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updated 11 months ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

He's smacks his mouth and lips all the time, even when there is water available. My husband brushes his teeth every couple of weeks now, but he is starting to get some tartar build-up. It seems like this just started over the last month though. Any ideas how what might be causing this, or how to take care of it? The smell is really nauseating and I feel badly, but I can't even stand to have him sit near me

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updated 11 months ago
Category: Immune System

I'm have a 7 month old kitty diagnosed with wet FIP. He has been on Predisinolone 1ml daily and Virbagen Omega for 2 days. Will adding cannabis oil help or will it complicate the situation?

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updated 11 months ago
Category: Skin & Coat
Will a natural product flea and tick collar work as well as something like Frontline? I want to avoid chemicals. Are collars effective for the dogs entire body?
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updated 11 months ago
Category: Limbs & Bones

My dog injured her knee on a hike, she favored her right hind leg for some time so I took her in for an xray. They said she damaged her knee, had a bone spur on it and should have surgery. They put her on a pain killer/anti-inflammatory medication which helped but she started limping again when she was off. Do you believe surgery is the only way? Would turmeric and other anti-inflammatory supplements help?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

Dear Leo, I just read your story about Audrea. I have 4 rescue cats. The last 2 came from a close friend who died last year. Unfortunately, RolyPoly, who I suspect is quite old, was just diagnosed with severe kidney failure. I'm feeding him various forms of kidney diet and injecting him with fluids. You mentioned medication. Is there anything you did that would help RolyPoly? Or is his age a defining factor?

Incidentally, please add me to the 21st century club. You're one of two major beneficiaries in my trust. Thanks for all you do. I hope to hear from you if there's anything you can do to help my RolyPoly sweetheart.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

Your story about Audrea was wonderful and as I read about her kidney issue at such a young age I thought about my old girl, 18 now, that was diagnosed at the beginning of kidney failure about 5 years ago and has done remarkably well on a supplement, Renavast. Audrea's success story is the best ending and I just wanted to mention the Renavast if you weren't aware of its successes. Bless you and all the rescues.

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updated 11 months ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

My 10 year old lab pees when he's excited, is that good or bad?

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updated 11 months ago
Category: Miscellaneous
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Hi, doctor, got an 11 year old mix, medium sized dog who recently has become restless and drinking a lot of water at night. We've gone through some recent changes in our household with the loss of one of our cats, my husband, who generally takes the dog with him to work, being gone for 3 weeks on business, and myself being diagnosed and treated for depression. Our vet has placed the dog on diazapam for 2 weeks, which seems to help sporatically. Obviously he is considering that the dog may be dealing with anxiety. Is there something else that we should be considering?\ Overall the dog has always been in good health.

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Category: Diet & Nutrition
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Category: Diet & Nutrition
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Limbs & Bones

IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE TO SURGERY

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

they have been eating Petsmart, Simply Nourish dry, adult-chicken and turkey. a male and a female in good health

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Skin & Coat
This is what she said------- Hi Donna,I'm so worried about our dog Niko  Her red lumps have become all over her entire body and she has massive weight gain! Breaths hard like she is over heated. We can't afford doctors but she is still playful and wants held a lot still... Do you have any idea what could be wrong with her?
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

I have 3 cats. One of them is urinating inside. If I split them up to see who it is they don't do it. Is there another way to find out?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Immune System

My cat has been experiencing what sounds like muscus in his chest. He does not have running eyes or nose. His vet gives him a Convenia shot and it clears up. However, in about two months or so it comes back. His vet thinks it might be asthma but to me he doesn't have the symptoms. Do you have a suggestion of what it might be?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Behavior

My spaded female 2.5 yo Lab/Pit mix likes to smell me and try to mount and hump me. She doesn't do this to anyone else. Why and how do I stop this behavior?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Limbs & Bones

Hello, My 2 year old corgi pluto really struggles to stand up after laying down and seems to avoid going up on our pet stairs to get on the bed and once in a while I will hear a clicking when he walks. We have scheduled some x rays for his hips but it will be another 2 weeks before he can go in. This has been an ongoing issue that has recently seemed to get worse and While researching it sounded like hip displasia to me. Do you know what can be done besides a total hip replacement if he does have hip displasia? Does this sound like hip displasia to you? Thank you,

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Skin & Coat

He is in good health. When he licks he also starts to pull out his hair. Vets have checked his skin etc. Our vet says that he just might have a habit like we have biting our nails. Find clumps of hair at times around the house. Just doesnt seem normal. Thank you

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Stray cat we let him from time to time decided to have her kittens in our apartment under my bed. I can't keep them. Mom is very friendly and the kittens are only days old please help.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

What medications and natural nutrients are safe for my westie. Her COPD is severe. She was near death from pneumonia in December.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition
Refusing to eat most food. Am blending and tried everything. Shes losing weight. Vet checked. Has still got hole in gum and looks sore. No help from vet. What can I do?
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Limbs & Bones

My dog limps (her hind right leg) when she first wakes up but moves perfectly fine after awhile. Do you think she has something like arthritis? We cannot afford to go to the vet and I would like to avoid xrays unless you think it necessary.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

I have four senior kitties, the oldest will be 22 years old this year. They have different ailments ranging from kidney disease to mega esophageous (sp), for which they get medicine and subcutaneous fluids. Is there anything more you recommend to make them comfortable and content? Oh, two of them walk on leashes!!! Thank you so much.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

He is stable, no longer on meds for it, eats well, but does the circling thing when on his feet, which is difficult for him as he has arthritis as well as urinary and bowel incontenence. He is on Prevacox for pain. Is there anything more I can do for him? Thanks

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Oliver is a large breed,long bodied,long hair mixed 8 month old male Kitten who is currently 10 lbs. I think he is either a Maine Coon or possibly a Siberian mix. My question is how do I know if his weight is normal for a large breed mix or if he is actually over weight? He eats 1/2 cup dry premium food daily (dry food always avail but only 1/2 c daily) along with 3-5.5 oz of premium canned food daily (divided into am & pm feedings).

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Behavior

Ozzie ia about five years old. He's a shepherd/setter mix about 83 pounds. He belongs to a friend but spent six months at my house after being subjected to a very small crate 24 hours a day, too small to stretch out in. (Divorce thing). He is house broken and is a house dog. The divorce is over and he is back with his owner in the house where he was held "captive" by "her." Whenever he gets into the basement he poops. He also urinates on beds and futons. His hours are not consistent because his owner has different hours. His work is an hour away. His grandmother is going down every day to let him out and get rid of "evidence." He does not poop upstairs. Any idea what is really going on and how to stop it? Thanks so much.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

I saw that you have given hemp oil to cats. My cat was just diagnosed with fibrosarcoma and had his entire leg amputated. The histology indicates that doc was not able to get all of the cancer cells. My "son" is 12 years old and weighs about 16lbs. (My 15yo dd's cat, actually, I just pay the bills.) I have not yet met with the oncologist at the vet's office (next week), so I don't know that they're opposed to alternative treatments, but I know I can't afford chemo and I hate its side effects. I've been trying to research, but coming up with a lot of contradictory information with regard to fibrosarc, as well as treatment options and alternative therapies. I'm all about quality of life over quantity, so I don't want to do more harm than good. Are any of these products going to help? Would it be a waste of money? Is it better to administer them topically to the affected muscles, internally (dosage?) or both? Is any better than others? Given competing resources, what should I focus on? I have so many questions that I don't really even know what to ask, but any info or advice you can offer will be so very appreciated. Thank you, in advance, for taking the time and sharing your knowledge.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Behavior

Have a rescue dog. He barks at strangers, shakes and has snapped at visitors. He is not aggressive and is a small dog. He seems to be a terrier, min pin, chihuahua mix. Not really sure of breed.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Immune System
He now drinks from the floor, sometimes snaps at a child, very wild near or far from other animals, and his trying to hump us a lot, any suggestions?  Sorry my name is Ginger  (I am also disabled and use a cane, he pulls hard) Thank you for your cooperation  GOD Bless  gc
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous

I believe my dogs anal glands are impacted again, acts similar to the last time but this time very lethargic, staying very still. He walks hunched, slow, cautious to go up or down stairs, tail between legs. Still eating, peeing, pooping just acts uncomfortable. I live far away from vet, no emergency clinic, Dr won't be in until Monday (,this is Friday evening) Can this actually be just anal glands impaction? No fever, no vomiting S

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition
Can you recommend a substitute milk for cats that would not be harmful?
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Category: Behavior
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

My cat was diagnosed with Small Cell Lymphoma via surgical biopsy in Dec 2013 and is currently receiving Chemo. He however has Nausea which has become increasingly difficult to deal with and Intestinal issues due to IBD. Mu question is ...how do you feel abt treating them with Hemp oil?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

My 11 yr old is in renal failure. BUN is 100. Besides the KD food (Science Diet) is it OK to give her fresh carrots and also can she still have her Greenie once in a while? Is there a homeopathic diet for this disease. She is in the advanced stage.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Skin & Coat

I have three Labradors 5 yr chocolateold 3 yr old. Black And sept got 7month old white llab it seems I am.allergic to the last one. I get itchy skin. How do I get the puppy to stop stuff and destroying them?

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updated 1 year ago

My 11 year old Lab has an elongated soft palate which the vet advises would be difficult to operate on due to bleeding. He is fit and well otherwise, but the coughing and choking is very distressing for him and us. Would a specialist surgeon be likely to consider this operation as a possibility?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Immune System

I'd like to share my dogs story. She is an Akita at 8 years old she developed a large abscess in her back. The vet did surgery thought she may have foreign body. It went down after surgery but came back. They did surgery again thought maybe didn't get it out. It came back again... This was ongoing for over a year and Bella was on steroids all this time. She tore both acls, developed diabetes and lost her eyesite. We were referred to. Dermatologist tried different drugs and final conclusion was she has an immune disease and is taking drug atopica which has kept this disease at bay... In meantime she tore both Acls which vets did not want to do surgery on because of her health, her diabetes is gone and we fixed her eyesight so she can see again! Problem now is her hips, arthritis etc... I hear rimadyl can be quite dangerous but she limps and Is really starting to have hard time walking. She is now 11. She has been taking gabapentin but doesn't seem to be enough anymore. Is there anything else you think I could be doing to help? Thanks for your time

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary
My chow/ border collie mix 13 year old started not eating, drinking a lot and urinating way less than she should. She had suffered from bladder stones, had surgery twice and won a battle with pancreatitis. He did tests and said she was in kidney failure and she would deteriorate very quickly, said her numbers were very bad. We sadly decided to put her to sleep. I had never been through this. I have since did some research. My vet only used one injection into the vein. I now know he could have given her a shot to sedate her first. Do you think she suffered any? She didn't seem to have any pain, I was with her, holding her.
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Skin & Coat

My poor old cat was introduced to fleas for the first time. Vet applied Frontline in office visit. She chewed or scratched all the hair off the spot where it was placed. She was scratching all over also and her hair stood up all over her body. Had a cortisone shot. Helped for awhile. Then the fleas were back. Tried a Seresto flea collar. She was also scratching at the collar all the time. Fleas finally eliminated from the home. Her hair is till standing up and she is still biting the middle of her back months later. I bought 2 of the collars for both cats at $60 apiece. This got the fleas finally. She is a Russian Blue breed. A cat of the same breed lived 23 years with us and also had this allergy. What can I do to make her more comfortable without cortisone injections?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Saw vet a few months ago to check out ears. Saw brown debris in outer ear. Vet found no mites. Flushed out her ears. She is 8 years old. Younger cat started shaking his head but don't see debris, hasn't seen a vet yet because he seems better. Older cat started scratching at ears again and has a lot of debris.

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Category: Skin & Coat

Doc, I have a 14yr old Bluetip Himalayan neutered male, who I believe has allergies. He had been on Royal Canin SO due to urine crystals, but he started getting itchy, mini pustules at the base of his tail for the last 6 six years or so. I had given him Depo shots to alleviate his symptoms over the years but now we are on a Hydrolized Protein (Royal Canin) diet. He has been on this strict diet for about three weeks now and is not getting any better (sniffling, hair loss, pustules, scratching). I changed the litter to a dust free type, exhausted all environmental allergens I could think of. I am concerned with the pustules on the base of his tail. Have you had experience with these?

Thanks

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer
My 9 year old German Shepherd was just diagnosed with prostate cancer. The prognosis is months to one year and fatal and at this time with science – no cure. The type of prostate cancer is transitional. I just want to be sure it is definitely fatal. It breaks my heart....
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Behavior

these are not play bites his pupils are fully dilated, and he draws blood and leaves bruises he attacks for no reason, he seems jealous of anything I do, or he will act like he wants petted but then bites, I am very gentle with him, but don't know what to do he is altered.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Behavior

He has already had a series of blood tests and my vet cannot find anything wrong.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Behavior

Bailey came to us at 9 weeks old. We have had minimal success with getting him to stop the biting/nipping. We tried firm verbal discipline, we received a DVD when he came to us and it's stated we should hold him on his back firmly on his breastbone using the No Command. This helps some but he still hasn't stopped the behavior. Help!!