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how long can a dog go without pooping?
Actually a fairly long time...several days, or longer if not eating. You should know that although dogs can have problems with constipation, it is not common to see constipation in dogs. Especially with the dog foods on the market- lots of bulk. So, are you sure there are not bowel movements? Is your dog eating? Do you see your dog straining to defecate? If that is the case, then you have to make sure the straining isn't because of diarrhea. Bottom line, if your dog is eating, and you are positive there are not bowel movements, you should have him or her seen to make sure there is not something wrong. For example, sometimes dogs with back pain won't defecate because it hurts to get into position. Anal gland infections are painful, and can make them not want to defecate. Dogs with enlarged prostates will have problems with constipation. So, there are things that can occur causing constipation. Enough things that you should have your dog check out if all is not right. This is one of those times it would be a lot easier if your dog could talk to you. So, you have to watch to see what is going on, and make the decision if they need to be seen.
I found three little kitties and they were all eating fine, until tonite. One got sick, and won't eat or nothing; I got it to drink water from a dropper. Then the second one got sick, and wouldn't eat or drink nothing, and died. Now the 3rd one is showing signs too; the first one still won't eat, but will drink water, but now has diarrhea, and the third one too, and it's like has blood in it. I don't want them to die, but I can't afford to take them to a vet. What do I do?
So sorry about your kittens. If the last kitten is showing clinical symptoms, you may find that even if you take your kitten in to a vet, there may not be anything that he or she can do to save your kitten. Kittens and puppies have very little reserves when they become sick. They get dehydrated more quickly than adults, and infections, both bacterial and viral, overwhelm the body's defenses more quickly than in adults. So, once kittens show severe symptoms, it can be very difficult to save them. I would recommend that you call your animal shelter or local humane society to see if they have a vet on staff. They can look at your kitten for you, and help you make a decision on what to do next. It is hard to say what is wrong, but my first two guesses would be feline distemper, or severe intestinal parasite infection. i'm so sorry for your loss.
I have a 7 1/2 yr old Chihuahua and she breathes real heavy. When she is breathes she is whizzing and gagging. She sometimes gags and vomits what should I do.
So sorry about your baby having problems. Difficulty in breathing is something that can be potentially serious and life threatening. The gagging and vomiting can be because she is having problems catching her breath or because she has a lot of congestion and possibly phlegm in her throat. It is impossible to say for sure what is causing the problem without an exam. It is possible that she has something as simple as influenza or trachealbronchitis. Dogs who get this (has she boarded or gone to grooming recently?) cough with a gagging sound, making it seem to the owner, that something is caught in the throat. Other conditions that can cause difficulty breathing include heart conditions, fluid accumulation, pneumonia, heartworm disease that has progressed, foreign bodies- just to name a few. Even something has common as tracheobronchitis can progress into pneumonia. Breathing difficulties is not something you should try to treat at home. I would definitely seek veterinary care in this instance. I hope she does all right for you.
My dog has fleas what can I do...please help
If your dog is covered with fleas, you can bathe it and get rid of most of the fleas on your dog. But, as soon as your dog goes back into its environment (yard and house) fleas will jump back on. You have to treat the whole problem (fleas on the pet and fleas in the environment) to get long term flea control. There are numerous products out there, but I don't recommend the dips, collars and other over the counter products. We have seen toxicities in pets, and not very good flea control. The better products are the spots on such as Frontline Plus. They are generally safer and have the added bonus of helping to control fleas in the environment. Be sure you get Frontline Plus and not just Frontline- you will get better environmental control. There are other products that your vet can prescribe, including pills that you can give. Some products are combined with heartworm prevention. Your best bet if you want to get the safest and most effective flea control for your situation is to discuss this with your veterinarian. They are experts at matching up the best product for your pet's needs. But, if you don't want to take this option, probably the simplest thing is to purchase Frontline Plus, use monthly, use long term, use on all pets in the household. If you have a really bad flea problem, add environment control too. Fog the house, spray the yard, vacuum frequently, throw away the vacuum bag each time and wash the pet's bedding frequently.
Can my Dog be operated on the following things, AT ONCE : 1.Sterilization 2.Tooth cleaning 3.Lump removal 4.Cancer Tumor My Vet here in Geneva is telling he will do that to my Dog, and told me is ok, but i have my doubts.
This is actually a great question and the first time anyone has asked about this on this forum. I am assuming that your dog has a mammary tumor and your veterinarian has recommend doing an ovariohysterectomy as well as removing the tumor (which is recommended with mammary tumors). This is a procedure (spay and mammary tumor removal) we perform quite often and should be done at the same time to save a second anesthetic procedure. The teeth cleaning can also be done at the same time. But, having said this, there are things we take into consideration- which I imagine your vet did. Your vet will have done a physical exam and feels that your dog is healthy enough for this surgery. Blood work should be performed regardless of age to make sure liver, kidneys, etc. are all functioning normally. The other things to take into consideration is how large or extensive the tumor is. Sometimes tumors will be in multiple mammary glands which make the surgery a lot more extensive and time consuming. From what you asking, it sounds like 1 or 2 growths need to be removed- and if small can be done relatively quickly. Your dog should also have an IV catheter and IV fluids during surgery. As far as the teeth cleaning is concerned, if your dog has dental disease, you are doing a giant favor getting that taken care of as well. Many dogs will have loose decaying teeth and can't tell you how much pain they are in. Anesthetics protocols are much safer than in the old days, so even though there are still risks, it makes it much safer to do longer procedures. So, in summary, yes, these procedures can all be done in the same surgery, but ultimately your vet will have to make the risk assessment according to what he or she sees. If you are uncomfortable with this, talk to them about making it 2 different procedures. You need to get all of your questions answered. And, if you are still uncomfortable with this, ask them to do the teeth cleaning at a later date. I strongly believe that you should make the ultimate decision after getting all the information you can. I hope this helps. And, feel free to get more information and ask any additional question if needed.
Why would my dog start peeing and pooping in his kinel
There can be different reasons for a dog to start soiling their kennel. It would be important to differentiate between this happening with a puppy or an adult dog that has always been kennel trained. Puppies take awhile to train, and it may be that you need to take them out during the night for potty duty more often. Other things that can help in any situation is to feed them a lot earlier before you kennel them. If your dog has never had that problem before look at things that might be causing the situation such as a change in diet, getting into the garbage, eating human food that disagrees with them, and even over-eating. Medical conditions can also cause problems such as drinking excessive amounts of water. Dogs also urinate frequently with urinary tract infections, just like in people. If this is just behavioral you can try the same changes- don't feed before kenneling, more potty breaks and making sure he or she gets plenty of exercise and interaction with you. But, if this behavior continues I would recommend taking your dog in to your vet just to make sure there are not any medical conditions that are causing the problem. Hope this helps! No fun cleaning the kennel!
My dog jumped off the couch and sprained his right paw. He yelps if he tries to jump up... I feel he's in pain...not playful... Is there anything I can check or give him?
No, you would not want to give him anything for pain. Dogs (and cats) do not tolerate human pain medications like ibuprofen and tylenol. That doesn't really help- because I understand you want to do something for the pain. Most likely, if he injured his paw just from jumping off the couch, it is probably a mild sprain. I would just let him rest, don't do anything to encourage exercise. Then see how he is doing in the morning. If he is still very painful, consider a trip to your vet to check him out. Your vet can give pain medication if he feels it is just a sprain. Please understand, I don't know exactly how painful your dog is. If he is not putting any weight at all on the limb, then it might be that it is something more serious. If you feel that is the case, you may want to go ahead and seek veterinary care sooner rather than later. It is possible (and I've seen it happen), that they can actually break something if they jump off and land wrong on their foot. So, you have to use judgement for whether they need to be seen. I hope this helps.
We have two red and blue mix healers that are around six weeks old. We put a zip tie on each of there tails to try to cut circluatin off so they will have short tails but today is day 3 and it seems they are in pain. Did we do the right thing? What should we do. We have one girl and one boy pup. They eat fine and poop and pee fine, we can just tell it is unconfortable for them. Please help and tell me what we need to do.
It is unfortunate that there is information out there that says you can do this kind of thing to dock a tail, but it is totally incorrect. I'm afraid what you are seeing is tremendous pain from lack of circulation to the end of the tail. You probably have quite an infection going as well as tissue that is dying. It is even possible to cause sepsis, a condition that follows severe infection, and then death. You really need to take your puppies in as soon as possible so that they can be humanely treated. I am guessing that after 3 days, the tissue necrosis will be such that the tails will need to be surgically amputated. I'm so sorry that wrong information like this is out there because it can cause serious problems for pets. I hope they will be ok for you.
I have a german shepherd and chow mixed puppy, she is 10 months old, she is throwing up and not eating, what can I do to help help her? My funds are very low so really can't afford a big vet bill
So sorry about your dog. Has she been vaccinated? Did she possibly get into garbage or eat something toxic? It would be hard to say for sure what is causing her vomiting and lack of appetite. If the problem just started, you can try withholding food for a short while in case she does want to eat, to see if she improves and stops vomiting. But, if this has been going on for any time at all, then probably it will not resolve on its own. I would not recommend giving her human medications. Dogs are different from people in their needs and doses of medication and if they are nauseous then usually an injection of a drug for nausea is needed rather than giving something orally. If this has been going on for more than a day, I would highly recommend having her examined by a vet. Nausea is a miserable condition to live with. If funds are low, call your local animal shelter. Many have a vet on staff. If you live in an area that does not have a humane society or shelter with a vet on staff, you may want to consider care credit (medical credit card you can get approved for on line in a very short time), or ask a friend for a loan. Just let your veterinarian know that funds are limited, they will certainly work with you so that your dog can be treated and made more comfortable as much as possible for your budget. I'm afraid, if this has gone on for very long, that it may be serious and that treatment is needed (no way to know for sure without seeing your dog). I hope it goes well for you.
I rescued a flying squirrel and he was playing one day in cage a fell hard. Now he seems to have trouble getting around seems like he doesnt have much mobility of his back legs. I do not know what to do,hes still eatting and drinking but seems to be going down hill
Regardless of what kind of animal you have, if there is trauma (a fall, etc.) and it can not use its legs, then you most likely have an injury to the spinal cord causing partial paralysis. The first suggestion is, if you can, is to seek veterinary care. There are drugs that can be given (if this is the problems) that can reduce the swelling of the spinal cord and can help restore function if there isn't major trauma such as a fracture of the vertebrae (which would seem unlikely with just a fall). It may be that there is just minimal trauma, and your squirrel may recover, and time will tell. But, the best bet is to try to seek veterinary care so that the proper drugs can be given to try to help.