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jessica | 8 years ago
I Have A Apx 5 Well Old Pin-chi And She Is Eating Her Milk Replacement…

I have a apx 5 well old pin-chi and she is eating her milk replacement good but today she has not popped and it is worring me and I don’t know what to do please help

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Dawn Ferara, DVM
7 years ago

Thanks for the question! At 5 weeks, your pup should be weining onto solid puppy food. As far as not passing stool today, I would watch the pup if it seems to be painful or suddenly stops eating I would have the pup seen by your vet. Additionally, ur pup should have been wormed a few times by this age which can cause gastrointestinal issues.
Thanks for the question I hope this helps!

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SANDRA BROWN | 8 years ago
First I Would Like To Do A Great Big Shout Out To Dr. Magnifico, Dr…

First I would like to do a great big shout out to Dr. Magnifico, Dr. Hubbard and all of the other vets along with her entire great and caring staff at JARRETTSVILLE VET on Norrisville Road!!! Each one has help me during some difficult times.

My daughter recently took her 2 year old bully mix to Jarrettsville Vet on a Sunday as her regular vet which is closer to her home was not open on Sundays. Dr. Magnifio took charge and again was wonderful. To make a somewhat long story short, Heidi was diagnosed with Addisons’ disease. It has now been about 5 weeks and the meds are not still what they need to be. The one blood level which indicates dehydration is still high and they keep slowly increasing her meds. Additionally, she has a a very bad frequent urination problem. She was removed off of predisone after maybe one or two weeks.

About one week ago, my daughter found what felt like a fatty tumor on her one side towards the back. Her vet aspirated it and blood was the only thing that came out. I was not there but my understanding was that they were not that concerned with it.

Well,now she has another larger lump between her shoulder blades. She is due for blood work again within the next week so she will have them check that one out too.

I want to be a good knowledgeable support person for my daughter and 2 grandchildren and it would help if I had a little information. Is there a relationship between Addison and growths or tumors? Is it a good thing that blood came from the aspiration or is that a bad thing. I just was to be prefer a little bit so any suggestions or ideas would be great apprciated.

I thank ALL OF YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL WORK THAT YOU DO ON A DAILY BASIS.

Take care, Sandy

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Sandy Many Thanks for the question and th very kind words. I dont think that there is an easy correlation between the masses and the Addison’s disease. But an aspirate of the masses can be performed and sent to a veterinary pathologist for cytologic evaluation. This can help identify the mass and hopefully also assist with a diagnosis. It is odd and somewhat concerning that so much is happening so quickly and I recommend a thorough evaluation and as many re-checks as it takes to make all of the pieces fit together. You may need additional diagnostics that include… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Sandy,

I have been thinking about you guys? How is your daughters dog doing?

Krista Magnifico, DVM
Owner Jarrettsville Veterinary Center
Jarrettsville, MD
http://www.jarrettsvillevet.com

8 years ago

Sandy,

I will leave this question to the wonderful vets on Pawbly but wanted to commend you on wanting to be educated about Heidi’s health!

Wishing all the best for Heidi and your family.

-Margot Ahlquist (http:www.pawstotalk.com)

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Sarah Bandler | 8 years ago
I Used To Live With A Roommate Who Had A Cat And I Did As…

I used to live with a roommate who had a cat and I did as well. They got along well but when she moved out she took her cat with. Now my cat cries all night so loudly it wakes me up. She cries during the day too but it is less noticeable. I have tried all I could think ok. I will feed her, play with her a bit (usually mostly during the day it’s hard to wake up at 5am to play), try to comfort her and even just ignore her. Nothing seems to work and it isn’t getting better. Does she miss the other cat? Does she want attention or to play? I would love to get another cat for her to play with but I really cannot afford it right now. Is there any advice you can give to help me with this situation?

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Sarah, Many Thanks for your question.. Quite an interesting little dilemma going on at your house. It appears that your kitty liked having a roommate and a kitty to keep her company. I understand that you are concerned about cost, but I just don’t think that there is another way to convince your kitty to not be lonely. How can you stay up all night or play all day? Realistically, I just don’t think that there is any way to keep your playful kitten occupied without you quitting your job and staying up all night to play. There are… Read more »

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Sarah Klauda | 8 years ago
I See A Lot Of People Giving Away Their Cats Because They "no Longer Can…

I see a lot of people giving away their cats because they "no longer can give them the attention they need". Besides the basics, how much attention does a cat need?

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8 years ago

Hi Sarah,
Most cats just want fresh food, water and litter, a nice window to look out of, and a cuddle every once in a while. They are typically not high-maintenance. Not sure what people mean when they say that, either.

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Steve Hatchett | 8 years ago
After Having Our AC In Our House Stop Working Last Night, I Am Wondering What…

After having our AC in our house stop working last night, I am wondering what temperatures cats can tolerate before a health hazard exists. I see plenty of information out there on dogs but little on cats

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Steve, Thank-You for the very important question!! And for reminding us all, once again, that our kitties (which still far outnumber dogs), always have to play second fiddle to their bigger, slower, domestic partners, dogs. The good news is that cats are incredibly smart, instinctive creatures. They intuitively know to sleep during the hottest part of the day and to stay low and hide in a dark moist spot..outdoor cats will hide under a shelter on the cool moist soil, or deep in heavily shaded foliage. They are calm, quiet, and slow their metabolism by sleeping or relaxing as… Read more »

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bill brown | 8 years ago
We Have A Polydactyl Rescue Kitten That Was Abandoned By It’s Mother. She Is…

We have a polydactyl rescue kitten that was abandoned by it’s mother. She is doing great. Litter box trained the first day. Formula and hard kitty good. Gaining weight and growing. Four Weeks old now and is very active. She climbs things and jumps from pretty high furniture, plays and runs. But she gets pretty wild at night. She plays more when we interact with her. But we can’t always be with her. We have an older dog. So we keep the kitten in the basement for now, away from the dog. We don’t want to bring them together until she is a little bigger and older (only one pound).

My question is, will she be ok by herself for a while? Or should we get her another kitten companion to play with and keep her company? We spend time with her. In fact, my wife and I take turns sleeping in the basement with her. But that is the time she gets very active and aggressive and it’s hard to sleep. I would prefer not to get another kitten for several reasons. But if it’s best for her (Hadley), then that’s what I will do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Bill (Hadley dad).

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Bill, Many thanks for your question! There are a few things to talk about. First, many cats are more active at night. And many kittens are just plain hyper active all of the time..they play until they need to take a catnap and then they rest just long enough to re-energize and get up and tear it up again. I am usually not very worried about older dogs and smaller kittens. If your dog is not aggressive or actively challenging the kitten they will likely be OK. Those kittens with their claws do a fine job of fending off… Read more »

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Steve Hatchett | 8 years ago
I Read Your Blog Concerning The Wrenching Decisions To Be Made When A Dog Bites…

I read your blog concerning the wrenching decisions to be made when a dog bites someone. I am curious if "malpractice" or a similar insurance is available to a Veternarian in the event of a civil suit?

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Steve, Veterinarians have malpractice insurance to use if a suit is filed against our license. But even with insurance there is a very high burden placed upon us because we are expected and treated as experts. So, if we know, or believe a pet will bite we are required to notify the owners and document it in the patient file. This posses a terrible dilemma. Do we tell people and worry that they may give up on their pet? Or do we just cover our butts and place the burden on the owner to deal with. I am sure… Read more »

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Mara Diem | 8 years ago
Hi. My Dog Has Been Diagnosed With Mast Cell Cancer. He Has Had…

Hi. My dog has been diagnosed with mast cell cancer. He has had tumors removed. Now, a few months after they were removed he is getting new growths, the vet oncologist has tried aspirating to no avail. They have aspirated three times (two locations) and have not recived positive mast cell results. We have been talking about a drug, Palladia and they insist they need another positive aspirate to start Palladia. Is this true? Can you please tell me about Palladia. What kind of life expecancy for a 6 year old boxer with grade 2 mast cell with and without palladia? All in all, I dont want him to be in pain and I want him to have a good quality of life.
Thank you for all of your time!
Mara

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Mara, I am sorry to hear that your puppy has been diagnosed with Mast Cell tumors, but I applaud your seeking an onologist for your treatment options and plan. I am also sorry to hear that the recent attempts to diagnose the current bumps has proven unsuccessful. We have used Kinavet a few times at our practice. It has been met with varying success. Some dogs appear to hve gone into remission for a few months, while others seem to have not had any response to it at all. These drugs are chemtherapy drugs and do not come without… Read more »

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BreAnna | 8 years ago
My Dog, Buttons Is A 12 Year Old Sheltie. She Is Is In Good Health…

My Dog, Buttons is a 12 year old Sheltie. She is is in good health with no ailments. Recently we discovered a small tumor like projection from her right leg, it is pink and about the size of a penny. Upon going to the local Farm Vet we learned that it is a "hemangioma" of some sort. He gave her prednisone to see if it would shrink it down. She has now taken the last of her prednisone and it has not shrunk but has not gotten larger, but has a small hole in the side of it. I am attaching a picture of it, for advice as to what you all may think this could be and what I can do for her. I cleaned it with peroxide and put Triple Antibiotic Ointment on it. Any advice or comments are appreciated. Thanks and May God fill your lives with Blessings!

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello,

I think it is best to have it removed and biopsied.

It is almost impossible to know what a mass is without a biopsy. An impression smear can help but a biopsy is more definitive.

There is unlikely anything that will remove it without knowing what it is, especially if it has not responded to prednisone ( a steroid).

If you need any help from us at the clinic if you are close enough we would be happy to help.

Sincerely.
Krista.

Krista Magnifico, DVM
Owner Jarrettsville Veterinary Center
Jarrettsville, MD
http://www.jarrettsvillevet.com

Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello,

I think it is best to have it removed and biopsied.

It is almost impossible to know what a mass is without a biopsy. An impression smear can help but a biopsy is more definitive.

There is unlikely anything that will remove it without knowing what it is, especially if it has not responded to prednisone ( a steroid).

If you need any help from us at the clinic if you are close enough we would be happy to help.

Sincerely.
Krista.

Krista Magnifico, DVM
Owner Jarrettsville Veterinary Center
Jarrettsville, MD
http://www.jarrettsvillevet.com

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christi bsiley | 8 years ago
Cat Tilts Head When Walking. Walks Like Its Stunk. Wont Eat Or Drink

Cat tilts head when walking. Walks like its stunk. Wont eat or drink

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Jana
8 years ago

Christi,

I am not a cat expert. I am jumping in on this one because of the urgency. If it was my dog showing these symptoms, I’d be on my way to the emergency vet. And that’s beside the fact that not eating for more than 24 hours can be very dangerous for a cat by itself.

My recommendation would be to seek veterinary help right away.

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