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Delaney Donelson | 1 week ago
Just Noticed Fleas On Both Of My Cats.. What Is The Safest Treatment To Use?
Just noticed fleas on both of my cats.. what is the safest treatment to use?
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There are lots of safe options these days. It is always best to talk to your vet about their preference and ideas as they know your car best. On mine I use either revolution or bravecto. But if you are looking for a good safe effective and affordable over the counter I like frontline too. It’s now available as a generic. Be really careful though lots of otc meds are very toxic to cats. They will be labeled as such. And make sure you treat all the pets in the household.

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Julie | 1 week ago
My 8 Year Old Belgian Malinois Had Surgery To Remove Her Salivary Gland On June 11, 2019. It Was …
My 8 year old Belgian Malinois had surgery to remove her salivary gland on June 11, 2019. It was quite an extensive surgery because her salivary gland had ruptured and there were a lot of stones present. I was giving her a bath yesterday feeling in the area where the surgery was and I can feel what I believe is her lymph node or something firm on the side of where the surgery was. Below are pictures of what I am seeing. Could this be lymphoma starting (I lost a dog to that in December) or is it from the surgery. I am so worried! No ER's where I am at so waiting till tomorrow to take her back in but for now I would like to know ideas on this.
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We can’t diagnose anything via a photo. If your dog is acting normally I think it is safe to wait until you can see your vet tomorrow. And I should add that cancer usually causes bilateral enlargement of the lymph nodes so it this is on one side only and if it’s the same side as the surgery it’s more likely related to that. Let us know what happens. Good luck! Would love to hear more about the salivary gland surgery. Especially for our storylines section would you please add it to that page.

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Good morning. I’m hoping you get into the vet today to hopefully help ease your mind a bit. It is possible it is fluid or a seroma, related to the surgery.

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Jessica | 1 week ago
Help! Blocked Cat. Not Regaining Muscle Control
Hi Krista My 5 year old neutered male is currently at the vets after suffering from a blocked urethra and overfill bladder. He has been drained and Crystal's flushed out but its been 3 days and my vets have advised that his bladder keeps over filling and not regaining muscle control. Do you have any advice for me, how long until muscle control is normally back?
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Depending on a lot of factors, like age, weight, length of time he was blocked or dealing with this or even if there is ,concurrent disease elsewhere this is not uncommon. Why medications is he on and why isn’t he on, or trying medications to help bladder emptying and help muscle control. Also I teach my clients how to palpate the bladder to assist in emptying and monitoring it at home. I am working on a project about this. Would love to add you to the data pool. Let me know if you are interested. Good luck

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Blocked cat. Urinary blockage Feline.

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In my hospital we keep a urinary catheter in place for a few days to help let the bladder rest and regain tone. Has that happened? Is he in normal shape and condition with normal nervous system responses everywhere else? No signs of trauma? Normal walking, anal tone and defecation? Normal bloodwork. So many questions. Go back to your vet and ask them all of these and whether a referral is indicated (which is more expensive just so you know). Keep me posted. 🤞

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Daisy | 1 week ago
My Cat Disappeared Outdoors For Numerous Days (he’s Indoor, But LOVED It Out At Night) …
My cat disappeared outdoors for numerous days (he’s indoor, but LOVED it out at night) I always had the back door a bit loosely closed, so he could get back in. He was 12yo and could get in. After days of worry and a small sighting of him, he came to me gaunt and meowing. He wasn’t a big meower— It was sad sounding as well. After 1 1/2 days of exhibiting odd spots to just lay around the house, he deteriorated in hours. I found him with vomit at his mouth and what appeared to be urine at his backside. He had passed. My husband was convinced that our new dog just bothered him enough to the point that he’d gone to our neighbors, outside. Or was being fed somewhere. I looked for him constantly and only once did he attempt to come up to me. After a few days, to see him in such weak and fragile state, I’m so horrified at what was going on; to which I have no answered questions and regrets. *He weighed considerably less upon returning home *He was a WELL fed cat (didn’t eat after returning) *He recently (2mo prior) had blood work done and his shots. Not cancer/diabetes *He deteriorated very quickly (when he couldn’t walk and use his back legs, he passed before anything could happen; ie; vet etc) *He didn’t seem to to be able to eat? My last time trying to feed him, he’s s head repeatedly tapped the bowl. Uncontrollably and he couldn’t get food. This being before he went. -It was awful-. I left food by him and went to explain the severity to my husband. Prior to disappearing, he seemed in perfect health at 12. So overnight he couldn’t walk and within the hour of dying, function. He laid and went. Vomit at his mouth (some food by his head partially chewed) And urine stain backside. I’m devastated. Please help!
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That’s terrible, Daisy, and I’m very sorry. Honestly, the only way to determine cause is via a necropsy. Unfortunately this is a risk when we let our cats outside.

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I’m sorry for your loss. If you are asking me to guess what happened I would say possibly trauma, toxin ingestion, infection or hepatic lipidosis. I have seen all in cases like this. Again our sympathies. Cats should be inside. We just live in that kind of world sadly.

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Jason | 2 weeks ago
Good Day- We Are Owners Of A New 12-week-old Rescue Puppy Names Bruno. He Has Been …
Good day- We are owners of a new 12-week-old rescue puppy names Bruno. He has been a great addition to the family and we are working thought having a new puppy in the house. Reference to crate training at night, should we be waking up in the middle of the night to take him out (4-5 hours or so), or should he alert us that he needs to go out and then we wake up and take him out? We do walk him before going to sleep in his crate. Please advise your thoughts.
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Yes, when crate training, someone should wake up in the middle of the night to take puppy out…unless you stagger bedtimes in such a way that he’s only in there 4 hours.

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Hello! My answer depends on a few things. For the first week I just tel people to focus on getting used to each other I’m more worried about the stress of acclimating than the hard core training although both should be thought about simultaneously. If he is waking up at night then yes help to reassure hi and to get him on a potty break schedule by getting up. Most puppies won’t sleep more than 3-5 ours at a time until they are about 4-6 months old. So getting up as soon as he gets up helps to reinforce he… Read more »

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John | 2 weeks ago
Hey, I Had A 10 Year Old Beagle Who Was Suffering From Ivdd In The Neck And …
Hey, I had a 10 year old beagle who was suffering from ivdd in the neck and was paralyzed on all four legs. All of the vets I brought him too told me he needed surgery or he may never walk again. So I paid around $7500 for the ct scan and surgery. After the surgery my beagle couldn't fully wake up and was having trouble breathing he was placed on oxygen. I left the hospital around midnight and received a call around 4am that my beagle was not breathing and they had to perform cpr, by the time I arrived at the hospital he passed away. Is this normal for this to happen after surgery? And what could have caused this? I feel like I should have just let him heal on his own after watching videos of other beagles with ivdd getting better with out surgery.
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Hello, I’m so sorry for your loss. This is not an common consequence of your pets condition or surgery but death from surgery is always a risk. Did you speak to the veterinarians? Did you ask for, or, did they offer a necropsy to try to identify the cause of death? You certainly should ask for help in understanding what happened and they should be willing and ready to assuage any questions or concerns that you may have. You are also able to ask for a copy of the medical records and ask your vet to help you comprehend them.… Read more »

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Nana | 2 weeks ago
I Just Recently Moved In With My S/O And Their Dog Hates It. She Gets …
I just recently moved in with my S/O and their dog hates it. She gets jealous. She didnt pee in the floor before and now she does. She always has to be under the covers and worms her way in between us. She stares at me all the time and when i walk towards her she rolls on her back and shows me her stomach. If we leave her outside of the room she whines and claws at the door. When its just me home she doesnt get in the bed, but if hes home she’ll hop right up with us. Im at a whits end.
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Hello, Please try to understand your partners pets point of view. How would you feel if you believed that your whole life that no one else I RN he world mattered as much as you and then all of the sudden you are told to move over and make room for someone else? It takes time to adjust to a new person especially a new person invading your space and your life. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about pets or kids. If you are the new person to the equation you have to adapt to their way of… Read more »

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Hello- I agree with Krista. I would just like to add my experience with walking with your dog(s). Walks are sooooo much more than physical exercise. They help establish pack order, keep the peace, provide mental stimulation, help secure the bonds within the pack, provide routine and reassurance…. I really could go on for quite a while on all the benefits of walking with your dog your dogs as a family unit. My advice would be to be patient, and try adding a nice daily walk when you and your significant other both have time to spend with the dog… Read more »

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Your SO needs to be involved in your dog’s life. Training, feeding, etc. Dogs don’t urinate out of spite, however – it’s simply a new place, with new rules. Make sure the stress of the move didn’t kick off a UTI, and go back to housebreaking basics. And yes, as Dr. Magnifico suggested, take a basic obedience class as a family and make sure he’s the one working her.

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Nana | 2 weeks ago
I Just Recently Moved In With My S/O And Their Dog Hates It. She Gets …
I just recently moved in with my S/O and their dog hates it. She gets jealous. She didnt pee in the floor before and now she does. She always has to be under the covers and worms her way in between us. She stares at me all the time and when i walk towards her she rolls on her back and shows me her stomach. If we leave her outside of the room she whines and claws at the door. When its just me home she doesnt get in the bed, but if hes home she’ll hop right up with us. Im at a whits end.
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Hello, Please try to understand your partners pets point of view. How would you feel if you believed that your whole life that no one else I RN he world mattered as much as you and then all of the sudden you are told to move over and make room for someone else? It takes time to adjust to a new person especially a new person invading your space and your life. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about pets or kids. If you are the new person to the equation you have to adapt to their way of… Read more »

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Laura Tomaschefsky | 2 weeks ago
What Are Your Recommendations To Comfort Dogs During Thunderstorms And Fireworks? My Mother-in-laws Dog Is Petrified …
What are your recommendations to comfort dogs during thunderstorms and fireworks? My mother-in-laws Dog is petrified over loud noises and hides, shakes, growls, gets very very panicked... etc. You can’t even hold him and try to comfort him when he gets this way. She has tried the thunder blanket and that didn’t work. He’s actually starting to freak out as soon as it gets dark. Is there any over the counter meds available that would relax him? If so what and how much for a 19lb dog? Can dogs have Xanax or Valium?
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Hello, I actually offer a lot of advice to clients. First I try a thunder shirt and recommend putting a cage or crate in the darkest quietest part of the house with heavy blankets on top to dampen the noise. I also recommend that you talk to your vet about medications that might help. There is a huge assortment of things you can try. They can discuss lots and lots of options from things like antihistamines to prescription medications like sileo or even diazepam etc. try to use background noise like a tv or radio and keep calm even if… Read more »

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Pam Brooks | 2 weeks ago
Had CT Done Of My Cat Lucas Due To No Resolution Of Respiratory Problems With Antibiotics. …
Had CT done of my cat Lucas due to no resolution of respiratory problems with antibiotics. Here are the results. Moderate to marked thickening of the roof of the nasopharynx • Otitis media bilaterally • Lymphadenopathy left medial retropharyngeal lymph node The marked thickening of the mucosal lining of the roof of the nasopharynx in conjunction withthe enlarged left medial retropharyngeal lymph node are highly suggestive for neoplastic , and round cell neoplasia is the top differential diagnosis. Differentials include mast- cell tumor, squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, other. The mucosal thickening of the roof of the nasopharynx can explain the bilateral otitis media due to mechanical obstruction of the openings of the auditory tubes into the nasopharynx. A differential to neoplastic infiltration is marked non-infectious inflammation (e.g. lymphocytic plasmacytic, eosinophilic) or granulomatous inflammation (e.g. Cryptococcosis) but the later one is considered far less likely here. The findings are not typical for inflammatory polyps.The bilateral otitis media is explains the history of head tilt and Horner’s syndrome. Rhinoscopy/retrograde pharyngoscopy is recommended for further evaluation including FNA sampling and biopsy. FNA sampling of the left medial retropharyngeal lymph node is warranted as well. The prednisolone treatment may influence results of the samples. I think all the tests and surgeries that may follow will be out of my budget. Already spent over $1000 to date with no resolution. Wondering if there are veterinarians who would go in and remove the polyp - appears to be a poly under soft palate - just to give the cat some relief and time. Opinions and suggestions are welcome.
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Good morning- I’m sorry you’ve been through so much already, and still are having issues. Did you speak candidly with your primary vet already about all of these findings and your wishes? (Meaning the removal of the polyp or at least some relief) That is probably where I would start. I would also make a few phone calls… local rescue organizations that may be willing to help fund your surgery. Or possibly your vet may let you pay a little at a time as you have already paid so much? I hope things get better soon!😊🐾

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I agree with Sarah! Ask around to find someone locally to give you affordable options.