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Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)


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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Vitamin K

Started by Sue. Last reply by Nancy & Echo yesterday. 4 Replies

Kramer is having small nose bleeds. Doctor isn't sure, but did some blood work which showed a delay in clotting. anyone have any experience with giving vitamin K to their dog?Continue

Is this a cyst?

Started by Debbie and Toby. Last reply by Phyllis & Duffy Mar 7. 52 Replies

Toby sometimes gets these small white pimply bumps which we have been told are normal, and they usually go away on their own. This one started out the same, but got bigger. This is on his right hip. Went to the vet a couple weeks ago and they did an aspiration, said they didn't get much fluid out but sent a sample to the lab and to onocology. Nothing...and no cancer cells detected. The bump got bigger. They said it looks like a "warty growth". Said to keep an eye on it. Took him in again yesterday as he was biting at it drawing blood. They said the option would be to treat it with meds and see if it goes away or put him under anesthesia and remove it. They are hesitant  to put him under unless absolutely necessary as he has been having a lot of seizures lately and is on additional seizure meds right now. There is a hole in the middle and does not have any drainage. Yesterday they shaved the hair around it and cleaned it, and put an ointment on it. Looks a tad bit better today but still no difference in size. Is this a cyst? Has anybody here seen anything like this? I am really concerned, we have another appointment next week. UPDATE: Toby is scheduled for "surgery" on January 31 to have the growth removed. It has grown quite a bit since this picture,  has gotten much wider and deeper, so they are not comfortable doing this with just a "local" anesthesia. They are also sending the "growth" out for analysis. Please keep him in your prayers.Continue

Morning throw ups

Started by Rebecca bratter. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Mar 5. 14 Replies

Does anyone else's doodle have an issue with morning vomit?  I will post in the food group also as I wonder if it's tied to diet.  This is something new that started in the last year, I know it's due to acid build up in Madiba's tummy and we try to give her a few pumpkin snacks early in the morning but she does about 13 hours between dinner and breakfast.  If we don't catch her early, she will vomit bile.  We switched her to a raw diet and added slippery elm bark and a digestive enzyme supplement and for a month, she was not throwing up in the morning but it has started again if we don't get something in her belly after about 8 hours.  I can't figure out how to control the acid build up in her tummy/digestive system.  I also wonder if there is any connection to the PROIN she takes for her leaky spinchter, she has been taking this most of her life, she leaks pee at night if we dont give this to her.  This started almost from when she was 3 months old and prior to her spay.  I had her on some alternate natural supplements but when we weaned her off the proin completely, she started leaking again.  We are working with a dog nutritionist and are now ordering a bio identical hormone supplement for her.  This makes me nervous, but I am learning that the Proin is really bad.  Any insights?  Continue

Monthly vomit/bile??

Started by gigi d. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Feb 28. 5 Replies

Hi just wondering if anyone has experienced this with their doodle...I've seemed to notice a pattern with our new 1yr old pup. Either the end of the month or very beginning of the month Graycie will throw 1x per day, over 2 consecutive days, either her undigested food or bile. Not really a set time of day...she never seems lethargic right after or before and will eat normally without incident afterwards and her BM's are normal and regular. The only warning sign is immediately before she throws up she looks at me and I can tell she's about to gag.Is this anything anyone has experienced?Thx for any insight!Continue

Scratch on head

Started by Haley&Yeti. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Feb 28. 1 Reply

Hello all! I took yeti to the dog park today and he came home full of burs. As I was de-burring him, I noticed a pretty huge mat at the top of his ear. I was cutting it out bit by bit when I noticed he had a scratch at the top of his head. I'm not sure where it could have come from, however it's worrying me. It's not bleeding so I don't think it happened when I was cutting the mat out. Is there anything I should put on it for him to help heal/keep clean. He got a bath after the dog park so I'm hoping it's pretty clean.I'm attaching a picture I'm not sure if it's the best quality but Yeti doesn't like to sit still for pictures haha.Continue

Questions for those who have pups with food intolerances / allergies

Started by Cynthia Shoe. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Feb 23. 12 Replies

Hi Everyone,I posted a few months ago about Lambeau's GI issues. We thought we had a bit of a breakthrough, with a possible beef allergy/intolerance. We removed it from his diet the past few months, with 1 issue in October that we are unsure of the trigger, but that is right when we were taking him off beef, one at Christmas, when I gave him a bully stick (with my fingers crossed he would be ok and needed him to be entertained) and this past week, when he got a piece of pepperoni. After the mystery incident in October and the Christmas bully stick, I kept him off food for 12 hours, gave him famotidine and feed him a bland diet for a few days and all was well. But with this pepperoni theory, we are on day 4 of vomiting and my heart is breaking. He had the pepperoni late Wed. night (around 10 pm). He threw up a pile of undigested kibble about 7:30 am. We kept him off food that day, gave him famotidine, and tried giving him some plain chicken. He threw that up immediately. We gave it a few more hour and tried tiny pieces of plain chicken and he threw that up. The next day, we went to the vet, since he was unable to keep anything down. They did the Cerenia shot and a shot of famotidine  and told us to feed him in an hour. We tried a little I/d and he threw that up immediately. We tried again awhile later, and he continued to vomit. We called the vet and they brought us back for x-rays and bloodwork, and everything was normal. They gave us a shot of Metoclopromide and some pills of Sucralfate, which they have us dissolve and shoot in his mouth with a syringe to coat his stomach an hour before eating. He is keeping water down, but is off an on with the food. Yesterday, he did ok with the medicine and little amounts of food, until later in the evening about 10pm he threw up his famotidine and probiotic. This morning, he threw up the tablespoon of food we gave him again. He did manage to keep down a little food so far today, but that is what leads me to my question - for…Continue

GI Issues? Addison's Disease?

Started by Laura and Angus. Last reply by Cynthia Shoe Feb 21. 31 Replies

Hi all,Over the past few months, our now 19 month old goldendoodle has gone through frequent bouts of stomach upset - nausea, vomiting, and in some cases diarrhea. He tested positive for Giardia maybe two months ago and was treated with Panacur for the full 10 days and then tested negative afterwards. He has since had several bouts of stomach upset - either with loose stools, vomiting, or nausea and fatigue. Then about 4 weeks ago we ended up in the vet with a listless dog who had loss of appetite and seemed to be uncomfortable (getting up repeatedly to lay down in different locations) and panting. Last week we ended up in the pet ER for the same symptoms - he was clingy, had no appetite, and ended up throwing up (dry heaving) twice. The vet at the ER did a blood panel to look at Addison's Disease and said that this is common in poodles. Since his cortisol levels were off and his platelets were low, she recommended we get a more in-depth test with our regular vet for Addison's Disease. This was last week.So today on our way to daycare he threw up in the car - all of his undigested breakfast. This was maybe an hour after he ate and he NEVER gets carsick. I let the daycare know and they called me about an hour later to tell me he threw up again at daycare. They ended up isolating him for the remainder of the day and when I picked him up he came home and is still not hungry. We have been in contact with our vet to schedule the screening for Addison's. Has anyone experienced anything like this? It's just not normal that we're in the vet's office more than once a month for stomach or digestive issues.  If the Addison's comes back negative, then I'm thinking we're going to need to look at a GI specialist of some sort. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated!Continue

Sore paw

Started by Murph and Me. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Jan 23. 16 Replies

Murphy LOVES the snow and was out running round in it a couple of days ago. When we were coming back from his walk he stopped and started chewing at his front left paw. Turned out there was an ice ball the size of a big marble right on the bottom. I had to bite it off because it was stuck in the hairy feet of Murphy. He is now favoriting his paw. He still wants to run around and in fact he runs with no problem. It's his walking that shows that he is sensitive on the paw. There are no cuts on his pads and I think he just bruised his paw. So I'm just giving him short walks till he heals and feels better. Any ideas to make a paw feel better? Thanks

Medication for 'break through' anxiety??

Started by Stella. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Jan 21. 1 Reply

My Chase has been on Fluoxetine for three years now (20mg 1 x day) and it does help him with everyday life. He's not great, but it does take the edge off his anxiety. However, it is not enough to help him deal with anything 'out of the ordinary'. I have to go away occasionally for work, which can mean my doodles have to go to kennels - Chase is dog reactive so has to be kept in his pen, or go out to play only with my other dog, and he won't eat while he is there. My dog sitter retired and I can't get anyone else to take my guys on because of Chase's behaviour issues.I will talk to my vet, but they aren't behaviourists and I figured I'd check with the doodle experts here....... Is there anything that could be combined with his Fluoxetine for short term extra stress situations such as when I have to go away??Continue

GIARDIA Struggles

Started by Dr Karen Hoving. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Jan 6. 30 Replies

Greetings all.I'm new so apologies if I've put this on the wrong place!Bella (5 1/2 mo Sheepadoodle) had some diarrhea prior to xmas. I did the chicken/rice/pumpkin diet. It didn't get better but vet was closed over xmas weekend and day after. So we went in on Tuesday. They did a fecal test at the vet and sent one out. GIARDIA- she then said it was either "medium" or "Moderate" ?She put her on Flagyl (a 7 day script) and 5 days of Panacur. The first day on the Flagyl (she started with that first, then added the Panacur day 2)  her poop was great! Then we had issues getting the panacur down her- tried Peanut Butter(a bunch of people online said that was a good option) and she ate it. Her poop went back to mush. Vet's assistant said that it might be the peanut butter so I put it in pumpkin (real pumpkin not the pumpkin pie stuff) and divided it up into 2 dishes one am, one pm.We are on day 6 and her poop still looks mushy! The vet is closed (I'm going to call tomorrow) but i don't know if this is normal. I know Giardia can be a bugger to get rid of. Is this bc of the antibiotics perhaps? I added Goats Milk (as Probiotic) about 3 days ago (1/2 cup according to bottle-for her weight which is 34 lbs).Now 2 of her "puppy walking buddies" have it (so we are avoiding them obviously). The vet told us she could be around other dogs 72 hours after the antibiotics. We told everyone-they weren't worried. BUT the bottom line is since dogs can have giardia but be asymptomatic, and we all walk at the same park, we don't know (nor does it matter) where it started. So, in your non-professional opinions (disclaimer in other words) could she have been reinfected while on meds?Again her poop was normal the first day after Flagyl, then went mushy (could it be the Panacur? Although research says that is better for it that Flagyl).Also she's not pooping more often, 2-3 x a day- its just pudding.If you have any advice or thoughts let me know-Hugs,Karen and Bella Continue

Tags: Panacur, Flagyl, Giardia

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Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on January 14, 2017 at 1:45pm

Proviable has brought out a new product, Proviable Forte, which contains double the number of CFUs as the regular version:

Comment by charlotte bednarsh on August 22, 2016 at 1:07pm

Great.  I found the Pepcid worked very well and I felt comfortable knowing it's a really safe medication with no side effects.  Pepcid comes in different dosages,and my oncologist instructed me to purchase the 10 mgs tablets.

Comment by Anne & Mr. Haley on August 22, 2016 at 12:56pm
Thanks Charlotte and Karen. I called the vet and she said one tablet of the Pepsid AC one hour before meals and the Cephalexin with food.
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on August 22, 2016 at 12:50pm

You can use the generic of either Pepcid or Zantac. Jack's IMS prefers ranitidine (generic Zantac) and Jack gets one to one and a half 75 mg tablets twice a day. His weighs 75-80 lbs; I'm certain that one tablet would be fine for Haley. 

It's best to give it about 30 minutes before the meds but it wouldn't hurt to give it to him now. 

Comment by charlotte bednarsh on August 22, 2016 at 12:15pm

Hi, when my beloved labradoodle was on chemotherapy, the oncologist said it was absolutely fine to give him 1 1/2 tablets of pepcid  approximately 2 times per day.  He said to buy the 10 mg tablets of pepcid, so that was essentially 15 mgs.   He said pepcid is a very safe product for dogs and helps reduce nausea and diarrhea.  Paz weighed approximately 65 lbs, which is the same as Harley.  Apparently Pepcid  is really innocuous and quite safe, versus some of the other anti nausea meds that Paz was prescribed.  You can ask your vet the dosage and the number of times daily it is recommended to administer pepcid, because each situation may be very different.

Comment by Anne & Mr. Haley on August 22, 2016 at 12:06pm

Haley's vet just prescribed Cephalexin 750mg for Haley for an infection.  In searching this group for the drug I see that it is recommended here to give Zantac or Pepsid for nausea.  Haley weighs approximately 65 pounds.  How much of each should he take?  And, will it do any good for after the meds since I have already given him one dose?  I am on the way to the store now to get one or the other, which ever they might have (these small country stores don't stock everything).

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on May 17, 2016 at 8:38pm

I posted this in the Food Group, but it should be here too.
A reminder for all pet parents: there are no commercially sold broths or stocks that do not contain onions. That includes organic broths, low-sodium broths, beef broth, chicken broth, vegetable broth, high-end, low end, Whole Foods or Walmart, it doesn't matter. They all contain onions and therefore they are all dangerous for your dogs and cats. Recently I've heard of several cases of doodles diagnosed with hemolytic anemia, a potentially fatal disease of the red blood cells. Onions contain a substance called thiosulphate which causes hemolytic anemia in dogs and cats. Yet I continue to read articles in dog magazines and on-line suggesting giving chicken broth to dogs for various reasons: to make their food more appealing, to get them to drink more fluids, one article even suggested making chicken broth ice cubes to cool them off. 
Please don't give your dog any kind of broth or stock unless you make it yourself.

Read more here:

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on April 27, 2016 at 5:13pm

Jack's specialists don't sell anything, which I kind of like, because it gives me more faith in their drug and product recommendations. And his regular vet isn't ordering it yet because they haven't had any call for it. 
I paid $49 for 6 months worth plus $5 for standard shipping. 

Comment by Ann Kendig on April 27, 2016 at 5:00pm
My regular vet won't order it as of yet. The specialist's office charged me over $12 for postage for 6 pills! Outrageous!
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on April 27, 2016 at 3:54pm

I'd rather buy it from the vet but so far none of JD's vets are carrying it. 


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