Jenny, I am so sorry to learn of your pup's condition. Thankfully you were able to determine the source of his discomfort and seek appropriate medical therapy. Your primary care veterinarian can give you guidance on the suspected rate of disease progression when the follow up and examination and radiographs are taken in a few months.
The antiinflammatory medication will ease the discomfort. The supplements will allow the cartilage that is covering the joints to remain as healthy as possible as long as possible. Instability in the joint and the conformation along with your pup's weight also need to be taken into account. Keep your pup on the light side. Excessive weight mechanically puts a tremendous amount of stress on the joints. Fat also produces a large number of chemicals that are inflame the joints.
Besides a total hip replacement, other treatment options include accupuncture, stem cell therapy (go to http://www.vet-stem.com ) and injectable medications such as polysulfated glycoaminoglycans (a substance that simplicity makes the joint fluid slicker and a improves its lubricating properties).
What a wonderful person you are for adopting this little kid. I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a bit of arthritis secondary to the pelvic fracture that periodically acts up. The glucosamine/chondrotin sulfate are building blocks of the cartliage in the joints and can assist with improved mobility and the maintanence of healthy joints. If your pet is in discomfort, a veterinary prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory would be more effective. You would need to give 1/7th of a tablet of the Osteo Bi Flex for your little min pin. Try going to your veterinarian and purchasing a joint supplement specially formulated for a small dog like yours and have a thorough physical exam to diagnose what is causing your dog's issues.
Hopefully by this time your dog is running around on all 4 legs. Even for a veterinarian personally examining a pet, it can be difficult to determine the cause of a lameness...it may be a broken toe, it could be a damaged ligament in the leg or an arthritis issue that is flairig up. I would not suggest giving your pet over the counter human pain relief medication...they can be toxic to pets. If your dog is still favoring the leg, tell your friends and family rather than giving you gifts for the holidays, you would appreicate them assisting you in any fees associated with a visit to your veterinarian. Best of luck.View Thread
Dear Greeneyedglow, Hope your eyes are glowing red from lack of sleep and this episode has not repeated itself since you posted this note. From your description I can't give you a definitive diagnosis but several concerns come to mind. If this only happened that one time, we may never find the cause. If it continues, I would strongly recommend that you seek medical attention and a hands on physical. Pets can have a condition known as a reverse sneeze...post nasal drip can be the cause. An upset stomach/nausea can result in a pet licking the air as well as seizures. As you can see, the possibilities run the gamut. Please make an appointment with your veterinarian if you continue to see these signs. Best of luck....View Thread
Some noises can just drive us batty...licking is definitely one of them. Suspecting that your dog may have an allergic component to the paw licking is definitely logical. There are times when a trial of different antihistamines are needed ... what works for one pet may not be effective for another. It is also important that the appropriate dose and given at the prescribed frequency is adhered to or else you are setting yourself and the pet up for treatment failure.
Besides allergies, the pet could have a fungal infection secondary to the licking and anthistamines are not going to fix that problem. It is also possible that your pet has a problem with a joint (arthritis) and is licking the paws/joints because of pain. As you can see, there are several possible scenarios as to why your pet is licking its paws. Even a seizure disorder has to be considered since you mentioned it is licking the air.
I would strongly recommend that you make an appointment for your Pug to be examined by your veterinarian and follow his/her recommendations for care.
You are a very caring person to adopt and care for this senior pet, especially with all of her issues.
Please do not give your dog aspirin without your veterinarian's direct supervision. It can be toxic. There are medications that can assist the heart in working as efficiently as possible as long as possible but they need to be closely monitored and prescribed on a very individual basis. A cardiac workup is best...not just the determination of a murmur. An EKG, chest x-ray, blood pressure monitoring and possibly an ultrasound of the heart may be needed.
I know this sounds like a major investment in a dog that you didn't even want and it is. You and your veterinarian need to decide together what is best for you and your new dog.
You may decide to keep her comfortable until such time as the quality of her life no longer is acceptable.
Just like people, some dogs are home bodies. Your attempts to slowly entice your dog outside and make it a positive experience is perfect. Keep up your efforts. While on your walks, ask folks you meet to offer your dog a special treat and have this be the only time he gets a treat. He should then associate walks with people and treats!
Be sure that your pet is in good health and doesn't have any joint issues that may make it uncomfortable for your dog to go for a walk...if you CKC has not had a thorough physical exam, this would be a perfect reason to have him checked out.View Thread
It sounds as though you and your dog have had a very close relationship that is now being challenged by the presence of your husband and his dogs. You are correct. Being a heeler can make him genetically try to corral and herd the other dogs.
It sounds as though your dog may be jealous of your relationship with your husband. Having the dog sleep on the floor or in a kennel would be a good first step. Try having your husband be the only one to feed your dog...husband equals food which boosts the fondness level. Don't put yourself or your spouse in harms way. Let the dog know that when he behaves in a less than friendly manner that it is unacceptable. Rather than stress the negative, every time he is friendly towards your husband praise her and reward her.
I am concerned that the change in behavior may indicate an underlying medical issue...are her ears bothersome,,,does she have a bad tooth? Please make an appointment to have her examined by your veterinarian. If all checks out normally, she may need the services of a board certified veterinary behaviorist.
It is awesome that you adopted two kittens but alas, your senior cat may never agree with you. Not pushing the issue is important. It may take weeks, months or never for her whiskers to get 'unbent'. If she prefers to have her own private suite in the home, your bedroom, perfect. She should have a litter box, food and water all available to her in that room. Let her roam the house as she desires but don't force her. You and the family can give her extra loving in your bedroom. It is important that the kittens are kept current on their vaccinations so as not to introduce potential diseases to your resident senior cat. A homeopathic product I will occassionally use is Bach Rescue Remedy. They have a liquid form that can be found at health food stores and on line. I have applied a few drops to the inside of their ears 2 to 3 times a day for a week or so. It is calming without being sedating...yes, it does get absorbed through the skin of the ears. Be patient...continue to show your resident kitty that she is well loved and give it some more time. Best of luck....View Thread
What a perplexing situation. Would have to wonder if something happened while he was in the run that severely frightened him and now he relates that terror to the run. I would first be sure that there are no covert medical conditions that may be contributing to the situation...take him to your veterinarian for a thorough physical exam and possibly some blood and urine testing. If the results are normal, you could try mounting a video recording device outside the run to monitor what sets him off, how soon it occurs after his is placed in the run and the interaction with the other dog. He may need some calming medications and/or a consult with a board certified veterinary behaviorist. I hope this helps. I would recommend that you seek professional attention soon before this poor boy hurts himself further.View Thread