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I have a 17 year old cat. He is good health but I stopped getting his shots 7 years ago. He is inside cat. His front claws were removed when he was a kitten. I wanted to see if it would be safe to have his hind paws laser declawed due to his age? Can you also tell me the cost? I look forward to your response.Thank you.
If your cat is 17 years old, you have obviously taken very good care of him! We do do anesthetic procedures and surgeries on older pets, but it is something we do not take lightly at this age, so the reason why is always carefully weighed with other options and what procedure is needed. The first thing I would recommend would be to have him examined. He needs a good physical exam, and definitely blood work. We recommend that all of our geriatric patients get annual blood work performed anyway, so that we can help head off or address any health factors that our older patients deal with. Cats in particular tend to have kidney issues as they age. Until he is examined and blood work is evaluated, I would not know if it would be a good idea to do surgery. I am sure you have a good reason for wanting the hind claws declawed, and you have probably thought this over. There may be other things that can be done to solve the problem you are having that is leading you to consider this. One of our doctors can discuss this with you as well as discuss whether this is a procedure that should be done. It would not be a procedure we would lightly recommend for a 17 year old cat, even if they are in good health. It is just a matter of working out what is best for your cat. Approximate cost without examination and lab work is 325.00. If you would like to make an appointment, our # is 817-478-9238. You may want to consider making the appointment with Dr. Lindsey Robinson if any behavioral issues are involved- she has additional training in behavioral problems. I hope this helps!
I have a Doberman pinscher and he won't put any pressure on his hind leg..can walk but when stands still leave the leg up?
Wayne, good question. A rule of thumb that we use in determining leg pain is looking at the level of lift. If he holds it up a little, it is usually hip or upper thigh pain. If it is ankle or foot, they hold it up higher. The causes of ankle or foot pain we most commonly see is a foreign object lodged in the paw, a torn toe nail or they sprained their toe itself (this is actually very common). Look over his paw and see if there is something lodged in it like a thorn or sticker; also look at all the toe nails and feel each toe individually. When you palpate the paw, see if he tries to withdraw it (quickly or violently). If he does, then in all likelihood, that is the area of concern. Also, please do this without getting bit. Hip pain is another issue all together. Since these are active dogs, he could have injured his hip jumping off something or running fast. He also could have injured his back and that is transferring nerve pain down his hip. If you don't see something obvious like a sticker, thorn, torn toe nail or sprained toe, then it is time to take him to a professional. Your veterinarian can often see things that most would miss and can determine the location of the source of the pain. Our doctors are on premise 24/7 so if you are in our area we can help day or night.
My dog is shakeing uncontrollably and not sure what is wrong
So sorry your dog is not doing well. There can be many different reasons for why they are shaking uncontrollably. It is important for a veterinarian to see what the shaking looks like to help try to determine the cause of what you are seeing. There are different types shaking caused by different types of problems. Muscle twitches can occur making them shake all over. Muscle twitches can be anything from a toxicity (garbage eating, insecticide toxicity to name two). Or shaking can be some type of seizure, or hypocalcemia (low calcium levels seen sometimes in dogs nursing puppies). If what you are seeing is just an unwillingness to move and a shivering, that could be from pain. Then you have to determine what is causing the pain. Disk problems in dogs, just like in people, can cause intense pain. I would recommend seeking veterinary care- what you describe is hard to say what is wrong for sure. And, generally speaking, that kind of symptom is not good. I hope your dog does OK.
How treat aboil (assume) on paw?
Adam, I don't really know what it is you are seeing. A boil is a very broad term and very nonspecific. If it is an ulceration on the paw (is it a dog or cat?), I would wash it well, make sure there is not a thorn or any other imbedded object in the wound and then apply a topical antibiotic cream. I am also assuming that this just recently came up and has not been a long term situation. If the ulcer does not heal in a few days or gets worse, you need to have a veterinarian see your pet immediately.
My dog won't eat or drink anything
Think about your dog like you would think about kids if you are trying to figure out what to do when they get sick. If your kid is running around, active, having fun, obviously feeling great, and he or she wasn't interested in eating or drinking you probably wouldn't give it too much thought. But, if they were laying around, had no energy, curled up and obviously sick, you would then think about going to the doctor- and probably pretty fast. You have to consider a lot of factors before deciding if it is an emergency or something you can wait a bit. It especially helps if your child can talk to you. We don't have the luxury of our pets telling us how they feel, or where they hurt, so you have to just really look at them closely to determine how bad they really feel. If they have been sick for a while, or it is getting worse, then I urge people to seek care sooner than later- largely based upon the fact that your pet can't tell you where it hurts or what is going on. So, I guess, in a round about way, the answer to your question is, if you feel like your dog is sick, even if it is the middle of the night, I would recommend seeking care. There are so many emergency clinics now, you probably can find one nearby. There are so many problems and conditions that can make a dog not eat or drink anything, it would be impossible to say for sure what is going on. But, if your dog is acting "sick" I would seek care to be on the safe side.
My little chihuahua has a swollen face on one side. I think it's her teeth. Is there something we can give her?
Swelling of the face can mean different things. You are right, dental problems certainly can cause a swelling on the side of the face. The most common problem is an abscess of the the 4th premolar which can cause swelling just under the eye. This is serious and needs to be addressed. Another cause of swelling of the face is an allergic reaction. Generally this will occur primarily concerning the muzzle and is on both sides. Allergic reactions can potentially be life threatening and you should seek medical care for your dog if this is the case. Other things can cause swelling of the face, but these are two of the things that we see most commonly. There is not anything at this point that I would recommend that you give your dog, especially when it is unclear what is the cause of the swelling. (And, do not give over the counter pain medications, you can get into trouble with these in pets) I would seek veterinary care as soon as possible- if if it is at night, then emergency care. If it is a dental problem, then starting your dog on antibiotics would really help with the pain until the tooth can be addressed. You can imagine how much pain an abscess tooth can cause. Generally, if a dental problem is suspected, then dental radiographs would be indicated, and possibly an extraction of the tooth that is causing the problem. I hope this helps, and that your dog does OK.
I have an emaciated pit two and a half years old won't eat has been to the vet was given a shot into oral medication she still throwing up can't hold food down and shaking really badstruggling to walk
I'm so sorry about your dog. Do you have a diagnosis? As severely ill as she is, it sounds like she should be in 24 hour care. If she is vomiting, can't hold anything down, she is probably severely dehydrated. Giving oral medications is most likely aggravating the nausea. I would go back to your regular veterinarian. It is important to get a diagnosis so that you will understand what is causing the illness and what the appropriate treatment is. You need to talk to your veterinarian about the need for more intensive treatment than oral medications. If your dog is emaciated, weak, vomiting, and it so bad that she can barely walk, she will most likely need some type of intensive care or you may lose her. If your doctor is not set up for this type of care he or she may refer you to a 24 hour hospital or emergency care center. I recommend a 24 hour hospital so that your dog can get care around the clock. But, at this point, the important thing to do is to get a diagnosis and a treatment plan that includes hospitalization, antibiotics, anti nausea meds and IV fluids to treat and prevent further dehydration. I hope she does all right for you.
Hi, my English bulldog has a looong history of allergies involving skin issues. He's currently taking 2,5.4mg Apoquel daily. Well, to make a long story short, he ran out this past Friday and our vet, supposedly, didn't have anymore. So I've been giving him 2, 25mg benadryl pills daily. Well, today I called my vet and they had his refill of Apoquel ready (since Friday, but NO one called to let me know) so, my question is: I gave him the 2 benadryl around 3:30pm today. Would it be okay to give him his dose (2, 5.4mg)of apoquel? Its now a little after 8pm.
Apoquel is a great "new" drug that does an excellent job of controlling the itchiness that we see associated with allergies in dogs. Unfortunately the biggest problem we see is that supplies have been limited due to a manufacture shortage. You obviously have just experienced that problem recently. Hopefully that will be solved sometime this year where we will be able to get unlimited supplies of Apoquel for our patients. Yes, you can go ahead and start the Apoquel now. There should not be any interactions between the benadryl and Apoquel. I'm glad that your dog is doing well with the medication.
I purchased a new dog this weekend he needs updates on all shots,n the last owner had him on heartworm medication what do I do he is one year old American bully.
Congratulations on your new dog! You are right, the first thing a new owner should do is to get their dog checked out and make sure all the preventive care is in order. You should have him checked out by your veterinarian (if you do not have a vet, we can help you with your dog's wellness care) to make sure there are no health issues with your new dog. Preventive health care consists of 1. A good, thorough examination by a veterinarian, 2. Discussion of which vaccinations should be updated/given. 3. Heartworm test (recommend that you get the heartworm test that also screens for tick diseases - if you live locally, as Texas has this problem), 4. Get them on Heartworm and flea/tick prevention and 5. Get them tested for intestinal parasite with a stool sample, and treat if any are found. During the exam/ medical visit you should discuss any questions you have about nutrition, training and or any other health issues such as neutering. Well done for taking the time to make sure you are taking the steps needed for caring for your dog.
My dog just swallowed a rat whole, should I induce vomiting? He's 5 months old.
It depends on the size of the rat and the size or your dog. To be on the safe side I would take your dog to your veterinarian and let them make the decision on what to do. That way if they decide on regurgitation as the best choice, the procedure would be supervised. I hope all turns out ok.