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  • Dog with a runny nose and fever

    My dog recently gave birth to six pups and since then I've noticed that she's been breathing real hard, even after three days. At first I thought it was normal, but then I noticed that her temperature was a bit high and that she keeps vomiting white foamy stuff. I tried wiping her whole body with a wet cloth thinking it might be the heat again that's causing her distress. That didn't work and then lately she's got green mucus coming out from her nose and she's been shivering and uninterested in food for the past 2 days.

  • Can a dog get brucellosis from a cow?
  • What causes dog nose crusting?
  • Puppy eats a poisonous plant
  • What is the best way to remove pet hair off of furniture?
  • What is the best way to remove dog drool off of furniture?
  • What are ways to help your blind dog adapt?
  • What are some bad dog breath remedies?
  • Dog weight; why is my dog not gaining weight?
    had puppies not gaining eight puppies are 6 weeks old
  • Dog fever-How can I get rid of it
    How can I get rid of my dogs fever its at 104, he won't eat or drink either
  • Are silicone baking liners dangerous to cats and dogs?
    Are silicone baking liners dangerous for our cats and dogs? I just found out that a friends birds died from using silicone liners in the oven. Are these really dangerous for pets?
  • Dog with low glucose with high insulin
    i have a 7 yr old pit bull female that has low blood sugar and the vet suspects high insulin as cause for about 2-3 wks she would get twitchy then lose balance then she had a seizure then about 30-45 min later had another then about 2 hrs later she had another shes never had this problem before usually energetic never showed signs of problems till 2-3 wks ago what could be the cause of low glucose and high insulin and is it curable
  • My 3 yr old had diarrohea 2 days ago.
    He is a 3yr old healthy wsd. He started with diarrhea 2 days ago. I fasted him for 12 hrs, then fed him chicken and rice. He still has slight diarrhea which is orangey in color and smelly. Should I go to my vet or is there anything else I can do ?
  • Diarreah and Constipation
    I have a 7 year old Lhasa Apso who had been having diarrhea on and off for a couple of months and then consistently for about 2 wks. Now she is constipated but when she does go, it's diarrhea. I've had her stool checked and no parasites were found. She has been taking an antibiotic and a probiotic for 5 days and no change. I've been feeding chicken & rice for 2 wks. Her normal diet is Blue Buffalo Lamb& Rice supplemented with their canned beef food. I am at a loss with what to do.
  • my dog has an oval shaped knot that just formed on her head
    my dog has an oval shaped knot that just formed on the top of her head and tonight the hair came off the knot, what could be causing this?Lola is a 2yr old weenie dog. A little over a year ago she slipped a disk in her back and had surgery. Now she no longer has use of her back legs. She has done about 3 sessions of acupuncture, to try to help her get some feeling back.
  • high cholesterol in dogs; is my dog's too high?
    11-yr-old male collie / shepherd losing weight & muscle mass. No indications of displasia. Walks daily over 2 miles total, some swimming & short-distance running. Difficulty standing up, stumbles but not in pain; not limping, has no problem w/ having joints palpated. Being fed what he'll eat, beef liver and heart w/ brown rice or Hill's Healthy Mobility. Eating 700-1200 cals/day. Concerned w/ cholesterol level. 8 oz liver & 4 oz heart = 1138 mg cholesterol. How high is too high for a dog? Thanks
  • could it be kennel cough if my dog is up to date on vaccinations?
    my puppy has been coughing recently. All the symptoms lead me to believe it is kennel cough, however, she is up to date on all her vaccinations. Could it still be kennel cough?
  • Dog with swollen abdominal area
    For about 2 weeks now my pit/lab (10 yrs old) has had a very swollen and hard lower abdominal area. She whines a lot. Normal eating patterns and normal bowels. Sometimes even though she gives me the signs she wants to go outside, she will just sit at the top of the stairs and not go down. She seems to stumble at times when going down stairs or even just walking on level ground.
  • 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
  • Why is my dog drooling when he sleeps?
    Suddenly my chihuahua has started drooling excessively when he sleeps. I've never noticed him drooling this much in the past, and he only does this when he goes to sleep. When he drools it's also kind of thick and slimy, but it is still clear. I haven't noticed any other changes in his behavior or eating habits. Is this something I should be worried about?
  • My dog is vomitting a yellow liquid and can't keep water down.
    My dog has been vomitting after every time he goes to the water bowl. He will drink then about 5 to 10 minutes later vomits a yellow liquid. He won't eat and when he goes outside if he poops its runny and it seems he has a hard time peeing. I've taken him to the vet once and they put him on one medication but it doesn't seem to help. Thoughts?
  • dog loose stool; loses control of his bowels?
    6 yr old male golden retriever No other health problems. Treated for lyme disease several months ago.
  • We found two of my 3 year old dog's toe nails on the floor
    Is this normal? My grandmother found two of my 3 year old dog's toe nails on the floor and I'm not sure why or if its normal that she's not in pain.
  • Can slugs come out of a dog's rectum after having his anal glands secreted?
    My manchester terrier keeps licking his bottom and dragging it along the floor. Have had his anal glands emptied twice and he continues to lick and drag as soon as we get home, The vet says the glands weren't very full. Today I have found a couple of slugs around where he lays. Can these come from him?
  • Why is my dog having milk problems?
    Why do my dogs produce a very small amount of milk after giving birth and the pups die if I don't feed them? I am a small breeder of miniature schnauzers and for a while now the mommy dogs don't produce enough milk and they get oxtocyn shots for the first two days.
  • Is this dog cancer?
    My 6 year old pit bull has developed a mass/tumor beside one of her nipples. I took her to the Vet and they wanted to perform surgery on her. The surgery is really expensive and if it is just a tumor, I don't want to do the surgery. On the other hand, we just noticed another mass/tumor on the top of her shoulder. Could she have more than 1 mass/tumor and it not be cancer? If it is cancer, how long after the tumor appears should it be before she starts "going down hill"?
  • My 3 year old female dog hasn't been herself for a few weeks
    three year old female Doberman high ALT Hello, My 3 year old female Doberman hasn't been herself for a few weeks. My Vet did a blood panel and her ALT was 1156 (normal for this lab 12-118). Other values were normal AST high normal. Bile acids test was normal pre and very slightly (single digit) elevated post. Ultrasound showed normal gall bladder, very slightly enlarged spleen and liver. The spleen and liver looked very normal. Nothing else looked unusal. Her activity level is slightly decreased.Any help appreciated, Donna
  • Why is my dog losing weight so fast?
    Rapid Weight loss in Dog: My 10 yo basset girl is rapidly losing weight. She has lost 10 lbs over the summer (all blood work normal also). She has lost 3lbs in the last week!). Our vet suggested a switch to food higher in fat and protein, and adding probiotics.Upon examination of the yard, she is having loose stools. Should we panic yet? get a 2nd opinion? She is very happy and her behavior has not changed.
  • My dog is vomitting and it produces a bad odor and yellow bile.
    Hi. I have about a 16 year old small breed dog and for the past several days she has been really weak and has not been eating. I have noticed that her mouth seems to be swollen. She vomits when she drinks sometimes and there is a bad odor from her mouth. I believe she may be dehydrated and I am not sure what to do. I need to attempt any home remedy I can because I have just been laid off and I cannot afford the vet at this time. She also has yellow bile when she pukes. Thanks.
  • My dog ate chocolate and is now very bloated what can I do?
    Is there something I can do for my dog who ate chocolate (among other things) and who is so bloated that he now looks pregnant?
  • Why is my vet giving my dog heart worm preventatives?
    My 5 year old chocolate lab was diagnosed with heart worm. The vet said my dog was extremely healthy, anticipated the worms would die within 2 years, and until then, prescribed a heart worm preventative to prevent new infection. I stopped at two different clinics to purchase the preventative and they both were astounded that a vet would prescribe a preventative when my dog tested positive. It seems counter intuitive to give a dog preventative treatment when he already tested positive. What's going on?
  • Why does my dog have a swollen nipple?
    What is that cyst that has grown out of the side of our dog's nipple? The nipple was swollen but not open. In the last 3-4 days it has grown in size and actually appears to have "exited" the body out of the side of the nipple. We are contacting our vet; however, I have been unemployed since summer and my spouse is retired. We have always cared very well for our pets but were wondering if you had ever seen or heard of this activity before? Urgent, please respond quickly.
  • What can I do for a dog with a brain tumor?
    If a dog has a brain tumor, can Phenobarbitol prevent seizures or just reduce the number of seizures. Can Phenobarbitol prevent gran mal seizures? Or does it just reduce the possibility of a seizure? Are brain tumors common?
  • Can humans catch auto immune disease from a dog
    Can humans catch auto immune disease from a dog can this be catching to humans
  • Cracked and splitting nails with my dog how to fix it?
    I have a one and a half year old half jack russell and half cocker spaniel and I usually try to keep his nails clipped. He eats Purina puppy chow and is about to start the transformation to purina dog chow. Lately I have noticed that his nails seem to be splitting and cracking along the sides. How do i fix it?
  • Can puppies be tested for cushings like adult dogs
    Cushing's Prognosis Dr. Richards Is Cushing's hereditary? I agree with your view of medicinal treatment of Cushing's as a means of enhancing the pet's lifestyle, rather than as a cure. Our beloved Scottie, Rascal, was diagnosed with Cushing's 3 years ago at age 7, and has received excellent veterinary care and been under good control for much of that time. Keith Gray
  • Can anesthesia cause dog incontinence?
    We have a 6 1/2 year old female German shepherd; years ago when she was spayed, she became incontinent for a while, but it had not been a problem since then. Can anesthesia cause temporary urinary incontinence in a dog who had minor surgery on her ear?
  • What causes a recurrent UTI in dogs?
    My dog is a 3 year old mixed breed (best guess Pit Bull/Blue Heeler) who was completely normal/healthy until she hit 2. About a year ago, she suffered for months with vomiting until the right vet diagnosed her with bacterial gastritis. Antibiotics finally worked (after a previous vet had just prescribed antacids). We also changed her diet from Purina One to Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet. Recently, she's had recurrent UTIs. The vet has also mentioned that her urine is dilute.
  • Is a raw hid bad for a dog?
    We have used regular raw hides and now have the dingo munchy sticks. We don't want to feed our dog something that will hurt it.
  • Is stainles steel safe for a dog bowl?
    Can stainless steel bowls cause puppy diarrhea, if kept clean?
  • My dog ate some of my medicine. What do I do?
    Daisy is 13 weeks old, she ate a half dose of Nyquil plus vitamin C. Will she be alright?
  • Is there an alternative to putting a dog to sleep?
    Hello, my dog had a huge surgery for cancer removal from his front leg. The doctor also scrapped his bone and the wound is open and deep; he keeps itching it. The vet says cancer is growing back and it would be better to put him down as he does not let the wound heal. We would rather not put him down; what can we do?
  • Can my dog gain weight?
    My lab was recently diagnosed with Diabetes after a sudden drastic weight loss. After monitoring, she was regulated with one injection a day. The Vet recommended two dog foods, one fed once in the morning, and the other one late afternoon. Both are weight management formulas. Both of them are restricted of fats or sugars, mostly grains(fiber). I am concerned because she is so thin (she has not gained since first diagnosed). Given her condition, will she be able to gain weight/eat more?
  • Why does my dog have bad nails?
    My Black Labrador is 6 years old. He had his nails cut by the vet in January and they cut a couple of the nails too short (they bled on and off for a week) he was given antibiotics and his feet were washed in Hibiscrub. His nail condition is now awful - they are soft and break easily. My vet has suggested that the keratin is not forming correctly. I have been feeding him a biotin supplement for approximately 3 months with no improvement . Anything else I can do?
  • How to heal raw nose with my shepherd dog
    My yellow/shepherd mix won't stop licking her nose raw. I believe she injured it somehow outside & she is a licker, has licked her nose raw. How can I treat that to heal?
  • Hind leg of my pit bull dog, swollen, hot, fever and with lameness
    went to vet...they suggested blown left knee or hemangioma or hemangiosarcoma..thank you
  • How can i get the smell of my dogs anal glands out of my car
    my dog has expressed his anal glands in my car what if anything how can i get the smell out?????? i am about to suffocate please help me thank you kim barksdale
  • Where can I buy calcium carbonate?
    Where can I buy calcium carbonate made from "egg shells" to add to my dogs home cooked meals for kidney failure? I have called everywhere and can't find it!
  • Why does my dog's blood panel read this way?
    My dog just had a pre-surgery Blood Panel and everything was normal except his Alkaline Phosphatase is off the charts. Registered 1496 normal range is 20-150. He is a perfectly healthy 39 Kg mix breed dog about 8 years old. Any feedback would help.
  • What is the best meat for dogs?
    Which meat is best to feed my dogs; chicken, lamb, or whitefish? What are the pros & cons of each meat?
  • 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.
  • Need advice on clipping my dogs nails
    do you have to have nails clipped can they just fall off my dog is tough when it comes to having his nails clipped can they just fall off, worried that they are getting to long, my husband is laid off from work and it is NOT in our budget to take him to the groomers just for the nails or the vet help, i noticed one of his toes is starting to get a little red help, any advice would be great he is my baby
  • Where can I find treatments for my dog after cancer surgery?
    I found my dog wandering the streets five years ago near a grade school. At the time I was concerned for the safety of the children so I got out of the car and distracted the dog while the children crossed the street. Sabrina waged her tail and licked me and as I opened the car door she ran in to the back of the car and as I was driving she licked my face and the rest is history. Please help us her skin cancer will be removed but I don't know any place in CA for treatments.
  • My dog is breathing heavy after being bitten by an ant
    My dog was bitten by an ant and now is breathing heavy
  • We have a question about our labrador retriever lethargic behavior
    We have a question about our 8.5 year old Labrador retriever.After heart worm/flea meds he was lethargic, improved, then happened after next treatment but he also vomited. 2 weeks later began panting, not eating and had a fever. Blood work showed elevated liver, pancreatic and white blood counts. X-Ray was normal. Ultrasound showed enlarged liver / lymph nodes (no biopsies), and pancreatic. After homemade meals, 2 antibiotics and a liver support he was back to his usual self for 1.5 wks. Back on kibble, he won't eat again and lethargic. Any ideas?
  • Litter has a puppy with a heart murmur
    Hello, I'm planning to get a puppy this weekend and I have just heard from the breeder that our puppies sibling (another male in the litter) has a heart murmur. The puppy we are planning to get was vet checked in perfect health and will have his vet papers. Is there any fear that the puppy we are planning to get could also develop a murmur? Is it something the parents could pass on to all puppies? Or would it of had it at birth? Is it still safe to adopt this puppy? Thank you!
  • Can a dog (great dane) with dwarfism survive?
    I have a pure bred 6 week old great dane that only weighs 5 lbs and has several deformities in his upper joints. The vet is afraid that he may have dwarfism. What are his chances of having a healthy life if we run the test and they confirm dwarfism?
  • Why would a dog testicle pop out during mating?
    Our yellow lab's testicles came out of his sack with his penis and were protruding (red) as he was humping another dog. Is this normal? They went back in shortly afterward.
  • Normal to have a lump on the outer thigh after having dog's anal glands expressed?
    I have a 5 year old JRT. I took her in less than a month ago to get up to date on all her shots (lyme series, heart worm test, bortella and she was dewormed) Last week I took my dog to have her anal glands secreted since they were full. Today I came home from work and she has a large lump (about the size of a grape) on the outer layer of her thigh. She is acting normal, and does not seem to bother her when you touch it. Should I take her in right away or wait a few days to see if she gets better.
  • Home treatment for dog with cyst, cannot afford surgery now
    My bull mastiff has a cyst on his back that has started weeping watery blood, not huge amounts but I need to clean it daily. The vet said it will cost ?700 to remove to cyst which I can not afford right now. Will it be okay if i keep cleaning it? He doesn't seem to be in pain and it hasn't grown. Please advise. Thanks
  • What should I do with a dog wound that won't stop bleeding?
    I took my dog to the vet after she was injured. We don't know how she was injured but she has an open wound about size of dime but 1 to 2 inches deep that hasn't stopped bleeding in almost a week. The vet has seen her twice and neither time did they try to stop the bleeding or bandage it. They told me not to wash it or bandage, and gave me panalog cream but said don't use neosporin. One day I saw larva crawling in her wound and picked them all out with tweezers. What should I do?
  • Why does my dog keep shaking and losing balance
    she is shaking a lot and sticking out her tongue what can i do to make it go away
  • How can you tell if a dog is in pain?
    I have a 13 yr old Rotty. He doesn't move as well as he used to but I cant tell if he has any joint pain. I rub all over him and he loves it, but doesn't yelp or anything else when I rub his hips or legs. The one thing he does though is pants all the time inside or out. I have heard that if a dog pants while inside at rest he may be in pain or discomfort. Is this true? and how can I tell for sure? Thank you
  • Found a dead mouse in my puppy pool
    my 5 month old puppy has a pool (several gallons) and found a dead mouse in it... is it safe for her to play in/ drink? the mouse may have been in there for a few days. thanks!
  • dog boarded a week at veterinarian, returns home with a cough?
    The 16yr-old corgi dog has been in spectacular health and this is his vet's normal boarding area. He came home with a dry hacking cough and cannot bark anymore after spending a week there. He had vaccinations in April and bordetella was among them. My daughter was taken to the back to claim him and remarked that it was nasty and she would never take him there again. Please advise on how to handle this situation. He no longer barks and seems unhappy and I am worried because of his age.
  • Potential treatment for dog with elevated creatinine levels
    My 6 year old laborador who is female is having 23 bun creatinine. Pls suggest me some treatment
  • Should my dog have knee surgery?
    My 11 year old Shepard/Husky mix has an old left acl/avulsion rupture and now sustained a right acl rupture. He can no longer rise from sitting and is in obvious discomfort. Should I choose surgery as an intervention in an older dog with multiple acl injuries as well as hip and lumbar degenerative changes? Am I really improving my dog's quality of life? Or am I just putting my dog through unnecessary procedures? What should I do? What are all my options?
  • How do I treat canine hypothyroidism?
    My beagle, Chloe, was diagnosed with an under active thyroid. The vet said it was borderline low. I would like to take a more natural, holistic approach to treating this. I would like to start making her food myself. Any suggestions on what supplements to add?
  • Did my dog experience heat exhaustion/stroke?
    100+ degree weather for 4 days but also swimming & in air conditioning at times.She seemed to lose bladder & fecal control w/poss dizziness after being home for 1 day.Heavy panting & slight drooling.I took her outside to cool off & she drank 1/2 bowl of water & seemed to be fine.She gave no indication she needed to go out,she's 4 year old black lab mix. It was a little warm in the house even to me.She seems okay today. We left on a Thurs nite returned Monday evening. This occurred at 2:30AM Tues.
  • 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...
  • Dog toenail falls off, can a dog bleed to death?
    my dogs toe nail came off
  • Is a bottle of pet-eze calming support pills by 21-century toxic to dogs?
    my dog ate app 50 tablet of pet-eze from 21st century. Is there anything dangerous about this?
  • How do I add muscle on my dog?
    How do I add muscle on my dog? Is there any medication or training? If so, what kind?
  • Is one Hall's cough drop toxic to dogs?
    My 16 pound dog just ate one Hall's mentholyptus cough drop. Is there any reason for concern? He is a 5 year old, male/neuter, cavalier king charles spaniel.
  • Is palm tree bark toxic to dogs?
    When I let my dog go outside, he likes to go and eat the palm tree bark right off the tree. Can this harm him in any way?
  • Will muscle tone in dog's rectum return?
    My dog was hit by a car, now has no rectal muscal tone. Will it return? His left pelvis was fractured, a lot of swelling and bruising. I know this is something that he has to have, but I do not want to give up on him to soon.
  • Is synthoid toxic to dogs?
    My dog just ate my son's synthoid- about 45 pills of .05 (50 micrograms). The emergency vet had no idea if this was toxic. The dog weighs about 95 lbs and could have eaten the bottle any time in the last 5 hours.
  • Elevated dog red blood cell count?
    I was planning to have my 9 yr old dog's teeth cleaned, but her routine blood test results showed that she has an elevated red blood cell count (64).I am very scared! The vet asked if she could have been dehydrated at the time of the test, but her drinking habits haven't changed.I had brought her on a road trip in Oregon where the elevation is a bit higher and it was warm. We have been back a week, but could this cause dehydration?We will test again in 7 days.Please tell me more about red cells
  • Is Mr. Clean toxic to dogs?
    We think that our dog may have licked mr. clean with water. Lots of licking, panting heavy, restless
  • Are bird feces toxic to dogs?
    I have a dog that eats bird feces and can this be dangerous to his health??? Bird droppings and bird feeders. Can either be dangerous to my little dog.
  • Commonly, do dogs throw up when they are in pain?
    I cut my dog's toenail too short yesterday and it bled for a while. Last night she was throwing up quite a bit. Is this normal?
  • Cause of a high dog platelet count?
    My 14-year-old male dachshund's platelet count is high. What would be a cause for this? All of his other CBC results are totally normal, however the platelet count is 775, and the reference range says 170-400 is normal. His behavior is normal. He is eating and drinking normally. Not really any more lethargic than any other 14-15 year old dog. He still plays with his toys and is ravenous as usual. His WBC is 10.7 and RBC is 6.3. Could it be because of his anxiety when visiting the vet? It's been
  • Is battery toxic to dogs?
    My dog has bitten into an zinc chloride battery and punctured it several times with his teeth. What should I do?
  • What are the symptoms of dog heat stroke?
    He is a 2 1/2 month old mini pincher. He is throwing up and wont eat or drink plus he is sleeping lots and not as playful as usual and his nose is cold and wet
  • Cushings disease dog lifestyle: What should I do?
    Hello, I have an approx 9-10 year old Border Terrier who has just been diagnosed with Cushing's disease, luckily no liver/kidney/thyroid/diabetes present. He has just started Vetoryl treatment. I am looking for advice to help with his general care. Should I reduce exercise, are there any dietr recommendations to help him be more comfortable? As he pants a lot, should I reduce exercise levels (he really loves his walks)? Does he pant because he is too hot? Should I reduce the house temperature?
  • Dog Kidney Failure, Pancreatitis and Lyme's disease
    Hi, We just had to hospitalize our 7 year old German Shepherd on Sunday. Her bloodwork is off the charts for kidney failure. She also tested positive for pancreatitis and Lyme's disease. It's been 48 hours on an IV with fluids and antibiotics. She has perked up some, but her numbers are still way up their for the kidneys. Can we expect that we could bring her home and she would have some quality of life with all this stacked against her?Thanks,Denise
  • How much should a dog sleep?
    My newly adopted approx. 2 yr. old terrier mix sleeps about 75% of the day even though he has lots of toys and I am home with him most of the time. This is in addition to spending 7-8 hours overnight in his crate. Is this normal? Should I be concerned? Thank you.
  • How to become a veterinarian?
    Hi i am payton jones i am 10 and i would like to be a vet so how do i earn a degree. please help me on a degree
  • Dog limping as reaction to IV placement?
    We have a six month old English bulldog who had soft palate resection a little over two weeks ago. Since then, he has been limping off and on- this affects his left back leg. The limping seems to come and go and he is able to run and walk up and down stairs, etc. Sometimes he seems to have trouble putting weight on the leg and getting up from sitting or lying down. This leg may have had an IV because there is some fur shaved from his foot. We are wondering if it could be some kind of reaction?
  • Dog anal smell?
    We have a dachshund age 1 year. when he lays with us, we notice an awful smell and liquid that comes from his anal area. it comes out, without notice from the dog or us until the smell hits. there is no gland swelling that we can see. the liquid seems to be clear. what could this be and what can be done for it?
  • Easiest treatment for dog yeast infection
    What is the easiest treatment for a yeast infection in a dog-maltipoo? Her vaginal area is swollen & she keeps licking it. Also, she is scratching/itching in several areas. Can she still be going into heat if she has been fixed? She is a maltipoo
  • Dog nose bumpy and dry
    How can I help it?
  • Support harness for dog with 3 legs?
    Caring for a three legged dog. Lost one of his back legs 7 years ago and is showing weakness in the remaining leg. I there some kind of harness I can use to give him support? Pug, male.
  • Dog ate a small glob of paint
    My dog just ate a small glob of paint. I was painting and a glob of paint fell on the ground and she licked it up. I'm worried that will hurt her and am wondering if I should be taking her to the vet.
  • Do dogs have strokes?
    My parents have a 10yr old cattle dog mix, that has been showing signs of what looks to be a stroke. Left side of jaw is dropping, loss of balance. She is showing no signs of pain anywhere on her body. But she is active and eating well.
  • Dog bites human with hepatitis, will dog get hepatitis?
    If a dog bites a person with Hepatitis and breaks the skin, can the dog contract Hepatitis from a human?
  • Is an umbilical hernia dangerous to my dog?
    My dog turned 1 on March 30, 2010. He's getting neutered today and I got a call saying that he has an umbilical hernia. I wasn't able to get an estimate but will it also be expensive to get the procedure done? Concerned Pet Owner
  • Dog ingested a lightbulb
    My 11 month old black lab ate an "energy smart" light bulb this morning. I gave him bread and some metamusil. He seems fine so far, but do we need to worry about toxins from the light bulb?
  • Hit my dog with car. What do I do?
    My dog's a rat terrier mix. There does not appear to be any broken bones or swelling, and no bleeding. However he is favoring his front leg. The vet office where I live is closed. What should I do?
  • My dog breath in a lot of peat moss. Is there anything I should do for him?
    He doesn't seem to be severely distressed. He was having fun until he breathed in too much of it. Now he seems subdued. Is this serious?
  • Dog's feet and skin get irritated and red after running in fields
    My dogs feet and skin get irritated and red after running in fields.His father's feet do the same,but worse. Is this an allergy that can be treated? The skin around the nose and belly also gets reddish in color.The more I run him the worse it gets.Thanks.
  • What is diabetes in dogs?
    thank you
  • Dog urinating frequently with stones. Emergency situation or can wait?
    Today our Yorkie started urinating in the home very often (every 5-10 minutes). We found what looks like small white stones (kidney stones?) in the urine and a small amount of blood. Should we take her to an emergency vet or will it be okay to wait until tomorrow to take her to our normal vet?
  • Dog nails peeling?
    I am the proud owner of a one year old Golden Retriever. I was recently trimming his nails when I found that they are peeling. I looked closer and saw that a few of his nails had a thin layer nail peeling from it. It causes him no pain and he allowed me to continue clipping his nails (it's not his favorite activity). Do you have any advice on how to solve this problem or what might be causing. A bit of background on him. He's a neuter pure bred golden retriever. He's very active, always running around the back yard and is fed one cup of Purina large dog food twice a day and the occasional raw hide bone.
  • Treatment for dog masticatory myopothy and atrophy?
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