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Maham | 6 months ago
Hi, My Cat Is 4 Years Old And She’s Approximately 17 Pounds. I Want To Bring Her …

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My cat is 4 years old and she’s approximately 17 pounds. i want to bring her to around 10 pounds so she can live a healthy life. I want to change her diet from Dry food, what do you suggest? currently she eats Friskies 3 times a day (a hand full each time).

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Krista Magnifico (@kristamagnifico)
5 months ago

I like science diet, royal canin and wellness. As a general rule. I also think that based on age a visit to the vet and some blood work to check thyroid and kidney function.

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Laura (@lauramiedzianowski)
5 months ago
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Maham, plain boiled chicken isn’t nutritionally complete. Cats have more strict requirements than other carnivores.

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Mike | 2 years ago
My Son’s Cat Tom, Is A Rescue We Have Had Approximately 12 Years, Putting His Age …

My Son’s cat Tom, is a rescue we have had approximately 12 years, putting his age about 13 to 13 1/2. Best cat I have ever had in my house! He thinks he is a member of the pack of 3 Jack Russells that run around here, and will not hesitate to stop one in it’s tracks to bathe them! For approximately the last 6 months he has developed a snoring noise, even when he is wide awake, and his local Vet says he has naso-pharyngeal polyps. Over the last month or so, he has had increasing difficulty swallowing his food. He has been on an Iams dry food for years and never had issues until no. We have switched to pulverizing the dry in a food processor and mixing it into some can foods he likes but he still eats very little at a time and always acts like he is starving. Having seen your videos of removing polyps from a cats throat area has led me to reaching out to you for help/advice. I certainly don’t want this cat to starve to death, and his discomfort is clear. Every local Vet I have contacted here in the Norfolk,Va. area has come back with estimates over $2000.00!!! I love this cat, but at 13 years old, I can’t do that and send my son to is first year of college. I am completely open to suggestions, and if need be, open to a 5 hour ride to see you.

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Krista Magnifico (@kristamagnifico)
1 year ago

hello, I have to say that polyps (in my opinion) are less likely as cats age. Next, I do believe there are still vets out there willing and able to sedate/anesthetize a cat and look for a polyp. Please call all the vets you can and reach out to every shelter and rescue for advice on who they use. If, and when you find someone please (please!!!) add their names via the storylines section above so it can help someone down the road. If we dont start sharing info we will continue to lose options and affordable care. If all… Read more »

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Nicole | 2 years ago
I Have A 12 Year Old Female Cat. She Was Obese For Several Years. I Managed To …

I have a 12 year old female cat. She was obese for several years. I managed to get weight off of her a few months before these issues. There has been a lot of urination outside of the box. The urination has been going on a long time and initially I thought it was behavior because I adopted a rescue dog in October 2018 she hasn’t been thrilled about the dog. Right around the time my cat turned 12 she started with the urination… February or March.

In the last couple of weeks her thirst increased significantly. Also just laying on her side on the floor, not wanting to be in her bed or on the furniture. She’s losing weight /muscle mass and she is hoarse. She is still eating, I had to coax her a bit one day so I made chicken broth from drumsticks she’s been drinking a good amount of the broth and ate chicken and her canned food. She’s actually been gulping the food down.

I can’t tell if this is kidney related or diabetes. I have not noticed bad breath. I am in a real bind and need to figure out what else to do for her till I can get money for a vet.

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Laura (@lauramiedzianowski)
1 year ago

Inappropriate urination is often the first noticeable sign something is wrong. Increased thirst means this has been going on long enough to be a total body problem. I would put a lot of effort into getting her seen sooner than later…going too long can and will cause further damage to her already very sick body.

(Dr. M told me bad breath is kidneys. Expect a full urinalysis and bloodwork, plus the possibility of subcutaneous fluids and prescription diet.)

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Krista Magnifico | 3 years ago
Radio-iodine Treatment For Hyperthyroidism In A Bombay Cat. Meet Bica.
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Bica was brought to me because her parents were concerned about her weight loss and muscle wasting. She was about 12 when first diagnosed. Most hyperthyroid cats are active (or over active), have a voracious appetite and even though they seem to be eating an adequate amount they continue to lose weight and muscle. Many cats are presented very thin and some even become so ravenous they start to become aggressive about food, or even around people. Bica's parents noticed her subtle signs very early on. She is a very loved and very lucky kitty.
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Sunny Warfield | 3 years ago
How Do I Know When It’s Time To Let Go Of My Dog? My Baby…

How do I know when it’s time to let go of my dog? My Baby is a 17yo Shih Tzu, she is blind and deaf now. She has a great appetite but has and is lossing so much weight. She is skin and bones. She can barely stand and walk without constantly falling over. She is incontinent of her bowels and urine more in the last week, before she was able to go 4-6 hours before peeing all over herself. She is groaning a lot lately, normally she doesn’t make any sounds unless we accidently cause her pain. I don’t know what I should do? I don’t want to make her suffer. Please help me

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
2 years ago

Good morning- I am so sorry that you are going through this right now. This is a delicate situation that is different for everyone. Sometimes our pets tell us. Most times I guess, but we just aren’t ready to listen. I would chat with my vet. They can help you weigh the options. If your dog is miserable with pain, has lost the will to live, doesn’t enjoy anything that they used to, can’t control their own body anymore, then it might be time. Your vet can help you with that discussion.

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
2 years ago

Good morning- I am so sorry that you are going through this right now. This is a delicate situation that is different for everyone. Sometimes our pets tell us. Most times I guess, but we just aren’t ready to listen. I would chat with my vet. They can help you weigh the options. If your dog is miserable with pain, has lost the will to live, doesn’t enjoy anything that they used to, can’t control their own body anymore, then it might be time. Your vet can help you with that discussion.

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Laura (@lauramiedzianowski)
2 years ago

I would call your vet. We don’t know anything about your dog, and your vet is your best contact here. Based on this description, however, I would be planning to let her go soon.

I’m sorry. This is a hard decision to make, but we *must* make it for our pets’ welfare.

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Fred Villanueva | 3 years ago
My Miniature Schnauzer Has Been Vomiting Daily, And Has Light/pale Pink Colored Gums. She Has…

My miniature schnauzer has been vomiting daily, and has light/pale pink colored gums. She has vomited semi-solid, but mostly a yellow or clear liquid (sometimes with some foam). Today, however, I believe she vomited her stomach’s fluids (green colored). After vomiting, she loses energy. She has lost weight and doesn’t eat her food in the period of time she used to. We thought it was gastritis, but when we changed her food to one that helps her digestion, it didn’t have any effect on her! What could she have?

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
3 years ago

Hello- I am sorry about your dog. You should get her to a vet right away. From the sounds of it, she is very dehydrated and has gone from bad to worse. Your vet will do a thorough examination and be able to help you better with regard to what is wrong and how to fix it. Good luck.

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3 years ago

Small dogs dehydrate quickly. Please, get her to the vet ASAP…this morning, if at all possible.

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Krista Magnifico (@kristamagnifico)
3 years ago

I agree with Laura and Sarah. Please see a vet immediately. I would want your pup to have a thorough exam. A fecal sample sent to the lab for analaysis of intestinal parasites (these are often not visible in the feces by the naked eye), and bloodwork done to check for liver disease, pancreatitis and even a maldigestion profile. Schnauzers are notorious for liver ailments and pancreatitis. Please don’t wait any longer. The longer you wait the harder these cases can be to resolve. Good luck.

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Julia LH | 3 years ago
My Sweet 9 Year Old Australian Cattle Dog Was Spayed When She Was About A…

My sweet 9 year old Australian Cattle Dog was spayed when she was about a year old, according to her adoption paperwork. However, she has always had a bit of a “heat cycle,” with some bleeding twice a year. The vet told us not to worry about it.

Now, all these years later, I have this suspicion that she has stump pyometra. However…she has no clear symptoms, only some lingering brown discharge and a slightly saggy belly, a few months after her pseudo-heat cycle. She just had her annual exam, and the vet said everything looked fine. She is eating (a little less than she used to), drinking (not excessively), playing (like a senior dog), eliminating (no diarrhea or increased urination or incontinence), happy, etc. BUT I still have this suspicion.

I am normally not an overly protective pet person. Our other beloved dog died in May, and I worry that my grief is impacting my decision-making skills. Should I subject my poor old girl to testing for stump pyometra even though she isn’t acting ill? I couldn’t bear to stress her out unnecessarily in her golden years…

Possible symptoms:
-Some weight loss over the past 6 months, but she was chubby before and also grieved the loss of her dog companion with a short hunger strike
-Slightly saggy belly, but no indication of pain when examined
-Reluctant to jump up onto the bed/couch (vet says this is normal for her age)
-Occasional brown discharge, very small amounts
-Occasional white drop of liquid seen on her vaginal area
-Sometimes looks directly at me and seems sad, like she needs something and can’t figure out how to tell me (or maybe she just wants a treat!)

Am I just being paranoid because I can’t bear the thought of losing another dog so soon? I love her and want to do the right thing. She is stoic, and I’m not sure she would let on if she was in pain. Thank you for your opinion. <3

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
3 years ago

Good morning?
Have you discussed all of this with your vet? Have you laid out and listed all of your concerns, as you have here online? That would be my best advice, if you haven’t had this discussion already. I know that if I had a gut feeling, my vet would discuss my concerns in detail with me, and probably go further to get a second opinion from a colleague, to help calm my suspicions or worst case, confirm them. So that is where I would start-with your vet. They know your pet best. Good luck!

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Sarah Bubb | 3 years ago
Hello, How Can You Tell If Your Dog Is Just Slowing Down B/c Of His…

Hello, how can you tell if your dog is just slowing down b/c of his age or if it’s something else? Our dog is a 100# yellow lab (Hunter). He’s about 10 years old which I know is senior for a dog of his weight and age. He’s been really slowing down playing ball and walking lately. He doesn’t want to do it as often or as long, sometimes never. We lost his sister dog to a spine tumor earlier this year but best i can tell he seems to be okay emotionally with her loss. How do i know that this is “normal” for him? He eats and goes to the bathroom normal, he’s sleeping normal. He’s on normal preventative and gets his yearly checkup. We try and play with him (catch) instead when he’s laying down inside the house. He seems to like to do that from time to time as an alternative – where he just lays down and catches the ball that we throw to his mouth. Is there any way to tell if he’s got arthritis and we should be giving him some type of anti-inflammatory or something else could be going on? Maybe I’m being too cautious (he had a mast cell removed a few years ago) and it’s probably just senior age / summer time heat but how do I know? I know he has thickening of his elbow joints.

Thank you for ideas,
Sarah

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Krista Magnifico (@kristamagnifico)
3 years ago

Hello Sarah, My pit bull mix pup is 9-1/2 years old. I notified the same thing with him. He just didn’t seem as peppy and eager for play, walks or even food. He just seemed to be aging exponentially quicker than I thought normal. I had run blood work (a full panel ) 3 months ago and I’ve been watching his wrist like a hawk as it has been sore and swelling (I feared it was cancer,,, three sets of X-rays and 6 months later I am fairly confident it is just osteoarthritis), but after three booodwork checks his thyroid… Read more »

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Shweta Dobriyal | 3 years ago
Hi, I Have A 15year Old Indie Mix Breed Dog, Not Neutered Been Diagnosed With…

Hi, I have a 15year old indie mix breed dog, not neutered been diagnosed with mass in prostrate biopsy not done
His symptoms limping with hind limb, straining while urinating and passing stool
In constant pain around prostate mass and hip bones
Vet suggested it’s a 80*88mm tumor and can’t be treated due to surgery so should be put to sleep
Please advise as there is no blood in urine and no weight loss yet is there a possibility of that this isn’t tumor and just a mass

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3 years ago

If you have access to a veterinary oncologist, this is your best bet. I wouldn’t wait too long on this, though.

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Melanie Erickson | 4 years ago
My 15 Year Old Cat’s Health Is Declining And The 3 Different Vets That Have…

My 15 year old cat’s health is declining and the 3 different vets that have seen her over the past few months can’t seem to figure out what’s wrong with her. It started with a limp in her leg, then sores on her foot on that leg, and now the whole inside of that leg is missing hair. She was given prednisone and is walking normally again but now she’s also drooling and has yellow discharge from her eyes along with weight loss. She was given more daily prednisone and a convenia injection about a week ago and her symptoms aren’t really improving. Has anyone else seen anything like this and successfully treated it? What was the treatment so I can discuss this with the veterinarian?

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Krista Magnifico (@kristamagnifico)
3 years ago

Hello,
Have any of the vetsdone any diagnostics? Like bloodwork, radiographs, etc? It sounds like you are trying treatment options without success and not trying to get to the diagnosis? Although I am a proponent of trying treatment options in the hopes of saving time and money in cases like these it is sometimes necessary to try to get a diagnosis so that your chance of resolution is much better. Perhaps at this point it is time for a referral to a specialist? Either a feline specialist or a dermatologist?

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Shiria (@shiriaseelenlicht)
3 years ago

I agree with Krista here, what Diagnostics were done so far?
Did they take samples of the skin to determine what the cause is? Were bloodworks done? x-ray for the limping?
Maybe take a sample of the exe discharge too, to see if and what bacteria are causing that, as it’s not neccesarily caused by the same that cause her other skin problems. Drooling and yellow eye discharge can be a sign of cat flu.
I’d definitly do some more diagnostics or as Krista said try a specialist.