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Susan Poage | 3 months ago
My 6 Year Old Female Pit Was Diagnosed With Chylothorax Yesterday, 7/5. My Vest Was Only Able To …

My 6 year old female pit was diagnosed with Chylothorax yesterday, 7/5. My vest was only able to pull a little of the gel type liquid from her lungs. She referred us to a specialist, but they cannot see her until Aug 4. Do you know if there is another specialist in the Baltimore, Maryland area that could see her? She is currently taking 50mg of Lasix. I don’t want to wait four weeks. She has barely eaten anything over the last two weeks as it is. She’s lost about 7-10 pounds.

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Krista Magnifico
2 months ago

Hello, Without knowing exactly where you are located I would go to UPenn through the ER service and that way you can be seen immediately. You should not wait until August. In fact I would be incredibly worried that you don’t have that much time to safely wait. My preference is UPenn above all other referral centers as I have found them to be the most efficient and affordable of all the specialty centers. There are other specialty centers like the PetER and Chesapeake Vet Referral in Towson but I have had many clients find them cost prohibitive for care.… Read more »

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Terri S | 6 months ago
Hi Dr. Magnifico. Our Cat Boogie Was Recently Seen By Dr. Ahrens For His Constipation Issues, …

Hi Dr. Magnifico. Our cat Boogie was recently seen by Dr. Ahrens for his constipation issues, and also to have blood drawn to check his hyperthyroidism. I have a couple questions for Dr Ahrens.
I prefer not calling the office, as I do not want to pull her away from whatever she is doing at that time, and it is really hard to reach me by phone.
Can you please ask her to email me at ——— or if you could give me her JVC email address so I can email her, I would greatly appreciate it!
Thank you!
Terri

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Krista Magnifico
5 months ago

Hello,

i notified Dr Ahrens. please reach out to me anytime if you need anything,, be well,, stay safe and hugs to Boogie!
xoxo
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Kandice | 9 months ago
Hi, On November 23 Our Dog Darla Was Diagnosed With IVDD And Was Put On Cage Rest …

Hi, on November 23 our dog Darla was diagnosed with IVDD and was put on cage rest and given meds. As of today I feel like she’s gotten worse. She used to walk some when we took her outside to use the bathroom. Now she refuses to walk unless she really needs to go. And it’s only a few steps. Whereas before she would walk way more. Her front legs now are weak and her paws don’t flip over like they did. She does react with all legs when I pinch between the toes. The front legs are more delayed but she does pull them in. She doesn’t seem to be in pain anymore as she used to yelp out and whine when we picked her up. We’ve been to two vets (the second to get another opinion) and both agreed to the original findings. We have started cold laser therapy and she’s had one session so far. I’ve also started doing physical therapy on her after watching your YouTube videos etc. is there anything else I should do? She used to wag her tail and now just seems so sad. Is it possible for her to loose so much muscle mass that she’s so weak? When the weighed her she had lost 3 lbs but the vet said it was because she hasn’t been active. I can feel her bones protruding out. (she was small to begin with and was very active) she does eat and drink normal. The second vet did say I could give more pain and muscle relaxer.( every 8 hours as opposed to 12) Maybe the muscle relaxer i need to cut back on? I’m just at a loss and so sad she isn’t getting back to normal by now.

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Krista Magnifico
8 months ago

Hello,
I think there is always a question of mental health and physical health. So. Make sure she is getting enough physical therapy and emotional therapy. A bored and lonely and painful dog is a withdrawn and depressed dog. Also discuss other options for mobility. Like swimming or a cart. And get outside. A lot! Dogs needs to be getting their nose in the air and feeling involved in the world. They also need to be consistently monitored for medical complications and changes. I hope this helps. Let me know.

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Kate Reisinger | 10 months ago
I Have A 14 Month Old Pit Mix That Has Terrible Anxiety. He Is Terrified Of Being …

I have a 14 month old pit mix that has terrible anxiety. He is terrified of being by himself, even if we are just behind the closed door using the bathroom. He cries terribly & will pace the house until we’re done. If I take a shower or bath I leave the door open so he feels a little better, but he then cries & tries to grab my arm to pull me out (not in an aggressive way). When people come into the house he paces, jumps, & whines for them. He also does this outside when he sees people or other dogs. He is told “down” when he jumps & warned with the beeping noise on his training collar. He will sit but it is very hard for him to stay still, as he continues to whine, shakes, & then rolls into the ground. It’s like he knows to listen & tries very hard but literally can not stay still. He also is terrified of thunder & the sound the trash truck makes. When those sounds are occurring he runs right under the table & won’t come out. We are in the process of training & we were told by them that they also think he has anxiety. They think he would be able to comprehend better if it was under control. I have been researching non stop for things to help with this major issue. I don’t want him on prescription anxiety meds that cause him to seem “sedated” & not like himself (that happened with my family dog). I have come across a tablet to help with separation anxiety & the behaviors that come with it. It is called clomicalm & every review or story I have read about it was positive. I really do think this could be a successful choice for him IF I know this is something that is not harmful. There are possible side effects that could occur but that could happen with pretty much any medication humans or pets. This tablet does not cause dogs to seem drowsy from what I’ve read from people’s experiences & has a high success rate to treat anxiety. We have tried natural treats, oils, thunder vests, etc. & nothing has helped him in the slightest bit. I just want to know if this something that would be okay for him to take daily or even okay to take at all?

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Krista Magnifico
9 months ago

Hello,
It sounds like it is time to get help from a behaviorist. Please ask your vet for a referral and also ask them about medications to help bridge the gap as you start to help him overcome his fears and anxieties. Medications can help but they should not be used without also implementing training, socialization and behavior modification therapy. I hope this helps and I hope your pup gets help soon.

Sarah
9 months ago

I agree with Dr. Magnifico. A behaviorist will be money very well spent and will benefit ALL of you. Very best of luck. Don’t give up!!💛🐾

Laura
9 months ago

I agree with the others – find a behaviorist. I’d also invest time in a sport of some sort. This can help build the confidence it sounds like he lacks.

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Nick | 11 months ago
Our 2 Year Old Pitt Mix Recently Suffered From A Laceration To His Front Paw Pad. We …

Our 2 year old Pitt mix recently suffered from a laceration to his front paw pad. We ended up bringing him into the ER for stitches, which he received. However, neither the vets or ourselves were able to get him in his cone of shame. For about 4 days we were able to deter him from interfering with his wound through careful monitoring and a sock with cayenne pepper placed over the bandage. Day # 5, however, is when things went to pieces. Sometime between lunch and when I get off work, he was able to get his bandage off and proceeded to gnaw at his stitches… We took him back to the ER last night, but given how he is with strangers (not good), we opted to forgo getting him sedated and re-stitched, and try to take care of him from home. He lets us change his bandage, but when I tried changing it this morning, some of the gauze had adhered to the wound. I’m afraid if I pull more of it off, I will make the wound worse, but I can’t imagine that leaving it on there is a good idea either. If we can avoid even more costly medical bills without jeopardizing his health, that would be great. That being said, I’m reaching out to the canine community for any advice available! Thanks for taking the time to read my post 🙂

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Laura
11 months ago

Hi there! I’d be tempted to call and ask if you can soak the wound to release the gauze.

Sarah
11 months ago

Morning-
I agree with Laura…. the other thought I had was maybe to try a soft cone? Our one dog is a bit with a plastic cone, but he will tolerate a soft cone.

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Jenny Weber | 1 year ago
My Cat Was Taken Into The Vet Yesterday With What They Said Was A Partial…

My cat was taken into the vet yesterday with what they said was a partial blockage. They said his urine presented with calcium crystals and there was particles (sludge) in the bladder. They told me to pay $1500 to catheter him and keep him for a few days but that almost leads to Re-blockage once the catheter is pulled so they recommend to put him to sleep. He is only 2 I was bawling so they offered to put in a catheter and inject saline and then flushed the bladder that way. He is home and went pee last night but now hasn’t gone pee for almost 24 hours . He is eating, taking his pills and drinking. Should I be worried what are the next steps ? I should mention that he didn’t drink or eat much yesterday. I am concerned it is almost 24 hours and he hasn’t gone pee. Could he be reblocked due to lack of fluids ?

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your cat. Can you go to your regular veterinarian for help? I don’t know enough about your cat to offer much meaningful assistance. BUT, in general these cats benefit from fluid therapy (ideally, intravenously). BUT, it is first important to know whats going on and why it happened? In most cases cats this age have either a UTI or cystitis. Both benefit from fluids to flush out the bladder BUT they have to be able to pass urine AND NOT get blocked,,, which requires hospitalization and immediate unblocking. In my clinic we help people… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
It sounds like you have started on a good plan. I can’t answer what caused the crystals but diet, lifestyle and any meds should all be scrutinized. Keep a close eye on him and the litter box and find a vet that you trust who will help you from start to finish. Keep me posted and very best of luck.

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Kat Granados | 1 year ago
My Cat Is 18 Years Old, Very Small-wt Approx 4.5lbs, Long Haired Female With Unresolved…

My cat is 18 years old, very small-wt approx 4.5lbs, long Haired female with unresolved Matts reaching down to the skin. She looks uncomfortable and I’m concerned about her skin integrity. I’ve attempted to use clippers like in the YouTube video but the Matt is so hard that it doesnt seem to be cutting. It feels as though I’m just pulling on her skin. Also I am worried that I could accidentally cut her skin since she is older and it is saggy. Please recommend proper clippers and technique so that I don’t cut her and can help resolve her awful Matts. Thank you so much! Also I can provide a picture of helpful!

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Jennifer Taylor
1 year ago

Hi Kat, I see your question posted several times. It looks like it was answered on a separate thread. I thought I would answer this one to be sure you see the reply. I would visit with a groomer. While I understand and sympathize that you are concerned about sedation. Some groomers who are experienced with cats may be able to get the job done without sedation depending on your cat’s personality. If the matting is as bad as you are describing you run the risk of skin infections. I had a very old long haired cat. I found it… Read more »

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Jessica Myers | 1 year ago
My Almost 3 Year Old Black Lab/ Golden Retriever Has A Slight Limp. It’s His…

My almost 3 year old black lab/ golden retriever has a slight limp. It’s his back right leg. I don’t see anything in between his pads and he doesn’t seem to yelp when I rub on his leg. He has a slight knot, loose not attached to his leg below his thigh kinda. We went camping over the Memorial Day holiday and he did a lot of running and swimming, I’m hoping he’s just sore or pulled something and it will heal. My other concern is he was tested for Lymes before and it came back positive that he had came in contact with a tick but wasn’t infected to where he needed treated. He goes to the vet Monday for trimming and hotspots but I’m hoping the vet can get us in today. Makes me sad seeing him not put all his weight on it, but doesn’t seem to be in pain. What are your thoughts?

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Sarah is spot on! Xox

Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning. It sounds like your dog could have a couple of things going on. First, I would get the Lymes situation checked out. And I would probably ask for xrays to make sure that lump isn’t something very serious. Your dog may have just pulled a muscle over the holiday weekend….but the fact that there is some sort of swelling or possible injury that is noticeable isn’t concerning enough where I would go to the vet. Especially now that it has been an entire week. If your vet has Saturday hours, i would definitely ty to get an appointment… Read more »

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1 year ago

*is not isn’t.

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Teresa | 1 year ago
My Very Healthy 10 Year Old Male Shiz Tzu Jumped Off A Chair And Yelped…

My very healthy 10 year old male Shiz Tzu jumped off a chair and yelped just once and now is limping and can put a small amount of pressure on his back right leg and is showing no sign of pain and is eating and drinking normally and also can play. could this be a pulled muscle? I’m a bit concerned. Thank you

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
If the limping persists or worsens please call your vet for an examination. I expect an exam and possibly an X-ray are indicated to identify the source of the pain and lameness. I worry about fractures, dislocation and knee injuries.

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Lesia M | 1 year ago
Hi – Oskar Is A Coton And Was Recently Diagnosed With IVDD While We Were…

Hi – Oskar is a coton and was recently diagnosed with IVDD while we were checking into stomach issues. I am trying to do everything to prevent it getting worse … we have never noticed any symptoms … he is slightly overweight. I am however, wondering about his leash. I have kept him on a leather round collar but I know he pulls on it and this can’t be good for him and mostly likely worse for the IVDD. Do you have any recommendations concerning leashes? Thank you

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
I would absolutely switch to a harness! You don’t want any pressure on the spine if at all possible. Also absolutely work on the weight. It’s the best way to preserve and protect the spinal cord and vertebra. I have lots of info on my blog and YouTube channel. Good luck