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Pete Vangalis | 1 month ago
I Have A 5 Year Old Mix Breed That Has Been Diagnosed With Ivdd And…
I have a 5 year old mix breed that has been diagnosed with ivdd and prescribed prednisone and methocarbamol and Pepcid and that’s it. I have had to take her back in for hospital stays twice now because she’s in serious pain. They keep her giving her larger doses in shots and morphine and keep me posted. I picked her up yesterday around 10 am and at 7 she was crying in incredible pain again and she was in her kennel all day. I watched your videos and you explained things easier for me to understand and placed knowledge in my hands that they didn’t. I’m not saying they did a bad job and they more than worked with me so I could pay my bill because I am living on social security which isn’t very much. I don’t understand why they are having such a hard time managing her pain levels with the medications they have prescribed. They called just as was losing my calmness and about to call them and be an ass. I just wanted help making her well and not having to return every 4 or 5 days for more injections. I reported my evening and what I had administered and her waking several times wailing throughout the night. I asked if maybe we should increase the dosages and she said she would document the events and have the doctor call later today. Having the knowledge to ask the right questions was all about you and your kindness to share. I am totally thankful for you giving my dog an informed fur Father’s approach, instead of a freaked out puppy parent panicking and taking her back to the money pit with short lasting results. Bless you and your efforts to make them accountable as human beings. There are far to few human beings anymore and just wallet emptying machines praying on our love for our family members. Praise and blessings Krista and again thank you so very much. Gwen says thank you too. Love my girl.....
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Krista Magnifico
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Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I am also sorry that she has been in so much pain. If you are getting frustrated ask friends or family for advice on who they know that might be a better fit for you and your pups needs. Maybe it is time for a different vet? One who will be more informative and helpful? Also ask lots of questions about how you can help her stay comfortable at home. Like maybe with cage rest and picking her up carefully to go outside for bathroom breaks. maybe even a sling or support… Read more »

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Malori Mattimore | 1 month ago
3 Year Old Golden Retriever With Spontaneous Bump On His Face. Was Pink And Raised…
3 year old golden retriever with spontaneous bump on his face. Was pink and raised but he has now broke it open a bit (scabbed over now)... he doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, no itching, no change in appetite and overall his happy self. Any idea on what this could be?
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Hello, It is not possible to diagnose a lump or bump by a photo. I would say that at this point it is probably safe to watch it for a day or two to see if it regresses and heals indicating it might have been a bump or a scratch or even a big bite, but if it worsens or persists you should call your vet to have them look at it. My puppies are always coming back from romping outside with a small injury. It seems they play too hard and run too furiously through the woods. In one… Read more »

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Shauna Procter | 1 month ago
I’ve Got A 9 Week Old Puppy At Home, She Is Passing Stools Normal Colour…
I’ve got a 9 week old puppy at home, she is passing stools normal colour not to much but is crying when trying to pass. She has been wormed and I’ve just given her, another one as requested by previous owner. Will this fade eventually once worms are killed she is scooting her bum on the floor too
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Laura
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Since she’s only 9 weeks old, you can’t have had her long. Which means either you have a vet visit happening in the next couple of days, right? Ask your vet. 🙂

Jennifer Taylor
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I would speak with your vet. There are different wormers that are parasite specific. It could be as simple as the wormer you are using is not covering the parasite the puppy has….or it could be something completely unrelated. If she is crying when passing stool I would try to get in to your vet as soon as possible. I hope your puppy feels better soon!

Krista Magnifico
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Hello,
I always tell people that if their puppy isn’t acting normally that you should assume something is wrong and see a vet. If you are worried tell your vet. If they aren’t helpful or reassuring seek a second opinion. You are the only advocate your puppy has.

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Kate Reisinger | 1 month ago
Two Days Ago My 8 Month Old Puppy Had Diarrhea & Little Pieces Of His…
Two days ago my 8 month old puppy had diarrhea & little pieces of his buffalo chew horn in it. I took away the horn & threw it away bc I didn’t like the fact that he was swallowing pieces. I assumed the diarrhea was from irritation of not being able to digest it. He had no diarrhea yesterday & was totally fine. This morning I woke up to diarrhea on our floor & later he threw up a small amount. His throw up had another little piece of the buffalo horn in it. He is still acting like his very hyper self & is drinking & eating like normal. My question is do you think his stomach is still just a little irritated & trying to get back to normal? Or is this something I should be really concerned about & get him seen?
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Laura
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It’s very possible his stomach is irritated, but I’d be concerned about a partial blockage. Maybe give the vet a call since it’s still an issue?

Sarah Greco
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I agree. I would watch his stools very carefully. It may be irritation from earlier, but if there is partial blockage, you will need to see a vet and have an X-ray to Ben sure. If there is no more improvement, or it keeps recurring, a very visit is needed ASAP.

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Martha Arias | 1 month ago
My 11 Yo Mini Poodle Is Diabetic And Blind For A Little Over A Year…
My 11 yo mini poodle is diabetic and blind for a little over a year. We’ve been giving him his insulin shots for the same amount of time - twice daily. Recently, he’s been very sensitive and pries away or yelps a little when I give him his shot. I am now anxious about going near him because I’m afraid of hurting him. I’ve tried to alternate his injection sites but he still does not like it. I’m going to visit our vet again and see if he can give me a reference site for injecting him. I would like to know if it’s very common for dogs to experience this after a year or more of being injected and how do other dog owners overcome this anxiety.
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We always recommend giving the injections around the shoulders/ dorsal neck area and rotating sites. Pets seem to be less sensitive in that area. I can’t say I’ve personally seen animals become sensitive to injections after long term use, but anything is possible. More so I have seen pets anticipate treatments and therefore become reactive. My suggestion would be to change up the routine a bit and see if that helps. Lift him on a table or bed to give him the injection, feed him a few extra treats in the process, and try to be as matter of fact… Read more »

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Wes Phaff | 1 month ago
My Cat Has Hypercalcemia And Has Bone Loss. Is This Cancer Or Since It Is…
My cat has hypercalcemia and has bone loss. Is this cancer or since it is so wide spread could it be caused by parathyroid?
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Laura Kyle
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Hypercalcimia can sometimes be an indication of cancer. The xrays, however look too uniform to be bone cancer. If you are wondering if that is the source, my guess would be no. Depending on your pets symptoms and other bloodwork an ultrasound might be your next steps.

Krista Magnifico
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Hello, Hypercalcemia can be indicative of a few things. Here is how I typically approach this finding. I do a very thorough examination to include a rectal exam. I also loo at a urinalysis and thyroid. If everything that I am seeing is normal except for the calcium I recheck it in 2 weeks. If it remains elevated I discuss a referral to an internal medicine specialist or run additional bloodwork panels. It is also important to discuss diet and lifestyle. There isn’t a quick simple answer for this question. There is a discussion and a formulation of a plan… Read more »

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Kurt Schaffner | 1 month ago
The Larger Of My Two Dogs (Wikket), Who Is Part Brussels Griffon/Wire Terrier Has Had…
The larger of my two dogs (Wikket), who is part Brussels Griffon/Wire Terrier has had a stomach issue for a few days now. I only noticed it about two or three nights ago when I took him out. He was eating quite a lot of grass but hardly any food. That night he got sick in his bed (vomit and the squirts) but all he ate was a little dog food. He hasn't gotten sick since that night and his appetite is a little better; however, he is still eating grass. I would like to know why (I know it helps settle their
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good morning😊First, I would start asking around about a new vet since yours has moved. Owning a pet, you’ll definitely need a vet. Secondly, I would keep a close eye on your dog and make sure he is drinking normally. The fact that he has started eating a little bit better is a pretty good sign. He may have just gotten into something that upset his stomach and had to work it’s way through. If your dog regresses, I would take him to the vet to be seen. Good luck!

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Mark Little | 1 month ago
So I Have A Prong Collar On My Dog And It Slips Farther Down His…
So I have a prong collar on my dog and it slips farther down his neck than I like it to. It's supposed to stay at the top of his neck but his neck is just the same size all the way down and there's not enough fur to keep it where it's supposed to be. Any ideas or fixes?
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HI there, You may want to invest in a different type of collar. If you’re using this for training purposes, I would talk to the trainer you are working with. (I have to be honest, I am not a fan of prong collars.) whichever type of collar you do use for training, be sure that you are also holding the leash in the proper position so the collar can do it’s job. Again, the trainer you work with can assist you. If you are not working with a trainer, you may want to invest in at least a sort of… Read more »

Laura
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Smaller links are USUALLY a better idea. Make sure it’s a Herm Sprenger – cheaper collars break easier. ALSO please make sure you’re attaching your leash to that and a backup collar that doesn’t hold your dog’s tags (so your dog will be wearing 3 collars).

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Kat Granados | 1 month ago
Elderly Cat With Severely Matted Fur-any Solutions To Help Detangle The Matts Even After Being…
Elderly cat with severely matted fur-any solutions to help detangle the matts even after being so bad that they reach down to the skin. She has this issue last year but it resolved on its own. This year she is unable to care for herself at all.
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You may need to take her to be groomed and the new just do upkeep with a brush daily.

Krista Magnifico
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I agree with Sarah. Best way to get this done is safely by a groomer who has experience doing this. Then start brushing so it doesn’t recur.

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Kat Granados | 1 month ago
Matted Cat Fur, Elderly? I Don’t Want To Have Her Sedated Due To Being Old…
Matted cat fur, elderly? I don’t want to have her sedated due to being old and fragile
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You could call your vet or local groomer to see if they can help. There are also mobile groomers that might be able to help with managing stress and getting a thorough de-matting. In older cats you have to be very gentle and go slow.. but I feel that the negative impacts of not grooming outweigh the stress of trying. Find someone who can help you locally and go slow. Please dont use scissors or over stress her. good luck