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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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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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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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Stacy Brown | 1 year ago
My Polish Lowland Sheep Dog Has Had Cushings Disease For Past 2 Years. He Is…

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?

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Hello, I have many patients who have this dilemma. It is frustrating I know. I cant answer this specifically for your pet because a whole slew of variables influence the disease and therefore the patient. I would say to first start with a really thorough exam with a vet who is very versed in managing these diseases. I would also discuss repeating a full blood work to include a urinalysis. I look for problems expecting that this is what is affecting my patient. I know it is not what anyone wants to hear, but ignoring but not looking isn’t going… Read more »

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Austin Williams | 1 year ago
I Think My Cat Has A Urinary Tract Infection. I Took Him To A Vet…

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.

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If it isn’t a uti, then most likely meds will suffice. If it turns out to be something else and surgery is required, then I would call around or speak to your vet about payment options. See if a deposit with weekly or monthly installments will work. See if your local animal rescue could help out. And yu could also apply for care credit or animal health insurance too, to help out with any future expenses. Best of luck!

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Sorry, if it IS a uti, not isn’t.

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https://archive.org/details/homeopathiccaref00hami This is a link to the book Homeopathy for Cats and Dogs by Don Hamilton DVM. You can borrow it online through this link or check out the hard copy from your local library. https://joettecalabrese.com/blog/recurring-utis-and-antibiotics-stop-the-cycle/ This is a link to an article explaining what is wrong with using antibiotics. Although it is about human use, the same principles apply. Following is the text on UTI’s in cats from Don Hamilton’s book. I successfully used Cantharis 30, Apis Mel 30 (if animal has little thirst), and Arsenicum alb 30 (if animal has great thirst). All of these can be purchased… Read more »

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Hello, At my practice I receive the results in 24 hours. Call your vet. The results should be back by now. I also think a few things are very helpful and important. One exercise. Two diet. I always recommend feeding a high quality wet food with water added. It helps to keep the bladder flushed and protects against uti or cystitis. Next I recommend a urinary supplement like cranmate. To be used daily. After that I teach my clients how to recognize a problem at home. By monitoring the litter box. Getting urine samples every 2-4 weeks and palpating the… Read more »

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Patricia Rattray | 1 year ago
I Have Some Positive Experience Using Homeopathy On Pets So A Friend Brought Over A…

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.

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Consider this an emergency and get that animal to the vet NOW!

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I appreciate your wish to be helpful but you can only be helpful if you have expertise. Especially if you are going to adopt an authoritative tone. Based on your all caps and exclamation mark and the fact that it was 4:30pm here with offices about to close, I took the hedgehog to the vet and got the same response the hedgehog owner got; i.e. there is nothing they can do. If anyone looks here for information on a similar problem, the vet said if it was gangrene – which it looks like it is, – the foot should just… Read more »

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Kristie Kenney | 1 year ago
Hi, What Is The Best Thing To Give My Active Little Chewers To Naw On? …

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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

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GOod morning? We use nylabones a lot. They like them and they last for a while. I also, as a treat, give rawhides, but I worry about choking, so they only get those when we are with them, to supervise. My guys will also occasionally find an antler in our woods and drag that home. They love it, but the points worry me, so I have my husband cut them off and file them down. I’ve no idea what tool(s) he uses, but it works. Out of all of them though, the ny.abones are my preferred because I feel they’re… Read more »

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Here’s my favorites for my pups.

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King toys with organic peanut butter (gotta be sure there is no xylitol in it).

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Kong. Lol. They even. Make tiny sizes!

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Stacy Espinoza | 1 year ago
I Have A Precious Male 11 Year-old Shih Tzu. A Few Days Ago We Began…

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.

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Good morning. I am so sorry that your pup is in pain. I know how helpless you must feel at times trying to comfort him. I would get back in to the vet ASAP, and while there, I would be very clear about your expectations. Explain your concerns, and suspicions. Request a thorough exam, xrays if you think they might help your vet find a cause, perhaps even bloodwork. Hopefully, they can find out what is causing this. If not, you are also free to find a second, or even third opinion. I hope you are able to find your… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
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Hello,
My advice is to get a second opinion. I would also ask about pain meds. In my opinion dex isn’t an analgesic. There are others out there. If you and the vet suspect ivdd see my blogs on this. I have lots of drugs that I discuss. I also have much on this about Hank (a cervical ivdd case I had). In general I use NSAIDs and rest or discuss other muscle relaxants or neuropathic pain meds. I also think and X-ray and bloodwork are helpful.
Good luck. Let us know what happens

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kathy welsh | 1 year ago
I Just Read That Plug In Air Fresheners Were Harmful To Pets. Is This True?

I just read that plug in air fresheners were harmful to pets. Is this true?

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Hello, It really depends on a lot of factors. Like which kinds of pets you have. What kind of fresheners you use and how the scent is distributed. In general most are probably safe. But some cats and dogs can be sensitive to the peuducts and they shoukdnbe used as far away from bedding and litter boxes as possible. Some pets just find them overwhelmingly caustic and pets smell so much better than us so it’s pribably not toxic to their health but too smelly for them to enjoy. My suggestion is to kee them away from pets and pet… Read more »

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Hi??
We do have 1 plugin air freshener in our finished basement, but I only keep it on the lowest setting. Anything higher than that and both the cat all the dog’s sneeze a lot.