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I noticed that my dog's gums are darker this morning than
Hi. I noticed that my dog's gums are darker this morning than normal. He is a 3 year old yellow lab mix and has healthy teeth. He has not been over heated at all - I live in northern Michigan and the temp has been in the 60's and 70's over the last week. The gum just above his teeth are his normal pink, but they are quite dark starting about 1/2 inch above that. He shows no sign of illness and is pooping and peeing normally. Tghis happened overnight.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?Customer: Bullet. He was found as a stray on a military rifle range when he was 9 months old. The only new thing is that he has a big bone that he has been chewing on - it has not splintered - it is too big and tough for that. This is not the first time he has had a bone like this and he has not been chewing it more than usualJA: Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bullet?Customer: just the change in gum color. what can cause that?JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.
My senior Maltese/terrier mix male was diagnosed with a
My senior Maltese/terrier mix male was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea. He is on hydrocodone as needed, which does help. He is also on Enalapril and Furosemide for his heart, which an x-ray showed was enlarged. He has needed a dental for some time now. Although he is not showing signs of pain, of course I worry about this. Three vets are concerned about the risk associated with the surgery. One vet I took him to last week said that he couldn't hear a heart murmur at all, which one of the other vets said they could hear. This vet said that he saw no reason why he couldn't undergo a dental. I am scared to death about this Do you have any advice at all for me?
Veterinarian and practice owner
My friends dog developed a sore on the corner of her mouth a
My friends dog developed a sore on the corner of her mouth a couple months ago. We thought it might have been from ripping roots of of the ground. (She's a ***** *****). It seems to have stabbed over but 2 months later it has gotten larger and reopens. It doesn't seem to inhibit her ability to eat and she doesn't seem to be in any pain. Just wondering what we can do to help heal it up.
Name is ***** ***** and my question is regarding gingivitis
Name is ***** ***** and my question is regarding gingivitis in a 13 yr old, 53lb male dog.JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?Customer: Yes, he has apparent redness and some slight swelling of the gums and it appears to be sensitive. I was wanting to start him on amoxicillin, 500mg for ten days and see if it clears it up some.JA: OK got it. Last thing — Dog Veterinarians generally expect a deposit of about $19 to help with your type of question (you only pay if satisfied). Now I'm going to take you to a page to place a secure deposit with JustAnswer. Don't worry, this chat is saved. After that, we will finish helping you.
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I have a 11 yr old Great Dane who has had many fatty cyst on
I have a 11 yr old Great Dane who has had many fatty cyst on her body for quite some time, we have watched these and they have all never grown and always stayed soft. or About 3 weeks ago she had a large "hard" cyst or tumor on the side of her face which grew quite big, we brought her to the ER Vet Clinic because she was so lethargic and had no appitite, The Dr. there did a blood test and drew fluids from a few of the fatty cyst. The results of the blood test were all normal, he said the slides were not conclusive, he said he thought he saw some "angry" looking cells in there and he gave her Amoxicillan and a pain reliever, by the time we made the 20 minute trip home she was feeling a lot less lethargic and ate immediately. 2 days late we brought her to our normal Vet. who had conferred with the ER Dr. and his only advise was to put her on Ceflex after she finished the Amox. He said without a biopsy which we are not willing to do due to her age he would not be able to know if it was cancer or not. He said we could "try" a low dose of Prednisone late to see if the hard tumor on her face would shrink, after 4 days it had spread under her neck and to the other side of her face. I called the Vet and had him send over the Prednisone, after one dose of 20mg , 2X a day, the tumor shrunk basically 75%. The orders for the Pred. was 20Mg 2X day for 5 days, then 20Mg every day for 5 days, 20mg every other days for 30 days. The 2nd day of being on just the 20mg once a day the tumor had became as large as it was before. We panicked and put her on 20mg 2X a day. The tumor shrunk. I called the Vet who advised we cannot keep her on this high of a dose. We are lost. Why is the predisone shrinking the tumor so quick? Any ideas? Thank you so much. Susan Richards
She is 6 and definately has gum disease at the very front top
She is 6 and definately has gum disease at the very front top part of her mouth. It looks as though the gums are completely receded from the front few teeth. She has an appointment on tuesday, what can I expect in terms of treatment?JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?Customer: WinnieJA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Winnie?Customer: She has been very very healthy her whole life. Very active. I feel like this may have come from her drinking water from a creek where I take her running, not that that matters at this point. I'm concerned for her over all health because of this, it seemed to pop up very quicklyJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.
We have a 5 1/2 year old terrier mix. We brush her teeth dailyView more dog veterinary questions
We have a 5 1/2 year old terrier mix. We brush her teeth daily and they are very white except for very minor tartar on the upper back ones. Her breath is good. Her gums are healthy. Should we have her teeth professionally cleaned to get under the gum line or is she good without professional cleaning? In contrast, we have a six pound dog whose teeth must be periodically cleaned professionally despite daily brushing because of tartar and bad breath.