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Dr Ann Chauvet Dr. Chauvet earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon,Canada,and is known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology speaking to, training, and consulting with veterinary practices and organizations globally.


Is there a safe and easy way to give my cat his pill medicine?

There certainly is no safe way and much less an easy way to pill a cat. However, it is possible. You may have to start dragging your cat out from under the bed or off the curtains. You may be left with scratches and bite marks, but it is worth it for the health of your cat. My advice is to get a piller from your vet clinic and ask technicians to show you how it is done.

What would cause my 3-year-old dog to pee in her sleep?

Age, the dreadful signs of hormonal loss. Urination during sleep or rest is most common in female dogs and related to a lose sphincter tone of the urethra. It happens mostly in spayed females and starts with a few drops found where she slept then eventually a big wet spot. Not pleasant, but manageable. Kegels are not easy to do in dogs this is why there are medications to help fix the little problem due to hormonal changes. It happens. It is fixable. Ask your vet!

It is common for Dachshunds to suffer a disk herniation. What are the symptoms, treatment options and recovery time?

Now here is my specialty: Dachshunds. I have one and yes he had a herniated disc. Yes he had a surgery and is still jumping and running years later. Dachshunds are a popular breed and account for about 43% of all the spine surgeries I do. This happens in many other breeds with long body short legs, but not only in those breeds. Sudden pain, limping, not walking well or at all are the main signs. Sometimes the dogs have a scrunched up neck and head down if the disc herniation is in the neck; they walk like a person with whiplash. Sometimes they look like they have belly pain because they are hunched up and so tense in their abdomen due to the back muscle spasms. If you note any of the above-mentioned symptoms, see your vet immediately. Often, 85% of the time, medical care can alleviate or even cure the symptoms. There are times, however, when you need to consider surgery; when the pet is not walking, the pain is intractable, relapse after stop medications, or the medications are not working. The good news is almost all of these dogs walk again, run again. But big advice; see a neurosurgeon, for this is not a run of the mill procedure.



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