Pineweasel: A lot depends on where "under the skin" it is. It sounds like a cyst, which is usually benign. It may be scar tissue from a bug (or tick) bite, as you mentioned. It could also be a dense (usually benign) fatty growth, though they tend to be more soft than firm. It is not unusual at all for terrier/poodle breeds to get small benign growths on/under their skin as they get older. However, it is best to have it evaluated by your veterinarian (no surprise there:). Best of luck!View Thread
You are right, An_24...thank you for the correction. FeLV is technically not what we consider airborne. It is important to note that, in the case that an FeLV infected cat with a URI sneezes in direct contact (eyes, face) with another unprotected feline (particularly those with compromised immune systems) the virus can be passed along to that cat. It is very contagious- so while I've never really seen "hysteria" among cat owners, it is important that it be taken seriously.View Thread
Sounds like 1) your Lab is having moderate/severe hip problems- either degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, or both. the fluid and swelling in the ears is called an aural hematoma- which is usually secondary to excessive scratching and head shaking w/ chronic ear infections. A visit to your vet is definitely in order- you didn't mention hip x-rays, but I'd recommend that- as will your vet. The ear issue- may require a different antibiotic/anti-fungal issue, and possibly surgery to repair the hematomas. Best of luck- keep us posted.View Thread
rwbabco- your cat's hissing and twitching may be her way of telling you she's experiencing some discomfort- possibly arthritic, if she's having trouble walking as well. If your vet says she's okay, you may want to seek a second opinion- either from another general vet practitioner, or talk to your vet about a specialty referral. With the signs and symptoms you've shared, plus difficulty eating, it's the next step. Best to you...keep us posted, please.View Thread
Wildcat- we usually like to see newborns at 4-5 days of age. That first week is crucial to assure that they are hearty and nursing well. They will usually open their eyes around 2 weeks of age, and should not be offered food or water until their teeth start coming in at around 3-4 weeks. As far as starting shots and deworming, the average time for that is around 6 weeks of age (some vets will wait until 8-9 weeks). Best thing to do is set up a litter visit with your vet who will surely be able to set up a timetable/plan for your litter. Congrats...and good luck!View Thread
While no one here would ever "hound" you, Anon, if your dog has been having these issues for more than 48 hours it is very important that she receive medical attention as soon as possible. You've done just about all you can do at home. I assume she is spayed- if she is intact, the symptoms could be secondary to a uterine infection, which requires immediate attention. If she is spayed, it could be something viral, bacterial or parasitic. All of these possibilities are going to require the intervention of a veterinarian- and they will probably want to do some lab work (fecal test, blood work, x-rays to start). There is really no magic answer we can give you here at this point...I wish there was. Check with humane societies in your area- they can almost always work with you based on income. Also, don't be ashamed to talk to your old vet- they may be willing to work with you. All the best to you and your gir- please keep us posted.View Thread
MrsHoro- the concern here is that, if it's one eye that is affected, it could be secondary to some injury rather than allergies. Regardless, rather than try a home remedy I'd strongly recommend your vet checking his eye(s) out. It won't hurt to use sterile saline (which you can get from the pharmacy OTC) to flush and clean the eye, but the description of "red gooey" in one eye leads to the possibilty of some sort of corneal or conjunctival infection. Keep us posted...WDView Thread
binussha- there is a possibility, from your description, that your cat is dehydrated- with the decrease in urination and what sounds like a dry, brittle coat. Some of what you are seeing may also be normal, with his adult coat coming in over the kitten coat. I would strongly recommend getting him to the vet as soon as possible to make sure he is healthy. Good luck!View Thread
Perfect answer, Rohvannyn. It is important to get a urinalysis done as soon as possible. And, if he is straining and crying a lot- you have to be concerned about possible urinary crystal/stone formation and potential blockage. Get it checked out asap! Good luck!View Thread
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