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katie | 6 years ago
Sick Cat, 8 Months Old, Indoor Only, Spent Yesterday Throwing Up, Haven’t Seen Her Do…

sick cat, 8 months old, indoor only, spent yesterday throwing up, haven’t seen her do so today, doesn’t have the energy to get to the litter box, doesn’t want food. any suggestions?

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello Katie,

I think it is time to take your cat to the vet. The most alarming sign is the "lack of energy" that screams SICK cat to me.

There is a limitless number of things it could be, and without an examination I couldn’t even begin to speculate.

Your vet will do a thorough examination and hopefully identify the source of your kitties troubles.

A cat with no energy is as very sick cat and time is of the essence.

Best of Luck

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Lisa Schafer | 6 years ago
I Have A Two Year Old Female Tennessee Fainting Goat. She Is Eating Normally…

I have a two year old female Tennessee Fainting Goat. She is eating normally, but she cannot stand up. It seems she cannot get her balance and she falls right over. This is not the same behavior as when she gets startled and "faints"; this is an ongoing issue that just started within the past 24 hours. She is laying down and will not stand up.

Please offer any advice you can provide =)

Thank you.

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Hello Lisa, There are a few conditions that might cause these clinical signs. Your goat likely needs to be seen by a veterinarian. Preferably one that sees ruminants. But a good place to start is to check the eyes. Are they centered and able to focus. Pets can have ocular abnormalities that make them feel dizzy. Also we would check inner ears. Looking for any reason that the vestibular system, and therefore the internal up vs down reference is still in place. Other things to look at are muscle tone in the legs. Can she physically support her own weight?… Read more »

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Kelli | 6 years ago
My 4yo Lab Normally Has A Lab Lean And Tends To Twist Her Body Left…

My 4yo lab normally has a lab lean and tends to twist her body left and wag to the left.the last few days we’ve noticed that she’s walking a little "twisted", especially when she gets up. She doesn’t seem to be in any discomfort and has a normal activity level.she does have hip dysplasia on the same hip so I’m wondering if she’s having muscle spasms. She also occasionally twists and bites her rump like their’s something itchy. Any ideas ? Thanks !

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Eleanor Wood
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Hi,

Unusual movement, especially on rising, can indicate discomfort, so it might be worth getting her checked out in case her hip dysplasia has got a liitle worse. Biting around there can also be a pain response as well as itchiness.
Also get her anal glands checked at the same time as this would be another common reason for these signs.

Eleanor Wood

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Sherry Keith | 6 years ago
My Dog Pearl, A Female Charpei Mix About 13 Years Old, Had A Very Hard…

My dog Pearl, a female charpei mix about 13 years old, had a very hard stomach and is belching rancid air up. and eating very little and drinking water that she later seems to throw up also. I gave her a tums in pieces and that came up undigested with water.

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Hello Sherry, I am very very concerned about Pearl. If she cannot keep anything down, even small amounts of water I worry about an obstruction in the gut or bloat. Both are life-threatening emergencies and she should go immediately to the vet or emergency room for an examination and perhaps even an x-ray. If caught early these can be successfully treated by surgical intervention. If not, or if allowed to remain untreated both will likely cause death. It might be a simple case of gastro-intestinal distress, or it might be bloat (GDV), or intestinal obstruction and these are often fatal… Read more »

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rick | 6 years ago
I Have A 6 Month Old Rotterman He Still Poops In House And Is Very…

I have a 6 month old rotterman he still poops in house and is very destructive acts like he is starving to death ,he goes out side 6 times a day but when we go to sleep he destroys my house

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Hi Rick, First of all, is the dog getting enough exercise (walks, fetch, running etc.)? There is a difference between a dog going outside and being exercised. I know my dogs get into mischief when they don’t have an outlet for their energy.Puppies have tons of energy! Next, I wonder how you have gone about house training him. Does he have a crate? I highly recommend crate training and have had great results with it. The crate becomes a safe place for the dog and gives the dog boundaries. Lastly, has the dog been throughly checked by a vet? Dogs… Read more »

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Narika Spurr | 6 years ago
Hi There, My Pet Pig Is Not Eating! Apart From That He Is In…

Hi there, my pet pig is not eating! Apart from that he is in good spirits! It has been about a week now so I am getting worried!! I am unsure what a vet will be able to do without getting him to a surgery (which would be extremely hard). He is drinking heaps, digging in the dirt, rolling in the mud etc, etc!! He is a bit lethargic but I would suspect that is because he isn’t eating, he does sleep heaps normally too! Is there any suggestions or anything we can try??

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Kristen Vance
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Hello!
I am by no means a pig veterinarian, but I did want to send you a message to tell you to contact a large animal or mobile veterinarian who can come to you. A vet can do a thorough exam, and potentially bloodwork etc- all right at your house/farm.

Dr Kristen Vance
Homeward Bound Mobile Veterinary Services

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STACY | 6 years ago
I’VE HAD MY CAT FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS NOW.SHE ALWAYS USED THE LITTER BOX. IT…

I’VE HAD MY CAT FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS NOW.SHE ALWAYS USED THE LITTER BOX. IT SEEMED SHE STOPPED USING IT ONCE I BROUGHT A NEW CAT INTO THE HOUSE. SHE WOULDNT GO UPSTAIRS TO THE BOX, IM GUESSING BECAUSE THE NEW CAT STAYED UP THERE. SO SHE STARTED GOING TO THE BATHROOM IN MY DINING ROOM AND IN THE 1/2 BATH DOWNSTAIRS. NOW THE NEW CAT IS GONE AND SHE STILL WONT USE THE BOX. HOW DO I BREAK THE HABIT. HERES ANOTHER CATCH, WHEN I FOUND HER USING THE BATHROOM I PUT A LITTER BOX IN THERE FOR HER TO USE AND SHE STILL DIDNT USE IT. I WONT BE ABLE TO KEEP HER IF SHE WONT STOP BECAUSE SHE IS RUINING MY FLOORS.
THANKS FOR ANY HELP

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Hello Stacy, I am sorry that you are so frustrated with your kitty, and I am sorry that your kitty got so stressed out that she felt she had to resort to using a place that you hadn’t provided her a litter box for. Anytime we veterinarians are asked about a litter box problem we always respond with the following; "Your cats litter box aversion might be a behavioral problem, or it might be a medical problem. They way we differentiate between them is to look for a medical cause with an examination, blood work, a urinalysis and perhaps even… Read more »

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Joe | 6 years ago
Is There A Medicine I Can Give My Dog Monthly To Prevent Flea Infestations And…

Is there a medicine I can give my dog monthly to prevent flea infestations and the other parasites without paying too much? I don’t like to put on the topicals but want to prevent fleas and disease in my dog and give her the best life possible.

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Hi Joe,There are many different products out there….many which aren’t topical. Some of the products our clinic likes to recommend to clients includeSentinel, Comfortis, Capstar and Trifexis. Each is a little different….and some more expensive then others. Sentinel currently has a rebate that gives you $20 back on the product… it’s also a heartworm preventative so your vet would have to give you a script to use it after a heartworm test Capstar is intended to quickly and safely knock down an existing flea problem, rather than prevent one from occurring. It starts working within 30 minutes of dosing. Comfortis… Read more »

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Hello Joe, What an adorable pup you have there! These days there are many options available for the prevention of fleas. Affordability, well that means something different to everyone. I suppose I would start talking to you about what concerns you have with the topicals? And where you live, and what type of lifestyle your pet has. In my neck of the woods (Maryland/Pennsylvania) we have a terrible time with ticks and Lyme disease, so most of the flea and tick preventatives I sell are for both parasites. There are some oral preventatives available, but they are about the same… Read more »

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What would be a good o t Celera preventative option

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Brittany | 6 years ago
My Lab Mix Found A Soda Can Outside And Decided To Chew On It. …

My lab mix found a soda can outside and decided to chew on it. I am unsure if she ingested any. What can sign should I look for if she ingested any? And is there anything I can do to help her pass any pieces she may have swallowed.

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Hello Brittany, When a pet chews an object I usually advise the owner to try to put the onject back together as best as possible to see if there are any pieces missing. Those missing pieces might have been swallowed but they give us some idea of what size pieces we need to be concerned about. If you cannot do this then we have to error on the side of caution and become concerned that some of the object was injested. If this was an aluminum can then I would assume that based on the soft nature of this metal… Read more »

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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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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!

Dr Kristen Vance
Homeward Bound Mobile Veterinary Services