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My kitten fell and is in pain. Possible sprained back leg. Is there anything that can be safely given for pain?
No!! Whatever you do, do not give your kitten human pain medications! Human pain medications should not be given to either dogs or cats. Cats are especially sensitive to almost every medication used in humans. One extra strength tylenol given to cats will most likely cause death. A good rule of thumb for pet owners is to never give medication to their pets without direction from their veterinarian. But, to address your kitten's problem, it is possible that your kitten bruised or sprain something when she fell, but it is also possible that something more serious has happened, such as a broken leg. I would recommend that you take her to your veterinarian to check her out to be on the safe side. He or she can also prescribe something for pain that can be used in cats and kittens. Has your kitten been vaccinated? Checked for intestinal parasites? If that hasn't been done, that can be addressed and determined when to start vaccinations when the leg gets checked out.
Can i give my 8 week old pup children's motrion
No!! Do not give your puppy Motrin or any other pain medication. Do not give it to puppies or adult dogs, kittens or adult cats. It is simply not a good idea to give it at any time. Medications are metabolized differently by dogs and cats than it is in humans. Some drugs can be used by dogs, cats and humans while some drugs can be used in dogs, but not cats. I am assuming that your puppy has some type of problem that you think pain medication will help with. I don't know what is going on, but you can always call and talk with your veterinarian or his or her technicians. We are there to help with your questions or problems. I do recommend, that if your puppy has not be checked out yet, or started on vaccinations, you should take him or her as soon as possible to have that done. My heart always breaks to see the number of puppies and kittens that come in sick with a disease or problem that could have been prevented by vaccinations. A lot of people don't realize that you should start vaccinations at 6 to 8 weeks of age.
My dog has had diarrhea since yesterday. Today I noticed that he had been bleeding from his anus. He has not shown any other symptoms as of yet. Is this an emergency situation where I should take him to the very?
Can you tell if the bleeding is actually bloody diarrhea? If it is, especially if it is a watery, bloody diarrhea, you definitely need to take him on to your veterinarian or an emergency clinic. If the stool is fairly formed with a small amount of blood, and your dog is feeling good, that would be an issue that would need to be addressed but it would not necessarily be an emergency situation. If your dog's diarrhea is turning into bloody, watery diarrhea, then that would be an emergency situation. Bloody diarrhea tells us that the intestinal problem is getting worse and that the intestinal lining is starting to erode, and mostly likely erode a great deal. If the intestinal lining is that compromised infection is a potential problem. Also, when the normal intestinal lining is compromised, bacterial that is normally present in the intestinal tract can be absorbed into the body. This can lead to sepsis- a very serious condition where they the body becomes overwhelmed with infection and you will start to see organs shut down. Again this situation (sepsis) occurs only when conditions are right, but is one of the reasons we don't take bloody diarrhea lightly. Also, you can have a situation where the blood become hemoconcentrated and IV fluids are needed. Dehydration can also occur. This all sounds serious (and it can be), but I am giving you this information without seeing your dog, or knowing how bad it actually is. You may have a not overly serious problem at all, but this is potentially some of the things that can happen. Is your dog vaccinated for parvo? Usually we see both vomiting and bloody diarrhea with this infection. Has your dog been tested for intestinal parasites? We can see blood in the stool caused from this as well. There can be many causes, and sometimes when tests do not reveal the cause we just have to treat symptomatically. I hope all turns out OK for you!
I have a 4 month old kitten that has been with us for about two months now. We were told he was vaccinated during purchase but that is questionable. We introduced a new kitten that we will be adopting that is not vaccinated. It is the kitten's 4th day and my first kitten is acting sick. His appetite has decreased, he vomited twice, and has had extremely liquid diarhhea twice. I did notice that the day before the new kitten, he seemed to have a blade of grass stuck in his throat that he later vomited. We changed his food but when his behavior changed, we switched him back. I thought that had helped since he is still playful. I'm terrified that my baby has something that will rack up a vet bill over $200 that I cannot pay. I desperately want to know that this is most likely stress and it will work out. I have to wait until monday to take him to the vet.
That is really great that you have adopted these kittens. Concerning the first kitten, it is possible that he was vaccinated, but they need a series of vaccinations when they are kittens to fully protect them. So, if your kitten was exposed to a disease, it may not be fully protected. If you purchased this kitten from a breeder (?) then it is more likely that it has been tested for intestinal parasites as well as gotten at least one vaccination. We are more concerned with kittens being exposed to a disease if a kitten came from a cattery. The symptoms you describe could be from feline distemper, intestinal infection, food related or even intestinal parasites. Kittens, because they are young and small, have very little reserves when they get sick. They will rapidly dehydrate and can become seriously ill. You might not have the luxury of waiting to get your kitten checked out. Also, if you take them to your veterinarian when they first get sick, it is usually easier (and cheaper) to treat the symptoms early. Once they have been sick for several days and become severely dehydrated, it is much more complicated to address the symptoms. If intestinal parasites are the problem, or part of the problem, then your new kitten is also at risk. Over the counter dewormers do not address all the intestinal parasites and should not be given. A fecal test done by your veterinarian can identify intestinal parasites such as coccidia and giardia which cause diarrhea in kittens and puppies. A specialized giardia test may be indicated to make sure your kitten does not have it. Giardia is also a public health risk to people- so it is important to identify if this is part of the problem. For anyone reading this answer- we all too commonly see ill puppies and kittens with medical problems that could have been prevented if they had been examined, vaccinated and tested for parasites by a veterinarian when they are first adopted. I can't emphasize how important this to help keep pets healthy. Since your kitten has vomiting and diarrhea, I would take separate him from the other kitten and take him in as soon as possible to your veterinarian. If you have financial restraints, let your veterinarian know. We (and other vets) really try to work with the client to develop a treatment plan that will help your pet as well fit in your budget. We realized that many people do work on a budget and really try to help with that. I hope everything turns out OK.
Hi I have a boxer he got a bite on his neck I have wash it with warm water and mild soap is ther anything else I can do at home for him what can I give him for pain pleas help I dont have much money
You didn't say what kind of bite. Is it a dog bite? Spider bite? Any bite can potentially get infected. Spider bites have the added problems with possible allergic reactions or tissue necrosis (dying of surrounding the wound if the spider bite is venomous). Dog fight bites are at a high risk of getting infected. I'm not sure how severe the bite is, or how long it has been there, but if home care is all you can do at this point then I would use copious amounts of water to wash the area. You can even use a water hose to spray the area once (even better do it twice daily). The spraying action of water helps to wash away bacteria and debris associated with the wound and is superior to just washing with water. You can also apply a topical antibiotic like Neosporin twice a day. Do not give any over the counter pain medications to your dog. Dogs and especially cats do not tolerate them like humans do. If you notice increased swelling, pain or discoloration of the skin, that means it is getting worse- probably infection. In that case, you really do need to take your dog to be examined by a veterinarian and placed on antibiotics. Bites can become so infected that some dogs have to be sedated to debride the wound (removal of dead tissue) or/ and the placement of drains tubes have to be placed in order for healing to occur. This can be an instance where finding the money to have them examined initially and placed on antibiotics can save money in the long run. My first recommendation is alway to seek medical care rather than treat at home. I have seen so many instances when an owner attempted treatment at home and then a minor problem became a major problem. Something to keep in mind. Also, I'm just checking- if you haven't done so already, be sure and get your dog vaccinated, tested for intestinal parasites and placed on heartworm prevention. This is an investment for your dog that will pay off for the health of your dog. If you live in Texas, beware, heartworm infection is a common occurrence in dogs that are not on heartworm prevention.
I have a miniature dachshund who's about 11 years old. About 4 days ago, I noticed something poking out of his belly (not visibly, but I can feel it when I rub his tummy). It feels like cartilage and it doesn't seem to bother him at all, I'm just worried about it. My research points to a floating rib, but it's only appeared within the past week, which makes me wonder. I've already taken him to the vet, but he just told me he was fine. He hasn't lost weight recently or anything like that, if anything, he's put on a pound or two (was 12 lbs, now 13.1 lbs or so). Any info for a (possibly overly concerned) doggie mommy?
Most likely you are correct that it is a "floating rib". The ribs further down, near the belly, are not attached the same way as the other ribs. Most of the ribs are attached both at the spine and down at the sternum creating a rigid rib cage to protect heart and lungs. The last several ribs are not attached at the sternum so they are more movable and can appear to be floating or shifting in position. Actually this can be more noticeable in Dachshunds. I love concerned doggie mommies! They make the best owners because they watch for problems and ask questions which allows us to catch medical issues early. One thing I do want to make you aware of- is your dog's weight. I don't know if he is over weight or not based upon his weight since Dachshunds vary so much in size, but if he is overweight, you should consider putting him on a diet. Dachshunds, as a breed, are prone to back problems so keeping him active and at a normal weight will help him as he continues to age.
My sons has a female dog who is just over a year old. About 3 days ago we noticed a large lump on the side of her neck. I just checked on it again and its a huge swollen mass on both sides of her neck and under jaw. There is no visible injury or signs of a bite from any another animal/insect. She doesn't seem to be feeling sick, or having any breathing issues. She is a little less active than normal but her tail is still wagging like she is happy and normal. Is this call for concern, will this mass go away? Do i need to take her to the vet? Please help, i dont know whats going on.
I would definitely take her in to your veterinarian as soon as possible to have this lump checked out. The fact that she is a young dog along with the fact that this mass is rapidly growing would most likely indicate that this is not some type of cancer, but that there is something else going on. Hard to say what it is, but my first guess would an infection. An abscess (pocket of purulent exudate- or pus) can rapidly expand and can look like a mass. An allergic reaction is possible, but unlikely from what you are describing. Insect bite, even snake bite will cause swelling- but usually it will be painful. This is an issue that needs to be addressed. Infections can progress into something severe requiring a lot of medical treatment. This is definitely one of those problems that early diagnosis and treatment can stop something that could potentially be serious. I hope that she does ok for you!
we have a 3 week old kitten that was found on the roof of our mobile home and well not drank mailk .she eats great but not dranking the mailk. what can we do
If the kitten is eating well for you- then that is great! It is easy to think that they need milk when they are young but you should not give cow's milk to kittens (or puppies) because it may cause diarrhea. If they are eating dog or cat food, all you need to do is provide water. But, you have a young kitten or puppy that is still nursing and not old enough to be eating food, you should get a milk replacement made specifically for them to feed them. This can be purchased at a veterinarian or a pet store. If the kitten is old enough to start switching over from nursing to regular food, you can use kitten food and mix it with water (not milk) to produce a gruel so that they can more easily eat it. If the kitten has teeth and is already eating dry food it may be older than you realize. That is great that you are taking care of a kitten that obviously needs a good home. The next step I would recommend is to make an appointment with your veterinarian to have the kitten checked out. It is very important to test for intestinal parasites and to set up a vaccination schedule. Your veterinarian can answer all your questions about the best way to care for your new kitten. Kittens are so much fun!
My pregnant rottweiller has a swollen leg. We think from a bite but not sure. Do you think we should wait until morning or get to the vet tonight?
It is impossible to say whether you can wait or not. The reason why is it is impossible to say whether you can wait is it is impossible to say why the leg is swollen. If it is from a bee sting or spider bite or something else, there is always the possibility of a severe allergic reaction. It might be something that can wait, just don't know. It's so hard when you go to an emergency clinic in the middle of the night, and find out it wasn't anything, but we have had times when something seemed insignificant and it turned out to be a major problem. So on our end, we always recommend that if something is wrong, you should have your pet seen.
Yes i have a pitbull this will be her 2nd litter she wasnt so big on this pregnacy but she has only had one puppy several hours ago shes just laying in her housr and shaking on and off
If she has had only one puppy, the odds are that she has more. If she isn't actively in labor so that you can see she is actively having contractions, then she may just be in the period of time between puppies. Having said that- several hours is a long time between puppies. She may only have one puppy (again unusual for that breed) or there may be a problem. It could be that she has weak contractions and that she is actively in labor and you don't know that. It could be some health issue that is causing her uterus not to contract. At this point you should call your veterinarian or an emergency clinic and talk to them in more detail so that can get more information. Most likely she needs to be examined. I would be concerned that it has been several hours since she has had a puppy- although for that breed it is unusual to have problems. It is always a good idea to have a dog that you plan to breed to be examined before breeding. It is important that they are on a good diet, heartworm negative, tested for intestinal parasites and generally in good health. When your dog is tested for heartworms, make sure your veterinarian uses the expanded heartworm test that also tests for tick transmitted diseases, such as ehrlichia. In Texas we have that issue (surprisingly my own personal dog recently tested positive for that disease) and initially there may not be any symptoms. The point being that you want to make sure a dog is disease free before breeding- because that can impact pregnancy and whelping. Again, generally that breed does not having problems, but at this point it would be a good idea to talk to your veterinarian or seek further advice. I hope she does well for you.