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Drooling degu [Jun. 3rd, 2013|11:21 pm]
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mbwun
Hi Fwickee!

Been a long while since I last pestered you with a degu question.  I went with females this round and they are little handfuls compared to last time when I had the pair of males.  Anyways, that I don't think has any issue with my question.  Little 3 year old Mo has some troubling habits in a rodent.  She shreds her food and has a little bit of a drooling problem.  Her weight has been a constant 193 grams.  I decided that even though I was missing that last key part on the bad teeth diagnosis I'd take her in to be sure.

Vet looked at her teeth and gums and also looked for any signs of irritation or infection.  They came back with she has perfect teeth and everything looked perfectly healthy.  They decided seeing no reason for it to put her on a floxin type antibiotic for a week.

So after and exam and antibiotics I'm right back at the start.  This is what I know.  A bowl of food lasts 2 days, she shreds the first day and not so much on the second.  She drools when she eats, waiting for a treat, and when she wakes up.  Her weight remains constant.

Should I keep after this as something could be wrong or do I just have Pavlov's Degu?
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Fever of Unknown Origin in a kitten [Jun. 3rd, 2013|04:05 pm]
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robinchristine
[mood |worriedworried]

Took my kitten to the vet this morning and that's what they diagnosed her with. She had a fever of 104. They gave me a bottle of antibiotics (clavamox, I belive) and told me to give it until the bottle was all gone, twice a day. He told me to also give her a cool bath to help break her fever, which I just did.

I was wondering if there's anything else I can do to make her comfortable? I know she can't have any human pain reliever/fever reducers. How often should I do the baths? Once a day until she's better?

She's napping the biggest part of the day, but also gets up to play and eat and her lungs and heart sounded good. They didn't do blood work because he said it was extremely unlikely that she had feline leukemia or FIV since she is a strictly indoors kitty and we've had her about a month. She's just hot with a fever.

Also, how long does it generally take for the antibiotics to start kicking in good? How long will she have the fever do you think?
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Male cat UTI [Apr. 14th, 2013|12:05 pm]
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robinchristine
I am taking my male cat to the vet tomorrow for a possible UTI. He is going to the litter box every hour or so and just sitting there trying to go, and he pees a couple of drops and gets out.

It's sunday and I live in a small town with no emergency vet service. Is there anything I can do to make him more comfortable until in the morning? He's not crying when he's in the litter box, and he's not lethargic or anything, but I know he has to be hurting.
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Underweight cat [Sep. 29th, 2012|08:33 pm]
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not0_fuckin_kay
Hi,
my cat is just over 2yrs old but the size of a roughly 8month old kitten in height/length and very skinny. To the point where you could feel almost every bone in her body, ribs, chest, hips, spine, everything. This is not especially new, she has never been a decent weight. When i got her as an abandoned kitten she was very aneamic from fleas and the treatment made her very sick-she had two blood transfusions as well as stints in an oxygen tent all before being 3months old. My vet likens her to a premature baby and says she will never be big which is fine, and as her hear/lungs/eyes etc have always checked out ok and she does eat relatively well wet and dry food twice a day like my other two, he hasn't been concerned but I feel really awful about how skinny she is, like if anyo e else saw her they'd think I starved her.

I'm taking her for a checkup in a week or so but I wondered if there is anything I should ask or anything I can do to help her gain weight? I've tried kitten food, expensive vet food, cheap food, nothing has seemed to help. She is neutered and also very easily scared if that is of any consequence, like I can't even cough when she is on my lap or she runs like crazy. It worrys me that being so thin could have an effect on her organs, I don't want to make her fat, just healthy.

thanks for any help you can give
Jo
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unusual urnaton behavior [May. 9th, 2012|10:09 pm]
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ldymlissa
My female cat s acting unusual and I'm wondering if its the start of a urinary tract infection.

Tonight I caught her squatting on kitchen rug.  I told her no and sent her to litter box.   I then saw her in one and didn't worry about it.  About 15 minutes later I caught her on the bed squatting.  Again I told her no.  She went to the litter box.  This happened a couple more times, right after each other.   i noticed there wasn't much urine production in the box even though she keeps going to them.  She seems to really want to urinate on a soft area and she produces a good amount of urine if she does that.   she's cleaning herself a lot too.  Otherwise though she's eating, she's not hanging out by the litter box or water bowl and she s playing so I'm just not sure.   she used to be feral so bringing her to the vet is extremely stressful on her so if there's anything I can do or if there's not anything to worry about just yet that would be great.
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Do cats get callouses? [Mar. 8th, 2011|09:08 pm]
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fan_tasylov_er
My daughter noticed that our 2 year old female cat has a tiny little white bump on the tip of one of the her front toes. I really doubt we can get her to hold still long enough to hold still for a photo plus she has a longish white hair all around it. She didn't react when I touched and manipulated it (other then not being happy about being held on her back for so long). It looks and feels like a callous would on a human so I have no clue what it is. Is this something to ignore or should I try to snip it off?
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(no subject) [Feb. 16th, 2011|02:43 pm]
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raptor41887
One of our cats was found dead this morning.

What I want to know: is our other cat at risk?

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Pounce [Jan. 21st, 2011|09:12 am]
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fan_tasylov_er
Yii the cost! So I went in the local pet store, they never heard of wellness brand food but the sales lady directed me to a food called Eagle Pack that was $30 dollars for 6.6 lbs. Luckily it has a satisfaction guaranty so if she will not eat it I can bring it back. So far she is carefully ignoring the dish of it we put out. There was also some Furminators but only the ones for dogs, the sales lady said I could use the one for small dogs with long hair no problem but I looked at the price and carefully put it back. $80!!!! I looked online and will see if I can get an amazon card to grab one off there.
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mites or infection? [Jan. 13th, 2011|04:28 am]
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chaostrophy
For the past couple of weeks my dog has been scratching his ears. At first I thought it was just random dog scratching, but lately it seems to have increased. I checked out his ears last night and noticed that there's a bit of an odor and one ear is pink on the inside. His ears do not look dirty, and I made him an appointment for Friday at his vet. Can this wait until then or should I take him to the on call vet at the VCA? Also, my mom has leftover ear drops from when her dog had ear mites, but I don't want to give him medicine for something I'm not sure he has. From how vaguely I've described this (sorry) can anyone tell if he has mites or an infection? Thank you.
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"Medium" length hair cat [Jan. 12th, 2011|09:47 pm]
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fan_tasylov_er
Last year I got a mixed breed "medium" length hair cat we named Pounce. She is beautiful, I love her to bits and so does my kid. It is the kids job to feed and clean up after the cat (With many many reminders from me) and she has been doing a pretty good job. Recently we have been having an issue with Pounce getting numerous and very large hairballs. Pounce's fur ranges in length from about 3" to over 6" but it is very slick to her body. The only place it really sticks out is around her bottom where it is the longest, I trim the hair there often as she has issues keeping herself clean if the hair is allowed to grow.

We give her Hartz hairball remedy often, up to once daily but never less then three times a week. I do worry about giving her too much of this but when we stopped giving it so often she got very ill and was vomiting daily and had difficulty in the litter box. Her fur is VERY hard to groom, bristle brushes simply slide over her hair and slicker brushes barely penetrate any better, definitely not enough to take out loose hair. We have has wonderful results with a "Luv glove" but Pounce hates it as it builds up static quickly and zaps her, and me, as I use it. I try to pin her down and groom her once a week but she will attack me during use. I have considered switching to hairball formula dry cat food but she is incredibly picky about her food. Currently she eats Purina Friskies® Stuffed Morsels and even starting a new bag she will refuse to eat unless it is careful mixed with the old bag.

Any help or advice? is there anything we could do in addition to these things to help Pounce I hate seeing her when she is feeling off from hairballs... she stops grooming and simply looks ratty.

 

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