Erin Broersma

Location: Holland, Michigan USA

Qualifications: Vet Tech

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Erin received her Bachelors in Biological Sciences from California State University, Stanislaus. She has been a veterinary technician in the state of Michigan since 2008. For Erin, the most important aspect of her job is client education. It is a very full-filling experience for her to educate pet owners and help them with their questions.

** Please note: Do NOT contact Erin directly for pet health related questions. To ask a pet health question, please use our question submission form. **

Answers from Erin Broersma

  • Should blood work be done before a dog is given Metronidazole?

  • My dog has a cyst inside her mouth should I get it removed

    Boil on Inside of mouth. my 6 year old female weimaraner has very quickly manifest a cyst inside her mouth on the left side of the inner cheek. I call it a cyst though it looks and behaves more like a boil. when i first found it i tried to turn her cheek out a bit to get a better look at it and it burst releasing puss and blood. it doesn't seem to hurt her much but it looks like she's squirreled away a couple peppermint candies in her jaw. HELP... will this go away or should i get it removed by the vet?

  • Are there other causes of hematoma in dogs other than blunt trauma

    Are there other causes of Hematoma in dogs (inner leg) besides trauma Are there other causes of hematoma in dogs other than blunt trauma. This one is located on inner thigh/abdomen area. And how soon after "trauma" will injury appear?

  • abnormal anal glands?

    I am a dog groomer and deal with expressing anal sacs on a frequent basis..Today I was expressing my cocker's anals when I notice something that I felt was abnormal. Her secretions were light brown/tan which was the norm, what was strange was I saw a large amount of a dark granular looking substance as well. It looked similar to poppy seeds. I check her anals every 3-4 weeks as a health precaution, and she has never had nor shown any anal sac problems. Please help!

  • Are Sentinel tablets safe for my dog as flea treatment? .

    I have heard that Sentinel can cause cancer in dogs. Is there a safer product?

  • can I give my dog benadryl while she is on other meds

    I just noticed that my dogs eye is slightly red and she does itch at it every once in a while and her pupil is much smaller than her other eye. I was thinking about giving her benadryl but she is also on ivermecten and cephalexin and did not want to mix anything that i shouldn't. thanks

  • Dog anus is irritated and red

    my female spayed chihuahua has a red, irritated butt and i tend to see her scoot around on the carpet. i pickd her up and put my hand below her back end to support her and she yelped. could this be her anal sacs? or something else?

  • I just adopted a dog from the animal shelter-kennel cough

    I just adopted a dog from the animal shelter and they said he has kennel cough and sent some anti biotics home with him...the problem is I have 3 healthy dogs at home. Do I keep them completely separated? Should the healthy ones get the intranasal tx? Do I need to completely change all clothing, shoes and sanitize myself before petting my healthy dogs after spending time with the new infected dog? How long do I need to keep him in quarantine once anti-biotics are started?

  • Cat is vomiting after seen eating rain lily leaves

    Cat is adult, is now seeking quiet place to sleep. What can i give as antidote? Cat was seen nibbling rain lily leaves (zephranthes) then vomited. How much of this leaf is deadly?

  • Dog yeast infection-bathing with ketochlor

    My puppy just recovered from demodex, but developed a musty smell. The vet said he must've developed a yeast or fungal infection, his hair is growing back just fine but he just stinks. So I've been bathing him with ketochlor.. when should I notice a change in smell?

  • Cat tranquilizers-low dose for a car ride

    I am taking my cat on a 10 hour trip. He rode well up until about 4 yrs. of age...he is now 16yrs and in excellent health. He does not want to go in a car anymore. I have a cat carrier. Is there a mild, low-dose tranquilizer I could give him? I have read that very low doses of benedryl being safe. Thank you, Mike

  • Is a hooded vulva a heriditary traite?

    I have a 12 week old English Springer Spaniel puppy that has been diagnosed with a hooded vulva. I have been told that it is a condition that could possibly resolve itself when she comes into season the first time. I purchased this puppy to show, but I need to know if this is a hereditary trait that could be passed on to puppies if I were to eventually breed her.I have spoken to my vet and several breeders and no one seems to know.

  • Puppy diarrhea and shaking

    My 12 week old Beagle has had diarrhea, shakes, and is quite tired. This is not her puppy self. She had last injections 2 weeks ago and we changed her food, could this be the reason?

  • My puppy has a slightly larger lump on one side of vagina

    My 5 week old puppy has a slightly larger bump or lump one one side of her vagina, more so right under her back leg, but on belly side. Is that normal?

  • Should we be concerned about this bump on my puppie's leg??

    My six month old black lab has developed a bump on his front leg close to his foot. The bump is scabbed over and dry, has never oozed anything and is not irritating him. It doesn't seem to hurt him although it is red and does hurt to the touch. It is about an inch in diameter and he has had it for about two weeks.

  • dog eating poop and alot of food and water

    He is constantly wanting to eat and drink. He is a little heavy for his age, around 75 pounds. He loves to drink, alot and he is always wanting to go outside. When he is outside, he urinates alot. Sometimes he urinates multiple times and I wonder how a dog can hold that much urine. Also when he is outside, he eats poop and dirt. Its awful. He comes in the house with nasty smelling breath. We do have an older lab, which is his father and he does none of these things. His mom does like to eat. Help

  • Dog has a giant black mole on chest.

    I found this giant ugly black mole on my dogs chest bone the size of an orange - what could this be - its soft and black?

  • Dog has bump under nose

    My male Yorkie has a pink bump under his nose, basically on his lip. His hair is missing from the spot the size of a pencil eraser. Should I be concerned?

  • sick dog; has been around lawn pesticides

    My Jack Russell is sick and can only walk up one flight of stairs. He is 6 yrs. He has been around the lawn peoples pesticides. Since Monday had the runs but today was solid. Still had to carry him up two flights of stairs. This has never happened before. Can that affect his muscles? Randy

  • Could my dog be pregnant?

    I want to know if my dog can get pregnant if she only had sex once, and she is on heat.

  • cat ear infections; Can I do anything for the pain?

    im taking him to the vet on sat. i would do it sooner, but i have to work all day tomorrow (friday). is there ANYTHING i can do for his pain?!? i hate seeing him like this ):

  • Dog peeing in house

    Hi there, My current dog, year & a half old, has recently started to use the washroom in the house again while we are at work. We recently got a puppy (10 weeks old now) and the puppy is stressing out when we leave the house, we believe this sets the older dog off & has rekindled the older dogs separation issues. They are separated during the day: the older dog stays upstairs in a hallway type room, the younger downstairs in a pen. Recently, the older one began peeing/scratching. Please help us!

  • Dog training; how to play with each other

    I have a 13 yo corgi mix and 4 yo lab mix that I adopted as rescues. The corgi had a pretty traumatic past but she's come around and is a very well adjusted dog now. The lab mix had 5 different homes before joining our family. Neither one of them know how to play, though the lab has "snuggle toys". They will chase after squirrels in the yard, but are baffled by balls, bones or tugging toys. Is there anything we can do to teach them how to play? Thanks,Liz (& Binkey & Ella)

  • My Basset Hounds dog have developed a few under the skin bumps

    Helllo, A bump question amongst the tons you recieve already from a Pre-vet student who doesnt have the answers My three & five year old Basset Hounds have developed a few under the skin bumps. My oldest, Lola Has had one of her side & one on her skull for awhile now. I have had them aspirated to find out they are not harmful. My question with Allie involves the same, she now has a couple to. Ally is Lola's daughter. She has one tiny pea-like bump on her head & between her shoulder blades. With what feels to be another one starting close by. Would you please give me an idea of what to keep an eye out for?

  • Does my dog have rabies?

    My dog is husky/german shepherd and this morning he was having trouble walking. All of his muscles seemed to be spasming and he could barely stand. He was very uncoordinated and when he walked his front legs came up very high, like a trot. His eyes were dilated and he was trembling. He has not had any shots due to severe anxiety issues and problems getting him to cooperate. He CONSTANTLY ingests my other dog's urine and I recently treated him for fleas with multiple dips and sprays.

  • Dog foaming at the mouth and going into shock

    My female blue pit is foaming at the mouth and has gone into shock and now she is not acting the same.What does this mean?

  • Cat is vomitting and not eating or drinking

    My cat is not eating or drinking, vomiting a white frothy colored, and his stomach is as hard as a rock? What can I do for him?

  • Cat is vomitting after eating flower arrangement

    My cat ate a small amount I believe of a flower arrangement with Babys breath, hydranga, floral ferns and daisys. I believe it was a small amount, however he has been vomiting since yesterday afternoon. I have a vet appointment but was wondering what the treatment for this would be?

  • Last night I found about 30 tiny ticks had all fallen off my dog.

    Last night I found about 30 tiny gray ticks had all fallen off my dog at once into my bed! what caused this? I checked him and found no ticks on him. Could it have been someting I fed him because I have not used any poisons or flea and tick controls. He is a pekingese with very thick hair and I had no idea these tiny things were even on him. It has really grossed me out .. I am afraid to scratch him now.

  • My cat has dry scabby sort of patches on her skin

    i need some advise about my cat Hi my cat has just recently started get dry scabby sort of patches on her skin they must be very itchy because shes chewed away the fur around the area it started with tiny little scabs but now are about a centimetre in diamitar and it doesnt seem to be getting any better. i would be gratfull for any advice u could give thanks kc

  • My dog has galloping heartbeat and hearing loss

    My pug is eight years old. We've known for a few years that he has a galloping heartbeat. He seems heart healthy otherwise; Energized, and sleeps well. What is the treatmenat for this? Currently he has lost his hearing- suddendly. He has swollen ear cannals, yeast and bacterial infection in both ears. He is on antibiotics and a liquid steroid I put directly in his ears. The vet said it is unlikely his hearing will return. Is there more I should be doing?

  • My dog has diarrhea and vomiting, plus eye and sinus issues

    my dog has been having diareaha and vomiting and now appears to have a stye/swollen sinus, what should i do? My dog's had diareaha/vomiting for a couple days. Also, last night i cleaned his eyes w/ a wet cloth and today he appears to have a stye on his right eye and swollen sinus on his right. what should i do? He's a chihuahua/terrier mix. I'm very concerned.

  • Why is my dog acting strangely?

    Why is my dog pacing around the house, crying, and biting his penis?

  • Our dogs ears gets itchy, she tears them up and damages them

    Itchy ears Every summer our boxer's ears get so itchy that she tears them up. Of course, causing additional problems of bleeding and scabbing. The itching also occurs on her neck and in her armpits. We spend a fortune every year with going to the vet numerous times and purchasing an antifungal/steroid ointment. I would like to know what causes it in the first place and how to prevent it. Thank you!

  • My 12 year old female cat is lying on her side unable to stand

    what could be wrong with my cat my 12 year old female cat is lying on her side unable to stand, she can kick her legs but can't get up. She seems to have lost control of her head, seems to be bringing up mucus and chocking and gurgling. Her eyes semm to be constatnly open and not focused- any ideas- I'm sure it's not good. In a rural area and no vets have hours today

  • My cat wont eat after two weeks ago when she had some shots

    My cat started vomiting 2 weeks ago. It took 2 shots of meds and a prednisone shot to make him stop..he had not eaten in those 4 days he was vomiting. He was fine up until that night xrays..2 sets a week were fine...2 sets of bloods were fine. Ultrasound showed "thickening" or "inflammation" in the stomach. After a week on prednisonoe the next ultrasound showed it had shrunk considerably. The cat still doesn't want to eat and is just not right. It's 2 weeks now he is sick.

  • My cat had difficulty breathing and walking what could be the cause

    my cat had difficulty breathing and walking what could be the cause of this? my cat had difficulty breathing and walking what could be the cause of this? she also had diarrhea.

  • Found a lump on my 5yr spinger spaniel dog

    found a lump on the side of my 5 yr old springer spaniel, she is not like her usual self, and starting to growl at the kids, its not frequent growling she is fine 5 mins after the come in the house. really concerned for her and cant afford high vet fees.

  • Increased water and urination in my dog

    My dog has been drinking more water than she normally does and has been having episodes of incontinence when she's sleeping (at night when sleeping with me, not during the day) Her yearly lab tests from a month ago were normal. What do you think is going on?

  • What will a mix puppy going to look like

    what will the mix of a cug and half mut and mix because my dog is pregent and that is the reason because we would to know what they are going to look like

  • My Lab dog of 14yr is walking wobbly on his legs

    Dog Couldn't Walk Last week on Wednesday, I noticed my beloved Lab of 14yr 10 mos was walking wobbly on his legs. The condition didnt get better Thur so Friday i scheduled a vet appt for Saturday. Fri after work he got up ate & went outside and fell over. I picked him up and he fell again( His legs buckled under him.)Carried him 120 lbs in house he laid all night. Back was sensitice to touch around neck.Told could be tumor or disc needed 24hr care we chose to say goodbye. Did we do the right thing ???

  • My dog has bumps all over his body, and is coughing

    my dog has bumps all over his body, is coughing, and his balls are red and swollen what id wrong with him? and what should i do? my dog has bumps all over his body, is coughing, and his balls are red and swollen what id wrong with him? and what should i do?

  • Are these bumps common dogs ear problems?

    They're little and he itches his ears alot and we don't know what they are.

  • Dog ankle problems for my puppy. What's wrong?

    Dear Veterinarian, We recently adopted a 2 month old puppy that seems to be a mix between husky and samoyed. We've only had her for three days. This morning we woke up, took her on a walk, and on the way home from the walk, she was limping. Her two front legs appear bow-legged. The ankles stick out far to the side laterally, away from her body, making her toes point inward. We pressed all over her front legs and she doesn't yelp at all. Also, there was no injury that we know of.

  • My cat has been drooling from one side of his mouth

    Dear Veterinarian:For the past two weeks my cat has been seen drooling from one side of his mouth and the other day my son noticed that both sides of his tounge were beginning to curl up. He seems to have lost weight, and is lethargic. Now tonight it looks like the bottom of his jaw is bleeding? He's approximately 14 years old. My mother in law thinks he's developed diabetes. What is your opinion?

  • I have a couple cats that have white fur that is changing color

    Yellowing of furn under chins I live in central florida. I have a couple cats that have white fur under their chins. They seem to be getting yellow. Should I be concern & how do I clean them to remove yellow?

  • Our cat is not walking straight in the morning

    Good day, I have a kitten about 5 months old. He has had 3 episodes in the last 2 months where we get up in the morning and he's not able to walk straight. His hinds quarters seemed very week and he toppled over a lot. The first time we took him to the vet and we were told that it's possibly a neurological problem as he was separated from his mother too early (dogs killed his mother and 3 siblings about 3 months ago). We haven't taken him back to the vet cause we can't afford it. We have given h

  • The left side of my cats face tilts to the left.

    The left side of my cats face tilts to the left. She has become clumsy and has fallen in down the steps and even in her litter box. Her eyes move left and right. She did not eat for a couple of days. The doctor did test but do not have a clue. Do you have any idea what is wrong

  • My beagle dog has shaky legs,

    he is eleven years old, fit and healthy, has no problems walking, legs start shaking when he stands still,

  • My dog is losing hair,skin dirty and turning dark and scabbing

    male Brittney spaniel is losing hair,skin dirty and turning dark and scabbing male Brittney spaniel is losing hair,skin dirty and turning dark puss podules forming one pooped under his arm and he is itching but not a great deal. and has these red golf ball size red spots too that i think are turning into the black spots and a couple are scabbed and one looks like it was infected

  • Chow mix dog with diarrhea for three weeks

    Mysterious diarrhea We have an 8 yr old Welsh Corgi Chow mix with diarrhea for three weeks. This is his second bout in three months and he has lost ten pounds (was previously 42#). He is on an azathioprene and methylprednisolone regimen for an immune deficiency disease and was recently diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. We have tried giving him I/D food to manage his stools but as soon as we try to incorporate regular food, his difficulties return. We have tried food designed for pets with food allergies and are still having the same issue. He does not appear to have a parasite and there were no other abnormalities on his blood tests besides the urinary tract infection. However, we can't shake the feeling that something else may be wrong. Is there anything else that may be causing this problem?

  • What could be causing my dog's diarrhea?

    My lab mix is a spayed 8 yr old. She has been having bouts of diarrhea off and on since I adopted her back in 2004. Every vet I have taken her to has only tested for worms, which is always negative. I also feed her California Natural due to my beagle being allergic to the fillers in all the other foods. I give my dog Pepto twice a day until it clears up. Now its not working.

  • Help with my puppy! She won't eat and won't even get up to play

    My boxer pup hasn't been feeling well. She won't eat and won't even get up to play with her sis. You can look at her and tell she doesn't feel well at all. She's been throwing up and had the runs bad. At first the vomit was bright orange but now has turned to more a gooey clear color. Her bowel movements are still completely liquid but now are clear as well. Both are like a gooey clear mucous type substance. What do I do? I cannot afford to take her to the vet, so I need another alternative.please

  • My cats stomach is bloated

    Stomach is hard

  • Kittens eyeballs almost popped out from the eye orbit

    how to manage eye which almost popped out? i've seen a kitten with eyeballs almost popped out from the eye orbit and it was necrotic, what would be appropriate for that case?

  • Why would my cat keep peeing on my towels in my bathroom

    Why would my cat keep peeing on my towels in my bathroom when her litter box is not that far away?My cat keeps peeing on my towels and her litter box is clean and close by. She pees in the same spot on the towels every time. Why does she keep peeing on the towels?

  • My 5yr old french bulldog urinates and spots in the house

    my 5yr old french bulldog urinates and spots in the house even though she gets walked everyday is that something I should be worried about? I am very worried about her this has never happened with her before can you help me please? I would like to know what I can do to help her.

  • A apricot tree fell on my dog and now doesn't move or eat

    what should i do?!?

  • My puppy hasn't ate for 2 days, what do I do?

    She recently came back to me after a month staying with my girlfriend, and now that she is back with me , she has not ate for 2 days, she has been vomiting. Is it because she is confused or depressed or maybe she is sick?

  • My dog broke her thumb nail on her front paw

    I have a small chihuahua mix and 2 nights ago she broke her 'thumb' nail on her front paw. We cut off the nail at the point it was broken and used flour to clot the wound. All seemed well, until later that night her lip began to swell. Since then her entire face has swollen and has now returned to normal. But she has developed some raised bumps (hives?) that seem to itch her. I have started administering Benadryl and trying to use cold compresses on the bumps. Is this a flour allergy? Infection?

  • Found small hard yellow grains covering my kittens blanket

    I recently adopted a 4 mo old kitten from a shelter. This morning, I found approximately 50? small, hard yellow "grains" covering his favorite blanket. They appeared literally overnight. They do indeed resemble grains of rice, but a bit smaller. Neither of our cats has any sign in their fur, and neither is outwardly sick. What could these be? Thank you so much for your help!

  • My dog ate several ibuprofen four weeks ago

    My dog ate several ibuprofen 4 weeks ago, he leaks urine at night, what can we do? Our dog ate several ibuprofen about 4 weeks ago. He has no visible signs of damage, except that he leaks urine at night. We took water away around 7pm and let him out a couple times each night, but still leaks. Will it return to normal, or is there something we can do?

  • What do you recommend about bringing another dog into our home?

    We recently had a 10 week old boxer puppy. She had one of the three series of parvo vaccines. She died a few days after we got her home from parvo. Some people have told us we can never have another dog, some say that we can have one after 6 months, and other vet.s have said we can have one now after enough cleaning. We really want another one, but don't want to jeopardize its health.

  • What kind of food should I put my dog on?

    What kind of food should I put my pitts on? if i had away to get dog food online .i need to know what kind of food is the best. internet say a lot of things and i dont know which one to believe. the mama is in her sixty pounds. the dad was in his fifties.but we got rid of him and now we have one of the puppies from their litter and i want him to feel his capacity height and weight.

  • 6 week old puppy has a white gum color. What do I do?

    She hasn't ate a lot. She has had runny black stools that smell really bad.

  • Dog loose tooth treatment?

    I backed into my dog. He was bleeding from the mouth. His front tooth is loose. What can I do to help him?

  • What do I do about this cyst on my dog?

    My 12 year old American Eskimo dog has a large cyst between two of her toes. It is about the size of a large blueberry, so it is rather big. It has been there for a while now, since we haven't been able to afford to take her to the vet. It hasn't got any better on it's own, only worse. What is it? We might have to take her to the vet if it gets too bad. The growth is pink and brownish, and appears to be filled with some kind of fluid

  • Is this really dog kennel cough? Will a 2nd round of antibiotics be necessary?

    My 10 mo old lab had a cough so I took her to the vet July 30th and he said she had early signs of Kennel cough. She finished her antibiotics and seemed fine so after 10 days I had her out playing and she was around a lot of dogs since then. I hear the cough again Saturday, take her to a different vet on Sunday (other one wasn't open) and the Dr. says to keep her quiet but she seems fine. Yesterday she started hacking, spitting up, and today she has no voice...normally she whines...etc. I ta

  • How long should I wait before spaying a dog?

    I have a 5 month old female pit bull how long do I have before I need to have her spayed?

  • What to do for dog allergies?

    I have a 10 year old Wire Hair Terrier suffering from food allergies (skin irritation on paws, underarms, pimples/dry spots on the back and belly). How can I isolate the source /cause of her food allergy without resorting to expensive tests?

  • How to administer powder form of fenbendazole ?

    I purchased fenbendazole for my cat for worms. It says 25mg per pound for 3 days but this is a powder. Not sure how to administer this, any thoughts?

  • How can I get rid of scabs on my cat?

    My cat gets scabs on her body mostly around her neck and down her back. When I apply frontline or advantage the scabs go away for a while but then return. Is this a mite or allergy and what can I do for her. thank you

  • My dog has a bald patch?

    My four year old adopted chihuahua pug mix has a bald patch under her collar area on the front of her neck and although it's just normal skin underneath, it doesn't seem to be irritating herv, nor is it bumpy, red, rashy looking, or anything like that. I'm worried. I don't want to pay the vet to tell me she's okay but I want to know what's up and if I should go get her checked. I've been bathing her a lot lately because of fleas, but it was there before that and has gotten bigger. Help? Suggestions?

  • Scared cat problem. Why and how to fix?

    Over the last month or so my cat will suddenly become agitated, her tail twitches much more than normal, her muscles on her rear legs & about 4 inches up the back will twitch/contract, she will sometimes bite or lick her flanks, she has a VERY nervous look on her face, and she will run around like the devil himself is chasing her. She is the only pet in the home, about 5 years old & other than fleas she has been healthy. She divides her time between inside. Usually spending the night outdoors.

  • Preventing Anal Sac Infections?

    Is there any way to prevent anal sac infections? My 4 year old Pomeranian gets them quite often despite frequent expressing. We tried a high fiber diet but the food made him sick and didn't really help with the infections. He loves vegetables (which I've seen suggested) and we use them instead of dog treats so he eats them frequently. Could expressing more frequently help or could that potentially be dangerous?

  • Are these dog hiccups?

    It seems to happen every night with him. They are rapid type hiccups, like he is trying to throw up but can't. He will start sounding like he is trying to catch his breath but can't. It takes about an hour for him to finally calm down enough to where he is comfortable and goes to sleep. Is this a reflux? Or a stomach issue? Or something Normal? It only happens at night time it seems when he lays down to go to sleep. Any help would be great. Thanks.

  • Does lactulose help pass stools in kittens?

    My three week old orphaned kitten is on Lactulose but is still having trouble passing stools. What can I do? My vet is not open for another 14 hours and kitten is in discomfort. I'm giving it lots of water, mammalac and luctulose. A little bit of diarrhea passes but hard stools still in rectum. Does lactulose break down hard stools over time?

  • My cat may have worms, Any suggestions?

    Looks like a worm, has puss coming out. When you push on area looks like worm is going to come out. But when you try to get it out what ever it is goes in.

  • Preventing my dog from overheating

    my puppy is overheated and she is grunting a lot. my ac went out in my house and i can tell that they are really hot.. but she keeps grunting.also..... what can i do at home to help them cool down i can not afford a vet... i have to jack russell terriers...

  • chronic diarrhea, underweight kitten

    I have a male domestic short-hair kitten 11months who is having chronic diarrhea. Every bowel movement is small and he has 2 or 3 throughout the day and most of the time they have mucus and a dot of bright red blood at the end. He's had numerous tests and nothing really comes out conclusive. He's had liquid Metronidazole and Tylan Powder both have made no difference. His most recent test came back positive for feline corona virus and c. perfringens enteroxtoxin.

  • Is Meow Mix Original toxic to dogs?

    I am dog sitting and my daughter's dog ate about 5 lbs. of Meow Mix Original this morning which I had not put away. Should I be worried? He is a 75 lb. Doberman and he doesn't seem to be lethargic. He was straining to poop earlier.

  • Incontinence, dog urinary infection, or what?

    Our 13 year old girl dog has been having pee accidentssome drips, some puddles. quite a few times in the last 2 weeks and mostly in last couple days

  • Dog still scratching despite flea medicine

    my dog is going crazy. i just put this flea stuff on her and cant get her to stop scratching. i even tried to give her a bath now and it is still not working

  • What is the small white balls on my bed where my kitten sleeps?

    I was told it was tapeworms but dont they look Like rice? these look like salt sprinkles.

  • Was my dog bit by a bug?

    Pink raised bump behind dogs head.

  • My dog's skin is red like a rash. Is it poison ivy?

    What would cause my beagle's chest all the way down to her hind legs and a little under her front arm pits to be red like a rash? The redness is straight down from her chest and a little on the inside of her thighs and under her arm pits (which are not as red). She also has a blister like bump on her bottom lip. I put tea tree oil on a cotton ball and rubbed it on the "rash". Could it be poison ivy/oak?

  • Alternative to Royal Canine Urinary Health Rx food?

    Our vet found crystals and rbc's in my 10 yr old cat on routine visit. We tried OTC Purina urinary dry food to see the bld increase to high and crystal type change. Cat has no other symptoms and is drinking water well. Vet is rec Royal Canin urinary health Rx food which is expensive. Is there another alternative?

  • How do I take my dogs temperature?

    Our dog is part black lab and has not eaten in 2 days, and walks with his head and tail down and falls over. His breaths are very short and fast. He also has had loose bowels for 2 days.

  • Hole in cats neck. What is this?

    again this is a stray adult female. The area my parents live in is always a hot spot for drop offs. The cats are fed however are too wild to catch. She (the cat) has what appears to be a large hole or large amount of flesh missing and tissues look to be exposed. What could this be and how can we help if we cannot catch her?

  • Persistent dog ear problem

    I have several shih tzu. I took one to vet. They gave me ootamax said flush ears twice a day and put a couple drops of ottomax in. So I decided to remove the hair from all the dogs and start flushing and using the ottomax. The second day of doing that their ears look really red sore and swollen and gooey stuff so took one in to vet they gave me synotic said use twice a day 2 drops each time. They seem to be very tender and bothering them.Any suggestions would be great Thank you Pennie

  • Is an umbilical hernia dangerous to my dog?

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  • What are feline leukemia symptoms?

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  • My dog itches only in summer time?

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  • Back cat teeth missing?

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  • Dog dandruff relief?

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  • What is bad and safe good dog food?

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  • Is aloe vera bad or poisonous for dogs?

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  • 13 year old cat weight loss. Is it serious?

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  • Unexplained dog weight loss and dragging his butt on the ground. What's going on?

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  • Dog howling at night?

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  • Are there any over the counter medications for a dog ear infection?

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  • Is canine hairloss common in Bullmastiff Dogs?

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  • Can I use a flea treatment on my pregnant cat?

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  • Dog hip dysplasia: aspirin or Rimadyl?

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  • Cat with diarrhea after Panacur use

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  • Removing matted cat fur?

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  • Dog physical therapy to prevent muscle atrophy?

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  • My dog shakes when she sees a certain person?

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  • Can humans get the herpes virus from cats?

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  • Why do my dogs have diarrhea?

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  • How can I treat an ear infection in my cat without antibiotics?

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  • Is there an over the counter cat constipation medication that is safe?

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  • Cat hair loss by eyes from floor cleaner?

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  • Cat hair loss by red spot-What could it be?

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  • Dog allergies to pine needles?

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  • Insect sprays safe to use around pets?

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  • Cat injury: survived a coyote attack

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  • Dog and puppy typical relationship behavior?

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  • Is it true pet euthanasia is painless and quick?

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  • Cat has lost her balance and cannot land on her feet

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  • Escalating dog anxiety

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  • Why is my dog's leg swollen?

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  • Cat third eyelid elevated

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  • Medication for dog anxiety?

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  • Growth under dog eye

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  • Are topical sprays safe for dogs?

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  • Why is my cat constipated and what can I do for him?

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  • Telling the difference between dog congestive heart failure and pneumonia

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  • Dog lyme disease symptoms?

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  • First aid: dog hit by a car?

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  • Dog's nail is lost, what to do?

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  • Injured dog tail

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  • Dog has bleeding nipples?

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  • How common is it for a cat to get ticks?

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  • Is there holistic cat food to treat cats with UTI?

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  • What happens when a dog cyst bursts?

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  • My dog's overweight due to hypothyroidism

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  • Home remedy to relieve dog cough?

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  • Should I give my cat benadryl for allergies?

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  • Dog breathing is troubled through nose?

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  • Do dogs with lymphoma have bowel trouble?

    My dog has recently been diagnosed with lymphoma. She started having trouble with bowel movements. Is this normal?

  • Dog hates loud noises after hearing fireworks?

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  • Dog has yellow eye discharge

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  • Generic brand for Rimadyl?

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  • Food for IBD dogs?

    My dog has been confirmed to have IBD, now he doesn't like what is on the market to feed him. What do I feed him if I make it at home?

  • Dog medicine: is tylenol safe for dogs?

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  • My dog's eye is puffy

    Over the last week I have noticed the my dog has a puffy irritated eye and the other eye is fine. I was wondering if you knew what might be the problem.

  • Can I transfer the feline herpes virus from one cat to another via carrier?

    I transfered a cat to the local Animal Shelter, and I have found out that he has the herpes virus. Do I need to disinfect the cat carrier that I took him in? (I am a cat sitter and use this carrier to transport other cats). Also, if I held the cat, can the virus transfer from my clothing to another cat at a later time?

  • What to feed a dog with pancreatitis?

    What kind of dog food do I need to feed my dog who has had an attack or pancreatitis? He is a 3yr old Westie.

  • Are dog knee braces helpful for acl tears or partial tears?

  • Dog breath - seems like he can't catch his breath?

    My dog scares me. He act as if he is have a asthma attack. He starts sucking in and out for air as if he can't catch his breath. It has happened at night when he sleeping and in the daytime when he playing or begging for food. He is a one year old schnoodle. Thanks

  • My cat's eye is turning gray and red?

    My cat has different colored eyes. The pupil for one is normal but the other is gray all around and the white part of this eye is red not white.

  • Dog is peeing blood and vomiting

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  • Cat nose is bloody

    My cat is 14 yrs. old has been sneezing alot lately and tonight got a bloody nose. The blood was dripping and he sneezed blood all over the carpet.

  • My dog cut his leg, should I try to clean it or bandage it?

    My dog cut his leg today in the pasture. I am not sure exactly when he did it since he spend most of his time running around. He is not bleeding but some skin is hanging off. Should I try to clean it or bandage it? If so, what should I use and what's the process?

  • When do you suggest dog euthanasia?

    My dog breathes very heavy and can't stand on his hind legs. He is 15 years old or 105 dog years. At what time would he be put to sleep?

  • Discharge and swollen dog eyes

    A friend's dog has a discharge of mucus in the eye with swelling- apparently contagious. Now my dog has the same symptoms.What is this?

  • Treating a dog tick infected area on skin?

    The tick was killed on the dog and the head was left in. There is now an infection that is oozing puss. What do we do to treat it and how do we tell if it is getting better and if the head is out?

  • Dog diabetes- when do I give the insulin shot?

    The dog is a toy poodle. He is given a shot twice a day. How long before or after his morning and evening meal should I give him his shot?

  • Home care for dog gum abscess?

    Dog was pawing side of snout. Examined mouth. Abscess was punctured facially of canine. Tooth not mobile. Scaled area flushed with chlorhexidine. Can I pack area subgingival with tetracycline paste? I am a dental hygienist. Tissue is swollen again. Dog is 11yr old Samoyed. Does not like to have mouth touched!

  • My dog has a red ear, what's wrong?

    My dog's ear is red on the inside and has a waxy brown film on it.

  • Dog has lumps that are large and blister like under chin?

    Our black lab, Maylee, is 9 months old and has had these lumps under her chin for a couple months now. Should I be concerned since they are not going away, and some are forming larger pockets?

  • Can flea prevention medicine be used on pregnant dogs?

    Should I put Frontline Flea treatment on my 2 yr old female who I believe is pregnant?

  • Cat cold relief?

    My cat has a cold and is sneezing with a running nose and some eye discharge.What can I do for him? I can't go to a vet because I can't afford it right now.

  • Dog nail- part of inside soft tissue is exposed

    I noticed the inside of the soft tissue part of the nail is separated and exposed. Doesn't appear to be painful. Should I be worried? Anything I can do?

  • How to prevent canine UTI from reoccurring?

    I have a female pug which first developed a UTI in December. The urine test determined she had a moderate UTI with E coli bacteria. She was treated with antiobiotics. Two months later she developed the same problem. She was again treated with antiobiotics. Two weeks later the infection was gone but she has a lot of crystals. She was placed on prescription food and I was asked to check back with them. I suspect she may have a problem again. What more can I do to prevent infections?

  • Cat food brand similar to prescription diet food?

    I need cat food that has the same, if not very similar ingredients as the Prescription Diet food that she's currently eating. But 'd like to know of a different brand that is cheaper and available in common stores like Ralph's.

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