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Do you have any suggestions for getting a dog to eat his food. I have talked with his local vet, I am just looking for other ideas. It appears I have spoiled my dog. He is 14 1/2 years old and is diabetic and has been on insulin for the past year. He as done well eating Prescription w/d dry food. I started out giving him a bite of the can w/d as a treat after getting his shots. He eventually started wanting some with his dry food. That has worked fine. In December he and our other dog caught a rabbit and ate it. He had an upset stomach and wouldn't eat much for a week. He was given antibiotics and Prescription i/d and a/d for a few meals. He got back on the regular dry w/d and would eat it if I put a little of the i/d on it. That has worked until the last couple of weeks. Last week I got some of the dry w/d with chicken which has a stronger chicken flavor. He ate that for a few times and stopped. I am doing good to get a cup of the can w/d in him at each meal time so that he can get his shots each morning and night. I spoiled him trying to please him and I think he would be happy if I gave him a piece of boiled chicken, because he will eat chicken. He acts like he is hungry and wants food, I think he is just being picky. Being 14 probably doesn't help. Any suggestions you may have that are safe for a diabetic dog is appreciated. Thank you.
That is great that your dog has been doing well with his management of diabetes. Just a word of caution. If he has been doing well eating, and now doesn't really want to eat what he was eating, then I would be concerned that another problem may be going on. Diabetics are prone to infection and other problems. Even dogs that are well regulated with insulin can have problems. Plus, with him being as old as he is, he would be even more prone to problems (primarily infections) that we see in diabetic dogs. I would highly recommend having him checked out with your veterinarian just to be on the safe side. I would recommend a urinalysis (diabetics are prone to urinary tract infections) and a blood panel. Part of the blood panel should be evaluating the pancreas. Diabetics are prone to pancreatic problems, and if he is having a flair up with the pancreas he definitely would be off with his appetite. This also gives an opportunity to see what the blood glucose levels are. Even well regulated dogs may need to have their insulin dosage tweaked, and if he isn't eating well then he may be getting too much insulin. Diabetics can do very well with long term management, but it takes a lot of care and attention from the owner. To answer what you actually asked for (if everything does check out)you may want to try Royal Canin Diabetic diet (labeled Diabetic Diet). Royal Canin makes excellent prescription diets for the management of many diseases including diabetes. If you are local we carry that prescription diet) He may like the taste of that diet better. I hope this helps and that he does well for you.
I have a lab that was sprayed by skunk in the face. what can i do to get smell out and his eye to where he can open it.
So sorry that your dog was sprayed by a skunk. The smell can be quite overpowering and can be difficult to remove. I have included a way to wash your dog to get rid of the smell. The eyes may be a concern. You can flush your dog's eye with copious amounts of water but sterile saline is better. If your dog's eye do not immediately improve I would definitely make a trip to a veterinarian to have the eyes examined because it is possible that the skunk spray can cause corneal ulcerations. I would actually recommend, even if they eyes seem better after flushing, to still see a vet because if there is a chance of ulcerations they are very painful for your dog. Also, I would not take a chance with the eyes. If your pet is sprayed by a skunk, try this recipe for getting rid of skunk smell. 1 quart of 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. Use fresh, unopened hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide eventually turns into water after it’s been opened for a while. ¼ cup BAKING SODA 1 teaspoon of LIQUID SOAP Combine ingredients in an OPEN container. It will explode if stored in a sealed bottle. Using gloves, wash dog with lukewarm water and the mixture while the mixture is bubbling. Work well into the fur, being sure to concentrate on the area that was sprayed. KEEP THE MIXTURE AWAY FROM THE PET’S FACE AND EYES. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes before rinsing off. Rinse thoroughly, and repeat if necessary. You may also substitute vinegar for hydrogen peroxide
What should I give my cat for constipation?
I don't know what symptoms you are seeing that make you think your cat is constipated. But, if your cat is a male cat and you see him making trips to the litter pan and straining, then you need to take your cat immediately to your veterinarian (or an emergency clinic if it is during emergency hours to be examined). Male cats are prone to urinary blockage which means they can't urinate. It often looks like to the owner that their cat is constipated. Urinary blockage and not being able to urinate is very, very painful and is life thretening. Because cats normally do not have constipaion, if that is the problem it would be an indication of a medical issue. Cats are very sensitive to many of the medications that are used in people, so you should not give medications to your cat. Constipation issues can be complex. Im sorry, I realize that it would be easier to just give something at home, but this is also one of those issues that should be checked out by your veterinarian both because if it is a blocakage- it is life threatening and needs immediate treatment, if it is constipation, then treatment should be under a doctor's care. I hope this helps.
My 12 yr old dog started walking in circles,seems disoriented,runs into things,gets into corners and can't get out,stumbles around ,. We just moved and can't afford a vet until next week, can u please tell us what this is and what we can do for him here at home until then...please help us.
I am so sorry for the troubles your pet is experiencing. I understand your financial situation but this dog needs to see a vet immediately. Without an exam, I have no way of knowing what the trouble is but several things come to mind. Vestibular disease (inner ear) problems comes to mind and can show up with the symptoms your dog is experiencing. Stroke is another possibility for these symptoms. At your dogs age, stroke would be high on my list. Cancer or a tumor would be also be high on my list of differentials for matching these symptoms. Neurological problems caused by either one of these will present with behavior like your dog is experiencing. As you can see, nothing simple or non-threatening comes to mind and this pet really needs to be seen. Inner ear or balance problems can create nausea and disorientation for your dog. These symptoms are very hard to live with on a continual basis. If seeing a vet is completely out of the question, then keeping the dog to a confined area with plenty of food and water and very low stimulation would be my best advise. If the pet is not eating then he or she needs to be seen rapidly. Hope this helps.
I have a cocker spaniel/king cavalier mix. He has this awful smell that I've noticed about 2 weeks now. Many baths and expressed anal glands, he still has the smell. He doesn't scratch as if he's itchy. Eats and drinks just fine. Normal behavior. Has a small raised pimple on top of mid body that doesn't hurt him when I push on it. What could be going on?
Abnormal odors would be indicative that something is wrong. It seems that you feel like the smell is coming from the skin. Are you sure? The reason I ask is that there are other areas that can produce smells such as ears (ear infections) or the mouth (gum disease, infections). Have you checked the feet- between the toes and around the nail beds? These areas along with generalized skin conditions are the more common sources of odor. From what you write it sounds like your dog's skin appears normal to you. You haven't described any abnormal appearance of his skin or hair coat. That makes me wonder if the odor is for sure coming from the skin. The first thing I would do is to check and make sure the odor is coming from where you think it is coming from. The next step would be to have a veterinarian do a thorough examination. If the odor is from the mouth, be sure and choose a veterinarian who has dental x-ray equipment. Sometimes there can be infection or an abscess around the roots of teeth and that can be missed without using dental radiographs. Sometimes figuring things out is not always easy and you have to be persistent to find the actual cause of the health problem and the treatment that will remedy the problem. I hope this helps!
My Yorkie is throwing up and using the restroom in the house. Why would this be?
So sorry your Yorkie is not doing well. By "using the restroom" in the house, do you mean your dog is having diarrhea? or urinating? or just bowel movements? One of the things that I like to educate my clients on is to realize and understand that pretty much all the complex things that go wrong with the body to make people sick, pretty much happens to dogs and cats. There are differences in diseases, such as people do not get parvo virus and dogs don't get measles. But pretty much, many things are the same. So, here are some guidelines. If your pet vomits once, but feels fine, eats normally, doesn't act sick, then you can assume he may have eaten something that disagreed with him, but it is something that is minor or he would be feeling bad. But, if your dog continues to vomit, or is lethargic, not willing to eat, or watery or bloody diarrhea, you need to seek care as soon as possible. As far as what can cause vomiting, the list is endless. Is can be very difficult at times to know what is causing vomiting and/or diarrhea, which is why there are so many diagnostic tools we use in both human medicine and veterinary medicine. Some of the causes can include eating tainted food, consuming toxins or garbage, gastritis, pancreatitis, kidney disease, liver disease, intestinal parasites, foreign bodies (swallowing toys, balls, pennies, socks, panty hose, rocks to name a few things we see), endocrine disease, parvo virus, distemper virus, cancer, gastric ulcers (owners giving ibuprofen or other medications they should not be giving to their dog), and others. If your dog is not feeling well, not eating and vomiting, I would go ahead and contact a veterinarian and have your baby looked at just to be on the safe side. I hope your dog does well.
I had my dog's analysis sacs expressed last night and got back home still dragging his rear end some ,when he walks kinda just drops to the floor. He is turning or backing up and breathing real hard.he can't get comfortable.
When the anal sacs were expressed, were the secretions normal in appearance and in volume? Was it painful when they were expressed? Any signs of infection at all? Did the veterinarian make any comments about if they were normal or abnormal? What you are describing sounds like discomfort that is still present, but not sure if it is from anal sacs or not. Was there an examination of the entire rear end to make sure something else is to wrong? Tapeworms can also cause an itchiness - just another thing to look for. If your dog continues to be uncomfortable then I would have him rechecked. If the problem is for sure from the anal sacs then depending upon what was found- using antibiotics for infection, or another drug for inflammation can help with pain and discomfort and make him more comfortable. Please realize that I am making suggestions because it is difficult to say what is going on for sure without actually looking at your dog. Hang in there, sometimes it takes persistence to get problems sorted out. It would be so nice if they could talk to us- it would make it much easier if they could tell us where it hurts!
What does it mean when your dog is dragging his rear end across the floor
That is an excellent question! Most people automatically assume that if their dog scoots or drags their bottom across the carpet that the anal sacs (some people say anal glands- but technically they are not glands) are causing a problem. But, what you have to realize is that they are dragging their rear across the floor because their rear end is bothering them or something is causing that area to itch. The trick is to figure out what is causing the itch/ pain/ problem. You can look in that area and check to make sure that there isn't a rash or irritation there. That may be the problem. Or sometimes the hair becomes matted in such a way it is making them uncomfortable. Also, we sometimes find that in long hair dogs that the hair has become matted around the anus, sometimes feces gets matted with it. Occasionally we have found in an examination dogs that couldn't defecate because the hair and feces were so matted around the anus that it blocked the exit. Fleas can cause a dog's bottom to itch, and dragging may be the simplest way to scratch. And finally, anal sacs may be the problem. Anal sacs are two sacs located on either side of the anus. Humans do not have these. The sacs contain a secretion that is expressed through a duct that feeds into the colon just inside the anus. The sacs normally express themselves whenever there is a bowel movement. But, sometimes the ducts become occluded, the sacs become enlarged and uncomfortable. This is relieved when the sacs are expressed- usually done by your veterinarian. Infections and abscesses can also occur causing a great deal of pain. It is important to treat anal sac infections. If you cannot easily determine if there is a problem, and your dog continues to be bothered with his rear end, I would recommend a trip to your veterinarian to make sure there is not an infection of the anal sac that needs to be addressed- or if they simply need to be expressed. I hope this helps! Thank you for your question!
I have a pit that is throwing. Up brown chuncks and a German shepherd pup that is throwing up clear stuff they r both utd on there shots what do i do
It is unusual that both dogs in a family are throwing up at the same time. Is it possible that they both got in the garbage or something else that may be making them vomit? Any diarrhea? Do the act like they are sick- laying around, lethargic- or are they still active and playing? These are some of the questions we ask when we are trying to figure out what is going on. One important factor to consider is that you say they are current on their vaccinations (well done on that!). If they are both puppies, it is important they they get a series of vaccinations. It is also important that the last distemper combo be given at 16 weeks or older, and the last Parvo booster is best given at 18 weeks or older. Especially for Pit Bulls- they are more sensitive to Parvo Virus than other breeds. It is impossible to say what is causing the vomiting but here is a general guideline. If they throw up once, still act like they feel OK, have an appetite and you are sure they haven't gotten into anything toxic then you can withhold food and water temporarily and give it some time to see if their stomachs settle. On the other hand, if they continue to vomit, or have diarrhea, or are acting sick, or you think they may have gotten into something, I would have them seen. If you take them in and it turns out to be something minor you can at least stop worrying and the veterinarian can give medication (injection) to stop the nausea and make them feel much better. These are guidelines and you have to make the decision yourself based upon what you see is going on. It is impossible me me to say for sure what is going on. I realize it is the weekend, but you should have an emergency clinic near you. We are open 24/ 7 and we are available to help or you can call and ask additional questions if you are near by. I hope they do well for you!
My 1 year old boston terrier had been babying one of her front paws. Now all of a sudden she can't put weight on either. When she tries she just does a nose dive.
So sorry your baby is having problems. If she was limping and favoring one front leg, my first guess would be some type of injury that makes it painful for her to put weight on her leg. If she is now painful in both front legs that concerns me. She is a young dog, so many neurological and disease processes that could cause those symptoms is not high on the list of possible causes, but you can't eliminate them completely. Is she eating? Does she feel OK otherwise? Does she appear in pain? The history that you give, of limping on one leg, and now both front legs is not something that we would not typically see. With a young dog, our first thought is usually trauma just because young dogs are very active, but again if she was already limping you wouldn't expect her to injure the other leg, because she has probably been inactive. This is one of those things that an examination will need to be done to figure out what is going on. I realize it is the weekend, but if she can't put weight on either one of her legs, I think that may be an indicator of something serious. It would be impossible to say without an examination. I would recommend taking her a clinic that is open now- just to be on the safe side (plus you won't worry as much if you find out what is actually going on). There are a lot of clinics open now on the weekends. Many, like ours, have the same prices as during regular hours with the exception of an emergency fee. I hope she does OK for you! If you are local to our clinic, you are more than welcome to call for more information on our fees. The # is 817-478-9238.