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Sharon Burton | 8 years ago
My Pug Is Always Licking. She Licks The Top Of Her Paws And Sometimes She…

My pug is always licking. She licks the top of her paws and sometimes she just licks the air. Is this normal?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Sharon, Thanks for your question. This is a very interesting one. There are a few things that we should discuss before we try to classify normal vs abnormal. First, there are many itchy pets out there. I often believe that pets lick because it is their way of scratching. So I always ask about and examine for any other signs of allergies or itchiness? These include face rubbing, hair loss in any other areas, examining for fleas, examining for red skin, especially the ears, feet, face, and I even check anal glands and the rectum. Second, we talk about… Read more »

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Lisa N Waffles | 8 years ago
50 Pound Pitbull Ate Small Amount Of Onion Sweet Pepper And Soy Tips…what Do I…

50 pound pitbull ate small amount of onion sweet pepper and soy tips…what do i do?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Lisa, The primary thing that I would be concerned about is the onion. If it was only a very small amount then your dog will probably be fine. I would worry most about gastro-intestinal upset. But onions in larger amounts can cause anemia. I once saw a Shih Tzu almost die from eating onion powder, so it certainly can be a dangerous thing to ingest. The pet poison control hotline is a great 24/7 resource. There is also information on onions available there. Go to petpoisonhelpline.com If you think your dog ate a larger than "small amount" then I… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

I’m so glad you got some medical veterinary intervention.

Best wishes!!

Sincerely
Krista

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Steve Dudek | 8 years ago
If A Male Cat Has Fluid Build Up That Colapses A Lung, And Has Short…

If a male cat has fluid build up that colapses a lung, and has short breaths. what are the possible causes and are they all fatal?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello, This is a hard question to answer because I cannot come up with a diagnosis for your cat based on this one sentence. Every diagnosis has its own treatment options, and every treatment/diagnosis has their own prognosis. I would urge you to seek veterinary advice and try to identify the cause and whether there are treatment options available. Fluid in the lungs is a very serious, very concerning condition that requires immediate intervention, especially if you think the lung is collapsed. There are many many possible causes. Blood work, x-rays, and a thorough examination are needed. Also cytology of… Read more »

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Patti | 8 years ago
I Have A 13+ Year Old Jack Russell Who Has Just Developed Cataracts (more Severe…

I have a 13+ year old Jack Russell who has just developed cataracts (more severe in right eye). He seems to get around just fine but does have a problem focusing directly in front of him. At this age I obviously do not want to elect for surgery but I was wondering if there is anything I can give him (homeopathic) that might help. Thank you!

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Patti, Thanks for the question. Admittedly I am not a homeopathic doctor and I unfortunately don’t have any advice for a remedy for cataracts. Cataracts are common among older dogs (and people), and are best treated by surgery in almost all cases. I have had many clients elect for this surgery and been very very happy with the results post-op. This surgery is done at an ophthalmologists office as a referral from your veterinarian. I recommend that if you haven’t seen an ophthalmologist that they are an excellent resource to help you make a decision that is best for… Read more »

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deb press | 8 years ago
Hi. I Was Wondering If You Know Why A Dog Licks And Licks Objects…

Hi. I was wondering if you know why a dog licks and licks objects; like the floor, the wall, anything?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Debbie, What an interesting and intriguing question? I fear that there is a great deal of information that needs to be exchanged before I can answer this adequately. Of things to discuss I would ask about diet? Are you on a high grade commercially available food?Is it appropriate for the age, breed, and lifestyle of your dog?Does your dog get ample amount of exercise? Does your dog seem bored?Does your dog have any other unhealthy, destructive, or odd behaviors?How old is your dog?Etc…. So the question of why? is really a lengthy discussion..It is not normal, nor is it… Read more »

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Bobby | 8 years ago
What Age Will A Puppy Lose His Sharp Baby Teeth And Stop Trying To Chew…

What age will a puppy lose his sharp baby teeth and stop trying to chew on you ? Will he swallow them or do we need to worry about stepping on them ?

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7 years ago

Hello Bobby, Puppies start to lose their teeth at about three months old and the last baby teeth are usually shed by about 6 to 9 months of age. The front (incisors) go first, (you know the little song about ‘your two front teeth?") and the back molars are the last. We vets use baby (deciduous) teeth and adult (permanent) teeth to help us figure out the age of kittens and puppies. The baby teeth either fall out (and yes you may actually step on them), or are swallowed (never causes a problem). I have found some of my puppies… Read more »

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Edie Tyson | 8 years ago
What Causes Hot Spots?

what causes hot spots?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Edie, This is a great question, and a condition I see a great deal in my general private practice. A hot spot is the common term used for a skin condition called pyoderma. (Our fancy way of saying inflamed skin). It can be either a superficial pyoderma or a deep pyoderma, referring to the amount of skin depth affected. There can be many causes to this dermatological condition. In general I see an itchy condition that has turned into a self-traumatizing big giant ‘boo-boo’. The dog (it can happen to cats too, but I see in more commonly in… Read more »

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Louise Shoemaker | 8 years ago
How Do You Clean The Area After A Pet Has Died Of Parvo?

How do you clean the area after a pet has died of parvo?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Louise,

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss.

The best way to clean the area is with a dilute bleach solution. I use a 1 to 30 mix, one part bleach to 30 parts of water.

If I can be of any other assistance please let me know.

Sincerely,
Krista Magnifico, DVM
Jarrettsville Veterinary Center,
Jarrettsville MD

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Louise Shoemaker | 8 years ago
How Long Does The Parvo Diease Stay In Residents?

How long does the parvo diease stay in residents?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Louise, Thanks for your question. I think that you are asking how long the virus stays active in your environment? OK, here is the scary part. The parvovirus is incredibly difficult to eradicate and can live for months in the environment that it was shed in. It is spread in the feces of the dog that was carrying the disease. Most resources say that the virus can live 5 to 7 months in the environment. The best thing to use to kill it is bleach. Diluted one part of bleach to 30 parts of water, and then clean all… Read more »

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Lynne Freund | 8 years ago
I Know Phenobarbital Causes An Increase In Alkaline Phosphatase, However My Research Says Alk Phos…

I know phenobarbital causes an increase in alkaline phosphatase, however my research says alk phos is not the indicator for liver disease. My dog’s seizures are well controlled on phenobarb but his alk phos is off the wall. He has no symptoms of liver disease. At this point, I would just assume he not have labs drawn anymore unless I knew which ones would yield the most accurate information. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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7 years ago

Hello Lynne, I apologize for the delay. The answer was sent a few hours after you asked it but then it appears it never reached you..I sincerely apologize for this… I think that this is a very good question, however, I don’t want to speak for the veterinarian managing your dogs case, so I will give the advice that I would give for one of my clients. It is very common to see an increase in alkaline phosphatase (we call it alk phos), when a pet is on phenobarbital. It usually does not indicate liver disease. The alk phos usually… Read more »