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Kate
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Kate

How can I put weight on my jack Russell terrior that is diabetic? She is down to 13.6 lb.
on 3 units in insulin 2 x’s aday.
She is on hills prescription dog food and hungry all the time yet getting very picky on what she will eat. Also she is laying around more.
This morning her urin was sticky

Al Scroggs
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Al Scroggs
My dog, a mix but looks to be a terrier of some sort, vomits after he eats. He will have a couple of days with no vomit but usually it is most nights and it is most times about an hour after eating. He doesn’t eat real fast but not slow either. It usually looks white and froth like and includes large amounts of the undigested food. He has been to the local vet and had stool and urine samples along with blood work. He is in very good health and is very active. He does not show any signs… Read more »
Al Scroggs
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Al Scroggs
My dog is throwing up his dinner after about an hour, he does this regularly but not every night. He is 1 year old and otherwise in good health, he is also very active and shows no other signs of distress, nervousness or stress. He doesn’t eat really fast but doesn’t take his time. After he has vomited all he can he goes back to being the active dog he is. I don’t know what breed he is but he looks to have wired hair terrier genes. He has been to the local vet and had blood work done only… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
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My initial thought was that he could be eating too quickly. I know you said he doesn’t eat too fast or too slow, but it could still be too fast for his body to keep up. You could try a slow feeder dog bowl, like this one https://www.caninejournal.com/dog-food-bowl/#slow-feeder-dog-bowl. My other thought is how long has he been on this dog food? Has he always been unable to keep it down or is this something new?

Clee
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Clee

My pompoo has a tumor like bump on her belly started at her nipple it’s massive and looks inflamed I don’t have the money what can I do?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

We suggest you use the service we recommend on this page to get an answer: https://www.caninejournal.com/go/justanswer/

John Francks
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John Francks

I have a Boston Terrier. She is nine years old and in good health. Recently she started coughing up clear liquid from her mouth. Any suggestions?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I suggest calling your vet. They will know what is wrong with her.

marsha
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marsha

My 14 yr old chihuahua ate coleus from the garden a few days ago and hasn’t gotten back to normal yet…she’s not eating her dry food and has watery bm’s; should I be concerned? She also eats rabbit poo which makes her very sick for about 3/4 of the day; bloody diarrhea and her stomach gurgles a lot…do I need to see a vet?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Yes, call the vet or schedule an appointment if you are ever concerned something is wrong with your pup. They will know what’s best for your dog.

candylovesbob
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candylovesbob

I changed dog foods about two weeks ago. I mixed their dog food until their old dog food was gone. After 2 weeks, my oldest dog is throwing up only at night. What can I do?

Michelle Schenker
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Michelle Schenker

Hi Candy,
Please call your vet. This is not likely related to the food given the timing but you never know. Always best to check with an expert. Hope your pup it feeling better soon.

Eevee
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Eevee

My 38 days old golden retriever vomited undigested food after eating. I take her out to pew or poo after her meal and today she barked a lot and the threw up the dog food undigested. Is it because of the heat?

Michelle Schenker
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Michelle Schenker

Aww, poor thing. It could be because of the heat but call your vet for a more informed opinion from your local expert.

Aaron
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Aaron

It’s been a week since my dog has eaten. I’ve tried to hand feed him but he just backs away. He does drink a lot of water.

Sadie Cornelius
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Sadie Cornelius

Aaron, so sorry to hear your dog has no appetite. Have you recently switched dog foods? Or perhaps he is just experiencing anxiety but there might be something more serious going on so it wouldn’t hurt getting a second opinion from your vet. Hope your dog gets to feeling better and eating again soon.

Maria
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Maria

Well, My Rottweiler, Rocky is 2 1/2. He has been scratching and biting himself lately. We took him to our local vet and they said he didn't have ticks, fleas or anything. Didn't really give me and explanation, just stalled 'til I had to go. Well we put on some spray on where he itches but he licks it off, it's called Pet Solution RX. He has scratched so much that he has patches of places without hair. I wanted to know what is wrong with him and would take any opinions.

Ann
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Could deer corn cause a dog to vomit, go into seizures and die?

 

ann
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We live on six acres…two dogs…one a 6 month old puppy. Sunday morning we let them out at 7am. At 7:45am I went outside and noticed one dog just laying down looking around, the puppy walked up to it and started trying to throw up. Only clear fluid coming out like she was choking or ate something she was trying to vomit. She then began to have a seizure. We immediately was rushing her to the emergency vet when she passed in the car. Once returning home, we noticed our older 8 year old Australian Shepherd was panting, weak, and shaking. Rushed her… Read more »
Katie
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Katie
Hi Doc, my aunt's dog, Amigo, is eating a little of his food but after a few hours, he throws up the food. It's mostly full pieces of his kibble. And also how can we get him to eat food? We have two types of food (Cesar and Benefil) we change his food time two time but he doesn't seem to touch it. Please reply, this has been happening for more then two months! I'm very worried about him and my aunt is hesitating to bring him to the vet because of the money. Amigo is a Shih Tzu and only… Read more »
Dane Morgan
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Thanks for the question, but our only advice is to take Amigo to a vet as soon as possible. We understand the financial implications, but there  is no way to diagnose this situation online.

Erika
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Erika

My dog ate too much corn and she won't eat breakfast. What do I do to ease her pain?

Diane
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Diane
We are now convinced that K9 Advantix is causing adverse reactions in our German shorthaired pointer, Peanut. We got him as a six year old from our local Humane Society. A few months later, he started having muscle spasms, weakness in hind legs, and pain-related reactions when his spine was touched. We didn't realize at the time that these symptoms started shortly after giving him his first dose of Advantix. He was diagnosed first with a compressed disc, later with arthritis, and has been on maintenance pain killers ever since then. A couple of weeks ago, his pain reactions returned… Read more »
Andrew
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Andrew

Flea drops are, generally, overpriced trash. Frontline is OK, but…Comfortis is pill you can get from your vet. One dose lasts for a month. Me and my girlfriend swear by it. Our vet charges $14 per pill.

kofrix son s guia
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kofrix son s guia

doc how to cure the dog that bites another dog? my dog are weak. 

are alcohol can cure my dog?

Natalia.G
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Natalia.G

No It is best you dont use alcohol on your dog .. The proper thing to do is go to your local vet or Breeder

Denise
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Denise

My dog is 2 1/2. She pukes bile just about every morning. Just bright yellow bile – never her food. She starts by chewing grass, then pukes, then shes fine. She wants to eat and or play. Could someone please help me? I've given her peptic ac and it did seem to help but I would have to give it to her everyday, and I'm not sure if that's okay.

Sharon
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Sharon

Throwing up bile is an indication It may be to long between meals for her, even if you feed her 2x's a day. Give her a late night "snack" (a couple of dog cookies, carrots, things along this line) that will put something in her stomach to lessen acid build up overnight. Eating grass usually produces vomit, and if her stomach is bothering her that much she will eat it in an effort to relieve herself. You can continue to give her Pepcid as well; it won't harm her, even everyday.

Laurie Stumbo
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Laurie Stumbo
I have a Miniature Pinscher. She is 4 yrs. old and weighs 8 pounds. She has a tummy ache. Symptoms are: rumbling belly, walking around slowly, threw up small amount of liquid this morning, drawing in at abdomen, no appetite, has urinated but not pooped. She is in some pain and may had a small temperature earlier but has broken since then it seems like. She runs around barking and stuff one minute then next thing she is laying around or wanting to be in my arms. (She always gets in my arms when she doesn't feel good). When she… Read more »
Duke
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Duke

My dog has had a hard, bloated stomach for a few hours now. He has been pacing, is very hyper, has been taking in a lot of water, and acts very hungry, although his stomach appears very full. I think someone has been putting out rat poison, and my dog gets in it when he escapes from our fenced-in yard.

Krista
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Krista
My 14-1/2 yr old Black Lab/Australian Shepherd dog (blind and mostly deaf), but in good health otherwise, just went outside and turned back to a large pot with soggy Coleus and started eating.  Then she went out in the yard (I followed her) and tried to bite off grass that is mowed to under 2" and dried maple leaves… anything and everything in her path.  She has never done this so persistently – though did throw up yesterday.  I actually had to turn her away and back into the house.  She can't see what she's eating and just eats the… Read more »
Anonymous
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Your pet's health should always be a top priority. Unfortunately, there are small towns that don't have an emergency vet. I currently live 70 miles from the closest emergency vet and if there's bad weather there is absolutely no way to get there. This would have been so frustrating a decade ago, but thanks to websites like Ask a Vet Online and JustAnswers, I can get the answers I need without worry. The truth is that in most cases people just need to be reassured that a behavior is normal or is something that can wait until a local vet… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
I love having this option available! I posted the contact information for this on my refrigerator and make sure to tell my friends about it. Asking questions to available veterinarians over the web via JustAnswers is so much less invasive than making a phone call in the middle of the night because you are worried. Not that long ago, my neighbor’s dog was in the yard lapping up paint water and I completely panicked that it might be toxic to the little animal’s system. Instead of making a frantic call to the vet’s office because my neighbor was not around,… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
I live in an area where the closest emergency vet is 60 miles away. Not only can this distance lead to the death of a pet if you don't get there on time, but if the weather is bad, it can be impossible to get there at all. With a service like ask the vet, at least you could learn how to protect your pet's injuries long enough to get him to the vet. This could literally save your pet's life. Of course, not all questions you have may be life-threatening. There are times when pet owners simply have questions… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
I find it really frustrating to always have to call my vet when I have a concern. A lot of times they give you a hard time or think you're overreacting when you call them if you feel something just isn't right. Like my dog just stops eating sometimes when she's upset and she'll do it like for one day. The first time she did this, I thought she was so ill. Though she wouldn't eat, the vet told me not to bring her in until the next day and sure enough, the next day she ate. And now I… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
It doesn't matter if you own a dog, cat, hamster, or even a reptile, chances are you will have questions about your pets from time to time. There may even be times when you have questions, but your vet isn't open. Some may not even be able to find a vet that treats small animals or reptiles. This is why this service is so invaluable. Being able to go online an ask a question about a problem your pet may be experiencing can give you peace of mind. You may even discover that the “problem” is actually something quite normal.… Read more »
Anonymous
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I enjoyed this article simply because for pet owners this is fantastic news! Pet owners only want what’s best for their pets without spending a majority of their income. It’s wonderful to know that now; people can ask veterinarian advice without leaving the comfort of their homes. Pets require constant care and let’s face it, vets can’t be there all the time; their businesses close and they have lives too! In addition to this, most vets seem impatient and bothered when we call for free advice. I think on this site, you can get advice 24/7 which is outstanding to… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
As humans, we are generally curious about changes in condition. Many of us even turn to sites like WedMD in order to try and diagnose ourselves when we experience strange symptoms. The only problem with researching these conditions on your own is that many symptoms are common in many illnesses. This isn't just a problem for humans. It can also be a problem for your pet as well. Searching the internet to discover what a symptom might be can not only lead to misdiagnosis, but may cause you to worry more than is necessary. That's where Ask a Pet Doc… Read more »
Anonymous
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One question I have always wanted to ask an impartial veterinarian is whether or not they think it is appropriate for these new breeds of dogs to be bred that are hypoallergenic such as labradoodles and so forth.  I look at how many different breeds of dogs there are now these days and I just find it to be a little strange that we can play with the genetics of these animals so greatly that it creates animals that do not even look like they are from the same planet let alone belong in the same species.   I know… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
I met a dog trainer a number of years ago that was actually sponsored by a major pet food manufacturer that is pretty well known.  I got to talking to him about his dogs, as I am a dog lover myself, and started asking him about how he feeds them and what he thinks of his sponsor’s product.   What he told me was a little more than surprising.  He said he would never feed his dogs processed dog food under any circumstances.  He said with all the chemicals and preservatives in the food, even the best and most expensive lines,… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
I love the idea of this. As someone who is a new animal owner, I know I will have plenty of questions about my pets and I do not want to be calling the vet every week to ask him a question. I probably would not even get through to him and end up asking a secretary instead. For all that I may as well as my own kids or something. I want to get advice from an actual vet who has experience with animals and an education that focuses on the needs of animals. I know my questions are… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
My friend's been studying to work as a vet, and this type of work would be right up her alley.  I am so glad you mentioned this service.  I think it would be a great job for a new student who is trying to gain experience in the field.  However, I'm thinking that a company like this might require her to have more experience just because they are evaluating the animals pretty much without seeing them, and I think you might have to have some experience evaluating animals to be able to do that over the phone.  I know for… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
Every pet owner has questions about their pet and sometimes these aren't questions that require a trip to the vet. For example, you may wonder which brand of dog food is right for your new puppy or whether or not it's normal for your dog to behave a certain way. This is when a service like Just Answers' Pet Doc comes in handy. There are truly a number of reasons to use this service. First of all, imagine that you want a new puppy and after all the research, you still aren't sure which breed would be best for your… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
My friend has a two year old Springer Spaniel that recently has started chewing at her tail to the point of removing most of the hair on and around the area.  She is a bit of a “chewer” as it is and is also a little neurotic, but I think this may become kind of a problem if she continues to nibble at the affected area.  I have not seen her draw blood yet (in fact it is kind of amazing how careful she is) but I am fearful that some allergic reaction or other kind of affectation is causing… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
Whether or not someone owns a pet, there are huge numbers of animal lovers all over the world. I think that the new site which provides licensed vets to answer the questions posed to them by online users is a great idea. In fact, it is really perfect for anyone who has a question but is not sure who to ask. One of the best things about this site is the fact that the doctors have their credentials certified by a large, Fortune 500 firm. I like this fact very much and think that it will put many people’s minds… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
As some of the others mentioned, veterinarians can sometimes become annoyed by the mass of questions their customers have. However, as a pet owner, I want a vet that is there for me when I need them and doesn't question why I worry so much. I once had a vet tell me that I worried too much when my dog was diagnosed with breast cancer. I felt embarrassed, but also angry at the same time. My current vet is a dream. He never thinks I ask too many questions and always makes sure my questions have been fully answered. Unfortunately,… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
You know, I seriously get tired of calling my vet with every little thing.  Even though they're supposed to be caring and loving pet professionals, I always get the feeling that they are sick of me.  Like when my dog was sick and not taking her meds, and they had to coach me through getting the medication into her, I felt like I'm taking so much time out of their busy day.  I really appreciate that you told us that there is someone else that we can call before our regular vet, just to ensure that the issue is vet… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
There are times when pet owners are surprised or simply just befuddled by their dogs, cats and other pet animals. We have all wondered from time to time why these creatures do some of the things they do. Now, we have an outlet to finally get some answers! This article proclaims that there is now an online site which allows users to ask veterinarians questions about our pets. This seems like a great idea. They also say that at any time, there may be as many as 12 vets online ready and waiting to take and answer your question. It… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
I have two kittens that I just got. It's been many years since I had any cats, so I kind of forgot some of the more basic things and I wanted to ask you what your thoughts are on this before I start calling around to have anything done. First, I have one male and one female cat. I know that they both need to get their vaccinations, but I am a bit worried about some other other things as far as costs go. I want to get them declawed so my furniture does not get destroyed, but I thought… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
If you have ever had a pet question at 2 in the morning, now you are finally in luck. There are places online which will allow interested pet owners (or really anyone who is interested enough to ask) to submit their questions. This can be done at any time of the day or night. The promise is that your question will be examined and answered by a licensed veterinarian. To me this seems like an interesting concept. Not to be too cynical, but I wonder if there are ways to actually check the credentials of the vets who are on… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
I am having some problems with my dog and I am not sure what to do about it. I just know that I am at a loss and I really can't take much more of this. Recently a new dog moved to the neighborhood. Apparently, he really has a taste for chickens. So far, he ate my flock and my neighbor's flock. I got some more chickens and reinforced the coop, but he got in there again and ate the new flock of chickens. Aside from reinforcing the coop again and trying to find out who owns the dog that… Read more »
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While dogs will be dogs and find their way into interesting smelling things, especially outdoors where there are fewer restrictions on their actions, we do have one recommendation. Why not throw the dead chickens in the trash? It may seem heartless and not very environmental but if you really want to get rid of the risk of your dog digging up the chickens, then you need to get rid of their access to dead chickens all together. Hope this helps and happy 4th of July!! 

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There are now a number of sites which claim to offer good advice for pet questions and issues. However, in order to really decide on the value of such a service, it is important to know who is behind it. Many of these places are indeed for profit businesses, but I am not sure that this should really be a big factor in a decision one way or another. The biggest factor in my mind is to ensure that there are actually real veterinarians standing behind these services. If the site can absolutely guarantee that a real, licensed vet will… Read more »
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Even before reading this article, I had noticed several websites that were advertising a service where readers could submit a question that would be answered by a pet doctor. Some of these did not specify whether the pet doctor was actually a licensed and practicing veterinarian, but others did. Personally, I can certainly see a use for such a service. It could turn into kind of a WebMD but only for pets. Of course, I think it is also important to point out that if anyone has a real life emergency, they are certainly better off taking their pet to… Read more »
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Anonymous
I always enjoy coming to this site. I love the concept of being able to ask a vet a question anytime I want to. More than that, I like to read the comments and see what everyone else is asking. Many times I have questions that I never even have to ask because someone else has already asked them and had them answered. That just makes life a whole lot easier. I never have been an animal person. I had a few bad experiences as a child and I just never really wanted to get too involved with animals. Now… Read more »
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As I was reading this article I thought what a great idea! Actually, I wish I could have thought of this first; I would probably be a millionaire. Anyone who is a pet owner knows how troubling it can be to take of care of the little one. Also, situations and issues occur when they are least expected, and usually at a time when it is just not possible to go to the vet. This is unfortunate, but reality. This led me to think about what such an online system would look like. After all, a pet owner does not… Read more »
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After doing my own research, I also see that there are a number of different online ask a pet doctor types of services. Some of them are meant to be than simply a repository of frequently asked questions. In fact, many cases these site are attempting to provide effective treatment and diagnosis options in the case of a problem with your pet. Some of these systems even provide live help. Personally, I am in awe that there are some sites offering this. I think it is a tremendous way to provide help and information in cases where the animal is… Read more »
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Lately I have been thinking about getting my dog fixed. He is a great dog and he would be wonderful with pups, but I don't really want to start a kennel or anything and I know it we had pups my son would want to keep them. Even if we did find homes for them, I would worry that we didn't find a nice enough home for each and every one of them. I hear horror stories about dogs being put out on chains or abused in some other way. To me, putting a dog on a chain is abuse,… Read more »
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This is one of the most interesting sites I have seen in a while. I love the concept of being able to go online and ask a pet doctor or veterinarian any type of question that I have. I also think that it may be even more helpful to have access to the questions which have already been asked. In other words, searching through the archives could provide a sort of self-help guide for all types of pet questions, issues and topics. The most important thing to know about this site, I imagine, would be the credentials of the doctors… Read more »
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I have a dog who seems unusual to me. He is a lab and German Shepard mix. Now he is about 6 months old, but we got him when he was around 8 weeks old. He's a very sweet dog, if a little hyper and fond of shoes. The problem is that he wants to play mother to everything he can. He has a teddy bear that is most special to him. He will take it to the neighbor's dog. The neighbor's dog can sniff it and look at it, but isn't allowed to touch it.This is just one teddy… Read more »
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Maltipoo Mom
My 18 month old Maltipoo, Puff, will not stop biting his nails. He has plenty of chew toys and bones, but he prefers his nails. Is there something wrong with this? We cut his nails down, and he still continues to chew them. It's causing a problem because now, some of his nails have split and are sharper than others. He has also begun mounting people – isn't he too young for this behavior? With that he's become a little more aggressive than usual. Someone told me that the two are connected and that if we dont mate him or get… Read more »
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Anonymous

My puppy Ally has vomited a few times, and is acting like her tummy is upset. We've tried holding her, loving her and rubbing her tummy, but after awhile she bit us. We assume she wants us to leave her alone, but yet she still wants to be beside us. She keeps constantly squirming and it's starting to worry us a bit. We don't want to rush to a vet if it's just a tummy ache so is there anyway to know if it's just that?

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