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BILL | 11 months ago
Blue Is An Approximately 7-8 Year Old Rottweiler. I Recently Adopted Her Last Year From A …

Blue is an approximately 7-8 year old Rottweiler. I recently adopted her last year from a family that had adopted her 5 years before when she was brought to a Rottweiler rescue as a stray. Recently have some issues with her licking paws and biting at the hair on her legs, also severe dandruff with scaly scabs along her flank with leathery skin, also scabbing along the outer ridges of her ears. I initially suspected an allergy as have had rottweilers before and experienced their tendency to have allergy to food etc. Visited the vet about the skin, did antibiotics and it subsided but not completely cleared up. I decided to change food and in doing so she had 2 bouts of diarrhea that both had to be treated with metronidazole. In this process comes the problem, on one of those visits my vet discovered her spleen was enlarged. confirmed by xray, no masses just enlargement. In process of having her thyroid checked by a 3 panel test as I think the vet is going in the direction of a low thyroid causing multiple ear/skin infections which in turn is enlarging the spleen. I did check with previous owner and she has had skin/ear infections in past, treated by Keflex and allergy shot but never confirmed as to why. Vet stated she has little confidence at this point it could be cancer, but possible. we are embarking on finding out why her spleen is enlarged… My question is has anyone had a similar situation and or what do you think will be the outcome? Also if this does play out as a thyroid issue, given proper treatment will the spleen return to healthy size or will it need to be removed? I am aware of the possibility of hemangiosarcoma and do know what that outcome would most likely be.

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Diana
11 months ago

Hello! Lilah, my 12 year cat is believed to have a nasal polyp/s by our vet. She has the classic symptom of the constant snoring/snarling sound. It actually began over two years ago, but we waited to address it due to cost. Recently, she had a short GI flair up that she had treated, but she would not eat for several days during it. My vet suspected it was because the potential polyp is large enough that she couldn’t smell her food well on top of being sick. I had her hospitalized for the weekend to get fluids and nausea… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
11 months ago

Hello, I would wait for the thyroid panel to return before speculating too much more. I also advise people that hypothyroidism is one of the most over diagnosed diseases we see. The dog should be acting like they have a low Thyroid along with appropriate test results before diagnosing. As far as the spleen goes. I’m not sure if oversized is a problem. It is just a finding. And I have no guess as to what it will do. You can ask for an ultrasound to better appreciate it and speculate on its underlying issue and best course of action.… Read more »

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Tyler | 1 year ago
I Apologize I’m Advanced If This Is Confusing To Read Its Kind Of Difficult To …

i apologize i’m advanced if this is confusing to read its kind of difficult to explain what im trying to say. i have an 11 year old rottweiler named Roxy. she’s been more amazing than you could ever ask for. as she has gotten older she has obviously gotten slower and it got to the point recently where when she would sit down she would sit on the side of her leg, she needs assistance getting up, and when walking you have to support her back half for a minute then she can walk on her own for a while till she needs a break. She can’t really bend one of her hind legs anymore. i’ve took her to the vet but am currently looking for a new vet because this one kept her 5 days, he called on day 2 and told me she was responding to some medication good. then called me on day 3 and told me she seemed paralyzed in the back half, then called me on day 4 and told me she didn’t seemed paralyzed and was walking better and i could come pick her up the next morning. i get there and he is very short about Roxy’s problems, doesn’t tell me much of anything wrong with her just gives me $300 in medication to give her at home. i’m working with her everyday helping her walk anytime she wants to move and she does seem to be slowly getting better. She never whines or acts like she’s in pain when moving or if you touch the back legs. She’s still full of life, her back legs are just holding her back. I’m going to do anything it takes to make sure she’s living as happy as she can and was just looking for any suggestions on what her problems could be and any thing i could do to help her
Thank you for any help i’m advance!!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I think a second opinion is in order. I also think you should send your vet a letter asking to explain why your dog needed to be kept and if there is a more affordable pain medication you can try. All vets have a license and all care can be inquired upon and challenged if deemed inappropriate. Also ask your friends for help in finding a reputable vet and then be completely honest about your financial abilities and treatment concerns for her. I’m sure there are affordable medications you can try And options like acupuncture or physical therapy and… Read more »

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Lorna | 1 year ago
I Have A 3 Year Old Rottweiler With An Ear Infection (it Is A Reoccurring Problem). He …

I have a 3 year old rottweiler with an ear infection (it is a reoccurring problem). He has a vet appt Monday. The ear is oozing and he is in pain.

He is very aggressive when I take him in with ear issues so I have to give him Gabapentin and Trazadone to calm him down.

Can I give him either of those for pain now? He weighs 110 lbs.
I have 3 100 mg gabapentin pills which is his normal does
I have 2 trazadone (he normally takes 1 1/2)
but he’s only taken them before appts.

Thank you for any guidance.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I’m also sorry but we cannot prescribe or comment on prescriptions as we do not know your dog. If your vet prescribed then they are the people to ask. I can tell you that trazadone is usually used for fear anxiety and sedation. It is not for pain. Gabapentin is used as an analgesic and sedation. I hope this helps. Please also ask your vet about medication for long term help with the ears. I usually try an anti allergy medication and some of the se are very effective for long term… Read more »

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Jessica Terzigni | 2 years ago
100lb Female Rottweiler Ate 2 Doses Of Interceptor Plus For Dogs 50.1 To 100lb. Will This Cause A …

100lb female Rottweiler ate 2 doses of Interceptor Plus for dogs 50.1 to 100lb. Will this cause a problem?

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello!
I am
Answering this as her vet. Nope. You should be fine. Call me at the clinic or pm me of theres any vomiting or diarrhea.

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Zach Androssio | 2 years ago
Hello I Have A Rottweiler That Is 15 Weeks Old And I Have Had Him…

Hello I have a Rottweiler that is 15 weeks old and I have had him for 7 weeks. I’m thinking about selling him and buying a new dog because he bites way to much like whenever I’m at a park and I’m running around he will just jump at me and bite me furiously, do you guys know how to fix it. I have taken him through puppy school, I spray him with water and when he does something bad and I always yell no when he bites I just don’t know why he does it is it the fact that he’s a Rottweiler?

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

I agree. ESP with Laura and the second dog.more training time patience and a puppy class (or four nights a week of them) will help. Your pup is so excited to be outisidw and with dogs he sort of comes unglued. Get him playing, tired, and trained. Then talk about a adding another dog as you will very likely have to do the same thing all over again.

Sarah
1 year ago

GOod morning again, Please see comments below your first post as well. I must ask, have you ever owned a dog before? I feel that a chat with your vet, another enrollment in puppy class with a reputable trainer, and possibly a behaviorist to help you in your training process are definitely worth the money spent. Your suggestion of “Selling this dog and buying a new one” will in no way change the outcome for you. Sorry. Whatever bad habits you’re puppy is developing at this point under your watch, need to be dealt with through training and patience. Another… Read more »

Laura
1 year ago

You really need to get an obedience trainer involved if you’re unable to handle this puppy. He doesn’t know what “no” means. He’s a BABY and needs you to teach him how to behave. ALL puppies are bitey, ALL puppies need training. Dumping him and getting another won’t fix the issue.

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Zach Androssio | 2 years ago
Hello I Got A Rottweiler Puppy And I Have Had Him For 7 Weeks Now…

Hello I got a Rottweiler puppy and I have had him for 7 weeks now. His name is rocky and he’s 15 weeks old and my question is: whenever I go to a park with him and I run around he always bites me and jumps at me and bites furiously and growls. Do you guys know how to fix it because ive been thinking of getting a new dog. Is it the fact that he’s a Rottweiler he does this?

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

I agree. ESP with Laura and the second dog.more training time patience and a puppy class (or four nights a week of them) will help. Your pup is so excited to be outisidw and with dogs he sort of comes unglued. Get him playing, tired, and trained. Then talk about a adding another dog as you will very likely have to do the same thing all over again.

Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning and congrats on your puppy. There are a few pieces of advice d like to share if you’ll allow. First, I’m very glad you are giving this puppy a loving home and attention. Parks are great fun…for well behaved and completely vaccinated dogs. I would make sure your pup is completely up to date on ALL vaccinations before I would go to the dog park where not everyone is as responsible about the health of their dogs. Secondly, I would get my puppy into a basic training and obedience class right away. This will help curb those unwanted… Read more »

Laura
1 year ago

DO NOT get a second dog until this one is at least 2 (trust me on this). You need to focus on his obedience training before bringing a second dog in, plus littermate aggression is a very real issue you don’t want to deal with. Instead, focus on obedience training with this little guy. Avoid Petsmart – find a good group class with a balanced trainer. At his age, he could benefit from puppy kindergarten, as well. Look for a training company which provides both.

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Shanaya Hunter | 2 years ago
Bella My 1 Year Old Rottweiler Has Been Spayed 7 Days Ago. She Now Has…

Bella my 1 year old Rottweiler has been spayed 7 days ago. She now has a lump which i suspect is a seroma..
She was quite active a day after spaying but we tried our best to settle her down and avoid too much play. She isn’t in any pain to the touch. There is also no discharge. Still worth checking out asap or worth waiting for worsening symptoms? She seems herself but the lump has got slightly bigger in a day. Its very soft and near the sutures. Any suggestions?
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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I would call the vet who did the surgery and ask them what to do. If she were my patient I would want to see her ASAP!

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Dave McDermott | 3 years ago
Hello, We Have A 3.5 Y/o Male Rottweiler That Has A Bulky Muscular Stature As…

Hello, We have a 3.5 y/o male Rottweiler that has a bulky muscular stature as he lives on a horse farm and is extremely active.. In the start of the colder months of oct 2016 he started to occasionally have issues getting up from laying down, and would even whimper sometimes. We took him the vet and had x-rays done to see if hip dysplasia was a possibility, which results came back negative. We put him on Medicam (after blood work completed) to manage the odd day of pain. Then the warmer weather came and the issues were basically non-exsistant. Once the cold weather came back, so did the occurances. This time much worse and regular than the previous times. This time not only was he having difficulty getting up, he was arching his back, walking on tip goes for the first couple steps, alternating pain from left to right hind side, and sometimes not able to get up or collapsing after getting up. Once he was up for a minute or two, he would go outside and run like a complete idiot, like nothing was wrong. Completely stumping us! We had him tested for Lyme disease, that was negative. We had x-rays done again of his hips, but we did his spine too. Nothing showed out of the ordinary. He saw the ortho team, neuro team, and nobody had any solid ideas. Arthritis didn’t seem to be present in the images either. The potential thought was DDD (degenerative disc disease). Is there anything we might be missing? Would circulation/heart be a possible issue?
Any help or ideas would be so much appreciated!

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Jeffry Guido
2 years ago

I have a 6 yr old rotty female that has shown similar symptoms, mostly an inside dog but when we do our off leash runs through the woods she can over do it and seems to have muscle stiffness that goes away pretty quickly once up and about. But noticed the stiffness was becoming a little more pronounced We have started giveing her a give her a joint flex pill glucosamine chondroitin and there’s moderate improvement

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Susan Trueblood | 3 years ago
I Just Watched Your Video About The High Cost At Some Clinics. I Had A…

I just watched your video about the high cost at some clinics. I had a two yr old Rottweiler that had a disc herniation at C6C7. I was referred to the Neurologist for diagnosis and evaluation. To diagnose him, an MRI and sedation was required. $2000. When we had the discussion about the results, the only option discussed was surgery. There was no discussion about medical management. The surgery involved debunking and a titanium disc. $8500. I don’t think I kept receipts but if I find them I will certainly send them too you. They asked that I return for several post op visits. The first two were free. The third they wanted money to which I replied, you must be kidding me? I’ve paid you $10,000, have a second mortgage, I really don’t think I should have to pay you another penny. But I took a couple of deep breaths and said let me take my dog to the car and I will get my check book. When I came back in, the vet tech told me they would waive the fees this visit. They did want to do postoperative X-rays at his next visit. When I asked how much that was going to cost, $400, I gave them some serious stink eye. I told them I would think about it. Clinically he was doing well. The data they gained would be for their benefit not ours since this was a new procedure. (They didn’t share that with me until I was asking questions after the surgery and the likelihood he would have other herniations). The vet agreed to waive his fee and the cost of the anesthesia, so I paid a bit over $100 for those X-rays. However, the vet wouldn’t talk to me or give me results of the films. The vet tech did tell me everything looked fine when I asked. From a clinical perspective, they are superb. But if you don’t have the money, don’t waste their time. It makes me sad.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope that you share your knowledge forward and help others navigate through these difficult cases. All our best.

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Jodi Bright | 3 years ago
My 11 Year Old Rottweiler Has Damaged Her Spine In Her Neck, We Are Unsure…

My 11 year old Rottweiler has damaged her spine in her neck, we are unsure what happened as she is fine one minute, went outside, came back in and couldn’t get up again. She hasn’t walked for 8 weeks now. She can roll from one side to the other. We saw the specialist early on who suggested it was ivdd, cancer or a stroke. We aren’t in the financial position to afford a MRI. She was initially treated with rimadyl 100/150mg for 4 weeks with no improvement and then moved onto prednisone 20mg BD for 3 days then 20mg OD. Based on the specialist exam she has increased reflexes in her hind legs, no reflexes in front right leg and almost normal reflexes in her front left leg. It appears that deep pain perception is present in all her legs. The right side of her body is more affected as she is knuckling with both her right legs and cannot turn her head to the right. We think she still has control of her urine/bowels and can still wag her tail. She can hold her weight briefly with support however she tips forward. She is currently having acupuncture once a week and having 20mg prednisone OD. We tried tapering off the steroids this week and she became miserable and in pain. We are at a loss on what to do, whether to continue on with conservative treatment or sadly send her to doggy heaven as her quality of life is affected and without medication she is in pain and she can’t walk at all. She is still in great condition for her age, her coating is great and she weighs about 40kgs/88lbs.

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Jessica Fusch
3 years ago

Awe, this is really hard! Euthanasia is a very human option! Not walking for 8 weeks is long enough. Poor sweetie. I’m so sorry?