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PODCAST: Your Animal Questions!

Today Dr. Tripp Stewart answers your questions! Feel free to ask him questions on the Greenbrier Emergency Animal Hospital Facebook page, and he’ll try to cover them in a future podcast.

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57 Comments
  1. Reply
    molly windell

    My dog is 14 yrs old and last month I noticed she had worms in her feces so I bought some worm medicine and gave it to her and did the follow up. I gave her a bath and I noticed worm like things coming out of her skin (near her tail) what is it

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Maggots? Lice? Tapeworms? This dog needs to see a vet. No way to diagnose this.

  2. Reply
    Rosita

    Hey, guy, do you know a dog breed called Kintamani dog? KBD (Kintamani Bali Dog) is an ancient dog breed from Indonesia. I have one white female, her name’s Bali. You already heard of this breed?

  3. Reply
    Rosita

    How you heard of KBD (Kintamani Bali Dog)?

  4. Reply
    Rosita

    What’re maggot? Sometimes I heard this word, but I don’t know what is this… Can you explain me what’s maggot?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Fly Larva. White worms that eat dead skin. It is best to Google it.

  5. Reply
    Rosita

    Thanks, dr. Stewart. I’m learning a lot about animal care with your blog.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I’m glad but I can not keep answering your questions Rosita. I have too many other questions to answer and work. Please keep up the research and the animal curiosity!! You are obviously very smart and interested in this subject!

  6. Reply
    Rosita

    Hehe thanks for the advice. I’ll not ask you more many times. Only the necessary and in emergencies with my dogs. Again, I’ll not ask you many unnecessary things. only the necessary and if it is very urgent

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Thanks!!! Hopefully there are not to many more emergencies.

  7. Reply
    Rosita

    Hey, I’m choosing the Mother’s Day present to my mother, and I was thinking if I can give her a male Akita puppy… What’s your opinion about Akita’s temperament?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      All dogs are different, but in general they are not suited for tropical climates and can be very head strong. They are beautiful but very labor intensive and hard to handle. Not a simple gift.

  8. Reply
    Rosita

    Great, but my mum LOVES dogs. And I so. How you perceived who I live in a tropical country? 🙂

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Your other questions gave it away.

  9. Reply
    Rosita

    What do you think about golden retriever temperament?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Love Them!

  10. Reply
    Rosita

    This’s a so cute answer! : D I”ll buy an Akita, how I said to you. ✌️ If I have another doubt with my dogs, I’ll ask you.

  11. Reply
    Rosita

    What’s your opinion about an akita golden mix? You think it’ll be a beautiful cross?

  12. Reply
    Rosita

    What do you think about WGSD (White German Shepherd Dog)? It’s a good dog for tropical climates? PS: the dog will live on a beachfront bungalow. I knew this dog breed in a tv program, and I LOVED them! This dog look likes a Kintamani dog, I think. And I fell in love with them, maybe because they’re beautiful, maybe because they’re intelligent dogs… And I would like to have a male. And I would like to see your opinion about this breed. What do you think about a WGSD living in a tropical, but ventilated climate?

  13. Reply
    Rosita

    PS: I desisted to buy an akita, after a vet said us they’re not dogs for active persons. They’re very calm dogs, not for persons who like exercises. I would prefer a male WGSD (White German Shepherd, as I talked). 😉 and I’ll buy a female golden retriever

  14. Reply
    Rosita

    Weh, I talked you I’ll buy a WGSD (white german shepherd)… The dog’ll live on a simply, coZy beachfront bungalow. I like big white dogs. What’s your opinion about WGSD (White German Shepherd Dog)?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      They are great, always depends on the dog.

  15. Reply
    Rosita

    Cool!

  16. Reply
    Rosita

    Dr., I’m with a problem about dogs and ticks: my Yorkshire terrier, Cleo, is INFESTED of ticks, our apartment’s relatively new and higienic, but we’re needing detetizing the apartment. Our other dog, Bali, a white female KBD (Kintamani Bali Dog), is spending a holiday with some ours friends, because they SIMPLY was insisting they was NEEDING a dog. Now, Bali’s on a small beachfront bungalow, WITHOUT contact with any of us, in these days, but she’ll return to the apartment next week. Weh, the problem is: Cleo’s infested of ticks, we DON’T know where she caught ticks, because she DON’T walk on streets, she’s set confined on the apartment and she DON’T went to the pet shop in these last 6 months. Where she can caught ticks? And what we need to do to REMOVE all ticks of the home? (yes, we think the ticks are in the apartment) 🙁

  17. Reply
    Rosita

    Sorry if you found any writ error, it’s because I’m not from USA or any English-language country.

  18. Reply
    Dr. Stewart

    You need to get a good tick repellant like Frontline and get some house spray. Treat the dog and the house. Ticks are a problem and you need to treat them. Ask the pet store or vet for what they have. I do not know what is available in your country.

  19. Reply
    Rosita

    Oh, thanks, doktor! 🙂 you helped me so much.

  20. Reply
    Rosita

    Doktor, do you think if a short haircut will relieve the infestation of ticks in Cleo? She’s with a longhaired fur, but we can cut a bit… You think it can reduce the risks of a future tick infestation, combined with the use of a collar who’re a tick repellent (Max Advance Collar)?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Yes, it will help.

  21. Reply
    Rosita

    Ok. At this Saturday we’ll take Cleo to the pet shop to make a haircut!

  22. Reply
    Rosita

    I heard a person talking if a dog’s crazy (rabid) his Bark’ tone’ll change.. It’s true?

  23. Reply
    Rosita

    It’s true that the bark of a rabid dog change? if yes, why?

  24. Reply
    Rosita

    Doktor, sorry for this horary, but Cleo’s vomiting a lot, and she’s vomiting even with remedies. What should I do? The Klinvetan Hewan Klinik (Klinvetan Veterinary Hospital) is open (it’s 24 hours open), but her veterinary is traveling abroad. And I don’t know what I do… 🙁 she’s eating a new dog food. You think this can be the cause of the problem? :/ she’s vaccinated against all preventable diseases and don’t walk at the streets. She don’t have contact with any strange or street dog.

  25. Reply
    Dr. Stewart

    There is not much I can do except advise you to see another vet. Go back to the old dog food.

  26. Reply
    Rosita

    Oh, thanks! Sorry for the horary, but I’m with another problem…. Cleo’s with some wounds in the body (specially in the back and belly), and she’s itching it intensely, so, these wounds are with pus. What antibiotic ointment do you recommend me to treat it?

  27. Reply
    Rosita

    Doktor, we returned to Klinvetan Hewan Klinik, because Cleo was taking a bath, and the dog groomer talked us Cleo was with an enormous wound next to her left ear. 🙁 I was scared because she’s pretty healthy, but the vet said us it can be an allergy. But what’s causing this allergy?! She’s using an ANTIALLERGIC shampoo, she ISN’T using dog perfumes, she’s eating the dog food Royal Canin for Yorkshire Terrier… And what can cause an allergy in dogs?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Anything can cause allergies in dogs, plants, food, insects, cleaners….. You need to go spend a few days with your local vet. You have A LOT of great questions and I unfortunately do not have the ability to answer them all without seeing your dogs or spending more time writing. I think you would enjoy working at a vet office if it a possibility.

  28. Reply
    Rosita

    Oh, thanks, doktor! I’m so with your comment. I would like to be a veterinary or human doktor (I’m trying to speak a decent English). And I have a ask to you: what breed you recommend to a family who’s living in a rural area (we moved to a rural city), who have a hot and humid climate?

  29. Reply
    Rosita

    Sorry, I forgotten to talk you I’m asking about a good dog breed to this ambient and climate who I mentionated.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I do not really know. Something local like a stray mix dog. Something that has adapted. There is not perfect breed.

  30. Reply
    Rosita

    Oh, ok. I think I’ll buy ANOTHER KBD (Kintamani Bali Dog) or anyone SIMILAR breed, who’s adapted to this climate. I only asked you a suggestion, but it helped me. Thanks!

  31. Reply
    Rosita

    How to PREVENT blood cancer (leukemia) in dogs?

  32. Reply
    Rosita

    Hi doktor! You suggested me a local breed, no? Weh, I’ll buy another KBD (Kintamani Bali dog), because it’s a local breed and it’s adapted to the local climate. Ok, Kintamani dog is from Kintamani mountain, a place in Bali who have a cool climate, but this dog breed is adapted to the Indonesian climate (and I don’t live in Bali). I live in Lombok, who have a hot and humid climate. It’s a tranquil and cozy place to live and love. I’m inly a 14-years old girl, and I’ll talk my story: I have severe auditive deficiency, but I CAN talk normally, and I have some joints pains, but I’m HAPPY because I CAN walk and I’m alive. I’m a survivor of my own story. I survived so many lethal diseases when I was a child. I had two lethal hospitalar bacterias, who caused my auditive deficiency, and I had viral meningitis, when I was only 1-year-old, and, now, I’m recovering of chikungunya (a disease who’s transmitted by mosquitoes), after being sick during 8 months, but I’m so grateful because I can walk, eat, talk, run and love, like another healthy person in this world. I losed my grandpa last year, because he losed his fight against lung cancer, after staying six months very sick. He was dying a bit everyday. His death was better than his suffering. I’m only another person in this world who’s a survivor and an animal lover. I believe that dogs can acompany good persons to the Heaven, so, I care and feed some stray dogs on my trips around the world. I used to give a name to these dogs! When I remember of my childhood, I remember of many friendly street dogs, cats, and a simply beachfront house. Ah, this idyllic beach with white sands and a crystalline water…. This was my childhood scenario! I used to eat mango directly of the tree, at the best Mowgli style, I divided some fruits and ice creams with our dogs, I used to walk barefoot at the white sand, who contrasted with my suntanned skin, and a smile opened at my face. I LIVED at the paradise, but I DON’T KNEW! I was TRULY HAPPY but I DON’T KNEW! Now, I know that I was happy at these days… And I fight to recover the happiness of my childhood. My dream is to be a human doktor and write a book about anything, continues my travels around the world, with my dogs, taking many beautiful photos, because I have a gipsy soul. This’s the story of my life, until this moment…. 😀 what do you think?

  33. Reply
    Rosita

    One correction: I’m NOT living in Lombok anymore 🙁 but these was the most happiest moment on my life… My idyllic childhood in Lombok. Now, I’m living in Ubud, interior of Bali.

  34. Reply
    Dr. Stewart

    Sounds amazing, keep pushing to your goal.

  35. Reply
    Rosita

    Oh, thanks, my dear! Can you recommend us a great mark of natural dog food for dogs in USA? We’re going to USA next week and I would like to buy any natural dog food for my furry babies.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Any of the big natual name brand foods. A good pet store will help you. I can not recommend one over the others.

  36. Reply
    Rosita

    Oh, ok. I visited USA in February, so, I would like to go to any supermarket and buy a natural dog food. It’s because we’re making a RADICAL change on our alimentation (including I and my family!). We’re going to consume more natural foods and less artificial foods. So, I would like if my dogs take part on this alimentary change, consuming more natural foods and less artificial foods… I want to CHANGE the artificial dog food for natural raw dog food. It could be good for the dogs?

  37. Reply
    Rosita

    PS: my dad’s obese AND dyabethic and I have biliar calculus, so, I’m at the IMINENCE of being operated and I need URGENTLY to change my alimentation. My dad need to change his alimentation because he have a lot of health problems, INCLUDING the obesity and dyabethis. He would like to make bariatric surgery, but it’s a dangerous way to lose weigh. So, ALL of us are needing to make some alimentary corrections, including the dogs. Cleo have some skin allergies, as I talked to you, and I would like to make an experiment, changing her dog food to a most natural way, to see if the allergies can reduce. Sorry if you found any error, it’s because I’m learning English 😉

  38. Reply
    Rosita

    Whats The Phone of local police In USA? Its urgent. Ocurred a sérios crime with us here on Miami and i Need urgently The Phone of police here In usa!

  39. Reply
    Rosita

    When I caught chikungunya, I only can talk was a strange situation for a 14 years old pretty teenager. This was a strange situation for me (the teenager who I talked is me). I’ll talk my story with this awful disease to you with more details: remember the date the symptoms initiated: 2 of November of 2014. Strange as this date still firmly on my mind. All initiated with a high fever in the midnight (but at this moment I don’t know I was with fever) and a headache. At this moment, I WASN’T feeling joint pains. I was shivering on my bed and I was unconsciously for some minutes. When I recovered my conscience, I go out of bed and ran (!) to my parents room. I awakened mommy. She touched my head and said I was with fever. After, she took the thermometer. I was with 40° C of fever! Very high, no? Weh, it was only the start of my story with this virus: I talked mommy I was with a terrible pain on my joints and a horrible headache. The feeling of my joint pains was similar to the fracture of a bone. And a thirst. An intense thirst. Mommy gave me some water. I drunk the water avidly. After this, I slept. When I awakened, I felt a bit better (it was an illusion) and picked my cellular to talk with my friends, because I wasn’t able to go to school. I ate a bit of my favorite fruit (it’s a fruit called mangosteen) and dressed a white t-shirt and a colored sarong (it’s a specie of skirt) to go to the pediatrician. I was apparently (only apparently) healthy. I was feeling very bad. When I come to the pediatrician, she said it was probably dengue (it’s epidemic on my country) or chikungunya. I made the exams five days after the symptoms started. Negative for dengue. Positive for chikungunya. I wasn’t nervous, because I knew what was chikungunya, by a TV program. When I went to the doctor, I tried to go down the stairs, but the pain was more intense. Conclusion: I only got down TWO STEPS! I wasn’t understanding why my body was bent, I really could not get down the stairs. Instead, I climbed these two steps to the top, and I fell on the sofa in the medical department. I was feeling very bad. I was also making some massage on myself (!) to alleviating the pain. And I was using so much Tylenol. I lost 7 (seven) kg AT ONLY A WEEK AFTER THE START OF THE SYMPTOMS! I lost partially my appetite. I was only accepting my favorite foods, but very little quantities. After these two first weeks, I recovered my appetite. But the horrible joint pains continued. This was so awful! And I used so much Tylenol to alleviating my pain. Some hours after, when I returned to home, I ate some mangosteens and wanted to sleep at the hammock (I rarely sleep at the afternoon, except when I’m sick). When I awakened, the pain was a bit better and I viewed a hilarious TV program. I laughed a bit, only for distract me of my physical state. I wasn’t going to school during 2 weeks. When I went to school for the first time after chikungunya, I was so happy… I was thinking the worst ended. Oh, I was so ingenuous! When I went to school, I noted I WASN’T ABLE TO WRITE! This was a nightmare! Really, this was a nightmare! So, I took so much Tylenol and I was with a strange stoicism facing all it. I had so much wrong diagnoses: one rheumatologist talked I was with JIA (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis) and received me a lot of medicaments, during the rest of my life. Mommy was crying so much. It was nothing for me, not by insensibility, but because I REALLY don’t was understanding! I STARTED to use these medicaments, but I wasn’t feeling better. I was feeling worst day by day. And I had 8 (eight) MONTHS with an excruciating pain in ALL JOINTS OF BODY, specially hands, foots, knees and elbows. But these pains alleviating with Tylenol. Now, I’m cured. And it was my story with this awful disease called chikungunya.

  40. Reply
    Rosita

    Update: I’m living now on Brazil, a beautiful country who I lived during three years (from November 2004 to February 2007). Now, I had to return to Brazil 😉 namaste and keep with God

  41. Reply
    Rosita

    Doctor, what do you know about KBDs (Kintamani Bali Dog)? I simply LOVE them! And you? ❤️????

  42. Reply
    Rosita

    Dokter, now it’s serious: what can cause swollen on a dog eye’s? Cleo is with the right eye swollen, but she ISN’T apparently hurt, so, I presume it don’t involved any trauma, but I would like to know some of possible causes of swollen on a dog’s eye… Mommy talked me it can be a tumor, but, no, a tumor, no! I’m concerned with the possibility of being a cancer, but I know that a tumor can manifest of various forms, and can have “x” causes to a swollen on dog’s eyes, and I would like to know some of these causes.

  43. Reply
    Monica

    I have a male cat that just turned 3 years old, I noticed yesterday that he had a large, tough swollen place on his neck that started under his ear & wrapped around to the back of his neck. I noticed a mat of hair close to the swollen spot & I went to unmat the hair & I noticed there was a crusty substance where the mat of hair met the skin. As soon as I noticed that, tons of puss started pouring out of the crusty spot, without me putting any pressure on it at all. I wiped it off and applied pressure to empty to wound then noticed a bloody liquid coming out (which I found normal since it came after the puss). I washed his neck this morning to get rid of the awful smell and I could see the hole clearly. The wound didn’t fill back up with puss over night, but then again you could tell he had be licking it to clean it. I know the best thing to do is take him to the vet, but I went out of town this morning & I’ll be back tomorrow. He doesn’t act like it is bothering him & I don’t have the money to take him to the vet. But I don’t want to get the money & take him just for them to tell me there’s nothing else they need to do. Please, any help would be greatly appreciated! I’m worried sick. I figured it was from another cats bite because his is an inside/outside cat. Anything help would be appreciated!!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      He needs antibiotics and a vet visit, sorry but it is worth it. You can read the previous posts about abscesses and keep it clean and shaved.

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