(a.k.a. Fresno Pet ER ) provides Emergency & Critical Care
services to the small animal and exotic pets of Fresno
and the Central San Joaquin Valley, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call Fresno Pet ER at (559) 4-FRESNO (437-3766)
Below Are Some Recent Ask the Vet QuestionsQUESTION:
My 3 year old male indoor cat has been urinating in odd spots around the house the past few days and he seems to be straining…when I look in the litter box afterwards, there is hardly anything there…Is this normal marking behavior for a male cat or should I be worried? ANSWER:
Signs to watch out for:
- Usually occurs in NEUTERED male cats
- For an unknown reason, we tend to see this occur more frequently around the time of rainy changes in the weather
- Inappropriate urinations (usually bathroom sinks or tubs/showers), excessive licking of the genitalia
- Excessive trips to the litter box, usually without much urine produced
- Straining and/or vocalizing during urination
- Not eating or drinking and vomiting
Treatment needs to be done immediately:
- Unblock the urethra to relieve the blockage before bladder rupture or kidney failure
- IV fluids, antibiotics, pain medications
- Repeated monitoring of kidney values
- Usual stay in hospital with IV and urinary catheters is 2-3 days
- In repeat offenders or severe cases, a special surgery may need to be done to remove the tip of the penis which is the narrowest part of the urinary tract(image #4 of bladder)
- Feed a High Quality commercial diet from a major pet food company ("urinary tract health" or "lower pH urine")(image #5 of C/D diet)
- Provide plenty of fresh water; increased water intake helps flush the urinary tract
- Once diagnosed and treated, your pet will need special prescription diet or nutritional supplement the rest of his life to prevent further crystal formation
- Continued attention to detail and reporting unusual behavior to your veterinarian- DO NOT WAIT IT OUT... it could be life threatening!
I have a 6 year old Chow Chow and I am worried that with her heavy coat that she is going to get too hot in the heat…Should I shave her down to keep her cool? ANSWER:
NO, NO, NO!!! Dogs cannot sweat and their primary means of cooling is through panting and some radiation through their skin…taking off their coat is like removing the insulation from around your freezer or refrigerator, which keeps the cool INSIDE; it also acts to keep the direct sunlight off of the skin which would otherwise heat up the skin and thus the blood raising the temperature.
Our 8-year-old cat has been losing weight and doesn’t seem to be eating very much and when she does she drops the food from her mouth, she also has very bad breath… Should I take her in to our veterinarian or just change her food to canned? ANSWER:
YES, take her in ASAP! More than likely she has severe dental disease (cavities and/or abscesses) which are extremely painful and making her drop the food and not eat. She may need dental x-rays, extractions, pain medication and antibiotics.
We have a 10 year old African Gray bird and he has been sneezing for about a week now and has some fluid coming from his nose; he sits on his perch and looks like he is “rocking”…Is this anything to be worried about? ANSWER:
YES, you need to be worried and take him in immediately as he may have a respiratory infection…the “rocking” is probably what we call “tail bobbing” and it is what birds will do when they are having trouble breathing. A bird with respiratory problems is an immediate emergency.
We went on vacation for a week and had our 3 year old Golden Retriever boarded; we got him home 2 days ago and now he is sneezing and coughing…Should we take him in to our veterinarian? ANSWER:
Yes, you should have him checked by your veterinarian; it may just be a simple respiratory irritation or could be what is commonly called “kennel cough”… if it worsens it could lead to more serious conditions like pneumonia.
I have a 12-year-old Terrier mix that has required expensive treatment for corneal ulcers twice in the past two years. The ulcers occurred after grooming. Are there any preventive measures? ANSWER:
These incidents are obviously surrounding the grooming events, so I would be asking the groomer what their grooming procedure is and what products are being used. Soaps, shampoos and even clipped hairs can get into the eyes and cause irritation, burning and yes even ulcers. If it is bad enough, the pet may paw or scratch at the eyes and cause even more damage. You should always use a mild, tear free, type shampoo on a wash cloth around the eyes and rinse heavily.