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updated 2 years ago
Category: Behavior

I got my Yorky at seven weeks old, and he slept in his room in his bed just fine, now he is four months old, and the last month or so all he does is bark and whine, when I put him in his room to go to bed , he finally stops after I go to bed! how do I get him to stop?

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updated 5 months ago
Category: Behavior
Hello, I am in need of help! I have had my dogs for almost 8 years. But recently two of my dogs started to fight and they fight really bad to a point I feel like they're going to hurt each really bad. Last time I have to get one of them stiches. I really need help so please get back to me asap. Thank you.
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updated 5 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

I have a Tabby cat, now 4 yrs. old, that I rescued off a busy street when she was 3-4 mos. old. She looked and acted healthy and my vet checked her the day I found her and said she was. I had her spayed within the first month I had her. She willingly stayed indoors for the first 2 mos. Then slowly began exploring the area immediately surrounding my home. About a month later I noticed an angry looking sore on her face. Thought it was a cat fight wound. My vet said to give her antibiotics. Sore cleared. About a month later another one appeared. This time the vet gave her a steroid shot. The sore cleared. A month later another one appeared and seemed to be spreading.

I was referred to a veterinary dermatology specialist. To make this already long story less long. She had both blood tests and intradermal tests for allergies with positives a mile long. For three years shes been on antigen shots. Constantly adjusting the volume of the shot and/or the duration between shots with no real help. I kept her inside for a month. No change. I've tried several different steroid applications for a short term. Still no lasting help. Her sores are mainly on her face and mouth area, but not inside the mouth. She also gets occasional outbreaks on her paws. The specialist says she should probably start on a daily steroid. Probably for life. I know steroids can cause diabetes. (I already have one insulin dependent cat.) Also there's the danger of the compromised immune system. I have already spent thousands of $$$ on tests and antigen which haven't helped her. The addition of steroid treatment would be more expense, not to mention the health risk is more than my meager pension can handle. They say not to stop the antigen in any case. I'm almost out of antigen and really scratching my head about what to do next. Stop or continue the antigen? Start steroids? She's such a sweetie. Can you offer any suggestion so I can help her?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous
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updated 4 years ago
Category: Vaccinations

My 20yr old friend is trying to get her life together & her dog needs neutering. She has no money. Is there anywhere near Modesto she can go for help. She can't get dog shots with him being neutered. Please help

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updated 3 years ago
Category: Behavior

I've tried clothes, gluten free diet. She is rarely alone. She chews and scratches herself badly at night.

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updated 2 years ago
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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updated 5 years ago
Category: Vaccinations

I just got a post card from my vet reminding us that our 4 yr old Lab is due his DHLPP & CVK. Are both of these shots necessary on a yearly basis?

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updated 3 years ago
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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updated 2 years ago
Category: Behavior

Our 18 month old lab attacked our maltese last night, severely wounding him. He is in ICU and may lose both eyes and has a punctured main artery. He almost bled to death. Our lab has bitten all of us, including two children not in our family. Zeus I a beautiful dog, very friendly and obedient, but unpredictably territorial. we can't even board him now because he growls and shows teeth to anyone but me. I love this dog, but I can't keep him because I fear he will attack my kids and other dog again. I don't know what to do.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat
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updated 2 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

We have discovered the disease pretty late, but we already changed the food and I'm giving him fluids subcutaneously. He almost doesn't eat anything, constipated, lost a lot of his weight, does not respond to appetite stimulant. Regular vets say "it's the end of the road", but I wonder how do YOU, in DELTA, treat cats in these conditions. Do you just watch them go? Dying from hunger? You're my last hope for any advice from people who CARE!

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updated 3 years ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

we have a 14yo golden with mast cell CA hospicing at home. Tumor on L hip & arthritis lumbar. Needs pred occasionally but what do you use long term for pain relief? nsaids? asa? tramadol?

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updated 3 years ago
Category: Behavior

My 6yr old Pommeraniun mix has gotten very afraid of everything, sounds, people. We recently moved across country & that's when this started. I bought her a Thundershirt, it didn't help her at all. I don't know what to do.

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updated 3 years ago
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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updated 2 years ago
Category: Behavior

About a year ago our dog developed panic about noises. It started with panic about garbage grucks and has only gotten worse, to the point that he won’t go for his walks. Now we have to drive him to nearby dog parks and even then he is panicky about passing traffic sounds. We’ve tried natural anti-anxiety drops, trazodone and nothing has helped. What can we do?

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updated 3 years ago
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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updated 4 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

My elderly dog has lost a lot of her back teeth and cannot chew her dry food. I do not want to feed her can food. She swallows the food whole now. Is there a better choice?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Immune System

WHAT TREATMENTS DO YOU USE FOR YOUR FIP CATS? WE KNOW THIS IS ALMOST ALWAYS FATAL BUT WE ARE WILLING TO TRY ANYTHING FOR OUR BABY FOR MORE TIME...BUT NOT TO SUFFER. THE VET. IS TRYING TO BRING HIS BILIRUBIN DOWN. ANY INFORMATION YOU HAVE WOULD BE APPRECIATED...THANK YOU...M J BERLING

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

Hi, my female cat is 16 years old now. she frequently gets a couple of small bald patches on her back, she wears a flea collar and never see fleas. We went away for 2 wks, when came back she is bald all under her belly and down her back legs. she is not scratching but have bought flea drops to try. Is she allergic or is it hormones? Any idea?

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition
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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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updated 4 years ago
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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updated 5 years ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

He had a tumor removed from his colon along with 4 inches of his colon,3 months ago. Biopsy came back clean and free from cancer. month later he had a tumor removed from the surface of his stomach. 2 weeks ago he became constipated. X ray revealed another mass growing but he does not have a total blockage. He is on steriod,cat lax, stool softners,and B-12 injections.He seems to be doing better.I do not want him to have anymore surgery.

My question is . . . Is there anything I can be giving him holistically to help keep his appetite up and keep the tumor from growing too fast? I really appreciate your time.Thank you very much. I love your website. I'll be paying a visit.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

Advanced Tcc cancer - any alternative therapy that would be useful. Thank you

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updated 5 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 5 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

I am currently working with three puppies with sarcoptic mange. They are getting weekly shots of Ivermectin and dipping with lyme sulphur. I have heard conflicting opinions about Revolution. What do you think of Revolution and is there any other treatment(s) that would be more effective?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

My 10 year old lab pees when he's excited, is that good or bad?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

I have four senior kitties, the oldest will be 22 years old this year. They have different ailments ranging from kidney disease to mega esophageous (sp), for which they get medicine and subcutaneous fluids. Is there anything more you recommend to make them comfortable and content? Oh, two of them walk on leashes!!! Thank you so much.

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

hello my beagle mollie has been sick with loose stools vomiting and lithargicness and shakiness. she won't get up. She is almost 10 months old. i have had her over a month and about 85% of that time she has been sick. we tested her for parvo and she was negative. She is going to the bathroom way too much. she got worse after her spay 2 weeks ago. she is on a yellow liquid medication and so far she has been staying the same. Wwould appreciate any feedback thanks

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Oliver is a large breed,long bodied,long hair mixed 8 month old male Kitten who is currently 10 lbs. I think he is either a Maine Coon or possibly a Siberian mix. My question is how do I know if his weight is normal for a large breed mix or if he is actually over weight? He eats 1/2 cup dry premium food daily (dry food always avail but only 1/2 c daily) along with 3-5.5 oz of premium canned food daily (divided into am & pm feedings).

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

The vet said they seemed blocked. They sedated her and flushed her ducts. They found they were slow but were not completely blocked, and advised me it was the shape of her face. They seem reluctant to do surgery as they say it is only cosmetic. What do you think?

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

Our 12 year old cat, Donci, salivates a sticky substance and won't eat- he was diagnosed with FIV two years ago with "incurable" sores in his mouth but has been kept active and agile with 1 mg of medrol every second day. What can we do for him? Thank you.

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updated 3 years ago
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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updated 4 years ago
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 5 years ago
Category: Vaccinations

Several years ago Leo wrote in one of his newsletters that cats who have had annual shots for several years (I forget the exact wording here) do not need to continue with them. In fact, a visit to the vet can do more harm than good since it is possible for them to pick up a virus while there. I have not been giving my cats shots and they remain healthy, but I worry that I am doing them some sort of harm, especially since they are indoor/outdoor pets. I'd appreciate your comments.

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

I have a 7year old male cat who was blocked and had surgery on his bladder and remove cysts than six weeks later had to be unblocked agian I had his pee tested this week and they fond some cysts. I have him on royal caninn S/O and I also had him on science diet I’d what else can I do

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Miscellaneous
She has a collesped tracea and poops like 5 times a day with some blood in it. She sleeps all day but does eat good at night. She has two tumors and I know one of them is benign. Is it time to put her down?
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updated 4 years ago

MY 11 yr/ old beagle had been coughing and i didn't pay attention - I thought she had hair in her throat and thought she was clearing it. I took her to he Vet yesterday and the Dr. put her on Temarill twice a day 1.5 pills. I have noticed she is out of breath and she seems to breathing harder. I'm just wondering if this is normal? Since she is taking the pills yesterday I'm concerned she has gotten worse.

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

She was lethargic, salivated, acted totally opposite of herself & when picked up she would scream. Previously it was noted her pancrease has to be watched. Recently, new x-rays & blood work showed her liver was "off-key"; can't quote outcome.

Had a radiologist for abdominal ultrasound, checked bile acids, analgesic injection, fluid therapy and meds: Metronidazole, 250mgs, Robaxin V tabs, 500mgs and Rimadyl chew 25mgs. They could find nothing wrong. Since home (Tuesday), she's doing much better. How can this be if found nothing? Also, am able to pick her up but notice she flinches when I pet her.I'm at a loss and after crying for 3 straight days, am happy she seems better, but better from what? Why was she like that and why did she scream and a lot of whimpering?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

What types of skin conditions can be helped by the cold laser? I have two cats with different chronic skin issues. One gets sores on her face and paws. The other has itch issues and chews her fur off. She is on Apoquel which helps,but not 100%.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

My 15 year old chihuahua has been diagnosed with chronic anxiety colitis. She has been using Kaopectate but it doesn't work well. Her stools are still very loose. She's had this almost a year and I'd like to help her have firmer stools and better absorption of nutrients. Is Imodium an acceptable treatment?

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updated 2 years ago
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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updated 5 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

They say she was about 4. We love the kitty, but she is so frightened. She is just now venturing out to visit us, but runs when we move and hides. Will never come out when others are here. Would another cat (male/female) help or hinder her. We don't want to traumatize her further. We just love on her when allowed to, otherwise, let her hide. would love to have her a bit more social. thank you and may God bless you for your work.

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updated 3 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

We have him on Baxtril as he seems to have another urine infection, so an ultrasound makes sense. Thank you so much for the new ideas. We'll pass them along to our vet and get that ultrasound scheduled right away. Hopefully that will help Baxter feel better. Best wishes, Wendy and Steve Hampton

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

I have a female terrier/cocker mix. I also have 2 indoor cats with 2 litter boxes. Everybody gets along. I have a dickens of a time keeping the dog from eating the cat poop.

I try to keep the litter boxes cleaned out twice a day. The dog gets plenty to eat plus treats. This has been going on about 6 yrs. since we found the dog as a stray. Mainly the dog gets to the litter boxes in the night which is why I scoop the boxes just prior to going to bed. It is impossible to keep her locked away so she doesn't have access to the boxes. Any ideas? Thanks,

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updated 1 month ago
Category: Miscellaneous

volunteer work in exchange for some type of housing for single retiree with the income who's basic DNA is this person gets along better with animals than with people just don't fit in in the other world.