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Donna Bunch | 5 months ago
I Have A Half Pit/Dashhound And She Sneezes A Lot And Shakes Her Ears. Then…

I have a half Pit/Dashhound and she sneezes a lot and shakes her ears. Then kinda like she can’t get her breath but she has been tested for heart worms and gets a heart worm pill every month I just don’t know what to do for her? Some one told me to give her Dimeitapp everyday and see if it helped but I don’t know how much or how often? Shadow weighs about 27 to 30 lbs. please help I don’t have much money but I need to know do I need to take her to the vet? She is up to date with all her shoots also.
Thank you so much for your input!!

Concerned parang!!
Donna B.

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello, I am sorry but I cannot provide a dosage for your pet unless they are a patient. It sounds like allergies and there are lots of options s available for this. But your pet needs to be examined for infection first. If it is infection they will probably need antibiotics. I also recommend that someone look inside the ears. If you are worried about money please call your vet and express that. Or call the local shelters and rescues to see if there is a vet near you who can help. Please don’t give your pet any medications without… Read more »

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Gary Stokes | 7 months ago
Be Very Careful Pseudmonas Outbreaks In Cats Are Running Rampant In The United States In…

Be very careful pseudmonas outbreaks in cats are running rampant in the United States in the last several years so if your cat shows any signs of nasal discharge and whising and sneezing get him or her checked for a polyp! If no polyps then get them checked for pseudmonas! Pseudmonas is very Dangerous!! It can cause nerve damage! Nurolagical problems heat problems peralisis and even Death!!

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Thanks for the warning

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Courtney Conaway | 9 months ago
I Have A 2 Yr 8 Mo Old Cat Milo Who I Am Desperate To…

I have a 2 yr 8 mo old cat Milo who I am desperate to find relief for. He has been sick since I adopted him at 4 months. I was told right away by the shelter vet that he had feline herpes, and that he would always be sick, but that we could treat the symptoms. Over the next 2 years, we have found ourselves at every vet in the area, seeking out treatment options for Milo, and have also had emergency visits on 5 different occasions when Milo got to the point that he could barely breathe. Milo means more to me than anything in the world, and I have promised him that I will never stop searching and fighting for an answer to help him feel better.

Milo is getting worse as he gets older. At this point, his breathing is audible 24/7 (snoring/snorting noises with every breath) regardless of what antibiotic he’s on. He sneezes dramatically (sometimes 10 times in a row) to the point that there is snot on many of the walls/windows. He makes choking noises/coughing as if there is congestion stuck in his throat that he is trying to get out. There are times at night when I am woken by his breathing because it gets so loud. He occasionally is struggling so much with congestion that he will find a quiet place to sit and close his eyes while he mouth-breathes.

At some vet visits, he ironically ends up breathing/feeling a bit better when we get there and they’ll tell me “this is a healthy cat!” and I go home only for his symptoms to return.

However, at other visits over the years Milo has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma, conjunctivitis, viral URI infection, bacterial infections, etc. We’ve tried Benadryl, terramycin, doxycycline, L-Lysine, Famciclovir, prednisolone, azithromycin, little remedies nasal saline and nebulizing sterile saline. The next step is nebulization of Gentamycin (which I called every pharmacy in the area trying to find and ended up having to order from a specialty pharmacy.) It won’t be in until the middle of next week, and it breaks my heart to watch Milo struggle as we wait for yet another antibiotic that might not work.

Recently we found a vet who suggested they thought Milo has nasal polyps, but said that I would need to see a specialist to find out for sure. At this recommendation, I immediately made Milo an appointment 45 minutes away (and over a month wait). When we finally got in, the specialist told me that it was very unlikely that Milo had nasal polyps, as they are not common in younger cats. They offered to do some preliminary testing to rule out other illnesses first. They did bloodwork and xrays (which cost $900) and found that Milo was positive for Bordatella and Mycoplasma infections. The herpes test came back negative, but they told me that it often comes back with a false negative when the infection is chronic. They put him on an azithromycin paste which didn’t help whatsoever, and then suggested the gentamycin nebulization. They said that if Milo isn’t showing improvement after a week of the nebulized antibiotic, that we could consider a rhinoscopy and a CT scan to check for other underlying problems (such as polyps) which would run around $2600 total.

I should note that all of this is cost-prohibitive for me, but as I’m sure you can tell, I would spend every dime I had if it made Milo better. Any suggestions or recommendations that you have for us are GREATLY appreciated as I feel like we are nearing a dead end. We are 4 hours from your office but id be more than willing to come out there for your help.

Thank you in advance,
Courtney & Milo

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Hello, I’m sorry this has been such a difficult road for you. Here are a few suggestions; 1. Has he been tested for felv/fiv? 2. Has anyone looked for a polyp? In my experience they are more common in young shelter cats than older cats. 3. Has anyone discussed rhinoscopy? That would be my first places to start. Some cats absolutely have chronic herpes with chronic sinusitis. They are chronically snotty cats. I have one who is 7 now. She has and always will be throwing snot on my walls. It is who she is. We live with it. As… Read more »

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Stacy O'Neal | 12 months ago
My 8 Year Old Dachshund, Ginny, Was Diagnosed With IVDD And Had Surgery Last January…

My 8 year old dachshund, Ginny, was diagnosed with IVDD and had surgery last January. She went to physical therapy for 5 months. It took her 6 months to walk and she is still very wobbly. Her bladder function never returned to normal and she has to tap her bottom on the ground to urinate and often has to be expressed. Throughout the past 9 months she has suffered with constant recurrent UTIs. As soon as we are done with antibiotics she needs them again within a few days as she cannot empty her bladder completely. She has been prescribed bethanecol which makes her nauseous and prazosin which makes her extremely lethargic. She has also had recurrent yeast infections on her tummy, ear infections, and awful reverse sneezing episodes. Lately she seems to be in pain…shaking, panting, licking, big eyes. She’s on amoxicillin for yet another UTI which upsets her stomach. She’s walking worse and dragging her feet until her toenails bleed. We were recently in the ER with a reverse sneezing episode that was wet and crackly and left her unable to breath. We have spent about $8,000 on the surgery,
therapy, cultures, treatments and drugs that lately seem to just make her sick. She can wag her tail but doesn’t, not for long time. My fear is that I’m prolonging suffering in a dog that will continually be sick, in pain and unhappy. We have been so hopeful and have rejoiced with each small step forward. She’s just had so many steps backwards. How do I know when it’s enough?

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Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I understand your dilemma completely and for as long as I have been a vet (13 years) and for as long as I have had pets in my family (30) years I still cannot answer this question for myself concretely, never mind for others. I just went through a 9 month battle with my beloved pup Jekyll who struggled and ultimately died from prostate cancer. I dedicated every day of my life to him for the last 9 months. Hoping to prolong his life and keep him by my side. I asked… Read more »

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Rebecca Benson | 1 year ago
I Have A 10 Year Old Maltese With Extreme Allergies. We Mostly Notice His Allergies…

I have a 10 year old Maltese with extreme allergies. We mostly notice his allergies with excessive paw chewing but this year he’s doing something weird and having frequent episodes of reverse sneezing. He’s not in breathing distress while he’s doing this but it’s scary to hear and see. We just had him at the groomer and I’m worried his symptoms could be something else. He’s never on a leash and doesn’t wear a collar so I’m wondering if the collar at the groomer could have caused his trachea to be injured. Our vet is closed today and all the Banfields in our area are booked. I included a video. Don’t mind the shaking. He’s been chilly ever since he got his hair cut. I should mention that other than these episodes he’s been perfectly fine and normal behaving and that Benadryl tends to stop them from happening at all

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I would make a vet appointment right away. And I wouldn’t advise giving otc allergy meds without checking with my vet first. Hope your pup is ok ?

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Mike Pinter | 1 year ago
Hello Our Family Has A 9 And A Half Year-old Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Named…

Hello
Our family has a 9 and a half year-old Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog named Gunnar. A few months ago he began to develop a hard mass under his skin, on top his skull that is above his right eye. Due to Gunnar’s health history of allergies, I initially thought the mass was an allergic reaction. I schedule an appointment with his vet. Although the mass was still present by the time we were seen in the vets office it had subsided. Until two weeks ago, the vets care instructions seemed to be working and Gunnar’s health was positive. Over the course of the past 14 days numerous concerning symptoms have become evident. These include a very lethargic demeanor which is the complete opposite of Gunnar’s demeanor, reduced appetite (if any appetite at all), he has developed cherry eye in both eyes, seems very lackadaisical or discombobulated at times (uncertain if this is related to the cherry eye affecting his eyesight), loose stool, hardly any hydration, sneezing (more frequent and pronounce when outside), seems to have a consistent fever (head seems hot), additional bumps (smaller) under his coat seem to be forming, another mass similar to the original is forming next to the original and the original mass is becoming larger and taking a more cone like shape. I have called the vets office numerous times over the past 10 days. no I was able to schedule another appointment for this Wednesday the office is closed until then. Gunnar does not appear to be in any pain whatsoever; however, this has not stopped the constant worry I have for him. I’m checking on him all the time. I do not believe he is in any pain nor does show any sign of pain. But I am not a vet and remain uncertain. I’m not sure if it’s just wishful thinking but at times it does appear to be getting better or at least I think his symptoms are subsiding. He barked at someone knocking today, ate well, stool is improving and he is interacting more. Then I look at pictures of him. I don’t know why looking at a picture of him creates a seemingly more definitive perspective. A few days ago, a family friend who is a foster parent in the animal caregiver stop by to offer her support and react with Gunnar. She was very reluctant and hesitant to give me her opinion on the matter however I told her that regardless of her opinion, my intentions or the outcome not the outcome of Gunnar’s health would change. She told me that her American Terrier (whom recently passed away) showed the exact symptoms that Gunnar has currently. Although Internet diagnosis and secondhand diagnosis from personal experience does not influence an actual medical diagnosis, I was just looking for any kind of insight or sound advice regarding what to do or not to do until we are able to get into his appointment on Wednesday. Despite being adamant on being in a vets office first thing Monday, I am constantly debating if I should take him prior to Wednesday. I thought it may be beneficial to try and seek the advice of a licensed or certified veterinarian. Hence me writing this in hopes of a response at 3 o’clock in the morning . I was wondering if you may have any insight regarding this matter. I appreciate any feedback and advice you may have regarding this situation & truly appreciate any and all of your assistance.

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Hello,
I am sorry to hear about your pup Gunnar. Please go to the vet ASAP. I would go tomorrow morning. If they can’t get you in go to the ER. It is impossible to diagnose without an exam but I am very worried that this is cancer or infection. This is not allergies. I think that Your dog needs an exam, and probably also, bloodwork and a chest X-ray (to start, in my opinion). I wish you the very best of luck.

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Colleen Goldsmith | 1 year ago
I Am So Devastated After Losing My 9 Year Old Bunny. I Hope Someone…

I am so devastated after losing my 9 year old bunny.
I hope someone can help me to find out exactly what caused his death. I took him to the vet on 20/04/2018 because he had a slight sneeze and was shaking his head and pointing his chin upward as if to breathe better. I was told he had an allergy. On the 09/05/2018 (19 days later ) I took him him back as he still had the slight sneeze, shaking of the head and this time had a weepy eye. After a check over I was told he was fine still just an allergy as their was no thick discharge from his nose. On the 10/05/2018 he started with very small stools and by the evening it had developed into GI Stasis. (We have had a lot of noise next door with builders so I put the Stasis down to stress). He had a very loud, noisy tummy that night. I gave him Clopamon to keep his appetite going. Took some droppings to the vet the following day so she could see the size and she gave him Metcam pain medication. Saw her again the next day, his tummy still had noises but he seemed a bit better he was given another Metcam injection. She said she was giving me Cortisone ‘ as a last resort’ as hopefully it would sort out the sneeze. I only gave him 1 Cortisone tablet and stopped because I have heard that Cortisone is not good and also because she told me she was reluctant to give it to him. She told me to return in a week but she was still adamant it was just an allergy. I got him through the GI Stasis very quickly, he never stopped eating although the stools took a few days to return to normal. I also syringed him Critical Care and extra water and gave tons of love.
I kept him on the bed for a while each night to monitor him until he wanted to go back to his room. Up until I took him back to her, he was hoping around the house and outside, very active. All the symptoms seemed to have cleared and things were back to normal. The vet then left for holiday for 3 weeks holiday. The slight sneeze did return and I noticed when he hopped a bit he would stop to give a slight sneeze. The next week he was fine. I did not take him outside as much as I had an eye op, but he still hoped around on our big verandah. He was eating and drinking fine. On the Saturday afternoon we went out for a drive and took him with as he loved going in the car. He sat on my lap, was not restless at all. I did not hear any noises indicating anything was wrong. He was fine that evening. I kept him on the bed for a couple of hours, but all of a sudden he jumped up and peed all over, almost as if he got a pain. My husband took him through to his sandbox. After putting clean sheets on the bed, I fetched him so I could monitor him. After a while his eyes started watering profusely and he kept pushing his face into my hand. He then wet a little again, so I went to put him back on the sandbox. I thought I would leave him awhile to finish his business. Unfortunately I dozed off for a couple of hours. When I woke up and went through to fetch him he was curled up dead on his blanket. This was the 27/05/2018. I feel so guilty that I dozed off. I have checked online and sure he had some kind of upper respiratory problem. Rabbits are inclined to hide illnesses. The vet never ever took an X-Ray or blood test obviously because she believed it was an allergy. Has any other bunny lover had a similar experience. I hope I can get an answer. I am devasted and need some kind of closure. Thank you.
Colleen

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So, I’m not a vet…but I know untreated UTIs can be deadly in particularly fragile animals. My experience is in reptiles, and I have lost a few snakes to UTIs after pulling them from homes which neglected their illnesses. I am very sorry for your loss.

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I’m so sorry for you loss.

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Marlene Cepeda | 1 year ago
My Dog Was Diagnosed By Two Vets. One Said He Had A Mild Case Of…

My dog was diagnosed by two vets. One said he had a mild case of collapsed treacha without doing an X-ray. The other one said he had a reverse sneeze due to allergies. He is also sneezing. Put him on medicine. With a mild case of collapsed treacha what would be the symptoms?

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Good morning… When you went for the second opinion, were you able to explain the first diagnosis to that vet as well? Did you ask for an X-ray? I cannot tell you what to look for, as I personally have never dealt with a collapsed trachea. I am sure one of the Pawbly experts can help you more specifically there… I’m just offering that if you are unsure of the diagnosis, I would certainly have a thorough conversation with the vet who regularly sees your pup, and explain your concerns, so that you can both come up with a plan… Read more »

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VICTORIA ARELLANO | 1 year ago
When Should You Be Concerned About Reverse Sneezing

When should you be concerned about reverse sneezing

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When it is becoming more frequent, causing changes in ability to rest, sleep, eat. Or when it is followed by an kind of discharge or swelling. I would get the episode on video and talk to your vet about it.

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Ken Cratsenberg | 1 year ago
Dear Krista Magnifico My Adult Cat Niko Suddenly Has Developed Sneezing Symptoms And Developed A Lump…

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My adult cat Niko suddenly has developed sneezing symptoms and developed a lump between the eyes and above the nose. On occasion he has sneezed with signs of blood were present. We took him to our vet and they performed x-rays of his chest to make sure he doesn’t have respiratory infection which came back negative. They have already put him on two forms of antibiotics which have calmed down the sneezing and cleared up his eye some, but the lump is still present. They took biopsy of lump sent to lab for analysis which came back negative for cancer or fungal disease. They still are not sure what’s wrong with him. They don’t have small enough endoscope which can navigate up my cats nose to view if there is problem. I have already spent a lot of money and they want to charge $1200 more to flush nose and try to view whats the problem with instrument they view dogs ears which is the smallest instrument they have, which im worried about because if it doesn’t fix this problem were in same problem as before. Do you think it could be a polyp in his nasal cavity? He seems fine but won’t eat hard food anymore only soft food, maybe a little more tired than usual though.

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Hello, I have never seen a polyp cause a facial deformity. I would be very worried about a tumor. In my experience facial deformity has always been cancer. Fungal Disease is very unlikely in my area. For these cats I tend to hit the antibiotics hard and aggressive early on. And I go through at least 3 different ones before I stop. I also talk about a steroid to slow down the growth if I can rule out fungal infection. I have also tried traumatic biopsy with a catheter and then nasal flush whilemunder anesthesia. I do not have an… Read more »

Shiria Seelenlicht
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This reminds me of a cat we had a few weeks ago. He was always an outside cat and was fed regularly by neigbours. They brought him in, because he developed a lump between his eyes, suddenly was blind and desoriented. He also showed heavy signs of cat flu (sneezing, discharge…). XRay didn’t show anything, but a CT Scan showed that the bone was dissolving. We couldn’t help him anymore :(.

I would definitly try what Krista recommended. I really wish the best for your cat and hope you find out what this is!