inb4 Vet, moar Vet
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Update with my sick, skinny kitten.
Bloodwork came back and the vet's diagnosis is cholangiohepatitis or FIP. Since FIP can't be treated, we're treating for cholangiohepatitis with metronidazole, amoxicillin, and denamarin, hoping to see improvement. His symptoms mostly match the disease, but over the last day or so (after being on the drugs for ~48 hours) he's developed some alarming behaviours which I'm going to call about tomorrow.
> Lethargy/listlessness, sleeping 23.5 hr/day (usually hyperactive 11mo. kitten)
> Weight loss and loss of appetite
> Some clumsiness
> Visible inner eyelid, squinted eyes
> Anorexia, refuses to eat more than a bite or two of junk food only, refuses all wet and dry cat foods
> Drooling, seemed to smell extra bad right before starting the antibiotics
> Dehydration, urine is very dark with significant particulate matter
> Clumsiness, unable to fully control hind legs
> Today he's had two fits of yowling, like deep, fighting growls, which he has NEVER done before
> Solid mass/lump in abdomen, just below diaphragm
I've been in contact with the vet almost daily, obviously calling again tomorrow about the new symptoms. She and I are both hesitant to diagnose to death, but I'm about ready to try for another urine and fecal (but his lower intestine is pretty much empty atm), maybe abdominal xrays.
I'll post scans of the bloodwork tomorrow if anyone expresses interest/wants to try to outsmart a trained vet.
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Hey /an/, my friend found a spider out in his backyard and decided to give it to me, and neither of us can figure out what it is. I don't have anything to take pictures of it with, so I'll just have to describe it.
It's about 1 1/2 inches, greyish black with white or light grey rings on its legs, and I'm pretty sure it has orange on its underside. We live in California, if that helps.
Bumping with spiders.
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if you could have any animal in the world as pet, what would it be.
also a god/mid/shit tier pet thread
god tier unrealistic: bear, orca, eagle, tucan, panther, a fucking big galapagos turtle, SLOTH, owls
god tier: cat, turtle, other reptiles (snakes), falcon
mid tier urealistic: fox, monkey, mantis
mid tier: sheep, dog, horse
shit tier unrealistic: dunno, something boring; donkey, mice
shit tier: cows, chicken
Regarding a dog.
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I have a 50% Black Lab / 50% German Shepard, she'll be 13 years old this summer. Ideally I'd want to keep her around as long as possible, I've had her since she was about a month old and she's adorable. However, in the past three months the muscles in her back legs have been rapidly deteriorating.
When she's excited to see someone she'll jump right up and she's like a frisky puppy again, but when she has to get up to go for a walk or eat, she does this thing where she drags her butt along the floor for about ten seconds before being able to stand up. We have to lift her back legs whenever she's climbing up the front stoop.
The vet gave us some dog painkillers to give her and they've been helping, and she's just cute and sleeps a lot and plays with the kids and is always happy to see everyone, and none of us can bear the thought of losing her.
How much longer do you think she has?
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I'm considering adopting a cat I work with. She's an amputee, and despite her sweet nature, no one has adopted her yet because she has no tail. Initially I thought she was just a manx, but I checked, and she definitely had her tail hacked off. She walks a bit oddly, presumably because her balance is off, and is really clumsy for the same reason.
The issue is that I have an older female cat. I did try the napkin trick, and my current cat did not react poorly to the other cat's scent. No hissing, she just sniffed it and disregarded it.
If I do adopt this cat, what special accomodations would I need to make for her, since she has trouble walking properly? What would be the safest, calmest way to introduce her into a household with an older cat? I have read some tips online, but I'm wondering if I should do more/take more time in this situation.
Also, does anyone have any experience with claw caps? I want to train her not to claw the furniture, but I don't want her damaging the furniture while I train her.
Pic related, it's the cat I'm considering. She likes to hide under things.