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Art Holland | 3 years ago
1) 2010 CO Vet Adv 7/yr Fem Cat, Fixed, Front Claws Pulled (prev Elderly Owner…

1) 2010 CO vet adv 7/yr fem cat, fixed, front claws pulled (prev elderly owner afraid her cats would climb drapes etc). Cat afraid (no claw prot assumed) never wanted to go outside. Health etc good
2) great relatnshp next 10 years, i ret @12yrs ago, after @2 years we started talking to (i spk, she spks, i spk, etc) to each other. Also, didnt take long, w/in 5 min of me going to bed at nite (or naps etc) she would curl up on my chesr, watch until i fell asleep and then so did she.
3) i’ve lived RV’s all my life (excpt 20 years ‘65-85 worked maritime), she took to this wuite well, liked watching out window or curl on lap, nightime driving i turn on defroster, she likess watching oncoming headlites white sprawled out on dash &defrstr her warm.
4) been staying new places @a year then find new place &do same.
5)@1.2 yrs ago moved to page, AZ (largest 200mi lg, 2500mi circumf fresh water inland lake in usa, few yrs ago built solar powered boat this reason 1 for Page AZ; reason 2 4 Corners archeology, ancient native Am history etc)
3 yrs bldg boat Cat got used to boat & accepted boat @Almost@ as well as RV.
6) couple months after “calling Page new temp home Cat develops hair mats (long soft hair, appearance much like maine coon cat appearance), prev i always take to groomer, which she liked.
7)page pop 7000 mostly bat an, businesses, IF there is one of anything there is no 2, 3 etc iow NO competition on services or prices, only comp is.boat storage and small storage places
8) vet blows off helping with mats, cat still has teeth so nada ever done @ that.
9) vet takes BP say cats are identical to humans in this regard (my est of this vet dropped several points at this point) a humans BP can change a thoudand times a day and new places, out of rv comfort zone, strange people poking her, dogs eksewhere barking, all sorts of reasons a one time BP test useless. Meanwhile he says she has urinary tract inf (all prev signs re cat, litter box, excess h20 drinking, etc then never applied. Vet Refusing recommedg drugs, antibiotics, wet food etc. Vet stressed ONLY thing that would help was HIS brand dry food (forget name but same brand seen/sold in almost ALL vet ofcs. Dummy cat owner says ok and takes 2 8lb bags. Pays& leaves. Getting into RV and Cat settled looked at receipt: use of treatg room$60. 2 bags dry food $80.Dummy got real smart real quick & this collegeeducated BUSInESSMAN with triple ultra minor in screwing cat owners just relegated ti phq u u jerk!
10) 3 weeks later Cat keeps asking where food is & get rid of this dumpster dived excuse for cat food. So we head back to WallyWorld and study whats there. Low & behold 1 bag ONLY no grain “pure balance”hi protein also few sm cand fancy feast salmon&shrimp. First couple days started feeling like gaining then suddenly nada, losing ground. Last few weeks seldom to no catbox use, pees everywhere. Last night i had rolled on sude, when cant sleep on my checst, hip is great alternative, but woke up with right hip totally soaked. Cant tell her she can no longer sleep w/on me as thats gonna be even greater psycho hit. Clothes bedfing etc inste ad of usual 3-4 week trip to laundrmat is still 3-4 weeks but looks like 3-4 months. Couple hours ago had thougjt to thought to search “female cat urinary tract infection” on youtube, several hits but listening to vodeosbyours was more inteteveted in the pet than the high dollar competition prone.
11) she not doing well, looks worse, have med raising and training in addition to farm background. Unfortunately, putting farm raised animals down is no longer the answer when world culture teaches us to regard them as semi-human family members. I hate watching her wither aw ay keep hoping better alternative can be.
Advice?
Thank you, Art

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello Art, Sounds like you are a very dedicated and saucy/colorful guy. Which I think is awesome! Kudos to you for being so determined to find an answer for your kitty. I would recommend this: fo find a vet who you trust. I think your cat needs a professional advocate to help understand and diagnose what’s going on. I hope you can find someone soon. I think that a full bloodwork (CBC, chemistry, thyroid and urinalysis are all indicated). In my experience high blood pressure is abnormal along with something else. Please don’t try to fix this without some diagnostics.… Read more »

Sarah
2 years ago

Hi again Art-
You need a vet that you can establish an. Trusting relationship with. Ask around. Check with everyone you meet that has animal. In the meantime, you can either take your cat back where you originally went (I personally would not) or just try another vet and bring your records with you and explain your situation like you did here. Best of luck!!!???

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Jenny Dennison | 3 years ago
Do Histiocytoma Usually Get Larger If Bumped Or Licked By Dog. Had Ours Reduced By…

Do histiocytoma usually get larger if bumped or licked by dog. Had ours reduced by 50 percent and he played too rough and now we are back at square one. How do we keep an 18 month old boxer from playing and busting this thing all over. He requires a ton of exercise but even walks have been hard because it’s on his left hind paw pad on the upper side. Any suggestions. We play in the house almost all the time but I am exhausted. There is no way we can keep a boxer puppy quiet for 2 to 3 months. When he accidentally hits it, he will limp then want to lick because either it starts itching or has started to bleed. We have been spraying gentamicin on it twice a day per our vets advice due to location and constant exposure to ground and it looked a bit infected. It helped reduce it down to the size of the tip of my finger but now it is the size of a nickel. It was confirmed by needle biopsy to be histiocytoma but is this normal? He is also on famotidine for bilious vomiting occasionally and she said it may help with this also. He takes amitriptyline for severe anxiety so is benedryl safe and possibly effective in controlling the itching and release of histamine when he bumps it?

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Sarah
2 years ago

Good morning. I’m sorry- this is tricky. I would make a phone call to the vet (they know your pet best) and check to see if there is anything else to be done. If you have a crate, that would be helpful. Sticking to a routine, where he knows when playtime and walks are, will help in keeping him calm the rest of the day…. although establishing the routine will take a bit of time. I can imagine walks are proving tricky because of the histiocytoma. Is it possible to wrap it? I do not know if that would help….… Read more »

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Codey Myers | 3 years ago
My Dog Was Recently Attacked And Wanted Advice. For Those Uninterested In The Back Story…

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.

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Sarah
2 years ago

Good morning? I am so, so sorry for this entire situation! With the living situation so tricky right now, it might be more difficult. First and foremost, this is your dogs house. So the other dogs (especially since you said they lack manners) should, in my opinion, be treated like guests. I would invest in some baby gates. We have baby gates up at the moment as we have added 2 new rescues in the last few months, and they really help keep things in order. I would gate off an area if possible, where only your dog is allowed.this… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

If you don’t have any other dogs, and the dogs in question are visitors, I would send everyone else home for awhile. Let YOUR dog get comfortable in her own home again without the risk of getting pounced on by a larger beast.

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Stacy O'Neal | 3 years ago
My 8 Year Old Dachshund, Ginny, Was Diagnosed With IVDD And Had Surgery Last January…

My 8 year old dachshund, Ginny, was diagnosed with IVDD and had surgery last January. She went to physical therapy for 5 months. It took her 6 months to walk and she is still very wobbly. Her bladder function never returned to normal and she has to tap her bottom on the ground to urinate and often has to be expressed. Throughout the past 9 months she has suffered with constant recurrent UTIs. As soon as we are done with antibiotics she needs them again within a few days as she cannot empty her bladder completely. She has been prescribed bethanecol which makes her nauseous and prazosin which makes her extremely lethargic. She has also had recurrent yeast infections on her tummy, ear infections, and awful reverse sneezing episodes. Lately she seems to be in pain…shaking, panting, licking, big eyes. She’s on amoxicillin for yet another UTI which upsets her stomach. She’s walking worse and dragging her feet until her toenails bleed. We were recently in the ER with a reverse sneezing episode that was wet and crackly and left her unable to breath. We have spent about $8,000 on the surgery,
therapy, cultures, treatments and drugs that lately seem to just make her sick. She can wag her tail but doesn’t, not for long time. My fear is that I’m prolonging suffering in a dog that will continually be sick, in pain and unhappy. We have been so hopeful and have rejoiced with each small step forward. She’s just had so many steps backwards. How do I know when it’s enough?

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I understand your dilemma completely and for as long as I have been a vet (13 years) and for as long as I have had pets in my family (30) years I still cannot answer this question for myself concretely, never mind for others. I just went through a 9 month battle with my beloved pup Jekyll who struggled and ultimately died from prostate cancer. I dedicated every day of my life to him for the last 9 months. Hoping to prolong his life and keep him by my side. I asked… Read more »

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Jahari Marsh | 3 years ago
My Dog Never Eats Wet Dog Food. I Tried Giving Her Some When She Was…

My dog never eats wet dog food. I tried giving her some when she was a pup but she always made a waste of it by leaving it or rolling on the ground next to it. Is this a behavior problem or she just picky? She is 6yrs old now and is under weight chihuahua if you ask me I can feel her bones she only eats like mouth full of food when she has full bowl of food.

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Laura
3 years ago

You have two issues, one of which I would consider an emergency. Please, PLEASE get her to the vet and get a full senior panel done on her.

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Betty Van Sant | 3 years ago
Our 16-yr Old Bichon Recently Suffered A Serious Accident When She Raced Off A Platform…

Our 16-yr old Bichon recently suffered a serious accident when she raced off a platform chasing “something” she saw in our yard. She fell about three feet and apparently damaged her neck and spine. This happened on 9 May and we took her to an emerency vetenarian practice. X-rays of her legs showed no broken bones.

Prior to the accident, Pumpkin was limping on her right hind leg. After the accident, she cannot walk or control her body in order to lay upright, but if she is positioned in an upright position she can hold her head up and look from side-to-side. She pulls her left hind leg back if you pull on it. She does not react when you pull on her other legs, but for the past three days when held over a training pad with support under her chest and abdomen, she raises both hind legs and her tail to urinate. She has allerted us to her desire for water and need to urinate by licking her lips and making a whining sound. She is usually alert and notices sounds and people walking by her bed.

She has also deficated, both while lying on her side and while being held over the training pad, but her bowel movements are irregular because we have not discovered the best diet for her yet.

Initially we gave her some miralx, but that gave her diarrehia. Primarily we have been feeding her low-fat chicken tenders that have been braised for hours to make them soft. We tried feeding her a mixture of white rice and ground chicken, but she ate the chicken and left the rice. Recently we gave her some canned pureed pumpkin with some chicken babyfood mixed in. She seemed to like that. We are going to try mixing chicken, brown rice, pumpkin and babyfood together to discover a combination that will make her bowel movements more regular. She has a pretty good appetite and we have not used the Entyce (see list of meds) recently. We have to be careful with her diet because Pumpkin suffers from bouts of pancreatitis. Prior to the accident, we gave her a very small bit of chicken mixed in 3/4 cup of Annamaet grain free lean reduced fat formula dry dog food once per day at dinner time. Her weight stays at about 12 lbs +/-.

Pumpkin is taking the following medications:

Codene tabs 15 mg, half a tab every 12 hrs (previously, every eight hrs)
Methocarbamol tabs 500 mg, quarter tab every eight hours
Prednisone 5 mg tab, one tab per day
Entyce 30mg/ml, 0.5 mls once daily, as needed.
Metronidazole 250 mg tab, half a tab per day (for two more days)

Pumpkin also has eye allergies and we give her some Prednisolone Acetate drops, one drop in each eye per week.

We intend to continue treatment for awhile to see if Pumpkin can regain some use of her legs with prospects of walking again.

We would like any advice on how (and how long) to proceed at this stage, both regarding her injuries and her diet to achieve regular bowel movements.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your pup. And I think it’s wonderful how you are so dedicated to helping her get better. It sounds like a few things should be discussed first. I think it’s important to find a neurologist to help you understand where you are now wrt to prognosis and status. There are a few in your area. I also think seeing your vet weekly ( or more) is key to understanding the changes and evolution of this injury. I think it is also very important to learn how to palpate and feel with your hands the… Read more »

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Jennifer Mimoso | 4 years ago
I Have A 3 1/3 Year Old Italian Greyhound About 8 Lbs And All Of…

I have a 3 1/3 year old Italian greyhound about 8 lbs and all of a sudden her eyes are swollen and a little gooey…allergies?

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Julez Pottecher
4 years ago

Put a funion around its leg

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4 years ago

I have no idea what Julez’ comment is about, but I would GUESS this may be an allergy of some sort. I’d still call the vet – I don’t mess around with eyes.

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Sarah | 5 years ago
Hello All, My German Shepherd Is Getting Older And Has A Lot Of Trouble Jumping Into…

Hello all,
My German shepherd is getting older and has a lot of trouble jumping into the back of the car now. Friends of ours have been lovely enough to loan us a ramp for him. While I have been able to train this dog to do tons of things, I am having a hard time teaching him to use the ramp, and I can’t figure a way to make this work. So far I have used treat rewards for each time he puts his front paws onto the ramp, I have had our other dog Dierks go up and down it to show him, I myself have also gone up and down the ramp to show Butch. I have also tried lining the treats up the ramp in an effort to get him to follow his nose. Lastly, I have laid thenramp flat on the ground and tried to get him to walk on it… all of this to no avail. We have been working at it for about a week now. I never go more than 10 minutes at a time and I always end our little ramp session with something I know he can already do so that it ends on a happy note. Any and all suggestions on how to help him understand the concept of the ramp would be greatly appreciated!!?

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4 years ago

Dr. M said everything I would have said. The combination of a strange surface AND a weird way to get into the car can be very confusing. Introducing it as a flat surface first, then working up to an incline is the best way to help your dog gain confidence with the new device.

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello my dear Pawbly friend. Ok. Here’s my advice from my experience. Start with just the ramp. Put it on the floor in a high traffic area. The goal is to see if he will use it on a flat surface. If he uses it on the floor it isn’t the ramp that’s the issue it’s the incline, or the flexibility (some are flimsy and cause anxiety), or it’s the transition from floor/ground to floorbed. my experience is that most dogs hate the surface feel. So then try to add a carpet strip to add better traction. If he will… Read more »

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erin atwal | 5 years ago
My Dog Is A Pitbull Female 10 Months And Her Anus Has Been Swollen For…

my dog is a pitbull female 10 months and her anus has been swollen for about 2 days but she acts normal. But just a few moments ago we saw that there were a few drops of blood on the ground and we r thinking it came from her. What should I do? Helpppp

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4 years ago

Get her to the vet.

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

I agree!! An examination including a rectal exam needs to be done.

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Quinn Harbinger | 5 years ago
We Adopted A Small Dachshund/maybe Chihuahua-Italian Greyhound Mix About 4 Months Ago. A Southern Stray…

We adopted a small dachshund/maybe Chihuahua-Italian Greyhound mix about 4 months ago. A Southern stray, shipped to New England where we adopted him. He’s a wonderful dog, and travel size st 11 lbs. (My first pooch under 100 lbs).

He has a very short coat, extremely low tolerance for the cold. And unlike last winter, which was fairly mild for up here, this winter has seen snow fall relentlessly. I had a custom coat made for him, and I put a sweater underneath, but he wants nothing to do with any of it. He does his potty business outside, and that’s that. He is very attached to me, and I to him, but I can’t help but feel the winter (there are really only two seasons here) is a nightmare for him. He’s watching all these other dogs flop around from the window from the warmth of the apartment. And he loves to play with other dogs.

Do we tough it out every half of the year, being mostly shut ins (aside from the occasional in door play date and camp), or would it be better for pooch to see if I could relocate him further South? But in a home. Just looking for feelings on that, real sense made of it, not blind judgement.

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4 years ago

You could always look into indoor training clubs and work him that way. I can’t fathom giving up a dog just because he doesn’t want to go outside in the snow. 😉

Jennifer Taylor
4 years ago

I live in Maryland where the weather can go from one extreme to the other. We can have artic chills in the winter and incredibly hot humid weather in the summer. Neither extreme is pleasant for the dogs. I have owned everything from Siberian Huskies to a thin skinned southern mix. We simply find things to do with the dogs indoors when it is too hot or cold to play outside! Winter is a great time for obedience classes (great for bonding and socializing, far more than just sit/stay) and in the summer we find cooler activities. When the weather… Read more »