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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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Charlie - we had to say goodbye

Started by Hua & Charlie. Last reply by Denise, Winnie, and AngelAbby Jul 29. 10 Replies

We said goodbye to Charlie on Monday.  He lost his 4 months battle to Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia with Pure Red Cell Aplasia and its complications.  We had 8 hospital stays (from 3 to 5 days each), 4 transfusions, and I don't even remember how many tests, x ray, ultrasound, biopsy.  We also tried several human hormones like EPO (for red blood cell) and Neupogen (white blood cell growth factor), but none worked. In the end, the IMHA has began to not only affect his red blood cell, but also his platelet and his white blood cells.  The vet also suspect he might have emerging lymphoma.  He had severe infection in his nose and throats (e coli and MRSP), and culture/sensitivity showed only 1 antibiotic (Amikacin) would work.  Unfortunately he did not respond to it, and after only 5 days on Amikacin, his liver and kidney were being destroyed even with IV treatments.  He was in constant bone/muscle pain from the neupogen and all the other treatments.  Things took a turn for the worse a week ago, when his lymph nodes have swollen so big that they were pressing into his airway and esophagus, he couldn't breath, eat or drinking.  The doctor told us there were nothing more they can do.  We decided to stop the treatment and let him cross the rainbow bridge peacefully and with dignity.  He passed away in my arms, surrounded by our family and friends.  Our hearts are broken.Continue

High MCH level

Started by Lana, Lola and Luna. Last reply by Lana, Lola and Luna Jul 7. 3 Replies

Hello doodle parents, we had blood test done on our puppy Luna. All good but MCH level is very high. Vet said not to worry, but..... Tried to search on what it is, how it can affect Luna's health, what can be done to lower it, but could not find anything... Only for humans...Did any of your pups had it? What did you do? Is it dangerous?I would really appreciate you expertise/input.Thanks a bunch!!!!Continue

Thoughts on CBD for Fireworks Anxiety

Started by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Jul 5. 4 Replies

There was a lot of chatter, everywhere, recently with our poor dogs and today's yahoos who feel the need to fire off the illegal LOUD fireworks. I swear I was in a war zone last night and for the first time in my girls 5+ years they were REALLY FREAKED OUT!Now I'm a big girl, but imagine two dogs one 65# and the other 40# on your lap and I swear they were trying to get under my skin; trembling and panting heavily.  It absolutely broke my heart.I tried playing with Sassy but she wanted no part in leaving my lap, I think tossing her toy made it worse because now the toy was out in the open away from safety!  Then I tried treats, I've have two large Himalayan treats kicking around and thought this was a good time to bring them out?  Well my garbage disposal food hound Josie wanted no part of treats, a shocking first for her.  Sassy took hers and held onto it but didn't start chewing right away.  Took a good 30-40 minutes before Sassy started gnawing on hers but still Josie was glued to my side.  It wasn't until the booms had some serious space between them before she was interested and inhaled hers so she could get back to me! I know many go through this and I was curious on feedback on the CBD oils?  Healthy Spot a local pet store here in SoCal sent out an article on a brand they carry with a short FAQ regarding the CBD oils?  I had never heard of it before even with my severe separation pup Sassy so I'm intrigued?  I haven't had a chance to talk to my vet yet because the topic is new and the article was just received last week but if it's not a hype I will definitely ask the vet about it.Here's the brand they sell: this just a recent fad or is there something substantial behind it?  TIAContinue

"absorption" of puppies?

Started by Nicole. Last reply by Nicole Jun 29. 8 Replies

Hello, I am trying to get a goldendoodle puppy and have been on two separate breeder waiting lists (at different times). In the first case, the breeder said that the dog lost all her litter except 1 pup. The second time with a different dog and breeder, I was just informed that the dog was pregnant but now she is not. Both times I was told that the dog "absorbed" the puppies. And both times, I was told that this is relatively rare. Can anyone tell me about this? I am fairly concerned because in both cases, I visited the breeders, asked about eye and hip certifications and asked a lot of questions! I'm a little discouraged -- I am just looking to bring a healthy pup into my home. Thanks.Continue

Olive's play date has Asymptomatic Giardia, uh-oh!

Started by Cindy and Olive (Ollie). Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Jun 28. 8 Replies

Hi Doodle Friends!Olive's best play pal is Moose the bernedoodle - they love each other and have been playing together since they're both small pups. Both are now 15 months old. They wrestle and run in our yard weekly and sometimes Moose poops down by the fence, an area where Olive does not really frequent. So.Moose just had his annual physical/fecal at the vet and my friend was told his giardia antibody fecal came back very high but his cyst test was negative. The antibody count was so high, that even though he has NO symptoms, they feel he has giardia and are now treating him with Panacur and Metro.My vet told me something like (when I'm worried, I tend to not hear everything he says) an antibody test can be positive but the (asymptomatic) dog still may not have giardia, as it can simply reflect a past exposure... but I'm unsure how reliable the cyst-test is - are there a lot of false-negatives?I brought Olive's fresh sample in this morning - a nice zip-lock baggie present for them. ;) I begged them to tell me she is free and clear. So now I'm sitting here on a gorgeous NJ day, enjoying the breeze, and hoping you'll cross paws with me. I really don't want to start researching cleanups and start bleaching the lawn (?). We pick up poops immediately but of course it rained last night and now I'm hoping for a scorching week...Cheers to the sunshine!Best,Continue

Infected Eyes, what to do?

Started by Kirsy & Jasper. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Jun 3. 12 Replies

Jasper has yellow green liquid coming out of one eye only. I am trying warm Chamomile teabags at the moment.What causes this and what else could I try before running to the Vet again?

Misty had IMT ,,and was wondering

Started by PAtti. Last reply by PAtti Jun 3. 2 Replies

My doodle Misty had IMT and I have been driving my self crazy. Before she was diagnosed she was pulled really hard on her harness because another dog got loose from its leash and misty tried to run at the dog,,to make a long story short,,I wonder to this day if pulling her back on the harness made the IMT worse,,it seemed like it was not that noticed until that incident. I think of it often and always wonder if that made it worseContinue

Irregular growth on lower lip

Started by Kamela & Beckett. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie May 27. 9 Replies

We just discovered a growth on our almost 2 year old Aussiedoodle's lower lip, see attached picture. It doesn't appear to be bothering him, he's eating normally (which is to say very well), there's no bleeding, and from what I could see is the only one. A quick internet search makes me think papilloma. He goes to doggie daycare a couple days a week, so he could have picked up the virus there. We'll of course ask the vet to take a look at it, but anyone else have experience with growths on their pup's mouth?

Would it be foolish to adopt a rescue with Cushing's Disease?

Started by Andrea, Belle and Honey. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle May 26. 1 Reply

My 14-year-old. IBD terrier, my sweet Funny Honey Bunny, died while sleeping in my arms a few months ago, and I have recently started looking for a rescue to adopt who would be a good companion to mini labradoodle Belle.  Because Belle is so small (not quite 15 pounds), and because I no longer want to have a dog that I can't pick up and put in the car if the dog is sick or injured (bad experience with a 64 pound lab with heart disease), I am hoping to find a small poodle mix. I may have the opportunity to adopt a 9 pound, 6 - 10 year old poodle mix of indeterminate parentage, who has Cushing's Disease that is apparently controlled by medication twice a day.  I have researched the basic information about Cushing's Disease, but would also like to hear from anyone who has actual experience caring for a dog with Cushing's.  I want very much to give this dog a good home, but I am trying to make sure that I can handle the medical and financial needs. Any information, cautions and reassurances would be greatly appreciated.Continue

Henry, Giardia and now Coccidia

Started by Dolly Dykhouse. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle May 25. 6 Replies

Henry was diagnosed with Giradia when we brought him home at 9 weeks; 8 weeks later and two trials of Panacur (5 days first time, 10 days second time) his fecal float shows no cysts; however, the ELIZA test showed Giardia proteins. The ELIZA test also showed Coccidia which the vet is wondering has been there all along or is a new thing. Arghhh!!! I tell you I am pulling out what little hair I have left! I have become an award winning, bleaching, cleaning, hazardous waste disposing momma over here and now I have not one, but TWO parasites hanging on for dear life in my boys GI tract?!? WTH?? His vet tells me that even though I am keeping his home environment scrupulously clean he might have picked up the Coccidia from rolling in the grass at the park and then licking his feet, if he didn't have it all along. This poor guy can't seem to catch a break (not to mention his tired momma). His daily trips to the park are special to us both, he even stands by his leash/harness and gives me a little woof every morning to say, can we go now momma? I would hate to have to worry about him contracting a parasite there, I can bleach the living daylights out of my home/backyard but the 5 acre park?I thought maybe we had gotten rid of the Giardia. We saw a significant difference after the last run of Panacur and switching him to Zignature Trout and Salmon and adding yogurt and keeping him on Probiable DC (now on week 7 for the probiotics and yogurt). He eats like a champ now and is a whopping 33# at 17 weeks and has more energy then the rest of our household. So much for wishful thinking on my part. Looks like a 5 day course of Albon for the Coccidia and we'll give him a rest on more Panacur and retest his fecal in 2 months as long as everything else digestive wise stays status quo. I told my vet they need to offer a punch card for fecal samples or a special buy 3 get one free.Has anyone else had this same issue? No cysts but testing positive for Giardia protein? Did Giardia come…Continue

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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 & 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 & 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. 

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on May 9, 2017 at 12:47pm

Hi Tammy, Jackdoodle is 12.5 years old and has arthritis as well as a herniated lumbar disc, and is under the care of several specialists. He takes Cosequin DS, which contains 500 mg glucosamine and 400 mg chondroitin. He gets 2 capsules per day and weighs about 70 lbs. Considering your dog's age and health, your vet's recommendation sounds excessive to me, especially since the jury is still out on just how much glucosamine really helps with joint issues in dogs. 

Comment by Tammy Leiter on May 9, 2017 at 12:17pm

Thank you Melissa.

Comment by Melissa on May 9, 2017 at 12:08pm

Tammy Leiter -  I started giving my doodle glucosamine when she was young (she's only 2 now). It isn't going to hurt him. It will protect his joints, especially if he is active.  I use this:, and I only give it to her every 2nd day as her food has glucosamine in it too.

Comment by Tammy Leiter on May 9, 2017 at 11:42am

My Vet suggested giving my 75 lbs, 15 month old Doodle, 1500 mg per day of glucosamine.  My boy is healthy.  I thought that seemed like a high dosage and thought he seemed young to need this supplement.  what are you thoughts and if you use a supplement, what kind do you use.


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