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Regards concerns about pet medication, including prescribed, over-the-counter and homeopathic treatments.

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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 do I give a cat a pill?

The problem of pilling a cat is well-understood, but I've found its solution to be evasive. I understand that in principle I should be able to open the cat's mouth, toss a pill in (or use my finger ...
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Can I give my cat human medicine?

Is it safe for me to use human medicine on my cat? Are there occasions where it is OK to give my cat human medications?
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Any internal medicine to get rid of maggots in dogs?

There's a 6 month puppy in my area and he's been infected with maggots in his right rear leg. He's too scared of humans so i cant go near him and apply any ointment or spray. So is there any internal ...
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Can I use human medicine on dogs?

Sometimes our doctor advises us to use to use human medicines for our dogs. For example, when my sister's Labrador was small, the doctor advised us to administer children's syrup for stomach disorder. ...
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How accurate does the 30 day span when applying revolution flea treatment need to be?

We treat our house rabbits with Revolution flea and tick treatment the directions say to reapply every 30 days. Life happens and sometime exactly 30 days just does not work, If you use "monthly" ...
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How do I help my cat tolerate a bad-tasting liquid medicine?

My cat is currently on Atopica, which comes as a liquid. Apparently this medicine tastes awful, based on his reaction to it. Mixing it into food or tuna juice does not help; he rejects the entire ...
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Why all the safety concerns regarding topical flea products?

I don't use topical flea products on my cats or dogs. I worry about using a pesticide that is absorbed systemically. This is just my own personal concerns and not intended to alarm people. I was ...
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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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Does medicating an entire tank harm healthy fish?

I have a female guppy, that's been through a lot of stress over the past year. She's moved from my friends overcrowded, unclear green algae tank to mine, has had babies 4 times, has had internal ...
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What antibiotics should not be given to a rabbit?

My vet mentioned that not all antibiotics are safe for rabbits. Which antibiotics should not be given to a rabbit? What are the adverse effects? Note I would like to also ask if there is antidote ...
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Canine insulin injection — what am I doing wrong?

My dog was recently diagnosed with diabetes, so I have been giving her twice-daily insulin injections for the past 10 days. I've watched my vet do it, I've watched dozens of YouTube videos, and I've ...
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Where on a cat should one inject insulin?

I've taken care of two diabetic cats (for different friends). One told me to inject the insulin in the fleshy part of a rear leg; the other told me to inject in or near the scruff of the neck (the ...
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How do I give my cat her medication without scaring her?

I have a 4 month old cat / kitten that comes from a shelter. She is afraid of both my girlfriend and me and still hides in corners after 2 weeks of being here. She needs eyedrops and medications, ...
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How to care for a severe wound on horses leg

Cleo came to me in bad shape 7th October 2016. To everyone's distress (including hers), she had a horrific injury on 9th April, 2017. We could not find the cause of the injury, which is disturbing. ...
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What antibiotics are generally safe for rabbits?

My vet mentioned that not all antibiotics are safe for rabbits. What antibiotics are safe to give to rabbits? Does the route (oral vs injectable) make a differences? Is there a frequency or duration ...
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Does L-Lysine supplementation help cats with feline herpes?

My cat has chronic congestion and sneezing (aka feline viral rhinopneumonitis (FVR) or feline herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1)). During a recent flareup (the congestion worsened so that he stopped eating) ...
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Maggots on back of the dog

I have a 4 year old german shepherd dog with lots of bushy hair. He has been infected with maggots for the past 1 month or more. I'm treating him with Turpentine and the vet gave him some antibiotics....
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In the US what are the requirements for drug manufacturers for pets, to list side effects

A recent question Cat suddenly became paralyzed has a cat with sudden onset paralysis, after starting a new drug. The companies drug literature does not list this as a side effect, but the OP found ...
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What will help an aging dog with arthritis?

I've got a black lab going on 12 yrs. She seems to enjoy her walks and can still run, but in the mornings she seems particularly stiff and can sometimes stumble or walk with a limp. She's having a ...
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How should I schedule application of flea preventative against bathing?

I apply a flea / tick / mosquito preventative (SimpleGuard) to the back of my dog on the first of every month. I have to assume bathing my dog will affect the effectiveness of any applied ...
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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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How do I give my cat oral (liquid) medicine?

So, long story shortish, I recently ended up as the reluctant owner of a slightly used cat. He's 3 or 4 years old, and did have an owner at some point, but ran away, ended up in a cat shelter, where ...
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How to give aspirin to a rabbit?

I have an 11 year old rabbit that seems to be in discomfort from arthritis and age related issues. He lives with a younger rabbit, and to keep the old rabbit in the area that is appropriate for a ...
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Emergency treatment for puppy with a punctured lung

If a puppy has a punctured lung, is there anything I can do to keep it alive until we reach the vet? Because external injuries can be treated by taking the puppy to doctor, but when adult dogs make a ...
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Can I use expired subcutaneous fluids (lactated ringers) on my cat?

I use lactated ringers to deliver fluids subcutaneously on my cat with kidney disease. I noticed today that one of the bags' expiration date has already passed. Is it safe to use? What are the risks/...
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How can I prevent cutting my dog when clipping his nails?

After reading Is styptic powder OK to use after it gets damp? , I wondered why people would use such a product. For some animals there may be health conditions that would cause nails to bleed when ...
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How to feed oral medication?

My (8 month old) puppy is currently on antibiotics (amoxicillin), specifically 250mg Noroclav twice daily. I've tried: putting it in her food (she just eats around it); crushing it into powder and ...
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Are there any vaccines that are needed for cows in Gujarat, India?

I love cows, but I do not know if there are there any needs for cows to have vaccines, whether they're compulsory vaccines or optional vaccines. If so, which are the schedules for the vaccines? I ...
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Ear infection remedies

I just adopted a 3 year old pitbull. We took it to the vet and they said it has an ear infection, but I assume the ear infection is probably deeper in the ear as I cannot see it in the visible areas. ...
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How to treat Queensland itch?

My horse has Queensland itch. I'm looking for a range of options to treat it. I'm concerned about the use of poisonous chemicals.
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Cat suddenly became paralyzed

I brought my 18 year-old cat to the vet because she was getting a little thin. She was otherwise just as affectionate, playful and voracious as she had always been. The vet diagnosed her with ...
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How do I apply ear medicine to my dog's ears?

Our dog is a little breed (boston terrier), 12 weeks old. She has been diagnosed with ear infection, and prescribed an ear medicine, witch has to be applied directly in the ear, twice a day. First ...
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What are the considerations for metacam vs aspirin for a rabbit in longterm therapy

A recent comment on How to give aspirin to a rabbit? brought up the topic of Metacam (Meloxicam) vs Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic acid) for long-term pain management in rabbits with arthritis or other age-...
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How to do an 8-hour road trip with a husky puppy

I will be travelling with a female Siberian Husky puppy in about a month from now, and by then my pup would've been 2 1/2 months old. I'm a bit uncertain on how i'm going to do this, I've crawled the ...
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What is the shelf life of metoclopromide (Reglan)?

I have metoclopromide (Reglan) oral solution in my rabbit first aid kit. It should be dispensed in a light-resistant, Tightly sealed container and stored at room temperature. It has been suggested ...
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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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How can I determine if a probiotic product has ingredients that will be helpful to a GI illness?

My friend has an elderly (female, spayed) cat who has developed a GI problem (diarrhea + scooting). They are going through all of the veterinary recommended tests and treatments, but while waiting ...
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Can I crush Baytril pills?

I have 22mg Baytril (enrofloxacin, antibiotic) pills for a cat, administered twice daily. Can I crush this pill? I do not see any info about it having any sort of timed-release coatings or anything. ...
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Feline hyperaldosteronism (Conn's disease) alternative treatment options

I have a cat, male, 15 years, previously otherwise healthy (until yesterday he's always been active, healthy weight, energy level about the same as a 7-8 year old) except for a heart murmur since ...
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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 ...