Hi there, A doggie would get very dehydrated if they didn't drink to keep up with their urination but sometimes they don't seem to drink enough. Diabetes would be a good thought but juvenile diabetes is rare in the dog. We should check a urine sample at the veterinarian and perhaps some blood work so see if there might be something, say liver disease, causing the seizures and urinating more. Do not restrict her water intake...and sounds like you are worried she is not drinking enough. Hope you are able to find out what she has, Dr. SandyView Thread
You are doing the right thing by taking the product back and having your veterinarian report it to the manufacturer. Any medication can have side effects but consumer feedback such as yours are important to make sure we are not encountering a more significant side effect. Our industry partners/drug companies carefully monitor these adverse effects. And your veterinarians should make sure your doxie is back to health. Dr. SandyView Thread
Hi there, You ask a good question. All veterinarians, family veterinarians and specialists, should provide you with an estimate wherein they detail what procedures and tests they would like to do and the costs.....so that you can have an honest discussion regarding prices for value received and so that there are no surprises at the end. Specialists do run a bit more, tho. and you are paying for their expertise. And the $300 you paid for office call, anesthesia, procedure, overnight stay and blood work was incredibly inexpensive, ie. really??? Anesthesia and surgery is not always the same everywhere: what anesthesia agents were used, how was the patient monitored, were there pain medications? Thus always ask up front so you can ask the questions you are asking here. We as veterinarians don't mind: this is important information. Ask the dermatologist to itemize your past work there so you can feel comfortable in working with them. Sounds like you are headed to finding out what is wrong, ie what the growth is. Thanks for taking such good care of your westie. Dr. SandyView Thread
I agree that it does seem like her anal glands need to be checking and if they are small and empty, perhaps a rectal exam might be in order. But those small glands hear the bottom do get full and irritated, and they can get infected and turn into a real mess. So I would consult your veterinarian and ask them about your learning how to express them. Dr. SandyView Thread
It appears that you are working closely with your veterinarian. I agree with your veterinarian that it may not be heart related but sometimes subtle changes that might result in signs are not seen on xrays. I am not thinking simple aging....sounds like it came on too fast. Does the cardiologist work with other specialists such as internists? Perhaps a second opinion by the cardiologist and if the heart really looks okay, and follow up exam by an internist. I have all the confidence in your veterinarian but we are all missing something. You know your doggie and he seems different. Dr. SandyView Thread
I always like to start with a good physical exam by a veterinarian and perhaps some blood work to make sure there is not a medical reason for your doggie's anxiety. 9 Years old isn't old but it is middle aged and we need to make sure the anxiety doesn't have a cause. Then perhaps working with your veterinarian or a behavior specialist, in identifying when your doggie is anxious and how to calm them down. Finding what is the problem can take some time but is well worth comfort for your Lhaso and yourself. Sorry, but I am not sure calming drops will work as you mentioned and without knowing what the problem is, difficult to tell you how best to address it. However depending on where you live their are veterinary behaviorists available to work as a team with you and your veterinarian. Dr. SandyView Thread
It appears like your veterinarian and you are trying to find out what is wrong, but it is something less easy to determine. Is his liver functioning okay? Some dogs are born without normal liver function. No chance for an endocrine disease like Addison's? Possible foreign object in his stomach that is very subtle? It seems like the problem is more complex. You might consider having your veterinarian talk to a small animal internist, perhaps one working for the laboratory they use for blood work, or one working in town to see what other testing might be done. We are missing something, but that happens when the problems are subtle. Keep working with your veterinarian. Dr. SandyView Thread
Dogs that are diabetic require insulin. Diet helps but unlike in the cat, they are insulin dependent. Have you explored options such as Care Credit? Diabetes is unfortunately a somewhat expensive disease to treat due to the monitoring of blood sugars although many veterinarians have owners check blood sugars on their dogs at home and consult with them on insulin dose changes. I have seen a few dogs do okay for a short period of time without treatment with insulin, drinking and urinating a lot but they can progress to being sick and not eating. You might try a veterinarian in your area that does holistic work for other options. Dr. SandyView Thread
Thank you for writing in. I am not sure what you are describing, although you have down a very good job of letting us know that the eye is otherwise okay. I would have expected some irritation of the cornea with the cleaning solution and you would have seen that two years ago. But going into see your veterinarian is important as you are concerned, and to make sure it is not some type of growth. It may just be a pigment change. Let us know what you find out. Given that your kitty;s eyes are normal otherwise, I think you can wait until your veterinarian returns unless the green eyes change. Your veterinarian may suggest working with a veterinary ophthalmologist, another option these days. Dr. SandyView Thread
Hi, Thank you for sending in the pictures. The other responded mentioned ketoconazole and although I think it is important to find out what is wrong before treating, there are some conditions such as your dogs that involve yeast or malassesia, for which the treatment is ketoconazole. As your veterinarian about doing some skin scrapings looking for mites and cytology looking for yeast. IT may not be a bacterial infection. And yeast do smell badly. This is something that your veterinarian should do but we do have dermatology specialists that help out our family veterinarians in many areas. But ask your veterinarian about looking for yeast and mites. And you could also check a thyroid level to make sure there is not an underlying hypothyroidism, or low thyroid. Dr. SandyView Thread
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