Nicely done, Stephanie. Sounds like a concerned and curious friend. Additionally, I add cranberry extracts to all my chronic UTI/urethral obstruction cases. Good luck to this kitty! Dr. ErnieView Thread
No doubt on this one - see your vet ASAP! If you're not receiving the care you need, ask your neighbors for their advice on choosing a veterinarian. My advice is contact your vet, tell them the situation and get her seen today. Good luck. Dr. ErnieView Thread
Flatulence, as it's referred to by us medical folk when we're trying to be polite, is common in pets and people. Most likely your baby is responding to a change in diet, especially carb and fiber sources.Many times the flatulence will lessen as teh gut bacteria become accustomed to the new nutrients. Then again, there are some dogs that are just plain smelly! Bottom line, if you're feeding your pet a high-quality diet and he's acting normally otherwise, no worries. If you're feeding a cheaper food, this may be a signal that digestibility is an issue or the food may be too rich in fats. Good luck and here's to deodorizer!View Thread
Great response Annie! UTI's are much more common in older cats. Ask your vet to perform a urine culture (we can do them in 24 hours!) to verify that an infection is teh cause of your baby's problem as opposed to inflammation (sterile or interstitial cystitis), stones or crystals or even behavioral issues. Good luck! Dr. ErnieView Thread
Dog or cat? Regardless, whenever a pet is in pain, I advise you to seek help. Everything you've written points to infection at the least. Do your baby a favor and see your vet ASAP! Best, Dr. ErnieView Thread
Ask your vet if your pet has pyoderma, folliculitis, furunculosis, dermatophytosis, or Demodicosis. Atopy and even hormonal conditions such as Cushing's disease should also be on your list of differentials. Good luck! Dr. ErnieView Thread
In addition to the other replies, keep in mind that if a pet is exhibiting limping or stiffness - they REALLY hurt! The goal is to intervene before arthritis becomes fulminate. If you can have your pet's arthritis diagnosed early in the course, simple lifestyle (more walking! swimming!) and dietary changes (glucosamine/chondroitin and omega-3 fatty acids) may help slow the progression of clinical disease.
If you even suspect a problem, have it checked out. I always say,"Subtle can be significant." Good luck! Dr. ErnieView Thread
Limping Jack! We can't have that! Have your vet check her knees very carefully. Potential causes include cruciate ligament injury, luxating patella, meniscal injury, etc.
Most smaller dogs can do well with medical treatment alone. Don't forget to ask your vet about using omega-3 fatty acids (Welactin) and glucosamine-chondroitin (Dasuquin) if there's any joint issue. Also, make sure your JRT is slim; excess weight is a common cause of joint injuries in the breed.