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    AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
    Bernadine Cruz, DVM posted:
    The doctors on the Pet Health Exchange try to answer as many questions that are posted as possible. We may not always understand all the nuances of your pet's medical or behavioral issues because we can't ask you some needed questions. In an attempt to give you the best answers to your queries, please consider the following and address them in your postings when applicable. And please, if you believe that your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, if your pet's condition is worsening or if you have been waiting for an answer but on hasn't been fort coming, see your primary care veterinarian or emergency clinic veterinarian ASAP.

    1. What type of pet do you have? What is its age? What sex? Is it neutered?
    2. When was the last time you saw your veterinarian for this condition? Is the problem getting better or worse?
    3. What medications is your pet taking, either medications prescribed by your veterinarian for this pet, another, giving your own medications or over the counter remedies?
    4. When did the problem begin? What were the initial signs? Have they changed in frequency, severity, or location on body?
    5. Are there other pets in the home? Are they affected?
    6. What do you think is causing the problem?
    7. Have lab tests or x-rays been taken and what are the results?
    There are many other questions that can be asked. If you have other information that you believe will be of assistance to the doctors on this site or other members of this community, please include them.

    Wishing you happy, healthy pets...
    Dr. Bernadine
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