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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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 answer is: Insulin injection site has an impact on the effectiveness, but it is far more important to pick a site and be consistent The main reason that the ...


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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 get bacteria or cells in the urine sample from the vagina or prepuce. In which case you may be treating a nonexistent UTI. To diagnose UTIs, vets usually obtain ...


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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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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 than forcing your dog to take a pill. Envelope Method Assuming your dog isn't allergic to peanut butter, most dogs find this to be a super tasty treat. If you ...


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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 the pill at the back of her tongue, using your other hand, after the peak of the curve. Close her jaws and gently massage her throat to encourage swallowing. ...


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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 that really helps keep it controlled. In particular, what you want to look at is: High protein/meat content in the food as many foods for cats have fillers and ...


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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 some honey on his gums can help a bit, but you really are at the "get to a vet" stage if this is the case. Now, diarrhea isn't all that uncommon and is often ...


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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 not established that the gums are itchy, they could be sore and your dogs is trying to rub them for relief rather than scratch. Do you have Solarcaine on hand? ...


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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 when it happens, there is good chance you are still going to lose the puppy. Your situation is tragic and very sad, unfortunately there is not always a happy ...


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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 considerations not addressed in your question. One of the first things that comes to mind, is your comfort level. Consider if you are transmitting your anxiety ...


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