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2017-07-13 10:30:44 -0500 answered a question How to tell if my dog has worms?

Hey Shelly! I believe Lexi provided you with a throurou answer about how can identify if your dog has worms, however, I invite you to consider preventive care and have present that worms are a health threat to people, too. So be sure to protect yourself by being careful when you pick up feces out on walks or in your yard.

Dogs can't contract them by coming in contact with each other, but they can often contract them by coming in contact with an infected dog's feces, and as you might have noticed as a dog owner yourself, dogs looove to stick their noses in other dogs poop to take a sniff!

What I would also recommend you besides visiting your Vet to take care of this, and maybe planning on a preventive care program, be sure to keep your yard clear of pet feces, wash hands frequently and keep away from other animals that may have worms like other dogs and cats (as well as their feces.) In severe cases, you may want to consider treating the area were you dog spends most of his time specially if there is grass or dirt. Ask your veterinarian what he considers best according to your particular case.

I usually check http://1800petmeds.com before buying any prescriptions from the clinic itself ( if they have the same product as the Dog Clinic, you can save an average of $10dlls or a little more. Just make sure you get the prescription from the vet before you leave the clinic! You might need proof when buying it even if it's from a website) and considerate it might take more than 3 business days to get. My second option is to look into http://Chewy.com who have great prices but are more limited with medications. Anyways, hope this helps you and that your furry friend gets better soon!!

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2017-07-13 10:30:43 -0500 answered a question Do dog owners normally provide food for their pets or is it expected from a sitter?

Hi Evelina! The owners should provide their own food, treats, supplements, etc. I would suggest you to have this conversation with them, before assuming they know this so you don't find yourself in a difficult situation. Let them know you would like them to provide you with whatever makes their Pet comfortable and familiar with. From maybe getting their favorite toys, blanket, bowls, etc. Remember, the more familiar their environment and routine is, the better they will do through their stay. That way, you don't struggle with them having anxiety or depression while their owners go away, specially during extended periods (some dogs will even eat less because they get stressed in new homes, even when you are as loving and caring as you can be). Make sure they provide you with ENOUGH food so you don't run out of it within a week and then find yourself having to pay out of pocket for their expenses. (Unless you agree with it!). You can always have some treats for them too, but make sure you ask their owners if you can give them your treats since some Parents can be particular about it, they may like giving their pets organic products, or they are allergic to certain ingredients, or they have a special diet and you don't want to be responsible for them having a soft stool or worse!

I have learned that new Dog parents sometimes don't realize they should provide you with all this, or they might be to busy, or distracted to consider it. It is good and will speak highly of you if you can help them remember. Hope my experience helps you and good luck!

2017-07-13 10:30:42 -0500 answered a question What should I do about my dogs eye discharge?

Hi Jeffrey! I noticed you posted this several days ago, but wanted to share this with you since it sounds like your pet suffers from eye discharges frequently. Have you tried going with an old and natural way to do it? I am talking about CHAMOMILE TEA BAGS! I used to have a cat, who would have a cat litter every so often, and from time to time I would find her kitties with eye discharges, to the point that their little eyes would almost get glued! (This could develop overnight.) Obviously, I would freak out and wanted to take them to the vet immediately. My mother, a great home natural-remedy woman, who learn a lot about it because of having 5 kids and a limited budget, told me just to make a cup of chamomile tea and once the tea was warm, to clean their eyes with a soft cloth as often as I could through the day (at least every time you see the eye discharge is adding up). Within a couple of days I would see tremendous improvement, and by the third day they would be just fine. Just to name a few of Chamomile's healing properties it works as a anti inflammatory, anti microbial, allergy natural relieve remedy. If you like to give it a try, I would suggest you to not rub to hard since you might damage the retina (specially if the discharge is already crusty-hardened). Just continue cleaning your pet's eye until it's gone. Sometimes, it can take you 3 try's to get the discharge to soften but it's better to be patient, than to cause more discomfort to your pet than they are already in. More recently, (and so you also know I not only tried this natural remedy with cats) I had my dog wake up one day with a crusty eye. I made some tea, and cleaned his eyes through the next couple of days (even when his eye cleared the first day, I continued cleaning his eyes the next day to make sure he was fine.) and Voila!! All good!! Even when it's always good to have a Vet look at it, maybe before you book an appointment you can try this home remedy for a couple of days, and if there is no improvement then take them to the Vet. Whatever gives you peace of mind!

P.S Even when it seems they only have eye discharge in one eye, I would always clean both eyes to ensure and prevent the second eye getting it too! Good luck!!!

2017-07-13 10:30:41 -0500 answered a question What can I give my dog for arthritis pain?
 I have an older dog (Dalmatian) who in his younger years used to be extremely active. Back in the day, I was only a student so I had a lot of time to be able to take Max for long runs (I was bike riding or roller blading and he would run by my side.) A few years back when we moved to a bigger house with staircases, I noticed even when he was fine walking long distances, when it came to go up the stairs he would take one step at the time and limp a little bit. I didn't worry to much because he never really complained and I though it was normal for his age. 
 About a year ago every time he would get up, I started noticing he would put more effort on his front legs to get up and would cry in pain. I took him to the Vet, and after a mobility exam he pretty much diagnosed him with "senior arthritis" that could be easily relieved with Joint Health Supplements. I tried giving him supplements with high doses of Glucosamine & Chondroitin from expensive brands (GNC). But it only worked for a little bit and it was a pain to give it to him (based on his body weight I had to give him 4 huge pills, that even when they were peanut butter flavor, he wouldn't eat it without me tricking him.) The whole ritual would take me about 15-20 minutes every morning! 
 I continued doing research from asking other dog parents about different brands and products they had tried, the veterinarian, dog's blogs and websites, until I found DASUQUIN with MSM by Nutramax. It's also expensive but totally worth it!! It contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSN. MSM is especially popular as part of an arthritis diet and supplementation plan to treat arthritis or osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease since it helps form connective tissue and repair joints, tendons and ligaments. For the first 30 days you have to give them 2 soft chews with food (make sure not to give it to them with an empty stomach because they are quite strong and will make them sick) and after the first 30 days you just give them 1 soft chew with their food for maintenance.

Ever since I started giving it to him religiously every day he is doing better and even runs again when I take him to the dog park. When I know he had a little more physical activity than usual I would give him double dose and he is doing great!! I know what you are probably thinking, it's a lot of money for supplements! But if you have a sneaky pet like Max, who would spit the supplement so you give him more treats; which eventually makes them gain weight, not to mention it will make them heavier and ergo harder for them to move, plus take you 20 minutes a day just ... (more)