Yesterday as I was trimming my dog's nails, I noticed that he has abrasions
on three of his four paws. What do I need to do? [more inside]
How often is normal for otherwise healthy pets to have medical emergencies? [more inside]
Please explain to me how my dog's butt works. Thank you. [more inside]
Seeking supplements for a dog that only eats human food. [more inside]
My dog has started urinating out of control from time to time. What's wrong with her? [more inside]
Yesterday, I picked up my 18-month-old pit bull-type mix Chance
after three weeks of boarding. His coat is in bad shape in he is shedding unimaginable amounts of hair. What's the best approach to get him healthy again? [more inside]
How do I decide how best to have my dogs vaccinated? And what vaccinations are really necessary? And possibly going against my vet’s wishes. Detailed snowflake inside. [more inside]
My dog has cancer. Am I hurting him if I spoil the heck out of him the next few months? [more inside]
My dog had a stroke. Her head is now tilted to one side and one of her eyes is sort of bulgy. I'm trying to understand what the world is like for her now. How does the world look after a stroke to the stroke victim? [more inside]
My friend's dog, who is like a son to her, has cancer. Vet said the dog has a few weeks. What can we do to make his last days memorable for him and his mom? [more inside]
Dog dementia - help! [more inside]
How do you deal with a dog on prednisone (specifically, the constant need to urinate due to increase thirst)? Also, what could be the cause of the problem that put my dog on prednisone? [more inside]
The gas burner was left on overnight, on a low setting. Should we be concerned about the health of our dog? [more inside]
My dog has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. For various reasons, my husband and I are probably not going to do the chemo and radiation treatments outlined by the oncologist. If you have made a similar choice with your pet, can you tell me what happened? [more inside]
My dog's clear eye discharge is now reddish-brown--are we looking at a vet trip? [more inside]
I need help identifying these symptoms my dog displayed today. We were walking outside, and all of the sudden she started acting disoriented (like she couldn't see). I stopped and looked at her, and her eyes were darting quickly back and forth. These were the only two symptoms; there was no head tilt or anything else. [more inside]
I'd like nutritional advice for homemade dog food and maybe treats, using easy-to-find ingredients. I haven't been able to find high quality commercial dog food where I live, so I make most of her food myself, but I would like to make her homemade food as healthy as I possibly can with the resources I have, which are somewhat limited. Current routine, and many(!) more details inside. [more inside]
For minor pet health questions: suggest websites that are comprehensive & user-friendly? I'd like to avoid unnecessary vet visits. [more inside]
My 11 year old male shepherd-mix is in congestive heart failure, but doing very well on medicine. He has a good outlook for many months of high quality living. The diuretic medicine causes him to pee in the house occasionally -- because I can't get him out the door fast enough. We live in a condo and he has to go out on leash. We can't leave the house for more than a couple hours or he will need to pee. I welcome any tips on managing incontinence for large male dogs.
My dogs seem to like cat treats. Any harm in it? [more inside]
How do I keep from getting my dog's roundworms? [more inside]
Two Part Pet Question: Is there such a thing as a safe medication for pets? AND Is there an online database that can educate me on safe med/health practices?
Bad dog breath... what helps? [more inside]
Dog illness problem. Emergency vet time? [more inside]
My 12-yr old German Shepard. It's not dysplasia, but is it more than arthritis? [more inside]
Dog in sudden, mysterious pain. Going to see the vet as soon as possible, but want to be as prepared as I can be. [more inside]
What's this thing sticking out of my dog? [more inside]
Yet another dog question. My wife's dog is a shepherd-dobermann cross and so old that she's technically dead - about 16 years old. She's mostly incontinent, and scooping up turds and mopping up pee is a daily and sometimes hourly chore now - I've taken up all the rugs, and she sleeps at night on a foam cushion protected by a vinyl shower curtain. I think her kidneys are failing, but very very slowly. So she drinks a fantastic amount of water and voids it randomly about the house. My wife and I take turns letting her out out night, but she's excessively nocturnal (she's a dog) and this, combined with the incontinence and her tendency to get jammed into odd spots and whine until rescued is degrading our sleep. My wife's very attached to the dog - who otherwise isn't really suffering and is even happy - but our lives are slowly coming to be dominated by the dog. Yet....neither I nor my wife believe in killing pets or other creatures for mere reasons of convenience. Any technical advice on managing this situation until the creature dies a natural death?
'nother dog question. Last year my (now) 9-year-old dog (Lab/golden mix) became afraid to descend stairs. She stands at the top and woofs until you stand at or near the bottom and reach up to her, then she will come down unassisted but tentatively as you "glilde" her down with a sweep of your arm (OK, maybe I just do the glide because it's fun). Very occasionally she has a similar problem climbing.
My first thought was her eyesight, but if it were failing, how would I know? And the presence/absence of light seems not to matter. Can a vet diagnose vision problems?
The stairs are uncarpeted wood. Does anyone think it would help to put a carpet runner on the stairs?