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Low thyroid Q: My dog is seven years old, a few weeks ago she had a comprehensive blood test: her thyroid is a little slow. a)is there any connection with her penting more than usual in the last two months? b)is there a homeopathic medication: or what type of treatment is usually administered?. she is about 87 pounds, mixed rot-husky. spaying her six years ago has been costing me a fortune already with related hormone problems eg. urine dripping. thank you
A: I doubt low thyroid is involved with excess panting as actually dogs with low thyroid would tend to be cooler and seek out heat more sometimes rather than overheat easily which is what panting dogs often do. i would suspect some other cause here, as many vets overdiagose low thyroid based on borderline thyroid tests. make sure that complete thyroid panel was done as just a t4 is not adequate.
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Skin care Q: Hello doctor, i have an eight week old puppy and we have had her almost two weeks. when we got her i immediately bathed and fed her. i wes feeding her pedigree soft food, now i am feeding her iams hard puppy food. i use a hartz shampoo, but she still scratches. recently i have noticed scabs and/or bumps? can you plese tell me what is wrong. the vet that i took her to, did not perform a skin test, but said that it could be dry skin. please help me.
A: She should have a skin scrape at vet to make sure no demodectic or sarcoptic mange. also exam of hairs with special light to make sure not a fungus. food allergy is also possible. try bathing with 1800petmeds aloe vera and oatmeal shampoo and conditioner every few days and see vet if persists.
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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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Cushings disease Q: My 8 yr old cocker has enlarged lymph nodes, the vet has run blood work nothing shows, at one pt she was considering surgery to remove a large lymph nodes in her neck. but we has discovered with low dose steroids and antibiotics the lymph nodes go down, she now has my dog on this med daily, she takes and antibiotic twice a day along with 1/2 steroid tab twice a day and the lymph nodes remain down, but as soon as the meds are stopped the swell again, she tells me that long term steroid treatment can result in cushing disease, but this can be treated, any information you can provide me with would be greatly appreciated. thank you
A: I strongly recommend a lymph node aspirate and better yet a biopsy to definitively diagnose condition for best treatment
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