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by PITtsburgher
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Who's used Proin?
Replies: 15
Views: 11402

Re: Who's used Proin?

DES can have some really scary side effects including wiping out the bone marrow; I would definitely consider Proin safer than DES.
by PITtsburgher
Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Anyone tried Apoquel? Molly's itchiness hopefully resolved.
Replies: 24
Views: 20854

Re: Anyone tried Apoquel? Molly's itchiness hopefully resolv

Apoquel would potentially replace long term prednisone or cyclosporine in treating refractory allergies, both of which are immunosuppressive and therefore can cause/exacerbate cancer. Now which is the "worst" - I don't think we have enough data to say that yet. Theoretically Apoquel is the...
by PITtsburgher
Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Vaccination protocol
Replies: 20
Views: 10280

Re: Vaccination protocol

Yeah that makes no sense - distemper (DA2PP) is not regulated by law and the vaccine is labeled for 3 years. I suppose some places could require yearly rabies but the canine vaccine is typically labeled for 3 years.
by PITtsburgher
Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Vaccination protocol
Replies: 20
Views: 10280

Re: Vaccination protocol

You can download a copy of the AAHA vaccine recommendations for free at the link at the bottom of their page:

https://www.aahanet.org/Library/CanineVaccine.aspx

(Same as what MissKiwi said)
by PITtsburgher
Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: help! uti and mange :(
Replies: 5
Views: 4156

Re: help! uti and mange :(

If they haven't already done a urine culture, that would be a good next step. The bacteria in her bladder may be resistant to the meds she is on and the culture will tell you which is the best medication to use.
by PITtsburgher
Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Help! Low (45) platelet count
Replies: 12
Views: 5831

Re: Help! Low (45) platelet count

There are different reasons that a dog can have thrombocytopenia, which just means low platelets. A common reason is that the immune system starts attacking and killing the platelets. This disease is usually referred to as ITP, idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura meaning we don't know why but the im...
by PITtsburgher
Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Please help - dog trainers, behaviorists etc!!
Replies: 7
Views: 608

Re: Please help - dog trainers, behaviorists etc!!

I think this is too severe for internet behavior advice, and I think your shelter should think really carefully if putting both staff and public at risk by keeping this dog is really what the "no kill" movement is meant to be about. If you do decide to keep him I would get in touch ASAP wi...
by PITtsburgher
Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: I don't know what to do -- allergies
Replies: 3
Views: 2799

Re: I don't know what to do -- allergies

I would get an appointment with a vet dermatologist. Allergies can be difficult to treat and it's a lot easier with an expert. If you've already done a strict 8 week food trial it may be time for intradermal allergy testing and allergy shots.
by PITtsburgher
Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?
Replies: 16
Views: 9853

Re: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?

Are you talking about ccl tears or luxating patellas or what? CCL tears do not show on xray and are usually diagnosed via a drawer test. It's totally true that you can't see the ligament itself on the X-ray, but with CCL tears you do see a very classic pattern that is caused by inflammation inside ...
by PITtsburgher
Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?
Replies: 16
Views: 9853

Re: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?

The Xrays look very suspicious for a CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) tear to me. Is that what the vet was talking about? CCL tear is actually something you can be pretty sure about based on a physical exam, and is something that does much better with surgery unless we're talking about a really small...
by PITtsburgher
Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: anyone with issues with there dogs chewing feet
Replies: 29
Views: 13328

Re: anyone with issues with there dogs chewing feet

Just FYI a lot of dogs chew their feet because they are itchy from skin allergies. So while it is good to stop them chewing (they can really beat up their feet), it is also important to see your vet to have his skin evaluated.
by PITtsburgher
Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Bella has MRSA
Replies: 2
Views: 2284

Re: Bella has MRSA

My dog had MRSP too. It was only sensitive to Enrofloxacin and Vancomycin so we did the Enro ($$$) for 4 weeks (plus a million other meds) and thank goodness he did better. He was always an allergy dog but at a more manageable level. My advice would be to ask your vet about treating the underlying c...
by PITtsburgher
Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Need some extra tips on how to make territorial issue better
Replies: 9
Views: 586

Re: Need some extra tips on how to make territorial issue be

It sounds like in general she probably has some degree of anxiety about strangers and when they come to her house it puts her over threshold since it is a confined space and it's her home. Kind of like how in my neighborhood lots of the people on the street are a little scary to me, but not terribly...
by PITtsburgher
Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: How should I handle this?
Replies: 9
Views: 515

Re: How should I handle this?

Like Jamie said, fear is an emotion so giving her food and comfort will not make her more fearful. It's good to comfort and distract her. I would approach this like a dog with thunderstorm anxiety - put the TV/radio/fan on, put her in a more soundproof part of the house, give her delicious (like rea...
by PITtsburgher
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: How to calm a over exited and playful pit bull puppy
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: How to calm a over exited and playful pit bull puppy

For me it's really helpful to use a training class. Just having the structure and someone to help with the timing of the clicker can be really helpful.

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