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Raw Food Diet > Weak/Brittle Nails - How Can I Improve Nail Quality with Raw?
Roswell,- CGC, NPC

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Barked: Tue Oct 16, '12 10:47am PST 
Just wondering if you've ever had this looked at by a vet? Sometimes brittle nails can be a symptom of an auto-immune disorder (it's not all that common, but I've personally seen it a few times) or infection. Sometimes it's just from a nutritional deficiency and adding foods rich in omega 3's can help. But if it's been something that's been going on for a while, I would have it checked out before really giving any diet recommendations.
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» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Jewel, PCD, Oct 16 2:06 pm

Dog Health > Ticks and Revolution: it isnt working?
Roswell,- CGC, NPC

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Barked: Sat Jul 30, '11 10:52pm PST 
Yeah, sorry, but Revolution is definitely not the best for killing ticks. "Revolution is effective in controlling tick infestations due to the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)." For one, it's only labeled for one particular tick, and another it says controls the infestation, not treats as it says for fleas and other parasites. As Snickers mentioned, Preventic can be used in addition to it. I think your vet needs to reconsider what they're telling their clients.

For me, I use Frontline Plus and have not had a problem with embedding ticks. I used Revolution once (the clinic I work for mainly uses this because it's easier for the clients than using a separate flea control and heartworm preventative and we're really not a major tick area) on my Chihuahua because I thought it was more accurately dosed than FL+ and HG+. We went to the farm with my dogs, and the three that I used Frontline Plus on didn't have anything on them, but I found a tick embedded in the Chi's ear the day after we came home. confused Switched her to FL+ for the next time....

For some reason, I just don't like revolution all that much. Not sure what it is, I just don't trust it, even for things it's labeled for. shrug
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Dog Health > Ettiquette for presenting a Google page to a vet

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

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Barked: Tue Apr 19, '11 1:05am PST 
Angel, I would think that especially in such a unique case as yours, the vet would have no problem taking your suggestions into consideration. I would just write down the name of it, and see what they have to say. They obviously know you're a great advocate for him. Who knows, it might be something that they've already thought about and may have dismissed, but reading up on it again they might reconsider. A vet shouldn't be threatened in the least by you presenting an idea. Just an example... have you ever seen the show, 'Mystery Diagnosis'? People on there often have to do their own research and hunt down someone that will do the proper tests in a challenging case. Any information you can find that could lead to a specific diagnosis to me would be beneficial.

I'm sure most veterinarians and doctors have had their share of 'Google vets'. wink But the good thing is that they're specialists, and if it isn't something they've considered, they have access to other resources, like VIN, and can hopefully find out more info. If they've already thought it could be a possibility, they can also tell you why they have or haven't ruled it out.
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» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Angel, Apr 27 6:13 pm


Food & Nutrition > Costco Brands

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

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Barked: Sat Apr 16, '11 11:01pm PST 
Are you talking about the Kirkland Signature ones or the newer ones that they have called 'Nature's Domain'? Both are made by Diamond foods. If your poodle is having problems on the food, you should have him or her checked out. These foods are pretty decent considering the lower cost and the grain-free nature (of the Nature's Domain variety in particular). But... they're still Diamond brand, so if you do a search here or online, you will see that they have been part of some serious recalls in the past.
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» There has since been 1 post. Last posting by Quincy- FM TFE-II TDIAOV CGC, Apr 17 8:10 am


Dog Health > Microchipping Risks?

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Fly free, Beau.- Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Sat Apr 16, '11 8:15pm PST 
All of my dogs and cats are chipped. At the clinic I work with we've never seen any chip related sarcomas, but we have seen a few dogs reunited with their owners several months after being lost, even one that was found in another state! So, I like the chips and I feel very confident that they're safe and effective. Chips are also used all the time for wildlife and I'm sure if they were always coming up with cancers that it wouldn't be so widely used.

The only problem that I did see once, and this is a terrible tragic, event, was that a chip was implanted incorrectly and it went into the dog's spine. eek This happened about 5 years ago with one of the rescues we worked with. I'm not sure how it happened or if the dog wiggled or if the person doing the chipping wasn't trained properly, but whatever the case, the dog did have paralysis afterward. Luckily, it made an almost full recovery after treatment. This isn't to scare you off of it, as I said, all of my dogs (including a 5# Chihuahua) are chipped and I feel that it's a very good way to make sure they will get back to me if they ever do get lost. But as with anything, there are risks.
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Dog Health > testicles still present after nuetering?
Roswell,- CGC, NPC

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Barked: Mon Apr 4, '11 12:07am PST 
Hmm, that's odd. At least you took him in to be checked out though. As others said, I'd be inclined to think it's probably just swelling and fluid filled, not actually testicles. However, is it possible that they did a vasectomy instead of a castration? I know that's pretty unlikely, given that those aren't routinely performed, but you never know unless you ask the vet that did it. thinking
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» There has since been 5 posts. Last posting by Angel, Apr 7 5:17 pm


Dog Health > bad vet experience today *rant*

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

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Barked: Fri Mar 25, '11 11:59pm PST 
Bam, I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. I have a hard time seeing why all of those medications would have been necessary for a minor ear infection. It seems a bit crazy to me and if we had presented one of our clients with that estimate, we would have been nailed to the wall by them, to put it lightly. I have seen some pretty bad ear infections where possibly all of that would have been necessary, though. Going by what you say, this was not the case. I think your cost expectations were pretty accurate as far as what things normally cost for an ear infection (and yeah, I'm normally one on the forums that sides with the vets).

On the vet's side, I will say that even though the exam was brief, the office call and ear cleaning (had you done it) charges are justified. The vet came in, assessed the situation, made up a diagnostic plan and treatment plan, and generated a medical record for the visit. Even if it was only a few minutes in the room, all of this other 'behind-the-scenes' stuff takes time. Having a big dog can be a money drain when medications are needed. I just think in this case that it was a bit of overkill. Of course, none of us were there besides BamBam and the vet, so we don't know what the vet saw that made them think it was all needed. shrug
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Dog Health > Article "How the Dr almost killed her dog"

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

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Barked: Thu Mar 17, '11 12:37am PST 
Thanks for posting this, Adam. way to go It's always best to check with your vet before giving any medications or supplements just to be on the safe side.
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» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Leah, CGC, Mar 18 4:32 am


Dog Health > dog vomiting - potpourri ingestion - help!

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Fly free, Beau.- Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Thu Mar 17, '11 12:32am PST 
Potpourri ingestion is very bad for dogs! You probably already know that vomiting is not always the best thing in some cases, and this is one of them. The essential oils can be very caustic, as can the cationic detergents in the potpourri. I would get to a vet immediately. This can do some pretty serious damage. I hope your pup is ok.
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» There has since been 10 posts. Last posting by Leah, CGC, Mar 19 12:15 am

Dog Health > Vet Tech school accredidation, does this school check out?
Roswell,- CGC, NPC

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Barked: Tue Mar 15, '11 1:51pm PST 
I think by 'specialized technology' just means that it's a specific degree versus just say an associates in general studies or general technology. The tech schools here give an 'ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE'. In other words, I think it's is the same degree and it's considered specialized because there is a linear course requirement for it.

I looked up the school, and to me it looks legit.

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Sorry if this response made no sense. wink But I do think the school seems fine.
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