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Crystal | 1 year ago
Hi Pawly Friends, My 3-year-old Cat Is Having UTI And His Have Blockage. He Has A …

Hi Pawly Friends, my 3-year-old cat is having UTI and has a blockage. He has a very hard time with urine and sometimes he urined blood. He has no appetite to eat, but when he gets too hungry he will eat his dry food that the vet provided. I brought him to the vet two weeks ago. They unblocked him using a catheter and hospitalized him for almost a week without IV fluids. I brought him back but he’s still weak and wouldn’t eat. After a day of staying at home, he peed in blood in such a big amount. I brought him to the vet again at around 1 am because I was too afraid. The vet uses the catheter again and hospitalized him for another week. Again, I brought him home with some antibiotics and some other meds, he was so hungry because he didn’t eat well in the hospital. I boiled fish for him (no added spices, preservatives, etc) to mix with the dry food because he wouldn’t eat it alone. He ate and drank a lot. After 3 days, he started to pee in the blood again! HELP I don’t know what else can I do to help my baby!

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m sorry to hear about your cat. Was bloodwork, Xray or urinalysis done? It might even be time for an ultrasound? It is time fir a diagnosis and better treatment plan. It is also time for medications and at home sq fluid therapy. I think I would also recommend seeking a second opinion. It just seems like you aren’t really getting anywhere with your current vet and treatments.

    1. Crystal Post author

      Thanks, will bring him to another clinic tomorrow. For the meantime, he’s getting weaker every day. He pees while sleeping or while walking now, more bloods on the floor, sometimes my bed. I’m afraid I will lose him. Anyways, bloodwork, Xray and urinalysis is done. He’s bladder is always full and is now blocked by mucus. We were given cystopro (protexin), and some inflammation meds.

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Sky | 2 years ago
Hello. My 16 Year Old Female Burmese “crashed” Feb 29, And March 2nd Was Diagnosed With Feline Lower …

Hello. My 16 year old female burmese “crashed” Feb 29, and March 2nd was diagnosed with Feline Lower Urinary Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease.
Her Kidney values are now stable and her only elevated numbers are Creatanine at 2.6 and Bun at 46
but her bladder keeps flaring up

When diagnosed she was shooting projectile urine. Her bladder wall was thickened. Covenia did nothing but Amoxycillin resolved the infection.
2 months later she had a couple of accidents and it appeared that she had another infection. Once again Amoxycillin worked! She had a culture done and it showed no bacteria..

She has been taking supplements Kidney Gold, and Moxxor Fish Oil since April, and started CBD oil around June
Late July I started her on D-Mannose and COrn Silk Extract as suggested in the FLUTD facebook group
last month she started peeing blood clots, Vet instructed me to give her Sub Q 100ml to flush her and start amoxycilin immediately.. 7 day course and she was fine, but 2 days after the course finished was a repeat episode.
This time the vet suggested a higher dose at 1ml morning and night for 10 days.. Well it seemed to work amazing but last night was exactly FIVE DAYS after stopping the amoxycillin and she had another episode

We are doing a third round of antibiotics, this time amoxy mixed with something stronger..
He asked me to stop the corn silk and D-Mannose completely since they were the newest added to the regeme and he is wondering if they could have changed her bladder PH for the negative.

How can I minimize the recurrence?

Oh I have read all about stress being the cause and my new born baby was 4 months old at the end of Feb when Tashee had her first crash.

My vet and I talked about future possibilites in regard to Amitriptaline, Gaberpenton, Adequan injections

Cat’s diet = she refuses any wet food besides kitten fancy feast.. she will not eat anything else and will starve herself.
She is offered 2 fancy feast cans per day
she does steal dry kibble so my vet told me to get the Royal Canin Kidney kibble so that when she eats kibble its good for her

Sub q is 150ml twice a week as to minimize the pressure or force on urethra.

Cat is 100% indoors, burmese female steralized

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Wowza. That’s quite a story. I think I would recommend the following options to discuss.
    1. Seek a feline exclusive practitioner. If available they are really helpful for the tough cases.
    2. Consider an ultrasound.
    3. Add cosequin daily
    4. Consider an iv fluid hospitalization to really flush out the bladder
    5. Xray of the body. May or may not need to do if doing ultrasound
    6. Add a fountain, feliway and lots of litter options. Even a very low litter box like a baking sheet.
    7. Environmental enrichment. Toys. Catnip. Window seat with bird feeder view. Etc.

    Let me know what happens.

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Sarah Weber | 2 years ago
9 Year Old Female Healthy And Happy Lab Seen For A Full Physical And Check Up A …

9 year old female healthy and happy lab seen for a full physical and check up a week ago. Hip/knee mild pain not really improved on Dasuquin. Also new onset of itchy feet (pet is chewing and this happens yearly) from season allergies.
Recommended and started on Gallaprant for a week trial in conjunction with Fish oil 2000mgs daily. Started on gabapentin 3 days ago 300mg bid……Haven’t see any improvement yet.
For the feet, Benadryl 75mg po bid for the past 5 days, which is somewhat effective but wears off quickly. Neo predef foot powder, which helped in the past, unavailable, therefore started on prescription foot bath solution bid. Unfortunately, Foot bath is clearly not decreasing the chewing.
My main concern is that as of this morning, she is now in discomfort with what appears to be an upset stomach. Refused to eat breakfast which has NEVER happened before (even with previous GI illnesses). Not sure which medication might be causing this?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I think that you are talking about Molly? If so I will talk to dr Rossi tomorrow morning and have her call you to discuss what’s going on. For today I would stop both the galliprant and the gabapentin. You can give the Benadryl every 8 hours for now. Also try to get her in the bath tub and soak her feet in cool water. I will have the clinic call you now. We are open until 3 today.

    1. Sarah Weber Post author

      Hi! Yes this Molly. I just spoke to Dr. Aaron and we came up with a plan. I appreciate that you asked her to call me! Thanks so much!

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Jim | 3 years ago
My Ex-feral Cat Has Been Diagnosed With A Tape Worm That The Vet Had Us Treat …

My ex-feral cat has been diagnosed with a tape worm that the vet had us treat with a round of Cestex (25mg – 1 1/2x’s day for 2 days) this knocked the fecal test from a 4+ to a 2+ and they recommended the same meds again, knocked it from a 2+ to a 1+. Now they say do it again or come in and the cat can get a shot. The cat has had check up’s every year since coming inside, and tape worm was noted once before and meds given at the vet. Now they think she has had it for as long as she has been inside. Told it is a type of worm not normally seen in SE USA, more Pacific NW and could be caught from eating dead fish in a pond or frogs. When she was feral and coming to the door at night she would bring us frogs so this makes sense. Question is, is this type of worm bad for the cat long term? And does it pose any health risks for us? She really gets upset when being given the pills and does not travel well to the vet for shots. Any thoughts are appreciated, wish I could remember the name of the worm the tech told us on the phone.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    First if this is a tapeworm I consider them more gross than dangerous. So there’s that. Second they are caused by ingesting a flea so we start with treating fleas and tapes. And third (and best of all) all of this can be treated in one easy monthly application of revolution plus monthly. Easy-peezy!
    Xox
    Krista.

  2. Krista Magnifico

    I should add one more thing. If your fecal is being sent to a lab they can help to diagnose it, assist with treating and help with any kind of zoonotic issues. I call them for help a lot. Hope this all helps. And in general very few cat parasites are dangerous to people. But you need to get the exact name of the worm to confirm this.

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Amy Wedekind | 3 years ago
I Just Read A Post On A Dog Forum I’m In Regarding Doing Titer Testing…

I just read a post on a dog forum I’m in regarding doing titer testing before giving vaccinations to find out if they are really needed and that over vaccinating can be bad for our pets especially smaller pets. Should I discuss this with my vet before getting vaccines for my almost 9 yr old small breed dog? I thought I was doing the best thing for my pet…I just don’t know what to believe anymore.

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  1. Jana

    Absolutely. Particularly at that age, your dog most likely has perfectly good immunity against the core diseases. The only exception is Rabies which is legislated and, at least as of now, titers don’t replace booster legally. Definitely discuss this with your vet. We’ve been titering for years now and our dogs continue to have sufficient immunity.

    Another exception are vaccines against bacterial infections, such as Leptospirosis–with these, the immunity lasts up to a year and no longer than that. So if you have a reason and are vaccinating for these things, they have to be repeated annually. But those are not needed unless your dog’s lifestyle and region warrants it. On top of that, lepto vaccine is the one most likely to cause reactions, so that makes it quite a dilemma.

  2. Krista Magnifico

    Everyone should be offered titers. They are a great way to avoid over vaccinating. The only downside is the cost. It’s about $100(+) for a titer versus less than $30 for the vaccine. Talk to your vet about it. Great question.

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Joanne Tweit | 3 years ago
My Rescue Cat Of 5 Years Is Showing All The Symptoms Of Nasopharyngeal Polyp. He…

My rescue cat of 5 years is showing all the symptoms of Nasopharyngeal Polyp. He is my everything!
OH please I am begging for help here ! I am disabled and he is the center of world . I am on the south west coast of Washington State, my rescue cat Kiki presents with all these symptoms ( I come from a family of RN and Bachelor in Nursing ) I have called vest around here and ALL of them say they do not do this surgery because they dont have the scope, or they will not even discuss possible price or treatment without me coming in and the vet seeing them. They say they will diagnose and refer me to a specialty clinic not far away . The specialty clinic gave me a quote of $3,500-$5,000 !! If this is even what is wrong with him . I am devastated that no one will even discuss this with me without paying for a vet visit. It looks like i could spend hundreds in visits before i can find someone who is even willing to think about this surgery without referral to the very expensive specialty place . PLEASE HELP I CANNOT AFFORD THAT MUCH !! Meanwhile my poor sweet Kiki is slowly getting worse. I dont know what to do anymore !!!!!!!!

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m sorry to hear about your kitty. I recommend that you keep calling and start with any of the small privately owned feline practices. Also call the vet school and all of the local rescues. Go to Facebook and Nextdoor.com and ask for help. Someone out there has to be able to look for you. And to do it affordably. I really wish you the best of luck.

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Judy Kuehn | 3 years ago
I Have An 9 Year Old Spayed Female Pit/terrier Mix With A History Of Liver…

I have an 9 year old spayed female pit/terrier mix with a history of liver disease. She has recently been getting hairless black spots showing up on her sides and legs, especially in the rear. Her biopsy came back as possibly ischemic dermatomyosits. The antibiotic that her vet put her on seems to have made no difference, and the fish oil and vit E are A) difficult to give her and B) she hasn’t been on them long enough to know if they are helping. She has no apparent muscle involvement. Would doing blood studies for autoimmune diseases help me get a better plan for treatment? What specialist would be best to manage her care? Any information or help in this problem would really be appreciated!

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I think that asking for a referral to a specialist is always a wonderful idea. The more help you can get to care for your pet the better your pets care options are. I am not sure if the spurs are related to the condition or not but if you are contemplating auto immune issues you should see an internal medicine or dermatologist. I hope this helps. Please keep us posted.

  2. Judy Kuehn Post author

    Could the liver disease be associated? She had no localized lesions 3 years ago on U/S. But her labs have been improving while she has been on Royal Canin Hepatic and Denamarin.

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Chris Cabrera | 3 years ago
Hi Dr Magnifico I Am Emailing You Because My 7 Year Dachshund Has A Pinched…

Hi Dr Magnifico I am emailing you because my 7 year dachshund has a pinched nerve we took him to the vet twice in New Bedford, MA on Wednesday (May 1 2019) and Thursday the 2nd of May. On Wednesday the vet examined and rubbed Oscar’s spine and the rest of his body he told us Oscar had a very bad bruise on the outside and inside of his left on his back legs. But at no moment through the exam Oscar did not cry or complain. During the exam oscar was able to move to get away from the vet he could move his right leg and put a little weight on his left leg. He was injected dexamethasone and prescribed methocarbamol 500mg 1/4 tablet 2-3 time a day & prednisolone 10 mg 1/2 twice day. Later on that night oscar no function of his back legs so on Thursday we retook oscar to the vet we’re told oscer had pinched nerve the vet labeled it as Ivdd. But today Friday he was able to move his back legs just a little to reposition him self I believe he put weight on the legs and he turned. I thought that ivdd dogs could not use or have any movement on their legs. Do you believe oscar has ivdd? We’re feeling confused as a family with the both answers they gave us at the Vet. And if oscar did receive the ivdd surgery how successfull is the outcome on that surgery? Can you please help me in anyway possible with any information.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I think a few things are interesting in this case;
    1. What did the vet think the bruising was related to? I don’t see bruising in IVDD unless there is concurrent trauma.
    2. If you are ever confused call, or ask, the vet for clarification. That is after all what you pay for.
    3. If you aren’t comfortable with the diagnosis or treatment plan ask for a second opinion from a vet your friends or family know and trust.Or, ask for a referral to a neurologist.
    4. You can ask your vet to send the xrays to a boarded radiologist for review.
    5. Follow up with your vet every day or so if you need to.
    6. I cannot diagnose online or even with radiographic images. Diagnosis is a combination of exam, history, and diagnostics.
    IVDD comes in lots of sizes and shapes. There is not one size fits all.
    I have lots of information on my blog and YouTube channel for additional assistance.
    good luck,
    let us know what happens.

  2. Chris Cabrera Post author

    Dr Magnifico our puppy jumped off the bed that’s how Oscar sustained the trauma.

  3. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Ok. That makes more sense. So the bruising is due to the trauma? And perhaps the loss of function is due to this too? I still think it is a good idea to have someone review the xrays and ask for a second opinion if you want more help understanding your dogs condition and prognosis. If he is improving then hopefully this will continue. Pets are incredibly resilient. I hope this helps. Very best of luck

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Jennifer Farrell | 3 years ago
Hi Dr. Magnifico. I Realized The Geriatric Diet Is Chicken Based, Which Gives Dottie Hives…

Hi Dr. Magnifico. I realized the geriatric diet is chicken based, which gives Dottie hives. Would the liver diet work with some kind of supplement we could add to it? Maybe some pumpkin or something? I have been trying to find low protein, fish based geriatric foods for dogs with liver and kidney problems. Thank you!

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I can call the nutritionist and ask. But I won’t be able to do it until Monday. Can you call me on Monday and remind me to talk to Sami about it. Anytime between 9-4. Hugs to you all.

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Kari White | 4 years ago
We Have (2) 1year Old Cats. One Loves The CET Toothpaste And The Other Has…

We have (2) 1year old cats. One loves the CET toothpaste and the other has no interest to even lick it off my finger.. We have tried the seafood and poultry flavor. Any alternatives you would recommend? I seen they also make the CET chews in fish or poultry flavor. Curious if they are just as effective. Thanks

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    If the toothpaste is the problem in permitting brushing omit it and use a moistened toothbrush or even a piece of gauze (I use our hospital 4 inch square gauze wrapper around my finger). I have a YouTube video on how I do it.