August 14-20
Veterinary Questions

Neapolitan Mastiff Puppy Parvo

15 yr old cat not eating or drinking

dog rectal area swollen and bleeding

9yr old cat with UTI

two cats with seizures: flea shampoo

Question from:Sylvia: Ventura, CA
I have a Neopaliton Mastiff puppy, who has been diagnosed with parvo, and they want to send him home. I have three adult dogs as well. What do I need to know? Caring for him and so forth?

Answer: The most important thing to remember in caring for puppies with parvovirus is that they need lots of fluids. Puppies with diarrhea can become very dehydrated quickly and die as a result. So when you get your puppy home be sure to offer lots of fluids. As for the other dogs in your household, they should be okay. Adult dogs are less susceptible to parvovirus, and they are probably already vaccinated against parvovirus. Parvovirus can be spread very quickly among unvaccinated dogs. See: Dog Parvo Symptoms.

Question from: Michelle: Hermiston, CA
My 15 year old cat has stopped eating or drinking for two days now. Is she saying its her time to go?

Answer: 15 years is old for a cat, but many cats live much longer than that. Not eating and drinking can be caused by a large number of diseases. A few that come to mind in an older cat is kidney disease and gastrointestinal disease. To get a true prognosis on your cat it is likely that you will need to get bloodwork done by your veterinarian. It is hard to be more specific, but not eating or drinking are general signs of disease, and don’t point to anything specific.

Question from:Michelle: Vero Beach, FL
My dog's rectal area is very swollen and bleeding slightly. What is the best way to treat this, she has been on
Science Diet RD for a few months.

Answer: I think the most likely cause of swelling and bleeding from your dog’s rectal area could be infected anal sacs. These are glands that are on both sides of the dog’s anus. These glands can become infected and impacted. To treat this condition, antibiotics are needed. Sometimes “scooting” can be a sign of anal gland disease.

Question from: Barbara: Gastonia, NY
9, female,uti, Clavamox liquid given for 7 days. Three days after medicine is gone,blood is back in urine. Changed food to Purina one urinary track. What am I facing?

Answer:Most likely your cat has a urinary tract inflammation. This condition is not an infection, but infection can be a part of it. This condition is also known as feline lower urinary tract diseases "FLUTD”. It can be treated with antibiotics. But analgesics and anti-inflammatories should also be used. This is a frustrating disease to treat, and can reoccur.

Question from: Danyelle:2 of my Cats are having seizures/ tremors. Possibly from a flea shampoo. Already rebathed them but they are still having seizures is there anything else we can do?

Answer: Please take your cats to the veterinarian immediately. There they will give anti-seizure medications. Your cats will likely be okay. This is not an uncommon thing to happen with store purchased flea bath medication. This is the reason that you should consult your veterinarian before using anything medicated on your pets.

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