I was reading over some of the posts and noticed some posts about their cats with acne.The vet prescribed a shampoo to clean the area with every two days and it helped to clear his chin up. Just be careful not to get this shampoo in the eyes and rinse very well. Hope this helps.View Thread
It was suggested by my dogs groomer to purchase the vectra3 D..After purchasing the product for my Shi-zu it was the biggest mistake i ever made.She was so restless and fidgety that there was several nights i went without sleep.She would walk the floor all night long and wine and cry as though she was hallucinating.View Thread
I never blog or post comments to anything ever but I felt I had to warn people about vectra 3d. I have a 6 yr old 6 lb shipoo and at last vet visit I saw the display for vectra I asked if was better than front line and was advised yes but was never told that people have been reporting side effects. I bought the vectra and applied to my dog and within 4 hours she started having spasms,fidgety,heavy panting , very clingy,trying to bite her back where I put medication,than at times lethargic, did not drink any water within those 4 hrs very unusual for her ,felt feverish. I freaked I started looking online to see if I could find something because was late at night and my vets office was closed. I found plenty of complaints and bad reviews about it thankfully one of the people said when onset of reaction to use joy or dawn dish soap and try to wash off the vectra as much as possible wash 3-4 times and I also gave her Benadryl . I stayed up with her thru out the night because she would not fall asleep all night symptoms persisted morning time came and she still was not eating or drinking but I believed by second dose of Benadryl it was starting to help. I had to keep her hydrated because I did not want her to get to weak and decompensate and not be able to fight allergic reaction so I used a dropper to give her pedialite 3tbs every hour because she would not eat, I did this for 48 hours . It took 72 hours for her to come out of total reaction and be back to herself and eating again. I truly believe if not for her young age and the information I received online about trying to wash off and the Benadryl I believe my dog would have possibly had detrimental effects that would have been possibly catastrophic .please small dog owners don't use this on your pets !!!!!!!!!!View Thread
Red spot all around whole body! I tried many places to cure this problem, and some of them said that caused by flea, some of them told that should be allergy... All these were not helped! Could anyone please help me to cure my sweets ASAP! Thank u very much!View Thread
I have a Bloodhound/Lab mix, she is about four years old now, for the last two years she has been doing this same thing and I am so happy to find this site to know that there are other people with the same problems with their dogs! Not that I am happy your dog has this just someone to share with! When Sadie first started doing this, I was scared to death and didn't know what to do, she would also start licking the carpet! I would put her outside and she would graze the grass like she was a cow and would not get sick, her episodes would also start in the evenings. I went out one evening for a couple of hours and when I came home I couldn't open my front door, it was like something had been jammed up against it! I was finally able to push through it and to my surprise Sadie had eaten and actually swallowed a big piece of my carpet! It was just shredded, the strings were pulled for about two feet down! Luckily for me she threw them up the next morning so no vet was required at emergency prices. When she threw them up it looked like a mop that had been rung out! I took her to the vet and explained the symptoms to him and he said that she was having seizures also! I chose not to put her on the meds at this time as long as they don't get any worse, the problem is if I go somewhere when she has had a couple of seizures the night before I have to go and cut a bunch of grass and put it in the kitchen in a box so she doesn't eat anymore of my carpet! I hope this helps some of you figure out what is going on with your little friends that we all love and I hope your carpets stay in one piece! My vet does agree with the one that wrote in this discussion so I am happy that I kinda know now after all this time that my big old black dogs constant licking has a name!View Thread
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I recently moved out of my family home and left behind my cat. Everyday since I have been gone, my cat his been crying constantly and appears to go through cycles of anxiety and depression. I am unable to take my cat with me to my new home and I do not want him to be unhappy. I live close enough to visit him but I am not sure if that will make the situation better or worse. He was at the vet not too long ago and does not have any health reasons that could be contributing to the problem. How long will it take him to get over this? My other family members play with him and let him sleep in their room (previously he slept in mine). Any suggestions?View Thread
hi ,i have a 4 year old cocker spaniel and out of no where she couldnt walk on her hind legs and then began shaking and advice on what might have caused this? Also we had killed a scorpian right before this happened but if she would have been stung i thought she wouold have cryed ,if anyone can give me any adive i would really appreciate it. Another thing to consider is i live on an island with no vet so is it any thing you think i can do to help her?View Thread
I TRIED EVERYTHING POSS TO RELIEVE THE PAIN AND DRY SKIN ON OUR BELGIN SHEPARD,CHANGED HER FOOD TREATS FISH OILS VET= ALERGY PILLS SHOTS NO HELP SHES A GREAT HEALTHY DOG BUT SUFFERING FROM THIS ISSUE CHEWING ON HER BACK ALWAYS WANTING TO BE SCRATHED WILL PUSH UP ON PEOPLE TILL YOU SCRATCH HER BACK BUT ITS GETTING REAL BAD NOW WITH HER CHEWING HER SELF UP AND CAUSING BAD SORES ON HER WHAT CAN WE DO HOPE THERE IS HELP FOR HER ANY IDEAS WILL BE BETTER THEN NONEView Thread
My litlle pit bull puppy has terrible skin. My vet feels it is a skin allergy, so we changed her to hypoallergenic food. It was also suggested to me that I use a fatty acid supplement in her food. Does anyone have any ideas what I should use?View Thread
Hello there, My puppy is a small breed. She had an episode of shaking and becoming limp in her sleep. I took her to the vet and she had a blood sugar of 28 (it should be 80-100)!!! I was given some nutrical to give her to keep it elevated throughout the day. He also did blood work to check liver problems among other things. I recommend taking your puppy to a vet. Good luck!!!
Also, if u have to wait for a vet a ppt. Give honey about the size of your finger tip before bed and when they seem lethargicView Thread
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For you outdoorsy pet-owning friends, don't apply water-repellent sprays to your gear inside your home, around your pets. A friend's cat just developed "chemically induced pneumonia" after she sprayed her gear with a DWR. Despite getting veterinary treatment, her kitty didn't survive. Until today, I had never heard of cats getting chemically induced pneumonia.View Thread
My schnauzer had cushings disease and one of the signs was a continual circling in the dog yard...she would move in a small circle for 10 minutes or more like she didn't know where she was...and she was going out the doggy door 4 or 5 times an hour all hours of day and night. pegzbellView Thread
Dr. is my dog getting a cold since the weather has gone from 89 degrees to 50 in a matter of days with torrential rains as well. He only goes outside to play, walk and do his business.
Now he is trying to bark but instead of the loud barking it's more like a raspy woof and now his eyes are running again. The vet gave him pills earlier to combat that and now I've started him on them again. But our daily routine is up at 7am out to the bathroom then we take our mile or more walk (where he struts) around the area. Then we're back inside. We go grocery shopping and then occasionally to the doggie park for him to romp with his friends. Home before noon and rest up then he gets fed (along with once a month his heartworm pill and flea application). He is extremely active a English Cocker black/white. He loves chasing and collecting his balls. But I noticed last night that his bark was hoarse but he slept well and so far fine except his nose was cold and wet this am. He ate well but it a little hesitant on drinking his water. So I've got a fantastic relationship where I can clean his eyes, teeth, ears, pads, etc and he doesn't fuss. Plus giving him any meds is a snap. whetrher down his throat of through a dripper he's used to me having my hands, fingers whatever on and down his throat. Do I need to call his vet or is there something that I can do in the interim. Mind you he loves his vet and his immunizations are a dream. Believe it or now he's a wonderful playful little scamp. I'm just a little worried at the slowness in drinking and his cold nose. I notice any and everything that is out of sorts with my pet.View Thread
My dog had cataracts and I took him to 5 vets. (he was a younger dog) the cataracts had made him so blind that he could not even recognize people from 20 feet, catch a ball, catch a treat, ect. I eventually (in a guilty panic) took him to a holistic vet in Elwood, Pa. It was a very long drive because I lived in the city, but I did my research and BOY was it worth it! Within two weeks, my dog was seeing better. We changed his diet and gave him different food (she wanted me to cook daily for him but we settled on a high grade grain free dry food) and gave him daily eye drops called PetVision Pro drops. His vision still isn't *perfect* but he's back to playing fetch and eyeballing treats on the counter!View Thread
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We too have a cat who likes tochewon things he shouldn't. We've managed to hide most wires, etc.,but he absolutely loves the tube that runs between my CPAP machine and my nose. He has destroyed several by biting little holes in them. Our solution has been to encase the tubes in a larger-diameter, tougher plastic tube, about 3/4" OD, available at a hobby or hardware store. The same stuff should work for your electrical cords too, though you may have detach one end in order to get the wire through the tube and re-attach it afterwards. Friction tape or Mystic tape should work for this, as well as for securing one end of the tube to the wire so it stays in place. It's some trouble to go to, but a small price to pay to avert an electrocuted kitty. View Thread
This is a question more than a tip, but maybe others out there have the same problem. My 2 year old MinPin/Boarder Collie mix has a strange habit. Whenever I give him attention, like hugs, kisses, even pats, he growles and sometimes even snarls. I know this sounds like an aggression problem, but at the same time he is doing this he is pushing into me for more love. Can anyone tell me why he does this? I am very concerned, be cause he does the same thing to my neighbor, who he does like, but it scares her and her child because it looks and sounds like he is about to attack. Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks.View Thread
well, when get home from work or any where, my little angel has to be picked up and she sometimes kisses me...
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well, when get home from work or any where, my little angel has to be picked up and she sometimes kisses me right on the mouth before I can turn away-I think she likes the smell of my lipstick because she also smells my lips-I have never gotten sick from her little kisses because I usually wipe my mouth then.View Thread
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My 3 y/o female tabby Urrow and I live in a really tiny room, and though she likes to play with some toys it somehow seems to grow old fast.
Urrow used to love chasing and eating roaches at our old place, which I never thought was likely all that healthy for her, what with the bug sprays and all, but I could do nothing to stop it, and I noticed the chase part certainly WAS good for her.
Our new space is kept roach-free, though. I got a Eureka idea: I bought some feeder crickets for her. Captive-bred crickets are essentially clean insects, and AFAIK, they're not associated with either human or feline diseases or parasites.
The first time I brought Urrow a bag of them, I dumped it on the floor and watched her go nuts crouching, pouncing on the leaping things, running in circles, unable to decide which ones to focus on. Now I'll open the bag in Urrow's carrier. Then I unzip the front door of it, and watch crickets slowly emerge...quickly followed by Urrow's emergence. She'll see 'em, chase 'em, and bring 'em down, like the little hunter she is.
She used to be leaving lots of the poor crickets half-alive. Seeing this, I told her in my best shaman voice, "Now, let's respect the noble cricket who gives its life to amuse you, and don't let it suffer needlessly."
I honestly didn't expect she'd actually obey that advice: but that "feline telepathy" exists, and you know darn well it does, if your cat's shared it with you; you just dare to tell no one, lest they peg you a wingnut. But just between us: cats ARE far smarter than 99% of humans give them credit for, and I keep finding this out, and then still keep underestimating them. Cats Are Smarter Than People Think, and that must include being smart enough not to let us in on how they know things you're thinking.
I only know what I've seen, and in this case, it was this: the following month, on Cricket Day, she didn't leave anywhere near as messy a battlefield behind as before. I'd only two half-deads to put out of their misery after playtime was over. And
on the successive month's hunt, she seemed to choose to eat all but one of them...and that was probably because it had leapt into a sudsy soapdish. She must have somehow understood my feelings. (Or maybe - and yeah, OK, this is probably
more likely, I suppose - perhaps practice just has made her a better "Cricket Player"--and also, one having claws that were sharper than before, since I now wait 'til after our little hunting parties to clip them.)
Now here's the obligatory part where I ask if any problems are known to exist with letting cats catch and eat crickets. I did do my homework before our first hunt, looking up info on websites and in books; I talked to my other "Cat People"
friends, and I even gave my (very accommodating) vet a call, just to be sure. I got no red flags, or even yellow ones, from any of this research. I did have concerns about the spines on cricket back legs hurting her when swallowing them, but they're softer to the touch than they look. My friend said if I noticed any that weren't, I could clip the sharper spines off before releasing the crickets. I won't pull their legs off, as I feel that'd be crueler than necessary--and she enjoys this whole game precisely because they hop, so doing that would be counterproductive anyway.
Urrow DEFINITELY shows me lots of appreciation, after a hunt. She is not a habitual purrer, and after a hunt, I can feel the purrings with my hand even if they aren't as audible as most cats' purrs are. Try it with your cooped-up, bored indoor cat sometime...and if this strikes you as just too weird or mean, remember that these crickets would just end up being eaten alive - gulped whole, even - by monitor lizards, otherwise.
Being a gift of love to a stir-crazy cat seems--to me at least--to be a far more noble death for a cricket.View Thread
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We also have an 80# dog, (a 9 year old Golden), who over the past 2 springs has developed an intense fear of loud noise in general, and in particular, thunderstorms. As a physician, I initially tried her on a low dose (5 mg) of Valium/Diazepam, which would typically be a reasonable calming dose for most humans. It had no discernable effect on our Golden whatsoever. We discussed options with our Vet, who recommended 20 - 30 mg of Valium on an "as needed" basis and/or 20 mg of Prozac/Fluoxitene every day. I did not want to go the Prozac route, although knowing that the recommended amount of Valium would totally (and perhaps dangerously) sedate most people for a day or two, I did not feel comfortable starting her off at a dose that high either. Dogs apparently metabolize tranquilizers differently than humans however, and require larger than what would be considered "usual" human doses. I initially started her on 10 mg of Valium before storms, and gradually increased the dose to her present level of 25 - 30 mg, which seems to be effective and allows her (and us) to sleep for 3 or 4 hours. The weather last spring/summer was considerably calmer than this year and Valium on an as needed basis did seem to work fairly well. I had hoped to keep her permanently off of Prozac along with anything else that she needed to take on a daily basis, but circumstances dictated otherwise. This year we seem to be having frequent severe thunderstorms during the middle of the night, several times per week. After several nights of fragmented sleep, I regretfully decided that one of us needed to be on Prozac. 'Crazy Chloe' won. I decided then that it was time for our dog to experience 'better living through chemistry'. She has been on generic Prozac almost 3 weeks now, and it has seemed to calm her down fairly well, with no obvious adverse side effects. We still use the Valium as a back up medication, as well. Please be sure to check with your own Vet however, to make sure that you are using both the right drug and the right dose for your dog. I like the behavioral modification techniques mentioned above, and will also give them a try.View Thread
My chihuahua had 6 puppies on April 22nd and now seems to be running out of milk. Two of the six are not...
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My chihuahua had 6 puppies on April 22nd and now seems to be running out of milk. Two of the six are not gaining weight and will not take the supplement I tried in a bottle...is there any way to stimulate the production of milk in the mother? A special diet, or anything?View Thread
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I HAD A HAPPY HEALTHY STANDARD DASCHUND. HIS NORMAL WEIGHT AROUND 30#. FOUR WEEKS AGO ON A SUNDAY DEXTER WENT UPSTAIRS HOPING TO FIND A LEFTOVER TIDBIT. NOT MUCH TIME LATER I HEARD HIM CRYING. LOOKED UP THE STAIRS, HE IS STANDING WITH HIS TUMMY THE SIZE OF A BASKETBALL. HE IS IN SEVERE PAIN....ALARMED I TOOK HIM OUTSIDE. TRIED TO DETERMINE HAD HE EATEN SOMETHING BAD. AFTER A SHORT WHILE HE IS SWAYING AND I CALL THE VET ER. BY THE TIME I GOT HIM TO VET HE WAS GOING INTO SHOCK...MY BUDDY HAD HAD HIS TUMMY TORQUE OVER CUTTING OFF DIGESTION, FLUIDS, ETC. CAUSE? THE VETS DO NOT KNOW. CURE? REALLY NOTHING. AND THE VET HAD NEVER SEEN THIS IN A DOXIE. IF, THIS HAPPENS, IT IS LIKELY TO AFFECT THE LARGER DOGS. WITH THIS IN MIND, OUR LARGE DOG IS TO HAVE NO EXERCISE ONE HOUR BEFORE OR AFTER EATING. SOMETIMES THE TUMMY IS EVEN RE-ROUTED AND HOOKED TO A RIB...STILL NO GUARANTEE. THIS LOSS HAS DEVASTATED OUR FAMILY. ESPECIALLY THE GRANDCHILDREN WITH WHOM HE "RAISED." DEXTER HAD TRAVELED WITH ME BACK AND FORTH ACROSS COUNTRY MANY TIMES....PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR VET AND POSSIBLE PREVENTION...IF NOTHING MORE THAN TO NEVER HAVE YOUR FRIEND SUFFER HORRIBLE PAIN. DEXTER DESERVED TO NOT SUFFER....A WONDERFUL ANIMAL, PET, FRIEND, BUDDY. View Thread
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