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Anna Schwartz | 8 years ago
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My Dog Recently Had Part Of His Tail Amputated. We Were Told To Look…

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My dog recently had part of his tail amputated. We were told to look for a number of symptoms and one of them was colorful discharge. He has not really had any excessive bleeding episodes with his tail,just a little blood softened at the tip (assumed to be from dryness). Now the area has turned to a darkened red, and we can no longer see his stitches. Is this normal, or should we bring him in?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Anna, Thanks for your question. This is very hard for me to answer because I don’t know how long ago the surgery was, and I don’t know why the tail was amputated. Here is the advice I give all of my clients, "If you ever have a question or a concern you should come in so I can take a look at it." For any surgery that I, or any of my other doctors do, we do not charge for a re-check. We want you to feel completely at ease with coming to us with any question post-operatively, and… Read more »

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Sandy Pietrowicz | 8 years ago
I Have Had My Cat, Bear, To JV Veterinary Center And Saw Dr. Morgan For…

I have had my cat, Bear, to JV Veterinary Center and saw Dr. Morgan for a skin condition. It has been a recurring itching where he scratches or licks until he wears off his hair. In the past we gave him a regimen of prednizone as well as oil capsules.

He is currently on prednizone, but I have had a great deal of difficulty giving it to him on the prescribed schedule, as he’s outdoors so much this time of year. He also learns quickly the routine, and sees me coming and runs from me at medicine time. As a result, it has been once a day rather than twice, which has not really helped the itching, and I’m unsure of how to taper the dose at this point.

Dr. Morgan had also offered an injection, which she explained can carry a bit more risk to the cat, so I opted for the oral tablets.

My question is this: Is it possible to still opt for the injection since he has been on the prednizone tablets for a couple of weeks? I’m concerned with his continued itching, and also I will be going away for 4 days at the end of next week. Missing the doses that we did, I would still have to give him the pills during the time I’m to be away.

Please advise. Thank you!

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Sandy, Thanks for your question. One of the things that I love and admire so much about cats is their fierce independent nature. Mind, you I love them for this when they are my cats, but it isn’t the best character qualities for a patient. If your cat is still have an itchy episode then yes you can give the steroid injection. The benefit of the injection is that it lasts about 30 days in cats. That’s the good news, but it is also the bad news. Because it is a longer acting steroid IF there is anything going… Read more »

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tracyturmelle | 8 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?

Thank you,

Tracy

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

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 | 8 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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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

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 »

7 years ago

Here’s the link to the article–sorry!

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

7 years ago

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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Tammy | 8 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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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

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 »

Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

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 | 8 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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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

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 | 8 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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7 years ago

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 | 8 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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7 years ago

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 | 8 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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7 years ago

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 | 8 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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7 years ago

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 »