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by PITtsburgher
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Who's used Proin?
Replies: 15
Views: 9037

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: 18247

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: 8075

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: 8075

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: 3377

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: 5118

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 3:09 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: I don't know what to do -- allergies
Replies: 3
Views: 2242

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: 8262

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: 8262

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: 11430

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: 1815

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 Jul 13, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: PLEASE HELP SAVE A LIFE. ♥
Replies: 4
Views: 2685

Re: PLEASE HELP SAVE A LIFE. ♥

That sounds like a really tough situation. I think it's awesome that your son rescued this dog and is trying to help him. I think there are 2 things that need to be addressed - both the immediate safety for your dog/house, but also the dog's state of mind that is causing him to act this way. A conta...
by PITtsburgher
Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: New dog with allergies?
Replies: 14
Views: 7689

Re: New dog with allergies?

The thing with a food allergy is it can take up to 12 weeks after starting the correct food for the allergy symptoms to go away. I agree with you that not all vets are savvy with skin issues but I would not count on diet changes making a difference fast enough to stop the problem from getting out of...
by PITtsburgher
Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: New dog with allergies?
Replies: 14
Views: 7689

Re: New dog with allergies?

I would start with a vet visit because often there is a component of infection when they get really bad allergies. They can also talk through options like short-term steroids, a hypoallergenic diet trial, and the various antihistamines to target the allergies themselves.
by PITtsburgher
Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Happy Tail
Replies: 70
Views: 25056

Re: Happy Tail

Glad to hear he is doing better!!

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