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.
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.
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.
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.
My polish lowland sheep dog has had Cushings disease for past 2 years. He is on trilostane .25ml once per day. About 3 weeks ago he was diagnosed with diabetes. He is on 6 units of insulin
2x per day. The problem is he must eat in order to take the insulin and he is not hungry. We have tried everything. I didn’t give him the trilostane this morning and was able to get him to eat some chicken. Then I gave him the insulin. Suggestions?
Also, what about a pet cpd oil?
I think my cat has a urinary tract infection. I took him to a vet the other day. They took a urine sample and gave me some medicing to help ease his pain while the urine was being tested. I’m waiting to hear back from them. Do you know of a place where pet care is cheap or free in Chicago? If he needs the surgery, I cannot afford the high cost.
I have some positive experience using homeopathy on pets so a friend brought over a hedgehog that had gotten a hair caught around two back legs causing gangrene. One foot had already come off and the leg looks clean. The other foot is still there but swollen up to the knee with brown gangrenous skin. I am using homeopathic remedies which have cured gangrene and saved people from amputation before but I’m afraid of the gangrene spreading and wondering if it would be best to take the hedgehog in and have the leg amputated.
What is the best thing to give my active little chewers to naw on? I was told by a breeder to give they bully sticks, but I’d prefer to know your thoughts since you take care of my babies. Piper chews a lot and Willoughby loves the distraction. With the new food you gave us his itchiness is much less, he being more social and is welcoming belly rubs and petting him because it doesn’t drive him crazy to be touched. So much improved. But I would like to buy them something to chew on based on your recommendation.
Kristie, Piper, Hope, Willoughby and Wrenley
I have a precious male 11 year-old Shih Tzu. A few days ago we began seeing that he had a stiff neck, but about after 4 days ago we began noticing that on the left side of the neck there was twitching. He was having a difficult time shaking his head. During one night he was on our bed and I moved him a little to adjust him better and he began crying really loud and lowered his left side of the neck and front paw. We finally had him rest on the couch where I slept next to him and watched over him until the morning. While he was resting I notice his paws twitching for a few seconds. In the morning we took him to his vet where they examined him. The doctor said he has chronic neck pain and its mostly likely due to his old age. Currently he eats and drinks very well, has no fever, and poops normally. The doctor prescribed painkillers Dexamethasone, and Enrofloxicin. During our time at the vet Scrappy, our precious Shih Tzu was much better and completely changed. He was able to shake his head completely, walk, and poop with no difficulty. We believe the night rest on the couch did him good because he woke up feeling better.
However, after arriving home a few hours later we had a visitor over were Scrappy got really excited and our visitor barely petted and that were everything started again. Just when we thought he was getting better he began crying really loud and lowered his left side and left paw again. He began walking away while crying. I felt very useless not knowing what to do, just comforting him with words. I was afraid if I touched him the pain was going to get worse. At this point we decided to give him half a tablet of Dexamethasone mixed with a little applesauce.
Currently, we are feeling very confused as to what it can be. I am aware his age plays a factor, but when I see him it’s like he’s trying to fight this pain. I feel like he has cervical Intervertebral Disc Disease on his neck or pinched nerves because he always loved to sleep in tight spaces like the closets on top of shoes, but the vet did not mention anything of it he just said its old age. As of now the only symptoms we see are these pain attacks on the left side of his neck, and a stiff neck that comes and goes. We are not sure what triggers them or what to do when they come. When they are not present(usually after a good rest) he walks normally, but slowly, eats very well, cleans himself on his blanket turning his neck side to side, still loves to greet people, and responds when we call his name. As of now he’s been resting and at times I notice his head twitches a bit. I can see that a lot of the pain is located at the left side of the neck. I am sorry for the long post, but if anyone has advice or had a similar case with your furry ones please share. Thank you.
I just read that plug in air fresheners were harmful to pets. Is this true?