The only way to know for sure how well the leg is healing is to get x-rays taken. Depending on where the fractures were, the leg might heal well with just a splint, but if not properly immobleized, it might not heal at well. Young dogs heal relatively fast so by 4 weeks the x-ray will show if it is well on the way to healing or if there may be problems coming. I hope thing go well.View Thread
Toy poodles and other small dogs are known for what is affectionately known as "muck mouth" because they develop dental tartar so quickly. For many, twice a year dentals are the only way to keep them healthy. Dental disease is the primary cause of bad breath. It definitely sounds like it is time for your veterinarian to do a dental.
Licking is common for many dogs. It is actually a sign that the dog respects you because that is exactly what puppies (and wolf cubs) do toward their mothers. Getting them to stop is difficult but with patience you can teach them "no lick" to use most of the time, and set specific situations (such as when you sit on the floor) that it is acceptable for them to lick you. You can't stop the behavior completely, but you can control it a lot.
Thanks for asking and being concerned. It sounds like your dog may actually have a couple of problems.
First the itching. The steroid shot is generally not a good idea, at least if done more than one time. It can relieve the signs of many allergies-so you dog seemed better. That is what makes we think there might be an allergy as part of the problem. If it is, you need to find out what kind is most likely and try an antihistamine like Benadryl instead to see if it will help or if there are other non-steroid things you can do. Start a diary to see if there are better days or not and do a comparison of what pollens are common during the time of the worst reactions. That will start to give you a clue if this is a seasonal problem or a year around one.
Second the eyes. Entropion causes the eyelashes to rub on the surface of the eye and that can cause irritation and even ulcers. Mild cases may not need surgery but more severe ones do. The steroid may have made the dog feel better but and minimize the infolding some (this tends to increase with irritation and look worse than it really is).
Tough decisions and no one is wrong. There are a couple of things that owners typically don't know about surgery and chemotherapy. Limb amputation of most dogs is not a big deal relative to their quality of life as long as the other limbs are healthy (no osteoarthritis). These dogs get around, up and down, just fine. The other thing is that chemotherapy is not nearly as hard on the dog as it is on a person. They don't lose their hair and get nauseated like we do.
Mast cell tumors can cause a dog to go shocky if not removed. They can also cause the stomach to ulcerate because of histamine release in both cases. A dog that is not treated needs to be on lifetime medication of an antihistamine like Benadryl and stomach protectant like Pepcid AC. Both of these can have side effects too when used that long.
It sounds like the people working with you are giving excellent advice. That doesn't make your decisions any easier but at least you have a great medical team whichever way you go. Good luck.View Thread
Every dog responds a little differently, but there are gradual changes beginning in a few days. Some owners report dramatic changes. Most feel the changes come more gradually, but when they think back over the month, the dog really is acting a lot different. You have enough changes (sleepy, weight gain, cold) that I think you will see deffinite changes, even in a few weeks.View Thread
How distressing! It sounds like your veterinarian is taking excellent care of your little dog and looking for all the types of things that should be looked for. There are times when we just can not find causes of things and there is no way that we, reading your plight, can guess about the cause. Hopefully your veterinarian will find something soon or that your dog will respond to the treatment he is getting. Sorry I can't help, but your veterinarian is doing a good job of trying.View Thread
Great topic Annie, and no magic answers here. There are some considerations that should be make, however.
The first is "do I really want to deal with the disruptions of a new pet right now?" Transitions are never easy, whether it is a pet or baby. There is an adjustment time. Is it fair to the new pet to just get adjusted to its new family and then suddenly have a baby to disrupt the schedule again, or vice versa if the pet comes second. This is often an answer the wife will have to make because in most households, she is the one who ends up taking care of both baby and pet.
How safe is the pet/baby from each other? Initially when the baby is relatively confined to a crib/playpen and human arms, safety between the two is not a big issue. When the child gets mobile then it can access the dog/cat and the pet can get to the child, so constant supervision is a MUST.
There are a few health considerations to keep in mind too. During pregnancy, it is ideal if the pregnant woman does not have to be the one cleaning the litter box. Toxoplasmosis is usually gotten from undercooked meat but in rare situations it can be gotten from infected cat feces (litter box or gardening). Dogs and cats can carry intestinal parasites that on rare occasions can infect people too.
If you already have a pet, remember to only allow baby/pet interactions under supervision. Do NOT do the standard photo pose of child propped against the dog/cat. In most of the pictures it is obvious the dog/cat is NOT happy and really wants to get away. That is just asking for a bite/scratch to occur. Instead of banning the dog when the baby is near, make that the time of primary interaction. Talk to the dog, drop tiny food treats too so the dog really wants the child around because that is when good things happen. Then be particularly careful when the baby starts crawling and walking because it can not get to the dog/cat and pull hair or tail, polk eyes, and generally do things the dog doesn't like.
Parents with pets and children have an obligation to protect both the child and pet. Both can bring great joy so if you really like both, I say enjoy them both.View Thread
Thanks for asking. There are several things that can cause a "hyper" dog and aggression. Dogs can actually have hyperkinesis (typically called ADHD in humans) that will respond to Ritalyn. They can also have hyperactivity which will respond to a tranquilizer like acepromazine. The aggression can be due to frustration associated with the hyper behavior or it could be due to other things all together. On the other hand, the "hyper" behavior can be due to other things like additives in the diet, high protein in the diet, thyroid conditions, and other things. It would probably be worth while seeing a board certified veterinary behaviorist if there is one near you ( www.dacvb.org ) has a list and the location. If no one is close to you, your veterinarian may be familiar with these problems or can consult with the specialist about what to do. I hope this will be helpful.View Thread
First, congratulations on taking such good care of your cat so that he has been able to live 17 years! That is a real tribute to your good care. As for the problem you describe, there are several possibilities. Cats, like dogs, can develop separation anxiety when they are not with a specific person or people in general. Cognitive dysfunction (senility) developes in about 65% of cats that are the age of your cat. Brain studies show that they get amaloid deposits in the brain like people do, but they do not get the neurologic tangles that typify human Alzheimer's. Older animals also have a decreased sensory ability so vision, smell, and hearing aren't as good as in younger kittys. It certainly is possible that it is a combination of more that one thing that can be causing this behavior.View Thread
While there are several things that might be associated with the behavior, your description of the timing of these leads me to think of seizures as the most likely cause. The fact he seems to know they are coming on is typical of a seizure. People generally think of a seizure as the dog falling down and going rigid. That is not always the case. Any part of the brain can be affected and the part affected determines the clinical presentation. It would be helpful to your veterinarian if you can get a video of the behavior as it happens, because, I don't care what behavior is happening, it never occurs when you want someone to see it specifically.
Talk to your veterinarian about the possibility of seizures for their workup to see if s/he thinks anti-seizure medication might be tried. I hope you will find a way to control the problem to give your dog, and you, some relief from the associated anxiety.View Thread