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Regarding feeding puppies age 3 to 6 months how much dry dog
Regarding feeding puppies age 3 to 6 months how much dry dog food do you give per day. Do you just keep the bowel filled? do you leave the food out all day long or do you give it specific times like twice a day three times a day to help regulate their bow movements. And what puppy food do you recommend?
My dog has occasional episodes where he cannot get
My dog has occasional episodes where he cannot get comfortable to sleep at night! He cannot seem to lie down, although he wants to. When he tries, he pops right back up!!! He licks his lips, and pants! He wants to sit on my chest the entire night - so I think his pain frightens him! He is a 5 1/2 year old, 10 lb Maltese mix. He's only had three episodes in his life -- the last two being over the last week! Can you please advise me as to what to do?
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I have a 7.5-year-old German Shepherd. He has been extremely
I have a 7.5-year-old German Shepherd. He has been extremely healthy his entire life. My question/concern requires some back story. About two months ago, my fiance went out of town. We do not live together yet. My fiance took our dog to his parents house so that he could be monitored and cared for at all times (I work long hours, and so could not be with him at home to let him out, etc.). When we went to pick him up after a month of him being away, our German Shepherd had lost about five pounds. We chalked it up to more room to run around and generally more activity (they also have a Shepherd, female, fixed). However, along with this minimal weight loss, we noticed a strange smell radiating from his neck/shoulder area. We took him to the vet, who told us he had never experienced that before, and didn't know what it was coming from. He also said he was not concerned about the weight loss (our German went from 83 lbs. to 78 lbs. in a month). Then, just a week ago, my fiance and I went on vacation to Cancun with his parents. We had to leave his dog with a friend who lives on ten acres in the country in Texas, and who just happened to have a breeding female German in heat. Our dog is not fixed and has sired two litters in the past. We took this opportunity to have him breed again. A few days into our trip, we got a call that our dog had partially torn a ligament in his right back leg while breeding. Our friend took him to the vet (not our family vet) who diagnosed him and gave him Novox (pain medication). We arrived back home three days later and picked him up. The affected leg was swollen from the hocks down to twice the size it normally is. We had him rest for the next two days, continued him on his pain medication, and monitored him closely. We noticed he had lost even more weight and was not showing any interest in eating. He was also extremely lethargic and seemed to quiver when he breathed. Yesterday morning he seemed greatly improved. He was more active and ate a big meal. However, when I arrived home from work, he seemed to lapse, and, while his back right leg swelling was still down, his front left leg was now swollen from the shoulder down to twice its size. He was incredibly lethargic and wouldn't get up to go to the bathroom. He also refused to eat, even a concoction of rice and chicken (which he loves). We took him to the animal ER, where they told us he does NOT have a torn ligament, and they kept him overnight to put an IV in him, run a 4-panel tick-borne disease diagnostic, check his blood, etc. As of this afternoon, they have found nothing (he tested negative for heartworm, Lyme disease, Erlichiosis, etc.). They are now doing an X-Ray on him. My question is, what could possibly be wrong with him? Is it bone cancer?
My dog is losing large clumps of hair and has bare dry skin
My dog is losing large clumps of hair and has bare dry skin exposed. The skin on 50% of her body is very scaly and dry. She isn't itching it and doesn't seem to be bothered by it. However, it's very upsetting seeing these huge spots and she also has horrible dandruff. What should I do to help her?
He is 16 moths old. He doesn't seem to be putting on weightView more dog veterinary questions
He is 16 moths old. He doesn't seem to be putting on weight and his spine seems to be arched and sticking up. He is in good spirits nothing seems to have changed with his personalityJA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?Customer: He is 16 moths old. He doesn't seem to be putting on weight and his spine seems to be arched and sticking up. He is in good spirits nothing seems to have changed with his personalityJA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?Customer: He doesn't seem to be in any pain at allJA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name?Customer: RoscoeJA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Roscoe?Customer: He's an English bull dogJA: 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.
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