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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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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. 


Discussion Forum

Abnormal Thyroid. (T4)

Started by Jennifer and Jack. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Feb 12. 1 Reply

Jack has his normal annual exam this past Friday which included the senior panel. Thankfully, his liver and kidney numbers are perfect.  Once again, his T4 came up low Less than 0.5.  This is an ongoing theme with him.  Every year, I pursue the further "more sensitive" testing which includes the TSH and T3. Every year, It is normal.This year I decided, with the vet's encouragement, not to pursue the extensive testing.  I put an email in to his cardiac team at the University of Fla as they monitor all his health concerns in preparation for surgery or possible surgery.  From my limited understanding, T4 can have false lows due to an inflammatory process or some other disease but I don't have any idea what that could be-his blood work doesn't give any indications.The only sign of possible hypothyroid is lethargy but that can be linked to his other medical conditions. Does anyone have experience with "false lows" with their dog and if so, how did you resolve it?Continue

Mitral Valve Disease

Started by Jennifer and Jack. Last reply by Jennifer and Jack Feb 10. 8 Replies

I am hardly on this page so I forgot about this group.  I wanted to add information on here because many of us have dog that have a lot of miniature poodle in them.  Unfortunately, for my boy, he was recently diagnosed with  Grade 5/6  Stage 2B MVD.    He has very large ventricles and left atrium.    They can't tell on ECHO how many Chord strands are stained   .My purpose in writing this, is a few. One from what I have read in Mini Poodles this type of heart disease is the number one cause of death.... ( Please make sure you have insurance which of course is discussed at length in here). Also, very few cardiologist are aware of the fact there is a surgery that can repair the chords ( the damaged valve in the heart)Most times you are just given medications to reduce symptoms. I found an amazing group called the Mighty Hearts and I have been learning a lot.. There is a surgeon in Japan who has successfully  greater than 90 percent success repairing valves in dogs..... He currently does surgery in Japan which is the cheapest but insurance will not pay for it, at least not Pet Plan... ( they only cover US and Canada.) The surgeon also brings him team to Paris and he has trained a surgeon in London. ( they surgeon in London does not have as high of success rates).  The Japanese surgeon has been to Cornell in NY and had done several surgeries there.. He is currently trying to get VISA's for surgery in FLA.We are on the list for Japan, which would clear us by October 20th, that said, we are praying SUPER hard the surgeon will have his VISA's soon for Fla and his team will be there.. Jack's insurance will cover it there..    Anyway, I just want people to know as these doodle grow older that there is some hope if your precious baby goes into heart failure secondary to MVD.   I didn't find a lot of hope out there about this until I found the    I hope someday someone who is searching finds this and find some hope because watching your baby suffer is just…Continue

Dinah has an enlarged heart and mild left ventricle dialation

Started by c zoomer. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Feb 9. 6 Replies

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

Metronidazole, Proviable Forte probiotic, Loose Stools

Started by Lisa Duarte. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Jan 22. 5 Replies

HelloAlmost 2 year old labradoodle had his glands expressed a few days ago and all has been well, but suddenly yesterday he began having diarrhea. No change in food (we give him Earthborne Holistic and he's been on that since he was born). Took him to the vet today and he doesn't have a fever, and for most part seems to be acting normal and vet was overall pleased with how he looked during exam.Of course as he was at the vet I remembered discussions around I was having problems in remembering the antibiotic this great group mentioned should never be given and low and behold it's the Metro and of course as soon as my husband gets back from picking dog up at vet, that's the exact medication he was given. :( He was also given a Proviable Forte probiotic. He has a 2x per day dose of the Metro for 5 days total (so 10 pills overall).I know that Metro seems to be a bad antibiotic, but can anyone lend any insight as to this given in conjunction with the probiotic? Should I call the vet and ask for a different medication? Ugh, I am worried. I appreciate any feedback.LisaContinue

struvite crystals 2-3?

Started by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Dec 15, 2018. 3 Replies

Karen or anyone else have you heard or dealt with struvite crystals 2-3. A co worker of mine has a small dog whose been in several times for this so she's asking me if I can recommend any food or treatment plan?She asked the vet about alternative food and they recommended hills CD, she knows that's not a quality dog food but not sure if under the conditions it's the only solution. Her other dog she just rescued a few months back keeps vomiting after eating so I suggested a limited ingredient.  I don't know what she is currently feeding either of them but i know she does mix wet and kibble together. TIAContinue

Ear infections

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie Nov 28, 2018. 38 Replies

I have a constant battle with Katie's ears. They get yeasty and red and itchy. We have treated over and over again with mometamax (sometimes called mometavet.) Antifungal, antibiotic, and steroid. It works, but no matter how much I try to keep them clean or try not to mess with them it feels like a losing battle. Very frequent recurrence. I'm kind of at a loss and the vet hasn't suggested anything else. Her ears aren't horrible, but they're not great either. I just read this article from Whole Dog Journal. They recommend putting a little boric acid in the ears and then filling the ear canal with Pellitol and leaving it untouched for a week.  That just sounds wrong to me, but I wondered if this was something that sounded like valuable information at all. I feel like there has to be a better solution than just medicating her ears all the time, or even a better medication. But I have no idea what it is.

Anal Glands Seem To Need Cleaning Every Month

Started by Lisa Duarte. Last reply by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie Nov 27, 2018. 2 Replies

Hi thereOur 1-1/2 year old labradoodle, seems to have to go in and have is glands attended to every month like clock-work. Vet says that even though it typically affects smaller dogs, there are those who seem to be an exception to the rule. He's about 37lbs. and does get his energy out, although he doesn't doesn't attend a doggie day care, so during the day he is home and laying around most of the time. He's been on Earthborn food - puppy version when he first came home and since then, Meadow Feast (red meat protein from lamb meal) or Coastal Catch (herring, salmon, and whitefish protien) all of the food is grain-free. Just wondering if anyone else has this issue for their doodle? Is there something we can supplement/add to his diet to help. We have done the canned pumpkin to help, but even that doesn't seem to help.Thanks!Brady's Mom Continue

My doodle puppy injured her leg, HELP!

Started by Chelsea. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Oct 21, 2018. 3 Replies

My baby Penny is an 11 week old Standard F1b golden doodle. She has been the best addition to our home and we are completely in love with her! Recently on Monday she jumped off our bed and injured her back right leg. I could kick myself for putting her up there in the first place but I turned my back for 5 seconds and off she went. This dog has absolutely no fear.I took her to our vet, at the time, immediately after the jump to make sure nothing was broken or seriously injured. They examined her and took X-rays. I was told it was most likely a "strain" or "sprain" and sent home with anti-inflammatories and instructions to have her rest and bring her back in a week if there was no improvement. I was very skeptical and after 3 days of observing my puppy limp and basically use only 3 of her legs to walk, I had a gut feeling something was not right. I had been in contact with a wonderful trainer that was previously scheduled to come begin training with Penny and reached out to her for a suggestion of someone I could take her to for a second opinion. I made an appointment immediately and went yesterday to have her seen.This new vet was absolutely amazing and was extremely diligent in doing multiple x-ray views of Penny's leg which allowed him to see that the leg was, as I had feared, fractured. To be more exact she has a fractured tibia. She will have to have surgery to correct this fracture since she is so young they do not want to splint her leg for fear of messing with her growth plates which could ultimately stunt the growth of her leg and cause life long problems. Needless to say this new mama is absolutely TERRIFIED! I am reaching out to see if anyone has experienced a fracture in their adult or puppy doodle? Can you give me any advice as far as recovery, tips to try and get her to rest off the leg (she's a puppy this is almost impossible!), really anything to help ease my fears. I worry that keeping her cooped up will interfere with her socialization and her…Continue

Multiple Issues this Summer: Allergies?

Started by Nicole and Teddy. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Oct 19, 2018. 49 Replies

Hi all! I've been following all the posts about allergies this summer with intense interest. This has been a really challenging summer for Teddy and I'm hoping for some advice on next steps. It seemed to start in May after a week long beach trip in Florida. Teddy ended up with hot spots, yeast between the toes, etc. The vet put him on a course of metronidazole as one of the spots was infected. Since then it's just been downhill. We live in South Carolina and Teddy has battled itching, licking, hot spots for the whole summer. I've tried fish oil, Benadryl, and vet prescribed Hydroxizine. In addition he's had one bacterial ear infection - for which the vet prescribed another course of metronidazole. Amazingly during the antibiotic rounds he hasn't really suffered from stomach issues. I've sporadically supplemented with Klaire probiotic powder. Teddy eats a homemade diet of mostly beef, rice, beans, veggies, and multiple vitamin supplements. Through all of the posts on here, I am fairly certain this isn't a food allergy issue because he's had good luck with this diet until this summer (he's 4 years old). However, about a week ago he did have a bout with diarrhea - for which, you guessed it, the vet prescribed another round of metronidazole. I only gave him 2 days worth of pills and took him off of it. This past week, he's vomited 3 times - mostly undigested food about 10 hours after eating.Normal energy level, eating, playful, drinking water, no diarrhea with the vomiting. And finally, he has anal gland issues. I don't know how it happened but, thinking I was helping, we began getting them expressed when he was a puppy and he's been pretty regularly getting them expressed once a month. Well, last month when he went in to get expressed, they ended up inflamed and on the verge of infection - for which, the vet prescribed metronidazole! He's had a normal expression between that bout and this week- 2 weeks later...and now he's back to incessant licking in that area -…Continue

Katie's tumor 1 year later - and is this possible?

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Oct 12, 2018. 7 Replies

So, this just happened. But let me rewind for a minute to refresh. A year is a long time. I can't believe it's been a year. Oct. 13, 2017 I noticed something weird in Katie's nose. On Halloween the vet called to tell me that she has adenocarcinoma of the nose. That it was an aggressive tumor and there was a possibility that radiation that they don't do anywhere near me could help. But after speaking with several vets in several states I opted not to do that to her. The prognosis was poor. Over the last year she's done really well. She doesn't seem sick at all. In fact she's a little chubby, much to my chagrin. The tumor seems to be the same size, but I thought maybe it was growing inside her nasal canal where I couldn't see it. But I couldn't palpate anything, and she didn't seem tender there at all. She had the occasional small nosebleed if it got bumped, but overall normal, happy (naughty) Katie. I've been trying to just enjoy our life one day at a time, but that tumor is always there in the back of my mind. Today I threw the ball into my bedroom and Katie went to get it. She started violently sneezing, which means her nose is bleeding. I went over to check on her and she was having the worst nose bleed I've seen. She was dripping on the floor. I got her calmed down and it slowed. I went to look at her, and the visible part of the tumor is gone. She's bleeding from the place it used to be way in the back, but there's nothing that I can see that looks like the tumor. I wonder. I mean, I know miracles and misdiagnosis can happen, but not usually for me. The initial pathology was kind of equivocal. Could it even be possible that whatever this thing is died and she's going to be okay? I feel like we see so much sadness when our doggos get sick. It would just be so great if maybe this one time we could have a happy ending. …Continue

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Comment by Karen, Jasper 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, Jasper 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, Jasper 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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