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  1. Samar Says:

    Hey Doc! You are amazing. This website is just a glimpse to what you are capable of! Your passion for your work shines in every story! Keep up the incredible work, We are all so proud of you!

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  2. jimmiechew Says:

    Oh my god we love you! The world is a better place because of you!!!
    Meow!

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  3. mymusingsaday Says:

    Thank you so much for the ‘Like’ and my god, your blog is really beautiful…..my heart is just going ‘awwwhhhhhh’ at all the beautiful photos. Keep it up and thank you for your blog, ‘beautiful’ is the only word that keeps coming to mind, so I’ll leave it at that! πŸ™‚

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  4. Lily Thurston Says:

    Fantastic blog Rayya, it is inspirational to me to read about people like you and I hope one day I can make as big a difference to the animal world as you are. I will be reading this very regularly that is for sure, πŸ™‚ Lily Thurston

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  5. rhonda Says:

    do you answer dog health issues?

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  6. animalartist Says:

    Dr Rayya, I love your new look! I’ve stopped back now and then to read, but now I’m all signed up and truly looking forward to enjoying your articles. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

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  7. flyinggma Says:

    Love your blog site Rayya. You have so much good information. I can tell that you truly love what you do and who you are! Blessings to you, Jeanne

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  8. Amber West Says:

    Thank you for this! I have enjoyed reading your stories. I live in a developing country with little access to small animal veterinary services. Keep up the good work!

    -amber

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    • Rayya The Vet Says:

      Amber, I grew up in a 3rd world country and I can totally connect with what you are saying. I think my background is what fuelled me to become a veterinarian. During my childhood, my cat got sick and there was no access to a vet to help treat it. It was heartbreaking and frustrating.
      Glad to hear you are enjoying my blog and hope you continue to do so. πŸ™‚

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  9. skinnywench Says:

    Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and click the like button on my pictures – what is the mot challenging animal you have ever had to deal with?

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    • Rayya The Vet Says:

      Thanks for sharing great pics and posts πŸ™‚ … The most challenging case I have dealt with was a donkey because I was called out at 2 a.m. & it was very dark and the donkey had just given birth. She was protecting her baby but was not feeding it well. I was half asleep and the circumstances were aweful..my boss had to go out to the donkey the next day and he managed to do what needed to be done… πŸ™‚ … I never struggle with any particular animals, its simply the situation…

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  10. jung parrott Says:

    when we are going out, a dog increase bark, mass around house and difficult stay byself.

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    • Rayya The Vet Says:

      Your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety. Spread his or her food in the backyard or give him a raw bone or kong stuffed with food to keep him busy. If he won’t eat, you must see a vet and they can discuss medical treatment of possible separation anxiety!best of luck

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  11. Jill Says:

    Hi Rayya
    Tenzing is my darling dog and I am so grateful for what you did for him. You, and everyone at Vets All Natural, were utterly wonderful. And the phone calls and updates were so appreciated. Thanks, and thanks again. It’s great to have our cheeky, sweet boy back!

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    • Rayya The Vet Says:

      Hey Jill πŸ™‚ . We are so happy to be able to patch up your darling Tenzing for ya!Please keep us posted on his progress. We must not forget to thank bruce, the greyhound, that donated blood for the emergency second transfusion that Tenzing needed.

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  12. Jill Says:

    …Yes and Bruce (I mean the vet) who was so calm and efficient when we first brought in Tenzing’s little, limp body that we felt immediately reassured he would have the best chance there was….And Bruce the greyhound who I’ve never formally met and thanked – please pass on our appreciation to him and his people for their kindness.

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    • Rayya The Vet Says:

      Bruce would not give up on Tenzing! He gave him a 110% vet attention. It was a huge team effort nursing ‘tenzing’ back to health. But Tenzing’s strong spirit played a huge role in his recovery too πŸ™‚ . I have definitely passed on your appreciation to all parties involved!

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  13. sneha Says:

    Hello Doc.

    I would like u to advice about the likely diagnosis of my dog’s condition and treatment.
    12 1/2yrs female miniature pomeranian.Has a history of Chorea since 2008. In september 2011, developed a foreleg injury. followed by dits/paralysis attack, foreleg gangrene with pus and Then amputation of the right foreleg. On Nov 28th 2011, she got another paralysis/fits attack, followed by being unable to walk or use right foreleg and pus and gangrene in the right foreleg.vet adviced for blood tests which reveal low haemoglobin(2.5)level and kidney infection. vet told that he will perform the right foreleg amputation only after Haemoglobin level comes to normal…Please suggest and advice.We want her to live a healthy life.

    Regards
    Sneha.(India)

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  14. sneha Says:

    i am sorry..i meant fits n not dits….n she had a left leg amputation first and now the right leg is gangrenous…

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    • Rayya The Vet Says:

      Dear Sneha. I am so sorry to hear what your dog is going through. Unfortunately I can’t give you good advise based on your history. I would require her full mediacal history from you vet. I have never heard of a case of seizures leading to gangrenous limbs. Different parts of the world involve variable cases for the vet and so make sure to communicate all your thoughts and concerns with your vet or take your dog to another vet for a second opinion. I hope your dog recovers soon. Take care.

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  15. Sneha Says:

    Dear Rayya,
    Thank u so much for the reply .The doctors say its Peripheral vascular disease, but they say they are not sure as they r unable to diagnose it well.I have been to all the vets in my city.Her condition is detoriating , she ihas stopped eating and is vomiting everything including water and the vets say its because of Kidney infection and Age factor as she is 12 1/2yrs old.She is unable to lsleep at nights too, breathes heavily and is nauseatic . Vets are giving her saline everyday.Please let me know if i can do anything else for her.I really hope she recovers out of this.

    Regards

    Sneha

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  16. Dr. Rayya Says:

    Dear Sneha.

    How is your very brave dog going? I hope she is putting up a good fight.
    It sounds like the vets you have are doing the best they can.
    I have never treated a patient with peripheral vascular disease. Once she is stablised, acupuncture or natural remedies could be started. I am happy to ask my boss who has great knowledge in alternative medicine about any recommendations he has. I would require your dog’s full medical history emailed to me from your vet.
    I hope all this information helps. I pray your dog recovers.
    Please do uptodate me on her progress.
    Take care.
    Rayya

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  17. Sneha Says:

    Hi
    She left me yesterday in the evening at 7pm…she was the best one in my life n meant more than everything…i donno wer she is gone in heaven,,,but i am missing her a lot and it is becoming very difficult for me n my family to stop thinking of her….i wish i could be with her werever she is all the time…thank u for the concern…..

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    • Dr. Rayya Says:

      Dear Sneha. I’m so sorry for your huge loss. You did everything you could for her, may her beautiful soul rest in peace. I leave you with those poem that may help you during these very difficult times……. When I am dead. Cry for me a little. Think of me sometimes. Think of me now and again. As I was in life. At some moments it is pleasant to recall. But not for long. Leave me in peace. And I shall leave you in peace. And while you live. Let your thoughts be with the living…

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  18. Valerie cook Says:

    I have a one year old red kangaroo. I have noticed a red like color in her urine twice in the past couple of weeks. I would appreciate any in site you may have on this matter. Her poop is still normal and her appetite is still very good. She is still very playful and alert. We leave her outside during the day and at night she comes inside. Any help or suggestions would be appreciative…thanks valerie

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Valerie. I recommend you contact a wildlife carer about this and they can tell you which vet to go to. Bloody urine may be due to a bladder infection & may require medications. Usually with cystitis (bladder infection) , she would be frequently urinating & in small quantities. If you don’t carry a wildlife licence, you should apply for one as legally you must have it to be allowed to keep a kangaroo! I hope you get to the bottom of her problem soon. Goodluck.

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      • valerie Says:

        Thank you so much for your reply!!! I DO have a licence ..we have an exotic animal ranch and this is our first kangaroo and its all new to us. Again Thank you for your time…

    • Rayya Says:

      Hey Valerie. It would be ideal if you could get a urine sample for a vet to test. They are very sensitive to certain antibiotics and some must be completely avoided as they knock around their normal gut flora. I would love to offer you more advise but it is hard to do so over the internet and without examining the cute furball :-). Do you live in Australia or overseas? I can give you a great wildlife carers contact number if you live in Australia or call her myself for a second opinion if you would like. Let me know if I could be of any more help πŸ™‚

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  19. Alli Farkas Says:

    What a fascinating blog! I don’t know how you found me (thanks for visiting) but I certainly appreciate having found you! Keep up the good work–do what you love, love what you do!

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    • Rayya Says:

      Hey Alli :-D. Thanks for dropping by & enjoying my blog. I came across yours via one if my fave bloggers scribblah. I am captivated by the colours you used in your paintings. My mom is an artist and so I like to think I’ve got an eye for art.

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  20. valeerie Says:

    Thank you so much for your time. We live in the United States….Louisiana. As I noted before we raise White Tail Deer and “Mollie” is our first kangaroo. I have had a bit of problems finding a Vet that would attempt looking at her but our regular Vet is stepping up to the plate. I have made VERY good friends with another lady who is here in the States and has raised them for over 27 years. Seems as though Mollie is FINE…she has just started eating sweet potatoes and this has made the odd color in her urine. We have done a Urine and Stool check and all came back clear. When I couldnt contact my friend Kris with all the kangaroo knowledge I got on the internet and starting looking for answers and your wonderful page appeared. I do plan on keeping you as a reference so if in the future we ever make it “Down Under” I can come and visit or if I need any more help I can use your friends. Thank you again and keep up all the GREAT work you do….Valerie

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    • Rayya Says:

      Valerie I am more than happy to give your local vet information on safe drugs and doses in kangaroos anytime. Ask him or her to email me if they ever get stuck. Glad to hear your joey is going well. Take care πŸ˜‰

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  21. Rosie Scribblah Says:

    Hi Rayya

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award – http://scribblah.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/prints-awards-and-bloggers/ as I appreciate your blogs so much πŸ™‚

    Rose x

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    • Rayya Says:

      Hey Rosie.

      Thank you so much for being a great blogger and for your continued support. Your wonderful nomination really makes me feel so special! I hope my blogs continue to captivated you πŸ™‚

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  22. Jo Woolf Says:

    Hi Rayya,

    I have been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award, and one of the conditions is that the recipient then nominates seven other bloggers whose writing they enjoy.

    I’ve picked you, because I really enjoy reading your blog with such sincere and heartwarming reports of your patients and their welfare.

    If you’ve won multiple awards already, I am sorry for landing this on you again! It can be a bit time-consuming to compile the response. There doesn’t seem to be any official regulation to the VBA (or any other blog award) so it’s all pretty informal and voluntary.

    Here are the ‘rules’ as I understand them:

    You thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their site.
    You nominate seven other blogs for the same award and link to them.
    You tell these people that you’ve nominated them.
    You share seven things about yourself.

    If you wish to post a VBA logo on your site, there’s one on my blog post, or you can probably find one by searching WordPress.

    Here’s a link to my post:

    http://jowoolf.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/29th-april-roll-of-honour/

    Congratulations and very best wishes,
    Jo

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    • Rayya Says:

      Hey Jo.
      Thank you so much for the nomination. I always feel very priveleged that my blog is recognised by my regular followers :-).
      I will definitely follow through with the ‘rules’for accepting this award in my next blog :-).
      Take care.

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  23. Donkey Whisperer Farm Says:

    Spring is finally here in the Pacific Northwest, Washington State. The donkeys are starting to play again. Video survelliance captured some fun footage. Here it is exactly what you asked for hope your are doing great. Love Melody

    http://donkeywhispererfarm2010.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/dancing-donkeys/

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    • Rayya Says:

      Melody. You rock. Thank you so much for remembering how much I wanted to see this footage. I was laughing so hard. What an adorable friendship is shared between Rio & Rocket Man. It really made my night watching these videos πŸ™‚

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    • hutchagoodlife Says:

      Hi
      Just wanted to say thank you for commenting on our blog! Whee really like yours and whee were just wondering if you have any tips for syringe feeding guinea pigs? (who are reluctant medicine takers . .Bingo!)

      Our Mummy had a nightmare with him before when he was ill so she wants to know in case he gets ill again.

      Thank you and we like your doggies even though we are probably just light snacks to them!
      *gulp!*

      Lots of love

      Nibbles, Nutty, Bingo & Buddy
      xxxx

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      • Donkey Whisperer Farm Says:

        I’m sorry I do not know anything about guinea pigs. Send Dr. Rayya a note I bet she knows something about them she liked your last post on your blog.

        Thank you for commenting on my blog!

      • Rayya Says:

        Hey Nibbles. So glad you stopped by my blog. I have treated little critters like you. I must admit I have never had issues with cheeky guinae pigs not complying with taking their medications. I will speak to one of my vet nurses who owns 2 guinaes and see if she has any tips. I will get back to you to ensure your mom feels more assured for any future medicating requirements. Keep up the great blogging πŸ™‚

  24. Asif Raza Says:

    Dear Rayya ! I want to add u but restricted from u so kindly send me friend request hope soon will add u.
    Stay Blessed

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Asif. Welcome to my blog. I am sorry but my personal facebook account is restricted to friends and family. Take care and thanks for all the work that you do.

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  25. rohan Says:

    hiii rayya i like ur work and ur passion towords animals, may god bless u and shower his blessings upon u..

    rayya i have a 3 months old rottweiler pup (male) and i am pretty much worried abt his diet, so can u help with his food and which calcium supplement should i giv him for his skeletal growth…

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    • Rayya Says:

      Hey Rohan. Thanks for your great feedback.
      You can either purchase a large breed puppy dry food e.g. Hill’s science diet or try to follow a balanced diet. You should check out Dr. Bruce Syme’s Vets All Natural diet online. It is important not to only supplement your puppy with calcium as too much calcium without magnesium can cause issues. Fresh raw/uncooked bones like chicken necks are a great source of calcium for your Rottweiler puppy. Goodluck

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  26. Maisy Says:

    Interesting site. I came across it on a Sunday when it is difficult to access a vet in the UK. My labrador has been lethargic and not wagging his tail for about 12 hours (ever since spending a whole afternoon playing in an inflatable pool. I came across an article online which describes limber tail or cold tail. Owners say that this mainly affects labradors (or, less frequently, other working dogs). Have you heard of this condition? According to the article, many vets have not heard of it. I have given him half an aspirin (as I read that Ibuprofen is very toxic to dogs) to alleviate pain and the slight swelling mid-way down his tail). He was supervised all afternoon and has not sustained any direct injury to his tail.

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    • Rayya Says:

      Hello Maisy,

      I hope your dog is feeling better now and that you managed to get him seen by a vet.
      No I have not heard of the cold tail specifically affecting Labradors. Generally speaking a tail pull injury can lead to nerve damage and this can lead to cold tail. Labradors can be so boistress especially when an inflatable pool is involved. He may be suffering from something compleltely unrelated and it is best to get him check out as soon as you are able to contact your local vets. Hope he gets well soon.

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  27. Valerie Says:

    I am looking for an extremly good reference book for Kangaroos that both my vet and I can use. Do you have any suggestions. One that covers EVERYTHING from vaccinations to any illnesses we may encounter to diet to yearly vaccines …and finally where we can locate it. Thank you for your time ….Valerie

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Valerie,

      Unfortunately as far as I am aware, there is no such book about kangaroos. I basically rely on my university notes and online research.

      However, I will endeavor to find a good reference book that you and your vet can refer to about kangaroos. I will email you in the next week or so with my findings.

      Take care. πŸ™‚

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    • Rayya Says:

      Hey Valerie,

      Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. I have done lots of research and like I previously mentioned, unfortunately there is no such book available on kangaroos.

      In Australia, we don’t vaccinate any kangaroos as they are natives and don’t require any. I would be recommending your veterinarian and yourself get in touch with an American zoo that has a marsupial display. They should be your reference point on the best protocols to maintain a healthy kangaroo.

      If your vet want’s doses on recommended medications in kangaroos, please let him email me directly and I will be happy to dig up my notes and reply to him.

      Take care.

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  28. valerie Says:

    Thank-you….that would be GREAT!

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  29. Sophia Says:

    Hi Rayya, I’m not sure where to contact you (I can’t find a message option) so I hope you don’t mind talking to you here. I’m from Sydney and I want to study Vet Science next year πŸ™‚ Your blog is inspirational.
    I would love any opportunity to work along side you and the farm animals, and to share my enthusiasm with the public/customers. (Assuming your in Sydney!) If not, would you happen to recommend any places to volunteer at?
    I’d love to hear back from you,
    Kind regards,
    Sophia

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    • Rayya Says:

      Hey Sophia. Not sure if you saw my reply on facebook but here goes:
      It’s terrific hearing from you. Sounds like you are pretty psyched about becoming a vet and that’s a great start. Unfortunately, I currently work in Victoria. I really can’t recommend any specific clinic in Sydney as I haven’t been there. I suggest you volunteer at different clinics both small animal practices and mixed ones too. It will give you so much insight into the industry. I wish you the best of luck. Take care. πŸ™‚

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  30. sue moses Says:

    Thanks for all your special care and attention with tuppy today.

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    • Rayya Says:

      Hey Sue. You are most welcome. Tuppy was a delightful patient. Very expressive and loving. I will talk to you soon about her results to decide the next step.
      πŸ™‚

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  31. Jodi Says:

    Dr. Rayya, I’m looking for some blogging advice on how to increase my readers, would you share your secret? You can inbox me privately at stone.jodi@ymail.com

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  32. emma Says:

    ****HELP*****URGENT******Hello Rayya, I have an urgent request to yourself and anyone out there who might be able to help: I have a pet sheep (Rainey) who had a paralysis tick two weeks tomorrow. she is over the worst of it, and is back eating and drinking. The problem is that she has grown weak in the legs, especially the back ones. We need to get her up in some type of support. Research has led me to the “Ewe Handler/Lifter” made by a NZ company Te Pari Products. I am waiting to hear back from them tomorrow on whether they have a distributor in Australia with stock. Problem is I am running out of time – she needs to be in some sort of support now, and in the case that purchasing one from NZ could take up to a couple of weeks – weeks that she dose not have. I am on my own with some help from Neighbours in the morning/afternoon, and live in QLD Toowoomba Area. Is there anyone out there who can help? Pls email to elliekats4@tadaust.org.au******She is a beautiful girl, sweet natured and loving. She is only 3 years old. Vet says to cross fingers, but stresses the need to get her on her feet – easier said than done – she is a big girl around 80-90kgs. Again if there is someone out there who can help pls reply!!! I couldnt bear to lose her after all this.
    Emma

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  33. onesweetiepea Says:

    Hello. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Feel free to accept or decline. No pressure, no worries.

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  34. zigi Says:

    Hi Rayya. The dog you call “mr handsome no-name” is my sister’s dog and his name is Taffy. She’ll be pleased as punch to know you called him handsome. Love your work.

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    • Rayya Says:

      Thanks for letting me know. I have updated Taffy’s photo and finally have his name. Hope your new baby is going well. Feel free to book a consultation anytime or email me for minor questions you have about your new dog. I am sure you are enjoying being part of the dog owner club now πŸ™‚

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  35. Maria Says:

    Hi
    I have two rainbow lorikeets, one who has generalised feather loss exactly as shown in some of your pictures on Flickr (dated 3 Feb 2013 – I think the Lorkieet in question is called Sterward). Could you please tell me what Sterward was diagnosed with? Our vet here seems stumped – she suggested calcium deficiency but so far treatment has not been succesful and if anything she is getting worse. It would be good to have some suggestions to take back to the vet here to explore.
    Many thanks
    Maria

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Maria,

      Sorry to hear that your Lorikeet is suffering from feather loss. Unfortunately we never diagnosed Stewart as his owner declined further workup. I had consulted a bird specialist and he had recommended I run a blood test (biochem and haemotology profile) and do a skin biopsy (including a feather follicle) for histopatholdy. These two tests wouldl rule out any medical problem. Most of these cases, particularly in male post pubertal rainbows turn out to be behavioural. Apart from their behavioural feather destructive behavior the birds are quite ok. Another thing to rule out is beak and feather disease (a virus). Hope this information helps you and your vet. Goodluck.

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      • Maria Says:

        Thank you very much for your reply – I will book another appointment with the vet next week and bring your info with me – hopefully we can figure it out. She certainly does seem generally happy (i.e., not the usual sick bird behaviour of sitting in a corner looking miserable), so hopefully it is not a medical problem and may be just something she will grow out of. Will keep you posted.

  36. emma Says:

    RE Feather loss in Rainbow Lorikeets. Sounds like Beak and Feather Disease. Very common in these and other species. You need to see an Avian Vet. Unfourtuantely there is no cure.

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  37. renhollas Says:

    Hi Dr. Rayya,

    I love the work that you do. I am currently a second year veterinary student at UC Davis in the United States and was looking to do an international externship working with both small animals, large animals, and exotics/wildlife. I am also very interested in rescue/shelter work and behavior.

    I was wondering if it would be possible for me to come during my summer break (July-August 2013) to come extern with you. Alternatively, I was wondering if you had any other contacts in Australia that would be willing to take on an extern during that time. I would have completed 2 externships in shelter medicine and 1 externship in a specialty practice for Cardiology by that time. I would love to extern with a mentor that is just as passionate and compassionate about animal health and welfare as you are.

    Thank you!
    Lauren

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    • Rayya Says:

      Hey Lauren :-).

      Wow I am very very touched to be approached by you. Thank you so much for considering coming to Australia to do your externship.
      UC Davis is one of the best universities world wide and it would be a privilege to have you come to Australia.

      July/August is usually the quiet period of the year downunder. If you really want to see exciting stuff, the best time to come is between Nov-Feb. It is the summer season and is packed full of an interesting case load from calvings, wildlife to snakebites and grass seeds.

      I actually don’t know where I will be in July/August and may in fact be in the USA visiting family.

      I recommend you get in touch with Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. We had American students come over to do their last year with us. The university is well set up and you can see a range of cases depending on your interests. How many weeks have you got?

      Email me your details to contact@rayyathevet.com

      Cheers,
      Rayya

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  38. David Prandi Chevalier Says:

    Hi Rayya:

    Please let us know your email adress through david.prandi@uab.cat or felinefeeling@gmail.com (my wife) or veterbet@yahoo.es (betulia vet clinic) as we would be honored if you came home a few days.
    Do not hesitate to ask anything you want about your trip!
    Good Luck!

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  39. kenyabirding Says:

    Hi Dr. Rayya! I am indeed very proud of your achievement and influence that you have created through your blog!I am sure that the information you provide helps a lot all the pets keepers to better the lives of those beautiful creatures.Kudos and Happy new year from Joseph in Kenya!

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  40. Umar iqbal Says:

    Hello Dr. Rayya my name is Umar I’m doing Dvm nd im in my 9th semester.i want to join you for my etarnship in my 10th and last semester.Can you please guide me if you can accommodate me for etarnship?waiting for your reply anxiously.

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Umar,
      Thank you so much for contacting me. Unfortunately, we don’t offer externships as we are only a small mixed veterinary practice. You should contact veterinary universities. Best of luck in the rest of your course. Take care.

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      • Umar iqbal Says:

        Can you please guide me which university I should contact?im interested in large dairy hard management.

      • Rayya Says:

        Dear Umar,

        All the Australian universities will have large animal section. I suggest you contact all of them to increase your chances.
        I graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia and it was a terrific university. Goodluck.

  41. Alison Says:

    Hi Rayya, I read in the Castlemaine Mail today that you are going to be leaving us and my first thought was noooooooooooooooooooo, don’t let it be so!! Saffy and I will miss you at Vets all Natural. It has been an absolute pleasure to have you as our vet. I will never forget how compassionate you were when I had to get Effie put to sleep and I knew from that day that you were a very special person and an exceptional vet!! I know some days are hard but the good days make it all worthwhile. I’ll continue to update you on Saffy and her allergies πŸ™‚ I can understand that you want to be closer to family and our loss is their gain. I wish you happiness and good health for the future and look forward to seeing what you are up to with your new patients in Dubai xx

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Alison,
      It was so heartwarming to read your post. Thank you so much for your very kind words.
      I will be leaving Castlemaine with a heavy heart.
      I will be missing Saffy’s huge greetings both at the clinic and the golf course. I will equally miss your amazing dedication to your fur babies.
      You must keep me posted on her progress and I guess the only pictures I will receive of her are when she is sound asleep. hehehe.
      It has been an absolute pleasure meeting you both.
      I look forward to seeing you next Thursday πŸ™‚

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  42. Maria Bown Says:

    Hi Rayya

    I went into the clinic to collect some more rose hip for Louise on Monday and discovered you are leaving us! I don’t think you can imagine how disappointed I am to hear it. You’ve been a fabulous Vet for my two gorgeous beasties and also for little Jasper who I still miss and grieve for.

    I understand why you’re going and do wish you all the very best. I guess the beanies you bought a few weeks ago are not going to be needed in Dubai!! I’m sure your family will be thrilled to have you close by. I do hope the clinic you will be joining realises what a fabulous person and Vet they are getting.

    I’m sure I will not be the only one who is going to miss you. You know if it helps you to stay here, I could be your Australian Mum and you could borrow my children for your siblings, we would love you in our family – only joking, I know we cannot replace our loved ones who are so dear to our hearts.

    I will be seeing you again. George and Louise both need yearly shots in mid-August. See you then.

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Maria,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful message. I didn’t have the heart to tell you face to face.
      I will tremendously miss our interactions. You are a very special client and you surround your fur babies with so much love and dedication.
      I am sure you will keep me posted on George and Louise’s progress and I expect regular photographs being emailed to me.
      I look forward to seeing you soon. Take care.

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  43. Grant Lee Says:

    Dear Rayya,
    Rob & I are sorry to hear that you are leaving VANAHC. We again extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks for your support and kindness of past. May we take this opportunity to wish you a safe journey home and warmest regards for the future.
    Grant & Rob – Redesdale VIC.

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Grant & Rob,
      Thank you so much for your lovely message.
      I hope your cheeky babies are keeping out of trouble and I am so happy I got to meet your new additions.
      You are amazing and very dedicated owners. Your dogs are blessed to have you as their owners.
      Take care.

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  44. Sorana Says:

    Hello Rayya !
    My name is Tucaliuc Sorana (17 years old) and I am from Romania (Europe).
    I simply love animals! … and I need your help.
    In Romania, ther was an accident about this little guy of 4 years old, from a good family, who have been killed by a dog from the streets.
    In Romania are around 65.000 dogs on the street. The decision haven’t been made by the government yet, but there is no timp.
    There are some people who are saying something like “killed them, we don’t care, they are wild animals, we must get rid of them” and some non-gurvernamentale organizations who thinks that it was an accident and we can just castrate them, or something, but not killed them.
    I am a scout girl and I have all the National Organization of Scouts from Romania to suport me if I need or, if we need.
    Look, I am really scared! I started cry because of this! I can’t accept that I won’t be able to go in a park when I am upset and just scratch a dog. I know, is strange but… in this country, you simply just get tired of some people!
    I know how to treat a dog, I didn’t have any problem with dogs, ever! Even if a dog barked at me, I was siting next with him and show him that I don’t want to hurt him. Well, some people did hurt them. That’s why we have accidents!
    What I want you to do is…. well, I don’t really know what could you do… but I was thinking you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who can buy an Island for dogs… but.. I guess you don’t.

    Or maybe you could just give me strenght by the power you were endowed of loving animals!
    (excuse my english, it’s not so great!)

    WITH ALL MY DO RESPECT, FROM LARGE DISTANCE, SORANA!

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Tucaliuc Sorana,

      Firstly I am sorry about the delay in response.
      I am horrified to hear about the stories of how the Romanian stray dogs are mistreated. Unfortunately, this situation is prevalent in many other countries.
      The only means to adjust that is via education. It is almost impossible to just overturn government policies and change cultural beliefs.
      I highly recommend you contact IFAW (international fund for animal welfare), an organisation that helps animals globally and get them involved in spreading education and helping the stray dogs on the ground. Go to their website http://www.ifaw.org.
      It is great to see how passionate you are about this cause and I hope you make sure to get involved in promoting education and fighting for the rights of the Romanian dogs.
      Take care.
      Cheers,
      Rayya

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  45. Sorana Says:

    Hmm, I could not ignore all the love here for you! Good job!
    You really are a great person!

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  46. lisa Says:

    you are such a strong person. how you stay so positive is amazing! i found this site via a search on dogs lumps. i am on a pension and have no spare money and my 13yr old dog has developed a large lump. i have been reasearching this lump for 2 weeks and until now i have found nothing that resembles or has given me any idea of what it could be- until now. thank you for the photos with your stories – unfortunately it could be a mass tumour, your stories on skin lumps has been more heplful than 100 other web sites, your an animal angel!!

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Lisa,
      Firstly, I’m sorry to hear your dog has a lump. Some vet clinics offer payment plans so it may be worth checking if you can sort something out with a local vet clinic.
      Thank you so much for your great feedback on my blog.
      I am thrilled to hear it has served it’s purpose in giving you valuable information.
      Take care.

      Cheers,.
      Rayya

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  47. PigLove Says:

    Dr. Rayya,
    It’s so very nice to meet you my new friend. You took care of my adopted son Bashful just yesterday. Thank you so much for looking after the look type while he is traveling and spending time with friends. You were the best. I myself am kind of looking for a new vet since seeing you – hubba hubba πŸ™‚ Hope you check me out on my page when you get a chance. XOXO – Bacon

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    • Rayya Says:

      Hello Bacon,

      It was so lovely to meet Bashful and I would have loved to meet you too.
      I bet you are missing Bashful terribly but you’ll hear all about his adventures down under when he returns home. I so look forward to reading your page/blog. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  48. Alisha Peterson Says:

    I am reading your site the night before I take my beloved 7-year-old chocolate lab “puppy” in to have some mast cell tumors removed. There are a lot of emotions I’m struggling to contain so that I can function normally, and usually I combat problems or obstacles with as much education as possible so that I can actually develop a solution rather than drown in the problem. Since the mast cell tumors were found 2 weeks ago on needle aspirate, I’ve been scouring the net and other resources for real information that details the facts of the disease with prognostic scenarios. I despise the usual brochure type information sources–I know that they help in many cases and for many people but usually I throw them aside immediately after the 5 seconds it takes to read them and move on to “real” research. Thank you so much for this site. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and in ways I cannot express without boring you first. It is giving me the hope I needed for this night, when I was starting to feel too helpless and without hope. I plan on spending most of the night playing with Locke and his adopted big mutt brother Charlie until they fall into happy chase dreams, and then I’ll probably be reading the rest of the great info you have here.

    Reply

    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Alisha.
      I hope your Locke recovers well from the mast cell removal. You are addressing the lump and giving your dog the best chance. You will only feel relief when Locke is back home with you and Charlie. It’s terrific that you have researched mast cells as best as you could. Your dog’s are very lucky to have such a caring and dedicated owner. Please do tell me how Locke recovers from his procedure. And make sure the lumps are sent away for histopathology to ensure the entire tumour was removed or if repeat surgery may be required.
      I really appreciate your great feedback and I’m happy my blog has helped you during this very difficult period.

      Take care.

      Cheers,
      Rayya

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      • Alisha Peterson Says:

        Thank you for the warm welcome. I just got off the phone from the vet’s call. The tumors were removed with apparent success, albeit even larger incisions than originally planned due to likely skin deflation from the large sizes and areas (deflation is my term; not sure if it’s ever used in real medicine… lol). The larger mass located on his front “armpit” has a drain due to the size and location but the one removed from his tummy/rib area apparently is nicely stitched without need of draining. The masses appeared to be neatly removed with clean margins, if I understood correctly. I know that the billing is covering histopathology, and while I have that at the top of my list of further annoying questions for them, I did not think immediately to ask if it was a process performed on site or if they utilize outside pathology resources. I’m assuming that they do have capabilities in the office, since they are a larger practice who maintains very nicely current equipment and training. However, we also have Marshfield Clinic, whose lab division is humongous and apparently caters to a lot of local vets, so will find out for sure later if there are any further results to chase down.

        One concern is an elevated liver enzyme (ALT). I didn’t get the precise number, but I think it was just the ALT that was high. She is unsure if it is due to the rx of Rimadyl he was sent home with 2 weeks ago when the tumors were aspirated and he was also diagnosed with reactive arthritis and a likely tendon injury. However, he had only taken the med for a few days; it’s been about a week and a half since his last dose. I’m not sure how long it stays in the system, but am looking that up as well. She says she wants to test this again when he comes in for suture removal.

        I’m about to actually head out and get him. He was supposed to stay all night, but he is a very wussy puppy, and I’m a very wussy owner when it comes to thinking of him all alone in a strange crate with strange animals yipping all around him–he actually scares himself at times if he passes gas too loud… lol So I’m more than happy to take her up on the suggestion that he’d be happier at home.

        Thank you for this room to vent. I know that there are a million vets out there, including my own, who love animals as much as I do, and who are blessed with the abilities to actually help them in the ways that you all do. However, it’s a special privilege to read a blog like this, where that attitude and experience is shared in such a beautifully written record. My newly delumped pup would likely thank you as well for providing whatever finally got his owner to stop fretting in such annoying ways… lol

      • Rayya Says:

        Dear Alisha
        Glad to hear Locke has recovered well from his surgery and will be home to recover with you and Charlie.
        I laughed so hard when I read the part about him being scared of the sound of his own gas, Lol.
        Generally with histopathology, they are definitely not done at the clinic as they are performed by a specialist veterinary pathologist laboratory.
        Keep me posted on your gorgeous boy.
        Cheers,
        Rayya

  49. Donkey Whisperer Farm Says:

    Hi Dr. Rayya, I am starting my new business on Jan 1st, 2014. Virtual training of donkeys, horses and mules world-wide. GOD is amazing as he found a way for me to do my dream with a physical disability 3 large rods in my pelvis. Here is my Draft new website will launch on Jan 1st, 2014. Will you please share my new business with the world. Thank you and GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody
    DRAFT will have keybank e-commerce for credit card payments http://donkeywhispererfarm.com/home/

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  50. Stella Says:

    Hello Dr. Rayya, I came across your website while researching more about lumps and have read your posts about “lumps on dogs.” I’ve recently found two lumps at the tail on my 6 year old Shih Tzu. Here are some pics of the lumps:


    I got so worried and booked an appointment with the vet on the next day. The vet checked it out and had to do a needle test and here is the result:

    The vet did suggest to remove the lumps on my dog. He hasn’t really let me know if this is something I should be worry over in the future even after the surgery.
    I did see that you have lots of experiences in lumps so I do hope you can help me with some suggestion on what to do next since I am feeling really scared for my dog right now.

    Reply

    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Stella,

      Well done on following up on your dog’s lumps immediately.
      Your vet did a good job at collecting fine needle aspirates of the lump. Unfortunately, fine needle aspirates don’t always give a definitive diagnosis as the report said.
      Generally, with epidermal cysts, the best approach is to surgically remove them especially while they are small but before they become too large. I think the best approach is to proceed with surgery and remove both lumps and get them both sent off for histopathology to confirm they are only cysts. The other option is to closely watch them but the risk lies in them turning out to be more than just cyts. I hope this information helps you. Best of luck. Please do let me know how it all goes with your beloved dog. πŸ™‚

      Reply

    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Stella,

      Well done on following up on your dog’s lumps immediately.
      Your vet did a good job at collecting fine needle aspirates of the lump. Unfortunately, fine needle aspirates don’t always give a definitive diagnosis as the report said.
      Generally, with epidermal cysts, the best approach is to surgically remove them especially while they are small but before they become too large. I think the best approach is to proceed with surgery and remove both lumps and get them both sent off for histopathology to confirm they are only cysts. The other option is to closely watch them but the risk lies in them turning out to be more than just cyts. I hope this information helps you. Best of luck. Please do let me know how it all goes with your beloved dog. πŸ™‚

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      • Stella Says:

        Hi Dr. Rayya,
        Thank you very much for your reply and suggestions. I will go ahead proceed with the surgery for my dog as soon as possible. Also, I will definitely let you know how everything goes.

  51. Stella Says:

    Hi Dr. Rayya,

    Just want to update you on my dog. He had a surgery to remove his lumps last week. I also added the histopathology test for him and the result came back as a regular cyst only. I’m so happy for my dog right now and also he’s doing fine after the surgery.
    I just want to thank you very much for taking your time to read my concerns and helped giving me some good suggestions.

    Reply

    • Rayya Says:

      Hello Stella. So glad to hear your dog recovered well from the surgery and that histopathology confirmed it was a cyst. Must be such a relief for you. πŸ™‚ :- ) πŸ™‚

      Reply

  52. AurΓ©lie Franc Says:

    Hello Rayya!
    I am a French veterinarian visiting Australia for 6 months. I live in Sydney and I am following an externship in ophthalmology at the North Shore Vet Hospital.
    I would like so much to make an article about you on my blog!
    I discovered your fantastic blog a few months ago when I was in France, and I like sincerely your work! I am following you on all your social medias, so, first of all, congratulations !
    With my husband Julien (veterinarian too), we have a blog http://vetcaetera.com/ about animals, wildlife and veterinary medicine.
    We are also ambassadors of « Vétérinaires Sans Frantières Belgium ».
    I was wondering if you would be okay to answer some questions as an interview?
    Thanks in advance for your answer.
    AurΓ©lie Franc

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  53. Rhonda Martinez Says:

    I want to thank you so much for your understanding with regards to my feelings towards ‘RED’ my beautiful Australian Rosella Parrot. I know you felt for him and not just this week but previously when you treated him and I thank you for that also. Your warmth and genuine concern and caring for all animals is simply outstanding and I know the beautiful creatures you treat would feel that also. I gained strength knowing that you would have let me know if you thought it wasn’t his time so you made my decision a little easier and I now feel he is at rest and more than ever, finally at peace. He might be ‘just a bird’ to many others but every single being born on this Planet deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion as is their right just like any other.

    When I returned later in the day to collect ‘Red’ I was overcome with joy and sadness at the beautiful and peaceful way you had laid him and again words fail me in how to say more than just thank you.

    You are very special Rayya and I am so lucky to have had the privilage of experiencing and witnessing the light that comes from within you as I’m sure many others have in the past.

    Love and Light.

    Reply

    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Rhonda,
      Firstly, thank you for all that you did for your precious ‘Red’. You went over and beyond for him and I was sincerely touched with all your dedication, love and care.
      I am very touched with all you very kind words and supportive comments with regards to my service.
      Take care.

      Reply

  54. Isobel Says:

    Hi Rayya
    As you know I have been following your blog for some years no.
    I was wondering if you had advice for pet owners about diet.
    I want my dearly loved cat to have a healthy, balanced diet that does not contain meat from intensively reared animals.
    With Applaws, I thought I had found the answer. My cat loves it, it is PETA approved, and seemed to tick all the boxes. The cat looks glossy and healthy. An additional advantage of this diet has been that his faeces no longer smells bad. Before it could have cleared football stadia and been a viable alternative to tear gas. All was well. Until I read that it is a complimentary catfood and so lacks some of the essentials my cat needs. So now I am back to the drawing board, searching for a cruelty free catfood that meets my cat’s needs.
    Advice and clarification about complimentary and complete foods, and the ratios that add up to a healthy diet would be very welcome!

    With best wishes
    Isobel

    Reply

    • Rayya Says:

      Hello Isobel,
      So great to hear from you. I am currently on holidays. I will definitely attempt to answer your question in much more detail when I get back from my overseas trip as it requires lots of research. The quick answer is if you can find vets all natural products (aussie product, go to http://www.vetsallnatural.com.au/) and source the cruel free meat, you can combine the two and create a very healthy and complete diet for your gorgeous cat. πŸ™‚

      Reply

  55. Lauren Perry Says:

    Hi there,
    I keep coming across your photos on Flickr and would love to discuss using some them in educational online classes that I am currently assisting in developing. Can you please email me directly when you’ve got a moment?

    Cheers,
    Lauren

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  56. Jessie O'Neill (@JessieMONeill) Says:

    Dearest Rayya

    Firstly I want to say thank you and that I think you’re brilliant! I grew up reading James Herriot and I think you are the modern day equivalent! Your blogs are insightful and endearing and you are so generous with your time when responding to all your fans.

    I have a [hopefully simple] question: My cat Waffle hates the spot on flea treatment/wormer, but is OK with tablets (he has to take anti-depressants every day for his anxiety which was causing UTIs…he is ‘special needs’, haha!). We currently give him the Revolution Blue which takes care of fleas, heartworm, intestinal worms, and ear mites – is there an equivalent tablet/s?

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    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Jessie. Thanks for your lovely James Herriot compliment. Your kitty cat sounds like he is very much loved and super special. Generally cats are super difficult to tablet so such products are less available to them. In dogs, sentinel is a tablet that covers for all the parasites you mentioned. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist for cats. I’ll do more research and get back to you if there is the equivalent to sentinel but in tablet form.
      Take care. Cheers, Rayya

      Reply

  57. Beth Lewis Says:

    Hi Rayya, I work for a British TV Show about Dog behaviour. We’d really like to get in touch about some of your youtube videos. I’d be grateful if you could email us for some more information? dogs@arrowmedia.com Thank you

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  58. Emmy fahd Says:

    Dr please help me,my cat Rusty started having breathing problems so suddenly, I thought he was choking, I pressed his belly little bit he vomit a pinkish liquid, cried loud and different, few minutes later he tried to walk, still having a hard time breathing, eventually so fast he collapse and died. I drove him to the vet and couldn’t find the answer what happened. Please help. He was only 1year and 4 months. Just to remind you when he was 8 months old I wrote you about his 2 lumps under his jaw, finally he got a medicine that helped him so much. I am Emmy Fahd from Florida.

    Reply

    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Emmy. I’m so sorry for your huge and tragic loss of Rusty. Unfortunately I don’t have the answers. I suspect given how quickly he went down hill and given he was so young, a poisoning would be high on my list : rat poison. Other possibilities include him being run over the chest. The possibilities are very wide and I doubt you’ll be able to determine the cause even if a post mortem was conducted by your vet without answers. I’m really sorry about your loss. May Rusty rest in peace.

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  59. Elaine Says:

    Dear Dr. Rayya,
    My 14 year old Shih Tzu has two lumps on her mammary glands. One is very soft and the other one is very hard. My vet stated because of her age she could die during surgery so we opted not to do surgery. He took x-rays and none of her internal organs are involved. Recently the soft one has started bleeding and she is constantly licking it. She doesn’t appear to be in any pain.

    Also she is losing weight although she eats good. What can I do about both of these problems.

    Reply

    • Rayya Says:

      Dear Elaine,
      Well done on getting your dog checked out by a vet. Personally, I don’t think any dog is too old for surgery. I usually just take into account the entire picture to determine whether or not to go ahead with surgery. Mammary lumps are usually nasty especially if the dog is not desexed. Given one is bleeding and bothering her, it needs treatment with a course of antibiotics plus possible surgery. The weight loss is of a concern, may be due to mammary cancer or other age related issues. I’d be recommending full blood work to ensure she has no underlying kidney or liver disease. Unfortunately you can’t fix liver or kidney issues but you can manage them with a better diet depending on what the results are I hope this information helps. Please let me know how she goes. Cheers,
      Rayya The Vet

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  60. Jonahc817 Says:

    Dear Dr. Rayya,
    I have an 11 year old miniature schnauzer. I took him to the vet about 6 weeks ago to get his regular shots. He was doing great before we took him in. He was acting like he did when he was a puppy. It seemed like age was not a factor for him. The doctors told us that he had a had decaying teeth and needed to get them pulled. They told us if he was put under that he had a 50/50 chance of coming out of it alive. They even said they would rather not do the surgery. I then decided that we would not have the surgery done and went on with my life. About two weeks ago my dog, Kramer, started to act different. He was more calm than usual. He has now become very calm and almost seems scared of me, although he has always been on edge due to his life before we got him. He is taking very long to eat his dinner also. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want him to die from the surgery, but I don’t want him to live in pain. Please help.

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  61. Ilana Says:

    Dear Rayya,

    Thank you for your query.

    Firstly, I would like to say how much I like reading your blog and linked
    in posts. Thank you for being a positive voice in the veterinary community.

    To answer your primary query – yes, the workshop is for anyone who is
    authorised to take radiographs in the hospital – vets and vet nurses and
    vet techs.

    Hope to see you soon!
    Ilana

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  62. Jennifer Parker-Gilbert Says:

    Hi Dr. Rayya, I am writing an article for a parenting website on the topic of neurological disorders in dogs. I came across your blog and was impressed with your credentials and wondered if you would you be willing to answers a couple of brief questions on this topic? I mainly need to know what are a couple of common neurological disorders in dogs and what are the symptoms and prognosis of each disorder? Thanks! -Jennifer Gilbert

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  63. Marisa Says:

    Just wanting to say a huge THANK YOU to you for your care of Poppy (and us) in Ballarat. Poppy has been a challenging case and we appreciate your genuine concern, care, expertise and above all love that you showed her during our many emergency visits. While it’s a loss to us that you have left we wish you all the best for your new challenges, they’re very luck to have you! Thank you for looking after our fur baby so well. She absolutely adores you. All the best, Marisa and Chris xx

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