This book, written by veterinarian Dr. Marie is guaranteed to save you money on your vet bills! Dr. Marie lists 75 tips including information on internet pharmacies, understanding veterinary estimates, how to ask your vet for a discount and more!
Labrado Retriever question:Hi Dr. Marie I have a yellow lab named Sam He experienced seizures twice yesterday and was brought into an emergency A doctor did blood, blood glucose, and PCV/total protein test and everything looks fine He suspected that Sam might have a brain tumor or epilapsy In order to diagnose Sam better, he needs to do MRI which costs $2000 and I don’t think I can afford that Is there any
Shih Tzu question:I have a female Shih Tzu, turning 5 this coming July. To let you understand the whole situation: I just moved from Malaysia to South Africa, and has brought her with last November. I have been advised by the vet in Malaysia to have a full blood check (kidney,electrolit,etc) done, just to see how she is adapting to the environment and new food in SA. I am also planning to have her spay
domestic sh question:emmy has started to drool as of last night. she is drooling a lot. she has never done this before, not even when i pet her. she is an inside cat. she has been sleeping most of the morning and is usually a hyper cat in the morning. she has always drank a lot of water and has always had a healthy appetite. she has eaten this morning but i am uncertain how much. she has also drank a lot of water this
standard question:Dark has been pulling the hair out of his stomach for over a year. He now has a patch of black skin about 2 inches in diameter, somewhat thicker and rougher than the surrounding whitish skin, that is growing. His fur is black. He has been to two vets and use of Depo medrol, conofite lotion and a fungal culture have provided no clue to the problem. We have changed his litter brand. He seems hea
house cat question:For the past two days our cat has been constantly sniffling and sneezing and has also had diarrhea. He has been pretty normal in personality and eating habits, although today he seems more lethargic. I am wondering if this is a cold/flu that he has, and if so, does he require veterinary treatment, or just like in humans, does something like this seem to run its course (unless serious, my doctor
Golden Retriever question:My dog is a 90 pound Golden Retriever. He has had a lot of problems with ear infections and we can’t seem to clear it up. It goes away when we use Otomax that was prescribed by the vet, but it always seems to come back again. Can you give us any advice?
DLH- female spayed question:Over the past month my eldest cat has lost a lot of her fur on her belly and back legs. The skin is in perfect condition, no scales, dryness or rash. She is not grooming herself more than normal. She seems completely unfazed by the condition, is in no distress at all. She is fairly high strung as a rule, will care a toy around and cry like she has a dead kitten. There have been no changes in her l
Sheltie question:Our 3 year old Sheltie was at our local vet yesterday for some shots and to get his teeth cleaned. The Vet put the puppy under to clean the teeth which we were aware of. I picked up the puppy (Tucker) around 2pm and they said he may cough because of the tube that was in his throat – that makes sense. Took him home and fed and watered him and he ate and drank with no problem. He wasn’t his
1/2 Mastiff 1/2 Dutc question:The last 3 days, Duke has become very lethargic, laying around and just sleeping. He is normally very active, always wanting to play and go outside. Now, I cannot get him to play at all, and he only wants to be outside as long as it takes him to pee, then he will run around for a few minutes, then askes to come back inside. Fetch and tug of war, his favorite two games, do not interest him at al
short hair tabby question: she had her teeth cleaned on march 1st…came home..she was woozy from anesthesia….slept too long on her side…limping…took her back to vet…they found out she was pre-diabetic…started her on diabetic cat food… was walking fine…over the last few days… no interest in eating…vomited green liquid…at least twice…sneezing a great deal…offered her her favorite food…walks away…
domestic long hair ( question:Hi – Rusty is almost 15 yrs. and meows and howls at night. Basically, he throws a kitty tantrum every night! He wakes up around 3 a.m. and howls until I get up to be with him. He eats, drinks, pees, poops and plays regularly. He can be a very playful, active, normal kitty as long as I initiate. He is drinking a little more than used to and in turn pees/poops more (I figure due to additional ha
lakeland patterdale question:hi basil got away from me last night down near the woods he returned about 30 mins later carring his rear left leg he is un able to put any weight on his leg i know that it is not broken and he does not seem in any pain as he is still playfull but if i push against his pad he does not try to push away unlike his other side and i was just wondering what the problem might be and what i should do ?
bolognese question:Two weeks ago I put my 18 and three quarter year old dog Bertie to sleep. He would have been 19 at the beg of May.He was actually the oldest Bolognese in the UK. He was given a sedative by the vet as he was always very nervous when we went there. When he administered the injection to put him to sleep he let out two high piched cries, which really upset me, as I was not expecting this. The vet to
Lab/Heeler/Aussie question:Yesterday my husband and I purchased our new family addition and his brother. Last night,the first night, Beau had a watery, peanut butter, colored bowel movement in comparison to his brothers of the same age. I’ve given him the same food, Science Diet for Puppies, the medicine by Dr. Roy, a multivitamin. I’ve already began a schedule for our crate training and i take the boys outside every hour a
chihuahua x pomerani question:Hi There, I found a few drops of blood last night in and near my puppies poo. Not sure if I should be worried. I tried something new for both of my puppies (they are the same age) for their food. They love raw chicken, so I bought some mince and put it in their food for breakfast. When I got home after work there was diarreha all over the poo pads. She is still playing and she ate her di
calico question:Dear Dr. Marie my fiance Melissa contacted you friday 02/26/2010 about are cat wildwood. her systems were slight head tremors and wobbliness. However she has become less responsive since then. She also has what looks like a bloody discharge coming out of mouth, along with not being able to stand at all now. From what it seems doesn’t seem able to drink water without me having to put it right under
Female – Yellow Lab question:For quite sometime now she has been experiencing something that is irritating her around her mouth. I can’t rub it enough to satisfy the itch. I cover my hands with my sleeves and rub vigoriously back and forth on the outsides of her mouth. She tries rubbing it on the carpet and with her paws. She will seldom scratch it with her foot. She is on a senior’s grain free food. She does seem to have dev
Calico question:Dear Dr.Marie, My cat Wildwood has been lethargic for the past 2 days, along with being wobbly and not being able to walk, she also appears at times to have a slight head tremor. She has eaten a little yesterday and has been drinking water-she also urinated this morning. Wildwood had been an outdoor cat up until my parents passed away 3 years ago and since that time she’s been indoors. Her symp
bengal question:please could you read this topic Dr. Marie and answer to help this person? thank you Boss Bengal aka Debbie Ward http://www.bengaltalk.com/viewtopic.php?p=37540#p37540
PUG question:Hi Dr. Marie, I have a 7yr old female Pug. She was getting “pyoderma” every few months. Each time she’d get antibiotics and it goes away. The last visit my vet took a blood test. The vet is concerned about her “Akalilne Phosphatase” level because it is high at 735. I see on her blood test (I have a copy) that the Platelet count is 447, noted “high.” At the time my dog weighed 37 pounds a
Golden Retreiver question:Hi my dog is 13 years old ,and tough he acts fine ,and goes walking everyday,he has lost an incredible amount of weight in the last couple of months and while he eats very healthy ,the food doesn`t seem to make any difference,his coat is very patchy too and sheds alot. He shares his space with a 4yr old border collie,who I think he tries to emulate actively. I`ve found him at times eating feces.
Chihuahua question:Hi, I have an otherwise healthy chihuahua who has always been a foot chewer but has had no skin problems, until last week. He has always loved a good scratch at the base of his tail, but last week he became almost like an addict getting a fix. Within a day or so, he began itching and chewing frantically on his hip areas as well as the tail base. Two days ago, my husband gave him a bath with a gent
Pomeranian question:I recently sold an 11 week old pomeranian on January 24, 2010 due to allergies. I had to re-sell the pomeranian, but was the puppy had already been dewormed and had his first shots. Unfortunately, the person that I allowed to take the pomeranian without payment despite a signed agreement informed me that the “dog is dead” and that it died almost a week ago meaning that would place his death at
Maine Coon question:I have a Indoor Male Maine Coon Cat 3 years 9mnths old, Eats 4 times a day Raw food diet 6am & Midnight and Wellness Canned 12noon and 6PM, He is eating and playing normally but over the last week we have noticed him cleaning his private parts more, my husband noticed when he used the litter box this morning that the fecal matter was dry and had some blood on it. Should he be seen? Trying to avoid
redbone coonhound question:About 3 months ago, Ruby stopped jumping and running, she seems to be in pain when she stands up or jumps. She also just lost her longtime companion dog, he died in January, but she was sick before he died. She’s been tested for lyme disease.Her muscles in her back legs feel hard and her front legs seem to give out sometimes. Do you know what it could be? How can I relieve her pain?
DSH question:Dear Dr Marie, I am sending this letter in order to ask your advice about the course of treatment our vet has recommended for our cat, Mojo. To give you some background, Mojo has presented some unusual behaviour recently that prompted us to bring her in for a check up. She is a fifteen-year old domestic short-hair cat, who is spayed and who has always been an indoor kitty, with supervised outdoo
Calico tabby short h question:We have a (female) calico cat who was regurgitating 4 – 5 times per day and not eating. Because she wasn’t eating, she was regurgitating small bits of nearly clear fluid with equally shaped greenish particles in it. She was quieter than usual, but still moving about and not attempting to hide. We admitted her to a veterinary hospital with a concern she’d become dehydrated. She is now on her 4t
dachsund question:my dog has worms, and we gave her medicine today but she wont eat anythingg and has lost about 20 pounds and is less than skin and bones now and can barely walk now and is pooping black poop…what should we do?
Himalayan/Persion question:My cat is 17 years old. She has had kidney disease for five years. I have multiple questions and can pay extra if necessary. The most important is that she had a seizure this morning. It is the second seizure that she has had in the past three months that I am aware of. Is there cause for concern or anything that I can do. She is eating well and going to the bathroom regularly with maybe a f
Poodle/Terrier Mix question:I took my dog to get some shots earlier today and to get some tests done. They drew blood from her front right leg to do a heart worm test and it seemed like they had trouble drawing the blood cause it took them a couple attempts, but now her leg seems bruised or to have internal bleeding cause its a dark reddish color?! Is this safe/ok or should I be concerned? She doesn’t seem to be bothered by
boxer question:I own a white female boxer. She born in oct. 30,2009. I notice when she’s sleeping her respiration most of the time is very fast and she have a loud snoring and sometimes her tong is out, also during the day she have hippcups. she is very happy puppie but i’m worry about this matter.
Mini Schnauzer question:My dog Odie is paralyzed on the right side. No symptoms, no warnings, one night we wera all playing with him and the next morning he could not stand. I have taken him to a few vets, but they told me an MRI is needed to know what is the problem with my dear Odie. The problem is they charge $1,500 just for the MRI and we don’t have that kind of money, we are desperate, we love our Odie more then wor
dachshund question:Hi, Amber is 10 years old. Since she was young she had frequent seizures, as she grew the seizures decreased and now occur sparingly. She also has shown some small lumps (2 or 3) on her stomach. Yesterday she had a seizure. Usually after seizures she returns to a normal state but after the seizure she had yesterday she sort of stood in a blank state and barely wanted or tryed to move or walk. She
Shih Tzu question:I have two shih tzu’s from the same litter. They were born on 1/29/09, so they are days away from their first birthday. I called the vet to schedule a check up (I thought they needed one at the 1 year mark, but it turns out they don’t need a check up until June, which is 1 year from when they became fully vaccinated) and my vet said that even though they are due for check ups, they needed to be br
Himalayan/Persion question:My cat is 17 years old. She has kidney disease and has been on kidney food (both can/wet and dry) for the last five years. They recently changed the can formula on NF Kidney food, which was the only brand that she would eat. I still have a few cans left. She refuses to eat the new formula. She does eat the dry food and drink her water regularly. What is the harm to her if she only eats the d
may be part Norwegia question:My cat Harry, who is approximately 12 years old, was just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism last week after his vet reviewed the results of his recent blood tests. About 4-8 weeks ago Harry was exhibiting some symptoms of hyperthyroidism (excessive drinking, excessive use of the litter box, yowling throughout the night for no apparent reason.) In the past couple of weeks, however, he is no longer exh
Labrador retriever-C question:My pet has recently been diagnosed with Diabetes. She is on 5 units of insulin 2x day. She is on a high fiber-low fat diet to maintain current weight. Her dog food is 7% fat 2-1/2 c. and 1/2c. of 9% fat daily trying to maintain her current weight( She had lost about 16lbs in about 4 months and was continuing to lose). She is also getting 2teas. of Salmon oil for her coat. She is shedding a lot and
American Longhair question:My 5 year old cat starting vomiting on Sunday – a few times and then vomited clear liquid over night on Sunday and on Monday morning – 3-4 times. I took her to the vet yesterday and they ran blood work (kidney failure, etc) and then x-ray for foreign body, etc and both came back fine. Temperature was fine. They kept her for 6 hours, gave her fluids and anti-vomiting drugs and I took her home tha
Short Hair Domestic question:My 2 year old short hair tabby was diagnosed with FHV quite early on.. he’s been quite healthy since, apart from wheezing while breathing, especially when excited.. last month he started hissing and growling while eating.. sure enough when i checked inside his mouth i found his gums swollen and he had some lumps under his chin.. i took him to a vet that gave him a 10ml depomedrone (depredil) in
Brittany Spaniel, Bl question:My dog has not woke us up to be let ouside since he has been house trained. A couple of weeks ago he started whining at the door early in the morning and when I went to let him out I noticed a small puddle on the steps. The last 2 nights he has just woke up with a larger puddle under him on the blanket. He has also been vomiting large clear puddles, very small amount of food in them, but mostly
pug question:My pug is losing his hair and the skin is turning black around his neck. It started as a small ring now its growing. My daughter said it smells like mushrooms. (I have no sense of smell). Any ideas? He does itch it allot. I do See dry skin on the bed when he gets up. Thanks
lab mix question:Heidi is having trouble with anal glands. She is on a home cooked diet, mostly chicken, brown rice, peas. I am trying to add more fiber, she is very fussy. Once a month, for the last 6 months, she has had her anal gland expired from the vet. Today, the process was extremely painful, she screemed terrible. So bad, that I am afraid to go back. The nurse did the procedure. She said the liquid was th
Maltese question:I recently purchased a new Maltese puppy. When we brought him home he had some bloody diarrhea. I need to mention that my husband is in the service and we are currently stationed in South Korea. I took the new puppy to a Korean vet who performed a second parvo test (the puppy had one done the night we got him) and it was negative. He didn’t know what was wrong with him, but gave him 2 shots of med
Spayed Female Chihua question:We are a foster home/rescue home for dogs. We brought in a new foster two weeks ago with the sniffles. (All my dogs are UTD shots). Last night my Chihuahua suffered severe congestion, weasing and and the shivers. Today seems lethargic. Upon contacting the rescue, they said “Oh yes, by the way, Kennel cough is going around. You may want to prevent bronchitis.” To me, this sounds like an upper resp.
Shi Tzu question:My dog Valentino is 16 years old and many times when he drinks water or he is outside in the cold air, he starts heaving and gasping for air. This does not last very long, but it really bothers me. It has been going on for several months now, could not get an answer from my vet. Do you know what the problem is? Thank you
Choclate Lab question:My Choc Lab is acting very listless, sneezing constantly, her nose is cold, is still eating but not playing too much. What could be wrong with her?
Maltese question:We have a two year old Maltese that had a small bald spot on her head when we got her as a puppy. When the hair didnâ€™t grow back and she started scratching the spot until it would bleed, we got her tested for allergies. It turned out that she was allergic to some of the ingredients in her food and her diet was changed to avoid those ingredients. After all these changes her hair still has
Feline question:My cat is has been meowing quite a bit and she is a little on lethargic side. In the middle of night she has fits where she she lets out very loud blood curdling meows but when you come out and pat her she stops. Not sure if it like a toothache or something else that might be bothering her. We did lose another cat about 5 months ago they were together last 10 years or so. Every time she sees u
Feline question: About a year ago our cat was looked at by a vet. He got all his shots and was given a brief eye exam. The left eye in the lower left hand corner has a spot. The spot is a brown discoloration about a millimeter. The vet said it could have been a birth defect but it got a little bigger. Since then he has an injury on the left hind leg on the outer side. He is a black and white cat. Some of fur lo
mixed question:Hi Marie, We spoke briefly this morning about my cat. As I said this morning, she is 15 years (turning 16 in March). Over the last year she has lost weight, but seems eating and drinking fine. However over the last month she has started urinating in other places then her litter box. I was just wondering what your thoughts are. Thank you Cheryl
Mixed Cat question:My Cat has been licking and cleaning her abdomen untill she as removed most of the hair. I had her to the Vet 6 wks ago about this. We treated for fleas even though there were no signs of fleas, changed her food from dry science diet to the moistwet food caned science diet. She acts healthy, eating, active, sleep and use of litter box is all fine. No big change in weight. Do I go forward with
english bulldog question:Hello, My English bulldog puppy has been diagnosed with Kennel cough. He has had 10 days of antibiotics and now I am using an aerosol with antibiotic and phlegm liquifier in it which he uses 2x a day + natural cough syrup. I think this is a long time. Whilst there is some improvement, he still gets bouts of coughing, throwing up white foam and sometimes his food. I’ve been to my vet”s 3X alread
Boston Terrier question:Is it safe to feed her carrots or nuts of any kind? We have just been feeding them to since the holidays and she seems to have a bit of a constipation problem. We have noticed just a slight hint of pink on her when we wipe her after her bowel movements to make sure she is clean before we let her in the house. She has also had a few potato chips. What is safe to feed her while we eat. She is a
tabby mixed longhair question:I read in a magazine Woman’s World about your service to give pet medical advice. My pet cat, Simba, has been vomiting for two days. He vomits up his food while it is still undigested. He has not had a lack of appetite and continues to eat as usual. Today, we took away his food bowl and left him with his water bowl. He also has had a noise from his throat for less than a week, which sounded like a
tortisshell question:my cat has stomatitus and fiv. i hate to give her up but she may be suffering and i do not want that . is there any hope of keeping aand her not to suffer .i do not beleive they will pull her teeth since she has fiv. thanks bev
Yorkshierr Terrier question:i think she has a bad tooth,lost of weight,not eating her regular food,gave her rice and plain chicken,cant keep anything down,diahriea,throwing up and today to weak to walk. I would have taken her to Vet but I just dont have the money right now and I feel so bad.
miniature dachshund question:Our dog is a miniature dachshund and she just (about 30 minutes ago) ate about 20 to 30 grams of dark chocolate. What do we need to do?
Pug question:We just took a trip, and on the last day away our dog began throwing up. We have been home three days and ever since then I have noticed red blood in his stools.
chocolate lab question:Hershey was diagnosed with lymphoma today. He has two large swollen nodes under his neck and nodes swollen to his hind quarters. He has lost his eye sight presumably from affected nodes behind his eyes according to our local vet. This all happened rather quickly. Due to his age and the fact that he has hip dysplasia, our local vet does not recommend chemo. He presently has trouble walking/sta
Golden Retriever question:Hi Marie! Aprox. 2 months ago, Hope’s one eye started to water and run a clear liquid. The hair all around the eye has darkened. We took her to a vet in Arnprior and spent $80. to have her checked over. The vet said both eyes were fine and her only advice was to use eye drops like we use. I did that, but the eye has continued to run on and off. Some days it’s dry, and other days it runs, but
domestic shorthair question:My cat is now about 15 years old and is in relatively good condition apart from the fact that he is now almost totally deaf. For the past 12 months, he has been leaving his poos anywhere, even inside the house, something he has not done before. We have left him a litter box, but he wont use it. We generally feed him Whiskas from a tin or a pouch, plus some dry food. If feeding him pouches, it is n
Jack Russell question:Bella is 3 years old. She’s been having some anal itching the past few days but tonight it has increased 10x. She is frustrated, constantly rubbing her butt on any hard surface she can. She is not able to relax and is pacing the room. We live in Germany (Army) and an emergency room visit is outrageous here. I will call our vet in the morning and will get refered to someone since our vet on ou
looks like small Nor question:there is a PHOTO on the Pet-Forums-UK website, on the Dog Health sub-forum under Dog categories; the name of the thread is SUPER NASTY SKIN. i think the dog has skin-fold dermatitis, and it looks REALLY REally Ugly!! the dog is pictured seated at the base of the original posters post, as part of her sig; SANDY looks as fat as a 2-YO hog, she is a ball of lard with legs, and i think the o
Labrado Retriever question:Hello I noticed that Sam has a big red swellen bump between second and third toes on his right paw and he keeps liking on it. It sometimes bleeds. Could you tell me what it could be? ( tumor maybe )? what can I do to make it go away? Should I take him to a vet? Other than that, he is happy, healthy and energetic. Thank you
black cat question:Hi, I have spoken with you before about my cat Yoko. She suffers from swollen gums that bleed, and she has very bad breath. She is taking prednizone. It does not help much, but it makes her happier it seems. The past few days I have found that her left eye looks very strange. Its watery and the second eye lid is up. She does not seem to want to eat much either. I do not want her to suffer any m
Yorkshire terrier question:This past Monday she had an episode where she went limp and wasn’t responsive to her name or my touch. It looked like she was conscious, just not really with it. It lasted about an hour, then she got up and acted totally normal. Then Wednesday it happened again and lasted about an hour. Yesterday she started having tremors (i’m not sure that is the right word). It looks like an electrical sho
domestic question:Hi there my 9 week old male kitten has been drinking water non stop from his bowl this morning, at first he was a bit lethargic and just wanted to sleep, but hes a bit more playfull now but constantly drinking. he has urinated once this morning in his litter tray, and does not seem interested in his dry food. he is due at vets today for his vaccination.
CHUHUHUA MIX question:SHE HAS BEEN TREMBLING FOR 2 DAYS AND HAS NOT EATEN FOR FOR 2 DAYS. OTHERWISE SHE SEEMS NORMAL. ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT? THANKS, DAVID .
Lab/Border Collie mi question:Buster was throwing up for over two weeks. I had him to an emergency pet hospital, they ran numerous tests, injected him with fluid and gave him an injection to keep him from throwing up. They did not find anything, recommended I take him to his vet. The vet does not seem too concerned with Buster’s condition, and has told me he will be alright. Gave him an injection to keep him from throwing
Domistec Cat question:i was gone out of town for a couple of days and i live in the first floor up, i normally let my cat out in the balcony because he likes setting in the sun, anyways, after i came back home Lucky was gone and the only way he would of got out is to jump out of that balcony, so i looked everywhere for him and posted flyers all around me and this morning and after 3 days of him leaving, someone knocked
rotweiller question:Hi, about three weeks ago zues’ back legs seemed week and clumsy and he was dripping urine, a vet came round and diagnosed him with sciatica and he has been on CARPROFEN ever since. About two days later he started dripping blood instead of urine but his legs seemed a bit better. The vet came back round and chemically carstrated him and gave him an antibiotic and an antinflammatory shots. It seemed