My little chihuahua was bitten on the head and neck today by a giant old yellow lab. These two have dominant issues and I've seen the lab pick him up and shake him. I wasn't here today and don't know what happened. I just paid the mortgage and don't have a penny to take my little Lucky Boy to the vet... he has some puncture wounds on the top of his head which i think are not a big deal. I've cleaned them. I'm super worried because under his chin the skin is sagging and is swollen. there is a 1/2 inch scrape on the part where it is sagging and he wheezing just a little... I cant tell what is going on but would love to hear what could possibly be going on under his chin. I can take a picture and send it to you if it's allowed. Please help. I love this little guy so much. he's my boy... Thanks for anything you can offer... I tried to give him some of my dinner. Pot roast. & he could barely swallow it. View Thread
in the last 3 days my dog has become itchy rubbing her eyes and back lethargic, dry nose,drinking more water and cant seem to get comfortable where she normally lays. I got the frontline plus to put on her but she still rubs her eyes and back outside. She also started constantly licking her snout. She recently stayed at a new boarding place overnight and 2 days later this stuff startedView Thread
I am not exactly sure what my dog is coughing on, but I have a good idea it is a down feather from under the bed. She has been trying to cough it up for a day now. Is there anything that I can do to help her pass whatever is tickling her throat?
She is still eating and drinking but has a coughing fit every hour or so.View Thread
I got this little stray Dachshund a week or so ago- and only got paid today. I am taking the little munchkin for his vaccinations on Saturday....
please tell me I'm being anal?
I lost a dog from a pre existing condition in January- and because I loved that dog so quickly, it broke me.... So Itchy (my new baby) is my obsession until he gets his vaccinations- I check his gums, ears, appetite, poop, and drinking habits EVERY day- and so far everything looks fine- he is kept busy by 2 older siblings and runs around like crazy.... but I feel like I have a heart attack if he smells something nice and licks his lips just one or two many times....
I really feel like im losing my mind, he has no hardening of the nose, no horrible gunk, and his eyes are clear....
please tell me if im insane?
My better half tells me he's fine and healthy- but I cant lose another dog- especially this little one.....View Thread
I have a 3yr male shiz tzu/yorkie. Las night out of no where around 4am I hear this loud moan/scream. It sounded like a child it was scarY. It was my dog. I get up trying to move him and he was still. His eyes were rolling back into his head I picked him up and it was like I picked up a toy his body was lifeless I panicked! picked him up and brought him off the bed as soon as I put him on the floor he threw himself on his back more like on his head and he was making this wheezing noise. I turn him back rubbed his head and opened his mouth. My sister said it looked like he couldn't breath. Then a few seconds later he was up and seems to be ok. Took him for a walk and he went on to chew his bully stick. I don't know what it is I been researching for hours. I don't know if it's a stroke or a seizure or worse. Pls help if anyone heard of this before. thanks.View Thread
Hi, my Monster is a 9-yr old indoor cat, not very active as she is half blind and has CRF. She always has...
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Hi, my Monster is a 9-yr old indoor cat, not very active as she is half blind and has CRF. She always has these blackheads at the back of her neck, but the situation got worse recently as she starts to scratch that area, causing hair loss and infection. Also vet found abnormal skin growth that causes a bump on her skin. She was prescribed antibiotics and antibacterial cream, and we clean her wounds twice every day using diluted Hibitane. But as the wound stars to heal, blackheads develop and it starts itchy so she scratches more. It goes on and one. What causes all these and what should we do? thanks!View Thread
Just switched from Frontline to Vectra and I carelessly assumed it was applied the same way. I applied the full dose at the base of the neck, instead of fully along the back. Will it still be effective?View Thread
Just switched from Frontline to Vectra and I carelessly assumed it was applied the same way. I applied the full dose at the base of the neck, instead of fully along the back. Will it still be effective?View Thread
My cat suffers from allergies. He is stuffy, and sneezes a lot. He eats and drinks normally. Goes to the litter normally. Is there any over the count meds that you can give a cat like benedryl? If so what is the dosage?View Thread
It's been a while you may not see this. How is your cat now? I hope it is ok. My cat just got a bump like this and I'm really hoping it is an abscess or something along those lines. I figured I'd wait a few days to see if it goes down before heading to the vet.View Thread
My moms dog has skin that is black on the top were the thicker fur starts and goes to under her hip on both sides but is pinkin the middle she also has a mole that looks like its growing she did get a rash that was vary red then turnd her skin black on her belly a cuple of years ago.View Thread
I, too, am having issues with one of my older Schnauzers (will be 12 in Nov.). The glands under her jaws are...
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I, too, am having issues with one of my older Schnauzers (will be 12 in Nov.). The glands under her jaws are quite swollen, and vet said chest area glands are palpable as well. Blood work came back normal, 2 ultrasounds, X-rays, dental (removed one bad tooth - history of dental issues), sterile urinalysis (sent out) is clear after one round of Clavamox and a long round of Baytril, grade 3-4 heart murmur, constantly chewing/licking front paws (Ketoconazole). Anxiety ridden most of her life (Fluoxetine didn't do much, Xanax helps a little). Has spells of heavy, fast breathing and/or panting (she rarely pants normally), trembling, pawing at me constantly, sometimes can't settle and won't let me out of her sight. This poor dog is, I believe, in pain and we don't know why! Vet did aspirate of lymph node - waiting for results. Any possible ideas as to what this could be? I have 3 other Schnauzers, so I'm worried if she could be contagious? Is this Lymphoma? I would be grateful for any suggestions! Thank you.View Thread
It's a recent development in the last few weeks - before that, it was just kind of a bald spot. We haven't got time to bring him to the vet yet, but we'll schedule an appointment as quickly as possible. Any possible insight as to what it is, or what we can do to help prior to the vet visit? Currently trying an apple cider dip after a bath, but since that's pretty recent, haven't seen any results yet.
My J11 year old Jack Russel has recently started hiding and will not come out when I find him and call him. He started waking up in the middle of the night a few weeks ago wining wanting to go out, he usually gives a single loud bark to let me know he wants back in but now I have to go get him and coax him to back inside. His eating habits have slowed a little. He is out back under a truck right now and does not want to come out. I am worried and concerned for him and will take him to the vet asap. Any feed back would be appreciated.View Thread
My Cocker Spaniel died yesterday and am not really sure why.
For the last several months I have noticed him slowing down. I attributed this to his age he was 11. But it continued to get worse and about 3 weeks ago he starting to have labored breathing,breath very fast,so I took him to the vet on Monday. Said his heart rate was elevated and his gums were a little inflamed, but wasn't too concerned about it. The vet did all the blood work and said everything was fine except for his white cell count which was double what it should be(don't really remember the count). He thought it was a bad infection and didn't think we needed to do xrays as he would do the same treatment. So he put him on antibiotics which the Pharmacy didn't get till Wednesday. I noticed him seeming to get weaker over the next 2 days. and by Friday he didn't eat hardly any breakfast. I just thought he would need time to respond to the medication. He had a full dinner (3pm) and he came into the office and seemed to be a little perkier. He went to lay down in the hall and around 4pm I heard him scream, wasn't a yelp but something like a scream. I ran into the hall and it looked like a seizure, sort of. He tried to move an his limbs were like jello. then he just stopped breathing. I gave him CPR and mouth to mouth and he seemed to come back, he then threw up a little and didn't respond again.
I raced him to the emergency vet, stopping every few minutes to give him CPR, hoping I could save my buddy, but he was gone.
I am not looking for a diagnosis or trying to blame the vet, but just some closure on what it was that might have killed my dog.View Thread
My dog is about a 13 year old mixed breed with presenting mostly as a dauchund. We were told she has chow in...
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My dog is about a 13 year old mixed breed with presenting mostly as a dauchund. We were told she has chow in her as well because of her spotted tounge but she is a fairly small dog.
In June she had a spell where she was very lethargic and would not eat. This lasted for less than 24 hours before we took her to the vet. She was fine about 10 minutes after getting to the vet's office. They ran some tests and found nothing. She came home and was fine after the event.
Fast forward to the week of August 16, my little girl started having bathroom issues. She was struggling and unsuccessful in bowel movements and was having accidents in the house with urination. We took her to the vets again and they found she had a uti and upon X-rays now bowel obstructions. The X-ray led the vet to want to take an ultra sound because something looked concerning on the X-ray. It came to be that there was a splenic tumor as well as cancer in the liver. The vet said if it were her dog she would advise taking her home and loving her as long as she had left. Her time frame was a "few week". She didn't recommend surgery and said the dog was in not in pain.
The question I suppose is what am I to expect? I fear we are already living on borrowed time and know I will certainly loose my dear friend soon. But what does the end look like? I don't want to do anything that puts her in pain but I also don't want to consider euthanasia when she seems so healthy. She is so full of life and healthy acting right now. How will that change? Will she be in pain if/when the tumor bursts? How quickly will she pass? I am so torn about what to expect. Please any information will ultimately be helpful to me. I want to know all of the details even ugly and painful ones.
My Chihuahua (@13 lbs) suddenly started night time anxiety. She has slept on my bed for years, but in December 2014 she suddenly was terrified to be on the bed. She kept looking over the side and was extremely agitated. I had to put her down on the floor, but she was also afraid to sleep in her bed that's in the hall just outside my bedroom. She would go and hide in the smallest, hard to find places. She eventually found a corner in the bedroom under a stool that is cave-like and slept there. I tried many times comforting her and to get her to sleep on my bed. No go. I took her to the Vet and she said something must have triggered it. She also checked her ears and said there was a yeast infection in one ear and that it's common in dogs with allergies like my dog. I was shown how to clean her very tall ears and did it daily for about a week. I figured out that a small chirping beep from smoke detector due to old battery set her off. So we removed it. The big thing is I went online and found NATURAL calming products.There choices. I bought GNC Ultra Mega Calming Formula gel from Petsmart that only requires small does given once daily. One of the ingredients is Tryptophan (also found in turkey which is my dog's regular diet). Along with my calming voice talking to my dog and stroking her this product really helped. It took quite a long time to get her to not be afraid at night AND just these past few weeks she has returned to sleep soundly on my bed at night. So I advise going with some natural remedy plus lots of TLC -- dogs pick up their owners vibes, so if you react excitedly to your dogs excited behavior, it only confirms his/her anxiety all the more. Best of luck!View Thread
I've searched "dog" and "lymphoma" more frequently than I'd like to admit. In December 2014, our dog Diego was diagnosed with cancer. After being told he had 2-4 months, he had almost 10. I was always wondering what his symptoms were going to be, what was going to change, and when. Every scenario is different, assimilating data in my head from 100 different places prepared me, as much as one can be prepared, for the changes he went through. I share his story so the next person that searches "dog" and "lymphoma" through their blurred teary-eyed vision can add his story to their decision making process: http://cyrenamarie.com/canine-lymphoma/View Thread
My Jack Russel is 1 year old. Now usually I would have gone to the vet immediately, but her energy levels are exactly the same, she is not vomiting and her stomach works just the same as it always has(I even counted to be sure)
She used to love her dog food and gobbled it up as soon as I put it in her bowl, but recently she just started leaving it there and would eat a pellet here and there. I thought that there was something wrong with the batch of food and got her different food, which she gobbled up for the next 3 meals and then just left it again.
So I tried feeding her a saucy beef flavored pouch, which I give to her about 5 times a month, usually after an exceptionally behaved walk, and she wolfed it down as usual.
I am wondering if I need to go to the vet or if she is just picky, but wanted to get some more opinions. Any advice for picky dogs?View Thread
OMG, I am so grateful to find this online. My Shih Tzu woke me up this morning with the most horrible screaming/screaching sounds I've ever heard in my life. I was sound asleep and bolted out of bed. I thought my 3 yr old Japanese Chin (who is a sweetheart) was killing her. Seriously. I picked her up and cuddled her, but she was trembling. I took her outside, she peed, but was still shaking. This was at 4 a.m. Thank you all for posting these comments. I am really scared and (unfortunately) I don't have the money to take her for tests and to see a specialist, but it makes me feel a little better that it has happened to others. Yikes! I am going to keep the window open tonight...... I live in IL. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you. P.S. I feed both my dogs Northwest Naturals Raw Diet, which is grain free, but for treats I give them plain rice cakes. Maybe I shouldn't be doing this? I am SO sad I am not wealthy enough to take her to the Veterinary Clinic. : (View Thread
I have a 4 year old boxer who today was fine one second and then stumbled around and fell down. Very lethargic and panting when not hot or wore out. Had just been standing there. Took to vet. She thought it could possibly be his heart but X ray showed nothing. No other test done. Sent him home and said to watch him and if he did it again to call. What could be the cause of this. He's young so vestibular disease I don't think is an option. He's gone outside since. Run after a squirrel, but then came back panting hard and came inside and laid on couch, then down on the floor by my feet and laid strangely. On his side from shoulders up, but on his back from waist down. Weird. May not have anything to do with it. Any ideas? Has anyone had this happen with their pet? It was so out of the blue afraid to leave him alone. Any help would be appreciated ThanksView Thread
Hi. In my humble opinion, stop giving her table scraps. It is not healthy. NOT that this is the reason for her problem, but it is really is not good. I had a dog who used to vomit ALL the time and no vet could figure out what was wrong. I finally got him healthy after I fed him a grain free diet. (Northwest Naturals, to be specific). It was like a miracle. He never vomited again! The heat can be very deadly, especially the high humidity. I used to have a Peke-a-Poo who almost died because I took him out one day in the 90 degree weather and I ended CARRYING him home because he had heatstroke. I never, ever walked him again in the heat. Good luck......View Thread
Hey there, We are dog sitting a 3 year old sharpei-australian shepherd mix for 2 months. 4 weeks in and she has completely changed. She is typically energetic, ball-crazy and full of life, but in the past 4 days she has been extremely lethargic with appetite loss, difficulty balancing (tripping over her own feet), seeming to fall asleep standing and just really really sad looking. At first she was still eating, drinking, and chasing after her ball, now she isn't doing any of those, and hardly responds when called. Took her to the vet today to see if any illness was present. Everything checked out healthy. They sent us home for the weekend with an anti-nausea shot and Rimadyl. They are hoping that maybe she is sore from some sort of pain and that simulating pain relief will encourage her to get back to her normal self. She ate some rice & egg and drank a little water mixed with chicken broth but now will pant excessively and when she walks she looks half paralyzed! From my research those seem like common side effects for the drug. But she seriously looked like she was on her deathbed! Luckily she is now resting peacefully, but we are so worried she is going to be worse off tomorrow. Her symptoms seem like doggy depression, but at what point do we take it to the next level? How can we be sure there isn't something more serious going on? We are going to do what it takes to keep her well, but we can't even contact her owner who is hiking in spain to see how she wants us to proceed! We love this little pup and we hope she can pull through this! Any advice or thoughts are appreciated! Thank youView Thread
Katharine, our 15 year old full blooded chow has been refusing food for over 3 weeks. I get deli meat sliced for him, rotisserie chicken, rotisserie turkey, today he had meatballs. He has gone as many as 3 days with nothing but water. He is now skin and bones, probably having lost 10 lbs. He was only 47 pounds the last time we went to the vet.(3 wks ago). He has arthritis in his front paw and he tries desperately to walk and it is more like a hop, the cartilage is degenerating. He used to go on mile to 2 mile walks every day which he loved, now he gets in the pool daily and will stay swimming around for up to three hours. There he can be buoyant and his legs paddle around. It is breaking my heart that I cannot get him to eat. The vet said he had never seen a 25 year old chow, that he has outlived his warranty. Blood work was okay.View Thread
Eye drops are generally not able to cure cataracts. Are you managing her diabetes with insulin, or with a low carbohydrate diet? Keeping her blood sugar levels in the normal range is going to do more to promote health in her eyes than any eye drop. If the blood sugar levels are uncontrolled, it makes healing difficult. By the way, even if her sight continues to get worse, most dogs adapt well to blindness because they live by their ears and nose, not as much with their eyes.
Hello. I am just trying to find out why my dog died. It was a french bulldog. He was 3 years old. On Thursday he was fine. On Friday I came back from work and tried to lift him up on the couch. And then he squaked (not sure if this word is correct I want to say that he made a sound like he is in pain). We called our vet and he told us to inject our dog with rapidexon drug that is anti-pain. My grandma did that as she was a nurse. On saturday my dog kind of started to walk harder with his rear legs. I took him to my vet in the afternoon. She injected him some vitamins and also rapidexon again. I asked if it might be a tick bite. She denied as the dog was not vomiting. Suggested that it might be spine inflammation. I was happy that it is nothing serious as my mom was always crazy about ticks. We always gave him anti-tick medicine and tried to avoid high grass. Saturday went by with no other symptoms. On sunday's early morning my mom woke me up and told that something is wrong with our dog. He was breathing really hardly and fast. His tongue was out. His rear legs were out of his control. Paralysed. It was 8 am and on sunday the vet was working from 10 am. We waited 2 hours to get him there. It was worse every minute. He was breathing louder and louder. His rear legs were totally paralysed. I took him to vet and his temperature was very high. She said he is breathing that loud and fast because of fever. I asked her to do all tests that are possible to deny tick bite. She took blood from his nail and from his foot. All tests were negative. She also gave him anti-temperature medicine and asked us to come on Monday when the pet surgeon will be at work and he will to x-ray for my dog's spine. But he was
breathing so fast and loud all other people in the clinic were shocked. But I listened to the vet as she work with dogs every day. Went home. He was breathing hard and loud. And started losing his consciousness. Was unable to sit in one place.. I held him on ground because vet recommended not to let him walk cause it might paralyse his legs for all his life. However his condition was worsening. He started hallucinating and me and my mom though he was dying. I almost started to cry. Then I fastly drove to the vet again with him barely alive. I though he was in coma, cause he just layed on his side and breathed heavily. The vet did not know what to do. She measured his temperature again and it was so high that the thermometer did not show it. We tried cooling him off with ice packets but he was breathing slower and slower with some spasms. She listened to his lungs and there was water in it. His breath was slowing down every minute. And he died. My 3 year old best friend left us. That was the biggest shock in my life. Could you help me understand? Paralysis of rear legs, extremely hard breathing. It looks like tick bite for me, but the tests were negative. And why was it so fast? From some pain in his legs on friday afternoon to death in sunday afternoon... Thanks for your help.View Thread
my sisters two month old pitbull has loose stools and eating less..my mom and sis don't know what to do or what is wrong with her.. shes still playful and everything is normal except the two things above can anyone help me?View Thread
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