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Category: Miscellaneous

i have a 4 yr old gs bitch who is is fairly hyperactive especially when it comes to her walk times . she drags me most of the time and constantly pulls the rest of the time . i have tried all kind s of leads and collars, and nothing seems to help,yet off the lead she is a delight we rescued her at 10 months of age then at 12 months of age she had a bad road traffic accident where she broke her leg in 4 places. . I've been through alot with her and love her dearly , yet i cant understand why shes like this on the lead .

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

Leo, I have a 14 year old Chihuahua that has been diagnosed with Cushings Disease. I am familiar with this disease because I lost my a little girl in 2001. She was 14 years old. I don't know what to do with my little Candy, I can't believe I have to see another one of my closest friends suffer the agony of this disease again. The tumor in her stomach is so big she can't stand or walk. Please tell me how I can help her. She is alert and crabby as usual. Because of her age I don't want to put her under sedation for any tests.

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updated 4 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 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

I have a male and female dog, when she was in season I kept them seperated -- but on one occassion my 4 yr old left the gate open and they were roaming the house together for approximately an hour before we noticed . Prior to this although she was definitely passed the bleeding stage of her season my male didn't really seem too interested in her, what are the chances that they would have mated?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

My ten year old 4lb.white toy poodle's hair has been getting thinner & thinner. Her back legs are almost bare of hair. Had extensive blood tests done 2 years ago and no problem found ie. thyroid, Cushings,etc. Have you any other thoughts on this?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

My 12 year old Welsh Corgi frequently gets "hot spots" on his abdomen and groin. He bites off the hair and licks it red and raw. I've tried treating it with corn starch or hyrodgen peroxide without success. The vet prescribes antibiotics and cortisone shots, but I don''t want to do that too often. Any home remedy suggestions?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

I try to provide a home for feline leukemia positive cats and currently have 4 males. I would like to enhance their immune function. Two are weak and being hand fed. Both had fevers of 104 brought down by antibiotics. One of them has anemia. They are currently taking lixotinic, DMG, echinacea, astragalus and lactated ringers orally. Do you have any recommendations?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

I have a six year old rescue beagle just diagnosed with an elongated soft pallet. What are the risks associated for surgery and how successful is it. Her only problem is she's an extremely loud snorer. Appetite is very good.

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updated 4 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 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

I have 2 Dachshund that are 5 months and brothers. One seems to have a very bad case of separation anxiety. What can I do to help him get over this. He is the one that will eliminate in the house after going weeks of being totally potty trained and using the doggie door. I work all day, come home at the same time everyday and make a point to make the boys first when I walk in the door.

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updated 4 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 4 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

My 3 year old neutered male Jack Russell has just urinated in the garden and I noticed there appeared to be a little blood in it. He is behaving normally and doesn't appear to be ill what do you recommend?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

He eats regularly and has enough food down to eat as much as he wants. When he is outside during the day he runs around constantly and no matter how much he drinks he cant stop panting. I wonder if he is losing the weight because he is exercising to much or if it is because of something else. Am i just being paranoid?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

My dog has been urinating every 2 minutes or so and most of the time it is just dribbling,does this mean he has a urine infection?

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updated 4 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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Category: Skin & Coat

10 yr. old cat...diabetic for about 3 1/2 yrs. when found as kitten..diagnosed with chronic nasal infection (1 nostril) was on Humilin U, but switched to PZI recently eats only Purina DM dry food indoor cat always past summer we had slight flea problem...he developed flea dermatitis..pulled out hair , scratched a lot...treated with Advantage for 4 months...hair's grown back but...still licks and pulls at hair..put on a antihistamine but made him too lethargic & has not helped

Presently, Zak is constantly eating and drinking a lot of water. He has really smelly, loose stools and is losing weight (from about 21 lbs. to 16 lbs now). He doesn't urinate a lot and seems to be a normal volume. He is still pulling his hair (although most has grown back). We regularly have his blood sugar tested and his frutosamine is within the normal range. We test his urine-normal ketones. He been on antibiotics and antihistamines.

Our vet thought he might be suffering with pancreatic insufficiency and put him on Viokase-V.... he won't eat his food with this on it...sprinkled it on his dry food and he nibbled just a little. We had pancreas blood test done...TLI came back negative but the PLI was 30.8. He is now on Metronidazole (1 tab. once a day..put on 2/22/06). We were told we could also give him acidophilus. He is not vomiting and may play a little at times. His weight went from 21 to 16 lbs.

Nothing seems to stop his diarrhea and his wasting away!\r\nHe seemed fine until switched to PZI-could this be the problem?He''s now licking the floor at times and still pulls at his fur. IS he in pain? Please help-his a great cat. Hope to hear from you soon.

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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: Diet & Nutrition

The vet has given her two shots now of a steroid.. they only last a month and I can't afford the high fee or to have her tested. I was wondering if I could give her an antihisimine for her allergy. She has got scabs on her head/neck from scratching.. No front claws when I got her otherwise she probably would have her whole body scabby.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

The babies were 12 weeks old when I found a new home for the mother. They have all seen a vet and he says they are very healthy. The mother has been away from the babies for 6 days but her nipples are still swollen and she seems full of milk. Should this be a concern? Should I take back to the vet?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

My maltese itches alot, licks her paws, and bites with herself to to scratch her itch, ( No sores or broken skin) My vet has tried allerspray and generic otomax, she licks it off, also temarill-p and I couldn't tell that it was helping.

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Has lymph node and spots on lungs getting worse. On antibiotics for 2 months. Now on diflucan for valley fever, even though 2 tests have been negative. He eats well, but is tired and lethargic and wheezes. No fever now. The suggested a lung wash. Is that the same as endoscopy? Where would you go for someone that could do this risky procedure? What would you do? We need a diagnosis. Help.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

I have a 2 year old beagle. In the last 2 months he has taken to scratching , and rubbing (against trees, under chairs when you sit in them and against the fence railing) the top of his tail and lower back. I have seen him rubbing his lower back against a tree for almost 20 mins. He almost seems to get "excited" by it.

He doesn't have dry irritated skin in the area and the vet could not find anything either, but told me to keep an eye on him.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Limbs & Bones

We have a nearly 3-year-old, large mixed breed dog-- we were told Lab, German Shepherd and Shar Pei -- who's generally very healthy, but once in awhile will limp, after his much loved walks or sometimes in the morning. He seems too young for this. What could be the problem? Thank you for all you do.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

My 5 year old Bichon Frise had a struvite bladder stone removed surgically in November 2004. She is now on Hills Prescription Diet. She is constantly licking her paws. We think it is due to allergy. Any other food options? We tried Hills Prescription which gave her terrible gas.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

To Whom It May Concern: My dog (black lab) has been scratching furiously for the past 4 months. My Vet has informed me that this may be an alergy. I have been prescribed different medications for her and nothing seems to help. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for your assistance.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

My dog has dry and itchy skin. My veterinarian has prescribed a special food by Hill's because he thinks it''s a food allergy. He also put him on a steroid for the itching. What do you think?

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

My 6 yr old calico gets occassional diarrhea.. we believe from eating floral arrangements...it lasts several days usually...what can I give her or is there possibly another problem?'

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Category: Tumors & Cancer

Hello, my Persian 2 year cat has not been eating so well in the last two weeks. She also seems very week, sleeping all day. I had blood work done on her and she ranged 100 points over the maximum for normal results on her liver results. I just got an ultrasound done on her and she is showing a large spleen. She is a very small cat just weighing 6.7 pounds and I was told that she has a large spleen for her size. Now she is having 2 aspirations done from her liver and spleen. Do you have any other recommendations as far as what other test can be done? What results are to come from the aspirations? Can I just get her spleen removed to solve the problem? I dont know if this information will help, but she was also born deaf, and is white with cooper eyes.

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

It was so bad I had to take up the carpet and replace it with a laminate flooring. She always went in the corners, so she picked her spots. Now that she no longer has her carpet corners she goes on my throw rugs. I have 2 cats and 2 litter boxes which are scooped daily and changed weekly. My other cat does not do this. Why does she do this?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

My daughter lives in Culver City, CA, and would like to find a good vet for her kitten. Could you please guide us in the direction of a good vet in that area. Thank you.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

I have 2 small gerbils from the same litter, about 1 month old, they are without a mother, Bonny and Joey. I went to check up on them and found Bonny in here wooden house, and it looked like she had difficulties walking. It looked like her front paw and back paw was injured. Then i noticed that the water bottle was on the cage floor. I think thats it might have fell on Bonny. Also, the right eye is shut. PLEASE help me!! What should I do?'

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

I have a 3 month old calico/tiger cat and i took her to the vet on friday and the vet said she was anemic due to too many fleas so he gave me flea treatment that worked great and a bottle of Lixotinic 3/4cc once a day i was wondering if there are any side effects that i should be aware of.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

What would cause a dog's feces to be green if she has not eaten grass or any green foods? In all my years of having dogs, I have never seen this before. She does not show any signs of sickness or lethargy. Thanks for answering.

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updated 4 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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Category: Miscellaneous

One wing hangs down and drags on the ground. The other wing--well, there is very little left, just a few feathers. The duck seems very happy. He eats, drinks, and we gave him a little pool which he loves. We duct taped the wing that was hanging, and now it doesn't drag as much. We called many vets from the phone book, but each one wanted $100 to start with for x-rays plus surgery. Can you give me some advice. We don't want to euthanize the duck--we sort of like him.

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

I have an 8 year old German shephard mix. My dog has recently developed a condition whereby mucous forms on the lower part of the eye. The condition has been present for at least a week despite my daily washing of the area with warm water and a washcloth. My dog seems otherwise healthy. It was suggested by the veterinarian that my dog has dry eyes (2% and 5% of normal tear production) and will require lifelong medication in the form of daily topical application of cyclosporing and artificial tears. Is there no curative treatment?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

I have a cat that is about 15 years of age. She is a calico, and her name is MaMa Kitty. My dad said that for my birthday he will get me 2 kittens. I just want 2 know if they will get along with each other. Thanks for listening!

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

About six months ago a litter of kittens were born by our house, we fed the mother and the kittens. two of them had real bad sinuses or something. their eyes and noses were always clogged like they had a cold. one cat was worse than the other.

But, now after six months they are fine! a new litter of kittens has been around since then and ONE of the kittens has these same symptoms but more severely. Is there another way of helping this kitten besides waiting and wiping out her eyes? PLEASE HELP! i feel sorry for the kitten because she looks so miserable!

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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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Category: Diet & Nutrition

Dear Dr. Brown, I have two dogs...a 4 year old golden retriever/chow mix and a 1 1/2 year old golden retriever. They are both grass eaters. Is this something that I should be concerned about? They are fed morning and night with Nutro Max Large Breed Adult dog food so I know it is not because they are hungry. What is going on? your opinion will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

Our female 6 year old shepherd mix dog has had surgery for bladder stones 3 years in a row, each about 1 year apart. She had both types of stones (struvate and oxylate?) the second time. I'm not sure as to which type she had this last time as the results aren''t back yet. We tried the Hill's diet after the first year. The second year we did long term antibiotics to kill off any infection. I'm wondering where to go now? I feel like I need to go to a new vet to get a new solution. I don''t want our dog to have to go through this again.

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

My eight year old Blue Point Siamese has always thrown up a lot (he has very long hair) but recently he has had the most god awful stinky diarrhea (I mean it smells so bad it woke me up from a sound sleep). I am wondering if he perhaps has an inflammatory condition. Any ideas? Thanks a lot

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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: Miscellaneous

Our 15 year old beagle has stopped eating and has not eaten for 2-3 days now. He mostly sleeps all day anyway, but now his eyes look droopy and eyelids sag under his eyes, and he won''t even eat treats, which he loved before. We fed him some chicken mixed in his food, which ate, then vomited. Is this the end for him?

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My wonderful 8 year old dog became lethargic and was wheezing. To our shock, he was in congestive heart failure. He was diagnosed with cardio myopathy. The immediate crisis has passed for now but the key is to get his fractional contractions higher (I was told 35% is normal, he is hovering around 15%). The problem is, when we put him on digoxin, his numbers went up but he refused to eat--- for a week! We took him off digoxin and he began eating his numbers dropped from 18-14%. We've started him on digoxin again but I'm afraid he'll stop eating. Sometimes the only thing that he'll eat is a small can of cat food. Is it harmful to give a dog (and he''s a big dog) cat food... or is better to get something in his stomach rather than nothing at all? I'm so worried that in trying to help him, I may be harming him.
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I just sent in a question...this one is about the same kitty. When he had his one year old check up at the vet she listened carefully to his heart and then said that he had a murmur. She even gave it a "class", and recommended an ultrasound. I did have the ultrasound done and she did not find any problem. Do you think I should investigate more. Or could he have just been soooo excited at the visit that it presented as a murmur?

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

I have tried to research this, but it just scares me. What do you have to say about this spot?

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

At times her eyes seem unfocused and cloudy. She sleeps alot now but is always happy when I''m with her and still eats very well. Is there anything I can do for her sight that is non-invasive? Should I take her to the vet or should I accept that she is just really old?

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What are treatment for asthma in cats?

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

I have a 6yr. old minature pincher. He is shedding alot and I am giving him a liquid Omega 3&6 fatty acids liquid solution that I put on his dog food once a day. This solution was supposed to help his shedding problem but I haven''t seen any difference in the one month period that he has been getting it. Is there something else I can give him or will he just continue to shed like crazy? Does this breed of dog shed this badly? Thanks for your help.