The size of the pet would be a determining factor in trying to design an alternative to the couch. You may need to consider rearranging the furniture so a sturdier piece of less expensive furniture is positioned next to the window.View Thread
Sorry to hear that your pet is uncomfortable. Would wonder if this was the first time that you had used Vectra or have you used it in the past with a similar response? I have seen pets that get a 'skin crawl' shortly after a topical flea treatment is applied. It is not the active ingredients that seem to bother them but rather the liquid that moved the treatment over the skin. Washing it off is best. Check the skin for signs of irritation. Seek professional veterinary assistance if signs of skin irritation are present or if the twitching persists. Smaller breeds seem to be more sensitive than larger ones. For future flea control, you may need to consider an oral product such as Comfortis. I hope this helps.....View Thread
You are fabulous for adopting a shelter pup. Wow, it sounds as though you are doing everything correctly...outside frequently, no scolding, positive reinfrorecemt, restricted access to the home...now what. I would be sure that there are no internal parasites. Even if his stool appears normal, there is a chance of internal parasites. If a sample has not been checked, take a sample to your veterinarian. When you aren't home to take him out every hour on the hour, how long is he confined in his room. Often it is recommended that a young dog be left alone for 1 hour per month plus 1...at 7 months, he should be able to 'hold it' for 7 hours, but we are all so different. You may need to make his private suite even smaller, so he is less inclined to soil in the room. If it is too big, he can merely go in the other corner and not have to live next to it....try the crate again. If worse comes to worse, there are indoor pet elimination products that are basically a plastic tray with artificial turf...he poops on that rather than the floor. Patience and persistence...best of luck.View Thread
How very sweet of you to care for the stray kitty. Your resident cats seem not to share your kind hearted philosophy. Cats love routine and the newcomer was viewed as a threat. Introducing novel items or pets can be distressing and if your two cats were in proximity to each other at the time of introduction, they may have inappropriately reassigned their fear and distrust onto the other cat. You may need to separate them for a period of time, then slowly reintroduce them to each other. Sniffing each other under the door and giving them separate love and attention can help to defuse the anxiety. Try using the calming pheremone product "Feliway" as plug ins around the house. I product that I have successfully used when bringing a new kitten into the home is a human liquid homeopathic product called Bach -Rescue Remedy. You can put a few drops onto your finger and rub it onto inside of the ear flaps. This can be done 2 to 3 times per day. I hope this helps....be patient.View Thread
You are fabulous for adopting a rescue dog! You are correct, there are times when I have vaccinated a dog and have the pet owner report some mild sneezing and occasional cough afterwards. The signs typically last for only a day or two. I am concerned that your dog may have been incubating a respiratory illness even before you adopted him. I would suggest that you contact your veterinarian if he is still feeling 'off'. If he is feeling perky, eating well and is not running a fever, you may need to let it run its course. Like you and I with the flu, time is often the only treatment we need. I would not take it around other pets because of the potential of spreading his illness.View Thread
Congratulations on the birth of the puppies. Hopefully by this time you have taken the bitch and the puppies to your veterinarian for a post birthing examination. It is not uncommon for puppies to seem hungry but not constantly. You can check their weight on a daily basis with a gram scale and record the findings. It may not increase dramatically on a daily basis but it should not drop. Be sure that mom is getting enough to eat so she can produce the needed nutrients for the pups. Feeding her a puppy diet at this time is advisable.
Hopefully by this time your pet's poop is improved and she is feeling 100%. There are myriad reasons why a pet's digestive tract can be off...eating something it wasn't supposed to, internal parasites, disorders of internal organs such as liver or kidneys, toxins...the list goes on. I will usually tell my clients that if the pet feels good, there is no vomiting, there is no blood in the stool, you can try to wait out the upset stomach for a day or so. A bland diet such as cottage cheese mixed equally with boiled rice is a good supportive measure. If the problem persist...the pet just doesn't seem right to you, get it and a sample of the stool to your veterinarian ASAP. Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
I am so happy to learn that you made the investment in your pet's health to have her examined by a cardiologist. Congestive hear failure can happen extremely quickly but in your pet's case, it seems less likely. If the cough began after the dental cleansing, it is more likely that the endotracheal tube, the tube that was used to control her breathing and deliver the gaseous anesthetic, caused a bit of tracheal (windpipe) irritation. It would be safest to have your pet examined by your primary care veterinarian (to be on the safe side). I will often have my own clients purchase a stethescope with which to monitor the heart and lungs at home. You don't really need to know what you are hearing...you are listening for changes...when these are noted...you need to bring it to your veterinarian's attention. Please contact your primary care veterinarian and have him/her take a look at your pet early next week. You don't want to take a chance. Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
Winter nose does occur in some pets...a gradual loss of pigment. My concern is the fact that it is now summer, the color has not returned but more importantly that there is crusting and scaling on the nose. There are conditions known as autoimmune disorders. The body starts to recognize itself as being foreign and mounts an immune response against itself. I would recommend that you consult with your veterinarian again and discuss this possibility. It can be diagnosed with a skin biopsy that is quick and relatively inexpensive. If your veterinarian is hesitant to pursue additional steps, consider a consultation with a board certified veterinary dermatologist. I would recommend that you stop with the hydrogen peroxide...it can be very irritating to skin cells. Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
Dear Strwbryblnde...This is very distressing. I would strongly recommend that you get your dog to your veterinarian as soon as possible for a thorough examination. Since you have not mentioned any vomiting or diarrhea, I would be concerned with possible internal disorders but the lump on the cheek could also be associated with her weight loss...dental disease, skin cancer or cancer in other parts of her body. Please do not wait any longer. Make an appointment have a thorough exam and most likely some blood and urine work performed.