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by Misskiwi67
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: How to know when it's time? Stoic dogs.
Replies: 11
Views: 4547

Re: How to know when it's time? Stoic dogs.

I'm glad you have the appointment with the oncologist tomorrow. They will help you with everything you need - more medications, detailed instructions. They will possibly repeat the x-rays to see how much things have progressed. This is by far the best thing you could have done at this point. Some ve...
by Misskiwi67
Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:03 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: How to know when it's time? Stoic dogs.
Replies: 11
Views: 4547

Re: How to know when it's time? Stoic dogs.

One other question: She does exhibit quite a few of the signs of pain from the link provided. Is the goal to eliminate all of those signs or minimize them to what degree? She tucks her tail when she lays down, licks, pants and of course some lameness. I have never been in this position so I apologi...
by Misskiwi67
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:59 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: How to know when it's time? Stoic dogs.
Replies: 11
Views: 4547

Re: How to know when it's time? Stoic dogs.

Did your vet approve the change and did you do a washout period? There should be 7-10 days between the two drugs to prevent interactions, and that's a long time without pain meds for a dog with her diagnosis.
by Misskiwi67
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:45 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: How to know when it's time? Stoic dogs.
Replies: 11
Views: 4547

Re: How to know when it's time? Stoic dogs.

Here is a page on osteosarcoma from a veterinary hospice site. The whole website has a lot of great resources.

http://www.lapoflove.com/diseases/Osteosarcoma.pdf
by Misskiwi67
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: How to know when it's time? Stoic dogs.
Replies: 11
Views: 4547

Re: How to know when it's time? Stoic dogs.

Give her more pain medications and see if she is more comfortable.

I won't recommend euthanasia until the dog is on an NSAID, tramadol and gabapentin and not comfortable. There are a lot more options for pain control, and both the other drugs have low side effects.
by Misskiwi67
Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Bella ate an Xmas light
Replies: 6
Views: 3247

Re: Bella ate an Xmas light

dogs4jen wrote:Such as canned pumpkin?


Yup, or W/D prescription diet (probably the only thing I use it for).
by Misskiwi67
Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Bella ate an Xmas light
Replies: 6
Views: 3247

Re: Bella ate an Xmas light

Bread digests/disappears in the digestive tract. That means the glass is loose in the intestines and can do damage. Cotton does not digest and gets pooped out. Cotton can also clump up and cause an obstruction - seen it. I recommend feeding a high fiber food and monitoring. Not much else you can do...
by Misskiwi67
Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from NC
Replies: 3
Views: 1861

Re: Hello from NC

Very cute! Congratulations on your new pup! Welcome to the group!
by Misskiwi67
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from hopeful future pit owner! Advice welcome!
Replies: 5
Views: 2484

Re: Greetings from hopeful future pit owner! Advice welcome!

On the issue of dog aggression, the vast majority of pit bulls have a high prey drive, like any terrier. My dog will catch and kill any small furries in the yard (we have an acreage) but she knows "her" cats and protects them like family. She has some dogs she gets along with, but most dog...
by Misskiwi67
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from hopeful future pit owner! Advice welcome!
Replies: 5
Views: 2484

Re: Greetings from hopeful future pit owner! Advice welcome!

My girl was clearly neglected (large leg wound, recent litter) when I adopted her, and she's the most wonderful companion I could ask for. I spent several weeks watching petfinder, and visited several shelters before choosing Thumbelina. Despite her history, she had the temperament I was looking for...
by Misskiwi67
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: dogs been dripping blood through penis all month.
Replies: 10
Views: 4785

Re: dogs been dripping blood through penis all month.

The penis is the least likely part of the dog to bleed. Vet #1 looked at the most likely places for bleeding, the bladder and prostate. Vet #2 got to start where vet #1 left off and was able to check other less common causes.

Medicine is a process of elimination, not a crystal ball.
by Misskiwi67
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: cushings disease?
Replies: 5
Views: 3158

Re: cushings disease?

I've only seen CC in crushing a or from inappropriate steroid use for allergy dogs... I've seen extremely variable symptoms in dogs with cushings, but never seen a dog get diagnosed that didn't have an ALP of at least 800 on blood work tests. If the ALP is normall I'd be skeptical of cushings and wa...
by Misskiwi67
Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Winter/Cold Weather Shampoo Recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 3523

Re: Winter/Cold Weather Shampoo Recommendations?

Bathing actually strips oils from the skin, so avoiding a bath is best if possible.

If your dog stinks or needs medicated baths, then using/following with an oatmeal shampoo or oatmeal cream rinse is best.
by Misskiwi67
Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Knee Braces
Replies: 2
Views: 2380

Re: Knee Braces

Our rehab doctor does not like them, and she uses braces a lot for ankles and wrists. The knee joint in a dog is too wide up top and too narrow below making the knee difficult to fit properly, knee braces are more likely to slip or cause pressure sores than to provide stabilization. It's just a pros...
by Misskiwi67
Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:18 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: ears and rears
Replies: 6
Views: 3483

Re: ears and rears

Thanx everyone for the responses. They both eat sensitivestomach science diet. this was suggested when coop had a bout with colitis when he was a puppy and we just fed bella the same thing when we adopted her. Convienience I guess. Im not sure what the vet had in mind but I believe it was actually ...

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