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My dachshund "Howdy" is a senior and has but a couple of years

My dachshund "Howdy" is a senior and has but a couple of years left at best. Howdy is at least 14 years old. He's comfortable in that he has no serious physical ailments. I walk him daily and let him choose the path and length of walks. His walks have gone from 1+ hours to now under 20 minutes. He also prefers to sun himself on nice days.Question: At this point in his life is it fair to Howdy that we consider bringing another small dog into our home. Howdy is a rescue and any other dog we get would have to be a rescue as well. My wife an I are seniors 70+ years old so we understand aging. Howdy loves adults, children and all other dogs that we've met on our walks. I hesitate bringing another "adult" dog into the house for fear of jealously or rivalry. Can you offer any advice? Thanks.John

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My 13 year old malamut had emergency GVD surgery 4 days ago.

my 13 year old malamut had emergency GVD surgery 4 days ago. She spent 2 nights in the hospital and came home 2 nights ago, but she will not eat and has not wanted to drink much either. We have offered her everything the vet suggested along with everything we could think off - all her favorite foods and treats. She will not get up to go "potty" so we have puppy training pads on her bed. She just lays in her bed all day. We do force her to get up to go on short walks - she cooperates and does enjoy the walks once she gets started (she also has arthritis in her back and hips) - she even seems to want to keep going. The walks are not stimulating her appetite and we are extremely worried, especially since she doesn't want to drink either. My fear is she is giving up!

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I just purchased two German Shepherd puppies. They are 8

I just purchased two German Shepherd puppies. They are 8 weeks old. My wife and I disagree on how to train the puppies to use the bath room the yard. Specifically, we have them in a wire enclosure in the house (of course,not all the time). She wants toline the crate with training pads and of course the pads get wet all the time. I think we need to put the training pads outside the create and eventually the puppies will do their business outside. Any Suggestions?

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I have a 4 month old Lagotto Romagnolo. About 2 weeks ago,

I have a 4 month old Lagotto Romagnolo. About 2 weeks ago, he started limping on his right front leg. It was almost unnoticeable sometimes, and sometimes it was very obvious. I took him to the vet and there were no signs of pain upon examination. After a week of the limping getting worse, I had X-rays done. The vet and radiologist both said the xrays look normal. The vet said he's too young for growing pains. They think it's just a sprain and he needs rest. However, I'm very worried because I've been trying to rest him and it's almost been two weeks. Some days the limping isn't too bad, but randomly on other days it is very obvious. He has trouble getting up and walking on hardwood floors because he can't put pressure on the right leg. When he lays down, he uses his left leg and lifts the right leg up. Any thoughts on what this could be? Should I wait another week like the vet said in case it is just a sprain or should I take him to a specialist before it gets worse?

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My puppy is going 2 be 1yrs old in 3 days and past

My puppy is going 2 be 1yrs old in 3 days and past couple of days he's been gagging around 5 times during the day and acouple of times at night but last night he was gagging all night.He woke up at 2:00 in the morning and usually nothing or water would come out but finally at 3:00 white milky phelm came out and his dog food that he ate at 5:30 last night.And his is shivering went off my bed and just layed there and his not moving I woke up :00 am bathroom time but he would not get up so I picked him up and put him on my bed he won't drink any water and is still coughing u phelm should I find a vet open today or wait until tomorrow

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Hello, My dog (5 months old) is suddenly afraid to go outside.

Hello,My dog (5 months old) is suddenly afraid to go outside. During the night I heard him barking and looking towards my front door. It was not his usual I have to go to the bathroom whimper, whimper growl. He was actually barking which at night is unusual for him.So I searched the house, looked to see if my dad with Alzheimers had gotten out of bed. Then I opened doors (front and back) to let him out, he backed up and did not go outside. We have to force him to come in some days.During the morning I tried to take him out he did the same thing. He would go out the front door and not the back. I took him out the back with me and he quickly ran to the front. When I did not come he came back and peeked around the corner at me whimpering, as if to say, "will you come on!?"As I was picking up stool I noted some fresh stool with greenish mucous appearance. I asked my kids did he use the bathroom and they both said no.So I don't know. Poor guy! I am watching him, but don't know what to do. :(Can someone help me? What to do?Thank you,Sad for my puppy

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What do you think about giving my golden retriever Valerian

What do you think about giving my golden retriever Valerian root to help calm him down. He is having trouble at night he is 9 months old and weights 80 lbs.

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Hi.Im having some issues with my 8mo Bossie-Poo. Last week I too

Hi.I'm having some issues with my 8mo Bossie-Poo.Last week I took her to the vet because her left ear, which normally stands up, seems to be permanently flopped now. Coupled with watery and loose stool, the vet did no tests on her at all, but weighed her, checked her ears, and prescribed a med we finished giving her today. Her stools alternate between soft and firm even now.She doesn't seem interested in her food, which is Iams Puppy. I mix kibble with the wet food. After the stool issue, I began incorporating some brown rice and half a slice of American cheese in the bowl, warmed, and mixed. One of my cats LOVES her food, but Aubrey, not so much.Tonight I gave her pumpkin puree with rice and she seemed to eat that okay, but left a bit in the bowl.Poop still soft, ear still flopped, the eating thing is a concern, plus she licks my sheets and pillow until they are soaked... but only where *I* sleep, not my hubby.She's taken to jumping on my shoulder while I'm do

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My 8 year old female beagle had bladder stone surgery 8 days

My 8 year old female beagle had bladder stone surgery 8 days ago and for the last 3 days has been leaking urine while she sleeps. She doesn't even realize it. I'm getting worries because it doesn't seem to be getting any better. I spoke to my vet several times and he just says it's because of the prescription food and to take away her water at night. But she's still doing it. I'm not sure what to do and if this is even normal. If it is and she'll get better than we will deal with it. But in just so nervous that it's not normal. Please help.

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