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Karen | 7 months ago
On Friday My 6yr Old Mutt Carlito Went “down” With IVDD. Back Legs Paralyzed. Dr Krista’…

On Friday my 6yr old mutt Carlito went “down” with IVDD. Back legs paralyzed. Dr Krista’s YouTube vids with the beagle were helpful but they started on day 10. Day 17 was a success to see him walking, I’ve been crying a lot but that gave me hope.
My dog Carlito and I are on day 3, start of day 4. Went to emergency vet immediately on Friday they diagnosed but didn’t prescribe- I called on Saturday morning because he was in much pain and the vet I talked to said she would have prescribed and wondered why I didn’t get anything. had to go back the next day for gabapentin and codine. So- got a late start on meds. Saturday afternoon started meds. Carlito only wanted to be in a “sit” position, which was rough on his two front legs which are curved and a bit -let’s be honest-malformed. I had a scarf I would hold under his armpits to relieve his legs and take the weight. Made a traction thing in his cage for a bit but I stopped keeping him in the cage as moving him was painful (for him) and difficult for me. He weighs 45lbs. He looks like a mini pit bull in the face and chest, but with a long body and short legs. He’s athletic usually. Fetching maniac. Chasing all wildlife. This is extremely upsetting.
I used banfield vets for first 3yrs, then moved so I just got his annual shots from the humane society. I don’t have a relationship with a vet. I can’t move him so I called a house call vet service and have one coming today.
Carlito is drinking a little water and urinating, but won’t eat food and hasn’t pooped since Friday when I found him.
I’m worried he hasn’t pooped, but he only ate once, I believe early Saturday (1am).
His penis is exposed and I’m worried about that. Pain? Infection?
I am mostly worried about him walking again.
He slept in a laying down position last night. Maybe that’s progress?
He cried out and bit me when I moved him Saturday morning so when I moved him once Sunday I put a muzzle on him and moved him from the floor to a bedding situation. I am hesitant to move him but I worry about his back legs and circulation?
He tenses up when I attempt to put my arms underneath him and resists my lifting him. I saw on the vid that you touched the place where -butch? The beagle- disc was out. Carlito has a mid back disc injury. Should I be patting him there? To send him the message that I will be conscious of this injury spot? I’ve been avoiding this because I though it would cause pain.
Also, should he be prescribed a stool softener? Steroids? Anti-inflammatory? I only have the gabapentin and codine.
What should I be doing at this stage for his back legs? Please advise. I have not really slept. I can’t afford surgery. I will put any and all vet bills and supplies on credit cards to get my good boy better. I just want to know what to do.

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello I have information on ivdd on my YouTube channel and my blog kmdvm.blogspot.com. Search hank or ivdd. I also think that it is super important to have a vet available daily for the first week or two. If you have been happy with your housecall vet use them. But you need help this first week dusky If your dog isn’t eating regularly they won’t defecate regularly. . So I think you need to get the pain under control first. I also always recommend wet food. It’s easier to eat and softer to pass. Ask about option for pain and… Read more »

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Hi- So sorry that you are going through all of this. I would start with the house vet that you have coming over, since you do not yet have a regular vet. Ask them and share your concerns with them. I would mention the research that you have already done online as far as treatment options go. See what information and knowledge they have to share. I would also start asking around for opinions on local vets who are close to you… in case your visit with the vet you have making the house call does t work out. Dr.… Read more »

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Sarah Legend | 2 years ago
Hello! My Sister Is Going To Be Sending Over Her Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppy. She’s…

Hello! My sister is going to be sending over her staffordshire bull terrier puppy. She’s tried to crate train the puppy, and complains about the puppy chewing on furniture, not being potty trained, and running away. I’m going to have the puppy for 2 weeks to teach it simple obedience. It’s a non-aggressive dog who lives with 2 cats, a boxer, and a child. Is there anything I should know of while/before training the puppy that is breed-specific? Any issues that anyone has come across with this specific breed? I’ve trained pets before but they were all mutts, and I want to be warned of any breed-specific behaviors I should be aware of and/or correct or keep an eye on.

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Just use patience and consistency. ANY puppy can be crate trained…I’d worry more about your sister continuing his training once he goes back to her. Has she tried tether training?

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Emily Eddy | 3 years ago
Two Of My Male Dogs (both Neutered) Have Been Growing Increasingly Aggressive Towards…

Two of my male dogs (both neutered) have been growing increasingly aggressive towards each other. They have grown up together and this was never an issue before up until recently. It has gotten to the point where we have to keep them separated and we don’t want to have to get rid of one of them. Nothing has changed recently (moving, food, etc) so I don’t know where all this aggression is coming from. I guess what I’m asking is if anybody knows where it’s coming from also how do we fix it?

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I would worry about a combination of littermate syndrome and same sex aggression. I agree with Dr. M, you need a behaviorist. Until you can get to one, I would start crating and rotating which dog is out in the house…this is going to suck, but it will ensure the dogs are safe.

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Hello, I assure you that there is a reason. It can be very difficult for owners to recognize and/or understand which is why calling a trainer/behaviorist is so helpful. If you can’t understand the cause it is very difficult to train them to stop it. Here are some tips to help; 1. record everything about them interacting and reacting. 2. give them lots and lots of exercise 3. don’t leave them alone without being crated so they can’t injure each other 4. go back to the basics. all of the basic training 5. most importantly dont add more stress to… Read more »

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Paige Marie | 3 years ago
Hello, This May Be A Strange Question, But It Is A Weird Situation And I…

Hello, this may be a strange question, but it is a weird situation and I was wondering if my dog is just a weirdo or there is a logical explanation for this.
So, I have a houndy mutt and she is super affectionate. She likes all people, but we’re really bonded so she usually follows me around the house, naps next to me if I’m working, sleeps in my bed, etc. Basically, even though I’ve lived with roommates and now my husband, she likes them all but she likes me best. A few years ago she started getting up and leaving the room every time I passed gas audibly, like she would leap up and leave, even if she was napping. However, she isn’t startled by ANYONE ELSE doing this. I know this is a little gross, but at first I thought maybe it was the odor, but she doesn’t react at all if there is no sound involved. Last year my husband and I even lived with two other male roommates, so there was a lot of gas passing in our apartment, and none of it ever phased her except mine. What is up with that?

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Hello, I am sorry for the delay in answering. The site was down and it is just now up and running. I do have to giggle and say that this is one of the strangest (OK the strangest) questions I have been asked. I also dont know what the answer to your question is? I guess that maybe she associates something concerning with your particular noise? Dogs are so much smarter than we give them credit for. She must know or think something to cause her reaction? I just dont know what this is? It could be the pitch? sound?… Read more »

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Aimee Feldpausch | 4 years ago
She Is An 8 Week Old Small Mutt And Barely Eats Puppy Food. She Basically…

She is an 8 week old small mutt and barely eats puppy food. She basically only eats meow mix tender centers and doesn’t like any puppy food we have tried.

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Rachel Lee | 4 years ago
Hello, I Have A 6-year-old Mutt Which I Adopted From A Shelter 4 Months Ago…

Hello, I have a 6-year-old mutt which I adopted from a shelter 4 months ago. She is obedient and well-behaved, and I have no problems with her at home. She is housebroken, understands house rules well, does not bark or engage in destructive behavior, and does not have separation anxiety. She is generally not aggressive and I would describe her as submissive, and she understands boundaries and rules in our house. For instance, she knows she is not allowed on the couch and certain rooms, and she abides by these rules well. She is very sweet and affectionate too.

I have a few questions about my dog. She brings a lot of happiness and joy to my family, and we love to see her content and relaxed, and would like to help her succeed more.

Firstly, we noticed that she does not play. We have tried to give her toys, but she is afraid of balls (she runs away from even tennis balls), and she does not seem to have any interest in other objects or toys that other dogs enjoy. Could it be that she does not know how to play, given her background? She was a stray and had been caged up for some time before being rescued.

Or could it be her temperament? We have tried inviting her to play by getting into a play-bow position, but she does not really respond. She loves walks though, and will play-bow before we take her out for her walks twice a day. Instead of playing, she prefers to sit by her humans or take naps. We are concerned that she is not getting the benefits of play, and would like to ask for advice. Thank you!

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It could well be that she didn’t have a chance to learn how to play nor had been socialized to objects so she’s afraid of them. I think a good way to start to get he interested in toys would be food toys such as the Kong (any variation) and other toys that can be filled or stuffed with yummy food. So I’d try that. To get her more interested in toys I think it might help if she sees another dog playing with them if that’s feasible for you to do. Meanwhile, you can start getting her used to… Read more »

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Jess Sagredo | 4 years ago
Hello, My Dog Has Been Acting Very Strange And Clingy Compared To The Normal Behavior…

Hello, my dog has been acting very strange and clingy compared to the normal behavior he displays, and in comparison to my other 2 dogs. They are all small terrier mix mutts. Renny, in particular has jumped on me in a manner very aggressively, but as if he wants me to protect him from something.He is also constantly panting, and can not seem to be comfortable in any spot even as he tries to calm down for more than 2 minutes. He has also climbed the bed and tried to knock out the window screen which he has never done in his 5 years here. Currently, he is upstairs hiding behind the toilet in the upstairs bathroom, away from everyone; another behaviorHis demeanor seems sad as if he in pain, and I am wondering what could possibly be going on with him?

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Please take your dog to vet.  My beloved Max (no longer with me) was panting a lot.  After taking him to 3 different vets, misdiagnosis, teeth under anaesthesia, overdosed on medication, no proper physical examinations done until I went to 3rd vet he was diagnosed with lymphoma.  Restlessness seems to be because he is in pain and especially if he is looking sad.  Make sure your vet checks his lymph nodes.  I am giving this advice based on my experience with my max who would still be with me if this had been done.  I hope there is nothing seriously… Read more »

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Christiane Brousard | 4 years ago
I Feed Her Organic Raw Meaty Bones (beef). She Is An 8 Year Old Mutt…

I feed her organic raw meaty bones (beef). She is an 8 year old mutt (blue heeler/dutch shepherd/other mix). I recently adopted her from a nearby shelter (2 weeks) and she has been absolutely wonderful since her adoption. She is well behaved, polite, gentle and potty trained. She has never had a problem with eating her food until today. I feed her on a very strict, consistent schedule. Morning meal: organic grain-free dry and wet mixed with glucosamine supplement for her hip arthritis, evening meal: 1 or 2 1″ raw meaty bone(s). she is walked regularly and generally poops in the morning. Anything else?

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Andrea Powell | 4 years ago
My Cat Is A Short Haired Mutt. He Has Hypersensitivity Problems. For A Couple Of…

My cat is a short haired mutt. He has hypersensitivity problems. For a couple of months, he has started losing his fur and getting smal scabs on his neck and back. He has just recently began sneezing fits. Large bits of snot come out every time. We have changed cat litter and cat food. Nothing has helped. I have ruled out mange, because none of our other animals are having this problem. Thanks in advance!

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Hello, I would bring him to the vet. It sounds like just allergies, but you can never be so sure. Good luck!

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Bryanna Koca | 4 years ago
Ok, I Have A 15 Year Old Dog, She Is A Mutt, She Does Have…

Ok, I have a 15 year old dog, she is a mutt, she does have seizure occasionally and she has two fatty tumors, one is on her front right below her neck and the other one is on her right side on her ribs.
Over the past month she has been losing a lot of weight, I thought it’s was just normal weight loss because she is less active, until recently because now we can see her ribs and now of today, she has completely stopped eating for two days now and today there is a really bad smell( it smells like a rotting carcassass) coming from her and she has no energy to get up(probably from not eating for two days). My mom is just say she is in the process of dying and doesn’t want to take her to the vet, but I think it is something else and I want to take her to the vet.

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Take her to the vet.  At the very least, if she’s dying, you can ease her passing.

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Take her to vet before it’s too late