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Ear smell or infection Q: My dog has a bad odor coming from one ear.when you rub it you hear a gurgling sound.there is occasional discharge and weve been getting chunks of wax from it.can you diagnos this and recommend a treatment
A: It sounds like an infection and you should see your vet who can diagnose and treat it with appropriate medication.
Mites & breeding of the dog Q: I just took my pup to the vet, she had about a dime size bald spot on her foot and scratched under neath her arm raw. they found one mite on her foot and one mite under her arm. i''ve been putting the cream on it. is this mite thing going to be a problem for the rest of my dogs life. she is an american bulldog and she is 6 months old. and i was planning on breeding her when she''s of age but, i don''t know now. could it be when she was 8 weeks old she had to be shipped to me on a 7 hour plane ride. or from being stressed out from that experience. thanks aaron
A: Stress could be involved but given demodex mites found i would not breed this dog as this is genetic weakness that should not be passed on. most cases can be treated topically like you are doing or in some cases need more systemic treatments like mitaban dip or ivermectin
Itchy ears too! Q: We have two australian cattle dogs (blue heelers). one stays outside a lot and loves to dig and root in the dirt. both have had itchy ears. one was diagnosed at the vet and given gentamicin/clo 15g, for the problem. this works great. knowing that the mother of these pups (10 months old) has this chronic ear problem, and is treated the same way, i wanted to know of an otc med that i could use. someone suggested lotremin, but i''m just not sure. i''m wondering if the pup that spends more time out of doors and digging will have a harder time with this type of thing. once under control, the problem stays away for a while. in fact, the pup that stays inside more has only had 2 of these occurences in the 10 months of his life. neither lasting very long due to swift treatment.
A: Both dogs probably have underyling allergies either inhalent allergies to grasses, trees, etc and /or food allergies as well as underlying causes. you could try oral benadryl at dose of 1/2 to 1 mg per pound orally twice daily as well as getting prescription from your vet for good medicine like otomax from 1800petmeds.
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Itching and raw skin Q: My pit bull mix (?) has terrible skin allergies. she was allergy tested 2 years ago....allergic to 36 of 42 allergens -grasses and dust mites among other things. did allergy shots for over a year, helped some but she has flare ups and scratches till she bleeds, loses hair, swollen ears. currently eating response fp by eukanuba. vet mentioned cyclosporin as an alternative to prednizone for long term use. cannot find info other than for opthamalic use. any information or suggestions? i saw a mention of atopica??
A: Atopica is cyclosporine capsules. it is a selective immunomodulator. it is used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs.you can get information on this on our website.
Year round Q: Is it ok to stop flea and tick treatment for an indoor cat for the winter months or should i continue the treatment year round?
A: The recommendation is to continue flea, tick and heartworm prevention year round. on the home page of our website there is an educational article you can refer to.
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Optimmune Q: I cuurently use this expensive medicine for my shih tzu''s eyes. in doing some research on your sight i was wondering about some cheaper alternatives to this medicine. i have found a product called eye clear and terramycin. can either or both of these be used instead of optimmune with the same results? or could i at least alternate medicines to save money with the same results as optimmune?
A: Optimmune (cylcosporine) is used in the treatment of "dry eyes". terramycin is not an alternate. liquitears (sku 1620) may be helpful. however, you need to apply the drops frequently during the day.
Hair loss and excessive itching of neck Q: Golden retriever is only 4 months old and i took him to the vet a month ago for this same condition. he has lost the hair under his neck and scratching it to the point of bleeding. he took cephalexin for 10 days and rimadyl for a week and atarex for a week. i am not sure what each of these were for, but the vet prescribed this as treatment now it has happened again.
A: I would look at underyling causes. cephalexin is an antibiotic. rimadyl (i have no idea why prescribed) is an anti inflammatory for arthritis) and atarex is an antihistamine for allergic reactions. make sure your vet does skin scrape looking for skin parasites to start. also consider food allergies as well. may want to consider another vet or second opinion.
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