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Category: Diet & Nutrition

I know that cats like to eat grass and other greens - my cat has a particular fondness for Arugula (or Rocket). I just want to make sure that there's not anything harmful in its chemical makeup that might be harmful to cats.\r\nThank you!

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updated 7 months ago
Category: Behavior
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updated 11 months ago
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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updated 7 months ago
Category: Behavior
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous

I have donated for years and and very glad to see your website and the size.

Here is my question: I got a 11 yr old corgy from the animal shelter. His owner had died and relatives did not want him. My problem is his nails are very long. I take him to my vet as needed for shots and such. I asked them if they trimmed nails and they went and got the clippers and started at them. One of the nails bleed and it took quite a while to get it stopped. They only clipped 3 nails and did not do the rest. I am now worried about asking them to clip them. What is the best thing to do so he can have regular nails? His dew claws are in a circle now, and the other are very long and you can see the underneath is grow farther that it should be. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks for you time.

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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: Diet & Nutrition
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updated 6 months ago
Category: Skin & Coat

it was popped then i cut skin and it was deep with clear things that moved inside

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Hello, we have a new kitten and he has very bad gas and very stinky bowel movements at least 3 a day. Is this normal? Are we overfeeding him? Should we switch kitten food? Also is it safe to bath our kitten?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition
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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 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous

How does one become a veterinarian at an animal sanctuary? Is there a certain path to follow? I'm a first year veterinary student and I'm interested in pursing a career in this area of veterinary medicine. Thanks!

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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: 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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updated 8 months ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

Our dog Rachel is exhibiting symptoms of fecal incontinence, while this has not been officially diagnosed an initial consultation with our vet and recommendations of low residue dog food has helped but is not a long-term solution especially with 2 other dogs.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Vaccinations

I have frontline plus I was wrong on the weight of 1 of my dogs can I use the same weight on him even if he is under the weight limit for the package till I can get more in a month or 2?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Behavior

a month ago my cat would put her paws in her water bowl after using the litter box, now she does in whenever she goes near the water bowl. it is as if she does not want any water in the bowl. but we have not seen her drinking the water. nothing has changed except her habit of playing in the water. we just had her to the vet a month ago for her yearly physical and shots, she seems healthly enough.

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Category: Diet & Nutrition
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updated 1 year ago

My 3 month old dog has a upper Pneumonia ... he is on antibiotic right now.. what else i can do to help him?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

My min. poodle, Brigitte is 15 years old and has two cataracts. I've had a recent physical on her. Her liver enzymes are high but otherwise she is ok. Is it safe to have the cataracts taken off?

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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: Miscellaneous

My 9 1/2 year old Jack Russell's albumin level has been dropping slightly for a few years but last month it dropped to 2.1 per blood test. I had a bile function done last December and it was good. The vet recommended an ultrasound a few weeks ago, which showed a smaller liver light gray in color. The bile test was also given again and this time it showed a decreased function but no active liver damage. She had IBS issues years ago but was doing well on ZD dry food and 1/8 teaspoon tylan powder given once a day. She eats well, runs around, and doesn't look sick but I am worried because the vet said they thought it could be cirrhosis of the liver. He mentioned I could try giving her Denmarin or have a laparoscopic biopsy done of the liver and intestines. I want to try to help her but I don't know if making her go through the biopsy is a good idea. He also said if it is cirrhosis that nothing can be done to help her. What do you think? Do you think it would be worth trying Denamarin.

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Category: Miscellaneous
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I have a 6 year old Yorkie with problems with snoring , sneezing and at times gasping for breath. the vet says it is a soft pallet problem and is reluctant to investigate as she is small. I still feel very anxious about this as the problem seems to be getting worse and it is not only when she is sleeping . My vet says he will take a look if I insist but I feel in a quandery as to what is best to do as I do not want to put har through that if it is not necessary

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updated 9 months ago
Category: Miscellaneous
My question has to do with feline diabetes. My 7 year old male probably got diabetes from being overweight. At one point he was 22 pounds and now is down to 17 pounds. Getting him regulated continues to be a problem. He was diagnosed in December of 2015 and is on his third type of insulin now, Lantus (glargine), which has the most flat curves. I have kept a detailed glucose log for him, indicating dates, times, glucometer readings, insulin units given, and what food he was given, and type it into a Word table weekly from the written notebook which I email to my vets. I do a 12 hour curves on him every weekend. He goes to 3 different vets, a holistic one, a traditional one, and a university veterinary hospital for an internal medicine specialist. I've had to do a lot of research myself on feline diabetes and found the German protocol was the only one that actually lists a dosing protocol for Lantus. A dosing protocol for glargine is what I need, but none of my vets will agree to the German one or give me a US one. Lantus drug sheets from the pharmacy do not go into dosing at all, and only talk about humans taking it. I didn't agree with the internal medicine intern or resident who suggested prescription dry food. All the articles I read say feed only canned food, no dry, which is what I've been doing. The traditional vet is the one prescribing and dosing the glargine, and one day his glucose went very low and I had to feed him extra food and not give him any insulin and then he seems to go into smogoyi effect. After reading the German protocol, I believe the traditional vet had him going up too fast, about a unit per week, which might be OK for Prozinc, but not for Lantus. The German protocol would only recommend going up by 1/4 or 1/2 a unit, but they say you can do it in 5 days time. The internal medicine vet wanted 10 days or more per dose before raising the dose. This time I waited nearly 3 weeks to raise his dose by a half unit since the numbers of his last curve were mainly in the upper 300's. His glucose dropped to 45. I didn't give him any insulin that evening and called the vet first thing in the morning (by then his glucose was over 535) and we went back to his old dose. There are 2 other possible reasons for the drop besides raising his dose. I was at the bottom of the vial of Lantus. I read that Lantus shouldn't be rolled or disturbed much and is a clear liquid that doesn't seem to settle like the Prozinc and Novolin N did. Perhaps the Lantus in that vial did settle and was more concentrated at the bottom. I did look on lantus.com website to find instructions for humans with the vial, not the Solostar pen, and it doesn't say to roll it. The other thing that might have affected him is that my holistic vet started him on Standard Process Feline Whole Body Support supplement. She had me wean him up from 1/4 pill once a day for a week, 1/4 pill twice a day for a week, 1/2 pill twice a day for a week, and just this past weekend I started giving him a whole pill twice a day, which is the standard dose for a cat. Could the Standard Process Whole Body Support be causing him to get better and not need as much insulin? They need to notify you on the bottle somewhere if that is the case. So I'm going back to the 1/2 pill twice a day on that one and have tried calling them for information but haven't received a call back yet. I am thinking about calling the FDA to inquire what they know about dosing Lantus in a cat and about Standard Process Feline Whole Body Support in a diabetic cat. I can email you the entire glucose log for my cat if you let me know how to get it to you since I can't attach a file in Delta's Ask the Vet. It is 51 pages long so far.
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updated 8 months ago
Category: Miscellaneous

No change in diet.vomits 3-4 times a day. Sometimes clear liquid or a bile color

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updated 11 months ago
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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updated 1 year ago
Category: Skin & Coat

I have a 15 year old Shepherd/Sheltie mix. She is in good health except for arthritis in her back, for which she get carprofen daily. About six months ago she developed a strong odor and started licking her back. At that time she also developed what looks like white flakes. After a bath, she smelled better for a short time and then started licking her sides and the flakes are again back. All this licking is causing her to ingest hair which leads to coughing. The vet doesn't know what might cause this problem.

She has been on the same food regimen for several years as well as the same meds - Synovicre and levothyroxine and Rimidyl. Any insight as to what might be causing this problem would be greatly appreciated as the smell some days is very strong. Thanks so much for your help.

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updated 7 months ago
Category: Immune System

My Aussie had sterile nodual piniculitis and I bought the medicines online at Allivet. I got a shipment not too long before we had to put him to sleep. I don't want to throw away this life saving expensive medication. How/where can I donate for it to be put to use? Boxes are unopened and they have been kept in the refrigerator.

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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 8 months ago
Category: Neurological
I am fostering a med. size dog that came to me with Mange and residual distemper neurological signs (head bobbing, seizures, teeth).  Is this dog a carrier or can it infect future Foster dogs i look after.  What about my yard with distemper feces? Should i put her down since she may never be adopted and risks my healthy ones?
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

I have a six year old rescue beagle just diagnosed with an elongated soft pallet. What are the risks associated for surgery and how successful is it. Her only problem is she's an extremely loud snorer. Appetite is very good.

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updated 8 months ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary
It started as a seasonal allergy (where he was prescribed a 1/4 to 1/2 of anti-histamine a day).  In April, he was fine and his blood work was good.  Then, he started having phlegm in May & nasal discharge in June.  Moreover, for the last 3 weeks, he's so dried up though we've been giving him the 200 ml of fluids daily.  Last week, his regular Vet prescribed prednisone for 5 days & it dried up his nose, however, his body is still dried up & dehydrated ~ when you pull on his skin there is no looseness at all.  He loves sitting & sleeping next to the vaporizer but it gets too hot that our other cats (almost 19 & 14 years old) got lethargic.  How will you suggest to keep our 16 1/2 year old Manx cat to stay hydrated besides getting the daily fluids?
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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: Kidney & Urinary

Is it possible to house break a 6 year old Female Welsh Terrier? I have had no luck. I have crated her and she dirtied the crate and Bed enclosed. Could there be a medical problem? I have another 14 year old female who is house broken. Could this be an attention getting problem?

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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: Limbs & Bones

IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE TO SURGERY

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updated 1 year ago

I have a sweetheart of a Lab that is about 9 years old. Several weeks ago, she began to pant, and seem to have trouble breathing. She continually puts her nose up in the air and inhales sharply (wheezes) like she has something in her throat. It seems to come and go. On the first vet visit, she checked lungs, heart and gave her an allergy shot, it continued andon the second visit the vet partner gave her some Temaril, it does not seem to help, and she seems to be drooling some. Any ideas.'

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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 1 year ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

My 6 yr old calico gets occassional diarrhea.. we believe from eating floral arrangements...it lasts several days usually...what can I give her or is there possibly another problem?'

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Dog is 8 yrs old and has been diagnosed with Cushings Disease. He is a beagle. What treatment is recommended? Thank you.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary
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updated 11 months ago
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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updated 1 year ago
Category: Skin & Coat

My 12 year old Welsh Corgi frequently gets "hot spots" on his abdomen and groin. He bites off the hair and licks it red and raw. I've tried treating it with corn starch or hyrodgen peroxide without success. The vet prescribes antibiotics and cortisone shots, but I don''t want to do that too often. Any home remedy suggestions?

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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: Immune System
My 13 1/2 year old cat just had his spleen removed with a benign growth on it. He has a smashed pelvis from being hit by car 13 years ago before i found him and his one kidney is in his belly. In april his regular vet dismissed the lump in his belly as his kidney so i went for second opinion and voila. Nick has been on depo medrol every two months. What do i need to do for him- without his spleen. His 18 year old brother has a bad heart and a lung tumor so having two sick elderly cats is hard. 2nd vet has said nothing about special food, meds, life expectancy etc. What should i be looking for??? They are my heart and soul and i will probably lose the 18 year old this year. Nick is about 7.5 pounds, eating well and drinking but i am worried and scared.
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updated 1 year ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

My vet found that my 3-year old dog has irritable bowel syndrome. Can I feed her a commercial brand kibbles other than Hill Co W/D food which I must buy from a veterinary clinic.

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updated 1 year ago

My four year old nuetered male Siamese has a scarred left ventricle and enlarged left atrium. The cardiologist put him on Lasix and Elanapril. She told me that he may live another year or two. Is this combination fairly typical in these cases? Thanks

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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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