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My dog ate a chocolate cupcake. What should I do?
I don't know how big your dog is. Unless it is a very tiny dog you are probably OK. I am going to give you a link to our website with information about toxic doses of chocolate for dogs. It depends upon the type of chocolate eaten. For example a Potentially fatal dose of milk chocolate is 3 oz per pound For a 10 lb dog - he would have to eat 30 oz. This would equate to two entire 16 oz bags of milk chocolate candy (like M&Ms, Hershey’s kisses, etc), or 20 1.55 oz Hershey’s bars. So you would have to look at the doses and compare it to the weight of your dog. Be aware, that just by eating a cupcake, you might still get some stomach or intestinal upset. The link is http://i20animal.com/articles/Chocolatetoxicdosesfordogs
What about Cats? Is Grain Free Healthier for Cats?
“Grain Free” diets for both cats and dogs were developed more in response to the ongoing trends in human nutrition recommendations. Your question is a very good question, and interestingly enough, there continues to be changes made to cat diets as research helps cat food manufactures to understand what cats really need for a healthy diet. Just to give you an example, it was discovered years ago that many of the cat foods sold actually led to a change in the PH of the cat’s urine creating an environment where crystals began to form in the urine. This led to many health problems for cats. It used to be thought that the main component for healthy cat diets is providing a diet that was high in protein. Now research is indicating that is not always the case but that a combination of ingredients in the proper balance is more important. Premium food companies such as Science Diet and Royal Canin continue to research nutritional needs of both dogs and cats. Cat diets are probably still not perfect. I would be careful of fads such as “grain-free” and most definitely “raw diets”. I tend to recommend diets made by major companies (such as Royal Canin, Science diet, Eukanuba, even Purina) that do ongoing research in the area of nutrition. This point was recently reinforced when a major food company, Blue Buffalo, was sued after testing revealed the presence of ingredients in their pet food that the food company claimed was not in their products.
You have seen Phoebe.. She is 10 and weighs 4 pounds.. She refuses to eat her food with various meats or meats by them selves… walks over, sniffs, and leaves for days at a time.. I try beef, chicken, fresh salmon, fresh crab, hamburger and am at my wits end.. She has always had an eating disorder .I truly thought dogs ate when they got hungry and would eat anything reasonable.. this is stressful thanks…
I'm so sorry about Phoebe, she is obviously your baby. I don't know what could be causing her lack of appetite, but generally if a dog does not want to eat that would indicate something medically is wrong- and potentially something serious, especially if she has lost that much weight. I don't know how long this has been going on for her, but it sounds like a long time. I don't know what Phoebe was seen for in the past, I don't have immediate access to her records. I do highly recommend that you call tomorrow and ask for an appointment with Dr. Cindi Welch for tomorrow. Dr. Welch has advanced training and gets referrals from many other veterinarians. She is an excellent doctor and diagnoses many cases that other doctors have difficulty diagnosing. I think Phoebe needs to see her. If she is booked on her appointments for tomorrow, just tell the person answering the phones that she is seriously ill and you really want to have her looked at by Dr. Welch, and they will work her into her appointment book for her. If you think she is an emergency for tonight, you can always take her (we are open 24/7) in and they will address her needs for tonight on an emergency basis and then transfer her to Dr. Welch tomorrow. I'm sorry, I don't have any advice for tonight other than for you to determine if she needs to be seen tonight rather than tomorrow. I know how stressful this is, and if anyone can make it right for Phoebe, Dr. Welch can.
My dogs eye is red and swollen. Can i put eye drops in it
You can put eye drops, like visine eye drops, but it probably won't help much. This is one time that you will want to take your dog in to your veterinarian. If the eye is red and swollen it might be from just inflammation, or an infection, or even an ulceration on the cornea. It is even possible that there is a foreign body, like a grass awn, that is lodged in the lining of the eye, or behind the third eyelid (something that people do not have but you can see it on the inside of the eye). Each condition has specifically a different treatment. If it is inflammation and infection then we use an antibiotic and steroid combination. If it is a foreign body, it needs to be removed. A corneal ulcer is painful, and potentially can become serious if it gets worse. In dogs that have bulging eyes (breeds with short muzzles, like pugs), corneal ulcers can become so severe that it can perforate through the surface of the eye. When you deal with eyes, the consequences can potentially be quite severe if they are not treated. Before you panic, usually is is just an infection or inflammation, but it really pays to have your dog looked at by a veterinarian.
I am adopting two kittens today. They both were neutered this morning. They both are approx 2 1/2 months old. How soon can I have them declawed? Approx what is the fee for this procedure?
Congratulations on adopting 2 kittens! I think adopting 2 kittens instead of just 1 is even better because they will have each other to keep them busy and happy. I would wait a month, maybe even a little longer before having the declaw surgery done. They were just neutered and now they are going to a new home. You want them to heal from that surgery and get used to their new home first. There is quite a bit of stress associated with neutering, and certainly a lot of stress adapting to a new environment. There are different procedures involved in performing a declaw. We utilize laser surgery because that procedure is less painful than traditional declaw procedures. Generally only the front feet are declawed. Kittens tend to heal faster than adults so we recommend that the procedure be done, if possible, while they are kittens. The cost is $320.00 and it includes anesthesia, surgery, hospitalization and pain medication. It does not include presurgical lab work - and the doctor will discuss running lab work prior to the surgery. I don't know the date of their vaccinations. Since they are 10 weeks old, they would need their next boosters 4 weeks from the date of their last vaccinations. You might consider having them checked out and vaccinated prior to scheduling the declaw surgery. It will give you an opportunity to ask any other questions you may have. Here is a link to an article about laser declaw on our website: http://i20animal.com/articles/LaserDeclaw. If you would like to make an appointment you are welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-478-9238. I hope this helps answer your questions. Have fun with the little darlings!
How old is a puppy sopposed to be to get there shots.because I am going to buy a female pit bull she is dewormed but doesn't have her shot what should I do to get her shot
This is a great question actually, because a lot of people get puppies but do not know when to vaccinate. The rule of thumb is as soon as you get a puppy take it to your veterinarian to get a check up, vaccinations, tested for intestinal parasites and started on heartworm prevention. Six weeks is a great age to start if that is when you are getting your puppy. Pit Bulls appear to be more susceptible to parvo virus, so it is very important to make sure you do a correct vaccination schedule. Puppies get a series of vaccinations every 3 to 4 weeks until they reach a certain age. Even if your puppy was "dewormed" they still need to be tested for intestinal parasites. This is because they are usually just given a deworming medication- and no one dewormer is effective against all intestinal parasites. So you can think your puppy is taken care of, but they may still have intestinal parasites. I highly recommended a veterinarian over shot clinics or feed store vaccines. Your vet will perform a physical examination to make sure there is not any health issues. He or she will set up the best vaccination schedule for your puppy and will help you with information concerning diet, house training or any behavioral issues. I don't know if you are local, but our clinic has puppy and kitten vaccination packages that are discounted and you do not have to pay the entire amount "up front"- only that day's visit. If you are not local you can call area clinics to see if they offer packages. Congratulations on your new puppy and wishing a happy and healthy lifetime for your puppy.
My cats bottom lip is swollen and pink. She's eating fine and playing like normal. The only thing I noticed different is when she's eating she smacks. Is this normal?
No, it is not normal that her bottom lip is swollen and pink. It would be hard to say what is wrong without actually looking at her. The smacking sound when she eats may be because it hurts to eat and she is compensating for it. I don't know if this is something that has going on for a while. I assume you just noticed it today. Some possibilities of what might be going on is swelling from a bug bite or sting, trauma where she may have injured the lip, chemical burn where she may have touched something, like disinfectant, dental problems causing swelling in that area or even gum erosions (cats do have problems with stomatitis and gum ulcerations). I always lean towards having them looked at by your veterinarians- just in case there is something that does need medical treatment. I hope this helps!
Good morning. We flea dipped our 5 month kitten yesterday and then sprayed some Advantage on him. Today he is a little sluggish and antisocial. No vomiting or diarrhea, no loss of appetite, still drinking and eating and using the box just fine. We thought maybe the Advantage might have been too much so we washed him in Dawn. Anything else we should be doing?
You did the perfect thing - washing everything off of him with Dawn soap. My guess is that it was the flea dip that was causing the problem. I don't know what kind of dip that you used, but that is where we see most of the problems - is with the dips. I would recommend that you don't use the dip again. I would watch your kitten and make sure he continues to improve. If he doesn't or he is getting worse, then I would take him in to your veterinarian. But, it appears that you caught the problem early on, and simply washing everything off should prevent the condition from getting worse. For the future, I would stick with the Advantage once a month. Another product we have good results with is Frontline Plus. Be sure you get the Frontline Plus and not the regular Frontline- you will get better control with the "Plus". Environmental control may be needed if you are seeing a lot of fleas. I am sending you a link that will give you some recommendations for how to approach the sometime monumental task of controlling fleas. The link is http://files.dvm360.com/alfresco_images/DVM360/2013/10/26/09e636c4-16a0-46f0-a455-a4f7a9ab8795/article-817584.pdf. If you are only have a few fleas here and there you will be surprised how much control you can get just by using only spot-ons like Advantage or Frontline Plus. The fleas won't die immediately when they hop on (which can make you think you are getting control) but over time, you will get fleas that hatch out but eventually, because they die before they lay additional eggs you will in a couple of months get a flea free environment. This is because your cat is a flea magnet, so once fleas hatch out they will hop and- and then die. If you cat goes outside, that is more difficult to control, but even with that you will be surprised at how much control you can get with the topical application of these products. Another option is to take your cat in to your veterinarian and you can get detailed information on flea control and which products (and there are a lot of them!) would work best in your situation. I hope all goes well with your kitten!
5 yrs old blue nose pit bull weak and thick saliva has been active with a female dog she is in heat
Certainly a male dog, especially a breed such as a pit bull that is muscular and active can get very worked up when a female dog is in heat. As hot as it is this time of year you should worry about heat prostration and even heat stroke. Weakness and drooling are symptoms that something is wrong. If he doesn't quickly recover once you remove the female dog in heat I would seek veterinary care. Also, has your male been vaccinated and on heartworm prevention? If he has heartworms, the added stress of trying to breed can cause medical issues. There are so many reason that you may be seeing these symptoms, but the first one I would think of is getting overheated. Again, if he doesn't quickly recover, once he is separated, I would check with your regular veterinarian.
Small dog ate pork chop bones (2) ??
OK, you may have a problem here. Depends upon the size of bones swallowed, whether they have sharp edges or not, and how many (big ones versus small chewed up pieces) were swallowed. I've seen situations when the bones that were eaten moved on through the intestinal tract without a problem. But, I've also seen many times when there was a problem. It's a guessing game on which dog will have problems. The problems we see in dogs who have eaten bones are stomach and intestinal irritation from the bones resulting in vomiting and diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea) intestinal blockage from the bone trying to move down the intestinal tract, and even intestinal perforation where the sharp end of the bone goes through the intestine. So.... you can wait it out to see if you are lucky, but I wouldn't. I really recommend that you at least take your dog in to an area emergency clinic and have your dog x-rayed and checked out. The doctor can get an idea of how many bones are present and can give you a much better idea on what your options are. Bones can be removed through surgery making an incision through the stomach. Our clinic has endoscope, which means that bones and other objects can be removed with an endoscope and a grasping tool so that the abdomen does not have to be opened. This is often successful, but sometimes, even with endoscopy you have to move on to abdominal surgery. I hope all turns out OK. This is a tough situation.