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Update : Zaralynda's answer below contains very important advice I wasn't aware of when writing this answer. To summarize, you must make your cat drink water after pilling him/her, or s/he may suffer esophagus damage. I believe the best is to wait for the cat to be thirsty or hungry before pilling him/her. After about one month of daily giving several ...


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Important notice about dry-pilling your cats I don't really have anything to add to the actual act of pilling a cat, but it is super important that after you give the cat its pills, you should either syringe 4-5 cc's of water/tuna juice into the cat or feed the cat some wet food. If a cat is dry-pilled, the pill will sit in their esophagus and cause ...


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For the UK Blue Cross The Blue Cross offer's free veterinary services in cases where the owner is unable to afford vet's fees. Eligibility is determined via means testing of the owner, this is based on whether the owner is in receipt of certain government/council benefits: Pension credit (not the standard state retirement pension) Housing benefit Income ...


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There are several types of arthritis that can affect your dog. Some of these are very treatable, others less so. In either event, I think it is a good idea to get her looked at by a vet. In terms of general activities/considerations as a lot of the arthritis management truisms for us apply to them1: Make sure that her weight is ideal. Heavier dogs are ...


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Atopica has the worst taste! My cat also hated it with a passion, but it helped his allergies so much more than anything else. Yes I actually tasted it, I wanted to see why my cat was acting up so much when he took it and I only put a tiny amount- not even a drop- on my tongue and it was just horrible. I don't recommend trying that... I was not able to use ...


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I can't help you get your cat to tolerate the medicine better, but what I can do is confirm and clarify your current delivery vehicle. I've had to suffer with liquid medicine as well, but with dogs (I suspect they are much more compliant or easier to handle than an acrobatic cat). I've found the longer and thinner the tip of the delivery tool, the easier ...


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I've been taught this by a veterinarian that was also selling a product that would help you do that and I've been inquiring about really interested in buying it, and she said I don't need it and it's a waste of my money, so I trusted her and I can confirm her instructions work surprisingly well. What you do is find those tweezers (a.k.a. eyelash pliers) and ...


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Never discontinue a course of treatment without talking to a doctor or vet. There may be interactions between the drugs which make the three drug combination safer. In fact it's possible that some of the drugs are specifically to manage side effects of the main drug. You don't know; I don't know either; you pay the vet for their expertise so work with them ...


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Our vet has suggested we use specific human over-the-counter medicine on our dog in specific cases, however she has also said we need to pay careful attentions to dosages. The most common specific case is Benadryl for allergy relief, and I know others who have been told the same. Children's Benadryl is preferred but they don't make that in pill form ...


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As keshlam mentioned, you shouldn't need towel approach for such basic things as ear or eye drops. At least if your cat is not very aggressive and/or very scared. What I'd suggest instead is the 'peg trick'. It comes down to imitating the mother-cat holding a kitten by the scruff which puts the kitten in a calm/meditative state while being transported. It ...


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"I much prefer the idea of not cutting my dogs nails so deeply as to draw blood." Well so do I, and I don't cut them so deeply; not deliberately at least. I don't think anyone does it deliberately. From my experience, cutting the quick is done accidentally, and many times cannot be easily prevented even when due care is taken. When cut, quicks tend to ...


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The purpose of the cone is to keep her from licking (etc) her stitches. You can take it off to give her medications, as long as you monitor her while it is off to make sure that she leaves the stitches alone. Once she has been medicated, put the cone back on. If getting the cone back on looks too difficult, you could consider these alternate cone ideas.


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We had a cat that required daily medication, and it was a struggle to give the cat a pill. The cat would often spit the pill out. We eventually found out that there was a transdermal version of the medication that we applied to the inside of the cat's ear daily. This was much easier for us to do. You might want to ask your vet if this is an option for ...


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I would say any human medicine is for exactly that... for humans only. Any usage of human medicine on any other species probably hasn't been widely tested. I doubt many humans would be willing to take medicine/drugs that were originally created for a dog/monkey/giraffe/fish without first consulting a doctor. Any direction of use of human medicine should be ...


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While our cat bravely eats her blood-pressure lowering pills on her own (apparently they're tasty), she strongly evaded taking others (antibiotics I think) due to them tasting horribly. For a while, hiding the pills in treats worked quite well and I was hoping to Pavlov her into associating taking the pill with receiving treats, but ultimately she figured it ...


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The first thing to consider is that Lactated Ringer's solution contains sugar so if any impurities like bacteria finding their way into to the solution they are more likely to grow/survive. Normal Saline does not contain sugar so if one was use an IV solution where there was any question, the Lactated Ringers would be a riskier choice. Also keep in mind ...


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Either use a syringe or mix it into their food if you can get away with it. The trick to this is to work with the cat. When you start out, make sure you are as relaxed as can be. Only ever use as much force as necessary. Make sure you have everything in hand or at hand. Start by stroking and cuddling the cat and putting it at ease. A good time is 10 ...


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For the US Any State The Humane Society maintains a list of nationwide and local organizations that offer veterinary assistance. RedRover has a small grant program called RedRover Relief Urgent Care, which is designed to respond to veterinary emergencies and urgent care situations when an animal is not going to receive care due to a small gap in funding. ...


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Treat the fish for Ammonia poisoning If it's been any length of time since you took all the gravel, filter, water out and replaced them, you need to do two things: Check the ammonia levels in your tank Treat the tank if the ammonia levels are high What's happened? By washing your filter and gravel in hot water, the chances are you've killed all of the ...


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As instructed from the Simple Guard 3 web page, the product can be applied as soon as the dog has dried after a bath. You do not need to wait 48 hours before or after to apply the product. Q: Can I bathe my dog before or after I apply SimpleGuard 3? A: Yes, your pet just needs to be completely dry before applying SimpleGuard 3 and the product needs ...


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Pretty much all flea treatments marketed for pets are toxic in the same way that coffee and chocolate are to people: a high enough quantity will cause problems. If health concerns are genuinely a problem, you may want to look at Diatomaceous Earth for flea control purposes. What is Diatomaceous Earth? Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of ...


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"Safe" really depends on your tolerance for risk. For example, I don't give my cats a topical pesticide even though mosquitoes can come into the house (open doors when we go in/out) and they can bite my cats and give them heartworm. I've judged that the risk of them getting heartworm is less than the risk of problems from putting the products on their skin. ...


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After this allergy season, my vet offered a suggestion to help prevent the reaction. She suggested wiping the dog down after he comes inside. This will help remove the pollen that is clinging to his fur and not give it a chance to irritate the skin. She suggested keeping a spray bottle of a vinegar/water solution near the door and immediately spray him ...


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I am in the exact situation with a newly adopted cat, and the first rule is that you need to get the medication in, scared or not scared. Part of the cat's fear might well be that she knows that she is made helpless by her eye condition, is in pain, or just feels bad. If this cat is out in a large room, consider moving her into a smaller, more isolated ...


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Its worth remembering homeopathy in the indian context is a little strange, occasionally pulling in aspects of various native medicine, and well, some homespun oddness. Any alternative medical system, without a solid grounding in the species in question and used opposed to, rather in conjunction with modern vetinary science is a wee bit suspect to me. I ...


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You should always call your vet as soon as possible when something like this happens. By the time someone on the internet answers, if it was a problem it will likely have resulted in serious effect by now. That being said, 0.625 mg of pimobendan is even a low dose for a 13 lb dog (roughly 0.1 mg/kg). Typical therapeutic doses range from 0.2 to 0.5 mg/kg per ...


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