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My cat is not using the litter box, and now has a little diarrhea
A cat not using the litter box could mean a lot of different things. Generally when a cat stops using the litter box, all it says is that something is wrong and that is one of the ways cats show that something is wrong. Reasons for not using the litter box can include behavioral issues, such as upset from household changes, or new people in the environment, or they just may be ill. Something is off with them. Usually we ask a lot of questions of the owner in this situation to try to get some sort of history. Since your cat has some diarrhea, there would be things we do to access what might be causing the diarrhea. A thorough physical exam is a good start. We usually recommend lab tests on a fecal sample to make sure intestinal parasites are not part of the problem. Sometimes other tests are recommended- all depending upon the history and physical exam. Other important questions are is your cat acting ill? appetite? how long this been going on? change of diet? any new cats in the household? does your cat go outside? has this happened before? has your cat ever been tested for worm? any vomiting? This is an example of what would be needed to figure out what is going on. I just go over all of this so that you know that this may or may not be a simple problem. Long story short- I would have your cat checked out by your vet. It would also help to take a stool sample with you to be tested. That would be the best steps you could take to make sure your cat is healthy.
My chihuahua had a rabie vacine a month ago n I was wondering if there r side affects. Or what could be causing her to bite n scratch at the point where shes losing her fur. What could I do fo it. I don't have much money.
If your dog had a rabies vaccination a month ago, then the symptoms you are seeing are more than likely not related to the vaccination. Dogs can occasionally have reactions to vaccinations, but those are a type of allergic or anaphylactic reaction and generally occur within hours of the vaccination. There can be many things that can cause dogs to itch. If this is something that has just recently happened, it could be something as simple as fleas. You can look for fleas on your dog, or for flea droppings, which looks like pepper. Other things can cause itching, are mange, food allergies, inhalant allergies, contact allergies and skin infections. It is impossible to say without doing an exam. If you are finding fleas, I would recommend purchasing Frontline plus from your veterinarian or other stores. I would stay away from over the counter flea products as they are more likely to cause reactions. If you absolutely cannot afford a veterinarian, you can try shampoos for dry skin, but honestly, your best bet is to get advice from your veterinarian. Try calling your local animal shelter or humane society, they may have a vet on staff. You might also want to look at getting health insurance for your dog. They are not that expensive, and can really make a difference if you ever are confronted with a serious health problem.
Hey how's it going my dog has a mild ear infection,should I take him to the vet or is there something out there I can buy?
I am so glad you asked the question instead of just trying something yourself. Of all the things that can go wrong, this is probably one of the most important times you should never try an at-home remedy. You don't want an ear infection to linger or take a long time to heal, The more chronic an ear infection becomes the more difficult it is to clear up, and the more damage and change that occurs to the ear canal and ear drum (not to mention the ear hurts!). There are different causes for ear infections and problems. The more common are yeast infections, bacterial infections, ear mites and allergies. We also sometimes find foreign bodies such as grass awns, or ticks, or tumors in the ears. The ear canals are also shaped down and in, with a long ear canal with virtually no drainage. The point is, you want to make sure of what is causing the ear problems so that the best treatment can be chosen for fast and complete healing. Your vet will do an examination with an otoscope, take a history from you, and do a swap of the inside of the ear to do special stained slides for microscopic examination to help determine if it is ear mites, yeast or bacterial infection so that the best treatment can be chosen. I hope this helps
I have a cat about 3 years old is crying out when he eats some times and when he opens his mouth and is acting sluggish I live 5 mins from you in Aledo is this something that needs immediate attention.
This is very difficult to determine the cause without seeing the cat but the first things we would rule out would be: 1. stomatitis. Very common in cats and is an autoimmune disease. The poor cat gets lesions all over the mouth and is like having a dozen canker sores in your mouth all at once. Look in the cats mouth and see if there are red sores on the cheeks or palate. This is where they show up most often. 2. Abscessed tooth or broken tooth. This too can lead to a cat that has pain upon eating or opening his mouth. 3. Jaw fracture. Has the cat been in a fight, fallen down or hit with anything that you know of? Do the teeth seem to meet together normally or is the jaw cocked to one side? There are other things that be wrong but this is the top of my list. Remember, we are I-20 Animal Medical Center in Arlington, not the one that copied our name in Weatherford. We have a veterinarian that did a 3 year residency in dentistry and has limited her practice to dentistry for over 12 years. We also have a human dentist on staff at our location to assist her. If your cat is eating, even though reluctantly, he might be able to wait to see Dr. Bloom on Monday. If symptoms get worse or she quits eating, then rush her in. Hope this helps. Our number is 817 478 9238. We will be more than happy to help you.
Our dog ate a large amt of deer hair Sunday. Today he is lethargic. He has vomited and has no appetite. He has has 2 regular bowel movements today but began to have loose stool this evening. Is there anything we can give him to help?
I am making this guess without knowing how big your dog is and how much hair he has eaten. But, I can give you some information that may help. Dogs eat some amazing things, so your question doesn't completely surprise me. Was this just hair, or was it possible it was skin and hair? If it was just hair, then depending upon how much hair he ate it could be a gastritis or enteritis where the stomach and/or intestines are inflamed. With this, he would feel sick and would vomit, can have diarrhea, and not have an appetite. Or, if he ate enough hair, then even a blockage would be possible. If he consumed more than just hair- maybe parts of the deer, then you could be dealing with a gastritis or enteritis, or blockage, or even something like pancreatitis if there was a lot of fat with what he consumed. It would be hard to know for sure. Even if it was a simple stomach or intestinal upset, if severe enough he could get more sick and dehydration could come into play. Some dogs get such a severe intestinal infection/ irritation that they can bleed into the intestine. So, just watching him is not a good option. I realize it is night time, but if you are located where there is an emergency clinic, you should consider taking him in. If everything checks out, just by getting him medication to stop the nausea would make him feel so much better, and hopefully will stop things from getting worse. I realize this doesn't give you a concrete answer, but I can't tell you how difficult it is at times to access our patients and know how bad it is until we really examine them, and do tests if indicated. As far as treating him at home, there really isn't any over the counter medications that you can give for this. Plus, you don't really know what is causing the vomiting. If he was my dog, I would take him in (plus, you would sleep better tonight not worrying about him).
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Thank you very much for your kind words. Our doctors have answered over 400 Ask A Vet questions on almost every topic imaginable as well as written hundreds of original articles on general topics such as spay/neuters to highly specialized topics like the one to which you have commented. Our doctors have even developed new and innovative procedures that we have shared with other specialists as well as general practice veterinarians. I-20's medical staff is headed by Dr. Cindi Welch who is residency trained in Emergency and Critical Care. We also have Dr. Bonnie Bloom whose practice is limited to dentistry and oral surgery. Veterinary Specialists of North Texas have joined with us to provide oncology (cancer) services to our clients and their own clients by operating out of our building one day a week. We also are proud to have Dr. Lindsay Robinson and Dr. Nelson who have both done extensive advanced training in the area of Exotics. Exotics are almost an entire field of vet medicine within the field of vet medicine. So as you can see, we have assembled quite the staff. Why go to all this work? We truly believe that you and your pet deserve the best. Not just words, but real action. This is why we have a doctor on staff and on premises 24/7. Thank you again and best of luck in the future.
My dog for the past 3 weeks has been obsessed with drinking water. He drinks a quart size bowl every 2 hours . He's eats alot too but looks in good shape He is very active. I'm just worried about how much he drinks. It's getting more frequent and I think like actually thinking back in the last 12 hours or 24 hours he could drink a bowl of water that's probably 3 Cup every 30 minutes to an hour and he is urinating a lot too but he's active he seems comfortable he just I don't know what to think of it he's also a I hope for a cocker spaniel and he is 14 and a half years old.
Very good on your part that you have noticed the excess water drinking. We rely so much on what owners notice that is different with their pet. Owner observation is an important part of our history taking since our patients cannot tell us where it hurts. You need to take your baby in as soon as possible to be seen by your veterinarian. The increase in water consumption that your see is not normal. This is a strong indicator that something is wrong. It is impossible to say what the problem is based upon the symptom of increased thirst, but some of the things that can cause increased water drinking would be diabetes, kidney infections, chronic kidney failure or cushings disease, (just to name a few problems). If you are local and do not have a veterinarian you may want to set up an appointment with one of our veterinarians. We commonly see complex medical conditions and we are set up with x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound if this is needed. One of the first things that a veterinarian will recommend after an examination of your dog is a urinalysis and blood panel. Radiographs may be recommended depending upon what is found, since dogs can have kidney and bladder stones. X-rays will also help to visualize the kidneys and see if other structures and organs appear normal. One recommendation is just before you take your dog in to be seen, is to take him for a walk and catch urine in a container (midstream) for a urinalysis. That will one of the first things they will want to analyze. Do it just before the visit so that it will be a fresh sample. I hope all goes well with your visit!
i accidentally just took my dog's medicine, apoquel
You probably would be ok, you really need to contact a human poison control center and ask them. They should have that information. We are not qualified to make that determlnaton and it is important that you find out as soon as possible.!
If your dog passes away from parvo, is there any danger to humans or infants??
I'm so sorry about your dog. I take it you have just lost one from parvo virus. You ask a very good question. No, there is not any danger of humans contacting the virus. But, the parvo virus lives a long time in the environment. Bleach can be used to clean floors and other areas in the house, but one cannot use it in the yard where the virus also lives. If you plan on getting another dog in the future I would wait at least 6 months, even longer to be on the safe side. Even better, you may want to consider getting a new dog that is older and is fully vaccinated. Puppies are at risk until 18 weeks or older. After that age, if a young dog has received all of its puppy boosters, it should be protected against parvo virus.
My little shih tzu is very sick, i don't have any money to take her to the vet ER is there anyway I can get someone to look at her and bill me later, she is regurgitating, and breathing real hard.
From what you are describing you need to take your little baby in to be looked at as soon as possible. You describe that she is breathing hard. I don't know if that is because she has some type of respiratory problems which can be life threatening or if it is in response to feeling really ill, or a pain response. I do not know of or have heard of any emergency clinics or even regular vet clinics that have a pay out plan- simply because many clinic have experienced problems of people not paying them back. But, many hospitals offer care credit- a credit card company that you can apply for and get in about 30 minutes. Also, another method is having a friend or relative go with you to the clinic. You can use their credit card and borrow the money from them. Many clinics will work with you in that manner- arranging for a 3rd party to pay. If you do not have a friend or relative who will loan you the money, try calling the local animal shelter or local SPCA. They may have a vet on staff for the weekend, or may be able to refer you to someone. But, she really needs to be seen and treated by a veterinarian. For the future, try checking into animal health insurance. It not very expensive and may really help for emergency situations.