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Dog Health > HELP! Dog losing vision?
Makiko

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Barked: Thu Dec 3, '09 3:56pm PST 
I am fostering a 14 month old female pit bull. I have started noticing that she holds her eyes open really wide and at times seems confused by things. Example, I came home the other day and she looked around the corner in my direction but did not move toward me or get excited until I said her name. Then she came to me wagging her tail. It was as if she didn't recognize me at first. I know that she had what they thought to be corona virus when she was 8 weeks old and apparently had a severe case that left her emaciated. I wasn't sure if that could have effects on her vision?

She also seems neurological at times. She will go weeks without using the restroom in the house, then all of the sudden she will be walking and the urine will just "fall" out and she seems confused by the situation. She has also been laying on the couch and urinated while asleep. One day she is lethargic and the next she is running around the house playing with anything she can find. She is very well behaved and sweet, but has a hard time learning new tricks. She eats and drinks fine and doesn't have any other symptoms. We had blood work done to rule out any sort of toxicity.

I have an appointment with an ophthalmologist next week to get her vision checked. Depending on what they say I may pursue a neurologist. Does anyone recognize these symptoms as something or does anyone have a dog in a similar situation?
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Dog Health > Xylitol poisoning question! Please help!
Ricky

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Barked: Mon Jan 5, '09 2:21pm PST 
He is drinking fine and gums are pink.
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Dog Health > Xylitol poisoning question! Please help!

Ricky

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Barked: Mon Jan 5, '09 1:52pm PST 
My dog Ricky ate an entire package of Orbit gum on Saturday night. Luckily we caught him in the act and immediately put him in the tub and gave him 1/4 of a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Within 5 minutes of the entire ordeal he vomited up the gum and wrappers. After that he acted completely normal. He ate dinner that night, and ate fine the next day (sunday). I even took him on our normal run Sunday afternoon and he did fine. However, this morning he vomited and wouldn't eat his breakfast. He is not having any loose stool but does seem like he still doesn't feel good. I was wondering if this could have something to do with the gum or not. He ate exactly 12 pieces of the gum, and each piece of gum has only 0.3-0.4 g/piece of xylitol. Therefore, according to http://www.kbvetcenter.com/toxicity_bubblegum.asp Ricky would have to have eaten at least 18 pieces to be toxic. I counted the pieces that he threw up and all were accounted for except for 2 which seemed to have been chewed up into tiny white pieces.

I have an appointment to get his bloodwork run tomorrow but wanted to see if anyone had been through this before or had any information for me. Ricky weighs 75 pounds by the way. I really wouldn't worry so much since he threw the gum up, but he ALWAYS eats and his lack of appetite worries me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Dog Health > Top 10 things surgically removed from pets...

Makiko

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Barked: Mon Dec 8, '08 5:00pm PST 
I work as a veterinary technician and we removed 7 inches of NylaBone from a dog a couple of weeks ago. He had swallowed the entire thing whole! We have also removed many fish hooks that dogs eat when bait is attached, complete with fishing line.

And speaking of christmas time we see our fair share of cats eating tinsel, including a cat last season that swallowed an end of it and had the other end sticking out of her mouth. Because she had already begun to digest some of it there was no hope of pulling it out and emergency surgery was needed! So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be careful with your holiday decorations and other small items!
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Dog Health > Can't stop itching!

Ricky

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Barked: Sun Dec 7, '08 10:00am PST 
We are in the same boat! We got our dog Ricky in March and found out that he has terrible allergies all year round, however, they have gotten a lot worse over the last month. Turns out it is because of the weather (leaves falling and rain making mold) and because we just turned our furnace on for the winter and Ricky is allergic to dust mites. Because of this we decided to finally begin his allergy injections (RAST). For you I would start with the fish oils, we switched Ricky to Natural Balance Fish and Sweet Potato and add salmon oil and fish oil treats to his food. If this doesn't help try a moisturizing shampoo. And if all else fails talk to your doctor about allergy testing to see exactly what is making him itchy!!

Itchy dogs can be frustrating when you start to run out of options for your baby so i hope this helps!
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Behavior & Training > Can she be retrained or do we need to find a new home?
Fletcher

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Barked: Sun Dec 7, '08 9:51am PST 
There is a lot of great advice for you to use here, but I just wanted to add my two cents. It is completely your choice whether you decide to work with her or not, however, if you do decide that she isn't fitting your home PLEASE do not put her to sleep. Let animal rescue or someone that doesn't have children take care of her. Our dog Fletcher is a very anxious dog, and although he is amazing with us he doesn't like children at all! He has growled at our 4 year old nephew before and although it worried me we now just keep him in another room when he visits. It doesn't mean that he is a bad dog, just not used to children! Overall you need to think about what is safest for your babies, and finding her a new home might be your only option. If Fletcher was placed in another home I highly doubt that he would ever warm up to children just because of his anxiety.

I would hate to be in your position and I wish you all the luck!
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Dog Health > limping.. could it be caused by surgery?

Makiko

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Barked: Wed Dec 3, '08 4:47pm PST 
It depends on the surgery, but if it was a routine spay then it is probably unrelated. I would still have a doctor check her out though just to be on the safe side!
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Dog Health > Found two fleas!

Fletcher

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Barked: Wed Dec 3, '08 4:43pm PST 
Don't worry! As long as your dogs are on flea prevention then it is no big deal. For example, the yard at the house that we just moved into has fleas and the occasional one will jump on my dogs and hang out until the prevention does it's work! I am like you though, when I see them I freak out and everyone gets inspected. If you begin to see live ones on them and are using prevention then I would think about switching prevention or treating your yard! Frontline Plus became very ineffective for my dogs this summer and I have since been using Vectra 3D which is a great product that kills ALL life stages of fleas, ticks, and repels mosquitos! It also kills the flea on contact, which means they don't have to bite your pup to die. Here is some info if interested, and of course talk to your vet first before using! I, however, have been extremely pleased with the product!

http://www.drugs.com/vet/vectra-3d.html
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Dog Health > Itchy dog, any tips?

Ricky

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Barked: Tue Dec 2, '08 7:13pm PST 
Thanks for the post about food, but we are set in that department! Plus I have to watch the cost when feeding an 80 pound dog! I can get 28 pounds of Natural Balance at cost through my work which is 33 dollars a bag. My other dogs are on IVET maintenance formula because when they were all eating the natural balance we had spent 350 dollars on dog food in 4 months! With three dogs and two cats to take care of we have to be thrifty while providing the best food possible for all!

And what i meant to say in my previous post is that dogs can survive and thrive on an omnivore diet smile My ricky and many other pets who are on the vegetarian formula diet are doing great! There is a lot of debate out there on the whole carnivore/omnivore thing, but we must all realize that dogs on meat based diets can have many problems as well. You know one of the world's oldest living dogs was a vegan? Her name was Bramble and she lived to be 27 years old being fed lentils, rice and organic vegetables. I also have a friend who's dad feeds their labrador two steaks a day and nothing else and he lived to be 13. So I guess to each his own wink

Here is their website for those who are wondering what ingredients are in this vegetarian food. And just so everyone knows this food was ok'd by my vet ; ) havehttp://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/Vegetarian.html
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Choosing the Right Dog > Pit Bulls = Dangerous?
Makiko

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Barked: Tue Dec 2, '08 5:41pm PST 
Darn, my pics didn't quite work!

So just imagine a bunch of cute pits!
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