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Can cats skip clopidogrel doses

I have two cats, one of which has just been diagnosed with HCM. She's been prescribed clopidogrel tablets, which I crush up an mix in to wet food. I'm going away for a week and my neighbour would ...
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Is Rehmannia safe for dogs? Is it effective for arthritis?

Our 8 year old dog - a suspected doberman/labrador mix - has recently been diagnosed with arthritis in his back and rear legs. Our veterinarian has prescribed Rimadyl, which has seemed to help his ...
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Why the infection on my cat's neck is turning black when medicine is sprayed?

My cat (5 months old) had certain infection near his neck area and suddenly he became very ill and wasn't eating anything at all. He was losing weight and his ribs were becoming visible. I contacted a ...
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Discharge from single nostril on feline

One of my cat's nostrils runs constantly. The discharge often hardens and blocks it, but is not causing her to sneeze or cough. She is 15 years old and we've lived in the same place for a few years ...
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How to treat a 20 year old cat with pancreatitis?

The vet said my 20 year old cat has pancreatitis and possibly parasites. Would you give her an antibiotic? How would you treat her? ALT. (sgpt). 112 BUN. 51 Precision psl. 42 Lymphocytes. 954 ...
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Bayer Elanco Advocate topical treatment for Deworming cats

I have always used oral medication for deworming my adult cat but I recently learnt about "Bayer Elanco Advocate" - which is a topical treatment for worms. I always thought topical ...
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My cat is on steroids and she won’t stop crying for food

So my cat has been on steroid medication for a few months now and it makes her hungry ALL the time. She wakes me up at 6am every day. And at night I keep her in my bedroom like I have done for years ...
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Molly fish still has popeye after numerous water changes and medication

I have some black mollies that developed popeye. I noticed a subtle white area toward the back of their body (that doesn't look like fungus or ich), and there's possible inflammation of their gills. ...
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Is 26 pound dog protected with Heartgard blue?

My dog weighs 26 pounds and I have several Heartgard chews for up to 25 pounds. Is he protected with one blue or do I need to order and give Heartgard for 26 to 50lbs?
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Can my dog have a treat with medicine that she can only take on any empty stomach

Can I give my dog medicine with a little treat even if it says take on any empty stomach?
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What is causing this sickness in my dog and how should it be treated?

The Shih Tzu x Maltese Mix is 2.5 years old. Male, not neutered, usually very high energy. Day 0: exhibited some tiredness and chewing of paw - was presumed by vet to be grass seed stuck in the paw ...
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Minimum age of cats, to be safely administered Gabapentin?

Gabapentin is prescribed by veterinarians for cats, for fear, anxiety, or stress (example: to be administered to a cat before a vet office visit, to reduce those symptoms in that situation). Is there ...
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Our dog accidentally ate pimobendan

We have a dog who is on pimobendan, and our other dog who weighs about 13 pounds (5.9 kg) accidentally got 0.625 mg of it. Will he be okay?
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Splitting doses of Revolution for cats

I have heard of people successfully doing the calculations on splitting up the "large dog" version of Revolution to dose a bunch of cats cheaply. I am thinking another cost-effective but ...
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My 30lb Catahoula ripped open a pack of instant yeast

My 11-month-old Catahoula pit ripped open a pack of dry instant sourdough yeast. I got the packet before he ingested any of it but I think a small amount definitely got in his tongue. Should I be ...
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My cat will get mad at me for hours after getting medicine. How do I keep our relationship happy?

My senior cat has a chronic illness and needs to take a liquid medicine for the rest of her life to keep her healthy. While she's still largely happy and energetic now, if she doesn't get this ...
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Chronic illness meds and trust

I found a sick female orange tabby kitten 4 months ago. One eye was completely covered with the 3rd eyelid, upper respiratory issues and a high fever. She ended up hospitalized but everything came ...
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How can I help my cat throw up a stuck hairball?

Lots of detail below, but here's the main question: Assuming that a cat has a large hairball and is repeatedly trying to throw it up but failing, and assuming that laxatives have been used but not ...
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Can I split larger Heartgard chewables for my smaller dog?

I have a 35 lb (16 kg) dog who normally takes Heartgard chewables for dogs sized 26 to 50 lbs (12 to 23 kg). Recently, my larger dog passed away, so I have some extras of the larger Heartgard ...
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Is Cerenia (maropitant) safe for my cat?

My veterinarian prescribed my cat Cerenia, a drug to help with vomiting (antiemetic). However, the instructions included with the medicine say that it is "for oral use with dogs only." Is it ...
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Povidone iodine for fish Mycobacterium?

I may have rescued a betta that has Mycobacterium. He is currently in a clear plastic tote in 1 gallon water. I feel so bad for him, that I want to move him to a 5 gallon tank. While I researched ...
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I'm Having Difficulty Giving My Dog His Insulin Shots

My dog is an 11 year old chihuahua mix. He was diagnosed with diabetes back in 2012. We have been giving him insulin shots twice a day, one in the morning and one at night since 2012. He visits the ...
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What is the difference between salmon/fish oil for a cat and a human?

One of my cats is suffering from a nasty bought of dry skin. He's a new adoptee, and is quite overweight. I am feeding him a healthy amount of wet food, and although he has access to free feeding of ...
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"Unknown" Sickness of my rooster

My rooster presents some symptoms: weakness in legs, he has (I suppose) plantar pododermatitis that seems to be advanced because I notice swelling and cracks, he also shows drowsiness and no longer ...
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I can't afford vet treatment, what are my options?

My pet is sick/injured, and I am afraid the vet bill for treatment will be more than I can afford. How can I access free/low cost sources of veterinary assistance? This a general question per the ...
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How to train a cat to use an inhaler?

I have an adult cat (about 10 years old) who has asthma and heart disease. I'm managing the latter with a combination of injectable and pill medications. For the asthma, the vet recommended an inhaler ...
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Cortisone vs Anti-inflammatory drugs for calicivirus pain management

My cat is suffering from severe chronic calicivirus for the past 7 months. We have removed his teeth and tried managing the symptoms with anti inflammatory medication but for some reason cortisone is ...
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Are there any effective non-toxic methods of controlling parasites in dogs?

The veterinary pharmaceutical industry appears to be very keen that I expose my dog to toxins on a regular basis in order to prevent parasites taking hold. I have heard that there are more natural ...
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Medicine for Aquarium Fish wound

Any tips on how to treat the fish's wound in the linked photo, including what medication to use? Additionally, I'm new at making fish and I've only had my new fish for three days. I only became aware ...
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Can dried Valerian root be used as a substitute for fresh root?

I was wondering about trying catnip on my anxious, non-neutered male cat. I found an alternative (Valerian root) that is available at a very low cost compared to catnip. The Valerian root that I found ...
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Cat won't take any form of medication

My cat is a 5 year old female She has always been a scaredy cat and has never let me pick her up unless when she is asleep. Even then she tries to escape. To add more information: she was given ...
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What happens when your dog eats a lot of Galliprant?

I found an empty, chewed up bottle of Galliprant (20mg, maybe 20 tablets left) when I got home. Should I do anything or be worried about an overdose? My dogs seem completely normal (after 12 or more ...
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How big of a pill can I give to a cat?

My kitty has some liver issues so is on a bunch of pills, and it is a lot of work to pill her. Two big pills are Enrofloxacin/Baytril (left) and Clavamox (right). Pictures below with ruler for scale. ...
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How long do subcutaneous fluids (lactated ringers) keep?

I had a cat with kidney disease who I treated with subcutaneous fluids (latated ringers) for the last few years of his life. I had bought a new case of one-liter bags not long before he died. I hope ...
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Responsible parasite treatment in dogs (UK)

Preventative parasite treatments cover a wide range of nasties from worms to fleas. However, most contain fipronil or imidacloprid, which are banned in farming because of their seriously damaging ...
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I'm very exhausted giving ear drops to my overly skittish cat. I can't take him treating me like a threat. What should I do?

Context: I got my cat ~2 months ago. He was in a shelter, and he was very sweet when I first saw him so I decided to adopt him. Unfortunately, they didn't let me to because he still had some small ear ...
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Is there a safe dose of vitamin D to give a cat?

I know that too much vitamin D (fat soluble) can cause toxicity in cats, but how much is too much? The reason I asked this is - When I open my vitamin D bottle, because I take it, my kitty goes "...
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What happens if female cat mate after anti heat injections?

2 days ago I went to the vet for my cat's anti heat injections and he told that it will effect in 36 hours. Then i moved my cat where male cats are also available. If my cat met with the male cat ...
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Indoor cats; any compelling evidence that they benefit from deworming?

There are plenty of sites that say "even indoor cats should be dewormed", but since there are plenty of people selling deworming products, I'm suspicious that this idea was not put about for ...
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How important is the insulin injection spot on a dog?

As I explained in this question, my dog is newly diagnosed with diabetes, and I'm having problems giving her the daily insulin injections without causing her pain and stress. I initially gave the ...
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Senior cat has dental abscess

I have a 19-20 year old cat. Long story short, over the past week and a half it seems a dental issue arose and an abscess started to explode the past 2 days. Upon the vet's inspection today, he seemed ...
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Avoiding too much Zinc when using Antibiotics

Our dog is currently taking antibiotics, specifically Cephalexin in tablet form, as well as Ofloxacin (Ocuflox) eye drops. In addition, she is taking Carprofen, which is an NSAID. When reading about ...
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Is there a generic, less costly, alternative to Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM?

We have a 6 year old Boxer who is beginning to have hip issues. Our vet has recommended Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM, and we are just about through our first bag of it. Its pretty costly, so I'm ...
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Amoxicillin dosage and length of treatment for cat?

(I run a small cat sanctuary and am currently between vets. I'm trying to learn to do some basic treating on my own. I know when a cat is sick enough to call a vet so please don't just tell me to go ...
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How deep should the needle be when giving a cat subcutaneous fluids?

The vet has instructed us to give our cat subcutaneous fluids, but unfortunately we're having a lot of struggles with this. It's very stressful for us to have to intentionally hurt the cat doing a ...
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Should I get my baby cottontail rabbit who is extremely domesticated neutered?

I know it is very risky to get a rabbit neutered. My baby is wild but acts very domesticated. He has his own bedroom and it is right next to my bedroom. He gets loads of attention and lots of ...
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What are some Household foods to mix with medicine?

Trying to give some feral cats dewormer medication, and need something that a feral cat will love to eat. One cat liked yogurt, but not so much another one. Anything that all cats adore and is cheap ...
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Likelihood of cerebellar hypoplasia in kittens

I recently adopted a female cat who had been a stray. After a few weeks, I noticed signs of pregnancy and have confirmed that the cat is pregnant with 6 kittens. ~2 weeks into gestation before the ...
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Vaccine for sheep pneumonia

I have a clock of Chios sheep in the middle east region living in a semi-closed barn, pneumonia has been the major cause of death (in lambs) so far I have tried Tylosin and many Oxytetracycline ...
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How do you medicate multiple cats at once?

We adopted a bonded pair, and after they settled in for about two weeks and got comfortable with us, we took them for their first vet visit. They both got prescibed antibiotics. We are able to ...

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