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Joe | 8 years ago
Is There A Medicine I Can Give My Dog Monthly To Prevent Flea Infestations And…

Is there a medicine I can give my dog monthly to prevent flea infestations and the other parasites without paying too much? I don’t like to put on the topicals but want to prevent fleas and disease in my dog and give her the best life possible.

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Trisha GREB
3 years ago

What would be a good o t Celera preventative option

Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Joe, What an adorable pup you have there! These days there are many options available for the prevention of fleas. Affordability, well that means something different to everyone. I suppose I would start talking to you about what concerns you have with the topicals? And where you live, and what type of lifestyle your pet has. In my neck of the woods (Maryland/Pennsylvania) we have a terrible time with ticks and Lyme disease, so most of the flea and tick preventatives I sell are for both parasites. There are some oral preventatives available, but they are about the same… Read more »

Kristen Vance
7 years ago

Hi Joe,There are many different products out there….many which aren’t topical. Some of the products our clinic likes to recommend to clients includeSentinel, Comfortis, Capstar and Trifexis. Each is a little different….and some more expensive then others. Sentinel currently has a rebate that gives you $20 back on the product… it’s also a heartworm preventative so your vet would have to give you a script to use it after a heartworm test Capstar is intended to quickly and safely knock down an existing flea problem, rather than prevent one from occurring. It starts working within 30 minutes of dosing. Comfortis… Read more »

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Brittany | 8 years ago
My Lab Mix Found A Soda Can Outside And Decided To Chew On It. …

My lab mix found a soda can outside and decided to chew on it. I am unsure if she ingested any. What can sign should I look for if she ingested any? And is there anything I can do to help her pass any pieces she may have swallowed.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Brittany, When a pet chews an object I usually advise the owner to try to put the onject back together as best as possible to see if there are any pieces missing. Those missing pieces might have been swallowed but they give us some idea of what size pieces we need to be concerned about. If you cannot do this then we have to error on the side of caution and become concerned that some of the object was injested. If this was an aluminum can then I would assume that based on the soft nature of this metal… Read more »

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Tina | 8 years ago
A Little Over Two Weeks Ago My Cat Had A Viral Infection. I Took Her…

A little over two weeks ago my cat had a viral infection. I took her to the vet and was told that she would heal on her own. Because my cat is naturally very small and thin, I was concerned that she wasn’t eating and drinking enough to sustain her tiny little body while she was suffering from the symptoms of the virus. I was given a paste to feed her, and despite how hard I tried I couldn’t get her to eat it. I’ve rolled it in her favourite treats, I’ve tried putting the paste on my finger and forcing it in her mouth, but she’s worse than a stubborn child. She’s just not having it and I don’t want to hurt her while trying to help her. So, I’ve stopped trying. She’s healed really well though and seems to be doing a lot better as her energy levels and attitude have returned to normal. I noticed that she has two lumps though on either side of her body, below her ribs, located a little higher up but not quite on her back. I’d noticed this a few months before she’d gotten sick and was told that I was just being paranoid when I’d worried about it. And she gained a bit of weight and I stopped noticing it quite as much. She did lose a bit of weight while sick and maybe that’s why I’m noticing it again? When my veterinarian called me to follow up on how she was recovering from the virus, I brought up the lumps. She said that I shouldn’t worry, and that I was probably just feeling her kidneys since she’s such a small cat. She said I should only worry if my cat was passing blood or vomiting, which she doesn’t. But I still can’t help but worry. You can visibly see that she has these lumps that stick out a little further than her ribs. I’m not only feeling them, but seeing them and that concerns me. I’d say that they might be slightly smaller than golf balls. I’ve just recently dealt with a lot of illness myself and don’t want to deal with the expense of taking my cat to the vet again in such a short period of time if I really don’t have to. I’ve never had a cat as thin as her, so it is possible that I’m just being paranoid. But I also don’t want to just let my cat suffer silently if she is actually sick. If it matters, she’s just over a year old and just your common breed of house cat. What do you suggest?

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Kristen Vance
7 years ago

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7 years ago

Hello!
I am glad your kitty is feeling and hopefully eating better! I understand what it’s like to worry about them- they are dependent upon us and we love them!

From your description I would agree with your vet that they sound like her kidneys. If they are painful to the touch, grow or change dramatically in size, or seem to bother her an x ray or ultrasound could determine if they were her kidneys or something else!

Dr Kristen Vance
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Luke Bugg | 8 years ago
Okay, So My Female White Zebra Finch Is Looking Very Tired And Puffed Up, Her…

Okay, so my Female white Zebra Finch is looking very tired and puffed up, her head is tucked in her wing and is sleeping on top of her nest, i am not sure what to do, this has happened 3 times before, and has gotten better each time… Has she got eggs producing, because she does have a brown stripy male in with her… she hasn’t laid before, or not that i have known of, and i really want to know whats wrong, thank you 🙂

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Kelly Furgason
7 years ago

Hi Luke Bugg,Thank you for the question! Zebra Finch’s are some of my favorite birds. They have sweet personalities and such soft chirps and songs. I’ve had about 10yrs of experience with these amazing birds. Based on your descriptions and questions , it sounds like you are describing typical behaviors. Most birds often sleep puffed up a little with the head tucked into the body or under the wing. Zebra’s also tend to roost on top of the nest baskets or boxes as well. Usually the female will sleep inside the nest box as she gets closer to laying eggs,… Read more »

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Johanna Breiding | 8 years ago
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My Name Is Johanna And I Have A Question Regarding Introducing A Dog To…

Hello
My name is Johanna and I have a question regarding introducing a dog to a new home but it is kind of a special situation.

So here is the background story:
I moved away from my parents house about two years ago leaving our family dog with them. He is a medium sized shepherd mix (named Buster) and he is about 8 years old at this point. He is an extremely skiddish dog who gets worked up easily but he as NEVER been aggressive in anyway what so ever and craves love and affection.
My parents are getting a bit too old to care for him and I fear he doesn’t get enough attention so I have hopes of moving him to my home in the city (Columbus Ohio)

His greatest fear has always been wooden floors, because he slips on them when his nails get too long.
This has always been an easy fix thanks to buying inexpensive rugs. But I don’t know what to do about his fear of other animals.

When I moved away from home I moved into a new home with my boyfriend who brought with him a fairly aggressive cat. Since living with him we have taken in another cat who is very sweet and gentle but does not get along with the existing cat. (Both are young females)

Unfortunately my boyfriend was not very responsible with his pets so neither of them have been fixed yet. I am not a fan of these cats but I have arranged an appointment for both cats to be fixed after the holiday. I have HIGH hopes that getting them fixed will help them get along better. My father is a long time retired veterinarian so I know the importance of getting them fixed however he is from a much older generation of veterinarians, who don’t have much advice concerning animal behavior. He was primarily trained and focused on the purely medical/science aspect. As a result I know when an animal is sick but I don’t know how to care to their emotional care. (I hope that makes sense)

My greatest concern however is my dog. I will not move him until the environment is perfect for him and both cats are fixed. I would like to get a professional opinion on a few things:

Will fixing the cats calm them down?
Should I consider having them de-clawed? (They are indoor cats after all)
How should I handle bringing an older nervous dog to a new home?

I have searched online for months about this but every site concerning introducing dogs and cats together assumes that the dog will be the main aggressor but my dog is very skiddish and fearful of other animals. He gets along fine with my parents’ cat because their cat is sweet and not aggressive. Plus my dog has known my parents’ cat for his whole life.

Please help me. I know this is a long and complicated question but I fear my dog is getting depressed living with my parents since he has always been primarily my dog. I want very much to take him back under my care. I am looking everywhere for answers at this point

My E-Mail is JoBreiding@gmail.com
or my FaceBook Johanna Breiding (Columbus Ohio)

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Johanna, Thanks for your question. I think that the biggest obstacle is going to be keeping your dog calm as he transitions into the new home. For this to be successful you are going to have to be slow and patient with him. Try to get to know him and understand his fears and triggers. If he is comfortable around you try to get him comfortable around your boyfriend and then try to understand what other fears or anxieties he has. All of behavior modification is understanding what and why your pet responds the way that they do, and… Read more »

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Stacey | 8 years ago
I Had My Dog Spayed On A Tuesday. Went Back To The Vet On Friday…

I had my dog spayed on a Tuesday. Went back to the vet on Friday because she was getting better didn’t want to eat go outside. I would put her in a spot when I left for work, I would come home 8-9 hours later and she would still be in the same area. Vet said everything looked good I had said no there is something wrong. They assured me she was good to go. On Saturday morning I tried to feed her take her out and when I lifted her, her head plopped to one side. When I came home from work a few hours later she was whimpering I lifted her up and there was blood every where and her stomach was popping out of her incision. I picked her up and her intestine’s started coming out. I got her to the emergency vet and it was to late we had to put her down. Why would this happen and does this happen

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Stacey,

I am so sorry to hear of your dogs misfortune. I think it is imperative that you go to your veterinarian and speak to them about what happened to your dog.

It would be irresponsible for me, or anyone else to comment on your dogs condition.

There are too many things that could have happened. You should talk to the ER veterinarian and your vet.

I am soo sorry for your loss.

My deepest sympathies,

Krista

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Joseph | 8 years ago
My Dog, Candyman, Hasnt Been Feeling Well Recently. He Has Been Moping Around The House…

My dog, Candyman, hasnt been feeling well recently. He has been moping around the house and not eating his food much. He is two years old and a really big type of dog. I dont know his exact breed but hes huge, has brown fur, distinct white spots on his forehead and on his face, and a large one on his chest. I found him as a puppy on the street but he was taken and got all his shots. I would appreciate it if I get an answer soon.

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Kristen Vance
7 years ago

Joseph,

There are any reasons for these symptoms which can’t be diagnosed over the internet. I would suggest making a veterinary appt for him so he can be examined and treated appropriately

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Kim Barr | 8 years ago
How Easily Are Feline Leukemia And FIV Transmitted From One Feline To Another?

How easily are feline leukemia and FIV transmitted from one feline to another?

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Kristen Vance
7 years ago

Hello,

Feline leukemia is transmitted pretty easily between cats. It can be spread through shared water bowls, food bowls etc. It is sometimes taught to is in vet school as the "disease of friendly cats" because they can transmit it to each other easily

FlV is not as easily transmitted. The primary mode of transmission is through fighting and biting. Therefore you can have a colony of cats where some have FIV and some do not if they are not fighting and biting one another.

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Laura Rubenstein | 8 years ago
My Husband Is Allergic To Cats And My Son Is Allergic To Some Dogs. …

My husband is allergic to cats and my son is allergic to some dogs. What recommendations do you have for a fun loving medium-size hypoallergenic family dog?

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Jana
7 years ago

Well, there isn’t really such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog. I think they do have allergy shots for that now, though, which work very well.

Here is a good article on the subject
http://www.leospetcare.com/hypoallergenic-dogs-the-truth-about-people-with-dog-and-cat-allergies/

http://dawgbusiness.blogspot.com

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Kim barnett | 8 years ago
My Dog Keeps Chattering His Teeth And Acting Like He Has A Dry Mouth, …

My dog keeps chattering his teeth and acting like he has a dry mouth, Can’t think of the exact words to describe him acting like he has a dry mouth

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Kim, Thanks for your question. Chatter can be a sign of a few things that I would look into. First, have your vet do a very thorough oral cavity exam. But remember that many dental lesions and problems can lie beneath the gum line or hidden in the back, remote and hard to look at in the split second your dog will let you stick their head in their mouth. So sometimes a full dental examination requires general anesthesia, x-rays, and probing of all teeth to look for pockets that may harbor your source of discomfort or disease. I… Read more »

Kristen Vance
7 years ago

There are many reasons for chattering teeth. How old is your dog? Has he ever had a dental exam?
Other possible causes include it being a seizure activity, stress, pain around his mouth/jaw, tremors or muscle pain. It is best to have a vet see him so that the reason for this can be determined and possibly treated if needed.

Dr. Kristen Vance
Homeward Bound Mobile Veterinary Services