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Thank you for your question about ear cropping. Ear cropping is the surgical amputation of a large portion of the ear flap, or pinna. This surgery is painful and has risks including infection, blood loss, and complications from anesthesia. The … Continue reading
Q. I have an 8 year old female miniature Chihuahua. Recently she’s been having strange little episodes where she becomes visibly dizzy and her footing is unstable. Her eyes seem to be swimming and she reacts somewhat slowly to sudden movements. What could this be?
Thank you for your question. Dizziness (or vertigo) is usually related to problems in the brain’s balance system, also known as the vestibular system. There are many things that can affect the vestibular system including ear infections, trauma, systemic elevations … Continue reading
Q: I am watching my brother’s dog while he is in college. Three days ago she was very lethargic, vomiting (seemed like mucus), and refuse to eat or drink anything. I found this kind of strange because I have another … Continue reading
Q. Our dog is losing weight fast. He was sick for a few days, throwing up and diarrhea. Not sure if he has worms or not, but we want him to get checked out. Should we bring him in as soon as possible? or wait it out?
Thank you for your question. Your pet should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. All of our hospitals have convenient evening and weekend hours. Vomiting and diarrhea will lead to dehydration and can be rapidly fatal in … Continue reading
Q. I have a small dog she is 3 years old, and my friend’s dog mated with her 2 times. Can she have puppies?
Thanks for contacting us with your question. The short answer is yes. If your female dog has not been spayed and your friend’s male dog has not been neutered, then breeding can result in puppies. I would strongly advise a … Continue reading
Q. My 13 year old dog is hardly eating and sleeps most of the time. She has lost weight and shows no sign of being in pain. What can it be?
It sounds like your pet has had a great 13 years. Our geriatric pets have special needs and sorting out their problems can be challenging since they can’t talk to us. In particular, a lack of appetite needs to be … Continue reading
Crowns can be placed on dogs teeth in cases of fractured teeth or abnormal wearing of the teeth in order to maximally protect the remaining crown. Generally porcelain crowns are not used but rather full metal jacket crowns are placed. … Continue reading
Q. My dog has bad odor coming out of his mouth and both his k9’s are black. He seems to be pain free but it doesn’t look so well. What should I do and how much would it cost?
Foul smelling breath usually signifies some sort of infectious problem within the oral cavity. This may involve multiple teeth or may be limited to only a couple teeth. Discoloration of the canine teeth may be due to intrinsic staining from … Continue reading
Q. I have an 8 month old yellow lab that has a very wobley back end gait. I can hear popping or cracking when she walks. She’s very active and playful but sometimes seems to have pain in the back end(moves slow or limps). Is it too soon to worry about hip dysplasia?
It is not too soon to worry about hip dysplasia. Best thing to do would be a physical exam and to take some good quality radiographs (sedation is probably necessary) of the hips to evaluate for hip dysplasia or some … Continue reading
Q. I have an American Pit Bull. He tore his nail upward and looks discolred but its not bleeding… What can I do in the mean time? and how much will it be to take him to the vet?
Thanks for contacting us about your pet. Bent and broken toenails are very uncomfortable and can get infected. Firstly, do not give him any human medications. Some human painkillers can have serious, even fatal, side-effects when given to pets. Use … Continue reading