Cats can get allergies, and anything with a nose might sneeze if there's a bit extra dust, especially new attic dust. Keep in mind that your kitty is on the floor, where it's dustier, and is probably sniffing all the new stuff. I wouldn't be worried unless the nose gets really stuffy and the mucus gets extreme. She's probably breathing through her mouth because her nose is stuffy. My calico does the same thing.View Thread
Not sure about interactions because I'm not a pharmacist, but I've had really good luck with Cosequin. There is a version of that for dogs and you can get it on Amazon and other places for a fairly reasonable price. My eight year old cat who had a broken leg in kittenhood, and ongoing stiffness and tenderness in the joint, started frisking around within about a month of starting it.View Thread
What treatment is going to reverse a cataract? I'm curious to know if there is a non surgical way of preventing further damage. Perhaps some sort of nutrition therapy? I know that can (not always, I know) help in people.View Thread
I don't think milessmith understands that cataracts are a condition that doesn't get better without surgery. It's no reflection on your fitness as a dog owner. The fact that your Shih tsu has gotten to the age that they have, is a testement to your caring, and proves that you are actually a very good dog owner.
That aside, cataracts may not be preventable, except by nutritional support such as vitamins. Your vet can help and you can look at dog nutrition resources. That will help your dog live as long, and as happily, as possible.View Thread
Wiener dogs can be really stubborn, and it sounds like he's figured out he can get away with his behavior. Does he do this when she's not in heat? Sounds like he's being strong willed and thinks he's boss, so an obedience refresher cousre might be in order.View Thread
A stool softener isn't going to soften rawhide, it would only soften normal stool. Homeopathic remedies will not work because of how they are made. Your problem here isn't hard stool, it's a foreign object in the bowel. If she jsut ate it, you might have had some luck with forcing her to vomit, but by the time you read this, that isn't an option. I'm responding mostly to help others who have the same question.
Your best vet is a vet visit, possible surgery, and why are you still giving her rawhide toys if you know she eats them? As you know, they can be deadly for this very reason. I really hope your pup gets better.View Thread
Grasshoppers aren't likely to cause the diarrhea and vomiting... as far as why he eats them, it's because they are tasty, full of protein, and they jump. Does he eat grass along with the hoppers? Sometimes cats and dogs do that when they have digestive upset. Perhaps try a different food if you think his nutritional needs might not be met?View Thread