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Smokey, it's been a year and eight months since you left me, and I still miss you very much. I talk to you every day. I think about you. You were such a wonderful kitty. You were abandoned, my mother adopted you from the shelter, my mom became ill, you moved with her into my house with my little Meck cat, you visited my mom in the hospital, visited my uncle in the hospital too, my mom left us, and through it all you were delightful and loving and funny and sweet. Smokey.



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My cat loves to sit in boxes. Fair enough. I know several kitties who like that. But my cat also loves to chew up the boxes, tear off the cardboard, even eat it sometimes. He has a "bed" that encloses him like box and is soft and made of material, but he won't use it. He wants to sit in boxes and then rip pieces off with his teeth. Is this behavior a sign of a health problem? Is there a way to get him to stop ripping up the boxes without banning them because he loves to sit in them so? Thanks for any help

Your dog may be eager to eat "people food" from your dinner table or finish leftovers after a meal. It's safe to share certain foods with your dog. But some common foods and drinks can be harmful or even deadly for dogs.

Don't share these items:


Even small amounts of alcohol can be dangerous for your dog. At parties and other events where alcohol is flowing, place open drinks where your dog can't reach them.

Keep household items that contain alcohol, such as mouthwash, in a safe place.

Alcohol can be found in other surprising places. Dogs have gotten into trouble eating rotten apples, which can produce alcohol when they go bad.

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning in dogs include:

Excited behavior
Clumsy movements
Lack of energy

Avocados and their leaves contain a toxin called persin. It can be harmful to dogs and many other pets.

Avocado poisoning in dogs can cause symptoms such as:

Trouble breathing

Keep bones from chicken, roasts, and other meats away from your dog. He can choke while eating bones.

Also, bones can break into sharp pieces that may cause bleeding and infection inside your dog.

Bread Dough

Yeast dough can be harmful to dogs for several reasons.

After a dog eats dough, it can produce gas. This can cause the stomach to become twisted or even torn.

The rising dough also produces alcohol, which dogs should avoid.

If your dog has eaten bread dough, he may have these symptoms:

Swollen belly
Abdominal pain
You'll know your dog has abdominal pain if he has symptoms such as:

Doesn't want to lie down
Stretches front legs out with chest down and rear up
Yelps when abdomen is touched
Doesn't want to eat
Caffeinated Drinks

While caffeine may give you a sense of wakefulness and energy, it's toxic to your dog.

Keep these items away from him:

Coffee or coffee grounds
Energy drinks
Tablets containing caffeine
If your dog has caffeine poisoning he may have these symptoms:

Hyperactive behavior
Muscle quivers

Chocolate contains caffeine and a related chemical called theobromine that is also harmful to dogs.

Darker chocolates, including cocoa powder, contain more theobromine per ounce than milk chocolate. Eating just a half-ounce of baking chocolate could be deadly for a 5-pound dog.

Symptoms from eating a small amount of chocolate include:

If your dog eats larger amounts it can also lead to:

Tremors and seizures
Irregular heartbeat



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Hey Everyone,

I have started to set aside one hour a day to get some exercise for me and by my boy. We have been running, but thats become a little boring. Does anyone have any ideas for an hour long activity that I could do other than running?

I have 2 (6 month old) puppies.  The female is so distructive when I put her in a crate.  If  I put her in with her brother she fights with him.  She carries on whinning a lot and salivates excessively to the point where she looks like she has  a white beard (she's all black), and there's a puddle in the crate and saliva all over the door of the crate.  She's supposedly a Vizsla Hound/Black Lab Mix.  Her brother looks like a Vizsla and she looks like a Black Lab.  Both dogs were rescued.  They were from a litter of 10 and were found abadoned in a house, skin and bones.  Any ideas as to why all the saliva and carrying on?

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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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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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 :)


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 )


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



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