Hypothyroidism is the most common hormone disorder we see in dogs and is commonly seen with liver disease. Typically, dogs require lifetime treatment with thyroid medications. The thyroid medication is given at a dosage to replace the body's normal production of thryoid hormone which has become inadequate. Replacement of the deficient hormone would not be expected to affect the liver and in fact, hypothyroid dogs often have elevated liver tests which improve when the medication is administered. If your dog has elevated liver tests, despite treatment with thyroid hormone, your veterinarian may now suspect liver disease. You might want to discuss with your veterinarian what tests are recommended to confirm a diagnosis of liver disease in your dog.
Dear KaylahNC This is a very bizarre occurence that I don't think I have ever heard of in a dog getting Benadryl. She needs to see the vet immediately and lets hope it is just her sniffer not working after anesthesia and not something more serious. Ann HohenhausView Thread
The switch from kitten to adult food should occur around 9-12 months. Be sure to switch gradually ( over a couple of weeks) as abrupt diet changes can provoke some stomach upset or put your cat on a hunger strike.
Keep in mind about the time your cat is neutered (or spayed) his/her calorie requirement drop since the body is shifting from being a teenage to an adult. Also neutering (and spaying) decrease the calorie requirements event further. Check with your vet and monitor your cat's weight, but cats may need a 25-30% decrease in calorie consumption to maintain ideal body condition. Ann HohenhausView Thread
Smelly urine might be an indication of an infection in the bladder. I agree, most 6-8 month old dogs can make it through the night - but if she has an infection she might not be able to hold her urine as long. I suggest a trip to the veterinarian for an evaluation.
Dear Cahill- In veterinary school I learned a red eye has 3 major causes - an ulcer in the cornea, glaucoma or conjunctivitis. (There are others, but they are less common.) A veterinarian can't tell the difference betweent the 3 without an examination of the eyes and a couple eye tests which can be done in the office. Hope you can get your Lab in to see your vet today as the eye sounds very uncomfortable.
Lbaby38- Without seeing your cat I can't be sure, but this might be feline hyperesthesia syndrome. You Tube has videos of this disorder. Try and video your cat and take it with you to your veterinarian to help in the diagnosis.
Dear Survivor4ever- JRT's often have a very long life - I currently have a 15 1/2 year old JRT and her brother made it to 15. Research has show JRTs are some of the longest lived of the breeds. Hope Harley does as well. Your veterinarian is the best judge of Harley's need for a senior food. she may know of just the right food with fiber and the senior food formulation.