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My 9 year old female Dachshund has recently stopped climbing

My 9 year old female Dachshund has recently stopped climbing stairs (4 days ago). She will go down stairs but not up. If she attempts going up she goes slowly, climbing sideways, leading with her right side. She will do two this way then stop. The most number of steps she needs to climb is three. She doesn't show any signs of pain when attempting to go up stairs, just acts like it's too much effort. Her nails were quite long and curling under so I took her in to get them trimmed today along with a complete grooming. She seems a little happier but is still balking at the stairs. She takes walks and plays the same as before. She did appear to have a fever 2 nights ago but awoke in the morning with a cold wet nose. I have gently palpated her back, legs and paws without reaction. The groomer told me she was good without any negative reactions to her grooming. Her appetite remains good, she is alert and appears strong except when she is faced with climbing the stairs. Is this an early sign of back problems? What can I do to counter this?

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Dr. Peter

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Dr. Peter. How are you today?? Hopefully just a quick

Hello hello hello, Dr. Peter. How are you today??Hopefully just a quick question, please?? Last time Ivan went to the groomer, I have him a Xanax because he is very apprehensive with nail trims (and refuses to cooperate) If you remember, I had to have him under general anesthesia last year to have them trimmed - but I won't do that again.Anyway - the 0.5 mg of Xanax did not seem to have much of an effect. I gave it one hour before taking him for this bath.Shall I give it closer to the time he is bathed?? Shall I give him TWO?? I am always so afraid of giving my dogs strong medication. (He is around 65 pounds)Please advise?? THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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Dr. Peter

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

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I have a 2 year GSD who ripped his dew claw yesterday, the

I have a 2 year GSD who ripped his dew claw yesterday, the vets cut the nail back and cauterized. They wrapped it because he was already licking at it and panicks with cone on but I've had to take the bandage off as his paw is swollen. Is this from the bandage being too tight? And he has opened the wound on his claw again is there anything I can do to help him?JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is the dog bleeding a lot?Customer: No he let me massage the foot and apply pressure to stop the claw bleeding too muchJA: What is the dog's name?Customer: BaileyJA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bailey?Customer: He's very large for his breed

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Dr. B.

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I read that you don't like the use of trazodone for dogs,

I read that you don't like the use of trazodone for dogs, however I have two small dogs (10 and 12 pounds) and I'm desperate to trim their nails. They had a bad experience at the vet's office and now even Murphy puts up a fight. I'm looking for how much to give them.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: Murphy, 10 lbs, Chiwinnie, about 11 years old Zoe, 12 lbs, Pekeapoo, 5 years old - can get very aggressive.JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Murphy?Customer: He was a rescue dog 10 years ago and was very ill when we got him from the shelter, brown tick disease possibly an auto immune disease but is very healthy now.

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Dr. Ann M.

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HE BENT HIS DEW CLAW, duncan, 7, he is healthy, has all his

HE BENT HIS DEW CLAWJA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: duncan, 7JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about duncan?Customer: he is healthy, has all his shots.

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Jess K

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Miniture schnauzer has blood red eye all around white

miniture schnauzer has blood red eye all around white pigment seems ok in herself and both pupils are responding to light

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Dr. Andy

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I've just discovered several scrapes on my dogs chest. Most

I've just discovered several scrapes on my dogs chest. Most are surface scratches, but three are less than a fourth of a cm deep. When we were walking in the woods an hour ago, she veered off of the path and barked. I think it may have happened then, but when I called her she came and finished the 1/2 mile walk with no problem. She ate dinner, is walking fine and jumping on the bed. Should I go back to find the object that caused the scratches? It does not look like another animal scratched or bit her. If the object has rusty nails will I need to get her a tetanus shot? If so, will this need to be done before Monday? PLease advise.

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Dr. Peter

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

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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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Keeps licking his toe nail, it looks discolored by his paw,

keeps licking his toe nailJA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: it looks discolored by his pawJA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?Customer: Duke, he's a great dane. I do run with him 4 yrsJA: What is the dog's name?Customer: Duke

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Dr. B.

Veterinary Degree (BVMS)

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