GRASS AWN INFECTION/WHAT TO DO?
Our little Yorkie mix developed a large abscess in her throat a couple of weeks ago, making it almost impossible for her to swallow food. She was lethargic/sad. Took her to a reputable animal hospital in Denver. They found an abscess in her throat and, upon doing an ultrasound, they found what they're saying is a 7 millimeter-long grass awn (grass seed basically) that somehow worked its way into an area just below her left ear, deep into the tissue.
They partially aspirated fluid and the culture has grown pasteurella multocida bacteria, but the vet suspects there could also be another anaerobe in there that has gone undetected.
We are giving her clindamycin liquid and Baytril (for broad-spectrum treatment).
They also suggested, on the day of the scoping, that we try a surgical removal of the grass awn, but they also warned that it would be a dangerous operation (through her skull/nerves/windpipe, etc., etc.) and that, in any event, they could "manage" it with antibiotics in the absence of such surgery by leaving the grass awn in place, although that wouldn't be their first choice.
Now the vet has changed her tune, telling us that she wants to continue antibiotics for an
additional two weeks and then take her off antibiotics and see what happens. The grass awn could still be harboring bacteria and a re-infection could occur, and this time with more antibiotic-resistant bacteria that would be harder, maybe even impossible, to treat. It's all very scary!
Anyway...I'm posting on this forum to see if anyone else has experienced this because we're hearing from some pet owners in our community who have told us that they have had dogs who have had grass awns left in them and a re-infection never occurred. But some of the online literature seems to suggest that re-infections are likely to occur.
Has anybody else experienced this?
My dog GrufL who is two years old has just been started on Denamarin for
high liver level of 537. Of course I have no clue as to how liver levels get
that high. His vet was not reassuring as to what causes this.
I have noticed since I have put him on Denamrin (1week) his appetite has
decreased some. I am very concerned because he is a very frisky, happy little
Yorkie who weighs only 8.6 lbs. The only thing that I started new was
Comfortis in April. The doctor says no, but I have read that some dogs are
effected by Comfortis. I have stopped this and just keep a flea and tick collar
Can someone tell me how liver levels rise in a dog and would his
appetite decrease being on Denamarin.
Cece and GrufL( my dog'sname)
My Cat was diagnosed to have had a Stroke....?
Our cat, Clover, of 9 years suffered a Stroke about 3 weeks ago. My husband and I were out of the country traveling when it happened but thankfully our cat-sitter was home at the time.Apparently she was resting when suddenly she started gagging and panting, as if to vomit, but then she tried to get up and collapsed because she lost control of her hind leg. She then started peeing on herself and continued panting. The Vet said they have never seen anything like it but diagnosed it as a Stroke. They prescribed her some antibiotics, and sent her home after an overnight stay. She regained her strength in 4 days, and now seems to be back to her old self..... Except!, recently I have noticed that she sometimes shivers continuously when I'm petting her. Kind of like she has the chills. It has only happened a couple of times but I am concerned. We don't have the money to take her back to the Vet right now, but they advised me to give her Pepcid AC to help calm her, apparently it has a soothing effect. I was hoping to get some advice as to what this might be, or what I can do to help her rehabilitation until we can get her back in for a check up.Any advice or thoughts are appreciated! thx.
Can a male and female breed successfully if they have the same father and mother but are from different litters?
my cat is impacted/constipated and I would like to know if it is ok to give him mineral oil or castor oil as a laxative to make him poop?
Scallops, Clams, Oysters in a Home Diet?
Hello,I'm looking into the possibility of feeding my cats a home diet. My vet can order in Feline Vitamin-Mineral Premix from Medi-Cal.* I'm wondering if it would be possible for me to formulate a home diet in which the animal protein comes from bivalve mollusks (e.g. scallops, clams, oysters, mussels, etc.) and possibly also crustaceans (e.g. shrimp and prawns).** I want to do this primarily for reasons of farmed-animal welfare and environmental safety.***More specifically, my question is:(1) Is it safe for cats to eat bivalves and / or crustaceans as part of an appropriately formulated home diet?(2) Is it safe for cats to eat an appropriately formulated home diet, where the SOLE SOURCE of animal protein comes from bivalves and / or crustaceans?Thanks!Howard*Ingredients: Vitamin A (Retinyl-Palmitate; 10,400IU/g), Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol; 2100 IU/g), Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate; 130 IU/g), Vitamin K (Menadione Sodium Bisulphate Cplex; 2.2mg/g), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride; 13mg/g), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin 13mg/g) Vitamin B3 (Niacin; 200mg/g) Vitamin B5 (D-Calcium Pantothenate; 25mg/g), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride 10mg/g), Folic Acid (1.2mg/g), Biotin (0.15 mg/g), Copper (Copper Sulphate; 5mg/g), Iron (Ferrous Sulphate; 100 mg/g), Zinc Oxide (130 mg/g), Cobalt (Cobalt Carbonate 0.36mg/g), Selenium (Sodium Selenite; 0.13 mg/g), Iodine (Potassium Iodide; 0.9 mg/g), Taurine (500 mg/g). The recipes I know of also call for Calcium Carbonate and Potassium Citrate, the latter of which I know I can also get from my vet. **In addition to the Vitamin-Mineral Premix, Calcium Carbonate, and Potassium Citrate, the only non-animal protein / animal fat ingredients the Medi-Cal recommended diets call for are (1) rice and (2) corn oil. So the diet I'm thinking of would really just be: VM Premix, Calc. Carb, Potas. Cit., rice, corn oil, and bivalves / crustaceans.*** I'm vegan myself, and I've looked into vegan diets for cats - e.g. Amicat, Evolution, Vegecat - but, especially since one of my cats is a diabetic in remission and I've heard stuff about the general importance of keeping cat diets low in carbs, I'd be very concerned about trying to feed my cats a vegan diet. I think that there's an excellent chance that bivalves, like plants, aren't capable of having subjective experiences and thus can't be harmed in a literal, morally relevant way, and I suspect that this may also be true of crustaceans. I am, however, quite confident that fish do have subjective experiences - see e.g. Sneddon et al "Do Fish Have Nociceptors Evidence for the Evolution of a Vertebrate Sensory System" (2003) and Chandroo et al "Can fish suffer?: perspectives on sentience, pain, fear and stress" (2004). I know that there are environmental issues about fishing and farming marine animals, but I live in Canada and I'm pretty confident that I can get farmed bivalves (and probably crustaceans) that get around these problems.
Natural anti-inflammatory supplements
My 10-year old belgian malinois is starting to suffer from joint pains brought by arthritis. I know anti-inflammatory and pain medications will now be a start of his "twilight years" but as much as possible I don't want to fill him up with drugs that give more risks and side effects than benefits. I am now looking for natural anti-inflammatory supplements or drugs that can alleviate painful symptoms of arthritis and joint problems.
4th of July
Happy 4th every one. Just a freindly reminder to keep some extra water around for your dogs. Its looking like a hot holiday weeeknd!!!
During the beginning of Estrus phase of 9 days when the female dog accepts the male to mate with her, does it take just once or twice for her to become pregnant? Also, the first time was not interrupted but the second time was because we were trying to keep them apart. Is there a chance he could still be pregnant? The male is a few months away from being a year old. Any replies will be appreciated. Thank you.
my dog is a chinese bear coat shar pei and black lab mix. both his parents have papers. when we got him his was a puphe was all wrinkled up but he has outgrown his wrinkles...anyone elsehad this happen
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