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Nicholas P. Woodward | 2 months ago
So Stella Just Pooped A Red Gelatinous Blob And I Have No Idea What This Is. …

So Stella just pooped a red gelatinous blob and I have no idea what this is. Could it be anal glands or diarrhea from maybe finding our fruit snacks on the floor? She’s been pooping a bit more than usual.. Maybe 4-5 times per day. She seems totally fine otherwise except for wiping her butt on the floor (sorry so gross). Her poop just before this happened seemed like diarrhea.. PS Stella is a Morkie (yorkshire terrier mixed with maltese) and 3 years old.

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I have to say I have never heard fruit snacks come out just like they went in? Is there a human out there to confirm. And why is she eating fruit snacks? My bet is it is from the colon. Dogs with large bowel diarrhea often get red gelatinous feces (we call it “raspberry jam” because we relate everything to food (gross!)). My recommendation (as your vet which I am) is to check her gum color, make sure they are pink and not red or pale, check her gums for tackiness (indicating dehydration) and then stop feeding for about 12… Read more »

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May | 2 months ago
Extremely Matted Long Haired Cat … What Clippers Do You Recommend To Remove Matted Fur? (saw Youtube …

extremely matted long haired cat … what clippers do you recommend to remove matted fur? (saw youtube video to remove matted fur) … Thank You.

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Hello,
I think that small, quiet pet focused clippers are best. You want to make sure they are easy to use, plug in, and able to keep cool of it is a severely matted cat. My best advise is to seek a professional for help. They can give you lots of safe and easy tips to help.

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Seth | 2 months ago
My 6 Year Old Bijon Shih Tzu Has IVDD But I Know It Can’t Be The End

My 6 year old Bijon Shih Tzu is a very active dog and has been running, jumping, and using her long legs her whole life. Just a couple of days ago she was about to push off her hind legs to run up the stairs as she has done thousands of times before and immediately screeched and ran off limping and then ultimately losing control of her hind legs. After a few minutes of resting she was hobbling along but was able to stand on all four. However the morning after she could not stand any longer on all four and los control of her hind legs. The Vet says she has IVDD and gave us options of surgery, treatments or putting her down. I couldn’t fathom that idea since she isn’t in pain, still wags her tail, still drinks, eats, and goes to the bathroom. I’m in desperate need of some support and help. She is a trooper and I know this cannot be the end. She is currently on meds from the vet and going in today for acupuncture treatment. She is left in her cage and we try to keep her resting as much as we can. I have watched Krista Magnifico’a videos on this subject and hoping my dog can recover as the beagle she cared for did.

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Hello.
I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I have a lot of information on my YouTube channel and blog.
Please go there, read everything,and explain to your vet how you feel and if they aren’t supportive find one who is. These cases take a lot of time and TLC but many can recover if given the chance.

Heres the link to my blog; go to it and search “IVDD” https://kmdvm.blogspot.com/

and use YouTube too,,, my channel has lots on Hank,

Very best of luck!
Krista

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Charlotte | 2 months ago
I Have A 5 Year Old Male Maltese And All He Does Is Bark We Have Tried …

I have a 5 year old male Maltese and all he does is bark we have tried everything I have done training with him I have tried anxiety meds for dogs I have tried bark collars thunder vest and even leaving a tv on with dog music a blanket with my scent toys bones and nothing at all works and my neighbors get really upset and complain about his barking and have even threatened to call animal control but I don’t know what to do any more please help

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Hello, I firmly believe that every dog barks for a very good reason. The challenge is spending enough time and effort to figure out what they are trying to tell you. Start at the vets office with an examination and diagnostics. Look for any signs of pain, infection, allergy, inflammation, discomfort, etc. I always (ALWAYS!) also do a rectal exam to check anal sacs. Then we talk about the home life environment. How much exercise and attention is your dog getting? Has anything changed in the household? A recent arrival or departure? Anything? If the barking is becoming obsessive and… Read more »

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Good morning- Start with your vet and an exam and open discussion. You mentioned that you did training- that is fantastic. Be sure to continue practicing it and using it. Mental stimulation = mentally tired and that helps contribute to a satisfied dog. Food? Sit/paw. Door open (inside or outside)? Sit. Want to be pet? Down. And so forth. Also- walks. Walks or runs or both make a good, tired dog. A tired dog is a well behaved dog. I am a HUGE advocate for walking with your dog(s). It is exercise and so much more. It helps establish order… Read more »

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Holly | 2 months ago
I Work At An Outdoor Kennel. We Use The Big 5 Gallon Buckets For Water. We Give …

I work at an outdoor kennel. We use the big 5 gallon buckets for water. We give the dogs fresh water daily but my coworker “Emily” believes that because she wipes the inside of bucket with her hand as she’s rinsing it out, it’s clean. I tried to explain if she ran a scrub brush around inside and outside of it than I wouldn’t have to disinfect them as much. Can u tell me where I can learn online about risks of not thoroughly cleaning ?

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hello Holly! I own a kennel/boarding facility and if she were my employee she would be instructed to dump the excess water and get a new clean bucket daily. We change out food and water dishes for everyone every day, and anytime it is dirty. This includes cleaning, scrubbing, disinfecting and drying. Every pet every day. There is a lot of information on this on multiple sites; heres a good overview to use as a basic guideline. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/breeders/dogs/9-Housing-Part-2-3-2016-SpeakerNotes.pdf please remember that these are minimum acceptable standards.. they aren’t even close to adequate for my kennel. If you own a pet… Read more »

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Al | 2 months ago
My 14 Year Old Cat Is Having Trouble Breathing. After Seeing Her Vet, We Suspect She Has …

My 14 year old cat is having trouble breathing. After seeing her vet, we suspect she has a polyp. The examination was brief and the vet suggested X-rays or better yet, an MRI ($2,000).

I am a teacher and am on a very tight budget. What I would like to know is what kind of tests/examination should be required for the vet to complete the diagnosis? It seems from your youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCRwkQXd3Qs), that the vet could have found this by examining the inside of the cat’s mouth.

I’m trying to keep my costs down. How do I approach my vet regarding this matter?

Thanks
Al

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Hello, I start all of the exams that I do with a long discussion about the patient. History and environment as well as parent observations all help. After that discussion and the exam I give a list of possible causes. Essentially the list of what the possible diagnosis might be. From this i discuss the diagnostics needed to confirm. This includes their cost. I also discuss what the results will help us to do. How it will help your pet and how it will affect your options moving forward. For these cases I alway offer a sedated exam to look.… Read more »

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Amanda | 2 months ago
My Almost 6 Month Old Puppy Is Having Diarrhea. We Changed His Food About 2 Weeks From Purina …

My almost 6 month old puppy is having diarrhea. We changed his food about 2 weeks from Purina pro plan puppy to the purina pro plan large breed food. He is a lab/mastiff mix. Do you think it’s the food causing the diarrhea? Should I switched him back to the old stuff? Or give him more time? He is acting fine other then the diarrhea. Thanks!

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Hello,
At that age I would be most worried about intestinal parasites. Has your vet done a fecal exam for parasites? This is done by sending a fresh fecal sample to lab to be examined under the microscope for parasites eggs. Please ask your vet.

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Alissa | 2 months ago
My 3 Year Old Cat Has A Red Bump On His Arm, Any Ideas? He Is Acting …

My 3 year old cat has a red bump on his arm, any ideas? He is acting normal, eating normally and doesn’t mind when I touch it. Thanks!

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Hello,
In general bumps and lumps are pretty close to impossible to diagnose with a photo. In many cases an aspirate or biopsy is needed to definitely diagnose it. My best advice is always to see your vet and inquire about removing it before it becomes a problem. Let us know what happens.

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Shoug | 2 months ago
2 Months Old Male Kitten With First Vaccination Only, One Scaly Patch Near Take.

2 months old male kitten with first vaccination only, one scaly patch near take.

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Hello,
Can you elaborate more on this and formulate it into a question please ?

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Jane | 2 months ago
My Dog Is Constantly Humping Stuffed Animals And Another Male Dog. What Do I Do?

My dog is constantly humping stuffed animals and another male dog. What do I do?

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Humping is behavioral. Corrections are key, here. How old is he? What happens if you firmly tell him to stop?