Posted on Thursday, December 08 '16
Question Answered! My dog recently w...
My dog recently was attacked by two dogs on our walk home and was bitten on her back leg.There wasnt any bleeding but now she has a lump where she was bitten and she walks with a limp. I dont know what to do can you help me?
I'm so glad she wasn't more seriously hurt if she was attacked by two dogs. It is amazing the number of dog bites/ fights we deal with on a weekly basis. If the skin was not broken from the bites then the swelling is more than likely bruising or muscle trauma. There are times when we see a dog fight victim with only a few punctures and the owner thinks that there is minimal damage because he or she sees only a couple of bite marks. But, in reality, when a dog bites, he will grab, bite hard, and pull back or shake their head. This action will cause a lot of damage internally to the muscles and soft tissue. Dog bites are very painful. If the bite did penetrate through your dog's skin then the other issue to be concerned about is infection. If she is limping, then you know she is painful. If the bite went through the skin, I recommend that she be examined and placed on antibiotics. If it only involves a small scratch that did not really penetrate deeply, you could manage by keeping the area clean and applying a topical antibiotic ointment. My first choice is to recommend that she be checked out just to make sure there is not a risk of infection or other problems just to be on the safe side.
Posted on Wednesday, December 07 '16
Question Answered! My cat had ran aw...
My cat had ran away and it came back today , he limps while he walks when i try to stretch it or make a movement on it he meows and im not sure if its broken or not because it lays down and it wont cry at all but once i try to move it or touch it he meows loud , im not sure if to take him to emergency
Oh, I am so glad your cat came back. I don't know if you are local, but our office hours are until 8pm (emergency fee after 8pm). If you are not local, you may still have time to make it to a vet before they close, many are open until 6pm. I say this because I don't know how long he has been gone, so there may be other things wrong as well. If you get him in tonight before emergency hours start then you won't have to worry about him tonight (easier to sleep!). But, if you are someplace that emergency hours are all you have, then I would evaluate how sick your kitty appears. A broken leg or sprain is painful but can wait until morning. But, if it is a fight abscess, then he probably feels really bad and getting him looked at sooner rather than later would be good. It's hard to give super good advice in that I don't can't see your cat. In the end, if you are worried, that extra emergency fee may be worth it. I hope he does all right for you!!
Posted on Sunday, December 04 '16
Question Answered! I have a shih tzu...
I have a shih tzu who is 3 years old. Hashe a cloudy eye and looks dark. I believe it's a corneal ulcer. Is there anything I can do at home because I can't afford the vet bills
If your dog has a corneal ulcer, this is one of those times you need to borrow money from a friend, or find some way to take your dog in for treatment. There are several reasons why. First of all, corneal ulcers (anyone who has had a scratch on their eye will know) are extremely painful. You think a scratch to the eye is painful, try to comprehend the pain these dogs go through with a big ulcerated hole on the surface of their eye. Another very important factor here is that your dog is one of the breeds (bracheocephalic) that have very prominent, bulging eyes. These breeds are more prone to eye issues, and they are a breed that once they get an eye problem it is more likely to have difficulties in healing. Some corneal ulcers, especially if not treated, or improperly treated will literally melt the surface of the eye and may even require a specialized graft to save the eye. For your dog's sake, you need to take him in to be seen as soon as possible. I hope his eye problem easily resolves.
Posted on Saturday, December 03 '16
Question Answered! My 2 year old Chi...
My 2 year old Chihuahua, is throwing up and is very sluggish wants to sleep very skittish when you approach him he also has a dry nose. Unfortunately don't have the funds to help him is there anything we can do at home? He was himself earlier today eating and drinking playing and then when we layed down for bed is when it started. Would greatly appreciate it if we can have some help. Will you apply for that Care Credit but we do not qualify.
So sorry about your dog. If he is lethargic and continues to vomit, then it is possible that it is something more serious than just an upset stomach. You can withhold food to try to settle his stomach and give small amounts of pedialyte or water. It's impossible to say what is causing the vomiting, hopefully it isn't something too serious. If he continues to vomit I would try to find a local vet to have him looked at. For a relatively small amount of money you can at least have him treated with an injection for nausea. Even if you can't afford more, sometimes that is enough to get them settled down and worth trying. If he isn't improving but instead is becoming worse I highly recommend that you seek out some type of care. Very often the worse they get before you get care for them, the harder it can be to turn things around with treatment. We have found that you can also have a friend or relative co-sign for care credit and you will qualify. We have a lot of clients do that.
Posted on Friday, December 02 '16
Question Answered! Yes my two dogs g...
Yes my two dogs got in a fight and now one has a hole in his throat and it seems to be leaking fluids and i just don't know what to do i don't have alot pf money to take my to the vet Thank u for any help
So sorry about your dog. It is possible that you could keep the fight wound clean and it would do all right, but most likely you will get into trouble with that. Dog bites are capable of causing a lot of damage that you may not even be aware of. When a dog grabs another dog, you may only see some puncture marks on the outside, but the crushing force of the bite will very often cause a crushing or tearing damage to muscles, fascia, and other structures. Dog bites also easily become infected. The puncture sends bacterial down into the skin and tissues. Antibiotics are a must. Just keeping the surface clean doesn't help much if you have infection underneath the skin. This is one time I would not take the stand of watching and waiting to see if it turns out OK. I would check around for prices and have your dog examined. It may be all that is needed are antibiotics, you just have to see. Communicate with the veterinarian and let him or her know you have a strict budget and they will work with that. Some of the SPCAs have vets on staff and so do some of the animal shelters. Odds are you can get your dog treated for minimal cost at these facilities as they are supported by tax dollars and donations. I do encourage you to get your dog checked out and hope he does OK>