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Sylvia Rivera | 8 years ago
Hi Krista,
Thank You For Responding. I Just Wanted To Add That We Do Take Her…

Hi Krista,
Thank you for responding. I just wanted to add that we do take her for walks and to the park with us. We are renting and my landlord didn’t want us to have any pets to begin with. So getting a companion is definitely out of the question 🙁 However we do take her with us to our families houses alot that have other dogs and she defiantly enjoys that. What’s really strange is that this behavior has just started within the last 2 months. We crate trained her from the very first day we got her 2 years ago and she’s been absolutely great with it.we even find her in there in the middle of the day our if we’re up late watching a movie. Lol 🙂 Recently she has shredded a small bed she’d had in there for months and a couple of pillows. I’ve put both stuffed and chew toys in there such add a pigs ear. I have also put a piece of worn clothing inside so she can still have our scent close. I did buy the thunder shirt for her last well and that was the worst day of them all, she shredded the pillow inside, chewed up the plastic piece that slides inside the bottom of the cage, flipped the cage over, squeezed out of a small whole on the bottom and pooped in my don’t room.:( She was waiting by the door wagging her tail when we got home not even 2 hours later. I have a small patio in front of my house I have tried to leave her in in the beginning but she jumps the 3.5-4 foot fence lol. This little lady is driving me nuts! Any other suggestions? Lol

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello again, How frustrating!!! It sounds like she really is very attached to you all and having a terrible time apart. If you think that her break outs are because she is missing you while you are away then it is time to start gradually getting her used to more and more time away from you..you also have to start minimizing the highs and the lows with respect to how you spend your time together. I know this sounds a bit odd, but she is soo dependent on you that you either have to start teaching and training her some… Read more »

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Carole Reid | 8 years ago
How Can A Cat That Is On Mostly Wet Food, (only A Sprinkling Of Dry…

How can a cat that is on mostly wet food, (only a sprinkling of dry with his wet) still get a UTI and blockage. Is it possible that a canned food diet that consists of largely fish (they prefer them over the chicken and turkey varieties) is the cause? I have a Maine Coone male that is 3 years old and he is now at the ER. I feed him the 5 varities of Natural Balance from Pet Valu. 3 of the 5 are fish, and another is fish based, but not actually called fish. The dry is a good quality grain free, but he gets very little of this. I am at a loss and do not want to go thru this again as the expense is prohibitive. any thoughts?

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Carole, There are many factors that contribute to urinary issues in cats. The food is of course one component. There many parts to choosing a food and there are even some that are more "urinary friendly" than others. For all cats that have had previous urinary issues, or is predisposed to future urinary issues, I do recommend that cats be given wet food versus dry. I also think that adding some water to the wet food so that it is more of a slurry consistency will help. The addition of a fountain is also a good idea. The point… Read more »

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Sylvia Rivera | 8 years ago
I Have A Boston Terrier Mix. She Has Very Bad Seperation Anxiety When Left In…

I have a Boston Terrier Mix. She has very bad seperation anxiety when left in her crate. Is it ok to give her Banadryl? If so how much do I give her?

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Jana
8 years ago

The best remedy for separation anxiety is training; teaching her that it is ok to be alone for a while. Have you done any of that?http://www.clickertraining.com/node/1556 Taking her for a good walk before she has to be left along is also helpful. A tired dog is much happier to just rest. I take it she does have some toys in there? Such as the kong? In the meantime, before I’d resort to medications, I’d try non-drug solutions such as the ThunderShirt, DAP (Dog appeasing pheromone), or aromatherapy. Some dogs also seem to respond to dog TV or videos too. Did… Read more »

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Lori Fadely | 8 years ago
I Have A Mixed Breed Dog Age Thought To Be Around 9, Medium Size. …

I have a mixed breed dog age thought to be around 9, medium size. She loves to protect our 3 acres and will run the length of the property if the neighboring farmer’s dog is out in the field behind us. She is getting up and down more slowly, running not quite as fast but still as fast as she can possibly go. We tried her on Foster & Smith Joint Care but it upset her stomach. Is Cosequin another good supplement and what else might you suggest please.
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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Lori, Thanks for the question! It is a good one, and one that I hear often. Joint supplements have been around for about a decade. Not only are many, many pets on them (there are cat versions too), but many, many people are on them too. I know of quite a few friends of mine that believe it has helped them, and they are proponents of it too!. When we talk about supplements it is important to remind everyone that all supplements are classified as a nutriceuticals. Nutriceuticals are products that are marketed as being beneficial for joint health,… Read more »

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Mandy Geary | 8 years ago
If A 15 Month Old Pup Shar Pei X Is Punched In The Lower Jaw…

if a 15 month old pup shar pei X is punched in the lower jaw and knocked 3 to 4 meters away onto a bitumen road what kind of injuries can this cause

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Mandy, Your puppy should be brought immediately to a veterinarian for an examination and possibly x-rays to check for any signs of trauma to include fractures, broken teeth, contusions, nerve damage, broken jaw, etc. IF THIS WAS AN INTENTIONAL act of cruelty the assialant should be reported to the authorities immediately. Cruelty to animals is a punishable offense and people that are cruel to animals have a strong correlation to being cruel to children. If you think that the puppy is not safe in the household it is in reach out to rescue groups or a veterinarian to have… Read more »

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Dee Hoeck | 8 years ago
Hi Dr. Magnifico, For The Past Couple Weeks, I’ve Caught My Black Lab "scooting.&quot…

Hi Dr. Magnifico, For the past couple weeks, I’ve caught my black lab "scooting." What causes her to do this?

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Dee, Thanks for your question. This is a common complaint from clients, and I have to admit a common activity of my beagle in my own home. He prefers the ‘sit-and-spin’ versus the scoot, but the underlying causes to scoot are universal. They are three primary reasons that pets scoot. They include, in order;1. Anal sacs are full.2. The butt itches, (specifically the rectal tissue).3. Worms, although honestly, I have never seen this. I have a few blogs written on anal sacs, you can find them at KMDVM.blogspot.com. <a href="http://kmdvm.blogspot.com/2012/12/anal-glands-scoot-story.html&quot; target="_blank">Scooting, Anal Sacs</a> The best way to check for… Read more »

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Liz Rigdon | 8 years ago
Krista. Tootsie Left Front Pow Is All Red On The Bottom And I Looked And…

Krista. Tootsie left front pow is all red on the bottom and i looked and can’t see anything in there.. Should i bring her in to see you? don’t want it get out of hand.. She is still taking ATOPICA ever other day… I also have some TEMARIL P left.. Thank you …Liz Rigdon.

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Steve Hatchett | 8 years ago
I Recently Heard That Rescued Pets Are Incapable Of Showing Emotion When Taken To Their…

I recently heard that rescued pets are incapable of showing emotion when taken to their forever home. This seems contrary to my own observations. My most recent adoption, the kitten I named Scout seemed overwhelmingly happy coming into our home and is basically all over me with affection.

From your professional standpoint, is the happiness they show have any scientific basis?

Best regards,

Steve Hatchett

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Hey Steve!That has got to be one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard. I’ve met quite a few rescued pets and they are some of the friendliest, happiest, most loving critters on the planet. Of course, there is an adjustment period while they get used to you and their new digs. Dogs who are rescued may have come from neglect or abuse in their past, but it doesn’t condemn them to having no connection to the people they live with going forward. I don’t have any scientific basis for my opinions, just observations like yourself. May not have been… Read more »

Kelly Furgason
7 years ago

Hi Steve,
I agree with Sandy in her comments. I think that it is untrue to state that rescue’d pets are incapable of showing emotion. I think it depends on the pet…many are happy go lucky and whatever they’ve been through doesn’t faze them, while others take a bit longer to come out of their shells. Actually, from what I’ve experienced, a rescued animal can be more loving and almost seems grateful for the new love and affection of a new person in their life. Congrats on your adopted kitty!!
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Our Pup Keeps Catching His Front Dew Claw While Playing. He Is Over 7…

Our pup keeps catching his front dew claw while playing. He is over 7 (dont know exact age because he is a rescue) so i was told be can no longer get them removed because the joint is established. Which i completely understand but this continues to happen every couple months! Any advice here? We try & keep the nail cut short to decrease the chance of it catching. He just loves to play so much! We hate when he cant play for over a week to allow his claw to heal, he gets so sad 🙁

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Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Jenn, Thanks for your question! I think that you mean that your pup is 7 YEARS? old? But even if you were talking about 7 months old, I would still not recommend removing a normal articulated dew claw. Dewclaws can be, and often are, removed when a puppy is about 3 DAYS old. At this time it is a very quick procedure and is only mildly painful for just a few seconds. Most breeders arrange this procedure with their veterinarian as soon as the babies are born because it has to be done in such a narrow time frame.… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
8 years ago

Hello Jenn, I am glad that the blog helped,,and please know that you and Max are not alone in battling to get nails trimmed..I think it is one of the most stressful things that dogs fear more than all other things combined..I really don’t know of any dogs that we CANNOT vaccinate BUT I know of dozens that we can’t trim nails. I am at the clinic most Tuesday’s and Thursday evenings..most Sundays (although they get a bit crazy and are usually not the best time to give demos), but I would be happy to give you some pointers on… Read more »

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Kelly Furgason | 8 years ago
I Have A 12yr Old Female Boxer Named Sasha. She Is Routinely Treated Every Month…

I have a 12yr old female boxer named Sasha. She is routinely treated every month with Frontline. I’ve noticed recently that she will have random bouts of licking the air in a repetitive fashion and salivating.

Tonight I gave her the monthly dose of frontline and about two hours later she started the active licking of the air and ground and I began to think maybe there is a coloration between the frontline and the licking.

Unfortunately, I can’t recall if this happened at the same time of last months dose. I plan on watching next month more closely.

Is it possible for Frontline to have this type of side effect? thank you for your advice!! ~kelly

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Jana
8 years ago

Kelly, I looked high and low and it seems there is some possibility that could be the case. Is there any chance she could have licked the area of application? That connection would be quite strong. Other than that, there are some sources, with various degree of apparent reliability that mention this as possible side effect, thought I could see it as a remote possibility only. That said, I know from experience that an individual can have all kinds of crazy reactions one would not expect. You are using a product from your veterinarian, not some knock off brand, right?… Read more »