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yesterday my cat's left front leg shaking. she produces a loud noise when I touch her feet. sounds like a pain. today left its back legs shaking. she only used the front and rear right leg to move. what is the disease that she faced. is likely she suffered a sprained foot?


My 3 year old Beagle is suddenly barely able to walk.  I went to a concert Sunday afternoon.  Before I left the dog was fine.  When I got home at 10 pm the dog could barely walk. She was unable to make it down the stairs so I carried her. She was obviously in pain, and lethargic - completely unlike herself - but was still eating, drinking and went to the bathroom.  Took her to the vet Monday morning. She wasn't acting as bad at the vet as she was at home - I think maybe adrenaline was pumping because she was at the vet. They did the ortho exam and she didn't yelp once.  There was no sign of spinal/skeletal damage based on the physical exam. They did not do an x-ray. Blood work came back "great". Now it is Tuesday night and she seems worse.  She is still eating and drinking, but when I carry her out to go potty, she just lays down and will no longer attempt to stand up. She seems to be more sensitive when moved. She did walk around a little this afternoon and go potty on her own, but now she won't. She is on pain meds prescribed by the vet, but that does not seem to be helping. Has anyone come across this?  I am going to take her for a second opinion tomorrow and insist on an x-ray, but anyone knows of something I else I should be looking out for, I would really like to know.  I read about Beagle Pain Syndrome, but her blood work was "great" according to the vet so I don't know if that is something to worry about.  Again, any advice/help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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In Cats

My cat Lumpy let's me rub her belly without attacking me.  I can tell her to "show me your belly" and she will roll over on her back.  My friends think there is something wrong with my cat because this is not normal.  Is there something wrong with my pal or is she just a very loving cat?

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blaize1ember

In Dogs

So my partner and i got a 7 month old puppy in November, we know he is part hound since he bays after a bark, and he looks like he might have some terror in him. Well he is now a year and 2 months and he loves other dogs, but we recently decided to not live with a roommate anymore and our old roommate had a dog for Blaize to play with. So since there was no other dog anymore we decided to get Blaize a baby sister, Ember, this past saturday. They get along really well, the introduction took a little while, we think because Blaize is so loud when he is excited that it startled Ember, so it slowed the introduction process. Well since then they play well together with us having to interrupt once in a while since they get a little carried away. But twice yesterday Blaize had a little outburst towards Ember as he was waking up. He snarled and snapped at her pretty violently, and we though it might be because he was waking up and he was startled by her coming up on him, but the second time he went at her, Ember was just crawling toward me on the bed, very slowly since she had also just woken up, and he leaped across the bed to attack her. We would hate to have to take Ember back, so we are just hoping for a little input on this situation. Thank you :)

Symptoms

Acts like she has something caught in her throat, and acts like she is having difficulty swallowing. She does this usually when purring heavily but has done it  when just sitting on her own.   She only acts like she is having diffuculty one or two swallows then is fine. She has done this off and on for several years.  No loss in weight, energy etc.. in all other regards she looks healthy.

 

New issues

Her swallowing issues have become more pronounced with the look of greater difficulty

 

Stomach bloat.  Her stomach is firm and distended if she hadn’t been fixed we would have thought she was pregnant.

 

We Brought our longertime forever cat to a new vet.

 

We are worried because we adopted a shelter cat which was given a good clean bill of health and then neutered by our regular cat vet.  Brought the cat home in the evening right after it had had surgery.  The next day we noticed the new cat sneezing.  Sure enough..  Upper respiratory infection and fever.  Two days later the new cat is on antibiotics (the vet “couldn’t see him any sooner”).  And by day 4 new cat on its way to being better no fever, most congestion gone.  New cat is now fine, only sneezing every once in a while and running around enjoying his new forever home.  One of our concerns is that the exposure to the URI might be exaggerating our other cats throat problems.

 

 

We explained to the NEW vet about her throat as stated above.

She is eating and drinking normally.  She is having normal excretory functions, no diarrhea etc.

 

Stomach is bloated and has occurred in the last couple of months after our other cat was killed by a local *drunk driver.   She was upset at the loss of the other cat and may have even witnessed it.  We thought she was eating more because the other cat ate huge amounts ( although not fat) and we thought she was just getting more food now than she used to.

 

 

Examines the cat.  Lungs are clear.  Hears the cat swallwing

 

 

x-rays taken.   “all good”

No growth in throat all clear

                        Heart lungs etc all look good.

                        Stomach looks clear clean no signs of anything wrong

                        No fluid build up in the abdomen

            Minor problem Gas showing in intestines but  Intestine clear of all food

                       

 

Tests given

            Pancreatic Snap (Feline)         neg.  all good

            GHP/CBC                               neg.  all good

            Felv/Elisa and Fiv/Elisa         neg.  all good

 

 

Vet then starts telling us the coughing and hard swallowing are possibly due to a soar throat.  I told him the cat has not been coughing.  He continues.  The intestines are full of gas and gives us the reasoning that when what we see as her having trouble swallowing she is swallowing air and it is getting trapped in her intestines. She just needs eat more and to exercise to help expel the trapped gas.  (We mentioned that lately she runs around the house like a banshee , playing and chasing imaginary beings..lol )

 

He sends us home with an antibiotic amoxiclav and hi-vite vitamin drops (drops that are supposed to have some pain killer in it. But I don’t see it listed in any of the ingredients. )

 

The next evening our “old” kitty begins sneezing but still eating and drinking.   The next more sneezing and by that evening sneezing and nasal congestion..  .  Local animal shelter worker tells us about l-lysine we call the vet and make sure it’s ok to give her some.  He says yes.   I stayed up with her all night

 

The next day full nasal congestion and she is mouth breathing.  Mouth fully open Drooling and looking like she hated the world.  I went out and got the  l-lysine and gave her some. But I am not liking the way she looks.  She is tired not moving much and eyes are a little glassy.  I felt that she might have a temp and was looking even worse never shut her mouth in three hours and looked like death warmed over.

I took her back to the vet.

 

By the time I got back to the vet the cat looked 300% better… of course.. right..  sigh

 

She is no longer mouth breathing, her mouth is completely shut, and she is no longer drooling and her eyes are back to normal…… damn cat…

 

Vet looks her over.  She has a 105 temp.  Says this shouldn’t be happening, she is on antibiotics.

 

I explain to him that I feel that cat may now have the URI from the other cat.  He ignored me.  Said, with the antibiotics there should be no fever so something else is wrong ( the antibiotics that this vet gave us are not as strong as the ones the first vet gave our new adopted cat).  He feels he missed something on the xray. And wants to now take new x-rays, and start and iv.  Brings her non existent cough again , in which I have to assert there Was no cough.

Wants to keep her for a few days and administer different antibiotics, fluids  give us a huge bill and sends us on our way.

 

Fever is down that evening.  And he explains to us he thought she had pneumonia but it looks like a bacterial infection. (whaaat.. huh… pneumonia but no, a bacterial infection in her intestinal track. Ok well you’re the doc.. ….) 

Next day “she is doing fine” but she is not eating our food.  Could you bring some of her regular food. 

So we did.  We visit the cat and the poor thing is like  TAKE ME HOME!  We sit with her, calm her down and she is all happy, but she will not eat because she is still stressed out being at the vet.  So we leave her over for another night.  

 

Next day they call us up and tell us they are syringe feeding her.  “She is fine but won’t eat.

  and they want to keep her over for another day or two.  We asked about her stomach has it gone down… “we don’t know, the reg vet is gone and the new one doesn’t know what it was like before… but it is still swollen”   at this point I am !!!!!!!

Ok so It’s my girlfriends cat.  And I love the thing.  But I have no confidence in this vet, and from what I see he hasn’t corrected the stomach problem and now wants the cat for two more days.. I have a feeling after 2 more days he will want her for just another couple of days.

 

We’re in a small town with vets that come here because I believe they can make it no where else as a vet.  The community is sick and tired of poor vets but the nearest  town for better service is about 80 miles away which doesn’t help during emergencies.  My g/f was told of this guy from a friend of hers.  It turns out that the vet her friend told her about has left this vet clinic and is no longer there.

 

Has anyone seen this type of sickness in a cat before and have any ideas of what it might be?  We are into this vet for close to $1,500 .   It’s a bad economy.  I will pay more, but I told her we need to go to a new vet.  This new vet is now off for a few days, and has someone coming in to relieve him.  She wants to see if this new guy knows a little more before we take him to another vet. 

I just want this cat fixed and healthy if possible.  I will spend more if I know someone is capable of healing this great cat.

 

If anyone has some similar experiences with their cat symptoms, and or ideas that we might bring up to the vet it would be appreciated. 

Also, are we allowed to take copies of the x-rays already taken by this vet to another vet for a second opinion?

 

Thanks in advance.

Pissed, upset, and heartbroken

Maxx

 

By Samantha Drake

Timely vaccinations are an important part of ensuring the health of your kitten. Kitten owners should bring their new pet to the veterinarian for its first round of shots, which will be followed by another set of vaccinations a few weeks later.

Vaccines stimulate the kitten's immune system to make antibodies against infection. The diseases a kitten is vaccinated against are either potentially fatal or carry a high risk of infection, according to PetWave. Previous vaccinations, age, and whether the kitten will go outside or not all factor into which vaccinations your kitten should receive.

EARLY START

Kittens younger than eight weeks should not be vaccinated because they are already being protected against disease by the natural antibodies in their mother's milk. Therefore, vaccinations may start as early as eight weeks old and are then given every three to four weeks until the kitten reaches 16 weeks old, PetWave says. Kittenhood is the time when cat owners are the most conscientious about vaccines. “We see excellent compliance for kittens in their first year of life,” notes Dr. Sara Sprowls, a veterinarian at Glenolden Animal Hospital in Glenolden, Pa. But compliance with the vaccine schedules “declines dramatically after that. Responsible kitten owners must be sure to fully comply with the applicable vaccine regimens to ensure the health of their pets.

CORE VACCINES FOR CATS

American Association of Feline Practitioners(AAFP) divides vaccinations into “core” and “non-core” groups. Core vaccines are necessities for most cats and include:

FELINE PANLEUKOPENIA (FPV) - Also known as feline distemper, the vaccine is typically given in two doses, three to four weeks apart. Booster shots are given a year later and then no more than every three years thereafter.

FELINE HERPESVIRUS-1 (FHV-1) - This is administered at the same time and frequency as the FPV vaccine.

FELINE CALICIVIRUS (FCV) - Also given at the same time as FPV and FHV-1 vaccines and boosters.

RABIES - The rabies vaccine can be given to kittens as young as eight weeks old, depending on the product. Vets must follow state or municipal laws regarding the frequency of rabies boosters, which may be annually or every three years.

NON-CORE VACCINES FOR CATS - The administration of non-core vaccines largely depend on the whether the kitten will go outside or not. Non-core vaccines for cats include:

FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS (FELV) - The vaccine is typically given in two doses, three to four weeks apart. Booster shots are given a year later and then annually for at-risk cats. The AAFP highly recommends the FeLV vaccination for kittens. There is a debate over the necessity of leukemia vaccinations for all kittens. It used to be recommended only for outdoor kitties, and Dr. Sprowls says. But it will also protect indoor cats in the event they get out, she adds.

FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (FIV) - The first dose is given as early as eight weeks with two more doses given at two- to three-week intervals. Annual booster shots follow for cats with a sustained risk of infection. This includes cats living outdoors and cat not infected with FIV that live with FIV-infected cats. The vaccine does not protect against all strains of FIV, however.

Other non-core vaccinations include Feline Infectious Peritonitis, Chlamydophila felis, and Bordetella bronchiseptica are recommended only for kittens that may be at risk.

For a more complete undersstanding of cat vacination visit petwave's cat vacination guide

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kelly

In Dogs

if you want to groom a dog be careful i got bit when i tried know i put a mussel on them

Yourcat's ears may be able to pick up the sound of a bag of treats being opened across the house, but they could still use a little help staying clean. Monitoring your kitty's ears once per week for wax, debris and infection will help those sensitive sonar detectors stay perky and alert to your every move.

Outer Ear Check

A healthy feline ear flap, or pinna, has a layer of hair on its outer surface with no bald spots, and its inner surface is clean and light pink. If you see any discharge, redness or swelling, your cat's ears should be checked by a veterinarian.

Inner Ear Exam

Bring kitty into a quiet room where there are no other pets. Gently fold back each ear and look down into the canal. Healthy inner ears will be pale pink in color, carry no debris or odor and will have minimal if no earwax. If you find that your cat's ears are caked with wax or you detect an odor, please bring her in for a veterinary exam.

Ear Cleaning 101

Place a little bit of liquid ear cleaner (ask your vet for a recommendation) onto a clean cotton ball or piece of gauze. Fold kitty's ear back gently and wipe away any debris or earwax that you can see on the underside of her ear. Lift away the dirt and wax rather than rubbing it into the ear. And do not attempt to clean the canal-probing inside of your cat's ear can cause trauma or infection.

Signs of Ear Problems

Watch for the following signs that may indicate your cat's ears should be checked by a veterinarian

Persistent scratching and pawing of the ear area

Sensitivity to touch

Head tilting or shaking

Loss of balance and disorientation

Redness or swelling of the ear flap or canal

Unpleasant odor

Black or yellowish discharge

Accumulation of dark brown wax

Hearing loss

Bleeding

Know Your Ear Disorders

Ear mitesare common parasites that are highly contagious among pets. Telltale signs include excessive itching of the ears and debris that resembles coffee grounds.

Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria, yeast or foreign debris caught in the ear canal. Treatment should be sought immediately as ear infections can cause considerable discomfort and may indicateallergies, hormonal abnormalities or hereditary disease.

Blood blisters (hematoma) are the result of blood accumulation in the ear flap. They're often caused by infection, ear mites,fleasor trapped debris that causes your cat to scratch her ears or shake her head excessively.

How to Administer Ear Drops

If your veterinarian has recommended ear drops for your cat, please ask for his advice on how to properly administer them, and please follow these guidelines:

Read the label instructions carefully for correct dosage before administering.

Using a vet-recommended solution, clean the external ear thoroughly with a moist cotton ball or piece of clean gauze.

Gently pull the ear flap back, squeeze out the correct amount of solution and apply it to the lowest part of the ear canal.

Gently massage the base of the ear to help work the medication deeper into the canal.

Administer the full dosage indicated by your vet or the instructions on the bottle. Stopping short of a full dosage may prevent your cat from healing.

Reward your cat with a treat afterward.

I also posted this on the 'cat behavior' thread: I have been care-taking a rural home with two cats since early Feb. '14, a female and a male. A few weeks ago, a raccoon got into their living space in the garage, which meant that from then on, there was a lot of disruption around getting the cats safely into the garage in the evening. Five nights ago, after trying and trying to get her to come in, at about 12:30 AM I gave up and left her out for the night. She didn't make it. I found her the next morning. It's been devastating. I don't know these folks well, and I know she'd been in their family for most of their kids' childhood. Aside from the tragedy, I am at a loss as to how to handle the surviving cat. I can't let him in the house because the family has allergies. When I go out to get him in the morning, he's frantic, hoarse and trembling from grief, confusion, disruption, etc. I try to make a point of spending some serious comforting time with him. There's been so much disruption for him already. Just when they'd acclimated to me, I had to leave for a funeral, and get used to yet-another cat-sitter, and now this. The man of the house will be returning for a spell in a week, but meanwhile, I would very much appreciate any suggestions or advice.

I have been care-taking a rural home with two cats since early Feb. '14, a female and a male. A few weeks ago, a raccoon got into their living space in the garage, which meant that from then on, there was a lot of disruption around getting the cats safely into the garage in the evening. Five nights ago, after trying and trying to get her to come in, at about 12:30 AM I gave up and left her out for the night. She didn't make it. I found her the next morning. It's been devastating. I don't know these folks well, and I know she'd been in their family for most of their kids' childhood. Aside from the tragedy, I am at a loss as to how to handle the surviving cat. I can't let him in the house because the family has allergies. When I go out to get him in the morning, he's frantic, hoarse and trembling from grief, confusion, disruption, etc. I try to make a point of spending some serious comforting time with him. There's been so much disruption for him already. Just when they'd acclimated to me, I had to leave for a funeral, and get used to yet-another cat-sitter, and now this. The man of the house will be returning for a spell in a week, but meanwhile, I would very much appreciate any suggestions or advice.

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