Animal Health Feedback
by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 364 comments and questions on Animal Health issues. They are listed according to date.
You can read them to further your understanding of the subject.
|Pregnant dog attacked by pitbulls||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|Dog stepped off curb and is limping||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|What should I feed my 19-year old cat?||Animal Ages||Canada|
|Is Tylenol safe for dogs?||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|What brand of "buffered" aspirin is OK?||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|How much aspirin for a 75 pound dog?||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|Dog-wolf hybrid has severe pain||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|Wants age conversion chart for animals||Animal Ages||USA|
|How do I reference this website in a publication?||Animal Ages||USA|
|Older Chow is having accidents at night||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|8-year-old large dog showing signs of joint pain||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||Canada|
|Two-year old dashound has a back problem||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|Old rottweiler having trouble digesting food||Enjoyable Diet||USA|
|Dog is stiff and sore in the morning||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|8 year old pembrook corgi showing signs of arthritis||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
Pregnant dog attacked by pitbulls
March 12, 2008
Hy mi dog just got attacked by two pitbulls. She is also a pitbull. She is 3 years old and around 35days pregnant. She has deep bite holes and i was wondering if we can give her aspirin. I was told by a breeder if we take her to the hospital they would just give her penicillin and the puppies would die. She's not bleeding anymore, we used peroxide and put some cream on her. Any advice, we just want her and the puppies to be okay.
Jesus - USA (15531)
I am sorry to hear your dog was attacked.
The aspirin would only relieve the pain from the bites. It probably is not necessary. I think you did the right thing to clean the wounds to help stop infection. Hopefully, there was no damage done to the unborn pups.
Certainly, you should get after the owner of the other two dogs. If they are running loose and attacking, they may go after some children.
Best wishes for your dog and her pups.
Dog stepped off curb and is limping
March 10, 2008
Thank you for having information available. It is late on a Sunday and my dog stepped off the curb and is limping. I was able to give some relief until he was seen.
Michelle - USA (15509)
Unless your dog is crying when he walks, you probably don't need to give him aspirin. In fact, sometimes it is better not to give pain relief, so he is more careful until the sprain heals.
Best wishes on a speedy recovery for your dog.
What should I feed my 19-year old cat?
March 10, 2008
Marja my cat will reach 19 years next month (April 2008)... I have difficulty finding "Senior" foods for her... Any advice????...Thank you
Anna Tell - Canada (15510)
Marja certainly is an old girl. Congratulations on keeping her in good health.
I'm not sure that many of the senior versions of cat food are that much different. Some are supposed to be easier to digest, while others have added vitamins and minerals. It is good to get the higher quality food (more expensive brand), if you can't find senior cat food. But you seem to be doing something right, since she has lived this long.
Occasionally, give her some boiled (not fried) chicken as a treat. That is "real food" that she should love. I used to give our old cat some pieces of corn from the cob that she liked to eat. You could also mix a little rice with the chicken.
I hope these ideas help. Best wishes on keeping a health, happy cat.
Is Tylenol safe for dogs?
March 9, 2008
Is tylenol safe for dogs? I have read in several articles that it is okay. What is your advise? How much do you give to a 40lb. dog?
- USA (15507)
Although dogs can accept a small dosage of Tylenol, it can have serious effects if too much is given or the dog has some medical condition. Since aspirin is much less expensive and safer for the dog, there is no reason to give the animal Tylenol instead of aspirin.
Two baby aspirin or 1/2 adult aspirin can be given with food to your dog. Ideally, you would use aspirin for extreme pain or to help relieve inflammation.
What brand of "buffered" aspirin is OK?
March 5, 2008
Hi and thank you for the website.
Can you tell me what is a brand of "buffered" aspirin that is OK to give to my dog? Thanks
- USA (15488)
Most brands are acceptable. Although a buffered aspirin is supposed to reduce stomach upset, you still should give the aspirin to your dog with food. In that case, you really don't need to bother with using a buffered brand.
How much aspirin for a 75 pound dog?
February 29, 2008
what milligram for a 75 pound dog?
Dane - USA (15463)
You could probably use 4 1/2 baby aspirins or about 380 mg. It is also better to start low to see if it gives relief.
Try to use aspirin only when necessary, not as an every day routine. A little discomfort is not bad, but if your dog is in pain, aspirin can be administered.
Dog-wolf hybrid has severe pain
February 24, 2008
Hello my name is Angie and i have a question about a wolf hybrid. Levi is about 9 1/2. as a small pup he broke his leg and was casted for about a month or so.Now as an older animal he is really in pain he is a very large so we can't just pick him up and take him to a vet when he gets hurt. any thing helpful would be great. PLEASE
Angela - USA (15425)
The problem with a larger dog or wolf hybrid is that by the time they are over 8 years old, they often start to have problems with their hip or knee joints. This is especially true if the dog is overweight. Although you can give you dog/wolf aspirin for temporary relief, you really need to have the vet check him over to find the exact problem. It is one thing for mild pain due to arthritis, but if he is in serious pain, you want to find a solution and have it corrected.
I hope everything will be OK with your dog after the vet checks him over.
Wants age conversion chart for animals
January 20, 2008
Is there a conversion chart to caluclate all/most animal lifes/years as compared to human years of age?
A pig 10 years old = 45 human years.
Jeffrey - USA (15178)
The web page: http://sonic.net/~petdoc/lifespan.htm lists the average life span of many animals.
The way they usually make a chart to compare with humans is to compare the average life span of the animal with that of a human. If a canary lives to be 20 and a human to 80, you can determine some relationship. But also the age at which each matures to an breeding adult is an added factor.
I don't have a source that provides that information for other animals.
How do I reference this website in a publication?
January 10, 2008
hello, how do i reference this website in a publication?
- USA (15104)
If you are referring "Comparison of Animal Ages", you can state that title and its web address http://www.school-for-champions.com/animalhealth/animal_ages.htm.
If you wanted, you could also cite it as from "Animal Health: School for Champions".
Older Chow is having accidents at night
January 8, 2008
I have a female chow, she is a little over 15 years old. For the past few years I have given her an adult asprin for aurthritis, and her hip. She seems to do well, even though she's a bit stiff getting up after lying down for a while. At her age, should I just keep doing what I have been doing, or try something else, along with the asprin, maybe a suppliment? Also, within the past few months she has had a few accidents in the house, urinating at night, and dribbling when she walks...not very often, but this is something she has never done before, I know its her age, but do you have any sugestions?
cynthia - USA (15071)
Glucosamine supplements sometimes helps with arthritis and joint stiffness in dogs. You can try it, but at her age, it probably won't do too much good. If the aspirin has been working and she hasn't had stomach problems from it, continuing it should give her some relief.
At age 15, she is equivalent to a human between the ages of 80 and 90 years old. Organs such as the bladder stop working like they should. One solution is to get dog diapers for her to wear at night. Also take her out just before bedtime.
Best wishes on keeping your girl comfortable and happy.
8-year-old large dog showing signs of joint pain
January 1, 2008
My dog is a 8 year old Shepard/Wolf mix. He is active ( my running partner ). Lately he is showing signs of joint pain after a walk/run. I have started to give him 3 (500mg )Glucosamine a day. He weighs about 100-110lbs. They have done a fine job in general. However every so often I can see that my dog is still having troubles getting up. It looks like that he is in pain. I would like to give him an aspirin. How many aspirin do you recommend? I was thinking about 2 every 12 hrs for his weight.
Thank you for your time
Gabi - Canada (15043)
Big dogs seem to get older sooner than small dogs, and thus can start getting arthritis even at 8-years-old. According to our chart on dog age, he is equivalent to a 68-year-old man right now. See: http://www.school-for-champions.com/animalhealth/animal_ages.htm
You need to make sure his hips aren't bothering him and that he isn't overweight, since extra weight puts a lot of strain on the joints.
You might look into Glucosamine that has some Yucca added. They use Yucca for joint pain relief in horses, and apparently it has worked well in dogs too.
I'm not a fan of giving a dog aspirin every day, because it can cause stomach problems. Instead, give aspirin for relief on days when he seems more uncomfortable, like on damp days. When you do give aspirin, start off small and always with food. You can use the chart as a guide.
Slow walks are good to allow his joints to warm up before a run. But also be aware if the running is getting painful for him. In time, he may just be better off with the walks.
Best wishes on the continued good health for you dog and partner.
Two-year old dashound has a back problem
December 23, 2007
We have a two year old dashound with a back problem. The vet said a herniated disc. Is there an alternative to a five thousand dollar operation to help her.
She still has all of her movement all her limbs and her tail. She has good days and bad days. I do appreciate your information on how much baby aspirin to give her because she doesn't seem to tolerate rimadyl.
Rodney - USA (15017)
Treatment for a herniated disc depends so much on the severity of the problem. There are treatments with steroids and exercise is water that have helped some dogs with back problems. It is important to make sure she does not jump off furniture or such, because that can further injure her back.
Some advice on caring for back problems can be seen at: http://bajaokla.com/dachback/
Aspirin on the bad days certain can relieve the pain and reduce inflammation, but you still need to look at other ways to help your dog. Ask your vet about other ways to alleviate the problem. Just like with humans, an operation on herniated discs should be the last resort.
I hope the best for your dog.
Old rottweiler having trouble digesting food
November 29, 2007
10 yr old nuetered male rott - took off all heart worm & vaccinations 3 yrs ago. (possible vaccinosis)
Periods of normal bm, then periods of normal with pudding bm, then pudding.
have given pepto bismal just this past few month. Dog is indoor dog - since
5 months old. Is presently on EVO by Innova (chicken/turkey - NO GRAIN) for
a few tumors + 4 in 1 Probiotics, occasional Azmira Super Vitamin C.
Do add free range turkey, or chicken, or grass fed beef (hamburger) less than 1/2 cup spread among his 3 meals of 1 cup Evo dry per day. Also sometimes add small
amount canned pumpkin, or fresh grated zuchini or lightly steamed carrots,
brocoli, mashed potatoes.
Have used hamburger with white rice (all organic) for stomach upsets.
At a loss as what to do.
For past 5 summers - has allergy problems or "4 Paws 5 Directions" book
eastern/western medicine - heat - licks paws, chews pads, pads ripped
but did not rip this summer. Think the heat of eastern KS really bothers
him, cause now that it is colder - he takes walks in pasture and not chewing
Please advise and thank you.
The guardian of this special hound!
margaret - USA (14875)
You certainly seem to be giving your dog a healthy diet and are taking good care of him. But one thing you must realize that the life span of a rottweiler is between 9 and 11 years. Sometimes they live beyond 13. Your dog is considered an elderly dog.
So, the problem is probably the fact that his stomach is just not digesting the food as well as it would for a younger dog. Just like with senior citizen humans, it gets more difficult to digest food as the dog gets older.
You could cut back on the meat proteins and add more vegetables for bulk and easier digestion. I'd be more careful in the summer to make sure he doesn't get too hot. I know how Kansas summers can drain the sap out of you.
Realizing that he is old for his breed and giving him proper care and affection, I am sure he will be a happy dog for several more years. Best wishes on his continued good health.
Dog is stiff and sore in the morning
November 25, 2007
My dog is a 95 lb lab mix. She is in great health, not overweight, and still very energetic. I have noticed, however, that getting up from the floor is becoming increasingly diffcult for her. She is very stiff in the morning and I can tell that she is in pain (she is no more happy about the aging process than I am). I have heard that I should give her one 81 mg baby aspirin, just for "senior health" and to reuduce hip inflammation and pain. Is this okay? On a daily basis? One or two tablets? I look forward to hearing from you. I just need for her to be healthy and pain free as she enters her golden years.
Tereasa - USA (14841)
I'm really not keen on giving a dog aspirin on a regular basis, even if mixed with food, because it can cause stomach problems in the long run. It is better to only use it as needed. Rymadil is better for the stomach than aspirin. I've used chewable tablets for dogs from the vet.
Make sure she has a soft mat to sleep on and not on a hard, cold floor. Also, regular slow walks to get her limbered up can help.
One thing you can try is glucasimine tablets. Those that include yucca are also supposed to be effective. They can be purchased in a pet food store or even health food store. Some people have had good luck giving their dogs this supplement, while others found it did nothing. But it may be worth a try.
Best wishes for continued good health of your girl.
8 year old pembrook corgi showing signs of arthritis
November 25, 2007
My 8 year old pembrook corgi is showing some signs of arthritis with the onset of cold weather. I have been giving him a baby aspirin with his morning feeding. Your page gave me some very good information about what to do. Thanks.
Denise - USA (14847)
I'm glad the material was useful to you. I would give the aspirin more on a as-needed basis instead of every day. Even when given with food, aspirin can cause stomach problems if given all the time. It is better to give him the aspirin when he seems in discomfort, such as on cold, damp days.
Best wishes in keeping your corgi happy and comfortable.
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