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kiwi | 7 months ago
I Just Recently Changed My 14 Month Old Cat’s Dry Food But She Hasn’t Been …

I just recently changed my 14 month old cat’s dry food but she hasn’t been eating as she used to. Then yesterday i saw there was smear in her bottom and it was brownish orangy i was not sure if there’s blood. Her poops are formed and brown though as usual. This morning poop is the same. But this afternoon she was on my lap and checked her bottom and a small dot of water came out. I wonder if she has diarrhea. She’s been having brownish discharge for about two weeks now too. Also, she’s been shedding since two months ago not sure if thats normal when cat age. What could be wrong? She doesn’t look sick.

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Sarah
6 months ago

Good morning😊 Is your cat spayed? It could possibly be related to the change in food, but if she isn’t spayed it could be something more than diet. Either way- I think I would collect a stool sample and get an appointment with the vet to be safe. I would let the vet know the dietary changes recently. If your cat is not spayed, please consider it. Have a great day😁🐾

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6 months ago
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It could be the diet change…. I would maybe call the vet if she is still having issues and get her in and bring a sample. Hope she’s ok!!

Laura
6 months ago

If the diet change wasn’t gradual, I would assume she’s having a hard time with it. Cats aren’t as flexible as dogs when it comes to food and changes really need to be gradual.

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6 months ago
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It’s also possible this particular food doesn’t agree with her. Have you tried other formulations of the original brand?

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Kennedy | 1 year ago
My Cat Has Been Scratching Her Neck And Behind Her Ears Lately (which Is Normal), But …

My cat has been scratching her neck and behind her ears lately (which is normal), but when i watched her do it, today, clumps of her hair came out. I looked at her fur and noticed a couple kinda bold spots. Her skin isn’t red or anything, you can just see her skin more. I am wondering if this is just a shedding thing or if something else is wrong. I live in Illinois so weather is pretty average, and my cat is an indoor cat. She has been throwing up a lot lately, but i think thats just because she eats so fast. She also is allergic to some food. The vet said she is allergic to the protein in some types of meat, she will get red spots on her face and ears but after trying a couple types of food i think the rash is mostly gone. I really hope this is a normal thing but i am not sure. The bold spots keep getting worse with every scratch. What should i do?

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning😊 I’m sorry about your cat. My first guess is that there is some sort of skin irritation or allergy. Although it does not look red in the photos, the fact that she is so itchy/uncomfortable is what makes me think along those lines. I know you said the weather is average…but sometimes if it goes from humid to dry or vice verse, it might lead to a skin reaction.

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Hannah Parmer | 2 years ago
I Have A Leopard Gecko I Got From A Science Teacher She Has Been My…

I Have a leopard gecko I got from a science teacher she has been my pal ever since. I usually feed her about 25 crickets every two weeks and change her water everyday. I also have a heating pad for her.Here lately she hasn’t been eating, in a matter of fact, she has not been eating in 3 months. her tail is starting to shrink.I’ve given her pedi-lite baths, I’ve tried to feed her worms instead she ate them for a while then stopped eating those too.Today she started to shed witch for her that’s odd she never sheds. I’m so worried about her I adore my Elizardbeth please help if you have any advice. I would take her to a vet but there is not a vet around for reptiles.

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning,
I would start making phone calls to all local vets and rescues to try to find a vet with reptile experience.

Laura
1 year ago

How far are you from Bellwood? The Bellwood Animal Hospital treats exotics. Also: what substrate is she on? I worry about obstruction. Is she warm enough? How old is she? Are her sheds normal?

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Taye | 2 years ago
My Dog Mocha, Is Three Years Old. Recently, I’ve Noticed That Small Patches Of Her…

My dog Mocha, is three years old. Recently, I’ve noticed that small patches of her fur were missing. I was hoping she was probably shedding. I was wondering what could I do to prevent it?

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2 years ago

This might be skin mites, thyroid problems, hives from some sort of allergy…start with the vet to nail down the cause.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

I agree. Unfortunately hairbloss can have a large number of causes. Things like parasites (fleas, mange), infection or even an internal organ impairment. Please see the vet. I bet that with a visit and a thorough discussion of your dogs history they can help formulate a treatment plan.

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Helena Yggervinl | 2 years ago
My Snake Won’t Shed The Tip Of His Tail. It’s Been 3 Days Since He Fully…

My snake won’t shed the tip of his tail.
It’s been 3 days since he fully shed his body, EXCEPT his tail. A tiny patch of his unshed skin is just hanging on. I tried trying to take it off with my fingers (gently, of course) and it won’t come off at all. It’s clearly firmly attached. I’ve given him moss and hard rocks so he can rub on them and raised the humidity a bit but nothing works. I’m getting worried, is this normal? He’s been with us for 3 months, since he was a baby, and he’s never had this problem before.
EXTRA INFORMATION: His/Her name is Pipit, and we believe he’s a male, but has yet to be confirmed by a professional. He’s around 4 months old, and is a corn snake. Any insight is helpful, and feel free to ask questions!

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2 years ago

I’m not sure where my response went, but I would soak the snake in warm water. Do you provide a large enough water dish for soaking?

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
Don’t force it off. That could prove dangerous and hurt your snake. Can you contact a local vet who is proficient in snakes? Or a local pet store or hobby group? They might all be able to help.

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Jade Jenkins | 2 years ago
My 8-year Old Shiba Inu Had Her Last Good Eye Enucleated This March (after Beginning…

My 8-year old Shiba Inu had her last good eye enucleated this March (after beginning a battle with glaucoma that took her other eye last March). The recovery from the first enucleation was perfect–but this time around, she developed a seroma. We had it drained via syringe in April after we realized that the eye “bulge” wasn’t the prosthetic eye but, rather, the fluid. Dog had also been screaming and pawing at her eye (more like rubbing alongside it, not directly clawing the site with her nails). The drain revealed it was infected, so she took antibiotics. Then the seroma came back again a few weeks later with my dog screaming and pawing at her eye. Had it drained again; wasn’t infected this time. Then she started screaming/pawing again a few weeks later once more, and we repeated the draining process for a third time. She’s been excellent since then–with the site looking more “sunken” like it’s supposed to (and not swollen). Until yesterday, when she started screaming/pawing again. My dog has now had this problem for four months, and today she screamed/pawed off and on ALL DAY. My vet suggested that I consult with the opthamologist who performed the enucleation about doing a possible debridement procedure, which I am tomorrow. However, I wanted to get other opinions on this before I/as I speak with them. How can we tell whether it’s a stubborn seroma that we perhaps never should have drained versus an issue where a surgeon left something behind in there, especially given that it’s not infected any more? Are there scans (e.g., ultrasound) that can be done to shed some light on this without going under the knife to see what’s up, or is that the only way? Money’s not an issue; just worried about pup doing surgery again given her age. Thank you!

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I agree with your vet. Follow up with the ophthalmologist. Start there. There is an answer to your pups discomfort and behavior. They can help you understand what is going on. This doesn’t sound like a seroma.

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Mary Quick | 3 years ago
What Is The Best Way To Deal With A Kitty/ Cat Who Won’t Let You…

What is the best way to deal with a kitty/ cat who won’t let you brush under her stomach . I’ve tried giving her treats but she just won’t let me and it’s so hairy under there she sheds a lot from that area and I think cat dander gets to me plus she is always scratching any advice ??? Please !!! I’m frustrated I’m a dog person to be honest I have never had a cat.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
Lots of cats don’t like belly rubs. So in Kay cases I just accept it as their personal preference and stick to the safer zones of the head and neck area.

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Rebecca Carrington | 3 years ago
My Dog Has Recently Witnessed The Death Of My Other Dog That She Had Been…

My dog has recently witnessed the death of my other dog that she had been raised with. A larger dog broke my gate from the outside when I had let my dogs into the backyard to use the bathroom, which allowed my smaller dog to get out. The larger dog then mauled and killed my small dog. My surviving dog had marks on her collar bone and there was fur stuck in the wood of the broken gate, as well as all the dirt in the area being torn up, leading me to believe that she was pressed between the space in the fence trying to get out and to my smaller dog when all of this happened. I fully believe she saw everything and I have no idea how to help her. It has been three days and she has not eaten, not drank water, she is shedding horribly, very little sleep, and she freaks out when she can’t immediately find me or my two girls in the house. I just want to be able to help her however I can without rewarding her anxiety. Any advice would be very appreciated.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, I am very sorry to hear about your dog. I am very concerned that your surviving dog has both a medical and behavioral need right now. Every dog fight dog should be evaluated by a vet for trauma wounds. These might be both internal and external. I have seen dogs without a wound externally have significant internal damage which might be the cause of her current condition. I expect an X-ray to look for lung contusions or hernias is indicated. I also think that after her physical exam is done they can provide fluid therapy, an analgesic and even… Read more »

j Main
3 years ago

In my experience, our pets often know far more than we think. Have you sat your dog down, and in simple terms with lots of love, explained what that something horrible happened to [small dog] but he is in a better place, is no longer hurting, is not coming back but [big dog] will see him again, that you love [big dog] dearly and will do everything you can to keep him safe and healthy. Sometimes we are so traumatized and things stirred up by the loss of one pet we forget to “explain it” (my values) or convey a… Read more »

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JoAnn Sevey | 3 years ago
What Would Cause A Cat To Never Clean Himself. He Looks Awful & Is Getting…

What would cause a cat to never clean himself. He looks awful & is getting matted clumps of hair. He will not let me brush or comb him. His fur is dull & sheds all year, i know this isn’t normal. Can anyone help me figure this out please..?

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Jennifer Taylor
3 years ago

Cats stop grooming for many reasons. Sometimes it is from stress and sometimes there is a medical reason such as arthritis or an underlying health issue or even a dental issue. I have run into this with my own cats, with my older girl it is simply because she is arthritic and she tends to spend more time laying than she did when she was younger which causes the matts. She tolerates me brushing them out and occasionally I do shave the areas that tend to matt the most. Once we returned home from vacation to find one of our… Read more »

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Angelina Erbert | 4 years ago
My Cat Just Recently Lost Her Kittens When They Ran Away On The Fourth Of…

My cat just recently lost her kittens when they ran away on the Fourth of July. Now she’s hardly eating and she’s shedding massive amounts of fur. She’s not taking good care of herself and seems lost all the time. Is there anything I can do?

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3 years ago

I would get her to the vet, to be quite honest.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

I agree with laura. Also please try to provide her a quiet, warm, stress free place to rest and lots of food options. Please also have her spayed.