The food could have oxidized, which is harmless, but I can still understand your concern. You may want to call the manufacturer and ask them about it. I've found they are usually pretty open to questions. Sometimes food dyes can change with exposure to the air, and it sounds like this happened here.View Thread
Any new bedding or cloth that she's been lying on? Any new cleaning products in the home? Do you have fleas in your yard? If you do, sprinkling diatomaceous earth in your yard can help kill them. By the way, I think pugs and pug mixes are ADORABLE. I'll bet she's cute!View Thread
In animals, just as in humans, sometimes thyroid medications might not work as effectively as they should. It seems odd that she developed the hypothyroid after she was spayed, but it could have just been a preexisting issue that raised its ugly head at the same time.
Difficulty losing weight is classic for people and animals with low thyroid. If her blood work is good but she's still gaining weight, and she's not eating too much, it might be that the particular thyroid med is not working right. Sometimes more bioidentical hormones, that is, non synthetics, might do a better job. Not all medical professionals will admit this.
As stated in the TOS, I'm not really giving medical advice, just bringing up things you could research or talk to your vet about.View Thread
A vet visit is in order. Can your dog keep anything down? If not, there may be some type of a blockage. Try to get some nutrition in, maybe some sloppy soaked dog food or perhaps some salt free broth. And try the vet. Good luck!View Thread
If blindness will be his main problem, I wouldn't put him down. As mentioned in the other post, dogs can live very happy lives even if they are blind. Dogs live much more by their noses and ears, after all. It's going to come down to quality of life, and pain or discomfort, or mobility issues, will factor much more in that than eyesight.View Thread
Dogs can lead fairly happy, fulfilled lives even if they are blind because they aren't as dependend on their sight as other animals. Cataracts are usually not reversable without surgery.
So the best thing you can do to improve her life is to keep her diabetes under control - lower carb dog food, exercise, and work with your vet. She'll probably get better and better about getting around.View Thread
Possibly ask your vet for some of the new synthetic opiates available for cats. There are a few pain medications for cats now, which is wonderful because cats are notoriously sensitive to that kind of thing. Good for you, keeping him going for twenty years! My middle aged cat loves her Cosequin and I love the effect.View Thread
Darn that autocomplete! I feel for you. I am not sure what the right dose of Tramadol is for dogs. It would help if we knew the strength of the tablet. I'd suggest asking the Humane Society for advice, perhaps they know a low cost vet clinic you could go to.View Thread
Hm... walk him on concrete? Maybe some obedience training so he respects you? That would help both with his paws and with getting him to a groomer. Also, try handling his paws every day, then giving him a treat. Don't do anything, just handle them. After a while he will associate that with getting a treat. Gradually step it up. Once he's comfortable with being handled, clip one toenail a bit then give him a treat. You may be able to get him comfortable with this. It's best if you start when the dog is a pup, but it can be started at any time.View Thread
Sorry you are having so much trouble with the text feature on your phone, those can be a pain. Anyway, to answer your question, you should not feed your dog people food in general. It's usually too rich, it can have things in it that aren't good for dogs, and the dogs often prefer it to their own healthy food. of course, it depends a lot on what you have been feeding the dog.
Do you know if your dog got into anything bad before he started feeling sick?
If you don't have money for a vet, that can be difficult to overcome, particularly these days. You might want to ask the local Humane Society for referrals. In the mean time, keep his diet light and not very rich (like chicken and rice, that kind of thing) and make sure he drinks. Unsalted broth can be good.View Thread
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