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We are thinking of adopting a 5 month old blue heeler cross

We are thinking of adopting a 5 month old blue heeler cross that we are currently fostering but we have concerns about her rear right leg. The puppy was lame when brought to Animal Humane. Her medical record states "rads of stifles show a tibial tuberosity avulsion with marked proximal displacement and some secondary calcification." This poor little puppy has undergone 3 surgeries---1 to repair the fracture and 2 to remove the pins. (After the last surgery she had a few bloody stools that have since cleared up. A "parvo snap" test was negative. it was also noted that she had some "thrashing" following surgery.) Per the internet-" the prognosis for this fracture is usually good but there may be damage to the growth region at the top of the tibia that might NOT be immediately visible on x-rays yet lead to growth deformities that are more significant and difficult to treat. Also the tibial tuberosity may fuse prematurely following the repair and this could alter the conformation of the knee leading to impaired knee function." Her latest radiographs show "no bony union of tibial tuberosity" and the vet also annotated that she was "using leg very well. Good PROM of stifle." Although she's been cleared to "normal activity" we note that she still favors the injured leg at times. Her last surgery was on Jan 4th. We've had experience with heelers who can sometimes have genetic problems with their back legs anyway. Can we expect that this puppy will likely develop arthritis in her injured leg? Are her back legs more likely to be damaged in the future considering a heeler's high activity level? Should we be concerned that she had a few bloody stools and "thrashing" following one of her surgeries? We just want an independent opinion about her long term prognosis and what we might expect should we adopt her. Thank you.

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Dr. Alleyne

Veterinary associate

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

1,428 satisfied customers
We have 5 dogs... one of them "S" - is having a problem.

We have 5 dogs... one of them "S" - is having a problem. Maybe several! He has been sitting/lying down for hours (most of the day) for weeks and weeks. Every time he gets up, the other dogs run right up to him and sniff or lick his penis and/or bum. They follow him outside (the few times a day that he'll go)...they will even get peed on in their "zest" to continue lickingJA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name?Customer: Shaggy. I think its more than lethargy. Can a dog suffer from depression? Is he the victim of bullying?JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Shaggy?Customer: no how much is the entire bill - $5.00 deposit - what is the total?

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jadedangel57

Dog Behaviorist/Trainer/Breeder/Health

3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini

19,776 satisfied customers
My older dog has become very aggressive to our other dog. He

Hello Pearl, my older dog has become very aggressive to our other dog. He has had 2 cruciate ligament operations and has never properly recovered. I think some days he wakes up quite sore and it seems then that he is aggressive. Unfortunately now I have become paranoid and am looking for the certain look that he gives the other dog just before they go into a full fight. It's horrible to watch and makes me sad. I have not gone to the vet because I do not want the dog to be put on valium and be doped up all the time but I am at my wits end as to what to do - PetraJA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. How old is Petra?Customer: My name is ***** ***** is Charlie. He is a miniature black poodle of 14 and half yearsJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Petra?Customer: I think it's a combination of his soreness and maybe a power struggle as the other poodle is slightly younger and I feel that he feels my anxiety

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Dr. B.

Veterinary Degree (BVMS)

29,380 satisfied customers
My girlfriend's dog always seem to have a problem everytime

My girlfriend's dog always seem to have a problem everytime it comes to my house and defecates within a few minutes of being inside sometimes even twice my girlfriend doesn't have this problem with the dog at home. What could be some of the causes of this

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jadedangel57

Dog Behaviorist/Trainer/Breeder/Health

3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini

19,776 satisfied customers
I have a 9 year old chi and a 7 month old chi. I am wanting

Hello! I have a 9 year old chi and a 7 month old chi. I am wanting to adopt another 7 old chi. They are all males. Any reason I should consider not doing so? My oldest has been with me since he was a puppy and his buddy passed away on August. I just want to make sure it's not too disruptive.

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Dr. Altman

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

17,918 satisfied customers
His Penis sheath has two swollen nodules and its very

His Penis sheath has two swollen nodules and its very painful. how can I help him reduce the swelling?JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: Levi, he's 5yrs old.JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Levi?Customer: He is intact with testicles. no other health problems.

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Dr. Lori

Doctorate Veterinary Medicine

328 satisfied customers
He went to jump off the bed this morning, and when he did,

he went to jump off the bed this morning, and when he did, he yelped loudly and repeatedly, although he seemed to be moving ok. when we fed him, he just stood and looked at his food, very unusual behavior for him. when i put his food up where he wouldn't have to lean his head down to reach it, he ate all of his food like normal. . now he is laying on the couch, but with his head up, and when he starts to put his head down he whimpers. i have tried rubbing and prodding all around his neck and shoulders area, but he does not flinch or react to that.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: His name is ***** ***** we believe he is about 6 years old. He was a stray, so not positive on the age or breed, though he is definitely either rottweiler or doberman dominantJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Wyley?Customer: When we got him, he would eat anything. By anything, I mean things like dryer sheets, bird seed, potpourri, marbles, probably as a result of the fact that he nearly starved to death when he was a stray. Also, we're pretty sure he was abused as a puppy because of the way he acted, and still acts around strangers

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Dr. Altman

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

17,918 satisfied customers
My son and husband want to neuter my puppy. He's almost 6

My son and husband want to neuter my puppy. He's almost 6 month's old. He's a dachshund. What are the consequences of doing this

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Pet Doc

Senior Small Animal Veterinarian

BVSc

8,380 satisfied customers
Our Chihuahua/Cocker spaniel mix has a swollen lump above

Our Chihuahua/Cocker spaniel mix has a swollen lump above his penis. He was neutered as a puppy but in the past few years he's had a ramp up of humping the other dogs (male/female dogs). The lump started smaller and then would go down, but last night I got home from a work trip and saw that the lump was much larger. It doesn't hurt him when I touch it. It's soft and feels like it might be fluid filled. I'm not sure if the two things (his hightened sexual excitement and the lump) are related but I don't know if I need to treat this as an emergency either. As it's Thanksgiving Day/weekend, trying to get him to the vet is going to be more difficult. Is there anything I should do until I can get him in? Thank you in advance!

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