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kenneth Bailey | 8 years ago
My Dog Has Recently Been Shaking His Head Alot He Holds His Head At An…

My dog has recently been shaking his head alot he holds his head at an angle when he does this. this only happenns for a little wile and stops seem like it happens in the morning more

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7 years ago

Does your dog have long ears like a Golden Retriever? It could be excess ear wax or possibly an ear infection. Does his ear smell funky or feel hot? I’d get it checked by your vet. Ear infections or ear fungus can be hard to get rid of. Let us know what happens!

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krissy palmer | 8 years ago
My Dog Is Lethargic And Isolated With Loss Is Appetite And He Was Throwing Up…

My dog is lethargic and isolated with loss is appetite and he was throwing up clear liquids for three days its been 2 data since no vomit he only drinks water. Very slow to move

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Krissy,

It sounds like your dog might be very seriously ill. You should head immediately to the nearest veterinary hospital or veterinary emergency hospital.

Waiting any further will likely harm your pet further and worsen his illness. The sooner, and the more proactive you are, the more likely you are to have a good outcome.

I wish you both the best, and a healthy recovery.,.

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Gary | 8 years ago
Gastro Distress Buster Has The Runs For The Last 2 Days. He Looked Like…

Gastro distress Buster has the runs for the last 2 days. He looked like he was getting better, but not so much this early AM. Ooooppps goes the Bus… How can I rest his GI tract without vet visit?

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Kasey Litt
7 years ago

Hey Gary — First, is Buster showing any other signs of issues beside the runs? Has his appetite decreased, is he lethargic, running a fever or having uncontrollable watery squirts? If the answer is yes to any of those questions then I’m afraid a visit to the vet is in order. Buster could have eaten something poisonous or contracted some kind of virus. If I notice that my dogs are having diarrhea at potty time I will sometimes give them rice and chicken by taking a cup of rice, 2 cups of water and a chicken breast and boiling all… Read more »

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Oogiilove Ganbaatar | 8 years ago
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My Name Is Oogii. I Have A German Shepherd Dog Who Is 8 Years…

Hello,Pawbly
My name is Oogii. I have a German shepherd dog who is 8 years old.
He lives in Mongolia. Last few days, he has been sick and can’t walk. His back two legs are in so much pain and can’t lift his body. My parents took him animal hospital unfortunately new doctors couldn’t diagnose him well. But one of the experienced doctors told us it is probably nerve damage on his lower spine. He gave to him some drug for his nerve damage. He also said surgery won’t help him. We really don’t want put him to sleep.
Please, I really need your advice. Is there any helpful massages and drugs we could try? If you need his specific pictures, I can send it to you guys.

Thank you so much
Sincerely Oyuntugs G

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Oogii, I am sorry to hear about your GS’s problems. Sadly, as magnificent as these dogs are they have quite a few problems specific to their breed. One of them is degerative myelopathy. It is a disease where the nerves lose ability to talk to the body and most often affects the back legs and ascends forward. It usually leaves them paralyzed from the waist down. There is not a cure for the disease, and there are very few treatment options. In general, we recommend starting to investigate tools for pets that have difficulty ambulating, like a cart. I… Read more »

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Janet Queiser | 8 years ago
I Have A Very Small Tea-cup Yorkie That Has A Lot Of Energy And Burns…

I have a very small tea-cup Yorkie that has a lot of energy and burns off anykind of fat he may have…Dr.s never said he was under weight. However, I’ve tried feeding him all and every kinds of dog food I can in cans. he will not eat any of them just some dry now and then. So, I had became wooried about him so I started hand feeding him of which is all fine. But, he will only eat pieces of chicken breats and ham and beef slices hand fed. Is there any other kind of food I can give him to help him gain anykind of fat????

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7 years ago

Hi Janet, They do have food for active dogs which may satisfy your dog’s needs. I have seen this offered at least by a few brands. Also, once you decide on a food for him, it might be most helpful to stick with it. I know you are only trying to make sure he gets the proper nutrition but a routine around food can be helpful for a dog. For example, put the food down at a designated breakfast or dinner time. Leave it there for 30- 40 minutes so he has a chance to eat. If he is not… Read more »

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Michelle | 8 years ago
Hello, My 15 Week Old Male Puppy Was Trying To Hump My Female, And Now…

Hello, my 15 week old male puppy was trying to hump my female, and now his penis wont go back in the shealth. I am worried as he is in discomfort. And I have been reading up as to what it could be, and it looks like. I can’t get to the vets until tomorrow and I am scared that his penis will need to be amputated due to necrotia. He is asleep now. I just want to know if it will be ok to take him first thing tomorrow morning? Or will that be too late?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Michelle

The penis should not stay out of the sheath for an extended period of time. In the normal reproductive course the penis becomes stiff and the bulbo urethral gland enlarges making it difficult for the penis to fit back in the sheath but this should not last hours. If it does you should seek medical attention.

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Judith Tymkiw | 8 years ago
My 13 Year Old Mixed Lab Was Recently Diagnosed With Ehrlichiosis Through A Blood Test…

My 13 year old mixed Lab was recently diagnosed with ehrlichiosis through a blood test. I have gotten some conflicting information through my local animl hopital and my own research, so I thought I’d try you guys. My dog shows none of the symptoms of ehrlichiosis but the vet has prescribed a 60 day course of 250 mg of dioxycycline to treat it. This is about $400 worth of pills at my local pharmacy. Are there other treatment options and does my dog even need treatment if he has no symptoms?
Thanks,
Judith

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Judith, Of all the questions to ask!! This is a doozie…primarily because there is heated debate on why we use this test, and what to do about it if you get a positive test in an asymptomatic dog… In the interest of maintaining my "always be honest" viewpoint, and my ever present belief that it is not my place to be second guessing a fellow colleague, I will try to provide a basic overview of the discussion that I have with my clients when a situation like yours arises. I am assuming that your vet used an in house… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

OH! Big important point to mention:
The best way to manage all tick borne diseases is to avoid them in the first place, with the use of an effective and safe flea and tick preventative applied monthly (or anytime there is weather warm enough for them to be awake and active)..and/or by using a veterinary applied vaccine to prevent future disease.

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Jarrettsville, MD
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Carole Reid | 8 years ago
I Have A 3 Year Old Female Maine Coon Who Is Very Shy. I Am…

I have a 3 year old Female Maine Coon who is very shy. I am going on vacation and have someone who will come in twice a day to feed her. They suggested it might be better for her if I took her there rather than leaving her alone. She just lost her brother this week, but she is very close to my dog. Unfortunately the dog is going to be boarded so she will be totally alone for the first time in her life. She never comes out when a stranger comes in the house, including when I am away on vacation. I do not want to stress her out and wonder if it is just best to leave her in her familiar surroundings. Also the person who is going to take care of her lost her cat last month due to age, and I am sure her house is still going to smell of her male cat. Not sure if that would stress her.

Sooo, is it best to leave her home?

Thanks, Carole Reid

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Carole, Thanks for the question. I too have been in your shoes many many times and I get asked this question often with my clients. I think that there are a few points to ponder. 1. Your cat is elusive when you are away. I worry about this because if your cat has a problem no one will likely discover it until you return. Also cats get a condition called hepatic lipidosis, where their liver actually begins to shut down if they are not eating regularly. This can be fatal. I see it most often after the owners have… Read more »

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lori | 8 years ago
Can Dogs Get Head Lice From Humans? We Are Going Away And I…

Can dogs get head lice from humans? We are going away and I got a phone call from the home that is going to watch him while we are gone. I was told that they have lice in their home and are now treating it, but I am leary of sending the dog there as I don’t want him to get it.
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7 years ago

Hello Lori, Thanks for the question,,it’s a good one. I am not an expert on live, as it is seen more commonly in children than in pets..actually I have not seen it in pets at all..but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. In general lice and other ectoparasites are primarily species specific. So those little chewing critters pick their host..there are a few exceptions,,for instances fleas will stay on our furry (warmer) pets and only jump over to us if there is no pets to be found or there arevsonmany fleas they need to spread out into new territory, or… Read more »

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Clara | 8 years ago
Hi, My Dog Is 3 Month Old And He’s A Pure Bred Pomeranian. As We’ve…

Hi, my dog is 3 month old and he’s a pure bred pomeranian. As we’ve just got him, we decided to ‘crate train’ him as he used to do his business in the lawn and we currently live in an apartment. Having said that, he has a bed that he is very comfortable in and so we enclosed him with his potty area next to his bed so that he’ll learn that he has to pee and poo on the newspaper. Do you think it’s a good idea that we get a crate or play pen so he can see his surroundings ? Because whenever we leave him, he would whine ( it was for a long period ) then we rewarded him with our presence everytime it was silent, and now he just whines just a little . However, we were thinking to get him a crate so he wont feel insecure behind those boxes . We did not consider getting a crate as we would want to let him have the freedom of roam around the house once he’s potty trained. Also, as we had 2 pomeranians last time, they were a noisy bunch and barked non stop . This pomeranian does not bark and all but only whimper and cry ( somewhat like a newborn child ) is that any reason to be worried at all? Thanks a lot.

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7 years ago

Hi Clara! Congratulations on your new puppy! . Crates are a wonderful tool and crate-training doesn’t really take that long. One of the best books I’ve ever read is "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dog Training." I checked it out of the library and have used it to successfully train three Golden Retrievers and two Cocker Spaniels. Give it a try!