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My dog has been taking Apoquel for 3-4 months now. He is overweight (Chihuahua), weighing about 19lbs, vet says he should be around 13lbs. He has always snored a lot, but lately, several weeks now, his snoring has seemed to turn into breathing distress at night. It didn't hit us that he was having difficulty because it is mostly at night, and he's always snored very loud and heavy, so it crept up on us before we knew it. I have an appointment to bring him to the vet, but thought I'd ask if you've heard of any issues caused potentially by the Apoquel that could be doing this. I stopped the Apoquel this morning, but am also concerned about suddenly stopping it. Are you aware of any issues with that?
First of all to answer your questions, Apoquel would not, most likely, cause respiratory problems/ distress at night. There should also not be any problems with discontinuing Apoquel. I assume that your dog has been receiving Apoquel for allergies. Apoquel can also be used for some types of autoimmune diseases- and in that case I would not stop them without talking to your veterinarian first. You did not say how old your Chihuahua is. One of the things your veterinarian will try to do is to determine why your dog is having problems breathing at night. Older dogs (and younger dogs with congenital heart defects) can have heart problems leading to congestive heart failure and respiratory problems. Other issues that can cause breathing problems include respiratory infections, elongated soft palate and laryngeal problems to name a few. Most likely your vet will want to do a thorough exam and take radiographs to make sure there is not a serious medical issue. Getting your dog to lose weight is definitely a good idea. Hopefully, everything will check out, and your veterinarian will rule out any serious problems. And, if just a snoring problem, he or she will be able to help you with that issue.
I think my dog has pink eye. What should i do to help him?
Pink eye is another term for conjunctivitis which is infection and /or inflammation of the conjunctiva (tissues that is part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids). Symptoms include redness, discharge from the eye and possibly squinting and blinking. Whenever you see these symptoms, the best thing to do is to have your pet examined by your veterinarian. An examination is especially important when dealing with eyes because eye problems such as pink eye may be caused by or associated with a corneal ulceration (scratch or erosion of the surface of the eye) or a foreign body (such as a grass awn embedded in the lining). Cats can even have herpes infections which is a viral infection which is treated differently. Pink eye is usually treated with antibiotic drops that contain corticosteroids, but if an ulceration is present corticosteroids are contraindicated. Another reason to have an examination is that dogs can also have a "dry eye" condition similar to what people have when tear production is not normal- this needs to be corrected or the patient will continue to have eye problems. To make matters even more complicated, some breeds of dogs are prone to melting ulcers- where an ulceration becomes rapidly worse. I know is would be nice if we could just give some over the counter eye drops, but eye problems can be complicated. The bottom line is, when dealing with eyes and all the complications that can occur with eye infections, an examination is the best course, and the only way pink eye or other conditions can be appropriately treated. I hope this helps!
My 13 year old beagle as having a hard time breathing and desending stomach, upon taking her to one vet a few days ago he said she had heart failure and prescribed lasix " 2 a day " Today Sunday her stomach has gotten bigger and her breathing is very labored ..Can I double dosage ? I can't afford emergency service but am taking her first thing in the morning to another vet , E. Lancaster Animal Hospital ...Need you advise A.S.A.P.
I am so sorry about your dog. If she has heart failure and her breathing is getting worse, you shouldn't wait to take her to your vet tomorrow. If her breathing is getting worse even though she is on medication, that would indicate that either her condition is worsening or the dosage is not enough. Often, if a patient has gone into a crisis from congestive heart failure then emergency procedures are needed to reverse the situation. And, having said that, the fluid build up in the lungs from the heart failure can be so severe that even emergency treatment will not reverse it. This is one reason you would not want to wait- the worse the symptoms are, the more difficult to treat. Were x-rays taken to confirm the heart failure? Has she been tested for heart worms? Was lab work done? All of this type of information is important when determining a treatment plan. What worries me is that generally the stomach would not be getting larger unless other problems are involved- or the patient is swallowing a lot of air because of the difficulty of breathing. So, this symptom concerns me. When we treat a crisis with congestive heart failure, that treatment will usually include placing the patient on oxygen, IV injections of lasix, and as well as giving other heart medications that will assist the heart. I would not wait until tomorrow, I would definitely seek emergency care now. If it helps for you to know, our prices are the same, no matter the time of day- except for the initial emergency fee. I hope she does OK for you, I know how tough of a situation this is to deal with.
My dog got spayed last wednesday. One of her nipple is very swollen and red and there is a white discharge coming out of it. Is this normal?
It is not normal for a dog's nipple to be swollen, red and have a discharge. It sounds like, especially if only one nipple is involved, that there is an infection of that mammary gland, or nipple. If there is a white discharge that looks like milk that is coming from all the mammary glands/ nipples, then your dog may be experiencing a false pregnancy (even though she was spayed last week). Was she in heat about 8 weeks ago? Some dogs will have enough hormone changes following a heat cycle that they can experience a false pregnancy with nesting behavior and swelling of mammary glands and milk production. If this is the case, the symptoms will gradually resolve- especially with spaying. But, even with spaying, it takes awhile for the hormone levels to drop. But, if you are only seeing one nipple involved, I would lean more towards an infection. Because of the possibility of an infection, I would call your veterinarian and set up a recheck exam. Most veterinarians will do no-charge recheck exam after surgeries to make sure that there are no problems that could be related to surgery. If an infection is present he or she will most likely start your dog on antibiotics. It is important to treat infections of the nipple/ gland because these could lead to mastitis- which can be difficult to treat in some instances and can lead to some serious health problems. I hope this helps (and well done for getting your dog spayed- she will be healthier for it)
What could it be if my dog has a lump above one of her nipples and it's hard and it's kinda big
It is hard to say for sure without looking at the lump, but my first thought is a breast tumor. Has your dog been spayed? Is she middle age or older? Dogs that were spayed before their first heat have a low incidence of mammary cancer, so if your dog has not been spayed she would be more likely to get it. You need to know that it may not be a tumor- it could be something else such as an infection. The best thing would be to have her examined by your veterinarian to find out what is going on before you get worried. Not all mammary tumors are "cancerous" and if removed (and you have her spayed as well) there is a good prognosis. Your veterinarian can go over all the details. Just like in people the mammary tissue is removed and the tumor will be sent off for histopathology so that it can be determined what kind of tumor it is (if it is a tumor). When an owner is astute enough to catch this kind of thing early- we usually have very good outcomes with treatment.
Can my kitten take methigel he is 4 months old and weighs 5.4 pounds
Methigel is a drug used to help acidify urine. If the urine PH is high, then struvite (crystals) can form in the urine causing pain, frequent urination and potential urinary infections. It would be highly unusual for a 4 month old kitten to have struvite crystals. I would absolutely NOT give methigel to your kitten. Methigel, interestingly enough was used frequently years ago, but is a drug/ treatment we now rarely use since there are excellent prescription diets (Royal Canin makes a specialize diet for this problem-to name one) that are a much healthier and more reliable method of treating struvite formation. I am guessing that your kitten must be showing signs of urinary problems?? It is very important, if you are seeing symptoms, to have your kitten examined and have a urinalysis performed. If your kitten has a urinary infection and no stuvite crystals, then changing the PH of the urine is not indicated, and antibiotics are very much indicated. Urinary problems in cats and dogs can be complicated with a multitude of issues involved such as infection, crystals, bladder stone, kidney stones, kidney infections and potential blockage. It is important to know what you are dealing with so that the actual cause of the problem can be treated. Bladder infections are more common than kidney infections (I don't want to scare you here by implying you that there is a kidney infection), but again, having information (with an exam and urinalysis) is so important so that we can prescribe the best antibiotics (if needed) and/or treatment to solve the problem. I hope this helps!
My 10 week old puppy just got spayed yesterday Monday 14th and she's started panting a lot should I be concerned?! Water isn't helping so maybe it's from pain
Dogs pant for many reasons. Dogs pant to help cool themselves (since they can't sweat). Panting can also indicate respiratory problems, infections, or even pain. My first guess in your situation is that the panting is most likely from pain. Did your veterinarian send pain medication for your dog to take after surgery? Is your puppy still eating? Is she acting like she feels bad? I would give your veterinarian a call to discuss what you are seeing. If you feel she is having any issues at all, I would take her in to be rechecked. Most offices will do a free recheck after surgery to make sure there isn't any problems. I always recommend that if an owner suspects there may be a problem to take them in to be rechecked-just to be on the safe side . It is much easier to catch a problem early rather than after it becomes a major complication. And, if it turns out to just be post-operative pain, your doctor can either start pain medications or change to another one to help with the pain. I hope she does well for you! (Congratulations on having her spayed- that is a good thing!)
My male dog had a bean size bump on the center of his belly. I thought it was a belly button at first but it got a little bigger. Now it is the size if a marble and turned red. What could this be and is there a way to make it shrink back to normal size?
It could be the "belly button", depending upon where it is located. And, it is possible that your dog has a small umbilical hernia at the site of the belly button. Sometimes an umbilical hernia will vary in size depending if abdominal contents such as intestines or fat is pushing out on it and making it larger in size. If the area has turned red, it could be irritation. This is only a guess, because without actually looking at it, it would be impossible to say for sure. Umbilical hernias do have the chance of causing problems if large enough- because a loop of intestine can get caught in it, but small ones rarely cause problems. Generally, during a physical exam veterinarians will look for umbilical hernias and discuss it with you. When spays or neuters are performed it is a perfect time to "fix" it. Is your dog due for vaccinations or wellness care? That would make it a perfect time to take him in and find out from your veterinarian what he or she thinks is going on with the "bump" on his belly.
i think kitty fell from someplace now right front paw is limp cannot walk with it. what do i do
You should take kitty in for an exam. While she is limping there is no way to tell the reason or injury. If kitty did fall and hit hard enough to injure a paw there could be other injuries so it is always best to be on the safe side.
We have a new 8 week old small puppy. The guy we got her from "SAID" she had her first shots. We got her from a traids day event. We dont know the guy at all. Can another set of puppy shots hurt her or should we go ahead and waite to give more shots later. Just dont know if we can trust that she actually had her shots.
I would get her to your veterinarian clinic as soon as possible and get a complete set of vaccinations. We see far too many new puppies that the owner thought was vaccinated. Vaccinations will not hurt her and can actually save her life. It is much better to be safe than sorry. We adopted a puppy from the local animal shelter and even though I am sure they vaccinated her I had our doctors give her an exam and start her puppy series. I hope she brings you terrific times!