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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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Anal Glands Seem To Need Cleaning Every Month

Started by Lisa Duarte. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle 22 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

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

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on Saturday. 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

Mini goldendoodle not herself. I’m worried

Started by Lily. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on Friday. 26 Replies

I have a 2 year old mini teddybear golden doodle named lily. She is usually very energetic and always happy. But recently she has been extremely lathargic. She will run to her bowl of water to drink as if she has not drank for years and then throw up after. Sometimes she will just make a burp like sound and throw up. Her nose is dry and has crusties on it. Shes not the happy go lucky dog i know and im realy worried. She was diagnosed with lacating patella in her back legs.she has elbow dysplasia and she is going to be 3 years old soon.The vet hasnt given us much except tell us she is sick. But this is not right! If anyone knows anything about the symptoms i have listed people let me know anything you know at all it would be extremely appreciated.Continue

Multiple Issues this Summer: Allergies?

Started by Nicole and Teddy. Last reply by Nicole and Teddy on Friday. 43 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


Started by Suzanne & Jack. Last reply by Laurie, Fudge, and Vern Sep 4. 20 Replies

Jack was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma 7 weeks ago.  At that time he had a mass rupture on his spleen.  There were no lesions on his liver or kidneys and his chest looked clear on the scan they did prior to surgery.  Since his surgery he has had 4 seizures and is now on keppra.  The microcells have likely gone to his brain.  My goal is to keep him comfortable and give him a good QOL for as long as possible.  I know this disease will get him in the end, he is 11.5 yo.  Currently I have him on Turkey Tail mushroom extract and Yuunan Baiyou in addition to the keppra.  He is starting oral chemo this week.  It should arrive by Wednesday.  We are feeding him grain-free Fromm, topped with boiled chicken, broccoli, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes or squash.    Sometimes I add some Primal Raw.  I am thinking of ordering some of the Honest Kitchen base mix for some variety.  I am interested in anyone's experience with this type of cancer.He is doing well.Continue

Fish oil and/or evening primrose recommendations?

Started by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Aug 21. 41 Replies

I've been giving my girls the Yummy Chummies Fish Oil the past several months but I noticed recently when I tried to reorder that everywhere seems to be either out of stock or what is available seems way over priced?  Can anyone recommend another fish oils and/or the evening primrose (brand specific).Trying to help ease the compulsive itching/chewing.Continue

Dark urine

Started by Lindsey Holt. Last reply by Lindsey Holt Aug 9. 10 Replies

Here's the deal...Jake had an accident last night on the couch. He was laying there and I scratched his hip and then he started licking his man parts and then hoped of the couch and layed on the floor.  I noticed about 20 minutes later that the couch was wet and sure enough it was urine.We don't have a doggie door so it's possible he had to go and one of us didn't notice/hear him ring to go out.I called the vet this morning just to see if they wanted to see him (and because I'm a worrier) and we are going on vacation this next week so I want to get this taken care of if anything if wrong before we leave.They wanted a sample and I got one and it concerned me because it was pretty dark yellow with a greenish hue.I dropped it off and they would send it out for testing and call me on Monday, the lady in the front agreed it was dark but didn't really comment from there.I'm a worrier and now am terrified that there is something horribly wrong with my baby.Other that this pee thing he is acting totally normal.Continue

Henry's allergy testing results in; grass and a question about Cytopoint

Started by Dolly Dykhouse. Last reply by Dolly Dykhouse Jul 30. 25 Replies

Hello everyone,Henry began chewing/digging at his paw pads a few months ago. I thought that it might be caused by the new cedar bark that they had placed at the dog park we go to several days a week. Over the last 10-12 weeks it has escalated to not only rooting around his paw pads like a pig looking for truffles but also licking the tops of them to the point that they are now that lovely shade of rust red in-between the toes as well as scratching his muzzle and armpits multiple times a day. I had allergy testing done last week and the vet called me last night with the results; Bermuda grass, crab grass, rye grass and Russian thistle had a high reaction. I was pretty surprised...our backyard is aggregate and concrete, no grass at all and he rarely steps foot on ANY grass as our outings are to our local lake and the dog park which also has NO grass just bark or sand. Now with that said, our house backs up to our local 5 acre park which is loaded with all of the above grasses I imagine and even though I don't take Henry there (no dogs in public parks in my city) we do use a whole house fan to cool our house off at night and I had a lightbulb moment of "gee, this is right around the time we started using the whole house fan that his itching started." My window screens show all the pollen, dust, etc that is being pulled into the house and Lord knows I have to clean off the plantation shutters every few days because they are coated with dust and pollen. Does this make sense? Does grass have pollens that are released like flowers and trees? If this is the case, even though his dog park is all cedar bark the entire 15 acres surrounding it are grasses and trees and I'm sure that if they are pollen producing it is getting into the dog area and coating the bark too. Gah! The vet offered a few solutions; allergy shots, Apoquel and Cytopoint. I'm not thrilled about Apoquel as it is an immune suppressing drug and Henry is only 18 months old; a lifetime which could be shortened…Continue

Charlie itching / getting hot spots

Started by S & Charlie. Last reply by S & Charlie Jul 28. 13 Replies

Is there a better way to treat hot spots other than medicated spray from the vet? Charlie's been getting them this summer and i'm not quite sure if it's environmental or his food or what. He's on Acana regional ranchlands. The medicated spray from the vet doesn't seem to work too well. He's getting them on his back legs. They are usually pretty mild, but take a while to go away. I add ultra oil to his food every day as well. He also sometimes gets a little coconut oil. We live in Atlanta, GA if that helps. Thanks!Continue

Staph infection

Started by Haley, Yeti, and Phin. Last reply by Haley, Yeti, and Phin Jul 26. 11 Replies

Welp my sweet Phin has come down with a staph infection. To make matters worse, Yeti will not stop trying to clean his staph infection. We just got home from the vet where we were prescribed with 10 days of cephalexin. We’re to give him 2 a day and keep the area dry. Is this a good antibiotic? Anyone ever been though this before? Phin doesn’t seem to be bothering the area himself, but like I said Yeti won’t leave it alone. I have apple bitter spray that I’m going to try to use (he hates the stuff) to keep him away from Phin. We are also supposed to give him the medicine with food, but Phin doesn’t always eat his food so of course I’m worrying about how what to do if he doesn’t eat. If you have been through this with your furry babe please shed some insight! It is much appreciated!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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