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tina
tina
my 1 year old shihtzu always seemed to have sensitive tummy since we bought him home. we already have a 3 year old yorkie who we free fed dry food since he is so small and hypoglycemia is a risk. the shihtzu did fine on this diet and every once in a while would vomit bile but it seemed that this would happen because he was hungry OR he would vomit after inhaling his food too quickly. about 6 months ago we re sodded the lawn and my husband did not want the dogs to burn the new sod with… Read more »
Kate
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
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
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
Kimberly Alt

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
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
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
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
Kimberly Alt

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

marsha
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
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
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
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
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
Maria
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ann
Katie
Katie
Jeff Butler
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Jeff Butler
Erika
Erika

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

Diane
Diane
Andrew
Andrew
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Natalia.G
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
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
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
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
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
Krista
Anonymous
Anonymous
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
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
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 »
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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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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
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
Anonymous
Anonymous
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
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
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
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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Anonymous
Anonymous
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 »
Anonymous
Anonymous
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 »
Anonymous
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 »
Anonymous
Anonymous
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 »
Anonymous
Anonymous
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 »
Anonymous
Anonymous
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 »
Anonymous
Anonymous
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 »
Anonymous
Anonymous
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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