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Andrea | 2 months ago
Hi I’m So Happy To Stubble Across Your YouTube Channel I’m Hoping You Can …

I have a 8 week old kitten with possible spine fracture I have the x rays but my vet said they”couldn’t tell” they said he needs a mri and surgery but that something I just can’t do. He is pooping just fine but he is unable to pee it’s been 24 hours and he isn’t responding to pain in his back legs when I pinch them. He is on pain meds. Any advise will be greatly appreciated! Please help me decide what I should do!

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Hello,
Kittens this age will surprise you every time. I would cage rest and keep doing physical therapy for at least 3 weeks. I would also feed watered down wet food and learn how to palpate his abdomen so you can help him urinate and defecate if needed. Kittens will surprise you. I have had so many success stories simply because I didn’t give up on them. Best of luck.

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Christine | 2 months ago
So I Had The Question A Few Hours Ago About Missing A Dose Of Heart Worm …

So I had the question a few hours ago about missing a dose of heart worm medicine. My pups, Penny & Sampson are your patients. Sorry for the lack of information. They are indoor dogs except for walks and potty time in the yard. Should I have them tested before giving it to them again. Thank you!

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Hello, Thanks for clarifying. I can’t really tell you what to do but I can explain the scenarios either way. The reason we test is to check Heartworm status of the patient. For new patients starting the medication we want to make sure they are negative before starting meds so we don’t miss a patient harboring adults in the heart. Over time Heartworms In The heart can be fatal. Your dogs were tested in feb (Sampson) and April (penny) and clear. We test yearly if they stay on meds year around. The advantage is that we will catch a dog… Read more »

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Christine | 2 months ago
I Give My Dogs Heart Guard Plus. For The Life Of Me I Cannot Remember If …

I give my dogs Heart Guard Plus. For the life of me I cannot remember if I gave Them their September dose. (They were due September 1st). I need to know should they be tested for heart worms before I give them a dose now or is it ok to just give it to them?

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These are the questions that are best decided by a phone call to your vet. I don’t know where you live and I don’t know the degree of Heartworm disease you have there. Here, in N Md late Sunner I would say to my clients to start now and work back toward the beginning of the month. Some vets will prefer to test and restart the pills from there. It’s definitely a question of exposure, environment and risk of disease. I hope this helps. Thank you for having your pets on Heartworm prevention. Take care.

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AJ | 2 months ago
My 14 Year Old Female Cat Had Surgery Yesterday To Remove A Tumor On Her Right Side. …

My 14 year old female cat had surgery yesterday to remove a tumor on her right side. She has been doing very well until about 1 hour ago. Something about the surgical site is bothering her. It may be itchy or something, but she tries not to bite at the bandages at first. She will growl & run around, but will bite at the surgical area. Is there anything I can do to help her?

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Sounds like pain or discomfort? I would call the surgeon in the morning and ask them to help. Cats are terrible with bandages. I usually only use them if the cat is stating in the hospital to be monitored. Please call the vet ASAP. .

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Riki Ann | 2 months ago
3year Old Yorkie Is Crying When He Poops. Stool Is Soft And Rectum Is Not Swollen. …

3year old yorkie is crying when he poops. Stool is soft and rectum is not swollen. He doesn’t want to go , peeing fine.

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Your pup needs a vet ASAP! I would do a very thorough exam looking for back pain, do a recital exam to feel for strictures or masses and even an X-ray to look at the spine. My point is that this can be many things so it’s super important to see a vet tomorrow to start ruling out possible cause to the pain and difficulty. This isn’t a diagnosis that can happen any other way then an exam with a vet.

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Yikes!! Autocorrect. Rectal. Not recital. 😉

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Chelsey | 2 months ago
My Cat Is A Domestic Long Hair. She Gets Occasional Hairballs Every Couple Of Months But …

My cat is a domestic long hair. She gets occasional hairballs every couple of months but tonight yacked up an almost 6 inch hairball. She has been eating, drinking, and defecating fine. Should I be concerned about a bowel obstruction? I have never seen anything like this before. At first I thought there may be a long worm inside of it but threw on some gloves and discovered its just matted hair. I have called multiple vets and can’t get her in for nearly a week. Is this worth an emergency vet visit?

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Hello, It’s very hard for anyone remotely to know whether a pets condition is truly an emergency or not. In general we go by the rule that “if they are acting completely normal it probably isn’t an immediate emergency” If you have a regular vet I would call them first thing tomorrow and ask to be seen ASAP after explaining what happened. I would also keep the vomit sample and collect a fecal sample to bring in. If you don’t have a regular bet or can’t be seen soon I would go to the ER for peace of mind. I… Read more »

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Paul Markwell | 2 months ago
We Are Getting Ready To Have Our Son’s Dog Brought Here To MD From AZ. …

We are getting ready to have our son’s dog brought here to MD from AZ. She was just spayed a few weeks ago and her blood work shows low phosphorus. We plan on taking her for a checkup when she arrives but we want to make sure she should be okay for the long trip. She hasn’t had any medical issues that we are aware of.

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Hi there-
I would start with a phone call to her current vet- they know her best so far. So long as the vet says she is good to travel, I think you’re fine. I would also make sure to plan the trip out beforehand- it is a long ride and you will have to plan stills along the way and find pet friendly hotels, etc. to utilize. If you go online, you can find a list of places that allow pets- not just hotels, but restaurants as well. Best of luck!

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Heather | 2 months ago
Hi! My 14-year-old Shiba, Cody, Has A Slipped Disc. This Happened On Thursday (today Is Saturday) …

Hi! My 14-year-old shiba, Cody, has a slipped disc. This happened on Thursday (today is Saturday) and he seems to be doing much better. The vet that saw my pup on Thursday said this was a mild case since he was still able to walk. He’s on prednisone, a muscle relaxant and a nerve relaxant and his disc is in his lower back. He’s been on rest and I’ve been icing the area. My question is if there is anything else I should be doing? Any other at home treatments? I read online that strict confinement is key but my dog has anxiety issues with cages/crates but he has been laying down most the day, just walks to go to the bathroom really. Also, ive been noticing his energy is back up and wants to walk longer distances but haven’t let him to make him rest.

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Sorry for the late response. It sounds like you are doing everything recommended. It is difficult to keep them resting when they begin to feel better, but try to get him to rest as recommended. You could call your vet and let them know how he is doing and they may be able to advise you as to the next steps and what more you can do to help him.

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Susan | 2 months ago
My Chesapeake Bay Retriever Has Developed Pink Spots On Her Nose That Have Now Turned White. …

My Chesapeake Bay Retriever has developed pink spots on her nose that have now turned white. I am told that it is Vitiligo. Are there any known cures for this??

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Hello, It is not possible to diagnose accurately (or ethically responsibly) via a photo. All abnormal lumps, bumps, and skin changes should be seen by your vet and if your vet recommends a veterinary dermatologist. Certainly vitiligo is a possible diagnosis but I wouldn’t want to misinterpret the photo because it is only one dimensional and we don’t know anything else about your dog. If your vet thinks it is vitiligo I have not heard of a cure or treatment. You have to be careful with sun exposure as the non pigmented skin is much more susceptible to burning and… Read more »

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Monica | 2 months ago
Hi Last Saturday Sept 14 My Dog Maltipoo 5 Years Old Woke Up In Pain And Was Hunching …

Hi last Saturday Sept 14 my dog maltipoo 5 years old woke up in pain and was hunching back. Took her to the Vet, they did x rays and bloodwork that came out fine but vet said probably she had bulging disk. I guess they dx: IVDD ( I didn’t really know then) They told me to not have her jump and sent home with gabapetin, rimadyl methocarbamol for 14 days. She seem back to her old self but on Wed she let out a yelp and her back leg gave out. I called they said to resume all meds again. As I was only doing Rimadyl in Tuesday. She seemed to walk again but back leg still weak. Brought her to the vet again today and this doctor said Daizie has decline in on left left no neurological respond when bended. The right leg has slow response. They tell me to now have her limited in movement. So I got her a dog pen as she never like to be in a crate. The vet is referring for MRI/ct scan and surgery. I asked about conservative care and she did rx supplement but said at this point no guarantee. I did purchase phycox max vet recommended. Vet makes it seem like only option is to proceed with surgery. Which MRI alone is costly. Can I still do conservative care and if so what recommendations.

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Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your pup. No one online can diagnose or prescribe a treatment plan for your dog. If you are asking if you “can” well, sure. You can do whichever plan you chose for your dog. Is it going to be as effective as surgery? No one really knows. We think that surgery offers a faster recovery and a better long term prognosis overall. But which is best for you is a decision to be made after a long talk with a vet you trust. In almost all cases my clients choose conservative care because they… Read more »