Saturday , 25 November 2017

Ask A Vet

Pay it Forward: Walkin’ Wheels

Walkin’ Wheels: Pay it Forward We received a touching e-mail from some folks who recently had to say goodbye to their beloved dog.   Zack received his wheelchair via a donation from a family with a disabled dog.  Now, with Zack’s passing and in the spirit of paying it forward, his family would like to donate it to another dog in need.  See …

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Ask A Vet: Why does my Golden Retriever stink?

Q: My dog who is a golden retriever has been scratching for almost 10 days now, when she scratches a body odor comes with it. We washed her and she has no fleas ticks or anything like that.  What can it be?  She eats well, sleeps well and even plays, but the scratching is really crazy, and I feel bad …

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Ask A Vet: Anal Glands

Q: I have a 7 year old Basset male in good health. He develops blocked and then infected anal glands every 3 months or so. Usually anti-biotics takes care of it. His bowel movements are ok and his behavior is normal, but when he gets a bit smelly, we know something is brewing. Is there any way to remedy this …

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Ask A Vet: My dog is shedding a lot!

Q:  I adopted a 3 year old lab-shepherd mix a few months ago. Up until a month ago, she didn’t shed at all. But then for the last month she is dropping fur like there’s no tomorrow! Lots and LOTS of fur! I know that coats change seasonally, but how long should the shed last? She doesn’t seem to be …

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Ask A Vet: Achoo! My dog has severe allergies

Q: Every August, for the last few years, our 8 year-old Flat-Coat Retriever Oskar will start to have severe allergies.  He will scratch his face so hard with his back leg almost (and also to the point) of bleeding. He’ll also lick and pull the fur off of his front paws until there is nothing left but bare skin. Are …

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Ask A Vet: Can I give my dog Aleve?

Q: Is Aleve (Naproxen) dangerous for dogs? A: When a dog is experiencing pain, worried owners are usually very eager to give medication to ease that pain, but giving human medications can compound the problems. Of all the over the counter medicines for pain available, aspirin is usually the safest to give. With regards to arthritis, aspirin is sometimes used for dogs, but …

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Ask A Vet: Herbal Supplements for Kidney Issues

Q: Any idea what kind of natural herbal supplement I can give to a dog who might have some chronic kidney deficiency?  It hasn’t been determined for sure yet but her specific gravity is low 1.024 at last check up in August…in June it was 1.027.  I have a 23 lbs cocker/beagle mix 4yrs old. A: Chronic renal (kidney) failure (CRF) is …

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Ask A Vet: Dealing with Demodex (mange)

Q: My Boxer Mix, Dexter, was scratching and losing hair in certain areas. Scratching was mostly on the upper side of his front legs and back hip area. The hair loss appears around the mouth and eyes, as well as patches on his back. I took him to the vet and was advised it is a parasite called Demodex or …

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Ask A Vet: Are Vaccinations Really Necessary?

Q: Could you explain why vaccinations for dogs are important? Are there any side effects of vaccines? If a dog wasn’t vaccinated as a puppy, can this have any consequences in it’s adult life? Is there any place in Montreal where the dogs can be vaccinated free of charge or at discounted rates? I would like to adopt a dog but can’t bear …

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Ask A Vet: My dog has bad gas!

Q : My dog (a Boston Terrier/Pug mix) has been having some issues over the last month or so with really bad gas.  In the last week I have noticed his stool is loose, although not liquid.  I can only image that with that much farting he also has a certain amount of stomach pain.  He eats and drinks well and …

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