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Catherine | 5 months ago
We Recently Got A 5 Month Old Great Dane. She Was In Several Homes Before We Got …

We recently got a 5 month old Great Dane. She was in several homes before we got her. She wants nothing to do with us and after 4 days of working with her she refuses to go outside and growls when I come near her, but she continues to lay down. She will not take treats from me either. I want to try to make this work but don’t know how to gain her trust. I’ve tried setting and talking to her.. ignoring her… positive reinforcement.. petting her when she comes up to me but all she wants to do tonight is lay there and growl at me. I would love some help and don’t think I can wait to get a trainer to come.

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello, Thank you for giving this girl a chance. I guess I’m a little confused abo to how you manage the bathroom and what, if anything, she has had that has worked. I would start by calling everyone and anyone you can think of. Including the breeder. And start asking for resources to help. I also think this is a long and slow road in some cases so you really have to be prepared for that. And understand that each failure sets her back immensely. So I hope that you can find help. She is afraid. The only way to… Read more »

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Good morning- Thank you so much for helping her. This is going to take a lot of time and patience. I would talk to my vet and find a reputable dog behaviorist that will come to your home. It will be time and money well spent. They will be able to see everything both you guys and your dog are doing and be able to assess the entire situation. This will make it possible for them to give you specific guidelines on how to help you and your dog. Until you can get a behaviorist out there- again I cannot… Read more »

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Kelly Redden | 12 months ago
Our 12 Year Old Tabby Is Very Sick. On Sunday, When Petting Her, I Noticed…

Our 12 year old tabby is very sick. On Sunday, when petting her, I noticed that she seemed like she’d lost weight (she’s very small to begin with). On Monday she didn’t seem to be eating much, on Tuesday she was breathing heavily and sleeping in odd places. Today she was walking funny, we took her to our vet who gave her an X-ray and told us that she has fluid around her lungs and diagnosed her with lymphoma. She gave her a shot of steroids and said that if, within 24 hours, there was an improvement, then the cancer may be treatable with steroids. The vet told us that she had a 50/50 chance. After coming home and doing some research, I don’t think this is true. I don’t want my kitty to suffer and wondering if I should seek a second opinion.

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Hello,
I think that I would first recommend a referral to either a feline specialist or an internal medicine specialist. If these aren’t available to you based on proximity (and your vet should help you with a referral to the ones near you), then yes get a second opinion. I wish you the best of luck.

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My cat was diagnosed with multicentric lymphoma at 1 year 8 months old. Given that she was so incredibly young both of the veterinarians at our regular practice urged us to get a 2nd opinion. We visited a cat hospital where the doc confirmed the diagnosis. She felt that our cat was not a candidate for chemo. When asked for a realistic expectation on the time she had left I was given 48hours to 6 weeks at very best. She was treated with prednisone, vitamin B12, probiotics, meds for nausea and subq fluids as needed. She lived an additional 2… Read more »

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Lydia Schlitzkus | 12 months ago
Routine Dog Spay On A 9 Month Old Mixed Breed Dog
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Paisley has received all of her puppy vaccines. She was then old enough to be routinely spayed. She came in for an exam and pre-op blood work was completed (a 6 panel chemistry and CBC).
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Amy Wedekind | 12 months ago
I Just Read A Post On A Dog Forum I’m In Regarding Doing Titer Testing…

I just read a post on a dog forum I’m in regarding doing titer testing before giving vaccinations to find out if they are really needed and that over vaccinating can be bad for our pets especially smaller pets. Should I discuss this with my vet before getting vaccines for my almost 9 yr old small breed dog? I thought I was doing the best thing for my pet…I just don’t know what to believe anymore.

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Absolutely. Particularly at that age, your dog most likely has perfectly good immunity against the core diseases. The only exception is Rabies which is legislated and, at least as of now, titers don’t replace booster legally. Definitely discuss this with your vet. We’ve been titering for years now and our dogs continue to have sufficient immunity. Another exception are vaccines against bacterial infections, such as Leptospirosis–with these, the immunity lasts up to a year and no longer than that. So if you have a reason and are vaccinating for these things, they have to be repeated annually. But those are… Read more »

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Everyone should be offered titers. They are a great way to avoid over vaccinating. The only downside is the cost. It’s about $100(+) for a titer versus less than $30 for the vaccine. Talk to your vet about it. Great question.

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Lydia Schlitzkus | 12 months ago
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Weenie came in to be spayed at Jarrettsville Vet Center(JVC). She had also received routine vet care up until this point. She was spayed later in life because she is a smaller cat.
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MaryPat Feiss | 12 months ago
So We Stumbled Upon A 2 Yr Old Puggle Who Was Going To Be Surrender…

So we stumbled upon a 2 yr old puggle who was going to be surrender to the Humane Society. We were told that she is being treated for a UTI but was very healthy. The owners were keeping her in a cage for 12-15 hrs which would definitely cause the UTI. So we asked around and found a family member in NY that was willing to take her. Long story short, we took her to NY and got her a check up. She doesn’t only have a UTI but also a huge stone in her bladder which needs to be removed surgically. My mother in law cannot afford this surgery being on a fixed income. Being the owner of 5 of my own pets, I cannot afford it either. But we don’t want this sweet dog going back to the owner or shelter. Can you recommend somewhere that would consider doing pro-bono or discounted work for rescue pets? We plan on bringing her back to Maryland tonight.

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Hello,
I’m sorry I don’t know of anyone who does pro bono work for owned pets. You can apply to foundations or borrow from friends. There is also the possibility of trying a diet to dissolve the stone. In some cases this works and most dogs need to be on a prescription diet to prevent the stone from getting larger or recurring anyway.

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Krista Magnifico | 1 year ago
This Is Boots. A YouNg Overweight Beagle Who Was Scooting. My Top Rule Outs For…
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Krista Magnifico | 1 year ago
This Is Boots. A YouNg Overweight Beagle Who Was Scooting. My Top Rule Outs For…
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Krista Magnifico | 1 year ago
Cash Was Purchased At 8 Weeks Old From A Private Breeder. He Was Seen Every…
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Cash was purchased from a private breeder at 8 weeks old. At his first examination I, his veterinarian, found that only one of his testicles was in the scrotal sac where it belonged. He also has a small umbilical hernia.
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Krista Magnifico | 1 year ago
Cash Was Purchased At 8 Weeks Old From A Private Breeder. He Was Seen Every…
Treatment Cost (USD): $930.00
Cash was purchased from a private breeder at 8 weeks old. At his first examination I, his veterinarian, found that only one of his testicles was in the scrotal sac where it belonged. He also has a small umbilical hernia.
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