How distressing! It sounds as though you and your veterinarian have done a marvelous job of ruling out so many conditions but alas your 'pup' is still not doing well. I would suggest that you discuss the possibility of having an abdominal ultrasound performed to rule out medical conditions that would not be detected with the previous diagnositics. Ultrasounds allow the doctor to look into the stomach, intestines and internal organs....looking for polyps, cancer etc. You may also need to discuss being referred to a board certified veterinary internist for a second opinion. I hope this helps... Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
This is one of the times when a picture is priceless.....it is not uncommon for a surgery site to be mildly swollen for several days after the procedure. If the pet is scratching at the area, is overly active, develops an infection or a buildup of fluid or blood pocket at the site, this could be the source of the swelling. I would strongly recommend that you make an appointment to have the area checked by your primary care veterinarian. Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
Lorri, Sorry for the delay in answering your question. Hopefully by this time the mass in the neck has resolved. I would agree with your veterinarian that it would be unlikely that the ingestion of the medication led to the swelling. I would have to wonder about an abscess, insect bite or other possible cause. If the lump is still present, your veterinarian may need to insert a needle into the mass, suck out some of the cells (a fine needle aspirate) and have the cells analyzed by a pathologist. You did the correct thing to get your pup to your veterinarian for immedicate attention. Keep the number of a pet poison help line by the phone. One that I recommend is "Pet Poison Helpline" at 800-213-6680. Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
Sorry to hear of your Rottie's dilemma. There should be no contraindication for the use of these two treatments at the same time. Tramadol is for pain control. The Adequan is an injection meant to decrease inflammation in the joint...acting almost like synthetic joint fluid. More information can be obtained by referring to the VeterinaryPartners.com website http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=1800
Tramadol and Adequan will not 'cure' the torn ligament but will hopefully make the pet more comfortable.
Puppies are often born with internal parasites. Many of them they can contract when they are still in the uterus or from mother's milk. The worms need to be at a particular stage in their life cycle in order to be passed in the stool or vomit. They also have to be of an age to respond to the deworming medication. In my practice, every time a pup is vaccinated, we precautionarily deworm the pet. This may result in 3 to 4 dewormings every 3 to 4 weeks. I would recommend that you take a fresh stool sample to your veterinarian for analysis. Be sure to pick up the stool at least once daily to deter the pet from reinfecting itself. Also follows mom's recommendations....wash your hands with soap and water after playing with the pet and especially after cleaning up the poop. For more information go to http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=560 Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
One of the most frustrating conditions I treat is unresponsive diarrhea. It sounds as though you and your veterinarian are doing a fabulous job of trying to get to the bottom of this issue. Repeat fecal anaylysis, trials with novel protein diets (take to your veterinarian about what constitutes this type of a diet...no treats or snacks when you are using this approach for at least 4 weeks) and/or a referral to a board certified veterinary internist with abdominal ultrasounds, endoscopy and intestinal biopsies may be needed. I wish I could give you a simple, straightforward answer but alas you have ruled out the easy problems at this point. I hope this helps.... Dr. BernadineView Thread
This must be so distressing to observe. What you are describing could be a form of seizures. Seizures can be due briefly to issues inside of the head or out. Liver problems, kidney issues, heart conditions and even toxins can cause a seizure. From the history, I would suspect an issue inside of the brain. One of the most common causes of a seizure is idiopathic. This sounds like idiot....becasue even with all of the advanced diagnositic equipment available to veterinarians, we can't always find the cause of the problem. A seizure can be very mild...a pet seems to lose focus to what we more commonly associate with convulsions...falling over, urinating, defecating and possibly vocalizing. We can honestly say that seizures are not painful because people do not report pain or discomfort when they experience them. I would strongly recommend that you consult with your primary care veterinarian. A general physical exam, blood panel and urinalysis would be a good starting point. Medications are often used depending on the severity and frequency of the occurences. I hope this information was of assistance. You can learn more about seizure by going to http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=560
Bowie...what you saw may have been a maggot. With summer temperatures, flies will lay their eggs on stool and over time they emerge as fat, small, mobile, cream colored critters. You mentioned that you found them on the inside of the stool...this is a bit unusual. I would recommend that you take a fresh stool sample to your veterinarian for analysis. There are several internal parasites that are transmissible to people. The best way to safeguard your family is to pick up the stool daily...keep your pet on a monthly internal parasite preventive and have at least once yearly wellness examinations....and oh yes, follow mom's advice...wash your hands after playing with the pets, especially before eating. Hope this helps to put your mind at ease... Dr. BernadineView Thread
Sounds like your pup has a great life of being able to run around and get a lot of exercise. Yes, it may be allergies and as with people, there are a myriad of antihistamines because one doesn't work for everyone. I would hope that you are giving an apppropriate amount for your dog's weight. Too many folks will under or over dose thinking that they are little people. The best person to assist you in determining the correct dose and the appropriate medication is your primary care veterinarian. It is also possible that she may have inhaled a plant awn (weed) that is irritating her nasal passages. This can be very serious because pets can inhale these plant pieces into their lungs. Please make an appointment to have your pet examined ASAP.
Wishing you a speedy resolution.... Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
Cat urine is not the best smellig liquid in the world but I would wonder if this is something new or if this has been a long standing issue. The safest thing to do is to have a good wellness exam for your cat...one that includes a blood and urine examination. If your cat is an indoor cat, I would question you as to how often you clean out your cat box. Open boxes are best...ones that are cleaned out at least once daily is optimal. Try to observe if your cat is drinking more or less water and let your Dr. know. I sincerely don't think that diet is the answer to the stinky pee.