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Kristen Duracka | 1 year ago
Hi! We Are Adopting A 7 Month Old Puppy And Haven’t Had A Dog In…

Hi! We are adopting a 7 month old puppy and haven’t had a dog in 20 years so I’m looking for some advice:
How do you recommend he travel in a car?
Where is the best place to buy Science Diet food? Should I get him the puppy formula? He’s 7 months old.
What kind of treats do you recommend? I bought some Blue Health Bars baked with pumpkin and cinnamon because I really had no clue but we don’t have to use them.
How long can he be in his crate before he would need to be let out?
Do you have any advice on introducing him to cats? We have two adult males.

Thank you for any guidance you can provide.

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Good morning. 7 months is a nice age. They are still a “puppy” but most likely house broken? I would definitely recommend discussing much of this with your vet at your first visit. However, a few bits of advice: the local rescue that we got most of our dogs from recommends a two week shut down. Some information can be found online and here- https://www.marshmallowfoundation.org/info/file?file=20866.pdf Hopefully I pasted that right. It really does work. Another thing that I would highly recommend is a basic obedience class for a few reasons besides the obvious of basic training. It also helps with… Read more »

Laura
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ALWAYS crate in a car. Always. At this age he should be fine for 7 hours in the crate during the day.

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I like science diet puppy. It is available at petsmart and petco. I feed wet and dry. Twice a day. Puppy food for the first year. Get into a routine day one. Ideally the routine you want him to follow daily indefinitely. Always praise the good behavior. Never punish the bad. Just be kind and consistent. And lots of love and exercise help too! As far as cats go everyone is a little different Some are curious and others are obnoxious. The curious ones are easy. Just say no! If they get too close. Or seem threatening. If they get… Read more »

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Christine Bruce | 1 year ago
Hello, My Year Old Female Cat Jingles Has Had A Snoring Sound For…

Hello, my year old female cat Jingles has had a snoring sound for a while now my vet told me that she most likely has a polyp as he just informed me 4 days ago he gave me an antibiotic (which they gave me before) and told me that she could have surgery to remove it at a vet 30 min away in State College and it would be around $1500.00-2,000.00.

I had taken her to the vet when this first stated about 6 months ago they gave me 2 different antibiotic the second one which I guess was stronger seemed to help for a short time and now she is breathing bad again.

My poor girl seems miserable and I am frustrated with that thought I can’t help her unless I come up with that kind of money 🙁 I would love to bring her to you and help her breath right again she is my world and I want to help her so much. I am willing to travel

My vet is Sylvan Animal Hospital, I did not take her to the place in State College where I was told the surgery would be. The vet did tell he did not usually do this but could sedate her and see if he could remove it ???

I did not feel confident with that, and after watching you on You Tube I would love your help with my baby girl. Plus I could afford it. Or if you could recommend someone close to me that might be able to help that would not charge me a arm and a leg. thank you so much!

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Good morning. You may want to call around to see what vets close to you charge. You could also speak to your local spca or humane society, (etc.) to see if they can help out in any way.

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Nicole Fitzgerald | 1 year ago
My 10 Year Old Cat Had Surgery To Get A Lump Removed On Her Back…

My 10 year old cat had surgery to get a lump removed on her back and now she has two fluid pockets on her side that are infected. I took her back in and they sampled it and sent me home with more pain meds and antibiotics. It’s day 6 and she is still in pain, not herself and can tell she’s super uncomfortable. What should I do?
(Picture was day of surgery, before fluid came)

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Good morning. I’m sorry about your cat. You need to talk to the vet who did the surgery. I would ask for a thorough follow up, and explain that something is definitely not right. Ask about possibly stronger antibiotics and better pain meds. Have an open discussion with you vet about all your options for your cat’s recovery. Hope she feels better soon!

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I agree with Sarah! Keep calling and advocating for your kitty!i hope she’s better soon

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Sterling Taylor | 1 year ago
Hi This Question Is For Krista, Referring To Her Video Called “Teaching A Calm Cat…

Hi this question is for Krista, referring to her video called “Teaching a calm cat to become a lap cat cuddle-bug.” I have a Flamepoint Siamese as of 2 weeks ago, he is 13 weeks old, and he is very snuggly, only when he is asleep. I took your advice last night around midnight and tried to going out of my way and force him to cuddle. He did not like it one bit, but after about 10 minutes of struggle (squirming, scruffing and play-biting – not biting hard) I got him to trust me and stop being in fear. I did the slow blink and got him to slow blink back. I gave him two treats after this. It was hard to get to this point, but I got him to sit still and be ok.

Today on the other hand, gave it a shot again after I got home from work. It didn’t happen. He cried and meowed and squirmed and bit (play biting again, no blood or anything) and after about 15 minutes I just stopped.

Any advice on how to proceed? I want to show him he can be held in safety and cuddled without fear so bad, I really want a cuddle bug cat but it seems like it’s going to be so hard. You mentioned maybe starting slower with a cat that spits/hisses/becomes dangerous. My guy has play-bitten, but no spitting/hissing. Thoughts?

By the way, don’t let him fool you. The pictures of him snuggling ONLY happens when he’s super super super sleepy.

Thanks Krista.

Sterling

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Hello, I’m sorry I answered this a while ago. But it seems to not be here. Again apologies. My advice is to understand and respect that every Cat is their own being. They each have their own personality. Some take time to relax and enjoy affection. Others just come to us cuddly. I think it might be helpful to understand who he is. And then work on adapting his personality to what yours is. My first guess is that you are trying to cuddle with a bored kitten. Please remember that kittens, especially solitary kittens, look to us as their… Read more »

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When he bites say “Ow!” and stop giving him attention. If he has no one to tussle with you can redirect him to a stuffed animal.
As to cuddling, he may calm down ans he matures past teen age kitten! This is a busy, active time for him. Hopefully he’s settling in better now!

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Angie Cru | 1 year ago
My Cat Which I Barely Got About 2 Weeks Ago Has Worms I Found Out…

My cat which I barely got about 2 weeks ago has worms I found out when he was going to the bathroom and I checked and he had a white gooey worm attached to him and I was wondering how much it would be for you guys to treat him?It was a tapeworm

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Honestly, you need to get your cat to YOUR vet. We can’t prescribe meds online.

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Hi there-
Seeing as this is a new pet anyway, you’ll need to schedule a vet appointment. Better sooner rather than later- especially since there is an issue. Good luck!

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Ellen Kennedy | 1 year ago
My Cat Has Squamous Cell Carcinoma Under And Behind Her Tongue. She’s On A…

My cat has squamous cell carcinoma under and behind her tongue. She’s on a feeding tube, and can’t use her tongue for lapping milk or grooming. I’ve been to the cancer vet, and I know she only has 4-6 months. (I’m trying to accept it, but it’s so hard). She sometimes ‘works’ her mouth, opening & closing it, moving her tongue as best she can – I think she knows things don’t feel right and she’s trying to rearrange them. Would it make her more comfortable to have some of the tumor & part of her tongue removed? Or would that just make distress her? Would it just re-grow anyway?

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So sorry about your cat. I would discuss this with your vet. They know you, your situation and your cat the best. They would be able to tell you whether or not any type of procedure would be beneficial and you could talk you your options together. Me? I would make each day I have with my cat special and take all the time I have left with her as it is- a gift.

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Hello, Without knowing what exactly you have done already and if you had a biopsy done, I will add that oral tumors in cats are often impossible to resect (remove surgically) cleanly and often return aggressively. They have a pretty dismal prognosis. I’m so sorry. I recommend you keep her comfortable and eating for as long as possible and talk to your vet or oncologist frequently. I’m so sorry. I know how impossibly hard it is to face these kinds of challenges I send you my warmest wishes and best of luck.

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Brianna Miller | 1 year ago
I Have A 2 And A Half Year Old Gray Female Cat Named Elvis. About…

I have a 2 and a half year old gray female cat named Elvis. About a week ago she started limping. I took her to the vet and they said her hips aren’t in the perfect position, they are not dislocated just not in a perfect position. She is still walking but limits it. She no longer runs around and plays. She is still eating, drinking and using the bathroom fine. The vet said it would cost 1,000+ to do more test to get a actual diagnosis if it doesn’t get better in a couple weeks. There are no wounds or cuts on her paws. I’m just wondering what could possibly cause this. I feel so horrible, just want my baby to be ok again.

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Hello,
I think a few things might be helpful. First and absolutely most important make sure your cat is at a good weight. If not change the diet (I always rec changing to wet food if on dry). And ask for a referral to either a feline only vet or an orthopedic surgeon.

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Also ask about cosequin/dasaquin for cats

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Elizabeth Mullins | 1 year ago
My Cat Has Been Vomiting Consistently (every Day Or Every Other) For 10-14 Days. At…

My cat has been vomiting consistently (every day or every other) for 10-14 days. At first it was just food, but now it’s just bile. She seems a bit more lethargic than usual, has paler gums, and is drinking more water than usual. I don’t know if I should take her to the ER or wait till tomorrow…Help?

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I would consider this an emergency, particularly considering how long you’ve let this go on.

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I agree. As she hasn’t been vomiting for a long periods of time and now it seems worse, I would consider 5s a true emergency and get her to the vet right away.

Krista Magnifico
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If your vet is open today see them. See someone today. I suspect an exam, bloodwork and radiographs are warranted. It might be more affordable at your vets office.

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Dr. Magnifico’s comment didn’t post, but it showed up in email. She said, ” If your vet is open today see them. See someone today. I suspect an exam, bloodwork and radiographs are warranted. It might be more affordable at your vets office.”

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and now her comment is there.

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kevin adam | 1 year ago
“I’ve Got A Pet Problem!” The Ever-barking Dog Next Door. The Escape Artist Cat. Here, How…

“I’ve Got a Pet Problem!”
The ever-barking dog next door. The escape artist cat. Here, how to handle those tricky critter situations

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Good morning. Sorry about your frustrations. I can tell you that constant barking many times means anxiety and boredom. As a neighbor, you might want to make nice conversation with the dog’s owner and inquire as to what they might be able to do about that situation. Perhaps a dog walker, more exercise for the dog as in longer walks and some mental stimulation with training. THere are also dog toys that are puzzle like and keep them occupied for a time trying to get the treat out. Maybe a gift of one from you to your neighbor if you… Read more »

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Selda Myosotis | 1 year ago
5.5 Kgs(12 Pounds) Neutered Male 8 Years Old Tabby Cat.(was Neutered At 7 Months Old) He…

5.5 kgs(12 pounds) neutered male 8 years old tabby cat.(was neutered at 7 months old)
He was diagnosesd with urinary tract infection 1 month ago, he used Prunol, and was fine after medication. 3 days later he had his first epileptic seizure.
1 month passed, now he has an epileptic seizure every 8 hours. We have the footage of the seizure and can send it if requested.

Symptoms also include:
– a lot of foamy saliva comes out of his mouth
– uncontrolled muscle movements and release of the bladder which leads to him running into a wall, turning and twisting, having trouble breathing.
– the seizure takes around 30 secounds.
– after the seizure he has a 5 to 10 minute calming period and then he starts eating and drinking a lot.

Veterinarian suggested Tegretol (includes Carbamazepine), and said we should give him 0.1 mililiters orally and also said even 1 dose can be lethal. What do you suggest?

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Hello, it is important to try to identify a cause to the seizures. From there you can explore and discuss treatment options. I always scrutinize every patient with seizures diet, supplements and medications. i usually also remove all medications from their regimen and switch the food (or at least throw out the current bag). I also ask all family members what medications they are using or applying. Think about all household cleaners as many can be toxic. Remove all smoking from the home. Change clothes if you do smoke before you come inside. If seizures persist ask about any epileptic… Read more »