• Sean Hennessy posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 5 years, 11 months 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]

  • George Soledad posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 5 years, 11 months ago

    What haircut styles would you recommend for a Yorkie Terrier in the winter (MN winter*)

    • Hi George,
      Ultimately the type of haircut style you choose for your Yorkie Terrier in the winter is a matter of preference; however there are a few things to keep in mind. Yorkie Terriers do not have an undercoat so having longer hair does not keep them warmer. Sweaters and coats would be necessary regardless of haircut style to help them stay…[Read more]

  • Toni posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 5 years, 12 months ago

    Do animals (other than humans) have allergies? If so, can they be tested to determine what triggers the allergies?

    • Hi Toni,
      Dogs and cats can definitely have allergies just like people! They can have food allergies as well as environmental/seasonal allergies. Many animals have mild allergies that can be controlled with antihistamines or food; however, some animals have severe allergies that require year round medications, many of which have significant side…[Read more]

  • Cody Murphy posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 5 years, 12 months ago

    I have a random question… Every time my dog Benny gets wet (ex. after a bath or if it rains while we’re walking) he gets crazy excited and runs around as fast as he can. I was just curious if this is common or if it’s just my pup. I’m looking forward to your insight!

    • I am pretty sure this is a really common thing, every dog I’ve known has reacted this way after getting a bath. I think it’s their way of saying ‘thank you’ for the bath and their excitement is too much to handle. Imagine how happy you would be if you were washed after a month of no shower >.<

    • Hi Cody,
      It is very common to see frenetic periods of activity after bath time. There are a lot of theories as to why this happens but we do not know for sure.
      Take care,
      Kelly McCarty, DVM

  • Sean posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 6 years, 1 month ago

    Hello

    Any advice for animals with the hot weather?

    Thanks!

    • A good question since we are in the heat of it now! It really depends if we are talking about our dogs or our cats. With cats that are most likely indoors, we just want to be sure that they have access to fresh water at all times and a cool place to go to when they need.
      Dogs can live outdoors or indoors so we need to be sure that some seasonal…[Read more]

  • Toni posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 6 years, 1 month ago

    Can pets donate organs to other pets? For.humans Donor Alliance is an organization and I wonder if something similar exists for pets and animals. Thank you.

    • Hi Toni,
      Yes, pets can be organ or blood donors. Much like in people, there are very specific requirements of health and guidelines to allow for this type of scenario. Organ transplants do take place for our pets, however, this type of medical intervention is beyond the scope of a general practitioner, like myself. I am aware of several specialty…[Read more]

  • Sean posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 6 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Docs

    My dog has been super tired lately. She hasn’t been any more athletic than usual. Are there any things I should be watching out for?

    Thanks

    • If she checks out physically, is it possible she is depressed or sad? Maybe she misses you when you are away.

    • Hi Sean,
      Lethargy is a common symptom in our pets. It could be due to pain or another illness. I would recommend watching closely for changes in appetite, vomiting, changes in water consumption and urine output as well as check bowel movements for changes daily.
      If you see any of these, an examination with your DVM is in order pronto.
      Dr Bobbi

  • Toni posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 6 years, 1 month ago

    Fireworks (and thunder) are pretty scary for pets and I wonder what tips you can share to help them enjoy and not endure Fourth of July fireworks and noises?

    • Hi Toni,
      Yes thunder and other loud noises can be very startling for our pets. Generally I find it is because they don’t understand where the sound is coming from and their ability to hear can be much greater than ours in some areas. I find that some pets will do well if they are consoled or “desensitized” to the sounds. Others need more help.…[Read more]

  • Toni posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 6 years, 1 month ago

    Do small dogs bark more than larger dogs, or is it a breed-specific action, or neither? If neither, why do some dogs bark more than others? And, are “bark collars” safe? Do they bother the dog?

    • Hi Toni! Leave it to you to ask a “million-dollar” question! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Barking is a behavioral response in dogs. Some breeds do tend to be more “vocal” about it than others, but I think it isn’t fair to make a generality that small dogs bark more often than large breed-types. Often some dogs are more aware or concerned about their surroundings,…[Read more]

    • Thanks for this! Interestingly enough we are trying our best to train Miss Rumi to not bark so much. She has these what I would call “Triggers” haha.
      1) The Doorbell
      2) The sound of the UPS truck going down the street
      3) The sound of a lawnmower

      She can be the sweetest thing, but it’s almost like something switches on and she is turned into…[Read more]

    • Dear Dr. Bobbi,
      It makes sense that smaller dogs may be more aware than larger dogs because their size makes them more vulnerable to predators like coyotes or even fox. My neighbor has two yappy little pups that bark loudly and often, which is what prompted my question. Thank you for your, always, insightful and entertaining answer ๐Ÿ™‚
      Toni

  • Brandee Plott posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 6 years, 2 months ago

    What are the differences between premium dog foods and less expensive ones?

    • To be perfectly honest, I do not know the answer to that question. There are certain brands that different than others by all means, but there is no true definition as to premium pet foods. My common recommendation is to stick to brands that are well-known, have clinical trials to support their dietary claims for nutrition and ALWAYS read the…[Read more]

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

    Do animals go through menopause? If not, at what age is a pet too old to spay her? Thank you.

    • Hi Toni,
      It is possible for female dogs and cats that remain intact to stop ovulating and going through an estrus cycle. This is similar to menopause. This would typically happen during the senior years of life for our pets, however, I do not recommend waiting to have your pet spayed. Even if you think they have stopped “cycling” I highly…[Read more]

  • Sean posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 6 years, 8 months ago

    Is it a problem if my pet eats more dog treats then actual food?

    • Hi Sean, it certainly could be a problem if your dog eats more treats than a balanced dog food. Treats are generally made and meant to supplement an already balanced diet that meets the daily nutrients of a pet. Particularly depending on the age/life-stage of your dog. I know that nutrition is vital health and well-being, so try to decrease the…[Read more]

  • Sean posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 6 years, 11 months ago

    Hello,

    We looked outside last week at our Dog and noticed she had a squirrel in her mouth! We don’t think she killed it, but found it as she had gone outside 1 minute before and the squirrel was just skin (gross I know.) Is there anything we should watch out for disease wise having her in the house a majority of the time? Thanks.

    Sean

    • Well sometimes dogs do the “darndest” things! ๐Ÿ˜€ I would say that if your dog had a squirrel carcass in his mouth one week ago and you haven’t seen any issues since then, your dog will probably be fine.
      Ultimately, if a dog ingests a carcass of any type of rodent or other animal, it is likely that they could experience GI upset and other illness…[Read more]

  • Nicole Givin posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 7 years ago

    My cat is still having a lot of problems ๐Ÿ™ … the vet we took her to said it was probably allergies and told us to start feeding her hypoallergenic food. However, she doesn’t like it and won’t eat it. Do you have any suggestions or a type of hypoallergenic food that most cats like? Thanks!

    • My friends cat has a severe allergy to any foods with chicken in it and you’ll find MOST cat foods have SOME chicken. She gets food that has rabbit meat or lamb. Check those out and see what happens. You might have to make your cats food yourself. If so, get good info on how to make it.

    • I’m very sorry that your kitty is still unwell Nicole. I hope that you have had a discussion with your vet about your kitty not eating the prescribed food, and I also hope that your kitty had some senior screening lab work that included endocrine levels such as thyroid hormone.
      As for hypoallergenic diets, there are many. I generally recommend…[Read more]

    • Dr. Bobbi really knows her stuff. I had a cat with thyroid problems and she was fine on meds for years. Do keep us posted so your solution can be a source of information for others in the community. Good luck.

  • Sean posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 7 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Docs

    This is more of a curiosity than anything else, but I was just curious as to why Dogs eat blades of grass while they go on walks or just sort of sporadically. It’s almost like they seek out certain vitamins or something. I’m pretty sure this is normal, but wondering if maybe there is something in my dog’s diet she isn’t getting?

    Sean

    • Hi Sean –

      Thanks for posting this question – I have the same going on with my golden retriever Bella. She sometimes wants to eat grass more than chase the tennis ball. Other times, she doesn’t eat grass at all. Whats up Doc?

      Ed

    • Toni replied 7 years ago

      My father was raised on a ranch and he said “We like fruits and vegetables, so why wouldn’t they (meaning our dogs and cats)”. Our dog loved carrots and other veggies, and I had a cat who was wild about cantaloupe. That doesn’t mean I am going to start grazing in the yard, but maybe dogs like grass as a grain – sort of a salad. I wonder what other…[Read more]

    • Hi guys,
      This is one of those questions that still defies a medical explanation! There are many, many theories about why dogs and cats like to graze on grass, but there is no ONE correct answer. Many years ago, the myth of a dietary deficiency was debunked. Most commercial diets are required to meet the daily requirement’s of a dog or kitty’s…[Read more]

  • Sean posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 7 years, 1 month ago

    Hello Doc’s!

    Wondering about summer grooming. I know most people groom their dogs that have a lot of hair during the summer time, but is this best for them? Or is it better to leave them be as they would be naturally? I guess what I am asking is is Summer Grooming for our benefit or theirs? I am assuming that grooming is mostly to keep the…[Read more]

    • Hi Sean,
      I think that grooming, in general is for both the pet and the pet owners’ benefit. For example, hygiene is important, some pets that have excessive hair around the eyes, ears, rectum and genitals should have the hair kept short and free of debris. Dogs with fur will generally shed out the under coat once a year and would likely…[Read more]

    • Sean, did you know you can find groomers in your area using the “Services” tab on this website? There is a drop-down menu to select types of services and you will choose ‘groomers’ and then you just put in your zip code. Post before & after grooming pics ๐Ÿ˜‰

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