My 14 month old male Mastiff suddenly got really sick, he had the runs, vomiting, not eating, a bad cough and really lethargic. We went to the vet who immediately took blood and put him on antibiotics. When the blood work came back all was normal with the only exception being that it showed he may have worms. My vet gave him a strong dewormer, he took 5 pills that day and then 5 more 2 weeks later.
After he took the first 5 he got better, quickly. By the time I was to give him the 2nd set of pills all he had was a slight and infrequent cough.
Once I gave him the 2nd dose his cough quickly got way worse and more frequent. Now he is coughing every morning, when he’s out in the cold, when he plays with the other dogs and every night at bed time. He also was wheezing while sleeping last night.
We are of course going back to the vet but I’m wondering why all the other symptoms went away but this one got worse after the 2nd dose? I wasn’t aware that worms could cause a cough.
The only treatment as far as you are telling me is the dewormer so that would do nothing to improve the cough. It is no wonder that it got worse. Hopefully just bad kennel cough but yyou better get xray to rule out pneumonia
my rabbit has a runny nose with white discharge is there anything that I can give them over the counter he weighs 10 pounds
needs abs…that’s pasteurella which can become a really big problem
I have a 5 month old standard dachshund puppy that I co-own with the breeder. Pup lives with me and I take care of all routine care. Breeder vaccinates every dog for lepto since we spend a lot of time outside with these dogs in conditioning, competing and training. We compete in field trials and earth dog as well as conformation shows. We live in the very rainy Pacific Northwest near Portland Oregon. We spend a lot of time in the field on a daily basis. I have this pup outside for well over an hour a day in areas that wilds animals live. Pup mostly is running off puppy energy, working on recall and starting to use his nose. There is running and standing water around most of the year.
How do I find out how prevalent lepto is in our area? Or isn’t? Or which serovars are most likely to cause us problems?
I tend to be of the minimal vaccine mindset and have had two dogs in the past have vaccine reactions. I don’t want to be at odds with the co-owner and neither do I wish to put my pup at higher risk.
What are the initial signs a dog has contracted lepto? I think my pup is perfectly healthy but I don’t even know what to keep an eye out for and I know getting meds in them quickly is helpful.
Do you have any advice?
Dear Angry Vets,
First a comment: This is the best site for ‘the real deal” on veterinary practices that I’ve seen to date. I’m a persickety human critical care nurse which either elicts an “ah-ha, that makes taking medicine easy” or eye rolls from vets…I chose the former for the care of my pets. I may be biased but I love my vets!!
The question: I have a Newfie, I’ve had Newfies since I was a kid. Part of the ownership of a big, sweet natured dog who may drool like a leaky faucet is learning to embrace the drool. It becomes the stuff that creates humor and horror depending on who and what it lands upon. Most of us understand that it has a purpose in the development of a water dog that must breathe while carrying objects it’s mouth such as fishing nets and drowning victims.
Recently, a fellow has begun marketing a spandex hood lined with bamboo and hemp as a ‘mouth diaper’ to prevent drool from being flung about his pristine home and spotless children. With this ‘hood’ his dog is allowed in his home, without it he’s banished to the dog house outside. Newfs love their people, I’m sure he’s not happy about this arrangement.
This man is aggressively marketing his prototype via his website “The Original Dog Slobber Stopper” (http://slobberstopper.com) and a few Youtube video demonstrations on his blog at http://slobberstopper.blogspot.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdlQi7N4jzw
He’s been busy spamming the Newfie FB pages and other online Newfie social media boards with his product. His testimonials are sure to raise the hackles of dog lovers anywhere.
The coummunity of Newf Owners have reacted with concern for the mask interferring with the dog’s ability to pant, overheating and potential for deveopment of lip pyodermas.
The inventor has sent a case of sample Slobber Stoppers to the Newfoundland Club of America for review. To date the response from members has been overwhelmingly negative with regards to this product. Missing from the picture is an opinion from the veterinary community. Would you take a look at the product and it’s application and express an opinion either publically here or privately in an email.
Thank you for a whole legion of Newf lovers who see this as akin to creating a Hannibal Lector’s countenance in the Silence of the Lambs. The product gives the impression of a muzzle, not a good image for these sweet dogs.
Boy…this is a little out of my realm but sure…if you send it to my office I’ll take a look (i have a presa who is not too drooly but drooly nonetheless). Send it to the bellmore office clearly marked to my attention
South Bellmore Veterinary Group
2506 Merrick Rd
Bellmore Ny 11710
I also have some GREAT Newfie clients who would definitely try it out
If you have a moment, please see
This is something that’s been eluding everybody, including a number of vets, for years. Theories considered and thrown out, our vet has his money on allergies. But Jasmine IS NOT an itchy dog! She’s the least itchy member of our household!
Here it is explained why we’re presently back on the allergies dilemma
What do you think? What would you do?
My do takes Denamarin 425 mg once a day for liver issues. It is an expensive medicatione. I have found other medications that contain the same amount of S-Adenosylmethionine but do not contain Silybin A+B (which is in the Denamarin) at a lower price….I believe silybin is the same as thistle milk? anyways can I swithc to a cheaper medicine with 425 mg of S-Adenosylmethionone and also give him over the counter thistle milk? and if so how much thistle milk?
What specifically is the liver problem? The odds are there is not a lot of research but I’ll look into it.
He (Fido) starten taking thyroid medicine (levothyroxine sodium) and developed a breathing issue- rapid like panting allot. Not sure if it was a side effect we did blood work – low levels of Albumin was found and his liver was slightly enlarged so he was put on the demamarin. His levo intake was rduce to .8 mg a day, he still has breathing issues that seem to come and go. Sometimes it seems to come with stress- and sometimes maybe pain- arthritis in his feet. If I give him a tramodal (50mg) he seems to settle down… He is 14.
I had blood work done on my Fido and he has Cushings disease. Have you found this to be treatable with success?
cushings can be a horrible disease. Life expectancy is reported to be two years after diagnosis. I would argue heavily that this is not really the case. In my experience they usually live a lot longer than that. With that said, the treatment options are also dangerous. In essence, Lysodren is controlled poisoning ….we aim to destroy enough of the Adrenal Gland to control symptoms but not enough to make the dog sick. Typically, this involves loading the dog with lysodren over a week or two period and then treating once or twice a week for life with maintenance doses. Repeat bloodwork and monitoring is necessary and expensive. Another approach is to intentionally give the dog too much Lysodren to permanently eliminate Cushings disease and to induce the animal to become a more manageable Addison’s patient. Loading with Lysodren requires very very close monitoring, usually by the veterinarian in a hospital setting. A lot can go wrong. Trilostane is a newer option to treat with fewer side effects (not without side effects….my partner had a dog die from Trilostane) but is expensive and not quite as successful in managing disease in my experience. With all of that said if your dog is SYMPTOMATIC from the Cushings …overall treatment is your best option . Without treatment side effects like diabetes, infections, and/or stroke usually occur. Just understand that treatment can be costly, requires frequent monitoring, can have side effects and complications. You must weigh the positives and negatives and must have a veterinarian who is knowledgeable and experienced in treating the disease. I have treated MANY cushingoid dogs over the years. Also, it is sometimes possible to give the dog a little Lysodren and not to obsess about the numbers of getting into the “acceptable” range on the ACTH stim test. Sometimes I have not fully loaded the dog and have gradually given the dog higher maintenance doses to gradually approach these levels of blood cortisol.
I took my 9 yr old Bichon to the vet. I wanted to de worm him with “drontal plus”… I suspected he had tapeworms. They refused to give me de wormer without doing a fecal first. Fecal came back negative! So I was not given meds to deworm however, upon examination of my Bichon the vet became insistent that my dog should be tested for Cushings disease. Appt. was set to do dexamethasone suppression test.
Just to mention when I went to pick my dog up after the this test I was handed some meds with instructions. The tech had taken my dog out to do his business and noticed a tape segment…I got my drontal plus! So much for the fecal results!!! I might ad I objected to a fecal in the first place. I was called back to vets office to go over dexamethasone test results and was determined my boy had cushings. I was explained starting treatment it was critical to know my dogs water intake over the coarse of a week. I had several other animals so measuring Zac’s water intake was not possible. An ultra sound was recommended (why was that not suggested in the 1st place?) So we proceed with ultrasound…fast forward to results…vet surprised, confused were his explanations of results. Zac did NOT have Cushings! What he did have were serious liver issues. My question and “GRAVE” concern is now…how many dogs have BEEN misdiagnosed!! by dexamethasone testing and is determined by results to treat dog for Cushings…then given a poison with serious side effects. If I had been able to measure Zac’s water intake I would have proceeded to do as my vet instructed… The ultrasound would never been done. I would have given my dog a dangerous treatment trusting the results of the test…and he DID NOT have Cushing’s. Zac was given a very short time (months) to live with the advanced liver disease. He survived another 3 yrs with alternative care. He would not have survived very long given a poison to treat a disease he did not have. Think of the assault on his already failing liver.
You might also check his blood pressure.
I own a pet service company here in Manhattan and have a doozy for ya. Why do so many vets tell new puppy owners not to go outside until they have had 4 rounds of vaccinations? Parvo isn’t really in our area so taking a pup outside is pretty low-risk if you keep pup away from licking pee/poop/standing water, don’t let them greet other dogs, and make sure to wipe their muzzles and paws when returning home. They could sit outside on a towel and take it all in very safely! Keeping a pup indoors during its socialization window causes so much harm! Dogs kept inside grow up to be fearful which can lead to aggression, a much bigger problem than Giardia which is easily treated. In a city with so much unnatural stimulation it is especially important that pups be exposed to the human world early (and with lots of positive associations!) Can you speak to this?
i agree wholeheartedly (other than to say parvo is in your area…you just don’t know it b/c most animals vaccinated…a testimony to the fact that the vaccine is a good one). However, if the puppy has received mother’s milk and is boostered for parvo I tell people all the time to take their pets out right away. Keep away from dog’s you don’t know and dog poop and you should be fine. I have never had a problem with that approach . We don’t keep our babies in the house for goodness sake until they are two and done with their shots…
Thanks for agreeing! I will be recommending your practice! : )
Speaking of which…
Would you mind submitting a statement concerning puppies, vaccines, and taking them outside before 16 weeks? I’d love to post a veterinarian statement on my website on the topic.
I have a 10 yr old bunny that was diagnosed with kidney failure a few months ago. There doesn’t seem to be any treatment available for him. Dogs and cats in my area can get dialysis, but it is not available to rabbits. Cats in my town can also get ultrasound to break up kidney stones, but they won’t treat my rabbit. There is apparently only 1 pain med for rabbits (that do not tax the kidneys) but this med, an opiate, does not always seem to work for my bunny.There seems to be lots of pain med options for dogs and cats. I guess my question is simply why? Why so many medical options for dogs and cats, but very few for rabbits? We sacrifice rabbits in the name of human medical research, but there is little research to improve the lives of pet rabbits. This seems wrong. Rabbits are the 3rd most popular pet in the UK, so why hasn’t the research benefitted them? The vet suggested euthanasia for my bunny, but my bunny still eats with gusto, still enjoys running in the garden, still hops up on the couch to watch tv, and still seems happy most days. I truly believe that he would live a long time with dialysis, if only it were available to us as an option.
There is not even enough research (sadly) for dogs and cats. Research is driven primarily through profit margin and funding from drug corporations (not entirely) so diseases that are not common or animals that are not common as pets (even if rabbits are popular in Europe the majority of people will not pay for expensive diagnostics and treatments) so they are not researched that much. The demand is just not there. In 15 years of practice I have had only 2 cat owners that agreed to take their pets for dialysis and no dog owners.
A bit late but this article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21906984
shows that the effects of chronic pain is more detrimental to the kidney than the use of meloxicam in cats with osteoarthritisand chronic kidney disease.
My dog has had Frontline for fleas and it does not work. He gets fleas and has an allergy to them. He also gets Iverheart Plus for his heart worm treatment. My vet has prescribed Advantage Multi. it has effectively eliminated the fleas. What is the efficacy of the heart worm aspect of the medication.. It is applied to the skin.
At this time sadly i cant afford to go to the vet. W hat can i do for a cat that has runny eyes and runny nose? Are there any natural or home remedies? Is there any thing over the counter i can buy? Please, anything will be of great help.
try l-lysine if discharges clear and no congestion. Can get online
A few questions if you dont mind? My cat was given Mometamax for ear bacteria, it says clearly on the label for dogs only. Is this safe? How often is it safe to give my cats oral wormer “Pyrantel Pandate? I ask this because i give my kitten and cat revolution every month they are up to date on shots and ive given them this oral wormer 2 months ago.My male cat doesnt gain weight and the 7mo. old kitten acts like shes starving to death all the time, and thirsty. Does this mean she could still have worms? Also my 17 month old neutered Orange Tabby is getting black dots on his lip and lower gums looks like a pen mark.I heard this was common for Orange cats, is this true? What is the best product i can give my little friends to keep them parasite free and healthy? Lots of questions sorry its just that your the only Vets that have ever been helpful to me.Thank You!!
Dear Drs Foley and Ferber, Angry Vet came to me through a friend’s FB post. I admire your strength in challenging the status quo for our animal friends. Like human medicine, we have become so focused on treatment rather than prevention, patients health has suffered. Thank you for speaking up to question outdated and at times, mistaken protocol.
I’m certain you’ll be interested in looking at the product ASEA. The only redox signaling molecule replenishment product successfully stabilized for consumption offers humans and animals a return to self-healing once cellular integrity and signaling is bettered. Non-toxic, no Ld50, sprayable as well as consumable, I’ve had results with my dogs on everything from skin conditions and wound healing to restoring energy.
Older animals are especially good ASEA candidates, as diseases and frailties of aging, just as in humans, have been found to be related to the natural and unavoidable age-related loss of redox molecules. Once you’ve had a chance to review the basic information on ASEA, I’d be happy to connect you with an MD or Vet already advocating for ASEA. Looking forward to hearing back, be well, Liz D. 410-960-5340
I will check it out
First i want to thank you for just caring enough to do this. I have yet to find any vet that would, so you are very much appreciated! A few questions if you dont mind? I have a male Orange Tabby who is 17 months old he has developed a few black spots on his lower lip and gum area.I heard that this is common for tabbys? I also have a female mix of siamese and who knows? I have had her shots gave her revolution and wormer Pyrantel Pandate from the vet if thats the correct spelling? My female is 7 months and has been spayed as well, heres the issue she acts like she’s starving all the time. Mabe she has worms still? How often can you give the oral wormer i just described to a cat is it safe? She eats likes shes starving and drinks alot of water. My male cat is thin and never gains weight. Any suggestions on these matters? Thank You! Rebecca Hale.
spots are normal. In terms of other cat the spay does increase appetite…If the cat was properly dewormed as a kitten and is indoor unlikely to be worms again. If has an increased appetite and is losing weight then you better check for diabetes as well.
My husband and I have a 9 1/2 month old yellow lab and he has a close (I mean really close – they go into raptures when they see each other) friend, also a yellow lab (13 months) who has just been neutered (castrated). I have two questions:
- How will the two dogs react to each other till such time as our dog remains un-neutered? Incidentally, we are unsure we want to do that to our dog.
- Is there a formal independent study of Ark’s Zinc Gluconate process that presents empirical evidence of its success rate and all relevant consequences of the procedure?
they are young enough and unless you have a dog aggressive animal you should be alright…introduce them outside the house at a park or something and let them have their space to get to know each other (no toys or food to fight over either). Yes there are studies if you want I can put you in touch with Ark Sciences for any literature you are looiking for.
I have 2 austrialian shepherds and a catahoula, all are females. My oldest austrialian shepherd was urinating blood 11 days ago and I took her to the vet and got anibiotics. at that time, she had some really bad breath. She is doing better but she still has the really bad breath. should I be worried??
is the bad breath new??? could be unrelated like periodontal disease, oral tumor , abscess foreign body etc. but if smell new could be related…..for example were bloods and urine run ..kidney disease and diabetes ruled out ???
yes..or at least different. no tests were done yet. I will call the vet then. THANK YOU!!
My Aunt doesnt have internet, so im doing this on her behalf. Her Chihuahua Petie is 9 years old and hes been acting very strange today.He came back indoors after going “potty” and was shaking. Not like a cold shake, but a inner body shake.Im aware this type of dog does this but it wasnt the same. He was stuck like he couldnt even move like his brain wouldnt let his limbs move, like a ‘Robot’ in slow motion.I was worried he was having some kind of seizure. My Aunt said, this has happened a couple of times prior to this but Petie has always come back to earth in a few minutes. Its like he couldnt move his body to do anything he would just stand there staring at the ground.Any ideas?
I have a 3 year old female Rotweiler. She has developed a hot spot and the side of her face. what causes Hot Spots? How i the best way to treat this?
hot spots are acute allergic reactions which cause ulcerations and superficial infections from the animal scratching incessantly. Often times hot spots are from fleas but not always. Particular attention should be paid to the ear and whether otitis is present if the hot spot is on the face. in the short term your pet needs steroid (topical and possibly injectable) and the area needs to be shaved and disinfected. If there is any underlying ear disease needs to be treated. Make sure flea control is on board. If hot spots become recurrent you need to look into what underlying allergies are present and address
I had a Germ ShepxRott, he was not in tact as he was a mixed breed. when he was 5 we a a cancerous tumor removed, the vet had to perform 2 surgeries to get all the tissue, it was a carsenoma, over the years he had 5 other tumors of the same type removed at 15 he had leukemia with chemo he lived well till 17 1/2. I had his chest x rayed about every 9 months and internal organs scanned the same. + blood work but I still couldn’t prevent the cancers. I now have a 2 year old leonberger so far he is vry healthy. is there any onther preventive measures I can take to help find tumores ealiers. thank you for any help you can offer any of us pet lovers. jasmin E&OE
re-post this at the end of the Dr. Sue Cancer Vet interview blog
I will be getting a puppy any where from Jan to June 2013. Looking at zuetering (zinc nuetering). Do you know of any vets that are doing this in Centeral Florida?
sure don’t….contact them at ark sciences
I have a 6 month old male chihuahua who was neutered about 1 month ago. Up until his neuter, he was very friendly and cuddly with people. Now, he frequently growls at me and other people, especially when I am trying to move him from a place where he is comfortable. He otherwise seemed to heal well from the neuter and has good energy, eats well, etc. It seems that being neutered turned him into a very grumpy dog and i’m wondering if there is anything that I can do? We discipline him when he growls but it does not seem to phase him. He also gets extremely scared in the car (vomits and poops) whenever we take him anywhere. Please help!
Neutering can definitely contribute to behavior problems including fear and anxiety disorders. There is nothing you can do to put back the testicles once they are gone! This does not mean that you can’t work through behavior problems but you should find a qualified behaviorist in your area to help you. Where are you located? I recommend go to the angryvet facebook page and see if you can find a behaviorist there.. there are a lot on the site
Thank you! I am located in Denver, CO. Are there any that you know of around here?
My Shih Tzu who is suppose to be around 7 years old but I do believe she is much older as I just had her teeth cleaned, she needed two teeth pulled and is missing others. Early this spring she was chasing kitties – going up and down stairs perfectly fine. One morning in bed she made strange noises and wet herself. But no other signs of anything wrong. Then slowly she was progressing to having a balance problem, when she walked she would throw her front feet out like she was marching. Now her front feet just fold under neat her. At one point when she started losing balance, I took her to the vet –blood work was normal. The vet put her on 5 mg of predisone , she improved a bit and now it has no effect on her. She is to the point of of not being able to walk. She is alert, eats and drinks well with my help. Lets me know when she has to go out…. Barks to me if she ends up in an uncomfortable position when trying to move. I looked up Wobblers disease — she does display a crouching stance. She is not dragging her toes in the rear legs but in the front legs. This is the only contradiction with her symptoms. My question is: Have you ever seen a dog with Wobblers with the front toes folding over and not the back feet?
My dog shakes his head when he barks; he also scratches at his ears several times a week. I have had his ears checked by the vet about 4 times over the past year. Each time the vet says his ears look good; they are perfectly clean. He has even shown me on his monitor and I agree the dogs ears look clean. Also, I do not smell any odor in his ears. However, I play with both dogs morning & night; each time when the one dog barks, he shakes his head and acts like his ears bother him. I have read both part 1 & now part 2 of our ear articles. After part one I tried changing his food; unfortunately, that has not improved the problem. Any other suggestions?
please re-post this question at the end of Dr. Mike’s article on ear infections (part 2) in the comments section and he will address
Can you recommend a vet in the Rancho Cucamonga area of southern California who does zinc neuter. I just don’t like the idea of invasive surgery for convenience sake. My beagle is 3 years old, has a great disposition, does not hump or mark, and I just can’t see major surgery (any time anyone or any animal is put under – it is major surgery) to neuter an animal that does not show behavioral issues. He’s a sweet beagle. When I had some female surgery on myself, I told the gynecologist to leave my inners intact unless diseased, so I feel about my Buster baby’s balls. Thank you.
contact them at ark sciences http://arksciences.com/about.html
I was trying to send you an email (got the address from FB) but it was rejected. Is there another way I can contact you?
Hello Dr. Foley, just wanted to introduce myself and thank you for advocating true health when others will not. Hope you don’t mind me adding Angry Vet links to my DogFather page and feel free to offer insights anytime. It would be soo nice to have another Vet on board with an open mind. Thank You !!
I guess my question is about nutrition and weight gain for a one year old American Pitbull Terrier. There are a lot of conversations about over weight dogs but none about dogs who are on the complete opposite side of the great weight debate. Our dog eats 6 cups of Blue Buffalo large puppy split into two feedings per day,he weighs 45 pounds as of last month,he is very active as most puppies are,very smart BUT when you look at him he looks like we are starving him! We have taken him to two veterinarians,one is our regular vet who did blood work and several fecal samples and the other was a second opinion.Both actually said that while he looks very skinny that hes in perfect health and neither recommended any changes to his diet,exercise routine. My problem is that you can see his backbone in places and you can count 4 ribs just by looking at him! Is this normal for some dogs? Or could there be a problem that isn’t showing up for some reason?
Thank You for your time,
If he is very thin and having diarrhea I would think about checking his pancreatic enzyme levels with a test called a cTLI. It is a simple blood test. If the levels are low, the diagnosis is made and treatment is usually straight forward. If that doesn’t give the answer, endoscopy of the GI tract may be needed, as well as additional diet trials. If there is no diarrhea this can be tricky. Personally, in this case I would try just increasing his caloric intake and monitor him over time. For some dogs this is their body type, and they will gain weight as the growth phase slows. If you choose to pursue diagnostics in that case, you may be looking for a needle in a haystack, and may find nothing at all. If there are no other signs whatsoever, I would usually be conservative, choosing to increase daily caloric intake, and monitor the growth at least on a monthly basis.
Dr. Can you tell me how long a female dotson stay in heat? This is her 1st time. After the 1st heat, how soon after can I get her fix?
Heat can last anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks depending on the dog. Usually best to wait a couple of months after that to spay to let everything settle down a bit before surgery
Dr. Foley how come my comments are not being responded to ??
We do not respond to all comments. We will generally respond to questions that people ask, and post the ones that are about the topic of the blog in an effort to give more information to the readers.
I have a 9 month old kitten, who is becomming a fat kitten. If i dont feed her on her demands, she cries and cries. Shes healthy updated on all shots, and has been wormed. She is becomming a fat demanding little monster. Any suggestions on routines in feeding, or what to do, or diet for a kitten? I feed her Iams dry, and fancy feast wet, twice a day. Thank you!
Rebecca, Iams dry and Fancy Feast wet are not a healthy diet for your kitten. Cats don’t do well on dry food because they don’t need grains at all, and Fancy Feast wet is not a good brand of wet cat food. Angry Vet’s website has some great information on feeding healthy food and you can look up holistic feeding of cats. People who have changed their cat’s diet from unhealthy commercial food to a more healthier brand or start feeding raw food, have seen behavioral as well as positive physical changes in their cats.
Hi Dr Foley, For years My 13 yr old, Hienz 57 lab mix sweetheart, had issues with skin/itching/hotspots with a terrible coat in the summer & somewhat alleviated in the winter. She suffered for 10 years with this with minimal releif with products, over the counter & prescription and flea/pest control. Otherwise she was very healthy. Then I got a GSD pup and that is when I started educating myself on the quality of food. I thought I was feeding my girl quality kibble but found out it was of the lowest quality.
I switched her food to good quality (not even the highest quality but good solid quality) and within 3 months, her coat came in as plush and soft and shiney as any I have seen and the only change was the food.
In all these years, not once did vets (there were several) ask me about her food nor consider that food could be the root of the problem and I can’t understand why. I suspect that my story is not uncommon and that had any vet made mention of nutrition, I could have saved my girl from a lot of discomfort and protected my pocketbook from empty money syndrome. Could you address this even if you have discussed it before.
I just found your sight and have been reading it for over an hour.
I love your honesty and integrity.
Hi Dr. Foley, I love your site! Tiffany is my 21 month old female Rottweiler and she is raw fed with primarily raw chicken and eggs since she was 9 weeks old. Her teeth appear to be sparkly clean and bright white with no visible staining or tartar at the gumline. She is also lean and very healthy. However, I recently noticed the tiny point at the top of one of her bottom canines has chipped off. I know that February is dental health awareness month. What are your thoughts about bringing Tiffany to her vet for a dental checkup and cleaning? Are there any concerns about exposing her to anesthesia and being in a hospital environment?
Hey, I just discovered your blog, I am very intrigued with your topics. I have a question for you two…a little situational history, I perform in a stunt dog show, I have mostly herding breeds adopted from rescues and shelters. In October I was performing a month long event in AZ (4days on, 3 days off a week) within the first 2 weeks I was there one of my dogs developed a spontaneous pneumothorax. The dog that got it is a five year old Aussie mix, in excellent shape, dog loves to work, has never had any health issues the past four years I have had him. They put a stint in his chest and he was at the clinic for around four days, his lung did heal up eventually and filled back up completely. Now my question is, I have been extremely paranoid about doing much physical activity with this dog for fear of it happening again. I have had his blood work done and 2 more X-rays to make sure the lung is still looking good. I feel like neither vet has given me a straight forward answer on if this dog will still be able to play frisbee and be active, I don’t want to have this very expensive incident happen again for my wallets sake and my dogs health. Is it common for a spontaneous pneumothorax to happen again? Is the dogs lung weaker now or is the scar tissue just as normal has the regular lung tissue? Am I being too paranoid? I watch this dog breathe at night and count his breathes, just too make sure. This dog LIVES to work and I would hate to take that away from him. Thank you for your time and your blog!
Spontaneous pneumothorax is not a very common condition, so my personal experience is very limited. In dogs it has been associated with lung tumors and also with the rupture of bullae. I would think that your dog had the latter since a lung tumor bad enough to cause a pneumothorax would likely have been seen on the radiographs. A bulla is an abnormally dilated area of the lung – on an x-ray it looks like a little balloon in the lung. If the bulla is big enough and it ruptures, a spontaneous pneumothorax results. Sometimes it’s very minor and may not even be noted, and other times it will result in difficulty breathing. Now there’s two different approaches that can be taken in this case. The first is that we could say that your dog formed a bulla before and he is at a greater risk to form one in the future, so strenuous exercise should be avoided. That is the conservative approach. The next would be to get very aggressive with serial radiographs, or even CT scans to check for additional bulla. In this way if his lungs are clear, we can feel better about working him. Of course, there are still no guarantees. An additional approach could be to say that the first bulla was a fluke, and it won’t likely happen again, and continue working him as before. Personally I’d be a little nervous with that last approach. I’m sorry if that was still a little vague, but this problem is not black and white.
I have a 1-1/2 year old French Bulldog. Yesterday he was shaking, which I learned is a pain reaction from him. Upon inspection I found that he had a huge lump between his toes on his back leg. After doing some online research and comparing pictures on the internet, I believe that this is an interdigital furunculosis. Many blogs say that anit-biotics do not always work and have suggested many home treatments. I began soaking his foot in epson salt and applying topical coconut oil. In the 24 hours that I have treated the foot, it appears to have gone down some and he is not shaking anymore. I did call my vet for advice but did not get a response until today which they left on the answering machine. They suggested that I come in and get him put on antibiotics. So at this point I was looking for your advice on treatment. I do not want to put him on antibiotics that may not work when a home treatment may do the trick. Thoughts?
If this is interdigital furunculosis, it will likely do best with antibiotics. This is not to say that the foot soaks that you’ve started won’t help, but normally we need a 4-8 week course of a cephalosporin for these. In some cases I will have to go to a fluroquinolone antibiotic as a second choice. If these fail – which is rare – surgical excision of the infected tissue with fusion of the digits would be recommended. This is rarely needed. The biggest cause of treatment failure with antibiotics would be that the course given is too short. At Cornell, the dermatologists recommended two months. I have found that one month will do the job in most cases.
We have an intact 4 year old female Chihuahua/Pug mix who is very nervous in general, and has situational epilepsy brought on by extreme stress or fear. During heat she seems more anxious. I am reluctant to spay her knowing how it effects behavior, but I’m wondering whether because of her epilepsy it may be better to do it. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
in instances where the estrus cycle contributes to seizures spaying does help sometimes
Thank you so much for your response, it’s very much appreciated! It helps to know that so we can be more informed with our decision.
I have a 5 year old retriever mix who partially tore her cruciate ligament about 8 months ago. We didn’t consider any surgery at the time because we thought it might heal itself if we reduced her activity. We reduced her activity and she seemed to recover, then about two months ago she was playing and tore her ligament again, this time
much worse, she has been lame on her back left leg all this time.
Our vet recommended a surgeon , who recommended a TPLO procedure because of her size 60lbs. After doing some research
on TPLO surgery it just seems that it is very invasive as compared to
some other surgical repair techniques that don’t require cutting into the bone and screwing on a surgical steel plate. I would just like another opinion on the different surgeries that might be less invasive
and give the same results
I would agree..I think that in most cases TPLO is too aggressive and they do fine with traditional parafabellar suture. The main issue is to visualize the meniscus and address injury to the meniscus
Thank you for your reply
Can you visualize the meniscus prior to surgery with a x-ray?
and are you saying that one would determine the type of technique
to use according to the state of the miniscus if the ligament is fully
You cannot visualize the meniscus with an X-ray, only with an MRI (which isn’t the standard in vet medicine currently). Xrays are done in order to rule out any other abnormalities that may be causing lameness. Generally we don’t know with 100% certainty what’s going on with the meniscus until the joint is explored surgically. The type of surgery for the ACL is chosen based on the surgeons preference and experience more than the meniscal pathology.
we got a 10 week old Beagle mix puppy on Sunday – he is a rescue dog. Today I took him to the vet to get checked out and I was concerned because his front legs are kind of bowed and he was holding his paws kind of funny and shaking – the vet took x rays and it seems there is an issue with his growth plates and they recommended that he see an orthopedic vet – I made the appointment but I’m concerned about the cost and the quality of life – we wanted a family dog that could play and go on long walks etc. – I hate to give him back – I’d feel awful – can you give any advice for what we should do? Thank you.
send xrays to me
Here are the x rays
What home remedy can i give my dog whos constipated?
dogs rarely get constipated…cats are another story. What are you feeding? Are you confident that there are no anal gland issues?
our puppy was diagnosed with bilateral carpal flexion – can you comment on his prognosis? he has casts now. (see earlier post). Thanks.
My vet has been telling me about Boehringer Ingelheim’s (new) product Ultra Duramune DAP+C4L whichi is LEGALLY 1/2 the dose for lepto/parvo/flu/distemper – - – that’s RIGHT 1/2 cc to do what 1 cc has done in the past! I’d be interested in hearing your opinoin on this particular product. Also – My vet will only give ONE vaccine at a time – something I’ve insisted upon for years – now it seems the AVMA has decided that as well?
In addition to my first “question” How/what do you feel about Jean Dobbs theory on vaccinations? http://www.weim.net/emberweims/Vaccine.html
Hi Angry Vet,
Just wanted to see what you know about follicular dysplasia. I am not finding much of anything on it beyond it happens, can be seasonal, and happens to a few breeds more often than others. We have a 7 year old springer that has started losing hair, both the black and the white, along a line from one flank to the other over his hips. No where else. Just there. Initially, I thought it was a grooming goof and it would grow back, but it has just spread. I doubt Cushings or diabetes (he has zero other symptoms, no increased thirst/urination/scratching/etc) but because he’s in the age range for those, I want to have his levels checked anyways (good point to get our yearly in as well which we do in March/April normally).
Hello, Just a quick question, I have a 8 year old yorkie doxie mix and about 16 months ago she had a mast cell tumor on her belly, the vet removed it and classed it as a low 2. Last week she had another mast cell tumor on her side and he removed it. I am still waiting for pathology results to come back. I guess I am wondering if I am doing more harm than good putting her through these surgeries. I am sick over this. Any adice would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you.
no absolutely not you are doing the right thing to aggressively remove them . very rare that they will die with grade 2 if you catch them early
what is zinc neutering and how is this done?
A question. I am considering getting my new dog microchipped. I did not have the option with my first three as they came through rescue.
I am concerned about cancer, side effects etc. I was hoping to find a blog entry discussing this on your site.
there’s no blog but my two cents is that I have never seen cncer or any major problems. A couple of abscessed and infected sites and a couple that migrated out but we have found a lot of owners with those chips. mine are done
I need help. My female tort cat is having urinary tract issues. We went through something similar 3-4 years ago…. Did the anti-biotics & then the prescribed food. Everything was fine till last month.
We have been to the vet, but I feel like I am being shystered……
We were there 4 weeks ago & had to go back yesterday. Last time, we were given clavamox (?). Yesterday I opted for a shot. Was told it would be better immediately, it’s not. Upon calling today, I was asked to allow another 24 hrs. to go by before I have to bring her in for $300-$400 x-rays. She is fixed & kept indoors for safety. Started giving her Wellness dry Cranberry food last month… Am I doing something wrong? Are they just taking advantage of me by mis-diagnosing or treating her incorrectly so I keep coming back. I need help. My girls are my world but I am unemployed. I would still do anything for her. Please help!!!!
difficult to say but if young cat antibiotics of any sort are almost certainly not warranted. Usually the condition is FUS which passes on its own in a week or so with or without treatment. Occassionally signs are persistent and things like amitryptilline , PsGAGS, Nsaids have all been anectdotally suggested to help I have had the most success anectdotally with amitryptilline. If you are having persistent blood …past a week or so with no treatment then a culture could be wqrranted to r/o infection (unlikely unless an older cat ) and xrays to rule out stones (3-400$ is definitely excessive for xrays so find another vet if this is the fee for xrays alone…I don’t like to comment on other vets fees because you may be misquoting prices but if this is the case too much) and even bloodwork if it’s an older cat to rule out kidney problems, diabetes with 2 uti etc). Hope this helps but you didn’t give enough info. What is age of cat? How frequently is problem recurring? Do signs resolve and then return or never resolve? Are there any other signs excessive thirst, vomitting, etc
She is an older cat, (8-9 y.o, not sure as I rescued her when I saw she was pregnant 5 or 6 years ago). I didn’t see blood the first time, even at the vet, but was told that it was present. But there definitely was blood the 2nd time we were at the vet & she had her bladder squeezed.
Every time I asked for a price on anything, the vet always had to go & check…The price for the x-ray could certainly be off, I am not sure.
The issue subsided after the first visit & antibiotics given for a few days. The course was completed (ran out of the med’s) & things seemed fine. Then, as I said before, the symptoms returned & we went back to the vet. I will do EVERYTHING for my cat, but I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t being taken advantage of because of it. If she does need x-rays, I will find the way to make that happen. I just wanted to make sure that what I was quoted, was indeed excessive. Thank you!
Most times with cat’s under 10 years of age, the cause of blood in the urine is sterile/idiopathic cystitis, so she may have gotten better with no meds in a week or two anyway. However, for cat’s with recurrent signs, a UA, urine culture, and x-rays are very reasonable tests. Your vet isn’t taking advantage of you in this case. I’d also give your vet some latitude on having to check with the front desk for fees. I own my own practice and still double check when quoting fees, and generally have my receptionist’s give written estimates.
Thank you! I appreciate all of your helpful advice!!
I work at an independent retailer and got into a debate with one of our reps today. He has a 4 year old healthy JRT who is 29# of pure muscle. He is a Rep for Royal Canin and feeds the Mini Weight care food. I argued that a healthy dog should not be on a weight care formula without a weight issue. He said that he feeds it because the dog feels fuller longer. I said that fat and protein trigger the body to feel full. He says that protein does play a role, but that a specific fiber balance is the bigger factor. I said he should just feed the regular adult food but feed to the ideal weight. My question is, what is the biggest factor in satiety in carnivores: protein, fat, or fiber? Thank you!
From Dr. Meg Smart
Satiety is the inhibition of eating following a meal produced by signals arising from different stages of the digestive and absorptive process.Saitiety is associated with a pleasant sensation of fullness and satisfaction. The satiety centre in the brain is found in the ventromedial hypothalamus Sensory specific satiety explains why after eating a meal we still have room for dessert.
Satiety is a complex process involving physical, behavioural, biochemical and physiological responses. The role that the gut micrbiome plays in satiety is primarily unexplored. The main area of research by the pet food industry involves fibre both soluable and insoluble, as it is a filling ingredient which distends the stomach, and slows the rate of passage. On the down side it can negatively impact on nutrient digestability. Another plus is that it is a cheap ingredient.
This is a simplistic answer to a complex process and really does not answer the question.
We have a 5 year old male pitbull that is currently on his second month of Atopica. I’ll try to be brief but we have been through so much with him that I’m concerned we might be missing an underlying problem. His lesions always start on his back and we never see him itch-the lesions are dry scaly spots that cause baldness. Right now, his back is covered in these spots and new spots seem to be popping up daily. The lesions sometimes pop up on his abdomen and/or paws. When his paws are involved, we do see him tending to them and an infection will quickly follow. He’s an inside dog, we keep all of his bedding extremely clean, he’s on Comfortis for flea prevention and ProHeart for heartworm prevention. We have strictly adhered to a food trial (royal canin dry PR vetinary prescription diet food) for the past year, we use the medicated shampoo that has been prescribed, etc. We always follow our vet’s instructions and the Atopica treatment seems to be our last treatment option (we’ve been through the antihistamines, the steroid injections and the oral steroids). I’ve tried to research lesion distribution patterns but can’t really find anything about the back being the primary flair zone. Is there anything that our vet could be missing??
Without seeing your dog, it sounds like there may be collarettes forming on the back and belly. If this is what’s happening, they are usually due to bacterial infection and need at least a 3 week course of cephalexin along with regular antibacterial shampoos. Itching and hair loss along the back is most frequently associated with flea allergy – but this is itchy – so if there’s no itching that would be less likely. Also, in most cases fleas are easy to diagnose. If the lesions are from something other than infection, a skin scraping, fungal culture, and possibly a skin biopsy may be needed.
What are you reading from this urinalysis?
collected sample via Free Flow @ 7:00am
pH: 6 pH
Specific Gravity: 1.024
WBC: 1-2 per HPF.
RBC: 3-4 per HPF.
Bacteria: None seen
Casts: None seen
Epithelial cells: 2 per HPF.
Crystals: None seen
Other: Granular debris 1+
My friend’s 3 year old pug became ill Monday morning – vomited one time, pacing, indicating pain, shaking then refused to eat or drink. Local vet did bloodwork and X rays and referred to a clinic in a larger city. They did more bloodwork and ultrasound and dx with pancreatitis bordering on severe. The dog has been there now since Monday (four days) on IV and pain meds. It has also had a blood transfusion. Yesterday they were told it was doing well, pain meds decreased, dog had a normal bowel movement. Today they were told a second ultrasound was done, the vet did not see as much progress as he hoped, he feels it is too soon to re introduce food, so they will continue on IV for another few days. They will do another ultrasound in a few days and hopefully be able to look at discharge by Monday – maybe Sunday if things progress well. The vet has opted to not do further bloodwork to keep costs down but is doing ultrasounds. They were told the bill will be around $5000. The family is upset that ultrasound is the diagnostic tool over bloodwork especially when all they’ve been told is ‘we don’t see as much progress as we’d like.’ Is this typical of pancreatitis treatment? Are there any specific questions they can ask for clarification? Thank you.
Can be very frustrating and slow disease from which they sometimes don’t recover. I don’t really feel that you have to keep repeating ultrsounds…either the dog will improve or he will not. Just need fluids, abs, colloids like blood are good too, and rest the gut. When the dog turns the corner he will just one day be better and have a voracious appetite (or he won’t turn the corner). Can be long drawn out process and even require feeding tubes or intravenous nutrition…The disease can be very expensive to treat because takes so much time…there is nothing to do about that and there are no guarantees
How do you know if they will eat? Do they try to feed the dog and see if it will eat / keep food down or keep it on IV until X level or Y ultrasound something is seen? That seems to be what this clinic is looking for and my friend is a bit lost with it all (and thank you for responding too!)
Do you recommend de-worming a dog and if so, how often?
My wee chi gets periodic episodes of foamy bile and diaharrea. Recently had tests for pancreatitis, did complete blood panel – negative, all looks great and a fecal – no worms.
She (as are all my Chi’s, on a homecooked diet – have been for 3 years now)
We generally recommend deworming 3-4x during the puppy visits. Most of the dogs we see are placed on heartworm prevention seasonally. The preventatives that we use have medications that eliminate most of the common intestinal parasites as well. However, the travel history and environment in which the dog is kept is taken into consideration as well. For example, if I am treating a dog that lives in an apartment in NYC that develops diarrhea, parasites will be much lower on the list of causes than if I am treating a dog from Long Island that is out in the parks and fields dining on goose droppings! There are many causes for diarrhea, parasites are but one. As far as heartworm prevention goes, it too depends. In the southeast, I think that all dogs should be tested annually and put on prevention. In areas that have less heartworm, it’s a judgement call. I do not practice in an endemic area, but I did diagnose two dogs last year from our area that were positive and had clinical illness. Prevention is easier than treatment, so I prefer to test annually in the springtime, an generally will recommend prevention June-November. The parasitologists recommend year round prevention.
My cocker spaniel of 9 years old recently is very itchy and has lots of scales and red skin on his back . He is some time on steroids for lungmeta’s. Is his skin problem the result of the medication? Or what other diagnosis would there be?
i don’t know what lungmetas is (lung mets? from cancer???)
I don’t know what the skin problem is without seeing it but playing the odds it is probably primary seborrhea of the cocker spaniel which can be controlled but not cured with various topicals
Thank you for creating this site- My dog is an 11 yr old mixed breed who has been on Hills canned W/D following a bout of pancreatitis and giardia few years ago- She was on Wellness dry before – suffered stomach upsets and full anal glands regularly so vet recommended I keep her on this food. She was very sick after eating the dry a year ago and wont touch it so just eats wet. Since then her weight has been at it lowest, she has periods of bloody colitis and stomach gurgling. I want to get her on different food bc she is so skinny but I am afraid to pick one that is too high in fat bc she is so sensitive. She has always been thin and was emaciated first year of life with diarrhea but finally stabilized at the age of 2- she weighed around 40-45 she weighs 35 now- – Past 6 months also has awful breath no. Im wondering if its related- Her blood work/ stool sample/ all test show normal results. My vets recommended nutritionalist who recommended more Hills foods. Do have any diet/ specific commercial food recommendations? I am so worried but traumatized from how many times she has been sick stomach wise. I feel like I am failing my dog.
you need to see a vet and get a good exam, good history and some diagnostics
Hello, my border collie/lab mix had a luxating patellar and torn ACL…the vet went in surgically and seated the patellar and placed an implant…4 months later, I’m still hearing pops and clicks and he’s still not putting full pressure on that same rear left leg. The vet now says he might have torn his meniscus and wants to perform another surgery possibly removing it…are there any other options/causes/treatments?! He just turned 2 yrs old and is 75lbs
no that sounds about right
Thank you for your site and quick reply…really though? Another surgery? No other options?
I was wondering how you feel about heart worm pills (interceptor).
Do you think they are necessary or rather harmful.
I don’t think they are harmful, but the decision to use heartworm prevention or not depends on the area in which you live. In highly endemic areas such as the southeast, using heartworm prevention makes good sense. In other areas where it is not as common, it depends on your risk tolerance. The medication is generally safe so even in areas where the disease is rare I would consider it’s use since the disease can be bad if contracted.
I just had a really bad experience with a Vet that was substituting for my regular vet – left me confused … I took my 2 year old standard poodle in for his annual check up a few days ago – we went directly from the off leash park where he had banged his leg jumping over benches etc – He was limping – he had a very hot paw as confirmed by Vet Tech (who conducted the exam) The vet came in saw him limping and immediately jumped to CCL rupture/needs a TPLO when I questioned the diagnosis I was quickly reminded that I’m not a vet- 2 days later he’s walking around like nothing happened – would he be fine in 2 days if it’s a rupture? I have to go back for a follow up exam in a few days – will be going for a second opinion – yours is a third
Whether or not it’s a torn ACL doesn’t really matter to me. If your dog isn’t lame no additional treatment is needed, whatever the cause. As far as the Vet Tech making a diagnosis, he/she is not a Vet either so I wouldn’t consider that in your decision making. If the lameness occurs again it may be best to at least have a consultation with another vet to determine the cause.
Dr. Foley, you diagnosed my dog Mac with anxiety issues last year, related to his incessant paw biting, and said there is medication for that. While I was not interested at the time, it is now starting to drive me crazy and I would like to pursue medication if I can afford it. What is the best medicine you recommend, and are there side effects I should look out for?
Thanks so much,
Since it’s been a year, it’s best to come back in for a recheck or call me at the office so I can have your record in front of me while we are speaking.
What is your take on dewclaw removal? I prefer not to have them removed, but is there any evidence showing adverse effects to having these “extra” digits removed?
There is some evidence…Dr. Chris Zink feels and has demonstrated in some papers that the dewclaw is vital for pivoting and traction during athletic performance.. Can’t say that I personally have ever seen any problems from doing it. I generally remove only if they are pendulous
I was given a sample of trifexis for heart worm precaution for my 4 mo pup. I’ve seen a lot of negative feedback all over the web concerning this drug. Do you have any info regarding any adverse reactions. Thank you.
I have not used this product myself. It is fairly new. I don’t normally try new products until they’ve been on the market for a few years. As you may have found in some of our writing, the benefit of using these products needs to be weighed against the risk of any side effects they may have. To be sure….there are NO medications without their problems/side effects. There are now literally dozens of products to prevent fleas, ticks, and heartworm disease, and it is a daunting task to determine which to use – if any! If you must use a product due to the real risk of contracting the disease, such as heartworm in Florida, and you are not comfortable with Trifexis, you may want to choose another product that has been on the market longer.
Thank you very much for your reply. I didn’t realize the drug was that new. I will certainly ask my vet for something that has been around longer. We are located in NY and pup hasn’t been tested for parasites yet. Appreciate your help and reading through your very educational blogs (as new pet owner)! Best regards,
I saw your reply on Cushings. Why isn’t it as easy to treat on dogs as is in horses?
I live on Long Island (Shelter Island). Once my dogs reach the age of 6 or 7, I have only been giving rabies. Unfortunately, the dogs who I have adopted as seniors, were vaccinated because of unknown history, and over vaccinated because of rescue or travel requirements. Now my pack of 7 dogs are nearly all over age 8. I am worried about rabies and worried about the rabies vaccine. When I have had terminally ill dogs, I did not vaccinate. Now I have one with liver enzyme issues (10 yrs) and others healthy, but old. Raccoons don’t scare me because my dogs are in yard with me or on leash. But I worry about bats. Then again, humans are not vaccinated against rabies. I know I could get a medical exemption for Molly but I do worry about the bats and don’t know what to do. My barn cats (like most barn cats) have had nothing beyond the age 5 or 6.
1 1/2 yr pit mix post double luxating patella surgery 5 months notice small bubble bulge on one kneecap could this be migrating screw or absess what needs to be done
You need to have your vet look at it.
My three year old cat has recently been diagnosed with Chylothorax. I am heartbroken because I know the outcome is not good. My vet is treating her conservatively — with chest pumps and Rutin. Our cat is home now and seems to be doing pretty well — eating and moving and resting. Is there anything else we should do?
In some cases these cats can be handled with a surgery where a lymphatic duct can be ligated. This should be done by a surgical specialist.
We recently got ourselves a landseer pup. We are hearing a lot of different opinions on what type of chow to give him. Do you have a chow suggestion?
Migrated screw surgery to remove Thursday
Dear Angry Vet,
I neutered my dog before I knew any better, and I was wondering if there are any treatments or options to try and ameliorate the negative effects of low testosterone available for dogs.
in theory yes but never heard of anyone doing it
Dear Angry Vet
I have recently found your thought-provoking blog after going to pick out a newborn Australian Shepherd from a breeder last Saturday. I am from the UK and wanted a dog with a tail, since docking is banned there, so had to pick and pay upfront.
Whilst wanting to keep my dog totally intact, I have some concerns about the neutering issue. My main concerns are the health of the dog, and potential aggression around my two young children (5 & 7 yrs, whom I am planning to train extensively to be respectful of the dog, as well as vice versa). I have also heard about neutered males being more aggressive to intact males.
I am a developmental biologist and have tried to research this issue, being conscious of the importance of the correct signals at times of development and also their effects on aging. However, despite some anecdotal evidence of improved health and behavior on both sides of the argument, and a few scientific studies that do not really control for variables other than neutering (eg. early life history, genetics, environment, diet), I feel like there is not enough information to make an informed decision.
I heard about the zinc gluconate injection, which sounds promising because it retains some ~50% of testosterone levels, but I would not like to try it since there have been no long-term studies published.
So, my question: since I know it is an issue close to your heart, in your opinion does having an intact male affect the likelihood of aggression in that male to humans and to other dogs? Are other dogs more likely to be aggressive with him?
Many thanks for your comments.
depends upon the breed. Dogs with aggression problems have at best a 50-60% improvement with the problem with neutering. More to do with genetics and breed and training. Certain types of aggression like fear aggression are actually increased with neutering
My now 4-year-old cattle dog/lab mix (40 lbs) had a tplo done a year ago. She didn’t recover well–that is, her leg just never gained strength and she continued to limp. The first surgeon kept telling me to exercise her more. So I went to a different surgeon who did an arthroscopy last August and found that the meniscus was damaged and she has some damage to her caudal cruciate ligament. He trimmed the meniscus and sutured the ccl. My dog has recovered to an extent. She has pretty good muscle tone in the leg, but she still avoids using the bad leg. When she jumps off the couch, she always lands on her good leg, for example. Playing ball, tug, swimming, or doing anything with quick movements makes her limp and hop for at least 24 hours. So obviously she is still in some pain.
The second surgeon is suggesting a surgery to reverse the tplo. He thinks that something is wrong mechanically. He would rotate the bone back to almost the original position to take pressure off the caudal cruciate ligament, but not enough to put pressure on the cranial cruciate. He says the cranial is “healed.”
I can’t find any information about this type of surgery. I hate to put my little girl through another surgery. But she is a very active dog and lives to play ball, tug, and especially play agility. She was the kind of agility dog you dream of having. Right now her activity level is limited, but I’m not sure I would feel confident having her do any more activity after a third surgery either.
I’ve been offered expensive treatments like stem cell therapy and laser treatments, but I feel like I don’t have a clear diagnosis of what is causing the pain, so how can I be sure that focused treatments like these will help? It is questionable whether there was any damage to her CrCL in the first place (the arthroscopy in August showed no damage), and we don’t know for sure what caused the damage to her CaCl. What if her original symptoms were due to something else?
Anyway, what do you know about tplo reversal surgery? Can you think of any diagnostic tests or treatments that might be worth trying?
That is beyond my pay grade! sorry…
I would think that exploring the knee and removing the whole meniscus may do the trick as that is usually the problem but reversing the procedure…never heard of that and sounds very risky. I am not a big fan of TPLO anyway
I am not a fan of tplo either. The effing surgeon went ahead and did it without explaining the procedure or any options to me. I assumed my dog was getting lateral suture.
Our 8 year old female lab, (weight 70lbs) had an extracpsular, suture repair of her left knee in January. There was a moderate amount of degenerative disease in the knee pre-op. She has always been an active dog. Post- op we followed all the rules and kept her quiet for 3 months but she started limping again on the affected side. On xray it looks like the suture has been displaced. Our vet has recommended that we do the surgery again. Same procedure. I have concerns because it already failed once and was expensive. Should we proceed? Consider a different procedure? Should we brace her? Any recommendations on bracing- hard vs soft, brands etc.?
My 10 yo Golden Retriever was recently diagnosed with hemalytic anemia, the autoimmune type. She has been ill for quite some time, she is responding very well to the Prednisone and Azathioprine (sp.?) RBC is nearing normal, her weight is almost back to normal, energy good. The only problem is, she has been on antibiotics (Flagyl and Amoxy) almost constantly for over 6 mos. As soon as the antibiotics are finished, her temp spikes back up, she stops eating and has diarrhea. She has only been taking the immunosuppressive for about a month, prior to that, was on Pred, Amoxy, Flagyl and the antibiotics w/o a diagnosis (I don’t have a lot of $ for extensive testing ( ) I am now giving her Baytril, an she’s fine, but I’m pretty sure her symptoms will return when this is done..What is going on?? Does she have some underlying intestinal or other infection, and is there a powerful antibiotic that will knock it out for good?? Doc mentioned that they still may be intestinal lymphoma undetected..? but this has been going on for close to a year, and she’s a champ when on her meds! PLEASE help!!
Why is my dog constantly panting drinking water shaking discharging from her vaginal area and throwing up I need help now
If she isn’t spayed she may have a pyometra….get her to a vet ASAP
It’s my understanding that you approve of raw feeding in dogs. In your experience, have you seen a positive effect of raw feeding on some conditions such as chronic diarrhea or “soft serve” stools, colitis and other random stomach upsets? I am considering switching over to a raw diet, but so many vets are opposed to this and I’m not sure I agree with all of their reasons. Any insight/opinion you may have on this subject would be greatly appreciated. I have a dog that seems to have some food sensitivities (no real allergies) and I am looking for an alternative to kibble.
A friend of mine’s Mastiff bitch had a singleton pup, the pup had an umbilical hernia. Pup is now 5 mths old and it’s not looking any better, it appears to be growing with the dog. I’m concerned as mastiffs grow very large very quickly. Shouldn’t it have closed by now if it was going to on it’s own?
Hi. First of all thank you for providing all us pet owners with honest, reliable information to help ease our minds and provide us with the proper information to make the Best choices for our pet’s individual health care. I have a 6yr old lab/st. benard mix, 111 lbs., named Mac. He usually averages about 92lbs, he just recently gained this weight this past winter. I rescued him at 4 months when he was going to be euthanized at a shelter I volunteered at when his owners discovered he had hip dysplasia. With proper diet, exercise, joint supplements, ie: Glucosamine and Chondroitin, and massage I am very pleased to say he has suffered minimal side effects. He has always been active and thankful appears to enjoy his life at least 90% free of side effects. Maybe, at the most I will see him 3xs a year be a little slow getting up. He has always had the typical bunny hop, but never have I seen any of his activities affected by discomfort or pain. Last Thursday night, he came upstairs to go to bed with me and I noticed he was limping and favoring his left hind leg. I did not see or hear any particular incident that night or days before that would lead me to believe he hurt himself. I immediately checked paw for any foreign objects or soreness, rubbed and moved his whole foot, leg and hip and no sign from him that there was any discomfort. At this point I thought maybe he laid funny and his hip was bothering him. By Friday evening he couldn’t bare any weight on the leg and still wasn’t showing any sign of pain when I inspected, rubbed and moved his leg (paw to hip, lower back and even knee.) Saturday am I took him to the vet, she said possible tear in his ccl. She said his knee was slightly swollen. She wanted me to start him on Previcox 227mg , rest and then call her in a few days. She said if not better she wants me to bring him in and she would sedate him to relax the muscles to do the “drawer test.” After 2 days of being on the previcox he is already putting weight on his leg, but I am still restricting his activity. I understand this is an anti inflammatory/pain reliever, but since he’s showing improvement does this mean he possibly didn’t tear his ccl? I also have heard he may limp again after he’s off the previcox, is this true or common? I just want to have an idea what to expect and what to ask my vet. I did put him on a diet to get his weight back down and I am keeping a close eye for possible med side effects. I am also concerned because of his hip problems and likely arthritis already, if surgery is necessary would his issues complicate recovery and increase his chance of damage to his healthy hind leg? Thank you so much for your help. Sincerely, Machelle
If your dog’s knee was swollen and there was acute lameness, the knee is the likely ACUTE problem, and I would agree with your vets approach. He may have a partial or even a full tear of the ACL, as these are the most common problems of the canine knee seen in general practice. Partial tears of the ACL do tend to wax and wane in terms of clinical signs, and eventually many will completely tear. Most dogs in this weigh range with torn ACLs do require surgery for the best outcomes. I agree with you that the hips will be a complicating factor and need to be taken into consideration. However, most dogs like this that do tear the ACL do have surgery for the knee.
Hi Doctor- We are trying to understand the appropriate age to neuter a new kitten – we’ve read most consistently that 4 months is best – before kittens reach puberty to avoid dealing with spraying and aggressive behavior. Our previous cat was about 4 months old when a switch was flipped and he changed almost instantly from a cute, sweet kitten into an aggressive, destructive nightmare! He calmed down as he aged, and we did neuter him at 6 months of age, but the aggression never subsided completely. We have been told (and have been reading) that the best way to ensure male cats remain docile is to neuter them earlier – around the 4 month mark. Is this true? I called several vets in our area and they all refuse to neuter before 6 months, so I don’t know how 4 months is even an option. Thank you!
Being forced to neuter by local law enforcement, can anyone help?
There seems to be a decent amount of literature on the effects of spay/neuter on dogs, but less on cats. I have two kittens, one male, one female, around 5 1/2 months old (they and their mother were living in our community garden). I would like to spay/neuter but am having difficulty determining the healthiest age to do so. I know what the research says for dogs but for the female kitten, in particular, should I wait until she has completed a couple of heats (I am able to keep her separated for the duration) in order for her to utilize the growth and immunity advantages full sexual maturity brings? Or should I spay now, before she has had her first heat cycle? The male I plan to neuter as soon as his urine smell changes indicating his full sexual maturity. Comments? Suggestions? Links to research? Thanks in advance.
no research whatsoever
I have an 8 yo Rhodesian ridgeback, recently I noticed him being a bit unsteady in his hind legs, he had a partial tear in his left acl a couple of years ago, no surgery just restriction for 6-7 months & he has been fine until now, I have just recently seen him knuckling that foot & so a friend of mine & I (we are vet tech students) did a reflex test on him.. He has delayed pain response in both back legs, left worse then right, has normal righting reflex in all but the back left paw, his panniculus response is very good until you get to the lower lumbar near the sacral vertebrae.. When he walks he is splaying his legs out a bit. He is definitely more weak on the left side, but the right side is not as good as it should be either. No pain when manipulating his joints or pressing on hips, etc. when they did the X-rays a couple years ago there was no signs of arthritis at all. Any thoughts of which direction to think towards & maybe where to start on tests? He is otherwise a very healthy dog at ideal weight.
I think you need to bring him to a neurologist for an examination.
Our 13 year old westie suddenly goes deaf. Vet says nothing can be done. We talk him into drops(Otomax) taking for 4 days in he meantime ( the last three days we started giving her Denamarin it seems something is working but we don’t know which and have read of possible deleterious side effects fron Otomax. bTW the Dr did swab and check for infection and found none, however she was on an antibiotic, Carprofen and Rimadyl ( neck pain) and metronidazole , which we feel could have masked the results of the test. So our quandary is what is helping with the hearing improvement? And what to keep her on, Otomax , Denamarin or both ?
Nice site so far, and appreciated. My own tendency to question rather than blindly accept dogma has led me down similar trails, picking through what peer-reviewed studies I could find to come to some sort of conclusion about spaying and neutering best practices and see how they compare with commonly accepted wisdom. Unfortunately, since I was only researching for my own curiosity I never bothered keeping notes on where I got my info, so when I found myself discussing the topic with others I had nothing to back up my conclusions. For a long time I wound up relying on the this instead:
(Not a NAIA paper, that’s just one of several sites hosting it.) Its conclusions were slightly different from my own–I’d settled for myself that altering at about 6-7yo as ideal in most cases–but close enough. And it cites its sources, which leads me to my first request for your site: Cite your sources in your articles! The above paper did a lot for getting my vet to understand where I was coming from because she was able to read the original research. Plus, some of us regular folk are weird enough to actually like reading the studies for ourselves now and then.
My other request was if, over time, other commonly-kept animals could also be included. I understand you’re both small animal vets, which may be where you’re most comfortable giving professional opinions. If you were able to collaborate with other similarly-minded vets with different specialties, it seems like it’d be useful to have articles, or even addenda to existing articles, pertaining to horses and maybe some exotics.
I have a 10 year old mini dachshund diagnosed two years ago with canine sarcoidosis. She had a biospy which was sent to Guelph University in Ontario which came back with this diagnosis.
Our vet has had her on a regime of prednisone and antibiotics along with twice weekly baths of a medicated shampoo.
We have had a sarcoid removed from beneath her eyelid last October and it has returned also. Her ears are marked with growths which keep spreading and cover the lower part of both ears now.
Her back is full of these growths or sarcoids and spreading.
The sarcoids seem to go into remission but return, she now has them growing in between her back paws and now starting on the front paws, when she walks they bleed from time to time.
We have tried all avenues to see what we can do to help her, the sarcoids have come back lots this time and are again scabbing over forming puss underneath them.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated or knowledge of another owner having a dog with Canine sarcoidosis.
Hope you can help us
I’ve recently adopted an adult (3-ish) female dog (shep/sheltie cross) who was thought to be spayed but then went into heat. I’m supposed to have her spayed according to the contract with the rescue agency. My concern is that she seems to be a bit “reactive” – it’s not extreme but it’s definitely there, and I want to improve it, not make it worse.
Do you have any knowledge of this issue worsening (or improving) in bitches who are spayed when fully mature? I’ve found research that suggests that spaying can worsen aggression but it’s more likely when spaying happens too soon. But I’ve also read that it can ease possessiveness (she has some manageable issues with possessiveness).
As a side note, I’m reading a fantastic training book (Scaredy Dog by Ali Brown) written by a trainer who was inspired to develop expertise in positive training techniques to help her manage her reactive bitch – whose issue worsened after being spayed at 2 years old.
I understand that you should not normally shave a cats fur but I have a small longhaired cat, about 10 lbs. and about 3 years old, and she throws up some pretty big hairballs. They can be as big around as a nickel and about 3 to 4 inches long. Her poo is so packed with fur its almost rock hard. I don’t know how she’s able to pass it. I brush her several times a day to get out the loose fur but I don’t think its helping. I’m wondering if I should shave her body now and then. She’s strictly an indoor cat.
angry vet, are you a licensed vet? the thought of spaying my baby makes me uneasy for some reason. i’m responsible, i’ll diaper her if i have to during heat. the only reason i’d do this is if it’s TRULY a health benefit, but from what i read it goes both ways. good and bad?
i have a 7 1/2 yr old male pit . He has reacurring issues with bladder infections and my vet said we should “have him fixed” we ar on the fence about this issue due to so many reasons . we do not want his personality to change but want to do what is best for his health. what is your thoughts?
i live in San Francisco and my non neutered 12 year old pitbull was recently discovered by animal control when a neighbor complained about them barking at night. MY pitbull is very gentle and has never hurt or biten anyone. animal control wants me to neuter my dog because it is illegal to have a non neuter pitbull. there is an exception if the neutering endangers my dogs health , he do not have to get neutered. i brought him to an independent vet and the spca but vets confirmed that he is healthy enough to neuter and the process will not endanger him. i am against neutering my do, i know my dog will not be the same after hes neutered. i need to find a vet out there that will support my claim a – neutering him dog will endanger his health.
I love this site! I have a 12 year old spayed Shih Tzu bitch who has developed a fabulous appetite! She is a good weight for her breed, has just had her health check with our vet who is happy with her in every way. But she will often finish her dinner and her two housemates if she has the chance. She’s not lethargic, doesn’t have an increased thirst or increased urination – she has just turned into an exceptionally good eater! Should I be looking out for any other symptoms or should I be unconcerned? Thank you.
Probably nothing to be worried about but having annual blood and urine testing is a good idea at her age.
Hi Doctor Foley,
Just wanted to let you know that your other website is down as it says the domain name expired on 7/2/13 (sbvetgroup.com).
I only found out because I was going to write a wonderful review on sbvet.group. Thanks for all the wonderful care from you and your whole staff.
I’ve just left the vet who took over for my old vet a few years ago. While the new vet charges more for everything, I don’t think we can reasonably expect a young vet just beginning a practice to remove an imbedded foxtail for just a $10 the way doctor Foor did for my then 4 year-old Aussie Fletcher the day I first brought him home. I’m sympathetic with the financial position vets are in but at the same time need to be budget conscious myself as a teacher.
Last week with school out I finally brought Fletcher in for what I thought were needed vaccinations. Come to find out it was a wellness exam that I was paying $50 for. The doctor was delayed in arriving and the tech announced that I would also need to pay for a heartworm blood test. I said I wouldn’t be paying for a blood test as I give both my dogs the medication on the first of each month. When the doctor arrived he felt fletchers abdomine and listened to his heart before announcing that Fletcher’s heart murmur was worse and he would need $400 dollars in blood and urine tests as well as x-rays and an EKG, adding he would get the needed heartworm results in the process. When I pressed for how the results of these tests would inform treatment options, he talked instead about the costs instead as if that were the only consideration.
I should explain that Fletcher -now 14 years old- has had a walk every day of his life in the 10 years he has lived with me. He is often as playful as a puppy, affectionate, in no obvious pain and while he has never been a chow hound, he is holding his weight up at 50 pounds largely due to my sitting and watching him eat. (If I don’t, he is in no hurry to eat and would eat less.) The fact is, I hadn’t brought him in as the result of any pressing concern. At one point in arguing that we needed to address his heart issues, he happened to say “if he can’t even walk to the end of the block”. I had to repeat that he walks everyday. With school out, he has enjoyed a hike off leash in the hills with me, my younger dog and often my wife of at least 2 miles every day. I reminded him that I had only brought him in because I thought he needed vaccinations. Obviously, the doctor was either not listening to what I had said or didn’t respect my powers of observation.
Fletcher is very senior and is epileptic as well (though thankfully has had only two major episodes that we’ve witnessed). So why all the tests? The dog is 14 years old and likely to live anywhere from less than a year to a few years more at best. His quality of life for his age is good and he is in no apparent discomfort.
For my peace of mind I ended up bringing to another vet for a second opinion and ended up getting the tests done on him there. I just received word this morning that everything looks good except for his heart which is enlarged and a growth in one of his lungs. She immediately wanted to do $900 more of testing to find out how best to treat the growth. Again I had to bring her back to talk to me about treatment options. I told her he wouldn’t be getting surgery at his age and when she brought up the possibility of chemo, which she assured me was less traumatic than for humans, I told her he wouldn’t be spending his last days on chemo either. I declined the additional tests and while at first she hadn’t been willing to consider any treatment until I agreed to the recommended further testing, she then started suggesting treatments that can help with his arthritis. I had to tell her we’d wait until he actually exhibited any need of treatment. In the mean time I have him on Cosequin DS and am about to start him on fish oil too. He will go on using the ramp in and out of the truck. And I will indulge him all the dalliance he requires on walks. (He actually keeps up better than my wife who is 70.)
While I am sympathetic about the financial situation of young vets, I do not appreciate their attempts to fan my concerns for my older dog into a pressing emergency. He is suffering from what I suffer from, old age. And the cure for him will be the same as the cure for me. I’m still looking for a vet whose council I can trust to be based on my dog’s best interests and who will acknowledge the primacy of my judgement in his treatment.
I posted a question weeks ago re a mini 10yrs dachs with canine skin sarcoidosis, I see the post has been taken off, wondered why and wondered why the question was not addressed, maybe I am doing something incorrect
What drugs do you recommend for the most humane and peaceful euthanasia? We recently had a very sad experience with euthanizing our beloved scotty who never hurt a fly and had seizures at 1-1/2 yrs. old (until we took him off Science Diet and made his food for 14 yrs.) Because of his tragic and unpeaceful response, we learned the sedative given was ACEPROMAZINE. If we had only asked and had only known what we know now thru internet research. Please give us your opinion and recommendations not only for us, but for anyone who may have to euthanaise their pet. Thank you.
I have a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix, appx. 11-12 years old. She is licking the carpets and has a cough. She coughs also when she drinks water. Might the licking be related to the cough? What could be causing each?
I have a 13 year old dog (SPARKY). At this yearly checkup our new VET said his pancreas was at an extremely elevated level. I should mention he is totally asymptomatic of pancreatitis. So, we put him on a diet & after 2 months & a fast we took another blood test & they said his pancreas was still extremely elevated. Our vet then prescribed DENAMARIN. According to her the pancreas is next to the liver so DENAMARIN will help his pancreas level, although NOTHING is wrong with his liver. I have been giving him DENAMARIN for 3 months, I see no change in him he is healthy, happy the same Sparky before DENAMARIN. Besides his monthly TRIFEXIS year round (we live in Hawaii). I give him from Pet Alive Pancreas Booster. Should I keep giving him $85 per month of Liver meds when nothing is wrong with his liver? Does DENAMARIN help the pancreas, & Sparky is still totally asymptomatic of pancreatitis. I’m take my responsibility of him very serious especially since he is getting older I’m disabled so we’re together 24/7 & I’d would see him if he would vomit, I check his stool every single time, he has great bowel movements no diarrhea, it is solid the color goes from dark brown to a medium brown the same since he was a pup. He can’t hide from his mommy. Does giving him DENAMARIN for his pancreas make any sense or could it hurt him since nothing is wrong with his liver. I really hope you can help.
Hi please can you help me. I have an 11 month old akita x husky who has recently started attacking my one year old spaniel. She started attacking him over food but it has escalated to her attacking him randomly, otherwise her temperament is wonderful. I am extremely concerned about her aggression particularly as I have a 4 year old who finds this behaviour frightening. Have you any ideas about what I can do please?
I just got a 2 year old red nose pit bull and for the last two days hes been humping my boyfriend and we talked to his owner before us and he said he has never done it before how do we get him to stop.
I Have two beagles, one of whom is a dwarf (bubba)and was fixed when i got him. my other beagle is an intact male(two-bit). they have been together since bubba was 2-3 and two-bit was 8 weeks old. all of a sudden two-bit is going crazy trying to hump and lick bubba. he is so focused on this and it seems as if his personality changed overnight.whining, barking, and he won’t leave bubba alone. when bubba is outside he whines, when he is outside, he whines. he is even finding this more important than toys and food (although he’s always up for some treats) i am unsure as to what may be causing this behavior. i would rather not get two-bit fixed and have been told that doing this will not change this behavior even after being fixed. i would like to know if anyone else may have encountered this. i’ve been told everything from bubba’s anal secretions is causing this, to just being told that two-bit has hit his prime and even if getting fixed, his behavior will stay the same. this is very distracting and worrysome, since it seems my two-bit has lost his usual personality. is there any chance that this is just a phase and he will calm down? please help, any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thank you, Christina
I’m going to be getting a Cockapoo puppy in Sept. I don’ t have any vets in my area that does Keyhole spaying, so deciding to have her spayed the standard way. But after her 1st heat, my question is should I wait the FULL year before doing so? Which means she may go through 2 heat cycles?? Not sure I can keep intact her whole life.
I have a 5 month old blue Chihuahua. Shortly after I got her, I noticed thinning hair on her back. When I took her to the vet for shots, he addressed this & did a scraping for mange that was negative. I bathed her weekly & applied vit e oil & it got better. It is happening again so I took her back. Again the scraping is negative. Told to bathe every few days with betadine shampoo. Also that blues are notorious for skin problems. What can I do to prevent this or at least lessen it?
My 10 year old Labradoodle started coughing out of nowhere last night. At first it was about every 2 minutes then slowed to about once an hour. 3-4 coughs followed by a gag. She is an indoor dog with pretty much no contact with other dogs, never been boarded. I made her drink some water and this morning she ate her treat as usual but when she tried to give her excited bark for the treat she started coughing again. I’m not sure what it could be.
my 2 yr old dog has a bad skin reaction which only happens in summer i have gone to a few vets and no one can tell me what to do. one vet even told me he had mange and gave me very dangerous medication which i did not give him and by fall his skin was all cleared up and did not start up again until this summer. What can I do for him so he is not so sratchy
I have a 16-mo Rhodesian Ridgeback. We waited until he was 9 mos. to get his rabies shot. Just 5-mo later, he went in for his next round of shots. When the tech brought him back to me, she said, “We gave him his rabies.” Excuse me? He just had one 5 mo. Ago! She says, “Well, it wasn’t in his record!” Shouldn’t she have asked? The bigger question I have is, what is the impact on his immune system by having 2 rabies shots within 5 mos.
I have an 8 year old dog who has had 2 ACL repairs to his R back leg. He is now limping again so it did not work. What should I do? I do not want to put him through another operation. If I do decide to put him through another operation, is there a procedure that will work?
Thanks for the great advice you provide! My 6 year old shih tzu dog has suddenly become fearful of the noise of rain on our conservatory roof. It started around 3-4 weeks ago with some thunder – he was panting and almost trying to climb inside my skin – but since then he seems unsettled if it rains heavily, causing noise on the roof. If it happens during the night, I can hear him crying. I’m trying not to encourage it by bringing him upstairs with us at bedtime, but up until the thunder point he was absolutely bomb proof and would even stand in the garden barking during a storm. I’m worried that this has happened quite suddenly – could there be a medical reason for this sudden change?
I have a 15 year old Shih Tsu who I love dearly. Unfortunately he got Glaucoma in one eye and lost his vision in it. I elected to have to have the surgery to have a prostetic eye put in and it came out so well that you cannot tell which eye is his good one. It was performed by Dr. Charle Stuhr in Wilton Ct. Unfortunately my dog now has cataracts in his good eye. Dr Stuhr does not do Cataracts surgery but did reccomend a Dr. John Sapienza in Long Island ,NY to possibly have the procedure done. Dr. Stuhr did say that if the dog did have the cataracts procedure done, it could increase the chances of getting glaucoma in the remaining good eye. I went on-line and read some not so favorable comments on Dr. Sapienza which makes me further afraid to get it done. Do you know of him or have heard anything about his work? Even though my dog is 15 years old he still is good health and if I can help the quality of his life in getting his vision improved , I would. Do you have any help you can give me in regards to this procedure or about Dr. Sapienza? Thank you so much
Dr Sapienza is excellentttt
We have a 10 month old, neutered Maine Coon mix. He is very playful but gentle (has never bitten or scratched anything or anyone) but he is HUGE (20 + lbs at our last vet visit). We recently adopted a little 8 week old DMH neutered male from an adoption group in town. There was no hissing when we introduced them. The chased each other around and played but our big guy kept pouncing on the little (I mean LITTLE) one and we could tell it was hurting him. We aren’t home a lot and didn’t want to put the little guy in jeopardy so we returned him after a few days of this and he was adopted 30 minutes later! Here is my question….would it be okay to try again with a bigger or older cat? Maybe another Maine Coon who could take a little more rough play? I just don’t want to end up with an injured little kitty. Do cats do better alone?
I had my 6 month old kitten desexed about 9 days ago. Last night I noticed that he was licking himself and a saw red. At first I thought it might have been his penis but when into up this morning he still has skin colour in the area on closer look it looks like it has come from the surgery site. It’s not bright red anymore, more of a normal skin colour. Wondering if I should be taking him back to the vet. Is this normal thing to happen? It’s a Sunday so don’t really wanna go to the vet if I can get away with it today.
I want to thank you for providing breeders with support on the issue of not spaying and neutering puppies. I require my puppy people to wait until the pup is mature before spaying and neutering (one season for a female; 24 months for a male) – but there is so much pressure on these families from so many vets to spay at 6 months of age – as well as from doggie day care facilities – that I often feel I am fighing an uphill battle on this. Common sense dictates waiting, and nice now to have medical professionals like you taking a stand in agreement. I do understand that the medical information is mounting every day that early spaying and neutering is detrimental to the lives of our pets. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I need help finding a veterinary surgeon that has experience doing vasectomies for dogs anywhere in the Tri-State area, or even further afield. I have made dozens of calls to veterinary surgeons and hospitals in Manhattan and Queens with no success. I want my 17 month old, sweet, confidant, athletic Havanese to maintain his normal hormonal balance, especially if I pursue agility training with him.
The issue is that we now have a 4 month old female Coton in the house and we do not want any “accidents.”
Please help with a referral or at least a clue as to where I might look for a vet that does vasectomies. I cannot afford to fly to England, but even Oregon or California is a possibility (I have relatives to stay with.)
I perform zinc neutering which would suit your needs
Recently due to apartment manager my 6 year old chiwawha had to be neutered and before the surgery was very loving and passive now he constantly nervous and fights with my other dogs had to crate him or he would be hurt or hurt my other animals serious problem for whole family for my older dog is aggressive with his food and now i am always getting bite and in the middle of fights I am at my wits end the vets office will not help says it is a behavioral problem and they need obediance training I DONT THINK SO!! PLEASE HELP! Thank you and god bless.
I “adopted” a 7-year-old rescue sheltie eight weeks ago. He was neutered less than a week before I got him, and he has become increasingly fearful. I think he was extremely unsocialized, but I fear the neutering is an important factor. My efforts to desensitize him are bearing fruit, but the progress is extremely slow; therefore, I want to explore all possibilities to help him lead a normal life. Have there been any studies regarding testosterone replacement in dogs that have had very negative psychological results from neutering? I would so appreciate any assistance! Thank you!
not to my knowledge
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Hello! I have a 9 1/2 year old Boxer who partially tore his CCL back in July. We have opted to wait to have surgery for a couple of reasons. 1. He does not do well after surgery with his collar (this dog chews up everything) so we have to schedule time off of work, and cannot do so until December. So for now the surgery is scheduled for December 19. 2. When he was diagnosed, we had his senior bloodwork done, and his alkaline phosphatase was at 439, and that was the only number that was elevated. Everything else was perfect. They gave us Denamarin to see if this would help bring the number down. This level has always been slightly elevated his whole life. He was taking Rimadyl before the test, so we are going to have this checked again in 30 days to see if the Denamarin has helped. I am terrified to give him any more pain meds, so I have not given him any as he doesn’t really seem to be in pain at the moment. So my questions for you are : Have we made a mistake waiting so long for the surgery? He doesn’t limp hardly at all anymore, although he still toe touches when he stands for a long period of time. My vet mentioned that it would be pointless if we waited, but we really didn’t have a choice with our work schedules and having no more days to take off until December. Do you think it will be pointless to have surgery then? I also think it would be bad to do any anesthetic or more NSaids until we know his liver enzymes have come down? Maybe I am just being silly, but I want to do what is best for him and I feel like we have let him down somehow. We have also been taking him to water therapy once a week, and she said that he is using that leg really well. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
i have 2 female rex cornish 8 months old they are sisters and present the same thing (feed with 1srtchoice and royal canin during childhood i started to feed them with orijen chicken and wished to find the perfect diet i think i will have to fed them raw)they are lossing their fur , first on the spine and tail it’s very short no skin appears but almost, no redness no hitching or scratching the vet is doing fungus tests but have no idea beside that…..and they are changing color to the bottow and now more and more to the body and up (paler) i read on the net that some rex are allergic to chicken so i change the food again to natural balance duck and peas but i’m starting to be worried i’m never sure i give them the right thing, and they are losing more and more fur….(they are sleeping ok seems good and have normal stools)
I’m at loss to what to do now no one knows anything….
thank you for your insight.
Thank you for all that you do!
Pyloric Stenosis – Is this easily treated? Does it take a specialist to treat this or is this something that any veterinarian should be able to treat? I have an 8 year old Bichon that has never had issues until just recently.
I have to female puppies (they are down as mixed breed but I suspect they are pitbulls) that I found in the rubbish bins at less than a day old. They are now 2 years old. Today they had their boosters. The one was OK but the other one become very aggressive and bit both me and the vet. She has never shown any tendencies in this respect at all and I am finding this very worrying. We had to practically chock her to calm her down. We did try to muzzle her but this made things extremely worse. Now the vet is saying that they only need their boosters once every 2 years is this correct ???? And what can I do about the way she become aggressive very quickly. Am I doing something wrong ??? They are corrected when they do something wrong, they are fed dog food not human food and are walked 4 to 6 times a day as they are very energetic. The one that became aggressive is at times very timid and frightened of funny things like carrier bags, walking through the kitchen although we have never understood why. She has never shown any aggression towards anyone or anything before. Please help as this has frightened me..
I have 2 1/2 yr old intact male scottish terrier. I have only recently moved to the city and started taking him to a dog park. On the average day we have no issues and he is very friendly, sociable, and playful. But the last time we went he was quite aggressive and was mounting all the other dogs (which is not his normal behaviour) the only difference i could think of was that I was on my menses, could that have been the cause of his increased aggression, or should i be looking for another cause to his changed behaviour?
I brought home an abandoned kitten last winter. I took her in to have her checked for feline leukemia to protect my senior cats. The vet couldn’t restrain her and said he had to anesthetize her for the test. When I called to check on her, the test was negative and he insisted on vaccinating her for felv and several other things that day. I had to (respectfully) argue to stop the rabies vaccination. She had some kind of upper respiratory infection(he couldn’t pinpoint) with a fever and mild conjunctivitis. When I picked her up he was angry and sent her out by an assistant with two antibiotics and no consultation. I stopped the antibiotics the first day because of severe diarrhea. She seems quite healthy now but her eyes are still not quite right. Also MY eyes and those of another cat and a dog have developed problems. Any thoughts.
Hi I have a staffy pup he is about 9 to 10 months old and we dewormed him yesterday he has been fine all day but all of a sudden he has come up in all these lumps and his eyes are swelling I have a girl staff and she is 3 and nothing like this has ever happened to her and we dewormed her at the same time please help
I have a question regarding dewormer. I just got a 7 week old puppy about a week ago, got his first shots then got him some over the counter dewormer, prior to this he was eating and drinking like a horse. Now after a couple of days after receiving the dewormer he won’t eat, even his favorite wet food! acts lethargic, and this morning when I took him to go potty outside he started to squat when I heard a weird noise coming from his behind it sounded like a mini geyser. I proceeded to examine his feces to see if maybe he started passing worms. All that was there was what looked like a pile of vomit… very mucous like and looked nothing like poop, of course at this point he hasn’t eaten for two days. My question is could the dewormer be causing this and if so what should I do? is it normal? should I just let the dewormer go its course? Never had this issue with any of my other dogs…. I am mostly concerned about the not eating since he was already under weight when I got him.
Hello! I came upon your website when i was researching on spaying and neutering and the information that I got from your website was very valuable. Thank you. I have one question for you: what is your opinion about dogs’ anal glands being expressed? My 5 month old puppy started to give off an odd scent from her rear end – on some days it’s there, on others it’s not. Does that mean her glands are being cleared when she poops? I have a weird feeling that manually expressing a dog’s anal glands is not good. Thank you in advance for your advice!
My 8 months old cat was spayed on Tuesday and has not been very well ever since. She was okay Wednesday but Yesterday she was responding or walking much, she is normally very active and playfully but since the op she hardly walks anywhere. Today she was hyperventilating when I arrived home and she looked in pain so I took her to the vet. When I got there they said it was a medical emergency and would have to keep her in and run some tests. They rang me back saying she has fluid in her lungs and that they had to sedate her. Her heart was scanned and they couldn’t find anything wrong with it. I am quite concerned as they has told me it is life threatening and they can not find a cause for it. She is an indoor cat and we look after her very well and she spent the last couple of days in bed. So I can’t understand how this could have happened. Do you think this could be related to her being spayed? Maybe during the surgery could they have perforated her lungs?
Thanking you in advance,
good luck…could have aspirated during surgery
My 3 1/2 month old husky/malamute just got his second injections. There were 2 different vaccines and the vet injected them on each side of the puppy, something like at the middle of his body. Now, a day after the vaccines, he wont let me pick him up. Is this normal?
Hi, I have a 15-year-old Yorkshire Terrier and he has been having the following problem. First of all, earlier this year, he had one of his anal glands removed due to tumor and had no complications. Over the past several weeks, I noticed he was scooting and really acting crazier than usual so I figured he needed a trip to the vet to get his remaining anal gland expressed which it did need. Well, he was still acting crazy after he had his anal gland expressed and it seems that it happens when he tries to go poop and cannot. So, I took him to the vet again and she said that his poop was soft and she thought that maybe he could not go poop because he could not get into the stance to go poop due to his age. Well, this is not so. He is scooting and he does get into the stance to go poop but sometimes cannot and then he acts crazy and I just do not know what to do. Please help!! Thanks!!
We have an eight-year-old we think border collie lab mix. Lately she’s been very restless and appears maybe paranoid. She has always had separation anxiety now we can’t be out of the room she’s in. Even if when the same room she will only lay down for a few minutes and then she’ll get up and find another spot in each spot she paws at more than normal. She seems to be eating and drinking fine and she seems be using the bathroom without problem. She has no signs or symptoms of worms or bloat, and I felt her abdomen and kidnys and she doesn’t seem to have any sensitivity. She’s not aggressive and she seems be behaving normally outside of wondering around a lot and switching where she lays down. I believe her anxiety is through the roof but we can’t seem to figure out why new dramatic situations happened. She recently had a vet exam just over a month ago with no abnormal findings on physical exam or bloodwork. We Just don’t know what else to do, not getting sleep she’s up through the night. She does have a long history of yeast external ear infections and it is hard to collect urine to check for a UTI because she stops urinating if you get near her, but she’s always been that way, she does not urinate in her cage when she’s in there.
Correction, no new tramatic situations have happened.
My 7 year old shih tzu has started trembling off and on for 3 wks and has no other symptoms. Blood work was great, she eats and pottys just fine so what could be the problem and what tests should I have done on her?
Hi Angry Vet!
Congrats on the website and the thing you do! I am glad there are people with a different opinion that makes sense out there!
I would like to ask a question regarding my cat. I found her on the street and took her home (she was a stray). I don’t know her age but it’s presumably around 5 months now. I haven’t vaccinated her up till now nor spayed/neutered. She lives in the house and I rarely let her on the outside.
I am afraid she will get pregnant when she grows up because I can’t find a home for the kittens. On the other side I don’t want to spay/neuter because I feel it’s unnatural. I heard that if I want to spay her it is good for her to at least give birth once. Is this true and if yes why so?
What would you recommend regarding spaying or neutering her?
my cat started coughing and throwing up and i noticed that once when he threw up there was a worm in it, so i got some sergeants worm away and treated him with 2 capsuls of the powder, but he is still having a hard time beathing and i cant afford to take him to the vet. now that i treated him for the worms should his breathing get better in a day or so ? i am very concerned about him, i love him very much and if there is a home remedy, please let me knoe………thank you for you time…..joe
take him to the vet or a low cost shelter
Hi, my 3 year old boxer, recently had been vomiting for a whole day. I continued to check to make sure there was no discoloration or anything strange. It was clear as water everytime. The next day he wouldnt eat and was very week. So I made an appointment with my vet. By that night he was happier and ate boiled chicken . I decided to still go to vet to make sure he was fine. My vet said he looks healthy might be just gastrol intestinal indegestion. She gave me special food. He is eating it fine very lottle amounts, hes pooping, peeing fine and looks a bit better. I got a phone call today saying they believe he may have pancreatitis! How is this possible everything I research says he should have more symptoms and be worse? Is it possible his enzymes and the pancrease can just be eratated from the vomiting?
hard to say other than to tell you that you get a lot of false positives and negatives with amylase/lipase
Hello, Recently brought my almost 2 yr old non spayed female pittbull to the vet for my notice of her weight . Seems like i noticed her spine protruding around when my daughter was 4 months old..she is now 5 months. she sure lost 7 lbs since last march.Sent out her stool to rule out parasites .It came back she had none and it was clear..She went back the following week for blood work because she lost 4 more lbs in a week. total of 11 lbs..She is 41 lbs now.. She eats just fine acts fine.. she itches a lot..brought up her skin to the vet. She thinks maybe she is stressed out from babys arrival??? I don’t see that much weight is stress related. i could be wrong. She is on IAMS dog food now..WAS on WELNESS but her coat was getting wiry so i switched. Her bloodwork came back fine..so now i am at a loss.. what should i do? i do not want her to lose anymore weight..Had her on the rice diet. Frequent liquid aswel. Also last heat was last and FIRST heat was last march..shouldn’t she have had another?
get her rechecked or second opinion with diagnostics
We recently took our 6 month puppy to a vet. He had all his shots, but the vet insisted we got the lepto shot. There was suppose to be two series of shots, they said come back to get the second one. We never went back because we hated how they handled our puppy, but now were nervous we didn’t get the second shot. Will our puppy be okay??? : (
in all likelihood
Hi vet! I am seeking help for my 1yr 11 month pittbull. Recently noticed her losing weight in November. (Could see spine) brought her in for checkup sure enough she lost 7lbs. They sent out her stool it came back fine the following week they did bloodwork also came back fine. Yet still lost 4 more lbs total of 11.. I don’t know where to go from here . Second opinion? More bloodwork? Other tests? I do not notice her gaining weight at all just losing. Normal diet eating drinking fine . Her eyes seem bloodshot now and sometimes feels warm to the touch to me.. I just want her healthy any advice would be greatly appreciated. I had a baby girl this past July they thought maybe she was sad and stressed from her.. ??? Thank u
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