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William | 11 months ago
Hi There, I Wanted To Ask If Polyps In The Throat Can Be Felt. My Kitten …

Hi there, I wanted to ask if polyps in the throat can be felt. My kitten that can’t meow I suspect of having polyps. The vet tested for Leukemia and FIV negative, xrays negative, and lung worm negative. Now I notice both sides of her neck has lump, one side bigger. My other kittens do not have these lumps. My vet said she doesn’t think it’s polyps because that’s uncommon in kittens, so $500 in tests later and I have no answers. Shouldn’t they have noticed these lumps? They are the size of a small marble.

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Krista Magnifico
10 months ago

Hello, I have only been able to feel a polyp a few times. Every so often I can do a quick enough oral exam to feel them in the back of the mouth. But even with these I needed to do a sedated exam to be sure. Kittens can get hyperthyroidism which can cause palpable enlargement of the glands on the outside throat area. This is diagnosed and confirmed with a blood test. Please call your vet to discuss these. If finances are a concern call the shelters and rescues to see if there are low cost pet care options… Read more »

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Lauren Hall | 1 year ago
I Work Front Desk At A Vet And A Client Brought In A Stray. No Chip …

I work front desk at a vet and a client brought in a stray. No chip and shelters wouldn’t take her. She was going to be released outside since no one would home her and it’s so cold in VA.. so I took her in. I got her shots and tested for FIV, FeLuk, etc to know if she’s safe around my 10 yr neutered male cat. Then the vet said she seems to be pregnant but the ultrasound was inconclusive. But she definitely matches the description of “pinking” and has no hair around her nipples. But I have no idea how far along she is! Last week we didn’t see kittens on ultrasound but now they think she looks pregnant for sure. How do I know? Vet doesn’t want to stress her with more imaging. Also, what do I do when she goes into labor?? Will my male cat be okay around her? They’ve been ok the few times I’ve let them interact but will she change personality when she has kittens? Is she’s likely nicer now than she’ll be after just since she’s “nesting”? Is the stress too much to introduce her to my cat? She’s scratching through the door to get to the rest of the house so I’d like not to keep her cooped up 24/7. Also, when do I know labor is starting? Will she pick a place? How can I make that not be the bed or couch? Or can I cover them? And she eats like she’s STARVING! She looks so tiny to be pregnant.. I read you feed them all they want at a certain point; when is that? How much should I give her each stage? I have Hills ultimate care adult. I went ahead and got some Iams kitten food but when do I start mixing it in? I’m even more lost not knowing how far along she is. I’ve had her 1 week so at least that far along but I could use as much help as possible. Especially regarding labor. I know she’ll most likely do it all on her own but I see so much of what can go wrong working at a vet and I’d like to be prepared. I’ve attached pictures of her. Please help me help her.

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning- She’s a cutie!! Seeing as you work at a vet’s office, I would ask my colleagues there. I’m sure your vets and the techs and other staff members are very happy that you have opened up your home to this kitty and would be happy to share their knowledge. I would start to introduce the two cats more often- the more comfortable they are together or around each other, the less stressful things will be all around. I would also keep an eye on where this new cat likes to settle down most often and put either a… Read more »

Laura
1 year ago

Is a spay abort an option? If so, I’d go with that.

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Suzanne Cannon | 2 years ago
Lucy: Feline With Severe, Chronic Stomatitis
Treatment Cost (USD): $705.70
Lucy is a rescued kitty who first came in to Jarrettsville Veterinary Center with her new owner because she wasn't feeling well - she was lethargic, not eating well, and had two large lumps on the side of her mouth. She was diagnosed with severe stomatitis and hospitalized for treatment. Over the course of the next several months, Lucy received multiple medical treatments in an effort to manage the distressing symptoms caused by her stomatitis. She was given several courses of antibiotics, steroids, and pain meds, and even received laser treatments to help manage pain and swelling. Eventually it was recommended that the best way to help Lucy would be to schedule her for a complete dental cleaning and extractions of diseased teeth.
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Krista Magnifico | 2 years ago
Nasopharyngeal Polyp Exploratory Surgery. Inky Was Suspected To Have A Nasopharyngeal Polyp And His Vet…
Treatment Cost (USD): $605.00
Inky was a rescued feral kitten. From the time his family found him he had what seemed to be an upper respiratory infection (which is very common in feral kittens). After multiple rounds of antibiotics there was little change in his snoring/snorting nasal noises. After doing some research they wondered if he might have a nasopharyngeal polyp? They asked their vet about the possibility? Their vet wanted to send them to a specialist for this. They could not find anyone locally to look and help them with Inky in a price range that was affordable.
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Krista Magnifico | 2 years ago
Routine Cat Neuter. This Is A Routine Surgical Practice In Almost Every Veterinary Clinic Across…
Treatment Cost (USD): $100.00
routine feline castration. Age of most cat neuters is about 6 months old. This was a recently rescued and adopted cat. He was neutered late because of this.
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Krista Magnifico | 2 years ago
Cat Dental With Extractions. This Is An FIV + Cat Who Had Multiple Bad Teeth…
Treatment Cost (USD): $760.16
Dental disease is the most common disease we see in veterinary medicine. The dental decay was found on Smokey's annual examination by his veterinarian.
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Susie Gibson | 3 years ago
Teddy, Male Castrated DSH, Almost 10 Years Old. We Are In The UK. Teddy Was…

Teddy, male castrated DSH, almost 10 years old. We are in the UK. Teddy was hand reared from a week old. He has always presented with loose stools &/or diarrhoea which no one has even been able to attribute a specific cause to. Over the years, we have tried antibiotics including metronidazole, probiotics, prednisolone, drontal & panacur (as part of a worming programme), prescription diets, a raw diet, B12 injections, peridale granules & pancreatic enzymes. The only things which seemed to have some success were the metronizadole & the raw diet. All this time despite having a sore rectum & greasy coat, Teddy has never really acted sick until this week, when he went from having a good appetite to not wanting to eat & hiding. Teddy was very dehydrated. He was placed on iv fluids, had a convenia & B12 injection, had panacur & a gastro-protectant. Teddy has been hospitalised for 5 days. He is still on a drip. They have ruled out FIV & FelV, doesn’t have kidney or liver damage, WBC is very high, does not have a fever, isn’t anaemic. Taken a stool sample. The diarrhoea has stopped but is barely eating & having to be syringe fed. Teddy as Today they said Teddy appears to want to eat but is struggling to do so but doesn’t have any dental issues. They mentioned possibly pancreatitis as a cause for Teddy’s symptoms but can’t rule out parasites or an infection at this stage. Teddy has always been a small cat but he is now just 2.2kg. I asked the vet about a feeding tube but they said no as it would require an anaesthetic & Teddy isn’t well enough for that. The crux of this is that if Teddy doesn’t get adequate nutrition into him, he is going to die. How can I persuade my vet to change their mind?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I’m so Sorry to hear about Teddy’s troubles. I think a few things might help. 1. Ask for a referral to an internal medicine specialist or a feline specialist. 2. Get an ultrasound. 3. You cannot and should not convince someone who isn’t and doesn’t want to be convinced. Just ask for a referral. 3. I agree with you on the feeding tube neccessittt while you try to figure out his issue. (My opinion and I am not there so please use the advice of your own vet… no one likes a back seat driver. Lol). I would also… Read more »

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Ahhmad Thabet | 3 years ago
Hi The Neighborhood Stray Cat Was Hit By A Car, It Has Femur And Pelvic…

Hi the neighborhood stray cat was hit by a car, it has femur and pelvic fractures and is FIV positive, what do you recommend? he’s been also recently coughing, has a long unhealed belly blister, and is generally thin i guess because of FIV. Doctor say option is a long uncertain surgeries and heeling tthat would cost over 5000$ or just put it to sleep! is there hope for heeling with FIV or it will be useless pain? thanks

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Diedra Cardamone
3 years ago

I too say Thank You for caring so much to help this kitty. When the immune system is already compromised it’s harder for other injuries and ailments to heal. Looking at all options and thinking of quality of life – you are doing it all! Sending thoughts and hugs to you and the kitty.

Sarah
3 years ago

HI there-
It’s very kind of you to have taken him to the vet. I think that if I were you, I would have a discussion with the vet … a heart to heart, and discuss the details of all of your options, the cost of each option, and what your vet would do if they were in your shoes. Then I would try to come to some decision as to what to do. This, to me, is a very hard situation. I’m sorry that I can’t be of more help.

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Terri S | 4 years ago
Hi Dr. Magnifico. You Are Our Vet To Our Indoor Cats. Last Week, We Brought…

Hi Dr. Magnifico. You are our vet to our indoor cats. Last week, we brought in a feral cat that was roaming our neighborhood. Turns out, he is pretty friendly, allows petting and belly rubs. On Monday June 19th, I took him to Animal Rescue, Inc., to be neutered, a rabies shot, and flea control. They also checked for a microchip (none), and I paid to have blood work done to have him tested for feline leukemia. Unfortunately, he tested positive for FIV. I would like to find him a home. I have two questions. Do you know anyone willing to give a home to a big orange friendly male tabby cat, or is there anything you can do to help? Maybe doing a courtesy post on your facebook page? I asked Animal Rescue and was told to put him back outside since he is now neutered. I was shocked they said that, as he could infect other ferals. We are currently keeping him in our basement and I just noticed a tapeworm coming out of his anus. My second question is, can you prescribe a tapeworm medication, without me having to bring him in, since he is FIV feral, and just went thru so much at Animal Rescue? My husband can pick it up after work. If not, can you recommend an over the counter medication to treat tapeworms? I am hoping whatever it is, that it will be something easy to give, maybe something I can put in his food that is tasteless. Thank you. Terri

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Shiria Seelenlicht
3 years ago

Hello, When our animal shelter takes in feral cats that turn out to be FIV positive we still let them back to their usual place, if they are truly feral and otherwise healthy. Nothing would be worse for them than to be contained for the rest of their live, always stressed out and afraid. However if they turn out to be friendly, like yours and like to be touched etc. we try to find a new home – however still with the option to go outside, if they turn out to be not lucky inside. Before doing so of course… Read more »

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Jessica D | 4 years ago
In January Of This Year, My 4-year-old Cat Was Diagnosed With FIV. Initial Blood Tests…

In January of this year, my 4-year-old cat was diagnosed with FIV. Initial blood tests showed that he had high WBCs, anemia (low RBCs, low platelets, low hemoglobin), and very high BUN and creatinine levels.

He was given doxycycline, multivitamins (B-complex with iron and lysine), Nefrotec, and prescription kidney food. A month later, his WBC count returned to normal. However, RBC and kidney values were still abnormal. Ultrasonography revealed hydronephrosis and slight kidney enlargement.

I was told to continue the multivitamins, Nefrotec, and kidney food. A third blood test showed that RBC was improved but still below normal values. BUN and creatinine were still very high. Liver values were increased, so they told me to give a supplement containing milk thistle, L-carnitine, and DHA.

As of now, my cat is only being given the liver supplement, multivitamins, and kidney food. I have yet to have his blood checked again. The problem is, we no longer have the money to keep giving the prescribed kidney food.

His appetite is still okay, but he is thin. His teeth are also very dirty (greenish-to-black discoloration) with mild gingivitis. His breath smells horrible.

I was wondering if my cat’s kidneys can still recover, or if the FIV infection means that there is no hope? And what are my options?

Thank you.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your kitty and very impressed with all that you have done so far. If you are concerned about the cost of the kidney food I would talk to your vet about recommendations for substitutes. I would also ask your vet to reach out to their pet food provider for help. I know that if I have a client in financial hardship I can ask for help from our distributors and providers and they always assist. I would also inquire as to whether smaller bags or canes food options are feasible, as well as OTC… Read more »