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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, We crate trained all of our dogs that we had as puppies. After a walk or good play session, I found that they actually like going to the crate. The crate equals a safe place to rest. Make sure to put a water dish and 1 toy in the crate so the dog is comfortable. Also, you could put a used shirt of yours in there too if you want as it will smell like you and make the dog miss you less when in the crate. I know that there are crates out there which would allow… Read more »

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Pat Staines | 8 years ago
We Are Fostering A Manchester Terroir And This Dog Is Always Hungry. We Feed…

We are fostering a Manchester terroir and this dog is always hungry. We feed him 3/4 cup of premium dog food twice a day. After he eats he is whining a couple of hours later for food. When it gets close to feeding time he whines barks and shakes until he is fed. He also drinks a lot of water. He is a rescue and he is about 8 years old. We have been told he was tested for cushings disease and it was negative. We are concerned about his health. He also has a lot of bowel movements. The bowel movements are solid. We do not want to over feed him. We are concerned there may be another health issue.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Ms Staines, Thank You for your question and most especially Thank You for fostering. Without people like you there would be no place for a pet to be loved and cared for between the time it takes for them to find their own home, outside of the shelter. Without knowing the weight of your dog and without an examination and the ability to review all of the previous diagnostics that have been done it is difficult to assess your dogs condition. But, I do always say that your dog knows better than any diagnostic, test, or procedure. If your… Read more »

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Tom Mort | 8 years ago
Dr. Magnifico Recently Saw My Newly Adopted Kitten Lil Trooper. He Was A Little Sick…

Dr. Magnifico recently saw my newly adopted kitten Lil Trooper. He was a little sick from a ruptured abscess but is now doing great. My question is regarding his never ending appetite. He loves to eat almost without end sometimes. He will eat most of his dry food and wet food, then he moves to another one of our cats bowls and then he moves on to the dogs dry food which is Venison. Last night his belly was rumbling with air. What is a good amount of food for him to eat? Should he be on kitten food or is it fine for him to eat the regular cat food? He would be eating regular food if he were still outside withe the other kittens and cats. Is it going to hurt him if he sneaks in a few bites of the dogs food? Thanks for your help and advice.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello, I remember Lil Trooper! He was adorable! and I am so glad to hear that he is feeling better! Many kittens seem to have an unlimited appetite. I think that it is a combination of expending lots of energy and growing like a weed. So if your kitten is a little ball of fire, running, jumping, playing and acting like there isn’t a care in the world, and if your kitten seems otherwise happy and healthy, then I usually say that if there isn’t any significant weight gain (your kitten is just the right size), then the calories going… Read more »

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Ann D Ambrosio | 8 years ago
I Found A 4 Day Old Kitten It Wont Hardly Poop Cant See And Has…

I found a 4 day old kitten it wont hardly poop cant see and has seisers what can I do I,m bottle feeding it kitten formula

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Ann, Thanks for the question, and for caring for the kitten. Seizures and inability to defecate are not normal and likely signify a serious health problem. I would advise that you seek professional assistance from a veterinarian or a cat rescue, or animal rescue group who are experienced in caring for newborns. In general kittens need to be kept warm, be fed about every 3-4 hours, and be stimulated to urinate and defecate. But seizures are indicative of a sugar imbalance (you need to be using a high quality kitten formula and not a grocery store product), or a… Read more »

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Medha | 8 years ago
My Cat Is 18 Months Old. He Used To Be Healthy And Extremely Playful. Recently…

My cat is 18 months old. He used to be healthy and extremely playful. Recently he is refusing food. He has lost a lot of weight and is looking very weak. His eyes seem sleepy and half closed all the times. He has started shitting outside the litterbox. Kindly help quickly.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello

It sounds like your kitty is very sick and should be seen immediately by a veterinarian.

I cannot diagnose without seeing your cat and this site is not intended for medical emergencies which it sounds like your kitty is.

I would recommend you go immediately to your veterinarian or the closest animal emergency hospital.

Best wishes

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Luwam | 8 years ago
My Cat Has Been Acting Strange Since About Wednesday. From Wednesday Afternoon ’til Today He’s…

My cat has been acting strange since about Wednesday. From Wednesday afternoon ’til today he’s mostly just been lying in the same spot. It didn’t seem like he’d been eating so we brought his food and water to him yesterday afternoon/evening. He drank some but didn’t eat much so we gave him some tuna and he scarfed that down. He had a bit more energy after that(he was licking himself, he moved around a little) but just ended up going back to that same spot and sleeping there overnight. He seems a little better today. He came and slept in my bed this morning, drank a little water and walked around the house a little bit but has back in that spot for an hour or so now. He also meows to me every time I come by which is normal but he usually does so if he wants food/water/attention or to go outside, none of which he seems to care for so I can’t help but think he feels off. He’s normally very lively and active; ALWAYS going in and out of the house, exploring, and wanting more water and food. I don’t know what could be wrong.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Luwam, Thank you for the question. Those kitty cats can be quite independent and puzzling at times. I think it is the beauty of them, they get to be exactly what they want to be, when they want to be it, and don’t ask for permission,,,BUT, I am a bit concerned about the change in behavior. A cat can have very inconsistent, subtle, and elusive ways of telling you that they are not feeling well. And, a cat that isn’t waiting for even a few days can begin to have very dangerous changes in their liver, if left untreated… Read more »

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Sarah | 8 years ago
Hello, I Have A Beagle/jack Mix Who Was Bleeding From His Back Paw. My…

Hello, I have a beagle/jack mix who was bleeding from his back paw. My husband was home when it happened, but did not see it happen, so we are not sure whether he stepped on something outside, or hit his nail on something in the house. I noticed small blood spots on the floor when I got home and then noticed blood on his paw. It looks like it is just around one nail, almost like the skin may have been pulled back a bit… I didn’t see a cut, but it was hard to see through fur and a squirming pup. The bleeding didn’t last too long, he slept through the night, and was fine the next day… We wanted to trim his nails because it had been longer than usual since we had last done it, and we thought that the nail hitting the ground would just make the pain/injury worse. Our dog hates having his nails trimmed, and when my husband was trying to look at the sore paw/nail, he squirmed away- my husband thinks his nail snagged on his shorts causing it to bleed again. It only lasted for a few seconds, and hasn’t bled since. (This was yesterday around 5pm.) He sleeps all day while we are at work, and came out of the cage limping a bit today, I assume because he had been laying down all day… but is now walking on it ok. When he goes to sit he kind of plops sideways a bit, and every once in awhile he lifts it a little. I wanted to take him into the vet but of course my vet has no openings until Monday. I was wondering if I should go to the ER, or give it time to heal and just watch to make sure it doesn’t get worse or bleed a lot… or just go to another vet and see if they will take me? I’m not sure what to do. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Sarah, Thanks for the question. Without seeing your pet and examining the foot it is very difficult to provide advice. If you are worried about a wound, or a broken bone (I don’t usually consider a broken toe nail a broken bone, toe nails are painful and should be removed if partially broken off, but at the clinic we use a topical anesthetic and provide an antibiotic solution and something to stop bleeding because they will bleed profusely once you pull the remnant nail off), then you need to see a vet. We are very good at holding squirmy… Read more »

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butch | 8 years ago
My Pitbull Is 13 Yrs. Old .his Nose Is Very Dry And Cracking Real Bad…

my pitbull is 13 yrs. old .his nose is very dry and cracking real bad .is there anything i can put on it to help with this problem.

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7 years ago

Hello Butch, I have seen many many dogs over the years with this. In almost all cases the nose has gotten progressively worse, drier, deeper cracks, etc, as they age. It almost starts to look like their foot pads. Many clients worry about their pet, and many clients do not like the physical appearance of them. Unfortunately, I have never been able to find anything that works effectively long term. Here’s why, everything you put on the nose gets licked off immediately. And there are very few products that are safe for ingestion. Even with the a ‘safe for ingestion’… Read more »

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MJ | 8 years ago
My Dog Nemo Has A Large Lump On The Neck Area More To His Right…

My dog Nemo has a large lump on the neck area more to his right and under the jaw.Im worried and I need to know can you tell me some info please?

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7 years ago

Hello MJ, Thank you for the question.. As far as what you should do for Nemo, I would always recommend that any abnormal or new "bump" be investigated by your veterinarian. Many times we can give you some kind of guidance as to whether we are concerned or not by they way the bump feels, it’s size, texture, and location. Masses under the jaw can be lymph nodes or associated with the overall health of the teeth or mouth. They can range from abscesses (infection) to cancer. I had a dog come in last week with an abnormal bump that… Read more »

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Linda | 8 years ago
I Foster Dogs For A Local Rescue. I Presently Have A 10 Month Old Great…

I foster dogs for a local rescue. I presently have a 10 month old great dane/lab mix. He was an owner surrender..they adopted the dog from the local SPCA after 2 months they decided he was to much work.
My problem is I can not get the dog off my front porch. He is fearful of leaving the porch. I have tryed coaxing with treats, different collars. It is difficult even with 3 people. Any suggestions?

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7 years ago

Hi Linda, This dog has been through a lot for being so young. Have you tried spending some time with the dog on the porch just petting him and calming him down? If he feels safe and bonds to you or someone in your home then maybe he will be more apt to come into the home. I know when I rescued my dog Toby, I had to spend a lot of time next to him and comforting him before he felt comfortable in my home. Also, have you offered him a Kong stuffed with treats or some kind of… Read more »