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My brothers dog (Labrador 1 year old) vomiting and diarrhea taken in. Blood test showed white cell count of 0. Tested negative for parvo.
Although it is uncommon, it is definitely possible for a dog to have a parvo virus infection, but test negative. That is because the test (done on the feces) tests for the virus which is shed through the GI tract. If the patient is tested during a period before or after the virus is being passed, then that patient would test negative. Besides parvo virus, there are other causes of vomiting and bloody diarrhea including bacterial infections, distemper and corona virus to name a few. We generally think of viral infections causing a low white blood cell count, but an overwhelming infection can case a low white blood cell count as well. The vaccination status of the patient may make a doctor lean towards or away from the diagnosis of parvo virus. If your dog had one or 2 parvo vaccinations as a puppy, with all of them being before 18 weeks of age, ah, that would make me more suspicious of parvo virus. But, what is important and what is a good thing is that the treatment for vomiting and bloody diarrhea regardless of what is causing the vomiting and bloody diarrhea is the same . I hope everything turns out all right for your brother's dog.
I brought in 2 of my 3 cats in the last week, Mr. Fluffers and Luca. Mr. Fluffers seemed to be doing better and being his normal self but since yesterday he's just been looking depressed. Luca is still looking depressed like last night when I brought him in. I know 12 hrs may not be enough time to get better but it's still worrisome. I woke up today with Mr. Fluffers on my right and Luca on the left and they didn't pop up and say hi when they noticed I was awake. I cuddled up with them and they just wanted to sleep. One of my roommate's cats has been extra vocal the last couple days as well. Rowdy seems fine though. I believe that they are all eating, drinking and using the box as normal. There have been no changes in food or litter, etc. They all had fleas and worms and when I brought Mr. Fluffers in I got meds for all of them. This seems to have started after they took the meds [same night I got them when Mr. Fluffers was there] and they all got the flea meds last night. There has been no vomiting or diarrhea that I've seen.
Thank you for letting us know about Luca and Mr. Fluffers. We want to make sure they are doing well. I'm going to ask Cyndi who is one of our technicians to call you so we can find out more information- then we can go from there! Thank you!
I have a 3 year old German mix with Boxer. I have taken him to the vet because he scratches to the point that his hair thins out and you can see his skin, I was told it is allergies. He was given Apoquel and Prednisone which got him back to his usual self. But now a year later he is doing the same thing again. Is there not something I can do to control this problem because it looks like this is going to be a on going problem. He is so uncomfortable and I have not been able to get him into the vet yet. Please help oh yes and the flies are eating his ears up I have to keep putting Fly off on them, is there another remedy for flies?
If your dog responded to the Apoquel and Prednisone, then it probably was allergies. But! What you have to realize is that a cure for allergies does not exist (don't we wish that for both dogs and people!). The medications only treated the inflammation, which calmed down the itchiness, so then the hair grew back in. If your dog went a year without any significant problems, then that is good news. That would mean that the allergies are seasonal and only a certain time of the year is it a problem. Develop a relationship with your veterinarian. The treatment that he or she prescribed is a very good treatment to get a dog over the worse of the allergy season. If you have an ongoing relationship where your vet knows that this is the time of the year allergies kick in for your dog, he or she will very likely just prescribe a refill of more of the same and it will save you a trip to the vet. But, it depends upon how often you have been in, and if you have been in recently, as well as your history. Try calling your vet and see what they say, they may give you a refill. In the mean time, home remedies may help some, but in my experience if they are scratching a lot, it only helps a little. Benadryl may help. Using a moisturizing shampoo may help. Make sure fleas are not part of the equation. Over the counter cortisone ointments applied to bad areas may help (if you can keep them from licking it off). But severe allergies usually do not respond nearly like the medications that were prescribed. If your vet feels they can not refill the medications at this point, your best best is to make that trip to his or her office as soon as possible and ask about what can be done about future outbreaks without having to make an office trip each time. Flies are a different problem. Using the ointments you have been using help. What really helps is picking up the feces each day so the flies don't have a place to lay their eggs. I hope this helps!
Tried frontline on a embedded tick on dogs side mouth- tried pulling it out - won't come off/out- worried -don't have alot of money - any suggestions -please
Ticks can be stubborn things to deal with. The tick will die with the frontline application but the way it works, it takes up to 48 hours. Once a tick is embedded, has been there for a while, it will secrete a substance that will anchor the head in. That's why when a tick is pulled out, the head stays. Your best bet is to use tweezers and pull it out. Yes, the head may remain, and it will cause irritation, but at least by getting the tick pulled out you stop the risk of ticks transmitting diseases to your dog (as long as it hasn't been there for a while). Don't touch the tick with your fingers. There are diseases that can be transmitted to humans as well. If you expect a future tick problem, I would recommend Frontline Tritak. It starts killing fleas and ticks in 5 minutes, and it more likely to kill a tick before it has the chance to spread disease. We like to hike, so imagine my surprise that because I wasn't as diligent as I should have been with using a tick product, one of our dogs got Erhlichia. Erhlichia is one of the more common diseases we see transmitted to dogs in North Texas. So, if you have a problem with ticks, you do want to use a good product.
Hello! I scooped up a kitten from a parking lot about a week ago. Her eyes are clear and her nose is clear. What tests should be done on her?
Congratulations on your new kitten! I love that you adopted her. I would highly recommend that you set up an examination with your vet. Before you go, dig out a fresh stool sample out of the litter box. That way your vet can do tests to determine if there are any intestinal parasites present, and which medication for deworming is appropriate. Your veterinarian will also examine your cat to make sure there aren't any health issues. Sometimes stray kittens can have ear mites or even ringworm. These are just some of the things we look for. If the kitten is old enough, then you would want to start your kitten on her vaccination series. I don't know if you live in our area, but we are a certified cat friendly practice if you are looking for a clinic to take your kitten. Dr. Lindsay Robinson is one of our designated feline doctors and I highly recommend her. Kittens are so much fun- I'm sure you will have a lot of years of fun with her.
dog is vomiting and not eating
I'm sorry that your dog is ill. It, I think, makes it even harder when they can't talk to you to tell you where they hurt. There can be a lot of conditions and diseases that can cause vomiting and inappetence. Sometimes it is something simple, such as they ate something that temporarily upset their stomach. Other times it can be something serious, such as parvo virus, liver disease, or pancreatitis just to name a few. If this just happened, you can watch your dog for a while to see if things settle out, but if they continue to vomit, or start with diarrhea, don't wait, take them to your veterinarian. Strangely enough, one of my dogs had thrown up once, just a few days ago. She didn't seem to feel that bad, so I did some errands and then went back to check on her. She was so much worse! She felt awful. I knew she felt really bad, all she wanted to do was to lay down under some bushes. I rushed her to our vet clinic and asked one of the doctors who worked overnight to take care of her. She was seriously dehydrated, and had bloody diarrhea along with the vomiting. She was so sick that she needed IV fluids, along with other treatments. She had hemorrhagic gastroenteritis- unknown cause, but potentially serious. So, you can watch them for a while- if they don't seem really that sick, but you have to watch closely, and if you have the least doubt that they are not getting better- take them in!
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Can I give my dog Pepto-Bismol she has diarrhea. Just adopted her last week from the pound she had diarrhea when I got her she's 7 1/2 months old she is a lab mixed
Very well done for adopting a dog from the pound. I love it! If she has diarrhea It would probably be better to give her Kaopectate rather than Pepto-Bismol. You can give her 3 to 4 tablespoons. Having said that, I would take her to your vet, or if you already have a veterinarian, then see about taking a stool sample to be rechecked for intestinal parasites. If you got her from the pound, even though she was dewormed, she may have intestinal parasites, which can cause diarrhea. Two very common problems we see in shelter dogs are giardia and/or coccidiosis. If you don't treat this underlying cause of diarrhea your dog won't get better. One more very important precaution. If she is sick at all, in that she isn't really eating, or she has bloody diarrhea, then you need to take her in to your veterinarian as soon as possible. Even though she most likely was vaccinated while in the pound, we still worry that they may not be protected adequately against parvo virus. Parvo is really rampant this time of year, so you really have to be vigilant. I hope this helps! And, have fun with your new friend!
my dog has been vomiting and her leg has been shaking also lately she hasn't been able to control her bladder and I don't know why
These are symptoms that may indicate that something serious is going on with your dog. I don't know if the vomiting has been going on for multiple days, or if your dog is still eating. But, I would think if your dog is continuing to vomit, then she probably doesn't want to eat. The shaking may indicate that she just doesn't feel good, or is weak, or perhaps running a fever. Since dogs cannot tell us how they feel or where they hurt, we have to pay attention to what they are doing to be able to know what is going on. The bladder control issue may be because she doesn't feel good, or it may be the source of all of her problems. Dogs, like people, can have bladder infections, kidney infections and bladder, and/or kidney stones. Dogs with bladder stones are constantly in pain, and may have difficulty controlling urination. I really, really recommend that you take her to your veterinarian. This is one time you really need professional help to determine what is going on. Maybe it won't be anything serious, but with those symptoms, it would be important to have her checked out. I hope she does ok for you, poor baby!
Is there any home remedies to help my cats injured legs or miscles
Cats are unique in that they cannot tolerate many of the drugs, medications or chemicals that dogs and humans take on a routine basis for pain or illness. Cats metabolize medications differently. This can make it a challenge in that medications that we use is often dosed differently than when used in dogs- or not used at all. On top of that, many of the pain medications are just not tolerated in cats. There are not any home remedies that would be useful for help injuries in cats. For example, one extra strength tylenol can cause death in cats. A couple of suggestions that may help is to make sure your cat is on a good quality diet- nutrition is important in healing. Keeping your cat indoors is also helpful. If you have not taken your cat to your veterinarian yet, then I would recommend the visit. There are specific anti-inflammatory drugs that are made for cats that will reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and promote healing that can only be gotten through a veterinarian. I hope this helps!