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My American bulldog was at the vets for a wk stay,(kennel)in may, I told them to give him all his shots before he came home, including flea pill etc, he had a shot for kennel cough also, when I pkd him up, he wasn;t himself, almost to the point , he didn’t recognize me, he never was away from home before, on the way home he was almost himself again, then came the scratching,, I I went back to the vets 2 to 3 months in a row, thinkin fleas, got a flea pill, still scratching, so the vet seen him, and says allergies,, his eyes pink, his bottom, and around his mouth pink, , also had little bumps on mouth, she gives him antibiotics, cephalexin 500 mg caps, 2 twice a day, it seemed to help at first, then came back, and she put him on another round,started to clear again,, then it happened again, she recommends allergy test, at a hefty price I can’t afford right now,, so the other day, I think my dog had a seizure?? his head startd bouncing up and down continuously, for about 3 minutes, I talked to him to calm him,, and he;s been fine here for a couple of days, I guess I;m askin what u think?? money has been hard and don’t know what to do, he;s only gonna be 5 yrs old at the end of the month, I been cutting treats one at a time thinkin he might be allergic to them, but still scratches, not sure the antibiotics gonna work anymore, and he can’t pee when he;s on steroids, help???
Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
From your description it sounds like there is an allergy component to your dog’s symptoms. The antibiotics are only helpful for secondary infection and will do nothing to treat the allergy itself. It is the allergy causing the itching and inflammation; the skin then becomes secondarily infected. For the allergy you are left with defining the allergy through testing and then giving allergy injections. Alternatively, you may treat the symptoms of the allergy with prednisolone or modified cyclosporine. Since you indicate there is a problem with the prednisolone, ask your veterinarian about the cyclosporine. Controlling allergies is difficult. Treatment, as opposed to cure, is the usual. You have a breed that is known to be highly allergic.
I am undecided about having my small dog’s teeth cleaned. She is about 8 years old and overweight at 11 lbs. Should I have my vet do it or can I go to my groomer who has someone come into her shop once a month?
The vet says the only way to get them cleaned is to put them out and do it properly. The other alternative is questionable to me due to the dog being awake and restrained and the wonder how thorough of a cleaning can be done. Also, my dog has a lot of anxiety.
The reason I hesitate on the vet’s office is the fact that I lost my last dog a couple of weeks after teeth cleaning. She was older but in good health but developed heart problems and
had to be put down. Besides causing me a lot of grief the cost was very hard on my budget and ended up costing me more then I could afford. I don’t want a repeat of that scenario. Please help me decide what to do.
Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
I have written extensively about the importance of good dental health to your pet’s well being. However, I have also written that these procedures are far from minor! General anesthesia is a major procedure with inherent risks. All older animals should have blood work and radiographs of the chest before deciding to have dental work. Further, your pet should be treated with antibiotics in advance of the procedure. Health risk factors, such as being overweight, need to be taken into account. Advice from a veterinarian you trust regarding your personal situation is imperative. Unfortunately, the procedures generally performed at groomers and pet stores are rift with potential disaster. There is no way to remove bad teeth and dislodging the tartar may shower the blood stream with dangerous bacteria. Therefor, I cannot recommend you have your pet’s teeth cleaned at the groomer. However, without examining your dog I cannot say for certain that she is able to have the anesthetic procedure. I can say that we have have an extensive dental care program at the sanctuary and most that we treat are well over 8 years old with a variety of other health problems. By the same token, I have some patients that are clearly marked “Not eligible for anesthetic”. Using a safe inhalant anesthetic with careful monitoring is imperative to success. Seek multiple opinions if you have lost confidence in your veterinarian.
I have 20 cats all fixed and after fighting with my neighbors for the first 2 years of their existence they have settled down now that they know I bring my cats in at night, they are all fixed and all shots are up to date. My cats are all related to each other – some people are slow – like me – to wake up to the fact they need to be fixed.
I was looking at the little house and cat walks you have I the video and am thinking I would like to fence in my inner yard like you have and to get them to not miss their freedom to build the little pathways in the air like you have, I would still have a window into the home but know they would enjoy sleeping outside at night if they could and would make me happy that they were safe from other animals and my neighbors would be happy also.
My question is – is there anyway I could get a copy of the plans that you have? I have some chain link but am not sure how to make the ceiling or build the little homes and pathways in the air.
Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
Thank you for noticing how well our resident cats live. Definitely have all of your cats spayed and neutered as soon as they are 6 months old! Regarding the plans for our cat house enclosure, I will forward your request to our administrative office.
Leo Grillo commented on your question:
There are no plans — it’s all from my head. Chain link the top and sides, put bottom rail on the bottom of the fence. The walkways were my design too — but you can build similar. We used Apetong — a hard wood from South East Asia. You can get another hardwood.
I’ve been feeding a stray cat whose eyes are watering with a clear liquid as well as puss. There is also a clear discharge from his nose. I was able to get him in a cage and to the vet who gave him an antibiotic. It didn’t work and after several weeks of trying, I was able to bring him to the vet again. She diagnosed him with FIV and said his immune system was already compromised and that I should euthanize him as the most humane course. I’m having a really hard time with this. I also have another cat who is both an indoor/outdoor cat. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!!!
Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
We have successful maintained numerous FIV positive cats at the sanctuary. The key is to provide a supportive environment with minimal stress. We use antibiotics as needed, nutritional supplements, and subcutaneous fluids. The treatment can be done in a home environment, but requires a veterinarian willing to teach you how to treat the cat.
Dear Dr. Brown,
My name is Alexandra, I have a beautiful mixed breed, 13 year old Pitbull/boxer, female dog named Bibi. About three weeks ago, we almost lost her after she collapsed, was almost unconscious, and couldnt walk. We rushed her to an Emergency Vet facility in our area; where they did tests and also did IV on her. The test results confirmed she had a low red blood cell count of 25%, the following day they did other blood work and her blood count was dropping was at about 20%. A day later we decided to do a blood transfussion on her because she was very weak, and did help. The first emergency place that saw her thought my beautiful dog had the autoimmune disease that kills red blood cells IMHA, so they prescribed her Predisone, and other meds to treat it. Then after two days we noticed that she started to get brusinng all over her stomach, we previously noticed a small quarter sized bruising under her armpit, then 2 days later her whole abdomen was bruised, very dark purple, and we thought it was probably blood and that she was bleeding internally. At that point, we called the emergency vets who saw her and told them about the bruising, and they said they could no longer assist her and told us to contact a specialist in our area, which we did. When we took her to the specialist, they did blood work again which confirmed she was at 22%, and additionally they did an ultrasound on her stomach to see if there were any pecularities. After the exams and ultrasound, the Vet found a mass in her stomach, and unfortunately gave us the diagnosis that my beatiful dog, Bibi, has hemangiosarcoma; we were completely plummetted at the very terrible news. At this moment, our baby is fighting this cancer, the bruising on her stomach has almost cleared up, except now she has some bruising near the groin area, and out of nowhere now, she has developed and grew a bump/hump about the size of a tennis ball on her shoulder, and now her foot is swollen!!!!!!!! and we/I are desperate, as I have been trying to find the Hemp oil to help her with this cancer, and any other natural remedies that may assist her. I and my best friend Bibi need help!!!! please help!!!! please!!!! we dont know what to do!!!
Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
I am so sorry for Bibi. Certainly we use Hemp Oil as an adjuvant therapy for all of our cancers, but you would need more aggressive treatment for this devastating disease. I would recommend surgery to determine if the spleen is the sole organ involved; if so removal would be possible. If ultrasound has determined that there are multiple organs involved then chemotherapy should be instituted. We use adriamycin and cytoxan for this cancer. In cases where surgery cannot remove the primary source longevity is unfortunately short.
I have a cat with stomatitis. She gets prednisone and antibiotic injections. Only lasts about 1-2 weeks now. She has also had some teeth extractions. The vet lasered the sores last time and she is worse. Any suggestions?
Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
This is a condition common to cats and we battle it daily at the sanctuary! Control rather than cure is most common. In cases where corticosteroids no longer helps we have used modified cyclosporine orally to help control the condition. In extreme conditions we have resorted to total teeth extractions, but this does not guarantee control. Even this drastic measure often needs cyclic antibiotics and steroids or cyclosporine to keep under control.
Our 14 y/o German Wirehaired Pointer was diagnosed with Vestibular Syndrome last yr. Prior to the sudden onset of this, she was chugging right along, walking 1/4 mile once or twice daily, good appetite etc. Our vet recommended putting her to sleep but my husband wouldn’t hear of it. We did intensive supportive care until her back legs began to work again. That took close to 2 months. The symptoms of her eyes darting side to side and her tongue not working properly cleared up within 8 days. By all appearances she totally recovered. Until last night when all of the symptoms came back. Is it normally seen that this syndrome returns? Our vet had told us that since she recovered that she would not ever have this again. Since she recovered completely the last time does that mean that she is likely to do so again? Your thoughts on this would be very much appreciated.
Dr Brown, first I want to say I was so impressed to read about the mission of DELTA Rescue. It warms my heart.
I have a male 5 year old beagle that lost a rear leg. He refuses to stop running the wild life and this wears him out often times barely making it home dragging himself on his one good rear leg. He is in so much pain is there anything I can do for him. My vet gave some Glucosamine Chews and they help a bit. He was getting a little over weight after neutering so I put him on a diet which helped a bit also. Do I need to kennel him and not let him out every again? This makes me sad to think of but I hate seeing him in pain.
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Hi Dr. Brown, was just watching the video on this post and was reminded of how remarkable you are. Thank you for being a selfless and kind soul dedicated to the well being of our animal friends. You rock! I miss DELTA and the animals. What a sweet experience it was working there. Blessings to you, the staff and the animals!
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.
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..
Enter your question here. How can I help a feral cat I have had for 10 years who is not eating. I cannot get it to the vet as it is too wild to get into a carier and once when I did get it to the vet, he couldn’t get hold of it to exam it. This has been the case for two months now and I am very worried
Please help. I have tried every kind of food but no improvement.
our dog is a rescue, we love her … she is Wolfhound -mix, smaller than normal in height, she will be walking with us on her leash,sees another dog drops belly down to the ground..people say she wants to attack thie dogs, but she doesnt, attack , unless the dog forces themselves on her, what is this behavior ,is it dangerous ? (weve had her 4 years now …) thank you …
What can I give 2 cats to calm them down. They are afraid of everyone, but will come out to eat. They can get in the dropped ceiling, do not want handled. I have found a cat rescue that will take them, but I need to get them into the carriers. I am 82 and it is not easy. They need to be around people, they are very sweet but don’t want handled. They are only 3 years old, spayed, all their shots, never been out side since then. Thank you.
TOXIC INSECT BITES? We have found brown and black widow spiders and dead bees around the yard. Our dog has twice gotten extremely ill around Thanksgiving, as if she were on her last legs, could not stand, yet after $1000 vet bills, still could not diagnose problem. My husband wants Terminex to treat the yard but I fear that would even we worse. Do any dogs at DELTA ever get bitten by spiders or scorpions of have allergic reactions of bee stings or bites? What should we do?
Always wheezing and itching bad. Our vet recommends benedryl in between meds according to how bad. Soon the season will be starting and the poor dog. [Sheltie mix, border collie]. I believe in your organization and religously want to help w/the animals on a monthly basis.