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Marlene Power | 7 years ago
Hello. I Hope You Can Help Me, I’m Very Distraught. We Love Our Dogs Very…

Hello. I hope you can help me, I’m very distraught. We love our dogs very much. We don’t have a lot of money, but we do get them whatever they need, and lots of things they don’t need. lol. One of our dogs, who is nearly 14, was trying to get me to give him food yesterday, and as he jumped up to put his front paws on my leg, to get my attention, he squealed, like he hurt himself. Now, he seems to have a bit of discomfort or pain in certain positions, and he doesn’t want to jump or crouch. He is not limping really, but certain ways he walks, he will act like his leg is too weak to hold. We only have one vet in this area, the nearest other one is 4 hours away. The vet we do have, is not kind or friendly, and charges wayyyy more than a vet would in a large area. I cannot afford to bring him to the vet right now, even though I desperately want to. It’s not like I have the money and I don’t want to spend it, I honestly don’t have it. I will sell my things if I have to, but of course we prefer not to. I am tearing up writing this. I will do anything I can. I am considering selling our car to get our dog to the vet. Please help tell me what to do to help him?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Marlene, I am so sorry to hear that you are so distraught, and I am sorry that your dog is hurting. This is a very hard question to answer without seeing your dog. A physical examination and perhaps even x-rays are indicated. It is also difficult when I hear that you are untrusting of your local veterinarian, and don’t have any other veterinarian to bring your pet to. There are so many things that can cause limping that I couldn’t offer any kind of advice as to what the limping could be. In an older dog my first inclination… Read more »

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George | 7 years ago
My Dog Is Having Discomfort With A Recently Fitted Cast For A Fractured Leg. …

My dog is having discomfort with a recently fitted cast for a fractured leg. Should I increase his pain medication? What do you recommend? Thanks, George

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello George, Thank you for your question. Without knowing the nature, location, or age of your fracture I would urge you to call the veterinarian who placed the cast and ask them directly. MANY pets with new casts have swelling, infection, or irritation because of the cast and/or the fracture. I ALWAYS tell my clients with a cast to come see me the minute they think there is a problem. Casts in themselves can cause problems. Like rubbing on the skin and causing a sore. These can be very painful and damaging to the skin. Also, unfortunately sometimes a cast… Read more »

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Michelle Davis | 7 years ago
Hello-

(my Cousin Tammy Smelser Told Me To Email And Speak To Krista)

I’m Trying To Get…

Hello-

(my cousin Tammy Smelser told me to email and speak to Krista)

I’m trying to get second opinion- I have a cat, and have had her for several years – she keeps going ‘poop’ in my house right beside her cat box — I’ve tried everything- changed the litter, changed the cat box – I also have another cat as well… he’s male — he goes in any cat box he can – and I have 3 cat boxes.

I took Maggie to the vet, they said she has idiopathic cystitis ? They said she may think it hurts when she goes to the bathroom and the litter box is the cause of it? Her ‘poop’ is also hard, and I told the vet that as well.

I really can’t continue with her doing this … it’s daily she does it – she knows too, because when she sees me, she runs and hides … so she won’t get scolded. Wondering if you can give me a second opinion by this email – or do you know of someone that will take her and take care of her?

Thanks for any help.

Michelle Davis

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Michelle, OK, there is a lot going on here.. First, please,please never scold a cat…it just makes everything else harder to resolve, because cats don’t associate the act of whatever you are scolding them for, (in this case the urinating out of the box) with the scolding. They just hear scolding and then they are afraid of you..We mistakenly treat cats like dogs, and although you can train a dog with correction (never scold them either) you cannot do the same with a cat. Also, to train a pet to NOT do something you have to catch them in… Read more »

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Sarah Klauda | 7 years ago
I Have A Foster Cat Who Pants Randomly. She’ll Play Wildly, Sometimes For Minutes, Sometimes…

I have a foster cat who pants randomly. She’ll play wildly, sometimes for minutes, sometimes just for a few seconds, then she will pant a bit and get back to playing. At first I thought it was heat but it’s not really hot in the house.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Sarah, What a great question! Cats do pant for a few reasons. They pant when they are hot,they pant when they are excited,and they pant when they are anxious or nervous. Lots and lots of cats come into the clinic panting and I know that most of the time it is nerves. Within a few minutes they settle down and stop panting. IF the panting persists, or your cat starts doing other abnormal things, like drinking alot, gums are pale, or dark red, or they seem painful then I would say that it is time for a vet check.… Read more »

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Sarah Klauda | 8 years ago
You Know How Humans Get Bad Injuries In A Joint And Later On When The…

You know how humans get bad injuries in a joint and later on when the weather gets wet or cold it aches? Can that happen in cats too? One of my cats had what we thought was a broken paw when someone found her in the garbage (she was a week old). She limped when she first walked, but the limp went away. Now that it’s so wet and cold, she’s limping on the same foot. It’s a slight limp, but she puts the paw up when she stops walking.

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Pete Wedderburn
7 years ago

This is an interesting question: one of the challenges for vets is trying to understand what pets feel, and in particular, trying to understand their pain perception. Areas of inflammation – such as a damaged paw – may well have get "achey" from time to time, such as after exercise, or in cold weather, just like in humans. One of the newer advances in veterinary medicine is better, safer pain relief for pets. It would make sense for you to have your cat checked over by your veterinarian, and if a focus of pain is identified, she could benefit from… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

The answer is that "yes" many of the same diseases, illnesses, and responses to them are the same in both humans and pets.. An old injury, especially to a bone causes osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease and any person who has this will tell you that they feel it most often when it’s cold or wet out. The definitive way to diagnose this is with an x-ray. The best treatment option is to keep your cat at an optimal weight, well muscled (getting plenty of exercise) and keep lots of well cushioned surfaces around. Any pet that is limping or… Read more »

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Carole Reid | 8 years ago
Is It Okay To Withhold Food From A Cat When They Have Diarrhea? For 12hours…

Is it okay to withhold food from a cat when they have diarrhea? For 12hours? For 24 hours?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Carole, Thanks for your question. We veterinarians sometimes suggest with holding feeding when the pet is hydrated (something your vet will check for) in order to rest the gut And therefore allow it some time to heal.. BUT! If your pet is dehydrated then we may recommend intravenous or subcutaneous fluids. In general, there is not a set rule on when to withhold food.it really depends on the status of the pet. Here’s the important part of your question. Diarrhea is caused by something. It will not resolve until the inciting cause is realized and addressed. That’s why I… Read more »

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Janet Grossnickle | 8 years ago
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I Have An 18 Year Old Cat Who Has Recently Exhibited Very Unusual Behaviour. …

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I have an 18 year old cat who has recently exhibited very unusual behaviour. She is constantly hungry but doesn’t want to eat anything I try for her. She always ate dry food – until about 2 months ago and has stopped eating dry treats. So I tried her on wet cat food and she likes some of it for a day – but then won’t eat it the next day. Her fur has become matted and she will sit and stare at me. She hasn’t been to a vet since 1998 – because she never goes outside and has been extremely healthy up until the past couple months. Is this typical for an older cat to have matted fur and eating issues? Thanks

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Pete Wedderburn
7 years ago

Janet Thanks for your question – there are many possibilities here, and the short answer is that you do need to take her to your local veterinarian for a thorough check over to diagnose the precise nature of her problem. Older cats can suffer from a range of diseases that can cause signs like this. Read this general article about older cats to get some sense of what I mean: http://www.icatcare.org/advice-centre/cat-care/elderly-cats-%E2%80%93-special-considerations Specifically, common diseases that can cause issues such as you describe include dental disease (it could hurt her when she tries to eat). This can also cause matted fur,… Read more »

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Colleen Vrankin | 8 years ago
We Have A 7 Year Old German Shepard With Perianal Fistulas. He Has Been…

We have a 7 year old German Shepard with perianal fistulas. He has been on this course of prednisone for 2 weeks, started at 30 mg per day and after one week and much improvement in the anal area we reduced the dose to 20 mg per day. Yesterday he started vomiting and today he has not had anything to eat or drink. He is still vomiting, just slime coming up. I am assuming that the medicine did not stay down yesterday and he would not take it today. He is also very lethargic today. He has been taking 20 mg of pepcid and 1 g carafate with food prior to taking the prednisone. Every other time he has been on prednisone getting him to eat has not been a problem. Not sure what to do this time to get him to eat so that he can take the meds.

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7 years ago

Hello, I think that you are Jarrettsville clients so I jumped in to answer. My advice would be to stop the prednisone and don’t try to force it. And then get back to see us tomorrow. Because I am not positive that you are a JVC client I will warn you that the vomiting may indicate gastric ulcers. These are painful and can be causing bleeding into the stomach. The Pepcid and carafate were prescribed to try to prevent this, but the longer your pet is on prednisone the more likely we are to see the potential side effects of… Read more »

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Kelly | 8 years ago
One Of Our Cats Woke Up This Morning With An Oozy/watery Eye. Clear Fluid And…

One of our cats woke up this morning with an oozy/watery eye. Clear fluid and gooey looking. I have erythromycin at home, but she is pregnant. Is it safe to use this on her? thank you, ~kelly

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7 years ago

Hello Kelly, Many Thanks for your question. There are many concerns we have prescribing medications to pregnant pets. Most ophthalmic medications are systemically absorbed so anything we put in the eye can and often will, end up on the body. Very dangerous and scary information when we are concerned about impacting the unborn and developing babies. In general we play it safe with any pregnant pet. I think it is imperative to try to get a diagnosis of what may be causing the eye irritation before applying anything in the eye. My other long standing motto for eyes is that… Read more »

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Sharon Burton | 8 years ago
Why Does My Pug Keep Shaking Her Head And Licking?

Why does my pug keep shaking her head and licking?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Sharon, Many Thanks for your question! Your pug, like many pugs, may have either dirty ears, inflammed ears, infected ears, or allergies. A pet with a shaking head often needs a veterinarian to take a peek in the ears. We look to distinguish dirty, versus inflammed, versus infected. All require a different treatment option, (and each is a bit more difficult to treat from the previous). Also, we want to help you be able show you how to distinguish between these and try to prevent any future occurrences. If your pet is having an allergy flare up there are… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Sharon, Many Thanks for your question! Your pug, like many pugs, may have either dirty ears, inflammed ears, infected ears, or allergies. A pet with a shaking head often needs a veterinarian to take a peek in the ears. We look to distinguish dirty, versus inflammed, versus infected. All require a different treatment option, (and each is a bit more difficult to treat from the previous). Also, we want to help you be able show you how to distinguish between these and try to prevent any future occurrences. If your pet is having an allergy flare up there are… Read more »