Actually there are two reasons for pain. One i'm pretty sure is arthritis in her back legs and the other is due to raw external rectal and urinary area. She is too fat to clean herself right and i usually take her to groomer but havent been able to for 2 months. i shaved her mysel but it is still raw andd sore -- i am so upset and when i try to clean her she moans so piteously that i just cant stand it. will be taking her to groomer next week but still need to know what to do. there are no reduced rate vetts in this area theey wont take payments must ppay up front or they wont see animal.
6 Jan 2013
Hi, i don't know in which country you live? I am in the UK and have worked as a veterinary nurse for many years. The practice i worked at had the same rules, payment up front. But in rare cases, if the pet was in pain and withholding treatment would cause the pet to suffer, we would arrange a payment agreement, so it is worth asking. All vets should be able to bend the rules under certain circumstances, after all, the whole reason for working in the veterinary field is to help pets and put their welfare first. For the arthritis, i would recommend a Glucosamine & Chondroitin supplement, it is amazing how this simple treatment can help with arthritis pain and prevent deterioration. Make sure you get the hydrochloride version and not the sulphate. Also ask about Cartrophen injections. These can be administered by a practice nurse, so you shouldn't have to pay a consultation fee each time your pet has an injection.
With reference to the rectal & urinary area, the best treatment is to clean the area daily and then apply a barrier ointment, such as vetsalve, which will help with the rawness and sooth the area. You can buy a pot of this quite cheaply & it will last for ages. I understand that it can be distressing for both of you when you have to intervene in this area, but the more often you do it, the less stressful it will become. How much weight do you think your cat needs to loose? You can discuss dietary plans with a veterinary nurse also. As well as allowing your cat to look after herself more easily, it will prevent future health risks such as diabetes, and will help improve the arthritis.
5 Jan 2013
Cats metabolize drugs differently than humans. Many drugs will cause kidney, heart or even death to a dog or a cat.
Please do not give any medications to your pet without speaking to a Vet first.
If your cat is in pain you must find out the source ASAP, he could be experiencing pain due to internal injuries that may not be noticeable to you and usually by the time the pet shows outward signs of pain, severe and irreversible damage has already begun.
On the other hand he may only be showing signs of pain due to something much simpler such as a torn claw, foreign object lodged inbetween toes or paw pad, or possible bites, cuts or wounds.
As cupcake7667 said: 'If you don't know the source of pain I don't think anyone could give you an appropriate answer as well as dosing instructions since most of us may or may not have a medical background but animals are a whole new ball game!'
Check the internet for Vets in your area that will check your kitty at a reduced rate. There are also many low cost spay & neuter clinics that have vets on staff that will look at your pet. The Humane Society also have vet services.
I don't write this to scare you but only out of concerns for the health of your precious kitty!
I lost my kitty recently due to an aggressive cancer & he went within a month of finding it. He never showed any signs of pain til the very end. It was terrible, he was my baby.
Please keep us updated on his condition!
10 Jan 2013
please!! Do not give your cat anything without at least asking a vet what is safe!! There are online sites that you can go to to find out what is safe to give your pet if you can't afford a vet but there are so many things that are safe for humans but are toxic to cats and dogs and you don't want to make things any worse for your poor kitty than they already are! I don't know where you live but I know that in my area there are vet clinics who will see your pet and make arrangements for you to make payments and there are emergency animal hospitals that will see your pet and then discuss payment later after the animal is cared for so try to find something like this in your area so that your cat doesn't have to be in pain. but don't give your cat anything over the counter unless a qualified vet or animal tech says that it is safe.
I hope your kitty feels better soon!
5 Jan 2013
It depends on what type of pain. Some OTC meds can be used however you must be extremely cautious with dosing. I'd suggest you call your vet. I have three little lap dogs, my yorkie has a collapsed trachea :( and is on three different meds but all through my vet. He's only 5 pounds so dosing has to be very accurate. Do you know what is causing the pain? He/she may need to be seen if its not diagnosed. I know how dear our pets are to us. I also know how expensive those bills can be, but if you don't know the source of pain I don't think anyone could give you an appropriate answer as well as dosing instructions since most of us may or may not have a medical background but animals are a whole new ball game! I hope your kitty gets better. Info know some vets have sliding scale pay, so that may be an option to research. Best of luck!
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