Doctor Brown, To keep our 14 year old black chow cool we recently purchased from a catalog a pad with a gel inside that keeps the pad about 5 or 10 degrees cooler than the room’s temperature. Last night was the first time he slept on it with his full body. Today, for the first time ever, he urinated in the car. Is it possible for that cooling pad to create a cold in the bladder? Thanks for your help.
Dear Dr. Brown,
My dog Panda had acute pancreatitis one year ago. Since then, he’s been on a weight management food and exercises and he’s lost weight and doing great. However, Panda seems to have developed an allergy to his food (he’s started chewing his right front leg last November–we have not had any changes to our home that would have resulted in behavioral chewing).
I do know that the company (Caston & Pollux Organix) has changed the food ingredients. So I want to change his food to a grain free.
The foods I’ve been researching have a higher protein level than what Panda is on now. His current food is 10% crude fat with 21.5% crude protein. The new food would be 10% crude fat with 30% crude protein. (The new brand is Blue Buffalo Wilderness Weight Management.)
My question is–Is it OK for Panda to be on a higher protein food? I don’t want him to gain the weight back that he’s lost. But I wonder if being on a higher protein food would also mean that he wouldn’t be as hungry as he seems to be now.
Is the fat content the only thing that I have to be concerned about (since he’s had the pancreatitis)? Do I have to worry about protein percentages with a dog who had acute pancreatitis?
I did find another weight control food (it’s called NOW grain free weight control/senior). It is about 10% crude fat & 24% crude protein.
By the way, Panda is a rescued former shelter dog, a Shih Tzu, probably around 8-9 years old.
I want him to be on the best food possible so he doesn’t have a recurrence. I’d sooner be on a diet of ramen noodles and dry toast than to deny him the best food.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Hemp oil or hemp seed oil for a 16 year old cat diagnosed with carcinoma, a Burmese weighs 9.6 pounds. Are there any vets in city of Santa Barbara familiar with treatment of hemp oil, or hemp seed oil from store for treatment of cancer, are there adverse effects, what is the dosage… Do i mix it with salmon oil or flax seed oil? how do i measure it, what organic brand is good? Thanks for your help
My one 20 year old cat was diagnosed a few months ago with beginning stage of kidney disease. she is in box alot today and not eating much today. I give her organic canned and raw food. Throws up every couple days too. she is on newton’s detoxifier as well.
What to do please?
We lost our 10 year old female Rottweiler in May 2013 (osteosarcoma). Ever since she passed away, our other dog, a three year old Rottie (also female)seems depressed. She has always been a very energetic and happy dog but now she just wants to lie in her bed all the time. She’s not sleeping, she just looks up at us with sad eyes.
We take her to the beach, dog park, walks, Petco etc. but it seems as though she doesn’t want to go anywhere these days. She used to run out and hop up into the Jeep like a crazy dog whenever we said “Bye Bye.” She’s not even interested in backyard play time.
Her eating & drinking habits are unchanged and her demeanor is just as sweet and gentle as ever. Could she be depressed and/or grieving for her playmate? Should we consider getting a second dog?
We are retired and someone is usually home with her all day. Other than her companions illness/death, nothing has changed in the household. We got her as a pup, about 8 weeks old, so she has never been a solo pet.
We have an 11 month old female Boston that we take to play group 1 hour a week. She runs like a maniac during this time. They have a rubber floor. During the winter her feet were fine. When the weather turned warm she began to have issues. Her pads on her front paws would peel. Is this normal? We also got a new driveway, could this also be an issue? Thank you for your time.
What should the post operative treatment be for a 13 year old dog who had 7 teeth extracted 9 days ago and still isn’t eating normally?
Currently he is in a vet clinic on an IV (without pain medication) and taking medication for a stomach ulcer for previous and continued use of previcox.
What damage of internal organs is likely if he doesn’t begin eating normally soon.
i took my dog to my vets to board him for a week, he is 4 yrs old, and never been away from home, american bulldog, when i picked him up, he was sluggish, didn’t recognize me right away, he had a problem urinating for a couple of days, scratching constantly, gave him a flea pill, still scratching, and doesn’t want me to leave his side for long, i feel so bad, but might have to make another week trip, what is your advice, granted he is also tempermental, when it comes to people, and other animals, what do you think of all this????
I have no one he likes to take care of him, and i worry about taking him somewhere else, not sure how he will react to people he don’t know at another place??? thank u for your time..
Hi , I jave a 7 year old female maltipoo , she scratches a lot and she is developing dimples all over her body, we pop them and there is white stuff coming out of it just like humans, but once in a while they are filled with like black greasy like bug looking stuff , but I’m sure is only cause she has like a greasy coat , I took her to the vet and they prescribed some spray that helps to get rid of the hot spots, but my concern is that she scratches a lot around her eyes , she is developing cataracts and the more she scratches , the worse the eye gets , at nuvet laboratories I bought a supplement to help clean her blood and make her Iimmune sistem stronger but the otch remains , is there somerhing out of the counter you can recomend for the itching safe enough to put around tge eyes , without taking her to the vet? Hope you can help us as we r running out of money tjank you
One vet said coughing due to ‘Laryngeal Paralysis’ on dog, but another vet said ‘laryngeal Paralysis wouldn’t cause coughing & didn’t know what to do except give cough syrip. Could it be ‘Larageal Paralysis’ and is there anything to be done other than the expensive surgery I can’t afford to get done?
We have a 13yr, old female spayed Australian Cattle dog/Queensland Heeler who weighs 81 pounds, but used to weighing 70 pounds. She is a lot active and has arthritis, but is on anti-inflammatory. She eats 2 cups of Natural Balance Vegan kibble daily, equaling about 700 calories. Without changing her type of food, how can we reduce her weight? Can she safely eat less than 2 cups/700 calories daily?
Several years ago I rescued a 5 month old kitten who had a bad virus. His breathing was very labored and the vet (after antibiotics) said he would either outgrow it or have it forever. He is almost 8 and much of the time he breathes heavy like he is snoring. He is a tiny cat because half of the time when he eats, he chokes. Last year another vet thought it was a polyp in his nose and did surgery only to find swelled tonsils. she took two out but his breathing is still bad. He died during surgery but they revived him. I feel so bad for him. Another vet offered an MRI but I know it’s very expensive. What do you think this might be. This last vet thinks it’s polyps but that wasn’t discovered last year. I’m at my wits end.
My German Sheppard mix, Drake. He’s approximately 15-16 years old, almost deaf, his eyesight is getting really bad, & he wobbles a lot when he gets up from laying down…that is if he lays down. He paces frequently, most often at night than any other time. He’s also having more and more trouble with stairs. The lack of stability in his hind quarters is frightening. He’s fallen more than a few times. I believe he has arthritis and he paces because it hurts to lay down/can’t get comfortable. Do you know of any homeopathic/natural remedies that I can administer to him? He’s a wonderful dog and it breaks my heart to see him in such a fragile state. Thank you for your time.