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Lee Downs | 8 years ago
Can You Tell Me If The New Flea Medication, Fleas4X Is Safe And Effective As…

Can you tell me if the new flea medication, Fleas4X is safe and effective as compared to Frontline Plus for dogs and cats?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Lee, I just looked up the product you are asking about. Since Frontline became available generically there has been a huge number if fipronil products available on the market. This product is being made exclusively for an online company, but Wal-Mart, and many other big stores have done the same thing. They are all trying to compete with the biggest and most successful topical flea & tick preventative on the market, Frontline. Here are my concerns;1. I have no personal experience with this product and therefore I cannot recommend, (or not), it.2. There has been no history of its… Read more »

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Beth York | 8 years ago
I Have A GSD And I Believe She May Have A Urinary Tract Infection, Is…

I have a GSD and I believe she may have a urinary tract infection, is there anything I can do for her at home?

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Jana
7 years ago

You mean apart from seeing a vet, getting it diagnosed and treated? Because you absolutely need to do that. Urinalysis, and I’d do culture as well.

Apart from that, cranberry extract indeed IS helpful, as it contains a substance that helps prevent bacteria from attaching to bladder walls.

Plenty of liquids and particularly plenty of opportunities to potty is important. It’s important the bladder gets emptied frequently.

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Cindy Su Lee Lim | 8 years ago
I Have A Male Shetland Sheep Dog That Never Likes To Eat. Apparently He Only…

i have a male shetland sheep dog that never likes to eat. apparently he only eats when he gets agitated or angry and it’s only if i hand fed him. tried everything i can, change food brands and even cooked for him. now he even rejects raw chicken. he will usually sniff the food first, then take a few small bites and that’s all. i have also tried not to hand feed him for a period of time and he will stop eating completely for 2 days, after that only take a very little food from the bowl, enough just to keep him alive. previously done this for 2 months and he lost so much weight, and i gave in at last. he dislikes certain sound eg. fireworks, bikes and also sound of electric shaver and toothbrush. to get him to eat, i have to turn on my electric toothbrush, that’s how i managed to maintain his ideal weight. i know it’s wrong but i really don’t know what else to do. for your information, i don’t feed him any treats. got a new puppy recently as advised from the vet ( hoping he might eat ), but it’s useless, he’s not even bothered that the new puppy ate his food!

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Jana
7 years ago

Hi Cindy, this is something I’d take quite seriously. Dogs love to eat! When a dog doesn’t want to eat, it is certainly something to take seriously. Jasmine was a dog who was thought not to be very interested in food, a dog who was thought to have a sensitive system. Eventually it turned out she had IBD. She was most likely to want something to eat after walks. Once she finally got diagnosed and we started working with the problem, she turned into a dog who loved food. I recommend trying to get to the bottom of this, and… Read more »

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Marjorie | 8 years ago
We Got Our Pot Belly Pig At About 2 Months Of Age We Have Bee…

We got our pot belly pig at about 2 months of age we have bee using a pet carrier at night he has done great, he stays outside in the day time and comes in a night this has been sense day one, never one accident we got him netured at about 41/2 months and he has been peeing in his pet carrier about a week after, so took some urine to the vet and found out he had crystals in his urine was put on an antibotic, but he still pees at night we have tried taking him out doing the night and this is not working either, he really likes coming in at night, but we are really getting tired of this, please give any advice to what to do to help cash out!!thank so much!!!!

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello, I have a pot bellied pig also! But I have to admit right off that I have always had a rescued outside pig, so I do not have any real experience with inside pig potty habits. When I find crystals in urine it is very important to know which kind of crystals they are, how they formed, whether they are dissolvable, and whether the antibiotic was the correct one to use AND whether it was used long enough. Many people incorrectly think that crystals signify infection, but sometimes they signify a stone in the bladder (some need to be… Read more »

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Andrea Shaw | 8 years ago
Our 8 Week Old Kitten Is Limping On His From Leg…..he Was Fine Last Night…

Our 8 week old kitten is limping on his from leg…..he was fine last night when we went to bed but this morning her is limping. He bears some weight on it…could it be broken? No swelling or deformity that can be seen.

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Dawn Ferara, DVM
7 years ago

Andrea,
Thanks for the question! It is possible the leg could be broken or it could be a simple soft tissue injury. Both are very possible in a crazy, active kitten.
I would watch her today and if it doesn’t improve I would take her to the vet in the morning.
Thanks again for the question I hope she feels better!
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Cathy | 8 years ago
My Dog Just Ate Some Tomatoes And I Read Online That They Were Toxic. Please…

My dog just ate some tomatoes and I read online that they were toxic. Please help. What should I do ?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Cathy

The Pet Poison Helpline can answer this question for you.

They are an excellent online or on the phone resource.

Petpoisonhelpline.com

I have never seen a pet die from eating tomatoes and I have had clients who’s dogs actually went to the garden and ate them off the plant. They did however get belly aches and diarrhea.

I hope this helps.

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Krista

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Owner Jarrettsville Veterinary Center
Jarrettsville, MD
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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

"Tomatoes are barely poisonous and are generally pretty safe to feed dogs. Most dogs don’t ingest enough tomato plants to cause a problem. Tomato plants are in the Nightshade family and contain tomatine. Tomatine is found in concentrations of up to 5% in the leafy greens, the fruit blossoms, and in small green tomatoes; this concentration rapidly decreases as the tomato ripens. When stems, vines and green fruit are ingested, clinical signs can include gastrointestinal irritation, ataxia, and weakness. Treatment is purely supportive with an overall good prognosis." The above is from the pet poison helpline. Krista Magnifico, DVMOwner Jarrettsville… Read more »

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Dee Hoeck | 8 years ago
Dr Krista, Are You In The Office Still? I Think My Daisy Is Having A…

Dr Krista, are you in the office still? I think my Daisy is having a stroke

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Dee

I think that you should head to the emergency clinic immediately

Best of luck

Krista

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Jarrettsville, MD
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Roxy Tompkins | 8 years ago
This Message Is For Dr. Magnifico. My Pet Is A Patient At Jarrettsville Veterinary…

This message is for Dr. Magnifico. My pet is a patient at Jarrettsville Veterinary Center. My name is Roxy Tompkins and I was in last night with Snickers, a shih tzu near the end of the office hours. His temp this morning was 100.6. He had a loose small BM this morning, but he ate and drank last night and this morning. His ears looks better. I will continue to keep an eye on him, and thank you for last night.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello

I am so glad to hear that she is feeling better.
If you ever have any question about her, or any other pet related query you can reach me and the other Advisors here

Continued best wishes

Krista

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Mary Lou | 8 years ago
Hello! I Have A 11 Week Old Chug, Chihuahua/Pug Mix Male That’s Been Having Dark…

Hello! I have a 11 week old Chug, Chihuahua/Pug mix male that’s been having dark stool. He’s on a Soft foods only diet (the meat is slightly on the darker coloring side) and he drinks filtered or bottled water. He’s very active and energetic. His stool is just dark in coloring but it is firm yet soft (he’s had diarrhea due to puppy chow we gave him once but he’s off of it and has his stool back to normal again). His stool is sometimes light in color when we fed him this one brand of food.

I was just wondering if this should be any cause of concern, he has been dewormed and vaccinated so I’m not sure if it might be that he still has some worms or if it may be the food we give him because the only thing is that the stool is dark colored (but still brown). Most dogs I’ve seen have a light brown stool or chocolate colored and I want to know ASAP so I can take my baby to the vet or even emergency if he needs it. Thank you very much in advance!

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Mary Lou Thanks for your question. In general fecal color is influenced by food type and general health of the dog. If you have been changing the food that might influence the color. Or you can try a different age and breed appropriate food and see if that changes it. Another good resource is your vet. Make sure that your puppy is up to date on everything and checking a decal will help rule out intestinal worms. Dark stools can be a sign of bleeding in the gi tract so a visit to the vet isn’t a bad idea… Read more »

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roger | 8 years ago
I Have A 13 Year Old Male Cat Who Has A Flea Issue. I Have…

i have a 13 year old male cat who has a flea issue. i have tried numerous shampoos and a new flea collar. the treatments are not working and he now has open wounds on his back. he has also started exhibiting seizure like activity and urinating uncontrollably at the same time. i need to know what to do

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Roger, Thanks for the question. I think it is best that you bring your cat to the emergency clinic immediately. Many flea shampoos are toxic to cats and the first sign your cat may display is a seizure. I would also recommend that you never buy a flea shampoo or collar over the counter. Especially if it says "not to use it on cats." Cats are very sensitive to many ingredients used in dog products. Even if you did use a cat product, some cats are sensitive to these ingredients. I have seen over the counter flea and tick… Read more »