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Category: Diet & Nutrition

My dogs gets diarrhea with commercial food, of any kind so I make her food out of proper proteins, fruits and vegetables. What is your opinion?

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

I make enough meatloaf to last 2months and freeze it. She loves it! Chicken, rice, lean beef or buffalo, carrots peas and sweet potatoes, mashed garbanzo beans, chia, blue berry, cranberry, and peas and fish oil. She has firm stool and gobbles it up. She's a mini labradoodle and she gets 1 &1\2 to 1 1\3 cups a day. Is she missing anything? She just won't eat commercial food.

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Category: Behavior

Vinny is a 5yr old Frenchie. about 3 months ago he was napping and suddenly woke up startled, scared, yelping, couldn't figure out where to run first and emitting the oil gland smell. He has done this several times a day since, only 1 other time with the smell and not always as severe with the crying. but he is definitely scared and wants to get up close to my husband or me for comfort. we've checked him over for bone pain and he seems to be fine. his vet check ups are great last one was last week. vinny was stolen from the litter at 6 wks when we got him back his ears had been cropped like a pit bulls or dobies, short and pointy. is it possible he's having nightmares of those times. its so sad especially when he cries. its so distressing. hope you can help and thank you for your wonderful program and commitment to mans best friend.

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Category: Behavior
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Category: Diet & Nutrition

What is the best commercial food and why?

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Category: Skin & Coat

My 6 year old dog has had severe allergies during spring and summer times. She's alergic white oak trees and numerous other things that she is surronded by where we live.

Our vets are North Shore Animal League have tried numerous different medicines and even a steroid to help fight it, which all worked for a little while but now seem to have little to no effect. Not to mention the steroid changed my dogs personality completely, and we will never do that again. She was on Apoqul, Zrytec, a steriod (don't remember the name) and a few others I can't rememeber.

Any other suggestions to help fight her allergies to at least keep her comfortable during this time of the year, to the point where she isn't kicking and bitting herself non-stop.

Thanks!

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Category: Tumors & Cancer

Our vet said it is just what they call a fatty tumor and normally not cancerous and our dog appears fine but we were wondering if we should get it tested to make sure and also can it be removed and if so, does it make sense to remove it.

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Category: Miscellaneous
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Category: Diet & Nutrition

I am very concerned about what food to feed my cats, are you going to make your own cat food? and if not what do you feed the cats at the sanctuary?

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

He is eating and drinking water. He was sick three years ago. The Animal Medical Center said he would probably live only 6 months. I am trying to make him comfortable. Do you have any suggestions. Thank you

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Category: Limbs & Bones

My 16 year old shepherd/sheltie mix has arthritis, which has gotten worse in the last two weeks, to the extent that her back leg tends to collapse when she turns too quickley or goes down a step. She is currently taking carprofen and synovicre and the vet suggested shots if she does not improve. Do you have any other suggestions?

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Category: Skin & Coat

Many products, such as Parastar, Frontline, and Vectra, seem to work well for a few months, and then become ineffective. I'm having some initial success with Wondercide, a natural cedar oil-based product, for cats and dogs. Any information is appreciated.

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Category: Skin & Coat

my dog sheds alot no matter what we try is the something you can suggest

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Category: Behavior

My 1 yr old female cat went missing for a couple of days when she returned she appears to be deaf & wild. she was mostly an indoor cat & very loving, now she acts as if she doesn't even recognize us. I put food out for her & she'll sneak up to eat it but runs as soon as she shes us. We live in a small rural community. Could she have been injured or gotten into some toxin that would cause this? She is spayed & we rescued her at about 4 weeks old.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Category: Kidney & Urinary

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

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Category: Miscellaneous
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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: Limbs & Bones

IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE TO SURGERY

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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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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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Category: Miscellaneous
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Category: Kidney & Urinary
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Category: Diet & Nutrition
Can you recommend a substitute milk for cats that would not be harmful?