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My pit bull looks sad and don't want to do anything or eat he also has diarrhea
When a dog is sick, they can definitely look sad. I think it is because they just don't feel well, and that we can recognize in our 4-legged friends when they are happy or sad. You didn't say how long it has been since your dog ate, or how old your dog is, if your dog is vaccinated and if he has been tested for intestinal parasites. This is all information that can at least help us rule out some problems or diseases that could be causing the lethargy and diarrhea. Again, I don't know how old your dog is, or vaccination history, but Pit Bulls are more susceptible to Parvo Virus (causes diarrhea and vomiting) and the first thing we are concerned about in Pit Bulls is Parvo Virus infection (which is one of things we vaccinate against). Irregardless of the cause, if you have the symptoms of not eating and diarrhea I would absolutely seek care from your veterinarian. This is not a good combination regardless of the cause. It is not long before you start seeing dehydration and other problems with this. Hopefully it is something that isn't too serious, and some medication can help get your dog back on the road to good health. I hope he does well for you.
My ex in- laws were keeping my dog at their farm until I got settled here in Arlington. They dropped him off yesterday and it looks like his skin and fur are falling off. He is scratching and licking constantly. He looks horrible! What can I do for him?
If his "skin and fur are falling off" (and I believe your description, because skin problems can really look like that), then for sure you need to take him in to a veterinarian. Because you say that he is licking and scratching constantly then the cause is likely because something about his skin is making him itch. Itchiness usually has a reason for starting in the first place (fleas? allergies? something contacting his skin?) and when they itch, and start to scratch they can start an itch-scratch cycle that can cause some serious hair loss and skin damage. Infection usually become a part of the problem. It is very difficult to stop this until you 1. stop the itching, 2. treat infection, usually with oral antibiotics and 3. try to determine the cause of the skin condition in order to help treat the condition and to prevent future problems. They are really miserable when they get this bad. Very often (and please realize i'm saying this without actually seeing your dog) we will give a short acting steroid injection to stop the itching so that they will get some peace and stop scratching so that healing can start. Treating skin infection that may exist is a very important part of this. I would encourage you to have him seen before you do any bathing. If you bathe first, you can wash away evidence that a doctor would look for to try to figure out why the scratching is occurring in the first place. I don't know if it was possible if you dog could have been exposed to stray dogs at all, but sarcoptic mange can cause severe itching and skin problems and is contagious to other dogs and people. With how bad is sounds from your description, I would definitely seek out veterinary care- I think it would be difficult to make your dog better without professional help. I hope he does OK, it is difficult to watch them when they have this kind of problems. We are open 24/7 if we can assist you. If we are in "emergency hours" then we do charge an emergency fee with the exam fee- but all prices for services and veterinary care are the same- they do not increase during emergency hours. I hope this helps.
My dog was outside all day and this evening he had what seems to be a seizure. He has been un responsive except one time he lifted his head for 15 seconds and back again. He is breathing yet lifeless.
I'm so sorry that your dog is so ill. You need to get him to a veterinarian as soon as possible. The symptoms you are describing sounds life threatening. Although seizures in themselves are not necessarily life threatening (dogs, like people can have epilepsy), but because your your dog is non responsive- it is serious. Many things can cause those symptoms so there is no way to know what is going on until your dog is examined. If your veterinarian is not available you need to go to an emergency clinic as soon as possible. I hope your dog does ok.
My cat has a staph infection on his nose, which would require oral medication, but he has developed stomatitis. Can the two be related?
Possibly, but probably not in the way you might think. In other words, the staph infection did not cause the stomatitis and the stomatitis did not 'spread' and cause the staph infection. Stomatitis is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. In simpler terms, the body turns on itself and no longer recognizes self as self and attacks its own cells. When this occurs, the tissue sloughs off and a secondary infection sets in. That is what you are seeing in stomatitis is this secondary infection and it's associated lesions. Why the body attacks itself, no one knows, but in humans this is also very common and rheumatoid arthritis is a good example. If your cat is experiencing a stressed or lowered immune system episode, then a secondary staph infection is very possible and is merely opportunistic. And the reverse is also possible in that a staff infection is taxing the immune system, and stomatitis is showing up due to this stress. A very large number of cats have varying degrees of stomatitis. These range from the occasional ulcer to a mouth filled with lesions. On the former patients we do very little and on the latter, we treat aggressively with steroids, antibiotics and even full mouth extractions. In most cats, getting rid of the teeth, often alleviates all the symptoms. I know this seems a rather radical approach but imagine living and trying to eat with dozens of open sores in your mouth 24/7. In the case of your cat, I would really want to know if these two things are simply coincidental or are they both caused by some other underlying medical condition and you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. A full exam by a veterinarian (even better if they are a veterinary dentist) will probably resolve this question. If they are unrelated to a bigger issue then possibly antibiotics and steroids can alleviate both problems. You will definitely need to see your vet on this one. There are no 'home remedies' for these problems and both should be taken seriously. Dr. Bonnie Bloom, Adjunct Professor Baylor Dental College and a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry is always available to handle these more complex cases.
Can I wash my dog's skin with Head & Shoulder's shampoo for his dry skin.
This is an excellent question. You can use it, but it won't help a lot. The skin PH for people is different from the skin PH of dogs. So, shampoo for people often will not help dogs. This is where your veterinarian can really help. He or she can determine if there is something going on that is affecting your dog that is making the skin dry. Even diet can affect it. And, if it appears that there is not a health issue affecting the skin, they can recommend a shampoo designed for dry skin in dogs. It is not normal for dogs to have dry skin- so it really helps to identify the reason behind it. Sometimes the best money spent is getting an opinion from people that deal with dog heath problems all day long. Having said that, the next best thing would be going to a pet store and finding a shampoo for dogs that is designed for dry skin. That would be better than using a product designed for humans.
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).