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Dog Health > Any suggestions for how to get dehydrated dog to drink?
Rocket

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Barked: Mon Jun 9, '14 11:48am PST 
His gums are fine and pink and his CRT is about 1-2 seconds. I think it's just a fairly minor dehydration and probably nothing that requires vet care. I just need to get the little guy to drink more but he's not very interested. I'm going to start adding a bit of water to his food but that may still not be enough, especially now that it's hot. When I get back from a walk with him and my two dogs my dogs go straight to the water bowl and drinks a decent amount. This little guy will only drink a little after I bring the bowl to him. I'm hoping it's just stress related due to being in a new place and that it gets better in time.
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» There has since been 4 posts. Last posting by Maxwell, Jun 14 11:25 am

Dog Health > Help! Dog won't take Pills
Rocket

Miss Boss
 
 
Barked: Sun Jun 8, '14 10:52pm PST 
Here is my recommendation for dogs that won't take pills in food and can't be pilled directly for whatever reason:
Get a 3cc or 5cc oral syringe, a pill crusher (can be found at most pharmacies) and a can of baby food with chicken or beef. Crush the pill and mix it in with a small amount of the baby food, pull the plunger out of the syringe and put the baby food mix into the syringe through the back end (it's a little tricky but doable). Put the plunger back in (be careful that you don't eject the baby food mix in the process - put the mixture towards the back of the syringe and leave space in front to avoid ejecting it when you re-insert the plunger). Stick the syringe into the corner of the dog's mouth, inject it quickly, hold his mouth closed and gently rub his throat to make him swallow.
Make sure that you don't have too much baby food since the more you have the easier it will be for the dog to spit it out. It's easier to get him to swallow a small amount.

This works with most dogs and you don't have to open the dog's mouth to insert the syringe into the corner of his mouth.

Another option is to turn to a compounding pharmacy to see if they can make the medication into a treat, a flavored liquid and sometimes even an injectable. Some meds can also be made into a transdermal patch or gel (that is absorbed through the skin). There is a compounding pharmacy that makes pet medication only called Roadrunner Pharmacy. Just have your vet call them. Some meds are more expensive than usual while others are cheaper.

I personally like giving sub-q injections to animals that are hard to medicate, especially cats but dogs too. It's easy, quick and most animals don't even flinch. I have two cats that get daily shots and I can give them their shots while they're sleeping without them even waking up. Cats and dogs are not as sensitive to getting shots as humans are so you shouldn't worry about hurting them, especially if you use a thin needle like on an insulin syringe. In fact, it's much less stressful than getting oral medications when the dog fights it. If you have a cat or dog that need frequent medication and is difficult to medicate I highly recommend it. It's very easy to learn how to do it.
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Behavior & Training > Should dog meet old family or not?

Rocket

Miss Boss
 
 
Barked: Sun Jun 8, '14 8:49pm PST 
My neighbor's little dog was dumped at the shelter about a week ago which really saddened me so when I found out I made arrangements to go get him. It took a few days but I got him out two days ago. I have a new home for him lined up but it will take some time to arrange transport so he will stay with me for another couple of weeks.

So far it's going quite well. The dog is settling in fine with us. He has some separation anxiety so he cries some when I leave but other than that he's a happy little guy.
His old family lives practically next door to us but I haven't had a chance to tell them that I got their dog out of the shelter yet. (I mentioned that I would try to help him when they first told me that they had given him up). I'm going to talk to them about it tomorrow and it's a possibility that they will want to see him. They have three kids, two of whom are teens and did much of the care taking for the dog, and I know they were very upset when the dog went to the shelter. All three kids cried. I would like them to meet for the kids' sake but I'm not sure if that's best for the dog. I don't want to confuse or upset him.

Oddly enough he hasn't made any attempt to go to their place when we're outside which I thought he would. However, you can see their garage from our living room window, where the dog spends a lot of time, and he's perked up when he's seen their car coming. I think he's quite attached to the eldest daughter.
I don't want him to meet them and then think he's going to go with them to their place and be upset when they leave without him. I also don't want to rekindle something in him and cause him to want to run to their place when we're out walking. Then again, although it's only been two days, he has become quite attached to me and follows me around everywhere so maybe he would feel secure enough with me that meeting them wouldn't be too upsetting. And maybe he would handle it just fine.

What do you guys think? Should I let him meet his old family outside, between my place and theirs, or should I say no if they ask to meet him? I want to do what's best for the dog and the kids both. I could really use some advice.

Thanks
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Dog Health > Any suggestions for how to get dehydrated dog to drink?

Rocket

Miss Boss
 
 
Barked: Sun Jun 8, '14 8:10pm PST 
I'm currently fostering a little dog for a couple of weeks until he can go to his new home. I'm fostering him independently, not through an organization. I've known the dog for a while but he just came to stay with me a couple of days ago after spending a few days at a shelter (long story). He's a 2-year old Doxie mix.

The dog isn't housebroken so he's peed on the floor a couple of times and is now wearing a belly band which he's also peed in. Every time he's peed his urine has been very bright yellow. He doesn't seem to have any other problems so I believe that the urine is so yellow because he's dehydrated. His skin doesn't snap back as fast as it should when I pinch it either and he doesn't seem to be drinking very much. I've tried to get him to drink by bringing him to the water bowl or bringing the water bowl to him and he drinks some but not nearly enough. He eats wet food so he gets some fluids through that but after two days his urine is still very yellow.

Does anyone have any suggestions of how to get him properly re-hydrated? I've tried to give him ice but he's not that interested in it. I was wondering if I could give him some goat's milk or lactose free cow's milk? I'm thinking he may like it more and be willing to drink more. I give one of my cats sub-q fluids and I thought about giving him some too, just 100cc or so. What do you guys think?
I really want him to be re-hydrated. Especially now that it's hot outside it's so important to drink enough.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
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Dog Health > Bleeding bumps and "raw" skin on paws

Rocket

Miss Boss
 
 
Barked: Sat Dec 14, '13 1:10pm PST 
My neighbor's dog has bumps on his paws that instead of getting better are getting worse. It's mainly on the bottom of his hind paws but he may have some on his front paws too (I'm not sure). It started out as a few small bumps on his paws that didn't seem to bother him at all and weren't that noticeable. Now, however, it's gotten worse and there are small scabs on the tip of bumps. The skin in between the pads, around the bumps, is pink and raw (the dog is black) and a bit swollen in places.
A couple of weeks ago the dog came inside from a walk and one paw was bleeding. It looked like he had cut himself on something but most likely the wound was related to these bumps. The wound was washed and treated with antibiotic ointment and healed well. However, he now has a new, smaller and more shallow wound on his paw which looks a bit like a scratch.

The bumps and sores don't seem to be bothering the dog much. He doesn't appear to be having any pain and walks just fine. His owner says that he licks his paws a lot though.

Unfortunately the dog's owner is not a responsible dog owner. Other than getting rabies shots the dog has never seen a vet because the owner doesn't think it's necessary. He refuses to get the dog neutered because he doesn't want the dog's personality to change and he thinks it's unnecessary. He is unemployed so money is an issue too when it comes to vet care.

I considered that the bumps may be papilloma virus (warts) but it doesn't look like it.

The dog is a 4-year old Pit/Lab mix.

Here is link to a pic of one paw. It doesn't show the bumps and raw skin very well but it should give you some idea of the problem. It's the only pic I have.


http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af256/zigzosh/DudesPa w_zpsff0baca4.jpg

Does anyone have any idea what it could be and how to treat it?
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Dog Health > how to stop my dog leaking urine constantly
Toshi

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Barked: Thu May 16, '13 2:19pm PST 
Have you had her checked out by a vet to find out why she's leaking? It may be something that could be treated. If it can't be treated, or until then, you can use a diaper on your dog to stop her from peeing all over. My girl dog also has incontinence issues due to her medication and she wears diapers in the house. It works just fine and she doesn't end up with urine all over her butt and legs like she did before. You have to change the diaper fairly often to prevent skin irritation.
You can use regular baby diapers if you cut a hole for the tail. I use them backwards as it's easier to put it on that way. You can also get reusable doggy diapers. I have this kind: http://www.poochpad.com/poochpants.html . It works very well and fits well. It's machine washable and can be dried in the dryer. It's a bit pricey but you can use it for a long time so it's cheaper than baby diapers in the long run.
I also have this kind: http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/SnuggEase-Reusable-Dog-Diaper s/289020.aspx . I don't like it though. It's made a bit bigger than other diapers to accommodate male dogs and as a result it's too big for my girl dog. It even looks uncomfortable for her. They may fit another dog better though and they do absorb urine very well.

My dog has no problem wearing the diaper. She pretty much accepted it right away. If your dog won't do the same there are diaper suspenders you can get which makes it harder for your dog to take the diaper off, like this one: http://www.fancynancys.com/panties/trellispantiesl.jpg

Good luck!
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Dog Health > Has anyone here used Rimadyl for arthritis?

Toshi

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Barked: Thu May 16, '13 12:33pm PST 
Thanks for the responses. We are doing the glucosamine/chondroitin (sp) thing but it isn't helping. Neither is Aspirin. The Rimadyl is helping. My vet is basically saying that I can use it daily if a I want to and do blood work after a month or just use it as needed if I want to do that. But what's best? I thought it may be a good idea to give it daily for 2-3 weeks to get the anti-inflammatory effects of the drug and then go on to as needed. How does that sound? (the kidney will be monitored)
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Dog Health > Has anyone here used Rimadyl for arthritis?

Toshi

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Barked: Wed May 15, '13 10:52pm PST 
I'm wondering if anyone here has experience with Rimadyl for arthritis or something else. If so, how did you use it for your dog? I mean, did you use it daily or just as needed on bad days? For how long did you use it? Is it more beneficial if used daily for a few weeks and then switch to as needed? Or can the dog keep taking it daily long term, assuming that the liver remains okay?

I've already discussed this issue with my vet but I didn't get much wiser so I thought I'd ask others how they used Rimadyl.

Thanks
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Grooming > What is a good waterless shampoo for incontinent dog?

Rocket

Miss Boss
 
 
Barked: Tue Apr 2, '13 4:35pm PST 
My 12-year old Eskie mix is on diuretics for her heart disease and unfortunately it causes her to have accidents at times, especially when she's sleeping so she ends up getting pee on her side and leg. I don't want to keep giving her baths all the time so I'd like to find a waterless shampoo or something like that that I can use just to clean the area that needs cleaning and that doesn't cause any discomfort to her.
Does anyone know of a product or maybe even something homemade that I could use, preferably something that isn't very expensive?

Thanks
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Dog Health > Nightmares or vivid dreams in 11-year old dog
Toshi

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Barked: Tue Feb 5, '13 10:57am PST 
My soon to be 11-year old male Border Collie mix has started to have nightmares and/or vivid dreams lately and I'm not sure if it's anything I should be concerned about. It's been going on for about a year or so but has increased lately in frequency. He will sometimes whine/cry in his sleep and will also jerk or move his legs. It looks to me like he's having a nightmare and is possibly dreaming that he's running, thereof the leg movements. Both my dogs have had things like this happen a few times throughout their whole lives and it's nothing I worry about - everyone has nightmares at times - but the fact that it happens so often now has me a bit concerned.
When it happens I usually wake him up by calling his name and once he opens his eyes I sit with him and pet him to comfort him. Usually he just goes back to sleep and there is nothing more to it.

The fact that he's not a youngster anymore makes me worry more about everything. He is generally a healthy dog and other than some allergies have no problems. His last bloodwork was fine and he saw the vet in October and was fine then. He is due for routine bloodwork this month so that's going to be done regardless. I doubt that the bloodwork will be helpful in figuring out the dream issue though.
What do you guys think? Is this something I should worry about? Does anyone else's dog have the same issue?

Thanks
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