Questions tagged [medicines]

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

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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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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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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 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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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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Alternative seasonal allergy treatments for dogs

I have a 12-year-old pug who suffers from seasonal allergies, mostly skin issues. Every September and May (sometimes extending into October and June), he ends up scratching himself to death. Once it ...
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How can I medicate my big, strong cat when I can't get down on the floor?

Stardust hiding in the closet. 18 pounds, 14 years old, very strong. I am 71 and have bad knees. I know what to do to give her pills and liquids but can't get down on the floor without pain. She ...
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How do I give a cat *with a cone* liquid medication, by myself?

My cat just got spayed. She has a head cone on. She has fresh sutures on her belly. She is a fighter, and she is clearly mad about this whole thing. I have to give her 1cc of antibiotics (amoxicillin) ...
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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Is there a way to repair apple snail shell damage?

My snails have damage on their shells. I think they had a calcium deficiency, and ate each other's shells to make up for it. I've changed their diet, and things seem to be getting better. Now I'm ...
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How can I treat mosquito allergy in cats?

I have two cats who have an allergy to mosquitoes. It creates scab-like sores on their noses and ears that bleed easily. The vet gave me this stuff called Ovitrol to put on their heads with a cotton ...
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Can a new cat owner, with no experience handling animals, be expected to successfully restrain a cat using a towel?

I need to give my cat ear medicine because he previously had ear mites (before adoption, he was a stray), and his eye medicine because he has herpes induced conjunctivitis, which isn't serious yet, ...
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My elderly cat is an expert at not taking pills

So, I have an elderly cat (14-year-old Russian blue). As he is getting advanced in years he is having more and more medical problems and needs to take a course of pills once a year or so for one thing ...
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Cat Crohn's Disease - What can he eat?

My cat has Crohn's disease, which basically means he throws up from almost anything. The only treatment we currently have is giving him daily doses of steroids and antiallergenic food, but this just ...
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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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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 friend's overcrowded, unclear green algae tank to mine, has had babies 4 times, has had internal ...
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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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Dog behavioural changes on gabapentin

Has anyone got dogs taking gabapentin, particularly for back pain, who have noticed any behavioural changes? My 12 year old Canaan dog has been on gabapentin for a few months now for spondylitis (...
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I'm having trouble giving my cat liquid meds with a syringe

Somebody said it was fine to put the liquid on the fur around the cat's mouth and she will lick it off. I don't think that's ok. Our vet tried to mix with the medicine with canned food. I just want ...
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Using pill capsules to give cat Atopica?

I've read about people using empty pill capsules to give cats Atopica. Our cat needs to take .35ml of it. Just wondering what size pill capsules people are using?
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Should oral or subcutaneous medications be given first?

I have a pet who has been prescribed twice daily oral medications and twice daily subcutaneous (sub-Q) fluids (40cc). He kind of likes (or at least does not hate) the taste of the medications. ...
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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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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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What to do with a constipated cat?

My cat is constipated and it's giving her hard time in the litter box. Her stomach is hard, but not at an exaggerating point. She had this issue before when she was a little kitten so I used to give ...
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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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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 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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How can allergies in cats be managed?

One of my strictly-indoor cats was recently diagnosed with allergies (via a blood test, which reported a whole list of food and environmental allergies). The veternarian dermatologist is ...
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Iontophoresis: does this method have any real scientific backing?

My dog has been administered procaine (called Novocain here in Ukraine) via iontophoresis as part of therapy for intervertebral disk disease, but I have serious doubts about this method. It was ...
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Premix glucosamine - Impact of storage on effectiveness

I started giving my 9 year old golden retriever cosequin recently for stiffness. She had tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery when she was 3. To get her to eat it, I grind up the pills ...
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My dog had adenocarcinoma. Should he be given heartworm prevention medicine?

My dog was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma almost two years ago. He's doing okay but has been going down hill the past few weeks. He will probably have to be euthanized within a month or two due to a ...
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How can I help my dog's furuncles?

I have a black colour Labrador dog, 2 years old. In the past 2 weeks, my dog has been suffering from furuncles in his paws (interdigital furunculosis). This starts with a redness of skin and becomes a ...
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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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Can you use Monistat on a dogs paw for yeast infection?

My mom's dog, an 8 years old Coton de Tuléar named Henri was seen by an "in and out" vet, a shot clinic basically. When the vet asked whether she has any health concerns besides shots, she replied by ...
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Why giving multi-vitamin makes my cat crazy?

My cat was having too much hairfall. My vet gave me multi-vitamins. But whenever I give it to her she goes crazy for the next 24 hours. She starts shouting constantly at the top of her voice, keeps ...
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Can Atopica capsules for dogs be given to cats?

I struggle getting Atopica liquid into my cat so my vet game me the capsules for dogs, but I read on the package it only meant to be used for dogs. Is it safe for my cat?
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How to treat a torn iguana toe nail?

Today when I picked up my iguana I noticed that his nail is almost off his toe but still attached, and there's blood on it, and the toe might be broken because I noticed that he keeps his hands off ...
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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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Cat Sub-Q Ringer's Solution: Not DPHV Free?

I received a donation or 4 bags of Hospira Brand Ringer's Solution (1000 ml each) and they say that they are not DPHV-free. My cat is in Stage 3 kidney disease. Is it too dangerous to trust this type ...
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Stress relief of parakeets? Is vegetable glycerine safe for parakeets/ small birds?

I just brought home a baby parakeet. I know the typical recommendation for having a parakeet is either provide it with enough attention that it accepts you as it's flock or give it a buddy. My ...
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Managing kidney disease in dogs?

I've a 9 yrs old GSD female. She has been suffering from kidney disease since last couple of months. Medication is going on. But her physical condition is getting bad. Is there any way that I can give ...