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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

1,440 satisfied customers
We are adopting a dog from a shelter. All is ready to pick

We are adopting a dog from a shelter. All is ready to pick her up and she is a real love needing affection. She was a stray and by adult daughter with me has dog allergies and cat allergies. This dog is a mutt and we had hoped for a mini.schnauzer. She may be part terrier, schnauzer or a little ??. Problem: On 2 visits she loves to kiss and lick your cheeks. Our other two dogs did not do this very much at all. We are making a hard decision. When the dog kissed my daughter on the cheeks and kisses her so much..they bonded but Laura became very itchy from her saliva.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the terrier's name?Customer: She has no specific name. The shelter only refers to her as Debbie Hairy..as she had such long hair from being neglected and they actually had to nearly shave her backside ..it was so matted. She is bleck and tan and only 11 lbs. What are the chances that we would not be able to keep her..Sad in Worcester, MAJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the stray terrier?Customer: She was treated for an ear infection when she was brought from animal control to a shelter in MA..ALSO Was treated from testing positive to lime disease and then developed kennel cough. When well enough she was spay yesterday as she underwent surgery for that and also microchip for us.

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jadedangel57

Dog Behaviorist/Trainer/Breeder/Health

3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini

19,798 satisfied customers
I run a dog rescue and we just pulled a dog from a shelter

Hi, I run a dog rescue and we just pulled a dog from a shelter yesterday. He was dewormed on 12/30 and the foster mom says she saw worms in his stool. Would that be normal even though he had deworming meds a week ago?

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Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

19,634 satisfied customers
I am a rescue in Arizona and someone wants to surrender

I am a rescue in Arizona and someone wants to surrender their dog to us. He had thought about euthanizing her, but hoping we can rehome. Last blood work for her shows Amylase level at 1630, magnesium at 2.6 and Potassium at 3.5. She looks like she's starving to death - she's a 8 year old female boxer. We just would like to know why these levels would be happening and why she's so very thin - you can see all her ribs, backbone, hip bones and head bones although he says he feeds her a lot of food. The last Vet recommended changing her diet which he did, but still so skinny.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about bones?Customer: This is all I know about this dog. Before we can accept into our rescue we just want to know options or why these levels would be like this. The last Vet that did the blood work for the owner said, they next step would be x-rays and possible exploratory surgery.....

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Rebecca

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

21,940 satisfied customers
Puppy, 10 weeks old. Golden doodle. Huge colored worms in

Foster puppy, 10 weeks old. Golden doodle. Huge white colored worms in feces. Very actively moving, and many of them. Runny, loose stool. Gave pyrantel pamoate about 18-20 hours ago. Last stool was about 15 hours after giving the recommended dosage, 10 ml for 20 lb puppy. Still very alive and active worms in feces. Probably going to take her to a vet tomorrow, but I'm only fostering her until Friday, 5 days.. Can I give her another dose within 24 hours? If the infestation is that bad, that I'm seeing so many gross big worms and they're still very much alive, I want them dead immediately. In case maybe she didn't actually get enough medication, would it harm her to do another 5 ml or 10 ml tonight? As just the foster mother, I can't exactly afford to do a bunch of vet testing, as I only planned to feed her and keep her for 2 weeks, until her new family comes to pick her up Friday. But I can't let them take her knowing she has worms, and I feel terrible knowing she could be suffering some harm from it. Please help, before I go to the vet, I want them to confirm what kind of worms they are obviously, but can't afford expensive treatment. If she was my dog, I'd be prepared for the costs of owning a puppy and footing the bill for the very common occurrence of getting worms. But this wasn't the plan.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. There are all sorts of infestations I'd can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about I'd?Customer: That's it.

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Dr. B.

Veterinary Degree (BVMS)

29,464 satisfied customers
My kids dog keeps licking and chewing her paw to the point

My kids dog keeps licking and chewing her paw to the point of breaking the skin (removing skin in between her toes) and causing real damage. It looks like she's chewing between and around her toenails. They use a head cone to stop her.I believe this is an emotional issue. When the cone is removed and she is close to me in my office while I'm working all is well. But, if I leave her unattended for more than 3-5 minutes she starts chewing. HOW DO WE STOP THIS BEHAVIOR???

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Dr. Gabby

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

16,848 satisfied customers
My 7 yr old chihuahua is suddenly behaving very oddly. She

My 7 yr old chihuahua is suddenly behaving very oddly. She is panting a lot, her tongues is blue and she keeps lying down, flipping onto her side with her legs sticking straight out. Also, she's trying to hide between cushions. She doesn't normally like to be under blankets or cushions. She's fully vaccinated and normally very healthy. We have given her water but she's not drinking much.

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Dr. Altman

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

17,922 satisfied customers
I think he has the canine flu. He's been coughing a lot, has

I think he has the canine flu. He's been coughing a lot, has a runny nose, and isn't breathing very well. He's lethargic and won't eat.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the canine. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the canine?Customer: I'm fostering him - I just got him on Thursday. He was vaccinated recently, but maybe not in enough time to prevent Bordatella, if that's what it is

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Dr. B.

Veterinary Degree (BVMS)

29,464 satisfied customers
My 13# male shih-tzu had a large dental chewy - 60 grams. I

My 13# ***** shih-tzu had a large dental chewy - 60 grams. I thought he would handle that better than the small which he gulps. He ate 1/2, and I could not get it out of his mouth. I saw he put it down, then he grabbed it again. When I went back again, assuming he dropped it, he had eaten the whole thing. I should have checked the packaging first - not to be given to a dog that small, and if not completely chewed could be harmful or even fatal. I read their package and have lots of fresh water on hand. I am so ashamed - what should I look for (he seems fine). Should I go to the next town and try to see an emergency vet - HELP!JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the Shih-Tzu will be able to digest that. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the Shih-Tzu?Customer: He's a trooper - born the runt 6.8 ounces, and since we bought him (8 years ago) he has had to have both eyes removed because of a misdiagnosis of cataracts - a vet ophth diagnosed glaucoma when it was too ate. He is extremely strong and health - no on any meds after a few years of cataract drops!

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Dr. Gabby

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

16,848 satisfied customers
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