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Category: Tumors & Cancer

My cat has a lung tumor - should I put her to sleep?

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Category: Skin & Coat

I have a Tabby cat, now 4 yrs. old, that I rescued off a busy street when she was 3-4 mos. old. She looked and acted healthy and my vet checked her the day I found her and said she was. I had her spayed within the first month I had her. She willingly stayed indoors for the first 2 mos. Then slowly began exploring the area immediately surrounding my home. About a month later I noticed an angry looking sore on her face. Thought it was a cat fight wound. My vet said to give her antibiotics. Sore cleared. About a month later another one appeared. This time the vet gave her a steroid shot. The sore cleared. A month later another one appeared and seemed to be spreading.

I was referred to a veterinary dermatology specialist. To make this already long story less long. She had both blood tests and intradermal tests for allergies with positives a mile long. For three years shes been on antigen shots. Constantly adjusting the volume of the shot and/or the duration between shots with no real help. I kept her inside for a month. No change. I've tried several different steroid applications for a short term. Still no lasting help. Her sores are mainly on her face and mouth area, but not inside the mouth. She also gets occasional outbreaks on her paws. The specialist says she should probably start on a daily steroid. Probably for life. I know steroids can cause diabetes. (I already have one insulin dependent cat.) Also there's the danger of the compromised immune system. I have already spent thousands of $$$ on tests and antigen which haven't helped her. The addition of steroid treatment would be more expense, not to mention the health risk is more than my meager pension can handle. They say not to stop the antigen in any case. I'm almost out of antigen and really scratching my head about what to do next. Stop or continue the antigen? Start steroids? She's such a sweetie. Can you offer any suggestion so I can help her?

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

I have noticed that my 2 year old lab is eating mud/cement. any particular reason?

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

I have a 10 year old cat who has tested negative for bartonella, guardia, feline leukemia, you name it. He has severe diarrhea. His appetite is excellent, but seems to have a fast track and I can't keep any weight on him. I know he has some bad teeth. He is so emaciated that I do not want to put him under anesthesia for possible teeth extractions. Is it his teeth/gums that are causing severe/explosive diarrhea?

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Category: Tumors & Cancer

He also has swelling on his legs and paws. His abdomen, legs, and paws are tender to the touch. He has seen two vets and had blood work, an ultrasound of his abdomen, and biopsy of his kidneys. He is also on Doxycycline and Lysics. The only thing revealed in all of the tests was a compete lack of Protein and dry FIP. Neither of the two Vets that came “highly” recommended know what to do. His primary Vet says he is having sleepless nights trying to figure this out. We’ve spent over $500 so far and we don’t have much more to spend. This website was recommended and I hope you might have a suggestion or an answer. I really don’t want to put him down since I don’t know if this is fatal or not. Can you please help?

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

I just adopted two kittens from an organization that first placed the kittens in temporary foster homes. The 3-month old male has had diarrhea and semi-solid stool for 6 days now. He also involuntarily drips watery fecal matter from his anus, especially when he sleeps. And he often drips as he is running to the litter box. He was dewormed completely and was tested for a bacterial infection that came back negative for all common intestinal bacteria. The vet did prescribe Metronitazole, and he has taken it for 3 days without improvement. It has been suggested that I give the cat yogurt, but I was afraid of worsening the runnyness of the stool. I also read from your answers that eliminating glutens and giving a food with the proper proteins and carbs may help. I am currently feeding the cats Purina Kitten Chow. Should I try the yogurt? What special food should I give the cat? Could this just be a reaction to changing his diet? If so, when will the problem end. I spoke with the foster parents, and the other kittens from his litter are experiencing similar problems and all bacterial tests came back negative for them, as well. HELP!

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Category: Vaccinations

I just got a post card from my vet reminding us that our 4 yr old Lab is due his DHLPP & CVK. Are both of these shots necessary on a yearly basis?

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Category: Vaccinations

We have rescued many Shelties over the last 20+ years and they have all enjoyed a good life until they reach about 12 - 13 years. We know that at least four of our Shelties have died of cancer: pancreas, prostate, bladder and lung. They all have been given premium dog food, regular checkups. We have read that flea control could be one of the reasons for the cancer or we could be "over" vaccinating our pets. Can you please share your thoughts on this?

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Category: Vaccinations

I live in the Northeast. My vet has recommended giving my 2 year old Amstaff the lyme vaccination. We do get ticks in our area, but I am concerned about subjecting her to more. Do you know how safe these vaccines are?

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

If a dog frequently tries to eat mud, does it indicate a nutrition deficiency or other problem? Is mud eating normal, and should it be allowed?

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Category: Miscellaneous

I HAVE A REPTILE HE CANT WALK WITH HIS BACK LEGS BUT MOVES THEM TO GO . NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHAT IT IS OTHER WISE HEALTHY THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT.

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My pug is a neurtered 2 year old female who is about 5 pounds overweight. I try to take her for walks, but her breathing becomes so labored it's frightening. It takes her a very long time to recover. Our vet can find nothing wrong, but I wonder if she might have an elongated palate that is making it difficult for her to breathe? I've done some research and this seems to be a problem with some pugs. Please answer as she is the sweetest dog and I paid a great deal of money to rescue her from an abusive situation.

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Category: Skin & Coat

I am currently working with three puppies with sarcoptic mange. They are getting weekly shots of Ivermectin and dipping with lyme sulphur. I have heard conflicting opinions about Revolution. What do you think of Revolution and is there any other treatment(s) that would be more effective?

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

Our Baxter needs to lose 10 lbs per the Vet. My husband and I disagree strongly on how much to feed him. Can you advise us, please. He is currently getting 3/4 cup of diet food with green beans and 1/4 cup pumpkin at each meal but is obviously hungry. I want to give more dry food. Am I wrong? He is a 7 year old Aussie rescue who has just started a 30 minute walk per day.

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

My 11 yr old cat has a medium length coat. He has been throwing up or having diarrhea off and on over the past couple months. He eats high quality dry and canned food: Instinct, Origen, Tikki, Weruva & fresh water). I’ve given him petromalt type of hairball relief because he has had hair balls off and on most of his life. I brush him to his limited tolerance. I feel at this point he may need to see a Vet although I haven’t been totally confident with current Vet. I also am having financial problems and can’t afford to go Vet shopping right now. He’s a wonderful cat, very playful and silly. He hasn’t had any changes in activity or hunger. I’m appreciative of any advice or insights you can offer. And lastly, I want you to know how much I wish you were still on tv. I was a faithful viewer. I do realize that in devoting all your time to DELTA, you are offering a wonderful gift to the animal world.

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Category: Skin & Coat

I have a 4yr old neutered Chihuahua that I found has a purple/blood like blister on the top of his prepuce just on the outside of the opening to his penis in the hair area. I very gently squeezed it and maybe a tiny bit of puss came out just below the purple area, but no blood. It looks like a blood blister we get when we’ve injured our finger. I’ve just left it alone after I did that. It doesn’t appear to cause him pain. I called my vet, but he can’t see him until next week. Should I be concerned about this? I took a photo of it, if you would like to see it.

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

Powder is 18, has cataracts, both eyes but get around very well. Every 7-10 days, she will not want to eat and then has a liquid bloody stool. She won’t eat for another day or so, but then next day eats and is fine with normal stool until this repeats. She has a heart murmur, (vet pills made her throw up) a small benign tumor on her chest, sleeps a lot. What could cause the blood & is there something I can give her for the blood?

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My neutered male dog of older indeterminate age has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure which apparently grew out of an earlier heart murmur. He’s on Vetmedin, potassium and several diuretics. We’ve heard favorable things about Hawthorne berries as a possible help for him but his cardiologist doesn’t know what dose or whether it would interact with current medications. He’s about 22 lbs. Are you familiar with this product and what amount would be considered a proper dose? Would there be an interaction with the Vetmedin?

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

I have an 11 year old cat who on a recent blood test had very slightly elevated levels of BUN and CRE. For years I have been giving him a little Half and Half daily to try to get more moisture into him; A vet suggested this. He gets moist food in the mornings but won’t eat it in the afternoons so I feed him dry food then. Mice are also a large part of his diet. I am concerned about he phosphorus in the Half and Half. Should I stop giving him this?

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

We have two Yorkshire Terrier’s (both under 5Ibs). Both are being fed wet food only (kangaroo and parsnip for one and the other one gets wild rabbit and potato). We have recently started to add some nutrition into their diet as well. The reason for this type of diet is that one of them is highly allergic. Both of them have bad breath and plaque on their teeth that’s why we have decided on a professional cleaning for them. Neither one of them likes the tooth brush. Tried it many times but all attempts failed. Now that we are getting a fresh start on their hygiene we are wondering what else we might be able to do to help them continue to have healthy teeth.

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

I rescued a five year old cat that will not eat canned food at all. I’m concerned whether or not she is getting enough nutrients in her dry food. Should I be giving her some additional supplements?

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

Dr. Brown, I was reading the story on Ivy living with Kidney Disease for years and I was wondering what you did to keep him going. Minnew, my 14 year old, was diagnosed about 7 months ago. She gets fluids twice a week and we are keeping her thyroid high enough to keep her kidneys happy. She is also on Royal Canin RX food (and Solid Gold wet depending on her mood). She has her good and bad days. More good than bad. Any advice?

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

9 1/2 yr old Lab (service dog) is eating his own pooh.was told 1/2 t. Adolph’s meat tenderizer on kibble with bit of water would make his pooh smell repugnant to him and he would stop. Worked for a couple days -now he’s back at it. Don’t want to use it long term because it’s so salty. I am confined to wheelchair;husband had serious eye surgery ;must lie down on belly at least 2 more weeks. He used to clean it up immediately. Have to depend on kind neighbors to do it, so it accumulates a day or so.What can I do to help him, why is he doing it, could it be emotional or dietary?

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Category: Limbs & Bones

My dog is limping and the only thing I can guess is that he jumped up into the SUV, and then jumped out. Ever since then he’s been limping and that was 2 days ago, so I’m not sure if I should keep walking him, wrap his leg or let him rest…Should I give him buffered aspirin?

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

I have an 11 year old male, neutered kitty (on of 10 rescues I have)that started sneezing 2-3 days ago and his right eye periodically looks weepy. He is, as they all are, an indoor kitty. He is eating, not a lot, but I am worried. Since I am retired and on a fixed income I can’t run to the vet with any little thing like I used to when working. But if you think I should, I will. Thank you Dr. Brown.

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