Free Online Veterinarian Help

Why take your pet to a real vet when you can get free help from strangers on the Internet? Tips on pet care and the safety of asking for free online veterinarian information and help.

Many pet owners, in effort to save money, often turn to the Internet for free veterinary advice. You will often see comments in forums “I cannot afford to take my pet to the veterinarian…. Please help.”. My immediate response is “If you can afford a computer and Internet, you can afford to go to a vet, you just selected to spend your money elsewhere.”. As a person who kept 4 cats while working only part time on minimum wage, I see no excuses other than choice (I had no Internet, no cable TV, and no cell phone, but my cats where healthy and my vet bills were paid).

Similarly, no self respecting veterinarian would offer a diagnosis over the Internet without seeing the pet in person. It would be like a person trying to get a medical diagnosis for cancer without seeing a doctor. Not only is it irresponsible but also means they are giving away their knowledge and training for free.

There is no substitution for a visit to the vet. Here are some common pet health concerns and tips to help you decide if your pet needs a vet.  You can see that this poor dog clearly should have seen a vet long ago. 

This is Fresia!!! A typical rescue dog / Un perro típico de rescate by AmazonCARES.
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Failure to use the Litter Box (Cats)

This is one of the most common searches for free veterinarian advice in cats. There are many causes, from human error to health. For more information on solutions click here, and if the link fails to offer a solution, please see your veterinarian.

Itchy Skin (Dogs)

A lot of dog owners fail to recognize that obsessive itching may be a sign of a problem. One of the biggest causes is poor ingredients in food, or food allergies. To learn more about what ingredients cause problems click here. Itchy skin might also be an indication of fleas, mites, ringworm, or ticks. Fleas and ticks will be visible, but mites (mange) and ring worm may require a vet to diagnose through a skin sample. If the link on food does not suggest a problem ingredient, an owner is wise to take their pet to the vet for proper diagnosis.

Smelly Ears (Dogs)

Ear infections can have many causes, and therefore many different solutions. An odor coming from the ear is an indication of a problem. Infections may be yeast, bacteria, or a combination of both. Ear mites generally do not cause odor and are often misdiagnosed by owners. Only a vet can tell you for certain.

Click here for more information on smelly ears in dogs.

Abnormal Bumps

These should be diagnosed.  They may be an infection, injury, or cancerous growth.  Below we see a horse with a Bowed Tendon.  Your pet might be tender when the bump is touched, or might not be sore at all. 

Bowed Tendons #1 by Vet Moves.com.
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Gas

Sometimes people do nothing more than make fun of a pet with an odor problem, but abnormal gas can be a sign of a health problem or low quality food. Switch to a food gentle on a pets stomach, and if the problem persists, see a vet. Here is a link on help for cats with gas.

Bad Breath

Bad breath can be a warning sign of many problems. Often it is an indication of poor teeth. It must be noted that if a pet has a rotten tooth the infection can spread to their brain, as such treatment is important. Bad breath may merely indicate the food is not agreeing with the pet, or be a sign of an internal health concern. You guessed it… see a veterinarian.

Tummy Pains

The cause of stomach pains is hard to diagnose without veterinary help. Pets may stand hunched, horses may roll and kick at their stomachs. Usually though, pets with upset stomachs may try to vomit (note that horses cannot vomit) or will refuse to eat. Stomach pains can be mild to severe, non-concerning, to dire emergencies. Horse should be kept moving and not allowed to roll, a vet should be contacted at once. In other pets a person needs to access the situation. Did the pet eat poison, rotten food, or swallow a toy? Call a vet!

Diarrhea

This can be a simple reaction to eating the wrong thing, or may be a sign of a huge problem. Bloody diarrhea can indicate worms or a bacterial infection. Dark or extra smelly stool in dogs can indicate Parvo, a quick and deadly virus. Please note even vaccinated pets can have health problems.

Coughing

Dog owners probably think that coughing may just be kennel cough, but heartworm (a deadly problem) often shows coughing as an early symptom, particularly after exercise. If an owner cannot attribute an occasional cough to dust, or something normal, they should consider a visit to their veterinarian.

Pregnant Pets

Few people even know what they are getting into when they allow their pet to get pregnant. Most fail to get a veterinarian to look at their pet at any time throughout the pregnancy. Some owners do not make correct changes in a pets diet to help the pet produce enough milk following the birth.

As a note it is possible for a veterinarian to spay a pregnant animal (thus aborting the litter) although some will not do this if the pet is in the advanced stages of pregnancy. Also it is important to get a vet to help immediately if the delivery goes slow. If you are concerned you can always call them and they will tell you how much time to wait before bringing the pet in if nothing changes.

Here is a link on help with pregnant pets.  Here is a link on dogs Whelping.  Here is one on how cats give birth.

Accidents

My pet has been hit by a car… what should I do? Go to a VET! Internal injuries are hard to spot, internal bleeding can be a slow killer. Neglecting possible bone fractures may result in permanent pain for the pet as the bones may not heal properly on their own. If you hit someone’s pet, that pet should be taken to a vet. If you do not know who the owner is or feel unsafe about approaching an injured animal (they can be dangerous), call the city police and/or local animal shelter/rescue. If the pet is not your own you are generally not responsible for the vet costs unless you offer to pay.

Link and Dr. G by Tobyotter.
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Facts to Remember

  • Most veterinarians have a 24 hour emergency service. Yes, they charge more after hours, but failure to call could mean life or death to your pet, or may mean they are far worse off when you do finally call, resulting in higher veterinarian bills. You can always call them and tell them the symptoms and decide if you want to bring the pet in at that time or wait until morning.
  • If your vet knows your pet from regular visits, you will get better help in emergencies as they will know your pets history, particularly its vaccination records.
  • Be aware that in some areas not taking a suffering animal to a vet may constitute neglect, a criminal offense.
  • Veterinary expenses can be high. Insurance is available, but an owner can do many things to prevent visits to their vet through proper feeding, vaccination, and keeping the pet indoors or in a secure yard. Additionally it is up to a person to decide to put money aside, prior to getting a pet, for emergencies.
  • Use common sense, thinking you know what is wrong with your pet is not the same as knowing what is wrong with your pet.
  • Very few people give their labor/knowledge/time away for free, so why expect that from a vet?
  • The Internet is a place of anonymity, any one can say they are a veterinarian and offer free advice.
  • For the record, I am not a Veterinarian.

Here is a link that talks about a place where you can ask questions online and speak with a real vet for free.

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  1. Teves

    On October 20, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Very nice information…

  2. Petalm

    On October 20, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I’m going to pass this article on to some pet owners I know.

  3. ken bultman

    On October 20, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Very good article. I have a cocker spaniel. There is such a thing as “cocker ears.” Don’t wait for odors. There are preventatives as well as cures. Also, if you have a regular vet, don’t be afraid to ask for a waiver of office visit fees. It worked for us. All they can do is say no. It can save a bundle over time.

  4. CA Johnson

    On October 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    This was a very interesting article. My friend has some pets so I will have to show her this article.

  5. PR Mace

    On October 20, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Great and well needed information. My rule of thumb is to only have as many pets as you can afford to take care of, that is why I only have two dogs and one bird.

  6. Victor Harlan

    On October 21, 2009 at 12:31 am

    i have a puppy 5-6 weeks old and he’s is very bloated i gave him dewormer 30 min. ago he was bloated before i gave it to him i dont think it’s worms its seems like some type of inflammation around his rib cage he used to live in filth you know fecies and stuff. i have also fed him a mixture of garlic and cilantro with water and a bit of lemon with dogfood

  7. pam fahey

    On October 21, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I have a cat who is 12 years old who is a house cat, My
    problem is, lately he will e on my bed when he has
    a clean litter box. Is he doing this to get back at me, or
    could there be a health problem brewing that I need to
    be aware of. Help, what can I do to stop this behavior problem
    with my cat.

  8. Katie

    On October 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I have a rat that is around a 1 year old. She seems to be having trouble with her back legs. She drags them and every now and then walks in a circle. But like usual when i go to pick her up she is still scared of me so she corrects her legs and moves away and when i stop she goes back to dragging them. I don’t see nor feel any bumps or brakes….what could it possibly be?

  9. Brenda Nelson

    On October 23, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    to Katie (above)
    your little pet is definatly having some problems, it could be an injury or sign of a pinched nerve, you really should take her to a vet

  10. Brenda Nelson

    On October 23, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    to Victor (above) please do NOT medicate when you do not know the problem – SEE A VET!

    to Pam (above) here
    http://therealowner.com/cats/litter-box-training-problems-in-cats/

    a great link for anyone whose cats are having litter box issues. and if the link cannot help then you need to SEE A VET

  11. Daisy Peasblossom

    On October 25, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Pam, you are right on all counts. As one who struggles to pay the vet bills (yes, they are paid, and my babies do go–just not as often as I could wish), I can say that too frequently people acquire animals without thinking. Were this not so, I would not have most of mine since they are all rescues.

  12. msterious13

    On November 1, 2009 at 5:21 am

    I work as a Vet. Asst. and sure liked this article! you could make this into a pamphlet and give it to some veterinary offices… or humane societies who need help with getting messages out to the public!

  13. diane edwards

    On November 11, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I have a 14 year old female rat terrier. She just had her checkup and everything was fine. Now she is coughing on and off like trying to clear her throat but nothing comes out. I called the vet and she said to massage her throat and make sure she had plenty of water. That didnt work. What can I do and what do you think is wrong with her?

  14. Brenda Nelson

    On November 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    to diane (above)
    did the vet check the dog for heart worm, or growths in the throat? is she a fast eater? if so put a large rock in her bowl, this will slow down her eating because she will have to push the rock around to get the food. Alternatively you can always visit a different vet.

  15. Jade

    On November 20, 2009 at 10:49 am

    my 4 month old german shepherd puppy has a problem with her hind legs. They seem to be quite weak, she sometimes falls over when she is walking and has problems getting up stairs etc. She still runs and plays as normal but uses both legs together to run and limps slightly on the left one when she walks.
    When i first noticed it at about 10 weeks of age, i took her to the vet and they said it was just because she is young and growing.
    It usually dosent bother her but lately after walks she has been limping alot more and finds it hard to walk at all for a while after. I have noticed it is a little swolen around the hip and one leg seems to bend in.
    She is at the vets again tomorow to get it seen however i just want to know what to expect. Shes my baby !!

  16. Brenda Nelson

    On November 20, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    to Jade
    have you talked to her breeder? This would be the first thing I would do. I would also make sure she is on large breed puppy formula. But remember – the point of this link is actually that the best vet advice, is not FREE, its the advice you get from seen a vet – feel free to see a different vet, but also talk to the breeder. Good Luck.

  17. Donna

    On November 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    my dog urinatin freuently she has been to a vet and is still on amoxicillin 400mg 1 every 12 hours she only has about 2 day left and she is still urinating frequent and still has blood.

  18. carrie

    On November 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    i had a kitten and she has lttle ari bubble under her skin on her head, does that mean her skull is not grown in to her skin or is it more seriouse

  19. BonM

    On December 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    My miniture yorkie has a rash on her belly. The vets says it’s a skin infection starting. She gave me Novsauv to use to wash the area. She didn’t say anything to me about when I am done the wash to use water to wash the suds off and I don’t know if I should be doing that or not. Can you help me please!!

  20. Brenda Nelson

    On December 12, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    to BonM
    if your Vet didnt give full instructions, you should call them back to clarify. Treat the cause of the rash too, not just the rash itself.

  21. Robert Chiarini

    On January 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Will a Vet put an animal down (cat) just because an owner does not want it anymore? I have a friend whos sister is about to do this. The cat is about 14 ears old and still active.

    Thanks,
    Robert

  22. Brenda Nelson

    On January 3, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    to Robert
    YES a vet will put an animal down if the owner requests it for no reason. Some may try to talk the owner into placing the pet for adoption particularly if the know somebody is looking for that type of pet. But they do have to follow the owners wishes.

  23. lynz09

    On March 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Name is Lindsey. I have a 5 mo. old minature pincher named mya. We Live in an apt and my boyfriend was bringing her up the stairs. Shes Quick and likes to walk under your feet and my boyfriend accadently steped on her back paw. I can touch her leg and bottom of her foot and she is fine i can also put presser on the entire foot. The thing is on top of her foot like were her toes are is swellon and she has some pain in it when i squeeze it not major she dont bite at me just a small whine/whimper But whats got me worried is that she has not walked on it sence Friday Morning it happend thurday night (she seemed fine was walking on it then). Is it ok just like if we got our toes steped on or can this be major plse let me kno any information if i can do any thing at home for my tiny min pin i just wanna make sure she is ok

  24. Brenda Nelson

    On March 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    to lynz09
    If the swelling does not go down with applied ice.. or if she isnt walking on the foot -you should go to a vet.

  25. apple

    On March 24, 2010 at 2:00 am

    how would a med tech degree help me in a veterinary career?

  26. Desygirot

    On April 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I have shih-Tzu female dog of 8 yrs old had a stone removed from her bladder 2 weeks ago, 4 days after her surgery she had a bladder rupture and i went to the vet to had an emergency surgery to get her bladder all close up again then 5 days after her bladder rupture she had another bladder rupture after sending her to emergency again for another surgery they had to put a drainage on her tummy so she can get rid of all the liquid accumulation it has passed 4 days that she still on the veterinary in observation because her bladder just won\’t heal, i was wondering is there any remedies or medicine to make her bladder heal faster and to have her bladder muscles and tissues get strong??? my email is desiree.girot@hotmail.com please i really need some orientation. thanks

  27. Desygirot

    On April 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I have shih-Tzu female dog of 8 yrs old had a stone removed from her bladder 2 weeks ago, 4 days after her surgery she had a bladder rupture and i went to the vet to had an emergency surgery to get her bladder all close up again then 5 days after her bladder rupture she had another bladder rupture after sending her to emergency again for another surgery they had to put a drainage on her tummy so she can get rid of all the liquid accumulation it has passed 4 days that she still on the veterinary in observation because her bladder just won’t heal, i was wondering is there any remedies or medicine to make her bladder heal faster and to have her bladder muscles and tissues get strong??? my email is desiree.girot@hotmail.com please i really need some orientation. thanks

  28. bethany

    On April 24, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    hi my dog is coughing like he is trying to hack something up but nothing comes up he will cough for several minutes at a time and nothing will work to help him stop coughing he is about 10 years old

  29. Erica

    On April 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    My puppy and my older dogs both have a red left eye. It didnt start until the puppy came home. First my older dog got a red eye n then it went away after 2 days and now my puppy has a red eye. Shoudl I go to the vet? My older dogs eyes are fine now? should I be concerned? I also have a tree that has these like sap leave things that are falling off n sticky to the dogs and making them smell awful. I cant get them off. Is this why their eyes are red? Please HELP! I WILL TAKE THEM TO THE VET IF I NEED TOO JUST DONT KNOW IF I NEED TO OR NOT…. I dont even go to the doctors when im sick but my dogs are my children and I’ll take care of them at whatever cost.
    PS> that picture of that dog up there OMG the owners of that dog should be in jail. SO SO SAD!
    PLS HELP

  30. annonymous

    On April 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Bethany

    Coughing
    Dog owners probably think that coughing may just be kennel cough, but heartworm (a deadly problem) often shows coughing as an early symptom, particularly after exercise. If an owner cannot attribute an occasional cough to dust, or something normal, they should consider a visit to their veterinarian.

    Listed on this page.

  31. Erica

    On April 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    by the time I get advise I will have already been to the vet i bet

  32. Brenda Nelson

    On May 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Erica the whole point is that you CANNOT find help on line for free – you are best to take your pet to the real expert who can see it and take proper care for it.

  33. Brenda Nelson

    On May 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    to Extend my point to Erica

    suppose I had a dog with a similar problem and it cleared up on its own, so I told you the dog didnt need a vet, and you didnt take it to a vet, but it turned out to be an infection and your dog went blind…

  34. paul dauphin

    On May 23, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    i have a 7-8 mionth old pit bull and for about a month she has been getting sores all over her body like the neck,lower back,under arms etc.. it first started on her lower back as parts of her fur got stuck together in patches and it hurt her for me to touch it. she started biteing the patches of stuck together fur and she started looseing her fur in those patches. the skin was very red so i put vaseline(gell) on it and it seemed like the skin wasnt red anymore then it started back agin in two more patches on her lower back. now in those patches the fur is gone but the skin looks fine. recently she has been getting small sores all over when some heal others pop up. before any of this started i was batheing her with ace shampoo and body wash. i was told this was not good to do so i stopped. people have told me that it looked like allergies and mange but no one was sure. please help me im very worried about her

  35. Brenda Nelson

    On May 24, 2010 at 10:58 am

    to Paul

    The point of this article is that you CANNOT find safe online vet info for free, it is not a replacement for real vet help.

    Pits are prone to all kinds of skin prolems, but only your vet will know for sure what it is.
    Dogs do get acne so that might be it – and this would be the right age too.. look into food quality, and do not use a plastic food dish.

  36. Faith

    On June 10, 2010 at 6:59 am

    my dog ‘bigfoot’ is four years old. HE HAS BEEN TO THE VET. unfortuanely he doesn’t seem to be getting much better. The vet said he has some parasite or ‘worm.’ The vet suiad it could be heartworm, but all three of my dogs are on heartworm preventative. He is on amoxillian, and a water pill. Here are his symptoms is order of when we noticed:
    1.boated belly, but losing waght everywhere else. This could be cause by 2.
    2. lack of appitite. Bigfoot has never been a robust eater so this might have been first symptom
    3.lack of energy. as a young german shepard dog he is usually rather energetic(ie bringing us toys or sticks to throw). Lately he bearly walks. This started after he was put on axoxillian
    4. the other day as I was forcing the pill(i know bad but it was the only way) down he throught his mouth smelled like rotten eggs, also he has been spitting up a clear mucus.
    5. Just this morning I noticed his back legs were swollen.
    I know you guys are not experts but what do you think. I’m so worried that my youngest dog is gonna die.

  37. Ashley

    On June 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I have a cat shes a little over a year old and she has broke her back leg and she started eating at it.I don’t have enough money to take my cat to the vet.what should i do to the rest of her leg that is just hanging.

  38. Kayla

    On June 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    i have a female rat. we hve had her around three years. she has grown a large \”tumor\” under her left front arm. Why did she get one and what can i do???

  39. Brenda Nelson

    On June 13, 2010 at 10:23 am

    both Ashley and Kayla

    your pets NEED to go to the vet. If you cannot afford vet care then sign the rights of your pet over to your local animal shelter so they can cover the care the animal needs. Neglecting a pet in pain, particularly Ashleys cat is cruel and there is no excuse for it, not even money. Sell your computer and pay for your cat or sign over your rights as an owner.

  40. Faith

    On June 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    bigfoot died. We took him to the vet today, but he died anyway.We still don\’t know exactly what he had. but some kind of liver infection. Just thought You guys might want to know.
    Ashley he is right. We are lucky our vet lets us make payments.(We now owe about $600 for bigfoot) I realize this is extremely rare, but you might want to call arround to varous vets so see. They didn\’t become vets \’cause they like to see pets suffer. because that is an emergency situation they may be more willing. Whatever you do you cannot simply let your pet go on suffering because of your finanial situation.
    Kayla, My dog Jimmy(beagle also has tumors under and arround his legs my vet suggested vitamin d.However this is not a cure all he said that vitamin d can help tumors but, if it is maligant(ie cancer) there is no cheap fix. See your vet!

  41. aly

    On June 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    hi i’m aly and my cat Sox goes to the bathroom out of the litter box because he has these crystals in his body. we have to put him down! my question is,is there somethingvets can do to make him not pee out of the litter box? e-mail me fast!!!!!

  42. Brenda Nelson

    On June 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    to aly

    Crystals can be treated. Having a cat drink more water also helps, as you can mix water with their canned food to make a soup. But really this is only in combination with proper treatment. Read
    http://therealowner.com/cats/litter-box-training-problems-in-cats/

    is your cat neutered if not that can also be part of the problem, but the link will give more help

  43. Karran

    On June 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    For the record…. you CAN access the internet from the LIBRARY and other public places, so to assume that the person chosen to spend their money elsewhere is just dumb. I am looking for help with my cat for behavioral problems that the vet will just give a cardboard answer and charge me for it. I dont have the money to take my cat to the vet when he get a wild hair, so I ask for help from people who may have gone throught the same problem and can me some assistance. I think it is arrogant of you to assume that all people who look for cheaper ways to help thier pets are doing it so they can spend their money elsewhere. I would like enough money to by food for me and my cat, let alone pay a vet.

  44. Dvaid Goulding

    On June 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    could you please advise on the correct way to care for a kitten born to a wild cat which was discovered in my backyard two days ago. The mother has been killed by a passing car and I am worried about the welfare of the kitten. It is approx 2-3 weeks old and has been eating milk mixed with bread. It looks in fine health at the moment Thank you

  45. David Goulding

    On June 29, 2010 at 4:21 am

    In my earlier comment about helping a newborn kitten I said it was 2-3 wks old, it is more in the region of 5-6 wks old.

  46. Sara

    On August 20, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Hi
    my dog is a 7 year old feamale mix breed, and for the pass three days she had this swollenness near her hips, i thought she may of pulled a muscle or something but today i relized its to far up to be her hips, can u please help me.

  47. Brenda Nelson

    On August 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    to Sara

    the whole point is that if your dog is sick, or in pain… it NEEDS to go to a real vet… there is no excuse not to. Swelling can be from many things, cancer, an infection, or ???

  48. alejandra

    On September 5, 2010 at 2:35 am

    My dog is sick since two weeks ago. He is a 8 years old terrier that I found on the street a month ago. He has pain in the stomach area, he is vomiting, shaking. He is eating, drinking water. I took him to the vet and they did a blood test but they did not find anything wrong with him. Then, they wanned to do x-ray to see if his organs were good but I did not have the money to pay for it so I took him home. Now, Im ginving him pain medication. I do not know what else I can do for my dog because he is suffering. He got sick after I gave him a shower so I thought it was a common cold but know I do not thing its that.

  49. Brenda Nelson

    On September 5, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    to alejandra

    when you found the dog did you call your local shelter to see if anyone reported him missing? If so there is probably an owner who actually knows what health condition the dog has and maybe they even have medication for him.

    did you put any medication on him when you bathed him? did you apply any flea medication?

    be aware flea medication – particularly over the counter stuff has KILLED many pets.. if you have treated the dog with flea medication call your vet immediately and suggest this as a problem.

  50. may

    On September 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    where do I get 2 guinea pigs in the metropolitian area (washington D.C.)

  51. Diana

    On September 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    hi my names i diana and i have a 3month yea old puppy and yesterday like about 3:25 she started to have attakes she starts to shake and the her mouth opens and start to bite.i am giving her water with suger

  52. Brenda Nelson

    On September 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Diana puppies who are sick can die quick or have permanent brain damage if not treated properly, your puppy needs to go to the vet ASAP.

    don’t look for help on the Internet the point of the article was for owners to be responsible and go to the vet.

  53. Rachel

    On September 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Hi i have a Jack Russel who is about 5 years old, yesterday she had diareah, vomited,shaking,panting and constant thirst. what does this mean ??

    Also then i looked at one of her eyes and her upil isent round and shaped differently than that day before,

  54. Jenny

    On October 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Just got my two year old mare back from the horse trainer… where she was kept at the trainers it was very dusty and was always in a small box stall. Now her eye is tearing and white discharge. she was always kept in pasture and not use to being locked up in a dusty barn. Just wondering if there’s anything i could try from home before I call a vet to my house. I don’t have a ton of money. Would like to try this option first…

  55. Brenda Nelson

    On October 5, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Jenny

    if your mare was not vaccinated I would call a vet particularly if she has been back for more than a couple days or has other symptoms

    also call the trainer to see if he has any other sick horses.

  56. paul

    On October 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Well I think you have some knowledge of animals and for you to be on the internet yourself bashing people who have gotten themselves into situations they cant afford is making you seem like a real snob.
    So what if someone has a pet and comes on the web to see if there is someone that has had a pet with the same issue, so maybe your more well off than some people and your able to call the vet every time kitty sneezes but at least those people are seeking out help and I think your wrong to keep saying that no one is nice enough to offer knowledge for free cause some people truly just have a love for animals and the internet is a river of information and the place to go to help people if you so desire. I think your just need to speak for yourself if your tired of hearing people ask for help then don’t listen and stop telling people the only option is to go to the vet and we are animal abusers if we don’t have the money to do that, we still love our pets.
    bottom line is ya you seem like you want to help but you ARE being very rude and even people with low incomes are aloud to come on the web for help.

  57. Brenda Nelson

    On October 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    thanks Paul.

    I am low income myself, so I know it can be hard. It is not how much money you make, but how you spend it.
    I have offered some help here to get people started but at the end of the day, if htey do not take their pet to an actual vet, it may suffer or die and they need to realize this.

    For a reference I once had a woman who drove a $40,000 truck, she claimed she couldnt afford her vet bill because her truck payment was due.. so she was clearly making a choice of her truck over her pet.

    I have a ton of info for sneezing cats here
    http://gomestic.com/pets/a-sick-cat-is-nothing-to-sneeze-at/

    but the bottom line is if in doubt = see a professional

  58. Teresa

    On October 31, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I had just got a German Shephard Mix yesterday from the pound when when my mom was signing the papers he statrted coughing but the cough sounded like he was trowing up but he never did throw up today he is still coughing like that but now he also has diareah

  59. megan

    On November 7, 2010 at 12:09 am

    i have a rabit with a red ad infected eye what should i do

  60. Toni

    On November 7, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I have an 11 month old kitten, who in all terms seems as healthy and happy as can be. She was walking up and down my lap getting attention when all of a sudden she collapsed. She seemed to have lost use of her right hind leg. It was shaking and she looked at me crying and I had no idea what to do. She jumped to the floor and was crying while limping. 5 minutes later she was fine. Should I be concerned?

  61. Brenda Nelson

    On November 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    to megan – I could not have made it more simpler in the article – GO TO A VET!

    to Toni

    I wouldnt worry unless it happens again – the leg might have been asleep, or a spasm, keep an eye on her though for any other problems.
    If you have a vet appointment for anything else you may ask your vet to check it at that time too.

  62. Shani

    On November 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I have a 10 year old, Female Papillion, who was recently affected by a small amount of fleas. I believe she may have had an allergic reaction to the fleas so we washed her and removed all fleas, treated her with Frontline flea treatment, and shaved her hair to relieve the itch as she developed hot spots. Hours later we came home to find that she had bitten and scratched herself so badly that her stomach was bleeding. Mum put some disinfectant on her and covered her with a “doggy jumper” so that she couldn’t get to the areas. She has still been eating and we even took her for a walk last night. But now she has become vicious and won’t let anyone near her. She is usually a very loving, kind and placid dog, but now she is just attacking anyone who goes near her and she just stands alone, staring into space, not coming when she is called. We have tried to take her jumper off, but she won’t let us and now her leg is tangled in it. I can’t go near her to help because she keeps attacking me no matter how gentle I am. My mum insists that it is psychological and won’t let me take her to the vet as it is too expensive. Please, what should I do? Do you have any ideas about what may be wrong?

  63. Brenda Nelson

    On November 9, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    to Shani

    Even psychological problems can be brought to the vet.
    It could be a food allergy, or a problem with Frontline.
    Hot Spots are typically food related – corn, beef, wheat, soy, pork…
    anyone who thinks a vet is too expensive – for a BASIC CHECK UP is not being a good owner – neglect is a criminal offense in some areas.
    However you referred to the dog as yours – meaning you also need to pay for the care

    first look at the food ingredients – is she on new food -or did the food switch ingredients,
    did any flea shampoo remain on the dog
    many concerns.

  64. Brenda Nelson

    On November 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    to Shani – also here is a link for you in addition to the one above in the Itching Dog section.
    http://factoidz.com/why-is-my-dog-itching/

  65. Jean Pannullo

    On November 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I brought my 14 yr. old Australian Shephard to the vet yesterday because he was hacking/coughing. Vet said he was fine just old and I insisted something seriously wrong. They took an x-ray and around heart is surrounded with water and lungs look like they are not getting enough air. Vet said could be cancer or heart problem can’t tell by exray you need ultrasound. They recommended a place which I looked up and they have many terrible reviews 30+ and not one good one. Found a place with good reviews can called them. Have been waiting – was told vet would call me sometime today. It is almost noon and I don’t know if I should call another place, go to the place with the bad reviews. 1st vet said the situation grave but really no guidance. Not sure what to do – want to do the right thing for Zack. What should I do – wait for the call or go elsewhere that may not be as good?

  66. Brenda Nelson

    On November 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    to Jean
    I assume they checked for heartworm?
    some vets reccommend friends, so go wherever you have good reviews.

    hope Zack is okay

  67. shantelle

    On November 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    omg i need your help … i got a new puppie and it fell off a table and then run and it was ok after that and then about 3omins later i wen to pet it and it started to squeal actually before i petted it really loudly

  68. Brenda Nelson

    On November 14, 2010 at 12:36 am

    shantelle puppies are not suppose to go on tables without being restrained

    he could have really hurt something – if its more than 30 minutes and the pup still squeals – from pain – not fear – you need to see a vet. its better safe than sorry

  69. April t

    On November 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I have just bought two rabbits one female and one male. The female is desexed. We had been told when we got her that she had orange on her coat because she had started urinating orange and got told to put cranberry juice in her water which I have started doing.
    But this morning I heard thumping and went out to investigate and when I lifted the lid there was orange urine sprayed everywhere even dripping off the roof. I thought only males sprayed? I know orange urine can be normal but is the spraying everywhere? and also how do I get the orange off her coat?

  70. Brenda Nelson

    On November 15, 2010 at 1:02 am

    some females will spray when stressed, but you are correct it is typically a male behavior.
    if they were not together before you bought them you should separate them.

    bunnies get stressed from being washed.

    take a warm wet cloth and soak gently wash her with it, a bit at a time,
    contact the seller for more information regarding why she is spraying, did she spray when they had her, and what they suggest to remove it.

  71. Jack Evans

    On December 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    My lab/collie has dry,itchy skin.1 year old.Dont think its allergies.All her bros and sisters have it.

  72. famela

    On December 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    my shih tzu is pregnant but she is bleeding is this normal?

  73. Brenda Nelson

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:17 am

    to Jack
    It could be seasonal, or just the result of poor breeding. Dogs often get dry skin in winter.

    famela
    NO, your dog needs a vet.

  74. Cindy Williams

    On December 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    my dog started with a small sore on the side of his head/jaw area. now it is swollen and oozing blood. is there anything we can do to help him? he acts like he is in pain!!

  75. Brenda Nelson

    On December 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    to Cindy
    YES -you can take your dog to a vet!

    A poultice will help draw out the poison but head injuries can be serious as the poison gets into the brain. If your dog is in pain – he needs a vet ASAP

  76. KAREN

    On December 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm

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  77. bella

    On December 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    my cat is only about 8 weeks old and i really would like to know her breed.
    shes a polydactl i know that though because she has seven toes in the front and six in the back
    shes black and if you look at her in the light you see she has strips
    her eyes are a little tilted to her nose and has a tranglur shaped head it thinlk shes a little of tabby and simese but what do you think or would you have a sight recommended
    thank you for your help

  78. cecil

    On January 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    my dog is badly sick.. but I don’t have a vet near our house..and beside, I couldn’t afford to pay for it.. My dog wouldn’t eat for .. five days.. and he doesn’t look good.. he can’t stand up. he even pee and poop with his self lying on the floor… I forced him to eat through medicine dropper..I mix the food through blender.. I don’t know what to do now..please help me. he’s already 11 years old now.. I tried to give him biogesic (paracetamol) coz I’m so desperate..

  79. Brenda Nelson

    On January 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    cecil
    a good owner does what ever they can to get a sick dog to the vet.

    Ignoring a sick dog is NEGLECT which is a CRIMINAL OFFENSE in most areas. This dog is dying – YOU need to get him to a vet!!!

    he may have something blocking his stomach. Do not neglect your dog. heck sell stuff pay for your dogs medical needs. or surrender him to a shelter who will put him down without making him suffer longer.

  80. j

    On January 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    my cat ate a rubber band is he going to be ok what should i do

  81. britta

    On January 10, 2011 at 2:57 am

    SOME ONE HELP PLZ friends dog is having symptoms of falling over , shakes, seizures, confusion, tremors, locked jaw, nose is dry, woulnt eat or drink, ballence is bad. what is it and what do we do?

  82. Ron

    On January 10, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Hi! I have a 1 year and 6 month old male Siberian husky who is currently hospitalized because he couldn’t stand up. Three days ago,we noticed that he was having difficulty to either stand or sit with his hind legs and prior to that he was still ok. Morning, the next day, I was still able to make him go out and pee, then come afternoon, he would just stand up for few seconds to change location around the house then would lie flat on the floor. Then that night, he would no longer stand up.

    We brought him to the vet that same night. He was xrayed(hind legs) and tested.The vet didn’t see any problems on the xray. His liver and blood count(CBC test) etc were normal it’s just that his WBC was at 17.00. The vet informed us that it might be an infection, and that he would still need to check on this. Yesterday the vet was out so we had no update as to what our dog’s condition is.Today,when we went to visit him, he was just lying flat and unable to use even his frontlegs or raise his head. I don’t know if this would help but he could still wag his tail(we’re thinking maybe his body is numb but apparently he can still move his tail).Pls help us. Thanks – Ron

  83. sarah

    On January 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    my puppy is whinig when he is touched screaming when u pick him up what is rong with him

  84. sarah

    On January 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    help!!!!!!

  85. Brenda Nelson

    On January 11, 2011 at 12:56 am

    to j, britta, and sarah – your pets need VETERINARIAN ATTENTION!

    to Ron – As the link tries to explain – nobody on line can tell you want is going on with your pet better than your vet. I do hope your dog will be fine.

  86. Ron

    On January 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

    thanks for replying! we really appreciate it! hoping everything will be fine as well..thanks again!

  87. toni

    On January 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Hi i have a 2 year old male and a 2 year old female chinese water dragon i aquired them both from a previous owner who was advertising them… i bought them as im very keen of reptiles… the thing is that since i recieved them i noticed a few things about them that she never mentioned like my females front finger looks not attached… both of there tails are hard at ends… they were not digesting mealworms but digest everything else… and my female has a few black spots on her palm of her front foot which looks like a splinter or some sort but it doesnt affect her running or moving around and isnt weeping so doesnt look infected. could u please answer these asap x

  88. Natalie Smith

    On January 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    My poor hamster Hamtaro is avoiding using his back right leg, and he isnt spreading his toes out on that foot like he does on the other, I’ve tryed to call a couple veternairan, but they’ve just laughed at me….. I dont know what to do…. Please help!

  89. Brenda Nelson

    On January 17, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Toni I would call the previous owner and ask! I personally dont know much about reptiles.

    to Natalie, that is terrible that a vet would laugh. Has your hamster had a fall, or maybe have the kind of wheel that its leg might have been caught in? I would cal another vet.

  90. dragonlover1218

    On January 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    please help me!!!!!!!! My 2 month old chihuahua is sick I am pretty sure it’s parvo how can I make him better asap with no income????
    I dont wanna loose My puppy please help

  91. Brenda Nelson

    On January 24, 2011 at 12:35 am

    to dragonlover 1218
    if your pup is only 2 months old that means you just got it, what are you doing getting a puppy with no income?!!?

    Parvo kills quick especially without treatment , you are best to surrender your dog to a vet or shelter and have them treat it and keep it. Wait until you are back on your feet financially before getting any dog.

    here is a link on PARVO
    http://factoidz.com/facts-about-parvovirus-and-your-new-puppy/

    I wish your pup the best. it needs to be hydrated – if you bought it from a breeder and have a health guarantee for it – call the breeder NOW

  92. Daniel

    On January 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I have a Dog named lady Shes loosing her Fur and Has Black Skin. Some smooth and And rough like scabs. She itches alot and hurts herself So i put her slippers on and she still tries to itch The black skin is all over her she has right under muszle Down her back on her belly her paws and When she does itch She intends to make her self bleed

    Please I need help with this One of my other Dogs have just as bad and i dont have the money to get both of the girls to the vet Please We tried everything…….

    Sencerly Daniel thompson
    ASPL Of Troop64 Dayton tx,77535

  93. Brenda Nelson

    On January 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

    to Daniel

    This could be from many things, mites, ringworm, food allergies.
    Since 2 dogs have it it is probably contagious – but you only need to take one dog to the vet. Once the vet does a skin scrape he/she can give you a diagnosis for both.

    please take one to a vet ASAP

  94. Sourav

    On February 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

    My bitch is suffering from acute dehydration. She vomits anything she takes. There was a discharge of blood in her stool. No interest in eating and total loss of energy and foul breathe. We had taken her to the vet. He did a blood test and gave her IV liquids. Now he said her kidney is not working. Whats the cure?

  95. Brenda Nelson

    On February 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Sourav
    The vet is the better source of knowledge here, that is the whole point of the article.
    Did you talk to the vet about Parvo? that can be a problem that causes symptoms you have said, but if it is the kidneys then it is something else. I am sorry talk to your vet.

  96. sherri

    On February 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

    could you please tell me what you think could be wrong with my
    puppy he started shakeing about 4 days ago and now he want eat and he can not hardly walk i have been giving him raw eggs he his drinking plenty water but i don’t now what else to do for him could you please help me.

    ps i took him to the vet and they gave him some antibiotics shots.

  97. Brenda Nelson

    On February 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Dogs should NEVER be given raw eggs, they stop the absorbtion of some vitamins!
    Your dog needs a vet, nobody can diagnosis from such a little big of information.

  98. jen

    On February 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    HI, how can i know my cat got fever. his boby and head is hot and body turn red..

  99. rose

    On February 19, 2011 at 4:52 am

    my dog is 8 monyhs old and he ate some clean and clear blackhead cleaning lotion is he gonna be ok?

  100. Brenda Nelson

    On February 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    to rose
    Your vet will know, or if their is a phone number on the product call it and ask about poison control for that product.
    the whole point of this article is NOT to trust strangers on line but to get a REAL vet to help

  101. rose

    On February 20, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Thank you he looks way better i want to be a zookeeper and he is my only pet so i would of been extremly sad if anything happend and before he got to swallow all of it i opened his mouth and took all the rest out so he swallowed a bit of it so thank you thank ou thank you.

  102. sarah

    On February 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    my dog is bleeding from his nose what can i do to stop it can u tell me what this could be as i went to my local vet and they werent much help

  103. Brenda Nelson

    On February 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    to Sarah

    bleeding from the nose can be from cold dry weather or trauma, raise the dogs head to get it to stop..

    in general the point of the link is to say that vets should be trusted more than strangers on line, I dont know if my info is as good as SEEING a vet.. but you said you saw one and they didnt help.. odd.

  104. catherine

    On March 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

    i found the beginning of your article offensive and beyond judgemental. Charlie, “our cat”(i’ve only been in the picture the last 2 yrs) just turned 16 and to my knowledge, has been cared for greatly(i also mean monitarily. all the way down to his treats and special fuzzy food) and has been taken to the vet regurally since he was a baby. Charlie is a particular old man that the vets (w/out invasive possibly harmful or more trauma to) have said they are not sure what is wrong and that his time was obviously (@16) limited. sure, selfishly my boyfriend doesn’t want to lose his lifetime friend and seems to be putting off the inevitable. on the other hand, Charlie seemed to respond well to a few diet changes and some anti-biotics for a UTI. However, more recently, he has taken a turn for the worst and i decided to look up some free advice because i think it may be Charlie’s time. I’ve been listening to him howl all night and I don’t want him to be in pain any longer than he has to. It happens to be before vet hours and you can go…something, something yourself and that was the only reason i contacted you. I’m not only pissed u wasted my time by misleading me to this site, but even more irritated that i wasted more time giving an obviously wounded piece of my mind to very judgemental and closeminded people. If your true concern is the animals, maybe you shouldn’t start off your site with some nasty condescending message that only deters people away. Wether they are responsible or not. It disgusts me also how many people carelessly own and abuse animals out of lack care or neglect, but even if they, (God forbid!) were to contact your site, wouldn’t it be nice if there was more help available. Well thanks anyways. just looking for some extra input on our VERY well taken care of cat who seems to be dying.

  105. Brenda Nelson

    On March 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Catherine, I respect what you are saying BUT if you read the article I was also WARNING people about NOT trusting advice from strangers on the Internet, anyone could claim to be a vet and offer BAD or dangerous advice.
    Vets nearly always have 24 hour emergency services.

    The WHOLE point was that the BEST help is help from YOUR REAL VET!

  106. halo

    On March 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    my lizard is sick he’s week and sometimes will walk with his eyes cloesed

  107. Brenda Nelson

    On March 21, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    halo – is his enclosure warm enough – is his food small enough?
    call a reptile expert for more help.

  108. nathan marsden

    On April 18, 2011 at 12:33 am

    hi my dog has really hurt its leg. I think it might be broken and I cant afford the vet fees. I need help what do I do?????????

  109. Brenda Nelson

    On April 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    to nathan

    contact your local SPCA some have emergency funds to help. If you cannot afford vet help sign your dog over to the SPCA so it can get help. Neglecting to take a dog to a vet if it has a broken leg is cruel and in some places you can be charged with neglect.

  110. ashley

    On May 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    well i have brought my dog to the vet cause he has a foul smelling discharge on his stomach and it doesnt seem to be going away and my vet cant seem to find any thing wrong with him. he itches it and bites it all day, i cant seem to find anything to help him?

  111. Mary

    On June 5, 2011 at 2:57 am

    My 3 year old son poured lysol toilet cleaner all over my 6 week old puppys head and it got into his eyes now he is having difficulty opening his eyes and they look irritated………I’m out of work and don’t have the funds to take it to the vet what should i do

  112. Don

    On June 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Hello, We have a 5 year old German Shepherd who, never required any medical attention other than her being fixed and shots. We run our dogs in a somewhat brushy,grassy type area nearby and up until this past Saturday(2 days ago) was extremely energetic and i noticed she has been favoring her rear left leg,not exactly limping but walking gingerly and during a routine exam by my g/f found a lump about the size,length and diamter as my middle finger on the inside upper part of her right rear thigh (The exact spot would be around the same location as a humans upper thigh near the hip) She has just started licking at it today and when we massage it to see if it moves she reacts, not extremely but its definately painful at the touch we have an appt at our vet in 5 days any ideas? We seem to feel something happened while we ran her two days ago, my g/f feels it could be a snake bite as it is slightly scabbed at one end but if it were a bite she would have reacted immediately. Thank You

  113. Brenda Nelson

    On June 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    to Don
    often times spiders bite and it isnt felt but you can get an awful bump from those too. I do hope your dog is okay.

  114. PIGGY

    On June 15, 2011 at 1:14 am

    My guinea pig seems to have broken his lower mandible. I first noticed crusty eyes & lack of eating; and then his lower teeth started to separate. Upon examination, I observed that each of his bottom teeth moved separately with the jaw. He also has an abscess at the gumline on the one bottom tooth. As an immediate response, I carefully used dental floss to tie the teeth together to stabalize the jaw, and I rubbed straight tea tree oil on the abscess. I notice that he is able to eat soft leaves now, due to this intervention. I keep him supplied with soft greens and finely chopped veggies. The sad reality is that he has lost a lot of weight and I wonder if there is any hope in this circumstance for his survival. What is the kindest road to take?
    Thank you.

  115. Brenda Nelson

    On June 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    PIGGY the kindest road to take is to get your pet to the vet so it can be checked and treated correctly or humanely euthanized.
    Hope he is okay

  116. Alicia

    On June 22, 2011 at 8:24 am

    When I awoke at 5am our 8 week old kitten was bearly beathing. for 2 hours we have been hand feeding her milk. at 7 am she just started to sit up. she looks like she wants more milk or food but will not eat any. We have no money for a vet visit so
    I am asking here. what might be wrong and what else can
    I do.
    Please help us and our kitten
    Thank you Alicia and Jon

  117. Brenda Nelson

    On June 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Alica

    I do hope its KMR you were feeding, not cows milk. cows milk is very bad for kittens, at 8 weeks though, it does not even need KMR and should just have water.
    if you have no money to take her to a vet, you really should not have gotten a kitten, please surrender her to the SPCA or return her to the person you got her from.
    There are LOTS of things that it could be, but only a vet can say for sure.

    PLEASE do not get pets unless you can afford basic vet care.

    I hope your kitten pulls through.

  118. george

    On July 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    My chicken has not been laying eggs for one month I am starting to get very worried about her condition if she does lay one it either has a soft shell or no shell atall. she is an ex-bat and wasn’t in very good shape when we got her I am starting to wonder if she has infectious bronchitis how can we treat this poor girl please help me!

  119. Ileana

    On July 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Hi,

    My name is Ileana. I have 2 goldfish one of them is 3 years old and the other is almost 3. My fish that is almost 3 has all these black spots. My family thinks that it may be brusies. Is there any way of telling me any kind of information.

  120. Tippie Lynn

    On July 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I have a 13 year old female calico cat named Tippie

    My cat has little bumps all over her kind of like scabs and I dont know what they are. I know that she had ear mites and we treated her. Shortly after that she started getting these scabby bumps all over her body and she digs at them with her teeth pulling her fur out and its making her go crazy literally. She is loosing all her fur from her digging at herself and running around like a crazy animal.

    Can you please help me by telling me if you know what this is?

  121. Brenda Nelson

    On July 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    to Tippies owner

    this could be a reaction to the ear mites, or she could have mites on other parts of her body or even fleas. Even after mites are gone some cats show allergic reactions – a vet would help more and could give her a shot.

    This can also be a food allergy, be sure her food does not have corn or wheat in it as both are major causes of allergies in cats.

    Cats that are 13 need to be on a senior cat food with reduced protein, if they get too much protien it could cause problems

  122. Lainie

    On July 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    My little chihuahua is 7 yrs old, weighs 8 lbs and was bitten by a single red ant on his left back paw pad, I gave him a benadryl and applied a paste consisting of 2 tbsp baking soda and 1 tbsp water, but he is still panting very heavily and will not put any weight on it. Is there anything else I can do for him? he has never been bitten before.

  123. Brenda Nelson

    On July 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    to Lainie

    if your dog is not improving you might want to see a vet, pets can have anaphylactic shock just like people, I am referring here to the fact the dog is panting heavy like he is in distress.

  124. Adriana

    On July 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Hi, I have a cat, a female, 2-year old, not spayed. I found her abandoned since her birth and offered her first milk and then cat food. I keep her indoors, because she apparently is not socializing with other cats. She is very frequently in heat, sometimes once in two weeks. Once she saw another cat in the house grooming her kittens, she got angry and developed false lactation. She feels stressed, aggressive, biting and scratching me. I am confused. Should I spay her? Or let her’m afraid outdoors to find a mate. [but I'm afraid I can lose her] Thank you

  125. Brenda Nelson

    On July 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Adriana.
    The cat should be spayed. Spaying also removes her chances of having some cancers, and keeps her healthier and happier over all. Plus there is no risk of kittens, right now in the USA alone over 2 million more kittens are born than will find homes – every year. So there is no need to add to this – please have this cat spayed.

  126. Taylor

    On July 30, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Please i really need help. My almost 5 year old ferret Joey has insulinoma. Tonight when i got home as soon as i saw him i knew something was wrong. He was extremely lethargic ( would walk a few steps then stop and his body would lower to the ground and his eyes close and he just sleeps. puked up his Pediapred. And he has mucus like diahreea.i dont have Karo syrup or honey its almost 2 in the morning and i cant afford to take him to the emergency vet center.Im very scared right now. Im just watching him sleep and his breathing seems to be a bit fast. Also while hes sleeping hes been sneezing a few times. this has happend like 3 times tonight. Please i dont know what else i can do. i gave him some water that im suprised he managed to get down and some food crushed up with warm water mixed in. Please help me im a wreck. hes everything to me =(

  127. Brenda Nelson

    On August 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Taylor, even if you cannot afford to take your pet to the vet, you might be able to get help from the vet over the phone.

  128. Summer

    On August 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    We were just told that the female pit bull that we have been waiting on had her puppies last week. We went over to pick out our puppy. Shes beautiful. However the mother is extreamly underweight. and the whole litter is crawling with fleas. I really want to help save both mother and pups. I know that I can get her some high fat food and make sure shes eating twice a day with a milk suppliment and plenty of water. I am affraid of what to do for the puppies fleas i have read that dawn will help. I dont want my puppy to die and if that means taking care of all the animals so be it i just need to be put in the right direction. Im pretty sure i know what to do but just need reasurance that im doing the right thing mainly. Please help me save these animals..

  129. Brenda Nelson

    On August 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    to Summer

    Well I do hope the breeder isnt charging you very much for the pups because they are NOT a good breeder.
    The mom should have been eating puppy food throughout her pregnancy and even now.. and they should have had the dog flea free – they will have to use a flea comb to remove them now.
    If the mother is in really bad shape report this person to your local animal shelter, while dogs will be thin after having pups it sounds like this is bad, and the fleas show the dog has been neglected – you will note that dogs with fleas often also have tape worm
    If you stick your neck out to help the breeder be sure she reduces the price of the pup – really the pup should be free if not vaccinated/vet checked before you get it.
    I personally would not get a pup from this person as they are NOT a good breeder, but if you decide to help them – then its puppy food – and lots of it, that the dog needs, and maybe even she should be checked by a vet.

  130. Ciara

    On August 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    heya
    i have a pup.
    she is 7 months old and she is riddled with fleas and i cant get rid of them what so ever.im after tryin almost everything. is there any ideas you can give me on what i can try because im really worried thay will kill her.please get back to me asap.thanks:)

  131. stormee

    On August 31, 2011 at 12:53 am

    hi i have a puppy thats 9 weeks old and she was the runt and she died two times when she was born and now she gets the hiccups every time she eats and when she sleeps she sometimes stopes breathing.
    what do i do about this problem?

  132. Jim

    On September 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    My parents have a mixed breed do that has been taken to the vet, had blood work and has been tested for lyme disease but still don’t have an answer any help will be appreciated. The dog is around a year old. It was active until about three months ago. The dog will not eat like most dogs now it just picks at its food, eventually eating it sometimes not all of it. It has no symptoms in stool or urine that I am aware of. It is skinny, not much energy. Looks like it hurts(really stiff) when it gets up after lying down for a while. It has yellow discharge in its eyes. No other puppies from the litter have any problems.

  133. tosha

    On October 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    i have 9 week old puppy who gets bloated every time she eats or drinks is this a serious problem

  134. deanna

    On October 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    my dog\’s nail is sticking straight out what do i do? should i take her in ?? im freaking out

  135. Allyson Durkee

    On November 5, 2011 at 12:33 am

    My cat has been loosing weight over the past couple weeks & lately has been acting less & less like herself. She isn’t eating much & drinking little. She just sits in the same spot & is vomiting a few days a week. My mom & I finally took her to the vet today. They said they will have to do blood work & it won’t be back until Monday. So when I took her home she sat in one spot & didn’t move until I brought her up to my room with me. She then proceeded to urinate & poop on my bed. Her stool was very thick & a little bloody. She drank some water recently & I planned on calling my vet in the morning to see if theres anything else I can do for her. If there is anything I should try or do please tell me!

  136. ena

    On November 11, 2011 at 10:50 am

    My dog is currently a 1 month old puppy. he was given to us by a friend and he was so fat, healthy, and really playful. after 1 week we noticed that he began to loose his weight. we let him eat 3 times a day, but were not sure on what kind of food should we give him. he doesn’t have any veterinarian, so i really do not know what to do. we would like to ask if what should we do to let my puppy gain his weight again. thankyou:)

  137. Brenda Nelson

    On November 12, 2011 at 1:06 am

    to Allyson, sorry I did not respond earlier, your cat sounds very ill, I hope the vet was able to help.

    to ena that pup is too young to be away from its mother, 6 weeks is the youngest but 8 is better. I suspect the problem is that the pup was taken from mom too soon. he needs a vet, he needs to be wormed and vaccinated.
    Your pup (if really only 5 weeks old) needs to have puppy milk replacement in addition to proper puppy food, and the person who gave him to you needs to be told that they risked the puppies life by giving it away too soon. I would get a vet involved too just in case the pup is also sick.
    Try giving it rice pablum for babies too in addition to proper puppy food.

  138. Brenda

    On December 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I adopted a 5 week old kitten and she has a pot belly. So I had her dewormed a week ago. A couple of worms went out of her system through her poop but I have a feeling that there are still some worms left inside her since she’s still sporting a pot belly. Do I have to give her another dose of dewormer? But sometimes I wonder if her pot belly is because of overeating. She has a very good appetite and I feed her with kitten food for about 4-5 times a day.

    Another thing, her coat feels coarse. Is it normal? Or is it because her new coat of fur is growing? She also has teary eyes, is it conjunctivitis? Are there any home remedies for it?

    Aside from those problems, I think my kitten seems pretty happy and a bit healthier. When I found her 2 weeks ago, she’s very weak and really thin. But right now, she’s already active, loves to play, litter-trained already and very affectionate.

    P.S. : Is it okay if I give her vitamin supplements? I really want my Ginger to gain more weight.

    Thank you so much! :)

  139. Brenda Nelson

    On December 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    To Brenda
    If you were caring for a 3 week old kitten you should have been feeding her KMR proper kitten milk replacement, if you were feeding her anything else she may have a pot belly as a result of malnutrition, which would also explain her coat.
    Teary eyes can be an upper respiratory condition, keep her warm, if she starts panting like a dog get her to a vet immediately. She should have unlimited dry food and a teaspoon of canned kitten food.

    She really should be taken too a vet soon for a check and vaccinations

  140. Sandra

    On December 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

    My 6monrh old Maltese shitzu has been bitten on lip by something yesterday morning. Lip was swollen last night. Took to vet this morning and he was given antibiotic and antihistamine injections. He is still extremely lethargic, miserable and still has swollen lip. He won’t eat or drink. We have been syringing water into his mouth. Wot should we do?

  141. Brenda Nelson

    On December 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    To Sandra, unless he is worse than when you took him to the vet give him another day to see how he is. You can try to put some ice on the lip to reduce the swelling – wrap some ice in a cloth and hold on his lip for 10 minutes or so.

    If he starts vomiting or has serious symptoms like that get him back to the vet immediately.

  142. Dale Hume

    On January 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I hate these sites that say free advise then, give all your imfo go through their website see how great an artist they are .Then submit your question and it says would you pay $22.00 for your answer.Ever wonder why our country is in such trouble its because of crap like this.

  143. Brenda Nelson

    On January 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Dale.

    I never charged anyone anything here, people have left tons of questions, and I have answered most of them – nobody got charged.

    The article does offer advice as well as basic warnings.

  144. Rick Taylor

    On January 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Your full of it when it comes to being able to afford to be on line and taking say a dog to a vet. For one thing the cost is outrageous. One trip to the vet with my dog just cost me $400.00 dollars,she goes at least 3 times a year at around that same rate. My internet cost me 360.00 per year,so now how do u figure or can account for one visit to a vet usually in the 200-400 dollar range mathmatecally correct? You Can’t. So houw can u make such a stupid with no back up remark?. You need to learn math and before writing a column on the net maybe go to Sylvan Learnign Center or back to school.

    Dogs and owners suffer all over because most vets will not even let honest people make payments. Most would i’m sure if they would let them. I know i don’t owe the vet i take my dog too nothing. But i cant keep up these price hikes every yar. And they are everywhere and cost dear and precious animals they claim they care so much about their lives and that are also considered family members and the ones they can save ,they won’t over a few hundred dollars. I can see them not doing it for a total lost cause. Is tis the place where i should say”What would Jeseus do”. The internet is easily afordable and i’m not searching for an answer on the internet. But when i read the first part of this i wanted to grab you and tell u to wake the Hell Up,you obviously need it and live in a dream world.

  145. Donald

    On January 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    my large black rat has a tumor its huge but she still acts ok shes started to smell like something rotting and i think shes in pain is there anything i can do to make her passing easier?i know shes dying shes 3 and the vet says the surgery could kill her and it costs like 400 $ if anyone has any info please help my email is zynlux@hotmail.com
    D

  146. Brenda Nelson

    On January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    to Rick. Most dogs do not require 3 trips to the vet a year for $400 a shot, obviously your dog has special needs.
    Yes while vets should take payments – most dont – you can sign scruffys law petition to try to get them to accept better payment plans, of course you will pay more in the long run that way.

    Donald – just keep her comfy, sadly rats are very prone to cancer. hopefully she will go peacefully.

  147. Aubriann

    On January 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    how often do i give my horse its shots

  148. Simon

    On February 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    My dog seems weak and listless. He was lying down and making moaning/groaning sounds. I tried feeding him and he did eat but he is back to lying down and his belly looks as though it is cramping. He is shivering as well. What do I do?

  149. Brenda Nelson

    On February 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Aubriann, horses usually get vaccinated in the spring, your vet will know for your area.

    Simon if your dog is a puppy he may have Parvo, in any case there could be many other things wrong too – Bloat is a deadly stomach problem that also requires urgent vet attention. Please get your dog to the vet.

  150. zully

    On February 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I have a Chihuahua male 10 mths he has a stie or bumb swollen in his upper eye lid for a few days and its getting bigger. what should i do or give him/?

  151. Brenda Nelson

    On February 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    to zully
    They can get pimples especially if drinking or eating from plastic bowls, switch to stainless steel or ceramic.

    If it is not better by Monday, the pup should see a vet because it could scratch his eye and cause problems if on the eyelid itself.

  152. comet

    On February 19, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    My dog was recently diagnosed with diabetes and he went blind now his eyes are rolling in the back of his head, im taking him to the vet in the morning but is there any information you can give me

  153. worried owner.

    On February 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    My pet cat has a sore on his neck he got from fight. I hoped it would get better, so i waited to see. It didn’t, its been like this for to long. I’m so worried about him. I want to take him to the vet if i had the money. I can barely pay my bills as it is. Even if i did save up a few bucks, i would be charged me with animal cruelty. Damned if i do, and damned if i don’t. any help?

  154. Brenda Nelson

    On February 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    to worried owner
    you will not be charged with cruelty for taking an injured pet to the vet, however if you neglect to take him you might be charged with neglect.

    Call the shelter – some have emergency funds for people who cannot afford vet bills.
    Some vets have changed their policies (after the story of Scruffy the cat) and will accept payments, you should at least ask.

    Infection can spread and could kill your cat.

    Note – people who are short on cash can save themselves a lot of worry by keeping their pets indoors more so they are safer.

    I hope your cat can get help

  155. Lisa

    On February 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    “My dog was home with me and my husband had to go to work and when he started to leave Ruthie ( my dog) started to get the runs and vomitting (clear liquids). I was scared and crying but I gave her a 1/2 of finagin and after 4 hours she was fine. what do you think could be wrog with her? do you think it could be her nervs?

  156. Brenda Nelson

    On February 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    to Lisa
    She may have just had a bit of stress and anxiety about him leaving or may have eaten something that upset her tummy, if it happens again you may want to have a vet look at her.
    If she is not vaccinated there is more of a risk, if she has black foul smelling diarrhea get her to the vet immediately. Hopefully it was just a one time thing.

  157. Paige

    On February 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Hi, I am Paige. My cat is currently acting strange. Just two days ago, he was fine. Yesterday when I woke up, he had vomited, and was yowling. He acts constipated, and hasn’t pooped or peed in two days. He now refuses to eat or drink. He doesn’t move, and just lays in the same spot for hours, often on his side. Honestly, he just acts “deadish.” What do I do!? Please help!

  158. Brenda Nelson

    On February 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    to Paige
    You should take your cat to the vet really is what you should do.
    For constipation you can give him a half teaspoon of canned pumpkin – not the pie filling, but if he is that sick he needs urgent vet attention.

  159. Barbara

    On March 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    my 11-year-old yorkie, 5 lbs, apparently popped her hind “knee” out of joint, and her leg would not support her, kept going out from under her. I massaged it back in place (pretty sure), and she is able to walk – although stiff-legged. She is apparently still in pain (it’s been a few hours since this happened). Can i give her children’s acetaminophen? how much?

  160. angel

    On March 11, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I am having problems with my dog. he is a dachshund mix will be 2 in june. he has been throwing up yellow water not slimy just yellow water with a few pieces of grass in it. Ik now dogs eat grass when their stomach aches. he has had diahrea for almost a week now. i took all treats away and moist dog food. he wont eat either. I dont know what is wrong with him and i dont know what to do please help me

  161. Brenda Nelson

    On March 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    angel

    Your dog is throwing up bile which means its stomach is upset but it has no food to throw up.

    There could be many things wrong with your dog, he really needs to be seen by a vet. Take a stool sample with you if you can get one.

  162. Mister Red

    On March 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Hi my name is “RED” ,
    I have a 1 year old female indoor cat that I saved from birth, since her mother kicked her out to die. I raised her by bottle. I took her to the vet twice to make sure she is o.k. . However I have come by with financial hardship & may loose my house . However,this cat is my daughter,I will take her to the vet soon especially if there is an emergency regardless of anything . She has what seems to be an alergic problem. She gets a “Bubble like a cold sore” on her lip . Sometimes lower lip sometimes lower lip. Have any Idea what it may be ? Doesn’t seem like an emergency to me ,it does go away & come back again in a few weeks.She don’t seem to be bothered by it ,but I am concerned. Soon as I can I will take her to the vet but right now I really can’t.
    Can you shed some light on this.
    Thank you,
    Red
    productionsbyred@yahoo.com

  163. Mister Red

    On March 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Hi my name is “RED” ,
    I have a 1 year old female indoor cat that I saved from birth, since her mother kicked her out to die. I raised her by bottle. I took her to the vet twice to make sure she is o.k. . However I have come by with financial hardship & may loose my house . However,this cat is my daughter,I will take her to the vet soon especially if there is an emergency regardless of anything . She has what seems to be an alergic problem. She gets a “Bubble like a cold sore” on her lip . Sometimes lower lip sometimes lower lip. Have any Idea what it may be ? Doesn’t seem like an emergency to me ,it does go away & come back again in a few weeks.She don’t seem to be bothered by it ,but I am concerned. Soon as I can I will take her to the vet but right now I really can’t.
    Can you shed some light on this.
    Thank you,
    Red

  164. Mitra

    On April 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Hi, I have a Shitso Terier, she is 9 months. I would like to spay her, so I need to know if it is ok. also I am afraid if there is any phenomenon after surgery? please let me know what is the best for my dog? Thanks

  165. Brenda Nelson

    On April 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Mitra

    There is a tiny risk that your dog may be allergic to the anesthetic, you can have the vet check. After surgery there are rarely problems but you do want to keep her rested for a few days so her stitches heal and watch to make sure they heal well and she does not have problems.

  166. Mitra

    On April 19, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Thanks a lot Brenda for your help, please let me know after spay surgery my dog won’t get depressed

  167. Brittany

    On April 19, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I have a 1 year old shih tzu that seems to be having back leg spasms, this has happened maybe three times since I got her in early Febuary she doesn’t seem to be in any pain and is fine after about 10 seconds. I just wondered if this could be something more serious than just a simple spasm.

  168. Brittany

    On April 19, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I have a 1 year old shih tzu that seems to be having back leg spasms, this has happened maybe three times since I got her in early Febuary she doesn\’t seem to be in any pain and is fine after about 10 seconds. I just wondered if this could be something more serious than just a simple spasm.

  169. shannon

    On April 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    i have a ferret he is 8 yrs old and i had him to the vet weds and e has cancer e really doesnt eat but he sometimes drinks the cancer i think is working its way to his spinal syatem ..he just lays around now and e as lost alot of weight …i been droppin food wit water wit is meds in his mouth….what should i do and what r the signs of his passing to get myself ready signed so sad:(

  170. Joann

    On April 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    my four month old puppy has a yellow corn like sack on the corner of his mouth. it seems to be filled with pus. he will not let anyone get near it. should i be concerned? please let me know i am worried because ive never seen this before.

  171. margarita

    On April 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    hello,my name is margarita,i rescue 2 white african pygmy hedgehogs about 4 days ago. their legs intermingle into a fabric bag and the fiber tied around and they got very sweelled in that area and now they are in a very bad conδition. i start some antibiotic(baytrill 0.5) 0.05 ml for their weight and i sanitize their wound 3 times every day with betadine and peroxide of hydrogen. i dont know what else to do,the one of them looks better but the other one is very bad,his nails detached and he is still swollen and the wound is black… what antibiotic can i give them? their weight is 365gr and 350gr. i am from greece and here we dont have anyone to know from that,please help me,i try my best to help them.thank u

  172. beatrice

    On May 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    hello my dog has been panting and shacking with her tail down for the past hr and im not sure whats going on please help!!!!

  173. katelyn

    On May 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    hello, i am 15 years old and an owner of two boston terriers. both females, and sisters. well, just randomly about 3 days ago something happened to one. she suddenly got really sick. we called a vet, and tried getting formation. they said it spunded like it was just swollen glands. we cant afford to take her into the vet at this time. i have to basically force feed het. And try and help her keep it down. she throws everything up. she stiffens her neck and yelps very often. can someone help me, please? is she going to die, or what. this is my only hope to help her..

  174. rosie

    On May 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    My teddy bear hamster just nhad babies there is a huge hole where the babies came out. Is dthat normal?

  175. gen

    On May 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    what do you do if you cat has maggots ? how do you get ride of them ???

  176. Ivy

    On May 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    What people fail to realize is things happen, life changes, while caring for a pet. I have a beautiful cat I got as a kitten for Mother’s Day last year. She got regular checkups, vaccinations, etc. She then started heat cycles and would go so far as to pry open my floor vents and escape through the duct work to get outside (very costly repairs I may add). I was laid off from work and then diagnosed with a debilitating health issue requiring I apply for disability. I cannot work while I wait for a decision so my bills now must be paid with help from community services and my child support. I also go as far as to sell on online yard sale sites for extra money. I keep her fed and keep her litter box cleaned all that. She went into labor with an pregnancy that occurred with one of her escapes. I was NOT happy. When I went to have her spayed, the doctor tells me she’s pregnant. Ok, np, cats give birth all the time and I know awesome cat lovers who would care for the kittens once they are weaned. Well, labor went south and she only delivered two babies. She was still in labor but no more would come out although you could feel and see them moving around inside her belly. She would strain every fifteen minutes trying to push them out. I called the vet, and was told to bring her in with $800 for a C-section, if Pitocin would not work. They would not work with me and I was a faithful client. I applied for Care Credit only to find out I was denied, for what reason I am not sure, but I sure went fast to pull my credit history up. I worked all day for help, found nothing. I begged and pleaded, don’t let my baby die. The smell was unbearable from her 48 hours of labor, with no kittens. I won’t go into the rest but you get the idea. Its easy to say “If you can’t afford it don’t get a cat” but plenty don’t understand its not that easy. How do you know if they were in dire straights when they acquired the cat or not? And why stand in judgement over failure to spay or neuter when all animals were instructed to be fruitful and multiply. The problem lies with the illegal mills, strays on the street and people who just don’t want their pets anymore because the cute has worn off and throw them out or give them up to the shelters. Not everyone can be a pet owner, it takes a special person, but judging these people who love their animals dearly is not the way to get any message across.

  177. Kristi Lickar

    On May 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I am in total agreement with Ivy5-7-12. Since you do not know all issues it really is not your place to critisize. You live in a bullet proof glass house.

  178. Ashwin

    On May 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Hello

    I am Ashwin . from india i am having one dog .5 days before my brother was taking my vehicle in reverse.vehicle has gone over the body of my dog from that time his back legs are not working my vet says it can not be originate so please tell me what exercise i should provide to him……

  179. stacey miller

    On May 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    So I took my cat to the vet, for a swollen paw, he said it was from a bite, drained and gave him anit b shot, but two days later its huge again ? Do I drain it or take him back to the vet ?

  180. Barbara

    On May 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

    My 9 year old border collie frequently has a spell of dry coughing. Have taken him to the vet several times but the doc could find no problems. He’s healthy. Heart & lungs are fine. Nothing in is throat. He’s dewormed regularly.

    He never coughs during our long, vigourous daily walks. The coughing seems to only occur when he’s been resting and wakes up. It might also be related to when he gets excited (like when I come home from work). Could it simply be a behavioural thing?

  181. Terri

    On May 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Terri in TX
    I have a 5 and 1/2 kitten, her mother died and she was being raised by a seragate cat until 3 days ago when
    the seragate finished killing all of her kittens ( she ate there heads off ). The seragate cat had been raped by 3 males,
    she is 3 yrs old, and this as her 1st litter. But now I have this adorable kitten that I still must rub her genitals to
    get her to potty, and shes not eating now. I fed her with a syringe this morning; replace-ment milk and had gotten her to
    eat soft canned kitten food 3 days ago. I have worming medicine but I’m not sure how much to give her. The day before
    yesterday I bathed her in dawn dish soap for fleas and used a hair dryer with a cool feature on it that I bought just
    for my animals. Other than drinking a very small amount of the soapy water once, the bath went well. She was glad to be
    flea free. But now she is listluss, doesn’t want to eat, and has sneezed a few times. I can’t lose this kitten. Her mother
    as 21 and was killed by the neighbor’s dog the only other cat I have from this bloodline is 11 and she’s fixed. She also
    has a cold in her eye witch I’m treating with Neomcin + Polymyxin B Sulfates + Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Ointment that I got from my own Vet. who is on vacation, Can you help me save little Angel? Please. If it is feline calicivirus will she need the anti-biotic too? this is Saturday and I’ve had to bury 8 kittens, 2 baby sheep and the Angel’s Mom (neighboor’s dog attacked), 1 adult cat and 1 puppy ( hit by cars). 13 dead animals is too many!! I want to have a good Mother’s day but I’m so worried I’m going to be burying my baby. My vetdoesn’t have a 24hr number. and I don’t have any anti-biotics. Usually I do but I used them up tring to save the other animals. Please help me. I hope you check this web page soon,

  182. Terri

    On May 13, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Terri in TX
    Angel died about an hour ago. She thur-up the milk I’d given her and her breathing became labored. I sat and loved on her helping her hold her head while she puked so she would know I cared, and loved her. I knew there wasn’t anything I could do but let her know I loved her and was with her ’till the end. What- ever she had came on so quickly, if it had been a weekday maybe she’d still be here as I would have taken her to a vet. I’m going to have the sadest Mother’s day ever. And I hope I never have a month like this one again. She was born on April fools Day and died Mother’s Day just after midnight. Yet in that short time span she made all my family fall in love with her. I guess she’s a real angel now. :( Thank you maybe my story will help someone else get there pet to the Vet. ASAP. I wish I could have, it could have made all the difference.

  183. Brenda Nelson

    On May 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Sorry for your loss Terri.
    It may have been the flea bath that killed her, the chemicals cause cause allergic reactions in some cats, kittens even more so, flea collars and many over the counter flea products have killed cats even when used correctly. The safest thing is a flea comb, or medication from the vet, but for kittens under 8 weeks a flea comb is best, they do not need the stress of a bath anyhow.
    I am shocked your vet does not have an answering service, most do!
    For the record antibiotics do not work on viruses.

  184. marcella

    On May 25, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Hi i have a 1 1/2 yr old chihuahua/dachshund mixed dog i rescued from a puppy mill. Recently i went out of town this was the first time that i have been away from her for 3 days in a row we had a family friend watch her when i came back i noticed she started whining even when i touch her also shes walking with her tail between her legs and sometimes she lifts her back paws when she walks and two days ago when she was walking she would make a twitch with her face and if i touched her face she would squeak it seems shes in pain and i feel so helpless because right now i can\’t afford to take her to the vet and i applied for care credit but was denied i am so scared it may be something serious and that i can\’t help her i can\’t stand to see my baby in pain please help give me ideas of what it might be and my friend told me to give her seaven seas oil i have no clue on what that is but can it help =*(

  185. Brenda Nelson

    On May 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Marcella, one of the things about pet ownership is being responsible means not getting a pet unless you can afford to care for it.
    Ask the friend what happened was she kicked, hit by a car?

    I do not know what seven seas oil is either but doubt very much it would help an internal problem.

    Do what you have to do (sell stuff) to get the dog to a vet. Call around to see what vets are the cheapest. If your dog is really hurt you might have to surrender it to the animal shelter and they will care for it.

    It sucks but it is part of being responsible, there is no point in rescuing a dog only to let it suffer later.

  186. ian

    On May 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

    how about a turtle,my turtle has a hump on its neck im realy scared help me

  187. cerys

    On June 3, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Hi there, im having a few problem’s with my whistling tree frog’s
    well you seee iv had them since this januray from tadpols one them is larger then the other but has allways been sinces they were tadpols the bigger one eats more fly’s then the other one but the little one bearly gets any cause of the bigger one we take the bigger one out when it comes to feeding time but he just doesnt like fly’s and he’s getting very skiny and sick im so sad but what do i do they eat crickets but they would just drown in the water i need help??????

  188. Brenda Nelson

    On June 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

    to cerys
    The smaller one is probably a male.

    We have red eyed tree frogs and give them crickets, while you might get one or two drowning in the water, its not too much of a problem in general – just put lots in to make sure both frogs get fed. Keep the water shallow. We even have a few rocks in the water so the crickets can crawl out.

  189. Jordan shockley

    On June 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    i have a cat who has a wound by his left ear and i think it is infected but i cant find the opening all i see is this black spot in the middle i dont know wut to do can i treat it without a vet or do i need a vet? PLEASE HELP

  190. THREASA

    On June 19, 2012 at 12:12 am

    MY PUPPY STOP EATING DO NOT PLAY ANY MORE HE JUST LAY AROUND SOMETIME HE DOES NOT WANT TO DRINK HIS WATER EYES ARE RED NEVER GET UP AND HIS PEE IS A DARK YELLOW.

  191. Nai

    On July 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Hello i just found a baby bird on my garden he is small but has feathers but can t fly. I already touched him and my parents saw the mother feeding him but not sure if it was before or after i touched him, he is calling for him mom for a realy long time. I dono if i should pick him i bring him in or leave him outside cause it s almost night time here ( almost 8pm) can someone help me to know what i should do please ? thank you very much

  192. Brenda Nelson

    On July 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    It should be put back in the safety of the nest if you can see the nest.
    The mother will still feed it even if you have touched it.

    In some areas there are wildlife rescue centers that will help depending on the species of bird. Some bird species are easier to save than others.

    About touching baby animals

  193. adrena

    On August 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    my cat was tohout to be pregnate, i have two females one male not spade yet, one is still as big as a house lol ( exageration) but the ither one, the younger one her bell dissappered in one day almost over night, we didnt hear any hard breatheing but she was vying for the makes attenction all day yeaterday, now shes super affectionate. i searched the house and tried to see if she made her litter other that the kittening box we made. i cant find them anywhere. is it possable for her to had faked it? she did have a yellowish discharge a few days ago, im concerned. she has a greasy something on one side of her body, her nipples are still swollen and the daddy doesent seem intrested i anything right now so… do cats lose there belly right before giving birth? or didi she already have it??

  194. evans okine

    On August 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    a friend sold a puppy to me claiming it was a cross breed thus a bull dog and a local dog but upon close examination i dont see any sign of bull dog qualities.can you help convince me

  195. Ashley

    On August 21, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Hi, I have a really stupid/sweet cat named Jesse. He won’t stop eating things he’s not supposed to. I’ve taken plastic and power cords away from him, but Just a few minutes ago I was watching television and I noticed him eating something on the floor. It was a cotton ball that had some clean and clear on it. He got it from my trashcan in my bathroom and ate it. I dont have a 24 hour vet in my vicinity because I kind of live in the middle of nowhere. I researched about cotton balls and he just ate some food and is breathing normally, so I can only assume its not stuck so far. But as to the clean and clear part I’m not really sure if its a strong poison or not. I tried to give him some milk, but he hates milk. Should I be very worried about him? I’m also leaving tomorrow with my family for college. So, I’m not certain if he needs to go to the vet, and if I should have the person looking after the cats take him? Your site is really nice by the way.

  196. Jennifer

    On August 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Hi, I was wondering if you would happen to know what is wrong with my cat, Diamond. She isn’t eating and it looks like her back legs are really weak, she crawled under the cabinet and appears to be confused, her breathing gets really heavy when I try to pet her and she appears to have been sick on her tail. She’s 10 years old and I don’t know if old age has to do with it, or what. Please could you help if you know what’s wrong?

  197. Brenda Nelson

    On August 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    evans you would have to get DNA testing to prove the breed of your dog.

    Ashley, milk is bad for cats, water is good, but do not give him milk, he should be okay, but keep an eye on him for problems.

    Jennifer your cat needs a vet.

  198. sophie templeton

    On August 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    what breed of a dog be friendly with a 3 year old tabby cat

  199. Jennifer

    On August 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    not anymore. she died last night

  200. Angeles

    On September 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Hi
    I have a 2 yr old pitbull. She got preagnant but now she wont eat, and her legs are stiffining up. She will get up when I go to her but when called she will not get up. I take her raw meat, thats when she will eat some but not all. She was always a happy energetic girl but now she just wants to lay because of her legs. Its seems like if shes got mucle cramps. Any ideas i dont have the money to take her to the vet now.

  201. Brenda Nelson

    On September 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

    to Angeles – If you do not have money for a vet why did you breed your dog?
    To everyone, breeding a dog is serious business, do not do it of you do not have $3000 in savings in case your dog needs a casearian or other emergency care.

    Angeles your dog needs a vet – figure out how to make it happen.

  202. angeles

    On September 12, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Wire me some money and I will, I guess this isn’t just to get peoples opinions but to get judged by you. Thanks to our knowledge before you even commented on my baby girls symptoms I took her in and it was a spider bite. But I guess since it was a pitbull and the first thing that came to your mind is that I was breeding, that’s why people get criticised when owning a pit. But now I know not to post on any websitr, due to people who instead of helping make the person feel worse ..

    Not only the pit bull gets bad reputation but the owner too. From people who have nothing ealse to do but comment before asking what happened, or what’s going on.

    Last time I get on here.

  203. Melissa

    On October 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I have a 9 yr old Rat Terrier, for the past two days he has been limping on his left rear leg. After looking at it closely this morning, there is a red swollen soft lump near his joint by his foot. I touched it and touched his foot and he never made a sound, but you can tell when he walks that something is bothering him. Any suggestions on what this might be?

  204. Hunter

    On October 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Why does my dog throw up after he eats?

  205. annette

    On October 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Why does my dog throw up after eating. He is a large dog and is 14 months old and still on puppy food. I feed him very healthy.

  206. Brenda Nelson

    On October 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

    In cases where dogs vomit food this is usually related to an ingredient that their stomach is sensitive too, a bad ingredient, or the fact that the dog is eating too fast.
    http://therealowner.com/shopping/what-is-in-your-dogs-food/

  207. Jackie

    On October 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Hello,

    I took my 10 year old pit back leg has been giving up on him. I took him to the vet and they gave him Traumel tablets. He has been a little better but still could see a discomfort. Today I took him for a longer then his normal walk this morning and now he is dragging himself on his back legs. You can see that he is in pain. So I am writting to you before I take him to the vet. Any additional information that I can get will be greatful.
    Thank you.

  208. Brenda Nelson

    On October 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Jackie you might want to have your dog on glucosamine and chondroitin for aches and pains but if he is really dragging his lets he could have hip dysplasia or a pinched nerve in his back,something that is causing him not to be able to use his legs which is more of a serious problem not just old age aches and pains. I hope he is better soon.

  209. sara

    On October 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

    hi i have a 6 month old puppy and i woke up this morning to blood spots on his bed, iv checked him over but there are no signs of any wounds or anything so im really confused as his stool is normal and no signs of blood in that or his urine. i currently cant get through to my local vets but will keep trying.

  210. mindy

    On October 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Not everyone can afford a vet. Vets can end up costing alot more then a computer and internet. Not to mention they do pad the bill on pet owners who love their pets and want to do wverything they can for them. If its an emergency that is life threatening take your pst to the vet immediatly otherwise look online and find out what you can. I have had my dogs foot operated on three times by three different vets to try to help her and nothing is working they cant find anything. So now her toes will probably be amputated. Add this too I cant find a job and I am losing my house. I am doing what I can for her but I cant afford much more of this.

  211. Brenda Nelson

    On October 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    to sara
    I would not panic too much at this time if it was only a bit of blood, if it keeps up for several days then seeing a vet would be a good idea.

    He might have just had it from loosing a tooth!

  212. Keren

    On November 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I have a almost three year old Jack Russell Terrier who vomitted 36 hours ago and is off her food (eaten nothing since). She has had a bit of diarhea and ate grass to make her vomit again this morning. It was only yellow bile and grass. She has drunk a little bit of water and is not quite herself, sleeping but not shaking like she is really sick but happy to go for a run yesterday and bright enough for a walk/run today too. She may have eaten some stuffing from a toy but I doubt it, never has before and she had a tiny corner of a ‘lambs ear’ a natural dog treat. Struggling to figure out what has caused her to be unwell. Any ideas or suggestions or should I just wait a bit longer before going to the vet?? I may be over reacting. Thanks. Keren

  213. juan

    On November 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    i have a ringneck parakeet, ive noticed his eye is closed and he doesnt move verymuch as other times. i dont know what could be the problem, do i need to go to a vet for subscribed medicine or can i get medicine for him in the nearest pet store. anything can be helpful thank you

  214. Brenda Nelson

    On November 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Keren sorry I am late, I would have said to try offering her some bland food such as cooked chicken and rice or even baby rice pablum. Hope she is better.

    juan, I am not very knowledgeable about birds it might be okay to put polysporin on it but I cannot say for sure.

  215. Sara

    On November 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    My Gsd is 52 days pregnant and I notice that one of her nipples is really big and hot to the touch but she’s eating normal and she still wants to play but has a slight limp please let me know whats goin on.

  216. Michaela

    On November 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I have a 2.5lb 6 month old yorkie who only has 3 functioning legs. He was born with a twisted front left leg so his front right is the only one he has. The other night he was crawling under the covers and began yelping as if he was in pain. He did it a couple more times and then fell asleep, once he woke up he went all day just as hyper as normal and fine. Later that night he was walking across my legs and then onto the couch and began yelping again and then instantly laid down. I have noticed it seems to be the front leg that he can use but then again he just went to sleep and woke up and was fine all day until just a little bit ago he yelped again and laid down but then got up and was fine. Any suggestions of what could be going on? I will be taking him to a vet tomorrow, but was just curious of what could be going on and if it is popping out of place what the vet may suggest? Thanks!

  217. Francesca

    On November 23, 2012 at 1:29 am

    my dog is having a nervous attack her front legs are paralized and she is breathing heavily and shes getting even more nervous because she cant move her front legs… what can I do

  218. Randi

    On November 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    My male dog 8 months less then 40lb went to the vet for kennel cough got an amoxicillin 250 mg but is getting worse, his symptoms are running nose watering eyes lack of hunger his and has lost a lot of weight. Breed is a pitbull mix

  219. Chris

    On November 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Hi my cat tilly has a swollen butt and it really red she had poop stuck to her butt I don’t no for how long I went out of town for a week and a. Couple of days. I had a friend come over and feed her and clen her litter box every day. I been reading that it was okay to put vaseline on it tush, but is it okay if she licks it. She is acting like NOTHING is wrong besides for the constant tush licking. I just don’t have funds to take take her to the vet at this time due to getting laid off. I start a new job in Jan is there anything I can do now to fix this and take her for a check up when I get more money comming in?

  220. Brenda Nelson

    On December 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Chris your cat might be constipated, the vaseline wont hurt her, just make sure she gets good food and perhaps a half teaspoon of canned pumpkin per day might help.
    Randi your pup is young and still growing, make sure it is on good quality puppy food and kept rested until he is better you may need an other vet appointment.
    Note this link to tell you where to get free online real vet help
    http://theanimalcabin.blogspot.ca/2012/11/where-can-you-get-real-veterinarian.html

  221. Kimbelry

    On December 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    my 5 year old dog is not eating anything although she is kind of drinking water but not alot. This is very unusual for her all she wants to do is lay down and sleep. she is throwing up bio and she is pooping clear liquid, could you please help me she has not ate anything since Sunday december 16 and it is not Wed december 19. im very worried for her but i have no where to take her because my vet office is closed and i cant get through to her vet

  222. Brenda Nelson

    On December 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Kimberly hopefully you got help for your dog by now…

    If you cannot get to a vet here is a link that talks about a site where you can get free online vet help. I have mentioned it before but people keep missing it.

    Where to get Free Online Vet Help

  223. Ronnie

    On December 30, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I had a little girl boxer her name was sissy, When i first got her as a puppy she broke her leg, I dont no what happened i didnt see. well i got her help through a friend that knew a vet, well while she was getting help there she caught parvo. I spent over 1000 at vet and got her through it all and she recovered from parvo the leg never was wright. I fell in love with this dog for some reason she was just so sweet to me. Then her first heat came a few days before christmas. On christmas eve i woke up and my wife asked where was sissy he hadnt seen her .(unusual) so i go out back door to check on her and she had pooped on the porch 2 times and there was white foam everywhere . she was sitting in this spot panting and her head was going up and down she would go down and lick the dirt and back up . i go crazy start crying i didnt no what she had done and it was christmas eve . I took her some water and she drank some , But she still stayed in that spot all day. we had to go to a christmas dinner. when i got back she was still there so i carried her in and lay her on the couch and she stayed there for a long time and finally she got up and walked to the food bowl after hitting a few walls verry off balance but she didnt eat or drink anything. so i carried her to my room to sleep on the ground. I woke up at 7 to check on her and find her dead bye the dog door. OMG i still cant believe shes gone I have been so down on myself for not seeking help , It was christmas morning
    and I just want to no what could have happened to her .please help thanks for your time.

  224. Brenda Nelson

    On December 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Ronnie that sounds terrible, sorry for your loss. It almost sounds like poisoning. Could your dog have gotten into Chocolates or even onions? If the dog barks a lot when outside could a neighbor have poisoned her?
    I am not sure if the problem could have been related to going into heat or not, a vet could do a necropsy (autopsy) and determine cause of death.

  225. zee

    On January 14, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Hey I am an owner of a kitten of less than a year.. it a local breed and facing trouble in breathing and coughing as well and it seems to be lifeless.. I am really scared and need an urgent help… it is in a critical condition.. there is no vet available due to strike in the city…please help me..

  226. Letitia

    On January 15, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I have a chocolate lab that is almost a year old. She recently started scratching at her right ear. I looked inside and it seems to have some dried blood and be a little dirty. We werent sure if we should just try cleaning it out or what to do.

  227. Megan

    On February 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I think my dog is going blind. We were playing fetch and he kept losing the ball. And he keeps looking up at me acting like he cant see me. Hes a male toy poodle about nine years old. Is there anything I can do? and Is he going blind?

  228. galen Hill

    On February 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    My 12 lb dog just ate 3/4 il beef teriyaki jerky. Can that kill her? She is acting a bit weird. Not walking well, but we have been out of town and the person who took care of her said she took her on a very long walk.

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