Browse Questions:« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next »
Q. I recently adopted a female kitty and she’s been getting these patches on her skin and keeps scratching around her neck and in the back of her ears. I am concerned that this could be contagious or harmful to my other cat and puppy. What should I do?
Skin disease in cats and dogs is a common occurrence and there are multiple potential causes for what you are describing. Contagious causes of hair loss and/or itching can include mites (demodex, scabies) and ringworm (which is actually a fungus … Continue reading
There are many possible causes of a red spot on your pet’s lip. These could include a traumatic lesion, a bacterial infection, a viral infection, the beginning of a cancerous condition, or potentially a condition called Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex which … Continue reading
Q. Have a rescue cat that is FIV positive when taken in 2 years ago. The cat is around 3 years old now and has lost appetite, energy, weight and developed jaundice. Have had bloodwork done and the cat was diagnosed with liver failure due to FIV. Vet said that she could try an appetite stimulant to generate appetite and if that did not work that we could bring her in for a vitamin B shot but did not recommend anything else. We are syringe feeding the cat right now several times daily and she is accepting the food but not eating on her own. Do you have any additional recommendations? Vet said a liver biopsy could be performed to make a further determination, however she is hesitant due to the initial diagnoses of liver failure and the cats weakened state.
Liver disease is certainly a serious condition. Supportive care such as IV fluids or fluids under the skin to help re-hydrate sick kitties, anti-nausea medications, anti-oxidants to slow down liver cell damage can all be of benefit. Making sure that … Continue reading
Q. I recently got a kitten from a friend who found it in the woods by her house. My kitten seems fine except she keeps coughing and throwing up now and then and seems to have a bloated belly and bad smelling gas. Any ideas what may be her problem?
Thanks for your question. Congratulations on your new kitten! There are several things that can cause gastrointestinal upset in kittens resulting in bloating and gas. Intestinal parasites are very common in young pets. These are easily diagnosed from microscopic analysis … Continue reading
Q. My 10 year old female cat, Roxie, has developed some type of pinkish tissue within her eyeball – there is no discharge of any kind but it is starting to spread over her eye – I have never seen anything like this in 40 years of owning cats.
Hello, Sorry to hear about your trouble with Roxie. This problem is extremely difficult to assess without seeing Roxie. We get very concerned regarding eye problems. We would like to help her prior to permanent damage to her vision. She … Continue reading
Q. My 1 year old male DLH cat was just treated for tapeworm about a week ago. They gave him his medication at the vet office and the stool sample came back negative for parasites. We put him on the Revolution prescribed by our vet and now he has diarrhea. He drinks and eats properly. Are there any over the counter medications to try or is it necessary to go back to the vet?
Hello, Tapeworms are a frustrating parasite because we frequently miss them on a fecal sample and rely on you to tell us you see them. With most other parasites we visualize the eggs under the microscope. With tapeworms, all the … Continue reading
Q. I had my cats in for vaccinations on the 19th. Both were vaccinated for kennel cough, my female is fine but my male has been sneezing for 3 days. No discharge from his eyes, he is still eating, he isn’t coughing but he appears to be running a fever today. Does he need to be seen or is this a reaction to the vaccine?
Hello, It is possible the sneezing is secondary to the vaccine, which is usually not a problem. However, if they are running a fever, not acting like themselves, or have changes with their nose or eyes, they must be evaluated. … Continue reading
Hi there! Thanks for your question about your cat’s elevated third eyelids. For starters, this can be a complicated issue to sort out as the list of possibilities for potential causes can be quite long. But the good news is … Continue reading
Q. I have a cat who is 10 years old. Had to change food from RD diet to IAMS weight control due to financial reasons. He is still experiencing very loose stool and even having accidents. It has been 1 month since the change. Is this normal or is he trying to tell me something? (He enjoys his new food.)
Hello, Your cat is definitely trying to tell you something. He is probably going outside of the box due to discomfort or urgency. It is possible the soft stool will resolve with a different diet (if this is the first … Continue reading
Q. My 18 month old cat is an active and healthy cat. Lately though, she has thrown up. Is normal or if I should be worried?
There are quite a few potential causes for the vomiting you are describing. Certainly this frequency is not normal, even if she is otherwise acting normal. Causes include… Continue reading