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Sandra | 1 month ago
My Dog Got Spayed On August 1st, She Is A 13 Year Old Poodle Mix. She Also …

My dog got spayed on August 1st, she is a 13 year old poodle mix. She also had a mastectomy along with her spay so she has a very big incision. She is on her 4th week and the lower half of her incision does not look like the top half. The surgeon said it may take a while to heal because of the placement but I noticed a bump at the base of her incision at day 4 that has not gone away. She keeps licking at it and the surgeon suggested we must let her heal and later investigate. Also, at day 10 I noticed a white tiny pimple sized thing trying to come through under her skin. I really checked it out today since it has not gone away and it feels like something sharp poking under her skin, she has two of these that feel the same. I am scared she might have torn her internal stitches but the surgeon did not seem too worried. I notice when she eats she seems to look like she feels uncomfortable. She threw up yesterday but I took it as maybe her pancreatitis acting up. I am freaking out and don’t know if I am making a big fuss over nothing. She did not run during her recovery but she would stand up on her hind legs no matter how much I attempted to keep her calm. She did slip 3 times and land on her tummy, twice at day 8 because I had her on a short leash and she would try to run, the third slip was at day 13 and for the same reason of the short leash and attempting to run. I feel so sad and don’t have peace of mind. I feel guilty she slipped on me those three times but then again don’t know what to make of that lump at day 4. After the two slips at day 8 and after on day 10 she started having severe diarrhea. I contacted the surgeons team and they suggested boiled chicken and boiled rice, but at day 12 the diarrhea was a soft serve ice cream consistency and then she thew up so I took her into emergency immediately. At emergency they checked her vitals and incision and could not figure out what may have caused the stomach upset since from her pancreatitis history did not have the swollen tummy and her incision looked fine. They attributed the upset to possible pain med side effect and prescribed a probiotic and to stop the gabapentin. It’s has been a tough healing process for her. I will attach pictures of of what the incision looked like at day 7, 10, and now. I hope it’s not what I am fearing but it’s better to know if I should advocate for her and have them check again. Thanks guys, sorry for the long story but this is my little girl who is my first owned dog and who has been by my side for 13 years. I love her so much and it pains me to see her uncomfortable. Fyi her appetite is always good no matter what and her bowels are back to normal since the 18th of august and they were fine before the 10th of august as well.

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Leah | 2 years ago
Hiya, My Dog Has Pancreatitis And I Have Tried Different Food, Medications And Probiotics. Nothing Seems …

Hiya, my dog has pancreatitis and I have tried different food, medications and probiotics. Nothing seems to work for long and hasn’t went for longer the 3 weeks without a bad spell. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to help him as he is only just 3 and I am fed up of him not being able to be a young dog.

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  1. Laura

    Have you tried low fat prescription food for this? I know Hill’s, RC, and Pro Plan all have a gastroenteric diet option.

    1. Leah Post author

      Yeah we have went through all of the vet recommended diets and I am waiting on an order for one that is specifically for pancreatic problems but that was through a lot of research as the vets don’t sell that one, so wasn’t told about it.

  2. Sarah

    Morning-
    I’m sure you have already discussed this with your vet, but maybe keeping a diary would help narrow things down and help you and your vet come up with a plan that lasts a little longer? Best of luck🐾

    1. Leah Post author

      He is kept consistent with food and only gets vegan treats as they don’t upset him. But with everything else he’s kept the exact same.

  3. carrie Urquhart

    I know you tried diets, but I wanted to add one maybe you hadn’t tried. Royal Canin makes amazing foods for sensitive stomachs. Have you had a full work up at the vet to rule out everything? I’ve seen nervous dogs who have constant pancreatitis. There was a medicine for nervous dogs that didn’t sedate them, cant remember the name of it right off but I could figure it out.

    1. Leah Post author

      Well he is currently on royal canin. But it doesn’t work, he’s still consistently having bad spells. We have had Lots of tests done but hes not nervous or anything. He is a very confident dog.

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Madeline | 3 years ago
I Have A 12 Year Old Cat Who Vomits Almost Every Day Since I Adopted Her 5 Months …

I have a 12 year old cat who vomits almost every day since I adopted her 5 months ago. She has been to the vet several times and a sonogram revealed she has chronic pancreatitis. They didn’t see any other issues. She was eating canned Fancy Feast with water, but now I have her on NomNomNow because I thought fresh food would help her. But she is still vomiting. It’s usually food at first but then she moves spots and vomits bile or saliva/foam. Once or twice the saliva looked bloody (took her to the vet right after). The vet had her on vitamin E, pepcid, and a round of antibiotics. Nothing helped. She has never been very playful but she is behaving relatively normally, eats, grooms, poops, etc. I don’t know what else to do! Thanks for any advice!

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  1. Sarah

    Hi-
    I’m so sorry you’re having such a time trying to help this cat. Has your vet ruled out everything else as far as a diagnosis? Perhaps there is something else that is worsening her initial issue? Have you tried feeding more meals throughout the day, but smaller portions? (A little at a time)

  2. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I would suggest you talk about a few things with your vet like a sensitive stomach diet like i/d or even try a stomach protectant like sulcralfate or even maripotent or metoclopramide. I often try medications with a diet change. Ideally a wet food diet fed in small amounts with increased frequency. Or ask about an ultrasound or even upper gi endoscopy. My point is that there are lots of options to discuss and try. I would first start with a fecal exam for intestinal parasites. Hope this helps. Let us know what happens.

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Karen Chavis | 4 years ago
Hi, I Have A Pomerian Mix, About 15 Lbs,, And I Am Having…

Hi, I have a pomerian mix, about 15 lbs,, and I am having a terrible time getting him to eat. I feed him Royal Canine which he usually eats late at night when nothing else is offered. I have spent a lot of money trying different foods, treats, toppings for his food and table food. He has had two bouts with pancreatitis this year, so I am trying to limit table food and treats. I am at my wits end. What else can I do? Dr. Magnifico is Bond’s vet, so is familiar with him. Thank you for any suggestions.

Karen Chavis

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    When I get to the clinic tomorrow I will pull up all of his info. So I can give you a better detailed answer. ?❤️?

  2. Sarah

    Good morning. IM no expert, but one of our dogs is super picky from time to time. I have gotten to making boiled chicken and rice for home when he gets this way, and it seems to do the trick. He starts eating normally again after a few meals and then will eat his kibble regularly. Hope this helps.

  3. Karen Chavis Post author

    Thank you. I do give him that also, but after a few days he sticks his nose in the air at that also.

  4. Krista Magnifico

    Hello!
    I think that lots and lots of small breed indoor pampered pups get picky. Part of it is that they have a small stomach, lots of leasure time and the other factors are an indoor comfortable life without stress or worry and doting parents who often spoil them with table scraps. They just lose interest in boring dog food and are able to be choosey about the food they do eat. Try to discourage table food if they are already picky eaters. Try to encourage exercise and play and try to stick to a good nutritious diet as the staple foundation to every meal. If you have to get creative by using canned food as a gravy or topping that is ok. Just try to also make that a nutrious choice. If you have to hand feed some that’s ok too. But try to avoid resorting to junk food as the daily diet. I have lots of clients who have found their small breed dog will only eat kibbles and bits, or mighty dog, or some such garbage. It leaves them stuck and their dogs often unhealthy due to excessive salt fat and fillers that taste good but are not good for them. I hope this helps. Good luck! Happy holidays! Call me at the clinic if I can help with any of this.

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Vivienne Barnes | 4 years ago
My 9 Year Old Cocker Spaniel Has Had Quite A Few Issues. Pancreas Probems To…

My 9 year old Cocker Spaniel has had quite a few issues. Pancreas probems to name one. This past few days she has not been herself at all. Limping slightly and having great difficulty in getting up on to the chair, also difficulty in moving along the settee or the bed, more or less shuffling along and wimpering looking at me as if to say “mum I`m hurting” any ideas please.

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  1. Julie Brader

    Hi sorry to hear about your Cocker Spaniel…I too have the same breed. Cockers are prone to spinal problems, IVDD (premature ageing of the spine). It sounds like your dog could have a problem with one of his discs. He needs to see a Vet urgently. If this condition is left he could be paralysed, so please don’t leave him, Vet now. Don’t let him attempt to jump on sofas, go up stairs ect…keep him on the same level. Hope all goes well, please let us know.

  2. Vivienne Barnes Post author

    Hi Julie, Took Holly to vet last night and he thinks it is arthritis and is doing tests. She had been on steroids for some time and was weaned off them lately so probably they were keeping the pain at bay. had a jag last night and I have tablets to try so here`s hoping. She seems a bit brighter this morning and had a good nights sleep. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

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Susie Gibson | 4 years ago
Teddy, Male Castrated DSH, Almost 10 Years Old. We Are In The UK. Teddy Was…

Teddy, male castrated DSH, almost 10 years old. We are in the UK. Teddy was hand reared from a week old. He has always presented with loose stools &/or diarrhoea which no one has even been able to attribute a specific cause to. Over the years, we have tried antibiotics including metronidazole, probiotics, prednisolone, drontal & panacur (as part of a worming programme), prescription diets, a raw diet, B12 injections, peridale granules & pancreatic enzymes. The only things which seemed to have some success were the metronizadole & the raw diet. All this time despite having a sore rectum & greasy coat, Teddy has never really acted sick until this week, when he went from having a good appetite to not wanting to eat & hiding. Teddy was very dehydrated. He was placed on iv fluids, had a convenia & B12 injection, had panacur & a gastro-protectant. Teddy has been hospitalised for 5 days. He is still on a drip. They have ruled out FIV & FelV, doesn’t have kidney or liver damage, WBC is very high, does not have a fever, isn’t anaemic. Taken a stool sample. The diarrhoea has stopped but is barely eating & having to be syringe fed. Teddy as Today they said Teddy appears to want to eat but is struggling to do so but doesn’t have any dental issues. They mentioned possibly pancreatitis as a cause for Teddy’s symptoms but can’t rule out parasites or an infection at this stage. Teddy has always been a small cat but he is now just 2.2kg. I asked the vet about a feeding tube but they said no as it would require an anaesthetic & Teddy isn’t well enough for that. The crux of this is that if Teddy doesn’t get adequate nutrition into him, he is going to die. How can I persuade my vet to change their mind?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m so Sorry to hear about Teddy’s troubles. I think a few things might help. 1. Ask for a referral to an internal medicine specialist or a feline specialist. 2. Get an ultrasound. 3. You cannot and should not convince someone who isn’t and doesn’t want to be convinced. Just ask for a referral. 3. I agree with you on the feeding tube neccessittt while you try to figure out his issue. (My opinion and I am not there so please use the advice of your own vet… no one likes a back seat driver. Lol).
    I would also ask about IBD, and start/keeping trying treatments until one works or you discover/identify his condition. I really hope this helps. I can say from experience that some of these cases are so frustrating. But I keep trying and place a feeding tube while I do. Sending best wishes!

  2. Susie Gibson Post author

    Thank you so much for your response! When the vets rang this morning they said Teddy had eaten about half a bowl of the food that they left him & that he was standing up today. They feel he is making some progress although he still isn’t fully hydrated yet. I went to visit Teddy this afternoon & he perked up a little & was purring. When the nurse brought some food out Teddy was very interested & even picked up a couple of pieces of ham in his mouth, before dropping them again 🙁 They are wrapping Teddy in a blanket & he has hot water bottles as his body feels a little cool. I noticed today he has snotty eyes. He seems very weak too. I asked again about a feeding tube but they said as Teddy has eaten some by himself that we have to take things slowly & it may take some time to get him well again. If he doesn’t get any better they feel the only option is euthanasia. Obviously I don’t agree! Due to their opening hours, it means Teddy would be by himself for 17 hours until the surgery next opens, so I elected to take him over to their 24 hours clinic so he can be monitored throughout the night & syringe fed. I was too scared to let him go that long without potentially eating. I have attached Teddy’s blood results from 5 days ago. They were taken before Teddy was put on a drip so some of the results may have been affected by that factor. I pick Teddy up from the 24 hour clinic tomorrow morning to take him back to the regular vets. I will update then. Thanks again for your much valued thoughts on Teddy.

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Betty Van Sant | 4 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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  1. Krista Magnifico

    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 urinary bladder and colon to know they are emptying normally every day (or multiple times a day). You also need help with at home physical therapy care and husbandry care. Your vet can help with these. It might be best to call a mobile vet to help you get started. Don’t worry so much about the feces as long as they are soft and consistent. Any softened food and an oral ladrive (jic) are usually all that is needed. Remember they won’t eat or defecate normally until the pain is managed. Start with a thorough exam at the vets. Ask lots of questions and read all my blogs and watch all the YouTube videos on IVDD they have tons of info.

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Moira Rowe - Lilley | 4 years ago
Hello. I Have A 10 Year Old Female Chihuahua. She Has Been Progressively Getting More…

Hello. I have a 10 year old female chihuahua. She has been progressively getting more blind until just recently when she went all the way blind. I’ve also noticed she’s very heard of hearing. She also has pancreatitis and has flare ups about once a month and we’ve really been trying to find the right diet for her. She’s only 10 years old so I’m very weirded out and worried about her. Does this mean she’s doesn’t have many years left? I thought dogs’ hearing and eye sight usually go down hill when they’re much older, especially for a chihuahua.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Blindness can be caused by many things. Have you spoken to your vet to see if they can help identify the cause? I would be worried about cataracts (perhaps even due to diabetes?), and glaucoma. These maybnit signify early death. But they should be treated and addressed to help keep your dog healthier and happier.

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Lisa Keaton | 5 years ago
I Know This Is A Long And Detailed Question, But Please Bear With Me, As…

I know this is a long and detailed question, but please bear with me, as I am extremely worried. I have a cairn terrier that is around 13 years old. I already suspect my dog has a kidney and /or liver problem considering her annual blood tests going back 3-4 years. My vet always says the test values are fine and nothing to worry about, BUT I know that cannot be true since there are many that are very high (some are “off the chart”), including: ALT, Alk Phosphatase, Urea Nitrogen, BUN/Creatine Ration, WBC, Platelet Count, & Neutrophils. Any/all of these high values can indicate problems with: kidneys, liver, pancreas, heart, cancer, and cushing’s syndrome. She coughs and her stomach contracts frequently. She vomits at least once each week (& tummy makes noises a lot). She alternates between loose stool, constipation, and normal. Her thirst has increased a lot. Her appetite is hungry as usual. She had a pot-belly and was overweight, but now she has lost weight and most of the pot-belly (even though she does not eat any less really). Again, my vet is not concerned about any of this either. An x-ray taken a couple of years ago showed she had a kidney stone, but as usual he is not concerned. She is almost blind now, as well as deaf. She had cataracts start to form when she was around 8 years old. At one visit he says she has glaucoma and the net visit she doesn’t. She also have various lumps on her head and body which he says to “just watch”. It is obvious to me that I need to take her to a new vet, as I this vet does not know what he is doing, nor do I think he even cares about the health of my dog. My pressing & immediate worry is that yesterday she wouldn’t eat and vomited 4 times, and that it was a pale pink hue color & a little frothy. I read that meant there was probably some blood in her vomit, which if course can be serious. She did a very little vomit today which was clear but had a little bit of a green/brown color mixed in. I made sure not to feed her until today. I gave her some Pepsid AC and later I gave her a little boiled chicken. So far it is staying down. I do plan on taking her to a different vet within the next few days. Is there a vet (and/or other knowledgeable people) that could give me an idea of what her actual health issue(s) probably is? I would be ever so grateful!

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  1. Julie Brader

    Thank you for your detailed description of what is happening with your dog. I would definitely say you need to change your Vet and quickly. It would be impossible for us to diagnose what is wrong with your girl. She needs in depth investigations and possibly an MRI Scan to find out. I can understand how upsetting and frustrating it is having a Vet who doesn’t seem to be bothered and doesn’t get it right either. It may be worth asking for a referral to a Specialist. They will carry out all the investigations and will have the equipment to do them with. Good luck!

  2. Lisa Keaton Post author

    Thank you for your reply Julie. It’s weird that my vet doesn’t appear to be any good, especially since all the online reviews are positive on him. Also, he has been a vet for many, many years, and even owns one of the largest vet clinics around with around five other vets working at the clinic. Nonetheless, I do believe I should take him to another vet, or else request one of the other vets at the clinic. I know there is no way anyone could diagnose her with all her many issues, but I though I may receive some narrowed-down ideas as to her most possible disease(s). Just so everyone understands, I have done a tremendous amount of research over the years, and have been giving my dog several daily supplements and herbals as preventative measures as well as alternatives to harsh prescription drugs for issues related to probable issues based on her lab workups. I give her a home-made diet as well, normally boiled chicken. I also give her a few different eye drops for the cataracts and possible glaucoma; all of which are used as preventatives as well. So at least I have been taking proactive measures all along for what I believe her issues could be and that her lab tests indicate. I firmly believe that if I hadn’t been doing this these past several years, that she would have died a long time ago. I want to add that I have no income now, but have a tiny bit of savings left. So I cannot afford to go to one or more specialists and have real expensive tests on her. But I will certainly be taking her in to a regular vet this week for an exam, new complete profile blood test, urinalysis, and x-rays or an ultrasound. I suspect though that she may need to have surgery for the kidney stone removal which is probably still there, and could be causing the current issues of low urine output & vomiting. Thank you again for your reply. I still hope to hear more replies from any others on this site that may have some valuable advice.

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Irwin Ortiz | 5 years ago
7 Year Old Cocker-Spaniel Since 7-17-17 Has Been Brought Into To Various Vets For Pain…

7 year old Cocker-Spaniel since 7-17-17 has been brought into to various vets for pain complaints around the neck area with diarrhea and dark stool with blood, head tilt, trouble eating hard food, so was given watered down hard food. Was told by first vet ear swab was positive for yeast infection, and pancreatitis test came back negative, wanted to do a blood test to rule out toxicity. Stool returned to normal following week but K9 continued with pain in head, would not shake, progressive weakness in upper right limb, was then taken to urgent care, given pain meds and steroid. Instructed to 6-8 crate rest, ending week of 7-23-17 total weakness in all four limbs unable to urinate must be expressed. Beginning of this week, in pain. Meds not working, constantly whining when breathing unless im touching her, no pain response when pinching webbings of paws on both front limbs. Massive eye drop in both eyes almost to the point of being closed. Doing laser treatment since 7-30-17, working to get a CT scan in progress. Is my dog dying? Any suggestions?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    A neurologist and a csf tap? I would be worried about a spinal injury, infection, even cancer. Or other yet undiagnosed neurological condition.