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by Roxers
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: At a loss...
Replies: 31
Views: 1807

Protein contains the same amount of energy as carbohydrates (when you literally burn it in an oven), but it is not used by the body in the same way. The body will preferentially burn carbs and fat first, because converting protein to energy is pretty inefficient. I am going to trust my professors (b...
by Roxers
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Not good news...
Replies: 78
Views: 13958

What!!! What is a mass cell, does that mean its sinister or just worth looking at? oh my.. I hope she is ok! Where is the lump? Mast cell 8) I'm also curious where the mass is? Is there a reason why you were referred to oncology, rather than your regular vet removing the mass? Is it in a spot that ...
by Roxers
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:04 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Fecal Sample UPDATE on the puppies
Replies: 6
Views: 544

As far as the Demodex, if it is just the one spot, you probably do not need to do the dips. In fact, many puppies with just localized demodex will grow out of it as their immune systems mature. It's when it's all over that you really need to be aggressive with treatment. Some of the topical flea med...
by Roxers
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: At a loss...
Replies: 31
Views: 1807

Also, OP, how old is your pup? Adding chicken and rice wont help you any more than increasing the amount of food you are giving. Chicken and rice are almost certainly less calorie-dense actually. If she is actively losing weight and eating that much food already, I would definitely have bloodwork do...
by Roxers
Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:39 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: At a loss...
Replies: 31
Views: 1807

I would prefer to see you feeding your food according to protein levels, not fat levels. If your dog is just burning more calories, (read protein) ...What? Protein is not an energy source. Fat has 2.2x more calories per gram than protein. Protein is used to build enzymes, muscle, etc, but fat is wh...
by Roxers
Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Poo Eater - HELP
Replies: 25
Views: 1779

The best way to treat poo-eating is to prevent it.. by picking up the poop right away. :) Sounds like that might be quite a chore with your yard and the ivy, though!
by Roxers
Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Limping dog
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Kit, normally what you are describing (intermittend hind leg lameness) I would think luxating patella. That is much more common in small breed dogs though. If you are not familiar with the condition, basically the kneecap pops in and out of place. When it's out, they limp, then it will pop back in a...
by Roxers
Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Bloody Stool Puppy HELP
Replies: 9
Views: 624

sounds like coccidia to me.... vet check just to be sure It's carried by birds, so if they were drinking collected water... very possible Actually coccidia are host specific.. the bird coccidia do not infect dogs or cats. Dogs and cats even have different species of coccidia. Are you thinking of cr...
by Roxers
Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Low platelets?
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Did they check a blood smear too? Platelet clumping will result in a low platelet count because the machine reads the clumps as single platelets. This is a pretty common occurrence. You have to check a blood smear to see if the platelets are in clumps. When she bleeds, does it seem like it takes a l...
by Roxers
Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Max grew another lump, the vet mentioned the C word
Replies: 199
Views: 11761

Aw yay! That sure sounds weird.. finger-like projection! Maybe it is a Gremlin after all! :) Definitely let us know what the biopsy report says!
by Roxers
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Brown urine
Replies: 22
Views: 4208

Bloodwork also would help to rule out liver problems as well as check the kidney function. The urinalysis will probably not tell you a *whole* lot because it is hard to differentiate myoglobin from hemoglobin in urine (they cross react with the hemoglobin test). However, specific gravity is a good t...
by Roxers
Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Brown urine
Replies: 22
Views: 4208

Brown urine can be hemoglobin (from blood), but is more commonly myoglobin. *Please forgive me because I can't remember all the details right now. I'm trying to look it up but haven't had luck yet.* I remember a professor in one of my classes (vet school) mentioning a condition that happens in dogs ...
by Roxers
Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Dental Care
Replies: 9
Views: 623

Savage Destiny wrote:Brushing every once in a while really doesn't help, if you're going to brush it needs to be on a regular basis.


Yep, at least 4 or 5 times a week is what they told us in Dentistry class.
by Roxers
Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Odd female odor
Replies: 24
Views: 1806

Any chance it's anal glands?
by Roxers
Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: old dog with bad teeth
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

IMO it really depends on how bad. I had an old dachshund (12 1/2 at the time) with very bad teeth and the vet cautioned me that if the teeth are left in the mouth in bad condition they can cause death through infection. YES. The teeth are connected to the bloodstream.. so bacteria around the teeth ...

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