My dog is a little over 2 years old, she’s a pit bull.

My dog is a little over 2 years old, she’s a pit bull. When I first got her she didn’t have any problems but over the past couple months she’s been getting a rash on her underbelly and she won’t stop scratching it so it turns into a lot of little scabs. My mom thinks it’s an allergy to the grass or something but benadryl doesn’t seem to help. Do you suggest anything I can get for her for the rash and swelling to go down?

Allergies is the most likely cause (your mom is smart!), but having said that- it is possible that there is another cause for the skin irritation. You have to be careful to not just assume a diagnosis. But, allergies are the most common cause of itchiness in dogs and this is definitely the time of the year we see lots of cases. If the skin irritation is on the stomach and chest, then that would indicate the grass or something else (carpet, etc.) that your dog comes in contact is causing the reaction. Treating allergies in dogs can be difficult. You really can’t cure allergies- it more about treating the symptoms. If your dog has scratched so much that you now have scabs you may be at the point that it will take stronger medication to stop the itchiness. If you catch allergies early, then Benadryl may (notice the word “may”) help enough to stop the scratching. If a dog continue to scratch it will start a vicious cycle that the more the scratch the more irritated the skin becomes, which make them itch more, so they scratch even more. It’s a vicious cycle for some of these dogs and without medical intervention is difficult to reverse. You have to treat the itchiness until the skin heals and that often requires antibiotics (if you have scabs and skin infection) and drugs strong enough to stop the itchiness. Since your dog has reached the point where it has gone on for a while and she has scabs and is probably a bit miserable I would seek veterinary care. There are several reasons for this. First off, the doctor can make sure it is allergies and not some other problem occurring. The doctor can also discuss more in detail about allergies. It is important to get educated on the best way to help your dog. Believe me, it is not always simple to keep them comfortable. Luckily, over the past several years there have been new drugs that have come out that are much safer and more effective to use long term if needed. Hope this helps and good luck!

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I bought two baby turtles about 6 months ago

I bought two baby turtles about 6 months ago and one of them I believe has shell rot going on. I’ve looked online how to treat it and such , using hydrogen peroxide to scrub the shell and let it dry . Recently I found her shell is getting more and more affected and I don’t know what to do. I clean and make sure their water and tank are safe but don’t know the cause . I want to bring her in but don’t know the cost ? Help please

I’m so sorry about your turtles. Taking care of exotics can be difficult. It would be hard to say what is going on with your turtle without actually seeing it. Exotic medicine is different from the medicine that we routinely practice with dogs and cats- only some veterinarians are trained to treat exotic pets. We have 2 doctors on staff- Dr. Robinson and Dr. Clipsham and you are welcome to call to make an appointment with them. The cost for new exotic pet exam (it is an extensive visit with education on nutrition and husbandry and other issues) is $85. If you don’t come to our clinic, I encourage you to at least find a veterinarian who can see your turtle. Sorry it isn’t an easy issue where a diagnosis can be made without seeing your turtle.

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I have budgie and I don’t know if it has an egg

I have budgie and I don’t know if it has an egg but now it acts funnier like it’s pregn4

So sorry that you are having problems with your bird! There are too many things that could be going on to cause the problem you are seeing. It would be difficult to guess without seeing your bird. For this, I would definitely recommend having her seen by a veterinarian that sees birds. We have 2 doctors on staff that can help you. Dr. Robinson and Dr. Clipsham. The best bet is to call to make an appointment specifically with one of them to see your Budgie. I hope everything turns out well!

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i have a cat that is 5months old.

i have a cat that is 5months old. she has been fixed has all shots and is an indoor cat. the last few days shes dropped in mood, drinking, eating and most of all playing. what could be wrong? i know nothing about cats other than i know something is wrong,

If I understand this right, your cat is not as happy, attentive, not eating or drinking well and she is not very active. You are right, something is wrong. Even though they can’t “talk” to you, she is telling you she feels really bad. It is great that you have her current on vaccinations and that she is an indoor cat. It would be difficult to say what is causing her to feel ill. Cats can experience a variety of diseases and health issues just like humans, so the general symptoms of illness, such as lack of appetite and activity would not point to any specific issue. My recommendation, especially if she has been acting like this for several days, is to have her examined by your veterinarian. I’m sorry it doesn’t specifically address your question- there are so many possibilities. An exam would be your best option.

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i have a cat that is 5months old

i have a cat that is 5months old. she has been fixed has all shots and is an indoor cat. the last few days shes dropped in mood, drinking, eating and most of all playing. what could be wrong? i know nothing about cats other than i know something is wrong,

If I understand this right, your cat is not as happy, attentive, not eating or drinking well and she is not very active. You are right, something is wrong. Even though they can’t “talk” to you, she is telling you she feels really bad. It is great that you have her current on vaccinations and that she is an indoor cat. It would be difficult to say what is causing her to feel ill. Cats can experience a variety of diseases and health issues just like humans, so the general symptoms of illness, such as lack of appetite and activity would not point to any specific issue. My recommendation, especially if she has been acting like this for several days, is to have her examined by your veterinarian. I’m sorry it doesn’t specifically address your question- there are so many possibilities. An exam would be your best option.

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Hi, we have a stray cat

Hi, we have a stray cat that we are fostering until she weans her kittens. She is vomiting and not eating much, just drinking water and KMR. Should we bring her in?

So great of you to take care of a stray cat, especially one with kittens! The answer is yes- you should take her in as soon as possible. Especially if she is nursing kittens. If the kittens are nursing, and mom is not eating and drinking much (and vomiting) then she is rapidly losing fluids and will soon become quite dehydrated. It will soon start affecting the kittens. You may have to start hand feeding the kittens if you don’t get the mom’s situation quickly handled. I hope mom and babies do OK.

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can you give a goose a low dose of Xanax to sedate for capture. have an injured bird in neighborhood pond that needs attention trying to catch. a neighbor has Xanax for a dog we were wondering if its possible to sedate the bird for capture

So sad to hear a goose is injured. Do not use the Xanax for sedation. It would be safer for the bird if you can find some type of netting to capture it. Try calling Roger’s Wildlife Rescue in Dallas. They care for birds that have been injured or need help. They may have other suggestions for you to help rescue your goose. I hope it works out!

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Cody weighs approximately 18 lbs and is 11 years old. He is a silkie terrier. I need to give him Benadryl for allergies. I’ve done this previously but my memory isn’t what it used to be. What is the recommended dosage (tablet form)? Thank you. LeNora

The dosage of Benadryl for dogs is 1mg/lb. For an 18 pound dog I would start with the 12.5 mg tablet. However, I would not give it unless you have discussed with your doctor that the symptoms you are treating are allergies and your vet has recommended the antihistamine as appropriate for his symptoms. It’s not always a great idea to treat with medications without feedback or recommendations from your vet.

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My cat has gained significant amount of weight very quickly, been rather lethargic the last few days, and today he has begun peeing on my son’s bed and any material he can find in the floor. He even peed in our back yard twice. He is an indoor/outdoor cat.

So sorry to hear about your cat. If he is gaining a significant amount of weight in a very short time then I am concerned there may be fluid building up in his abdomen. It may be something else, but this would fit what you are describing. I suspect that your cat, from the symptoms you describe, is seriously ill. I recommend that you take him to your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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We got a new Pitbull puppy about 3 weeks ago.

We got a new Pitbull puppy about 3 weeks ago. I was told he was 8 weeks old at that time. But I not to sure about the age. I was also told that the puppy was wormed. Yesterday I noticed the puppy was twitching a lot in his sleep. Then I saw he had a lot of worms in his poop. So I started a dewormer. Now he is throwing up. I was going to give him his first set of shots. But not sure if I should at this time. I am worried that it might be too late with the worm problem. Can you please let me know what to do for me fur baby? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations on your new puppy! Puppies do tend to dream and twitch a lot in their sleep, so that is most likely not related to any health issues. It is possible that the puppy was dewormed, but that it needs to be dewormed a second time. It is also possible that the dewormer upset the puppy’s stomach, or the vomiting is an indicator that your puppy is becoming ill. Impossible to say at this point. If your puppy continues to vomit or becomes lethargic, or if diarrhea develops, I recommend getting veterinary care. I worry about owners using over the counter dewormers. It is much better to have a fecal lab test performed because over the counter dewormers rarely get all of the intestinal parasites. Knowing what intestinal parasite is present and selecting the best dewormer that will work for that intestinal parasite is usually a better way to go. You definitely want to make sure your puppy gets the correct series of vaccinations. Pitbull puppies in particular are more susceptible to parvo virus. I recommend working with your veterinarian to make sure the correct series are given. Your veterinarian can be a great source for ensuring your puppy stays healthy!

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