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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.
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!!
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.
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.
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>
My puppy is limping but wont cry or yelp he lets me touch it. He will just not step on it. I checked his paw and nothing there. He is a jumper so not sure what it could be. Do not have a lot of money to take to vet. Is it ok to give him dog aspirin?
Not crying or yelping upon palpation (feeling the paw and pushing on it) is a good sign. Being able to put some weight on the paw is important, so if he is completely non weight bearing then he needs to be seen soon. Just like humans, they can sprang a joint or bruise a paw and it then takes a few days to heal and they are on their way again. Do not give aspirin, Tylenol or any over the counter pain medications for humans. These are very bad for dogs and cats. Just restrict jumping and playing as much as possible and if you don't see significant improvement in the next two days, you really need to take him in for a professional evaluation.
My dog ate his dry food and vomited. I just looked and see his food has green mold all over it. I threw it away. Does he need medicine?
Ingestion of moldy food from the garbage or food can put your dog at risk for toxicity due to tremorgenic mycotoxins. These toxins may be found in moldy bread, pasta, cheese, nuts, or other decaying matter like compost. Clinical signs include vomiting, agitation, walking drunk, tremors, seizures, and severe secondary elevated temperature. If would be difficult to know if mycotoxins are what your dog actually ingested. You can watch your dog to see if any of these symptoms occur. If vomiting continues or there are any other of the above symptoms be prepared to take your dog in immediately.
My dog is taking apoquel and momentamax for itching. We just discovered tapeworms in her stool yesterday. Can I give her an over the counter dewormer or will the drugs interact?
That's a very good question. The answer is no. But having said that, I would contact your vet and get the medication from him or her rather than going over the counter. Tape worms can be difficult to eliminate and very often takes a specialized dewormer and may take several doses to eliminate the tapeworms. The dewormer that your vet has for tapeworms is most likely more effective. Also, just a hint, tapeworms come from fleas. If you have a flea problem, you should also ask your vet for advise on the best way to control fleas on your dog and in the environment. Hope this helps!
My pup is 5 months, going on 6 months old. We have him on a feeding schedule due to our schedules. For awhile, he didn't want to eat and would still have food from the morning still in his bowl in the afternoon. That recently stopped. And now that he is eating regularly again, he has been throwing up every night for the past half week. But right after, he seems fine and continues around as normal.
From what you are describing there could be a lot of reasons why you are seeing these symptoms. Has your puppy been vaccinated and checked out as healthy? That would be a first step. If that is the case, then you would look into other reasons. Is the diet you are feeding a good quality diet? If yes, then you can probably eliminate that. Does your puppy chew on things? Does he go outside and chew on sticks and other things? If so, that might be the cause of the vomiting. Do you feed table scrapes from the table? That might be it as well. Is he otherwise healthy and acts like he feels good? If so, then more likely this is a minor thing that is caused by something you haven't identified yet. If you haven't had him checked out and tested for intestinal parasites that is the first thing I would address. Take him in for vaccinations and any general wellness care, and explain what is going on and see if the veterinarian can come up with any answers based upon history and physical exam. If only they could talk to us- it would make things so much easier. Because they can't we have to rely on what the owner sees and what is found on physical exam. Sometimes they go through phases. Goodness knows puppies chew on a lot of stuff, but we always have to be alert that it is more than a minor upset stomach. So, I would try to apply these guidelines and certainly, if it continues I would have him checked out.
My 7 month old puppy has worms, will I need to bring her in for treatment or can I just pick up meds? We also have 2 other dogs, should they also be treated?
This is actually a very good question! First off, there are many different intestinal parasites. It is important to identify what type of intestinal parasite is present so that the appropriate dewormer can be given. A lab test would be performed on a small sample of stool. Also make note on what the worms looked like. Tape worms are easily seen on the stool, but it is sometimes difficult to pick up with lab analysis, so knowing what you saw can be helpful. We need to examine your puppy prior to prescribing the medication. Bring (if possible) a stool sample. This gives us an opportunity to do an examination and answer any questions you might have about intestinal parasites, or any other questions you might have about caring for your puppy. As far as your other two dogs go, we may not have to see them, in some instances we can send deworming medication home for you to give. Thank you for your question.