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Michelle Martinez | 3 months 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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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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Malori Mattimore | 3 months ago
3 Year Old Golden Retriever With Spontaneous Bump On His Face. Was Pink And Raised…

3 year old golden retriever with spontaneous bump on his face. Was pink and raised but he has now broke it open a bit (scabbed over now)… he doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, no itching, no change in appetite and overall his happy self. Any idea on what this could be?

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Hello, It is not possible to diagnose a lump or bump by a photo. I would say that at this point it is probably safe to watch it for a day or two to see if it regresses and heals indicating it might have been a bump or a scratch or even a big bite, but if it worsens or persists you should call your vet to have them look at it. My puppies are always coming back from romping outside with a small injury. It seems they play too hard and run too furiously through the woods. In one… Read more »

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Robert Swinehart | 3 months ago
My 2 Year Old Male Golden Retriever Developed This Growth On His Head A Little…

My 2 year old male Golden Retriever developed this growth on his head a little over 2 months ago. Now it has grown significantly and looks worse. I have attached 2 photos. Any ideas?

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Hello,
It is almost impossible to diagnose via a photo. But based on location, rate of growth and breed I think it is best to see your bet and inquire about having it removed and submitted for biopsy which is the only way to truly identify it. At my clinic I would expect this to cost about $600

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Jessica Myers | 4 months 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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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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*is not isn’t.

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Sarah is spot on! Xox

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Mike Swenson | 4 months ago
My Otherwise Healthy 3 Yr Old Female Dachsund Began Exhibiting Odd Behavior About A Month…

My otherwise healthy 3 yr old female dachsund began exhibiting odd behavior about a month ago. She stops whatever activity she is engaged in and lies down on the floor and simply bobs her head. She will not respond to any commands nor will she eat, drink or potty. These episodes usually occur a couple times a week and may last up to 16l hours such as the one she is currently in. Most, however, last from 1-6 hours. The episodes end just as the began when she will stand up and then maybe jump up on couch with me, or get a drink or a bite to eat or maybe even retrieve a favorite toy. As is for the last 6 hours she had not been lieing on the floor bobbing her head. I’m at a loss here as I nor anyone I’ve asked has ever heard of this type behavior and I’m afraid that 1 day she won’t come out of it and will be lost. Any help or advice you can provide will be met with the utmost gratitude I assure you. Thank you for your consideration.

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Hello,
Have you taken her to your vet for an exam spoken to them about this? It’s really where you need to start to get some idea of what’s going on. I really think and exam, bloodwork and an X-ray are a good place to start. After that a neurologist might be needed. Start with the basics on the medical side.

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Chelsea M | 5 months ago
I Have A 1 Year Old 56lb Golden Retriever Lab Mix, I Have Him On…

I have a 1 year old 56lb Golden Retriever lab mix, I have him on Frontline Plus as a preventative as well as Intercepter for heartworms. The Frontline Plus has been pretty effective as a preventive for fleas but he still gets a number of ticks on his coat. We will be out hiking in the woods for hours more frequently now with the weather getting nicer. I have heard that the Seresto Collar is really effective in repelling ticks which is my biggest concern with the area I live in. I was curious if it is possible to combine both the Frontline Plus along with the Seresto Collar (only if its safe), or if you would recommend one over the other.

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Hello, Ticks are a huge problem in my area too. I have used many products and always found the same thing. One nothing repels. Those little armored ticks are going to find your dog and they are going to jump on. The way they die after this is a little product dependent but between the two you mention both require the tick to take a bite before they are killed by the product. All products require this (to the best of my knowledge and I am not an expert in parasitology). If you want to minimize the ticks getting on… Read more »

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Kate Reisinger | 6 months ago
I Have A 6 Month Old Pitbull/golden Retriever Mix, Currently On Purina Pro Plan Large…

I have a 6 month old pitbull/golden retriever mix, currently on Purina Pro Plan large puppy breed food. My question is, is this a nice quality food for him to be on? I have heard many different things & would just like to know for sure! If not, any suggestions to transition him to.

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Good morning. ?? I have three German shepherds at the moment, and we have been using purine One for literally years. They are all quite healthy- one is 13, one Is 2, and one just turned 1 the end of December. Our vet is very happy with their overall health, and we have been very blessed that our senior guy is still doing great on this food. I do not know if Purina One is the same type of ingredient recipe as the ProPlan. I am pretty sure if you go to the website, the ingredients should be listed. And… Read more »

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Pro Plan is what all of my show friends feed their dogs (if they aren’t feeding raw). It’s a fine food, and if your puppy does well on it, even better. The best food for your dog is the food on which your dog thrives. Is he thriving?

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Brandi Toye | 8 months ago
Hi. My 9 Year Old Golden Retriever Had Back Surgery For A Herniated Disc…

Hi. My 9 year old golden retriever had back surgery for a herniated disc in his lower back almost one year ago. He was unable to use his back legs at all before surgery. Following the surgery he was able to get up and walk again. It was a very rough recovery because all the medicine he was on made him very sick to his stomach. We did get through 3 weeks of misery and were so happy to have our baby back. However he has continued to have bouts of rough times. He has walked with a limp since the surgery but also has had times where his back legs give out on him and accidents. We manage him on steroids when this happens and they are a miracle he will get better again. The problem is when he is on steroids for longer then a week he loses control of his bladder and his bowel movements. He once again is having a bout of his back legs giving out on him where he is falling over. I gave him a steroid tonight in hopes that a few days of steroids and rest will help him again. We spent over 8,000 and in no way could afford another surgery. Do you know of anything else we can do for him or any other medications we could try? We love him so much but he is a very large golden and weighs 120lbs which makes harder to handle. He is still so sweet and showing no signs that he is in pain. The steroids do work but I can not have my house ruined by the horrible accidents they cause. I will take any advice on this subject. Thank you so much!

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I am so sorry that you are owing through this. It is very hard to watch when your pet is having a hard time. A few words of advice- first, perhaps when he is on the steroids you can keep him contained to say the kitchen where an accident if it happens, is less likely to cause damage and easier to clean up. Second- your vet may be able to recommend some homeopathic medicines to help, either in addition to the steroids or to help reduce the need for them. I would talk to the vet and ask if they… Read more »

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Hello, I don’t know where you are or what access you have to veterinarians? If you are in the USA go back to the neurologist who did the surgery and ask for help. Or go to your veterinarian. I would ask about alternatives to the steroids. Like an NSAID. Which will hopefully not have such an adverse effect short or long term. I would also ask about medications like gabapentin, etc. also ask about physical therapy like aqua therapy or even acupuncture. A cart or sling might also help. My advice is to keep asking for help from people you… Read more »

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I would recommend weight loss, and pain medication and nsaids, like Dr magnifico said. Weight plays a big role in back pain. In my experience steroids don’t do alot to control pain and inflammation, but there are many options available that do and don’t cause bladder control issues.

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Jessica Myers | 8 months ago
I Have A Lab/golden Retriever That Has A Licking Problem. He Will Lick People But…

I have a lab/golden retriever that has a licking problem. He will lick people but mostly when he lays down to relax or for bed he makes this mouth noise non stop. Is that normal;how do you stop it; is it something to be concerned about? It drives my boyfriend crazy. Thank you!

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Hi there? It sounds like it might be a learned behavior that has become a bad habit. One place to start curbing it is by redirecting your dog whenever this occurs, if possible. Is there something else that he enjoys? Like a nylabone or favorite chew toy. I would start having those type of things handy at all times, and whenever he starts the unwanted behavior, pause him, and redirect his attention to the more acceptable object. You also may want to check with your vet, just to make sure it isn’t the sign of another problem. I know one… Read more »

Megan Tholin
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Agree with above. Could be just a learned behavior, but my experience with labs/goldens, it could definitely be caused by some kind of allergy. Also watch out for hot spots!

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Also, if it’s not medically related, you could try Bitter Apple spray to see if it deters him. (It’s never really worked for me, but I’ve heard it works for others)

Krista Magnifico
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Hello,
I have three primary rule outs for this:
1. Behavior- a doggie form of OCD
2. Chronic nausea, so I discuss diet, treats, other behaviors (like lip licking, grass eating), do a fecal exam and try a bland or gi diet and anti nausea medication,
3. Allergies cause dogs to chew and lick. Start with a good and safe flea medication applied as directed (frontline is a good choice and it is OTC).
Talk to your vet. If it’s annoying you can you imagine how annoying it is for your pup?
Let us know what happens.

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Welcome Megan! So awesome to have you here! Many thanks for helping out with Pawbly!
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Tara Koontz | 9 months ago
Our Six Month Old Golden Retriever Had A Warble At Seven Weeks. It Was Removed…

Our six month old golden retriever had a warble at seven weeks. It was removed and after a few weeks of issues- treatment for infection and severe itching the site was lumpy and hard but had improved to the point of just being itchy at times. The site is a couple inches behind his left front leg a inch or so above his first nipple. A couple weeks ago he was going in to be neutered and we opted to remove the hard cyst at the warble site while he was under anesthesia. He was released With trazodone to help keep him calm. He is quite rambunctious. Within a couple days the site developed a fluid collection about the size of a biscuit. I took him into see the vet and one of the partners drained it and placed a compression bandage. I saw the initial aspirate and it was serosanguineous. The dressing was good in theory but probably should’ve extended an inch or two towards his under arm to keep the swelling from popping out. A couple days later I took him back to the vet because the swelling would not stay under the dressing and was protruding out . They again drained it and I reinforced the dressing with coban but after about 48 hours the dressing was seeming to be uncomfortable and sure enough the swelling protruded the bandage. The swelling is now 1 1/2 to 2 times the initial size. It doesn’t seem to cause him pain. This swollen mass is looking pink but not sure if it’s topical irritation (dispite our efforts to keep a T-shirt on him he has got at it a couple times with his teeth and tongue) or if it’s initial signs of infection. I am waiting to hear back from the vet and I am torn as to what to do- insist they do something again or just wait it out and keep an eye on it. From what I’ve read, draining it is increasing the risk for infection and it’s likely the fluid will just return. My daughter works in a vets office and her docs recommended a drain but this is an extremely rambunctious six-month-old male puppy that we struggled to keep a compression dressing on (even with the addition of acepromazine after the first draining). I am doubtful that we could maintain a drain for any decent amount of time. Could someone give me their thoughts on the best plan of action for our little boy? I don’t want to be an alarmist who thinks something must be done just to satisfy my peace of mind but I also don’t want to make my puppy worse by inaction. Thanks in advance,
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Hello, All of these questions and individual circumstances are why a good relationship with a vet that you trust is so imperative. We each have different experiences, preferences and then tailor these to eachbour individual client and patient needs. In general I don’t drain a seroma or cyst. An infection or abscess is another matter. I am not sure which of these is your pups. But at this age and with this description of your pup being so active and happy it is probably a seroma and I would probably leave it alone to resolve on its own. Which it… Read more »