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Back in March, my dog Sammy began having blepharitis in his

Back in March, my dog Sammy began having blepharitis in his eyes. When I took him to the vet at that time (March 17) they ran a senior blood panel and urine test which all came back normal. At first I was hesitant to put him on prednisone so we tried doing just oral antibiotics at first. When his condition did not improve, the ophthalmologist convinced me that prednisone was the only thing that would finally get this under control. He took prednisone, eventually tapering off throughout the month of May and it did help with his eyes. By June he was off the oral dose. The blepharitis issue however is chronic and he's been on drops ever since to keep it under control. His eye drops are Ocuflox and Pred Acitate. He gets both 3 times per day. He goes to the eye doctor about once per month for a check up. Over the last couple of months when he gets weighed at the eye doctor his weight has increase from 25lbs (which he has maintained his whole life) all the way up to 28.5 at the last visit.Today, Sammy went to have his teeth cleaned. His pre-op blood work indicated an ALP level of 1200 (the number was 142 in March). This vet noted that he has a bit of a "pot belly" as well and indicated that he might have Cushings. I told her about his recent use of steriods including the drops and asked if that could be the cause. She didn't really give me a straight answer. I'm looking things up online and it's saying that eye or ear drops could cause steriod induced Cushings. His ophthalmologist though had told me before when I was concerned about having him on these drops that not much is absorbed systematically so it really shouldn't cause side effects. Perhaps he was just downplaying it because I was so resistant to putting him on them in the first place. So, I'm confused. I'm thinking of asking him to take Sammy off of these drops and find some other drops to keep the inflammation down that are not steriods. Is it possible that the use of these drops could cause steriod induced Cushings?

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I have a min aussie shepherd about 20 pounds she ate some

I have a min aussie shepherd about 20 pounds she ate some rat killer not much cause caught her ,she pooped the rest out only thing she has been peeing a lot and its very sticky .this is very unsual for her . what should I be doing ?

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I would like to know what the recommended dosage is for

Good afternoon Dr. Sara, I would like to know what the recommended dosage is for potassium citrate oral solution for dogs. My dog weighs around 40 lbs/18kg. Also, should blood tests be performed to test for hyperkalemia while on potassium citrate?Thank you!

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Pain. having cushings test monday. can Igive her moriphine

pain. having cushings test monday. can Igive her moriphine for a couple of days?JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the dog?Customer: age. arthritis.just started on gabapentin. was changed to that from carprofen couple of days ago. but doc manipulated her legs and she is having front limb pain sinceJA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?Customer: yes . nothing thereJA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: maddy. 13 yrs oldJA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about maddy?Customer: she is a bearded collie. over 13 yrs old. I know she is at the end of her life cycle but she still loves to go on walks and roll in the grass and get her chew bone

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My 27lb rat terrier is 11 and has started drinking excessive

My 27lb rat terrier is 11 and has started drinking excessive amounts of water. The vet did blood test, urine test and checked for Cushings disease. Everything was normal. One or two were a off but nothing the vet was concerned about. She is uncomfortable, but walks fine. She also has not eaten much the last few days. I need help. I feel so bad for her

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I have a 15 year old toy poodle who has had 2 csections, eye

I have a 15 year old toy poodle who has had 2 csections, eye surgery from an accident 8 years ago, is losing sight in her other eye, acting pretty confused, and suddenly this week started drinking a lot of water and peeing in the house ( a large amount) She also has a gross odor - like poop. She sleeps the majority of the time. Just wondering if this is the end for her?

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Drinks lots lots of water,he an older dog and this as been

drinks lots lots of water,he an older dog and this as been going on for around 4 to 6 monthsJA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the dog?Customer: yrsagoJA: Where does Yaris seem to hurt?Customer: did you lose my last text?JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?Customer: just the tumor just keep growing slowly. prevent him form walking cuz of location.reallyJA: This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Yaris?Customer: no

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Have spoken about Chloey before she is having arthropen

Hi,Have spoken about Chloey before she is having arthropen injections monthly but a lot of thickening of the bones. However she is not sore at all which is great! As you can see she is getting up in age slowing down a bit tho she is quite happy to spend a day at the beach running and swimming. She eats really well, but I have noticed she is drinking more water than normal and its winter here. Diabetes? Blood test

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Kakadu, Black Lab. Last weighed in December 2015 (62

Kakadu, Black Lab. Last weighed in December 2015 (62 pounds). Recently been having seizures. He weighed 54 pounds (from last December). Vet took a ton of blood testing. ALL was normal. He is TOTALLY active, HUGE appetite, playful, etc. Just curious. If the weight loss was across these 7 months, then due to the South Texas heat and his age, I can understand the weight loss. The vet wasn't concerned. BUT (question) IF the weight loss was recent due to something ""serious"", then (1) would he show other symptoms like lethargic, loss of appetite, sick, etc.? And, (2) would something show up in the blood tests? The tech said they checked everything (liver enzymes, etc., everything). I was just a mixture of curious/concerned. As said, he eats like a hog, playful, active etc. Anything to lose sleep over???

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