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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 humans. The process will take a few days (maybe two weeks) but is rather simple. Put his carrier somewhere where he likes to be every day. Put some yummy treat ...


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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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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, although you seem confident that your cat broke its tooth, I do somewhat question the diagnosis. Unless there is significant trauma leading to the broken tooth, in ...


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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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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 also has some anti-inflammatory properties particularly good for conditions such as pancreatitis or rhinitis. It is true that the tablet form is widely used off ...


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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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, without a solid grounding in the species in question and used opposed to, rather in conjunction with modern veterinary science is a wee bit suspect to me. I ...


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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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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 a home visit, I would definitely suggest that. He will be in his familiar turf while having some potentially unpleasant (for him) interaction with the vet. If ...


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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 natural product that reduces stress. It comes in capsules with a powder that you can just sprinkle on top of some wet food. My cat took to it wonderfully and I ...


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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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