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My Doggie is almost 16 years old. She can’t hold her urine and is hard of hearing, she seems to be blind in the left eye. She has arthritis, bad teeth and cries all the time. She acts confused sometimes.I hate seeing her in pain. I debate back and forth if it is time she be put down. This is such a hard decision to make. She is a Dachsund and has been seen by you. My other Family members understand and they don’t want her to suffer either.
This, I think, is one of the most difficult decisions to make. The times in my life that I had to make that decision concerning one of my own babies were extremely difficult so I completely understand this dilemma. The guideline that I use is that when they have reached the point in their lives
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Hello. I just got home from work and found my dogs are stuck together. If they have puppies what can I be looking at for cost on office visits, shots etc??? Please help???
Opps. Yeah, chances are good that you will be a proud owner of a litter of puppies in about 8 weeks. I hope this is something that you want. Puppies start vaccinations at about 6 weeks of age. The doctor will do an examination on each puppy prior to giving vaccinations and will answer any
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My cat claws here and there and when he does, his Paws always get stuck & he just pulls his arm harder, it got so bad, it looked like his nail came out. Its been a couple weeks and it looks like its growing back but his wound hasnt healed & still bleeds a little bit. He licks it constantly which i think why its hasnt closed but should i cover it? Put neosporn or something?
It’s hard to say without seeing the paw/nail what is going on, but it is possible that it did get infected. It may be that it will take just take time for it to heal. But, if it is infection Neosporin will probably not help. Cats and dogs are quick to lick it off. Also,
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I have a 1 year old German shepherd and she is panting more than usual. She has red ears with scabs and discharge. Do I need to take her to an ER or is she fine till I can take her to my vet?
Panting more than normal would not be an emergency. But, if she was lethargic, weak, or acting like she can’t lay down or get comfortable because she can’t get enough oxygen, or something else is going on, then that would be an emergency. You have to look at her and determine if there is something
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We recently adopted a small kitten that was found on the side of the highway. He looks to be about 5 weeks old, and was given medicine last week for parasites. However, he has not pooped in several days. He makes frequent trips to the litter box, but is unsuccessful. Help!
Oh wha a lucky kitten that you found him. Even though you would think this would by a simple answer, it won’t be because it is hard to know what is going on without seeing the kitten. First of all, make sure the kitten doesn’t have diarrhea. Sometimes, if they have watery diarrhea they will
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MY 16 YR OLD SHIH TUZ HAD A SEIZURE 9/22 THAT LASTED FOR 3 HRS. WE WENT TO THE VET AND SHE WAS CHECKED OUT AND GIVEN IV FOR THE DAY. SHE COULDN’T WALK ON LEFT BACK LEG AND FRONT WAS ALSO HARD FOR HER TO WALK. SHE IS WALKING BETTER NOW BUT IS WEAK AND SHE DOES NOTHING BUT WALK AROUND ALL DAY UNTIL SHE FALLS FROM BEING UNSTABLE. IS THAT NORMAL? THANK YOU
I’m so sorry about your baby. Three hours is a very long time for seizures to occur. Seizures can be caused by many different things, including epilepsy, toxicities, low blood sugar, liver problems, as well as tumors in the brain. Did your veterinarian perform lab work to rule out any medical issues such as blood
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My cat may have been exposed to ringworm. Is there a test that can be done to test for this. I don’t see exactly see symptoms, but I am concerned.
Ringworm (Dermatophytosis) is a fungal infection affecting the skin and hair of cats. Symptoms include dandruff, poor hair coat with irritated skin, itchiness, and hair loss. Cats can even be infected with Ringworm but show no symptoms. Yes, there is a test for ringworm, the most common test performed is a fungal culture. Some types
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I have a mini Australian shepherd that is approx 11 months old. She weighs about 12 lbs. She suddenly yesterday started ha very very loose mucous stool with blood. I thought maybe this was her period since she had never been in heat before. Now she won’t eat or drink and I can her her stomach making loud noises. I could not get her to eat canned pumpkin. She still runs after her toys but she is sleeping more. Is there anything I can try at home. Very limited on funds. Thank you.
So sorry that your puppy is sick. Has she been vaccinated?? Parvo virus, intestinal parasites, infection, bad food….these are but a few of the many things that can cause the symptoms you describe. This is one of the times you should really find the money to take her to a veterinarian. If she has blood
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I recently had a apartment fire while I was at work. My cat was left inside one of the rooms in the apartment, and now I think is having hard time breathing. I don’t know what to and I’m scared that he might die. Can You Please Help Me?
I am so sorry to hear about the fire and your cat. How awful. Smoke inhalation from fire can cause damage to the lungs. If your cat is having difficulty breathing you need to seek veterinary care. There is not anything you can do at home. Your cat may need oxygen along with drugs that
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Hey I have talk to u about upper respiratory in a year now . Well I found vet that did X-ray On my cat and said she had infection .but couldn’t tell me if it’s bacterial or viral . Anyways she did the pcr test and it tested like 6 different things. Well the results were negative . How can that be negative for everything ? My cat she breathes heavy and is congested . So now what do I do she can’t keep being congested for life and breathing heavy ?they got her on liquid antibiotics but that only takes away the bacterial not the virus . So I just don’t understand how test was negative . Is there more test to see what’s going on ? She had pcr test , blood work and x ray .
I’m glad you have done further testing. Diagnostics, even when negative, can give you information. It can be frustrating to deal with any chronic disease, upper respiratory infections are especially trying. I know you have been dealing with this a very long time. Did you ask your veterinarian these questions? She or he is more
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