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Fireworks are No Joke for Dogs!

Fireworks are No Joke for Dogs!

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I’m not sure people realize how traumatizing fireworks are for dogs.  To a dog, those loud booms and whistles sound as if the walls are coming down around them.  Their instinct is to flee and many of them do. Sedatives Help For the dog…not you!  I gave Misha a sedative for the 4th of July.  It really helped.  But, the fireworks have gone on far beyond the holiday.  They start a week before the 4th and people are still shooting…

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Incurin Can Cause Vulva Swelling in Dogs: A Known Side Effect

Incurin Can Cause Vulva Swelling in Dogs: A Known Side Effect

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Three weeks ago, Misha started taking Incurin (Estriol) for urine leakage.  Incurin is a synthetic hormone that has less side effects than DES and is usually more effective than other medications used for this female urine leakage.   With Incurin, you start your dog on the maximum dose of two pills every day for two weeks.  Then, you reduce it to one pill a day for 7 days. You reduce the amount each week (always keeping your dog on any dose for…

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Get Yourself Some Hormones

Get Yourself Some Hormones

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Do you remember that line from Fried Green Tomatoes?  Well, Misha has got herself some hormones, too. As you know, Misha was taken off Proin after side effects turned her into psycho dog at the end of the year.  The next step was to try another medication for her urine leakage. Her veterinarian recommended she go on DES. While effective, it can carry an increased cancer risk at high doses. Her veterinarian assured me that the dose for urine leakage…

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Off the Medication

Off the Medication

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I’m happy to say that after a couple of weeks off Proin we have our crazy Jack Russell Terrier back.  I feel bad because now I realize it was affecting Misha in several ways, but I didn’t catch on.  Poor thing must have wondered what the heck was going on in her body A couple days after being off Proin, she was back to a normal sleeping pattern.  Thank Goodness!  I was really having a hard time functioning on 2-3…

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Evidently she hates liver flavor

Evidently she hates liver flavor

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Misha has been having a problem with incontinence off and on for a couple of months.  I took her in for some tests a couple of weeks ago to make sure that she didn’t have a UTI or another issue.  With other problems eliminated, the veterinarian determined that it might be due to female hormone issues.  It’s sort of like what happens with women of a certain age.  As we pass through menopause, we begin to experience a little leakage. …

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