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by ZiggysMom
Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Ear Injury Question
Replies: 5
Views: 429

I don't recommend the hydrogen peroxide... it is irritating to tissues and actually can slow healing by killing new skin cells. This looks small enough that it should heal fine on its own as long as it doesn't get infected. Take it to a vet if it starts getting red, puffy, or oozing pus. You can onl...
by ZiggysMom
Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:05 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Dew claw?
Replies: 11
Views: 753

The whole thing with ripping off dewclaws is an urban legend, at least as far as front dewclaws go, I think. The ones that are a potential problem are back dewclaws that are only attached by a flap of skin, not even bone. Those are the sort I might get taken off, and those are no big deal. I would n...
by ZiggysMom
Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:57 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Puppy Eye Bugers????
Replies: 8
Views: 623

green or creamy can be pus, which would indicate an infection. However, if it's just a few eye boogers, it's not likely to be an issue no matter what color they are. Now, if the eyes are also red and irritated, or there's snot from the nose too, or they're squinting and tearing or sneezing to go wit...
by ZiggysMom
Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:54 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Change in skin color (freckles?)
Replies: 13
Views: 592

I've been tracking changes in Ziggy's nose freckles, and he is definitely getting more pigment as he ages. As long as the skin looks healthy and not irritated, I'd say it's totally normal. When Ziggy gets allergy spots (which he does in spring and fall), he gets a little bit of crust on his skin and...
by ZiggysMom
Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:05 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Ben ate my perscription.
Replies: 9
Views: 730

A friend of mine once had her great dane eat a whole brand new bottle of her husband's hydrocodone... yikes! Luckily she works at a vet's office...
by ZiggysMom
Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Is it really necessary...
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Any bite that goes full-thickness through the skin should involve a doctor so they can decide if antibiotics are warranted! Most of the time, the answer is yes. That goes double for cat bites. Puncture wounds are super-likely to get infected and every animal's mouth (including humans) is chock full ...
by ZiggysMom
Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:40 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: white pimples on her stomach - HELP
Replies: 4
Views: 441

While sometimes these things can be a staph infection that actually needs treatment, it's pretty common for puppies that age to just get "puppy zits" in that area. As long as they're not out of control and not bothering the dog, they're probably no big deal.
by ZiggysMom
Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: is you male neutered
Replies: 61
Views: 3814

I will never own an intact dog. I personally believe that every pet dog should be spayed/neutered unless they are purebred, have been checked and tested clear of known genetic diseases, such as HD, generalized demodex, elbow dysplasia, unacceptably poor temperament, and other more breed-specific gen...
by ZiggysMom
Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:58 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Video: Interesting thoughts on natural foods...
Replies: 0
Views: 137

Video: Interesting thoughts on natural foods...

OK, so this has nothing to do with animals specifically, but I stumbled on it and given all the heated diet debates that happen here I thought I'd throw it out there.

http://video.stumbleupon.com/#p=lng92y02jw
by ZiggysMom
Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:05 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Frontline?
Replies: 15
Views: 1053

Msvette you should give all your new fosters a Capstar before they come home. That way you can maintain a "no fleas in, no fleas out" policy and keep your house flea free too!
by ZiggysMom
Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:55 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Giardia Vaccination?
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Unfortunately, the giardia vaccine is kind of wimpy. It doesn't really prevent giardia, the only thing studies have shown is that it makes the disease less severe if they do get it so they get over it sooner. About the only dog I'd recommend it to would be my friends dog who obsessively ate poop and...
by ZiggysMom
Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Frontline and body weight
Replies: 2
Views: 231

If the dose is low, it's not that it won't kill fleas. What will happen is that it won't last as long. If you don't have a major flea problem, it may not matter at all and the lower dose would do fine. If you start having issues, you can always start applying it every 3 weeks instead of every month ...
by ZiggysMom
Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:42 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: ACL Question . . .
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Depends on the dog, and which kind of surgery they had (like a TPLO vs. an extracapsular repair). Some dogs are able to go back to high levels of activity (some even hunting and stuff), but others can't do as much. And either way, they'll probably end up with some level of arthritis way down the roa...
by ZiggysMom
Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:37 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Bleeding nose (outside)
Replies: 10
Views: 604

Well, it's certainly something to be looked at but not really an emergency. Good luck!
by ZiggysMom
Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Hips question
Replies: 13
Views: 584

He certainly doesn't act like someone with hip problems... but then some dogs just ignore it until it gets really bad. The dragging of the toenails does concern me... that's not normal and sometimes indicates a neurologic problem. If you flip his hind foot over so he's standing on his knuckles and h...

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