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Rescue for Love
c/o Kristi Blassberg
P.O. Box 666
Croton Falls, New York 10519
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Rescue for Love
P.O. Box 666
Croton Falls, New York 10519
If you would like your question and answer posted on this web page, please email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Jean Quaintance of the Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic & Animal Hospital will respond to it as soon as possible. Please note that questions and answers on this web page are not meant to replace veterinary care. Please take your pet to your veterinarian immediately if you suspect an emergency, such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, bleeding, limping or other symptoms of pain or illness. All answers are general answers and are not a diagnosis for your pet. If you suspect your pet is injured or ill, you need to consult your vet immediately or seek an emergency clinic. All answers are meant for general informational purposes only.
Question: Ever since my son left for the military, my dog has been sleeping in front of the chair that my son normally sat in. Can dogs become depressed when situations change? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: Absolutely! You can call it a form of separation anxiety (without the destructiveness) but dogs will get "depressed" if an owner leaves, whether it be away for vacation, or serving the country. You can try to play more with the dog and engage him/her in fun activities to distract him/her on a regular basis; you can sometimes use old clothing from the person so the dog can smell them. Most of the time, they will slowly be back to normal within a short period of time, just give them the added attention they need.
Question: My dog has a very bad habit of trying to eat every piece of paper and discarded cigarette she finds on the ground when I take her for a walk. As much as I try to prevent her from eating them, she does manage to swallow some. Is this dangerous to her and how can I prevent her from doing this? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: This is a tough one, and as an owner of a golden retriever I can sympathize! Two things can help - one, get a gentle leader. This is a head collar that wraps around the neck and muzzle and gives excellent control. You will be able to pull her away quickly and easily. The second involves some training. The two commands to teach are "leave it" and "drop it". Of course, this is easier said than done! Try getting some books such as "Dog Training for Dummies" by Sarah Hodgson to give you some ideas. As far as harm, between bacteria, parasites and chemicals, it can be harmful to eat random things outside, and if they get into something big, a blockage is always a worry. Try the gentle leader and the commands and good luck!
Question: Why do dogs and puppies eat their own poop? Is it dangerous and can it be corrected or stopped? Are there any concerns that I should be aware of? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: Always a tough question! Some people argue that it could be some diet deficiency, but a dog on the most balanced diet will do it. It is a really bad, not to mention disgusting, habit (unfortunately I have 3 dogs that do it - especially the frozen poop!). The only real medical danger is that if the dog is infected with parasites, they will continually reinfect themselves. It is very hard to break this habit - There is a product called "Deter" that works for some animals, but you must feed it to all the dogs in the house for it to have a chance of working - it supposedly makes the poop "taste bad"- ironic, isn't it? The only real surefire way to stop it is to poop scoop often before they get a chance to grab a meal.
Question: Can dogs eat raw meat? One of my dogs has a habit of eating the scraps that fall on the floor. Is this harmful to them? Also is it true the raw chicken is good for dogs? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: It's not a good idea for dogs to eat raw meat for the same reasons it's not a good idea for us to eat raw meat - bacteria. The idea of dogs eating raw chicken comes from the "BARF" diet which believes, for one, uncooked chicken necks are a good staple for clean teeth and for digestive health. Bacteria and diseases like pancreatitis (where the pancreas can become inflamed from a fatty or "rich" diet and requires hospitalized care) are concerns, and the practice of feeding a raw diet is extremely time consuming and dangerous if not done correctly. Dogs, like us, require a balanced diet and it is important to their health they get the nutrients they need. If you choose to follow a raw diet, do lots of research first, and remember, dogs are omnivoires, not carnivoires, so they can't live on meat alone.
Question: Is it safe to let my dogs chew on wood and branches that contain pine sap? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: Pine sap can cause mild gastrointestinal irritation in some dogs, so if you see any vomiting or diarrhea - contact your vet. Most dogs don't have an issue. The only other thing to be careful of is the sticks themselves. Pieces of sticks can get stuck in the roof of the mouth or in the esophagus and create problems. Just watch your dogs carefully, and if you see any coughing, gagging, pawing at the mouth, or gastrointestinal signs - contact your vet.
Question: Is it OK to give dogs peanut butter as a treat and if so, how often? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: Currently, I'm not sure it's safe for us to have peanut butter! (see the internet for current recalls) As far as dogs go, it honestly depends on the dog. Some dogs can actually have a allergy towards peanut butter, and for others it can be too rich. Many dogs have sensitive stomachs and peanut butter can cause an issue. In small amounts, the majority of dogs do just fine, and if you use it to give pills, or to put in a kong, just do it in moderation and if you see any vomiting or diarrhea, contact your vet.
Question: Can lime or lawn fertilizer affect a dog or do they tend to stay away from it? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: Lime can actually burn the inside of a dog's mouth, and some dogs will lick it for no reason at all. Fertilizers can make them have vomiting and diarrhea, even if the package says they are safe. The best you can do is try to put in on the lawn before it rains and contact your vet if you see any gastrointestinal signs.
Question: My dog was recently bitten or scratched by a squirrel that it managed to capture. Should I be concerned with rabies if the dog is current on its shots? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: It would be rare for a squirrel to have rabies, but possible. Your dog should be protected, to be safe they should get a rabies booster if they haven't been vaccinated in 45-90 days. The concern usually is for the human. If the dog has bites all over and you touched the saliva from the squirrel you could be in trouble. If the squirrel is dead you should test it (animal control will do this). Or you should call your doctor for the next step. Never touch these animals and wash your dog using soap to break down the viral particles while wearing gloves. Usually in these cases it is not the offending dog that us at risk, but the owner!
Question: Everytime I pick my dog up from boarding and bring him home, he "relieves" himself as if he hasn't gone for days. Is it possible for dogs to "hold it in" while at the kennels? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: When dogs are kenneled they tend to go outside less than they would if they were home so they have to hold it for longer. Some dogs are nervous at boarding so they will hold it as well. Either way, it's not unusual to see what you describe.
Question: My dog has diarrhea and I don't have any money to take him to the vet. What can I give him so he can get better? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: The best thing to do is give their guts a break and don't feed them for 24 hrs. Water is ok. Then try very small amounts of boiled chicken and rice. Over the counter anti diarrheals can be dangerous so please avoid those. If this doesn't work then the dog should be seen by a vet as they can get dehydrated fast.
Question: My 11.5 year old English Springer has kidney stones. I was giving him a 2 tablets of Glucosamine each day, but stopped when I found out about the stones. Anyway, he's moving slower with arthritis and isn't enjoying his walks, etc. What can I give him to help one and not make the other worse? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: Are you sure you don't mean bladder stones? If they are bladder stones sometimes when you know which type they are they can be dissolvable with diet. We typically don't do surgery on kidney stones in general practice. Usually bladder stone dogs do ok with glucosamine and we keep them on it, especially if they deteriorate without it. Ask your vet, it's hard for me to say without all the facts. You could also ask your vet about using an anti-inflammatory if your pup is uncomfortable.
Question: I was thinking of adopting a small pomerian/american eskimo mix, but he is being treated for heartworm in his foster home. What would be the type of after-care I would need to give him once he is released for adoption? Will he need lifelong medication? What type? How often does his bloodwork need to be done? Can he live a normal life? Would there be heart or pulmonary damage? Is his risk higher because he is a small 7 pound dog? I have another dog aged 12 at home (also a reskie eskie) and I would not want to get him sick. Are the worms contagious? Would my other dog be at risk? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: It depends on where he is at with treatment. Typically they get two treatments of immiticide, then 3-4 months cage rest. The recheck blood test is done 6 months post treatment. He should be on heart worm preventative for life. I wouldn't be able to tell you if there is any damage without seeing the dog as every case is different He should have a yearly heart worm test. Typically, if no damage was done, they can lead a normal life. Heart worm is transmitted by mosquitoes. Your other dog can not be directly affected. Good luck. We see many heart worm positive dogs from the south; it's wonderful when they get a nice caring home.
Question: Is there an expiration date for Doxycycline 100mg? I have some left over from 2010 and would like to use it up. Show/Hide Answer
Answer: The bottles we have have a 2 year expiration date, so it should be OK.
Question: My dog has a bad pancreas and gets bladder stones. His vet what's him to eat Royal Canin low fat or a soy based protein diet. The Royal Canin costs too much and I can't find the other. What do you recommend? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: Unfortunately, you have to be really careful with diet. Even though the Royal Canin is expensive, its cheaper than bladder stone surgery or pancreatitis treatment! I can't attest to other foods without knowing the type of stones your dog has. I would stick with your vets advice.
Question: My dog, Asus, caught and killed a mother squirrel today. After running around with her, I was able to take the squirrel away from her and bring it out of the yard. About 20 minutes later, I noticed Asus had several small little holes from the squirrel bite located beneath her lower lip on the outside of her mouth. I already cleaned it with peroxide, now I just need to know the next step. Will she be OK? Show/Hide Answer
Answer: Asus will be fine, but you need to do a few things. If she hasn't had a rabies shot in the last 30 days, she needs a booster and I would have your vet put her on antibiotics. For your protection, do you still have the squirrel? If so have animal control test it for rabies - if not call your doctor to let him or her know you had exposure to a wild animal. It is very important that you follow up with that for your safety.