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Ask a Vet a Question Online 24/7 for Free!

By Petco_Charlene on May. 12, 2017

petcoach blog 573x430.jpgNeed pet care advice? We’ve got you covered in the Petco Community with our new Ask a Vet widget, powered by PetCoach. Verified pet experts are standing by 24/7 to answer questions about your pet's health, nutrition or any other topic. Receive reliable answers for free!

Here's more about PetCoach:

  • Leading "ask a vet" service, with over 300k questions answered to date
  • PetCoach experts include veterinarians (mostly), dog trainers and other pet experts
  • Pet parents can submit questions for free (including pictures) and receive answers usually within a few hours
  • You also have the option to engage in two types of paid services:
    1) Urgent questions ($4.99): Same format as the free Q&A, but the answer is guaranteed within 30 minutes.
    2) In-depth consultations ($19.99): Private chat with a veterinarian, with unlimited messages and pictures.
    100% satisfaction guarantee on our paid services.
  • You can also access a huge library of veterinarian-authored/approved content: thousands of Q&As and hundreds of articles
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To get started, click on the Ask a Vet widget on the right-hand side, or below. 

You can also visit PetCoach to learn more.

Try PetCoach and let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

 

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by LaunieM
‎05-29-2017 05:20 PM

Hi, my dog is a 2 years old Schnauzer. He had strong gastroenteritis in two occasions. One 2 months ago and another a month ago. 3 weeks ago he had his teeth cleaned with general anaesthesia. 10 days ago we noticed him very downhearted. We called his vet and she told us it was probably him being too spoiled so we shouldn’t worry. We decided we wanted a second opinion. We took him to a new vet, he diagnosed a Horner Disease and couldnt pin point the exact cause. The symptoms stopped 5 days after. The next day (4 days ago) his left eye started to pop out. We took him back to the vet, he ordered an X-rays, and the vet who did them said we should have an MRI or ultrasound. We took him to an Ophthalmologist for dogs, she said it was an Abscess. He went again into general anaesthesia to drain it. Nothing was drained. She made an ultrasound and found a tumour behind his eye. We don’t have the results of the Pathology, they come out on Wednesday, but we are concerned with the rapid growth reflected on the increasing popping out of the eye. How do you see the case? The Vets who have seen him are really confused with his case.

Hi, my dog is a 2 years old Schnauzer. He had strong gastroenteritis in two occasions. One 2 months ago and another a month ago. 3 weeks ago he had his teeth cleaned with general anaesthesia. 10 days ago we noticed him very downhearted. We called his vet and she told us it was probably him being too spoiled so we shouldn’t worry. We decided we wanted a second opinion. We took him to a new vet, he diagnosed a Horner Disease and couldnt pin point the exact cause. The symptoms stopped 5 days after. The next day (4 days ago) his left eye started to pop out. We took him back to the vet, he ordered an X-rays, and the vet who did them said we should have an MRI or ultrasound. We took him to an Ophthalmologist for dogs, she said it was an Abscess. He went again into general anaesthesia to drain it. Nothing was drained. She made an ultrasound and found a tumour behind his eye. We don’t have the results of the Pathology, they come out on Wednesday, but we are concerned with the rapid growth reflected on the increasing popping out of the eye. How do you see the case? The Vets who have seen him are really confused with his case.

Posted on May. 29, 2017
by Sarahkasper
‎06-05-2017 05:58 PM

My moms cat Leo is about 3 years old. She recently moved 3000 mikes away and now we are taking care of him. And i have a 9 year old calico named shake. Shake doesnt like him because i dont like him. They dont fight they ignore eachother for the most part. We have a bedroom dedicated to litter boxes, two of them. One covered one not. He kicks litter all the time even when both boxes are clean, constantly meows and cries to be let outside (where we live he cannot be outside if not leashed) and is now digging in our clothes and peeing on them. I’m 3 months pregnant and am at the end of my rope. (My husband scoops and changes the boxes everyday) Also he has always acted like this even when he was still living at my moms. Any advice?

My moms cat Leo is about 3 years old. She recently moved 3000 mikes away and now we are taking care of him. And i have a 9 year old calico named shake. Shake doesnt like him because i dont like him. They dont fight they ignore eachother for the most part. We have a bedroom dedicated to litter boxes, two of them. One covered one not. He kicks litter all the time even when both boxes are clean, constantly meows and cries to be let outside (where we live he cannot be outside if not leashed) and is now digging in our clothes and peeing on them. I’m 3 months pregnant and am at the end of my rope. (My husband scoops and changes the boxes everyday) Also he has always acted like this even when he was still living at my moms. Any advice?

Posted on Jun. 5, 2017
by Jun Dignos
‎06-09-2017 03:35 AM

Dear Doctor,

 

I have a small backyard cattle farm. They were raised and grew as free range livestock. My problem is the application of intravenous medicines and vitamins due their free nature. Is it possible the taking of capsules and tablets given with the feeds for the following concerns:

 

Loose Bowel

Running Nose

Deworming

Lice and Parasites

Vaccination (various)

Vitamins

And other Issues

 

Thank you very much. Jun Dignos

Dear Doctor,

 

I have a small backyard cattle farm. They were raised and grew as free range livestock. My problem is the application of intravenous medicines and vitamins due their free nature. Is it possible the taking of capsules and tablets given with the feeds for the following concerns:

 

Loose Bowel

Running Nose

Deworming

Lice and Parasites

Vaccination (various)

Vitamins

And other Issues

 

Thank you very much. Jun Dignos

Posted on Jun. 9, 2017
by ana moooore
‎06-17-2017 02:27 PM

i took my puppy to the emergeny pet center because she has parvo and they gave her some fluids to keep her hydrated and a shot for nausea. shes been really sick, i don't have the money to treat her and now she's been drooling alot.

i took my puppy to the emergeny pet center because she has parvo and they gave her some fluids to keep her hydrated and a shot for nausea. shes been really sick, i don't have the money to treat her and now she's been drooling alot.

Posted on Jun. 17, 2017
by Mirian Aguilar
‎06-22-2017 12:31 AM

Hey, I was wondering what should i do if my hamster keeps attacking my other one? Should i return it back to pet co or what. She is separated right now 

Hey, I was wondering what should i do if my hamster keeps attacking my other one? Should i return it back to pet co or what. She is separated right now 

Posted on Jun. 22, 2017
by Community Manager
‎06-22-2017 05:16 AM

Hi Anonymous. Thank you for your question; were you meaning to ask a veterinarian (if so, please use PetCoach links above.) If you were asking us in the community, we recommend keeping them separated in individual enclosures, near enough to each other that they can get used to each other.  Once the hamsters are used to each other, you can attempt short interactions outside of the habitats. Unfortunately this type of bonding and introduction is not always a quick process , and it will take patience over a long period of time. And sometimes, they never develop a bond where they are able to live together or be out of their habitats together for periods of time. Ultimately, this decision is up to you. We hope we were able to help, and wish you and your hammies the best!

Hi Anonymous. Thank you for your question; were you meaning to ask a veterinarian (if so, please use PetCoach links above.) If you were asking us in the community, we recommend keeping them separated in individual enclosures, near enough to each other that they can get used to each other.  Once the hamsters are used to each other, you can attempt short interactions outside of the habitats. Unfortunately this type of bonding and introduction is not always a quick process , and it will take patience over a long period of time. And sometimes, they never develop a bond where they are able to live together or be out of their habitats together for periods of time. Ultimately, this decision is up to you. We hope we were able to help, and wish you and your hammies the best!

Posted on Jun. 22, 2017
by Tisithecosmic1
‎07-03-2017 11:28 AM

I have three cats and three dogs with massive fleas! We never had a single flea moved to FL and BAM. I'm on disability and spent over $200 and nothing worked. Home remedies or Natural ones work and I know some can be harmfulI cannot skip rent what do I do?

I have three cats and three dogs with massive fleas! We never had a single flea moved to FL and BAM. I'm on disability and spent over $200 and nothing worked. Home remedies or Natural ones work and I know some can be harmfulI cannot skip rent what do I do?

Posted on Jul. 3, 2017
by Yami Carper
‎07-21-2017 02:02 PM

Hi, my dog just gave birth to 14 puppies all are doing well however i feel like they're not getting the right amount of milk, what milk replacer would you recommend so that i can help my dog feed her newborn puppies. (puppies are 2wks old)

Hi, my dog just gave birth to 14 puppies all are doing well however i feel like they're not getting the right amount of milk, what milk replacer would you recommend so that i can help my dog feed her newborn puppies. (puppies are 2wks old)

Posted on Jul. 21, 2017
by Steve Mahanes
‎07-30-2017 09:23 AM

Just tried to use service to talk directly to vet . Phone call was cut off after 2 seconds and code would not work after that . If I get charged for this service ( 24.99 ) I will have payment stopped because service was NOT recieved .

Just tried to use service to talk directly to vet . Phone call was cut off after 2 seconds and code would not work after that . If I get charged for this service ( 24.99 ) I will have payment stopped because service was NOT recieved .

Posted on Jul. 30, 2017
by judi
‎08-08-2017 08:09 AM

My cat has been sneezing profusely for a couple of months and is getting very thin. She continues to eat. She is 15 to 17 years old. Her vision seems to be getting bad

My cat has been sneezing profusely for a couple of months and is getting very thin. She continues to eat. She is 15 to 17 years old. Her vision seems to be getting bad

Posted on Aug. 8, 2017
by Community Manager
‎08-08-2017 08:41 AM - edited ‎08-08-2017 08:42 AM

Hi judi.

Thank you for your question; were you meaning to ask a veterinarian? If so, please use PetCoach links above. Or you can scroll down to the bottom of this page and enter your question into the teal box, pictured below:

 

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Since you mentioned your senior cat has been sneezing and loosing weight for a while now, it's best to bring them into a vet right away to get treatments for what's causing this. If you don't have a vet, you can call your local Petco store and see if they have advice on local resources that can help. You can find the number to call the store nearest you here. I hope your cat starts feeling better soon! 

 

Alex 

Hi judi.

Thank you for your question; were you meaning to ask a veterinarian? If so, please use PetCoach links above. Or you can scroll down to the bottom of this page and enter your question into the teal box, pictured below:

 

petcoach.JPG

 

Since you mentioned your senior cat has been sneezing and loosing weight for a while now, it's best to bring them into a vet right away to get treatments for what's causing this. If you don't have a vet, you can call your local Petco store and see if they have advice on local resources that can help. You can find the number to call the store nearest you here. I hope your cat starts feeling better soon! 

 

Alex 

Posted on Aug. 8, 2017
by Yeshaswi
‎08-26-2017 08:54 AM

My dog is 23 days pregnant but I don't want puppies what can i do now I seriously don't want puppies. Plz HELP

My dog is 23 days pregnant but I don't want puppies what can i do now I seriously don't want puppies. Plz HELP

Posted on Aug. 26, 2017
by Community Manager
‎08-26-2017 08:56 AM

Thank you for your question. We recommend consulting with your veterinarian as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your question. We recommend consulting with your veterinarian as soon as possible. 

Posted on Aug. 26, 2017
by Gabby Jones
‎09-03-2017 03:29 PM

hi my name is gabby and i have a teacup working weighing 3 pounds and almost 2 years old. i wanted to know if breeding is a good option for her she has no illnesses or anything like that. 

hi my name is gabby and i have a teacup working weighing 3 pounds and almost 2 years old. i wanted to know if breeding is a good option for her she has no illnesses or anything like that. 

Posted on Sep. 3, 2017
by P M Kandy
‎09-03-2017 07:39 PM

Our Sweety, a GR 8 years old. Suddenly yesterday onwards showing frightened behaviour. She is over weight. Hystrectomy done many years ago. Getting up is a problem. But walking is not a problem. Usually getting into and out to a lift very causiously. Now we have to use little force to get nto lift. Yesterday beiing a Sunday and raining badly no vet was available near by our residence, One vet was supposed to visit us yesterday night couldn't make it. Today morning he is coming. Now Sweety's head is turned slightly leftwards. Left eye is also flickering. While walking she is to pull me strongly by seeing known persons or other pet dogs in our campus. May be  some swelling in the neck? Yesterday she omited twice. After that no omiting. 

Through by telephone instruction by vet yesterday given 3 tablets. Antihystemine, antianxity and paracetamol. All the vaccination, deworming etc are in up to date. 

Our Sweety, a GR 8 years old. Suddenly yesterday onwards showing frightened behaviour. She is over weight. Hystrectomy done many years ago. Getting up is a problem. But walking is not a problem. Usually getting into and out to a lift very causiously. Now we have to use little force to get nto lift. Yesterday beiing a Sunday and raining badly no vet was available near by our residence, One vet was supposed to visit us yesterday night couldn't make it. Today morning he is coming. Now Sweety's head is turned slightly leftwards. Left eye is also flickering. While walking she is to pull me strongly by seeing known persons or other pet dogs in our campus. May be  some swelling in the neck? Yesterday she omited twice. After that no omiting. 

Through by telephone instruction by vet yesterday given 3 tablets. Antihystemine, antianxity and paracetamol. All the vaccination, deworming etc are in up to date. 

Posted on Sep. 3, 2017
by Vic Pilkington
‎09-19-2017 06:07 PM

I have had a pigeon at our feeder for several days. It sits on the roof as if it is lost. I thought it might be someones pet but it won't let me close. Is it normal for these bird to be on their own or are they usually in flocks.

I have had a pigeon at our feeder for several days. It sits on the roof as if it is lost. I thought it might be someones pet but it won't let me close. Is it normal for these bird to be on their own or are they usually in flocks.

Posted on Sep. 19, 2017
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