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Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)

This group is a place to discuss any and all health and medical issues related to our pets. We can have in depth discussions here. All discussions on Seizures are now in their own group.

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Over the years that this group has been in existence it has assisted many doodles and their humans.  It has offered advice, a place to vent, etc.  This group MUST be a place where people can turn and be confident that the advice they will get is based upon FACT - medically and scientifically accepted FACT- not "I heard", anecdotes, advertising claims, or other unfounded or misleading advice. The moderators of this Group will delete any post that we feel does not meet this criteria. 


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Doggie limp :(

Started by Hannah & Pepper. Last reply by BG and Gavin on Friday. 17 Replies

We have hardwood floors and today Pepper got too excited and when she was running, kind of slid into a wall and now has a bit of a limp.  She didn't yelp when it happened, and hasn't been whining or crying, but you can tell when she gets up and walks around that she has a bit of a limp/is a little stiff.  Should we take her to the vet?  Or is it like a human sprain where it just needs some rest.  She is definitely resting and not trying to be too active.  I definitely will take her to vet if I should, but Pepper isn't really giving me an indication of much, since she didn't yelp or whimper, and is just resting. How long does these sprains/strains/limps take to heal?  Any other info or things I should be thinking of?  I also don't know if I would take her to the vet if she would just tell me to have Pepper rest vs, medicine etc?Thanks!Continue

Fine tuning allergy

Started by Kathy and Ruby Skye. Last reply by Andy&Sharon BoomerShaynaMariner Mar 11. 3 Replies

At about 14 months old, my F1 mini GoldenDoodle, Ruby, started itching all over her body. I started researching allergies after bathing her and seeing that it continued. From this invaluable site and specifically Karen’s input, I now have her itching 90-95% controlled. Where she scratches now is her ears and the sides of her face on occasion. I have her on 500 mg Evening Primrose Oil,  500 mg human grade fish oil supplement and one generic Zyrtec. She eats Orijen, but I know (thank you Karen) this isn’t food related. I’ve replaced both of her beds and asked the housekeeper not to use any harsh chemicals on the floor or counters. She started around the same time the allergies kicked in. Also, our furnace has been going a few months due to the weather, so I’m thinking it’s dust mites, even though she’s so young. She’s now 17 months old. I took her to the vet for a skin scraping, but the vet found one flea on her, so we treated her with Nexgard for a month. Normally I treat her for fleas with Flea Treats, a non pesticide method that works great. But, once a week she is walked with 10 other dogs for socialization and I’m pretty sure the flea came from one of those as it was the same day. Anyway, after treating, her itching got better, so I haven’t gone back to the vet.Questions: Should I follow up with vet on skin scraping? I’m thinking if she had parasites, she’d still be itching everywhere, so no. Should I take her to a dermatologist to find out what she is actually allergic to? I think it’s dust mites, but don’t know for sure. I remember reading that allergies get worse as they get older, so if I need to know the cause, it would help me treat her properly.  Anything else I should be doing? Also, is 10mg of the generic Zyrtec okay for a 15 pound pup? Thank you kindly!Continue

Tags: Allergies

Resource for canine cancer

Started by Andrea, Belle and Honey. Last reply by Andy&Sharon BoomerShaynaMariner Mar 11. 2 Replies

I hope you never need this information, but if your doodle is ever diagnosed with lymphoma, osteosarcoma, or mammary tumors, you might want to investigate U of P Vet School clinical trials on those three cancers, which have shown significant success.  Some of the trials are using immunotherapy with long-standing results. Website is vet.upenn.eduContinue

Immune-mediated (auto-immune) diseases in Goldendoodles

Started by Kathy Janes. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Mar 7. 14 Replies

I am curious if immune-mediated diseases are becoming more common in Doodles, particularly Goldendoodles. Our Mater was not yet 8 years old when he was diagnosed with immune-mediated thrombocytopenia - white blood cells killing off platelets in his blood.  With heavy doses of prednisone, we managed to get him over that hurdle.  He was fine for about 6 months, then just 4 weeks after his TPLO surgery for a torn CCL he developed auto-immune hemolytic anemia.  Treatment for that hasn't changed much since I lost a dog to it 40 years ago - still throw all the prednisone you can at them and pray.  He was in intensive care for three days and required blood transfusions but we finally got him back to having good cell counts.  Of course in the midst of all that he ruptured his other CCL but we have had to postpone surgery until a month after being weaned from all of the prednisone.  We have been told that he will need to remain on an immunosuppressant for the rest of his life.  He is on Atopica now; a canine version of cyclosporine.  His next TPLO surgery will be Tuesday 5/12 and I admit to being a little concerned for him.I've seen other comments of FB about Doodles with these illnesses and wonder how common it is and if there is any research to learn if it is a genetic predisposition (as the torn CCL is) or if it is just random.Continue

Tags: thrombocytopenia, anemia, blood, immune-mediated, auto-immune

Loose stool again

Started by Ali. Last reply by Karen and Jackdoodle Feb 23. 8 Replies

So puppy had come home and his stools were normal and his fecal tests were negative a week later t rained and he drank water from a puddle and I’m not sure if that’s what’s caused diarrhea took him to the vet and there was slime in his poop she said it was GI bug and prescribed 10 day treatment of flagyl well his stools aren’t normal like they were they’re still kind of soft and not formed completely as in no segments we go back to the vet tomorrow for his 3rd round of shots and hopefully we can figure it what’s going on! He’s gained weight and getting super big and content just not sure what’s causing it!Continue

highly malignant retroperitoneal sarcoma

Started by Mary, Scrappy and Sully. Last reply by Mary, Scrappy and Sully Feb 4. 37 Replies

We're devastated to find, by accident, that our Grover has a malignant mass. He underwent emergency surgery on Christmas Eve for what they thought could be an intestinal blockage....he also suffers from IBD.  There was no blockage, just grass and leaves but they had an unexpected find of a mass up by his adrenals.  Biopsy shows that it's a highly malignant retroperitoneal sarcoma, which is an aggressive tumor with a high rate of metastasis.  So many meds, so much shock.....I just was wondering if anyone else has been dealt this with their beloved babies? Any advice would be appreciated.  I'm taking one day at a time, but don't know what to think.  Are treatments worth the suffering he'd go through? Are there other natural things we can try?Right now, I just need to get him to eat.  He doesn't want food.  He's recovering from pneumonia, as well. I feel unprepared and not sure what the best course of action, if any is the best.  We have a follow-up for suture removal with his internal med doctor on Jan 9.  What can I be doing in the meantime besides supporting and loving him?  Continue

Tags: malignant, sarcoma

zonisamide for seizures

Started by Melissa. Last reply by Melissa Feb 3. 6 Replies

Posting for a friend:nyone have their dog on zonisamide for seizures? Looking for info....long term side effects, issues you've had, is it helping.....anything. Maybe even alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs, i don't freaking out a littleContinue

Ava's not eating again

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Amy and Annabelle Feb 2. 45 Replies

I don't even know where to put this discussion. I thought Ava was doing better. We increased her prednisone dose on 1/8 to 12.5mg /day. She really perked up and was eating better. Then starting on the 19th she wasn't eating as well. She would eat, but not all of it. So I started putting some salmon on top and she did a little better with that.Late on the 23rd she had one episode of diarrhea. On the morning of the 24th she had mucous-y diarrhea with blood in it. We went to the vet and they started her on Flagyl, lomotil, and probiotics along with the gross canned science diet for 2 days. She ate the Science Diet okay with some encouragement.Yesterday she had a normal stool and I transitioned her back to her kibble with some canned Fromm mixed in. I eventually got her to eat most of that. But then this morning I couldn't convince her to eat anything at all. She turned down eggs, she turned down canned food, kibble, canned tuna, treats. Then we went outside and she really didn't want to come back in. I don't know what that was about, but it was unusual that she wouldn't come when I called her. I had to go outside and stand her up and walk her back in because I needed to leave for work. I'm just at such a loss as to how to help her. It doesn't feel like anything we've done is making her better. She has another appointment at the vet on Thursday. I don't know, maybe I need to stop and pick up some chicken on the way home tonight. I wish she would tell me if there was something she would eat. I just worry about her. StacyContinue

food toppers

Started by Haley, Yeti, and Phin. Last reply by Haley, Yeti, and Phin Jan 30. 20 Replies

Hello! I was thinking last night about Yeti and Phin having diarrhea and the occasional vomiting episode last night. They both have been doing well for about a week straight. They have been eating boiled chicken and rice 4 times a day. We recently started to wean Phin back to his kibble but Yeti is still only eating chicken and rice. I want to give his tummy a little extra time to heal Incase he really was experiencing a bought of gastritis again.Anywho, back before they got sick neither were eating much. Not unusual for Yeti but I was worried for 4 month old Phin. I know it’s frowned upon by a lot of people, but we started added boiled chicken and sweet potato to entice them to eat. Phin literally gobbled it right up. He LOVED it. Yeti sometimes loved it and sometimes didn’t, depending on the day lol. My question is, could this be the reason for their tummy troubles? Too much protein? Now that Phin is starting kibble again, I want to know your guys’s thoughts on continuing to add a small amount (1/8 cup of chicken) to keep him liking his food.Continue

Diarrhea in puppy

Started by Ali. Last reply by Karen and Jackdoodle Jan 29. 4 Replies

we brought home our puppy last week on Saturday he went to the vet that Mondday evening she said he looked good his fecal exam came back negative. Well here we are a week later we haven’t changed his diet or anything and he had nasty sticky diarrhea I don’t know what caused it but we’re on day 3. He usually can go 3 hours outside to potty but at night he can’t hold it more than 2 hours just last night alone after 10pm I’ve had to clean up that nasty stuff from his crate 3 times already! I know he loves going outside and will chew on the grass and stick and dig and stuff.Continue

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Comment by Karen and Jackdoodle on January 21, 2018 at 5:50pm

Lisa, it would be easier to respond if you re-open the discussion you started here in this group. 

Comment by Lisa Duarte on January 21, 2018 at 5:40pm

Sorry, I tried finding this discussed before but, couldn't find anything. Brady is our 9 month old doodle (Australian labradoodle). We've had to have his anal glands cleaned now about 3-4 times since June? He started biting and licking again which leads me to believe I need to bring him in to the vet yet again. 

Has anyone else experienced issues with their pups anal glands? We have also dealt with soft stools/diarrhea on and off too. He's on the same food he was on with breeder when we got him, although it's not grain free. The other versions in the line are though but, they aren't puppy kibble. Could this be causing some of the ongoing issues? Are there any home remedies to provide relief before I get him to vet? 

Anything in particular I should be asking the vet? Last time they said some dogs just need to have it done but, this seems crazy to me. He's about 35lbs so not small.


Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on December 31, 2017 at 11:24am

I’m not up to date on supplements at all

but my guys are getting older so I’ll be watching to see others’ input. 

Comment by Linda, Charlie Brown and Beau on December 30, 2017 at 7:59pm

Anyone had experience with EFAC (hip & joint supplement)?  Charlie  has some arthritis in his left from knee and the vet thought he might possibly benefit from this product.

Comment by Diane, Hurley and Sidney on May 27, 2017 at 11:10am

I have a new ALD who is turning 1 year next month.  We got him at 9 months.  He has some anxiety and fear that we have been successfully been working on.  He is doing great in that area.  However, riding in the car presents a challenge.  He gets motion sickness.  InItially when in the car he drooled like crazy and would throw up.  I have worked with him to ease that anxiety and he is doing great.  He only drools a little now.   Now he is excited to get into the car and jumps right in and is not in a hurry to get out.  However, he still throws up.   Does anyone have an OTC holistic medication they would recommend?     

Comment by Karen and Jackdoodle on May 9, 2017 at 1:44pm

Well, I wouldn't say No. America is just starting to jump on the wagon, lol. The effects of glucosamine and chondroitin on joint problems in both dogs and humans have been the subject of clinical studies in this country since the 1960s, and there is still no conclusive for or against. I prefer to look at actual clinical data and conclusions rather than general anecdotal information. Here are a couple of good resources which include study data:
 It does appear that there may be some benefit and little risk in trying glucosamine supplements for dogs. However, that's not the case with MSM, which is included in the product you are currently using, and which does have known side effects and risk factors:

Comment by Melissa on May 9, 2017 at 1:30pm

Also, studies have been done in Europe for years with positive results. North America is just starting to jump on the wagon.  Good article: 

Comment by Melissa on May 9, 2017 at 1:20pm

Yes, I'm aware of the other ingredients in the product I'm using, but this wasn't the product I started my Beagle on. I bought something from the vet first and it was just Glucosamine and chondroitin. Pretty much the same thing I take myself daily for my own joints, but was for pets. 

Comment by Karen and Jackdoodle on May 9, 2017 at 1:08pm

Melissa, if you look at the ingredients in the product you're using, you'll see that there are several other things besides glucosamine. The Joint Max Liquid also contains chondroitin, MSM, aloe, vitamin C. manganese, and something called astaxanthin. So it may not be the glucosamine that is responsible for the beneficial effects you've seen. 

Comment by Melissa on May 9, 2017 at 1:02pm

Glucosamine supplements have worked wonders on my 12 year old Beagle. She had joint pain and issues climbing up the stairs. Within a few months of putting her on a glucosamine supplement, she began to move around and play like she was 5 years younger.  I think if there is an actual injury it may not help that much.  I do agree that the dosage the vet told you to give to him is a little odd. If you choose to buy it, go by the dosage on the bottle for the weight of your dog. 


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