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Tina | 6 years ago
A Little Over Two Weeks Ago My Cat Had A Viral Infection. I Took Her…

A little over two weeks ago my cat had a viral infection. I took her to the vet and was told that she would heal on her own. Because my cat is naturally very small and thin, I was concerned that she wasn’t eating and drinking enough to sustain her tiny little body while she was suffering from the symptoms of the virus. I was given a paste to feed her, and despite how hard I tried I couldn’t get her to eat it. I’ve rolled it in her favourite treats, I’ve tried putting the paste on my finger and forcing it in her mouth, but she’s worse than a stubborn child. She’s just not having it and I don’t want to hurt her while trying to help her. So, I’ve stopped trying. She’s healed really well though and seems to be doing a lot better as her energy levels and attitude have returned to normal. I noticed that she has two lumps though on either side of her body, below her ribs, located a little higher up but not quite on her back. I’d noticed this a few months before she’d gotten sick and was told that I was just being paranoid when I’d worried about it. And she gained a bit of weight and I stopped noticing it quite as much. She did lose a bit of weight while sick and maybe that’s why I’m noticing it again? When my veterinarian called me to follow up on how she was recovering from the virus, I brought up the lumps. She said that I shouldn’t worry, and that I was probably just feeling her kidneys since she’s such a small cat. She said I should only worry if my cat was passing blood or vomiting, which she doesn’t. But I still can’t help but worry. You can visibly see that she has these lumps that stick out a little further than her ribs. I’m not only feeling them, but seeing them and that concerns me. I’d say that they might be slightly smaller than golf balls. I’ve just recently dealt with a lot of illness myself and don’t want to deal with the expense of taking my cat to the vet again in such a short period of time if I really don’t have to. I’ve never had a cat as thin as her, so it is possible that I’m just being paranoid. But I also don’t want to just let my cat suffer silently if she is actually sick. If it matters, she’s just over a year old and just your common breed of house cat. What do you suggest?

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Kristen Vance
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Hello!
I am glad your kitty is feeling and hopefully eating better! I understand what it’s like to worry about them- they are dependent upon us and we love them!

From your description I would agree with your vet that they sound like her kidneys. If they are painful to the touch, grow or change dramatically in size, or seem to bother her an x ray or ultrasound could determine if they were her kidneys or something else!

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Luke Bugg | 6 years ago
Okay, So My Female White Zebra Finch Is Looking Very Tired And Puffed Up, Her…

Okay, so my Female white Zebra Finch is looking very tired and puffed up, her head is tucked in her wing and is sleeping on top of her nest, i am not sure what to do, this has happened 3 times before, and has gotten better each time… Has she got eggs producing, because she does have a brown stripy male in with her… she hasn’t laid before, or not that i have known of, and i really want to know whats wrong, thank you 🙂

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Hi Luke Bugg,Thank you for the question! Zebra Finch’s are some of my favorite birds. They have sweet personalities and such soft chirps and songs. I’ve had about 10yrs of experience with these amazing birds. Based on your descriptions and questions , it sounds like you are describing typical behaviors. Most birds often sleep puffed up a little with the head tucked into the body or under the wing. Zebra’s also tend to roost on top of the nest baskets or boxes as well. Usually the female will sleep inside the nest box as she gets closer to laying eggs,… Read more »

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Johanna Breiding | 6 years ago
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My Name Is Johanna And I Have A Question Regarding Introducing A Dog To…

Hello
My name is Johanna and I have a question regarding introducing a dog to a new home but it is kind of a special situation.

So here is the background story:
I moved away from my parents house about two years ago leaving our family dog with them. He is a medium sized shepherd mix (named Buster) and he is about 8 years old at this point. He is an extremely skiddish dog who gets worked up easily but he as NEVER been aggressive in anyway what so ever and craves love and affection.
My parents are getting a bit too old to care for him and I fear he doesn’t get enough attention so I have hopes of moving him to my home in the city (Columbus Ohio)

His greatest fear has always been wooden floors, because he slips on them when his nails get too long.
This has always been an easy fix thanks to buying inexpensive rugs. But I don’t know what to do about his fear of other animals.

When I moved away from home I moved into a new home with my boyfriend who brought with him a fairly aggressive cat. Since living with him we have taken in another cat who is very sweet and gentle but does not get along with the existing cat. (Both are young females)

Unfortunately my boyfriend was not very responsible with his pets so neither of them have been fixed yet. I am not a fan of these cats but I have arranged an appointment for both cats to be fixed after the holiday. I have HIGH hopes that getting them fixed will help them get along better. My father is a long time retired veterinarian so I know the importance of getting them fixed however he is from a much older generation of veterinarians, who don’t have much advice concerning animal behavior. He was primarily trained and focused on the purely medical/science aspect. As a result I know when an animal is sick but I don’t know how to care to their emotional care. (I hope that makes sense)

My greatest concern however is my dog. I will not move him until the environment is perfect for him and both cats are fixed. I would like to get a professional opinion on a few things:

Will fixing the cats calm them down?
Should I consider having them de-clawed? (They are indoor cats after all)
How should I handle bringing an older nervous dog to a new home?

I have searched online for months about this but every site concerning introducing dogs and cats together assumes that the dog will be the main aggressor but my dog is very skiddish and fearful of other animals. He gets along fine with my parents’ cat because their cat is sweet and not aggressive. Plus my dog has known my parents’ cat for his whole life.

Please help me. I know this is a long and complicated question but I fear my dog is getting depressed living with my parents since he has always been primarily my dog. I want very much to take him back under my care. I am looking everywhere for answers at this point

My E-Mail is JoBreiding@gmail.com
or my FaceBook Johanna Breiding (Columbus Ohio)

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Hello Johanna, Thanks for your question. I think that the biggest obstacle is going to be keeping your dog calm as he transitions into the new home. For this to be successful you are going to have to be slow and patient with him. Try to get to know him and understand his fears and triggers. If he is comfortable around you try to get him comfortable around your boyfriend and then try to understand what other fears or anxieties he has. All of behavior modification is understanding what and why your pet responds the way that they do, and… Read more »

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Stacey | 6 years ago
I Had My Dog Spayed On A Tuesday. Went Back To The Vet On Friday…

I had my dog spayed on a Tuesday. Went back to the vet on Friday because she was getting better didn’t want to eat go outside. I would put her in a spot when I left for work, I would come home 8-9 hours later and she would still be in the same area. Vet said everything looked good I had said no there is something wrong. They assured me she was good to go. On Saturday morning I tried to feed her take her out and when I lifted her, her head plopped to one side. When I came home from work a few hours later she was whimpering I lifted her up and there was blood every where and her stomach was popping out of her incision. I picked her up and her intestine’s started coming out. I got her to the emergency vet and it was to late we had to put her down. Why would this happen and does this happen

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Stacey,

I am so sorry to hear of your dogs misfortune. I think it is imperative that you go to your veterinarian and speak to them about what happened to your dog.

It would be irresponsible for me, or anyone else to comment on your dogs condition.

There are too many things that could have happened. You should talk to the ER veterinarian and your vet.

I am soo sorry for your loss.

My deepest sympathies,

Krista

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Joseph | 6 years ago
My Dog, Candyman, Hasnt Been Feeling Well Recently. He Has Been Moping Around The House…

My dog, Candyman, hasnt been feeling well recently. He has been moping around the house and not eating his food much. He is two years old and a really big type of dog. I dont know his exact breed but hes huge, has brown fur, distinct white spots on his forehead and on his face, and a large one on his chest. I found him as a puppy on the street but he was taken and got all his shots. I would appreciate it if I get an answer soon.

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Joseph,

There are any reasons for these symptoms which can’t be diagnosed over the internet. I would suggest making a veterinary appt for him so he can be examined and treated appropriately

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Kim Barr | 6 years ago
How Easily Are Feline Leukemia And FIV Transmitted From One Feline To Another?

How easily are feline leukemia and FIV transmitted from one feline to another?

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Hello,

Feline leukemia is transmitted pretty easily between cats. It can be spread through shared water bowls, food bowls etc. It is sometimes taught to is in vet school as the "disease of friendly cats" because they can transmit it to each other easily

FlV is not as easily transmitted. The primary mode of transmission is through fighting and biting. Therefore you can have a colony of cats where some have FIV and some do not if they are not fighting and biting one another.

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Laura Rubenstein | 6 years ago
My Husband Is Allergic To Cats And My Son Is Allergic To Some Dogs. …

My husband is allergic to cats and my son is allergic to some dogs. What recommendations do you have for a fun loving medium-size hypoallergenic family dog?

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Well, there isn’t really such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog. I think they do have allergy shots for that now, though, which work very well.

Here is a good article on the subject
http://www.leospetcare.com/hypoallergenic-dogs-the-truth-about-people-with-dog-and-cat-allergies/

http://dawgbusiness.blogspot.com

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Kim barnett | 6 years ago
My Dog Keeps Chattering His Teeth And Acting Like He Has A Dry Mouth, …

My dog keeps chattering his teeth and acting like he has a dry mouth, Can’t think of the exact words to describe him acting like he has a dry mouth

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There are many reasons for chattering teeth. How old is your dog? Has he ever had a dental exam?
Other possible causes include it being a seizure activity, stress, pain around his mouth/jaw, tremors or muscle pain. It is best to have a vet see him so that the reason for this can be determined and possibly treated if needed.

Dr. Kristen Vance
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Hello Kim, Thanks for your question. Chatter can be a sign of a few things that I would look into. First, have your vet do a very thorough oral cavity exam. But remember that many dental lesions and problems can lie beneath the gum line or hidden in the back, remote and hard to look at in the split second your dog will let you stick their head in their mouth. So sometimes a full dental examination requires general anesthesia, x-rays, and probing of all teeth to look for pockets that may harbor your source of discomfort or disease. I… Read more »

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Jason Vance | 6 years ago
Hi, My 5 Year Old Labrador Has Been Vomiting For The Past Three Months Off…

Hi, my 5 year old labrador has been vomiting for the past three months off and on about 2-4 times a week, is there anything i can do to help calm her stomach?

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Hello Jason, I’m sorry to hear about your dogs vomiting, but unfortunately there are a whole host of reasons that might be causing the vomiting. Until it is determined which reason is causing the vomiting it is difficult to give you advice on how to treat it. For instance the vomiting can be caused by stress or medication induced gastric ulcers. This would be treated by reducing or eliminating the stress or medication and prescribing gastro-protectants. Or even resting the stomach by admitting the patient to the vet hospital and putting them on i.v. fluids. If the vomiting is due… Read more »

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Matthew | 6 years ago
Just A Few Hours Ago Our Dog Was Lying Down Like She Normally Does. She…

Just a few hours ago our dog was lying down like she normally does. She got up and started walking around slowly for a bit and appeared to be slightly limping. It also seems like she is in a bit of pain. I’ve noticed everything she does seems really slow now, for example just a few minutes ago she went to go lie down on the couch and when she was climbing up she stopped midway through, just looking around then finally jumped up. We won’t be able to get her into a vet until tomorrow, is there anything we can do right now to help her? We have absolutely no idea how this started, she was fine earlier today.

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Hi Matthew!

While I know this is disconcerting, I would just advise rest until you can get her into your veterinarian. It is not safe to give most human pain medications to your dog and it might also mask the problem for your veterinarian in the morning.

If her signs get worse and you do not feel as though she can wait til tomorrow- is there an emergency clinic you could take her to?

Dr Kristen Vance
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