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Is there a way to safely tranquilize my cat, so he does not remember a vet visit?

Maybe a better alternative to picking him up and dragging him to the vet is getting him to go into the carrier on his own volition. It's basically what zoos do with animals that can't be handled by ...
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Semi-feral cat broke a tooth. Should I give her aspirin?

As a veterinarian I would caution against this. Obviously nobody wants this cat to be in pain, but I do not feel that aspirin will provide much benefit and could actually cause some harm. First, ...
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I can't afford vet treatment, what are my options?

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 ...
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Is Cerenia (maropitant) safe for my cat?

As a vet who sees a lot of cats, Cerenia is one of the most common drugs I turn to for cats these days. It is far superior to many of the other anti-emetics used in the past. It is nice in that it ...
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Can a new cat owner, with no experience handling animals, be expected to successfully restrain a cat using a towel?

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 ...
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Cat has lump between his shoulder blades

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 ...
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How long do subcutaneous fluids (lactated ringers) keep?

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 ...
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How do I give my cat oral (liquid) medicine?

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 ...
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How do I give a cat *with a cone* liquid medication, by myself?

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 ...
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Is homeopathic treatment proper for cats?

It's 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,...
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I can't afford vet treatment, what are my options?

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 ...
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Goldfish behaviour after medication

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 ...
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Is there a way to safely tranquilize my cat, so he does not remember a vet visit?

Most vets offer home visits. Giving cats some sedatives or similar medication to reduce stress is possible. However, dosing is very important and should only be handled by a vet. If your budget allows ...
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Is there a way to safely tranquilize my cat, so he does not remember a vet visit?

I was in a similar situation with my 14-year-old cat a few months ago. Because of the pandemic my vet wasn't able to do a house call, but she advised me to try Zylkene to calm her nerves. It is a ...
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How do I give my cat her medication without scaring her?

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 ...
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How important is the insulin injection spot on a dog?

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a strong consensus among vets on this topic; however, based on my research (largely including information about humans with type 1 diabetes), it seems the ...
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Amoxicillin dosage and length of treatment for cat?

A urinalysis can be suggestive of a urinary tract infection, but not necessarily diagnostic. In a free catch urine sample – which I am assuming is what you are collecting – there is a good chance you ...
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Our dog accidentally ate pimobendan

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 ...
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Should I treat inflamed gums with benadryl?

Either of those can be used to treat dogs and they're often for issues that are symptomatic of allergies, such as itching and I sense this is why you're considering them as a treatment. However, it's ...
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How to feed oral medication?

Here are few ways you can get your dog to take pills. We started with the first method and one day tried the second and have been using it ever since. Both are a lot more fun and potentially faster ...
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How to feed oral medication?

Dogs are notable for spitting up pills. To pill her, take your hand and circle the top of her snout, and press at the gum line behind the large canine teeth. This will cause her to open her jaws. Put ...
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Cat Crohn's Disease - What can he eat?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the animal variant of Crohn's disease, is diet managed for much of the management of it and you may need to try several different food options before you latch on to one ...
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Is there a home remedy for a dog with a stomach flu?

So... First, I think you need to call a vet, as soon as possible. Two days is a long time, his health is at risk as a result of fluid losses. Your dog is lethargic, from your description, so rubbing ...
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Emergency treatment for puppy with a punctured lung

Some injuries are just too much for a puppy to survive. A punctured lung is going to be one of those. Even if the vet was immediately available and ready to perform what ever procedures are required ...
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Canine insulin injection -- what am I doing wrong?

Your question does a great job of addressing many key points about giving insulin to your dog. Nothing in the following answer is intended to replace direction by your veterinarian. These are just ...
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How do I give my cat her medication without scaring her?

In my experience, it really helps to always be upfront to the cat. If you reach for her for cuddling, let her know that - and don’t switch to giving medicine. If you need to give her her medicine, say ...
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How do I give a cat *with a cone* liquid medication, by myself?

Many broad spectrum antibiotics also come as tablets (Clavamox, for example, is available as a pill or a liquid). A tablet can be hidden in a pill pocket, cheese, or peanut butter, or it can be ...
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How do I give a cat *with a cone* liquid medication, by myself?

The other answers are excellent, but if you want to continue trying with the oral meds, here's what I suggest. The process is similar to giving a pill, but it's easier because you don't need to place ...
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My elderly cat is an expert at not taking pills

As I'm sure you know, the key is really getting the pill as far back in he mouth right away so they have no choice but to swallow. A pill gun (or piller) my be helpful in this respect, which allows ...
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What to do with a constipated cat?

If your cat cannot produce any stool she needs to be seen by a veterinarian first to rule out the cause of constipation and have an enema performed if necessary. Book a visit today if you can, the ...
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