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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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Dinah has an enlarged heart and mild left ventricle dialation

Started by c zoomer. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Jul 3. 15 Replies

the Doctor (cardiologist) has ordered me to take her off of the grain free dog foods and retest in 6 months.Continue

Emergency stomach surgery and the after effects

Started by Gracie, Jade, & Barkley. Last reply by F, Calla & Luca Jun 30. 6 Replies

It's me again. We are having the worst luck when it comes to our doodles this year. :( We lost Gracie who was only 4 in February to Hemangiosarcoma which appeared out of nowhere and hit us pretty hard. Now Jade who is 3.5 yrs is having issues. She was vomiting for hours early morning on Thurs and after getting a dose of cerrenia (She had gotten sick 2 weeks prior and we had some leftover), she was drooling excessively. The vet had us drop her off to observe, take tests, and xrays. She said it sounded like an obstruction of some sort. When she called, she said bloodwork was normal for a dog who had become dehydrated and was what she expected. But, had sent the xrays to a radiologist - which they didn't do two weeks prior. The radiologist said there was some sort of blockage in the upper gi and so the vet asked if we could do a barium treatment to see where it stopped - which was the stomach.I agreed to surgery and the blockage was caused by excess fluid and the pyloric muscle was thickened and the entry (exit?) was narrowed. The vet asked if she had had any issues prior as it looked like she had pyloric stenosis and maybe some ulcers as in the fluid there were flecks of blood. They do not have a flexible endoscope at their office, so she could only surmise that the flecks of blood came from ulcers. The only vomiting Jade has done previously was for car sickness which she outgrew. Then the episode 2 weeks ago which was an expulsion of her breakfast and she collapsed afterward which is why we took her to the vet.  The vet took care of the fluid in her stomach and sent her home with sucraflate, famotidine, and omeprazole.Jade hasn't been eating much. She refuses the science diet l/i that they sent home, but she has ate some chicken and rice.She also continues to regurgitate small amounts of liquid. Sometimes it has yellow blobs in it. Usually this happens after she drinks some water. I am going to call tomorrow to update them, but am concerned we really haven't gotten…Continue

Flea and Tick Prevention Choices

Started by Cindy and Olive (Ollie). Last reply by Stacy Jun 26. 44 Replies

It is tick season here in NJ and I have always given Olive Sentinel (every 39 days) and Frontline Plus every 27 days. What’s the deal with Frontline Plus vs Frontline Gold - I see one new med added to the Gold, but figured I’d ask the experts. I’ve stuck with Frontline as it has been the forerunner in this and is tried and true, and I’m a bit leery of those oral tabs. But should I switch her to Frontline Gold? Thanks!Continue

UTI infections

Started by DonMarie and Picco. Last reply by Jane, Guinness and Murphy Jun 24. 10 Replies

A friend of mine has a sweet yellow lab that frequently has urinary tract infections.  We were discussing cranberry pills since it works for humans.  When I Google it I'm finding some sites it is okay but also finding that in larger dosages (who know what that is) that cranberries can be toxic to dogs.  These aren't necessarily referring to the pills but dried or fresh fruit.  I can't imagine a dog eating the fruit or juice, that's why we thought of the pills! So anyway I figured I'd pose this question here.  Does anyone know or can clarify if cranberry pills can be helpful or harmful to dogs and can actually help UTIs?Continue

Fatty deposit

Started by Murph and Me. Last reply by Bonnie and Kona May 20. 4 Replies

So Murphy has on his stomach some fatty deposit that the Vet has checked in the past and said no big deal he said. It has gotten bigger of late. It feels like a small balloon. Does not bother him when you squish it around. I'm going to bring him in for another checkup of it. I trust the vet but it doesn't hurt to ask here in the group if anyone has had any history with a similar situation. and if so what did you do about it. Thanks in advance.Continue

Recessed Vulva (this is a new one) and an ear infection

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Stacy May 20. 13 Replies

Willow went to the vet yesterday with an ear infection, and Karen you should be pleased to hear I do finally have a vet who cultures ear infection goo. We treated it with a medication I hadn't heard of before called Claro. It's still a combination of antibiotic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. But the nice thing about this drug is it's a one time treatment that is supposed to work continuously for 30 days, so I don't have to squirt anything in there. She has an appointment for a recheck in 2 weeks. The vet said as an isolated event it's not a big deal, but if it becomes a chronic problem it's often associated with food allergies and we should do a food trial. I have mixed emotions about that. Right now I'm hoping it isn't a recurrent problem so we don't even have to go there. The other thing I brought up to him is that Willow always seems to pee on herself. The hair surrounding her vulva is always dirty. And she had that UTI a while ago. He looked at her and said she has a recessed vulva, and if it's a problem they can do a vulvoplasty to resect the skin folds there so the vulva protrudes more. Or if it seems to be more minor we can just keep the fur clipped from around that area - something I knew needed to be done but clippers, delicate skin, wiggly puppy and I have not been able to accomplish that on our own.This issue is something I haven't experienced before but I had been reading about it and I couldn't figure it out. The trick is, she looks normal when you look at her lying on her back with her belly up. But if you look at her from behind when she's standing you can see that her vulva is surrounded by skin folds and does look different than the other girls. I had heard that they usually grow out of it, but that's not really what I'm reading in the veterinary articles. But I'm still hoping that if she grows a little more she might grow into her skin folds. He also mentioned that slightly delayed spaying may help with this. We are doing slightly delayed…Continue

Struvite Crystals (Also posted in Food Group)

Started by Laurie, Wally & Charlotte. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle May 14. 1 Reply

For the past six months, Charlotte's pH has been fluctuating and she has had a number of urine tests with some showing struvite crystals and some without. An x-ray was taken in December and revealed no bladder stones. Our vet concluded that Charlotte's pH just goes up and down, and without any stones, this is Charlotte's "normal." About 10 days ago, she was showing physical signs of a UTI and was put on an antibiotic since we'd be traveling, but the urine evaluation did not find any bacteria. We have been flooding her food (Acana Grasslands) with water to dilute her urine, hoping that this will help keep the pH down. Next week, she'll have another x-ray done as well as a sterile urine culture. Here are my questions: If the x-ray shows no stone/s and the culture indicates no bacteria, but possibly struvite crystals again, should I change her food to one without starches (since starch alkalizes pH) and one without magnesium and calcium? Should I give her any supplements such as ascorbic acid, cranberries, d-mannose? Some of these are just for bacteria prevention if I understand it correctly. And if she doesn't have any bacteria in her urine, what would be the point? I'm hoping to find some additional perspectives to help inform our decisions moving forward. Continue

Spay & Gastropexy Surgery - After Care Advice?

Started by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie. Last reply by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie May 6. 44 Replies

So my baby girl goes in this week for the double surgery, I'm just reaching out for feedback/advice on aftercare.  I know the gastropexy is much more invasive than the spay and I know I'll get a checklist of things to do from the vet when I pick her up but looking for feedback from those who have already been through it (hits, misses, things to watch for, etc).  I'm just real nervous for her, she's my odd little wild child so I'm concerned about her plus the surgery facility is not local so any issues will fall on my vet and/or at an emergency facility. The more I know the better prepared I'll be. This poor girl had a rough start in the beginning so I want to make this as easy on her as possible.It's been a while since my other two were spayed and neither had any interest in the stitches luckily but Sassy was extremely hyper (spastic) the week following her surgery so keeping her calm was a real challenge.  I'll be home with her the first few days then will do a tag team with my daughter.Any advice on keeping her from the stitches if it poses a problem, resuming her normal diet (vet office briefly mentioned transitioning slowly back to kibble), walking, stairs, downtime, etc.Thanks in advanceJolene and Miss MaisieContinue

Lymphoma

Started by Courtney Sykes. Last reply by Cindy and Olive (Ollie) May 1. 10 Replies

I had posted on the food group earlier today. We took Lorenzo in to the LSU vet school today and after about 7 hours we got a call that he has Lymphoma Stage V. We are beyond heartbroken. Our baby is just over a year old. We are confused and feeling so guilty because we didn't see the signs and he has been playing and being the same sweet boy while this cancer was eating at him. Now we are faced with the decision of putting him on elspar, prednisone, or doing chemotherapy. The vet oncologist said that without treatment we may have days to weeks with him so it seems unlikely that chemo would do all that much for him. We want him to be comfortable and happy. I'm concerned about the elspar having numerous negative side effects even though it supposedly kills cancer cells. Does anyone have any experience with these drugs?Continue

Pinched Nerve?

Started by Nicole and Teddy. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Apr 26. 10 Replies

Hi everyone! Every now and then Teddy seems to have a thing with his neck. It started happening maybe a year or two ago (he's 5 now) and the latest bout was last night - worst yet. He'll have trouble turning his head to one side or the other and won't look up at me when I'm giving him treats. I talked with the vet about it last year and she gave me a prescription for Carprofen if it flares up. By the time I brought him in that time, it had somewhat subsided, and he's so excitable at the vet anyway he could have a broken leg and still be jumping for attention (yes, this is an ongoing battle!). She did say that it's similar to when we "sleep wrong" or do something else to throw our backs/necks out - very familiar with this with myself unfortunately. Anyhoo, she basically said to keep an eye on it and give him the Carprofen if he seems to be having an episode. Last night not sure how it happened but all of a sudden in the evening he was back to not being able to turn his head a certain way, doing these weird movements with his mouth, and couldn't lay down in a comfortable position. Gave him a pill and googled and found lots of info about pinched nerves in dogs (and lots of other scary stuff, of course). He had a restless night but today seems much better. One of sites said something about Vetriscience Vetridisc (https://www.chewy.com/vetriscience-vetri-disc-joint-health/dp/48739?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=f&utm_content=VetriScience&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQjw2IrmBRCJARIsAJZDdxCTmaJvX-Ka1Dd0s-v2mAMLUeZNl9AkiET3p4l7VX7n5-CZqGq9xfkaAmC7EALw_wcB) as a preventative measure. Anyone have any experience with this with your pups and, if so, any…Continue

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Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on July 10, 2019 at 5:52am

Thank you so much for this information, Lori! It helps a lot.
At this point, do you know if Visbiome is available anywhere else besides through the manufacturer?

Comment by Lori, Winnie, Bob and Indie on July 9, 2019 at 10:43pm

If it helps at all, I did a lot of research regarding VSL3 and Visbiome last year before the lawsuit went to trial. I was just looking to see if I could find a product that was a little less expensive than VSL3 for my Bob. :-) I compared the laboratory testing, species of bacteria, # of colony forming units, shipping practices, etc. and found them to be identical.

Bob takes Visbiome, and Winnie and Indie take Proviable for "maintenance." The box of Proviable (ordered from Chewy) that I got a month ago has an expiration date of 9/2020, and the extra bottle of Visbiome (ordered directly from the company) that I got 3 months ago has an expiration date of 2/2021.

Diarrhea is very high on my list of things that I DETEST dealing with! Lol And, since the results have been fantastic, I intend to keep all 3 dogs on probiotics for life!

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on July 9, 2019 at 8:30pm

That's what I have to look into, Nancy. I have to find info from an independent source telling me that Visbiome is the same as VSL#3. OR...I have to look at a package of Visbiome and compare it to the info on the VSL#3 bottle I still have.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on July 9, 2019 at 8:27pm

My brain hurts reading this confusing stuff.  I read the first letter way back when but the other articles are new to me......

So ------what product do we ask for at CVS et al?   I still have some VSL#3 so don't currently have a need, but I know I'll need it again with my boys.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on July 9, 2019 at 5:13pm

I would be so upset about this if JD were still with me. As it is, now I'm going to have to find accurate information on this Visbiome that doesn;t come from either of these warring former partners. :( 

Comment by Bonnie and Kona on July 9, 2019 at 5:11pm

Thank you Karen. 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on July 9, 2019 at 5:05pm
Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on July 9, 2019 at 5:04pm
Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on July 9, 2019 at 5:03pm

Hmmm...I'm finding conflicting info. The ex-business partner had sued them and apparently won. I'm seeing articles stating that the product is now sold as Visbiome and there is no more VSL#3: https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/-vsl-vs-visbiome/vsl-visbiome/

But then there's this, from VSL#3:
https://www.vsl3.com/assets/v1/hcp/files/VSL3DoctorLetter_CourtRuli...

What a shame, and a mess. 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on July 9, 2019 at 4:55pm

I haven't needed to buy it since Jack died, but I always got it at CVS. 

 

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