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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

WE found two abandoned kittens, not more than a day or two old. They are now a week old, but eyes are still closed. I am raising them now and bottle feeding them and doing everything as described. I want to know if a round belly (like bloated balloon) is normal. The one kitten also tends to lick the other under it's tail. The one being licked has a loose stool and do not ''go'' as often as the other. Is this normal?

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

I took in a stray 5 years ago. I think she's 8-10 years old. She developed canine mammary tumors & I started her on Hemp Oil 3 weeks ago, as I can't afford surgery to remove tumor. She has lost her vision so I've cut back on giving her the Hemp. I now rub it on tumor. I was told diatomaceous earth could help her immune system so I let her lick a small amount & her demeanor changed to happy. This weekend there's a Rabies Clinic. Should I get her a rabies vaccine? She is outdoors. Sometimes raccoons or cats get into yard. Please help.

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

Powder is 18, has cataracts, both eyes but get around very well. Every 7-10 days, she will not want to eat and then has a liquid bloody stool. She won’t eat for another day or so, but then next day eats and is fine with normal stool until this repeats. She has a heart murmur, (vet pills made her throw up) a small benign tumor on her chest, sleeps a lot. What could cause the blood & is there something I can give her for the blood?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

She is beginning to play and I can now touch her - but she is skiddish - can't go close enough to bathe her (she really needs it) or take her to the vet for shots and to get a license. Any advice - should I give her any sedatives - she is making progress but it will be a while before i can do any of this.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Behavior

My 1 yr old female cat went missing for a couple of days when she returned she appears to be deaf & wild. she was mostly an indoor cat & very loving, now she acts as if she doesn't even recognize us. I put food out for her & she'll sneak up to eat it but runs as soon as she shes us. We live in a small rural community. Could she have been injured or gotten into some toxin that would cause this? She is spayed & we rescued her at about 4 weeks old.

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updated 11 months ago
Category: Limbs & Bones
My girl just hatched gosling‘s on Thursday and one of the gosling’s has curled up feet and legs that move but cannot stand on. I’ve started on the B complex and niacin but have seen no improvement. The gosling is very healthy is eating and drinking but does not want to stand. Any ideas on what else I can do to help the baby?
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updated 5 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat

My dog has dry and itchy skin. My veterinarian has prescribed a special food by Hill's because he thinks it''s a food allergy. He also put him on a steroid for the itching. What do you think?

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

I have tried to research this, but it just scares me. What do you have to say about this spot?

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Skin & Coat
Will a natural product flea and tick collar work as well as something like Frontline? I want to avoid chemicals. Are collars effective for the dogs entire body?
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updated 5 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

About six months ago a litter of kittens were born by our house, we fed the mother and the kittens. two of them had real bad sinuses or something. their eyes and noses were always clogged like they had a cold. one cat was worse than the other.

But, now after six months they are fine! a new litter of kittens has been around since then and ONE of the kittens has these same symptoms but more severely. Is there another way of helping this kitten besides waiting and wiping out her eyes? PLEASE HELP! i feel sorry for the kitten because she looks so miserable!

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Behavior
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updated 5 years ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

About a year ago I adopted an elderly fox hound, she came to me with a bladder infection that no matter how many times treated it re occurs, I know she is terribly uncomfortable...is there anything I can do other than keep treating with antibiotics? our vet doesn't give me much hope.

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updated 10 months ago
Category: Immune System

I found a stray a few months ago and soon after she started losing her fur and now she is mostly bald with flaky skin that oozes something and has fowl odor ( I say like wet soggy old potatoes, like for hash browns, but my family says it's way more disgusting) and she has a overly healthy appetite and drinks loads of water but she remains super skinny and looks emaciated. I took her to the vet but I couldn't afford the blood tests that might have diagnosed what was wrong with her. They prescribed pills; prednisone, cephalexin and a shampoo; ketohex. I couldn't afford them all ado the vet gave me what he felt would suffice. The treatment worked at first and I even bought more of the same shampoo online. but now she looks like it's returning. Do you have any suggestions on anything I can do to get her healthy again? I'm out of options and can't afford another trip to the vet I'm disabled and rely on ssi to get by.

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updated 5 years ago

What are treatment for asthma in cats?

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updated 5 years ago

My pug is a neurtered 2 year old female who is about 5 pounds overweight. I try to take her for walks, but her breathing becomes so labored it's frightening. It takes her a very long time to recover. Our vet can find nothing wrong, but I wonder if she might have an elongated palate that is making it difficult for her to breathe? I've done some research and this seems to be a problem with some pugs. Please answer as she is the sweetest dog and I paid a great deal of money to rescue her from an abusive situation.

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Limbs & Bones

I am not sure of her age but she is still small. Her pelvis looks malformed. She seems unable to use one back leg at all and the other leg is at least strong enough for her to stand on when standing still. She appears healthy (and happy) otherwise. I am not sure how well she handles going potty but she eats well. Neighbors someone asked her to dog-sit and then never came back and are not returning her calls. Neighbor cannot afford much veterinary care. Any suggestions?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

My dog has prostrate cancer TCC He is ailing . Both hind legs are swollen. Walking is becoming more difficult. Uses 3 legs. He has constant diarrhea and appetite loss. Ordered hemp oil from Charlotte’s Webb called Paws. Is it safe to give to him?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Immune System

Possible kitty herpes. My Maine Coon has ongoing sinus infection with snoring, nasal discharge, lethargy.

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updated 2 years ago

My 16 yr old chi rat terrier mix has a heart murmur n is taking Furosemide 12.5 meds 3x day for excess water n Pimobenden 5mg .25 every 12 hrs. Still has a cough. Should I ask for a different heart med or water pill? Jake is doing fine otherwise. Thank y’all for all you do for our fur babies!!!

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

Our neighbor abandoned their cat when they moved. We took it to the vet to be neutered and found out he is FIV+. We already have 2 cats and 2 dogs and are moving to a place that only allows 2 pets

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updated 7 months ago
Category: Miscellaneous

17-month-old pit bull's left ear consistently irritated, inflamed, reddish-brown "dirt". No fleas or ticks. She's the only one of 7 dogs who has the problem and only in one ear. I clean it regularly and have used Mometavet as prescribed in the past. I need a "second opinion".

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

I rescued a five year old cat that will not eat canned food at all. I’m concerned whether or not she is getting enough nutrients in her dry food. Should I be giving her some additional supplements?

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

I have an 11 year old cat who on a recent blood test had very slightly elevated levels of BUN and CRE. For years I have been giving him a little Half and Half daily to try to get more moisture into him; A vet suggested this. He gets moist food in the mornings but won’t eat it in the afternoons so I feed him dry food then. Mice are also a large part of his diet. I am concerned about he phosphorus in the Half and Half. Should I stop giving him this?

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

What would cause a dog's feces to be green if she has not eaten grass or any green foods? In all my years of having dogs, I have never seen this before. She does not show any signs of sickness or lethargy. Thanks for answering.

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

My four year old cat has developed a food allergy. He has been to the vet who practices homeopathic medicine. She told me to stop giving him chicken and dosed him with rus tox 1M. He improved within 24 hours. I fear he is also now allergic to fish (canned) which comprises a large part of his diet because it has flared up again. He was feral till he was 4 months old and still won't let me hold him. Even getting him to the vet is torture. My cats eat only wet, no dry food. My vet is no longer available and choices of vets are limited in my area. I had more of the rus tox but can't get him to sit still to dose him. Have no one to help. I need three hands. What can I do? Any suggestions would be welcome.

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

I just adopted two kittens from an organization that first placed the kittens in temporary foster homes. The 3-month old male has had diarrhea and semi-solid stool for 6 days now. He also involuntarily drips watery fecal matter from his anus, especially when he sleeps. And he often drips as he is running to the litter box. He was dewormed completely and was tested for a bacterial infection that came back negative for all common intestinal bacteria. The vet did prescribe Metronitazole, and he has taken it for 3 days without improvement. It has been suggested that I give the cat yogurt, but I was afraid of worsening the runnyness of the stool. I also read from your answers that eliminating glutens and giving a food with the proper proteins and carbs may help. I am currently feeding the cats Purina Kitten Chow. Should I try the yogurt? What special food should I give the cat? Could this just be a reaction to changing his diet? If so, when will the problem end. I spoke with the foster parents, and the other kittens from his litter are experiencing similar problems and all bacterial tests came back negative for them, as well. HELP!

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

One of my 3 cats is urinating in inappropriate places. The vet diagnosed cystitis (after he found blood in his urine)and the cat is on a regimen of amoxilin and methagel for 3 weeks. My boyfriend has insisted that the cats be shut in one room of our house for the past 3 years so they don't get fur around and damage the furniture, etc. Recently he has relented and has let them be out 4 hours a day at night while they are "supervised". The vet said the stress of being confined could have caused this cat to have this problem. Because of these conditions I plan to move out next week and take my cats with me! But now I worry that the stress of the move may not make the situation any better. How can I get this cat back to using the litter box?

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Behavior

my husband died & daughter moved in with 3 cats...about 4 months ago...I have 2 cat's..both about 10 yrs. old..we have introduced them very slowly. Until about 2 weeks ago he was friendly with the female, they even played so we can't figure out why he is attacking her now?

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updated 7 months ago
Category: Miscellaneous

I dont have the knowledge or means to gain trust in this kitten it will die if no one helps us and no one i habe contacted will help

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Limbs & Bones

My dog injured her knee on a hike, she favored her right hind leg for some time so I took her in for an xray. They said she damaged her knee, had a bone spur on it and should have surgery. They put her on a pain killer/anti-inflammatory medication which helped but she started limping again when she was off. Do you believe surgery is the only way? Would turmeric and other anti-inflammatory supplements help?

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Immune System

My dog was anemic for months and it was determined that she wasn’t producing red blood cells. IBD was apparently the cause and she was prescribed Prednisone and Cyclosporine.

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updated 1 year ago

I am very concern. Was refer to a specialist.

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updated 1 year ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

She’s a female American Rottweiler that’s about 8 years old. I feel like I want to do something to save her but at the same time don’t want her to suffer.

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

Our female 6 year old shepherd mix dog has had surgery for bladder stones 3 years in a row, each about 1 year apart. She had both types of stones (struvate and oxylate?) the second time. I'm not sure as to which type she had this last time as the results aren''t back yet. We tried the Hill's diet after the first year. The second year we did long term antibiotics to kill off any infection. I'm wondering where to go now? I feel like I need to go to a new vet to get a new solution. I don''t want our dog to have to go through this again.

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

We have two Yorkshire Terrier’s (both under 5Ibs). Both are being fed wet food only (kangaroo and parsnip for one and the other one gets wild rabbit and potato). We have recently started to add some nutrition into their diet as well. The reason for this type of diet is that one of them is highly allergic. Both of them have bad breath and plaque on their teeth that’s why we have decided on a professional cleaning for them. Neither one of them likes the tooth brush. Tried it many times but all attempts failed. Now that we are getting a fresh start on their hygiene we are wondering what else we might be able to do to help them continue to have healthy teeth.

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updated 3 years ago
Category: Behavior

Is this just an allergy problem or is this something serious? Thanks Pet Vet

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updated 11 months ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary

Had to vet has been on antibiotics and now lasix. Doesn't want to drank as much as usual .Acts like has problem with male parts. Fear may be slightly blockage or prostate trouble? Sometimes can't pee for short while needs instegated sometimes like baby.

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

About 2 to 3 weeks ago I took in a stray that was abandoned at one of my jobs. I took her to the vet. Just for a routine checkup and he determined that she had feline herpes as well as a small upper respiratory infection. He prescribed her an antibiotic and a pink medicine that was supposed to coat her throat. I mention to the doctor that she was unable to meow and that whenever she opened her mouth no sound came out and he explained that it could be a cause of the long-term feline herpes that she had and he was unsure how far down in her intestines the herpes have gone. Well, after finishing her medicines she is on the same diet since the day I brought her home and she still has constant diarrhea. Though she acts like she is feeling fine. I'm very curious on what could be causing this and if I should bring her into the vet and use my time and money on a physical exam or if I should just bring a stool sample into my vet and have them examine that just to cut straight to the chase. I appreciate your time and advise and I thank you for what you do with all of these animals may God bless you and all of those around you.

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

My daughter lives in Culver City, CA, and would like to find a good vet for her kitten. Could you please guide us in the direction of a good vet in that area. Thank you.

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Diet & Nutrition

The vet has given her two shots now of a steroid.. they only last a month and I can't afford the high fee or to have her tested. I was wondering if I could give her an antihisimine for her allergy. She has got scabs on her head/neck from scratching.. No front claws when I got her otherwise she probably would have her whole body scabby.

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

Hello, my Persian 2 year cat has not been eating so well in the last two weeks. She also seems very week, sleeping all day. I had blood work done on her and she ranged 100 points over the maximum for normal results on her liver results. I just got an ultrasound done on her and she is showing a large spleen. She is a very small cat just weighing 6.7 pounds and I was told that she has a large spleen for her size. Now she is having 2 aspirations done from her liver and spleen. Do you have any other recommendations as far as what other test can be done? What results are to come from the aspirations? Can I just get her spleen removed to solve the problem? I dont know if this information will help, but she was also born deaf, and is white with cooper eyes.

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updated 9 months ago
Category: Vaccinations

He takes 2.5mg SID. Is it safe to vaccinate him

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Miscellaneous

One wing hangs down and drags on the ground. The other wing--well, there is very little left, just a few feathers. The duck seems very happy. He eats, drinks, and we gave him a little pool which he loves. We duct taped the wing that was hanging, and now it doesn't drag as much. We called many vets from the phone book, but each one wanted $100 to start with for x-rays plus surgery. Can you give me some advice. We don't want to euthanize the duck--we sort of like him.

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updated 5 years ago
Category: Eyes and Teeth

I have an 11 year old male, neutered kitty (on of 10 rescues I have)that started sneezing 2-3 days ago and his right eye periodically looks weepy. He is, as they all are, an indoor kitty. He is eating, not a lot, but I am worried. Since I am retired and on a fixed income I can’t run to the vet with any little thing like I used to when working. But if you think I should, I will. Thank you Dr. Brown.

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updated 4 years ago
Category: Tumors & Cancer

He is on deramaxx. he is beginning to show signs of weakness in his other hind leg and has a hard time getting up and walking. do you think glucosamine in addition to the deramaxx would help?

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updated 2 years ago
Category: Kidney & Urinary