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What are treatment for asthma in cats?

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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.

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Category: Miscellaneous

Is there any relationship between hyperthyroidism and rectal bleeding in a cat? My 12-year-old male cat seems relatively healthy on the whole. I give him a 5 mg. methimazole tablet daily. He urinates and has bowel movements on a regular basis. However, his pink rear seems to be bloated and there is frequently a fecal crust on it after he''s had a bowel movement. When I remove the "aftermath" with water, I always find blood spots on the cloth. I also see blood spots on the floor or wherever he first sits down after a bowel movement. I do not see blood in the feces itself; I only see it in his rectal area. Is this something that needs a vet''s attention? And does it have any connection to his hyperthyroidism problem?

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

One of my 3 cats is urinating in inappropriate places. The vet diagnosed cystitis (after he found blood in his urine)and the cat is on a regimen of amoxilin and methagel for 3 weeks. My boyfriend has insisted that the cats be shut in one room of our house for the past 3 years so they don't get fur around and damage the furniture, etc. Recently he has relented and has let them be out 4 hours a day at night while they are "supervised". The vet said the stress of being confined could have caused this cat to have this problem. Because of these conditions I plan to move out next week and take my cats with me! But now I worry that the stress of the move may not make the situation any better. How can I get this cat back to using the litter box?

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

I have a 14 year old Beagle who had, according to the vet, a yeast infection a little over a year ago. He would not let me get near his mouth with any medicine, even in cheese, etc. Therefore, I had to take him to the vet twice a day for them to administer the pills. The infection, if that is what it is, has returned. His hair comes out in tufts over all of his body and the skin has, for want of a better description, little dark seeds or beads, which come off with the hair when I brush him. I am no longer in a position to take him to the vet to have the pills administered and I am now unemployed. It is all I can do to send my regular gift to D.E.L.T.A. every month, much less expensive vet bills. Can you come up with any suggestions to help me help my dog? Thanks for all you do.

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I've taken my 11 yr old Schnauzer mix to my vet regarding a deep lung sounding cough. After tests he saw a heart valve problem and a very thin trachea. "Shotz" is on 5.3 mg enalapril 2x daily, theophylline 100 mg 2x daily, and temeril-p 2mg 1x daily. The copd sounding cough is getting worse and constant and it looks like he struggles to breathe. Is euthanasia my next choice? He has a strong will to live. Thanks

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Category: Miscellaneous

We have had our 4 yr old dog since she's a puppy (absolutely NO history of abuse), but she is so neurotic, skiddish and jumpy. Sometimes she stares out into space for long periods of time and other times barks at things that aren't there. We have two other dogs and we all joke that she's the nutty or crazy one. But I feel bad for her. Is there a medical or mental problem that might be causing this behavior that could be corrected with medicine that would help her to relax? Thanks

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Category: Vaccinations

when a dog doesn't get vaccinated and she gets an intestinal disease what is the best vitamin or support to build the immune system after being on IV'S AND ANTIBIOTICS? Any particular dog food? raw meat and veggies? dry food?

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Category: Miscellaneous

I have 2 questions. Do you know of any problem with the manufacture etc. of isoflourane or other anesthesia? My dog is scheduled for minor surgery and I am concerned. Two animals were lost on the table at my vets in the last few months due to reaction to anesthesia. Do you have any recommendations concerning a friends 3 year old collie that was adopted recently and spayed 7 days ago. She whined for 4 days after the surgery, is not active or interactive as she was, and seems depressed. To make matters worse, she has hardly eaten since the spay.

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i BELIEVE MY APPROX. 14 YR. OLD MALE TABBY HAD A STROKE YESTERDAY. HE IS ALERT KNOWS WHEN YOU CALL HIM, JUST VERY SHAKY WALKING WITH SOME BALANCE PROBLEMS. WITHOUT TAKING HIM TO THE VET, WHICH i HAVE FOUND TO BE EXTREMELY USELESS IN MOST CASES AND SOOO EXPENSIVE, WHAT CAN i DO TO HELP HIM

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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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Category: Kidney & Urinary

i am writing in regards of my mom's chihuahua, Ralli. Two days ago my mother was told that ralli's liver was no longer working, he gives her a week to two months to live. Ralli was brought to the vets because she had an episode of sluggishness and lethargy, not eating and sleeping alot. This lasted six days. the vet said that there was nothing he could do right now, it would take two more days to get rest of test results back to see if any portion of liver working at all, we have not heard yet. He gave the dog baytirl at my mother's request to at least try something, his response was it can't hurt.

Today ralli is her old self, running around and right at my mother's feet. I am confused as to what would cause this dog to go threw these episodes and then pop right back up. Ralli was given rimadyl a month ago and this is when her very first episode happened and when asked the vet about it he did not bat an eye. I have read many negative reports on this drug and can't help but think this was a contributing factor in what is happening to my mother's best friend. Do you think that a second opinion is needed because the dog is not acting like a dog who is dying?

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Category: Miscellaneous

We have an indoor cat, about 15 years old who started yowling or what sounds like very loud yelling when my husband leaves the room she is in, it is so loud she wakes us up at night, even with the door shut. My question is what can we do about it? How do you get a cat to behave or to stop yelling? If we yell at her she just gets louder and if we ignore her she gets louder. She is diabetic under control and otherwise good health. Thanks for any input.

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Category: Miscellaneous

My 13 year old cat, Twinkles, has a nasal problem. He's been treated over the past 2 years with different antibiotics( antirobe, clavamox). 3 months ago, my vet had a cat dentist come in & do an x-ray of his mouth & nasal area. They found the left eyetooth was bad and pulled it out, hoping this would alleviate the congestion & discharge from his left nostril. He went about 1 month, then the sypmtoms returned.

He currently runs a cycle of 1 week on Clavamox 2 weeks congestion free, then it starts over. Recently I found Richards Pet Wellness Tonic which has him holding off the congestion. I was to have a rhinoscopy done but finacially at this time $1300,00 is out of my budget. I feel guilty not being able to have this procedure done, but quite honestly, other then the nasal problem, he's a happy & healthy. Any suggestions if another treatment regimen would be of benefit. ( I almost forgot: the x-ray revealed the absorption of the nasal bones in the left nostril, which was felt came from the infections off & on. Also most times nasal discharge is clear.)

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Category: Tumors & Cancer

About a year ago I adopted an elderly fox hound, she came to me with a bladder infection that no matter how many times treated it re occurs, I know she is terribly uncomfortable...is there anything I can do other than keep treating with antibiotics? our vet doesn't give me much hope.

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Category: Tumors & Cancer

My cat has a lung tumor - should I put her to sleep?

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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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Category: Diet & Nutrition

I have noticed that my 2 year old lab is eating mud/cement. any particular reason?

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

I have a 10 year old cat who has tested negative for bartonella, guardia, feline leukemia, you name it. He has severe diarrhea. His appetite is excellent, but seems to have a fast track and I can't keep any weight on him. I know he has some bad teeth. He is so emaciated that I do not want to put him under anesthesia for possible teeth extractions. Is it his teeth/gums that are causing severe/explosive diarrhea?

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Category: Tumors & Cancer

He also has swelling on his legs and paws. His abdomen, legs, and paws are tender to the touch. He has seen two vets and had blood work, an ultrasound of his abdomen, and biopsy of his kidneys. He is also on Doxycycline and Lysics. The only thing revealed in all of the tests was a compete lack of Protein and dry FIP. Neither of the two Vets that came “highly” recommended know what to do. His primary Vet says he is having sleepless nights trying to figure this out. We’ve spent over $500 so far and we don’t have much more to spend. This website was recommended and I hope you might have a suggestion or an answer. I really don’t want to put him down since I don’t know if this is fatal or not. Can you please help?

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

I just adopted two kittens from an organization that first placed the kittens in temporary foster homes. The 3-month old male has had diarrhea and semi-solid stool for 6 days now. He also involuntarily drips watery fecal matter from his anus, especially when he sleeps. And he often drips as he is running to the litter box. He was dewormed completely and was tested for a bacterial infection that came back negative for all common intestinal bacteria. The vet did prescribe Metronitazole, and he has taken it for 3 days without improvement. It has been suggested that I give the cat yogurt, but I was afraid of worsening the runnyness of the stool. I also read from your answers that eliminating glutens and giving a food with the proper proteins and carbs may help. I am currently feeding the cats Purina Kitten Chow. Should I try the yogurt? What special food should I give the cat? Could this just be a reaction to changing his diet? If so, when will the problem end. I spoke with the foster parents, and the other kittens from his litter are experiencing similar problems and all bacterial tests came back negative for them, as well. HELP!

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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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Category: Vaccinations

We have rescued many Shelties over the last 20+ years and they have all enjoyed a good life until they reach about 12 - 13 years. We know that at least four of our Shelties have died of cancer: pancreas, prostate, bladder and lung. They all have been given premium dog food, regular checkups. We have read that flea control could be one of the reasons for the cancer or we could be "over" vaccinating our pets. Can you please share your thoughts on this?

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Category: Vaccinations

I live in the Northeast. My vet has recommended giving my 2 year old Amstaff the lyme vaccination. We do get ticks in our area, but I am concerned about subjecting her to more. Do you know how safe these vaccines are?

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

If a dog frequently tries to eat mud, does it indicate a nutrition deficiency or other problem? Is mud eating normal, and should it be allowed?

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I HAVE A REPTILE HE CANT WALK WITH HIS BACK LEGS BUT MOVES THEM TO GO . NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHAT IT IS OTHER WISE HEALTHY THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT.

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My pug is a neurtered 2 year old female who is about 5 pounds overweight. I try to take her for walks, but her breathing becomes so labored it's frightening. It takes her a very long time to recover. Our vet can find nothing wrong, but I wonder if she might have an elongated palate that is making it difficult for her to breathe? I've done some research and this seems to be a problem with some pugs. Please answer as she is the sweetest dog and I paid a great deal of money to rescue her from an abusive situation.

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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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Category: Diet & Nutrition

Our Baxter needs to lose 10 lbs per the Vet. My husband and I disagree strongly on how much to feed him. Can you advise us, please. He is currently getting 3/4 cup of diet food with green beans and 1/4 cup pumpkin at each meal but is obviously hungry. I want to give more dry food. Am I wrong? He is a 7 year old Aussie rescue who has just started a 30 minute walk per day.

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

My 11 yr old cat has a medium length coat. He has been throwing up or having diarrhea off and on over the past couple months. He eats high quality dry and canned food: Instinct, Origen, Tikki, Weruva & fresh water). I’ve given him petromalt type of hairball relief because he has had hair balls off and on most of his life. I brush him to his limited tolerance. I feel at this point he may need to see a Vet although I haven’t been totally confident with current Vet. I also am having financial problems and can’t afford to go Vet shopping right now. He’s a wonderful cat, very playful and silly. He hasn’t had any changes in activity or hunger. I’m appreciative of any advice or insights you can offer. And lastly, I want you to know how much I wish you were still on tv. I was a faithful viewer. I do realize that in devoting all your time to DELTA, you are offering a wonderful gift to the animal world.

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Category: Skin & Coat

I have a 4yr old neutered Chihuahua that I found has a purple/blood like blister on the top of his prepuce just on the outside of the opening to his penis in the hair area. I very gently squeezed it and maybe a tiny bit of puss came out just below the purple area, but no blood. It looks like a blood blister we get when we’ve injured our finger. I’ve just left it alone after I did that. It doesn’t appear to cause him pain. I called my vet, but he can’t see him until next week. Should I be concerned about this? I took a photo of it, if you would like to see it.

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

Powder is 18, has cataracts, both eyes but get around very well. Every 7-10 days, she will not want to eat and then has a liquid bloody stool. She won’t eat for another day or so, but then next day eats and is fine with normal stool until this repeats. She has a heart murmur, (vet pills made her throw up) a small benign tumor on her chest, sleeps a lot. What could cause the blood & is there something I can give her for the blood?

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My neutered male dog of older indeterminate age has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure which apparently grew out of an earlier heart murmur. He’s on Vetmedin, potassium and several diuretics. We’ve heard favorable things about Hawthorne berries as a possible help for him but his cardiologist doesn’t know what dose or whether it would interact with current medications. He’s about 22 lbs. Are you familiar with this product and what amount would be considered a proper dose? Would there be an interaction with the Vetmedin?

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Category: Kidney & Urinary

I have an 11 year old cat who on a recent blood test had very slightly elevated levels of BUN and CRE. For years I have been giving him a little Half and Half daily to try to get more moisture into him; A vet suggested this. He gets moist food in the mornings but won’t eat it in the afternoons so I feed him dry food then. Mice are also a large part of his diet. I am concerned about he phosphorus in the Half and Half. Should I stop giving him this?

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Category: Eyes and Teeth

We have two Yorkshire Terrier’s (both under 5Ibs). Both are being fed wet food only (kangaroo and parsnip for one and the other one gets wild rabbit and potato). We have recently started to add some nutrition into their diet as well. The reason for this type of diet is that one of them is highly allergic. Both of them have bad breath and plaque on their teeth that’s why we have decided on a professional cleaning for them. Neither one of them likes the tooth brush. Tried it many times but all attempts failed. Now that we are getting a fresh start on their hygiene we are wondering what else we might be able to do to help them continue to have healthy teeth.

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

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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Category: Kidney & Urinary

Dr. Brown, I was reading the story on Ivy living with Kidney Disease for years and I was wondering what you did to keep him going. Minnew, my 14 year old, was diagnosed about 7 months ago. She gets fluids twice a week and we are keeping her thyroid high enough to keep her kidneys happy. She is also on Royal Canin RX food (and Solid Gold wet depending on her mood). She has her good and bad days. More good than bad. Any advice?

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Category: Diet & Nutrition

9 1/2 yr old Lab (service dog) is eating his own pooh.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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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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Category: Eyes and Teeth

I have an 11 year old male, neutered kitty (on 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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