I rescued a box of kittens that were thrown in a cardboard box wet to die four years ago. My fiancé kept one that we named Stoker (a tuxie that reminded me of Bram Stoker). Three months ago he blocked. We got him in to the emergency vet and transferred him to our regular clinic. Over the last three months he has had nothing but complications from infections of the sutures outside, to irritation and swelling. We finally got the last two outer sutures out at the vet about a month ago and were not charged. However today temperatures soared and he has been panting nonstop. His body temp is 101.9, and I have been wetting him down with a wet wash rag. He then vomited nothing but hair and water (assume from over grooming because of heat). Finally got him in an a/c room and he vomited again. He is twitching in his hind end. I tried to insert a sterile curved syringe into the new opening and cannot get it further than 1/4” so instead of heat stroke I am now worried the hole may have healed over. We have no income as we have both become unemployed. I am desperate for help.
Does anyone have experience with chemo drugs used for feline intestinal lymphoma, small cell type? I’m anticipating having to decide next week to pursue a course of chemo -or not- for my Oak. Oak is now 11 years old, rescued by me as a kitten from a shelter, but never adopted out due to the eosinophilic granuloma that became apparent when he was about 4 months age. He is such a sweet kitty, I call him my ‘circus cat’ because I can train him to do almost anything. Sadly, I’m now training him to happily take gel capsules so we’ll be ready if the time comes. I would appreciate any insight you have on how well your cat(s) tolerate chemo (if you can include the name of the drug, that’s a bonus!). Thank you so much, judy
Is there a replacement for Gabapentin? My cat needs it’s for her arthritis but it’s costing me too much.
Hi everyone, I wanted to get some advice on a situation with our male cat, about 6 years old. Last Saturday I noticed he was unable to urinate. I put him in the laundry room overnight with a fresh litter box and some food. He was eating fine and active like normal but did not pee that night so I took him to the vet the next day. They said his bladder was very large and they would start IV fluids before unblocking him. After they did this, then they noticed his abdomen was sore so they thought his bladder had ruptured. They did an operation, did find urine in the abdomen but no tear in the bladder although part of the bladder was purple and diseased. So they put in a Foley catheter to remove any pressure on the bladder walls so it could heal. and kept him on a drip. They mentioned cellulitis in his leg so they started rotating the drip amongst his legs. They noticed he wasn’t eating, thought it was because of his leg being painful, so they treated that. Still he wasn’t eating. He was just sitting there in the crate at the vet. They thought it was because he was stressed by not being at home. All this took about a week. Last night we brought him home with all these medications because they wanted to see if he would eat at home. He pretty much just sat there, looking unhappy. Has a seroma from the catheter site that was leaving a small pink-tinged spot here and there. I slept in the room with him last night. He jumped into and out of the bed a few times during the night. By morning, he still hadn’t eaten or drunk any water and there was a very small clump in the litter. Took him back to the vet around noon today. They put in a feeding tube and, while doing some kind of scan or X-ray to check the tube was in the right place, they noticed fluid in the chest cavity. They were unable to get a sample despite trying twice. They have no idea what it is. They asked me if he got into rat bait! I was like, no he was totally fine apart from the urinary blockage when I brought him in a week ago. So tonight he was transported from the vet to the vet hospital for monitoring until Monday when they’ve booked a specialist to try to sample the fluid. How is it possible that a urinary blockage has evolved into pleural effusion?? I just don’t understand.
I have a 2 year old german shorthaired pointer. About 3 weeks ago she was very lethargic, had no interest in her food or in human food, and had very bad diarrhea. She eventually drank some water and immediately threw up. We took her to the vet and they gave her IV fluids, metranidazole and something for nausea. She improved and we rested her for about 2 weeks. She went back to her normal self and went to dog daycare for 4 days straight (she normally goes monday – friday while we are at work). I noticed when I picked her up on thursday that she was slightly favoring her back left leg. I kept her home on friday. She was still weight-bearing on the leg and would let you touch it and an inspection of her paw and toes was clear. When we woke up Saturday morning her paw was extremely swollen and she was whining. When I took her to the vet they prescribed Rimadyl and Simplicef. By the next day her whole leg was swollen, her lymph node on the back of her knee area was about the size of a golf ball, and she looked very puffy (like she was retaining water or fluid) in her shoulder areas and armpit area. We took her back to the vet this past monday where they did x-rays of her foot (which came back negative), they found that all of her lymph nodes in her body were moderately swollen (minus her submandular nodes), they did a urinalysis because her urine was very concentrated, cloudy and had a foul smell, they did a CBC and they aspirated her popliteal lymph node (all of which were sent to a cytologist). The aspiration, urinalysis and blood work all came back good (the aspirate came back negative for cancer and it was noted that the lymph node was reactive). As of monday, Dixie was put on additional antibiotics (doxycycline). As a side note, she also received an x-ray of her abdomen and an ultrasound of her abdomen during her first visit 3 weeks ago which revealed an enlarged spleen and blood work done then revealed slightly elevated liver counts. A second ultrasound was done just this past monday which also showed the enlarged spleen.
As of today’s date she has been on the simplicef and rimadyl for 6 days and the doxycycline for 4 days. The only thing that has improved in the swelling in the leg and foot. Her lymph nodes are still enlarged, she is still retaining fluid, she won’t drink water at all and I’ve had to start mixing water in with her food to get her to drink any, and I just noticed yesterday that the area of skin by her hind flank fold (I refer to it as her pooch) right around her last teat on the same side her leg was swollen is now extremely droopy and has a soft lump (maybe her lymph node?) but the side hangs noticeably lower than the right side.
I’m sorry for the long post but I am starting to get worried and am looking for any suggestion as to what might be causing all of this in my young pup. Thanks in advance for any insight!
My 9 year old male cat might have nasopharyngeal polyp since we have eliminated most other diagnoses. I have been taking him to Banifield vet for his treatment and they feel his symptoms suggest a polyp and have arranged an appointment for Wednesday the 30th for xray of head for polyp and teeth cleaning since he will be anesthetized . My question is are the xrays needed since my cat would be sedated enough for the Dr to make a positive diagnosis.? Xrays $350.00 Are most veterinarians qualified to do this surgery?. From your website I would feel very comfortable having Dr Krista Magnifico do this surgery instead of Drs at Banfield.
Am I being too anal ? I don’t know if you know them,Dr Heflin and Dr McLaughlin.
Dachshund legs movement after IVDD surgery. My 8y/o (give or take) Kiwi had IVDD surgery 10 weeks ago. 1st time diagnosed. By the 3rd week after surgery he was walking without the need of a sling. Of course his legs were kinda wobbly but the vets told me it was an ok situation.
Basically he’s been in crate rest until 2 weeks ago when I let him out while I’m at home (small apartment, no stairs, no access to furniture). Outdoors bathroom time is minimum and area restricted. But I notice that there’s been not improvement in the last month. Aside of the wobbly legs, his knees are not bending completely when walking. Also the hump he got after surgery never retrieved.
I’m looking for ways to apply some kind of physical therapy at home for those knees. The clinic is really far away from us to take him for therapy.
Also I would like to know if there is a way to make him like stand up a little bit more “straight” (sorry I don’t know how to say it). Basically with the new big hump Kiwi cannot urinate spreading his leg and wets his front legs. I’m also worry if this new bended position is gonna agravate the rest of his back in the future. Tks