It sounds like Sammy is suffering from allergies- and very likely allergies to inhalants in the air like pollen, grasses, dust, mold, etc. This type of allergy is known as atopy, or atopic dermatitis, and a big symptom is licking at the feet. Prednisone will mask the symptoms, but finding out the true cause of the allergy and then taking steps to limit exposure to that allergy (same goes for flea and food allergies) is the key. Other medications that can help, and have less side effects than prednisone, are antihistamines and omega fatty acids. Visit your vet and discuss. Best of luck to Sammy and you!View Thread
1) both products are fine- the powder may go a bit further for you, but it's your preference. 2) I'd stay away from the canned tuna liquid- all of that sodium isn't good for a young kitten. 3) Mild Ivory dish detergent should be fine- use caution around the eyes and mouth. Good luck!View Thread
Biosookie- hope you got your shepherd to the vet. That is the best option- difficult to make orthopedic recommendations online without having seen the patient, x-rays, etc. There should be a 24 hour or after hours vet facility in your area if your vet is closed today. Hope you got good answers...best to you and keep us posted.View Thread
Taurino- don't know of any vet that would do this...almost impossible to clean a dog's teeth without anesthesia. They have their teeth cleaned just as we do...with an ultrasonic scaler and polisher. Dogs just don't understand that action, and will react to it...and that can harm the handler, the dog, or the equipment. And, even if a dog allowed us to clean the outer surface of the teeth, you couldn't get the inner surface done...they just wouldn't allow it without biting down. Anesthesia is the safest option for all involved. All the best to you.View Thread
MissBracey: Great to keep her warm. You want to keep her slightly warmer than room temp- around 75 degrees is good. You should be able to get a good feline milk replacer from your vet or pet store...much better option that non-fat milk (which kittens and cats have a very difficult time digesting, and could cause diarrhea with subsequent dehydration). You want a milk replacer because it will have colostrum, which they would get from mom's milk (and helps protect their immune system). There should also be a small kitten feeding bottle available as well. She should be fed every 2-4 hours (3 average). You also want to stimulate her urination and defecation by rubbing her bottom with a warm, soft cloth (will stimulate the actions). She should be feed for about 4-5 weeks, or until her teeth start coming in. Then, you can move her over to a soft kitten food gradually. Bath the kitten with a little mild dishwashing liquid, and if there are fleas just use a fine-toothed comb (or buy a flea comb from the pet store). Hope this helps...keep me posted! Thanks for the note!View Thread
Grandma: Melatonin may make your dog drowsy, but really doesn't do anything for canine anxiety. the Xanax is the good choice. You may want to even talk with your vet about incorporating Fluoxetine (Prozac) to help long term. Before giving anything, even the Melatonin, you would want to discuss it with your vet. Best of luck!View Thread
Well put, Home2Strays. Almost unheard of for older dogs to get mites...much more of a kitten/feline issue. My first thought, as mentioned, is a bacterial or yeast infection. Something you can affordably do prior to a vet visit, goffyone, is to get a good ear cleanser from a reputable pet store. Get something with a drying agent and a good acidifier like propylene glycol or salicylic acid. Be sure to get to your vet asap. Best of luck!View Thread
If it's one eye, I'd still recommend going to the vet. Discharge from one eye can mean there is some sort of injury or foreign body (both eyes, it's usually some irritation or allergic response). At least get it checked out- it may be fine. Best to you...WDView Thread
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