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Jason | 2 years ago
Good Day- We Are The Proud Owners Of A One-year-old English Pointer Named Bruno And A …

Good day- We are the proud owners of a one-year-old English Pointer named Bruno and a proud patient of Dr. Magnifico’s. Recently, Bruno has been shaking his head more often and scratching his ears. He has also been sleeping much more the past few days. When not sleeping, he is still pretty playful and eating/drinking. How do you know if he has an ear infection or not? His ears have been professional cleaned, but same actions with his head. Also, no smells coming from his ears. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, Ear infections are best diagnosed with an otoscope visualization and a swab and microscopic slide evaluation of the ears. In some cases there is simply dirt and debris and only an ear cleaning is needed. In others it is infection and therefore an otic antibiotic or antifungal is needed and in some cases it is just a red itchy ear due to an allergy. In any and all cases of head shaking it is imperative to identify what is going on and alleviate it ASAP or you can get an aural hematoma. Which adds two things to treat for… Read more »

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Jason | 2 years ago
Can Someone Give Me Some Suggestions On Nail Trimming On A 1-year Old Pointer? His Nails …

Can someone give me some suggestions on nail trimming on a 1-year old Pointer? His nails and quick are black so that adds a challenge. As soon as he sees the nail clippers, he gets into a panic. Trying to hold him down is very stressful for both the dog and me as the owner (but I do try to remain calm and talk with him the entire time). Please advise tips so we can get to a better place and maintain his nails better. Thank you.

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning- This is going to be a bit of a road to travel, but CAN definitely be done. You are going to have to reintroduce the clippers as a positive thing. Slowly and gradually until you get to the point where you are able to trim. Treats and praise will help- but it will take time to get there. In the meantime- the vet techs at your vet will most likely be able to assist you. I am still trying to reintroduce nail trimming to one of our shepherds and it’s almost a year now… not giving up though.… Read more »

Laura
1 year ago

I agree with Sarah – you need to revisit the clippers (or dremel) in a different way.

Are you on Facebook? There’s a FANTASTIC group focused on doing nails in a way that the dog isn’t stressed. Some members build scratch boards for their dogs to use while they’re training them to accept clippers. I would encourage you to join and read all the Files: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nail.maintenance.for.dogs/learning_content/

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Michelle Martinez | 2 years ago
I Have A Labrador I Don’t Know If She Is Pregnant She Has Excessive Barking…

I have a Labrador I don’t know if she is pregnant she has excessive barking because sometimes we put her in the garage and she has her house there and she sleeps with my boy dog golden retriever the point is that I don’t know if Labrador is prevent and I really wan to place a barking collar on her but we don’t want that to get in the way of her puppies she might have but we don’t know if she is pregnant

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Laura
2 years ago

Hi Michelle, you have multiple issues happening. If your lab is pregnant, please get her spayed. You are not equipped to handle a litter of puppies. The other issue – the barking – is managed by giving her more to do. She is most likely bored! This is a smart working breed, and they need mental work regularly. Instead of using an aversive like a bark collar, work your dog!

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Sarah | 2 years ago
Hello Pawbly Friends- Quick Question. Our Youngest GSD (1 & 1/2)is Not Comfortable Getting His Nails…

Hello Pawbly friends-
Quick question. Our youngest GSD (1 & 1/2)is not comfortable getting his nails trimmed, and it is getting worse?I will admit- ever since I quicked our Dierks years ago, I am always apprehensive about doing nails. Butch HATES getting his nails trimmed. Riva “tolerates” it. I know it is important, so I take a deep breath, calm myself and keep going. My thinking is that Rontu can still sense my anxiety and I need to get it in check. I realize that I could bring him in to get his nails trimmed, but at this point, and how involved with my dogs I try to be, I feel bringing him in is a cop out of sorts. I am also feeling like trimming nails, as small as that sounds, has great potential in building a better level of trust- but I need to approach it just right. Any advice is so very appreciated ???thanks

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2 years ago

Try a dremel. It requires desensitization but it’s easier to use, as you’re less likely to quick your dogs with it, especially with dark nails. While you work on desensitization, take your dog to a groomer for trims.

Or, since we’re local to each other (I’m just down in Baltimore), I could show you the basics of using a dremel sometime soon? I’d be happy to do it.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I tell clients to try to make nail exercises part of every day and every joyous occasion.. like taking “give paw” to the next level… make handing the feet over a task, offer rewards to reinforce participation and then start with a softer nail trimmer… like a file, or even a dremel (dremel takes longer to desensitize due to noise and vibration). But whatever you do keep at it.. also, if you do what I do, which is use nail trimmers, make sure they are sharp and know what you are aiming for.

heres some help

https://kmdvm.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-to-trim-nails.html

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Art Holland | 3 years ago
1) 2010 CO Vet Adv 7/yr Fem Cat, Fixed, Front Claws Pulled (prev Elderly Owner…

1) 2010 CO vet adv 7/yr fem cat, fixed, front claws pulled (prev elderly owner afraid her cats would climb drapes etc). Cat afraid (no claw prot assumed) never wanted to go outside. Health etc good
2) great relatnshp next 10 years, i ret @12yrs ago, after @2 years we started talking to (i spk, she spks, i spk, etc) to each other. Also, didnt take long, w/in 5 min of me going to bed at nite (or naps etc) she would curl up on my chesr, watch until i fell asleep and then so did she.
3) i’ve lived RV’s all my life (excpt 20 years ‘65-85 worked maritime), she took to this wuite well, liked watching out window or curl on lap, nightime driving i turn on defroster, she likess watching oncoming headlites white sprawled out on dash &defrstr her warm.
4) been staying new places @a year then find new place &do same.
5)@1.2 yrs ago moved to page, AZ (largest 200mi lg, 2500mi circumf fresh water inland lake in usa, few yrs ago built solar powered boat this reason 1 for Page AZ; reason 2 4 Corners archeology, ancient native Am history etc)
3 yrs bldg boat Cat got used to boat & accepted boat @Almost@ as well as RV.
6) couple months after “calling Page new temp home Cat develops hair mats (long soft hair, appearance much like maine coon cat appearance), prev i always take to groomer, which she liked.
7)page pop 7000 mostly bat an, businesses, IF there is one of anything there is no 2, 3 etc iow NO competition on services or prices, only comp is.boat storage and small storage places
8) vet blows off helping with mats, cat still has teeth so nada ever done @ that.
9) vet takes BP say cats are identical to humans in this regard (my est of this vet dropped several points at this point) a humans BP can change a thoudand times a day and new places, out of rv comfort zone, strange people poking her, dogs eksewhere barking, all sorts of reasons a one time BP test useless. Meanwhile he says she has urinary tract inf (all prev signs re cat, litter box, excess h20 drinking, etc then never applied. Vet Refusing recommedg drugs, antibiotics, wet food etc. Vet stressed ONLY thing that would help was HIS brand dry food (forget name but same brand seen/sold in almost ALL vet ofcs. Dummy cat owner says ok and takes 2 8lb bags. Pays& leaves. Getting into RV and Cat settled looked at receipt: use of treatg room$60. 2 bags dry food $80.Dummy got real smart real quick & this collegeeducated BUSInESSMAN with triple ultra minor in screwing cat owners just relegated ti phq u u jerk!
10) 3 weeks later Cat keeps asking where food is & get rid of this dumpster dived excuse for cat food. So we head back to WallyWorld and study whats there. Low & behold 1 bag ONLY no grain “pure balance”hi protein also few sm cand fancy feast salmon&shrimp. First couple days started feeling like gaining then suddenly nada, losing ground. Last few weeks seldom to no catbox use, pees everywhere. Last night i had rolled on sude, when cant sleep on my checst, hip is great alternative, but woke up with right hip totally soaked. Cant tell her she can no longer sleep w/on me as thats gonna be even greater psycho hit. Clothes bedfing etc inste ad of usual 3-4 week trip to laundrmat is still 3-4 weeks but looks like 3-4 months. Couple hours ago had thougjt to thought to search “female cat urinary tract infection” on youtube, several hits but listening to vodeosbyours was more inteteveted in the pet than the high dollar competition prone.
11) she not doing well, looks worse, have med raising and training in addition to farm background. Unfortunately, putting farm raised animals down is no longer the answer when world culture teaches us to regard them as semi-human family members. I hate watching her wither aw ay keep hoping better alternative can be.
Advice?
Thank you, Art

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello Art, Sounds like you are a very dedicated and saucy/colorful guy. Which I think is awesome! Kudos to you for being so determined to find an answer for your kitty. I would recommend this: fo find a vet who you trust. I think your cat needs a professional advocate to help understand and diagnose what’s going on. I hope you can find someone soon. I think that a full bloodwork (CBC, chemistry, thyroid and urinalysis are all indicated). In my experience high blood pressure is abnormal along with something else. Please don’t try to fix this without some diagnostics.… Read more »

Sarah
2 years ago

Hi again Art-
You need a vet that you can establish an. Trusting relationship with. Ask around. Check with everyone you meet that has animal. In the meantime, you can either take your cat back where you originally went (I personally would not) or just try another vet and bring your records with you and explain your situation like you did here. Best of luck!!!???

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Spencer Turby | 3 years ago
My Dog Is About 12 Yrs Old And Had A Rabies Vaccine And Blood Work…

My dog is about 12 yrs old and had a rabies vaccine and blood work done little over 2 weeks ago. When I took him to the vet his belly was swollen are you little and I pointed that out to the veterinarian. After you gave the vaccine and got blood work done and at the veterinarian told me that his heart was not that good but his liver and kidneys were fine and I did not have thyroid problems but he has really bad teeth. His belly was just swollen for about a week and then I noticed a couple of white worms in his stool so I called the vet and got some warm medicine. Now his belly seems to of went down a little but he has some swelling that continues to get worse and there is swelling all over his stomach and his one right leg area. Now I cannot even lift his back legs up. I’m very worried.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I cannot tell you what is going on. I’m sorry. There isn’t enough information to guide you anywhere except back to the vets office. I would recommend xrays and an ultrasound as your next steps to see that might be going on inside the abdomen. Good luck

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caroline gordon | 3 years ago
My Dog Is A 5-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix And She Has Been Sick All Her…

My Dog is a 5-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix and she has been sick all her life. She came to us with Kennel Cough which then led to Pneumonia and she had to be hospitalized. Then after she got out she developed a rash which wasn’t that bad but about a month ago she started scratching herself to a point where she would cry. She has recently developed red bumps over her chest and sides and bites and scratches herself bloody. Today she has been very lethargic and is panting furiously with no obvious cause. We have mentioned this to our vet but she just gave us medicine and it hasn’t helped. She also told us if it gets worse we would have to do testing we don’t have the money for. What could be happening to her? What is a way that we could get money for the dog?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
It sounds like you need to seek veterinary help again. If you are unhappy with your vet please ask for a referral or use the vet of a friend you trust. It also might be helpful to ask a local rescue or shelter if they know of anyone who can help provide low cost care. Keep calling. Lots of the rescues around me (including a county shelter) offer low cost vet care. If you cannot and you believe your dog is in need of care ask a rescue if they will help care for your dog.

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Patricia Rattray | 3 years ago
I Want To Post A Question About My Cat. I Was Touched And Encouraged To…

I want to post a question about my cat. I was touched and encouraged to find Dr. Magnifico’s blog as I am caring for my soon to be nineteen-year-old cat who has bone cancer in her right pelvis. She was diagnosed at the beginning of August and I have been fighting it and managing her pain with homeopathy (which I have studied for three years). I believe I have been managing her pain as she lays in relaxed postures, purrs, still “screeches” hungrily for breakfast in the morning (which has been liquid for a long time) and also “chirps” hello in the morning and when I come into the room. At times her muscles and body posture have become tense which I take as a sign of pain and adjust her medicine or give more and this always seems to work to bring her back to looking and acting comfortable.

Although the homeopathy appears to work for pain management, it has not stopped the progression of the cancer which at this point has impinged on her spinal column causing her to drag her right leg when hobbling and be unable to express her urine and bowel movements. I was taught by a veterinarian during my last visit to manually express her urine. When this doesn’t work, I just change the mattress pads in her bed. The problem is bowel which is stuck in her colon. The vet I took her to said the procedure to remove it manually would be too difficult on her and just encouraged me toward euthanasia. Her life force is still too strong for me to consider this.

The vet did tell me a week and a half ago that the piece of bowel stuck near the opening was about three inches long and suggested soap suds enemas and massage. I have been trying this twice a day with no results. The piece of bowel is wide at the opening and too long for me to reach in with a finger and guide it out complicated by the fact that I don’t really know what I am doing. Worrying about too many soap suds enemas, I have changed to coconut oil and water or just coconut oil.

I found this advice at https://www.handicappedpets.com/bowel-management-in-incontinent-pets/

Squeezing method
Making your dog poop on command squeezing method
Use your fingertips to gently press and feel the soft tissue in a circular area around the anus. By pressing on the soft tissue, you may feel something firm inside the rectum. Spread your thumb and forefinger about 1 1/2″ apart, lay them on either side of the rectum, press inward on the soft tissue a little, and grip the stool right through the skin. Now you’ve got a good amount of skin and soft tissue pinched between your fingers and in the center of it is a piece of stool. If you pinch harder, the stool will break off within the rectum and the anus will open at the same time, and it naturally begins to come out. The beauty of this is that usually the remaining stool moves forward into position and you can repeat the procedure. Repeat until there is nothing inside the soft tissue. One thing I try to be careful about is not pinching too hard. I read somewhere about damaging the mucosa lining the colon. I also don’t want to prolapse the rectum. I keep a box of kleenex on the expressing station, and each time a piece of stool drops, I drop a tissue over it, which reduces the odor. You may go through a lot of kleenex this way, but I feel it’s worth it.

Is this something that would be safe to try on her?

My other question is: she continues to eat three meals a day which are blended raw chicken with a lot of added water and also pumpkin. I think it has been six weeks since she had a bowel movement. This cannot be good and I’m afraid this is what will be life-threatening before the cancer. Am I correct?

Thank you so much,
Patricia

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello! First she has to be emptied. In my opinion I would find a feline expert (call around or do a google search) to help you. I use warm water enemas and digital and abdominal palpation to break it up and move it. I also strongly recommend iv fluids for a few days to help stimulate the go tract and break up and soften the feces. Also it is imperative to understand if her disease process is the cause of the colons lack of motility. Of it is this is only a very temporary treatment and you will be back… Read more »

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Kath Burke | 3 years ago
Help! Any Advice You Can Give!: I Have A 10 Year Old Shih Tzu, Who Has…

Help! Any advice you can give!:
I have a 10 year old shih tzu, who has always been a very sweet and submissive dog. She grew up with a dog and likes all dogs, usually stopping to greet both big and small dogs on our walks around Fells Point. She met my brother’s new lab puppy yesterday. The lab tried over and over to play with her and was very excited doing so-jumping, etc. The lab is much bigger, of course. My dog was initially fearful, but then aggressive, showing her teeth, barking and snapping at the dog. She has NEVER been like this. We tried a few times to let the dogs work it out, but always with the same results. They spent the day together, which basically included her being held away from the lab. We left there this morning; but today she cannot settle down. She is walking around the house, very anxious, and more energized. I feel so worried that she is traumatized. I’m hoping she can settle eventually; but also, I hope this won’t keep happening with her “cousin” and other dogs. Anybody have had this happen? Any tricks to helping her feel safe? Will we be able to spend holidays together? Thanks for listening to this long story!?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, Your pup, like every pup and soul, has her own opinion. She has deducted that this puppy is too much for her. So, after no one listened and the puppy didn’t get her subtle (and I guess, also, not so subtle) clues, she had to resort to strong words and not at all subtle clues. I tell my clients it is the equivalent of being a retired 80 year old person being left a newborn to care for. All the crying, sleepless nights, and constant attention is more than most of us, in our late autumn years, can, or… Read more »

Sarah
2 years ago

Hi there- Laura and Dr. Mag are right. Not only is this a larger dog, it’s a puppy- so it’s a larger dog woth minimal or no manners right now. She is probably restless because of the days events and needs a bit of time to settle down. I’m sure all of it was done with good intentions, but in her eyes she told the puppy to back off, asked for help from her humans, and then had to deal with things on her own. Maybe another introduction later down the road after the puppy has had some training will… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

I concur with Dr. M – your job is to protect her, and you didn’t. She isn’t comfortable right now. Don’t put her in that situation again. She doesn’t know this is a “cousin” – all she knows is this is a much larger dog that has no concept of how to behave around her.

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Patrick Smith | 3 years ago
My Dog Is 9 Years Old And Is A Bernese Mountain Dog Mixed With A…

My dog is 9 years old and is a Bernese mountain dog mixed with a beagle/boxer. She is about 75-80 pounds. I noticed in February she was dragging one of her back feet to the point her nail was filing down to the wick. We brought her to the vet who referred us to a neurologist. We narrowed it down to four options, herniated disk, cancer, menegitis, or degerative myelopathy. We tried a number of steroids and pain killers trying to see if we could do anything to help her walking. The drugs made her very anxious and we decided to stop them. She does not seem in pain and is her normal stubborn self and tries to play with other dogs when she sees them (jumping and play bouncing). The drugs show no improvement and we bring her back and are told an MRI is needed to confirm anything and it would be about 2.5k-3k to get a definitive diagnosis. If she needs surgery or it is cancer treatment it is an additional 5-10k on top of that. Unfortunately we can’t afford that type of bill at the moment and we opt for the conservative treatment and they gave us pain killers that we stopped giving her after a couple days. Fast forward to August she is starting to get much more clumsy with both of her back feet and struggling more with jumping and stairs. She is still walking a normal amount (.5 mile a day) but she is dragging her rear legs more and tearing through her booties. We bring her back to the vet and she says that she thinks it is a herniated disk because when her back is pushed behind her rib cage she shows discomfort. She doesn’t show any pain when we are walking her around the neighborhood and still is smiling and “trotting” her back legs are very irratic and if she high steps she is able to go further. She goes through rubber boots ever month or so from dragging them on walks but still seems mentally normal and happy. I am skeptical it is a hernatied disk because of her excitement to go outside and roll around in the yard. Also she seems healthy with her eating and behavior so I am not sure if it is cancer. I am hoping to see if there is anything that could help her and keep her mobile/happy as long as possible. If it is a hernatied disk is it something that will slowly get worse and worse? She has slowly gotten a bit worse and is still able to get up stairs but is starting to struggle more. I am looking into any types of treatment/PT. She seems normal and happy but her walking is clumsy and am hoping there is something else I can do besides surgery or cancer treatment.

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Sarah
2 years ago

Good morning. Sorry that you’re struggling with your pups situation. Has your vet done an X-ray at any point? That might hold some answers. Could it possibly be arthritis? One of our dogs is a senior citizen, and he struggles with his back legs now mostly due to arthritis in his hips. We are on a pain management plan with him, and I do stretch his legs each evening for a bit. Something you could talk to your vet about. Best of luck.