Ask the Vet with Dr. Greer: May 2021

You asked, Dr. Greer answered! Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, answers pet health questions in this recording taken from a live virtual event held in May of 2021.

Dr. Greer answers cat and dog health questions on the topics of:

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28 thoughts on “Ask the Vet with Dr. Greer: May 2021”

  1. Read info that arctic dogs lack many enzymes for digesting carbohydrates. Does this contribute to their likelihood of bloat/gastric torsion? Then homemade/raw diets are safer than even the best commercial offerings?

    1. Hi Janice,

      Thank you for your question. I reached out to one of our Pet Care Pros, Sheryl, and here is her response to your question. -Shelley at Revival

      Good afternoon Janice, Diet is important for a dogs health. Many of the manufactured dogs foods only have the minimum amount of vitamins required by the FDA, so a supplement is always a benefit for their health. We don’t recommend raw diets mainly because they lack vitamins/mineral they need. This article regarding raw diets may help you to decide which way may be best for you. We also have a product called Digest Forte to help with this. -Sheryl, Revival Pet Care Pro

  2. Would like a list of vitamins for breeding females. I would like to know when to use when to stop and there purpose . Also anything else helpful for breeders . This would be helpful if we could print out and look at as we need to to follow in our breeding program.

    1. Hi Lynn,

      Thanks for your question. I suggest checking out the article Vitamins for the Breeding Female located in the Revival Learning Center. That article helps explain many vitamin options and provides links to each of them. If you have any further questions on how to use these vitamins properly, what they do or anything else please give our Pet Care Pros a call at 800-786-4751. -Shelley at Revival

  3. What can I use to keep spiders from wanting to be under my dog houses in the outdoor kennels

    1. Hi Leslie,

      Thank you for your question! Here is the response from Sheryl, one of our Pet Care Pros. -Shelley at Revival

      Hi Leslie, I would recommend to spray Permethrin 10% around and under the kennels to help keep insects away such as fleas, ticks, spiders, etc. -Sheryl, Pet Care Pro.

  4. my 7 month old t-cup yorkie keeps hounching – i called the vet & said she is in heat ?????? Shes just a puppy – why is she in heat ????

    1. Hi Ann,

      Great question. Here is the response from one of our Pet Care Pros, Sheryl. -Shelley at Revival

      Ann, It maybe possible for your little Yorkie to go into heat. Some breeds may go into heat anywhere from 6-9 month of age. They will usually have a heat cycle every 6-9 months thereafter. -Sheryl, Pet Care Pro

  5. How long should you wait to Breed a dog after she has puppies. Can they be bread when they come in heat again.

    1. Hi Carolyn,

      Good question! Here is the response from Sheryl, one of our Pet Care Pros. -Shelley at Revival

      Good afternoon Carolyn, Yes you can breed your female again on her next heat cycle and it’s recommended to breed on every heat cycle. The article Dog Heat Cycle Basics may also help you. – Sheryl, Pet Care Pro

  6. I have a 14 lb schnauzer who has just turned 8 yrs old. he has been sneezing frequently recently, runny nostril and eye on right side.can you recommend a medication ( preferrably natural)

    1. Hi Martha,

      I reached out to one of our Pet Care Pros and here is her response to your question. -Shelley at Revival

      Good morning Martha, I’m sorry to hear your schnauzer’s having some difficulty. I would recommend to have your vet examine him. It maybe due to allergies or it could also be related to a dental issue. We have the Winpro Allergy that’s a natural allergy supplement. – Sheryl, Pet Care Pro

  7. I’ve previously used KenLSol to clean my puppy area. Revival sells several disinfectants effective against Parvo. Is one more effective than the other (for all around disinfecting, including Parvo)?

    1. Hi Judi,

      I reached out to one of our Revival Pet Care Pros and here is her suggestion. -Shelley at Revival

      Hi Judi,

      I would suggest Virkon as the disinfectant to use for Parvo. It is 99.99% effective against major bacteria and viruses. -Michelle, Revival Pet Care Pro

  8. Dr. Greer: I just read your article on nitenpyram (and other flea medicines) at Pure Dog
    where you mention that nitenpyram causes fetal death and birth defects, but I assume that is when it is administered to a mom during gestation?
    I gave my male dog one capstar on Tuesday. The internet says that it stays in his system for 24 hours.
    My male dog bred with one girl on Tuesday and Wednesday and today he bred with my other girl.
    I noticed when the repro vet collected his semen that the sperm died on the microscope monitor within 15 minutes both yesterday and today.
    The repro vet was also surprised, and commented that maybe the room temperature was too hot. (The room temp was NOT too hot).
    Is sperm death from the capstar that was administered? 36 hours ago?
    I am a revival animal customer.

    1. Hi,
      I reached out to Dr. Greer with your question and here is her response. -Shelley at Revival

      Hi, those are questions I can’t answer. I only have the information from the safety studies done during the testing. If it says not for use in breeding dogs, It is NOT for use in breeding dogs, male or female, pregnant or 8 weeks old. I follow these guidelines very strictly.

      There are many reasons sperm does not survive- I am sure your vet can review these with you.

      Dr. Marty Greer, JD

  9. I have a 3 year old goldendoodle. She is spayed and up to date on vaccinations. She is an indoor dog and only goes outside to go potty and a short walk maybe once a week. She developed a skin condition around January of 2021 in which she shredded most of her coat (especially the fluffy fur… there is a little left on the top on her back still). The skin itself seems to be darker, flakey, and scaley looking. She had a completely normal doodle coat before January. Right now she is on steroids (prednisolone) and antibiotics (cephalexin) for 2 more weeks (4 weeks total) to see if it is possibly a skin infection that will clear up. If it gets better, it’s possible she will be moved to taking apoquel for the unforeseeable future. It has been two weeks and I haven’t noticed any difference. If this does not work, I will do environmental allergy testing (molds, pollens, etc) and a skin biopsy to see if it is genetics (I talked the the breeder and neither the parents or litter mates have ever had issues). If that doesn’t give us answers, I can put her on a 12 week food diet to rule out food allergens. She has been on the same food since I brought her home at 8 weeks old (authority all life stages chicken), but apparently allergies can develop over time. After this skin condition started, I changed her food to Purina Pro Plan lamb and oatmeal recipe which she has been on for 5 months now and still no difference. She gets no bones, treats, table scraps, flea/tick or heartworm medication, or baths until I get this issue figured out. I figure the less factors at play, the better right now. It is heartbreaking and frustrating and I am doing everything I can to figure it out. I thought it wouldn’t hurt to reach out on here to see if anyone has seen or experienced this before, especially with doodles, and what worked for treatment. Thank you

    1. Hi Martha,

      I reached out to Dr. Greer and she suggested a skin biopsy and assess if your dog possibly has sebaceous adenitis, a poodle and other curly dog skin condition. Please let us know if you have any other questions. -Shelley at Revival

  10. I listened to Dr. Greer mention the importance of DHA during pregnancy. My question is about the introduction of DHA(Omega 3&6) and when to start with my bitch and how long to continue with the puppies and also specifically the amount, can you give too much?

    Thank you in advance Dr. Greer

    1. Hi Chris,
      I reached out to Sheryl, one of our Pet Care Pros, and here is her response. -Shelley at Revival

      Good morning Chris,
      DHA or docosahexaenoic acid has been shown to improve brain function in puppies, babies, and adults. For maximal effect, this should be fed to the pregnant female. Supplementing is especially important in females who have had multiple litters. This can be added as nutritional supplement, as a single component or in skin and coat supplements. Some puppy food and milk replacers have DHA added. Breeder’s Edge Oxy Mate and Oxy Momma include fish oil which is providing this already to your females and is already dose at it’s proper amount for you. Puppies can be started when they begin eating their gruel as it’s in some puppy food and you can also add fish oil to the diet or add a skin and coat supplement. -Sheryl, Revival Pet Care Pro

  11. I have a doberman about a yr and 4 mths. He is having skin issues. Acne that is spreading starting from his chin and looks like patches forming through out his body.

  12. What can you recommend to put on wounds that will not sting. If a dog has a minor but open wound what can you clean it with?

    1. Hi Paula, Like you, I don’t want to add more pain to my pet when it’s already uncomfortable. I would recommend the Vetericyn Wound and Skin Care. It’s ideal for cuts, burns, hot spots, ringworm, rain and cinch rot or general first aid. And it doesn’t sting. -Sheryl, Pet Care Pro

  13. We have a 5 yr. old ESS, that has never had a litter. Why… She will not allow our ESS male to mount her. She does the dance with him, loves his attention, allows him to lick her ears & the “service entrance”, she stands & flags her tail for him; but will NOT allow him to mount her. We are testing her progesterone levels now. She is now day #6. Is it possible for a dog to be in season and not ovulate…?

    Appreciate any info~ THANKS!

    1. Debbie,
      Sheryl, one of Revival’s Pet Care Pros, has this advice:


      I would recommend adding some Breeder’s Edge B Strong vitamins to the diet. B complex vitamins, zinc and folic acid are essential for the reproduction system to work properly. A lack of vitamins can cause irregular heat cycles, no heat cycles, or even multiple heat cycles one after another, and silent heats. Also if they’re running together all the time, they may develop a brother/sister relationship which can affect breeding. This article may also help you>

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