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Joanie Forkner | 8 years ago
Even After I Walk My Huskie And She Has A Bowel Movement Outside, She Still…

Even after I walk my Huskie and she has a bowel movement outside, she still has a bowel movement in the house, what could be the problem and how do I solve this

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7 years ago

Joanie, Is she having normal bowel movements? One of my dogs had colitis and he was going all the time. He would go outside and inside. Also, how often are you taking her out? Personally, I don’t leave my dogs without a chance to go to the bathroom for longer than 4-5 hours. Lastly, does your dog eat most of her food for the day all at the same time? One of my dogs does this. He will finish his breakfast late in the afternoon and then eat all his dinner soon after. Therefore, he usually does all his poops… Read more »

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Kelly Furgason | 8 years ago
My Brother Has A 14yr Old Yellow Lab Named Allie. One Of Her Ears Flaps…

My brother has a 14yr old yellow lab named Allie. One of her ears flaps looks like a filled hot pocket,and is painful and hot to the touch.

Allie’s owners seem to think that it will go away on it’s own. What is this called, what causes it, and what is the treatment process? Thank you for your advice!! ~kelly

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Jana
7 years ago

Hi Kelly, sounds like it could be a hematoma. A hematoma is an accumulation of blood due to damaged blood vessel(s). Certainly not something I’d wait for to go away on its own. Firstly, if it is painful, I wouldn’t want my dog suffer. It’s certainly very uncomfortable. Secondly, these often develop from excessive head shaking, which means there is likely an ear infection going on as well. Thirdly, if it did go away on its own, there is a lot of associated scarring, which would become what is referred to as "cauliflower ear," which may be even more prone… Read more »

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Ed Lott | 8 years ago
I Rescue Dogs. I Am A Foster Failure. My Recent Foster Failure Is Shelby. I…

I rescue dogs. I am a foster failure. My recent foster failure is Shelby. I have had her for a year now. She is a border collie mix who was rescued at 1 1/2 years old at 7 lbs. (should have been 25 lbs.) with no shelter, no food or water, and on a chain. Couple of things that bother me and what I think attributes it. I want to get your opinion.

First, she licks constantly. If she can’t make contact, she licks the air. I attribute this to anxiety from her past. She has no reason to be anxious since being with me, she is treated like a queen !!

In public and around other people/strangers, she squats a lot. I have checked her for urinary tract infections….all negative. I, once again, attribute this to anxiety.

She constantly tries to herd everything. I know its in her blood lines but she never stops. She has an older brother she herds and she even herds me. ?? How do I correct the behavior with me ??

Lately I have noticed her humping stuffed animals in the house. I assume to establish dominance. I find this weird for a female dog. How do I correct this behavior ??

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Ed! Thank you for your question but THANK YOU even more for being a foster parent to Shelby. Without people like you countless pets would never get a second chance at finding someone to love. I hope that you can understand how grateful I am for your kindness, care, compassion, and generosity. Please don’t ever underestimate how special a person you are for giving your time, attention and home to a pet in need. You are not a failure!! You are just being challenged..and what’s worth achieving is only gained through challenges. So don’t give up and don’t beat… Read more »

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Donna | 8 years ago
I Have A 4 Year Old German Shepard, Qiana. She Became Lame All Of…

I have a 4 year old German Shepard, Qiana. She became lame all of the sudden on her front left paw, it also swelled as if she injured it. I waited thinking the swelling would go down, it did not so I took her to my vet and they aspirated it. They could not get anything from it.
We decided to operate and get a sample to send for pathology. This was August 2012, the vet got the results back and told me it was nothing to worry about.
Now, almost a year later she is worse. She cant go for hikes or walks without limping terribly within the first five minutes. She cant run after her ball without serious consequences. I have been seeing my vet to follow up and she says to have her take it easy. Well, she is not a dog to sit on the sidelines, it is not an easy thing to make her do.
I am thinking of getting another opinion so I requested her pathology results. Some of it worries me but I would like to find out what it means.
The report says:
Microscopic Description: Sections of bone in which there is modest focally extensive fibrosis with numerous closely spaced fibroblasts between trabeculae and around apparently fragments of bone. There are also regions of cartilage. The lesions extend to the margins. Section of collagenous tissue with an out pocketing of synovial lining that is distended and lined by thickened synovial cells.
Microscopic Findings:
1.Bone, modest intertrabecular fibrosis with densely arranged fibroblasts.
2.Collagenous tissue with dilated synovial membrane.
Comment: Digit three, front left and P2-P3 joint. The first slide contains bone and nearby fibrous connective tissue with proliferating fibroblasts. The cause of this fibrous proliferative change could not be determined. It may be secondary to previous trauma or injury or perhaps a foreign body or infection (although no foreign bodies or agents were seen). Alternatively, a deeper lesion/mass cannot be ruled out completely and because the fibroblasts appear proliferative, the site should be monitored. A section tissue contains collagenous stroma with a dilated synovial membrane region.

So, the questions that I have are; should I get another opinion? Should I see a vet oncologist? What do you recommend?

I really appreciate anything that you can tell me.

Thank you!!!
Donna and QiQi

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Donna, Thank you for your question. Without being the veterinarian who performed the biopsy it is difficult for me to comment on the biopsy report. Based on the time duration of your dogs clinical signs, your work up, your observations, and most importantly your own uneasy feelings, I think that getting a second opinion is a very good place to start. I tell my clients all the time that my job is to help you take care of your pet, and that the more information you have to get the care you need for your pet the better off… Read more »

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Lee Downs | 8 years ago
My Lab Has Developed Fatty Masses On Her Body; Side, Front, Etc. What Can…

My lab has developed fatty masses on her body; side, front, etc. What can I do to get rid of them?

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Jana
7 years ago

Hi Lee. First things first, how do you know these are fatty masses? I am not saying they are not, but with any lumps you want to know FOR SURE exactly what they are. This means at least a fine needle aspirate and taking a look at what cells are in there/cytology. It’s always important to verify. Typically, if they really are fatty masses (lipomas), they are harmless and they if are not bothering your dog, or not pressing against anything important (pressing against organs or messing with movement), they don’t need to be removed. If they do start changing,… Read more »

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Danielle | 8 years ago
I Am Wondering About Doggie Sunscreen.

I Am Going On Vacation And We Walk Most Of…

I am wondering about doggie sunscreen.

I am going on vacation and we walk most of the day on pavement. My dog has a pink barely hairy belly and seems to get sunburn by the end of our trip. I looked for sunscreen and couldn’t find any. Is their something else I could use to help protect her? Maybe baby sunscreen or something natural?

Thanks for any advise.

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Hi Danielle,What a great question! I found this article that may be of some help to you. http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/diseasesandconditions/qt/petsunscreens.htm Basically, it says that sunscreen is great for dogs with thin hair or exposed skin–they can get sunburn, too! Be careful about finding a sunscreen that will not be toxic to your dog–they can ingest the lotion if they lick–and what dog isn’t going to at least try some of that stuff! I noticed you said that you walk on pavement. Be very careful, because if your dog can get a burn from the radiant heat from the asphalt, imagine how that… Read more »

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rebecca | 8 years ago
What Is An Average Cost Of A Tooth Extraction For A Cat?

What is an average cost of a tooth extraction for a cat?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Rebecca, Thanks for your question. Did you know that dental disease is the most common pet ailment? And, that many many pets suffer from chronic long standing dental disease without showing any clinical signs, or at least any signs that their guardians ever notice? In every single physical exam that I do I take great care and time to examine the mouth of every one of my patients. I also show my clients any problems or concerns that I see. I would estimate that almost every cat that I see over 6 years old is in need of a… Read more »

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Gary Thomas | 8 years ago
I Have A Feral Cat That Has Given Birth To 5 Kittens In A Old…

I have a feral cat that has given birth to 5 kittens in a old shed out back. This was 5 or 6 weeks ago.

There was another cat that is much more tame that also gave birth to 4 kittens in our yard leaves. These kittens and the mother were brought inside about 1 – 2 weeks old. They were exposed to people and are pretty tame. The mother comes in and out by the cat window. We did this so that we could possibly find homes for them.

We would also like to do the same with the other 5 kittens but the mother is very feral. The 2 mother cats I believe were from the same litter and live in the woods out back.

The cats in the back began to escape and wonder. 2 were abandoned and we thought we would try to incorporate them with the other litter. It was easy and we have made sure the other mother is not overwhelmed. They immediately began to eat solid moistened kitten food. They are a little older then the others. They are all now very friendly with humans and again hoping to find them homes. They are all in a childs play pen, modified, doing well and all beginning to try solid food. Mother is still coming in to check them and feed them. Sometimes we have to remove the 2 "outside" cats so that the mother is not overwhelmed and the cats not really eating solid food have milk, the "outside" cats are at least a week older and stronger.

So.. We happened to come across the other 3 kittens under a palate of landscaping stone. The mother was still around and had not abandoned them like we had thought.

We moved them back into the sheltered shed. They hissed a lot but once we were handling them they were ok. We have been going out there and holding them whenever the mother is not around cause she gets bent out of shape and attacks us.

FINALLY THE QUESTION.
We would like to remove the kittens in the shed and put them in a crate to acclimate them to humans in hope of finding them homes. They are all very beautiful and unique kittens. So we have a separate crate for these cats and I am pretty sure they have learned to eat solid food cause the other 2 from this took to it and had learned. We did not want to put all 9 kittens in the same pen now cause we did not want to overwhelm the one mother, what are your thoughts? Should we put them in a crate where the mother cant get to them and feed them food an water, making sure they do eat?

Any thoughts?

Also, we would like to trap and get this feral mother fixed so there are no more kittens from her, any thoughts about how we should do this or a place that could do this inexpensively? When can we do this? Did not want to do it while she was nursing.
Same goes with the other mother cat. When can we get her fixed, how old should her kittens be and when can we give them away?

I live in Delta PA area.

Thank you

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Gary, Thank you for your question, and thank you for being so proactive and compassionate to these kitties. I think that in general you have a very good plan and it sounds like you are doing everything just as I would recommend. I think that 9 kittens is too much for one mom if they are all nursing (it sounds like they are not though). A mom that has too many kittens nursing can get hypocalcemia (we call it eclampsia). This can be life threatening. By 4 weeks old the kittens should be able to be transitioned to kitten… Read more »

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TriciaR | 8 years ago
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My Father Has A 10yr Old Chihuahua That Is Very Obese. The Vet Has Run…

Hello,
My father has a 10yr old chihuahua that is very obese. The vet has run serveral test to include blood work, xrays, and stimulus test.
The vet suspected Cushing’s disease and the results were 2.7 prior to the test and 11.9 after. The results were negative for Cushing’s however the vet said that sometimes this test provides a false negative.
The blood work also showed levels of 2624 when he said the normal is 5-131. So basically he has a very enlarged liver and that is all we know.
The vet wants to bring in a specialist, Dr. Parkinson to perform an ultrasound and consult.
Question: Does this all sound correct and maybe on target? What would you do? and what do you think may be the prognosis?
My father loves little Bear so much but I hate to see him invest so much emotionally and financially if there is really no treatment.
Thank you so much for your time.
TriciR

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7 years ago

Hello, Thanks for your question and I’m sorry your dads dog is having such a difficult time. I think that you are talking about alkaline phosphatase when you say that one of the liver values was 2624, with the normal being between 5-131. This significant elevation is most commonly seen in cushings disease.. There are two tests for Cushings. The ACTH stim test and the LDDT…if one is negative the other should be done to rule out the two possible causes..they are not cheap and it is frustrating if one comes back negative and you then have to do the… Read more »

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Autumn | 8 years ago
I Was Wondering If You Could Help Me Create A Balanced Diet For My Dogs?
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I was wondering if you could help me create a balanced diet for my dogs?
I recently started making more dehydrated home made meals using the ratio of 50% protein 25% fruit and vegetables and 25% whole grains. I dehydrate the ingredients separately and chop them to rehydrate during mealtime. I have done a lot of research on each and every ingredient I use to ensure they are all beneficial rather than just a filler.
For one meal example I use beef, beef liver, beef heart, sweet potatoes, organic flaxseed, organic coconut, parsley, dandelion greens, papaya, cranberries, pumpkin, sardines, rosemary, powdered eggshells, kelp, and alfalfa.
Basically what I am wondering is if I need to add any further vitamins or minerals or make changes to this meal plan in particular?

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Jana
7 years ago

The general ratios and ingredients sound pretty good to me. Personally, I’d like to see some green vegetables as well. Between the ingredients, I think you should be set for vitamins quite well. The main thing to worry about with home-prepared diets are minerals, particularly calcium. You have some good sources of minerals in the recipe, the question would be the levels and balance between the minerals supplied. Particularly for the calcium, you need to calculate how much calcium AND phosphorus all the ingredients contain and calculate how to compensate with the eggshells. You might also want to make sure… Read more »

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7 years ago

PS: I’d also like to see some good oil in the recipe (safflower, olive, evening primrose …)

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