July 17-23 questions

Moving with a cat

Feral cat

Jack Russell Terrier Dental

Kitten with sores

Dog doesn’t like walks

Question from:DanielleWaterbury, CT
I am moving to Florida and would like to take my cat with me. I would be driving down. Also I would be moving in with a person who has a dog. Should I leave my cat with a relative or take her with me?

Answer:You can and should take your cat with you. Just keep your cat in the back seat in the carrier. Also go to your veterinarian and get a drug called acepromazine. This drug will calm your cat for long travels. Also be sure to keep your cat’s carrier shaded from the sun.

Question from:SamanthaBuffalo, NYI took in a feral kitten last fall and I'm concerned with her size & weight. She's about 11 months old, is very tiny and weighs about 6 pounds. Is she just stunted? Is this normal?

Answer:Six pounds for an 11month old cat could be normal depending on the frame size of the cat. A reason a feral cat could be thin is parasites. I would recommend starting getting a fecal exam done on your cat to rule out parasites which are common in feral cats. (See: Top 5 Parasites of Dogs and Cats)

Question from:Carol AnnBrooklyn, NYI have a 3 yr old female Jack Russell Terrier. The vet said she could use a mild cleaning of her teeth. The vet wants to put her under anesthesia a heart monitor, she will administer medication, I have to administer medication when she comes home. I am very nervous about this pet dental. Is it safe?

Answer:There is always a risk when putting animals and people under general anesthesia. However, it is generally safe, and usually most veterinarians will do pre-anesthetic blood work to make sure your dog is healthy enough for anesthesia. I would recommend having the dental done if your dog is healthy because dental problems could lead to more severe problems later. The medication you will need to give afterwards is probably an antibiotic to help prevent an infection. (See: Dog Dental Care)

Question from:TaraNashville, MII have four, third gen. stray kittens. 2 I have noticed have sores on their necks below the ear. I noticed today that they seem to be a parasite of some kind. It is really gross what can I do?

Answer:Your kittens have a parasite called Cuterebra. Cats and Dogs become infected usually when hunging or kittens and puppies from their mothers. These “warbles” are found in the skin of the neck or back. Treatment consists of giving a drug called Ivermectin. Also removing them is indicated if they are close enough to the surface to do so.

Cuterebra spp. Larva recovered from the neck of a cat

Question from:JoanChicago, ILMy 9-yr-old dog (spayed) suddenly refuses to go out, for pleasure walks or for taking care of business. I can only get her to go out 2X/day; normally she goes out 4X/day. We joke around that I don't take her for a walk; I have to take her for a drag. (Walks are important, as we live in a condo with no yard.) She is not "messing" in the house; she is simply holding it unnecessarily and not getting exercise and fresh air. She is otherwise normal (for her): eating, drinking, playing, sleeping, active tail motion, her eyes are clear, etc. What could be the matter with her? Thanks.

Answer:In a nine year old dog that doesn’t like to go for walks, the first thing that comes to mind is arthritis. From what you say your dog seems otherwise healthy. Arthritis is common in older dogs and cats and leads to the clinical signs you describe. You could see your veterinarian for an anti-inflammatory medication to help, also Cosequin can help improve the joint’s cartilage.

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