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by ZiggysMom
Tue May 06, 2008 11:35 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Sore in fold of ear?
Replies: 5
Views: 904

I've seen a few dogs with sores at the fold of the ear that get really pretty deep. I think it's just a combination of sensitive skin and the way the ear creases right there and causes pressure. I wonder if you could do something to train the ear to crease somewhere else at least temporarily to help...
by ZiggysMom
Tue May 06, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Surgical removal of anal glands?
Replies: 11
Views: 945

I agree. It sounds annoying, but I like to save the surgeries for dogs who get infections or impactions that are really uncomfortable vs just a little inconvenient emptying. And I don't know if raw would be the way to go... most of the time people go on and on about how small their dogs stools are o...
by ZiggysMom
Tue May 06, 2008 11:23 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: The PetCheckup
Replies: 2
Views: 361

It's the same urine dipstick we use in the clinic... it can give you a heads-up on a few things (particularly diabetes) but they seem to be really overstating its abilities. This is especially true when it is being interpreted by an owner without medical training and outside of any context you'd get...
by ZiggysMom
Mon May 05, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Help...does my puppy have a cold?
Replies: 9
Views: 497

Kennel cough and random upper respiratory stuff is really common in pups especially if they've recently been in a shelter or rescue situation, come from a breeder with a big kennel, or from a puppy class or dog park where someone has a snotty nose. Usually they get over it OK, but sometimes it can p...
by ZiggysMom
Fri May 02, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Leptospirosis
Replies: 8
Views: 647

lepto can be sneaky... I've never seen a weird case, but my teachers said they'd seen some cases that really were sneaky and started out looking like something totally different... just some vomiting and diarrhea for instance, with nothing showing up on blood work until later when it had gotten wors...
by ZiggysMom
Fri May 02, 2008 1:41 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: bleeding tail Q
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Happy tail.... it's a big pain in the butt (no pun intended :)) It can be really hard. THere was someone posting earlier about some goo they found to put on it that helped a lot... and of course just keeping it wrapped until wayyy after you think it's healed enough. Sometimes there's no choice but t...
by ZiggysMom
Thu May 01, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: How big at 4 1/2 months?
Replies: 9
Views: 779

My little Ziggy was only about 20 lbs at 6 months, and he was kinda thin but not scrawny. Of course, he's very petite to begin with (a pocket pit!) but it just goes to show that there's enough normal size variation in the breed that we can't tell without a pic.
by ZiggysMom
Thu May 01, 2008 9:41 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: UTI- how long before...
Replies: 38
Views: 1633

Yipes! I would really be worried with all the low urine specific gravity. That is not generally good. The one good thing is that the elevated BUN could be from blood in the intestines (referring to the black poop thread) and not from kidney problems, since the creatinine is not up. Blood isn't good ...
by ZiggysMom
Thu May 01, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Tiva has a mast cell tumor
Replies: 28
Views: 1815

yeep! Are they going to have to amputate the tail to get margins? How big is it?

It will be hard to have enough skin to close on the tail if it's any bigger than a wart...
by ZiggysMom
Thu May 01, 2008 2:55 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Split Claw
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Yep. Just don't do this at home! THe vet has sedation and pain meds!
by ZiggysMom
Thu May 01, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: boy dog
Replies: 11
Views: 517

There is such a thing where it is stuck inside, but if he's neutered and has never had problems peeing, it's unlikely to ever be a problem. The only times it's a problem are when you want to breed or if the opening of the prepuce is so small that it lets urine back up behind it, which is irritating.
by ZiggysMom
Thu May 01, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Cushing's
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Cushing's is kind of a pain-in-the-tail disease... the good news is that the dogs usually don't feel very sick unless they get a secondary infection from a weak immune system. My teacher used to say that Cushing's dogs "look awful and feel great". There's a lot of different treatment optio...
by ZiggysMom
Thu May 01, 2008 2:37 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Split Claw
Replies: 4
Views: 453

yeah, if it's split all the way back there's no way to clip it and get the whole thing. Not if you don't want to be cutting bone! Cutting the quick hurts A LOT.
by ZiggysMom
Thu May 01, 2008 2:33 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: HELP...My dog is a vegetarian
Replies: 8
Views: 516

Heh. And people say dogs are carnivores! :P

Omnivores all the way, baby! Woo *throws up the horns*

hee hee
by ZiggysMom
Thu May 01, 2008 2:31 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: VACCINE QUESTION!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 885

You can really get away with a lot with most vaccines, as long as you get their puppy series in some form or another... but the one NEVER to mess with is rabies. Not because there's any worry of immunization declining and making them susceptible-- it's a very effective vaccine. No, it's legal reason...

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