Monday, September 21, 2009

Post Questions About Holistic Pet Care Here


Got a question about your pet? Please take this opportunity to submit a question about your pet. We will do our best to try to answer it. Just post your question as a "comment" on this Holistic Vet and Pet Nutrition Journal.
55 comments:
  1. My 7 year old cat (Tiki) get chronic UTIs. I feed her fancy feast canned food. Is there another food that would be better? I heard food can be a problem.

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  2. My 10 year old GSP started having seizures and tremors just in the past week. The vet has ruled any Lyme disease and her blood work shows that her liver and kidneys are fine. She has been on the steroid Temril P for several years to control chronic allergies. My husband is concerned about her suffering more seizures and the vet has prescribed phenobarbitol. I am very hesitant to start giving her this. I am wondering if there are any supplements or diet changes we could try 1st.

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  3. Hi Susan:
    You helped me with one of my cats kidney disease -- my other cat now has early stage kidney disease. I have her on your kidney disease diet, but am looking for a very healthy cat food for cats with kidney disease. When I last talked to you, you mentioned that Royal Canin modified formula was okay. I notice, however, that it has wheat. Can you recommend a dry cat food for kidney disease that has no grains whatsoever? I notice there are some formulas on the market now with only chicken, vegetables and fruit. Also, can you share why cats with kidney issues can't eat meat or fish?

    Thanks for your help.

    Best regards,

    Martha

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  4. my ten month old kitten s suffering from eye redness and green stick dischage from both eyes. His vet treated him with Terramicyn ointment. This started
    late june 09, he gets well for one week then gets it back all over again.
    Any sugestions?

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  5. My friend has a 7 yr. old female redbone coonhound who was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Feb. 2009. She has gone through 3 rounds of anitbiotics. 2 rounds happened back-to-back at the time of diagnosis because she took a long time to respond. Last week she had another round of anti-biotic combined with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication which has helped tremendously. Prior to this last treatment and before being diagnosed back in Feb., she has been very lethargic, achey and limping. Is there anything you would suggest for her, she is such a sweety??
    Thank you in Advance Susan!

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  6. Hello,
    I have a 4yr old domestic short hair calico. She has advanced stage crf.I am giving her sub-Qs with vitamins(200ml per day) Amphogel(2ml),Enacard(2.5mg)Clavamox(62.5mg),and anti-nausea meds and I switched her to a raw diet according to Anita Frazier's Natural Cat.She isn't eating and seems to be anemic.Is there any product that you offer that will make any difference at this point in the game? I have also looked into kidney transplant and discovered that it is out of our financial range. Please answer as soon as you can if you think that there is something I can still do to save her.

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  7. I have a 8 yr. old Shetland Sheep dog. Lately her fur has been coming out. She has very dry crusty places on the back end of her body. I have tried cleaning them off with witch hazel, or Buddy Body shampoo and then applying olive oil to heal the skin. It seems to help, but the crusts keep forming. She eats various super market brand dog kibble and some people food. I am disabled so I do not have the money to take her to the vet. I am so worried that she will lose all her beautiful fur. I really need help to stop what ever this is.

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  8. I have a 4 year old Walker Hound with joint issues, ulcers, and allergies. What supplements / food would be best for him?

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  9. My 5yr old dog (Trixie) has gotten some sort of an infection. She has a yellowish vaginal discharge with a slight smell to it. I have an appointment with her vet set up for Thursday but was just wondering if it is safe to give her some Echineacha and goldenseal to help her fight the infection i n the mean time, while we are waiting to see the vet? I have seen it in various products on the market, but wanted to make sure that it was safe to be given to a dog and what the approximate dosage would be. She is approximately 62lbs if that helps. Thank you very much for your time.

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  10. I have a 9 year old dog who is showing signs of arthritis. i want to put her on your supplements and also look at her diet. she has been on vegetarian dog food her whole life and i'm wondering how can i switch to homemade, possibly raw, but mostly vegetarian food for her (maybe i can add some fish, but mostly use nuts?) i'm not sure where to turn for recipes.

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  11. I have a 6 month old female scottish terrier. She has had 2 seizure episodes. They have been 3 weeks apart. Excessive saliva and white foam has been seen after the seizures. She will have a day of about 3 to 4 seizures and after flushed with fulids via IV she is fine. The first incident she was tested for toxins and it came out positive for organophospates but we never used pesticides in the house and my other dog (9yr old lab mix) has never showed any signs of poisioning. The second time they tested her bile acid levels and they are elevated but not elevated enough to be a liver shunt. They also realized she was anemic as well (non regenerative). I feel as tho she has some liver malfunction. We have 2 vets looking at her file one says liver and or brain infection the other says epilepsy. I want to know what I can do to help her. It is breaking my heart.

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  12. I have a 6 yr old jack-a-poo who has had a few UTI"s over the years. I just took her to the vet bc she was barking and then licking her vagina. They did xrays and no bladder stones but her urine showed struvite and calcium oxalate crystals. They put her on a low protein diet. I was wondering what else could I use to help dissolve these so that it doesn't turn into bladder stones?

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  13. Hello. I have a 1 year old Lab Mix who just recently (beginning of April) was diagnosed with oral papillomavirus. She had 4 warts removed by laser and the rest were crushed. Her mouth healed and then about 2.5 weeks later, the warts showed up again. This time, there are more in quantity but aren't as big. Last week she had about 20 of them crushed to try and stimulate her immune system, but with her "nonexistent" immune system it hasn't seemed to help. I don't want to spend money on another surgery to have them removed then to come back again. Is there anything that you can suggest to help treat these warts?

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  14. My 16 year old Tonkanese cat has trouble with digestion. He sometimes has small hard stools or diahrrea and/or vomiting. He primarily likes sea food. The Vet sold us Royal Canin for digestion health. I'm not so sure about the ingrediants. Do you think this is a good choice. (cat doesn't like it) any other suggestions for a food that would help him? Vet says it could develop into IBD.
    Thanks for your help
    Barbara

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  15. I have a 3 year old ShtZu that stays in the house all the time. She scratches herself all the time and her skin is dry and flaky like dandruff. What can I do for her?

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  16. I have a year and a half old male Beagle named Giovanni. Giovanni has had a one week old mast pink raised cell on the back of his head. The bump went from a small bump to a larger bump in a matter of a few days. And has not become any bigger in size. Last Friday we visited a Banfield Veterinarian. And they prescribed him Resortin. The instructions were to apply the cream twice a day for two weeks. And check back in two weeks if nothing has changed. So, it has been a few days and nothing has changed. On top of applying the cream the Veterinarian said that Benadryl is good to give him as well. And we give him 25mg twice a day every 12 hours. All I can do is wait and see what happens when we hit the end of two weeks. I am also in the process of taking him to a holistic Veterinarian here by my house. I should be able to get in this week. Please help us. Is there anything we can put on it? I know surgery might be a option if nothing changes the Vet told me. The vet also said that this might be something that might clear on its own over time. He also noted that usually when he sends this down for a biopsy, they get the result backs and it shows that it was in the process of all ready healing. Please email me back at mrmonaco86@yahoo.com

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  17. I have a year and a half old male Beagle named Giovanni. Giovanni has had a one week old mast pink raised cell on the back of his head. The bump went from a small bump to a larger bump in a matter of a few days. And has not become any bigger in size. Last Friday we visited a Banfield Veterinarian. And they prescribed him Resortin. The instructions were to apply the cream twice a day for two weeks. And check back in two weeks if nothing has changed. So, it has been a few days and nothing has changed. On top of applying the cream the Veterinarian said that Benadryl is good to give him as well. And we give him 25mg twice a day every 12 hours. All I can do is wait and see what happens when we hit the end of two weeks. I am also in the process of taking him to a holistic Veterinarian here by my house. I should be able to get in this week. Please help us. Is there anything we can put on it? I know surgery might be a option if nothing changes the Vet told me. The vet also said that this might be something that might clear on its own over time. He also noted that usually when he sends this down for a biopsy, they get the result backs and it shows that it was in the process of all ready healing. Please email me back at mrmonaco86@yahoo.com

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  18. My 6 year old Shih Tzu is always licking on her vulva and there are red bumps there. She has had a couple urinary tract infections. I feed her Eukunuba dry. What can I do to help her?

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  19. My 5-month-old bichon yorkie has thinning hair. The vet said it could possibly be flea allergy and acted like it was a death sentence. He said it was uncommon for puppies of this age to start having allergies? Are there are any supplements good for hair. I was led to believe he would have a thick coat of hair.

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  20. My 10 or 11 year old bassett hound has for the past 2-3 years drank water excessively and then urinates large amounts. In the past 2 years he has wanted to eat dirt, and of course any rocks or sticks that are in the dirt. Then when he was boarded for 10 days in June, he started eating his poop. Now, I cannot get him to stop eating the poop, I have put hot sauce on it, to no avail and just have to follow him outside and scoop it immediately. I have tried several pills on the market to put in his food to deter poop eating but no change has occurred. He has been tested several times in last few years for diabetes, thyroid problems,etc. He has not tested positive for any of these. What do you suggest for his diet that may give him the minerals or nutrients he so evidently appears to need. He currently eats 3 cups of dry food daily(Nutro-small bits) mixed with plain yogurt and chicken broth but has an obsession with eating also--never appears satisfied. Any suggestions for helping with the poop eating, excessive drinking, excessive urinating, and dirt eating would be greatly appreciated!!!

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  21. My border terrier is 4 and she has recently started emitting a small hard ball of poop at night, or upon getting up in the morning, it falls out. I have done some online research and some sites pointed to gas as being the problem, others suggest having her checked for hemivertebrae. She has often thrown up a bit of green bile upon waking - or at random times. She seeks out grass to eat. We have also recently discovered that she may have a congenital disorder - a form of canine epilepsy. I wonder if the epilepsy like symptoms, and the fecal incontinence may both be symptoms of hemivertebrae. She has a vet appointment monday and I have asked the vet to express her anal glands which she has never had done. I wonder if I should also bring up the possibility of hemivertebrae. Any insight into her maladies would be greatly appreciated.

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  22. My border terrier is 4 and she has recently started emitting a small hard ball of poop at night, or upon getting up in the morning, it falls out. I have done some online research and some sites pointed to gas as being the problem, others suggest having her checked for hemivertebrae. She has been seeking out grass to eat. We have also recently discovered that she may have a congenital disorder - a canine epilepsy. I wonder if the epilepsy like symptoms, and the fecal incontinence may both be symptoms of hemivertebrae. She has a vet appointment monday and I have asked the vet to express her anal glands which she has never had done. I wonder if I should also bring up the possibility of hemivertebrae. Any insight into her maladies would be greatly appreciated.

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  23. I HAVE A 3 YR OLD YORKIE. SHE IS BITING AN SCRACTHING ALOT. SHE IS VERY PICKY WHAT SHE EATS SO ITS HARD TO FIND SOMETHING GOOD SHE LIKES. HER HAIR IS THIN TO. I JUST WANT SOME GOOD PRODUCTS TO USE ON HER AN AN SOME GOOD FOOD SHE WILL EAT. I KNOW SHE PROBLY HAS ALLERGIES. JUST DON`T KNOW WHAT TO USE .

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  24. Flatulence and Borborymi.

    I have a IBD patient who I have switched from regular dog food to Nature's Variety Rabbit. The dog is feeling much better and gaining weight, however still has a moderate amount of Flatulence and borborygmi despite added Fresh Vegetables for Fiber in his diet. Any Advice??

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  25. My dog has been eating pedigree for 11 years now and I just found out how terrible it was for my poor Lucky. I tried to transition her into Evo and chicken soup. But for evo she immediately started having negative reaction, during the first day of transition. And for chicken soup it was fine until the last stage of transition. I tried giving her holistic solution with digestive enzymes too. I'm afraid I'm killing her, what shall I do? I can't keep feeding her pedigree.

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  26. My 15 yr old mixed lab has arthritis in her spine and has been on Metacam and Dermax in the past couple of yrs. Just this week I started her on Inflammatone, Amazing Omegas and ArthroSmoothe, so I am hopeful. Yesterday, her 6 month routine blood work showed her Alt(SGPT)134 and her kidney enzymes are up over the last 6 mos with a BUN 62, Creatine 1.9, Bun/Creatine Ratio of 33. In April 2010, her B/C Ratio was a normal 16.I understood the vet to say that she has lost 75% of here kidney function. Does that sound right? She is frail because of her arthritis in her spine, moves slowly, otherwise, seems to be fairly well. Besides age, I thought it could be the Metacam causing the elevations. She is on a low protein diet recommended by the vet. Could you please advise a kidney and liver support. Thank you so much.

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  27. My 15 yr old mixed lab has arthritis in her spine and has been on Metacam and Dermax in the past couple of yrs. This week I started her on Inflammatone, Amazing Omegas and ArthroSmoothe, so I am hopeful. Yesterday, her routine blood work showed her Alt(SGPT)134 and her kidney enzymes are up over the last 6 mos with a BUN 62, Creatine 1.9, Bun/Creatine Ratio of 33. in April 2010, her B/C Ratio was a normal 16. I understood the vet to say that she has lost 75% of here kidney function. Does that sound right? She is frail because of her arthritis in her spine, moves slowly, otherwise, seems to be fairly well. Besides her advanced age, I thought it could be the Metacam causing the elevations. She is on a low protein diet recommended by the vet. Could you please advise a kidney and liver support.

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  28. About my kitty, Joey. He kidney failure. He is on your kidney package for small pets. He has started to vomit even though I've been giving him pepcid for a while now per his vets instructions. His bun and creatnine were high and his blood count low. So, since the vomiting started last week, I ordered the castro-ulc and also bone marrow supplement. Still trying to do all I can I'm wondering is you think the Cordyceps abd purrfect pet cq 10 along with the reneflix kidney formula will help or is this overkill? He's also getting 3 Standard Process formulas for kidneys. I really value what you tell me. Thank you so much, Tisa email: tisacats3@yahoo.com

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  29. Hi Susan,
    I was wondering if you know anything about dogs with Chagas Disease. Our 3 1/2 year old Brittany Spaniel has been diagnosed with it along with testing positive for Lyme disease and two others. Do you have any knowledge on how to treat the Chagas disease. I hear it is pretty rare. We live in Texas and assume our dog contracted it while hunting in South Texas. He is currently on an antibiotic for the Lyme and other two diseases but waiting for a special compound formulated for the Chagas. Any information on the treatment of this disease would be appreciated. Thanks! A very concerned pet owner.

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  30. Our 10 year old Newfoundland/ Collie mix is having liver issues. Her enzymes were very, very high. She was put on Denamarin, and it has been quite beneficial dropping her enzyme count back to normal. The only problem is Denamarin is @$90 a month. The main ingredient is milk thistle, and I was wondering if there was a proven holistic recipe for this condition. We adore our dog and don't want to take chances with her health, but we really can not afford this amount monthly.

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  31. Our 2 yr old female yorkie is scratching a lot and has developed
    sores on her skin. We feel like it is skin allergies. We are going to change the detergent we use to hypoallergenic. What do you recommend to help our yorkie.

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  32. I was hoping to get low-fat, high-protein recipes for my miniature schanuzer, Dante. His breed is prone to hyperlipidemia and I would like to make his own natural dog food made from ingredients I can buy at the grocery store. Perhaps you can list two to three different recipes so he could have some variety in his diet.

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  33. My grandmother's 1 year old german shepherd is balding. She is very itchy too. My grandmother has changed her food and treats and is giving her fish oil tablets. She has had a male german shepherd who had to be put down before because he went completley bald and had some sort of skin disease that made him really itchy. I don't want this dog to go to. She's just a baby! Please help!

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  34. Hi,
    I have a 4 year old Shih Tzu who has a lot of urinary problems. She has also been tested for food and inhalent allergies and is currently being given antigen shots to resolve the inhalent allergies. My biggest concerns are her urinary problems. She has regular urinary tract infections, she had bladder stone surgery in September and has constant pH problems. She is currently taking 800 mg of Uroeze a day to try to lower her pH and is tested every few months for urinary tract infections. Her pH is still too high and I'm starting to wonder if her Vet knows what to do to resolve this. She is also taking a thyroid pill and a pill that forces her to go pee more. Her pH is currently around 7.5 and she tested positive for struvite crystals on her last urinary test. I don't want her to get bladder stones again so I'm hoping you can help. Thank you in advance! Kristine

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  35. Hello. I am looking for a natural remedy for my young female dog. She had a vaginal hyperplasia (edema) during the estrus of her first period and the tissue had to be surgically removed.
    She is a raw fed Staffy that has been recieving bovine colostrum supplement and organic rosehip powder since she was 9 weeks old. When she turned about 4 months I purchased Nzymes sprouted soy granules and administered to the dog according to the dosage on the box.
    According to the vet who performed the surgery there is about a 60% chance that the same thing is going to happen to the dog during her next heat and suggested that we should spay her. I am against spaying my dogs and do hope that there is a natural remedy that may help us with this problem and avoid reoccurance of the hyperplasia in the future. Is there a product/products that work well with this issue? I suppose there should be something that makes the dog's ovaries work in a normal way, not to overproduce estrogen during the heat. I hope you could help us.

    I have been reading about the maca powder supplement. Do you think this might help in such a situation? Thank you!

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  36. I have two dogs that have just had their annual blood work up. They eat an extremely healthy diet, grain free, organic, sustainable diet high in protein and omega 3's.
    The blood work came back great with the exception of creatinine levels. Both of them are high - one at 1.9, the other at 1.7. LY the one at 1.9 was a 1.7 LY and the one at 1.7 was a 1.5 LY. Will be doing a first morning urine analysis on both of them but am not sure how concerned I should be. Both dogs are young, ones a Brittany, will be 4 in September, the other a Pointer Mix, will be 4 in December. Seems odd that both of them have a high reading. I am hoping this is just diet related but would love some insight.

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  37. Have a 12 1/2 yr old shiba inu dx 1/2010 with b-cell lymphoma, stage 3a. Did 19 wk CHOP proto and she went into clinical remission after 4th treatment. Very few side effects. Immediately changed diet to hi protein/fat, low carb, no grain. Added l-arginine pills (n/d food wasn't tolerated). Added k9 immunity and some antioxidants. Finished proto - went 3 1/2 mos before it re-emerged. Started CHOP again, went into clinical remission quickly, finished protocol this past April - held remission for another 3 1/2 months - started to re-emerge again. Changed to elspar/lomustine as her response to CHOP was slower than the first two times. So far - so good - nodes are very close to being completely down.

    Feel like I am missing an all important supplement for her. She takes metacam daily (hip dysplasia & arthritis) and soloxine for her thyroid. Was thinking of arteminisin but not sure about the dosing requirements. Heard that maritime pine bark is not recommended by another doc on the internet. Am open to homeopathic supplements - is it to late for your lymph support product for her? She still has good vitality and bright, clear eyes...

    Thank you!

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  38. What would help a dog with colitis, that sometimes has/causes straight bloody stools?

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  39. In May of this year we lost our almost 10year old Persian Pebbles to kidney failure from polycystic kidney disease which neither of the breeders informed us about this disease. I had our other 2 Persians tested yesterday by ultrasound of their kidneys. Our other female Hershey came back clean but our male Mr. Snickers (chocolate point) has cysts on his left kidney only. Can I still use the Kidney Terrain for him even though he is not in kidney failure to help slow down the process?

    Sincerely,
    Iris

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  40. I am so confused. My 9 month old Morkie has just been diagnosed with a liver shunt but my vet doesn't know yet what kind of shunt..portal vs, I forgot what he called the other. They also don't know what the ejection fraction is and cannot know any other information until my puppy has a syntigraphy...not sure if its spelled right. They could not see the shunt on the ultrasound but said they know its there because they heard it through a doppler. The vets said the sintigraphy is necessary to pinpoint it and that she would need the shunt closed with some kind of ring or she will become toxic and show signs when shes about 4 years old and by that time it might be too late. I don't know what to do or who to believe anymore. He seems to be giving me mixed messages. First he said her liver is normal size, then said its very small also first told me he thinks she has MVD but now ruling it out because he heard the pressure through the doppler.Please help me understand.
    Thank you,
    Vicky

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  41. I have a 15 yr old kitty who has always been a barfer, believe me tests and money spent--nothing except maybe she had hairballs and she has had enemas when she gets constipated which is also something from time to time she has had even aas a kitten. We did bloodwork, no prob; ultrasound showed IBD or IBS---she has lost weight, a lot for her size, vomits most of her wet food several times a week. likes dry food---i just now got her to eat only wet w/pumpkin, probiotics, flax, etc...and a small course of pred to help the inflammation. Everything fine for a couple days now she just barfed her prednisone and her food. She is a real pain to subQ; the older cat gets fluids 2x a week, he is easy but she hates it! i havent attempted since she bit me so hard i lost feeling in one of my joints. She is ordinarily a sweet cat but seems cranky and unhappy. I am adding glutamine to her diet and i think the wet is going to be ok w.fiber, etc...but she now threw up. it has been 4-5 days i thought we had it taken care of. she also leaves hard little pellets outside the box. can i give her Colace? I also give her lactulose which she doesnt like but i think helps--but even i can tell she needs hydration. thanks--

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  42. How can I improve my 4lb, 14 month old, Chihuahua's life if she is allergic to wheat? I give her wheat free food & treats but her fur is still dry and falls out a lot! Also, how do feel about giving my Chi's "meaty bones" to help fight agains tartar? Are the dogs to small for these bones?

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  43. my 8 y/o Alaskan Malamute has IBD. He is currently going through a flare up due to stress because we recently moved to New Mexico from Nevada with the military. Lab tests have ruled out parasites and other diseases so the vet diagnosed it as stress induced IBD flare up. I agrees since I can see that he is stressed at home. What can I do to calm his mind and digestive tract? Please help. when my baby is not feeling well I don't feel well.

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  44. We have a lovely soon going to be 8 yr old Bichon Frise that has had 3 operations to remove bladder stones. I believe the first two were Struvite in nature but the last one was Cal Oxalate. She is scheduled for another surgury next week for more Cal Oxalate stones. Are there any proven diets that you are aware of that reduce the chances of forming Cal Oxalate stones? We love our dog but aren't sure how many surguries she can take without harming her??? Thank You, Ron & Carolyn Began

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  45. My twenty month year month year old dog chews his foot. I have tried everything I can think of, but he is still persistent on chewing this one particular foot. Today he chewed his foot so bad that it is red and swollen. I have tried using vitamin-e and even putting a sock on him. Please if you have any suggestions of how I can get his foot to heal and him to stop chewing , that would be great. Thank you for your time Kt!

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  46. My dog has one paw that he chews and won't leave alone. I have tried everything I can think of to get him to stop (like aloe vera, vitamin-e, even putting a sock on his paw). I just got him a cone (Elisabeth collar) to see if it will help discourage him from chewing. So far soaking the paw in black tea seems to help sooth it. If you have any other suggestions I might try that would be great. Thank you for your time.

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  47. My 11 year old sheltie, Cody, is fully recovered from bladder cancer thanks to Protocel but he has a lingering UTI. My vet is alternating Clavimox with Baytril after a few weeks off one or the other (pulse therapy). This does not seem to be working. Can you recommend something to get rid of his UTI and preventing a relapse?

    D.L. Dunn

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  48. I believe my cat has IBD and I was wondering if we should get a biopsy and diagnosis first before trying the probiotic, etc formulas offered on the website? Thanks, Angela

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  49. My 10yr old female tabby cat has had a lot of stomache issues in the past yr. She has lost at least 4lbs & at times whinces in pain & passes gas. Her stools have not been normal in all this time. She goes often, very thin & small amts of feces. Our vet says it can be anything from IBS to cancer. For the past month she has been on a special diet: id. She was previously on Royal Canin urinary for repetive UTIs. The new diet , along with antibiotics haven't really improved her condition. I now have her on probiotic pills 1-2x/day. What else can I do for her? I thank you in advance....Grace

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  50. my cat who is 20 yrs. old just started having upper respiratory problems that seem to come and go I had her checked by vet and she had infection of upper resp. and also found she had hyperthyroidism and all other test were good. what do i need to do for resperatory and her hyerthyroid is 17.

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  51. I've recently seen some articles on the Internet stating that omega fish oils might possibly cause hyperthyroidism. I was planning to start giving it to my 15-year-old cat, but now I'm afraid. Your opinion on this subject would be greatly appreciated.

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  52. Hi. I have a nearly 4 year old greatdane with ibd and chronic gut disease. He is currently on budesonide 3 mg a day and has been for 2 years. His diet is cooked lamb, sweet potato , carrot and zucchini with vitamin and other supplements. This is the first mixture that has stabilized him. He has just also stopped using hills zd ultra. He has very itchy skin which gets covered in pimple like sores, his ears get inflamed as do his feet and he suffers hair thinning and is constantly licking his forepaws or chewing his nails. He has just had a 4 week cause of antibiotics that for the first time ever have actually almost completed removed all symptoms. But now 3 days after stopping antibiotics he is starting to itch, lose hair, ears getting red , lumps occurring again, slite doggy smell to his skin. Thank you.

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  53. Our female dog seems to have a terrible itch that drives her crazy in her vaginal area. I can't help but compare it to the itch I have experienced with a yeast infection. What can I do to relieve the itch? I took her to the vet, he couldn't find anything wrong. Thank you for any help you can offer.
    Marilyn D

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  54. I have a 9 year old Yorkie who's been diagnosed with pancreatitis. Her vet has put her on a prescription dog food and has told me that I can give her boiled chicken as a treat, she especially likes it frozen. I'm wondering if there is anything else that I can do to help her. She doesn't seem to have acute episodes often, but her tummy is often growling and her appetite wanes. I've been trying some essential oils to help her, but I don't know yet if they are having an effect

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  55. I have a 6 year old male cat named Ziggy. He has had urinary tract infections on an off since he was about 1 year old. At age 4, he developed urate stones that had to be removed surgically. This year, he developed another urate stone and had another surgery. He does not have a liver shunt, it appears to just be a genetic defect that causes him to metabolize purines in a way that produces urate stones. I had been feeding him Wellness and PetGuard canned foods (no dry food) his whole life and he is generally really good about drinking water. I took him a to a holistic vet in the area, and she suggested feeding him a diet low in purines, but couldn't really recommend a specific brand of food or a practical way to feed him. I know Wellness and PetGuard are both really high in animal protein and both contain liver, which is apparently high in purines and may have attributed to the urate stone formation. I've spent hours in several pet food stores looking at labels and comparing to lists that I printed off with the purine levels in different ingredients, but the lists are conflicting (some say chicken is good, some say absolutely don't feed it) and most are targeted to humans or dogs and don't take cats' nutritional needs into account. I am desperately searching for a way to prevent Ziggy from forming any more urate stones and requiring yet another surgery. It's a rare form of stone and the usual foods/methods for preventing the most common urinary stones may actually encourage urate stone formation (such as acidic urine and high levels of animal protein), but I have hope that, with the right diet and perhaps even some natural medicine, I can ensure my kitty never has to suffer through another urate stone again. I'm just not exactly sure what to feed him. Can you offer any advice or maybe even some specific brands of food that can help prevent urate stone formation? Thank you!!

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