Reply To: Dealing with loss but also want an honest answer
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by Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
9h ago
Let’s try a thought-experiment;  what if your fear was true?  What if there was a higher protein and fat content in the cat-food than the dog kidney-food (I do not know this to be true – the specific food reps and your vet may help) that advanced the onset of fitting?  You gave the food because you expected it to have a positive effect on your dog’s mental state.  It might also have deepened the bond between you at such a poignant moment, reminded her that she was loved and furthermore, she might have wanted to eat it. It might have brought her pleasure, but the positive ef ..read more
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Reply To: Dealing with loss but also want an honest answer
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by Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
9h ago
Hello – and I’m so sorry for your loss.  I hear that you hate it, and I also hear that you are very self-aware in your greif, calling it by its name and stage (appropriately, I think, although obviously I am no psycologist and do not know you) and trying to resolve issues that are troubling you in your head.  This is a very pro-active attitude to trying to help greif to pass and I am in awe of your self-work at such a time.  My only note of caution is that greif is still a necessary psycological process and that, although understanding it (in my experience, at least) can be extr ..read more
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Dealing with loss but also want an honest answer
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by desnaa
12h ago
I lost my 20 year old dog last month after over a year of her having kidney problems and in the last few months had a few seizures for the first time that were regulated through medication I got her prescribed. But it was only a matter of time though before her kidneys would fail.Towards the end, I moved into a new place and within the first two months she occasionally would eat the cat food that was out. It was not much, but there were days I forgot to move it from her. At the same time in the last couple weeks she started having constipation issues and vomiting and within the last couple day ..read more
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Reply To: OTC Arthritis and UTI Recommendations
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by Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
1d ago
There are some other ways of making urination a more pleasant experience for a cat.  Where pain is an issue, low-sided, easy to access litter trays can make a huge difference.   Cats can be very picky about where they urinate, particularly if there are other cats sharing their territory.   It can certainly help to provide multiple litter trays (one per cat, plus a spare, as a minimum) in places preferred by the patient (on the patients’ usual  territory, ideally without crossing the territory of any other cat to reach it).   Dogs or other cats, stra ..read more
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Reply To: OTC Arthritis and UTI Recommendations
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by Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
1d ago
Lets talk about drugs first.  Hello – I just want to start by saying, so that it doesn’t get lost, that a lot of household painkillers in general and paracetamol in particular are toxic to cats and can damage the kidneys, so you are doing the right thing in not simply guessing and giving household drugs!  All drugs can potentially damage the body if not given at the correct dose and frequency in the correct patient – and I havent met this patient, nor do I have any other claim to interfere in his care.  However, your vets should have someone available 24/7, sometimes at another ..read more
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Reply To: OTC Arthritis and UTI Recommendations
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by Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
1d ago
Two final thoughts: One, if a cat does has cystitis, providing interesting drinking opportunities eg a urine fountain, soaking biscuits before feeding (but take them up again – mould risk), making sure that water is readably acessible on the cats’ own territory, can help to increase water input and thereby bladder flow-through.     2)  hopefully goes without saying, but if a cat is potentally in pain, please do not ignore it while trying out tips such as this – always keep in good contact with your vet ..read more
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by Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
1d ago
Sorry – correction – radiography of the hips is, as you suggested, no guarentee of an absence of pain ..read more
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Reply To: OTC Arthritis and UTI Recommendations
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by Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
1d ago
I hope that something there will provide some useful leads ..read more
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Reply To: OTC Arthritis and UTI Recommendations
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by Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
1d ago
Urine holding in cats can be a direct result of pain and stress. As well as pain relef, veterinary acupuncture has a good record in treating this, although veterinary acupuncturists can be hard to find. The ABVA (association of British veterinary acupuncturists) might be helpful in this regard.  More to follow ..read more
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OTC Arthritis and UTI Recommendations
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by kristenheitfeld
2d ago
Are there OTC options for arthritis and urinary tract health that you as a vet would recommend?   Our 15 year old cat has perfect blood and urine tests, but is holding his pee in as long as possible before evacuating his bladder. The vet does not have great answers for us other than, bring him in and we will look at him… which does nothing… the Gabopentine they gave him made him crazy, so we were looking for a treat or drop that we could add to his food in a more natural/ reduced medicinal form to help him feel better. They say his xray shows no signs of  arthritis, but at 15, I am s ..read more
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