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Laura | 8 years ago
I Have A Bichon Frise Who Recently (last Thanksgiving) Had 62 Stones Removed. She…

I have a Bichon Frise who recently (last Thanksgiving) had 62 stones removed. She recoved nicely but her pH is still high. She is eating raw (Nature Variety). I put in Berry Balance in her food as well as Ammonil DL-Methionine Tablets), Biotic pH and Milk Thistle. Her pH did look like it came down a bit and she doesn’t seem to be in pain as much. Is there anything else that I can feed her without going to prescription dog food (Science Diet).

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately I would need more information to be able to specifically advice you on what to do. First, I don’t know what kind of stones were in your dogs bladder?. (Note, 62!!! I have retrieved a whole mess of stones, but to be truthful I never counted them). I think that you feel that you need to alter the pH to reduce the likelihood of the stones forming, but it isn’t as simple as that in many cases. The pH does influence the ability of stones to form but there are other factors also. So… Read more »

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Paul Evitts | 8 years ago
Good Morning– I Have A 13 Yr Old 26 Lb Mix Who Is Constipated. …

good morning– i have a 13 yr old 26 lb mix who is constipated. we’ve tried muralax with success but not sure the safety of using this long-term. any suggestions? oh- and she’s a picky eater too so some natural stool softeners (e.g., pumpkin) may not be a viable option. thanks much– paul/white hall

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello, Good Morning, and Thanks for your question, This question is one of those queries where I find myself asking my computer screen questions that only you can answer. So, I am going to try to cover the bases without you and provide you with some basic guidance and also try to recommend things based on worst case scenario, (we vets spend a great deal of time in ‘worst-case-scenario-ville’) unfortunately. The first and most important question is how or why you think that your dog is constipated? The concern is that unless your dog has a diagnosed history of constipation… Read more »

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TiffanyB | 8 years ago
My Dog Was Spayed Today, Surgery Went "well" I Was Told. Since I’ve Had…

My dog was spayed today, surgery went "well" I was told. Since I’ve had her home, she hasn’t slept, is restless, and has continuously been shaking. She is moving ok, and gone to the bathroom ok- not limping or hunched. No whining or crying. I specifically asked for pain meds for her. I was given 5 eyedroppers, to begin one per day starting tomorrow. She has had no vomiting, diarrhea, or any other warning signs I was to watch out for. I was thinking that the shaking and restlessness were due to aftereffects of anesthesia, but saw it could be a sign of pain after I googled it since it’s been going on for 6 hours. Not sure what I should do….not sure it’s urgent enough for the emergency hospital but certainly don’t want her to be in pain! ugh!

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello, Thanks for the question and for using Pawbly.. This is a difficut question to answer without seeing your pet. The restlessness, and shaking could be from the anesthesia, or pain, or discomfort, but unfortunately they could be because of other more serious issues. Post operatively we assess basic vitals, Like temperature, respiratory rate, and breathing. Because a spay is an intra-abdominal surgery there are also possibilities of bleeding, abdominal trauma, pain, etc. If she is not calm and comfortable then your best and safest option is to have someone look at her. The only way to distinguish post op… Read more »

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Mara Diem | 8 years ago
Last Week My 5 Year Old Boxer, Regie Had Some Growths Removed At Jarrettsville Vet…

Last week my 5 year old boxer, Regie had some growths removed at Jarrettsville Vet. We got some terrifying news on Friday, one of the eight growths came back showing mast cells. It was located on his butt. The biopsy report says:
"In one sample, the dermis contains a densely cellular mass of neoplastic mast cells, amixed with mature eosinophils. . . . There is moderate anisocytosis and anisokaryosis, and scattered binucleated cells. No mitoses are observed in ten hpf. Lymphatic or vascular invasion is not observed. The lesion appears excised in the examined sections with lateral borders of 2-4 mm and a deep border of 2-3 mm. . . . Mast cell tumor, grade II."
I have done my own investigating trying to understand the best course of action along with what the Vet told us. We were told that we could start Kinavet CA1 ASAP to stop the invasion. The issue we have with this option is it costs almost $400 per month for the rest of his life, we would have a very hard time affording that after already paying so much for his surgery (thats a car payment).
I have read some journal articals about mast cell tumors and everything says removing is the best treatment as long as 3 cm borders can be reached. As the report says the borders were 2-3 mm, do we opt for going back in and having larger margins? I want to do what is best for my baby.
Some other questions I have are; If we did use Kinavet for six months and then stopped treatment would it still prevent the mast cells from growing or would it come back with a vengeance? Is there a more affordable, effective treatment to concider? Is drawing lymph fluid out to test ideal or even feasible? Why was his tumor not staged? Can it be staged still? How agressive is the tumor according to the lab report? Would seeing an oncologist be helpful? Do you reccomend anyone? Is the homeopathic method recomended? Is sitting back and checking him over once a week enough to monitor him (this makes me nervous)?
Thank you for your advice and attention, we value your opinion.
Mara

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello and Thanks for your question, This is a very good question with many very valid concerns. I have to admit up front that Mast Cell tumors are one of the most commonly seen types of skin tumors. The best way to help guide you in understanding which option is the best moving forward is to go see a veterinary oncologist. They will have the most up to date statistics for any and all treatment options and also help you understand long term prognosis and cost. When my dog Ambrose had cancer and I felt as confused as you do… Read more »

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Beth Campbell | 8 years ago
Hi, My Cat Dewey Was Treated At Jarrettsville Vet At The End Of February B/c…

Hi, my cat Dewey was treated at Jarrettsville Vet at the end of February b/c his eyes were swollen, red, itchy, tearing up. He was also sneezing. He was given an antibiotic, antihistamine, and eye ointment. His sneezing cleared up, but his eyes were still itchy, swollen and red so I took him back on 2/28/13. He was given a different eye ointment w/a steroid for 3 days.

He finished the eye ointment on 3/3 and the antibiotic and antihistamine on 3/10.

Yesterday, 3/20, his eyes were swollen and itchy again. But he has not been sneezing.

Could I give him another 3 days of the eye ointment? It’s called Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates, Bacitracin Zinc and Hydrocortisone Ophthalmic ointment USP.

Thanks!!!
Beth Campbell

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Beth, You can resume the eye antibiotic but I am concerned that once you stop it you will be right back to where you are now. It sounds like there is an underlying allergy? or something going on, and that the steroid is just quieting it down or masking it while you are suing it, but the underlying problem remains. IF the eye returns to being swollen and itchy make a re-check appointment (preferably) with one of the doctors that you have seen already and keep investigating the underlying cause. Sounds ike it is time for an answer to… Read more »

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Cybil Preston | 8 years ago
Hey Krista,
I Am Struggling To Find A Good Quality Food For The "kids". I…

Hey Krista,
I am struggling to find a good quality food for the "kids". I was using Iams senior for Murray and Iams adult for Minimoo. The started turning their noses up and we not thrilled with it. I switched to Iams premium protection which they loved but it is very hard to find. I tried beneful and they liked it but now am hearing scary things about that brand. HELP!
I do not have to have a senior plan for Murray but would like to keep his fat content at 10 % if possible. Thanks for your HELP!!!!!! You are awesome!
Cybil

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Cybil, I hear you! I am continually playing the same game at my house. The puppies (my two three year olds) seem to go through periods of food boredom. They will go over to the well researched, expensive, high quality, commercially available, age and breed appropriate dog food, that I special order, deliver to their home, carefully measure, prepare with time, attention and love and then deliver by hand on their set structured time, and they will sniff the bowl, grunt in disgust and walk away. It’s frustrating! But, like every good mommy, and my mommy did for me,… Read more »

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Bobby | 8 years ago
My 14 Week Old Puppy Has The Sniffles. His Poor Nose Sounds Like Rice Crispies…

My 14 week old puppy has the sniffles. His poor nose sounds like rice crispies crackling and popping as he breathes out his nose. He eats good, full of energy and been getting reg shots and vitimins. Is there any thing I can give him or just let it run its course ?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello, Congratulations on your new puppy.. A 14 week old puppy that is sick in any sense of the word should see a vet immediately. Now I can’t tell you if your puppy is sick because sneezing in many cases is not sick, but anything other than clear infrequent sneeezing can be one of the first signs of illness. IF your puppy has a congested nose (I am guessing that sniffles is congestion) then I would urge you to go immediately to your vets office. A puppy (14 weeks is very young) with a congested nose most likely has a… Read more »

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Jana | 8 years ago
What Are You Reading From This Urinalysis?

collected Sample Via Free Flow @ 7:00am
Odor: Urinoid
Color: Yellow
Clarity…

What are you reading from this urinalysis?

collected sample via Free Flow @ 7:00am
Odor: Urinoid
Color: Yellow
Clarity: Clear

STICK
Leukocytes: 1+
Nitrite: Positive
pH: 6 pH
Protein: 2+
Glucose: Negative
Ketones: Negative
Urobilinogen: Negative
Bilirubin: Negative
Blood: 3+

SEDIMENT
Specific Gravity: 1.024
WBC: 1-2 per HPF.
RBC: 3-4 per HPF.
Bacteria: None seen
Casts: None seen
Epithelial cells: 2 per HPF.
Crystals: None seen
Other: Granular debris 1+

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello!! Well, let’s see.. I in general do not use the stick information for too much other than the glucose, ketones, bilirubin, and pH. The rest of the info is far more accurate if read under the microscope. I want to see white blood cells, red blood cells, and bacteria, casts, cells on the urine sediment under the microscope, and not read it on the stick. By the numbers listed above there the RBCs (red blood cells) and the WBCs (white blood cells) are within normal ranges. But the specific gravity is a little lower than it should be. Especially… Read more »

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Melissa | 8 years ago
My Pitbull Has Cherry Eye In Both Eyes And I Was Wondering If There Was…

My pitbull has cherry eye in both eyes and I was wondering if there was anything I could do or if he absolutely needs to get surgery or if it’s not bothering him, is he okay?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello, Thanks for the question. ‘Cherry eye’ is a prolapse of the lacrimal gland of the third eyelid. The third eyelid is that little curtain like looking piece of tissue found in the inner corner of the eye of dogs and cats. We see it most commonly as our pets start to fall asleep. When a pet starts to doze off the eye (the actual eyeball itself) actually falls back into the eye socket allowing the third eyelid to start to slide across the eyelid. Its like a little protecting sheet that protects the eye when it closes. A cherry… Read more »

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Rob Schafer | 8 years ago
Marley Update. Marley Ate A Good Amount Of The New Food Today. An Hour Later…

Marley Update. Marley ate a good amount of the new food today. An hour later, he vomitted up the food along with the skewer from last night. He swallowed the skewer whole. He is acting normal. I hope this will be the end of his problems. I will update again if the vomitting continues.

Rob Schafer

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello,

I am so glad to hear that Marley is feeling better.

I am also so relieved to hear that the skewer is no longer in his belly.

I hope that he continues to act normally and I would keep him on the food for a few more days.

Don’t hesitate to call if anything changes.

Once again, I am so happy that skewer isn’t in him anymore!

Best of Luck,
Krista

Krista Magnifico, DVM
Owner Jarrettsville Veterinary Center
Jarrettsville, MD
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