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My dog has lost a lot of weight very suddenly and there is blood coming from his mouth
It is impossible to say what is causing the problems that you are describing in your dog, but, I'm afraid it is likely that the problems are serious. Any time a dog loses a lot of weight, it is usually because they feel bad enough that they do not have an appetite and do not eat well, and this is going on longer than just a couple of days. There can be many different health issues or diseases that can cause weight loss. The list is extensive. If he is now having bleeding coming from the mouth, it may be that what ever is causing the weight problem is now causing some type of bleeding. Having said that, it may be two different issues. It could be weight loss from one problem, and now for some reason there is a tear or laceration that is causing bleeding from the mouth or even ingestion of rat bait which will cause clotting problems. This is one of those things that I highly recommend that you take your dog in for emergency care. Hopefully it is not too serious, but from what you describe it may not be good at all. I would recommend that if your regular veterinarian is not available I would see out a 24 hour hospital or an emergency veterinary facility. I would not recommend waiting from what you are saying. I hope it turns out OK for your dog.
I have a six week old pit puppy I just got him and I noticed his poop is runny poop and often and I'm wondering if its the dog food I'm feeding him. It's victor for dogs and puppies is this to stong for his little tummy.
Congratulations on adopting a new puppy. Although they are work, they are so much fun. It is not normal for their stool to be runny or loose on a frequent basis. The first thing I would ask is have you had your puppy checked out yet? Even though he is 6 weeks old, it is important to get him started on wellness care as soon as possible. That would include a good physical examination for problems, his first vaccinations and running a fecal lab test to test for parasites. The most common cause of loose stools we find in puppies and kittens are from intestinal parasites. Some parasites can cause more serious problems such as anemias, or even very severe diarrhea if not treated. If your puppy is feeling good (no vomiting, lethargy, lack of appetite) AND you have had him checked out, tested for intestinal parasites, then, I would start to suspect the food (as long as the other issues have been ruled out). I am not familiar with that brand of dog food, so I can't say if it is a good or bad diet. But, your veterinarian can give you recommendations of foods that he or she is familiar with and can recommend as good nutrition. Puppies can sometimes overeat, and that can cause a loose stool. Again, you would want to rule out the other things and know how much your puppy is eating before determining that that is the cause. If that seems to fit the picture, then cutting back on food, and feeding more frequently can help. Also, just in case you are giving milk because this is a young puppy- don't give it. This can also cause a loose stool. If this is a new diet for your puppy, that can be part of the problem as well. I hope this helps. (If you are local, we do offer puppy packages, discounting the series of vaccinations and fecal tests that puppies need. We would be happy to help you with your new adventure with your puppy!)
my dog is taking apoquel, as the last option after years of treating allergies. it helps with those symptoms, but she is becoming progressively and alarmingly lame in her hind quarters. are there any reports of apoquel causing lameness, since it does damp down nerves?
That is great that Apoquel is helping to manage your dog's allergy symptoms. Although a new drug on the market, it appears that it will help change how we manage allergies in dogs. The mechanism of action does not damp down nerves, or affects the nervous system. What it does is block certain enzymes that are involved in the role of inflammation- which then reduces inflammation and itching. There are some side effects that have been reported with Apoquel, most commonly vomiting and diarrhea. Most likely the lameness you are seeing is mostly likely due to some other problem. I would check back with your regular veterinarian and have him or her recheck your dog. There can be a lot of reasons for lamness- such as arthritis. But, the first step would be to identify the cause of the lamness.
I have a 3.5 month old Bassett/Blue heeler mix who constantly itching and biting for fleas but there's no fleas,
This is a great question because you will be surprised how many times this question is asked and how much confusion there is about why dogs itch. Our automatic response is to think that any time our dog (or cat) scratches there must be a flea problem. And, sometimes that is the problem even if you think there are not any fleas. Some dogs (and cats) are so sensitive to flea bites that one flea can cause a lot of problems (and because you don't see the one flea, you think there aren't any). But many other things can cause dogs to itch. That includes allergies, parasites, mange, and infections. You have a young dog, so mange could be a possibility. Sarcoptic mange is transmissable to people- which is a good reason to be sure to have your veterinarian check out your dog to determine the cause of itching. Also, this is the time your dog should be getting its vaccinations and wellness care. You can get both addressed at the same time. It is best not to bathe your dog before you take him/her in to have the skin checked out- bathing can wash away the evidence. You can use a small amount of topical cortisone ointment on the skin for now if you can't take him or her in until the next day. But, if you are not seeing fleas, the best thing to do is have your puppy checked out to try to determine what is causing the itching. I hope this helps.
What should we do if our dog has a stoop stuck in his rectum?
This is one of those problems that sounds like it should be easy to fix, but actually may have some complex issues involved with it. Whenever we are presented with a dog that is unable to defecate, we want to first know "why?" in order to solve the problem. First we examine the rectal area. Sometimes a dogs will have a lot of hair, and with diarrhea a mat of hair and stool forms around the rectum preventing the dog from defecating. This takes a bit of work getting the area cleaned up and the hair trimmed away. And then we want to know why there is diarrhea and handle that problem. Is it diet? illness? parasites? If not we find this is not the problem causing the constipation, and our exam doesn't reveal the source of the problem, we then will recommend an x-ray. It can be very important to do an x-ray. It tells us how severe the constipation is (sometimes there can be a lot of stool in the colon) and if there are any obvious causes- such as dogs who have eaten something that can cause an obstruction, such as bones, rocks, socks (the list goes on). If it is a simple constipation, an enema will often handle the problem. But again, we ask, "why the constipation?" because that is not a normal thing. By the way, it does happen that people think their dog is constipated but, they really they have diarrhea, and because the strain to defecate, it looks like they are constipated. The best and safest thing to do for your dog (because so many different things can be involved, is to get your dog examined by your veterinarian so that if there any serious problems, they can be addressed (then you don't have to be worried you are missing something).
my 9 year old corgi, male, 35 pounds, was recently diagnosed with lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis. He was prescribed apoquel to help relieve the symptoms. after taking two 8 mg doses 12 hours apart he started throwing up about 7 hours after the second dose and wouldn't eat for about 24 hours. could this have been a side effect of the apoquel or just a coincidence?
Apoquel can cause vomiting but rarely severe so you really should contact your prescribing doctor.
My cat is 8 yrs old and has just started sneeZing quite a bit and has congested breathing and some dark eye boogers....he has has been a very healthy cat a little over weight but he is never sick ofnyour think he has a URI? If so can I bring him in right away or can u just order me a prescription for that?
We are always available to our cients and patients 24hr/365 days a year. Please call the clinic and they will give you an appointment or you can just go up right away. If you are a regular patient call the clinic and they can help you to see what options are available.
My dog is 29 lbs how much apoquel should she take a day
20.0-29.9# is usually indicated at 9.0to 13.4 but there should be a dosage on you prescription and it would vary so please follow your prescription label and if you have any concerns call your pets doctor
What can you do at home for a dog that is vomiting barely drinking and is rapidly losing weight she is a 2 yr old small female
I'm sorry but she really needs tobe seen by a doctor as soon as possible. She just cannot continue with any quality of life under those conditions. There is really no way to tell what is happening other than a doctor visit and some diagnostics.
How do you kill fleas on a rabbit
I am checking with our exotics specilaist right now. Be careful! do not use any topicals, powders or dips. It can all be dangerous. I will get back here as soon as the speiclaist updates me. If you have applied frontline or other cat/dog treatments please get with your vet immediately. Oka- wash the rabbit in Dawn soap, let the soap soak on it for 3 minutes or so then rinse thoroughly! treat the area but be safe about it.