wiping their feet, Butch wouldn’t let me do his right front paw. Upon further inspection, I noticed that it looks like he broke his dew-claw (I think that is the name of it- the little claw up his leg a bit) somehow outside. It isn’t broken off, but I can see that it is bent and cracked. Is this something that will most likely take care of itself? Obviously we would keep and eye on it in case it seems to get worse…

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Krista Magnifico
6 years ago

Hello Sarah, I see many dogs with broken toenails. These are painful because the sharp edges hurt the sensitive tissue under the nail. In all honesty when they present at my clinic I put a muzzle on and cut the nail so that it doesn’t bend and move back and forth. Sometimes the nail will bleed for a moment after, so we use Quik-stop to help this. And I always trim the other nails also. This happens most commonly on dewclaws because they get sharp and pointy if not kept trimmed, therefore making them more likely to catch and snag… Read more »

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Lisa Van Horn | 6 years ago
Can I Give My 60 Lb. Retriever/springer Spaniel 1 Tablet Of Children’s Chewable Ibuprofen? Or…

Can I give my 60 lb. retriever/springer spaniel 1 tablet of children’s chewable ibuprofen? Or children’s liquid (7.5 mL)?

I have read that small amounts of buffered ibuprofen is safe but wanted to make sure because I have also read it can be toxic to dogs.

She injured her leg or hip today and is limping pretty badly. We will go to the vet tomorrow but in the mean time were hoping to ease her pain.

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Kristen Vance
6 years ago

It is not a good idea to give a dog any human medications like Advil (ibuprofen). At this point your best bet is to wait to see your vet in the morning.

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Sharon Kempske | 6 years ago
I Would Like To Know If You Have Treated Many Dogs With Nerve Sheath Tumors…

I would like to know if you have treated many dogs with nerve sheath tumors in there shoulder. I did surgery for my dog and the vet recommended 19 radiation treatments which I did. But I feel this caused heart damage. Have any of your clients had the same experience?

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Krista Magnifico
6 years ago

Hello,

I have treated nerve sheath tumors. They are a very difficult type of cancer to treat and should be done in the hands of an oncologist and/or surgeon (depending on location).

I do not know if the radiation caused or exacerbated the heart damage. Certainly if you are concerned that it did you should talk to the veterinarian that was treating your dog. But, In general radiation is highly targeted and should not affect the heart.

Thank you for your question,

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linda sarubin | 7 years ago
I Have Two Small Miniature Poodles… Normally I Have Them Groomed Every 5 To 6…

I have two small miniature poodles… Normally I have them groomed every 5 to 6 weeks. But with the weather being as cold as it has been, Should I put off grooming until springtime? Thanks, Linda

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Tracie Mayer
5 years ago

Hi Linda, as being a groomer for 30 years I would highly suggest still going to the groomer but just get a bath and brush this way the baby’s still stay clean and get their nails face and feet done without being matted. the other thing to think about is the short hair dogs as dobes boxers and etc. live in all parts of the world and gets thru the winters ok

Krista Magnifico
6 years ago

Hello Linda, While the weather is so cold it might be a good idea to postpone grooming for a few weeks. As long as your pups don’t get matted or dirty, or leave them at risk of any skin or hair concerns. Some dogs need to be groomed very regularly for skin issues or because they matt quickly if allowed to grow out. Keep your pets brushed, and just in case you should need to have them groomed while its so chilly a good coat, sweater, or shirt will help keep them warm when you go out for those quick… Read more »

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David | 7 years ago
I Have An English Bulldog That Licks To Lick And Chew On His Front Paws…

I have an English Bulldog that licks to lick and chew on his front paws. It’s to the point that they get raw and sore. What can I do to get him to stop. Thank you for any help with this matter.

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

I take it he doesn’t have any "new" exposure to snow melt, salt etc …? Given it’s both feet, there are three things that would come to my mind. The typical one is that a symptom of allergies. According to my dog nutrition course, it could potentially also be a reflection of liver function (which can have relation with allergies), discrepancies in the levels of vitamin B 6 or other nutritional imbalances. From chiropractic point of view, it could also be a reflection of issues in the neck. Has this started recently or is it an old issue? Is it… Read more »

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Bryan Clark | 7 years ago
I Rescued A Female Pitbull Approximately 8 Months Ago From A Local Shelter Here In…

I rescued a female pitbull approximately 8 months ago from a local shelter here in Baltimore. Her name is Fiona and she is our third pitbull rescue. The shelter told us she was roughly 4 to 5 years old but that was just a guess. Our other 2 dogs are substantially younger and larger. Fiona has definitely started to slow down and recently she developed a little hitch/limp in her left rear leg. It seems when she would lay down for an extended period of time it would take her a little walking around before she would start to use it fully. This coincided with the temperature starting to drop outside. I started her on Cosequin DS plus MSM at the listed dosage. She has been on this for 4 to 5 weeks now and her rear leg seems to be improving as she does not limp anymore. I think she is still in pain though because whenever she decides to play with our younger larger dogs or run around she shows clear signs of discomfort and soreness over her entire body. When I first rescued her my girlfriend and I noticed that she walked with a little bit of a hunch in her lower back and we just though that was due to her build, but the more we watch her it does not seem like a natural stance. I wanted to know what this could be signs of and when I take her to the vet what tests I should have them perform or direct questions I should ask. I have definitely fallen victim to vets running superficial and unnecessary procedures just to increase the bill. I don’t have any good picture or video of her showing what I described, however if you would like I can get that for you. Thank you for your time and expertise, Fiona and I appreciate all your help.
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Kristen Vance
6 years ago

Hello!
I am sorry this question somehow got missed. It would be appropriate at this point to take her for the vet to do an exam and at least an x-ray. It would also not hurt to test her for tickborne diseases like Lyme . I think you will find we are overall a very honest profession. If you do not trust that you are vet will be honest and do what is needed then you may want to think about going elsewhere.

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Bryan Clark | 7 years ago
I Rescued A Female Pitbull Approximately 8 Months Ago From A Local Shelter Here In…

I rescued a female pitbull approximately 8 months ago from a local shelter here in Baltimore. Her name is Fiona and she is our third pitbull rescue. The shelter told us she was roughly 4 to 5 years old but that was just a guess. Our other 2 dogs are substantially younger and larger. Fiona has definitely started to slow down and recently she developed a little hitch/limp in her left rear leg. It seems when she would lay down for an extended period of time it would take her a little walking around before she would start to use it fully. This coincided with the temperature starting to drop outside. I started her on Cosequin DS plus MSM at the listed dosage. She has been on this for 4 to 5 weeks now and her rear leg seems to be improving as she does not limp anymore. I think she is still in pain though because whenever she decides to play with our younger larger dogs or run around she shows clear signs of discomfort and soreness over her entire body. When I first rescued her my girlfriend and I noticed that she walked with a little bit of a hunch in her lower back and we just though that was due to her build, but the more we watch her it does not seem like a natural stance. I wanted to know what this could be signs of and when I take her to the vet what tests I should have them perform or direct questions I should ask. I have definitely fallen victim to vets running superficial and unnecessary procedures just to increase the bill. I don’t have any good picture or video of her showing what I described, however if you would like I can get that for you. Thank you for your time and expertise, Fiona and I appreciate all your help.
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Bryan

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

Hi Bryan, a thorough physical examination, and x-rays would be a way to start figuring this out. What you’re describing about the leg does sound like signs of arthritis. What you want to find out is whether there is a further reason for this, such as hip dysplasia or injury to a knee ligament etc. What you’re describing as hunched posture and possibly pain all over, though, that could be another story though. Hunched posture could be also from spinal pain or internal pain (such as abdominal pain). Unless she had a full blood work some time recently, I’d personally… Read more »

Eleanor Wood
6 years ago

Hi Bryan, The stiffness on first rising and the fact that it seems to have got worse with the cold weather strongly suggests that she has arthritis in her hind leg. This can also account for the stiffness and hunching in her lower back if it is the hip that is affected. Improvement of her symptoms since starting Cosequin supports this. If she needs further support however the next stage is usually anti-inflammatory medicine. A good physical exam and response to treatment is usually sufficient for a diagnosis of arthritis, I would only tend to advise X-rays if she doesn’t… Read more »