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Marnie Elizabeth | 1 year ago
Are Essential Oils Bad For Dogs And Cats? I Used To Use Essential Oils…

Are Essential Oils bad for dogs and cats? I used to use Essential oils in a diffuser for my own health all the time. But since hearing from some sources that these are bad for animals I have stopped. I am getting contradicting information from animal professionals as to if using essentials oils in a diffuser is bad for animals. I have 5 cats and two dogs and do not want to do anything to upset them. One of my cats has IBS but all the other animals are healthy if that is relevant. If essential oils are not bad for animals I would love to start using them again. Anyone know for certain?

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Hello,
I know that this has been getting A LOT of press, causing confusion and in general making people feel crazy as they don’t know who to believe and who to trust. Anytime I get a question like this I turn to the experts. Here is the most informative link from a place I trust.
https://www.aspca.org/news/latest-home-trend-harmful-your-pets-what-you-need-know

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Honestly, I would AVOID completely. Especially with all those cats – they have sensitive respiratory systems.

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Gabi Prior | 1 year ago
I Accidentally Dropped A 0.5 Mg Clonazepam Pill On The Floor. My Pets Were Not…

I accidentally dropped a 0.5 mg clonazepam pill on the floor. My pets were not in the room, but I looked everywhere and cannot find it. I will continue to look but if they somehow get to it and eat it before I can find it could this be lethal and what symptoms should I watch for? I have a dog who is about 12 pounds and a cat who is about 7 pounds.

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Good morning… you may want to call poison control hotline which is available 24/7. I believe the number is found online associated with the aspca. Good luck.

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megan standard | 1 year ago
My 6 Year Old Neutered Male Cat, Stephano, Has Gotten An Abcess On His Lower…

My 6 year old neutered male cat, Stephano, has gotten an abcess on his lower back. I noticed the wound as a scab that caused him pain when i touched it, so i smelled the wound for more information. it smelled terrible! i picked off the scab to reveal a small hole in his skin filled with pus. the hole itself i would say is about half a centimeter or less. My mother is a nurse and she applied Mupirocin 2% to the open wound after cleaning it with a damp cloth and squeezing the pus out. I still have an e-collar from when my other cat got spayed, he’s wearing that now. The wound still smells putrid, i want to clean it better but it seems to really hurt him, he barely let me trim the hair around the wound. Am i doing the right thing for him? should i take him to the vet? he is still eating,and his ears aren’t hot or even warm. Thank you for reading this and i hope you can give some advice!

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Being that it is very painful, is fillled with puss and smells so bad, I would think he needs antibiotics. This means a trip to the vet. Good luck.??

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Patricia Rattray | 1 year ago
I Want To Post A Question About My Cat. I Was Touched And Encouraged To…

I want to post a question about my cat. I was touched and encouraged to find Dr. Magnifico’s blog as I am caring for my soon to be nineteen-year-old cat who has bone cancer in her right pelvis. She was diagnosed at the beginning of August and I have been fighting it and managing her pain with homeopathy (which I have studied for three years). I believe I have been managing her pain as she lays in relaxed postures, purrs, still “screeches” hungrily for breakfast in the morning (which has been liquid for a long time) and also “chirps” hello in the morning and when I come into the room. At times her muscles and body posture have become tense which I take as a sign of pain and adjust her medicine or give more and this always seems to work to bring her back to looking and acting comfortable.

Although the homeopathy appears to work for pain management, it has not stopped the progression of the cancer which at this point has impinged on her spinal column causing her to drag her right leg when hobbling and be unable to express her urine and bowel movements. I was taught by a veterinarian during my last visit to manually express her urine. When this doesn’t work, I just change the mattress pads in her bed. The problem is bowel which is stuck in her colon. The vet I took her to said the procedure to remove it manually would be too difficult on her and just encouraged me toward euthanasia. Her life force is still too strong for me to consider this.

The vet did tell me a week and a half ago that the piece of bowel stuck near the opening was about three inches long and suggested soap suds enemas and massage. I have been trying this twice a day with no results. The piece of bowel is wide at the opening and too long for me to reach in with a finger and guide it out complicated by the fact that I don’t really know what I am doing. Worrying about too many soap suds enemas, I have changed to coconut oil and water or just coconut oil.

I found this advice at https://www.handicappedpets.com/bowel-management-in-incontinent-pets/

Squeezing method
Making your dog poop on command squeezing method
Use your fingertips to gently press and feel the soft tissue in a circular area around the anus. By pressing on the soft tissue, you may feel something firm inside the rectum. Spread your thumb and forefinger about 1 1/2″ apart, lay them on either side of the rectum, press inward on the soft tissue a little, and grip the stool right through the skin. Now you’ve got a good amount of skin and soft tissue pinched between your fingers and in the center of it is a piece of stool. If you pinch harder, the stool will break off within the rectum and the anus will open at the same time, and it naturally begins to come out. The beauty of this is that usually the remaining stool moves forward into position and you can repeat the procedure. Repeat until there is nothing inside the soft tissue. One thing I try to be careful about is not pinching too hard. I read somewhere about damaging the mucosa lining the colon. I also don’t want to prolapse the rectum. I keep a box of kleenex on the expressing station, and each time a piece of stool drops, I drop a tissue over it, which reduces the odor. You may go through a lot of kleenex this way, but I feel it’s worth it.

Is this something that would be safe to try on her?

My other question is: she continues to eat three meals a day which are blended raw chicken with a lot of added water and also pumpkin. I think it has been six weeks since she had a bowel movement. This cannot be good and I’m afraid this is what will be life-threatening before the cancer. Am I correct?

Thank you so much,
Patricia

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Hello! First she has to be emptied. In my opinion I would find a feline expert (call around or do a google search) to help you. I use warm water enemas and digital and abdominal palpation to break it up and move it. I also strongly recommend iv fluids for a few days to help stimulate the go tract and break up and soften the feces. Also it is imperative to understand if her disease process is the cause of the colons lack of motility. Of it is this is only a very temporary treatment and you will be back… Read more »

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Harvey Link | 1 year ago
I’m Trying To Litter Train A Hyperactive Kitten. Tried Everything Any Tips Or Advice?

I’m trying to litter train a hyperactive kitten. Tried everything any tips or advice?

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Hello, Most cats take to it naturally. My advice if you are having trouble is to keep it very (very!) clean. At least clean once a day. And then try lots of box types (sizes and shapes like big boxes with low sides especially.)!! And hen try lots of litter options. Most importantly try play sand (like for kids play boxes. Plain old Sand) and another with potting soil. Cats (we know that his from lots of studies hate the clumping perfumed stuff. They like organic litter. Sand and dirt. If these work spend a few months gradually transitioning to… Read more »

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Kellie Buchanan | 1 year ago
I Would Like Suggestions Of Food Brands That Make Duck Cat Food – Limited…

I would like suggestions of food brands that make duck cat food – limited protein, gluten free cat food. My cat has Irritable Bowel Dysfunction. I can find only one food currently she can eat. But it is a challenge daily to get her to eat I think because I think she gets bored with the food. No chicken, turkey or beef to start with. Safest to start with duck, but other unique limited proteins may work. Ideally the suggestions could be purchased through Chewy.com or the like websites as I live in a small town. Thank you

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Good morning. Have you spoken to your vet to ask about other options? They might even order it for you. Or your local pet store could.

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Heather Greisinger | 1 year ago
My 6 Yr Old Indoor Only Cat Had A Puncture Wound Mid August. Not…

My 6 yr old indoor only cat had a puncture wound mid August. Not really sure how it happened but could have been our 17 yr old grumpy cat. The vet put her on antibiotics for 10 days and it seemed to heal. Mid September it opened back up with puss. Our vet did surgery to clean it out and put in drainage tube and more antibiotics . Tube stayed in for 3 days stitches for 12 days. Shortly after ending the antibiotics the wound started to open at both ends with more puss. The vet did a culture and changed the antibiotics. Several weeks later still not healed and still a little puss and seeping. He put her back on the original antibiotics and has us doing warm compress 3x day. 10 days back on the old antibiotics and it’s still not healed. He doesn’t seem that concerned that it’s been 3 months. Should it really take this long?

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Hello,
I agree with you that this is a very long time for the wound to heal (or not heal). Please express your concern to your vet and if you aren’t satisfied with the answer seek a second opinion. In some cases these wounds need to be explored, cultured and then a long course of antibiotics. In rare cases a referral to a surgeon is needed. I hope this helps. Good luck. Let us know what happens.

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Cathy Owensby | 1 year ago
My 10 Year Old Cat Was Diagnosed With Mammary Cancer. Her Tumors Are Too Large…

My 10 year old cat was diagnosed with mammary cancer. Her tumors are too large to go through surgery. I recently, had dog pass from cancer. I chose to treat with prednisone. Can I do the same for my cat?

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This is a discussion t9 have with your vet. I’m sorry… I know you probably want a more direct answer. Your vet knows your cat and your situation. They are the best person to sit down with and have this conversation. They can prescribe a routine suited for your cat including treatment and pain management. Best of luck to you.

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I age never seem a case that was too big for surgery. I’m not saying it isn’t possible. I just haven’t seen it. Ask for a second opinion or see a surgeon. I doubt this will be responsive to pred. Surgery is the best option. In my opinion. Good luck. Ps. Also have her spayed if she isn’t already

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Stephany Reed | 1 year ago
My 14 Year Old Cat Has Had A Ear Hematoma For A Really Long Time…

My 14 year old cat has had a ear hematoma for a really long time. i was reading online that it will go down on its own but it has not should i take him to the vet?and what is the cost to have the surgery done?

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Good morning. Hematoma can take a very long time to heal. If it seems to bother your cat or make them uncomfortable, then you might want to talk to your vet about surgery options. However, if it isn’t bothersome or painful, I would try to let the body heal on its own. Surgery is stressful. Hope this helps. Best of luck to you and kitty??

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Hello,
A hematoma can only last so long and then the blood starts to calcify and the result (usually by bout 4 weeks) is a thickened deformed ear that cannot be repaired. Of greatest concern to me in these cases is the origin of the hematoma? What caused it? Infection, parasites, trauma, a mass in the ear, allergies, etc? Please speak to your vet about identifying the cause and possible treatment options. The costs vary between medication and extensive surgery, or about $50 to a few hundred. Good Luck

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Leigh B | 2 years ago
What To Do About Persistent Infected Abscess Near E-tube (feline)? Cat Had Jaw Surgery 3-Aug And…

What to do about persistent infected abscess near e-tube (feline)?

Cat had jaw surgery 3-Aug and an esophagogastric tube (“e-tube”) was placed.

[[EDIT added here in brackets, the day following the original post. I was flushing the abscess this afternoon with normal saline, and wondered why the pocket wasn’t filling up with fluid to express. I then noticed the cat was SWALLOWING the fluid I was injecting into the abscess to lav it. So, now, there’s obviously a communication between the abscess and the esophagus, which tells me we really need to get this furry little fella to the vet hospital for urgent treatment. Are you familiar with this phenomenon? Can you describe what has gone wrong here, and how the problem can be avoided? Thanks a million! Now back to the original post…]]

It is now November, nearly 4 months later.

Two weeks ago at the vet’s, we noticed a reddened bulge about the size of a dime on his neck between the e-tube and the corner of his jaw. For $50 the vet took a needle, lanced what turned out to be an abscess, and drained the pus (for the cost of a sterile 18 ga needle, I could have done that myself, thank you very much!). The vet prescribed Veraflox.

At first, Veraflox seemed like the magic bullet, the abscess appeared to recede and dry up. But after 10 days, it appeared that pocket was filling up again and, sure enough, I lanced and drained it once again. There was certainly not as much pus as initially, but I was troubled the Veraflox hadn’t knocked it out entirely, so I switched him to a combination of Clavamox b.i.d. & Orbax q.a.m. yesterday. He had his morning dose today.

Whoops, that was an ineffective combination! I drained noticeably more pus today, and rather than repeat the Clavamox this evening, I gave him a dose of clindamycin.

My big concern here is whether the feeding tube must be removed in the presence of a nearby infection? That feeding tube has kept my guy fat & happy for months now, and if it’s removed, then what?

Thank you so much for your input! I am so grateful for this service!!!

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I’m so sorry. I posted the answer yesterday but I doesn’t seem to have registered. Hello! I absolutely think that your Cat needs a thorough exam with the surgeon who did the oral surgery and etube. I expect that this might need to be also done under anesthesia so the whole area can be explored. It sounds like the area is not healing appropriately and hat perhaps most of the post op problems might be related to this. Sending best wishes. Please update us on what happens. Good luck!