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megan | 4 months ago
My Dog Had Had Red Skin And Was Constantly Biting And Scratching Himself And He Would …

my dog had had red skin and was constantly biting and scratching himself and he would get sores where he would scratch so much. He also had some dandruff. I read about it on google and thought it could be a food allergy so i changed his food a while ago and it got better super fast, but he’s still constantly scratching and rolling around and i’m not sure why. His fur is a bit dry and rough so i’m thinking it could be his fur scratching him, i’m not sure. Is there any products or anything at all you would recommend?

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Krista Magnifico
3 months ago

Hello,
These clinical signs are too broad and vague to offer much help here. Please see a vet for help. This can be something simple like fleas or something difficult like an immune system disorder or organ issue. Please start with an examination at the vets office. And stop wasting time on the Internet. There aren’t answers here that are reliable without your vets help in pointing you in a credible direction. Ask friends and family for a vet they trust. Then start the Internet detective work.

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BILL | 8 months ago
Blue Is An Approximately 7-8 Year Old Rottweiler. I Recently Adopted Her Last Year From A …

Blue is an approximately 7-8 year old Rottweiler. I recently adopted her last year from a family that had adopted her 5 years before when she was brought to a Rottweiler rescue as a stray. Recently have some issues with her licking paws and biting at the hair on her legs, also severe dandruff with scaly scabs along her flank with leathery skin, also scabbing along the outer ridges of her ears. I initially suspected an allergy as have had rottweilers before and experienced their tendency to have allergy to food etc. Visited the vet about the skin, did antibiotics and it subsided but not completely cleared up. I decided to change food and in doing so she had 2 bouts of diarrhea that both had to be treated with metronidazole. In this process comes the problem, on one of those visits my vet discovered her spleen was enlarged. confirmed by xray, no masses just enlargement. In process of having her thyroid checked by a 3 panel test as I think the vet is going in the direction of a low thyroid causing multiple ear/skin infections which in turn is enlarging the spleen. I did check with previous owner and she has had skin/ear infections in past, treated by Keflex and allergy shot but never confirmed as to why. Vet stated she has little confidence at this point it could be cancer, but possible. we are embarking on finding out why her spleen is enlarged… My question is has anyone had a similar situation and or what do you think will be the outcome? Also if this does play out as a thyroid issue, given proper treatment will the spleen return to healthy size or will it need to be removed? I am aware of the possibility of hemangiosarcoma and do know what that outcome would most likely be.

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Diana
7 months ago

Hello! Lilah, my 12 year cat is believed to have a nasal polyp/s by our vet. She has the classic symptom of the constant snoring/snarling sound. It actually began over two years ago, but we waited to address it due to cost. Recently, she had a short GI flair up that she had treated, but she would not eat for several days during it. My vet suspected it was because the potential polyp is large enough that she couldn’t smell her food well on top of being sick. I had her hospitalized for the weekend to get fluids and nausea… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
7 months ago

Hello, I would wait for the thyroid panel to return before speculating too much more. I also advise people that hypothyroidism is one of the most over diagnosed diseases we see. The dog should be acting like they have a low Thyroid along with appropriate test results before diagnosing. As far as the spleen goes. I’m not sure if oversized is a problem. It is just a finding. And I have no guess as to what it will do. You can ask for an ultrasound to better appreciate it and speculate on its underlying issue and best course of action.… Read more »

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Alexandra Fishman | 11 months ago
Allergy Immunotherapy
Treatment Cost (USD): $359.75
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Pam Brooks | 1 year ago
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Treatment Cost (USD): $335.50
Took my cat was taken in to the vet in May to treat allergies, difficulty breathing (snoring sounds) and a head tilt. Eyes don't look the same. One eye's pupil is smaller. Was given an exam, anti inflammatory, antibiotic (convenia), vitamin b-12, ear drops, and an X-ray of lungs. Vet did not communicate with me about any of the issues. I've been a client for 5-6 years. Vet tech said she hoped cat didn't have Horner's syndrome. I didn't know what it was or what to say. She said the "next step" would be seeing a specialist. I did not know what that meant either, as they had never said this to me. They were busy I had dropped off the cat between appts and came back to pick him up.
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Cathy
10 months ago
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How is Lucas doing?

Lyssa
9 months ago
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Pam, did Lucas ever find relief? Did the antibiotics help?

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Pam Brooks | 1 year ago
My Cat Was Taken In To The Vet In May To Treat Allergies, Difficulty Breathing…

My cat was taken in to the vet in May to treat allergies, difficulty breathing (snoring sounds) and a head tilt. Was given an anti inflammatory, antibiotic (convenia), vitamin b-12, ear drops, and an X-ray. Diagnosed with asthma brought on by allergies. Lungs ok. Three weeks later breathing and itching had improved, but third eyelid started showing.
Vet would not see him and said to go to a specialist.
Took the cat for a second opinion. That vet said we should check for nasal polyps. Was sedated and had an exam of ears and throat. No polyps were visible. Vet felt a small enlarged area under the soft palate, but could not confirm this was a polyp. Head tilting stopped after first visit. Recurred a few days ago. Not present now. Second vet recommended going to a specialist for ct scan. It is cost prohibitive and I’m not sure it is necessary. Third opinion from an online site recommended we try antibiotics for the respiratory issues. Started on one antibiotic today for ten days. And started on purina fortiflora.
Looking for any other advice or experience with issues like this. I’ve never had a cat with these problems.
Thanks.
#cats #nasal #headtilt #respiratory #polyps

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, This is a tough one. The problem really lies in the inability to localize and identify the lesion causing all of the clinical signs. I would look into Horners Syndrome and see a cat specialist. I also would consider a long discussion with a trusted vet on what is treatable and what isn’t based on most likely diagnosis. That’s really what you need. Help from someone who will talk about your case within your budget and comfort zone. I have to add one more thing. It really bugs the heck out of me to have a vet who won’t… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I completely understand your frustration. For al of the reasons you mention we added a storyline section to this site. If you can please add a story of your experience at each vet you went to and include the prices of each visit. I hope it is a way for others to see what the cost of care is and even which bets are affordable and helpful. Stories are entered by service provider. So each visit is entered separately but reference that you added one for each. It is a new feature so let me know if you have… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Awesome! Sounds like you made great helpful progress. Very best of luck.

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Krista Magnifico | 1 year ago
This Is Boots. A YouNg Overweight Beagle Who Was Scooting. My Top Rule Outs For…
Scooting, spinning on her back end.
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Krista Magnifico | 1 year ago
This Is Boots. A YouNg Overweight Beagle Who Was Scooting. My Top Rule Outs For…
Scooting, spinning on her back end.
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Rebecca Rice | 1 year ago
I Was Just Wondering If A Skin Scraping Was Done Could You Tell From That…

I was just wondering if a skin scraping was done could you tell from that if a dog has skin cancer my dog had one done to see if she had mange and my vet said she had skin allergies and allergic to grass but she kept getting worse I took her to a second vet and was told she had skin cancer I was just wondering if it was possible to tell that from a skin Scraping

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Rahul Bali
1 year ago

Check this out, nice youtube channel explaining freestyle libre pro CGM
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8dT4WhHEd82fa6xmIAla0w

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

No. A skin scraping cannot diagnose cancer.

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Gianna Malatesta | 1 year ago
About Six Months Ago Or So I Noticed A Small Pea Size Growth On The…

About six months ago or so I noticed a small pea size growth on the outside of my dogs paw. we took him to the vet and they didn’t seem concerned about it but it has grown a little bit bigger (im not sure if due to it being irritated) to the size of a pistachio. he doesn’t seem bothered by it but occasionally bumps or scratches it by accident causing to to bleed. were taking him to the vet today to possibly get it removed, but what could it be? he is a 10 year old bulldog mix in great health aside from having allergies and being prone to skin issues.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello
It is impossible to diagnose this without an examination. Here’s some additional info.
https://dawgbusiness.blogspot.com/2014/03/histiocytoma-rios-mysterious-bump.html

Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning,
I’m glad you’re going to the vet. They can look closely at it and be able to better understand what exactly it is. Having said that, one of our GSDs had a strange bump on his forepaw a while back that I was worried about, went to the vet, and it turned out to be some sort of clogged hair follicle…thank goodness. My assumption is that if it is anything that needs to be explored further, your vet can take a biopsy or remove the whole thing and send it out to pathology. Hopefully it’s nothing??

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Bill Barks | 1 year ago
I Have A 14 Year Old Cat And Overall She Is In Really Good Shape…

I have a 14 year old cat and overall she is in really good shape for her age, except for allergies. She is on a special diet of Royal Canin Calm dry food and Hydrolyzed treats. I also give her the med in gravy once a day. She just had a senior lab workup a week ago and her glucose was elevated and the vet is concerned it might be diabetes ( I’ve been advised that a diagnosis of diabetes cannot be made just on one lab test – makes sense). I also found out that the med she takes, and has taken for awhile (which is Prednisolone), causes the blood glucose to go up and can lead to diabetes. I am livid! I’ve asked the vet and a compounding pharmacist all along if there were any long term negative side effects for her taking this med and they both said emphatically no. That was a lie. Raising the sugar over time and causing diabetes is actually a very significant negative side effect. I need to immediately change to a liquid allergy med (that we can have flavored like with chicken – works well), that does not raise the sugar and is safer than Prednisolone. I’m in the medical profession and Prednisone in humans can be an evil drug and causes problems in diabetic patients, for example my wife. Need your help. Thanks much.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello.
I’m so sorry about your frustration. I’m not sure what your question is. But I will agree with you that I rarely ever use prednisone long term with my patients as I fear the long term consequences and side effects. I diagnose diabetes by the presence of elevated blood sugar and glucose in the urine. Ask about stopping the pred (most pets need to taper before stopping) and see if that resolves the elevated blood glucose. Good luck. If you need a second opinion I would ask about a referral or find a vet you trust.