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Q. My 7 month old spaniel has clear/white nails and you can easily see his pink quick. Just recently I noticed one of his nail beds is turning brownish and I can’t see the quick anymore but the tip of his nail is still clear/whitish. Is this normal or a sign of infection? He’s still been getting nail trimmings and no one has said anything.
Hello and thank you for your question. Some pets are born with pigmentation or darkening of the nails similar to what you see with their coats. However, if the nails are initially clear as you say, and then they begin … Continue reading
Q. We have a Boxer puppy and have noticed has enlarged vulva and nipples. Treated for possible infection with antibiotics, but still no change. Now at four months old, her condition has remained the same. Our vet thinks she might be a hermaphrodite and wanted to scope her when she turned six months. I have heard that this could be caused by human use of hormone creams. My girlfriend uses a topical hormone cream. We have taken steps in keeping it clear of our puppy now. Will she get better and go back to being normal? What can I tell my vet to check for to see if this is the actual culprit?
Thanks for your question. Affected puppies should have a Complete Blood Count performed to ensure that their bone marrow has not been affected. This is a routine test that your veterinarian can do. Clinical signs (enlarged nipples and vulva) can … Continue reading
Q. I have a 14 year old female boxer who was recently diagnosed with Cushing’s disease and is treated with medication. She has suffered a stroke and is in need of rehab. She’s unable to walk but otherwise is alert, eats, sleeps, and deficates with no problem. She is also very responsive and affectionate to us. What can we do for her? We don’t want to put her down because she can’t walk.
Hello and thank you for your question. Cushing’s disease is very common in older female patients and it can come with it’s complications. However, it is a condition that does require close monitoring due to the potential side effects from … Continue reading
Periodontal Disease is one of the most common reasons for our pets to have bad breath. Periodontal disease is the infection of the gums and bones around the teeth. The infection starts with bacteria growing in a soft film of … Continue reading
Q. I have a nearly 6 month old papillon. He’s up to date on all his shots. He has allergies so he’ll be a little itchy and sneezy at times, but still very playful and active. I recently changed his food from Purina Exclusive Kibble to Evo turkey and chicken canned formula. His activity level hasn’t changed since the switch but I noticed he’s been coughing and sniffling and he’s spit up a little bit of clear liquid and yellowish clear liquid that looks a little foamy. It hasn’t been a full week yet since his food has been switched. I don’t know if this is normal, allergy related, or if I should be concerned.
Thanks for your question. In general, food allergies, or hypersensitivities, will not show up as nasal congestion and coughing. The hallmark signs of food reactions are ear infections, skin infections, and sometimes diarrhea. The coughing and sneezing that you notice … Continue reading
Q. I have used Frontline Plus on my Brittany Spaniel for about 8 years. It does not seem to be working anymore. She is really allergic to flea bites. Do you recommend Comfortis, and is it safe?
Hello and thank you for your question about Frontline. Yes, unfortunately some of the older topical flea products do not work near as well as they used to for dogs and cats. Some experts think that this is do to … Continue reading
Q. We noticed that our Catahoula puppy has a red sort of blister near his tail on his hind leg. We thought it was a bug bite or maybe even a blister so we just left it alone….we have been watching it over the past week and it seems to be getting bigger. It’s about the size of a pea now. Do you have any idea of what this may be? And should we bring him in to have this looked at more?
Thank you for your interest in our website and congrats on your puppy – if it is a new addition to your family! Blisters or abnormalities on the skin that you described could be several conditions so, yes, I do … Continue reading
Q. My 12 year old female Lab Retreiver started having very severe seizures about 36 hrs ago. I went to my vet and she was prescribed Valium and Tramadol. I was told this was to break the seizure cycle. While the severity of the seizures lessened greatly, the frequency of seizures did not. I’m concerned that if she continues to seize it will affect her brain. My vet seems reluctant to give any anti-seizure meds until the cycle of seizures is broken. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I am very sorry to hear about your labrador, watching a pet having a seizure is a difficult experience for anyone. Valium (diazepam) is commonly used (intravenously, orally or even rectally) to try to stop an active seizure but is … Continue reading
Q. I was walking my dog on a trail around a lake and she was off leash. Apparently she was bitten by something. Difficulity breathing uncontrolable sneezing and her eye seems to want to stay shut. Two hours ago I gave her liquid Benadryl but she is still have difficulties. What should I do?
I agree that it sounds like your pet is having an allergic reaction, possibly to an insect bite or sting; however it is also possible that your dog sniffed up a foreign body (such as a seed, blade of grass, … Continue reading