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Jodi | 2 years ago
Hi Dr. Magnifico! Curious On Your Thoughts On Gabapentin For Pain? I’ve Read Mixed Reviews. …

Hi Dr. magnifico! Curious on your thoughts on gabapentin for pain? I’ve read mixed reviews. My pup has a painful back leg. Originally she saw a vet at our practice who thought is was due to Lyme because she had tested strong positive and did not feel a drawer sign when checked. We did antibiotic treatment and the lameness got better for the most part. She would have some days where you could see it was bothering her. Then a few months later she was back to not bearing weight on it. Saw a different vet this time at our practice and this vet said he felt the drawer sign and said he felt it was injured CCL and reccomened a surgeon. Surgeon said would need to have x-rays to confirm which I haven’t had the money for. So we did pain meds (gabapentin and tramodyl) and rest for about a month and lameness went away again. She’s been good for about a year up until the past month or two and the vet gave gaba again. When she’s on it, she looks sleepy and scared. I’ve never had an issue giving pills with her in cheese on lunch meat or something but now she tries to spit it out. It’s like she knows what it’s going to do to her. I’ve read mixed reviews. I’ve also read it’s more for nerve pain? So I’m not sure if it’s actually relieving her pain or not. I’ve also read the reciptors that tramodyl targets, dogs don’t have? Curious on your opinion on all of this. I would like to see if she’s still a candidate for surgery even though it’s been some time but I need to come up with the funds for that so I’m trying to help her in the mean time. I give her vitamin supplements for her joints. I don’t want her on pain meds all the time but want something that gives her some relief on those bad days without making her feel drugged up.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I actually use gabapentin a lot. I have discontinued using tramadol for many reasons. I also think that if you aren’t seeing benefits and/or seeing adverse side effects that there are other options to discuss. I think the first problem is that you lack a definitive diagnosis. I would try to start there. Then ask about other treatment options to see if they have less adverse side effects? I would also make sure your pets weight is ideal. You are on a good reputable food and a joint supplement. Also moderate impact free exercise. Please talk to your vet about all of these. Good luck .

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Sarah | 3 years ago
Good Morning Pawbly Friends…. A Couple Of Our Dogs Are On Meds Right Now. Rontu…

Good morning pawbly friends…. a couple of our dogs are on meds right now. Rontu is on antibiotics for a wound and a Riva is on pain killers for an unknown issue that our vets are working on with us trying to figure out. Both dogs are between 70 and 80 lbs. Riva spit out her pain pills… 75mg of carprofen and Rontu I guess, thought it was food and ate it. I tried to grab it out of his mouth, but couldn’t get my hand far enough. I managed to grab the other pill (gabapentin) but he swallowed the carprofen. What should I do?

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Kasper Gonzales | 4 years ago
My Dog Had An Emergency C-section About A Month Ago She Was Not Her Usual…

My dog had an emergency c-section about a month ago she was not her usual self i believe cause the meds she started to recover then all the sudden she got a rash on her stomach then her eyes swole up and her furr around her eyes is gone and skin is flakey arpund now she has a dry cough some time she spits up what looks to be just clear foamy siliva is it maybe just allergies?

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  1. Anonymous

    You need to ask the vet this question. They need to see her in person. I would not wait on this.

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Shiria | 4 years ago
Does Reflux In Premature Kittens Exist? I’m Asking Because We Got 4 Tiny Premature Kittens Yesterday…

Does Reflux in premature kittens exist?
I’m asking because we got 4 tiny premature kittens yesterday with their mother. She didn’t have milk when the were born, so the little ones were bottle fed/syringe fed the 2 days before they came to us.. However since she still showed interets in her babys they stayed with her. They had around 70gram according to their owner. When they arrived, they were cold and crying. One died a few minutes after they arrived, despite slowly warming up. It had tiny bits of milk in its nose.
(they were fed ca. 60 minutes earlier)

When they were finally warmed up two were drinking, one was fed with a syringe. All were urinating normally, one had a bit of bowel movements (yellow and soft). I placed them to their mother who was very worried about her babies and cuddled around them immediatly. She had a heat pad below her box to help keeping the temperature. She was extremly nervous, so I left her alone for the time being.
When I looked after them for the next feeding, the second one was dead. Milk around nose and mouth. I checked for cleft palate, but there was none visible.
The other two also showed no signs of a cleft palate. However, they felt cold again despite lying on their mothers belly.

I warmed them up again and this time I didn’t put them back – as it seemed that the despite mother and heat pad below they could’t keep their temperature. So they stayed in the box we use for raising kittens.

One was drinking, one was not. The none drinking was tube fed. When I looked after them a ca. 15 minutes later the non drinking one hat milk running out of its nose and mouth. I cleaned it immediatly and it started breathing again – but I guess it still got something in its lungs, as it died a few minutes later.

The remaining one was now warm, still urinating normally and drinking. But it couldn’t settle down. It was always crying and seemed restless. The next two feedings went normally – as dfar as that is possible with such a tiny one. When I wanted to feed it in the late evening I found it dead – a bit of milk running out of nose and mouth. It was the smalles one of them with only 67 gram.

I’m very worried that I did something wrong… They were not the first babys I bottle fed (or syring fed/tube fed). But it’s not like I’m very experienced… Usually the ones I get are at least full term… I only had one premature Baby before, that also died after 2 days. It had only 53 gram when being born – but it was with me since birth.
None of the babyies I cared lost as much milk through their nose – and especially not their mouth. The only ones that did this, had a cleft palate. The healthy babys may choke at some milk at the beginnig when they try to figure out the bottle – and may show a bit milk at their nose when doing so – but they never showed those problems. They were fine later,

These ones died more or less immediatly after I took them in – and that’s why I’m asking myself, if I did something wrong – or if I should do something different next time – as all of them showed milk at nose and mouth. The third one looked like it had spit our everything it drank earlier and the last one also had more than just a drop outside of nose and mouth. I only fed tiny amounts – ca. 1ml each feeding, to get them started, was that still too much? The previous owner said nothing about problems with feeding – and I used the same milk as them.

It seemed all aspirated milk because it came back out of their stomach (reflux).
I know reflux is not unusual in human preemies – but what’s with cats and is their a way to avoid that? (If that’s the reason for their problems at all). But if not why came the milk back up?

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  1. Sarah

    Good morning. I’m so sorry that you had this experience. While I cannot truly answer your question about reflux, I just wanted to say that the fact that you cared so much and tried so hard does not go unnoticed. Thank you so much for trying?

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Lisa Kirby | 5 years ago
I Have Been Raising Two Orphaned Puppies For 5 & 1/2 Wks. I Just Started…

I have been raising two orphaned puppies for 5 & 1/2 wks. I just started adding soft canned puppy food diluted with homemade puppy milk to their diet but I am really concerned about the correct amount of each they should eat per day. They always seem hungry and when bottle fed the milk, they eat until their stomachs are huge and tight. I sometimes just put the bottle away and stop feeding because I’m afraid it will harm them. They spit up often, while sleeping after they eat. It comes out their nose and It’s hard for them to breathe. What it the correct amount of both canned food and the puppy milk for 5 wk. old pups? They were both obviously the runts of the litter. I have seen their litter mates and my puppies are much smaller and don’t walk or behave like they are the same age. They have also been having diarrhea since adding the canned food. The recipe for their milk is one from off the internet. I chose this one because I am unemployed, don’t have a car, and live a good ways from town and I didnt have the ingredients that most other recipes called for. I was desperate and in a rush to get them something to eat the day I found them and this was the recipe I could put together. It’s 1 can evaporated milk, a can of water, 1 egg yolk, and I was using 1 tsp.of honey, but have switched to 1/2 tsp. of corn syrup. I’m not positive about their weight, but as close as I can get one is about 2 pounds, the other is 3 pounds. They are from a Shepard-Lab mix. Thank u so much for any advice….I cry daily and worry about these sweet babies……lol. I just want to do the best I can for them.

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  1. Sarah

    I really would bring them in to the vet. They can help you better foster these puppies. They’ll need to be brought in and weighed and checked out and then your vet office will be able to provide you with a wealth of information and advice. Best of luck!

  2. carrie Urquhart

    I don’t think the recipe was meant for long term use in pups, only emergency until they could have proper milk. If you need a cheaper milk, canned goat’s milk is great and lasts a long time. All dog foods have recommended guidelines on what to feed. They need to eat several times a day, 3 or 4. Probably something along a heaping spoonfull, if they are spitting up at all it’s too much. Acting like they are starving may be indication of worms. They def need to be vet checked, and dewormed.

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Victoria | 5 years ago
My Cat Has Been Coughing Ever Since She Ate Grass. Her Spit Is Really Think…

My cat has been coughing ever since she ate grass. Her spit is really think and she can’t seem to get the grass out. She is also not drinking water and can’t eat food. This has been going on for 3 hours

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  1. Jennifer Taylor

    I would imagine grass could simply be stuck, however if it were my cat I would probably have him or her checked by their veterinarian as I would rather err on the side of caution. Hope your kitty is feeling better soon!

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Eva S | 5 years ago
Advice Needed For Cat Behavior After Sedation. Mocha Had To Go Under Sedation For A…

Advice needed for cat behavior after sedation. Mocha had to go under sedation for a fur trim today, 23/06/2017, as she has difficulty in the summer with the heat and humidity. She is a very spunky, two-year old cat, 4.6 kgs. Always been healthy and fully vaccinated. When I picked her up from the vet’s, she was awake and alert, but groggy and wobbly as expected of the effects of going under. However, it is now 12 hours after the sedation was done, she is still lethargic, moving around but very slightly, groggy, wants to be left alone, avoids all contact, has not eaten nor drunk anything at all. Her breathing is slightly labored and more rapid than usual. What worries me is that she vomited 4 times in the span of 30 minutes when she first got back home. Emptied out everything that was probably in her stomach, then some bile, and then some spit twice (white liquid). Maybe that was too much. Has not vomited again since though. I made a comfortable spot for her in my room, since that makes her feel more secure, been checking in on her on and off. Has not moved, but turns her head and responds, enjoys being petted very slightly.

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  1. Sarah

    That sounds like an issue I would call my vet about right away. I would also speak to wherever her grooming was done and find out as many details as I could to share with my vet. (As a cat mom myself, I would advise to try to my composure as hard as it might be. You will always get more flies with honey than with vinegar if you get my meaning.) good luck! I do hope your cat is ok.

  2. Eva S Post author

    Hello and thank you for the reply.
    Notes: the rooming was done at her vet’s

    A short update; took her to her vet this morning 24/06/2017. He gave her a subcutaneous fluids shot to avoid dehydration, a glucose shot to get her blood sugar up and fed her some paste via tube, just to make sure she could keep food down. She did ok while there as he checked her and explained that the reason she seems like she is crying in pain is because of her upset stomach due to the vomiting, and simply because she feels woozy being picked up while she is sick like this.
    He said not to worry and she will make a full recovery. asked me to monitor her at home until tomorrow morning and see how she does.
    It’s now 8 in the evening and she is not so much a nearly even the slightest better. She is alert, hears me and turns her head in response, also responds to other stimuli (loud noises, sounds, etc.), her eyes are open and she looks around, etc. BUT, she is not moving, nor feels like she wants to move at all. She can barely stand up and move 2 steps from where she is. She has not drunk, nor ate anything at all either, nor used her litter box, nor has she made any effort to.
    Called her vet (I have his cell phone number for emergencies) and explained the situation, how she is no different than the morning. He asked me to check if she felt cold to the touch, which she did not. Only her hind paws feel a little cooler than usual, but her ears and body are ok. Checked her temperature also and she is average. Finally he asked me to bring her again tomorrow morning (for the third time!) so he can put her on intravenous IV fluids and flush the anesthesia out of her system. I am so worried, I asked if she will be ok overnight, to which he answered me than as long as she is responding and she is kept warm, she’ll be ok until I get her in.

    I don’t know what to think at this point… and he is the only on-call vet around my area, and the only one open on Sundays.

    I am extremely worried, but I dont know what else to do until tomorrow morning than to keep her comfortable.

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Anna Schroll | 6 years ago
My Cat Has A Stopped Up Nose And I Tried Giving Get Be Bedroom And…

my cat has a stopped up nose and I tried giving get be bedroom and he spits it up. what can I do

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  1. Anonymous

    Don’t give your cat any human medication and get him to the vet today.

  2. Krista Magnifico

    These cases usually need an antibiotic and sometimes either an antihistamine. But if a cat can’t smell because their nose is stuffed up they usually don’t eat. So it is very important to see a vet quickly.

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Sunwoo Park | 6 years ago
I Have A 6 Year Old Rabbit Who Seems To Be Giving Off A Slight…

I have a 6 year old rabbit who seems to be giving off a slight head tilt. It’s actually the second time I realized his head had been tilting. The first time, which was a few months back, before I even had the time to take him to the vet, his head tilt fixed itself on it’s own in a day or two and he was eating, drinking, and playing normally. Today, just a few hours ago, I saw his head had tilted again, a lot more than the first time. But this time, he isn’t eating as much as he used to, he bites his snacks and spits them back out, only nibbles on veggies, and I don’t remember the last time he drank water. Should I wait for his head to fix itself again like last time or should I take him to the vet ASAP? I’m not worried about the vet costs but I work full time and will not have the time to get work off until next week, which is what I am worried with the most at the moment. Please give me all the advice you can give me, fellow rabbit owners. He’s been healthy his whole life and had no serious vet visits minus yearly check ups.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    It may be an ear infection or even dental disease. I would call your vet and have him seen as soon as possible.

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tim kenny | 6 years ago
My Cat Chewed On A Morning Glory Leaf & Then Spit Up .

my cat chewed on a morning glory leaf & then spit up .

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  1. tim kenny Post author

    Thank you for your advice & I did take my cat into my vet after I called pet poison helpline. I am happy to write that my cat is on the mend & doing fine.