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Jason Vance | 8 years ago
Hi, My 5 Year Old Labrador Has Been Vomiting For The Past Three Months Off…

Hi, my 5 year old labrador has been vomiting for the past three months off and on about 2-4 times a week, is there anything i can do to help calm her stomach?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Jason, I’m sorry to hear about your dogs vomiting, but unfortunately there are a whole host of reasons that might be causing the vomiting. Until it is determined which reason is causing the vomiting it is difficult to give you advice on how to treat it. For instance the vomiting can be caused by stress or medication induced gastric ulcers. This would be treated by reducing or eliminating the stress or medication and prescribing gastro-protectants. Or even resting the stomach by admitting the patient to the vet hospital and putting them on i.v. fluids. If the vomiting is due… Read more »

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Matthew | 8 years ago
Just A Few Hours Ago Our Dog Was Lying Down Like She Normally Does. She…

Just a few hours ago our dog was lying down like she normally does. She got up and started walking around slowly for a bit and appeared to be slightly limping. It also seems like she is in a bit of pain. I’ve noticed everything she does seems really slow now, for example just a few minutes ago she went to go lie down on the couch and when she was climbing up she stopped midway through, just looking around then finally jumped up. We won’t be able to get her into a vet until tomorrow, is there anything we can do right now to help her? We have absolutely no idea how this started, she was fine earlier today.

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Kristen Vance
7 years ago

Hi Matthew!

While I know this is disconcerting, I would just advise rest until you can get her into your veterinarian. It is not safe to give most human pain medications to your dog and it might also mask the problem for your veterinarian in the morning.

If her signs get worse and you do not feel as though she can wait til tomorrow- is there an emergency clinic you could take her to?

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Kelly Stafford | 8 years ago
Dear Dr. Magnifico, I Felt Compelled To Contact You After Reading Your Blog. My Dilemma…

Dear Dr. Magnifico, I felt compelled to contact you after reading your blog. My dilemma is with my 22 month old French Bulldog, Thibaut. I knew when I got him that he would be higher maintenance than other breeds, but his health issues have been overwhelming. I am at a total loss on how to help him, if in fact he can be helped. He has chronic aspiration pnuemonia. His stomach doesn’t empty. Pyloric stenosis ruled out. Esophageal sphincter normal 3 mos ago. Mega esophagus ruled out. He’s on a combo of cisipride , reglan, carafate, Prevacid. He refluxes sometimes thru his nose and develops pnuemonia every few weeks. Episodes cause vasovagal syncope. Consulted with docs at Auburn. Waiting on test results for myasthenia gravis. When he’s "healthy" he’s a total joy. He’s just sick more often than not. It’s not that he’s too much of a burden; he’s my best little friend. It is just painful to watch. My vet is great and has been totally committed to his care. Truthfully, I have lost all perspective on what is the kindest thing for my dog. I have spent in excess of 10k since last May, and did so gladly, but at some point it will become a factor. Any suggestions on a next step? I would be most grateful for any input.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Kelly, Thank you so much for your confidence and I appreciate that you are finding helpful advice in my blog. There’ s quite a bit going on here. First I am sorry to hear that you are having so many problems with your pup, especially at such a young age. Honestly of all of the breeds of dogs I think that bulldogs are plagued with the biggest problems of them all. It sounds like you have done a pretty thorough job of working up the possible causes to his problem, but an upper gi endoscopy might help identify the… Read more »

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Jerrell | 8 years ago
12 Year Old Yellow Lab – Change Of Career Guide Dog. Douglas Is Getting "lumps&quot…

12 year old yellow lab – change of career guide dog. Douglas is getting "lumps" (tumors). Can they be ignored or should they be removed?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Jerrell, I would always recommend that any and all lumps on your dog be looked at by your veterinarian. In many cases they are benign fatty tumors. But a good thorough examination, palpation, and even aspirations or biopsies are sometimes indicated to identify what the source of the tissue that is causing the lump(s) is. Only when the lump is identified can a plan for what to do about them next be discussed. Fatty tumors are in many cases just considered "incidental" findings, and most often we take a watch and wait approach to them. If they aren’t changing… Read more »

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Tara | 8 years ago
I Have A Male Poodle That I’ve Had For Yr&1/2 But He Will Soon Be…

I have a male poodle that I’ve had for yr&1/2 but he will soon be 3 in Feb. he has vomiting episodes which sometimes there are 2-3 days in between them,the color has been clear fluid w/yellow but the last 2times it’s looked like canned dog food, his food has been the same thing since I’ve had em which Purina Little Bites w/a little water. he was neutered in May of this yr. so could these be acid reflux episodes or something else?

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Kristen Vance
7 years ago

Hi Tara,There are many reasons for chronic vomiting in dogs. Has this occurred from the time you got him or just started recently? Does he ever eat trash or toys/objects? Vomiting is a common clinical sign in small animals. Although vomiting is a protective mechanism developed to remove ingested noxious substances, it also is associated with many other conditions. A few of those diseases include disorders of the gastrointestinal system, other abdominal conditions, systemic or metabolic disease, and drug toxicity. This certainly could be a gastric reflux symptom as well. Has any bloodwork been done? Bloodwork and x rays would… Read more »

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Amy Wedekind | 8 years ago
I Have A 12 Year Old Cat That Has Never Had A Dental Cleaning, But…

I have a 12 year old cat that has never had a dental cleaning, but needs one…his breath is pretty stinky. I’ve been hearing lots of stories on various pet forums about their pets going under anesthesia and not waking up. I’ve heard so many stories lately, that I’m getting really freaked out about having any of my pets under anesthesia. What causes an animal to not wake up? I know dental health is very important…can you ease my fears on anesthesia? I’m turning into a major worry-wort in my old age ;-). Thanks!

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello, I know that anesthesia is concerning for you and we vets take great care and precautions to try to insure that every pet that goes under general anesthesia is safe and monitored very closely. Certainly every anesthetic event has it’s inherent risks but your vet can go over those with you. We only recommend anesthesia when we believe that the benefits risks outweigh the risks. Many dogs suffer significant health consequences and shortened life spans because they have significant dental disease. So over looking dental disease and the problems it can cause should not be ignored because you are… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Again,

I found an article that might help..

http://www.northjersey.com/community/227486671_PET_Q_and_A__Risks_for_a_boxer_who_needs_her_teeth_cleaned.html

hope it helps!

krista

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Vicky Pearson | 8 years ago
My Family Has A 14 Yr Old Lhasa Also-shitzu Mix Female Who Is Going Blind…

My family has a 14 yr old lhasa also-shitzu mix female who is going blind, has a history of lime disease, and has what I believe to be a few benign fatty tumors. She doesnt seem to be in any pain however and you would never guess her age by her behavior. She has had accidents her whole life but recently is peeing everywhere. She has a dog door that leads outside to a large pen with kitty litter and a tarp over it. Until recently the door had led to a path along the deck that led to the grass but she was peeing on the porch and ruining it. Since putting the cage there her accidents have become an all the time thing, whereas it used to be a maybe once or twice week thing. My family is fed up with this and are not willing to maintain a diaper for her and are thinking about putting her down. Personally I dont see how anyone could kill something that has been a part of the family for 14 years, over incontinence inconvenience. I would take her myself but my apartment does not allow dogs. Any suggestions? Willing to try anything.

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Jana
7 years ago

The question is how much this is an actual bladder issue, and if so, how much it could be helped. Has she been evaluated by a veterinarian?

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Jana
7 years ago

Hi Vicky. All other issues aside, since the two changes seem to coincide, I’d be looking for a connection there. Perhaps she doesn’t like the litter or doesn’t know that this is the potty place now. The solution in that case would be to go back to the drawing board with potty training and teach her to use the new place and/or match the new place more to what she is used to. That means pulling out the clicker and start potty training as if she was a new dog or a puppy. If she doesn’t like the litter, there… Read more »

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7 years ago

PS: also, did the location of the doggy door change? That might be a reason in itself …

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Jana
7 years ago

That really does sound like a major lack of effort. As much as I hate to say that, perhaps re-homing her would be the best solution for her. She deserves better.

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Jana
7 years ago

I think that seeing a vet would be a place to start to determine how much of this problem is medical and how much of it may or may not be from the potty place change.

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Jana
7 years ago

Here is one article on incontinence.
http://dogkinetics.com/urinary-incontinence-weak-bladder-sphincter-problem

There is also such a thing as canine hospice care.

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Jana
7 years ago

Has a vet taken a look at the eyes as well? Has she also been drinking a lot recently? Yes, I recommend a vet visit with a full work-up, please.

Article on hospice care
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/hospice-care-in-dogs/page1.aspx

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| 8 years ago
Our Lab Has Torn His ACL…are There Different Types Of Surgeries?? Does Something Like…

Our lab has torn his ACL…are there different types of surgeries?? does something like this need to be fixed? what are the pros/cons to getting it fixed or NOT getting it fixed.
he is a rescue so we don’t know his exact age but he is at least 8, maybe 9…is it even worth getting it fixed with his age??
any and all information would be helpful, i’ve never had a dog with this injury.

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Kasey Litt
7 years ago

Oh and one more thing — as a large dog, if he is now using his other leg to bear his weight, there is a good chance that something could happen to that leg/knee too.

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Kasey Litt
7 years ago

Hi Jenn- So sorry about your pup and his injury. My yellow lab had the same issue last year. You don’t always have to surgically fix the ACL but that is the treatment of choice because without the surgery to fix the ligaments, your dog will continue to have an unstable knee and will be prone to arthritis. If your boy is overweight, you can alleviate some of the issue by having him loose some weight. Eight or nine, in my opinion is just beginning the geriatric stage and there is lots I would do for my dogs at this… Read more »

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Jay | 8 years ago
I Have A Small Dog With Very Bad Teeth. He Started Bleeding From …

I have a small dog with very bad teeth. He started bleeding from his mouth / gums yesterday. The bleeding will stop on its own but when bleeding restarts he has blood clots and it drips from his mouth. The vet came and didn’t see anything. He has continued to bleed off and on all thru the night and has been restless all night also. There is no odor to the blood. What should i do? He is 16 years old

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Jay, I think that the problem is still that you don’t know where the source of the bleeding is. Without knowing this it is very difficult to give you a direction to go in. I would suspect the the source of the bleeding is the bad teeth. Often it is difficult to find the source of a problem in the mouth in an awake patient. Many times we know the problem is coming somewhere from inside the mouth, but in an awake dog with lots of bad teeth you just can’t look or explore long enough to identify exactly… Read more »

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Jaline | 8 years ago
My Orphaned Kitten Has Been Bottle Fed Since We Got Her, Now We Are Trying…

my orphaned kitten has been bottle fed since we got her, now we are trying to wean her and she refuses to eat anything unless its in the bottle. We made a mash of can food and milk, placed it in a saucer and she turned her nose up every time. After the day passed and she never tried to eat it we made another mash and put it in a bottle that she had bit the nipple off of and she went to town on it. How do We get her off the bottle. Now we know that she sees the bottle and she is hungry but will not touch food any other way

we have tried everything from touching her lips with our finger to offering her the food first instead of the bottle, pushing her chin into the food (careful not to let her nose touch) holding the saucer close to me while holding her (acting like i was eating from it) rubbing it on her gums, spoon feeding, setting her by our 2yr old male while he eats (which he bathes and potty trained her). Everything we could find to wean her and she refuses to eat unless its the bottle. As i stated before she even ate a can food mash out of the bottle.

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Kasey Litt
7 years ago

Hi Jaline- Kudos to you for bottle feeding this baby and saving her! When mama has decided she’s done enough nursing, she gets up and leaves. I assume when she is being bottle fed she is on her back and snuggled with you? Have you tried starting her in that position but licking it off your fingers? Once she figures out she’s hungry you can gradually move her out of that position to a normal feeding position. I wonder if standing up and eating is what is throwing her off? Also try some high quality kitten treats for outside a… Read more »