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sylvia
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Sep 12, 2016 at 04:22
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What's happening is unbelievable!!!  I requested advice on what to do for my dog Benny, when he lost his buddy Muttly.  Muttly died from a tumor in his trachea.  He had a cough from around the age of 7 and he was 13.5 yrs when we had to put him asleep.  I didn't think the cough was any big deal, as it only occurred when you would pick him up and set him down and then only sometimes.  In the last 6 months of his life,  he developed a tan line down the front of  his lips and also had very bad breath (he had his teeth cleaned 6 months earlier).  Vet said the line down his lips was nothing to be concerned about and that we needed to brush his teeth. And now for last 6 to 7 years Benny too has had a cough, a little different than Muttly's, and the vet said it was probably allergies.  We noticed last week the he now has  developed a tan line down the front of his lips and is also developing bad breath, which he has never had.  Benny is having the same symptons that Muttly had.  He too is 13 years of age.  We are bewildered by this.  I did some research on heartgard plus to see what side effects there might be and there were not very many.  When I looked up side effects for Frontline Plus, one side effect was that a dog could develop thyroid cancer  I am sick about this.  I really think Benny is developing a tumor in his trachea.  Has anyone out there ever heard of a dog getting a tumor in his trachea???  Or any  of these chemicals such as heartgard or frontline causing cancer???



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Diana
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Sep 12, 2016 at 05:35
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What does the vet say Sylvia? Is there another vet you can get a second opinion from?

I've used Frontline plus on all my dogs over the years with no issues, they have the heartworm preventative injection each year.

Kelsi had a slight cough in her last 6 or so months, the vet said it was softening of the trachea or when they age it sags a little, something along those lines. It didn't cause her any big problems.

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Diana
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Sep 12, 2016 at 05:39
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I've been known in the past to research symptoms online and got myself in quite a state over it. The internet at times is not your best friend. Ring your vet and express your concerns if he doesn't suggest bringing Benny in then find another vet who will listen to you and examine Benny. A good vet will sit and listen to any question you have. I've been lucky we've had the same vet for 15+ years maybe more.

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Katy ^~^ and Jennifer
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Sep 12, 2016 at 07:50
• Jennifer
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I am so sorry for what is happening to you and your family :(  I know that flea tick/heartworm meds are chemicals - poison - but in some cases it is necessary to use these things.  I would start a detox - this is a good brand.  There is milk thistle in it.  http://products.mercola.com/healthypets/liver-kidney-support-for-pets/

Then I would check on a tumeric regiment for him.  This can be beneficial if it is cancer.      http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/healing-with-turmeric-golden-paste-for-dogs/

Do you have access to a holistic vet?  I think this would be very beneficial to you.   
Our thoughts are with you<3




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Patti and Molly
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Sep 12, 2016 at 09:28
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I think everyone else has given you good advice.

I know that horrible feeling, of losing a precious baby...and then watching the ones left behind like a hawk for any sign of any problems. It's such a hard thing, because they can't talk so it is up to us to keep an eye on them and react quickly to any possible problems.

The signs you are describing could be almost anything though, including just some signs of aging. (Teeth care is hard in dogs, and no matter how much brushing you do, some of these wee ones will still get dental disease as they age.)

But I agree you need to get this checked out. I'd make an appointment with the vet asap.

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Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie
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Sep 12, 2016 at 09:58
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I agree with everyone else. I think I'd get a second opinion if a vet is available. All meds have side effects but going online and researching them can drive you crazy. I know when Kelsie got blood cancer, I researched and researched and would end up in a state--crying and so confused...It's better to talk things out with a real vet who can actually see what's going on. We will keep you in our prayers.
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Sir William
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Sep 13, 2016 at 06:48
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Check to see if there is a college vet hospital near you. We use the university of Pennsylvania when we were breeding.

They have the latest information and sometimes are even helpful on the phone.

Hope all turns out well.

Love Sir William ^--^

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NimbySue
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Sep 13, 2016 at 15:19
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I would get a second opinion,I rang my old vets with slight concern over Nimby's cough and being Bronchitis with what the XRay told my new vets ..but she is off steroids now and the cough seems to be keeping away so I am praying that as my old vet said it could just have been an allergy...Fingers and Paws crossed ...second opinions will ease your mind....Let us know how you get on ...and know we are thinking of you...our puppers health always worries us....Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Moshe and Levi
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Sep 13, 2016 at 19:17
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I would get a second opinion if I was you. I do that for myself also.. It is so frustrating when you need more information. I use the heart worm and flea  medication tablet. I only use Holistic treats and Holistic food.

Moshe was the one with bad breath but we found out he had cyst in his mouth 4 of them and I had to take him to a dental specialist who operated on him . 4 cyst was removed and 5 teeth in the front had to come out with that surgery. They did a biopsy and thank G-D it was benign.

I wish I could give you some good advice what to do but if your vet does is not give you information is it possible that you can find another vet? I am a big believer in second opinions.

Wishing you much strength and prayers will go up for your Benny.

  Yoka, Levi and angel Moshe



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