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Clarice Ann | 1 month ago
Is My 4 Month-old Puppy Suffering From Depression Or Something Else?

This is the third day without Atlas — Apollo’s littermate, alpha and captain. We lost him due to hemorrhage and dehydration. He just recently turned 4 months. Apollo hasn’t been eating and drinking water today. Was asleep all the time, too. Previously, he wakes up at night and cries so he comes to me in bed to wake me up. Last night he started vomiting and having loose stools. I can also here rumbling in his stomach, and i think is passing gas. Earlier that day we went on a walk and had munched a few plants/weeds on the way. He has also accidentally taken in expired milk he left the other day. Today the stool had a few blood patches in it. I’m worried he might end up his brother. Is he only suffering from dog depression, or is there other medial conditions?

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Sarah
1 month ago

This sounds very serious… the lethargy, the blood in the stool and loose stool. Not how a four month old puppy should be acting. I would make an appointment with the vet right away. The first fear that comes to mind is possibility of parvo… which can be deadly. I hope your puppy is ok.

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1 month ago

I agree with Sarah. Anything abnormal in a puppy goes to the vet immediately. Period.

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Alicia Smith-Pal | 2 years ago
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Lethargy, depression, vaginal discharge, lack of appetite, general discomfort, slight distention abdomen, fluctuation of water intake.
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Katy Virasingh | 2 years ago
Hi- I Just Read Your Blog About Minnie. I Am An American Cat Owner…

Hi- I just read your blog about Minnie. I am an American cat owner living in Thailand, so communicating with the vets is difficult. I’m on the verge on having my cat euthanized (tomorrow), and i just can’t make a decision. I hoping you will provide information to help me make a decision. Sammy is a ten year old male. Here is his history:
Dec 7-28- hiding under bed with dilated pupils but eating normally (history of spraying and hiding- not a happy cat so I wasn’t overly concerned, I palpated him and he didn’t seem to have any pain and I figured he got spooked)
Dec 29- I noticed he was a little lame so I brought him to local vet who couldn’t find anything wrong but spinal bone spurs and prescribed him Tramadol. It tasted bitter, he foamed at the mouth and started eating much less. I believe his feeding aversion started here.
Dec 31- I found a neurologist who gave him an MRI and he had surgery for a herniated disc Jan 2, 2019 and was diagnosed with a spinal infarction. He had a hard time clearing the anesthesia drugs bc of his kidney function but it is now normal.
Month of January- Slowly improving in ability to walk but losing interest in food more and more, (doctor says attributable to drowsiness caused by Pregabalin for neuropathic pain) losing weight. (Also, had ataxia from reaction to anti depressant used as appetite stimulant.) He had to be hand fed strips of ham, I believe he developed a further food aversion from me trying to syringe feed him pureed roasted chicken at around Jan 31.
Feb 1- I asked the vet to put an E tube in him because of his refusal to eat on his own. He was doing ok and walking better until his tube fell out and he had to have a new surgery mid-February to replace it. Surgery and clearing anesthesia drugs is really hard on him. Since then, his walking was getting better but then it suddenly got worse and the doctor found that his potassium was low – it got better once he changed to renal diet and Renavast. He has also been on Pregabalin for neuropathic pain, Apolet and Kasavan.

March- His walking got worse again, and I saw him endure one small stroke but the vet was not too concerned. Vet said he has reduced blood flow to his back left leg. He had replaced Kasavan with Apolet, but then added Kasavan back into his medication regimen. He is not improving in the last two weeks with the addition of the Kasavan, he drags himself to the litterbox to poop but pees in his bed. He still grooms himself and responds to me but he has a low growl when I touch him- probably bc he is so sick of all the poking and prodding. He has NO INTEREST in eating. I withheld food for 18 hours this week and withheld Pregabalin (bc the doctor said it makes him sleepy and not eat) and still NO INTEREST.

About 4 times along this journey I’ve decided it’s time to euthanize him but then he perks up and I decide not to. He is normal other than not eating, lying in bed all day (bc he can barely walk) and peeing on himself. He grooms himself and poops in litter box. I don’t think he is in acute pain but his pupils are often dilated, which just may be from stress of being incapacitated. I have varied amount of PG I give him to test his pain, and he doesn’t to be in pain but I’m not sure. I haven’t been able to get him to purr for a week or so, usually he will purr at night if I bring him into bed with me.

The vet says 90% of the time cats recover from spinal infarction. He told me start physical therapy with him but I tried and he hates it and it just upsets him more. I can’t figure out if there is any hope of him getting better. Like I said, he has always been a grumpy, hiding cat and often would growl if you approach him to pet him so that is not new. I was hoping to give him a few last years of his life. I think he is depressed and I don’t know of any way to get him out of his funk, and I still don’t know if he will ever recover use of his legs or will just get worse.

ANY INSIGHT??????????????? THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your cat and the difficulties you have had getting answers. I also want to state that I cannot, and will not ever, make a decision for a pet. That has to be your decision. You know him and you have to always be their advocate. It isn’t fair to him to let others decide. I do think that there are some pretty big holes in the plan as you present it. I don’t know if anyone did bloodwork or xrays or have repeated them as he has progressed. I also think that… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

hello, the feeding tube stays in for as long as it is needed. I always advise leaving all sorts of food options out at all times and using an appetite stimulant to help encourage the eating on their own. If you trust your vet then follow their guidance and keep pestering them (respectfully and graciously) for direction. I am not going to answer all of your concerns as it sounds like you have already asked/addressed them. I do feel like in the end cats need loads and loads and loads of dedicated patience. I have known some cats who need… Read more »

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Alfredo Peguero | 2 years ago
Recovery Post Pyometra Surgery? I Paid 2800 For Vet Services, Long Story Short $680 Was…

Recovery post Pyometra surgery? I paid 2800 for vet services, long story short $680 was the first visit where x-rays where. Completed, sent home with two antibiotics and a probiotic. Then received a call from the facility that a follow up ultrasound should be conducted due to possible Pyometra infection. Went the next day, it was confirmed and emergency surgery was perform today at 4pm and the dog was given back to us at 8pm, they said not to give anything until 5am tomorrow morning, and to continue the antibiotics that were given to use Initially before noted of Pyometra infection. My Question is; there is only about 6 days left on the antibiotics, they only gave us pain medications for 3 days, they said they gave the first dose but my dog is whimpering in pain. They said do not give pain meds until 5am. Looking now at the pain bottle there are 4 once daily pills, but they said they only gave us 3 days. My question is can I give her the extra pain pill(she is a 3.3lbs morkie) Bc I know pain pills depressed respiration’s and isn’t antibiotics for post surgery suppose to be for two weeks not only 5-6 days.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello!
I agree with Sarah. And I wouldask you to add your pups story into our storyline page. If you go back to the main page you will see the tab at the top right. We are trying to encourage all Pawbly people to add their stories and charges so others might benefit from them. I hope your dog has a happy and healthy recovery. Thank you for sharing.

Sarah
2 years ago

Good morning. I would call and request more antibiotics, explaining your concerns… as well as pain meds. I would not give “extra” pain meds, for fear of the dog’s reaction. I would call my vet first thing. They are the ones who know your pet’s situation best. You can have a discussion with them about recovery and follow up visit(s). Best of luck to you!

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Katelyn Martin | 2 years ago
Okay, So My Cat Has Been In Heat For About Two Days And I Am…

Okay, so my cat has been in heat for about two days and I am worried she is getting depressed. She hasn’t touched her food and has drank very very little water all day. What can I do to help cheer her up or convince her to eat? Or do you have just any advice in general for me?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I’m sorry to hear about your Cat. As a vet I always have to assume that any change in behavior might be a medical condition and therefore refommwnd you contact your vet for an exam. Please don’t assume she needs cheering up. Assume she is telling you that she doesn’t feel well and see your vet. Please also have her spayed.

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2 years ago

Good morning. I have to agree with Dr. Magnifico. Please see your vet and please spray your pet.

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kathleen kenyon | 2 years ago
We Lost Our 2 Golden Girls, And Husband Refuses To Look At Pics, Videos, Etc…

We lost our 2 golden girls, and husband refuses to look at pics, videos, etc. He is only 58 and becoming more depressed as time goes on. Should daughter and I get him another one, or just leave it be. To me, he acts as if they never existed, yet he loved them so much he says he can’t go through death again. Please advise on what to do, thanks!

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Kate McKelvie
2 years ago

Maybe an easy start would be visiting friends or family members with dogs? Volunteering at a nearby shelter is great for a broken heart, an easy step is to stop by to deliver toys, food, etc as an ice breaker! There are pet grief support groups, and online books, as well. <3

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I’m so sorry for your loss. I think that you should see if he can take baby steps before forcing him to jump back in. Maybe he could volunteer to walk dogs at a shelter or rescue? Or even pet sit for a friends dog. Even just for the day. Then if he refuses all of this you can do what I did and I just went and got myself a dog who meeeded me and he couldn’t sit by and ignore her. He willingly jumped in. But wasn’t forced. He would have never gotten another dog. But I… Read more »

Sarah
2 years ago

Hi there? I really am so sorry for your loss. Everyone deals with things in their own way. And sometimes there are those pets that weren’t just special to us, but they were more than special. Whatever the case, he may just need time to get over the loss. I agree with Dr. Magnifico- maybe volunteering at a local shelter to walk dogs could help with the grieving process. He might end up meeting a furry friend who needs him and helps him find some sort of closure. I would also try talking about it. Some people want/need space, perhaps… Read more »

Sarah
2 years ago

Hi there? I really am so sorry for your loss. Everyone deals with things in their own way. And sometimes there are those pets that weren’t just special to us, but they were more than special. Whatever the case, he may just need time to get over the loss. I agree with Dr. Magnifico- maybe volunteering at a local shelter to walk dogs could help with the grieving process. He might end up meeting a furry friend who needs him and helps him find some sort of closure. I would also try talking about it. Some people want/need space, perhaps… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

I wouldn’t force the issue. If need be, get everyone to grief therapy. It helps.

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Nada Swart | 2 years ago
Hi, So My One Dog Is In The Hospital, She Has To Stay For Several…

Hi, so my one dog is in the hospital, she has to stay for several days, but now my other dog is acting weird. I thought she might be sick ass well, but she’s not showing any of the symptoms that my other dog had. She keeps following me around the house and she sleeps a lot, but she did eat and drink water. Could she be depressed, because her sister isn’t at home?

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2 years ago

She definitely could be depressed and going through an adjustment process, being that her closest pack member is not there. You may want to mention it to your vet. Sticking to your routine and a little extra tlc will probably help your dog through her friends absence.if she stops eating or you feel like she is getting worse, call your vet right away. Hopefully your other dog will be home soon and on the road to recovery. Best of luck with both furry friends!?

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Breanna Barker | 2 years ago
My Neighbor Is Getting Rid Of Her Sweet Terrior Mix After One Day! And I’m…

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.

Sincerely,
BlurrsGirlsQuestions

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, In all cases like this I ask people to take a step back from the situation and put the pet first. What is best for them? How can it be attained? Start there. If you need help from an expert find someone locally who can visit the home and observe all the things you mention. Or seek the help from a vet you know and trust. I wish you all the best. Thank you for helping this pup.

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Jeffery Berry | 3 years ago
My Girlfriend Has 2 Chinchillas One Male And One Female. Dexter (the Male) Hasn’t Been…

My girlfriend has 2 chinchillas one male and one female. Dexter (the male) hasn’t been himself lately. Like he hasn’t moved much at all from his cage nor inside his cage, he looks like the female had gotten a hold of him at one point because he has teeth marks under his nose. But when my girlfriend or I try and open up his cage to let him out he starts “barking” at us and retreats in his dust bath. The female just started showing similar symptoms (about 30 mins ago) but I came back in the room with my PS4 and I saw her laying on her side so I checked on her and noticed she wasn’t moving but when I put my PS4 down she got back in her dust bath. Can someone help please my girlfriend is extremely depressed and she’s crying?!?

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Sarah
2 years ago

Hello-
I’m sorry I do not have a specific answer for you. All I can offer is that I would schedule a vet visit first thing. If there is a drastic behavior change, they are trying to tell you something. Good luck!

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2 years ago

I agree with Sarah – this is a vet visit for both of them. Crying won’t help – action will. Get them in first thing this morning.

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Martha Arias | 3 years ago
My 10 Y.o. Mini Poodle Was Diagnosed With Diabetes And Cushings Disease, Simultaneously. He’s…

My 10 y.o. Mini poodle was diagnosed with diabetes and Cushings disease, simultaneously. He’s on daily insulin injections and vetoryl for two months now but now his eyes are full of cataracts and is blind. I’m devastated and overwhelmed. He’s depressed and it breaks my heart. He’s a great dog – and I can’t afdord surgery – ! Does anyone know if dogs stay depressed or can they overcome their blindness. Desperately looking for real answers.

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abby webster
2 years ago

Maybe try a Vet that has knowledge in complementary medicine/supplements/acupuncture/etc. Sometimes these methods are less expensive than surgery and can help alleviate side effects of diseases and medications. I’m so sorry about your dog. I know how helpless you can feel, since they can’t tell us how they’re feeling!

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, The blindness is typically due to the diabetes. I would say that overwhelmingly almost all of my diabetics go blind due to cataracts. It is very common. BUT all of them acclimate well and do live long (years) happy lives. I do urge you to learn as much as you can about both diseases and ask your vet and staff for help in understanding how you can help manage them at home to Bette regulate him and save you money. For instance many of my clients buy the vet recommended glucometer and do the curves and checks at home.… Read more »