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My dog, 11 years old, 12 pounds, was prescribed Methimazole,

My dog, 11 years old, 12 pounds, was prescribed Methimazole, 5 mgs. for 30 days, 2 times a day, for chronic acid reflux. Everything I read about Methimazole mentions nothing about acid reflux specifically, however the Vet(this is not a Vet I normally go to) did say it would keep things moving out of the stomach instead of back up into the esophagus. He feels the raw food I am feeding her no longer agrees with her. I'm very skeptical of giving my little Sheltie drugs, especially for that long. Does this sound like a drug that might be used for this purpose and is it safe. Thank you.

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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My 8 year old black lab is losing hair around his muzzle. It

My 8 year old black lab is losing hair around his muzzle. It started about 4 months ago. We have removed his latex toys, plastic and bowl. We changed his diet so he gets no chicken or wheat products. Our vet has scraped for parasites and done blood work (all negative). Any other suggestions?

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Dr. Kara

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Dog was fine yesterday. Late evening she became agitated

Dog was fine yesterday. Late evening she became agitated running up and down stairs then abruptly became lethargic. Upright, eyes open but pretty much unresponsive. Got her on her bed and she sleep soundly with minimum movement. This AM tough to get her moving, minimal appetite and drinking Lthough doing both. UrinTing fine although two days ago she peed on the deck. Totally unlike her. Nose a little dry but cool and some moisture. Heart and lungs seem fine. No points of pain noted but not moving as fluidly or easy as usual. Just it herself. Ideas?

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Christi Belew

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My friend's dog suddenly died a few days ago. He was

My friend's dog suddenly died a few days ago. He was sleeping in the bed and fell out onto the carpet. This is the not the first time he's fallen out of the bed, but it was the first time he failed to get back on his legs. She immediately ran to him. He was gasping for air and he died moments later. She did not order the autopsy so we don't know the exact cause of death. He was 13 year old Papillon who was having some issues, but nothing that suggested there was anything majorly wrong. Over the past year, he was losing his sight and hearing. He didn't want to walk as much, which we didn't know if that was due to the heat or pain in his legs. He was being treated for hypothyroidism but nothing else. He would sleep more during the day and not wake up when someone came to the door. Most of the time, we'd have to gently wake him up. He was urinating much more frequently and would sometimes act disoriented, as if he was looking for us but didn't know where were. We assumed that was because his eye sight was failing. A few weeks ago, he experienced muscle spasms which the vet had described as idiopathic vestibular disease. But after a days, he had no more spasms. Since then, he would stumble trying to stand up as if he couldn't get his legs to straighten up. But he never exhibited signs that he was in any kind of severe pain. Based on this information, do you have any thoughts on what might have caused him to die so suddenly. Should we have ordered an autopsy and is it too late to do so now? He was sent to the funeral home for cremation, but we won't get him back until Thursday. I'm just afraid the autopsy will reveal that the fall killed the dog and I don't my friend to feel responsible.

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Dr. Andy

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Sadie, female, 9 yr. old spayed, in relatively good health,

Sadie, female, 9 yr. old spayed, in relatively good health, having had a nail bed melanoma removed last year. She is on the melanoma vaccine, (4 x last fall, booster in April) When she had the melanoma, she had a bad 'doggie' odor that went away after her surgery. (odor happened in August). This August, the odor came back. She swims frequently in the ocean and is always showered off after the swim. The second issue is that two days ago we noticed a red 'coating' on the left eye, toward the nose corner, and about 2/3 the size of a dime. She evidences no pain, no tearing, no rubbing, and no obvious swelling. I am not sure if it is reducing her vision in the left eye. So, my two questions are, does this odor indicate another melanoma cancer somewhere, and what is this red coating in her eye?JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?Customer: SadieJA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sadie?Customer: She is the best dog we ever had - smart, loving, obedient. But then she is a Golden Retreiver. She still runs with us 3 x day. (we do not run very fast, being in our 70's)

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Dr. Amanda

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Toy Fox Terrier female never spayed. 12.5 yrs old. 'day

Toy Fox Terrier female never spayed. 12.5 yrs old. B'day Jan30She has contact Dermititus. Tremendous scratching, self mutilation by eating the hair on her paws and in b/t them, chewing her back. Giving Appequell and Royal Canine venison. Doesn't work and never has. Allergic environmentally and also strong food allergies. Cooked organic for her 8 yrs. and sometimes it appeared better but next week eye and ear infections and the return of the same thing. I don't know if there is any advancements in research that would be able to live out anymore yrs. with some quality of life benefit but I'm holding out for any help you could provide

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Dr. G.

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She appeared to be having a full body muscle spasm but it

she appeared to be having a full body muscle spasm but it stoppedJA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: nematode and they think between 3 and 6JA: How old is nematode?Customer: between 3 and 6 years....no one knowsJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about nematode?Customer: she was treated for heartworm in 2013

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Dr. Peter

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My dog has a hot spot which has now looks like a infection

my dog has a hot spot which has now looks like a infection weve been treating this for over a month what can we do

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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He has improved quite a bit. Mostly the few remaining

He has improved quite a bit. Mostly the few remaining "bobbles" or trip-up's seem to occur when he's standing still, ie may sway a bit toward the right or left. Not noticing that these things are unilateral only. I'm not seeing any unusual eye movements. However his right hind is still the weaker 1-sometimes it seems a bit unsteady and the right leg seems to "flap around" very very slightly., and the foot of his left hind leg points almost straight out. My daughter who is a vet tech replied that it sounded as though Xander may have been affected by old dog vestibular disorder--which is in agreement with your assessment; she tested his feet etc and said that he "definitely knew where his feet were" so he wasn't real disoriented. As for his eye, Xander has Collie Eye Anamoly, and 1 of his retina's has been detached since he was a young pup, resulting in blindness. His "good eye" has remained stable since, but I have had the sense that perhaps his vision had deteriorated somewhat...the vet has since changed her mind to also agree with the vestibular disorder diagnosis but allowed for the personality that Xander may have had a small stroke. The day after the attack, for much of the day, he was obviously fearful and distressed, staying uncharacteristically with my husband--but his habits have mostly gone back to normal. He is quite restless at night--as though he can't stay comfortable, however, and occasionally he will experience a minor muscle jerk. He doesn't seem to be able to settle in and relax as he used to. He also no longer wishes to lie on the bed as had been his custom every morning. He seems frustrated in trying to get comfortable.I have NOT noticed increased twitching in his sleep since last thurs. when the initial incident occurred; strangely it seems to be occurring less--tho not much time has passed yet.Eating great and drinking a lot of water. Stools seem normal and although he shakes his head occasionally (and has been for sev.months), the vet says there is nothing wrong with his ears--although the last time we took him riding in the car with the breeze blowing into his face he became very distressed, whining, shaking head..Would you get a referral to a neurologist, or wait a little longer? I'm worried about another attack, and hate to see him so restless/uncomfortable at night.I don't think we can afford 2 consults (vet wanted 1 w.opthamologist, but my daughter noted that if his vision was deteriorating there wasn't much we could do, whereas if we were able to speak with a neurologist, we may be able to act on something...thoughts? Xander is 9 y.o., rough collie, neutered, hypothyroid and has minor hip dysplasia as well as Collie Eye Anomoly.

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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