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Marygrace | 1 month ago
I Am In Obx And I Have Been Looking For Help With My Dog . I Have …

I am in obx and I have been looking for help with my dog . I have saw your blog and your videos on you tube and wanted to reach out to you. My dog might have disc disease . She is in a hospital on another island down here . Actually it is my grandsons dog, he lives with me alone and this has been his best friend for 4 years . He is 11 and we adopted her . She woke up Monday and her back legs were shaky and then we took her to hospital and she has been there ever since . They have treated her with meds incase it was a bacteria or tick disease but she still can’t use her back legs. She still can’t stand . She is still in vets resting and getting great care. We don’t have much money so we can’t get her an mri but I grew up near jarretsville(went to John Carroll high) and when I saw your blog and video I thought maybe you could give us some advice. Can we email you? My email is Marygrace58@aol.com . I thank you so much! The vet here is so awesome and still gives us hope! but they are saying I might want to consider putting her down. Which I understand but I saw your videos and thought I might reach out. My grandson wants to bring her home but she can’t walk and use bathroom. Was hoping you could give us some help or advice. I just called up to your office because I was hoping to talk to you. The lady that answered the phone said this was the best way to contact you. My phone is 804 814 5068. I do not want to put the dog down. I would like to try and would like some ideas from you. Thank you for your time. Marygrace and AJ

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Hello, I am happy to help you here. I have a lot of information on my blog KMDVM.blogspot.com and my YouTube channel. If you go to them there is a lot (I hope all that you could need) there. I have to say that I rarely advise giving up on these cases until a few weeks has gone by and they are not making any progress. It usually takes these patients a few days (at least 5-7) to get to a stable place where assessment can even begun to be made. In that time it is very important to keep… Read more »

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suerena schaefer | 5 months ago
My Dog Is13 1/2 Years Old. He Is A Dachshund/German Shepard Mix. More Dachshund. He Has 5 …

My dog is13 1/2 years old. He is a dachshund/German Shepard mix. More dachshund. He has 5 fatty tumors that have all been biopsied and are not cancerous. They do seem to continue to grow in size. Not substantially but still grow. He had to go In for emergency surgery 2 years ago from cutting his artery in one of his paws during a walk. He has been a little different since then. More afraid of things. Urinates in the house every so often. I don’t know if it is from the surgery or just his age. But my question is whether or not I should have his Tumors removed with his age and how he responded to his last surgery. He is in very good health except for one health issue one time. A year ago he fell down and couldn’t walk. Took him to the vet. They kept him over night. They said it was old dogs disease. It went away 2 days later and hasn’t returned. Other than that he is very healthy. Gets his vaccines, heart worm, tick and flea meds. So do I remove them at his age or leave them alone. I keep debating this in my head and can’t make the call. I want what is best for him. I just don’t want to chance issues with going under anesthesia.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Hi there 😊 I think I would chat with the vet at his next checkup and see what their thoughts are. There is always a risk with surgery, but if the pros outweigh the cons, then the answer is obvious. At this stage though, if your vet feels they aren’t a threat and you feel that the dog’s quality of life isn’t effected, then those would be strong factors in determining what the next step would be. You and your vet know your guy best, so that would be where I would start my discussion. Best of luck!!!

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Hello,
I agree with Sarah. This needs to be a decision that you make with the help and guidance of the surgeon. You can get as many opinions as you need but they need tone from someone who can examine your dog. Find a vet (or two or more, or even a boarded surgeon) and ask for advice. Very best of luck.

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Cammi Breeding | 11 months ago
I Really Can’t Describe It. My 1.5 Year Kid Dog Is Up To Date On…

I really can’t describe it. My 1.5 year kid dog is up to date on all shots, heartworm preventative as well as flea and tick preventative. His last checkup was 3 months ago and he is in perfect health. He started hacking (sounds like dry heaving) yesterday. I have video of the sound. It is happening quiet frequently like an attack. Please help.

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Either he’s sick or he has a heart condition. Either way, get him to the vet ASAP.

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Jessica Myers | 12 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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Chelsea M | 1 year 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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scgreco413 | 1 year ago
Hi Pawbly Friends…. One Of Our GSD, Butch, Is In His Twilight Years, Approaching 14. It…

Hi pawbly friends….
One of our GSD, Butch, is in his twilight years, approaching 14. It has been very eventful here with the addition of two new GSD rescues since July, and there have been some scuffles, but everyone is managing great now. All the “teething troubles” seem to have been worked out. When we lost Butch’s best bud, he stopped eating and lost about half of his body weight. The rescues kind of helped put some pep back in his step and he is doing great. He’s still underweight, but not like before. My question is, I’m worried about preventatives. With so much of him gone, I’m afraid to give him his dose of parastar, but I also fear Lyme disease, especially given his age. Being that it isn’t winter, I hate to admit, I haven’t been giving him his dose. Now that spring is around the corner, I am more concerned about ticks because of the warmer weather. Thoughts on preventatives? Should I give a lower dose? Regular dose? Every other month? I’m just worried because he is compromised enough and underweight, but Lyme is also very serious and would be awful for him as well. Any advice is very appreciated. Thanks!

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Hello, Preventatives are always tailored to the patient, their environment and risk of exposure. They are also dosed based on ideal body weight or current body weight in cases of current physical body status. In some cases I also use a drug that I am more comfortable with or have used for a longer time and have more experience with. I also always recommend that clients keep notes on when they were given and note any adverse reactions and then further tailor from there. I understand your concerns. For the last year of my pup Jekyll’s life I was very… Read more »

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Jennifer Taylor | 2 years ago
I Rescued A Young Golden Retriever In May. She Had Spent The Start Of…

I rescued a young Golden Retriever in May. She had spent the start of her life abandoned in a small cage, she was emaciated, covered in fleas and ticks and of course living in her own waste. She is a wonderful dog, everything is new and she has very much been a blank slate. She is well exercised, is very social with our other dogs and has successfully completed a basic obedience class and will be moving on to 2nd level training and beyond. Thankfully she does not hold her rough start in life against humans in the least. Her only downfall is that she eats stool from our other dogs in the yard. We keep the yard clean, however we have 5 dogs. Even cleaning the yard daily is likely to leave a pile. She will even wait for our smaller dog to go to eliminate so she can eat it as fresh as possible. I imagine that she probably ate her own feces when she was starving, I am quite sure that this is a learned behavior. Over the course of 5 years my family has fostered 80+ dogs. I know that this is a very hard habit to break, however “poop kisses” are rather disgusting so I would love some input on what has worked for others! Thank you in advance.

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Hello My Dear Friend, My rescued beaglette does the same. She also has the same back story and yucky penchant for poop. Here’s what I do.. clean up waste asap (yes, honestly I am not the best at this as I recommend others to be). I also use a clicker or beeper to break her of it while she is doing it. Some non-vocal (she doesnt really want to listen to me anyway in the fever of the fervor to eat anything) cue to say “HEY! YES! I mean you need to stop that!” It takes a while but all… Read more »

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Emily Taylor | 2 years ago
My Lab Suffers From Pretty Bad Allergies. I Have Been Working On Trying To Get…

My lab suffers from pretty bad allergies. I have been working on trying to get them to subside some naturally. He is currently taking NexGuard but lately I have been seeing commercials for it and one of the side effects is itchyness. Is there a flea and tick out there that is better for dogs with sensitive skin/allergies?

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Hello,
There are lots of good flea choices. But each had its inherent advantages and disadvantages. Also every pet should have their conditions discussed with their vet to make the ideal educated choice. It is also very important to keep a dog with allergies on flea prevention as we know the one thing that incites allergies more consistently and persistently is fleas.

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Naum Castillo | 2 years ago
I Found A Puppy Look No More Than A Couple Weeks Old And He Has…

I found a puppy look no more than a couple weeks old and he has ticks , what’s a good treatment

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I would get in to see a vet right away. Ticks may be the obvious trouble, but the puppy needs to be checked out to be sure he isn’t sick. The vet will also make sure your puppy is proper weight and can tell you more accurately how old it is. Going to the vet is extremely important. You’ll be able to start all vaccines necessary and get him off to a hopefully healthy start. Best of luck to you both.

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For external parasites in young animals I advise combing them off. No products should be used on them unless your vet says they are safe. (PS most of the stuff for sale over the counter is not safe for young animals. Don’t buy or use it!)

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shipra mathur | 2 years ago
Hi, My Dog Has Been Suffering From Skin Allergy For Three Months Now. Earlier She…

Hi, my dog has been suffering from skin allergy for three months now. Earlier she has had red rashes on some parts of her back which is now cured through medication. Suddenly i can see another allergy on her neck, it has become slightly black in color but no rashes. Also, i saw two symmetric black tiny spots on her back today. I am worried what could it be, seems like a tickbite but it’s not as she doesn’t have hair right now, i would have spotted a tick easily. Please suggest what has happened and what can be done. Thanks so much.

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Have you also put a call into your vet about this? It could be more than one thing going on with your poor pup. For example, the allergic reaction may only be one part of the problem. I would bring my dog back in to the vet and have them do a thorough exam. And talk to your vet. Voice your concerns and thoughts. They’re there to help and want to listen? Best of luck!

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Yes, do give your vet a call. They will likely want to see her. My Yorkie had what I thought was skin allergies causing black patches on her otherwise pink belly. My vet indicated a poster in her office regarding flea and tick bite pictures and descriptions. My poor dog had flea bites all over her and the black patches were the flea excrement! I was not aware that fleas were so very nasty! He gave me a topical and oral antibiotic and she gets her flea, tick and heartworm every month consistently and wash her at least once a… Read more »