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Jessica | 1 month ago
My 18 Month Old Tonkinese Cat Is Blocked. Not Fully But Mostly. I Can Express Drops At …

My 18 month old Tonkinese cat is blocked. Not fully but mostly. I can express drops at a time. He’s dehydrated and his levels are a little off. He’s had bloodwork and urinealysis done. We need to get him unblocked and we don’t have thousands of dollars 😫😫😫

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Hello, I know how incredibly expensive this can be. I also know that there are options to help relieve the condition and urgency that might not be as expensive. I don’t know where you are or what availability there is, but, please call everyone and ask for help. In some cases these cats can be placed on medications like anti inflammatories, anti spasmodics and pain medications with a cystocentesis to remove the urine in the bladder. There are treatment options outside of the ideal and most expensive but you have to ask and keep asking for help you can afford.… Read more »

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Lisa | 1 month ago
I Just Had My 5 Month Old Kitten Spayed On Friday Dec 13, 2019. On Sunday There Was A …

I just had my 5 month old kitten spayed on Friday Dec 13, 2019. On Sunday there was a good amount of bruising. Today is Thursday and day 6 of recovery and there is a bump a little smaller than a ping pong ball that is under the stitch line. Does this look like it is just a fluid sac or do you think a hernia? She runs, jumps, is and has been very active, eats, pee, poop, everything else is normal. I push on it and no reaction from her, there is no fever to it either.
First picture is the bump on day 6. Second picture is her stitches on day 6 of healing. Third picture is what her belly looked like on Day 2 and 3 after spay.

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Hello, Lots of kittens get some mild localized swelling at the incision site. But there is a little more bruising than I think is normal. I’m not particularly overly concerned if she is acting completely normal (eating, drinking peeing, pooping and active happy), but, I always always think it is best for the vet who did the surgery check any questions or concerns the pet parent might have. If you are a JVC client please let me know and I will have someone check tomorrow. Or i am happy to check on Sunday (open 1-3). We don’t charge for our… Read more »

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Terri S | 1 month ago
Hi Dr Magnifico. Our Once Feral Cat Daisy Has Been Going To Her Litter Box All …

Hi Dr Magnifico. Our once feral cat Daisy has been going to her litter box all day every 2-5 minutes trying to urinate. Only a small drop or two comes out. She looks like she is in pain. We brought her in a couple years ago for this. She is extremely hard to get in a carrier or trap to bring her in and she is untouchable, she is still very feral like.
Can you prescibe the same thing she was prescibed before? I am going to have a very hard time getting her in a carrier or trap to bring her in, and she needs medication ASAP.
Terri Stiffler

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Hello, I am away from the office and on vacation.. but even if I wasn’t I would be very afraid that she might be blocked (unable to pass urine) versus having an infection or inflammation. If she is blocked she will need immediate assistance from a veterinarian. She may even need sedation or anesthesia to place a catheter. Certainly blockage is more common in males but we can’t assume she isn’t in an immediate medical emergency and that’s why we all get so worried about assuming it’s not something dangerous or life threatening and just prescribing blindly. Anytime a cat… Read more »

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suerena schaefer | 1 month ago
My Dog Is13 1/2 Years Old. He Is A Dachshund/German Shepard Mix. More Dachshund. He Has 5 …

My dog is13 1/2 years old. He is a dachshund/German Shepard mix. More dachshund. He has 5 fatty tumors that have all been biopsied and are not cancerous. They do seem to continue to grow in size. Not substantially but still grow. He had to go In for emergency surgery 2 years ago from cutting his artery in one of his paws during a walk. He has been a little different since then. More afraid of things. Urinates in the house every so often. I don’t know if it is from the surgery or just his age. But my question is whether or not I should have his Tumors removed with his age and how he responded to his last surgery. He is in very good health except for one health issue one time. A year ago he fell down and couldn’t walk. Took him to the vet. They kept him over night. They said it was old dogs disease. It went away 2 days later and hasn’t returned. Other than that he is very healthy. Gets his vaccines, heart worm, tick and flea meds. So do I remove them at his age or leave them alone. I keep debating this in my head and can’t make the call. I want what is best for him. I just don’t want to chance issues with going under anesthesia.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Hi there 😊 I think I would chat with the vet at his next checkup and see what their thoughts are. There is always a risk with surgery, but if the pros outweigh the cons, then the answer is obvious. At this stage though, if your vet feels they aren’t a threat and you feel that the dog’s quality of life isn’t effected, then those would be strong factors in determining what the next step would be. You and your vet know your guy best, so that would be where I would start my discussion. Best of luck!!!

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Hello,
I agree with Sarah. This needs to be a decision that you make with the help and guidance of the surgeon. You can get as many opinions as you need but they need tone from someone who can examine your dog. Find a vet (or two or more, or even a boarded surgeon) and ask for advice. Very best of luck.

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Jasmine | 1 month ago
My Dog Was Originally Prescribed Gabapentin (50mg) Every 12 Hours But When I Went Back To The …

My dog was Originally prescribed Gabapentin (50mg) every 12 hours but when I went back to the vet they allowed Me to do every 6 hours instead because pain seemed to be coming back faster. Now it seems the pain meds are not helping at all even with putting him to sleep. Can I give it even sooner than every 6 hours? My dog is 8.10 lbs.

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Good morning-
You really need to discuss this with your vet as they know your pet best. Everyone/thing is unique and reacts in their own way. I would talk with the vet and also ask about other methods of pain relief. Best of luck.

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I agree with Sarah. There is the book instruction for a drug and then there is the real life patient specific advice. If gabapentin isn’t working ask for other options. There are always options.

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Nicole | 1 month ago
I Have A 12 Year Old Female Cat. She Was Obese For Several Years. I Managed To …

I have a 12 year old female cat. She was obese for several years. I managed to get weight off of her a few months before these issues. There has been a lot of urination outside of the box. The urination has been going on a long time and initially I thought it was behavior because I adopted a rescue dog in October 2018 she hasn’t been thrilled about the dog. Right around the time my cat turned 12 she started with the urination… February or March.

In the last couple of weeks her thirst increased significantly. Also just laying on her side on the floor, not wanting to be in her bed or on the furniture. She’s losing weight /muscle mass and she is hoarse. She is still eating, I had to coax her a bit one day so I made chicken broth from drumsticks she’s been drinking a good amount of the broth and ate chicken and her canned food. She’s actually been gulping the food down.

I can’t tell if this is kidney related or diabetes. I have not noticed bad breath. I am in a real bind and need to figure out what else to do for her till I can get money for a vet.

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Inappropriate urination is often the first noticeable sign something is wrong. Increased thirst means this has been going on long enough to be a total body problem. I would put a lot of effort into getting her seen sooner than later…going too long can and will cause further damage to her already very sick body.

(Dr. M told me bad breath is kidneys. Expect a full urinalysis and bloodwork, plus the possibility of subcutaneous fluids and prescription diet.)

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Jasmine | 1 month ago
I Just Got Back From The Vet. Basically The Vet Told Me There’s No Point …

I just got back from the vet. Basically the vet told me there’s no point in going to the neurologist if I’m not considering surgery and there’s no point of an MRI because once again I’m not considering surgery. He prescribed Tramadol along with the galliprant and Gabapentin he’s already taking . I just gave it to him now. I also asked about rehabilitation. He told me that he has seen improvements with acupuncture however he did tell me that I need to consider his quality of life. He told me if he was going to get better he would have already shown signs of improvement .im so heartbroken right now. I’m not sure what to do.

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Hello, I’m sorry that things haven’t improved and that you are feeling down trodden about his condition. I can’t tell you what the answer is for you or your dog. But I can say that it is not anyone’s place to steal your hope or break your heart. I know lots of dogs who aren’t perfect or even paralyzed. If you think you can manage that then that’s ok to try. If you are worried about pain that is something your vet can help with. I ha e to agree with part of your vets advice. If you aren’t ready… Read more »

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Sanjay | 1 month ago
I Have A Pomerian Dog Of Age 5years.3years Ago My Dog Was Affected By Hematoma …

I have a pomerian dog of age 5years.3years ago my dog was affected by hematoma in the left ear.my dog has again hematoma in right ear.i contacted the vet doctor.it was small hematoma so the vet doctor drain with the syringe.but next day again it filled and gradually it is increasing.i want to know how much it is dangerous for my dog.can I wait one day more for surgery?

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Hello,
Hematomas are not an emergency. So I think it’s fine to wait a day until your vet can see your pup. Please ask For more help in avoiding it the next time. Some dogs have terrible allergies that can be managed better so hematomas don’t happen.

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Sanjay | 1 month ago
I Have A Pomerian Dog Of Age 5years.3years Ago My Dog Was Affected By Hematoma …

I have a pomerian dog of age 5years.3years ago my dog was affected by hematoma in the left ear.my dog has again hematoma in right ear.i contacted the vet doctor.it was small hematoma so the vet doctor drain with the syringe.but next day again it filled and gradually it is increasing.i want to know how much it is dangerous for my dog.can I wait one day more for surgery?

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Hello,
Hematomas are not an emergency. So I think it’s fine to wait a day until your vet can see your pup. Please ask For more help in avoiding it the next time. Some dogs have terrible allergies that can be managed better so hematomas don’t happen

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Stan | 1 month ago
Does Congestive Heart Failure Lead To Seizures In Dogs?

Does congestive heart failure lead to seizures in dogs?

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I don’t believe so. As I understand it, syncope and fainting can be symptoms but are not the same as seizures.

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Please call your vet. I would be worried about calcium, electrolytes and a whole host of other things that cause seizures .