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How much would it cost to take my dog to the vet to see whats wrong with her?

The other day my dog looked like she wanted to throw up and today she had red eyes and do i need to get my dog insurance???she has allergies she eats and looks okay!!

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Answer by Phlip
no you don’t need insurance – red eyes are usually caused by allergies – “wanted to throw up” and throwing up are very different – I think she is ok as long as she is eating and drinking. But if you don’t feel comfortable about things then go in – should be $ 100 or less.

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disabled dogs and puppies, do you think they should be rehabilitated?

I was very surprised by the reaction my earlier question elicited, some people seem very passionate about the subject about not trying to work with disabled dogs vs working with them. I was told that I should have put my highly functional disabled dog down by a poster here and not have rehabilitated her because she was paralyzed as a puppy. I wanted to open this question up to what are the general pet owners feelings regarding rehabilitation of these dogs. Photos and video of my gimp are posted on my previous question.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvBWhKnAX19dizdjiexIP3fsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100305191646AAyZ2pE

Do you feel people should try to rehabilitate paralyzed puppies or adult dogs? What about what they did on UDWD? [ http://animal.discovery.com/videos/underdog-to-wonderdog-faith.html ]
Do you believe carts/ wheel chairs for dogs are good or just dragging on a miserable empty life?
What are your feelings of leg amputations, knee and hip surgeries?
What do you believe is a good quality of life vs poor?
I’ll answer the question too. 🙂
Do you feel people should try to rehabilitate paralyzed puppies or adult dogs? What about what they did on UDWD? [ http://animal.discovery.com/videos/under… ]
My answer to the first part of this question is obvious. lol and I think it was wonderful what they did with Faith and donating that cart to her, if the rescue has the resources go for it. My girl came to me as a shelter transfer to rescue and was going to be along the lines of Faith but I fell in love with Presley and the rescue gave her to me.

Do you believe carts/ wheel chairs for dogs are good or just dragging on a miserable empty life?
I think carts are great and can provided the quality of life that a disabled dog would not get to experience otherwise.

What are your feelings of leg amputations, knee and hip surgeries?
I have rescued or assisted in the rescue of many ortho dogs and placed them in great loving homes.
What do you believe is a good quality of life vs poor?
For a good quality of life I feel dog should be able to live a fairly pain free life whether with or without medications and be able to be an active part of the owners life. My girl lives for other people, if she was stuck at home, she would have a horrible quality of life. I think carts and accessories help give that quality of life to dogs would would not have it previously. I think behavior can hinder the dogs quality of life just as much as any physical limitation. Often those dogs, like the hunting dog, their activities can be modified to accommodate that loss of activity for instance swimming with a life jacket at an indoor pool, running in a cart after the ducks at the park, the list goes on just gotta find the match.
Dogmabit: LOL, I didn’t even think of THAT Faith, I think that Faith, she’s a whole different impressive story than the under dog to wonder dog Faith I link to. 🙂

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Answer by Dawn
If there is technology out there for them, then I say yes try to rehabilitate them. They are like people and you wouldn’t get rid of a friend, neighbor, family member or any member of society if he/she were disabled. Why not rehabilitate paralyzed puppies and adult dogs. Their life isn’t miserable if they have a good owner and love. These dogs can have a very enriching life with the right owner; one who cares for them adequately and are devoted to them. Remember animals (especially dogs) are rewarding to have too.

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Can I treat my dog’s injured claw without going to the vet?

The claw of my dog is hanging, or twisted, just more exposed than the other claw on the other paw. If I bandage and cleanse it daily, will it heal?

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Answer by Rainbow Child
No it won’t heal
Please take this dog to the vet. It is very painful and is going to get infected.
Do not let your dog suffer this cruel pain.
Get the dog to a vet now.

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My dogs eye is red, swollen, and partially bulging?

He has black eyes so that part is fine but the inner corner of his right eye is bright red and so swollen it is bulging out of his socket. We did go to the park yesterday and that is when it started. It could just be allergies, but this is the only symptom he has (no itching, hives, etc.). I am kind of worried, any guesses on what happened? Should I bring him to the vet?

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Answer by Bob
Vet check asap

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Why does my pup have solid poop indoors but runny poop outside?

He isn’t totally potty trained yet so he has some carpet accidents. When he poops inside it’s always dark, healthy, and solid (easy to pick up). When we go on walk everyday he has orange tinted runny poop. Why is this?

We went to the Vet 2 weeks ago for a check up and they said he was very healthy and all his tests came back great.

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Answer by Chula Lula
If the doctor says he’s healthy I wouldn’t worry.

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What causes Bright Yellow Diereah on puppies ?

i have a 8 wks old puppy with diereah bright yellow kinda mucus and runny what can it be?

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Answer by Ben
On puppies? Why are you letting your dog get covered in Big Bird Diarrhea?

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My dogs love to eat semi-grinned chicken bones as their viand, is it the possible cause why my dog gets mange?

I have two dogs,my mix breed dog had allergy today, he’s skin is like a point-point small lump around he’s body. He started to scratch, lick and chew his skin. He also drink others dog pee instead of water. He love to eat semi-grinned chicken bones as his viand, is it the possible cause why my dog gets mange and sheds to much? But my chihuahua also love to eat semi- grinned chicken bones but don’t get anything like the other one. What can I do?

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Answer by Marcus
How old are you because I do not think you are old enough to care for these dogs properly. How for the love of god does the dog drink the others pee if you are properly getting them outside in the grass to potty? That dog is in serious condition and you or your parents need to get it to a doctor or give it to someone who can get it medication, IF that is indeed allergies.

The poor thing is absolutely miserable and YOU in your youth or stupidity are letting it suffer.

Do the dogs have fleas, do you provide fresh water 24/7, honestly this breaks my heart, as a pet owner myself!

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What is the cheapest treatment for a dog with heart worms?

My Dog has been diagnosed with heart worms. I was told that it would be $ 460.00 for treatment t. Is there anything cheaper.

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Answer by Nigel McGonzalez
Taking it outback and shooting it.

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how to stop my german shepherd from eating its own messes?

I have a german shepherd that eats her own messes and it is gross! my mom doesnt like it at all! we have tried some ways to stop her, but it doesnt really work too good… please help me! i love my shepherd! my mom said if she keeps eating it, then we will have to give her away, because we have to smell it ALL the time and the vet says she will get sick 🙁 whatcan i do to get her to stop??
Thanks to everyone who answered my question! Jenny manyteeth and Lizzie provided me the best info! the other info was great too! My mom is now thinking about feeding her human food! Thank you! And lizzie, my dogs name is lizzie!

Thank you for all the ideas! It means alot because i love my shepherd!

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Answer by Jenny Manyteeth
Clean up the yard more often.

There are several products you can add to the food to deter the dog from eating it.

Stop feeding commercial dog food altogether and feed the dog actual food he can properly digest, which will result in feces that won’t attract him:

I cannot recommend feeding any of the commercial varieties of meat-flavored baked paste with chemicals added, or the canned versions thereof. Instead, why not feed your dog actual food? The dog’s natural diet is raw meat on the bone. Try it. The dog will love it, the diet will help him teethe properly as a pup, keep his teeth clean the rest of his life, satisfy his lifelong need to chew and results in innocuous feces.

http://www.rawmeatybones.com/
http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/
http://www.rawfed.com
http://www.rawfeddogs.net
http://www.rawfeeding.net
http://www.rawlearning.com
http://blacksheepcardigans.com/ruff/raw-diet/
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/groups.rawfeeding/

The basic idea is to approximate a wild diet as closely as possible; raw meat on the bone and small amounts of organ meat [liver is most important, but also kidneys, pancreas, spleen, lungs and what is called green tripe]. Amount to feed is calculated as 2-3% of the dog’s ideal adult body weight. Your veterinarian can help you estimate that; then you just do the math. You don’t have to be exact; all amounts are to be averaged over a week or two. Dogs [not toys or puppies] that get big, complicated meals sometimes will eat for two days and then not again for five. All perfectly normal.

Most raw feeders that I’ve read have started their dogs on chicken: it is readily available and inexpensive, plus it is antibiotic- and hormone-free. The fat content is easy to control by how much of the skin you remove.

No grain, vegetable or fruit is a significant part of a grey wolf’s diet. Dogs are genetically grey wolves.

Besides being unnatural, lately it is becoming more and more clear that commercial dog foods simply are not safe:

http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/various-private-label-pet-food-recalls-due-to-aflatoxin.html/

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Why does my dog always bite her tongue?

She is a 9 yr old chihuahua/fox terrier. Whenever she lays down, she has her mouth closed but she bites her tongue in between her teeth and leaves her tongue hanging outside her mouth. Is this normal? Is there anything wrong with her? Answers much appreciated 🙂

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Answer by Elaine
If it’s not bleeding, and she’s not having trouble eating and she’s not all down and mopey about it, then leave it be. She’s fine =) She could just have a relatively big tongue. I used to always wonder why my dog bites the sides of his lips, but it never bothers him and he;s never had any issues concerning that.