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I have a German Shepherd Boxer mix he is about 3 to 4 months old and I'm trying to figure out how I can stop him from peeing and pooing on my floor as well as getting him to stop playing so aggressively
That is an excellent question, especially since many people have house training issues at one point or the other. The first thing I want to tell you is that when you take your puppy in for his vaccinations series, that is one of the things your veterinarian will work with you on. You can ask about house training problems and other behavioral issues and get advice on any problem you are having. The first thing I would recommend at this point is implementing the basics of house training and then go from there. Basic rules include always taking them outside for bathroom duties when they first wake up or just after they eat (and of course every couple of hours). Praise them when they do go outside. You can keep them in a crate at night- they are more likely not to want to soil that area because it is where they are sleeping- but you have get up at night and take them outside until they are old enough to hold it. Don't make the mistake of keeping them in a crate and then not taking them out frequent enough. Whenever they are loose in the house- keep them in the room where you are so that you can constantly watch to make sure they don't have accidents. If you catch them while they are in the middle of the "act" you can scold them and take them immediately outside to finish it. You can't find a "pile" on the floor, then go over and scold them- you have to catch them in the act. Don't feed them too late at night, that will help prevent accidents over night. The key to house training is to really work hard at it so that they quickly learn what is appropriate. Some dogs catch on literally in a couple of days. As far as playing aggressively, that is in their nature, especially for large breeds. Make sure they get lots of exercise outside so that they are not so hyped up. Give them appropriate toys to keep them occupied, and when they do something that isn't acceptable such as biting or chewing on your hands, scold them during the act, then praise them when they do it right and stop the unacceptable behavior. I just wanted to make sure that you are getting him vaccinated, checked for intestinal parasites and started on heartworm prevention. Puppies should start around 6 weeks of age and get a series of vaccinations every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 4 to 5 months old. I hope this helps!
was wondering your pricing....my dog is acting different and unable to walk ?
Dominique, our office/ examination fee is $45 dollars from 8am to 8pm. We are open 24 hours so during emergency hours, at night and weekend the fee does increase. If your dog is acting different and especially if he or she is having difficulty walking I would get her in as soon as possible. You can call us for an appointment (which gets you see faster if it is busy), or you can come in as a walk-in. Our doctors will take a history from you and do an examination. From there they will work out a customized treatment plan and go over that with you. You can call us at 817-478-9238 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make an appointment. I hope it all turns out OK for you.
Hi my 8 month old puppy has not been wanting to eat for 2 days after we changed her food we went back to a brand she has eaten and like but is still not eating. She ate a few pieces but not like normal. She also seems like she sad or depressed and is not acting like herself shes not as hyper as usual and shakes when trying to get onto the bed or car. It also seems when shes asleep she breathing harder then she has before. What do you think is wrong and what should I do?
Because dogs and cats cannot verbally tell us they are sick or injured, we as owners have to watch for signs and behavior that tell us they are hurt or ill. One sign that indicates illness is refusal to eat food or only picking at their food because of an decreased appetite. Another sign is lethargy, which is what you are describing when you say she is not as hyper as usual, and she acts depressed. The symptoms you are describing are general symptoms of illness that could be associated with many diseases or medical problems. Has she been vaccinated? Is she on heartworm prevention? Has your veterinarian tested her for intestinal parasites? It would be impossible to say what is wrong with your dog. But, the symptoms that you describe are definitely not normal and I would take her in to see your veterinarian as soon as possible for an exam. I hope this helps.
A couple of dogs showed up to my moms job and she's thinking about keeping them. How much is a check up for two large, older huskies?
Wow! That's great that your mom is thinking about taking care of a couple of stray dogs. If they look like they used to belong to someone, she can call the local animal shelter and humane society to ask if anyone is looking for dogs that with this description. But, to answer your question about cost of examinations, if you look at the discount page on our website (look on bottom of home page) you will find one of our better deals- free vaccinations (rabies and distemper combination) with paid exam (we charge $45 for exam- not including emergency hours). Our doctor can also discuss with your mom nutrition, heartworms, intestinal parasites, as well as any question your mom might have. The easiest thing is to make an appointment. You can call us at 817-478-9238, or you can request an appointment via e-mail using email@example.com. Sounds like these dogs are lucky to get a good home instead of running out on the streets!
Does the deworming shot need to be refrigerated ?
Sorry- I need more information to be able to know if the medication needs to be refrigerated. What is the name of the medication that you have? Normally a veterinarian would never send medication that would be a "shot" or injection that you would have to administer to your dog. So, I am guessing this is not a shot or injection. Is it possible that the medication is in a syringe and you give it orally? Any medication sent home should have a label that will tell you what the medication is, how to give it and whether it needs to be refrigerated. That should help you. If you still have questions, just give us a call at 817-478-9238 and we can help you further. It would especially help to know what the name of the medication is. I hope this helps!
My chihaua may have distemper he was snaping head wobbling,couldn,t stand walk,or eat,his eyes,water and he rubbed them raw,and other parts too,i gave Him antibotic and pedilite,he is active eatting,playing,walkingwithout falling over,will he pull through,how longon antibiotics?How many milligrams,how often,is there anything else i can do,help please
There are so many questions to ask concerning your dog. Is he a puppy? Was the condition diagnosed by a veterinarian? Any testing done? When did it start? How long has it been going on? What worries me is that there are other conditions and medical problems that can give you the same symptoms. Puppies, especially little breeds, can have problems with hypoglycemia- low blood sugar. If that is the problem, it is important to have your dog tested so that the appropriate treatment can be given. Other problems that can mimic those symptoms include seizures, hydrocephalus and portal systemic shunts (part of the circulation bypasses the liver)- just to name a few. If it is distemper, then you have a long battle ahead of you. Distemper is a virus and can cause a variety of problems including respiratory infections, pneumonia, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and neurological signs. Symptoms will vary. Because it is a virus, antibiotics are ineffective except when you have secondary infections. Nursing a dog through distemper is a long, hard battle and requires a lot of work between your veterinarian and you to determine the best course of treatment. And even with a lot of work, you could still lose your dog. If you have not seen your veterinarian yet, I highly recommend doing so- and as soon as possible. The symptoms you describe are severe and serious and you need to sort out with your doctor what is going on and determine the best course of treatment. I hope your little dog does all right and that what he has can be treated.
I changed my westies food. Now he keeps throwing up and will shake, if not taken out within a min he will diarrhea. This is a few times a day what should I do?
You need to know that a change in food should not produce the severe symptoms you are describing. You didn't say when you changed the diet, or whether your dog is a puppy or an adult. But, whether your dog is a puppy or an adult, these symptoms worry me. There are many things that can cause repeated vomiting and diarrhea. The list is endless. But, irregardless of the cause, without treatment dehydration usually rapidly develops. Some of the more serious causes of these symptoms include food poisoning, pancreatitis, liver disease, parvo virus and anaphylactic reactions. Is is impossible to tell what the cause is without doing an exam and diagnostic tests. Treatment for nausea and diarrhea requires injectable medications because oral medications are usually not tolerated with vomiting- they just can't hold the medication down. If your dog is a puppy, it is even more important to get him in to see your veterinarian because puppies more quickly become critically ill and need more supportive care. Also, all puppies, even if vaccinated, should be tested for parvo virus. I hope your dog does OK- it is always difficult to see them that ill.
My Siberian Husky was diagnosed with pink eye approx. 1 week ago and put on Anaprime Neo-Poly-Dex Drops. I did not see the immediate improvement after a couple days as my vet had saifd I would and discontinued the drops after about 4 days. I went back for follow up and I stated that she cannot hardly open her eye when on the drops. He told me to restart with same drops for 4 days but again when on the drops she cannot hardly open the eye. Should I stop the drops and see another vet for 2nd opinion? I am concerned about her eye and that the drops are making it worse? Should I be concerned?
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis is the inflammation and possibly infection of the conjunctiva- the tissue just under the edges of the eyelids and that covers the eyeball. The condition is painful and usually responds to antibiotics/corticosteroid eye drops-which is what your veterinarian has prescribed for your dog. One of the things that your doctor probably did during the examination is deaden the eyes with eyedrops that numb the region so that he could thoroughly examine the eye to look for foreign bodies. This is more common than you think because dogs will run through weeds and grass and occasionally pieces will occasionally break off and imbed below the lid in the conjunctiva or behind the third eyelid. If a foreign body is present then the eye will not improve with treatment. The other thing that is important to do in an eye exam is to stain the eye with a special type of stain which will then make any ulcerations or scratches on the surface of the eye (cornea) visible. It is important to identify any ulcerations or scratches on the eye because the type of medication used to treat ulcers is different from the antibiotic drops you are presently using. Not using the appropriate medications for an ulcer can actually make an ulcer worse in the face of treatment. There can be many reasons why your dog's eyes may not be responding to the eyedrops, including the presence of a resistant infection, possible ulcerations, possible foreign body, or other eye problems that need to be identified such as "dry eye" or uveitis. If an eye problem is not improving with treatment I would get a recheck exam of the eye- fast (which you did). If it still is not improving I would definitely seek out a second opinion. Eyesight is a precious thing, and eye infections and problems should not be "just watched". Eye problems should be treated quickly and aggressively. I highly recommend for your second opinion to seek out a veterinary eye specialist- preferably a veterinary board certified ophthalmologist. Veterinarians who have specialized training and advanced equipment for diagnosing eye problems can make all the difference in the outcome. There are several in the Dallas-Fort Worth area -if that is where you are located. You can look on the internet for an eye specialist in your area if you are located somewhere else. If you do not have one nearby, I would then go for a second opinion to another veterinarian. Eye problems can be tricky, and and having another doctor examine the eyes is a good thing. I hope this helps and I hope your dog does well!
my dog is throwing up blood, i have no money for vet. what should i do
Your dog needs medical attention. Look on internet for local rescues and humane societies that might offer medical assistance.
My 4 year old pitbull was on her over her monthly in December and it's February 7. And she's on it again is that normal what should I expect
Dogs come into heat every 6 months. It would be abnormal for her to come back into estrus one month after she was finished. I would have her checked out by your veterinarian. Have you considered having her spayed? If you got her spayed that would take care of the problem- if something is wrong with her uterus. Plus, the incidence of mammary cancer is less in dogs who have been spayed. And, and even added bonus is no unexpected or unwanted pregnancies. I hope this helps.