First step is to see your vet. Diarrhea and bloody feces are nothing to take mildly. Hopefully it's something minor (intestinal parasites, stress colitis, diet, etc.) but it could be a subtle sign of a more serious condition.
You bet! Your vet may be able to advise you on insect repellents in addition to relieving the itch! You're a good grandparent to help out the scratchy skin. When the traditional methods fail, it's time to see the vet for the latest and greatest (and, boy, do we have all kinds of new stuff!).
Great to hear you'll have it checked out ASAP! If it's small enough to remove under local anesthesia ("numbing the area around it"), do it and have the tissue submitted for histopathology. If it's too big for that, I suggest some sort of preliminary diagnostic test such as a fine-needle aspiration (FNA).
Great question - sadly I'm not psychic enough to give you a very accurate answer!
My suspicion is the shelter is referring to feline herpes virus infection. Don't worry; you can't get herpes from cats! This is their version and it typically results in chronic (life-long) intermittent infections of the upper respiratory tract. Clinical signs usually involve runny eyes, sneezing and decreased appetite. Most cases "run their course" in about two weeks while others require extensive treatment. I often recommend cats with herpes conjunctivitis be given a nutritional supplement, L-lysine, for life to help attenuate outbreaks.
Other more serious infections are a possibility.
If you have any additional information, please post so that we may have a better clinical picture.
As an aside, if you're contemplating adopting a shelter cat, keep in mind that herpes infection is extremely common in the cat population and shouldn't deter you from adoption. If you do, take it to your vet before allowing it to contact any of your existing feline family members.
Benadryl is commonly administered to pet's with mild seasonal allergies. The appropriate dose is the minimum amount needed to alleviate clinical signs. I typically start off with 25-mg every 6 to 8 hours and increase as needed. Some larger dogs may require 50-mg every 6 to 8 hours. The problem with higher dosages is many pets become sleepy or lethargic. Ask your vet the suggested starting dose for your pet based on it's individual needs. There may be more effective treatments from your vet. Make sure you have a definitive diagnosis before administering any medication - prescription or over-the-counter. Good luck.View Thread
Yes, definitely have your pooch seen by your vet as soon as possible. Hopefully everything is okay, but you need to be certain. I'd also strongly recommend your vet evaluate basic blood and urine tests. Maybe it's just the Benadryl talking, but my advice is to have her checked out.View Thread
Ouch! I definitely encourage you to see your vet. I agree, I don't think an ultrasound will help. The best course is to thoroughly investigate the site surgically. All of these symptoms indicate to me there's more going on in your poor baby's toe. Next stop...surgery! Good luck!View Thread
I recommend you take your balding baby to your vet! Possible causes of hair loss in cats include ringworm, allergic dermatitis, skin infections and anxiety-related excessive grooming, to name but a few. Diet also plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy coat. I recommend all my dog and cat patients (and their owners) take daily omega-3 fatty acid supplements.View Thread