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I have a miniature dachshund who's about 11 years old. About 4 days ago, I noticed something poking out of his belly (not visibly, but I can feel it when I rub his tummy). It feels like cartilage and it doesn't seem to bother him at all, I'm just worried about it. My research points to a floating rib, but it's only appeared within the past week, which makes me wonder. I've already taken him to the vet, but he just told me he was fine. He hasn't lost weight recently or anything like that, if anything, he's put on a pound or two (was 12 lbs, now 13.1 lbs or so). Any info for a (possibly overly concerned) doggie mommy?
Most likely you are correct that it is a "floating rib". The ribs further down, near the belly, are not attached the same way as the other ribs. Most of the ribs are attached both at the spine and down at the sternum creating a rigid rib cage to protect heart and lungs. The last several ribs are not attached at the sternum so they are more movable and can appear to be floating or shifting in position. Actually this can be more noticeable in Dachshunds. I love concerned doggie mommies! They make the best owners because they watch for problems and ask questions which allows us to catch medical issues early. One thing I do want to make you aware of- is your dog's weight. I don't know if he is over weight or not based upon his weight since Dachshunds vary so much in size, but if he is overweight, you should consider putting him on a diet. Dachshunds, as a breed, are prone to back problems so keeping him active and at a normal weight will help him as he continues to age.
My sons has a female dog who is just over a year old. About 3 days ago we noticed a large lump on the side of her neck. I just checked on it again and its a huge swollen mass on both sides of her neck and under jaw. There is no visible injury or signs of a bite from any another animal/insect. She doesn't seem to be feeling sick, or having any breathing issues. She is a little less active than normal but her tail is still wagging like she is happy and normal. Is this call for concern, will this mass go away? Do i need to take her to the vet? Please help, i dont know whats going on.
I would definitely take her in to your veterinarian as soon as possible to have this lump checked out. The fact that she is a young dog along with the fact that this mass is rapidly growing would most likely indicate that this is not some type of cancer, but that there is something else going on. Hard to say what it is, but my first guess would an infection. An abscess (pocket of purulent exudate- or pus) can rapidly expand and can look like a mass. An allergic reaction is possible, but unlikely from what you are describing. Insect bite, even snake bite will cause swelling- but usually it will be painful. This is an issue that needs to be addressed. Infections can progress into something severe requiring a lot of medical treatment. This is definitely one of those problems that early diagnosis and treatment can stop something that could potentially be serious. I hope that she does ok for you!
we have a 3 week old kitten that was found on the roof of our mobile home and well not drank mailk .she eats great but not dranking the mailk. what can we do
If the kitten is eating well for you- then that is great! It is easy to think that they need milk when they are young but you should not give cow's milk to kittens (or puppies) because it may cause diarrhea. If they are eating dog or cat food, all you need to do is provide water. But, you have a young kitten or puppy that is still nursing and not old enough to be eating food, you should get a milk replacement made specifically for them to feed them. This can be purchased at a veterinarian or a pet store. If the kitten is old enough to start switching over from nursing to regular food, you can use kitten food and mix it with water (not milk) to produce a gruel so that they can more easily eat it. If the kitten has teeth and is already eating dry food it may be older than you realize. That is great that you are taking care of a kitten that obviously needs a good home. The next step I would recommend is to make an appointment with your veterinarian to have the kitten checked out. It is very important to test for intestinal parasites and to set up a vaccination schedule. Your veterinarian can answer all your questions about the best way to care for your new kitten. Kittens are so much fun!
My pregnant rottweiller has a swollen leg. We think from a bite but not sure. Do you think we should wait until morning or get to the vet tonight?
It is impossible to say whether you can wait or not. The reason why is it is impossible to say whether you can wait is it is impossible to say why the leg is swollen. If it is from a bee sting or spider bite or something else, there is always the possibility of a severe allergic reaction. It might be something that can wait, just don't know. It's so hard when you go to an emergency clinic in the middle of the night, and find out it wasn't anything, but we have had times when something seemed insignificant and it turned out to be a major problem. So on our end, we always recommend that if something is wrong, you should have your pet seen.
Yes i have a pitbull this will be her 2nd litter she wasnt so big on this pregnacy but she has only had one puppy several hours ago shes just laying in her housr and shaking on and off
If she has had only one puppy, the odds are that she has more. If she isn't actively in labor so that you can see she is actively having contractions, then she may just be in the period of time between puppies. Having said that- several hours is a long time between puppies. She may only have one puppy (again unusual for that breed) or there may be a problem. It could be that she has weak contractions and that she is actively in labor and you don't know that. It could be some health issue that is causing her uterus not to contract. At this point you should call your veterinarian or an emergency clinic and talk to them in more detail so that can get more information. Most likely she needs to be examined. I would be concerned that it has been several hours since she has had a puppy- although for that breed it is unusual to have problems. It is always a good idea to have a dog that you plan to breed to be examined before breeding. It is important that they are on a good diet, heartworm negative, tested for intestinal parasites and generally in good health. When your dog is tested for heartworms, make sure your veterinarian uses the expanded heartworm test that also tests for tick transmitted diseases, such as ehrlichia. In Texas we have that issue (surprisingly my own personal dog recently tested positive for that disease) and initially there may not be any symptoms. The point being that you want to make sure a dog is disease free before breeding- because that can impact pregnancy and whelping. Again, generally that breed does not having problems, but at this point it would be a good idea to talk to your veterinarian or seek further advice. I hope she does well for you.
My dog had a puppy around 730 but hasn't had another one
A general guideline for how long the resting time is between whelping puppies is generally an hour or less. Sometimes it can go for more than an hour (depending upon the breed and how many puppies are present). If the time between puppies is over an hour you should call your veterinarian and discuss the situation. But, this is concerning the resting time. Remember if your dog is in hard labor for 15 to 20 minutes or longer without producing a puppy, you need to be prepared to take her in to be examined. There are specific breeds that tend to have more difficulties with birthing than other breeds, such as bulldogs. Actually any small dog regardless of the breed is more prone to birthing problems than larger dogs- just because of the size. So, rule of thumb, more than an hour between puppies- call your vet, more than 20 minutes of hard labor- call your vet. If all goes well, I definitely recommend that you take her and the puppies in for a follow up exam with your vet to make sure mom and her babies are doing well. That is a good time to get any of your questions answered concerning the care of the new babies! I hope all goes well!
I have 6 month kitten and has diarrhea, should I take her asap or wait and see if it goes away she is already thin as it is and she just lost her sibling please help worried
You need to take your kitten in to be treated as soon as possible. Do not wait. Kittens and puppies dehydrate rapidly when they have diarrhea- especially if they are not eating or drinking. They just don't have a lot of reserves when they get sick. Because of that, we very often see puppies and kittens who are almost too sick to be able to bring back with treatment. If you catch the problem early, and the cause of the diarrhea is from something easily treatable- such as intestinal parasites- it is much easier to reverse the course of the disease process. Has your kitten been vaccinated? Feline distemper can also cause diarrhea and is not easily treatable. Also, if you are giving milk, stop that immediately- milk can cause diarrhea in both kittens and puppies. The main thing is to get your kitten in to see your veterinarian as soon as possible. I hope she does all right for you!
have a 3mth of boxer having difficult times of potty training, i take him out to do his thing and theres times that he doesnt, he gets distracted easily, and i keep saying over and over for him to go potty and he isnt deaf, but wen we come in he plays with his other brother and wen its bed time i let them out again and then lock them up and then in the morning he peed and pooped in hes kennel i dont know wat i need to do, any recommendations?
A 12 week old puppy is still pretty young and will still take a lot of training, so don't give up yet. Housebreaking takes time, patience and consistency. You are doing a lot of right things, but there are some things that you may not be doing that could help. During the day keep your puppy in a small area so that you can watch them, otherwise they may go to another area in the house and start using those areas for bathroom duty. Take them out after feedings (they naturally will want to eliminate then). Take them out frequently. Use your command "go potty" or something else, praise when they go. You may need to get up in the middle of the night to take them outside- 12 weeks is too young to be able to hold all night. You can also take up food and water a couple of hours prior to bed time. Take them to the same spot in the yard each time. Once they go outside, take them straight back in. Taking them outside at strategic times such as after feeding, when they wake up, or if it has been a while since they have gone will also help. Are you local to Arlington? You may want to schedule with Dr. Robinson at our clinic for the next set of vaccinations. She is trained in behavioral medicine and can help you as well. She loves working with puppies. Good luck, I hope this helps.
Can I use head and shoulders to kill fleas on dogs?
Head and Shoulders is not really designed to be used on dogs or cats. The PH is not correct for dog skin, so may dry the skin out. Any soap used can immobilized fleas crawling on a dog, but the real problem is not the fleas you see on your dog- but the fleas that are in the environment that will later jump on your dog. Any flea that you kill on your dog respresents a very small amount of the population that is in your house and yard. The ideal situation for controlling fleas is to discuss with your veterinarian a customized approach. Some people need to spray their house and yard, and others, with a minor problem, can just use a program that is restricted to using products on your pet. Frontline Plus is a product we commonly recommend to use. Once it is applied it will kill fleas for a month as they hop onto your pet. It also has a growth regulator which helps to control the life cycle as eggs are laid. All pets in the household should be treated. It is important to use consistently. Eventually, you should find that the flea life cycle gets broken, which is the only way you will get control of any flea problem.
I have a min pin chichucha that is usually very active. But the last couple of days he hasn't been eating and barely drinking. He has vomited a couple of times. And he has been doing nothing but laying around.. He still likes to take his walks though. What should I do?
When your dog is inactive, not eating or drinking very little, those are symptoms that he does not feel good- even if he is still interested in taking walks. It also concerns me that this has been going on for several days- especially if there is some vomiting. They can't talk to us to tell us how bad they really feel, so it is up to us to really watch and pick up on the symptoms of illness. There are many things that could be wrong with the symptoms you describe. That is what can make diagnosing illnesses so challenging. They can have all the problems that humans do just as liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, pancreatitis, etc. Add to that, they can have problems that human doctors don't frequently encounter, such as getting into toxins (antifreeze) or eating something that can cause a foreign body blockage. If he has been ill like this for a couple of days, the best thing you can do is to take him in to your veterinarian. I would be worried that he is already dehydrated. Plus, if what ever is going on has not resolved in a couple of days, the odds are that he will continue to get worse. I sure would recommend that he gets examined. Your doctor will most likely want to do lab work to make sure the organs are OK, and with vomiting, he or she will most likely recommend x-rays. Usually the diagnostics recommended are based upon the history of illness and what is found with physical examination. I hope this helps, and I hope he does OK for you!