It is not unusual for all of us (our pets included) to have changes in our appetites but one that lasts for an extended period of time may be a reason to take your pet to your veterinarian for an examination. Dental disease, internal organ illnesses and more can be reasons why a pet may be off feed. Depending on whether there are other signs of 'being off' can assist you in deciding how soon you should make an appointment. From your posting, it sounds as though you are worried...never second guess yourself...have your pet seen. Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
Renal disease is all too common in older cats. I am sorry to learn that your cat is also affected. What we want our cats to eat and what they will eat are often not one in the same. Several pet food manufacturers make diets that are considered renal (kidney) diets. These are usually increased in the quality of the protein and decreased in its quantity. Iams, Royal Canin and Purina all make these specialized diets. You might try going to their websites, searching for the particular formulas and then finding a veterinarian in your area that carries the food. Some distributors will drop ship food to your home. If your cat is super picky, you can go to www.BalanceIt.com and search for home made diets.
I am so sorry to learn about your Lab's medical issues. Alas, these situations are not a temporary rough time...the joints are damaged and the damage will be progressive. You may ask your veterinarin for a sedative. You may need it for both dogs. Massage, PT and accupuncture may give some temporary relief but the joints need to be addressed for optimal results.
I am so sorry to hear that your pet had such a fear filled experience. There are liability reasons why a veterinarian needs to remove a pet from an owner's presence when treatment is needed and there is a chance that the pet may become aggressive. If the pet accidentally bites the owner while the pet is under the veterinarian's care, the veterinarian can be held financially responsible.
You may want to try a few different approaches. Rather than have each trip to the vets be stressfilled, stop by the practice for a 'happy visit'. Have the staff offer a tasty treat to your dog and then leave. You may need to do this several times before the pet realizes that this place isn't that bad. You may want to ask your veterinarian for a sedative that you administer at home before going to the office. This can help to take the edge off. You can work with a board certified veterinary behaviorist and you can also try another veterinary practice or another veterinarian at the same practice. Sometimes a pet reacts better to one person than another. Keep working with your dog. It sounds as though you have a lot of love and patience.
Just like every young lover fears, not every romantic encounter will result in pregnancy, too many do. Since you were planning on neutering them both, I would suggest getting them to your veterinarian NOW and having them both tended to. I am sure they are marvelous pets and sadly there are too many fabulous dogs and cats that can't find loving homes. Have them neutered this week. Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
I love when clients have pet health insurance. Insurance for pets is unlike what you and I have...HMO or PPOs. They are more like our car insurance. They are considered indemnity insurance...they help pay for the servies. Several companies offer pet insurance. Exactly what they cover, deductible and reimbursement will vary from company to company and between policies. I site that I recommend owners visit is http://www.1800petinsurance.com
It is a site that allows you to compare several companies at once. Some chains of veterinary hospitals offer private policies that only they accept. I usually recommned one that you can use at the veterinarian of your choice.
It would seem unlikely that the signs you are describing are due to a diet change. A seizure disorder is higher on my list. Seizures can be very mild and look like fly biting to what we think of more commonly...falling over, paddling with paws, vocalizing, etc.
Please make an appointment to see your primary care veterinarian to discuss your concerns. It may be necessary to run some lab tests or even refer you to a board certified veterinary neurologist. A good site where you can learn more about seizure is http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=560
How touching that your cat is missing you but also how distressing for the cat and the family. Even though your cat was seen by your veterinarian not too long ago, I would recommend that for your ease of mind that you have it examined again and have a general blood/urine panel run to be sure that everything looks as good in the inside as it does on the out. A great deal can change in even a short amount of time.
If the lab work is normal, you may consider using the Felliway diffusers as a calming agent. I have also used the homeopathic product called Rescue Remedy by Bach, Original Flower Essence for calming. You can put a small amount on your finger and apply to inside of your cat's ears, a few drops into the water or directly into it's mouth.
Time can also help. I think it would be good to visit for you and the cat.
You are doing the best thing possible...you are seeking the advice of your veterinarian. Infections, foreign material that has penetrated under the skin,,,even cancer have to be on the list of possible causes. Continue with the treatment your veterinarian has recommended. If it does not improve, ask about having a radiograph taken of the paw.