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The last couple of days I have been extremely busy since my kids are away for summer break with dad. I decided to work more. We have a small terrier that we adopted 2 months ago. The other day, my daughter noticed she had something on her fur. It seemed like dry blood on her face. I rinsed it off and since I didn't see any cuts thought maybe it was mud. Today I came home to find her bleeding on her face on the same spot. I'm not sure what it could be. I'm thinking maybe she got bit?
These are guesses without actually looking at your dog (and congrats on adopting instead of buying!). It sounds like today you found actual "bleeding" or fresh blood. I assume you looked again to see if you could find the source and was not able to. There are several possibilities. There could be a sore or cut on the foot which transfers some blood to the face when she scratches at her face. Another cause may be bleeding from the mouth or gums which gets transferred to the face. Or a cut or abscess that you just haven't discovered yet. And, this may be way out in left field, but "flea dirt", can look sometimes like dried blood and turns a rust red when it comes into contact with water. And, yes, sometimes they can get bit by spiders, although usually the area is swollen and painful. If you continue to find blood and can't track the source, you might want to have her checked out just to make sure there is not anything going on that requires attention.
My cat has gotten sick the past two days. At first I thought it was a hairball because he was making these weird noises and then vomited. The vomit was white at first then today it was green with chunks of food. I also noticed he has diarrhea today. I'm wondering if it's the food that I'm giving him that's making him sick. I feed him Purina Cat Naturals. My other cat hasn't had any symptoms and she eats the same thing as him. What do I do?
If your cat has been vomiting the past 2 days, has diarrhea and is acting sllike he feels sick it's time to take him to your veterinarian. Cats are experts at hiding that they feel bad, so if it is obvious that he is ill, don't wait. Hopefully it is something simple but cats can have all sorts of complex issues that causes vomiting, many of them not good. Now occasionally cats vomit their food and continue on as if nothing is wrong. But in this case it sounds as if your cat is actually sick.
I have a blue heeler, he was OK this morning. I let him out to potty and he just played there would not come to me. And I went to go to my bathroom and he has an accident. Diriha with blood in it. His nose is cold. Can't get him to eat or drink
I'm so sorry about your baby. I would definitely take him in to your veterinarian (or a 24 hour clinic if he or she is closed) as soon as possible. The problem is that your dog has bloody diarrhea (which is alarming), but because he does not want to eat or drink that tells me that he is very sick. When diarrhea has blood in it, that indicates that the intestinal lining has been damaged and there is bleeding into the intestinal tract. This is serious because patients become quickly dehydrated and predisposed to infections because the integrity of the lining has been compromised. I don't know if your dog is current on vaccinations. One of the most common causes of bloody diarrhea and vomiting is parvo virus infection. There are other causes as well such as pancreatitis, food poisoning, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis to name a few. I actually had this happen with one of my dogs at home. She rapidly because very ill and I had to have her hospitalized. Hopefully this is not serious, but don't wait- it is important to have him checked out as soon as possible. If you have a sample of the diarrhea you can take that with you in a baggie. I hope everything turns out OK for you!
Does your clinic declaw cats
Yes! We do cat declaws. There are several techniques used for this surgical procedure. We utilize laser technology. There are advantages to using laser over other methods, such as less pain and faster healing. Young cats and kittens do best with declaws, although we perform the surgery on adult cats as well. We recommend declawing only the front feet, and cats that are declawed should be 100% inside and never allowed to go outside. The cost is $320.00 which includes anesthesia, surgery, pain medication and hospitalization. Preoperative lab work is not included. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at 817-478-9238. We also have an article on laser declaw on our website. http://i20animal.com/articles/LaserDeclaw
I recently got a 3 moth old pot belly pig and he wont eat anything! He only drinks small amount of water. What should we do?
Kristen, thanks for your question but I am afraid that none of our 12 doctors does pigs of any kind. We have a doctor that is one of the tops in the area in exotics but pigs are not one of her interests. I wish I had a direction to point you in but I really don't know off hand anyone who is an expert in treating pot belly pigs. I don't know if you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area but perhaps a mixed animal practice like Alvaredo Vet Clinic might be able to help. Sorry that I can't be of more use to you.
My cat sassy is about 16 years old and I notice today that she is limping on her right back leg. Is there anything I can do to help her?
This is one time that I would recommend taking her in to be checked out sooner rather than later. Sassy is 16 years old, and that is about 80 to 90 years old in human years. It may be something simple, but because of her age we worry about other more serious problems going on. Sometimes certain diseases in cats can affect their back legs and make it difficult for them to walk. We recommend blood work in our senior patients, older cats are especially prone to kidney problems as they age. If it turns out to be something as simple as a minor leg injury or arthritis, there are specialized drugs that can be given to cats for pain relief. (Be sure not to give human over the counter pain medications- cats absolutely do not tolerate these).
Well I called a different vet this morning cause my one cat is sneezing a lot and has discharge in her eyes from sneezing to much . I got her in today and they did full blood test it came back normal no leukemia . And they couldn't do a pcr test he had no swabs . Said he only done test twice since he been a vet . He looked at her eyes said they not watering it's clear discharge .looked at her nose said she not sneezing yellow or green stuff . Looked at her mouth said her tongue and teeth looked good . Ask me is she eating and drinking I said yes . He said she has no temperature . He said she don't have signs of herpes virus cause if she had that her eyes would water and she have temperature and her nose would have yellow or green stuff coming out when she sneezing and it's clear . Said she don't need any medicine cause he don't think its viral infection . Just gave me eye drops called neomycin and polymyxin b sulfate and bacitracin zinc . He said lysine will help with her immune system . But he thinks this is allergies cause most people come in there with animals and it's allergies . I really don't agree . Cause this has been going on since beginning of April and it comes and goes . Plus my other cats sneeze too and have discharge eyes . And couple of cats have corneal ulcers on eyes . He said that animals get allergies like people do. Well I have allergies and I don't have ulcers on my eyes and my allergies I don't sneeze non stop . I sneeze like 3 times and stop and won't sneeze for rest of the day . I just don't see how it's allergies when all my cats have same symptoms and it comes and goes . And my one cat is sneezing every 5 mins . I read herpes virus they don't eat and they got fever . Well she eating fine and has no fever . And herpes they sneeze yellow or green stuff hers is clear. And herpes they got watery eyes well she just got discharge . I just don't agree with it being allergies she lays around and I see discharge in her eyes and she is sneezing way to much . I can tell she don't feel good . And I don't think corneal ulcers on eyes would be from allergies. Im glad she don't have leukemia or thyroid problems test was normal .what do u think? Your a vet so im asking u . I still think I need have her get pcr test done but it has to be different vet since he has no swabs . And a x ray done . I been giving her Benadryl but it's not working . I know a blood test is not going show herpes virus or any viral infection . I just don't know what to do now .
Angela, I highly recommend that you search for a veterinary clinic that either specializes in feline medicine, or is AAHA certified, or see if there is a college of veterinary medicine nearby (for some reason I was thinking from your past emails that you live in Oklahoma- not sure if I remember correctly). Oklahoma has an excellent vet school. It is important to do testing to determine what is causing the respiratory infections. Especially in multi- cat households. You really need to know what is going on to determine the best treatment plan- and that cannot be done with a visual examination. There is not an accurate way to look at a cat and know what is causing respiratory symptoms. Allergies are not a likely cause of upper respiratory infections in cats. Corneal ulcerations are EXTREMELY PAINFUL. Sometimes people don't realize how incredibly painful they are for our feline patients, so you want to be sure you have the correct diagnosis of the cause of the ulcerations, so that if antiviral medication is needed you cat will get it. I know you are worried and want to provide the best treatment possible for them. If you do not have a clinic near you that is well versed in feline medicine, then try the above recommendations. I hope this helps.
They never been tested for fiv or leukemia just flea treatment once month , vaccines and spayed and neutered. I just bought lysine online cause all they sell in stores is treats . So hopefully that works. I made appointment with vet they go in Thursday to get full blood work and see what results are . Then may get x Ray done and pcr test . Im using a humidifier right now and Benadryl . Vet said Benadryl is ok they just don't like taste. One of my cats was sneezing bad no watery eyes or no discharge from eyes just sneezing and congestion . She not doing it much now it's better . But my other cat is ill she sneezing every 5 mins and taking her paw and scratching her nose . Her eyes are having discharge . My other cats are ok just sneezing every so often. Just my one has it bad not sure what to do can't get in vet now . And the lysine takes week to get here . I even change dry food to grain free instead of that corn and soy bad stuff I heard . Grain free more expensive but if it helps them live longer I spend my last dime to make them healthy . What really freaks me out is that it can cause stomatitis with herpes so I been trying reading everything praying they don't get that down the road . I read that changing food and giving them treats with dental stuff and stuff u put in water can help them not get stomatitis. And getting teeth clean and some people use plaque off its something u get off amazon that vets never heard of . But it works what people said helps bad breath and gums . But if cat has thyroid problems u can't give it to them . So that's one reason why im doing full blood work first cause I know it shows if they got thyroid problems . So I won't try it til I find out results don't want make them worse . After I find out what it is i probaly go ahead and get teeth clean after they feel better . This is just making me depressed I hate to see my cats suffer . I don't like to see any animal suffer . I know there's different test I never heard of PCR til I looked .
That is excellent that you have scheduled an appointment to get lab work done. I highly recommend also doing a respiratory panel so that you can isolate what is causing the upper respiratory symptoms. It is really helpful when sorting out a treatment plan. If your cats have not been tested for FIV or leukemia I would talk to your vet to see if that is recommended. It depends upon possible exposure- if one or all of your cats have been outside cats at one time, or in a situation where they have been exposed to other cats. Cats that test positive for these diseases often have compromised immune systems. As far as your cat that is having a lot of respiratory symptoms at this time- if she has been treated for this in the past you can call your vet. Your vet may be comfortable in prescribing medication for you to pick up. It depends upon the last time your cat was examined and if this is an ongoing situation with this cat. Keep asking questions when you talk to your vet- understanding what you are dealing with is the best way to intelligently make diagnostic and treatment choices.
I have a 2 year old lab/ greyhound and she has recently started chewing when we leave the house. She has torn up several things. This is very unlike her and I don't know what to do. The only thing that has changed is we had to put down one of our dogs and I have been giving the other one that we have a little more attention then normal. How can I make my dog stop?
I have asked Dr. Lindsay Robinson, who has training in behavorial medicine to answer this question. She answered; "I'm so sorry for your recent loss. Like us, pets sometimes grieve in different ways. With major changes in a household, anxiety can manifest as destructive behaviors. Sometimes extra training sessions, daily exercise, and keeping a strict routine can help. Other times we need to intervene with neutraceutical or pharmaceutical help. This is all dependent on the individual pet. For now, I would recommend taking your dog on daily walks, providing daily training sessions, and making sure to stick to a routine. If your pet is crate trained, then crating her while you are gone can help prevent destructive behaviors. If your pet is not used to a crate, however, this may not help and may actually intensify anxiety. I would also offer many different toys such as treat puzzles or Kong chew toys so that your dog has something she is allowed to chew on. If that is not enough to stop the destructive behaviors, then speaking to a vet about medications or alternative treatments would be recommended."
We found a very dehydrated kitten today and have been giving it Pedialyte with a dropper. How much should we give her? She is extremely lethargic and won't open her mouth so we let it seep through her lips.
I'm very sorry about your kitten you found. Very well done for taking care of her. To answer your question, give as much as you can until the kitten won't take any, and then you need to do it every hour if you can. But, if the if she is not swallowing you are not going to be effective. And, if she is not swallowing she may aspirate the liquids you are giving and then you are dealing with respiratory problems as well. I'm very much afraid your kitten will not make it without veterinary care, and even with medical attention, she may not make it anyway. Kittens and puppies are so fragile because of their age. They don't do well when they reach the point that they are lethargic and dehydrated. We certainly have treated and saved them at that stage, but then many times regardless of what we do, they don't make it. It all depends upon what is causing the illness. If it is just lack of food and water and not illness, they will respond much better to medical treatment such as IV or SQ fluids. If it is an illness causing the symptoms, such as diarrhea, anemia, parasites or disease, then it is much more difficult to treat. Best bet for saving your kitten is to take her in to your veterinarian. Good luck, I hope it goes well for her.