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My dog died after just a couple of days being healthy as can be. He was a intact 7 months old male blue nose pitbull. who suddenly died after 2 days of becoming ill. We thought it was nothing because before he would not eat for days and then in a couple of days he was fine. This time 2 days before he died he did not eat, the day after he had excessive drool and wasnt eating still. He had diaherra but it wasnt much.He had hidden in the back of yard under a table. What could have caused him to die? was he poisoned or did he have parvo? We have other dogs but she does not seem to be ill at all. My other dog is sick but we think its because of the hartz dog spray as we sprayed it on her and now she isnt eating eiether. could it be that? or could it be something he couldve eatten? - Anonymous from carson , ca
First, please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your little guy. It is so heart-breaking to lose one so young and so unexpectedly. Based on the symptoms you de  [more]
First, please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your little guy. It is so heart-breaking to lose one so young and so unexpectedly. Based on the symptoms you described in your email, there are several possibilities for the cause of death, and without a necropsy (an autopsy on animals), it will not be possible to conclusively determine the reason. Because he was not eating, was having diarrhea and was drooling excessively, I suspect a primary gastrointestinal problem, however these signs are not specific for the GI tract, and often non-GI disease can cause these same symptoms which makes the diagnosis sometimes difficult. Young dogs, especially puppies, are prone to picking up and eating just about everything as this is how they explore their world. If he had eaten something (such as a toy, clothing, etc.) and it had caused an intestinal obstruction, or even worse, a perforation of the intestine, that could explain his sudden decline. Deep chested large breed dogs are also predisposed to bloat. Bloat is a condition where the stomach fills up with gas, often as a result of eating too much too fast, or eating followed by exercise. Bloat is often quickly followed by torsion, where the stomach literally twists on itself causing the blood supply to be disrupted. This is a life threatening medical emergency and requires immediate intervention and often surgery. Ingestion of something toxic or an infectious disease such as Parvovirus are also possibilities as well as a congenital or developmental disease because of his young age. If your other dog is showing signs of illness, you should take her to be seen by your veterinarian immediately and not take any of her symptoms lightly because of how quickly the disease advanced in the puppy.  [less]
We adopted Eli--either a shepherd/dobie mix or perhaps a large (54 pound) Manchester Terrier--on Mother's Day. He is 1 years old and very, very submissive--not at all agressive. We have two cats, age 13 and 10 who adored our last dog but are frightened by Eli's young energy. They are indoor/outdoor cats and have abandoned the house. I feed them on the curb. Sometimes they will come in when he is asleep in his crate. We have put him on a leash when he is tired and fed and calm and they will sit on a desk and purr...but they still have abandoned ship. I am sad (and tired of feeding them late at night outside!)--help! We are training him with Rover Rescue (wonderful folks!) and at a dog class. I'd be happy to work with a private trainer on this...anyone to suggest? - April from Manhattan Beach
Unfortunately, the exuberance of a young dog is often not appreciated by our feline friends, even if it is not an aggressive behavior. And, although the cats were comfort  [more]
Unfortunately, the exuberance of a young dog is often not appreciated by our feline friends, even if it is not an aggressive behavior. And, although the cats were comfortable with the last canine resident, it will certainly take some time for them to become accustomed to the new dog. Certainly obedience training with the dog to teach him appropriate behavior around the house and around the cats is going to be very helpful; however, getting the cats to hang around during the adjustment period may be difficult, especially in indoor-outdoor cats. You can try keeping them indoors only during the adjustment period to prevent them from running away. During this period, make sure they have a safe haven where they can escape from the dog (within the house) if they become frightened. Work on his obedience training while the cats are in the same room and everyone is supervised so he learns to be quiet and calm when the cats are around and they learn that they can be in the house without the fear of being chased or bounded on by the youngster. Alternatively, you can keep them as outdoor cats, however it may take quite some time for them to accept your new dog and be willing to move back in again. There are several trainers in the area that can help with basic dog obedience training (such as the Lomita Obedience Training Club or the Dog Obedience Club of Torrance). In addition, there are some private trainers that can come to your home and work with you one on one (such as Brian Lee).  [less]
I need help please. I have a dog that is in need of a teeth cleaning. I have tried to brush his teeth (not too sucessfully) and he pulls away. I am using a tooth brush and toothpaste for dogs. I do not want to have a vet put him out to brush his teeth(he has a heart mummer). Any suggestions would be reallty appreciated. Thank You - charlie from Torrance, CA
Daily teeth brushing is by far the best way to keep your pets teeth as clean and healthy as possible for his life. It can be challenging to get your pet to accept having  [more]
Daily teeth brushing is by far the best way to keep your pets teeth as clean and healthy as possible for his life. It can be challenging to get your pet to accept having his teeth brushed but if you are consistent about it and persistent and keep the experience positive, most pets will eventually allow you to perform a pretty thorough brushing at home. Unfortunately, just like in humans, it does not completely negate the need for a more comprehensive cleaning. In addition to that, pets often have more dental problems than people because many people are not able to brush their teeth regularly and after many years of teeth left unbrushed, the plaque mineralizes and becomes calculus and the bacteria start to destroy the bone holding onto the teeth. Once calculus develops it is unfortunately not possible to brush it away with a toothbrush and a scaling (where the calculus is carefully scraped off the tooth) must be performed. When your veterinarian anesthetizes your pet for a teeth cleaning, almost the exact same things happen with your pet as when you go to see your dentist. First, x-rays of the teeth are taken to evaluate the health of the bone holding onto the teeth and to look for problems below the gum-line. Next, the teeth are scaled, polished and treated with fluoride. The veterinarian performs a thorough examination of each tooth and looks for problems that may need to be addressed further. If there are any badly affected teeth needing further care (such as extraction of a very unhealthy tooth, a root canal, or a filling), those procedures can often be performed all while your pet is anesthetized. An awake pet would not allow these procedures to be performed unfortunately. While a heart murmur can indicate a serious underlying condition that may make anesthesia too risky, there are some heart murmurs that are mild and would not necessarily disqualify your dog for anesthesia so discuss this in detail with your veterinarian to see if he is a candidate. If it is determined that anesthesia is too risky, if the teeth are not too badly affected, and if your pet is very cooperative, there are some hospitals that offer non-anesthetized cleanings. During these cleanings, the teeth are also scaled and polished without the pet being placed under anesthesia. It is not always the ideal situation and is not right for every pet but it can be a good option for those with serious anesthetic risks. Just make sure that if you choose this option, it is performed at an animal hospital or is supervised by a veterinarian to be sure your pet is receiving appropriate care.  [less]

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