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Category: Tumors & Cancer

My dog was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 oral melanoma. She is currently taking tramadol to control pain, and frankincense is being used to help fight the cancer, but I have seen literature contraindicating the use of both concurrently in humans. Do you have any insight regarding the use of both in dogs? We are currently without many treatment options given her stage, and are focusing on management and keeping her as comfortable and healthy for as long as possible.

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Category: Neurological

Hello, as I indicated my nearly 14 years old Chow Chow had a seizure for the first time ever on Monday,9/18/2017. My 30 years old son took her to "MedVet Emergency Center". She had another seizure in route to Vet and a third one at Vet. I was out of town and the Vet "would not begin treatment without payment for services rendered". So, my son called me back and I provided my credit card for payment of $337.62, for them to "put my dog on IV fluids and a load dose of phenobartital(?sp)".However, when I arrived back in town at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, I noticed no IV bag attached to the IV cathater and asked ,how long off? To my shock and dismayed, Dr. informed me she "had not been on IV fluids...had a fever of 104,...that's why on metal floor of kennel...no mat..." I insisted and requested IV fluid and pain medication Within less than 2 hours fever reduced to 102, my dog's breathing was visible and she blinked her eyes when I petted her. That Vet was clearly not caring and my plan was for stablization (fluids for severe dehydration, anti seizure medication so that I could transport my puppy to her regular doctor who cared about her. So, contacted her doctor and she made it through the night(blood work from noncaring Vet revealed blood cell counts "all normal, only way outside of normal range was indication of level of dehydration". Is there anything other than comfort care (continued IV fluids, anti-seizure medication and pain mefication, oh and "her glucose reading indicating very low", so that Rx)that can or should be done to reduce her discomfort? All that the non-caring Vet had her on before my arrival was "valium to calm her after third seizure when she arrived Monday". I am not asking about euthnasia like those individuals at non-caring Vet suggested. Something to reduce the torture and trauma from 18 hours of no fluids, 3 seizures. Regular Doctor is caring her now and she is not as comatose appearing as she was when I arrived yesterday at 6:00 pm.

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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: Skin & Coat
My dogs hair has been thinning and he has a yellowish crust like skin, his hair has gotten brittle feeling, and he's starting to thin out on his back? I've had him tested for cushings disease cancer, thyroid issues? Everything came back normal.He is a 11 year old chihuahua. I've tried coconut oil before baths, medicated shampoos, oil and vitamins in his food. Can this be food related? He is not the best eater but I do give him gourmet treats like apple smoked dog sausage, sweet potato wrapped in duck. Lately I've been feeding him eggs to improve his coat. My vet has run out of ideas...
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Category: Limbs & Bones
My 8 month old puppy who is an American Bulldog was diagnosed with double hip dysplasia and instead of surgery I am considering stem cell therapy. I have been researching this topic but not very clear on some of it. Is STEM therapy a good option?
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Category: Miscellaneous
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Category: Vaccinations
My American bulldog 8 yrs old had passed as he was boarded at my vets ! I always boarded him their yearly so I could visit family n he would get all his shots then ! Each time he came out when I pkd him up his head hung down like he was outta it , till he realized he was goin home ! 3 months ago I went to my brothers funeral to come back to the vet calling me n telling me he past away n they didnt know what happened ! I am sooooo heart broken without him !! He's the only dog I made sure was vaccinated! Other dogs I did not vaccinate n they lived a long life!
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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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Category: Miscellaneous

Hello, my name is Dr Suzanne Gibson, and I recently hired as staff vet at Old Friends Senior Dog Rescue in TN. I was wondering if you could give me some advice on which software program you use to keep track of everyone? We have around 100 dogs in house and 200 in foster homes. I am also curious as to which distributors you use for vaccines, HW and Flea/Tick prevention. I was just hired and have a lot to do! Any advise you can provide me would be appreciated. Thank you so much!

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Category: Eyes and Teeth
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Category: Vaccinations
I've heard they don't need them once a year ? It's way too much ???
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I've brought him round a good bit and hit breathing is back to normal... I've checked his heart rate and it's sitting at 78 beats per minute.. is this something to worry about or is it ok?? Many thanks
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Category: Neurological

I was hoping you could help me with more details ore a direction to go. I am currently on disability and my akita husky suddenly stopped walking. I spent thousands of dollars with a wrong diagnosis of two torn ACL's. We only have xrays that doesnt show much of anything. She is taking Prednisone along with an array of meds to keep her out out pain and to stop anything that happened. This is the hardest desicion of my life and I desperately need an MRI to at least know whats causing her half paralysis. Least the next step will be easier. Please Help!

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Category: Behavior

I have a friend that recently moved into a brand new home. Her cat has started to use her white banister as a scratching post. She has put out a few scratching posts, but he is not interested in them. She also cuts his nails. She is considering declawing him! Told her that that is barbaric and to try other means like nail caps, double sided tape or Feliway or if this fails rehoming him. He is a very cool cat by the way! What are your thoughts on declawing?

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Category: Tumors & Cancer

Doctor, My l3 year old Shepherd-Vizsla mix, 75 lbs, had a calcium reading of 13, scale of 11 high normal, in 2014. Today, she has a calcium reading of 16. What could be the cause of this, and what can be done about it? Thank you.

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We came home on Friday at 5:00 PM to discover our 8 month old kitten in full respiratory distress. We believe his crisis started with him losing control of his bowels in the hallway, then crawling, unable to catch his breath and panting to the downstairs bathroom cabinet under the sink, where we found him. Upon picking him up, he screamed and yowled all the way to the car. We rushed him to emergency vet where he was excreting foam and blood from the mouth. He was immediately treated with pure oxygen and lasiks, later, chest x-rays were obtained and full blood panel. His lungs were full of fluid. Blood work was mostly positive -- kidneys and liver good. Hematocrit elevated (I believe -- not enough oxygen circulating in the blood.) and his blood sugar was almost triple. Later, he was tested for FIV, FELP heartworm. Only heartworm was positive. He was discharged home to us the following day after one large dose of antibiotic and prednisolone. We have an appointment to follow-up with his vet tomorrow. My concern, of course, is recurrence when the worms die off. There are only a handful of alternative treatments mentioned for cats online and I know in the wrong dosage, wormwood (for example) can be toxic. I'm interested in knowing your thoughts or experience with food grade diatomaceous earth and/or pumpkin seed oil? Thank you!

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Category: Skin & Coat
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Category: Miscellaneous

My dog was diagnosed with a huge list of allergies, ive tried a couple things to try to keep it under control. Every year it seems to get Worst and worst. I need help BAD!

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Category: Tumors & Cancer

Our puppy is 13 years and 4 months old. Doctor says "due to location of cyst at vagina-area, risk with surgery because of age plus location. We use dog diapers to absorb bleeding from ruptured cyst and change approximately 3 times a day for walking bathroom breaks. Is there anything that can reduce bleeding. was infected with disturbing odor. The antibiotics worked.

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Category: Limbs & Bones

I have an 8 year old British bulldog who about a year ago jumped off my bed and hurt her front shoulder. She's been to the vet many times and had anti inflammitories and will be ok for a few weeks then start limping again. They we're going to xray as a last resort as I'm on disability and just have no money. I myself have been bed ridden for 12 years with a nerve disease crps and unable to walk. Recently I started on cannabis oil and my pain is almost gone and I'm walking So I'm wondering if I can give her a drop and how often if I can?

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Category: Immune System

I have a cat that is 11 months old and has been told he had fip dry form, could hemp oil help him? If so do you have any that you could recommend ?

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

My cat is 15 and has kidney disease. I have him on a perscription diet, sub fluids, BP meds and azodyl. The initial bloodwork he had BUN level at 92 and CREA at 5.5 which is apparently quite high. After doing the treatments for a few months the levels have not changed. I was previously told if the levels didn't lower it would only be a matter of time and not much more could be done. He now apparently has a slight heart murmur, a bladder stone and lost 1lb from 6lb to 5lb. My vet suggested he go to a cardiologist to check on his heart and get surgery for the bladder stone removal. I'm wondering if I should proceed with the surgery? I know he is sick and his situation is incurable and based on all the information it seems like it wouldn't prolong his life much more.

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Category: Miscellaneous

I have a husky that was abandoned and mistreated that was found at a foreclosed home. He was malnourished and injured, but doing better now. I have him registered and fixed in hopes of finding a permanent home for him but to no avail. If you can help fond a home or take him in id really appreciate it and donate time or money to the rescue. Thank you

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Category: Behavior

He does it regularly. If i do t pick up right away he will eat it.

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Category: Miscellaneous

Do you ever adopt these pets out that you save. Is there a way to adopt one?

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Category: Miscellaneous

Are the animals at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue all neutered so they don't procreate?

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Category: Skin & Coat

My son's Boston Terrier was fine during the winter, but the moment the grass started growing (might be Bermuda grass) the dog is red on his paws, muzzle and belly. What do you recommend for this? I know replanting the yard would be great, but not sure if he can afford to do that at this time.

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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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Category: Immune System

Our Jenny has been diagnosed with canine lupus which affects her nose. She is on 5ml prednisone every day except for winter when the dose is reduced to 5ml every other day. Her nose is healing nicely with no side effects from the prednisone except for the tip which is still pink. We keep her out of the sun and apply a holistic caster oil (Edgar Cayce)to tip of her nose to keep it from cracking and bleeding. Jenny seems to be responding quite well to both as a higher dose of prednisone did not agree well for her in the past. Can you advise further if there is any other information that may help such as a safe sun screen perhaps. Thank you so very much for your time and advice. Sincerely, Susan Henry

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Category: Tumors & Cancer

My 10 year old Siamese had targeted radiation @ Univ of FL Sm Animal Hosp for her nasal lymphoma last fall. Repeat cat scans have shown no recurrence. We did only one chemo tx because at the time I thought it had made her sick AND I understood the incidence of metastasis to be 10-15%. Now,however, her 3 mo follow up showed 2 small masses, one in each lung, so she will need to resume chemo asap. I'm wondering if Frankincense & Cedarwood might help her.

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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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Category: Behavior
ex: Separation Anxiety and also their digestive system? Any suggestion on what non-medicine (drugs) to give your pet to help calm them down with Separation Anxiety? Already have the Thundershirt.
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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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Category: Miscellaneous

I have 2 cats that I feed at my workplace and I am worried about fleas this summer. I live in Florida and it is hot already. I have tried to add a little vinegar to their water but they will not touch the water. I am not able to hold them. Any suggestions?

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Category: Miscellaneous

Dog she blows out dry air then sometimes sounds wet from nose much of the night at sleep time. IT'S SO BAD. Vets don't take it serious and really don't see anything or don't look much. One doctor said to complicated in the dog nose to see. It really is alot of bothering her it's going on now a few years with no help . She is an older dog & never had this in years past. But terrible (torment now to her). Can you help ? I will bring her to you.

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

I have a 22 year old cat that often spends a lot of time in the litter box, mostly sleeping. This is a relatively new occurrence. Additionally, she often does not make it to the litter box, and seems not to care that she doesn't, and will just urinate where she stands. I believe that her time is near but am not sure how or when to make that decision for her. She doesn't do anything except eat, sleep and use that litter box. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Category: Behavior

My year and a half old female calico cat came from a shelter and has settled into my home as my only pet. Problem is that she demands stimulation and attacks me to get it. I have play time at least three times per day, but she will follow me and attack me when I'm on the computer, cell phone etc. Bites my arms and legs sometimes bringing blood.

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Category: Behavior

I have seven cats, a big house what all kind of cat toys, they're happy as can be period and well taken care of. Bandit is the cat that does not want to be around any other cats. I've watched her confined herself. When they walk by her. She will SWAT at them. I know she's an inbred cat. I adopted her when I moved into my former house. She was abandoned outside it was in the country and she loves to be outside. Summertime she would stay outside all the time. Winter time she wouldn't care about going outside always used the litter box sure. Which I do have 5 of them, sifter boxes. And I used scoop away period which has no odor and I keep very clean. But her and Puma my other female just do not like each other. At all. I've had Bandit for over 6 years Puma for 7 and I just don't know what to do I want them to be happy. And I can't find it in myself to get rid of Bandit. Bandit is smart. She gets in her little spot and when she sweats out she gets Puma on the face all the time. You would think Puma would have learned your lesson period but she doesn't her poor little nose gets scratched on the back of her neck get scratch done interface get scratch time and she's a beautiful kitty. And so is my little Bandit. They're both little kitties under 9 pounds. My vet suggested Prozac I think I have to look back at the text she sent me. Now friend of mine has a farm I could put her at back yet or should be a barn Cat by herself. I just don't know what to do. She will be taken care of at the farm 2. My vet also suggested she find her a home that she will be by herself with the owners. Maybe that's what I should do period I just hate move her.

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

Hello dr. I'm having issues with bad allergies in my female English bulldog. She is three years old and 70 pounds. Trying to find a good allergy medication to give her. I used Benadryl for awhile and that's no longer working. Her ears and around her eyes look brown all the time and her eyes water nonstop. I'm currently using best vest but it's not helping. Thank you

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Category: Skin & Coat
For the second time in her 16 years. The doctors gave her antibiotics both times. Is there something I can do to prevent her from having to go through this again?
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Category: Behavior
Can I do anything to change this? Have 2 older female cats who were rescued at 9 weeks of age or so. When younger they got along now hiss and angrily fight until they separate. One is a brown tabby the other black like a Bombay.
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Category: Diet & Nutrition
He Needs hemp oil to stimulate appetite. Where can I get this? I have been taking him to reg and holistic vets and the holistic vet gives him Hemp RX oil but I have to take him each time and it is expensive just to get the oil. The cyproheptadine from the reg vet makes him very anxious, 1/4 pill, so I stopped it. He does take theophyline for asthma. I rather give him the oil. Can I buy a trustworthy one from the internet?
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Category: Miscellaneous

My sister has a Yorkie she wanted me to ask about Midget,she is 10yrs old and weights 12 pounds,every time she takes a drink of water or gets excited she starts coughing like she can't get her breathe. Both of us would like to know what makes her do that if it could be a sign of a illness we don't know about? I worry if we wait to long she will die just like my French Mastiff did on Monday when I contacted you. Please let us know.

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Such as a Siberian Husky and Pomeranian.

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