• Kimberley Rodgers posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 2 weeks ago

    we have had our animals for 13yrs and my pug is suffering from weight and itching issues may have worms? Can no longer afford VCA It’s ashame that pike creek converted also seems all people care about is money? these are our families our children. My Spike also has something growing in his mouth where is teeth are it is getting larger causing…[Read more]

  • Karen posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 2 years ago

    How often do dogs go into heat? I have 2 boxers that are almost 2. They have been in heat twice.

    • Toni replied 2 years ago

      Good question, Karen. Our veterinarian will be answering in the near future. Thank you!

  • Allyse posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 2 years, 1 month ago

    How do you feel about feeding dogs real food that is cooked? Healthy food like chicken, carrots, rice etc. I know there is a raw diet, but I have noticed nothing but good changes with my dogs after putting them on real food, including loss of extra weight (she was overweight) and better behavior.

    • Many foods need to be cooked to release enzymes and nutrients, plus cooking can aid in digestion. I always alternated cooked “real” foods with dry or canned pet foods. My dogs all lived to 16 and one of my cats 19, so as a pet parent, I think it’s a good idea. Also, my pets liked fruits and vegetables. My dogs would gnaw carrots and my cat loved…[Read more]

      • Thanks! I just wanted to see everyone’s general opinion because the raw diet gets so much more attention, but I feel that cooking the meal is better for our dogs. So many people say that raw food is the best diet possible, but I just think that dogs have evolved so much that it could in some breeds be dangerous to feed raw food.

        • Allyse, I agree. Parasites can live in raw anything, especially meat and seafood. That said, I had a cat who only ate dry cat food – period. It concerned me but the vet said she was getting all her nutrients and it was good for her teeth. If it’s nutritious and they like it, it’s probably what they need. I am not a vet, and we are looking for a…[Read more]

  • Marty posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 2 years, 7 months ago

    I AM DIRE NEED TO SAVE ANOTHER DOG. SMALL,JACK RUSSELL, AND ANYTHING ELSE. MY PROBLEMS IS I NEED A VET TO COME TO MY HOUSE TO VACINATE MY 4 CATS THAT HAVE FELL BEHIND DUE TO BANKRUPSY. I HAVE AN ACRE OF YARD COMPLETELY FENCED. I HAD TO PUT MY MOCHA DOWN-PICTURED IN APRIL OF 2014 AND HAVEN’T EVEN BEEN TO LOOK IN EARNST. ARE THERE VETS THAT…[Read more]

  • Maryellen Treglown posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 2 years, 9 months ago

    Shortly after I got a second dog my older dog started losing his hair on his back end, he looked like he had a mohawk down his back, A few months later his hair was coming back in, I thought it was due to stress of a new dog in the house, now it has started again his one side in his back end is losing his hair, he has very dry skin and I have…[Read more]

  • Pam posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 3 years 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 3 years 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]

      • Toni replied 3 years ago

        Very valuable information. Thank you for your thoughtful answers.

  • Cody posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 3 years, 1 month 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 3 years, 5 months 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 3 years, 5 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]

  • Britta posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 3 years, 6 months ago

    I noticed recently that my dog Satchmo’s urine seems off colored. It’s been a darker orange color for the last several days. Is this something we need to get checked out or cause for concern? Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Britta,
      It is first important to discuss how Satchmo is doing overall. Normal appetite and water intake? Any vomiting, diarrhea, or weight loss? Any increase in frequency of urination or accidents in the house? If you feel that there are any other changes occurring with Satchmo, then I would recommend a consultation with your primary…[Read more]

  • donna posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 3 years, 7 months ago

    I have a 16 yr old kitty .I notice when we move her eyes wouldnt dilate.First we stay with my son for a month and the first few days she seem a liitle nervous..but then was fine,,When uor house was ready and move in, again alittle nervous but is fine..its been 3 months she plays, eats , and sleeps fine.but her eyes never go to those thin…[Read more]

  • Cody posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 3 years, 7 months ago

    My dog Benny has gotten razor burn (?) the past couple of times he has had a hair cut. I feel terrible because he’s definitely uncomfortable but since he has hair all over him, it has been hard to figure out something that will help. Last time I went to the store and purchased some baby powder and that seemed to help some. I’m thinking that I…[Read more]

    • Cody, use the “Services” tab to find a groomer in your zip code. I suggest calling and asking their advice. Please share what you learn so we can all benefit.

      • Thanks, Toni! I’ll do that and let you know how it goes.

        • Yes, please do let us know. I imagine you have to use a product that isn’t toxic if Benny licks it. You really need to find a better groomer, too.

    • Geeez, poor Benny! Yeah I second Toni. Better groomer sounds like a plan! Did the baby powder work?

      • I do think the baby powder helped… I agree with you and Toni on finding a different groomer, though… hopefully prevent that from happening again.

    • Just an update guys: we went to another groomer and he’s doing a lot better than last time he got his hair cut!

  • Toni posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 3 years, 10 months ago

    Just saw the first Ask a Vet video with Shari from Aspenwood Animal Hospital and WOW! It’s great and I am excited to see them each month. Is anti-freeze really as bad for pets as I have heard? What, if any, ice melting products are safe to use on walks?

    • Hi Toni,
      Anti-freeze is extremely dangerous to pets. It will cause severe kidney damage. After ingestion clinical signs progress quickly and, unfortunately, often lead to the death of the patient.
      Sidewalk de-icers generally are calcium carbonate, calcium magnesium acetate or chloride salts of potassium, magnesium, and sodium. Of this group,…[Read more]

  • inka posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 3 years, 10 months ago

    Last year I took in 2 stray female cat.both pregnant. I kept both moms. A few weeks ago one must gave had a bad seizure. Can’t figure anything g else that caused her injury. Her tongue was completely chewed up. Now the other cat is having g seizures. Mild she cramps up get disoriented. Vet ruled out some stuff like feline leukimia. Any idea what…[Read more]

    • Thanks for the question Inka! Handed to the Doc yesterday!

      • My cat had 2 more seizure since I sent the question. Anything from the vet yet?

        • Hi Inka,
          I apologize for the delayed response. First, your cat’s condition is not one I can diagnosis online. Your cat should be seen by your primary veterinarian for further evaluation and work-up. Also, in your previous post you mentioned that both cats were having seizures. There is a very different list of concerns in a household where…[Read more]

  • Toni posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 3 years, 11 months ago

    Can pets and other animals contract Ebola?

    • Hi Toni,
      This is the most recent information from the American Veterinary Medical Association website regarding Ebola and companion animals:

      At this time, the CDC states that there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread the virus to people or animals. Even in areas of Africa where Ebola is…[Read more]

  • Sean Hennessy posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 3 years, 12 months ago

    Hi Doc! Wondering if you have any suggestions for our folks on here during Halloween? Are there any safety concerns or words of wisdom you can share? Thanks!

    • Hi Sean,
      There are several safety concerns for our pets when it comes to Halloween. Most importantly do not allow your pet to ingest any candy/treats that are in the household. Ingestion of certain types of candy can cause significant toxicity issues leading to serious health concerns. Eating these treats can also inflammation of the stomach,…[Read more]

  • Toni posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 4 years ago

    Since it is Pet Memorial month, What are my options when my pet dies? How does my veterinarian help me with choices about cremation or burial? How do I get through the grief?

    • Hi Toni,
      The loss of a loved pet is never easy. Your veterinarian most likely works with a company that specializes in pet cremations as well as providing remembrance items. Some of these companies also offer memorial services and pet burial options. Your veterinarian can help guide you through these choices to what works best for your family.…[Read more]

  • Sean Hennessy posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 4 years ago

    Hi Doc! I was wondering about bee stings. I came to the Vet last week for some bee stings my dog got, digging into a bees nest. He’s a Chihuahua/rat terrier mix. I was wondering when you suggest it is necessary to bring a dog in after bee stings? Thanks!

    • Hi Sean,
      Bees and other insect stings can certainly pose health risks to our pets. First, it is never wrong to have your pet examined by your veterinarian after an insect sting. Bee stings can cause localized swelling, redness, and itching which results in discomfort for your pet. Pets can also have allergic reactions to stings that can result…[Read more]

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