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|Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 7:44am On Feb 04, 2020|
Hi guys, this thread was created to answer any question relating to your animal health, be it pet or livestock and also enlighten the public about the veterinary profession generally especially for those seeking a career in the veterinary profession. Please feel free to send your questions and hopefully you will get your answers asap. Occasionally we would invite senior consultants to shed light on knotty issues. Thank you
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|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by benedum(m): 9:00am On Feb 04, 2020|
Why not create a WhatsApp group
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 10:09am On Feb 04, 2020|
benedum:I'm very grateful for the suggestion sir, I will do so once I get a substantial amount of participants on this thread. Thanks once again for the suggestion, and any other suggestion is highly welcomed.
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by Ebi89(f): 11:18am On Jul 15, 2020|
my dog has been stooling and vomiting since yesterday, the vet doc admistered gentalike injection and other drugs to stop it from vomiting. The dog is still vomiting
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 1:45pm On Jul 15, 2020|
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 1:50pm On Jul 15, 2020|
Ebi89:I'm so sorry ma for the late response. Did the Veterinarian tell you what was wrong with your dog? although I suspect Parvo. What I think is that your dog is reacting adversely to the gentalak medication since some of it side effect include nausea and vomiting. So I'll advice you go back to the Vet and complain, he will probably administer metronidazole (for secondary bacterial infection and for the stooling) and probably metoclopromide (for the vomiting) if he hasn't. If he has, and your dog is still showing those symptoms then the drug combination should be changed to a more favorable one. Please feel free to ask any further question if your are not satisfied and update us on the the progress made.
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by Ebi89(f): 2:14pm On Jul 15, 2020|
Thank you, will keep u updated
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by Nobody: 2:58pm On Jul 15, 2020|
Finally a thread on this topic, I've been thinking of getting into the dog breeding as a profession. I'll be asking a lot of questions
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 3:50pm On Jul 15, 2020|
femekpe:You are always welcome sir
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by Nobody: 2:39pm On Jul 16, 2020|
seunH:What can I use to treat mange in my dog?
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 5:03pm On Jul 16, 2020|
MhisTahrah:So sorry for the late response, I just got back from the clinic. Although you didn't tell me the specie of your pet, I want to assume its a dog. There are several methods of treating mange (mange is caused by an ectoparasite, the same that specie that causes scabies in humans) which has been reported to be effective. Some include local methods like application of oil (coconut or palm oil) to the affected area or the use of neem tree (dogo yaro) leaf extracts to bath your pet. The above methods are cheap, reportedly effective with little or no side effects, but don't have scientific validity. The scientifically valid methods include; the use of cypermetrin (my personal method) or armitraz to bath your pet after diluting it in water (please follow the procedure on the drug leaflet). Although some Vets prescribe Ivermectin, the side effects are not favorable at all. So I'll advice you get armitraz or cypermetrin and follow the instructions on the leaflets under the guidance of a vet if available. Please feel free to ask any further question if you aren't satisfied and also try to update us on any progress made.
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by Nobody: 6:32pm On Jul 16, 2020|
seunH:Thanks for the response sir.I'll try the aforementioned and let you know how it goes.
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by Tochex101(m): 8:23pm On Jul 16, 2020|
seunH:Selfless service.....thank you.
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 2:35pm On Jul 18, 2020|
HOW TO IDENTIFY QUACK VETERINARY DOCTORS
The veterinary profession is one of the most affected professions in terms of quackery, in that sometimes it is very difficult to identify a genuine vet doctor. You would even see some semi-illiterates and diploma holders parading themselves as veterinarians simply because they have an idea of some animal diseases. It is even more worrisome, the confidence and brazenness some of these quacks exhibit because in their minds, they are usually like "its just an ordinary animal". The only way to avoid falling victims to such unscrupulous people is for pet owners to have the capability to be able to distinguish between quacks and genuine doctors, because it may determine the life or death of your pet. The ways in which you can identify a quack are listed below;
1) Its your right as a pet owner to ask questions about whatever condition your animal is suffering from and get a very detailed answer, if your "vet" cannot answer you or is dodgy about the question. Such individual is likely a quack. (Most quacks may be knowledgeable on how to perform the procedure but don't usually know the principles behind such procedure)
2) Stylishly ask which school he/she graduated from if you are suspicious. Presently, we have only 11 vet schools in Nigeria. They include;
(a)Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
(b) Federal University Of Agriculture, Abeokuta
(c) Federal University Of Agriculture, Makurdi (4)
(d) Michael Okpara University Of Agriculture, Umudike
(e) University Of Abuja,Abuja
(f) University Of Ibadan, Ibadan
(g) University Of Ilorin, Ilorin
(h) University Of Maiduguri
(i) University Of Nigeria Nsukka
(j) Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto
(I) University Of Jos
Most people do not know the schools that offer veterinary medicine, hence tend to make a blunder. It is imperative to take note of the above schools, if their school ain't in any of the above for now, he/she is definitely a quack. "Imagine a "vet" claiming he/she graduated from Unilag"
3) Check the persons carriage, spoken english and dressing, although subjective, it can be a give away
4) Check their price range and desperation for money, it could also be a give away. My dear friends, no veterinarian who spent 6yrs in Vet school would collect 300 naira from you for any procedure in your house !!!
5) Lastly, if they are quick to give judgement on your case without careful and proper diagnosis, such individual is likely a quack.
In conclusion, I believe if the above principles are followed you would be saved from quacks and get better quality treatment for your pets.
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by lolipopandy(f): 7:22pm On Jul 18, 2020|
Please my 4months pup has scabies and I was told to use kalamin lotion on it but it's been months now and nothing has changed ,what can I use on it.
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by sheymite: 7:24pm On Jul 18, 2020|
How did you know it's scabies??
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by lolipopandy(f): 7:25pm On Jul 18, 2020|
sheymite:a vet my uncle brought to us it's scabies
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 8:45pm On Jul 18, 2020|
lolipopandy:I'm so sorry about your pup. I also would love to have asked how you were able to confirm your diagnosis as scabies, but since you said a vet confirmed it, I'll assume it so. But we don't know if the scabies is generalized (all over the body) or localized (specific areas of the body)? But not to worry, help is coming irrespective of the case.
First of all, calamine lotion has no therapeutic effect on scabies, its only used to minimize the itching, it does not eliminate the ectoparasite that causes the scabies.
So I'll advice you do either of the following;
1) Scrape the affected area then wash with soap or shampoo and rinse. After that, you can then apply a scabicide for example lime sulphur on the affected area every 5-7 days for 2-4 weeks till you see changes
2) You can also use a scabicide like amitraz, dissolve in water as per manufacturer's instruction but this time around make it more diluted since its a very young pet then bath your pet with it as per manufacturer's instruction every 5/7 days for a month under the guidance of a vet if available.
3) You should also spray the surroundings where your pet is kept with these scabicides in order to decontaminate and facilitate recovery and also prevent reinfection
4) Please try to avoid Ivermectin without professional assistance as I've said earlier, because of it's side effects and also the age of your pet.
I hope this helps, please update, on progress made
NB: Next time a picture of your pup would go a long way in helping us assist you
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by ebonyoyas(m): 9:00pm On Jul 18, 2020|
God bless you for creating this thread.. I'm learning a lot.. your explanations are well detailed.. keep up the good work..
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by sheymite: 9:01pm On Jul 18, 2020|
You need to be sure you are dealing with scabies ,probably you can share some of the signs you saw with pictures
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by lolipopandy(f): 9:38pm On Jul 18, 2020|
Okay thanks will send pictures tomorrow and another thing I want to know the right meal to feed her to help her growth
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 9:38pm On Jul 18, 2020|
ebonyoyas:Thank you sir for your encouragement, may God bless you too
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by lolipopandy(f): 9:42pm On Jul 18, 2020|
sheymite:will send pictures tomorrow
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 10:26pm On Jul 18, 2020|
lolipopandy:No problem. For the meal aspects, since its a growing pup, the puppy stage is a critical period of a dog's life cycle as it requires more nutrition, hence priority would be meals rich in; (a) Animal protein like boiled meat, chicken, fish etc (b) Vitamins like fruits (carrot etc) and vegetables (spinach etc) (c) High calorie meals like rice, beans etc. However since its a growing pup, bias should be towards proteinous meals over high calorie meals since it would need more protein for growth and repair of body tissues. But if you want to save yourself all the above stress, you can just simply walk into any pet food shop and tell them the age of your pup, they would recommend and give you an appropriate ready made pet food suitable for your pup, however I'm not too comfortable with such arrangement because such pet foods are usually canned and contain preservatives.
I hope this helps, please feel free to ask further questions anytime
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|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 10:48pm On Jul 19, 2020|
Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease of dogs which is highly prevalent especially during this season all over the world. In view of the high rate of misinformation been peddled around about this disease, it was deemed imperative to write an article on this highly contagious disease, in order to ensure pet owners are more informed about this disease from a professional angle and also to save pet owners from falling victims to quacks who may want take advantage of the situation and rip off pet owner and cause death to their pets. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE RECOVERY RATE OF PARVOVIRUS IS VERY HIGH, IF PROMPTLY REPORTED AND HANDLED BY A QUALIFIED VETERINARIAN
What is Canine Parvovirus?
Canine parvovirus (CPV) or Canine Parvovirus Enteritis (CPE) is a highly communicable and relatively common cause of gastrointestinal illness in dogs especially young dogs. It is interesting to note that parvovirus does not affect dogs alone, It can also affect cats, tigers, lions and even humans (although it's effect is usually mild/asymptomatic). The virus is resistant to many common detergents. CPV can persist indoors for 2 months to possibly years.
Which dogs are susceptible?
1) Young (6 weeks to 6 months), unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated dogs are most susceptible.
2) Rottweilers, Doberman, American Pit Bull Terriers, English Springer Spaniels, and German Shepherds have been described to be at increased risk of this disease.
3) Stress (example, from weaning, overcrowding, malnutrition) and intestinal parasites can also make the disease more severe.
4) Among dogs >6 months old, male dogs are more likely than female dogs to develop CPV.
How is CPV contracted?
The virus causing CPV is dropped in the feces of infected dogs within 4–5 days of infection even before symptoms develop, throughout the period of illness, and for about 10 days after recovery. That why its easy for the virus to spread.
The virus is contracted directly through mouth or nasal contact with virus-containing feces or indirectly through contact with virus-contaminated objects.
What happens when your dog contracts parvovirus?
When the virus enters your dog's body, the virus multiplies and moves into the blood. The blood then carries the virus around the body till it gets to the intestine where the virus destroys and injures the intestinal wall, leading to diarrhea (since the intestinal wall cannot absorb water again), blood in the feaces (due to the injury to the intestinal wall) and also bacteria in the intestine will spread around the body since the intestinal wall has been destroyed.
What are the signs and symptoms of CPV?
Signs of CPV generally develop within 5–7 days of infection but can range from 2–14 days. Initial signs may include; weakness, loss of appetite, fever which may later lead to vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
How do I know if my dog has CPV?
Its only a Vet that can confirm if your dog has CPV, hence if you suspect CPV using the above signs, promptly contact a Vet who would confirm or debunk your suspicion and initiate treatment immediately if confirmed.
How can I manage/treat CPV?
It should be noted that the management/treatment of CPV should be strictly done under clinical setting by a qualified veterinarian. Home treatment of CPV should be avoided at all cost because of the morbidity and mortality of this disease. What you can do as a pet owner is to provide tender loving care to your pet.
How do Vet doctors manage/treat CPV?
The main aim of treatment for CPV by Vet doctors include;
1) Restoration of fluid and important body chemicals the dog had lost through vomiting and diarrhea
2) Prevention of bacterial infection due to the destruction of the intestinal wall and the fact that the dog is immune system is weak hence easily predisposed to bacterial infection.
3) Reliving of vomiting, if vomiting does not stop and its making the dog dehydrated
4) Reliving of diarrhea, although some Vets dispute this step
5) Destroying the virus that causes the CPV, some Vet also dispute this step
#NB, in the absence of significant vomiting, your Vet may offer oral electrolyte solutions. But if vomiting occurs oral feeding should be avoided.
How do I keep my dog safe from CPV?
1) Limit environmental contamination and spread from other susceptible animals
2) All surfaces around the dog's environment should be cleaned then disinfected with a solution of dilute bleach or disinfectant.
3) Vaccination is recommended at 6–8, 10–12, and 14–16 weeks of age, followed by a booster administered 1 year later and then every 3 year.
4) As described above, CPV can remain in the environment for a long period. Hence kennel, shelter, cages and equipment should be cleaned, disinfected, and dried twice before reuse.
5) Removal of contaminated materials where complete disinfection is not practical.
6) In a home situation, only fully vaccinated puppies (at 6, 8, and 12 wk) or fully vaccinated adult dogs should be introduced into the home of a dog recently diagnosed with CPV enteritis.
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|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by 4lashy(m): 12:14am On Jul 20, 2020|
Good day and thanks a million for opening this thread. I'll like to know the best drug used to deworm dogs. My vet has been using Ivermectin but I noticed you sounding a note of caution on the use of it.
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by charleyparker(m): 12:25am On Jul 20, 2020|
]Good day and thanks a million for opening this thread. I'll like to know the best drug used to deworm dogs. My vet has been using Ivermectin but I noticed you sounding a note of caution on the use of it.
Yes I'm eager to know this and how often should it be administered depending on thr age??
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by charleyparker(m): 12:30am On Jul 20, 2020|
Please I'm in support of this.....substantial participants or not. I can share the link to some of my pet group chat rooms.
But most importantly I need your number or can you please give me a beep 07035780460.Thanks alot
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 1:38am On Jul 20, 2020|
4lashy:You're most welcomed sir, Actually Ivermectin is a very effective drug as a dewormer, but the issue with it, is the dangerous side effects (in fact its even banned in some countries) hence it is not usually prescribed except under strict supervision by a veterinarian, because some dogs cannot tolerate Ivermectin even at normal dose and can even go into coma and die, but since you said its your Vet that administered it, he/she would know if your dog falls under the category of Ivermectin intolerant dogs and do the needful. Another alternative drug to use is Abendazole but should not be used in pregnant dogs or dogs with liver issues and should also be under supervision of a Vet. In conclusion, my advice is that you should follow your Vet's instruction but if you see any side effect then alert your Vet. I hope this helps
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by seunH: 12:57pm On Jul 20, 2020|
charleyparker:The truth is that, there are many factors governing adminstration of dewormers and I have very few information about your dog, the reason for deworming, and even the dewormer that was prescribed to you. As for the age you don't need to worry yourself, drugs are dosed according to weight in Kg, so if a drug is 10mg per Kg, you would simply multiply the weight of your pet by 10mg, that would give you the amount you would administer irrespective of the age (except they have a special formulation for young pets) but must be done under the guidance of a veterinarian in order to avoid adverse reaction to the drug. If you had given me more information about your pet and the drug prescribed, I might have been able to help you more, but nonetheless I hope this helps.
|Re: Talk To A Veterinarian by harmargedon: 12:20am On Jul 23, 2020|
Should I be worried about it?
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