Hello. A week ago I had to take my do to the emergency due to having a fight with my other dog. And she had to go through surgery. Lasted 2 hours waiting for her. After 6 days from her surgery I noticed a lump. She wasn’t in pain when I touched her, it felt like fluids inside so I called the animal hospital talked over the phone made an appointment that night they told me it was fluids but said to me if it doesn’t come down by Monday to bring her in. But I was reading about not to drain her cause it might be back in couple of hours all the fluids. Should I just leave it alone? What should I do !
I have a 2 yr 8 mo old cat Milo who I am desperate to find relief for. He has been sick since I adopted him at 4 months. I was told right away by the shelter vet that he had feline herpes, and that he would always be sick, but that we could treat the symptoms. Over the next 2 years, we have found ourselves at every vet in the area, seeking out treatment options for Milo, and have also had emergency visits on 5 different occasions when Milo got to the point that he could barely breathe. Milo means more to me than anything in the world, and I have promised him that I will never stop searching and fighting for an answer to help him feel better.
Milo is getting worse as he gets older. At this point, his breathing is audible 24/7 (snoring/snorting noises with every breath) regardless of what antibiotic he’s on. He sneezes dramatically (sometimes 10 times in a row) to the point that there is snot on many of the walls/windows. He makes choking noises/coughing as if there is congestion stuck in his throat that he is trying to get out. There are times at night when I am woken by his breathing because it gets so loud. He occasionally is struggling so much with congestion that he will find a quiet place to sit and close his eyes while he mouth-breathes.
At some vet visits, he ironically ends up breathing/feeling a bit better when we get there and they’ll tell me “this is a healthy cat!” and I go home only for his symptoms to return.
However, at other visits over the years Milo has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma, conjunctivitis, viral URI infection, bacterial infections, etc. We’ve tried Benadryl, terramycin, doxycycline, L-Lysine, Famciclovir, prednisolone, azithromycin, little remedies nasal saline and nebulizing sterile saline. The next step is nebulization of Gentamycin (which I called every pharmacy in the area trying to find and ended up having to order from a specialty pharmacy.) It won’t be in until the middle of next week, and it breaks my heart to watch Milo struggle as we wait for yet another antibiotic that might not work.
Recently we found a vet who suggested they thought Milo has nasal polyps, but said that I would need to see a specialist to find out for sure. At this recommendation, I immediately made Milo an appointment 45 minutes away (and over a month wait). When we finally got in, the specialist told me that it was very unlikely that Milo had nasal polyps, as they are not common in younger cats. They offered to do some preliminary testing to rule out other illnesses first. They did bloodwork and xrays (which cost $900) and found that Milo was positive for Bordatella and Mycoplasma infections. The herpes test came back negative, but they told me that it often comes back with a false negative when the infection is chronic. They put him on an azithromycin paste which didn’t help whatsoever, and then suggested the gentamycin nebulization. They said that if Milo isn’t showing improvement after a week of the nebulized antibiotic, that we could consider a rhinoscopy and a CT scan to check for other underlying problems (such as polyps) which would run around $2600 total.
I should note that all of this is cost-prohibitive for me, but as I’m sure you can tell, I would spend every dime I had if it made Milo better. Any suggestions or recommendations that you have for us are GREATLY appreciated as I feel like we are nearing a dead end. We are 4 hours from your office but id be more than willing to come out there for your help.
Thank you in advance,
Courtney & Milo
My dog was recently attacked and wanted advice. For those uninterested in the back story, skip the next section to the one below it.
My 9yr old Yorkie mix pupper, named Emilee, has been a joy since the day I held her in the palm of my hand as a puppy. Extremely smart, loving, obediant, lazy, playful, and quirky. Brother, his wife, and their 5 dogs moved in due to circumstances. I voiced my opinions on their dogs behavior and the fact they were undisciplined. Unfortunately, my mother talked me down from standing my ground. Months later we have a family get together. One of my brother’s dogs attacked Emilee at the family gathering. Everybody had been staying over for the week, nobody there the dogs hadn’t seen before, and the attack happened right beneath our feet in the kitchen. Pretty close to food bowls I’ll add. No growling, no warning, just attacking. She grabbed Emilee by the throat and began to turn her over, I know I’m not “supposed” to get between fighting dogs but saw my dogs face and just reacted. I twisted her collar up and pried open her jaw as others did what they had to do. Since we were right there the fight maybe lasted 20-30 seconds. The dog was immediately taken outside by brother after she let go, rolled over and peed showing she gave up. Took Emilee into my room and combed through her hair, found a 1 inch gash in her neck and loaded her up in the car to take her to the vet. While I get to the vet my brothers dog attacked him while he was loving on her and he had to shoot her unfortunately. All the paperwork for shots and so on was current. Come to find out later I had been lied to (sister in law finally told me) and she had previously been doing this to neighborhood dogs for no apparent reason. I’d never have allowed a dog with that behavior into my home if I’d known otherwise. Anyways, a one inch gash and a puncture wound, several stitches, and two tubes in her neck. The tubes come out tomorrow (thank God).
5 days after the attack, my pupper still isn’t quite herself. I want advice on things to do to acclimate her back to being comfortable at home and around familiar dogs. I know it hasn’t been long, took her with me on a business trip to get some quality time and because I only trust myself for my dogs care. Especially since the attack happened in our home, at my feet nonetheless. She still follows basic commands, such as calling her, still understands when I snap my fingers or make a short hiss that I mean business and needs to follow direction. Still does all of her tricks if I offer up a treat. However she is overly anxious, especially in the kitchen, fearful of other dogs (even her buddy Koo Koo who was raised with her), stopped eating, will only drink when I bring her to the bowl. On the trip she did pretty well, tubes gave her discomfort, puppy drugs, and new place led to some cautious behavior which is understandable. But at home she only stays on the couch, sometimes burying her head when another dog comes up. If I get her to the kitchen, she shivers, licks lips, yawns, claws at me, and I’ll sit with her and calm her down. Talk to her and love her till she stops but then it’s back to the couch immediately. Won’t eat unless she hasn’t eaten in a couple days and then it’s human food not dog food. I believe in a firm hand but a fair one too when it comes to obediance and training. But I’ve never had to nurture a pupper. Yes I raised her and I’m a softy for dogs, but I’m consistent and firm. I’ve been giving in a bit more to coddling when we returned home, carrying her to water, picking her up when she starts freaking, but I don’t want her to become needy ( I know sounds kinda bad). She’s always been smart and kind of independent, she does her thing, I do mine, and we’ll meet in the middle for play time and bed. Should I be more lenient? Should I stand my ground and try to root out these anxious behaviors? And how? Do I continue our kitchen floor therapy sessions or is there a better method someone can think of?
All in all, I don’t want her to be afraid of the food bowl, other familiar dogs, of the kitchen, and wanna do all I can for her. Thats why I’m here looking for brainstorming ideas for therapy since I’ve always been able to avoid these situations in the past. Thank you for your time and patience reading through all this. Just concerned for my puppers mental health and well-being.
Very Attatched Dog
me and my girlfriend live together in a studio and she adopted a dog from humane society and he is 5 years old while we were dating in January. For the first couple months she overly babied him, slept in the same bed, gave him a lottt of attention, and didn’t train him (i was around every other week due to traveling for sports) and then we noticed it has become a problem due to him using her as protection from people and dogs, not listening to things he is told, only coming up to her and not me or anyone else. He doesn’t really care for treats, food, toys, etc. he only cares about my girlfriend. The dog is very unhealthily attached to her. he has separation anxiety and we give him pills but doesn’t really work with the pacing and being very attention needy. He doesn’t respond to me and when i call him he runs to my girlfriend who is across the room instead of me. even when she makes any kind of noise he gets up and goes to her. when she is studying he will just stare at her or stand behind her for a very long period of time. when it’s just me and my girlfriend, he will always look past me and to her. i feed and water and walk and give him treats but he does not care about me at all and i’ve been here the whole time and live with him. when i am about to take him a walk i call him and hold his leash and ask him to sit and turns around and runs to my girlfriend but if she does it he sits and is ready to go. when i take him on walks he will not listen to me when she’s not around and act up. sometimes he even looks at people like maybe they are her and not take his eyes off them when she’s in the apartment studying. When we both take him on a walk and she’s throwing away his poop around a wall he goes crazy because she’s away from him and he doesn’t listen and pulls. when i come home and my girlfriend is already home he doesn’t even get up or when she’s not there he peeks to see if it’s her and sometimes he’ll walk up to the door and look for her but i’m the only one and he just goes to his bed after i pet him a couple times and he realizes she’s not there. but when she comes home he gets so excited that he pees everywhere. but when i go up to him and say hi he doesn’t even wag his tail. when he gets up he goes to her and if she ignores him then he will come to me but if i get him excited he associates it with her and runs up to her and ignores that i exist again. also when she’s home he gets up and paces and walks up to her a million times throughout the day and when she’s not home and it’s just me he stays in his bed. it just sucks and we’ve been trying a bunch of stuff that the internet says to do such as don’t let him sleep on the bed, use the “go to your spot” command (which we end up saying atleast 80 times a day), other person gives him love and food, ignore the seeking attention and etc etc. nothing helps. i’ve noticed when she gives him more attention than usual he starts to act up and not listen more. he is just so attatched and we’ve been trying to work on it for months.
Hello, my name is Amaury and I recently rescued a male (Yorkie/Poodle) (the vet told me he could be anywhere from 4 to 5 years old) and I introduced him to my older male dog (Yorkie/Maltese) whose 6 years old. My mom and I took both of the dogs out for walks. I’m walking my newer dog (Max) and my mom is walking my older dog (Yogi Bear). Side by side we walk around the neighborhood. For awhile nothing happens until we return back home. I realize now I probably shouldn’t have been doing this all in one day but max had no other place to go. The aggression in yogi begins as soon as we get to the front of the house. Yogi bear quickly turns on Max and fights him. Max is calm and doesn’t react with aggression. Max is just scared at this point. The aggression in yogi continues as we enter the house. We know Yogi has to be the first to everything so I let yogi in first and than max. The aggression continues inside the house within yogi and wants to snap at max. I learned some tips online and the past two days I’ve been making improvements with yogi. I praise him with treats and love when he’s calm. Obviously its my older dog Yogi Bears’ territory so I completely understand his frustration. I don’t know if they might ever get along but I have hope. Its been two days and I know can’t expect results this fast but I guess I’m just looking for a glimmer of hope because I don’t want to give my rescued dog away after all that he’s been through. It wasn’t our decision to rescue a dog he just fell into our laps and he’s really a great dog with no aggression except a little food aggression when I put my hand near his bowl but he’s already made some improvements with some tips I learned online. I’m guessing he just needed some real love. I keep them in separate rooms so they don’t fight. I feed yogi first then max. Max is very trainable. He’s a very obedient dog. It’s my older dog yogi who has the territorial aggression toward max. Today I ran with them with my brother holding onto max and side by side we got them both really tired. We go to my living room and I have them on two separate leashes with my brother holding onto yogi bear. Nothing happens for about 10 maybe 15 minutes. The exercise worked for the time being. They were resting right next to each other at 3 to 4 feet apart with yogi bear not being aggressive at all. But once the energy came back for yogi he was ready to snap and fight max again. When that happens, I just pick up yogi and put him down again. I grab a treat and I wait till he’s calm and I praise him when he is. When he doesn’t stay calm I correct him without any aggression. You can sense Max is scared but he is not at all aggressive. I always have their leashes on just in case but I’m hoping in the weeks or months to come I can have them off and leave them home alone together without any worries. I called a trainer and he told me theirs no use in spending money on training either of them which really left me really sad and discouraged because he never even came over to meet the dogs. He told me to get rid of max because my older dog yogi bear is too territorial just based of what I told him. I am not giving him away. I made that decision already. Please Help. Thank you. YOGI BEAR IS THE GREYISH BLONDE DOG. MAX IS THE DARK BROWN AND BLACK.
My neighbor is getting rid of her sweet Terrior mix after one day! And I’m conflicted….
So long story short two days ago my neighbor who lost a dog several months ago a dog that was almost in every way perfect he loved her from the start though at first skiddish warmed up quickly, loved her and was perfect for three years old. Three years later he sadly passed away unexpectedly. After several months our kind elderly neighbor decided to get a new dog.
My mother and her went to the Shelter to find her a new dog two days ago. She was interested in a Yorki mix, who was said at the time to be 3yrs. Shes sweet but skiddish, came from Hawaii, with unknown background and licked my neighbors hand which she fell in love with. Before the people besides her who also wanted her could put down payment she smacked itdown andnfilled out the forms.
Next day she invited me along, as a college student and of sorts a step in granddaughter I help walk her dogs throughout the years and care for them when she vists family. She wanted the dog to thus know my mother and my own scent as friendly.
However she was nervous (a very nervous over thinking woman) by the fact that the vet put her around 7-8yrs, making her elderly even though her breed lives for ten or more years after the fact. Though her background is so far unknown, Ive made theories do to quirks I’ve seen in her. Her neves and uncertenties were heightened by the fact that she has some missing teeth….and the fact that on the srcond day, pick-up visit, even with us a distance away so not to intimidate or worry her she was more nervous then she was the day before.
So anyways, while distillingnher fears as family friends, and dog owners our whole life (shes only really enjoyed having dpgs that I know of since her husbands passing and she didnt like her husbands Scottie as much cause he was to active and gave him up)…
Well I should start by saying this song and dance we’ve been through with her once before. Before her dog that was perfect and lasted three years she had a dog that was a year old pr so, not trained and barked a bit, she hated all these things so mipuch that within a week regaurdless of us telling her what to do, helping and such she got rid of it and gave it to her gardener. So let me say personally I see it as a pattern now after this latest finding. She gets herself in a worry and everything so to speak falls apart so to speak.
Okaay so after we convinced her that 7-8yrs was still not bad and seeing no other dog she lied at the shelter. She decided to take her home. She waas very skittish, and made the poor decision to have my mother and I hold her (I was gone working with my dog and didnt have a say to tell her it was a bad idea on the first day to do for long periods while she shopped cause she sorta bonded with my mom, and later dog when I brought him by do to the really hot wheather not being ablr to keep him in a hot car).
Well after she marked her territory, she got really mad and thinking she’d take her back. We explained that dogs dont generally especially if from a shelter come house trained, even then she is most likely marking her territory, all my history of dogs even house trained on first day with mark their territory in some way. Claiming the house as theirs. Her previous dog was a rare case.
Anyways, after we left, apprantly they had a good night. Watched tv, etc. Except she stayed up herself till 2 am. Putting the dog to slep late. She ahd already been sleeping at her feet and didnt want to go in the cafe. She hadnt bought a ticker or anything like that but two toys that crinkled and I swear were cat toys. I guess around 4am she started barking ro waking her. Onky when she said no would she sop then start again.
She called my mom this morning saying she couldn’t do this. We rushed upnthere both with a piece of mind and eart in this for the sweet elderly dog that has had a hard life and was either on the streets or an abusive home and or both (most likely both)She was happy in her new home, and quiet when we arrived. She had bonded obviousky with her neighbor by her actions and distance from us, which I was relieved but soured by. We were going to watch her as my neighbir had a hair appointment. But we convinced her even when it made her anxious to wait it out two weeks, let the dog get comfortable with her sepchedule, and holdin ideas on how to fix the problems she worried over (despite our advise she still kept the dog in a small crate in a small spare computer room not in her room with her since its worked for all previous dogs).
Despite this, i had to leave to give the fedex a signed paper and tale care of our own dog, who had Sunday (six days ago) lost his mate our baby from the same farm, a year apart. (This comes into the question later).
Were doing our best to keep him acticpve on wakjs, especially since in her last few days she andnhim dug holes for the first time ever in our fense gates to escape (probably out of nerves for our house being painted and some parts rewooded/fixed). So walks were the only way to get him out and about since he did this again since her death.
Anyways I feel bad, during this time I suffered a severe headache from walking the new neighbirs dog upat the neighbourhood above us, somthing she enjoyed. But with the smoke from fires and general allergens and lack of usual morning pills since we flew up there I was really having a hammering headache and needed some time to cool in the hosue before returning. Whi ch I giess I now feel bad for an hour before i actually went back uo almost two I had a feeling to go up immediatly and didnt. Heres the thing, my mom walked the yorki mix and she bolted gking to the cul-di-sac I walked her in and rested in the shade of the trees by the pond/swamp. Where two boys helped my mom catch her.
During this time I unknowingly was getting better, got the coffee my mom asked for and walked our dog a bit.
Heading back up after my own few mishaps I came to find them both, espxasperated and my mom got out of the elderly neighbirs car to tell me that she just got back a hour ago from running. As we went in the neighbor said befpcause she took off (kinda like her husbands dog would, though she says she could catch him, even my mom coukdnt catch him in those days) that she was takingnehr back to the Shelter tomorrow.
The problem is this morning my mom asked if we coukd take her in to me. I want to but shes smal and the fense even without the unusal hole ahs had rabbits come in and such, where we havent found their hooes but know its near our back fense, meaning she wouldnt be able to be out for long periods like my dad perfers when were gone or to let them out for outside time.
With that said we have a mourning dog. Our precious baby female died sunday at exactly 11pm, the first not to go to the vet to be put down due to illness and no light in the eyes. She passed in our house surrounded by all of us. Even he watched (though first chose to ignore all that was going on). He didnt show the signs I read about of depression till two days later, though I already started doing long walks and the like. I read about how long to monitor and till a new dog can come in, and it said most vets and stuff suggest three months at least. She was his literal mate since the day we brought him home??? Litterally the first thing he did when he saw her… even the moment after being well you know? first thing hes a funny boy but they loved each other when they werent mad. Even though he got along and is friendly in the neighbors hoke with this new dog, I fear bringing in a new female especially elder is to soon for him, andnits not even been six days. I dont want him hatingnher or think were replacing his mate. But also my mom fears therunning as shes not so spritsy maybe my dad is, but their both in their Golden Years/senior rate years. I love her two, she even played a game with me today where she walked one way then soon as I neared she jumped playfully and jumped happily playing keepaway with her leash hadle it was cute.
Thing is my neighbor after having me ask facebook friends and the like addmited having an agreement with the shelter if she wasnt going tonkeep her to bring her back… so there that goes. But my mom and I are watching this sadly feeling lost after such a loss in our family and yet unsire really wanting to help this swet girl.
What is your best suggestion knowing the circumstances that we should do, Im in college and live at hoke so Im not going anywhere and care and love my dogs… Should we take in this dog not even a week since the death of our Baby girl? Should we let her be at the shelter for another family? Or is there something we can do to help both my elderly neighbor and the yorki be happy living together and fixing the possible problems????
They aslo now are worried that her poop was dry and brittle outisde her cage.
Please let us know, and thank you for taking your time to read through my overly long explanation, for everything that you do, and putting up with my many grammar and writting errors thanks to the limitednview on my tablet.
Does anyone have experience with chemo drugs used for feline intestinal lymphoma, small cell type? I’m anticipating having to decide next week to pursue a course of chemo -or not- for my Oak. Oak is now 11 years old, rescued by me as a kitten from a shelter, but never adopted out due to the eosinophilic granuloma that became apparent when he was about 4 months age. He is such a sweet kitty, I call him my ‘circus cat’ because I can train him to do almost anything. Sadly, I’m now training him to happily take gel capsules so we’ll be ready if the time comes. I would appreciate any insight you have on how well your cat(s) tolerate chemo (if you can include the name of the drug, that’s a bonus!). Thank you so much, judy
My 7 month old, male Pit/American Bulldog has puked 3-4 times in the last few hours. First food, then foam. Sometimes he shakes for a few mins (maybe scared) then he lays down. He is still alert and will come slowly when called. Do I take him in or ride out the night and take him in the morning?
I have a very heavy heart right now, BlackJack is acting up again, well I don’t think he ever stopped, he has been growling and snapping at my husband and he did it to my daughter as she walked by him one night in was in our bedroom on the floor sleeping, he is no longer allowed to sleep in the bedroom, last night he snapped at my husband Jack was downstairs my husband went to the kitchen jack got on the steps and wouldn’t move for my husband to come back up stairs when he grabs his collar he snapped at him. I called the gentlemen you guys told me about back in May, but his cost is 2,300.00 to try and fix him I just don’t have that kinda of money. Is there any type of medications I can give him? I really don’t want to put him down it is killing me to think about it but him growling at my daughter was a little to much. I keep him away from guest when them come become I never know how he will react. Please if there is anything I can give him I will try.
Hi, me again.
I need honest straight up answers, no tip toeing around. Sorry in advance, no disrespect meant Dr Krista.
My GSD Phoenix is 8, she’s been in and out the vets since August with various things.
Thursday night/Friday she got very snuffly, and was sneezing. I insisted her origonal vet see her friday (the one she first saw when we rescued her)
We were scared when we took her in, she sounded so bad. Upon examination tho, her lungs were clear, and altho her temp was 103, its always been 103.. so that’s not an issue.
However, her lymph nodes are extremely swollen, and she has an open sore on her mouth. She is eating and drinking fine.
So an aspiration of her lymph node was inconclusive. We were told it could be an autoimmune thing, a tick/flea thing, or, lymphoma.
She’s now on Doxycycline to see if that helps – in a week I’ve to call and talk to the vet. and give her an update.
Unfortunately they had a serious emergency with a yorkie at the same time, and I couldn’t pick her brains like I wanted to.
Autoimmune, what am I looking at? Ballpark? how long till shes feeling like a big bad lapdog again? (right now, shes just a lapdog)
Systemic infection from a flea or tick (thats what killed my sons g/f cat at thanksgiving) – same, what am I looking at?
and lastly, Lymphoma – timeframe? having just survived tongue cancer, I cant imagine giving chemo to a defenceless animal for minimal gain and severe decrease of quality of life. That I feel would be selfish as I’d be doing it for us, not for her. We cant imagine life without her. So, I really, really need straight up answers. As I told my Drs – “I need the honest bare truth, then I can face it, if you don’t give it to me, I’ll get blindsided by something I didn’t expect or know was coming”.
Thanks in advance – Sue