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I accidentally gave my small 15 pound dog a double dose of apoquel will this hurt him and do I need to call the emergency vet imediatley?
Your dog should be fine with giving a double dose of Apoquel. Apoquel has a good margin of safety with dosing.
I use good flea drops on my pug. As soon as the fleas start biting. He scratches obsessively. What do i do?
Some dogs have lots of fleas, but rarely scratch. Other dogs (and cats) can have only an occasional flea, and they scratch all the time. This is because some dogs are allergic to the flea bites, and these dogs really are miserable because even a few fleas will really set them off. It takes awhile for fleas to come into contact with flea products that you have applied to your pet, so it gives the flea plenty of time to bite your dog. How to handle? We generally approach this on two fronts. First, the most important thing is to establish a flea free environment as soon as possible. The second thing is to get appropriate treatment or medications that will help your dog not react so much to the flea bites until you get a flea free environment established. This is where your veterinarian is your best source of help. He or she can discuss with you the best selection of flea products (because they are familiar with the differences of each product) that will help you achieve a flea free environment as quickly as possible. He and she can also give you advice and prescribe medications for your dog that will help with the itchiness from flea bites. Part of the problem is that I don't know which "flea drops" you are using. For example stores sell Frontline. This is a good product, but Frontline Plus is far more effective than just Frontline. This is because it contains two products, fipronil and (S)-methoprene. The S-methoprene give you environmental control necessary to become flea free. Frontline Plus is usually only available at animal hospitals. Other activities you can do to help quickly eliminate fleas is use foggers in the house, spray the yard, vacuum frequently (throw away the bedding) and wash dog bedding. Make sure you use flea control on all pets, and use is religiously every month. But, your vet will be worth the money of the exam, because here you can get pointer for the best control depending upon your environment. And lastly, don't give up. This is a long battle, but with diligence you can get things under control. Good luck and I hope this helps.
I am hearing more and more about feeding my dog organic food, what do vets recommend?
This is a very good question! The push to feed "grain free", "organic" or "raw" dog foods comes from dog food companies that are pushing these products as healthier so that they can increase their sales. It is marketing that drives these sales, not what is necessarily recommended by veterinarians who are nutritionists. They play on the general public opinion that grain free or organic is healthier for people, so why not dogs. One article published Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, a veterinarian and clinical nutritionist at Cornell University says "All pet food that shows the nutritional guarantee statement of the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) stating that it is complete and balanced will ensure adequate health for pets." He further clarifies dog nutrition in regards to grain free; "In addition, though carbs, corn, and wheat may have caused a recent flurry in the human food market, they are perfectly good for pets. Most corn-free or grain-free products just substitute rice or potato and charge you more for it." Blue Buffalo, the dog food company that advertises "grain free" was sued by Purina (and won) when their food was tested and proven to be not grain free, nor always contained the ingredients listed. As a general rule, most vets recommend staying with proven dog food companies, feed quality dog foods, stay away from raw diets (bacterial contamination in raw foods) and check the AAFCO label on the bag. Organic dog food won't hurt your dog (providing it is actually a balanced diet) but no known benefits, and you will pay extra. Some of my favorite high quality dog food companies with years of experience and nutritional research include Royal Canin, Iams, Science Diet and Purina.
My 7 year old cat is acting like he has no energy. He's only eating a tiny bit and he's lost slot of weight. His coat seems greasy all of a sudden. He constantly wants me next to him and doesn't have anything to do with his brother. Help please.
I'm so sorry but this sounds very serious. Cats are excellent at hiding pain and illness so when you see symptoms of disease or illness you can assume it has been going on for a while. The fact that he has Lost a lot of weight is really bad and also indicates a serious problem. The best thing you can do is take him as soon as possible to a veterinarian. He needs medical attention. I hope it turns out ok.
Well I took one of my cats to the vet she has upper respitory infection gave her a shot of convenia . That was few days ago so far I see no changing . I read that shot not really for the infection . And it can cause serious deaths . Well she still sneezing and shaking her head . What is a good medicine for upper rispetory infection? Does lysine work they say it helps but im not sure ? Also my mom cat has eye problems I saw today . It looks bad . The corner of his eye is dark brown goes almost to his nose both eyes look bad . That's not normal is it ? That couldn't be from allergies ? I wanted send u a pic of it but not sure how to do it . I saw it and freak out . Also now two cats have been diagnosed with the infection . All of my cats have it . They all sneeze . The vet said I would have bring all of them in then get the medicine . I can't afford that I got 10 cats . That would be expensive . I figure well guess how much it be 1,000 . I can't afford that . Cause u got all exams and medicine . And depending on if they want run test and how much medicine they want give them . Im going call around hopefully I can find vet that I can take least 3 of them in and get the medicine for all them . When my mom took Zoe they gave her ear drops , antibiotic and some other stuff . Not just shot . Hopefully I can find decent price for my cats . I tried pet insurance but that cost every month . And I have get insurance for all 10 . So wouldn't make much difference . Do u know anything I can get online for the upper respitory infection ? And my mom cat eye is probaly from the infection he had few months ago . That clear up and never got taken to the vet . And came back again . It's just stressing me out . I worry about my cats they like family
First of all, I don’t know if you live near our hospital, but we are a Certified Feline Friendly veterinary practice. We have 2 doctors on staff that are very well versed in feline medicine and are designated our cat advocates. You can read more about it on our web-site. You can always request an appointment with either Doctor Lindsay Robinson or Dr. Cinidi Welch. I would recommend bringing in one cat or possibly two. They can help recommend treatment or probably tests so that a more appropriate treatment for your situation can be recommended based upon the results of the testing. They can discuss what treatments can be performed possibly without bringing all of your other cats in- depending upon what they fined. Viruses (calicivirus and feline herpesvirus) cause 80 to 90 percent of contagious upper respiratory problems in cats. Bacterial upper respiratory infections include Chlamydia and Bordetella which can also cause infection. Convenia, which is given as an injection is a long term antibiotic and is appropriate for any secondary or primary bacterial infections. We frequently use Convenia in our patients without seeing side- effects, so I would not be concerned that your veterinarian used this antibiotic. And, not having to give medication orally is so much easier for your cats. Shelters, catteries and multi-cat houses are most at risk. There isn’t one “good” effective medication for upper respiratory infection. Best recommendation for care is to keep the eyes and nasal passages clear by cleaning off the discharge. A vaporizer can help with breathing. Make sure all of your cats are eating- this can be a problem. Some cats will become dehydrated and refuse to eat which means you need to take them in to your veterinarian if that happens. Antibiotics are usually needed, but not always. Try to keep the environment stress free for your cats. And make sure your vet knows about any eye lesions or ulcers because treatment is needed if that occurs. Under certain circumstances, such as with chronic feline herpes virus, lysine may help. But, appropriate examination and testing is needed before prescribing. I realize you are worried about the expense involved with treating 10 cats. But, I would highly recommend spending the money to have 1 or 2 of your cats examined and tested so that if possible the cause can be identified and a more tailored and appropriate treatment for your kitties can be instituted. I wish you luck- you have a very difficult situation and it will take patience and long term care to get you and your babies through this. I hope this helps!
My yorkipoo is having dry heaving, throwing up now he is acting like he go hiccups, keep linking his mouth and can't get comfortable and this happened on Sunday night to
Everything you describe are symptoms of nausea and possibly abdominal pain. Licking his mouth is a symptom of nausea, and of course the dry heaves are more obvious. Since this has gone on for several days, you really need to make an appointment with a veterinarian to have your dog checked out. This sounds like it could be serious. If it was something simple it would have already resolved. Most likely the doctor will recommend blood work to make sure that kidney and liver functions (an other blood values) are normal. Pancreatitis will also cause the symptoms you are describing so they will likely recommend a test for that. Other tests may be needed, based upon the results of the exam and vaccination status. The examination is the first step in finding out the cause of the illness and directs us, depending upon what the we find, to recommend what tests are most likely to reveal what is wrong. Nausea is very uncomfortable, at the very least if everything checks out OK, anti-nausea medication can be prescribed to make your dog feel a whole lot better. I hope it turns out to not be serious for your dog!
Well I know why they are itching now all cats are . They got flea dirt on them . And my cat has flea dirt and eggs on her. She keeps scratching . All 7 cats are scratching . And I look last night and the cat that goes outside and comes in at night had same stuff flea dirt. My mom said she just put stuff on them . She used different stuff with them than on other cats. She used reveloution with 3 outdoor cats which was about 2 weeks ago . But I found flea dirt on my two cats and show mom she thought it was just dirt . I said no they wouldn't be itching and they all have it I check them out . So eventually I found flea on my cat lily . Show mom she said really I just put stuff on the outdoors cats . So they went and got the stuff for all the cats well not the outdoor ones but the other 7 . Well we did that 4 days ago and they are still itching and I found a lot of flea dirt on lily and eggs . One flea dirt is attached to her belly I tried to get it off it won't come off . So it shouldn't take 4 days for that stuff to work . Mom said she saw flea on her cat . Obviously that stuff didn't work which was zoguard same ingredients that frontline has . So what is your opinion did it not work cause it's cheap version of frontline and I need something better or what ? What is best stuff for fleas ? Do them pills work like program and can't think of others name but it's pills though ? Shouldn't it work by now after 4 days ?
- A lot of things to address here, so I’m going to try to keep it simple. This is actually a very good question, because it is a question I hear a lot from our clients who are dealing with flea problems. First off, and this is important to understand, 4 days is not long to enough to achieve flea control. And, it doesn’t matter what product you use, you will not achieve control of fleas in a matter of days or even weeks. We are talking about months. First of all a female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day and over 2000 eggs during her lifetime. A pet with fleas acts as a “salt-shaker” scattering flea eggs wherever it goes. Flea eggs in your house, carpet, sofas, beds, etc. hatch into larvae in as little as 1 day. The fleas lay eggs, which hatch into larvae, then form a protective cocoon and become a pupa (which is not susceptible to any type of flea treatment or insecticide). The flea pupae can stay in the environment for months before hatching. That means that potentially tens of thousands of flea waiting to hatch out to feed on your cats. Don’t despair- it can be dealt with. The next thing to understand is that none of the products instantly kill the fleas. A flea hops on the pet, moves around, until it has come into contact with enough of the product to kill the flea. For Frontline that is generally 4 to 12 hours. Frontline will kill 100% of the fleas, but if you continue to see fleas it is because more fleas continue to hatch out to jump on your pet. If you see a flea it is because it hasn’t been on your pet long enough to die. So understand you are seeing fleas because you will have ongoing hatching of fleas for months, and because you don’t have instant kill. Finally (and sorry this is so long), here are tips for getting control of the fleas. - 1. Use Frontline Plus. You do not want to use Frontline without the “Plus”, buy the Frontline Plus (you can pick up at your veterinarian). Frontline is very effective at killing fleas, but has no effect on eggs, larvae or pupae. So, fleas continue to hatch out. The “Plus” in Frontline Plus is an insect growth regulator (IRG) which works by disrupting the normal development of flea eggs and flea larvae preventing fleas from developing into adult fleas. This is important to stop future fleas from hatching. - 2. Make sure ALL pets are treated with Frontline Plus once a month. - 3. Vacuum floors, furniture, carpet, drapes and throw away the bag. Vacuum frequently - 4. Wash pet bedding. - Continue this routine, and over time you will establish a flea free environment providing outdoor pets do not come inside with more fleas. If some of your cats are outside and inside cats, you will need to treat all of the cats once a month forever to prevent reinfestation. If you have inside only cats, you can eventually stop using flea control, but I would use it at least one year. Hope this helps!
Well now all my cats are showing symptoms. They have been for months . It will go away and come back . U don't think its allergies? And yes the itching can't be from fleas I put stuff on them . I know allergies can make u itch . So I thought it might be allergies . But one of our cats had respitory infection and got treated . So now they all are sneezing and itching also are breathing heavy when they sleep . But I don't think 10 cats would get allergies . Now it's possible they all could get respitory infections . I could take two cats and see if it's respitory infection and if it is treat them . And I guess I could get bottles for all them so I wouldn't have to take all them to the vet for exam . I don't have a lot of money so that be the cheaper way . Just get the medicine from the vet and give it to all them . What's going happen if they don't get treated? And why I ask that is cause my mom thinks it's allergies and it will just go away . But it's been coming and going for 3 or 4 months . And me and my mom don't agree on things . She thinks she knows everything . I been trying to get her take them to vet she comes up with excuses oh it's allergys it go away . Or she will say there's nothing wrong with them . Or she say they don't do it around me . Cause she thinks she knows it all . So that's why they haven't been to vet . I been asking but she make excuses .she always been that way though . If she wants to do it she do it for herself . Like taking Zoe to the vet cause she wanted too . And I told her when they first got sick it was respitory infection she thought it was allergies . But Zoe was really sick didn't eat , sneezing a lot had congestion and runny nose . So she took her and it was infection . The other cats they eat and just sneeze and itch and breath heavy when they sleep . But I don't see runny nose .what do I do to get her to take them to vet ? Cause I tried week ago and got excuse . Im sure it get worse if they don't get treatment .
When people have allergies they tend to have sinus congestion and sneeze a lot. Dogs and cats generally do not have sneezing and congestion with allergies, just people. Cats do have upper respiratory infections that are very contagious. Most likely your cats do have respiratory infections that they have transmitted to each other. Cats can have chronic/ long term respiratory infections or infections that reoccur with stress. Your best bet is to take several of them to your vet to be examined. You need to find out what to expect in the long term. Your vet, after seeing your cats, can better help you to understand what needs to be done to take care of your cats and what to expect in the future since you may be dealing with this for a very long time. If you have 10 cats, be sure that they are neutered and spayed. It doesn't take long for 10 cats to turn into 30 cats. Also, be sure and to not take in any more cats into your household. Any cat you take into your household will be exposed to infection and most likely will soon have it. You really need to get veterinary care so that you will understand what you can do now and in the future to take care of your cats. Sometimes they can because really ill with these types of infections. I hope this helps!
I have a pup and I think he ate a piece of soap would that make him throw up and not eat
This is actually a question I have never gotten, although since puppies eat just about anything, I'm surprised I have not gotten it before. The short answer is that YES! Eating soap can cause an upset stomach and even vomit. Even though all soap (except African Black Soap) is made with lye (it is the necessary binding ingredient that holds the water and oils together), when it goes through the saponification process and cures, the lye is neutralized no longer making it caustic. But, even though this is the case, you can have vomiting, upset stomach and even diarrhea. Most likely, with a little time, it will sort itself out.
my dogs ears are crusty on the inside.i wiped them with ear cleanser but no change.what do I do now ?
This is actually a very good question. Dogs are prone to ear infection. Dog ears normally should not have any type of crustiness, discharge or odor coming from the ears. Another symptom that something is wrong is when a dog constantly rubs or scratches at the ear. Types of ear infections incllude bacterial or yeast or a combination of both. You can help ear problems sometimes by keeping the ears clean, But, if it isn't doing the trick your best bet is to make that trip to your veterinarian. Your vet will examine the ears and probably will do a swab of the material in the ear, stain it and look at it under the microscope to determine if it is a bacterail infection or a yeast infection. It is imiportatn to identiry the type of infection that is present so that the proper medication is selected. You do not want an ear infection to become chronic because they are very difficult to treat once that happens. Long term ear infections will cause scar tissue and change the inside of the ear so that it becomes very difficult to keep ear infections away. The other reason you want to see your vet is that sometimes ear problems are associated with allergies. By identifying the cause of what is causing the ear problem it makes it so much easier to treat it and to maintain the ears. Hope this helps.