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Naomi | 1 month ago
Hello! I Am About To Rescue 2 Kittens And As A New Pet Owner I’m Looking …

Hello! I am about to rescue 2 kittens and as a new pet owner I’m looking for some advice! We think the kittens are about 5-8 weeks. They haven’t gotten any shots or medication—they were found on the side of the road. I believe they have fleas and am not sure how to move forward. I know I need to take them in for shots but I’m not sure when. Advice would be appreciated!

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Thank you for helping these kittens. I always advise new pets be seen within 7 days of adoption or acquisition. Call your vet asap and have them seen. Things like intestinal parasites need to be addressed asap. Vaccines too. They can help.

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Sandra | 1 month ago
My Dog Got Spayed On August 1st, She Is A 13 Year Old Poodle Mix. She Also …

My dog got spayed on August 1st, she is a 13 year old poodle mix. She also had a mastectomy along with her spay so she has a very big incision. She is on her 4th week and the lower half of her incision does not look like the top half. The surgeon said it may take a while to heal because of the placement but I noticed a bump at the base of her incision at day 4 that has not gone away. She keeps licking at it and the surgeon suggested we must let her heal and later investigate. Also, at day 10 I noticed a white tiny pimple sized thing trying to come through under her skin. I really checked it out today since it has not gone away and it feels like something sharp poking under her skin, she has two of these that feel the same. I am scared she might have torn her internal stitches but the surgeon did not seem too worried. I notice when she eats she seems to look like she feels uncomfortable. She threw up yesterday but I took it as maybe her pancreatitis acting up. I am freaking out and don’t know if I am making a big fuss over nothing. She did not run during her recovery but she would stand up on her hind legs no matter how much I attempted to keep her calm. She did slip 3 times and land on her tummy, twice at day 8 because I had her on a short leash and she would try to run, the third slip was at day 13 and for the same reason of the short leash and attempting to run. I feel so sad and don’t have peace of mind. I feel guilty she slipped on me those three times but then again don’t know what to make of that lump at day 4. After the two slips at day 8 and after on day 10 she started having severe diarrhea. I contacted the surgeons team and they suggested boiled chicken and boiled rice, but at day 12 the diarrhea was a soft serve ice cream consistency and then she thew up so I took her into emergency immediately. At emergency they checked her vitals and incision and could not figure out what may have caused the stomach upset since from her pancreatitis history did not have the swollen tummy and her incision looked fine. They attributed the upset to possible pain med side effect and prescribed a probiotic and to stop the gabapentin. It’s has been a tough healing process for her. I will attach pictures of of what the incision looked like at day 7, 10, and now. I hope it’s not what I am fearing but it’s better to know if I should advocate for her and have them check again. Thanks guys, sorry for the long story but this is my little girl who is my first owned dog and who has been by my side for 13 years. I love her so much and it pains me to see her uncomfortable. Fyi her appetite is always good no matter what and her bowels are back to normal since the 18th of august and they were fine before the 10th of august as well.

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tracy | 1 month ago
Our 4 ½ Month Old Westie Pup Was Almost House Trained. Now, She’s Back To Peeing In …

Our 4 ½ month old Westie pup was almost house trained. Now, she’s back to peeing in the house. What can we do?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,

    Make sure it isn’t a urinary tract infection or medical issue by talking to your vet and then once that’s cleared to back to basic housebreaking training

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Chuck | 1 month ago
My Dog Is A 4 Year Old Spayed Doberman And She Is Starting To Have Occasional Incontinence …

My dog is a 4 year old spayed Doberman and she is starting to have occasional incontinence which seems to be getting worse. Should she be on medicine or a would a home remedy work? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello
    These cases always start with an exam and usually need a urine to look for potential urinary issues. If the diagnostics are all normal and the case looks like it might be a spay induced incontinence then we talk about hormones to help keep the bladder from leaking. I do not know of any at home remedies

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ANA ANGELIKA | 1 month ago
My Cat Is Currently On The Hospital For Confinement, He Has UTI And Is Not Fond …

My cat is currently on the hospital for confinement, he has UTI and is not fond of water these days. How can I engage him into drinking water and not forcefully feed him water?

PS: I already have water fountain on the way but I’m not sure if he’ll get comfy on drinking there and if there are any other ways to make him drink water

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  1. Shiria

    Hello,
    Does he eat wet or dry food? If he eats wet food you can add a little bit of water to every portion.
    My cat didn’t drink out of her water bowl… possibly because it was too close to her food bowls. But she started drinking out of my water cups/glasses… so I placed some for her in the rooms and she uses them.
    I have a fountain too, but it is only used when I clean her cups.

    Otherwise you can use things like the water that’s left when you cooc chicken and there are also special fluids for cats with UTIs. (I think from Royal Canin?)

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Jazmin | 1 month ago
My Dog 4 Year Old Dog Got Neutered Yesterday. He Hadnt Licked The Wound But I Notice …

My dog 4 year old dog got neutered yesterday. He hadnt licked the wound but i notice its a little red should I be worried?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I always encourage my clients to be proactive and not worry versus sit back and wait. Is there a way you can call your vet to ask them if the incision needs to be looked at in person.? At our clinic clinic we often encourage emailing a photo before we decide whether it needs to be brought in to be seen.

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Jen Behler | 2 months ago
My Dog Is Prescribed 10mg Of Amlodipine Per Day. Today He Was Accidentally Given 2 Pills. Any …

My dog is prescribed 10mg of amlodipine per day. Today he was accidentally given 2 pills. Any idea what this will do to him?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello

    You should always call your vet for specific medication concerns. But in general this one time accident will probably not cause an issue. Please remember that medication overdoses are best handled immediately after they happen. In some cases we will recommend inducing vomiting.

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Tina | 3 months ago
Recommended By Jarrettsville Veterinarian For Krista Magnifico – Requesting A Consult With Dr Author For My 3 Yr …

Recommended by Jarrettsville Veterinarian for Krista Magnifico to request a consult with Dr Author for my 3 yr old intact Female English Bulldog. She is in need of a vulvaplasty due to consistent wetness and bacteria in her urine. Ultrasound is negative for any abnormalities but does confirm large vulva in which urine is pooling. I want to get her spayed while she is under anesthesia since she is a bulldog – looking for someone in the Bel Air, MD area in expertise in this surgery and I hear Dr Author is the best! 410-459-6296 to reach me – Tina

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello
    Please call the clinic at 410-692-6171 and make an appointment with me and we can do an exam on your dog and talk about surgical options. I would be happy to meet you both.

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Jenn | 3 months ago
My 9 Yr. Old Megacolon Cat Eli Wasn’t Able To Poop. It Happens Sometimes. He’s …

My 9 yr. old Megacolon cat Eli wasn’t able to poop. It happens sometimes. He’s on Cisapride and Merilax daily, but he still get’s backed up. When he started vomiting after not being able to BM and jumping out of the litter box I took him to the vet. They did an enema on June 20th. He’s still backed up! I can’t afford 1k plus to have a vet manually extract the feces (this is Washington, DC area – everything is very expensive!). He hasn’t started throwing up again, but he’s not eating much and I need to find out if there is something I can do more at home to get him through this emergent time. I can’t just watch my cat suffer. I have Pedi lax, but don’t know if that would help or hinder at this point. I watch videos on palpitating the colon to try and break up the feces. I know there are specific enemas to give cats at home. Is it too late to try this? My vet is frankly bad and too busy to bother, so she said to just go to the emergency. It sure seems like there are other steps that can be taken ,,,at least I hope so becuase I just don’t have that kind of money left with the cost for caring for my hospice Husky, Loki. Help!

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    For these cases I talk a lot with owners about trying to identify the underlying cause. Often it is poor diet and sedentary life but there are also diseases and illnesses that can contribute. If able start to learn how to palpate your cats colon and feed watery wet food and use the fiber supplements and laxatives. Exercise is also very important. For these cats we start training in a harness to go outside for walks. I feel that if you don’t increase environmental enrichment and stimulation they won’t start moving.
    But before all of this you have to remove the obstructive feces. This often needs a vets help. Call rescues and shelters and keep asking for affordable help.

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Picta | 3 months ago
6 Week Old Kitten Fell Off The Bed And Hurt Its Back Left Leg. He Can’t …

6 week old kitten fell off the bed and hurt its back left leg. He can’t walk on it. He cries when it gets bumped. He can pull the leg against his body and lays on it, but when he stretched his leg out the top of his foot was facing out instead of forward. I’m worried he may have broken or dislocated something. How can I tell and what do I do? And what can we give him for pain?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Please go to the vet asap for an X-ray. They may be able to splint it to help it heal. Kittens heal fast and almost every fracture and dislocation will heal if you get there quickly. Also kittens are dare devils so try to keep them in a large crate or carrier for a few more weeks.