Question about feline digestive issues

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. [Read more…]

Diet for 78 lb Australian mix

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. [Read more…]

What age to spay our Labrador

We have a 7 month old Labrador Retriever which I am in the process of training to become a Therapy Dog. She is not spayed although we plan on it. I have asked everyone I can and have discovered that breeders opt for from one year to two years before spaying and veterinarians go with six months or as close to that time as possible. I have done extensive research and am concerned of the possible consequences of early spay. Inhibit growth plate development, bone cancer increase incidence, incontinence that has been reported in dogs spayed earlier than one year. We know the benefits of spaying and plan on it, just not sure when; we lover your show and we are seeking a “second opinion” as we have another appointment today with our sixth Vet. [Read more…]

Question about medication

My cat Baby, who is 18 years, just had a physical. She’s in good health except she is blind from high blood pressure which is now controlled with meds. Her back legs seem to be painful from arthritis and the vet prescribed prednisolone 2.5 mg every other day. It has definitely helped. My problem is obtaining this med. No pharmacies carry it and my vet wants $62 for 20 pills. I can order from 1800petmeds but I am leery about buying online. Do you think they are a reputable source? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you for listening. [Read more…]

Fatty tumors in my dog

I have a 13 year old mixed breed dog. She is all muscle and weighs about 90 pounds.Tasha developed two tumors, one in the right side of her neck and one in her lower left side around her waist area,about a year ago. Both were aspirated and neither is cancerous. She eats well, there has been no weight change, we walk twice per day. My vet doesn’t want to operate unless they change — is there any way to help her body reabsorb these masses? She eats Orijen dry dog food with raw beef, or sardines/mackerel or eggs etc., added to it for a change of pace. Any advice you give would be greatly appreciated. [Read more…]