July 10-16 questions

Snake bite in a dog

Spaying dog in heat

Cat arthritis

Dog tapeworms

Sick baby mouse

Question from:Laura, Quality, KY
What can I do for a dog that has been possibly bitten by a snake?

Answer:Here are some things to do when your dog gets bitten by a snake. First try and identify the type of snake (size, color, etc,). Second, if your dog was bitten on a leg wrap a tourniquet around the affected leg just above the bite wound. Third, take your dog to the nearest emergency hospital.

At the emergency hospital the veterinarian will probably give an antivenin. This contains antibodies to the venom. (See: Dog Poisoning Symptoms and Pet Poisoning Prevention)

Question from:Blanche; NY, NY
I wanted to Spay my 13 month old Chihuahua, but now she is in heat for the first time. Do I need wait till she is not in heat? How will I know when she is done?

Answer: Most veterinarians prefer to spay dogs and cats not in heat. The chance for complications decreases because there is less chance for excessive bleeding. Most dogs are in heat from two to four weeks, with three weeks being the average.

Question from:Barbara Victorville, CA
My cat, aged 15 years, I believe is suffering from arthritis. Can I give her aspirin or another OTC pain reliever?

Answer: Yes you can give cats aspirin. The recommended dose for aspirin in cats is 10 to 25mg/kg every 48 to 72 hrs. I would recommend you consult your veterinarian before giving any medications.

Question from:Bob; Rowlett, TX
My dog had a probable tapeworm on its hind leg - do I need to take her to vet?

Answer:If your dog has tapeworms, you’ll need to go to the veterinarian for medication. Usually they’ll dispense Praziquantel, which has a brand name of Droncit. Most commonly cats and dogs get tapeworms from fleas or undercooked meat. (See Top 5 Parasites of Dogs and Cats)

Question from:Sherri, Rockhill, SC
I have a baby mouse I am bottle feeding and it has a swollen pouch on its belly left side looks like it is full but it doesn’t go away after 3 hours between feedings also he does not eliminate well.

Answer: Hi Sherri, it seems like this mouse may have an umbilical hernia. This might explain why the size of the mass varies between feedings. To help him eliminate you could try rubbing a warm cloth on the anus to try and stimulate eliminate. If this mass is a hernia, it could go away with age, but depending on the size of it, it may be unlikely to happen.

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