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Dog Health Problems - Questions and Answers
Have a question about your dog...
Owning and looking after a dog is very rewarding, however sometimes can be quite challenging especially when they start doing strange things which seem out of character such as going off their food, barking for no reason, scratching all the time and the list goes on. Because we love and care so much for our dogs, we want to do everything we can to help them overcome these problems, but sometimes we just dont know how. We would love to help, so check out the dog health information below to some commonly asked questions or otherwise Ask a Vet Online now.
What can I do when my Dog has Mange?
Once you see the symptoms of mange, a visit to the vet is extremely important. They will diagnose the mange and then, depending on factors like age, breed and health level, give you a treatment option to start with. Although mange can come in many different forms, the parasitic mites that are commonly found are, sarcoptic, demodetic, cheyletiellosis and ear mites.
How do I safely remove ticks from my dog?
Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its owns and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.
I think my dog has an ear infection. She shakes her head and scratches her ear and licks the paw afterwards. Should I take her to the vet?
With the symptoms you are describing it does sound like she may have an ear infection or ear mites. Ear mites will not go away on their own. Ear mites in dogs will continue to reproduce in the ear canal and eventually lead to other infections. Ear mites are extremely contagious. It is important to seek treatment for an ear mite infestation as soon as possible. There are a number of veterinarian prescribed treatments available, as well as some home remedies for ear mites in dogs.
My dog has itchy and dry skin. I have applied Neotopic-H lotion prescribed by the vet but this does not appear to be helping and is expensive in the long term. Can you suggest anything?
Dry and itchy skin is more common in dogs than you may think. It is certainly worth a visit to the vet but as a natural healthy alternative, we can highly recommend trying fish oil tablets or pump-bottle dispenser. We have a 10 year old Silky Terrier X who has had skin problems since she came into our home. Fish oil was recommended to us, and we have now recommended fish oil to others, all with success. It is an inexpensive way to address the problem and it is great for their coats as well. We do recommend using it long term as we have seen the problem reappear when we have stopped adding fish oil in our dogs diet.
Fish Oil is
nutrient rich and provides essential building blocks dogs
need for a healthy and strong immune system. In addition it
helps relieve dry itchy skin, reduces shedding, makes fur
soft and shiny. The all natural supplement contains Omega 3,
Omega 6 and arachidonic fatty acids, plus fish flavor.
Do you have a list of toxic plant for dogs as we are about to move into a new home and establish a garden? We want to know what plants to avoid.
You are very lucky to be starting from scratch. We have a list of toxic plants to dogs that we hope will be of assistance to you. Even if you do plant something on the list at least you will be able to put up a barrier to protect your dog.
My 14 year old dog is deaf and has started howling, what's wrong?
If this behaviour has started recently as you suggest, it could be his/her way of trying to tell you something is wrong such as an ear infections, joint stiffness and so on. Also ask yourself questions such as "have I changed my dog's diet". Something like this could be upsetting his/her digestive system.
I have a Japanese Chin that scratches he literally has bald spots. We have taken him to the Vet and had shots but they only help for a couple of days. He just constantly scratches. Any idea what it may be?
The shots your vet is giving your dog would be a low grade cortizone to help stop with the itching and irritation. Once this wears off the itching will start up again. You need to find out why your dog is itching and what is causing the irritation. Firstly ensure your dog has no fleas. If he does treat him for them and also all his bedding and the yard and this will solve the problem. If no fleas are present there could be several causes such as an allergic reaction to certain flowers, grass and pollens. Keep him in the house for a week or two, if possible, to see if the itching slows down. I have also seen dogs who are very allergic to carpet deodorisers causing skin reactions. It could be a process of elimination to find the cause, but once found, avoiding the problem will be the best option for the future.
What can I do if I think my dog has worms?
I doubt that it could be broken by what you have described as your dog would also be in a lot of pain if this was the case. Your little Yorkie could very well have something in one of his pads, like some glass or a thorn. Run your finger along each one of his pads using slight pressure or even squeezing it slightly and see if he reacts, if he does pull away, there will be something foreign in that pad. Otherwise if his pads are all okay, he very well could have pulled a muscle/ligament. Rest will help with this making sure he avoids going up and down stairs and jumping up/down on things as this will aggravate it more. If it doesn't get better in a couple of days make an appointment to see your vet.
Why has my 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier suddenly developed really bad breath?
Because of your dogs age, I would say that your Yorky's bad breath is probably caused by tooth decay or even gum disease. If you don't regularly have your dog checked for this, it may be an idea to take your dog to your local vet for a dental check up, as he may even have cavities which require attention. Just like us humans, tooth decay causes pain in dogs and can even be the cause of them becoming a bit snappy, prevent them for eating properly and even cause infections of the gums.
Help my dog has constipation, how can I avoid this from continuing?
This could be diet related, so to avoid further future problems you may have to look at changing your dog's diet. If you feed only dry food, try adding a cup of warm water to your dogs food about 15 minutes before feeding him. Ideally fresh raw meats are best with some grated carrot and rice mixed in with it. For the current problem you have, I would try feeding your dog a cup of milk. If no improvement seek veterinary advice.
Can I feed brown rice when my dog is having diarrhea?
White rice is more preferable, however, as long as it is cooked enough to be soft enough, brown will do. When dogs have diarrhea the lining on their intestinal wall is inflamed and sensitive and requires soft food to pass through it.
My eight year old Shih Tzu has had this itching and chewing problem, she bleeds, loses her hair and smells! What can I do?
Most of the time this type of itching is caused by allergies. There are certain weeds and plants that dogs are allergic to. I have even found that some dogs which live inside are highly allergic to the dry shampoo's people use on their carpets. Try a diet of fresh food free from additives, wheat, dairy products and gluten and give her a Vitamin C and Vitamin E supplement to reduce histamine reactions. Cooling baths or cold compresses pressed on the area are great to reduce inflammation and skin itchiness. Other than that you may have to visit the vet.
Today my 4 year old Beagle started peeing every hour with blood, what could be wrong with her?
It is more than likely that your dog has a urinary tract / bladder infection and needs to go to the vet as soon as possible so she can be put on some antibiotics, I am certain that she would experiencing some pain.
I would like to know any home remedies to get rid of fleas on my dogs?
Cider vinegar is known to be quite a good repellent to some insects; it would be worth a try.
My dog is always eating grass. Is there something I can give him to help calm his tummy? He doesn't have worms?
It is fairly common for dogs to eat grass in small amounts as it is a natural response for their digestive system. If you dog is eating grass in big amounts he may be experiencing stomach upsets, which could be diet related. Perhaps you may need to look at his diet to see if you need to change it to perhaps a more natural way of feeding him such as raw meats and small amounts of a good quality low salt and preservative free dry food.
My dog has an extra nail is this bad?
Some breeds have extra dew claws on their back feet which is just part of the breed. Care must be taken that the dew claws don't get caught on things as they can cause profuse bleeding. Some owners prefer to have them all removed.
Why should I have my dog desexed?
reason for desexing is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Desexed
animals are generally less likely to get diseases and illness
such as mammary cancer and uterine infections in females and
cancer and prostate problems in males. Desexing commonly reduces
behaviour problems such as roaming, aggression and urine marking
in males. In females it prevents mating behaviour and false
suggests early age desexing from the age of eight weeks when the
surgery is simple and recovery is rapid. Early age desexing is
an effective way of reducing accidental pregnancy in young
animals. There is absolutely no benefit in letting females have
one litter before they are desexed.
My dog has an irritation around the eye, it is red and swollen. I bathed the area with salted water and I have already booked an appointment to see the vet. Is there anything I can do to ease things for him?
I know you meant well, but salt is not recommended to be used around the eyes. If you brew up some tea and let it cool down then bathe around his eyes with that, it will be very soothing and help with the swelling also.
My Dachshund just got de-sexed and he needs to take medicine, whats the best and easiest way to give my dog his medicine?
If his medicine is in tablet form, just disguise the tablets in a bit of his food or press it into a piece of cheese and hand feed it to him. Most dogs respond to this quite easily.
My nine week old puppy sometimes gets runny stools. Are puppies prone to diarrhea?
It could be many things, just a change in your dog's diet can sometimes cause this and it is always best to change diets gradually a bit at a time. It is also important to make sure you don't give your puppy any full strength milk once weaned from their mother as they start to develop an intolerance for it and can get runny stools. Otherwise whilst puppies are very young they need to be wormed every 2 weeks until they are 4 months old with a good puppy wormer as they are prone to get worms at this age.
When my puppy emptied her bowels it was just about pure blood, she seems depressed, has been vomiting and has not been eating. What shall I do as I think she may have eaten some cockroach killer?
If you think that she has eaten some cockroach killer, get her to the closest vet immediately, as she is only a puppy this stuff will make her extremely sick and possibly could be fatal. Please take her to the vet right now.
My dog is 11 and lately she has lost her appetite and wants to sleep all day, what could be wrong?
The two symptoms you have described here are the first signs of
illness in a dog. Please take your dog to the vet for a
health check. It sounds
like she is not very well. Because dogs are unable to
communicate with you, it is up to you
to recognize the symptoms of illness and seek veterinary advice.
Why does my dog get itchy paws during the summer?
Will my dogs temperament and character change if I have him
I am travelling overseas soon and would like to take my dogs
with me. Are there any restrictions I should be aware of?
Another dog bit my dog, what should I do?
My dog seems to be ill, I dont know what is wrong with him, and
what should I do?
I have noticed that my old dog is going deaf, what can I do to
make life easier for him?
So I am prepared what would be the safest way to break up a dog
Should I put my dog that is starting to look fat on a diet?
Why does my dog seem to go off his food in Summer?
As my dog loves to go in the car with me, is it okay to leave
him alone in the car while I go shopping?
Do dogs see things in colour like us?
What can we do to prepare our dog for being left in a boarding
kennel for the first time?
Is there any alternative to leaving my dog in a boarding kennel
when I go away on holidays?
Are dogs able to swim?
What is the best way to find a reputable boarding kennel for my
Why does my dog sleep so much?
What symptoms should I look for if I think my dog is unwell?
Can I take my dog on holidays with me?
Why does my dog look sad when I leave him alone in the house
when I go out?
What is the best way to
locate a vet who is good at treating and handling dogs?
Are there any places I can take my dog for free treatment if I
am on a low income?
How often would my dog require veterinary check-ups?
If I am not happy with the service I receive from my present
vet, is it okay to go to another?
What would I do if my dog requires a visit to the vet out of
normal surgery hours?
How would I go about getting a second opinion in regard to my
Do you have to pay when you take your dog to see a vet and what
would the costs be?
What should I do with my dog that was mis-treated by his
previous owners and now cowers at sudden movements or noises?
My dog has just been neutered. How long will it take him to
What causes separation anxiety as my vet has advised my dog
suffers from this?
Can I still own a dog if I work full time?
are now using alternative therapies and treatments for dogs. Do
I have just acquired an adult dog. Will I need to have him
If my dog gets bitten by
another dog, what should I do to cleanse the wound?
An insect has stung my
dog. What should I do?
Why do vets recommend a
booster injection annually?
I am considering not
having my dog neutered. Are there any disadvantages to this?
Can my dog suffer from
any side-effects or get ill when he has his vaccinations?
Why have my dogs teeth
What should I do if my
dog gets electrocuted?
What would I need to do
if my dog gets hit by a car?
People say my dog is overweight, how can I tell if he is?
If my dog has diarrhea or is vomiting should I take him to the
What can I do to stop my dog from having terrible flatulence?
What should I do if my dogs gets into a fight? Should I try to
My dog has eaten something poisonous what should I do?
Is feeding your dog chocolate or grapes harmful to your dog?
What are the sore, wet patches my dog keeps getting on his legs
Is it okay to allow my dog to go ratting?
What is the best way to stop my dog from licking ointment off
his sore on his foot?
Did you know? Up to 98% of puppies are born with worms which may be caused by worms entering the placenta, or from mammary glands during feeding.
This advice is in no way intended to replace the advice of your vet.