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  • How to make startle-prone Dog with pancreatic deficiency calm down?

    Updated Sep 12, 2014 Posted by G.B.G., Arlington, Virginia on Dog

    Question Keltie, my 7-year-old female German shepherd, has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, which was diagnosed at about 7 months, when my son was raising her. The main symptoms were normal for this condition: large, loose, grayish cow pies for poop and drastic weight loss. Unfortunately, it took the vet some time to diagnose, though I don't know why since shepherds are susceptible and the signs were obvious. She came to live with me when she was around 3, after being diagnosed and having...

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  • Cats with urinary crystal need no grain gluten or wheat gluten in their diets

    Updated Sep 12, 2014 Posted by Y.J., Yadkinville, North Carolina on Cat

    Question Our 8-year-old neutered male cat, Tiger, was prescribed a seven-day course of Clavamox for a urinary tract infection, as he was urinating blood outside his litter box. Less than two weeks later -- after completing this course of antibiotics -- I noticed that he was straining to urinate and constantly moving from place to place to try to go. It was obvious that he was in trouble. I took him to the vet immediately, and, after extensive blood work and X-ray, it was determined that he had...

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  • My Cat never drinks water

    Updated Sep 10, 2014 Posted by T.M., Charleston, South Carolina on Cat

    Question Our kitty, Bella, adopted us a year ago. She is active and healthy. My concern is that she has never been seen drinking water. We tried switching bowls, using a fountain-type water bowl, using a dropper -- she will not drink water! Our older male kitty is always drinking from his bowl. We think that when she was outside, something happened to her that makes her afraid of water. They are both indoor kitties now. She is always licking things like carpets, tables and whatever is on the...

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  • Article on Feline IBD

    Updated Sep 10, 2014 Posted by Dr. J. W. on Cat

    Question Dr Fox I've been in practice for 35yrs and pride myself on doing what is right for the patient,one at a time ie least costly method available to effectively treat the pet. I appreciate that you share info with the public on alternative treatments/ cures ,I am thankful to get any new info that helps our patients resolve their illnesses. I STRONGLY RESENT your snyde comment and implication that we "regular" vets treat in order to pad our bank accounts at the expense of our patient!!! IBD...

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  • Heartgard to dog

    Updated Sep 10, 2014 Posted by S. on Dog

    Question How long do you recommend giving heartguard to a dog? Now with the colder weather approaching do I still have to give all year around? I live in Michigan in a condo, dog is mostly inside dog. Answer Dear S., I often get this question and veterinarians are somewhat divided over the issue. Some advocate year-round preventive medicine especially when people travel with their dogs to warmer states in winter. I join those who stop the medication when the mosquito season is over and advise...

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  • Benefits of home-prepared whole food diets for dogs

    Updated Sep 09, 2014 Posted by K.K., Moorhead, Minnesota on Dog

    Question I'm writing to thank you for all the great information I've read in your columns over the years, but especially your whole foods diet for dogs. I grew up hearing from vets: "Don't feed your dogs 'people food.' The companies that manufacture dog food spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to research what is best fed to dogs, and they know better than you." I have been owned by various loving miniature and standard schnauzers since my early 20s (I am now in my mid 60s). As you...

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  • Any suggestions to cat doesn't like to have her nails clipped?

    Updated Sep 04, 2014 Posted by L.W., Toms River, New Jersey on Cat

    Question My husband and I adopted a 10-week-old rescue domestic shorthair kitten, who was the runt of the litter. She has just turned 4 years old. We love her; she has very dear little ways about her. Her problem is she doesn't like to have her nails clipped. The groomer who had it down pat is no longer employed at the place where we take her. Our cat needs her nails clipped every other month. She spits, growls and sometimes screams, and she has every groomer frightened. We don't want her...

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  • Cat's frantically licking problem may caused by new carpets.

    Updated Sep 03, 2014 Posted by C.P., Neptune, New Jersey on Cat

    Question I noticed in a recent column that the Florida couple with the frantically grooming cat had recently done a lot of home renovation. Their cat's sudden licking problem could be related to new materials introduced in their home renovation. We had a wonderful, well-adjusted Burmese who suddenly started twitching and licking as though he had biting insects on his body. Our vet checked him for insects, did a skin biopsy, tried him on a rotation diet and gave him a short course of...

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  • Should a booked vet offer referrals?

    Updated Sep 02, 2014 Posted by P.K.P., Scranton, Pennsylvania on Dog

    Question Should a booked vet offer referrals? Our son's 14-year-old chow suddenly had problems standing on her back legs. When I helped her up and released her, her back legs buckled. I called our vet for an appointment on a Friday, but was told there were no appointments available until Tuesday. I asked for a recommendation. The person taking the call said that without seeing the dog, she had no idea what to recommend. I said that I meant a recommendation of another vet. I was told I'd have...

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  • Cushings Disease in Your Dog

    Updated Aug 29, 2014 Posted by J.P. on Dog

    Question Our shitzu Maltese dog is 7 1/2 yrs old. Has been on temaril-P for allergies for several years. We did not know this would affect his liver. A recent blood test indicated he has Cushings disease. Vet recommended also he take Sam-E or milk thistle to boost his liver. The dog always acted hungry so we switched his healthy Wellness food to another Wellness brand. Since then, he suffers from diarrhea. We stopped new food, went back to old food. Vet said he should be on senior food....

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