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Marah | 4 years ago
I Think My Cat Might Have Been Bitten By Another Cat. I Heard Fighting Noises…

I think my cat might have been bitten by another cat. I heard fighting noises, she came in scared but didn’t appeared injured. Now 4 days later I see what looks like two small streaks of blood about 1cm apart on her front leg. She’s let me look at the area without appearing to be in pain, but I can’t see down to the skin to see if there’s a puncture there. She seems well and isn’t limping but I can’t think what else these streaks could be. Does that sound like a cats bite?

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Sarah
4 years ago

I would be concerned about diseases. You’ve know idea what care, if any, the other animal involved has had. I would make an appointment to see my vet and have my cat checked out to be safe.

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello,
I see lots and lots of bite wounds in cats. In some minor cases they heal on their own. But In lots of cases they turn into an abscess and require antibiotics. I tell all my clients that if there is bite hard enough to break the skin you need an antibiotic. Please keep a close eye on your cat and please see the vet for an antibiotic and discussion of whether the rabies vaccine is up to date.

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Grace Anderson | 4 years ago
My Best Friend Cliffily And I Are Having A Nice Night At Home Together, Everything…

My best friend Cliffily and I are having a nice night at home together, everything was fine, until these possums started making a racket and he started showing multiple signs of stress/trauma, most that I had not seen before and each was very frightening for me and clearly him… He is looking up in fright now at any noise, and is clearly still freaking out. I myself am a domestic abuse survivor, and his behaviour mimics mine in the years when the abuse was most prominent.. Such as cowering away in fright from any movement, shock from noises, and also moments where his whole body freezes and begins to tremble…as you can imagine its awful seeing him like this, especially knowing myself how that feels.
I realised it is dsfinatly the possums that are freaking him out and I’m sure I have a clear idea as to why;
About a year ago I moved to a property out in the sticks my grandparents had lived in previously that had been vacant for a year or so, but even whilst they were there it was incredibly run down and possums were in the roof, massive (huuuge) possums were constantly making holes in the wall and ceilings, they were everywhere, and more were crashing through almost nightly. My parents suggested I move there to save money. We didnt think it would be so bad, maybe an adventure, so my boyfriend and cliff and I were attempting to settle in, but it was a nightmare. These possums were beyond anything I’d expected, and I couldn’t believe my parents had joked about “yeah wait til night!”… As it was no joke.. They were not only in incredible numbers buy they were huge. My boyfriend was like “we cannot stay here, we have to go”.. And he was right it was completely unsafe and scary. My mum came to get us, when she arrived the doors were left open and we lost track of Cliff. I called out to him for hours, I was furious with my mum for sending us there, for letting him out.. (She has previously put down my dog and friend of twelve years while I was in hospital because she and I were fighting, so I dont trust her motives and have done my best to keep her away from cliff, I’m wary of her being around him to be honest). And I was just hysterical to be honest because mum wouldn’t wait for me to find him.. My boyfriend wanted to go.. He promised we’d come back tomorrow and get him.. He’s moved with me many times before and he’s never been lost until this night.. And it was just awful. We came back and looked for him, nothing. With no way of knowing, we made guess after guess as to where he was, but there was a pit in my stomach. All our efforts to find him were in vain, and it wasnt until three months later, when and I’d given up to be honest, when one day my dad just found him there, in the house. He was filthy, skinny, traumatised and unrecognizable. It was heartbreaking, but I was so happy. I have tried my best to make him well again, and he really is almost back to normal, apart from he is timid now, before he would boss other cats about and now he just runs away, but then tonight this happened… I know it might seem like I’m overreacting but he was truly so broken after that time alone… And before that he was a real tough, agile, bright, sassy, boss, neighborhood type cat. He is as I said mostly better these days, but it took time and he has never really been the same… And what i saw tonight was really troubling. Possums are common in the roofs of most houses here in Australia, so I’m hoping someone can help me with some advice of any kind, whether it’s expert opinion or if anyone has helped their own cats through anything similar.. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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4 years ago

Cats are incredibly sensitive critters. I would give him time. I would also call an expert to remove the possums from your roof and seal the roof to ensure they don’t get in again.

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Sana Altaf | 4 years ago
1 Year Old Cat Not Eating For 5 Days And Not Drinking Water For 2…

1 year old Cat not eating for 5 days and not drinking water for 2 days
Hi my cat is 1 years old and he was never vaccinated he was always healthy but we brought a kitten that gave my cat a upper respiratory virus so we got antibiotic shots after that his health got worse he stopped eating and now he hasn’t drank anything for 2 days. Vet checked and saw he has kidney problems and his spleen is very large and he has gastric problem he doesn’t eat or drink he pees a lot and he poop diahorrea little bit but it’s bloody it has blood in it. He is constantly drooling and fights a lot if I try to give him water with syringe he doesn’t drink it. He hasn’t eaten for 4 days hasnt drank water for 2 what should I do he is British shorthair and only 1 month old

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello,
At this point this should be treated as an emergency and directed to. Avet for immediate medical treatment. If your vet is not providing this please get a second opinion. 4 days is far too long to wait for help.

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Rob Idol | 4 years ago
We Have A Foster Puppy That Has Distemper – In The Last Day He’s…

We have a foster puppy that has distemper – in the last day he’s developed myoclonus in his back leg. He has only had the respiratory symptoms for about a week and has been on antibiotics the whole time (we initially suspected Kennel Cough as did the vet).

He has shown no gastrointestinal symptoms at all – appetite and digestion have remained healthy (if not voracious) throughout.

The snap test at the vet came back negative but I know these can be incredibly unreliable with Distemper. The appearance of the myoclonus in conjunction with the other symptoms has all but confirmed it for us (happy to hear an alternative opinion of course!).

He’s about a month old and when he came to us was malnourished but until this popped up has strengthened and thrived. We have him on nutritional supplements as well. So despite his circumstance and young age, his immune system has a little bit of fight in it.

I know what to look for in terms of it getting worse but what i’m really wanting to know is what to look for in terms of improvement. I know the myoclonus isn’t going anywhere in any event – assuming it doesn’t worsen or develop into seizures and assuming that his respiratory symptoms continue to improve and shows no sign of gastrointestinal issues, how will I know if he’s making progress? The appearance of the neuro signs are obviously of great concern but i’m not sure if them simply not worsening is a sign that he might be winning? I guess i’m a little lost because I know that neuro signs can be signs of the second stage of the disease but I also know that they can show up post recovery.

The myoclonus also only affects him when he’s quietly resting or in some stages of sleep. When he’s walking around it isn’t present and when he’s in deep sleep it doesn’t seem to be present either.

We know his chances aren’t good but just looking for a little bit of hope to hold on to. He has been to the vet but we foster in a third world country so whilst the vet does really good work, getting opinions outside their direct experience can be a little difficult.

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, Unfortunately in these cases the only way to know is to watch and wait and see. And stay in very close contact with your vet. I also get concerned about spread of disease and other possible etiologies like rabies. I feel he is happy and functional (eating, drinking, peeing, pooping) and you are willing to provide the time, care and oversight he needs then all you can do after that is wait and see. But please keep your vet appraised of progress and direct patient care questions. Tell them you want to try to help this pup and ask… Read more »

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Kelsey Nehls | 4 years ago
I Have A 3 Week Old Runt Kitten At Least I Think He Is 3…

I have a 3 week old runt kitten at least I think he is 3 weeks old, my question is what’s wrong with him, he hardly eats now, he constantly is crying, he never blinks and the only time he shuts his eyes is when he naps and sometimes he fights with trying to nap? Please Help?

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Sarah
4 years ago

At this age, far too young to be away from mom (unless completely unavoidable). Any missed meal is an emergency. They are far too small to last very long without proper feeding and things can go downhill extremely fast. Please get this kitten into a vet immediately, so that she has a chance. Very best of luck.

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4 years ago

I agree with Sarah. Treat this like a dire emergency and get that baby to the vet.

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, I specialize in kitten illness. I can promise you that there is a reason he is this way. And I can almost also promise you that it is treatable if you find an aggressive determined person to help you. These kittens absolutely need a person who will fight for them. They also need the following: 1. Keep warm. 2. Keep fed 3. Make sure they do it have internal or external parasites (internal parasites must be checked by a vet). And a thorough exam for any congenital defects. Please (pleading!!! Please!!) call all of the local shelters and rescues… Read more »

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Amanda Mason | 4 years ago
11 Week Old Jack Russell And 12 Week Old Chihuahua I Want Some Advice On…

11 week old Jack Russell and 12 week old Chihuahua I want some advice on toilet training and how to stop their fighting. They came from the same home and they sleep together. They don’t like being far away from each other but I don’t think it’s because they love each other. No blood has been drawn but I am concerned that the level of fighting will escalate. I think it’s more about establishing hierarchy?

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, This is a tough one. And more than I can provide in an answer. First this breed is pretty well known for inter-dog aggression, especially if they are both small bred dogs with strong personalities and close in age. Certainly spaying and neutering might help, BUT, getting them into a puppy class and providing a strict regimented home where they don’t have to fight for food or attention also helps. I have to be honest, most of my clients with multiple JRTs and/or chihuahuas struggle with fights for many years. I am also concerned the fights will escalate. The… Read more »

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Terry Stroop | 4 years ago
My 3 Year Old Lab/sheppard Mix Dog Started Fighting My Other 2 Dogs Over…

My 3 year old lab/sheppard mix dog started fighting my other 2 dogs over food last week? They’s all grown up together since 3 months old and always have eaten at the same time out of the same bowl. Why is she doing this now? I’m feeding them seperate now but she gets real mad and bullies them right after she knows they ate. Please help I’m losing my mind.

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Sarah
4 years ago

You may want to get an outside opinion from a behaviorist. I’m sure your vet will be able to provide a name of a reputable one for you. Your vet will want to know this is going on as well, and may suggest you bring your suddenly aggressive dog in to be checked. Sometimes there might be a medical reason for the sudden change in temperament. A behaviorist will most likely notice things that we as owners don’t always recognize right away, and will be able to guide you through fixing the situation. Good luck!!

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4 years ago

I’d consider this littermate syndrome.

Feed separately – either in crates or in separate rooms with closed doors. Do NOT let them share bowls anymore. This is for their safety.

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nour bader | 4 years ago
I Have A Mother Cat And Her Kitten Son (3.5 Months Old) The Mother Cat…

I have a mother cat and her kitten son (3.5 months old) the mother cat went out missing in heat, she returned after 10 daysher son doesnt recognise her, he started fighting with herduring the fight he pooped himself and was too scaredfirst she was peaceful with him but after he kept hissing on her she started to follow him in attempt to fight what should I do? i feel so worried and heartbroken, i love both of them, how can I handle this situation ?

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello,
You probably need to give them space and time. And please spay her asap as she is likely pregnant again and the competition between her, her son and the new babies may become dangerous or perhaps even fatal for them. Cats are survivors. They do not recognize familial ties when they are protecting young, competing for resources or feel threatened.

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Emily Eddy | 4 years ago
Two Of My Male Dogs (both Neutered) Have Been Growing Increasingly Aggressive Towards…

Two of my male dogs (both neutered) have been growing increasingly aggressive towards each other. They have grown up together and this was never an issue before up until recently. It has gotten to the point where we have to keep them separated and we don’t want to have to get rid of one of them. Nothing has changed recently (moving, food, etc) so I don’t know where all this aggression is coming from. I guess what I’m asking is if anybody knows where it’s coming from also how do we fix it?

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4 years ago

I would worry about a combination of littermate syndrome and same sex aggression. I agree with Dr. M, you need a behaviorist. Until you can get to one, I would start crating and rotating which dog is out in the house…this is going to suck, but it will ensure the dogs are safe.

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, I assure you that there is a reason. It can be very difficult for owners to recognize and/or understand which is why calling a trainer/behaviorist is so helpful. If you can’t understand the cause it is very difficult to train them to stop it. Here are some tips to help; 1. record everything about them interacting and reacting. 2. give them lots and lots of exercise 3. don’t leave them alone without being crated so they can’t injure each other 4. go back to the basics. all of the basic training 5. most importantly dont add more stress to… Read more »

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Connor Morrison | 4 years ago
I Have A Four Year Old Redbone And Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix Named Sophie. Two Nights…

I have a four year old Redbone and Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Sophie. Two nights ago she was attacked by three dogs her size (medium, maybe 25lbs max) and one of them got her down by the throat. Since the altercation, she has been eating and drinking normally, going out to potty, and even being a little playful. But she has a large knot in her throat with a puncture in it and she has an odd cough and slightly labored breathing. She also seems to get very stiff when she lays in the same position too long and yelps in pain when she first stands up and walks. She is also drooling abnormally (she never drools) and is panting a lot despite her body temperature being fairly low for a dog.

The vet is not an option for me right now, because I do not have any money and vets around my town don’t actually care about the animals, just the funds.

So my question is what can I do for her to help with the pain and throat irritation at home for now until I get paid again?

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Sarah
4 years ago

I am so sorry about your dog. I agree – I’m sorry, but she really needs to see a vet immediately. The longer the wait, the worse the scenarios an the more expensive it will end up being. Call your vet and ask if there is a way that you can partially pay until you get the money to finish up the bill, or see if you can set up a payment plan. I cannot imagine that a vet would knowingly let your dog suffer. If they would, the quite frankly, you need a better vet. Sometimes, there are people… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, Please call a rescue or shelter to see if they can recommend someone. She needs a vet for an examination and antibiotics. I think that she has an infection. I’m sorry I know you want different advice but my job is to provide ethical and reputable advice for your dog. Bite wounds always (I do think always is the correct term), get infected and the longer you wait the worse your dogs prognosis is. If treated early (like immediately) after the trauma a cheaper antibiotic might be viable. But once bacteria gets under the skin (like from a penetrating… Read more »