Ask-a-Vet: Online Veterinary Help for Your Pets

Ask A Vet Question

Ask Ottawa veterinarian Dr. Marie a question about the health of your pet online. Then continue to converse back and forth with her until you feel your question is answered satisfactorily.

Online veterinary advice

Dr. Marie has been practicing small animal medicine for over 10 years now. She is compassionate and cares for the animals and the wonderful people who own them. She is experienced in treating dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice. She is skilled in surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, dentistry, behavior and medicine. Dr. Marie has taken courses in Orthopedic Surgery as well. She really enjoys solving complicated medical cases such as animals with difficult diseases like Cushing’s Disease, Addison’s, and those frustrating itchy dog cases that are hard to figure out.

She also has an interest in oncology and gives compassionate and knowledgeable advice whether you are interested in chemotherapy, radiation or simply palliative care.

Her latest venture, this online vet advice site has helped many people who have veterinary questions and need to ask a vet a question and get a response quickly! Need to ask an online vet? Veterinarian, Dr. Marie is here to help.

You can also browse her growing selection of free articles on pet health, including cats, dogs, and hamsters (“pocket pets”).

Please note: I am a psychologist, not a veterinarian. If you have questions about your pet, please do not post them here. Contact Dr. Marie directly at

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  1. Lydia MeadMay 29, 2011 at 11:21 am

    We adopted four baby squirrels a few days ago, they were found abandoned on our yard, so we kept them.
    They used to have fleas, but I found how to get rid of the fleas,
    One of the squirrels is sick, I believe he has pneumonia, for he is breathing through his mouth,
    I think one of the kids had fed them to fast with Pedialyte and it went into his lungs,
    Is there any way I can keep him from dying, and any other ways that I can keep him from getting the others sick? I am keeping him on a heating pad with a blanket wrapped around him, and trying to get him to drink the pedialyte every few hours, and then rubbing his area to force him to urinate.
    Unfortunately, my dad has phoned a lot of vets, and none of them know what to do, and, it is Sunday, so we can’t take them in to a vet.
    Please help, he doesn’t respond, he’s breathing through his mouth, I’m really scared, and I don’t know what to do! 🙁

  2. Please note: I am not a veterinarian. If you have questions such as this, please contact Marie directly at

  3. Jan CannadyJune 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I need help desperately. I have a two yr old toy poodle, & when my husband & I travel we prefer
    to take him with us. However, he won’t stop barking, makiing destressing sounds to the point
    he sometimes hyperventelates. We have tried everything we know to help Guinness from buying
    different sizes of crates, to buying the very expensive one he now has. This one allows him to
    see outside, but that holds no interest to him. Our Vet prescribed medication, which we were told to cut down to a safe amount for his weight, The medication knocks him out for 8 hours, then he is
    druggy when he finally wakes up. I don’t want to have to medicate my dog to this degree, but I need help in a huge way.
    Thank You

  4. Please note: I am a psychologist, not a veterinarian. If you have questions such as this, please contact Marie directly at

  5. felicia stokesSeptember 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    i need help please. my kitten is developing these puss like sacks on his neck, they look terrible and keep getting worse! what could it be?!?!?!

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