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Ellen Kennedy | 2 years 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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Sarah
2 years ago

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.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

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 | 2 years 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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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

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.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Also ask about cosequin/dasaquin for cats

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Elizabeth Mullins | 2 years 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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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

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.

Sarah
2 years ago

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.

Laura
2 years ago

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

Laura
2 years ago

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.”

Laura
2 years ago

and now her comment is there.

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kevin adam | 2 years 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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Sarah
2 years ago

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 | 2 years 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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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

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 »

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Lisa Saullo | 2 years ago
I Have An 8 Year Old Indoor Female Cat Which Has What Appears To Be…

I have an 8 year old indoor female cat which has what appears to be an abscess between her shoulders, but I’m not real sure about it. I have been treating it with antibiotic ointment for about 3 days now. Anyone out there have a similar situation with their cat?

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2 years ago

What did the vet say when you took her in? That looks pretty nasty, and human topical ointments can be toxic.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

It looks like your cat has a wound. I would try to understand if it is self inflicted or caused by another cat. From here we can discuss possible testament options. If it was caused by your cat scratching ask your vet about fleas, parasites, allergies or adverse reaction to a topical product. If it was caused by anothe Cat and it is bothering your Cat ask about an antibiotic, pain medication and maybe even an ecollar to stop the further skin trauma.

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izzy ray | 2 years ago
I Have A Dog And A Few Bunnies But I’m Open To Getting Another Pet…

I have a dog and a few bunnies but I’m open to getting another pet to help with my anxiety I’m not sure if I should get like a toucan or like an African grey vs a maine coon cat. I’m looking for something friendly I like an afRican grey because I can talk to it then I love Maine coons because they get so big and they’re soft and amazing to cuddle. But I’m not really sure what do you think?

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Laura
2 years ago

I cannot recommend a parrot to anyone who isn’t willing to live with a toddler for the next 50+ years. Yes, Greys live that long, and yes, they’re as smart as toddlers. They need as much care as toddlers. They need a LOT of work, a LOT of attention, and they’re more than most people can handle. You said you have a dog…is there a reason the dog is not able to help you with your anxiety? I would discuss the addition of a cat with your doctor, to see whether they agree that this is the correct choice.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

No question

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Veronique St-Jacques | 2 years ago
Weight Gain And Diabetes? Our Vetenarian Diagnosed Our Cat With Diabetes Last Weekend. He Was Himself…

Weight Gain and Diabetes?

Our vetenarian diagnosed our cat with diabetes last weekend. He was himself surprised by the lab results indicating a glucose level of 25 mmol/L (or 450 mg/dl), and everything else normal, as our cat gained 2 pounds since last year.

The symptoms that prompted us to consult were that our cat has been routinely relieving himself outside of his litter boxes (he has 2 very clean litter boxes), especially when he is frustrated by something (when he can’t go outside for example – he is an indoor cat).

We noticed in the last month a very slight increase in his demand for food and water, but not a dramatic one. He also acts normally. He now weights 6 kg. His last lab results were done in June 2017, and everything was normal. He is 9 years old.

Is it possible that he has diabetes, but still gains weight?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

I diagnose diabetes based on three things typically,,, looks like diabetes (muscle or weight loss w polyuria and polydipsia (drink a lot and peeing a lot) blood hyperglycemia (elevated blood glucose (above 250) and glucosuria (glucose in the urine). If I don’t have 2 out of three I recheck the blood glucose at home (less stressful) OR pre-emptively start treating by changing the diet to wet food prescription diabetes canned.

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Carol Lynn | 2 years ago
My Daughter Adopted 2 Cats From A Shelter. The Cats Were Purely Indoor. After Having…

My daughter adopted 2 cats from a shelter. The cats were purely indoor. After having them for six months, they noticed the cats had tapeworms, which they got treated by a vet. They then experienced the most awful flea infestation in their apartment. They had their cats dipped, given medication by the vet twice; treated every inch of their apartment by thoroughly vacuuming, carpet cleaning, spraying and then bombing the place on more than one occasion. The infestation continued.
They ended up taking days off work, moving everything out of their apartment, washing all of the walls and baseboards with a flea insecticide; threw out their couch, pillows, rugs, washed every article of clothing and bedding and towels in their entire place, then used a highly recommended insecticide inside. They completely shaved their cats fur and treated them once again via a medication from the vet.
They then moved to another place. My daughter just called me in tears because she sees tapeworms coming out of the cats’ anus. They spent over $800 on treatments, and used the vets oral medications twice. This has been ongoing for 5 months. They thought it was eradicated before they moved. What is going on here and is there any help for these poor cats and my daughter????

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Sarah
2 years ago

Hi there. So sorry this is happening to your daughter. Assuming they still use the same vet, I would call. Being that the vet is familiar with the situation, they very well may have your daughter come in right away to start the process of resolving this once and for all. Sometimes it does take a couple of tries to get these things taken care of.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your daughters problems. I have seen many clients find out that there is a terrible flea problem and need to treat their home and pets for at least 6 months before they got the fleas under control. It can be devastating and frustrating. I am sorry. If it makes you feel any better (and I honestly mean this) of all of the parasites of the world tapeworms are some of the most benign. They will go away when the fleas go away. They are gross but rarely dangerous to your pet. Try not to… Read more »