In 2010 the number one pet insurance claim was for allergic skin disease in dogs. I wonder if your dog fits into this category? Since it is a recurrent skin problem you might want to ask your veterinarian if there is a skin specialist for dogs in your area. The veterinary dermatologist might have some special methods of controlling this pesky problem.
toni4187- Sometimes veterinarians prescribe aspirin for dogs, but there are better drugs. First you need to be sure that she has not torn a ligament or developed some injury as a weekend warrior in the mountains, then your veterinarian can help you decide on the best treatment for her. Remember there are diets and treats designed to promote joint health and pain medications developed just for dogs. http://amcny.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/arthritis-in-your-pet/ for more click on this link.
Gulfdawn- Megacolon is a tough disease to manage, but it can be done. It takes a veterinarian willing to coach you through trying different foods, different fiber sources, medications to increase colon movement and maybe recommend surgery. Why don't you ask your veterninarian if there is a small animal internal medicine specialist nearby. These folks specialize in tough problems like mega colon.
Your vet is correct, Labs eat everything. The vomit with screen in it worries me as it is something that could easily get stuck and make Luke very sick. Hopefully a vet office is open now and you can make a beeline there. Let us know how Luke is doing.
NJsweetheart, I have always found it amazing that cats can vomit frequently and still keep eating! You don't say what happens when she eats canned food, but it she doesnt vomit canned food up, could she just eat canned food and eliminate the dry from her diet? Cats can eat a complete diet of canned food (or a complete diet of dry food for that matter) and recieve adquate nutrition.
Dear Colleen- Such a touching story. One thing you said really caught my attention. You asked why someone would chose oncology. I think it choses you. The science behind oncology is fascinating, the cases are challenging (your Mikey is a perfect example) and the experience (from my viewpoint) is rewarding. Oncologist can give hope when people often think there is none and in many cases we can give more quality and quantity of life. I am sorry you didn't get that for Mikey, but am glad you tried and feel like it was worthwhile.
Poor Princess, You can do 2 things to help. First, take her to the veterinarian to make sure she is not getting dehydrated and to see if something should be done to ease the upset stomach. Rock salt is very irritating to the canine gastrointestinal tract. The second thing you can do is replace your rock salt with one of the pet safe ice melt products. In tomorrow's "Tales ffrom the Pet Clinic" I will talk about more winter hazards for pets. http://blogs.webmd.com/pet-tales/ Ann HohenhausView Thread
The reader asks if once a dogs stomach is "tacked" can it still have an emergency. The answer is YES. A bloated, but not twisted stomach can be so large it compromises blood flow and causes shock.
The reader reports a case of bloat managed by restricting acess to "hot" foods. Hot as defined by traditional Chinese medicine. Great theories in that medical system. I am just learning a bit about Chinese medicine but would say if the new diet prevents bloat and is nutritionally complete, great.
The reader also asks if stress, drinking large amounts of water, elevated or not elevated bowls, rawhides and running can precipitate bloat. All have been suggested as causes of bloat, but none proven. If you have instituted one of these interventions and they work, why change?
Finally GasEx - friend or foe. I have been struggling with a patient with recurrent bloat for the past year. He bloated several times on GasEx. What has finally helped is diagnosing inflammatory bowel disease and managing it. This has virtually eliminated the burping, flatuence and periodic abdominal distension and helped him gain back 6 pounds.View Thread