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Nicole | 1 month ago
Hi My 10 Year Old Rat Terrier Stomach Started To Get Big I Assumed That I Was …

Hi my 10 year old rat terrier stomach started to get big I assumed that I was feeding him to much, it just kept getting bigger I ended up taking him to the vet and the vet did an x ray. The mass she showed me on the x ray is pretty big. She said she would do exploratory surgery to see if I can be removed, but if not she just wants to put him to sleep. What are the complications and reasons she would not be able to remove mass?? My dog acts like he is fine he plays runs swims barks eats normal nothing about him seems sick except the giant mass in his stomach!!

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Sarah
1 month ago

Hi there- that is a discussion that you would have to have with your vet. I am guessing that it depends on what type of mass it is and how it is connected to the surrounding tissue…. then the type of surgery that would need to be done if it is possible to remove it. Again, I would talk to the vet about it and explain to them that putting the dog down is not something you are willing to do. Best of luck 💛🐾

Krista Magnifico
1 month ago

Hello, It might be possible to have an ultrasound done to gain more information about the mass before doing the exploratory surgery. At my clinic the ultrasound is about $300 and the surgery is about $800 plus. So often many clients want to save their resources for the meaningful service (most imperative and important) which is the surgery. So don’t waste money (if you are on a budget) just do the surgery. You really aren’t ever sure until you go in. And lastly if it is a splenic mass it’s important to do the surgery ASAP. Waiting might allow bleeding… Read more »

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Kelly | 5 months ago
My Rats (2 Months Old) Are Sneezing. Sometimes It’s One, Sometimes Its Like Three In A …

My rats (2 months old) are sneezing. Sometimes it’s one, sometimes its like three in a row, but it is not consistent. I have read that this could be linked to respiratory issues, but they have no other symptoms. They ping, brux, boggle, play fight with their siblings, eat, socialize with me and other members of my family. They are not secreting porphyrin either. They do sleep a lot during the day, which I thought may be a symptom, but they are also still babies and are EXTREMELY active during the night. Should I be worried about the sneezing?

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Krista Magnifico
4 months ago

Hello, Sneezing is a very broad clinical sign. In general it indicates that there is inflammation or irritation to the nose and nasal passages. This can come from infection, allergies, allergens, foreign bodies and even masses. If it is happening to both of them I would worry about allergens or infection. Infection usually causes other clinical signs like lethargy and deceased appetite. For allergens or inflammation things like removing all household irritants (no spays, powders, diffusers, etc) and minimizing dust and particles with a household filtration unit all help. Also fresh air if you can provide it safely. If the… Read more »

Laura
4 months ago

If this is environmental: add an air cleaner (one that just blows dust into a filter) near their enclosure. I really like the system made by Swiffer – it’s literally a fan in a base, blowing dust into a filter sock. It looks nice and does a great job at reducing dust. Furthermore, make sure you aren’t using harsh cleaners, or anything with airborne scents. This means no candles, no aerosols, no oil diffusers. Make sure you vacuum in their area frequently, and make sure you keep the room free of dust. The aforementioned air cleaner helps but it doesn’t… Read more »

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Ana Garcia | 5 months ago
Hello! I Have Been A Follower For A Couple Of Years And You Helped Me To …

Hello! I have been a follower for a couple of years and you helped me to not give up hope when my 15 year old dachshund suffered from cervical IVDD in October….he was completely paralyzed for 1 month and is mostly back to his rambunctious self. Thank you!!
I do have a question. I am currently fostering an old lady chihuahua who has red eyes. I was wondering if you had come across it or have any resources I could use? She does not have conjunctivitis. She sees well, but does appear to startle if we move too quickly. It appears that the cornea and iris are red…like that of a hamster or rat. There is not really any pupil distinction, however, it does not seem as though she suffers from light sensitivity. Thank you for any information that you can provide.

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Krista Magnifico
5 months ago

Hello,
If she wasnt born like this ( a condition where there arent any of the normal pigments present in the eyes, as in forms of albinism) then I would see a vet asap. I would be afraid of neoplasia (can happen in the iris), high blood pressure, and even bleeding disorders. Your vet can do a cursory ophthalmic exam to help identify a problem versus a congenital, or acquired condition. In many cases your vet might want to refer you to a boarded ophthalmologist for confirmation and treatment assistance.

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Michael | 9 months ago
Am I House Training Properly? We Adopted A 6 Month Old Rat Terrier/collie Mix 2.5 Weeks Ago. …

Am I house training properly? We adopted a 6 month old rat terrier/collie mix 2.5 weeks ago. Monday-Friday I come home during lunch for water and a walk. He’s left without water for 4hrs at a time (8:30-12:30 and 1-5:30). I’m being very patient with making sure he has as much pee time as we can give him. Are the options to either continue walking him myself or hire a walker? I’d like to end the midday walks, but can’t leave him without water for 9 hours, right? What are my options for keeping everyone happy, keeping him hydrated and also keeping his crate and my apartment as urine-free as possible? Dog walkers can be expensive. $15/day means ~$300/month. I’ve debated asking the older (seemingly) retired ladies in my apartment complex to walk him for a fee.

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Sarah
8 months ago

Hi Michael😊 we have never withheld water, and have never had accidents inside the house (unless we were still working on training or one of the dogs was ill) Having said that, I can say that routine is your best friend. Dogs like to keep their area clean and once they learn where to go, will most likely stay with that routine. At 6 months old, your dog should be able to go quite some time without having to toilet. 9 hours is too long though. I’m not sure of your daily schedule, but if you get a good long… Read more »

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Anna miller | 2 years ago
My Dog Is A Male Puggle, He Is Around 9 Years Old. We’re Fearing That…

My dog is a male puggle, he is around 9 years old. We’re fearing that he’s going blind, he keeps running into chairs, doors, not wanting to go down stairs, missing pieces of food. He’s also whining constantly when he’s not sleeping. We feed him half a cup of food 3 times a day, so i don’t know if it’s hunger. He’s even reverted back to grabbing stuff from the counters, rooting in bags, etc. He especially likes Gum. He’s gotten into tons of chocolate, grapes, waffles, brown sugar, and even rat poison once, I just hope it’s not slowly killing him. I really don’t know what to do.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
Your dog absolutely needs to be seen by a vet ASAP. They need to examine all of the thins you are worried about. They can help guide you as to what is needed next.

Sarah
2 years ago

I agree. Please take the advice and get an appointment with your vet right away. Good luck.

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Lisa Dal Santo | 2 years ago
Hi Everyone, I Wanted To Get Some Advice On A Situation With Our Male Cat…

Hi everyone, I wanted to get some advice on a situation with our male cat, about 6 years old. Last Saturday I noticed he was unable to urinate. I put him in the laundry room overnight with a fresh litter box and some food. He was eating fine and active like normal but did not pee that night so I took him to the vet the next day. They said his bladder was very large and they would start IV fluids before unblocking him. After they did this, then they noticed his abdomen was sore so they thought his bladder had ruptured. They did an operation, did find urine in the abdomen but no tear in the bladder although part of the bladder was purple and diseased. So they put in a Foley catheter to remove any pressure on the bladder walls so it could heal. and kept him on a drip. They mentioned cellulitis in his leg so they started rotating the drip amongst his legs. They noticed he wasn’t eating, thought it was because of his leg being painful, so they treated that. Still he wasn’t eating. He was just sitting there in the crate at the vet. They thought it was because he was stressed by not being at home. All this took about a week. Last night we brought him home with all these medications because they wanted to see if he would eat at home. He pretty much just sat there, looking unhappy. Has a seroma from the catheter site that was leaving a small pink-tinged spot here and there. I slept in the room with him last night. He jumped into and out of the bed a few times during the night. By morning, he still hadn’t eaten or drunk any water and there was a very small clump in the litter. Took him back to the vet around noon today. They put in a feeding tube and, while doing some kind of scan or X-ray to check the tube was in the right place, they noticed fluid in the chest cavity. They were unable to get a sample despite trying twice. They have no idea what it is. They asked me if he got into rat bait! I was like, no he was totally fine apart from the urinary blockage when I brought him in a week ago. So tonight he was transported from the vet to the vet hospital for monitoring until Monday when they’ve booked a specialist to try to sample the fluid. How is it possible that a urinary blockage has evolved into pleural effusion?? I just don’t understand.

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Amy Crabtree | 2 years ago
My Beloved 12 Y/o Rat Terrier Is On Day 2 Of Ivdd Diagnosis, He Is…

My beloved 12 y/o rat terrier is on day 2 of Ivdd diagnosis, he is on steroids, gabapentin, and backlofen , he is unable to walk, is there anything else I can do for him, he doesn’t seem to be in pain anymore, I am turning him regularly, he is wearing a diaper, has urinated but no poop, he is eating and drinking normally, this is heart breaking

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I am sorry to hear about your pup. I call my pets my “beloved” to. So I understand. I wrote a lot of information on my blog and YouTube channel and I think I have addressed every single aspect of managing these cases conservatively and post operatively. Please review all of these and follow my recommendations to keep in close contact with your vet and ask for help as much as you need to. In general the first few days are about learning how to read your pups needs and monitor the things that can impede recovery. It is… Read more »

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2 years ago

Hello, I am sorry to hear about your pup. I call my pets my “beloved” to. So I understand. I wrote a lot of information on my blog and YouTube channel and I think I have addressed every single aspect of managing these cases conservatively and post operatively. Please review all of these and follow my recommendations to keep in close contact with your vet and ask for help as much as you need to. In general the first few days are about learning how to read your pups needs and monitor the things that can impede recovery. It is… Read more »

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Nancy Peckham | 3 years ago
Zoey Rat Terrier 7 1/2 Months Old. 3 Months Having Pain. Had Leash Incident, Thought…

Zoey Rat Terrier 7 1/2 months old. 3 months having pain. Had leash incident, thought she cut of oxygen pulling going after a another dog.. Saw 3 different vets, had different dianoses sore neck pain meds, blocked analysis gland. A week ago playing with other rat terrier heard crying came in Zoey is paralyzed back legs behind her. Race back to vet. Xray shows dark spot in neck and middle of back. Refer to Nureologist suggestions mri and surgery..Zoey is quite active. Will throw herself on top of other dog while running..lots of jumping playful behavior more active than any other puppy we have raised..asked for other suggestions on managed care. Total paralysis had shown improvementioned by that evening seeing nureologist..Was given seditive, pain meds and cratEd except for 5 minute potty breaks on a harness. Return if total paralysis returns. Zoey at day 7 walking wagging tail, much more stable. Was told rehab in crate 6 weeks. Concerns: Moving foward. any therapy to help. Suggestions to prevent reoccurring. Is surgery in our future..

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2 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about all of zoeys challenges. The best answers are going to be found in the skilled hands of your vet and neurologist. They know Zoey best. I hope they will give her and you the time and advice to help her continue to improve. I suggest you keep reaching out to them for guidance. Therapy to help should include physical therapy and emotional and mental stimulation as she heals. Let her be outiside with oversight and guidance and let her slowly regain her strength and muscle mass. I hope this helps. I have lots and… Read more »

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Daniel McDonald | 3 years ago
Lacy- Old Cat Cosette- New Kitten (both Girls)l I Think My Cats Are Fighpting, But I’m Not Sure…

Lacy- Old cat
Cosette- New kitten
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I think my cats are fighpting, but I’m not sure. when they arep “wresting” the little kitten is using the mecphanism used to kill rats with, and making noises. her ears are also back. Lacy’s ears are forward, however and she remains fairly calm. the first thing that i think is happening is lacy gets annoyed by the eagerness and energy that the kitten has. another thing is that they may start out as playing (stalking, chasing etc.) and then they actually start play fighting and the little one gets intimidated by lacys size, causing her to fight back (mechanism, ears back). what ive noticed is that lacy no longer sits with me, i never see her purr anymore. she has become more distant. I dont know, what are your thoughts? They get along fine sometimes: Lacy licks and grooms Cosette sometimes. Tell me are they getting along fine, and if not, what should I do to improve their relationship?

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Sarah
2 years ago

WIth any new situation there is an adjustment period. I would be patient, and supervise their time together and make sure that you spend good time with them both.