Join the 9 million people who found a smarter way to get Expert help

Recent Socializing questions

I have a male Yorkie, Charlie who just turned 3 years old.

Hi pearl,JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?Customer: I have a male Yorkie, Charlie who just turned 3 years old. Beginning of the year he had a narrow trachea issue which was given antibotics for. He's very mellow but my concern is his depression. I took him to the vet again and they said he has more of a mental issue and provided me with dog Prozac. I have decided to wait on the pills and just take longer walks or runs. He is very spoiled along with his sister Chloe. However Charlie worries me because he struggles to go on walks, I have to carry him half way, he wants to jump in any car thinking we are going somewhere (He loves car rides). anti other dogs with the exception of Chloe. Is afraid to go to the backyard (since 4th of july he's been afraid of the backyard). He only eats his food if I add a topping. He's currently on Merrick little plates- Grain free. was on Signature grain free before. Vet mention I should put him on puppy food. Wondering if the food is his problem. I give him a multi-vitamin with minerals. He gets excited when I come home for work for lunch and also after work, but soon he returns to the room (his safe zone). Today I brought him outdoors with me to sit and close the backdoor so he can use the bathroom. Something else we are having a issue with. He holds it even when we are home. Sorry for the long message, I feel hopeless. I even do the lavender oil vapor in the house for him. He just seems sad but I dont' know why? My husband does travel for work, but I'm not sure if they is it. My other Yorkie use to have separation anxiety as my husband traveled but she has gotten use to it and is a ball of joy. THis is the reason why I got Charlie to be her companion at home :(. His blood work doesn't show any signs. Should I get a second opionion and x-rays? Change his food? Add grains or rice?JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot? The Veterinarian's require payment for their services. It's way less expensive on JustAnswer than face-to-face would cost. You can tell your Veterinarian that you want to work with someone else and they'll pass your question on to someone else.Customer: Charlie weights 8 lbs and is very thin, I can feel his ribs but doctor said his weight hasn't dropped so not much of a concern just to feed puppy food and give Prozac.JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Prozac?Customer: I have not given Charlie the meds yet, I have been using alternative methods instead of being more active. But he quick wants to go back in the car :(

Read more

Dr. Alleyne

Veterinary associate

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

1,104 satisfied customers
My dog has been recently diagnosed with BPH after receiving

My dog has been recently diagnosed with BPH after receiving X-rays from the vet. Their recommendation is castration to resolve the issue. I'm not entirely convinced he is experiencing the symptoms of BPH other than the fact that his prostate is indeed large. He has been experiencing stomach pains, specifically his stomach is tender to touch in the morning. He has no difficultly passing stool or urinating. He's had a rectal prostate exam recently and did not show any discomfort. Do you know if BPH can solely cause stomach pain and no other symptoms? Is there something else I should try?

Read more

Dr. Michael Salkin

Veterinarian

DVM

34,244 satisfied customers
I have a "full figured" lab. Mixed breed. She rescued me

I have a "full figured" lab. Mixed breed. She rescued me 5years ago. She is having a lot of trouble with her front paws, growth between toes. Just since summer, and this week she hurt her left rear leg. I am on social security and can pay you monthly, but I don't want her to hurt so when she walks. What do I do. I love her so. Please help.

Read more

Dr. Ellie

Veterinarian

doctor of veterinary medicine

492 satisfied customers
Our 10 month old Australian Labradoodle started refusing

Good morning. Our 10 month old Australian Labradoodle started refusing food yesterday morning and vomited all the food he ate (undigested) from the night before. He had liquid loose stools all day. By the evening he was able to eat boiled chicken and rice but last night he started barking to wake us up to let him out (very unusual for him) so he could poop liquid stools (three times) and he threw up again this morning (the undigested chicken and rice from last night.) Our neighbor has an avocado tree the drops fruit into our yard, but I have never seen my dog eat or chew on them. Does his condition sound like an intestinal blockage or a GI infection?JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?Customer: FinleyJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Finley?Customer: No, he's a very good and social pup. He is up on all his shots and over all is in very good health

Read more

Dr. Peter

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

39,774 satisfied customers
My 10 year old dog was diagnosed with an inoperable urinary

My 10 year old dog was diagnosed with an inoperable urinary tract tumor last November after I noticed blood spots starting in September. She is currently experiencing a lot of the symptoms that my vet told me to look for to know that it was time - she is leaving puddles instead of drops of blood, she is eating and drinking much less (but will still eat really good things -chicken, etc.), licking more (I give her an extra pain med if I notice that). The thing is ... She still seems happy. She can move around without limping or appearing to be in pain, smiles and wags like normal. Her eyes are clear and bright. I don't want to hurt her, but I have trouble putting down a dog this happy. Any thoughts?

Read more

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

18,816 satisfied customers
She has a hack that sounds similar to an asthmatic and she

She has a hack that sounds similar to an asthmatic and she is vomiting mucusJA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?Customer: NoJA: OK. The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: Gracie and she is 10.5 yrsJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Gracie?Customer: Nope

Read more

Dr. Peter

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

39,774 satisfied customers
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.

Read more

Dr. Michael Salkin

Veterinarian

DVM

34,244 satisfied customers
She is carrying her right rear leg ... not really putting

She is carrying her right rear leg ... not really putting any weight down on it at allJA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?Customer: I have looked at her foot , pads and between her toes ...she doesn't wince nor does she appear to be in any pain... I have massaged her leg from hip to toe ...JA: What is the dog's name and age?Customer: GG ...she is going on 9 yearsJA: What is the dog's name?Customer: GGJA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about GG?Customer: She has been a very healthy dog until now

Read more

Rebecca

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

20,282 satisfied customers
Vaccinations? My dogs are ages 8 and 4 and i have always

Vaccinations? My dogs are ages 8 and 4 and i have always taken them to the vet for their annual boosters. I have come to the realization that I don't want to over vaccinate them. They are due for DHPP, lyme, lepto, and bordatella. I live in north Texas and would like to know if the DHPP is really necessary to revaccinate every year? I decided not to give them bordatella since I don't take them to dog parks or other social events with unknown dogs. I don't understand why Rabies vaccine is given at intervals of 3 yrs and DHPP is every year? Also based on my location would it be advisable to vaccinate on lyme and lepto? I mean we sometimes get opossums and rabbits scowering my neighborhood.

Read more

Dr. Michael Salkin

Veterinarian

DVM

34,244 satisfied customers
View more dog veterinary questions
In The News