July 24-30 questions

Labrador with ear infection

Horse with mastitis

Retained deciduous teeth in a dachshund

Dog licked antifreeze

Cat sneezing with eye discharge



Question from:Ariel, Wrightsville, PA
IS THERE A TREATMENT THAT EFFECTIVELY WORKS FROM HOME TO TREAT EAR INFECTIONS IN DOGS, ALSO HOT SPOTS IN A LAB MIX?

Answer:It is important that you have your veterinarian examine your dog’s ears. There are many causes of ear infections (yeast, bacteria, mites) (See: Common Dog Ear Diseases). You need to know the exact cause before you can start a specific treatment for dog ear infections.

Question from:Jessie, New Florence, Missouri
Our pony mare gave birth 7-26-05, but doesn't like standing still to let the foal eat. She is producing milk, but her utters are hard. Is something wrong with her?

Answer:From just reading your question, it seems to me like your mare may have mastitis. It is an infection of the mammary glands, usually by bacteria. Common clinical signs include hardness of the utter, heat, fever, a lumpy discharge.

You should have your mare examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible, because mastitis is a serious disease. (Related article: Foaling)

Question from:Brie, Thousand Oaks, CA
My 8 month old miniature dachshund has two baby teeth that were not pushed out when her permanent teeth came in. Will they hurt her if they're not removed?

Answer:The retained baby teeth should be removed, because these can cause malocclusion. They are easy to remove. Usually the dentist can remove them at the time of spay or neuter. (See: Dog Dental Care)



Question from:Lola, Los Angeles, CA
My dog licked antifreeze yesterday and still has no symptoms of poisoning.

Answer:Antifreeze can be extremely lethal for dogs and cats. For a medium sized dog, as little as 3-4 tablespoons is toxic. For cats, 1-2 teaspoons can be toxic. Signs of antifreeze poisoning include a drunken appearance, staggering, lack of coordination, vomiting, or depression.

If your pet has ingested antifreeze you should call your veterinarian immediately, or call the National Poison Control Center at 1800-548-2423. See: Dog Poisoning Symptoms.

Question from:Jenn, Robison, CO
Sick cat lots of sneezing and sleep like stuff coming from eyes.

Answer: There are many causes of eye infections in cats. These include herpes virus, Chlamydia, calicivirus, or foreign objects.

The best thing to do is have your vet examine your cat, and possible to a culture to determine the exact cause of the infection, so the treatment can be specific.

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