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Ask the Vet

Does your cat or dog need to go to the vet? Does your cat or dog really need that surgery, procedure, or treatment? How serious is the condition your veterinarian described? Is euthanasia the best decision for your pet right now? You’ve been told what’s wrong but it just wasn’t specific enough or explained clearly enough? The Web-DVM online veterinarians can help answer these questions.

Our goal at Web-DVM’s Ask A Vet Advice Online Veterinary Request Service, is to provide you with peace of mind. Sometimes you just need another professional opinion to be sure you are making the right decision. Before starting from the beginning with another veterinarian who may well want to conduct costly tests of their own, Web-DVM’s Ask A Vet Advice Online Veterinary Request Service may be of invaluable assistance. We want to help you make the best choice for your animals and know at the same time that you have saved valuable time and money while receiving a professional case review from the comfort of your own home.

Pets today are considered family members, best friends, confidants, and so much more. Taking care of them requires not just dedication, love, and nurturing, but also the right knowlege to recognize illness and make medical decisions for your pet. The Online Veterinarian provides quick, professional veterinary answers, and advice for the situations and concerns that you face while taking care of your pets with the Ask A Vet Advice Online Veterinary Request Service. Ask Pet Questions and get Veterinary Advice. Consultations will be detailed and informative and will not be generic, cursory answers, with follow up correspondence if necessary.

Web-DVM’s Ask A Vet Advice Online Veterinary Request Service is not intended to replace a traditional appointment with a  veterinarian and a complete physical exam. This service is only meant to be informative and supplemental.  At this time, Web-DVM’s Ask A Vet Advice Online Veterinary Request Service is powered by the JustAnswer expert question and answer megaportal, with available pet health and veterinary experts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and providing expert answers typically within minutes.

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12 thoughts on “Ask the Vet

  1. Dr. Roger says:


    Please note, this is a comment section for discussion only and specific veterinary questions WILL NOT be answered here by a veterinarian. If you seek direct veterinary advice, please use the question box in the heading!

    Best regards,

    Dr. Roger

  2. Liz Martinez says:

    My sister and her husband bought a yorkie for their 3 year old.

    Although their daughter says she loves her “puppy”, she doesn’t seem to know how to play with the dog. She holds on too tightly, pulls the dogs ears and fur, etc. The dog constantly tries to bite her. The dog isn’t innocent either–she grabs my niece’s toys and chews them.

    How can the family teach their 3 yr old and teach the dog to live together and the right way to play?

  3. Kala says:

    my cat is licking a rusty metal trash can and concrete blocks. He eats hard cat food. He threw up his cat food and it was not even broke down.

  4. cindy says:

    I am buying a pup and the owner says I can pick it up at 6wks. I have read that it should be at least 8 wks. What should I do?

  5. San Dee says:

    My 11 yr old Pom has trouble walking, I think she has arthritis, are there cortisone shots for dogs or what can I do to help her.

  6. Loni Elrod says:

    We have an older Beagle (14+ years) who has recently started going into the bedroom and barking a single bark. He will switch to a different bedroom and do the same. It seems that he wants us to come to where he is at but I am wondering if there is something wrong. Is he in pain or just being a pain?

  7. TeeJay says:

    my cat has Plemghigus? and requires cortisone, however she is a renal cat and I’ve been told you can’t give cortisone to renal cats, why not?

  8. Maria Theresa says:

    Hello Dr.

    My name is Maria. I have a 3 mons old female persian cat given by my relative. It’s her second day in my house and I notice that she always hide under my bed. I don’t know what to do to her, I don’t want her to hide there every single day. It makes me sad. Please help. I will bring her to her first vet visit next week. Thank you.

  9. A Foster says:

    Our one year old lab is having symptoms of listlessness, pain, fever, high white blood cell count, fever, weight loss and dehydration. Initially she was given antibiotics and pain medication and she began to improve but about two days later she declined again. She was seen by Dr. Shulz at Companion Pet two additional times and was given more antibiotics, tape worm meds (even though fecal test was negative for worms) and pain medication. We changed her diet to boneless skinless chicken breast, rice, peas, and cottage cheese. She immediately improved after the diet change but, sadly she began to decline again. Over the last three weeks she has lost a lot of weight and is beginning to look like a skeleton. We have spent hundreds on medical bills just trying to find an answer. Through ought all of this she is eating, drinking, pooping, and peeing normally. She only vomited once in the first week of showing symptoms. Blood test was normal except for high white blood cell count. Kidney and liver functions showed normal. X rays showed nothing of concern. Aja continues to suffer in pain, and we feel helpless. Our next step is to take her to a specialist, which is going to be much more costly but our only goal is to help Aja feel better.

  10. Jennifer says:

    I am the owner of an 8 year old beagle. Over the last 6 weeks I noticed she began losing a lot of weight, had discharge, had some bloody discharge, lost her appetite, and will squat multiple times to releave herself outside. We took her to the vet where they tried 2 different types of antibiotics hoping it would fight off a Urinary Tract Infection. After neither one worked, a urine culture was taken and it did not show any signs of an infection. We then took her to get an ultra sound of her lower abdomen where they think they found some inflamed lymph nodes around her bladder. The vet now thinks she could have lymphoma but is not really sure at all. The next step is to get a chest X-ray to see if there is any swelling up there and to take a blood test. My question is, based on this information, what could be my dog’s diagnosis and what else can we do to conclude on one? We are really hoping it is not cancer…she seems too young to show these extreme signs for cancer over a short 6 week span. Please help

  11. Star says:

    7-8yr old Dachshund,female nearly 8 wks ago wasn’t producing any red blood cells. the vet charged us $1,500 just to diagnose what “could/maybe” be a problem. Then, prescribed narcotics that causes her to not have an appetite for dry or wet food. On her follow-up, vet visit, she made a complete 180 after receiving a blood transfusion (she did not reject it). She has made a complete recovery and we want to keep it that way!! =D

    1) Recommendations on a particular brand of dog food (dry or wet)?
    2) is peanut butter a good source of protein intake and is it safe for her?
    3) Recommendations on walk-time or bowel movement?
    4) Recommendations on Calcium and Iron Intake?
    5)Solution(s) for depressed dogs, of this breed.
    6) should she mate and reproduce?

    Please offer any and all advice, that will benefit this special fighter!!

  12. Nick says:

    My husky mixed with golden retriever is 15 years old. I let her outside to go to the bathroom and within an hour she developed a lump under her right eye. She still eats and drinks with our problems. She also has fleas and they over ran her and is losing hair, but she won’t let me bathe her. What should I do?

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