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Category: Miscellaneous

Samson is the only one of my 8 dogs born here (Jan. 12, 2008) and the only survivor of 7 pups. His father was a purebred Malinois. His mother, a Shepherd mix, was only 8 months old. A local vet said Molly was too young to pass along essential immunization. Except for excessive anxiety and barking, Samson has grown up normally until an hour ago when he was hustled outdoors to vomit. He did not vomit, however; rather he stumbled toward the front yard and staggered right into a tree. He seemed disoriented, panting, tail between his legs. I steadied him for 3-4 minutes before he walked off on his own (tail still lowered.) Within 12-15 more minutes, he seemed completely normal again. My question: In your opinion, is this likely to happen again? Should I have a vet check him anyway? Could it have been a small stroke (like the TIA I had in 2011)? A seizure of some sort? I'll appreciate your input.

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

The vet has recommended a $350 dollar procedure for one of our two shep mixes.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

Can i give my cat amoxicillin for a urinary tract infection and how much should i use?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

Hi. Thank you in advance. I have a 56 pound Australian Shepherd mix, who rarely needs to go on Prednisone for itching. I have 20 mg. pills, and lost the instructions. Can you tell me how many milligrams I give to her and how many to bring her off? I think it's 20 mg. per day for a few days until the itching stops. Then 10 mg. for 2-3 days, then 5 mg. every other day...or something like that. Appreciate the fact that I can ask you this question.

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Category: Skin & Coat

My chihuhua, who is otherwise happy, healthy and active, has developed a distinct lightening and spotting on her normally dark brown coat. Why?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Dog is 8 yrs old and has been diagnosed with Cushings Disease. He is a beagle. What treatment is recommended? Thank you.

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Category: Immune System
My 13 1/2 year old cat just had his spleen removed with a benign growth on it. He has a smashed pelvis from being hit by car 13 years ago before i found him and his one kidney is in his belly. In april his regular vet dismissed the lump in his belly as his kidney so i went for second opinion and voila. Nick has been on depo medrol every two months. What do i need to do for him- without his spleen. His 18 year old brother has a bad heart and a lung tumor so having two sick elderly cats is hard. 2nd vet has said nothing about special food, meds, life expectancy etc. What should i be looking for??? They are my heart and soul and i will probably lose the 18 year old this year. Nick is about 7.5 pounds, eating well and drinking but i am worried and scared.
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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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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 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Why do some cats take their naps against walls and in corners? I have an older cat that does that.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

She seems to be over initial shock and panic, but some time after she seems to have had a stroke or something that resulted in her head being permanently tilted to the right. She had cataracts so we know this is probably the source of complete blindness.

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we just got two border collie lab mix puppys from a shelter 3 days ago. they are 12 weeks old and had there first shots. the day we brought them home our female had a really runny nose and a dry cough, it has died down since then. 2 days later our male woke up and has the same cough but much worse and he has muscle spasms with whining fits...he will throw himself on the floor and acts like his whole body itches badly. it seems to help him when we rub him constantly. i do know that there was a sick dog at the shelter but i dont know what was wrong with it. no one we have asked has been able to help. thank you

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

I rescued a five year old cat that will not eat canned food at all. I’m concerned whether or not she is getting enough nutrients in her dry food. Should I be giving her some additional supplements?

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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: 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: Eyes and Teeth

I have an 11 year old male, neutered kitty (one of 10 rescues I have) that started sneezing 2-3 days ago and his right eye periodically looks weepy. He is, as they all are, an indoor kitty. He is eating, not a lot, but I am worried. Since I am retired and on a fixed income I can’t run to the vet with any little thing like I used to when working. But if you think I should, I will. Thank you Dr. Brown.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Vaccinations
I have a 1 year old Cat that just had 5 Kittens, I want to get her Spayed, How much would i be looking at to spay her and one of her kittens? She has not been vaccinated, So I am guessing that will be necessary as well.
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Category: Diet & Nutrition

I know that cats like to eat grass and other greens - my cat has a particular fondness for Arugula (or Rocket). I just want to make sure that there's not anything harmful in its chemical makeup that might be harmful to cats.\r\nThank you!

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Vaccinations

I have frontline plus I was wrong on the weight of 1 of my dogs can I use the same weight on him even if he is under the weight limit for the package till I can get more in a month or 2?

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

I have a male cat, Beefy, approximately 10 years old (exact age is unknown, he's a rescued stray I've had over the last 4 years or so). Over the last 8 months he has lost a significant amount of weight, going from a robust 13 lbs to half of that. He has an extraordinarily voracious appetite, eating half a can of wet cat food (Friskies- doesn't make him vomit) every 1-2 hours. It seems the more he eats the more weight he is losing. Several trips to the vet have yielded nothing, bloodwork is normal, xrays check out fine, all tests point to a healthy cat. He's not turning orange around the mouth or ears, he urinates and defacates normally, although his urine does have a sour funk (smell) to it. Can anything be done for what is now a walking bag of bones? He's still active, playing and grooming and assuming a ''daddy'' position for the 4 youngsters (also an adopted stray litter)... is he in a perpetual state of discomfort? Is he malnourished? Is it something way out in left field that's idiopathic to the n'th degree? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

WE found two abandoned kittens, not more than a day or two old. They are now a week old, but eyes are still closed. I am raising them now and bottle feeding them and doing everything as described. I want to know if a round belly (like bloated balloon) is normal. The one kitten also tends to lick the other under it's tail. The one being licked has a loose stool and do not ''go'' as often as the other. Is this normal?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition
I have been using clay litter to prevent the dust of ordinary litter from aggravating the problem. I heard DELTA Rescue uses a specific type of ground up newspaper litter. What is it called and where can I buy it?
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updated 4 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

my 4yr. old terrier thinks the whole world, including my house & car is his urinal. What kind of training do i need to be doing to put a stop to his leaving his mark on my furniture & in the car?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

I have a 15 year old Shepherd/Sheltie mix. She is in good health except for arthritis in her back, for which she get carprofen daily. About six months ago she developed a strong odor and started licking her back. At that time she also developed what looks like white flakes. After a bath, she smelled better for a short time and then started licking her sides and the flakes are again back. All this licking is causing her to ingest hair which leads to coughing. The vet doesn't know what might cause this problem.

She has been on the same food regimen for several years as well as the same meds - Synovicre and levothyroxine and Rimidyl. Any insight as to what might be causing this problem would be greatly appreciated as the smell some days is very strong. Thanks so much for your help.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

My min. poodle, Brigitte is 15 years old and has two cataracts. I've had a recent physical on her. Her liver enzymes are high but otherwise she is ok. Is it safe to have the cataracts taken off?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

I have donated for years and and very glad to see your website and the size.

Here is my question: I got a 11 yr old corgy from the animal shelter. His owner had died and relatives did not want him. My problem is his nails are very long. I take him to my vet as needed for shots and such. I asked them if they trimmed nails and they went and got the clippers and started at them. One of the nails bleed and it took quite a while to get it stopped. They only clipped 3 nails and did not do the rest. I am now worried about asking them to clip them. What is the best thing to do so he can have regular nails? His dew claws are in a circle now, and the other are very long and you can see the underneath is grow farther that it should be. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks for you time.

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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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Category: Kidney & Urinary

Is it possible to house break a 6 year old Female Welsh Terrier? I have had no luck. I have crated her and she dirtied the crate and Bed enclosed. Could there be a medical problem? I have another 14 year old female who is house broken. Could this be an attention getting problem?

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Category: Skin & Coat

Can you use Animax Cream on a dog that is 15 years old? she has a rash on her stomach. what miligram can be used? thank you!

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

My vet found that my 3-year old dog has irritable bowel syndrome. Can I feed her a commercial brand kibbles other than Hill Co W/D food which I must buy from a veterinary clinic.

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

Hi, I have a mix breed female dog I rescued about a year ago. She seems to be maltese, jack russell, poodle mix. From the start I knew she had some allergy issues with her ears and was given meds for that. But after having her with us awhile I realize she also had food or skin allergies. The vet said to keep her on fish and potato, lamb and rice, or duck and potato food and see if that solved the problem. During the past year I have tried all 3 for at least 2 mo. Intervals and after as short time she returns to licking her feet obsessively and her eyes drain and water lots, like a poodle. Her eyes seem to be the biggest problem for her. They just water constantly and look sort of swollen and discolored around the edges on the white hair. Any other suggestions for what i can do for her. Like eye drops or other foods or additives that might help. Thank you.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Hello, we have a new kitten and he has very bad gas and very stinky bowel movements at least 3 a day. Is this normal? Are we overfeeding him? Should we switch kitten food? Also is it safe to bath our kitten?

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

My cat recently has trouble going pee. he just sits there and after awhile it comes out. I felt around his stomach and he doesn't meow like anything is hurting him. He's never had this problem before.

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I have a sweetheart of a Lab that is about 9 years old. Several weeks ago, she began to pant, and seem to have trouble breathing. She continually puts her nose up in the air and inhales sharply (wheezes) like she has something in her throat. It seems to come and go. On the first vet visit, she checked lungs, heart and gave her an allergy shot, it continued andon the second visit the vet partner gave her some Temaril, it does not seem to help, and she seems to be drooling some. Any ideas.'

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I have a 6 year old Yorkie with problems with snoring , sneezing and at times gasping for breath. the vet says it is a soft pallet problem and is reluctant to investigate as she is small. I still feel very anxious about this as the problem seems to be getting worse and it is not only when she is sleeping . My vet says he will take a look if I insist but I feel in a quandery as to what is best to do as I do not want to put har through that if it is not necessary

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Category: Miscellaneous

HI, just have to let you know that your site and rescue center is great. My question is about my 10 mo old lab. He loves to ride in a vehicle but gets car sick after about 10 minutes, is there any thing we can do for him to help with motion sickness?

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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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My 3 month old dog has a upper Pneumonia ... he is on antibiotic right now.. what else i can do to help him?

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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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My four year old nuetered male Siamese has a scarred left ventricle and enlarged left atrium. The cardiologist put him on Lasix and Elanapril. She told me that he may live another year or two. Is this combination fairly typical in these cases? Thanks

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

How do you treat cancer of the eye in a mixed breed dog? Got room for one more? This is one of the most loving and most beautiful dogs I have ever seen. He was rescued from a crack house. Enjoys people and other dogs. Living with a senior who can no longer provide for him.

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

My 8 year old spayed female Toy Pomeranian has problems wetting her bed (and couch, floor, our bed etc) when she sleeps. I assume it cannot be a urinary tract infection in that she has had this problem for 2 years. It is impossible to keep a diaper on her. What can we do?'

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Category: Miscellaneous

My friend whose husband had a cat before they got married is having a problem now because they just had a baby. For some reason the cat is going to the bathroom everywhere and not using the litter box. She has let the cat out and only lets it in the garage. The cat has been declawed and I told her that it is not safe for the cat to be outside. Is there anything she could do to solve this problem with the cat and baby. I feel the cat is probably jealous and doesn't feel wanted anymore. Thank you.

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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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Category: Tumors & Cancer

He is on deramaxx. he is beginning to show signs of weakness in his other hind leg and has a hard time getting up and walking. do you think glucosamine in addition to the deramaxx would help?

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

They form stained marks that look like dark rivers going done his face. he is nine.

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Category: Vaccinations

I have a 2 year male american pitbull terrier, he was put on temaril due to kennel cough. I have experienced aggression problems every since the second day of medication. Is this normal? can the steroid in the medication be causing this?

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

Our vet has conducted tests to check for diabetes, thyroid malfunction, etc. and the tests' numbers are not extremely out of normal range. Short of asking our vet to run the tests again, is there anything else that we should be looking for? Thank you!

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Category: Miscellaneous

She is beginning to play and I can now touch her - but she is skiddish - can't go close enough to bathe her (she really needs it) or take her to the vet for shots and to get a license. Any advice - should I give her any sedatives - she is making progress but it will be a while before i can do any of this.