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Jessica | 5 months ago
I Have A 12 Year Old Cat Who Developed An Aural Hematoma. He Had Surgery Two Days …

I have a 12 year old cat who developed an aural hematoma. He had surgery two days ago (Friday) to drain the ear and this evening (Sunday), it started to swell up again.

Is this to be expected? He started shaking his head as well and not sure how to prevent him from doing so.

Unfortunately it is late at night and I am not able to reach the vet. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

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kathy welsh | 5 months ago
My Golden Retriever Was Running In The Yard Playing And Let Out A Yelp. She Is …

My Golden Retriever was running in the yard playing and let out a yelp. She is now limping and won’t put weight on her back leg. Could it be a pulled muscle? I will take her to the vet in the AM if not better. Can I give her anything for pain?

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  1. Laura

    Hi there! I’m sorry this wasn’t seen until now – I check the site every day, but sometimes days-old posts just don’t show up right away!

    In the future, I would NOT administer anything without your vet’s input. Some human medications might be okay but it’s safer to involve your vet in that question, as they know your dog and her medication tolerance. A better option would be crate rest until the vet appointment (with potty breaks on leash to ensure she doesn’t go running off like a goofball, further exacerbating the injury).

    How is she doing today?

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Jessie | 5 months ago
Hi! This Is My First Time Posting Here! We Are Taking Our Baby Rusty To The …

Hi! This is my first time posting here!

We are taking our baby Rusty to the Vet next week. He has been recovering from Parvo this past week after being hospitalized for 6 days. He is doing AMAZING. Eating great, keeping it down. Still has slight runny poop/diarrhea. But we know that was to be expected. No blood, colors great.

We take him to the vet next week for a check up to see how he’s doing.

My husband and I noticed a tiny red spot on his arm where his vitals/catheter was they stuck in him at the hospital. We thought at first he was just picking at a scab, so to prevent it I went to wrap it back up and bought a inflatable cone from Petsmart.

As I was about to wrap it up, I noticed it was a pretty big open area exposed. Looking closer, I see a tiny pinpoint hole in the middle. At first, I thought it was again from the vitals they put in his arm.

Looking on Google being paranoid, I came across the possibility of warbles. My heart sank.

I just wanted to know what you think. He has been doing so so well. All my life my family has had dogs but never have had this issue before.

You can see it is right above where his previous bandage at the hospital was.. so not sure if it is really from all the IVs or warbles.

I really appreciate the feedback. Thank you so much!

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello! Welcome! I am so happy for you to hear that your pup is doing so well. Parvo is my most dreaded diagnosis as it always hits the very young and often it is either too expensive for people to treat it too severe for dogs to survive.
    I would place the ecollar and make sure he can’t lick the area. And I would also keep it cleans and dry. I usually don’t wrap it because it can be too tight and cause really bad problems for rhe leg and cover up a wound I would rather have people observing daily. Covered up leans you can’t see it and I want to to be monitoring it.

    If it worsens call your vet and have it looked at asap.

    Good luck

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Kelly | 5 months ago
My Plott Hound Had A Large Internal Lipoma Removed On Monday Directly Above His Penis In …

My Plott Hound had a large internal lipoma removed on Monday directly above his penis in his abdominal area. Almost immediately, he developed prominent swelling directly to, proximal, and distal to his operative site. In addition, he has swelling down his leg. Took him back to the vet where a needle aspirate was done. He was diagnosed with multiple seromas. There was no WBCs seen or anything else visualized under the scope to indicate infection INSIDE. However, externally, his skin is red and angry and there is a lot of swelling. He is on 2 broad spectrum antibiotics. He is having a hard time walking on his right leg. Took him back today (day 5 post op) because swelling is even worse. He has swelling all down his leg. Vet says it made sense to her because of gravity. My dog is in a lot of pain, can’t sit down. He put his paws down and his bottom stays up in the air. No one can even palpate his operate site without him going through the roof in pain. He is on Tramadol and an NSAID. I’m extremely worried. The vet isn’t a fan of the drain because she doesn’t want to create more room for infection. Ultra Sound showed no abscess. He is drinking a lot of water (more than usual) and urinating normally. His last BM was yesterday. Eating mostly fine. Low grade temp. Does this sound all right? I hate that he is suffering. The pics I have included were yesterday, not today. But you get the idea of the areas of seromas and erythema. Today, the swelling is worse and his entire leg down to his paw is fluid filled.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    There are a few things that I am not completely clear about.
    The lipoma was not inside the abdomen it was between the skin and the abdomen. It is far more common to be here then inside rhe abdominal cavity. Also you wouldn’t get these seromas inside rhe abdomen.
    Next seromas shouldn’t be painful. Maybe get in the way of using there, but not painful.
    Lastly I only use a Darin of it is infected. And even then I am not an over ambitious drain user. It’s doctor preference.
    Last I think it would be better for you to get a second opinion. Everyone might feel better with it
    Good luck.

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Joshua | 6 months ago
My Kitten 5 Weeks Old Got Her Foot Slammed In Window She Was Playing And The Window …

My kitten 5 weeks old got her foot slammed in window she was playing and the window fell some hoe her foot is swollen should I take her to vet or can I splint it or wrap it at home

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  1. Laura

    She needs to be seen by your vet. I know this was posted two days ago, but please get her to the pet ER NOW.

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Grace | 6 months ago
Does Anybody Know What This Could Be? It Happened The First Time When He Was Around 6 …

Does anybody know what this could be? It happened the first time when he was around 6 months old, he has been to the vet a few times and had multiple tests done but the vet can’t seem to figure out what it is. Usually it will first appear as a bald spot and then over the next few days turns into a moist sore, and then within a week or so it starts healing and the fur grows back. This is probably the 5th or 6th time it has happened but this time it was worse, the photo with the big bald spot is one that appeared a few weeks ago and is now in the healing stage but now the smaller one just appeared today. I will take him to the vet again but I’m getting frustrated not having an answer, has anyone seen something like this before?

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  1. Laura

    Hi Grace – do you know *what* tests were done? Did they do a skin scrape? It’s odd that it’s such a specific patch…does it recur in the same place?

    Honestly, after so many visits to your generalist with no answers, I’d be looking for a veterinary dermatologist – they can be found at vet schools, usually, but may be found at local Pet ERs. If you’re in Maryland, I know the vet school in Salisbury should have someone specializing in it. I know UPenn’s vet school also has someone. Search for veterinary dermatology near you.

  2. Grace Post author

    Thanks for the response. We took him to the vet again and they did a skin scrape (has been done in the past along with basic blood work, i think a CBC and CMP) and the only thing that was determined was it was some sort of bacterial infection, yeast, fungi and parasites have been ruled out but they did not know specific type of infection and just sent us home with some antibiotics as usual. The soonest we are able to get him to see a dermatologist is beginning of July, and with how frequently it has been happening I’m sure it is going to happen again by then. It’s always on the same spot too, we do not have fleas and have not been giving him and medications/treatments that could cause it, we also have been experimenting with limited ingredient foods to try to rule out food allergies but so far no luck.

    1. Laura

      That’s so frustrating! I hope the derm is able to give you better answers.

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Estela | 6 months ago
Hello, How Can I Reach Dr. Vet Krista Magnifico? My Email Msolchavez815@icloud.com Please Let …

Hello, how can I reach Dr. Vet Krista Magnifico?
My email msolchavez815@icloud.com
Please let her know that I need to talk to her, thank you.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    If you u have a pet question please ask it here. The only other way to see me is to make an appointment at my veterinary clinic. I am in northern Maryland.

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carlie | 6 months ago
Hi, I Am Wondering If A Vet Can Help Me With My Dogs On Going Skin …

Hi, i am wondering if a vet can help me with my dogs on going skin problem, he is losing excessive amounts of hair, fibres and his paws are very irritated, constant chewing and biting his paws. I have tried everything from medicated shampoos like malaseb, omegas, blackmores PAW Nutriderm conditioner, Virbac spot on skin lipids and the dreaded prednisone which we just experienced some very bad side affects. My vet doesn’t know what is going on just keep telling me the same thing to wash them in malaseb 3 x per week for his paws and they say his skin is fine apart from some ATOPY.
Any ideas or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Thank you
Carlie

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,

    There are numerous things that can cause skin issues. For all of my clients I make sure they are on a good diet, good exercise plan and preventatives for fleas and ticks.
    After that skin scrapes, trichograms, and even skin biopsies might be needed. Also a full blood work and thorough physical exam. It is a long list of diagnostics to identify the root cause.
    For many people this can be costly so we take a step by step approach. We also try things like Apoquel and cytopoint if we suspect atopy

    If I can’t find the answer within a reasonable time frame I refer to a dermatologist.

    I hope this helps.
    Please understand that photos of bad skin often all look alike regardless of the cause.

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megan | 7 months ago
A While Ago My Cat Became Sick, Around The Same Time We Noticed He Had Been …

a while ago my cat became sick, around the same time we noticed he had been leaving our house and stealing cat food from the neighbors who leave it out for other stray cats (therefore he was eating after other cats) his lymph nodes became swollen, he stayed in one spot all day and rarely moved, he wouldn’t eat or drink, and lost weight. We brought him to the vet and they examen him and did x-rays and said that it appears that he could have cancer/a tumor that has spread to his lymph nodes already as well as some other things like fluid/pus in his chest. They said the cancer was very aggressive since it’s already gotten that far and we just noticed it. A few days later his lymph node swelling went away, he started eating and drinking again, and he was acting like himself. We brought him back to the vet and they performed FNA on the tumor which came back inconclusive. They were also shocked that his lymph node? weren’t swollen anymore, and they said the tumor had moved places, and they started to question their diagnosis saying that he could just have an infection. The gave him antibiotics and sent us home. Since then the tumor has gotten bigger and moved places, it feels sort of soft and moves around easily. I’m questioning if this is just a lipoma rather than cancer because of the way it feels and moves, it has also been about 2 months since we very first noticed this, and to me it doesn’t appear or feel to have spread anywhere, his vet was also talking like he wouldn’t live more that a week or two and it’s been 2 months. No one can really come to a definite diagnosis… so if anyone could give advice or help on this i’d appreciate it very much!! (i’ve also included a photo below of the tumor though it’s a litte difficult to tell)

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  1. Laura

    Honestly, I’d be looking for an oncology specialist to determine if it really is a tumor of some sort.

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Maricela | 7 months ago
My Cat Is Going In For A TECA-BO In One Week. I Can’t Stop Crying …

My cat is going in for a TECA-BO in one week. I can’t stop crying because I am so worried for him. Has anyone been through this with their pet? I could really use some positive stories to put my mind at ease. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Shiria

    Hello, just saw this :).
    How did the surgery go?
    I only knew one cat that got a TECA on both sides due to chronic changes in his ear canal skin. It was always inflamed and extremely itchy. One side even had a tumor in it. Both surgeries went well, but he had to wear a cone for a while, because he always wanted to sratch.
    After complete healing he was no longer itchy and loved being touched. before that was painful for him.

    I hope your cat heals fine, too!