Christina M. Erskine

Location: Buffalo, New York USA

Qualifications: Vet Tech

Veterinarian Profile

Christina received her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Medaille College. She is licensed as a Veterinary Technician in the state of New York since 2007.  She is currently working on becoming specialized in behavior.

Answers from Christina M. Erskine

  • Is it safe to give my 11 year old Cocker Spaniel Anesthesia for a teeth cleaning?

    Could this cause complications?

  • Dog is urunating in her sleep - what should I do?

    My chow bitch was sterilized at 6 months - our vet recommended this. Since then, she is urinating in her sleep. She is on this incurin tablets, but this do not help at all. What else can we try, because before this sterilization she never had a slip up in the house?

  • Will Defendex shampoo treat all types of mange?

    Will Defendex shampoo treat all types of mange?

  • Can you give a dog Hydrocodone for Arthritis pain ?

    Our dog normally gets Tramadol for pain control. It's the weekend and we forgot to renew the script, but we have hydrocodone at home. Can we give it to him and if so, how much?

  • White worms in pet's stool

    I recently noticed small white worms in my pet's stool. I would like to know what type of worms they are and what treatment is necessary. Approx. 16 year old Llapso Also Female - Recently tested for heart worm but the results were negative. Pet currently on heart worm treatment. Recently found out my home had extensive black mold & bacterias (ecoli) due to a sewer back-up in July 2009. Home was not properly dry-out after sewer back-up & moisture caused the black mold to grow. Several strains of bacteria also circulated thru out home via ac ducts. Home has now been treated properly. During this time, I was also tested & treated for parasites.

  • Dog grass allergy question

    My dog is a nine year old brindle basset hound boxer. She has been to the vet and prescribed allergy medicine because they saw that she was allergic to grass and has been licking her paws. But the meds are expensive and they make her very tired. Can I give her people allergy medicine in low doses and will it help the licking of the paws?

  • My dog has a swollen nipple

    I have a ten week old female puppy 34 staff x 14 ridgeback. She had her first injection and last night we noticed she has a swelling around one of her nipples. Should I take her to the vet? Her nipple is about 1mm and the swelling around it spreads to about 3mm. Do you have any advice about bathing it in salt water?

  • My dog chews on her legs

    She has done it for as long as I can remember and there's no sores or signs of injury, ware and tear. It's weird—she picks her front leg up with her mouth and bends it so she can get a good angle on it to start licking and chewing like it was a cow bone. Is it normally for a husky to do, let alone a dog? She doesn't do it often, but when she does she goes to town on her skinny little leg, right where it bends above her paw.

  • Can a dog have an abortion?

    My dog is pregnant again and I was just wondering if (at what stage) it is possible to abort the pregnancy and get her desexed? She has large litters and had complications last pregnancy.

  • Can Rimadyl cause a seizure?

    Our 2 year old lab mix just had a seizure that lasted 10 minutes. She was placed on Rimadyl about a week ago for a tail injury, could this be a side effect?

  • Dog UTI treatment question

    My dog has a UTI (lower) and one course of antibiotics (2 weeks) has not cleared it up entirely. She is eating, drinking and has her normal amount of energy but there is still some frequency and her urine is slightly pink. Does it take more than one course of antibiotics to clear up UTI's? 6 year old cock-a-poo-poo. Has always been healthy. No fever now or lack of energy. Nose is cold.

  • Can I open a Doxycycline capsule and put it in my dogs food?

    Can I open a Doxycycline capsule to put in my dog's food? She is a Jack Russel, approximately 11 pounds and she finds the capsule when I try to hide it in her food. If I try to drop it in her throat, she will rip my face off.

  • Is oatmeal ok for dogs?

    If so, how much?

  • My dog is licking his paw and chewing his itchy feet.

    my dog is licking his paw from the fur side and chewing his itchy feet. my dog is licking and chewing his paw since yesterday, please help and tell me what I should apply or can give him to cure this symptom. And advice if is there any home remedy available for this. Thanks

  • My puppy is getting adult teeth. Her puppy teeth aren't falling out

    what should we do?Our 4 month old puppy lost one of her puppy teeth but the rest of them are staying it and the adult teeth are growing in front of them. Is this okay? Should we do something?

  • Coud my dog be pregnant?

    i have a jack russell x border collie bitch and a jack russell terrior male, they've been together for about a week now as i have not had her long, he has been mounting her but has not been on her for long, could she be pregnant?

  • cat urinary tract infection

    my one cat has all the signs and symptoms that i have read about associated with that of a uti. i have noticed that at the beginning my cat had been licking itself constantly in the genital area, having a strong odor of urine, and refusing to use the litter box like normal. just recently i have noticed that he has been sleeping a lot more then usual, his water intake has almost doubled, and refuses to my knowledge of what i have seen to eat any form of food, either dry or wet. what should I do?

  • Famotidine for cats

    Why has my vet prescribed Famotidine for my cat that has lymphoma but has not started chemotherapy yet? He is due for his 1st treatment on Thursday 1 week after his biopsy as he is 18 yrs old. She has prescribed 1/8 of 20mg tablet for his salivating during tube feeding.

  • Is full blood work necessary to do a dog xray?

    Is it necessary to do a rather expensive full blood workup before mildly sedating my westie to ex-ray her leg? She won't stay still. wondering why full blood workup is necessary?

  • Cat has swollen eye

    My cat's eye is swollen and he is not as playful as usual, what could this be?

  • Prescription dog food

    What makes dog food proscription worthy? What does it have in it that a vet has to write you a prescription for your pet?

  • My dog got hit and is now panting, is he hurt internally?

    dog got hit but is walking but has panting breathing like does that mean he hurt internally just wandering if i need to carry him to vet or not?

  • Why does my cat eat her poop?

    Why does my kitten keep eating her own poo and vomit it back up?

  • How do I make my cats get along

    I have taken in a 3rd cat. I currently have one male and one female. My female doesn't like the new cat. I have had him for a while now. Is it possible that the female will come around? How long does it take to have some kind of harmony? Should I use a squirt bottle for aggression between the two of them or should I let them work it out?

  • My 2yr old dog has sores around vagina and urinating uncontrollably

    I recently discovered little red sores around my 2 year old pitbulls vagina area and also her urinating uncontrollably. She just sits down & urinate like she doesnt even know its happening. If it helps any she is Spayed.

  • How can I stop my dog from eating poop?

    My two shihtzu bitches eat their poo. Is there anything I can give them to stop? I feed them royal canine puppy food.

  • What if my dog ate salt?

    I have a 40 pound siberian husky who got into the salt shaker. The big one....I don't know how much he ate. He is drinking a lot and I am making sure he goes out a lot. Is there anything else I can do?

  • Dog and cat facing each other

    What happens when dogs and a cat face each other? Need answer urgently.

  • Did my cat get a leg cramp?

    I have a 3 1/2 year old tabby cat. My husband saw her limping when she got up from sitting/laying down. After he picked her up and set her back down she stopped limping. She let me rub her back legs and she ate her treats....acting normal. She did that a couple times when we first got her from a shelter when she was about 1 1/2 years....So, we would like to know if it is possible that she just got a leg cramp? Thank You!

  • My male dog is licking my female dog's anus

    How do I stop my male dog from licking my female around the anus area? What can I do to stop this behavior?

  • Why is my dog barking?

    My 11 year old chihuahua has begun yelping suddenly with no apparent reason. She will be resting, then all of sudden, I'll hear a loud yelp. She runs to me for "comfort" then snaps at me when I try to examine her to see what's wrong. She has a normal appetite, she urinates and poops regularly, so I just don't understand what it is. What could be the cause of her sudden yelping?

  • Greyhound dog has incontinence. How to fix the urinary problem?

    What would you recommend for a 5 year old greyhound bitch with urinary incontinence? presently using propanol but with limited success

  • My dog ate pills. Will she be okay?

    i think my dog got a hold of pills and is acting weird. What can I do until I can get her to a vet?

  • My dog ate pills. What do I do?

    I think my dog got a hold of pills and is acting weird what can I do till I can get her to a vet?

  • Can humans catch auto immune disease from a dog

    Can humans catch auto immune disease from a dog can this be catching to humans

  • My dog has been leaking urine, and now she is limping

    My dog has been leaking urine. She has been on antibiotics several times. Now she is limping. Is there any relation? Is my dog limping due to a UTI? She has been leaking urine and has been put on antibiotics several times but this leaking comes back. Now she is not herself and limping. She is also having trouble sitting and laying down. What do you think this is?

  • My kitten is 6 wks old he has had bloody diarrhea

    blood in my kittens diarrhea my kitten is 6 wks old he has had blood diaherra for a week, i gave him some plain chicken he then had more solid stools but today he has blood in his diaherra and his stomach is very very swollen and has been getting bigger each day

  • Why has my dogs behavior suddenly changed?

    My 12-year old dog just started pacing around, digging at the carpet, running around in different areas of the house and shaking his head a lot. This is a significant change from his normal calm behavior. When he digs at the carpet, it's only for a second, then he stops and goes elsewhere. He is also scratching at his head, rubbing it on the ground and moaning sometimes. He has a fever of 103. What could be causing such a radical change?

  • Wart like skin tags on dogs and slight urine spots

    Have W. Highland Terrier, 11 yrs. old. Has been extremely healthy, only visiting vet anually for booster and routine checks. Towards his shoulders at the back and before his chest at the front he has developed 2 pretty big wart like skin tags. Seems unaware of these and can be squeesed tightly and he doesn't flinch. Should I be worried? Also say twice a week an odd urine spot on floor but no other symptoms that I've read on prostate problems. Thanks for any help.

  • My 7 year old Boston Terrier dog is having difficulty breathing

    My 7 year old Boston Terrier is having difficulty breathing with even small amounts of exertion. She frequently pants even at rest and is drinking alot of water. Her appetite is good and bowels are fine. She still insists on attempting to run and play, especially with the other dogs but we have to stop her as she can't breathe and has even fallen over and had inability to move. Been to vet and blood work normal.

  • Is charcoal with homemade dog treat safe for dogs

    I love to make dog treats for my dogs, and I always look for new recipes... I recently found this one recipe that call for one tablespoon of Charcoal...I know the kind of Charcoal that they're talking about is the kind you can find in the drug section not the kind for I would like to know is that safe for my babies if I used it?

  • My cat has various behavioral issue, Is my cat sick?

    My cat, over the last few days has been bathing frequently. Now, she is a very clean cat, and she bathes regularly, but this is almost like she can't stop! She with scratch( not frequently) but only around her face. I've also noticed her head twitch a couple of times. She's a moody cat, but sweet.Over the last few days she will come up to me purring, and then when I go to give her attention she'll try and bite me. As a warning almost. Am I just imagining things?I just want to make sure she's ok.

  • Trying to get a cat on medications to eat more and gain weight?

    how can i get a diagnosed hyper thyroid cat on medications to eat more and gain weight? i have my female cat who has lost from 11 lbs to 6lbs in one year......she is 9 years old and is on hyper thyroid meds and still has diarea and not gaining weight one week on meds so far worried

  • What medication to use for a wound and ear infection with a cat

    wound and ear infection in a persian cat. hello...i am from the United arab emirates in the Middle East Asia. i recently found an abandoned persian cat. He looks to be one or two yrs old. Looks full grown.He has a wound sore on his left fore limb. he is also having a left ear discharge which he is always itching with his left hind limb. He also has a hoarse cry..not the normal meow. He is otherwise healthy and active &has a good appetite and is playful. can u pls tel me wat medication to use for his wound and for his ear?

  • my staffordshire bull terrier snorts badly

    my staffordshire bull terrier, 5, snorts badly on occasions.almost as if she cant get her breath. rubbing chest stops this. she had anti inflam which stopped it for 2 -3 days, but is back again.she weighs 23 kilos, just lost 2.3kg on diet plan.

  • How old must a puppy be for an Magnetic resonance imaging?

    My mastiff puppy was diagnosed with radial nerve damage at 14 weeks of age, affecting his front left paw. At 16 weeks, he began showing the same signs in his left rear leg. (dragging toes, front and rear, same side). There is not history of trauma, dog is pain free and equally sensitive to stimulation on all 4 feet. At what age can this puppy get an MRI? Xrays were taken at 14 weeks but were inconclusive. Thank you, Candee

  • how to care for a dog wound

    my dog got cut accidentally and now he has a wound its not bigger than a centimeter long but im just wondering how should i care for his wound? my dog prince got cut he doesnt seem to be infected by it but i want to make sure he is okay i tried to put hydrogen peroxide and bacitracin antibiotic ointment on it and wrapped it with cloth is this okay or does he need any thing spectacular?

  • Cat has been losing weight since his sibling died

    Cat has been losing weight since his sibling died in April. He's gotten very thin, but doesn't seem to have other symptoms. He doesn't eat wet food, although we are trying to give him food separately from the other 2 cats to be sure he is getting enough. Other ideas on things we should be watching for, or trying?

  • Arthritis Supplement products

    My lab/bulldog mix has food protein allergies. She is on a prescribed z/d low allergen food diet. I want to give her arthritis supplements but must avoid added protein, no added beef, etc. Any suggestions.

  • how long will amoxil last in the fridge?

    I've had the amoxilcillin since the last part of June, I need to use it again,but want to make sure it's still good

  • Info on Dexamethasone. Alk 6696

    9 year old female scottie episodes of vomit. bile at least once a month for the past two years or more. 6mths ago had an attack that she rolled on her back and got up like she was dizzy. Lasted about 1minute. She was fine after that. Recently she woke up and could not walk without extreme weakness and 1 episode of bile vomiting. Given Dexamethasone. Alk 6696 6 mths prior 586. ALT 977,tot.Bil 1.8,Dbil 1.5. WBC 18.4.Slow improvement. Given Metronidazole and Amox and 5 hours later started to bark normal

  • How do I help a rescue kitten?

    I fed three outdoor rescue kittens. One's nose is dry and warm. When she meows, I cannot hear her voice.

  • Lepto Vaccine for Doxies?

    My adopted dog (mini-dachshund) has had the basic vaccinations, but not one for Lepto, is that really necessary? My breeder said Doxies have bad reactions to the Lepto vaccine. She is now 4 years old and would rather not take the chance unless it is really necessary.

  • Is red in ears a symptom of dog ear infections?

    My dog's ears are red, and warm to the touch. They also look like she's been scratching at them. I thought she had ear mites so i gave her some ear medication for that, but it seems now that her ears are even redder than before. Any suggestions?

  • Are raisins and grapes bad for dogs?

    Is it sake to feed your dog a grape or raisin? Is it okay if it is just one?

  • Is my dog contagious after having nasal kennel cough vaccine?

    Why won't kennels have my dog for 3 weeks after vaccination?

  • Dogs and grapes. Can dogs eat them?

    Are grapes harmful to dogs? I just had someone tell me they would cause death if as few as a small handful were eaten. They cause renal failure. I have always given my dogs grapes as treats and have never had a problem but I want to make sure.

  • How long does a false dog pregnancy last?

    My 6-year old female dog has had 3 litters, so i'm familiar with the signs of pregnancy. Well she went into heat about 6 weeks ago (was definitely not bred with anyone for sure) and about a week ago she is full of milk. She does not show any signs of discomfort and no other signs of pregnancy just the milk. So how long will this last?

  • What dose of benadryl can I give my dog for her allergies?

    My dog has itchy ears. What dose of benadryl or other allergy medication can I give her?? She does not have ear inffections, but does tend to get them because of her allergies. She is about 85lbs.

  • How long does it take for coccidia to go away after meds are gone?

    He just got done 14 days of meds for coccidia. He had a 12wk distemper shot yesterday. He is tired he has been sleeping since the shot and eating very little for two weeks since he was on the coccidia meds. I gave him chicken breast this morning and he wouldnt eat it.

  • Is cat dander bad for pregnancy?

    I am about 6 months pregnant and I've moved in with my mom, who has 7 cats. Could it be bad for me and the baby? How can I know?

  • Female dog licks or digs at vulva often?

    What might cause our female 8 year old minature schnauzer to lick noisily or "dig" at her vulva, often and for several minutes, after urinating? She didn't used to do this until a few months ago.

  • Declaw a mature cat?

    I have a cat whom I adopted when she was found at 3 weeks old. She'll be 7 in July, and she's consistently shown aggression towards everyone except for me and hubby. We are expecting our first child in 1 mo. and are concerned about the cat being around our baby, specifically because she swatted, nails out, at our 11 mo. old niece. We tried to find another home for our cat, but found no one who would tolerate her. We'd prefer not to put her down, would you recommend declawing her? Thanks!

  • Dog separation anxiety after moving

    We have a four pound, one year old male maltese. We crate him any time we need to leave the house. He had no problem with this for a while, but when we moved to a new city he started showing signs of separation anxiety - high pitched barking nonstop, chewing on the wire crate, sweating, etc. He knows to use the pee pad when inside, but I am worried he will be destructive, eat things he shouldn't, etc if we leave him out. If we do leave him out, do you have any tips? Any info would be helpful!

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