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Jessica | 1 year ago
My 3 Y/o Lab Has Chronically Had Bad Breath Since He Was About 1 Y/o, No …

My 3 y/o lab has chronically had bad breath since he was about 1 y/o, no matter what food he is on (currently Purino Pro Plan Lamb & Rice). When he licks you, his saliva residue smells really bad, and can actually feel stinging, leading me to worry about the possibility of acid reflux for him that we’ve missed all along. Is there anything we can try with him either OTC or natural supplements for him to address this? Or does this warrant a trip to the vet to address?

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  1. Laura

    If it’s gone on for 2 years and you haven’t gotten it addressed in that time, it’s most likely something that REALLY needs a vet’s involvement. Could be medical, could be dental, but you should call the vet about it.

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Michelle Martinez | 3 years ago
I Have A Labrador I Don’t Know If She Is Pregnant She Has Excessive Barking…

I have a Labrador I don’t know if she is pregnant she has excessive barking because sometimes we put her in the garage and she has her house there and she sleeps with my boy dog golden retriever the point is that I don’t know if Labrador is prevent and I really wan to place a barking collar on her but we don’t want that to get in the way of her puppies she might have but we don’t know if she is pregnant

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  1. Laura

    Hi Michelle, you have multiple issues happening. If your lab is pregnant, please get her spayed. You are not equipped to handle a litter of puppies. The other issue – the barking – is managed by giving her more to do. She is most likely bored! This is a smart working breed, and they need mental work regularly. Instead of using an aversive like a bark collar, work your dog!

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Krista Magnifico | 3 years ago
Ear Hematoma In An Older Dog With Allergies. An Aural Hematoma Occurs With Head Shaking…
Treatment Cost (USD): $165.00
Lilly is an older lab with a history of allergies. When her ears flared up (redness and itching), she began to shake her head. This caused the blood vessels in her ear flap to rupture and caused the ear pinna (flap) to swell up. This also made her ears even more uncomfortable and worsened the swelling.
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  1. Patricia Rattray

    I cured a large hematoma on my cats ear with the homeopathic remedy Arnica mont 30. I believe I just gave it once a day, maybe twice. It took about a week to ten days to completely resolved but there was improvement right away which was steady until it resolved. The ear flap returned to normal. In this podcast homeopath Joette Calabrese mentions that in classical homeopathy, Arnica Montana is always used for hematomas. Cost $8.00.

    https://joettecalabrese.com/podcast1/podcast-73-my-time-with-the-banerjis/

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Sarah White | 3 years ago
How Can I Teach My Dog To Bark? She Is A 2 Year Old Labrador…

How can I teach my dog to bark? She is a 2 year old labrador. The only time she ever barks is when she is in her outside pen and sees me drive home from work. That’s when she barks continually until she sees me come out of the house and walk towards her pen. Once she sees me head her way, she stops barking. I always bring her in the house with me when I’m home. When I let her out to pee, she does her business then comes back to the door and just sits there waiting to be let in. She doesn’t bark to let me know she’s back. I thought that because she can see inside because it’s a glass door, she just waits until someone sees her, so I tried waiting her out. I hid and waited. She just sat there staring inside. I’ve tried sitting the curtain. I’ve also tried just sitting on the sofa and ignoring her, hoping she’ll bark to get my attention. She just doesn’t bark. What can I do?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Training and behavior are almost impossible to treat effectively via online advice. There are so many little intricate messages that pets send and receive that it is impossible to provide the nuanced advice that you are looking for. In general I can provide some basic insight on average behavior but I can’t specify why and how in this case without knowing you, your dog and the environment a whole lot better. I think your first mistake and issue is that you leave her outside all day. She has learned that no matter much barking she does outside (which I’m sure she did intially when you put her outside alone) doesn’t get the result she wants. Which is to be with you. She had learned that the only barking response that ellicits the response she wants is you driving home. And coming to get her. The rest of the time she is ignored. So she assumes this with all other actions. I strongly discourage you from trying to get her to bark. She is likely to go back to this 24/7 outside which is probably not what you want. My advice is to invest the time and energy into being with her at all times you can. Go out with her when she needs to go to the bathroom. Bewith her and begin to train her from that. Use a bell on the door to tell her that you want to come in (or go out) try to reserve barking for alarm and alert. Orshe will learn a bad behavior that will upset your neighbors and family. Barking is for emergencies. I hope this helps.

  2. Laura

    I’d suggest being more mindful of what she’s doing. Be GRATEFUL she isn’t a barker – once they start, they don’t stop easily! That said, you could always invest in a doggy door that goes in the open slider (assuming this is a sliding door). This will allow her to come and go as she pleases when you’re home.’

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Krista Magnifico | 3 years ago
This Is Busters Story. He Is An Older Lab Who Had A Large Mass On…
Treatment Cost (USD): $1080.00
For about 4 months Buster had a swollen toe. As the swelling progressed to a mass that became so large the skin ulcerated and the mass would not stop bleeding. They went to their vet multiple times.
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Krista Magnifico | 3 years ago
Mass Removal On The Tarsus Of An Older Dog.
Treatment Cost (USD): $793.77
Mia is an older lab mix who had a progressively growing mass in the middle of her tarsus (between the ankle and the foot). It was not painful, but it was getting big enough to cause her family concern. She was brought to her regular vets office, a corporate practice, who wanted to refer her to a surgeon for the removal. Mia's family came to see me for a second opinion.
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Jennifer Taylor | 3 years ago
Roxy Needed A Second Opinion For Frequent Urination & Increased Thirst
Treatment Cost (USD): $1218.00
Frequent urination since October 2018 and increased thirst, history of frequent urinary tract infections, blood in urine and spay induced incontinence. In January of 2018 she began vomiting stomach contents within 5 minutes of eating a meal and also began having periods of confusion.
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PIYUSH BENIA | 4 years ago
I Am Looking For A Free Adoption Of Labrador Or Rottweilers Or Doberman Or Any…

I am looking for a free adoption of Labrador or rottweilers or doberman or any medium breed. Any person who loves his pets and doesn’t make business out of them are requested to give his puppy to me for a free adoption. I live in kolkata,India. If any one has any information for free adoption please feel free to advise me.

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  1. Anonymous

    We are not a pet listing service, and we are based in the United States. I know there are a number of rescues in Kolkata – please search for them. We cannot help you beyond that.

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Krista Davis | 4 years ago
My Labrador Retriever Was Just Fixed 4 Days Ago. She Has Developed A Lump On…

My Labrador retriever was just fixed 4 days ago. She has developed a lump on her belly (which the doctor said is normal), but her belly itself seems to be swelled a little & she threw up twice today. What could this be from? Should I take her in?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I think that anytime a pet parent expresses concern and I do not adequately address it that I absolutely advise them to ask until they are satisfied or seek a second opinion. You are your pets most important ally and advocate. Be there for them. And be persistent. It’s ok to inquire. I can’t tell you what it is. But you should seek your vets help in resolving it.

  2. Sonya Ziegler

    Hi,

    The swelling could be from the spay itself, or it could be from an infection– or (unlikely, but can happen) internal bleeding.

    She may have thrown up because of the post surgical pain… or she could be getting sick with an infection.

    I would highly suggest to bring her back to the veterinarian hospital and they can take her temperature and assess her condition.

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Jordan Reid | 4 years ago
I Have A 3 Year Old Labrador Retriever. I Got Him As A Puppy And…

I have a 3 year old Labrador Retriever. I got him as a puppy and when he was 6 months old I sent him to a 3 month Retriever school for duck hunting. Me and my girlfriend at that time picked him up and he was SO well trained. We lived in Utah and had 3 other roommates. He would listen to everyone. Play fetch with him for 10 minutes inside and he would sleep for hours. We then got another puppy so he would have a brother. They played constantly and were so funny together. The two dogs and be girlfriend then moved to Denver. My girlfriend and I separated not long after moving and she took the other pup and I took Rivers. Living in small towns my entire life I was thrown to the city of Denver with my dog living by ourselves in a one bed room 475 square foot apartment knowing absolutely nobody. I obviously had to get a job and worked a lot so I could afford Colorado. Rivers was left alone a lot and I took him out to rip and romp as much as I could. When I slowly met friends and my new girlfriend I noticed when they are around he sometimes won’t listen to me. He’ll jump on them and if I’m not around they tell me he doesn’t really listen at all. I told them I can’t really discipline him if I don’t see it? He won’t know what he’s in trouble for. He listens to me when it’s just us. The only problem I have is he tries to pull me on his leash sometimes. I was wanting opinions on what you think caused it? Obviously being alone isn’t good. I somehow am just now hearing of WAG walk service and am starting that ASAP. Do you think I can get him back to his old behavior? Also, is him being pulled away from his brother something that could casued any of it? I’m moving soon to a bigger place with a roommate and they were thinking of getting a pup so I wondered if that would help. Any advice would be greatly appreciative! Thank you!

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  1. Anonymous

    I have to ask: what do you do with your dog other than play? Training only works as long as it’s reinforced. It sounds like you didn’t train your dog, so maybe a remedial training class for both of you would be a great idea?

  2. Sarah

    He’s a beauty! I’m thinking that all the changes in his behavior that you mentioned could be a few things…. first off the huge lifestyle change with the move and absence of his playmate. Also could be “teen troubles” and lack of exercise with your work schedule change that you mentioned. Yes, you can change the unwanted behaviors for sure? No matter how old, training is important. Our oldest dog is almost 11 and I still practice basic obedience with him everyday. For instance, doors do not open unless he sits. Food does not go into his dish unless he sits and shakes. Etc. we do these things all of the time to “remind” him that we are the pack leader. It may sound silly or simple, but it works. My other advice, walk. Walks are MAJOR as far as maintaining a well behaved dog. The longer the walk together, the better. Our dogs get a long 4 am walk, a short one to the bus stop at 6:30, another short one to the bus stop at 8:20, a 10 am, a lunch time, then 2 short bus stop walks at 2:30 and 3:40 and then another 7 pm long walk. I realize that is not a realistic schedule for everyone! My point is that walks are important. And it isn’t the quantity of your walks, it’s the quality of your time together when walking. And if your area also offers a walking service, that’s a bonus. I would still make sure to get at least one good walk in with my dog each day though, to help establish healthy pack order and good behaviors. Perhaps your new roommate would be interested in lending a hand? Also, if the roommate is planning on getting a dog, it might be wise to put both dogs into an obedience class together, and walk them together as often as possible. Help Rivers (love the name) brush up on his skills and the new dog learn good behaviors as well. Sorry for the long winded answer. I hope I’ve been helpful.?