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  • Pam posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    My 8 yr old dog Fritz has a what the vet called a skin tag, but its like the size of a peach, and getting raw. He keeps licking it. Is there a way i could take it off myself? My vet does not seem to want to remove it, for some reason. What can i do myself. It looks hideous, and seems to be bugging him. Thanks

    • Hello Pam.
      Generally skin tags are diagnosed because of there small size. We treat them like moles, as in, if they get bigger, bleed, ooze, change shape, or grow friends, we will remove them.
      I am unsure the reason not to remove it. Surgeons do not want to put a patient with other medical risks such as a heart condition or metabolic disorder…[Read more]

  • Toni posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Female puppy (spayed) urine is ruining the grass. We spray water but that hasn’t helped. My HOA wants me to do something and I don’t know what. Could it be her PH? Is there a test we can get to determine why her urine is doing this? A diet change? Thank you.

    • Hello Toni.
      Of the things that will help grass grow, urine, in almost any form, is not one of them. The pH of water tends to be 7.0 or neutral. Most animal urine tends to be higher (alkaline) or lower (acidic). Some grasses may handle variance to the perfect pH of 7.0, but I am unsure which grasses those are.
      Changing the pH of an animal’s u…[Read more]

  • Cody posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    My dog has started eating grass lately. Should I be concerned?

    • Grass chewing. Yum! So generally grass chewing comes from two areas. Either your dog just likes the taste, or he has an upset stomach. The upset stomach tends to be seen as pets get older, but can also be from having too much stomach acid. We often see this in dogs who are free fed, or eat every 12 hours or less. I like to feed 3X/day,…[Read more]

      • Thanks for the reply! I think I figured it out… I recently switched his food and was feeding him a little less. Went back to the same amount of food I was feeding him before and he’s no longer doing it anymore.

  • Kayla~Dawn posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 7 months, 1 week ago

    So I have two questions. You can answer ether or.
    So my first is how big would my pup be getting she is about 8-10 inches tall. And she is four months. She is rottie pit chow and shepherd mix.
    The second is her and her brother and sister fight but its not the play fighting. Should I separate her from her siblings?

  • Toni posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 8 months ago

    Do veterinarians counsel people on planning for their pets’ care if the owner dies? Do you work with estate planners to help make sure the pet goes to a loving home and that money is provided for their medical and nutritional needs?

    • Hi Toni,
      As a veterinarian, I do help owners plan for the future and what the best situation may be for a particular pet in the case of a serious illness or death. There are also many nonprofit organizations that can help in these situations as well. For instance, here in Colorado Springs, we have Safe Place for Pets, which is a nonprofit…[Read more]