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Anchorage Barn Veterinary Clinic Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the fact that my dog have a dry nose mean that he/she is ill? (dry nose myth)

A : A dog can have a dry or wet nose and this can change during the course of the day and can all be perfectly normal.

In absence of any other clinical symptoms such as lethargy, anorexia, shivering, vomiting and or diarrhoea, a ‘Dry nose’ does not necessarily mean that your pet is ill or has a problem.

Certain hormonal diseases can cause fur loss on the nose bridge, excessive crusting around the nostrils can be caused by a whole range of dermatological problems, Pemphigus Foliaceus to name just one, or even a neurological problem related to the middle ear.

Any prolonged changes in presentation or changes in colouring of the nose or if there is any noticeable coloured discharge from your pet’s nose should be investigated by the vet immediately.

Q: Do the seasons my bitch is going through every 6 months stop after a certain age?

A: No, unlike humans, there is no menopause and your pets seasons will continue for the rest of her life. As she gets older there will be and increased risk for the development of a pyometra ( an infection of the uterus or womb) which will result in her feeling very ill and generally requiring surgery ( ovario-hysterectomy) to save her life.

Early detection of this illness is essential to hopefully be able to prevent serious complications such as kidney failure or the womb bursting inside the abdomen, in a patient who’s immune system is already compromised.

If your pet has an abnormally long season ( prolonged discharge) or if there is an abnormal colour of the discharge or if she is ‘ just a little off colour’ during her season you should have her examined by the vet as soon as possible.

Q: My pet appears to be hot I think because he/she pants a lot of the time. What can I do about this?

A: Panting is a symptom which can be seen with under normal and abnormal circumstances.

Dogs rely for a great deal on panting to control their body heat exchange because unlike humans they do not have sweat glands all over their body surface to regulate this heat exchange. So a dog with a thick coat in a warm environment will pant more than in a cool environment.

Increased panting however can also be the result of discomfort, heart/lung conditions and certain hormonal diseases such as Cushing’s disease. If you have any concerns, you better contact us so we can investigate if there is a problem or not and put your mind at rest.

Q : I have found a lump on my pet but it has not changed for a long time. Should I be concerned?

A: A lump is always a reason to have it checked even if it has been present for some time and/or if it’s appearance has not changed during this time. Some malignant lumps have a slow rate of growing compared with other depending of the ‘grade of malignancy’. In case it turns out to be a malignant lump then, depending on the type, there is generally a better longer term prognosis with early diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

Knowing what is going on and what can be expected is better than not knowing or knowing too late!

Q: Why does my pet need a repeat prescription examination?

A: Patients on repeat prescriptions for heart conditions, kidney insufficiency, arthritis, hormonal diseases such as Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease and many other chronic illnesses need to be individually assessed and examined at regular intervals determined by their conditions. This is in your pets’ best interest as it is the only way that we can check that the prescribed medication is having the desired effect to control and manage your pets condition and health efficiently. Dose changes may be required depending on whether your pets weight changes or if there is a changing disease pattern. Because the liver and kidneys are the main organs responsible for metabolising and eliminating the medication from th body, it is therefore absolutely essential that we know that their function is in good order. It will be necessary to check their status from time to time via blood tests we can perform at our clinic during your pets’ prescription examination.

Again the key lies in early detection if there is a problem as this may result in having to change or even stop your pets’ medication.

Q: My pet has got ‘ ear trouble ‘ again, why can I not have the same eardrops the vet prescribed the last time because it worked really well?

A: Your pets ear problem can be caused by many things such as parasites, foreign bodies like grass seeds, infections and allergies. There is no guarantee that the current problem will be the same as the last time. The treatment will be different depending on whether the eardrum is intact or not specially where foreign bodies are involved and this can only be assessed if the ear is examined by the vet with a special instrument. If an ear problem has recurred after a previous episode of infection or irritation, there is usually a reason for this which needs to be investigated. Repeated treatment with the same medication will not solve the problem and antibiotic resistance can be the reason that the problems has recurred.

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