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Date: 09/22/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worms

Question:I Have 2 Dogs. My One Dog Keeps Getting Worms. I Treat It With Pancur, But It Still Comes Back. Like I Said Only My One Dog Not The Other. I Do Treat Them Both With Heart Guard And Frontline. Why Does This Keep Happening? What Should I Do? Thanks 🐕

Answer:It Could Be A Type Of Worm Not Treatable By Panacure Or Heartguard. For Example Tapeworms Are Not Killed By Either Of These. To Worm For Tapeworms You Will Need Med Like Praziquantel, However You Should See Your Vet For Evaluation And Proper Stool Check

Date: 09/19/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvovirus

Question:I Have A 3 Month Old Puppy (lab Mix). He Is Showing Signs Of Parvo Or Distemper In Not Sure...he Isn't Dehydrated (i Did The Skin Test) ..i Am On A Fixed Income And Cannot Afford The Vet(i Am Extremely Sad About This Fact) Is There Anything I Can Do To Help My Little Guy?...his Symptoms Are Greenish Discharge From His Eye And His A Bit Lathargic. .his Eating Well But Seems To Be Losing Wieght

Answer:You Could Worm Him With Broad Spectrum Wormer Like Panacure C From 1800petmeds, As Well As Get Him On Good Vitamins And Immune Boosters Like Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds As Well As Pet Tabs Plus. Also Consider Herbal Immune Booster Olimune From Www.animalessentials.com See Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen.

Date: 09/10/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Worm?

Question:Hi My Friend Just Adopted Her First Dog. The Shelter She Got Him At Wasnt The Best. Tonight She Noticed What She Thinks Was A Worm On His Hindquarters. It Was Small White And About A Cm Long. Also Her Dog Squats When He Pees, And Im Not Sure If That Is Normal? She's Very Nervous So Any Help Is Much Appreciated.

Answer:Sounds Like Innnocent Tapeworms. I Would Worm Her With Praziquantel, And If She Wanted Additional Worm Coverage Panacure C From 1800petmeds

Date: 09/07/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin Sores

Question:Our Vet Did A Cursory Look At An Old Dog Of Mine And Said He Had Cancer. Since Then The Sores Have Begun To Heal. I Was Wondering If The Dog Could Have Screw Worm Infestation. We Live In Rural With Cows Etc. The Sores Were Round . They Lumped Up And Then Burst.

Answer:I Have No Personal Experience Diagnosing Or Treating Screw Worms In Dogs. I Would Ask Your Local Vet To Recheck Dog And Inquire About This, If You Are Concerned. I Highly Doubt Your Dog Has Screw Worms

Date: 08/09/16
Category: Heart/Blood Pressure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Left-sided Heart Failure In Canines

Question:Is There A Natural Way To Treat Left-sided Heart Failure In Dogs? Our Senior Chow Is Very, Very Old At 18 And To Put Him Through A Battery Of Tests Seems Cruel (i Am Not Opposed To Spending Money On My Pets. My Two Other Chows Both Had Glaucoma In Both Eyes And Needed Extensive Care). He Has Been On Heart Worm Preventative Every Month Since I Have Had Him This Past 18 Years. He Has Developed The Cough Associated With Congestive Heart Failure. No Pulsating Jugular, No Blue Gums. He Is Eating And Going About His Normal Routine, But Of Course We Would Like To Resolve The Cough Keeping Him Comfortable For Whatever Time He Has Left. Thanks For Your Time. Laurie

Answer:Hi Laurie. This Is One Where There Are Excellent Conventional Medicines That Can Help Extend Quality Of Life, Etc. Meds Like Vetmedin(pimobendan) And Benazopril As Well As Lasix Can Often Extend Life Dramatically Even In Old Dogs. This Age. I Would Get Appropriate Vet Attention On This, But Certainly Holistic Supplements Can Help Support Life, But Not By Themselves On Case Like This Most Likely

Date: 08/06/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Tapeworm Medicine

Question:I Gave My 11 Wk Old Kitten A Dose Of Praziquantel For His Worms And He Ate Right After. About An Hour Or So Later He Threw Up. I'm Wondering If The Medicine Had Time To Get In His System And Work Or If I Need To Give Him Another Dose. Thanks

Answer:I Would Wait A Few Days And Perhaps Give Him Another Dose. If Vomiting Persists Or Worsens, Should Have Veterinary Exam And Evaluation For Other Worm Possibilities Or Other Conditions Present. Hook Or Roundworms For Example, Are Not Killed By Praziquantel, Which Only Gets Tapeworms

Date: 07/28/16
Category: Heartworm Medicine
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My Dog Has Worms

Question:I Believe My Dogs Have Roundworms And Their Just 1 Month Old What Can I Do?

Answer:I Would Not Assume Round Worms But You Can Possibly Worm With Pyrantel Or Nemex. See Vet If Signs Persist

Date: 07/25/16
Category: Flea & Tick
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lyme Disease

Question:I Have A 3 Year Old Lab That Had A Heart Worm/lyme Screen Done. The Heart Worm Was Negative But The Lyme Came Back Positive. Now The Vet Wants $165 To Do An Antibody Test To See If Titer Is Over 30. If Less Then Wants To Repeat It Again In 2 Weeks. The Doxy Is Over $198. He Has No Symptoms. Should I Treat This Dog??

Answer:I Think Your Vet Is Overdoing It In My Opinion. Many Pets Can Test Positive For Exposure To Lyme Disease, But That Does Not Mean That The Pet Has Current Infection. Only That Dog Was Exposed. Without Clinical Symptoms, I Would Not Treat This Patient In My Opinion

Date: 07/24/16
Category: Heartworm Medicine
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Heartworms

Question:Is There A Over The Counter Heart Worm Medicine That Doesn't Require A Rx Prescription? I Love My Cats But Can't Afford To Take Them To The Vet All The Time. I Want The Best Care I Can Give Them But Can't Afford The High Vet Cost.

Answer:I Personally Dont Feel That Cats Need Heartworm Medicine In My Experience And Opinion. You Can Look For Herbal Heartworm Alternatives At Www.fiestapetdeli.com Which Has Company Called Biovance Which Has Natural Products

Date: 07/17/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Blood After Pooping

Question:Hi I Have A 8 Month Old Male Cat , Recently I Adopted Small A Female Two Month Old Kitten A Week Later She Had Blood After Pooping The Two Cats Play Together And Lick Each Other After A While The Older One Have Blood After Pooping I Take Them To The Vet And They Gave Them Antibiotics And Worm Pills But The Still Have Blood And Its Not Every Time They Go To Bathroom It May Take Day Or Two Before Blood Shows Again Like Drop After They Poop I Get Them To New Vet They Give Them New Deworming Course Which Is Three Day's And Then One After 10 Days But Blood Shows Again Only The Older Male And The Blood Is Like A Drop After He Finish Pooping Some Times Show's When I Clean Him With Wipes What Should I Do I Think The Older One Got It From The Younger Kitten Like Something Contiguous What Should I Do

Answer:Confusing Situation,. I Would Treat All Cats In House For Hidden Worms With 5 Or 6 Day Course Of Panacure Liquid Or Granules And/or 5 To 7 Day Course Of Metronidazole, However Your Local Vet Must Prescribe These. If Signs Persist And/or Worsen, Then All Cats Need A Full Workup

Date: 06/26/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Worms

Question:Hi Dr. My Dog Was Kenneled About Ten Days Ago And Had Diarrhea For A Couple Days After She Was Home. She Has Been Fine Since Then, But Then Last Night She Pooped Mostly Solid On My Bed (where She Sleeps). This Morning When She Pooped Outside It Appears If A Worm Came Out In Her Feces. Is This Something I Can Treat With Medicine Or Do I Need To Take Her To See A Vet Right Away? Thanks! Lindik23@yahoo.com

Answer:You Can Try A Broad Spectrum Wormer Such As Panacure C For 5 To 6 Days From 1800petmeds Which Covers Many Worms, Along With Praziquantel To Cover Tapeworms . If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Vet And Have Stool Check, Etc

Date: 06/20/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Tape Worm

Question:What Is Best Tape Worm Med For Cats Also, How Do You Get The Cat To Swallow The Pill Without Spitting It Out. Thank You, Jock

Answer:You Can Mix Pill In Food Or Can Pill Cat Directly In Addition To Crushing Pill, Etc. My Favorite For Tapeworms Is Droncit Or Praziquantel

Date: 06/13/16
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skinny

Question:I Have A 8 Month Old Husky . He Is Loosing Alot Of Weight. He Has Had Diarrehea For 4-5 Days. He Has Been Cleared Of Worms From The Vet . We Have Been Mixing Rice With His Food. To Put Weight On Him And To Help The Diarrehea. It Is Not Working. What Might Be Wrong With Him And What Else Can I Do ? The Vet Cant Get Him Back In For 2 Days.

Answer:Manny Possibilities From Still Parasites Or Hidden Parasites, As Well As Overgrowth Of Bacteria Or Food Allergies, I Would Worm For 5 Days With Panacure C From 1800petmeds For Hidden Worms, As Well As Add Good Probiotic And Enzyme To Meals Such As Naturevet Enzymes And Probiotic. See Vet For Further Workup When You Can

Date: 06/11/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sick Dog

Question:My Chihuahua Went To The Vet Today For Vaccinations (3year Rabies, Parvo, Distemper)and He Was Heart Worm Tested (negative For Heart Worms.) Two Hours Later, He Is Lethargic, Depressed, Not Eating Or Drinking And He Has Vomited White Foamy Stuff. He Isn't Interested In Going Outside, For A Car Ride Or Any Sort Of Treat. He Also Will Not Navigate Any Steps Or Jump Up On The Couch/bed. This Is Completely Uncharacteristic And Behavior That I've Never Seen In 3 Years. Should I Be Concerned Enough To Try To Find Emergency Vet Care?

Answer:I Would See Emergency Vet And In Future Please Stop Vaccinating Him For Multiple Viruses At Once I.e Two Or More Injections, As These Tiny Breeds Are Very Susceptible To Vaccination Reactions, And Many Of My Veterinary Colleagues Are Ignorant On Vaccination Reactions. Also If Your Pet Is Over 16 Weeks Of Age, Avoid Parvo/distemper Shots In Future, As Immunity To These Viruses Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet, In My Vast Experience And Knowledge On This Topic

Date: 06/10/16
Category: Flea & Tick
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Over Dosing

Question:I Brought My Dogs To The Vet Today To Get Heart Worm And Flea Medicine. I Have 2 Dogs.. One That Is 140lbs And One That Is 22 Lbs. I Tossed My 140lb Dog His Nexguard Flea Medicine ( Which Is Ranged For 60lbs To 121lbs) And He Spit It Out And I Didn't Get It In Time And My Little Dog Snatched It Up And Swalloed It Whole.. Im Not Sure What To Do Now.. Will It Hurt Him Or Will He Just Vomit It Up? Thank You

Answer:Just Getting This Question Now, Normally Dogs Like This Should Be Ok, However If Ever In Doubt A Veterinary Exam Within A Few Hours Of Ingestion And Inducing Vomiting By Vet Is Probably Best Approach

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