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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?

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I GO TO WORK EVERYDAY AND MY DOG WAS USING WEE-WEE PADS

I GO TO WORK EVERYDAY AND MY DOG WAS USING WEE-WEE PADS WHILE I'M GONE. HE NOW REFUSES TO USE THEM AND HOLD HIS URINE FOR OVER 12 HRS. WHAT CAN I DO? I WORRIED FOR HIS HEALTH.

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Dr. Altman

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Dog has had diarrhea a month. Took her to vet did blood,

Dog has had diarrhea for over a month. Took her to vet did blood, X-rays, urine. Blood tests showed very low protein, high white blood cell so my vet suspects cancer. 1st urine came back inconclusive waiting for 2nd test results today. I'm questioning vets diagnosis. My dog just turned 6 yrs n she is a altered female pitbullJA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?Customer: SummerJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Summer?Customer: Has had anal gland issues in past, vet has mentioned that one is larger then the other. He also has put her on 3 different antibiotics in last wk. none of which has helpedJA: 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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What should I do..My dog is peeing with drops of blood

what should I do..My dog is peeing with drops of blood

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Pet Doc

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My son dropped a bottle of motrin on the floor and put them

my son dropped a bottle of motrin on the floor and put them in the trash. The dog tipped the trash can over and one was on the floor not sure if he ate anyJA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: gizmo and 14 year old papJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Gizmo?Customer: going blind and deafJA: 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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I realize the weather is warm, but my dog woke up last

I realize the weather is warm, but my dog woke up last Saturday acting differently. His head is lowered and his tail is down when he walks. I would say he is lethargic. He doesn't eat much either. He is an inside dog for the most part especially since it is hot. Despite all of this he goes on his daily walk. He takes seizure medicine, but has done this for 3 or 4 years. He drinks water as he normally has. I did notice under his jaw/neck it looks like some loose skin hanging down. Got any ideas?

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She is one years old and recently had kennel cough. She is

She is one years old and recently had kennel cough. She is an outside 24/7 very high energy dog and got hit hard with the kennel cough but rebounded back to normal. We've been having some really hot weather and yesterday she played and ran hard "helping" haul brush. Today it is cool and wonderful outside and she's walking slowly, doesn't want to play, hasn't really eaten for a couple/three days, and looks terribly sad. Could it be the heat catching up with her? Thanks for info!JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?Customer: Digest what? Her name is Sadie.JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sadie?Customer: Can't think of anything right now, other than she still likes to chew things.JA: 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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Dr. Altman

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My Yorke is 14 1/2 years old and she has vomited, which she

My Yorke is 14 1/2 years old and she has vomited, which she never had in her life to last week on, had diarrhea and blood come out a lot, very incontinent, and had been last llethargic. She is also extremely bizarre acting with food, like she won't ever eat again, but then it makes her sick again if she eats or drinks. Finally, her urine and stool smells AWFUL, like gaging. I know it's had but I don't want her to suffer like my other dog who was her half sister. Would do you suggest

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Dr. Altman

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Our adult pit got in a tangle with a mutt 2 days ago. Today

Our adult pit bull got in a tangle with a mutt 2 days ago. Today he is very lethargic, has an oozy eye and area on his snout (where it appears he was bitten). I tried to take him to the vet, but they were too busy. I'm very low income, can't afford emergency vet hosp.Any advice?

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