Hi, Chocolate is toxic particularly baker's chocolate. Milk chocolate has less, dark chocolate in between. You may wish to see how much your little dog ate, and of what type, and call your veterinarian for their advice, just to make sure. You can always make an appointment as well but at least call them with the information. Thanks for being so cautious. Dr. SandyView Thread
Older pets can more diseases than younger pets, but old age alone is not a disease. "He/she is just old" is not a reason for an older pet not acting normally.
See your veterinarian and find out why your pet is not feeling right...because there are so many problems that we can treat.
And by the way, after the age of 7-10 years of age, schedule a senior wellness visit with your veterinarian when your pet is healthy to have a general physcial exam, blood work run, urinarlysis, etc. to make sure your pet is healthy inside and out. So many diseases, kidney, thyroid, liver, endocrine, cancer, etc when identified early can be managed or even cured with the result that your pet lives a longer, healthier, happier life.
The CATalyst Council is reaching out to all parties - the pet healthcare community, shelter and welfare organizations, government, commercial groups, and the public - to ensure that cats receive the proper care and attention they need and deserve.
The Catalyst Council is made of up veterinary professionals, industry leaders, individuals from shelter/humane organizations all focussed on the cat.
They have a great resource for cat owners; CATegorical Care: An owner's guide to America's #1 Companion. You can download it for free from the website.
Tell your veterinarian about this website because there are some materials they can order for their practice to promote cats and cat health care.View Thread
Great question. I think actually dogs seem to get bit more so than cats but reactions would be common in either. Most are simply local reactions that can include swelling (sometimes the whole face because oftentimes it is around the nose where the sting occurs), redness and pain. Sometimes we as owners don't see anything. A cold compress might be helpful but generally tincture of time helps. If you are worried, I would see your veterinarian and they might provide an antihistamine, somtimes even a steroids. However, severe systemic reactions can occur (generally within 10 minutes) that would show up as vomiting/diarrhea and difficulty breathing. That is an emergency situation and the pet should be brought to a vet asap. Sometime there are very delayed reactions and if you pet is sick a few days after a sting with any signs, see your veterinarian. If you are in an area with lots of stinging bugs, talk to your vet about preventative measures. I would not give your pet benadryl without first okay it (including dose) with your vet. Great spring question.View Thread
I just conducted a seminar and hands-on demonstration on diagnosis of fecal parasites to veterinarians and technicians. An excellent website for pet owners on parasite control for their dogs and cats, including a great FAQ section is: www.petsandparasites.org Whether your pet is healthy and in for it's yearly exam, or your pet has a medical condition, a fecal examination and possible de-worming may play an important role in the process. There is also a great section on zoonotic diseases (ones that people can get from their pets) which helps to dispel some misinformation.View Thread
Veterinarians are paying more attention to gastrointestinal parasites in pet health and disease. Whether your dog or kitty is healthy and just coming in to the veterinarian for an annual exam, or whether it is sick, particularly with signs of vomiting or diarrhea, collect a debris-free fecal sample in a clean cup or baggie and bring it in. Also, veterinarians often collect urine samples to diagnose urinary problems such as bladder infections, bladder stones, and kidney disease. Oftentimes dogs will urinate right before entering the clinic and there is no sample to be had. It may really be helpful to bring a clean, mid stream catch urine sample along (again in a clear cup with a lid). Your veterinarian will be totally suprised that you thought of this. It may not be a sterile sample for culture, and we may need to get a sterile sample later, but it will be very helpful for crystals, pH, concentration, etc. We will cover urine sample in the cat in another tip. CheersView Thread
Dogs don't read our veterianry books; they are so busy running and playing with their wonderful owners. Cats, well, cats are on the internet while we are away at work or sleeping and gain the knowledge to completely confuse the veterinarian with very unusual signs of disease!! LOLView Thread