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by Ron Kurtus

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Leaving my 14-year-old dog in a kennel Boarding Older Pet USA
 
Can I give my dog Advil or Motrin? Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
How much aspirin for a 23 lb dog? Giving Your Dog Aspirin Canada
 
Should not give coated aspirin to dog Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
May have been duped in buying a puppy Animal Ages USA
 
Dachshund twisted her back and in pain Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
My dog is in pain on some days Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
My dog Crissy has an ear infecton Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
Old dog hurt her leg and we can't afford a vet Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
Can I give my Boston Terrier a baby aspirin? Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
Small dog got upset stomach from aspirin Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
Young dog won't go potty Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
Giving my small dogs aspirin twice a day Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
Does aspirin affect my dog's pancreatitis? Giving Your Dog Aspirin USA
 
Should blind squirrle have eye removed? Glaucoma USA
 

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Boarding Older Pet

Leaving my 14-year-old dog in a kennel

June 7, 2010

Question

I am having a hard time leaving my 14 year old yorkie at a kennel
this Friday. Everything I have read is that she will have a hard time
and may get sick from the stress. I have talked to the kennel and they have assured me they will take care of her but I stil don't know what to do. We really don't have any other option except to leave her
here and hope my 85 year old mother in law will do. My dog also doesn't hold it very long so there will be a mess to clean when I get
home. Any suggestins?

Linda - USA (19859)

Answer

Yes, it is stressful for a dog to be in a kennel, especially an older one. On the other hand, an older dog will usually sleep most of the time. It is good to bring some familiar items, like toy and bedding.

A good kennel should take care of your dog. Often they have a feature where they exercise the dog each day. If your dog need special care, they can keep an eye on her.

However, it is important to make sure it is a good kennel. It is good to talk to others who have used the kennel.

Also, give them an emergency number so they can get hold of you in case of any problem or emergency.

Best wishes on your dog doing OK in the kennel.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Can I give my dog Advil or Motrin?

June 5, 2010

Question

My 15lb 14year old dog has arthritis in his hind legs. Can I give him Advil or Motrin?

- USA (19844)

Answer

You should not give your dog Advil or Motrin, because either one could be harmful to him. In fact, with such a small dog, you even need to be careful giving aspirin, to make sure you don't give too much for his body weight.

It is best to only give aspirin on bad days when he is having a lot of trouble. And then make sure it is given with food. Once he starts walking a little bit probably will limber up and not have as much discomfort.

It is tough being an old. Best wishes on the good health of your dog.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

How much aspirin for a 23 lb dog?

April 16, 2010

Question

My 23lb hound dog appears to have a tooth ache in his front tooth and I can't get a vet app. until next Thurs . The vet said to give him 1 325mg aspirin twice a day but all I could get was the 81 mg aspirin that seniors take everyday for heart health , should I still give him 1 or 2 every 12 hours . Thank You

Louanne - Canada (19553)

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Our chart shows it is safe to give a 23 lb dog about 160 mg aspirin every 12 hours with food. You should start small with one 81 mg aspirin to see how effective it is. If the dog is still in pain, give another and two the next time. 325 mg may be too much for a small dog.

If the tooth is just sensitive and you dog is not in real pain, you can just hold off with the aspirin all together.

Best wishes on getting your dog better.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Should not give coated aspirin to dog

April 4, 2010

Question

It is my understanding only buffered (not coated) aspirin should be given to canine. ?

Ed - USA (19495)

Answer

You can give buffered or regular aspirin to a dog but not a coated one. Aspirin should always be given with food. Use the chart according to the weight of your dog.

It is preferred not to give aspirin for temporary relief until you check with your vet.

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Animal Ages

May have been duped in buying a puppy

April 1, 2010

Question

I purchased a dog registered w/American Canine Assoc. as a french bull dog. The puppy was born in OK and I got her from a kennel in NY. I live in Fl. I paid 2200.00 for her and not one person I tell she is a french bull dog believes me they say she's really a Boston. She is mostly black with some white, large stand up ears and slight brindle on her back. One trainer said her conformation, long straight legs is that of a boston. She is mine for life but I feel duped if she is in fact a boston. What should I do???? Many thanks,

Carole - USA (19482)

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Unfortunately, the American Canine Association does not have a good reputation for qualifying the breed of dogs it registers. They have been know to register a mixed-breed dog as pure-bred. The AKC is the reliable agency.

Compare the look of the French Bulldog with the Boston Terrier at:
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/frenchbulldog.htm
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/bostonterrier.htm

It is possible that your dog is a mix.

In any case, the big thing is that you love your dog and that it is healthy. Unless you want to show your dog, being a purebred french bulldog or a Boston terrier or a mixed-breed doesn't matter. In fact, a mixed breed is usually less prone to the ailments of a purebred.

However, I think it is worthwhile to complain to the American Canine Association, as well as to the breeder or person you bought the dog from. Ask them, "What is going on?"

You hate to pay more than you should, as well not to get what you paid for. But as long as you have a good pet, she may be worth even more to you.

Best wishes in enjoying your dog.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Dachshund twisted her back and in pain

February 14, 2010

Question

I have a dachund. She is 8 years old and somehow twisted her back when I was at work. Although shes not crying. She moves really slowly going up and down her doggie steps to the couch and bed. I can tell shes in pain but I dont know what is safe to give her. She has no other medical problems other than being overweight (19 lbs). Can I giver her a quarter section of a baby asprin? It breaks my heart to see her in pain. Please help my lil Boo Boo Baby "Molly"! Thank You!!!

Annie - USA (19216)

Answer

You could give her a small amount of aspirin with your meal to relieve the pain and prevent inflammation. If it is just a sprain, she should get back to normal soon.

However, it is a good idea to cut back the food and treats so that she will lose some weight. Being overweight can put strain on her back and hip joints, ultimately causing pain or arthritis.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery and the good health of your dog.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

My dog is in pain on some days

January 12, 2010

Question

Thank you for your help, I have a chesapeek bay retr-austrailian blue heeler mix, she is about 12 and I can see the pain on some days.

mrsz - USA (19035)

Answer

Just like an old person, older dogs get their aches and pains. Often it will be on a cold, damp day, although sometimes it just happens.

The best treatment is mild exercise every day. A slow walk can do wonders for an older dog to loosen up the joints. Sometimes the dogs acts stiff, but after a few steps the joints will warm up and the walking is easier.

If your dog is in such pain that she cries on movement, then you can give aspirin along with food to help relieve her pain. Your vet can prescribe a better pain relief.

Best wishes with the health of your dog.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

My dog Crissy has an ear infecton

December 24, 2009

Question

It's Christmas eve and my dog Crissy (44 lbs.)has another ear infecton, we have mix # 5 the vet gave her before. Can't reach any vet. She is shaking her head and in pain. What can I do!

Elaine - USA (18922)

Answer

Check her ear to make sure there isn't anything stuck in there. You can carefully try to clean out the gunk in her ear with warm water and a cue tip.

She probably is not in pain as much as having her inner ear irritated. Some aspirin may help any real pain, but getting her to your vet is the best route. the vet can look into the ear to see the source of the problem.

Best wishes in a speedy recover for Crissy.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Old dog hurt her leg and we can't afford a vet

December 22, 2009

Question

My about 20lb poodle mix is 10 yrs old. In the past she has had problems with hair balls (a large one was surgically removed from her stomach about 4 years ago) and also with bladder stones (which is how they found the gigantic hair ball). She is currently on a strict diet because of her bladder stones. She is only allowed to eat a few types of dog food and no dog treats at all. The brand she has been eating for the last few years is beneful. About 2 days ago she fell into a heating vent on the floor in my son's bedroom and ever since has been limping. At first she seemed to be getting better and walking around more without limping so much and I thought she was getting better but tonight my husband heard her crying and thought maybe she fell into the vent hole again. He put put a screen on it so it wont happen again but when i got home from work tonight she didn't even come to greet me. She wouldn't even go out to pee. Now with a 3 year old son I absolutely can't afford another vet trip. Her surgery was $600 the first time and I don't know what to do. Is it okay to give her aspirin until I find out if she really needs to go to the vet? If her leg is broken I'll find some way to pay for her vet but I'd like to keep her out of pain until then and I don't know if aspirin is okay to give her with her past stomach problems? When I call the vet they just say to take her in but my husband isn't employed right now and we can't afford to do that. Please help! If it's serious we'll find a way but I just want to see if it gets better in the next day or two without her being in pain.

Jennifer - USA (18909)

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I'm sorry to hear that your dog is having such problems. Hopefully, after several days, she has gotten better.

The main caution about giving aspirin is that it can cause stomach bleeding if given without food. However, with her various stomach problems, I would really hesitate about giving her aspirin.

Going to the vet can be expensive. You might try explaining that you are having financial difficulties right now, so you want to keep the cost to a minimum. Some vets will try to help with that.

Your dog is equivalent to a 70-year-old person who has a number of health issues. Of course she doesn't need a sprained leg to add to her woes. (Hopefully, it is not more severe than that.)

I hope your dog is able to recover on her own and that it is nothing more than a sprain. Best wishes on her good health.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Can I give my Boston Terrier a baby aspirin?

December 13, 2009

Question

I have a Boston Terrier, weighs 20 pounds. Can I give her one baby aspirin a day, 81 mg or what amount should I give her?

Ron - USA (18839)

Answer

For 20 pound dog, a baby aspirin or 81 mg is a safe amount given with food.

However, you need a good reason to give the dog aspirin, such as temporary pain relief. Aspirin should not be given to a dog on a regular basis.

If a dog is in extreme discomfort, it is a reason to give it aspirin. However, it is good to check whether that to find out the reason for the discomfort.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Small dog got upset stomach from aspirin

November 20, 2009

Question

Our dog weighs 12.5 lbs. He went to jump from one recyliner to the other when he slipped and hit the foot rest. Course he cried & cried. We checked him for broken bones. Couldn't walk on his L back foot for awhile. Then he got so he could. Let him outside to do his job and when he hicked his leg, it hurt all over again. We gave him 1/2 of low dose Bayer (81). Today his tummy is upset. Should we have not given him the aspirin? What will happen now? I know its a little too late to ask but any response will help.

Donna - USA (18712)

Answer

Aspirin can irritate the stomach. That is why is should always be given with food. Also, it is possible that some dogs may be more sensitive than others. Care should be taken in small dogs, just because of their size.

I'd hold off on giving him more aspirin. If he is still in great pain, you might check with your vet about getting a prescription for Rimadyl.

Best wishes on a good recovery from his injury.

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Young dog won't go potty

October 31, 2009

Question

Hi, I have a 1yr old lively American Bulldog. A couple days ago, it seems like her tail went numb. When she went to bed, she was fine, but when I woke up the next morning to take her outside, she didn't wag her tail at me when she saw me. She seemed to have a little trouble getting up, and she is walking a little awkwardly-no limp though. When she is laying down, she will clench her stomach and sometimes pass gas. She will drink water, but she doesn't really want her food. She has urinated but no potty.

Prior to this happening she was on an antibiotic for about a month b/c she was bitten by an insect and had a major reaction. It just so happened that the first day she was off of the antibiotic, this happened w/her tail. I don't know what to do with her. Could she have swallowed something and it block her from pottying? but why would her tail not be working?
Pleas help, any suggestions will help.

~kalie

k - USA (18601)

Answer

Young dogs often eat things they shouldn't. Most of the time objects just pass through. Not wagging her tail, not having a bowel movement and passing gas may be an indication of some blockage. Perhaps her rear is sore, such that it hurts to wag the tail.

I've heard of dogs eating a sock and then finally passing it through in a few days.

You can give her some boiled chicken and rice which is easy to digest, if her stomach is upset. If she is still constipated after three or four days, you might check with your vet. But hopefully, she will pass what is bothering her and get back to normal.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Giving my small dogs aspirin twice a day

October 14, 2009

Question

I am giving our Peppe ( a Pekingesse ) who weighs 15lbs. a half and a fourth of an aspirin in the morning and evening with her eating food before she gets it for her arthritis, how long can she be on the aspirin for this problem

charlene - USA (18505)

Answer

It is best to only give the aspirin when she really seems to need it, like on cold, damp days. Just like with humans, the worst part of arthritis is just when a person gets up after sitting or laying down. Once the joints warm up, it is not as bad.

Giving aspirin on a regular basis--even with food--may cause stomach problems. Also, with a small dog, you need to be extra careful that not too much is given.

Just use the aspirin when she really seems uncomfortable.

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Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Does aspirin affect my dog's pancreatitis?

September 17, 2009

Question

My dog has pancreatitis will baby asprin hurt her in any way. She also has arthritis. It is not real bad but she does sometime limp so I thought if I could when needed give her baby asprin this might help. But I need to know if baby asprin will cause her any problems with the pacreatitis. She is not having a flare up with the pancreatitis at this time. I am just concerned that it might cause a flare up.

Sharon - USA (18332)

Answer

Antibiotics are usually used to treat pancreatitis. There are some reports saying that aspirin can increase acute or severe pancreatitis, so I would look to healing the ailment and not use the aspirin.

Are far as using aspirin for your dog's arthritis goes, it is best to only use if she is in real pain. Stiffness or limping until the joints get warmed up don't really require aspirin.

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Glaucoma

Should blind squirrle have eye removed?

September 12, 2009

Question

I am a rehabber that specializes in squirrels. Eight weeks ago I received two females that had severe head trauma. They opened their eyes at eight weeks and all seemed fine although one of the females had a slightly bulging eye. On September 10th, the eye of one female turned milky. I took her to my vet and he checked her pressure which was 31 (averaged over three checks). He thinks she is blind in the one eye and wants to remove the eye to give her the best chance of survival in the wild. However, he does not normally treat squirrels or rodents of any kind (unless you beg him like I do). He does not know how to intubate her or what anesthesia to use. Can you help?

Janet - USA (18306)

Answer

Removing the squirrel's eye might prevent it getting injured and infected. However, it is an operation that requires knowledge of an ophthalmologist, as well as a time for the area to heal. A veterinary school may have people who can do such an operation.

Personally, I would think it is better not to have such an operation on the squirrel. Being blind in one eye is quite a handicap in itself for a squirrel. Such an operation probably would not help it her survival rate.

It is wonderful that you are helping heal squirrels. It is often sad to see the injuries the little fellows suffer.

Note that we have a page on squirrel behavior, including observations from readers at: http://www.school-for-champions.com/behavior/squirrels.htm

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