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We have an almost 16 year old dachshund, Maggie, who has

We have an almost 16 year old dachshund, Maggie, who has been quite healthy, although somewhat overweight, for most of her life. She has maintained a weight of 17 pounds most of her life. She was spayed at 3 years. In June of 2015, she had pre-labs for a dental prophy which showed an elevated ALP of 360 and ALT of 260. All other labs were WNL. In August, repeat labs were ALP 408, ALT 171. In November, the ALP was 375, ALT 175, in April of this year ALP 947, ALT 209. We started her on Denamarin in December, but stopped in February. We restarted again after the April lab draw. I don't have the current ALP and ALT. We took Maggie to the vet 10 days ago for a limp. The vet looked at her and wanted to test for Cushing's. Her symptoms are occasional panting, especially when hot or stressed, being overweight, drinking and urinating a little more than usual, sleeping more than usual. She has had a couple of mild skin infection over the past few years on her belly and groin areas that cleared up completely with Pharmaseb spray. She has no hair loss. This week she had the LDDS test done. The results were: Pretest:13.8. Post 4hr: 5.0. Post 8 hr: 4.2. I spoke to the vet and he told me that Maggie definitely has Cushing's. I do have a few questions though. Can you explain these labs results to me better? Is the resting cortisol normally this high? We discussed treatment with the vet, and at this point, we are holding off due to her age and side effects of the meds.

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My 9-year old Lapphund Mix has blood in her urine. It was

My 9-year old Lapphund Mix has blood in her urine. It was diagnosed 12 days ago and she has been on an antibiotic for 12 days. There was still considerable blood and clots in the urine test run this morning. Am supposed to hear from her Veterinarian sometime tomorrow and in the meantime I am very anxious. What are the possible complications / what causes this?Moderately hungry and drinking water. Her stools seem normal and while she urinates fine, she tends to stop and start occasionally. She was not running a temperature 12 days ago.

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I have a 6 year old neutered male miniature dachshund who is

I have a 6 year old neutered male miniature dachshund who is due for a dental. He has severe allergies that flare in the summer and last until the fall. He is very sensitive to certain treats and foods as well. Just a really sensitive little guy! His last dental was in 2014 and he has all of his bottom incisors removed. The veterinarian's office I took him to, their scale consistently read anywhere from .5-1 lb heavier than he actually weighed. When I took him for his dental, everything went fine except for the vet stated she had to administer atropine because his heart rate was slow. Needless to say this terrified me, and I'm so scared to put him under for another dental! We're in a new city now and have elected a new veterinarian but "once bitten, twice shy"!! I'm not sure what caused his slow heart rate, except for the inaccurate weight. My lil dude had a dental the year before (2013) with no issue whatsoever, but that also entailed no extractions. The veterinarian that performed his dental in '14 that called for atropine also accidentally sliced the colon of my co-worker's dog while spaying her and the dog nearly passed from blood loss. My question is: is my fear of anesthesia unfounded and should I be cautious of putting him under due to his sensitivities and past experiences? Thanks!

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I have a 4 yr old spayed yorkie terrier. She uses potty pads

I have a 4 yr old spayed yorkie terrier. She uses potty pads in the house and I notice a little bit of blood in the urine on the pad. She doesn't show symptoms of discomfort and is eating and drinking normally.Do you have suggestions on what to do if anything?

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My 10 year old Westie female is in season at the moment but

HelloMy 10 year old Westie female is in season at the moment but in week three she is bleeding more heavily than usual and has not been presenting at all.The dog is concerned for her , too. There seems to be no external damage when I bathe her.She is eating well, may be less active than usual.Regards,Joan

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Diesel 9 months old, continuous blabbed infection, 4th round

Diesel 9 months old, continuous blabbed infection, 4th round antibiotics, they are suggesting bayteril which we noticed not for dogs under one year of age.Had X-rays and ultrasound after cretin levels 1.35, no sign kidney issues

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Just noticed time, she is eating, drinking and normal level

Just noticed for first time, she is eating, drinking and normal level of bodily functions. No change in actives.

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I have a 2 year golden,spayed, that feels the need to

I have a 2 year golden,spayed, that feels the need to urinate frequently. She has been panting a lot lately. We have been traveling for about 2 months and staying in different campgrounds.

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A few inches below where my dog's belly button is, I can

A few inches below where my dog's belly button is, I can feel a line of few hard bumps on her mid tummy area. They are under the skin a bit, not visible on the skin at all. They almost feel like bone or even metal, not fleshy at all. They are in a perfect line. Is this something natural, or something left behind from her being spayed? She's three years old and in perfect health. These may have been there for a long time - just noticed when I was giving her a tummy rub!- Greg

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