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Mathew | 3 days ago
Our 3 Year Old Cat Had A Urinary Blockage, Late At Night. We Drove Him To An …
Our 3 year old cat had a urinary blockage, late at night. We drove him to an emergency animal clinic, about an hour away. They diagnosed, treated, had him for almost 5 days. The bill was $2500, and they strongly recommended a $3000 PU surgery. We couldn't afford that, so they transferred him to another vet that could do the surgury for $1600. They were not convinced that he needed the PU. They treated him, about 4 days, and he seemed to be on the mend. Bill was $640, which they let us split into 3 payments. After being home for a day or two, he obstructed again. We took him to our local vet. After examining him, it was discovered that he had a large chunk of plastic stuck in his penis. Exploratory surgery was done to remove it. Its presence has caused much trauma to the ureathra, causing blockage twice more since (scar tissue). So now he's at our vet, unblocked with a catheter. They say a PU is his only option. Our vet isnt comfortable doing it, and will be contacting the 2nd vet that treated our kitty and see if they can. Costs are now an issue, as we're paying the first vet(maxed care credit), 2nd vet (payments, $400 left), and 3rd vet( ours, payments, $221 every two weeks) . No idea how to get the little guy the PU surgery. :(
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I’m so sorry that you are dealing with this. Any idea 1-how the plastic got there? 2- how it wasn’t noticed before as the cat was seen multiple times? I would want to know. It seems strange that it would go unnoticed…. as far as the surgery. I’m hoping that given your current situation with the vet(s) that they might be able to either direct you towards someone or some group that would be able to help with the cost, as well as off you payment installments on good faith as you are currently paying already. Perhaps your local humane… Read more »

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Please (please!!) add your story to our storylines section. We are doing a whole long list of patients cases about just this subject and it would be so helpful to others (and me!) to hear about your cats case. If possible it should be w entered as desperate stories. One about the blocking episodes and the other about the pu surgery. And please include prices. We are trying so hard to save these cats by sharing stories of the successfully treated cases. Please keep us posted. Thank you!

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Payton | 5 days ago
Is It Normal For A Kitten To Lick Ears???
Is it normal for a kitten to lick ears???
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Krista Magnifico
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Hello,
Your kitten is licking your ears? I’m not sure its normal but I’m also not sure that it isn’t. We have a clinic cat who is also obsessed with licking our ears when we hold her. So far it’s been a decade doing this at a vets clinic and I wouldn’t call her normal. But she’s not medically impaired. She’s just a little ear weird. But we love her anyway. As always if you are concerned please mention it to your vet.

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Good morning😊 We had 2 kittens years ago when I was still in elementary school that did this. Our vet at the time said that it might be because they left their mother too soon. (These kittens we hand raised because their mom was run over down the road from our house) they would cuddle up into the crook of our neck, under our hair and try to lick behind our ears. I know it sounds gross and strange, but they were babies. The male grew out of it, the female never did- so anyone on our sofa with long… Read more »

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Kathleen Munna | 6 days ago
Hi I’m Curious As To The General Thoughts In Treating Anxiety In Small Canines With …
Hi I’m curious as to the general thoughts in treating anxiety in small canines with CBC oil. Shitzu breed in particular when it comes to fireworks, thunder storms, and trucks or buses accelerating. Any information is appreciated and thank you all for what you do. Regards Kathleen
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There is a lot of speculation about what it can and can’t help but unfortunately no real science about it. I also don’t have any personal experience I can share. For my noise anxiety patients I discuss lots of medications that they can try that I actually have seen work and even things like the DAP or thunder shirt.

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Kathleen Munna | 6 days ago
Hi I’m Curious As To The General Thoughts In Treating Anxiety In Small Canines With …
Hi I’m curious as to the general thoughts in treating anxiety in small canines with CBC oil. Shitzu breed in particular when it comes to fireworks, thunder storms, and trucks or buses accelerating. Any information is appreciated and thank you all for what you do. Regards Kathleen Munna
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I am on a search for a boxer. I was told that it is important that the dogs are tested for ARVC and DM. Is this true? Is there other boxer owners out there who have this issue?

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Hi Kathleen – I would discuss this with your vet, to be quite honest. They know your dog best.
Hi Shelley – If you’re searching for a breeder, I strongly suggest going through the breed club for all questions pertaining to the breed. They will have a breeder referral list somewhere on the page, as well as a list of chapter clubs. I STRONGLY suggest finding a chapter club in your area: https://americanboxerclub.org/

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Jessica Terzigni | 7 days ago
100lb Female Rottweiler Ate 2 Doses Of Interceptor Plus For Dogs 50.1 To 100lb. Will This Cause A …
100lb female Rottweiler ate 2 doses of Interceptor Plus for dogs 50.1 to 100lb. Will this cause a problem?
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Answering this as her vet. Nope. You should be fine. Call me at the clinic or pm me of theres any vomiting or diarrhea.

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Madeline | 7 days ago
I Have A 12 Year Old Cat Who Vomits Almost Every Day Since I Adopted Her 5 Months …
I have a 12 year old cat who vomits almost every day since I adopted her 5 months ago. She has been to the vet several times and a sonogram revealed she has chronic pancreatitis. They didn't see any other issues. She was eating canned Fancy Feast with water, but now I have her on NomNomNow because I thought fresh food would help her. But she is still vomiting. It's usually food at first but then she moves spots and vomits bile or saliva/foam. Once or twice the saliva looked bloody (took her to the vet right after). The vet had her on vitamin E, pepcid, and a round of antibiotics. Nothing helped. She has never been very playful but she is behaving relatively normally, eats, grooms, poops, etc. I don't know what else to do! Thanks for any advice!
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I’m so sorry you’re having such a time trying to help this cat. Has your vet ruled out everything else as far as a diagnosis? Perhaps there is something else that is worsening her initial issue? Have you tried feeding more meals throughout the day, but smaller portions? (A little at a time)

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I would suggest you talk about a few things with your vet like a sensitive stomach diet like i/d or even try a stomach protectant like sulcralfate or even maripotent or metoclopramide. I often try medications with a diet change. Ideally a wet food diet fed in small amounts with increased frequency. Or ask about an ultrasound or even upper gi endoscopy. My point is that there are lots of options to discuss and try. I would first start with a fecal exam for intestinal parasites. Hope this helps. Let us know what happens.

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Mary Fischer | 1 week ago
My Friend Has A 1 Yr Old Female German Shepherd, Baby Sister Of My Male GSD. She …
My friend has a 1 yr old female German Shepherd, baby sister of my male GSD. She was diagnosed with EPI and has been getting PancreVed in her food, every meal. She is not seeming to be getting better or gaining weight. She’s lost about 12 lbs. although she doesn’t act as if she’s sick at all!! Do you have any recommendations for this or advice? And is it hereditary? My boy in the left and his sister on the right. Thank you, Mary
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Cab you tell me how this was diagnosed and how it is being treated? And even if the standards of care were met if they aren’t getting better you need to go back to vet for another discussion on what’s next with the plan. I have been treating a 1.5 yo GS for months and although I also suspect EPI if he isn’t gwtting better we keep looking for the cause and the answers. We have tried multiple medications. Bloodwork and treatment plans. It is often not a simple quick easy answer. It is a long discussion and discovery process.… Read more »

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I agree with Krista. There is no sign of improvement. Talk to the vet about changing treatment or adjusting it. Ask about testing for other possible illness and more bloodwork. Ask about initial diagnosis. Also ask about timing for feeding and how many times per day should she be eating. I hope she starts to improve.💛🐾

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Mary | 1 week ago
I Have A Persian Cat 7 Yrs She Isn’t Breathing That Well. I Personally Think She …
I have a Persian cat 7 yrs she isn’t breathing that well. I personally think she is stuffed up or has something in her airway causing her to breathing problems. I’ve spent $2000 on testing with no results and I can’t continue to go bankrupt to fix her. Is there anyone in the San Tan Valley area who will give her a cat scan for reasonable price and cure my cat. Thanks.
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Good morning- My first step would be to discuss the situation with your vet candidly. Explain you frustration in having tried to find out what is going on, and the cost, yet still having no positive results. Ask them if they feel a specialist might be the best route to go at this point. Secondly, i would discuss payment options with them, and the specialist if one is recommended. Your vet knows your cat, their patient, best. They know you have her best interest at heart, and hopefully they are in a position to work with you regarding payment. Best… Read more »

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Mary | 1 week ago
I Have A Persian Cat 7 Yrs She Isn’t Breathing That Well. I Personally Think She …
I have a Persian cat 7 yrs she isn’t breathing that well. I personally think she is stuffed up or has something in her airway causing her to breathing problems. I’ve spent $2000 on testing with no results and I can’t continue to go bankrupt to fix her. Is there anyone in the San Tan Valley area who will give her a cat scan for reasonable price and cure my cat. Thanks.
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I would ask for a referral to a feline specialist and explain your financial concerns. I also think that even if you could scrape together the funds for a ct scan it is unlikely to cure your cat. It will just provide more information towards a diagnosis. It doesn’t treat them. Also talk about allergies, perhaps shaving your cat down and anything you can try medically and inexpensively to help improve her breathing like an antihistamine steroid or even a bronchodilator.

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Laura Tomaschefsky | 1 week ago
A Few Of My Co-workers And I Have Been Taking Care Of Some Feral Cats That …
A few of my co-workers and I have been taking care of some feral cats that hang around my office. Those co-workers have since moved on. So that leaves me with the expenses of food and such. I’m doing my best to keep up because I truly care for these cats. I would like to get some flea and tic medicine on them.... They do allow me to get near them and also pet them, just for a minute though! Anyone know where to find highly discounted meds for them?
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Krista Magnifico
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If you have a hard time handling then then the best option might be comfortis. Otherwise the spray version of frontline is very affordable but not easy to apply.

Sarah Greco
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Good morning😊 You might also want to contact local rescue organizations. They may have an in with a TNR group to get these cats fixed and help control the cat population from expanding. They also may be able to get you needed help in caring for this colony.