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Category: Eyes and Teeth

We rescued a tiny kitten 15 years ago who had only one eye. We don't know what happened to the other eye. Recently, we noticed her walking into walls and took her for an exam. Her eye looks foggy. The doctor said that she has gone blind. She has managed incredibly well in spite of it. She has memorized the house and our routines very well. Is it possible she only has cataracts? If I could afford to give her back her sight, I most certainly would. Thanks, Dean in Houston, TX

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

Leo, I have a 14 year old Chihuahua that has been diagnosed with Cushings Disease. I am familiar with this disease because I lost my a little girl in 2001. She was 14 years old. I don't know what to do with my little Candy, I can't believe I have to see another one of my closest friends suffer the agony of this disease again. The tumor in her stomach is so big she can't stand or walk. Please tell me how I can help her. She is alert and crabby as usual. Because of her age I don't want to put her under sedation for any tests.

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updated 3 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat
Then as the scales come off so does the hair. Can I apply hemp oil on these spots to help heal them? I'm wondering if it is eczema in dogs that is causing this. He sheds unmercifully but is active and eats his food. He has stopped taking walks..absolutely refuses to go. We have a lot of stress in our house this past month as my husband developed cancer and then had a stroke. We have a lot of dr. appointments and treatments to go to so Dudley is home a lone more often. However, he did have these spots before but not this bad
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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

We adopted her from the local Animal Welfare Rescue site. Their vet nor our own vet could not decide if she had been spaded or not. Her stomach is loose and flexible and would "hide" any scaring. She is now passing a little blood for the last 2 days.

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updated 5 years ago
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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updated 3 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

Our vet has been working a fur problem with our neutered Australian mail for a year now. Baxter started out with a urine infection a year ago which was misdiagnosed by our former vet. He was treated and eventually diagnosed with a prostate problem (being treated with finasteride). Now he is losing fur and his estrogen level is 150 and should be 25. Small skin eruptions which have biopsied but nothing identified. Being treated with melatonin as researched by our vet. Do you have any other suggestions we could investigate?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Behavior

We have a rescued cat approx. 13 years old who routinely defecate outside - usually next to - the litter box. She is fed grain - free & gluten - free food.This diet did improve hitherto watery stools. She does urinate in the box. Her appetite is good. She has been doing this for a long time. We have 2 other rescued cats who behave normally. "Constance" is the name of the problem cat. Thank you for any insights which you may have on this matter. RJP

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Behavior

Max and Sammy were adopted about eight years ago, Max first and Sammy about two months later. Everything was fine. Prince was adopted about five years ago and at first, everyone got along. About a year later, Prince was sniffing Max's genital region, licking his urine, and trying to hump him. Max was having no parts of that and the two dogs now have their fair share of daily fights. Just recently, Prince began the same thing with Sammy, who has back problems. How can I get Prince to refrain from these activities?

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updated 4 years 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 2 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous
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updated 5 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

We have had our 4 yr old dog since she's a puppy (absolutely NO history of abuse), but she is so neurotic, skiddish and jumpy. Sometimes she stares out into space for long periods of time and other times barks at things that aren't there. We have two other dogs and we all joke that she's the nutty or crazy one. But I feel bad for her. Is there a medical or mental problem that might be causing this behavior that could be corrected with medicine that would help her to relax? Thanks

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

I have a pug who is currently having problems with her digestive tract. Her bowel movements are getting softer plus there is a large amount of mucus in the bowel movement. What could the possible cause be?

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updated 3 years ago
Category: Behavior
I don't want to use the shock collar on him. I've called several animal trainers and they won't help. Do you know anyone in San Antonio,, tx that could help me?
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My uncle has a kitten that is about 3-5 months old. She has water on her lungs and we think, an under developed heart. Her vet did not do much for her or give him any real information about this. I was hoping you would have some info. and suggestions.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Vaccinations

Wonderful website. Recently rescued a kitten who has ringworm. She was prescribed lime/sulpher dip which is working but has not totally cleared it. Have dipped 6 times. Also applying a topical antifungal. How do you manage ringworm at your shelter? My kitten is seperated from my two dogs and eight cats but I am afraid of them catching it. I have gotten ringworm and am being treated by a derm. Does the ringworm usually resolve? What type of disinfectant do you use at the shelter? Any info you could share on the subject would be very appreciated. Thank you

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Vaccinations

I've read yearly shots aren't necessary or good.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

I have some feral cats that roam around in my yard and the area surrounding it (some of it is wooded). My question is now that the weather is getting colder will these animals die. I live in New Jersey. I first started seeing them in the spring so there was no problem of cold then. I contacted the animal shelter and they said they would trap them but they want to put them down and I just can't do that before I know everything. Thanks for your help.

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition
I have had sample of her feces tested and she needed worming. She eats Sportmix wholesome chicken and rice daily. She has to have veterinarian prescription drugs that stop the diarhea for several weeks and then it comes back. Would a grain free food take care of this? She takes NexGuard and HeartGuard monthly as well.
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updated 3 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth
I have a 70 pound female English bulldog who I give Benadryl to daily for allergies but now she is having issues with alopecia and I was giving her melatonin for it just wanted to know if it's safe to give together.
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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

9 1/2 yr old Lab (service dog) is eating his own pooh. I 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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updated 4 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

he's been on antibiotics and IV fluids for 2 weeks he seam to get better then he turns for the worst. His stomach gets bloated and sore and since all this has started happening our vet has taken him off his arthritis meds and he is having a very hard time walking. his arthritis is in his spine between his hips.

Do you have any suggestions on how to treat the arthritis with out inflaming the pancreatitis? also how do you treat the pancreatitis? his BUN was at 120 then dropped to 86 the next day and is slowly dropping. I was also told that his white and red blood count was close to normal. Any help would be great, any suggestion on food would also be helpfull. Our vet has him on a boiled chichen diet. thank you

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updated 10 months ago
Category: Behavior

Fiona is a 1-year old collie mix. She is aggressive to people and other dogs and she is becoming aggressive to family members. We have tried everything we can afford. We tried with a trainer and now a behaviorist. Unfortunately we don't have the resources needed to keep her with a behaviorist as it takes $235/hour + boot camps for a long period of time. We love her and don't want to put her down. We want her to be safe. Please advise.

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updated 4 years ago
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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updated 4 years ago
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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updated 2 years ago
Category: Behavior

I have taken her to the vet and they checked her out and said she was healthy I even got the aromatherapy that makes them more comfortable I have to move and its to a place with carpet should I keep her in the garage and leave the door slightly open so she can go in and out or do you have other recommendations I do not want to give her up over this

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updated 3 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Such as a Siberian Husky and Pomeranian.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Behavior

I have a dog that is a little aggressive. He likes children to munch on. He is a loving dog but the dog pound wants to put him to sleep and I love him to much. I have not trained him and when he runs away I am so scared that he will bit a child. I would love to find a good home for him. Thank you.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

And what should it consist of i.e. chicken beef, pork etc...

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

I have 2 Dachshund that are 5 months and brothers. One seems to have a very bad case of separation anxiety. What can I do to help him get over this. He is the one that will eliminate in the house after going weeks of being totally potty trained and using the doggie door. I work all day, come home at the same time everyday and make a point to make the boys first when I walk in the door.

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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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updated 1 year ago
Category: Behavior
I have a husky and 2 other small dogs they all went over the neighbors and her dog was killed no one saw anything but my husky got blamed for it. I had to give him up because the cost to keeping him was too much I had to have within 3 days it was impossible. They said they would try to find a rescue to take him. Is there anyway a rescue would be able to help me out to get him back. He is a great dog and it hurts to have to let him go.
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updated 4 years ago
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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updated 4 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

I think she needs an operation to give her a better quality of life. She has trouble eating and drinking and pants a lot. Could you give me some idea how much the operation would be and what the success rate is. Thank you .

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Category: Behavior
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Category: Limbs & Bones

My vet thinks my dog has a torn ACL and may have also damaged her menuscus. I am seeing the surgeon soon. What are your feelings on doing the surgery? I had another dog years ago that had this surgery. The rehabilitation was very tough on both of us. This dog is even more active. I'm afraid the recovery will do more damage to her mentally and also physically then the injury.

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updated 11 months ago

I have a senior chihuahua who is in the end-stages of CHF and is taking vetmedin, Enalapril, Lasix and hydrocodone. I would like to cut back on the hydrocodone and try CBD to see if I can give him some comfort. Are there any drug interactions, specifically with the vetmedin since it’s a calcium blocker?

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updated 4 years 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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updated 3 years ago
Category: Immune System

Thank you Dr. Gaylord for your Quick and helpful response. Your answer amazes me. So the niacin( vitamin B3) must be extraordinary for inflammation and I find it most intriguing the hemorrhoid cream would work as well as it does help to shrink inflamed blood vessels. And I will definitely use the bullfrog sunscreen. You didn't mention the prednisone she is on do you think the niacin might be better. Jenny is a 65 pound Australian shepherd mix the fourth of four of our adopted shelter dogs. We have been a supporter of Delta Rescue for many years and agree most affirmatively with Leo Grillo's care for life animal sanctuary. Bless your efforts and kind care always!

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updated 8 months ago
Category: Immune System
High density neighborhood, owner moved leaving their outdoor huge elder, stud cat starving, injured, near death, a skeleton. Cannot pick him up due to his injuries and last of trust. brought him to better health .. almost frisky. Loves being brushed, a bit testy. Has a healing left wrist break, which he re injured ,upper one pancaked to the side of the lower break, in great pain, lost all the progress made. Have put Arnica pellets (6) in each feeding, condensed milk, and Purina cat chow. White flakes when I brush him, dry hair with quite a bit of white mixed in, abdomen is tinier than my 9" wrist. Does not eat birds so dependent on us. Too smart for traps. Some one's good pet suffering's in his last days. My overly territorial house rabbit prevents him entrance from the elements ... Ideas?
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updated 4 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

My dog Buttons has bad teeth and she is a senior and I was wondering if there are some dog treats that are good for senior dogs and healthy for their teeth?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Behavior
i wonder why she sheds alot and have a habbit or eating her own bowel movement. what can i do for her Eats her own bowel movement and sheds alot
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updated 4 years 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 4 years ago
Category: Behavior

Q (because her sister was Suzie--get it?) is almost 13, and I have had her 12 of those years. She has suffered from noise fears all her life. She will run away, go over brick walls, try to open door handles, and tear up my house to get away. One time she went over the wall which is about 4 feet on my side and 6 feet on my neighbors. She went through their dog door and jumped into bed with the man who lives there. This is sort of typical behavior or her. She is agility trained and VERY smart. I can always repair the house, but not my dog. She is on Rymadyl, Amatriplyn, Tradnazone, and Melatonin. They help. Is there anything else I can try?

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updated 5 years ago
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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updated 4 years 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 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

Hello I have a 2 year old English bulldog and we are fighting seasonal allergies. She is constantly scratching and licking paws. Benedryl really not helping. And I also give her teramet for bones and joints. Would anything enterfier with this. thanks Tina

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

A mole very small appeared on my cats side it isn't getting bigger. Are moles normal or should I take him in to have it examined? He's a medium hair tuxedo cat.

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Category: Miscellaneous

Our 15 year old beagle has stopped eating and has not eaten for 2-3 days now. He mostly sleeps all day anyway, but now his eyes look droopy and eyelids sag under his eyes, and he won''t even eat treats, which he loved before. We fed him some chicken mixed in his food, which ate, then vomited. Is this the end for him?