It works slowly, but I've had awesome results with Cosequin. It's a dietary supplement that can be sprinkled on their food or fed in capsule form. It has Glucosamine, Chondroitin and some trace elements, and works to help heal the joints. I've known some pets that didn't respond to it and others who acted like they were years younger. You can buy it at pet stores or on Amazon.View Thread
By the way, while you are looking for vet help, give your dog a little sugar in her water to help keep her energy up, or broth if she will drink it. Are you aware of what might have caused this?View Thread
You are in a tough situation, one I've been in more than once. Sorry you and your dog are having to go through this. The hard fact is, it can be really tough to get any type of veterinary help if you don't have money. My male cat choked to death with Valley Fever because nobody would even consider billing me, they all wanted cash up front. The same thing almost happened to me! Fortunately I lived through it.
Anyway, there are still some places you can check. Ask around at your local shelters to see if there are any low cost or free pet clinics. Sometimes vet hospitals will donate services to shelters so this is a possible way. Ask your vet if you have one for options. They also make a pet version of Care Credit, so you might want to apply for that. Also look online for low income veterinary care because something might turn up.
Depending on why he's itchy, there could be different fixes for this. If he's got a flea allergy, then a flea treatment would help. If he's got another form of allergy (and they can develop later in life) then try a Benadryl or generic diphenhydramine. Check his dog food to see if the manufacturer changed the formula, they do that sometimes. If it's a behavioral thing, try distraction, like a peanut butter filled Kong or extra play time.
Something as small as a toothpick can cause problems, so if you have a vet, X-rays would really be the best. Hopefully he passes it okay. It's unlikely to cause a blockage, and the main danger would be bowel perforation which of course is more likely if the ends were sharp. Watch him to see if it has passed, and if it hasn't or he shows signs or lethargy or fever get him to a vet immediately.View Thread
Careful with the castor oil - if he licks it, it could give him really nasty diarrhea or even poison him. It won't get rid of tumors but the heat could have helped if the lump was a cyst or something similar.View Thread
You always want to be careful around the eye but petroleum jelly shouldn't hurt her if you don't smear it into the eye or anything. It's sticky enough that it won't run. The main thing is to make sure sand and other gunk doesn't get stuck on it.View Thread
Your dog's eye is that bad and the vet won't even advise you about what to do? That's odd. The only thing I can think of is maybe a little petroleum jelly on the eyelid to make her more comfortable and hopefully suffocate the mites. And call the vet back and see if you can get some better advice. That's what they are paid for, isn't it?View Thread
Good thought, but the original poster had already tried steroids which most likely means prednisone. I would have suggested benadryl or its generic, but they also said they had tried all the over the counter medications. The only other thing I would suggest is to check if anything new had happened in the environment just before symptoms began.View Thread
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