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What to do about cat semi-killing birds?

A young cat that I took in in in an emergency situation, expecting to be able to rehome her quickly, is turning out to be a skilled bird hunter, which is really stressing me out. The thing is, she doesn't kill them, just seems to incapacitate them so that they can't walk or fly. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jul 12, 2014 - 27 answers

Cat(s) behavior issues...what to do?

Sister cats, adopted from the shelter very young (~couple months)...are now around 3 years and thriving. Problem is they will randomly get very...agitated? Upset? Freaked out may be the best way to describe this. Not sure what to do or how to go about explaining it to vet without having to force pills down their little throats (this causes more trauma and anxiety!) Tedious details inside. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on May 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Adopting a dog with IBD. What should I expect?

We are considering adoption of a dog who was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Seeking advice from people who have experience caring for a dog with IBD. I am concerned about: Scavenging. We live in a dense suburban neighborhood with no fenced area. Doggie gets walked 4 times a day. As hard as I try, he grabs mysterious food items off the ground. Sometimes I can pry the food away from him. Scavenged food is bad for IBD maintenance. Progression of the disease. Can dogs live normal healthy lives with IBD? Or is it a string of crises? Our last dog had a serious heart condition. He lived a long, reasonably comfortable life. But it was costly, time-consuming, and we worried a lot. We grew attached to this dog before we knew about the IBD. I wonder if we should decline to adopt him. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Oct 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Paws Don't Fail Me Now

Yesterday as I was trimming my dog's nails, I noticed that he has abrasions on three of his four paws. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jun 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Why is my dog shaking?

Why might my dog be shaking and what can I do to help him? [more inside]
posted by mibo on May 12, 2013 - 21 answers

How awful is it to give a cat fluid injections?

My aged (but still quite lively!) kitty has had kidney disease as long as we've known him. We've switched him to K/D prescription cat food and we've done everything we can think of to convince the stubborn little dope to drink more water, but on our last vet visit the vet told us that unless he shows signs of improvement soon, we may need to start giving him regular fluid injections. I'm hoping for a little more info about the process, and our options... [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on May 3, 2013 - 35 answers

What is this animal organ/fetus/embryo my cat brought in?

What is this thing my cat brought to my porch? http://i.imgur.com/cejZcGe.jpg It appears to be something between an animal fetus and organ. When I turned it over it looked the same on the other side. There were no visible eyes/mouth/features. It was larger than a quarter and there was no blood present. A possum visits regularly, and the area has many moles, birds, and raccoons.
posted by Locative on Mar 1, 2013 - 18 answers

The care and keeping of anal glands.

Please explain to me how my dog's butt works. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jan 29, 2013 - 22 answers

How to be Doctor Dolittle with extremely limited resources

What are the options DIY veterinary care in rural, overseas location? A relative of mine has moved to a remote island in the Philippines. There is absolutely no veterinary care available. He's trying to prevent dog overpopulation. Any DIY options for him? [more inside]
posted by quince on Nov 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Will my poor mopping skills hold me back?

How can I best interpret the feedback I'm getting in a veterinary work experience placement? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Jul 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Alternative careers for a vet tech

What are some alternative careers for a veterinary technician who doesn't want to work in a clinical setting and what are they like? [more inside]
posted by DanielleT on Jul 2, 2012 - 15 answers

worried about our cat...

cat health woes: constipation & vomiting. please help. [more inside]
posted by austere on Jun 23, 2012 - 10 answers

alternative to or experiences with canine thoracotomy?

My dog (obligatory pictures) has a mass in his lung. The vet specialist explains that it could be an abscess, tumor, or lung lobe torsion, but regardless of which it is, it'll have to come out. His usual vet agrees. I trust the veterinarians, and I'll schedule surgery soon. Two questions: any alternatives I should consider? And have you had experience with small dog thoracotomy? [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on May 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Is it safe to get multiple vaccines in one day?

Is it safe for my dog to get her core vaccines (rabies, distemper, adenovirus-2 (hepatitis) and parovirus) in one day? Or should we split it and get the rabies vaccine first?
posted by flowers103 on Apr 30, 2012 - 6 answers

How risky is heart surgery for puppies?

What are survival rates like for dogs or puppies undergoing heart surgery? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Apr 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Cat with a UTI and possibly stones?

My 3 year old female cat (DSH) is having urinary issues. We are on day 9 of antibiotics for a UTI (she had no crystals on her UA)and she is not improving. She will be going to the vet for a recheck soon, but I'd really like to hear other people's experiences with UTIs and bladder stones in cats. Does anyone recommend a particular supplement like cranberry? Should I ask the veterinarian to culture her urine for the right antibiotic? Money is in short supply, but I LOVE my cat and will do whatever it takes to get her better. [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on Mar 23, 2012 - 18 answers

Please help me decide if I need to seek emergency medical care for my cat.

Please help me decide if I need to seek emergency medical care for my cat. [more inside]
posted by socks are for puppets on Feb 14, 2012 - 25 answers

Is this a cat emergency?

Yesterday or the day before I noticed one of my cats was squinting a little in one eye. Then she started producing thick yellow goop. This morning there was a lot more thick yellow goop. This evening I noticed the nictating membrane of that eye is a little pinker and more swollen than the other one. She is having no trouble breathing and her appetite, thirst, and energy are normal. I don't have a lot of money. How urgent is this situation? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 2, 2011 - 19 answers

Cat I take my cat on the train in Japan?

Can I take my cat in a cat carrier on the subway/train in Japan? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Nov 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Cat Needs a House Call Stat--Brooklyn

Brooklyn Veterinary House Calls? [more inside]
posted by mixer on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Low Income veterinary care assistance

My next door neighbor's cat is seriously ill. Unfortunately, she has had her hours cut at work and cannot afford veterinary care. Does anyone know of any organizations, national or local, that provide financial assistance for emergency animal care? [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor on Apr 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Poodle With a Kidney Stone

HELP! My elderly dog has a kidney stone that is ruining his life. Anyone have any advice on easing his pain? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jan 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Good gift for a vet student?

My soon-to-be sister-in-law is a first-year vet student, going to school in the UK. I wanted to get her a relevant present for the holidays (something related to being a vet student, perhaps?), but am drawing a blank. There's just a little bit [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Dec 2, 2010 - 10 answers

Has anybody had their dog put on phenobarbital for seizures on an "as needed" basis?

Has anybody had their dog put on phenobarbital for seizures on an "as needed" basis? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Oct 24, 2010 - 16 answers

Lions and tigers and bears (and cats and dogs and sheep and cows and...)

I wanna be a vet when I grow up...so...now what? [more inside]
posted by hoperaiseshell on Jun 27, 2010 - 15 answers

Something between crossing your fingers and the animal ER

Is there a "bible" of home pet diagnostics, treatment, and general health? [more inside]
posted by hayvac on May 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Drowning in school debt

Question on grants for veterinarians drowning in debt [more inside]
posted by TheBones on Mar 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

The best path? PhD and wait to get into a US school, or go off to the Caribbean? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Sep 18, 2009 - 7 answers

I just want him back.

Oh joy, it's another cat piss question! Sort of. Please share your experiences with cat perineal urethrostomy (PU) surgery, or other advanced treatments for urinary blockages. [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann on May 28, 2009 - 11 answers

Gift Stethoscope for pets.

Can anyone recommend a good animal stethoscope? I'd like to get a nice one for a friend who is graduating from a veterinary tech program, so a nice, high-end one, not a typical office one. Something under a couple hundred dollars preferably. Mail order, or a shop in Chicago would be best.
posted by crush-onastick on Apr 20, 2009 - 3 answers

Miss Million-Dollar Kitty, on her second life

I took a year-old semi-feral cat from our small local colony to the feral sterilization clinic to be spayed on Thursday (3 days ago). She nearly died, but survived a second round of surgery that night. She's healing, per both her vets, although is still uninterested in food or water. Also, she likes the effect of her pain relief but won't let me give it to her. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by catlet on Mar 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Pet vet on the 'net yet?

For minor pet health questions: suggest websites that are comprehensive & user-friendly? I'd like to avoid unnecessary vet visits. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Oct 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Claws to teeth

Please help me help my cat. [more inside]
posted by thatguyryan on Jul 27, 2008 - 11 answers

What can you tell me about raising meat goats?

Next year, I will likely purchase some meat goats for raising, breeding and eating. My plan currently is for 4-8 Boer goats, which gain weight quickly and allegedly pretty even-tempered. I'm looking for hints and tips for what I should know. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Aug 23, 2007 - 19 answers

Can veterinarians have an animal put down without the owner's permission?

In Ontario, can an animal be euthanised without the owner's consent? [more inside]
posted by pantheON on Aug 8, 2007 - 5 answers

See Spot. See Spot on Spot.

What is this strange growth on my dog's chin? [more inside]
posted by cior on Jul 7, 2007 - 11 answers

Should my puppy see a dermatologist?

The skin on my puppy's little pink belly seems to be turning blackish... [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Apr 13, 2007 - 24 answers

What is it like to be a large animal/rural veterinarian?

What is it like to be a large animal/rural veterinarian? [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Jan 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Dog needs TPLO for $$$. Am I SOL?

Dog needs TPLO surgery, but I can't afford it! What do I do?! [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Oct 10, 2006 - 6 answers

What's wrong with my cat's ear?

Why is my cat's ear all messed up? [more inside]
posted by jtron on Jan 25, 2006 - 5 answers

how much to allow for emergency vet costs?

How much money should we allow for cat veterinary emergencies? This is for our cat sitter or vet to spend to fix up our cat, without contacting us, if we're incommunicado. We're putting together a letter of consent for the cat sitter and vet. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 22, 2006 - 15 answers

Curing wool-eating cat?

Has anyone ever known a cat who liked to eat wool? Was it a medical or a behavioral issue? Was it ever possible to discourage this behavior? [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Jan 5, 2006 - 16 answers

Appreciation gift for a great veterenary clinic

My dog cut his leg last night and had to have surgery on it. My vet was closing at noon today but he and his staff are staying open late to fix the leg. I'd like to get them something to show my appreciation. Please help me think of something really great. This is the friendliest most caring veterinary clinic I've ever seen. [more inside]
posted by BoscosMom on Dec 31, 2005 - 18 answers

bad kitty

Last week my wife put one of those toilet cleaning puck things - 2 discs, one blue and one white (a type of chlorine bleach, I think) in the toilet tank. Apparently one of us or our houseguest left the toilet open and one of our two cats - the stupid one - drank a quantity of the water, even though he had a big bowl of fresh water by his food (yes, we're now being very careful to leave it closed). My questions: 1) did he drink it because it tasted good, the way some animals will eat antifreeze, and 2) is he gonna be OK? He's acting a little odd - staring at his own shadow and attacking invisible things, growling at nothing, but then again he's kind of brain-damaged anyway (flea anemia as a feral kitten). He's 9 yrs old and otherwise in good health.
posted by luriete on Oct 25, 2005 - 15 answers

How do I trick my cat into peeing?

How do I trick my cat into peeing? [more inside]
posted by bcwinters on May 3, 2005 - 10 answers

Gender of cat

At what age should a cat's gender be obvious to a vet? {mi} [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Feb 10, 2005 - 12 answers

Can horses (or other animals) throw up?

Someone at work has just asked me a bizarre question that I can't find an answer to - can horses (and in fact any other animal) actually throw up? (+)
posted by longbaugh on Jan 11, 2005 - 30 answers

How do you solve a problem like cat diarrhea?

Kitty has diarrhea, and has had it for about four days. It it is now abating, but not completely gone. We (forcibly) gave her bismuth, but not for two days and it seems to be drying up on its own (from great pools of near-liquid to soft stools that probably wouldn't seem suspicious without the forerunners). She's otherwise completely normal and we seem more concerned about it than she.

Getting her to the vet is a PITA. Is there anything else OTC we can give her to speed up the correction before one of us takes time off, schedules an appointment and pays the vet for the priveledge of giving advice that I might get here?
posted by Mayor Curley on Dec 6, 2004 - 20 answers

Do cats get cataracts?

Cats and Cataracts. Does anyone have any experience or expertise in regards to cats with cataracts? [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Sep 7, 2004 - 5 answers

Incontinent Older Dog

Yet another dog question. My wife's dog is a shepherd-dobermann cross and so old that she's technically dead - about 16 years old. She's mostly incontinent, and scooping up turds and mopping up pee is a daily and sometimes hourly chore now - I've taken up all the rugs, and she sleeps at night on a foam cushion protected by a vinyl shower curtain. I think her kidneys are failing, but very very slowly. So she drinks a fantastic amount of water and voids it randomly about the house. My wife and I take turns letting her out out night, but she's excessively nocturnal (she's a dog) and this, combined with the incontinence and her tendency to get jammed into odd spots and whine until rescued is degrading our sleep. My wife's very attached to the dog - who otherwise isn't really suffering and is even happy - but our lives are slowly coming to be dominated by the dog. Yet....neither I nor my wife believe in killing pets or other creatures for mere reasons of convenience. Any technical advice on managing this situation until the creature dies a natural death?
posted by troutfishing on Dec 29, 2003 - 13 answers

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