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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 362 comments and questions on Animal Health issues. They are listed according to date.

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Resources Suggested resources USA
 
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Chihuahua is in pain USA
 
General Dog bitten by Pit Bulls USA
 
General Is it OK to give my 8 year old dog aspirin? USA
 
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Giving coated baby aspirin to my dog USA
 
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Doberman hurt her leg USA
 
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Is is safe to use Tramadol long term? USA
 
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Large Boucheron getting old France
 
Glaucoma Dog getting eyes removed USA
 
General My old chihuahua gags a lot USA
 

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Suggested resources

Topic: Resources

Question

June 1, 2017

Hi there,

I write for Pet Life Today and I’m reaching to share our guide "The State of Pet Healthcare in 2017," which explores pet health care costs and trends, common illnesses, insurance and financial aid options, and more: https://petlifetoday.com/state-of-pet-healthcare/

We've also created a custom graphic for pet owners on the most common health problems for dogs and cats with symptoms and treatment: https://petlifetoday.com/state-of-pet-healthcare/#infographic

If you like them, I hope you’d consider adding the guide or the infographic (or both) to your pet health resources page.

Thanks!

Cynthia - USA

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Answer

Thanks for the suggested resources. I added the links to the Animal Health Resources page.

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Chihuahua is in pain

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

March 27, 2017

My chihuahua has been yelping a lot like she's in pain. It happens when you pet her or she tries to jump on the couch or bed. Even sometimes when she's walking. Is it alright to give her half of an aspirin.

Marie - USA

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Answer

It would be good to find out why she is in pain. Is it an injury? Is it arthritis, or something else?

With such a small dog, you need to be careful on giving aspirin, so that you don't give too much. I think it would be best to check with a vet to get the correct remedy and dosage.

Best wishes for the recovery of your dog.

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Dog bitten by Pit Bulls

Topic: General

Question

February 25, 2017

My Pitt got attacked by two other pit bulls. We were sitting down on steps. He has puncture wounds on his chest throat behind his right ear and one on the top of his head and some scratch marks around his mouth. He is laying still and sleeping a lot and would not eat which is one of his favorite things. My question is should he be seen by a vet?

Sue - USA

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Answer

You definitely should bring your dog to see a vet as soon as possible. You need to make sure the wounds are not serious and to protect against infection from the bites.

I hope your dog is OK. Best wishes for his complete recovery.

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Is it OK to give my 8 year old dog aspirin?

Topic: General

Question

October 29, 2016

I just wanted to thank you for your site. I was curious about whether it was ok to give Bella (my 8 year old dog) an aspirin. Thank you so much for the info and chart!!

Sabrina - USA

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Answer

Giving your dog aspirin should be OK on occasion. Follow the instructions and amount on the Giving Your Dog Aspirin page. Of course, be sure to give the aspirin with food.

It is also good to check with your vet, if Bella has some problems.

Best wishes for a healthy dog.

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Giving coated baby aspirin to my dog

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

September 25, 2016

can I give coated baby aspirin to my dog?

susan - USA

27325

Answer

Yes, coated baby aspirin can help to protect the dog's stomach. Be sure to give the aspirin with food and follow the weight chart on Giving Your Dog Aspirin for the right amount.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy dog.

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Doberman hurt her leg

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

August 28, 2016

Hello,
My Doberman weighs 76lbs lbs. she is hurting with her hind leg. May I give her a aspirin? If so how much.
Thank you for you time.

Christine - USA

27246

Answer

I am sorry to hear that your dog has a sore leg. If she is really in pain and, you could give her an aspirin to help relieve the pain. But be sure to give the aspirin with food.

Also, make sure it isn't a serious injury. A simple sprain can heal quickly, but a torn ligament would require a vet to look at it.

Do not give the aspirin more than a day or two. Hopefully, she will be back to normal by then.

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Is is safe to use Tramadol long term?

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

June 30, 2016

Hi, I took my dog to the ver after he ran and aggravated his arthritis and could hardly walk at all. The vet said aspirin was good and also assed Tramadol. She said if it works we can use it long term. Everything I see on the internet says do not use it long term. She said that stopping it when he feels better will only result in recurring pain. My question is, how long can I use it safely? I am giving him a glucosamine supplement that could take some time to work. Do you have an opinion on this?
Thanks!

Mary Jane - USA

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Answer

One thing that can help a dog with mild arthritis is to keep the dog's weight down. Glucosamine may sometimes help the joints, but it doesn't seem to work that well.

Aspirin can give temporary relief by reducing swelling and pain in an aggravated joint. But long term use can cause stomach bleeding. Likewise, Tramadol can be effective in reducing your dog's pain. But also, long term use can cause kidney problems.

Once the extreme pain from the aggravation of the joint has been relieved, it is good to slowly do a warm-up before exercising your dog. It is just like a human with arthritis needs a warm-up before jogging.

A little discomfort isn't bad. It is when you dog cries when moving that he need the pain relief. Aspirin works quicker than Tramadol.

I hope that helps. Best wishes on keeping your dog active and healthy.

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Large Boucheron getting old

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

June 7, 2016

Bonjour,
I live in the mountains of south west France. My Max is monstrous (previously 68 kilo) and from registered Boucheron lineage but evidently crossed with a bear?
Max is 13 years old and only now just but quickly showing progressive signs of hip discomfort when climbing instead of charging up stairs, thinking twice before jumping into trucks, tractors & even a car! In the past he was able to leap over 2 metre fences or arrive on first floor jobsites while chained to ground cables.
Now retired he loves swimming in the streams & rivers every day but I noticed his ass end remains wetter longer.......
He comes a couple of kilometers with me every morning but recently I lead him more than he pulls me!
Max is an old guard dog that I rescued from the needle when I retired from the factory & the owner was afraid of him. (5 years ago)
In fact Max loves everybody (who is not afraid of him)

So - The local vet says shoot & bury him since he is useless. (for the hunt)(( in fact we track & watch wild boar all year but not for hunters))

And then so: Should I give Max (a proper dose)of aspirin with his morning (before treck) snack?

Most sincerely,
Eric Lansdown
ps
This is France, so if I ask my doctor at my monthly check-up to prescribe Aspirin for me instead of paracetamol the we (Max) can share it. We both have iron clad digestion.

Eric - France

27062

Answer

The average lifespan of a Boucheron is 8 to 10 years, so your Max is doing well for himself. However, just as with older humans, he is slowing down and has aches and pains.

It is good that Max is still active. But of course, you need to help him up into the car or truck. Some owners of older dogs use a small ramp to allow the dog to get into the car.

You need to use caution when giving Max aspirin. It should always be given with food. Aspirin can cause bleeding ulcers. Instead of giving aspirin on a regular basis, perhaps give only when he is in extreme discomfort.

As far as your local vet goes, that is heartless advice. I guess he doesn't have any pets of his own.

Best wishes for Max's continued good health.

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Dog getting eyes removed

Topic: Glaucoma

Question

April 24, 2016

My Bassett hound just had his eye removed n is going to have the other eye removed in a week. He will not eat much n I can not get him to take his medications. Who can I do. He get stressed out witch only makes his eye swell more

Bonnie - USA

26963

Answer

I'm sorry to hear that your dog is having such problems. I am sure it is stressful on both you and your dog.

Try to give the medications wrapped in a treat, such as meat or cheese. Eye drops can sting, so you have to hold the dog to give the drops.

Once both eyes are removed it should be a relief from pain for your dog.

Our dog was able to get along fine after her eyes were removed. She was a happy dog for her remaining years.

Se Navigation for a Blind Dog for some tips.

Best wishes for the health of your Bassett Hound.

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My old chihuahua gags a lot

Topic: General

Question

December 23, 2015

My old chihuahua gags a lot, and seems to be in pain all the time.

Anathea - USA

26643

Answer

There are a number of reasons an older dog would gag a lot. It could be a form of sneezing, it could be caused by asthma, or it could be from heart problems.

The best thing to do is to bring your dog to a vet to find out the exact reason. The vet could then help with the gagging, as well as the problem with pain.

Best wishes for relief for your dog.

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