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My 1 y/o jack russell mix has an area in his private area where he keeps licking and biting. He's had all his shots, I don't know if his skin is dry or he's been bitten but I see nothing there. Im not sure if he has an allergy or what. I'm not sure what I should do. Any suggestions on what to do or what to look for?
This is actually a great question because hopefully it will give insight to people how difficult it sometimes is to figure out what is going on with our canine (and feline) friends.... If they could only talk! It sounds like your dog is licking primarily in one area- his private area. I'm not sure if it is specifically one area, like around his testicles (has he been neutered?) or his groin, or his prepuce. Is he licking anywhere else? This would be an important question to help figure out what is going on. If he licks other areas, such as feet, or back of thighs or butt, then allergies would be something we would consider (this is a symptom of allergies). It is the time of the year we see more allergies. Another possibility is that if he is not neutered, he may be sexually stimulated. He is a young adult now, and it is possible that someone's dog nearby has come into heat. Dogs have the ability to detect things by smell that we would be completely unaware of. That would prompt him to lick more. Other possibilities could be dry skin, irritation from something, insect bite, drainage from the prepuce from infection or urinary tract infection (low on the list). Licking usually means the patient has his attention on that area, now you have to figure out why. You say he is one year old. Is he about due for his booster vaccinations? It would be an excellent opportunity for your veterinarian to check him out and the licking issue, get boosters done, discuss ongoing heart worm prevention and parasite control. Be sure that you do get him his vaccination boosters. Puppies in particular need those vaccinations a year later to make sure they are protected. I'm sorry, it would be difficult to say exactly what is going on without an exam, but this may give you some things to think about and watch for. I hope this helps.
my yorkie of a year and a half whom has had all its vaccinations was put down today from canine dispensure why pls help i am spinning in circles crying like there is no tom because i do not undrstand
I'm so sorry to hear about your little dog. It is so difficult to lose one, especially when it from a medical issue you would never expect. Canine distemper is a viral disease that affects unvaccinated dogs, causing a variety of symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia and potentially death. Dogs that survive, may have nerve damage such as seizures or focalized nerve twitching. Do you know how the diagnosis was made? Did they run any tests to diagnose the disease? If a dog has been vaccinated for canine distemper, but then comes down with the disease, it may be that the dog was exposed prior to getting the vaccinations, but did not show symptoms until later. Also, it is very important that puppies get a series of vaccinations, every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 16 weeks or older. If your puppy only received one vaccination, or even 2 vaccinations, but was younger than 16 weeks, then your puppy may not have been protected against exposure to canine distemper. This is one of the reasons we push and push for clients to take their puppies in to a veterinarian who will take the time to discuss all aspects of your dog's care and what the correct vaccination protocol is- something that often does not get discussed with vaccination clinics. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.
My dog Is sick she threw up four times in a 24hr period, one time was more vomiting than the other times which she heaved. No grass in content.was brown.she won't eat or drink unless forced ..her gums are pink.nose is dry.the day before this her eye swelled and I pulled a blade of grass from it. I don't know if it was a poisonous plant or may be the cause. I'm on ssi and can't afford to take her to the vet right now but I'll take her if necessary. Are there abt assistance programs in ft worth tx abd when do I need to go ahead abd take her?
If your dog vomited that many times in a 24 hour period, you really, really need to get medical care for your dog. There are so many diseases and problems that can cause vomiting in dogs, that it is impossible to guess what might be causing your dog to be sick. Has your dog been vaccinated? Parvo is a severe, life threatening virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Does your dog chew on things? Sometimes dogs swallow objects, rope or cloth which can cause a blockage (and vomiting). I would call the animal shelter and/or humane society in Fort Worth for assistance. They will probably have a veterinarian on staff to take care of your dog. Take her in to be seen as soon as possible, the sooner you treat her, the better she will do. I hope she does OK for you.
My little puppy is a girl but i looks like she has sorrry for the bad mouth balls and i dont know what to do bc she plays and drinks a eats fine but i am scared she might have a bladder problem can anybody help me
Congratulations on your new puppy! They are so much fun, but can be a lot of work too. I don't know if I completely understand what you are asking, but let me see if this helps. Puppies can sometimes get urinary track infections or have other urinary track problems- which is what you are worried about. Sometimes puppies urinate a lot, because, well... they are puppies, and this can imitate a bladder infection. The only way to know for sure is to do lab analysis (urinalysis) with a sample of your puppy's urine. That way your veterinarian can determine if a urinary track infection is present and treat the infection with the appropriate antibiotics (not all antibiotics are appropriate for urinary track infections). You can schedule an appointment, and can catch some urine before the visit- if possible- to take with you. Or, your veterinarian will collect a sample. Has your puppy been vaccinated and seen by your veterinarian yet? If not, it is very important to start vaccinations as soon as possible so that life threatening diseases such as distemper and parvo virus can be prevented. During the visit your doctor will check / perform a fecal analysis for intestinal parasites and talk to you/answer any questions concerning nutrition, behavioral problems or house training issues. If you have not yet gotten your puppy vaccinated, it can be done at the same time the vet checks out your puppy for a bladder infections. It is especially important that puppies receive vaccinations and medical care because, as puppies, they are very susceptible to health problems that can be easily prevented with health care.
My dog did well on apoquel with the double dose in the beginning. She is now 1 week into the single dose and is better than before but still itching. Can she stay on the double dose? If not what else can i do for her?
You should definitely contact your doctor. Zoetis is the vendor for this drug and unfortunately didn't realize how popular it would be so quickly so it is on limited supply. It may be that a lower dose is to allow some consistency.
My dog chewed on a dryer sheet today. She is now throwing up. What should I do?
Check to see What it say on the box - there should be a warning label. Warnings: Not for use on children’s sleepwear or other garments labeled as flame resistant as it may reduce flame resistance. Keep out of the reach of toddlers and pets to avoid accidental ingestion. Acute Health Effects: From MSDS Potential Health Hazards Ingestion: Ingestion of used or unused sheet by a young child or household pet may lead to impaction of the gastrointestinal tract. A physician or veterinarian should be consulted. Eye Contact: Eye contact possible. Skin Contact: Skin contact possible. Inhalation: N/A. Signs and Symptoms of Exposure: Ingestion: Oral ingestion may result in mild gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Eye Contact: Prolonged instillation into the eye may result in transient superficial effects similar to those produced by mild toilet soap. Skin Contact: Prolonged skin contact may result in transient superficial effects similar to those produced by mild toilet soap. Inhalation: N/A. there is a warning label on most laundry products that advises in pets and dryer sheets accidental ingestion there have been a few reported cases of kidney failure in pets that have ingested them. To be safe you can call animal poison control (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be charged, most clinics will likely call for information. Of course going to your veterinarian is the safest call. There are many factors from size of pet, was it used, did pet eat any and the actual contents.
My dog its been 2 days since she has been spayed and she is occasionally trembling. She won't eat much, and occasionally doing some kind of sneezing/coughing thing. Does she need immediate treatment? Or what could be wrong?
It is not normal for a dog not to be eating or doing well 2 days after getting an ovariohysterectomy (spay). Not eating, and trembling would indicate that something may be wrong. It might be that she is very sensitive to pain- and that is what is causing the problem - but most dogs are doing well 2 days post surgery. Did your veterinarian send pain medication home for you to give? What concerns me is that your dog may have an infection that is complicating the issue. The sneezing/coughing thing may or may not be related. It is possible that she has contacted an respiratory infection, but also, during surgery, patients are entubated (tube placed for breathing) and that procedure may have irritated her throat. Your best bet is to play is safe and get her examined to make sure she is doing OK. If it is just pain, and she is not on pain medications, then just giving her something for pain will help a lot. If an infection is starting, getting her on antibiotics will also help. Because it is impossible to say what is going on without looking at her- I definitely recommend having her looked at to be on the safe side. I hope this helps and that it won't be long before she is feeling better.
Why would a cat pull its fur out with its teeth down to the bare hideMi hEl
That is an excellent question. Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer. Generally speaking hair loss can be attributed to many different causes. One possibility is that your cat may have allergies (flea allergies is one of the more common allergies). When cats are allergic to something, they manifest the symptoms with itchiness. This prompts cats to groom excessively or even pull hair out in their aggressiveness to address the problem. Another reason for a cat to lose hair may have to do with a mange mite called cheyletiella. This is highly contagious to other cats. Cats with these mites will groom excessively, have hair loss and or develop bald spots. The disease may be referred to as walking dandruff because the hair coat may be covered with a type of dandruff. Pyschogenic alopecia is another reason a cat may obsessively groom or pull hair out leaving bald spots. The cause of this condition is unknown but is thought it may be caused by boredom or stress or even psychological factors. As you can see, reasons for why a cat will groom excessively or pull hair out can be varied and complex. This is one condition that would be best addressed by your veterinarian so that the correct diagnosis and treatment can be determined. I hope your cat does well! It can be frustrating to watch them pull their hair out.
I have a dog i found him in front of my home he is limping on his back leg not sure if he was hit by a car or in a dog fight.i am a single mom of 3 kids i dont want to see him suffer.i will clean kennels or anything in exchange to have hin looked at.i will care for him here as my kids havr gotten attached to him and he is gentle even being in pain.
I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. It is so hard to see them hurt. If you have found the dog, you really need to contact the humane society and animal control to find out if someone is searching for their lost dog. When people lose their pets, that is usually the first place that they call. Someone may be looking for this dog, and you may be their hero for returning their lost pet. If, it turns out that no is looking for this dog, you potentially may have a new pet that you will want to adopt. In the mean time, the area animal shelter has a veterinarian and does low cost care for those in need. It is important to get pets vaccinated and examined by a veterinarian for many reasons. There are zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted to children, including intestinal parasites. It is important to know about and prevent diseases that can be transmitted to kids. Your offer to work in our kennel is appreciated, but because of insurance guidelines we are unable to accept volunteers. If there is just a slight limp, you can see if it improves with time and rest. But, I recommend getting the dog in for a health exam and vaccinations if you decide to keep him.
What can you do for a dog that has been stung multiple times by a swarm of honey bees
OK, this situation is serious and potentially life threatening!!!! I don't know how big your dog is or how many bees stung your dog- that has a lot to do with what can happen. But, when you have a situation of multiple bee stings you can have a severe anaphylactic reaction and death. We have had several cases where dogs were stung repeatedly, and quickly rushed in and even with extensive treatment they died. There is even a calculation that can be made using the number of bee stings and the weight of the patient to calculate if survival is even possible. I don't mean to scare you, but I don't know how many stings your dog received when you say "multiple times". Even with a few stings your dog risks an allergic reaction which could be serious. Take your dog in now to the nearest emergency veterinarian. If your dog is starting to show any symptoms at all as you drive him over to the hospital, let the staff up front know as soon as you arrive so that he or she can be rushed immediately to ICU for treatment. Hopefully, your dog only got a few stings, in which case it is not so serious and injections can be given to help prevent any type of potential allergic reaction. I hope your dog does OK.