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Post Surgery Licking

Monday, August 29, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogeliaxcollarAfter your dog has surgery such as being spayed, it’s important to keep her from licking the wound because she could remove her stitches or cause an infection. Unfortunately, dogs instinctively want to lick their wounds so you may need to take some precautions. If bandages and topical pet medication and products don’t do the trick, try an Elizabethan collar. This is cone shaped and fits onto your dogs collar wrapping around her head like an upside down lampshade. Your dog may find this contraption bothersome but it will help keep her from licking and aggravating her incision site. To make the situation less stressful, you can remove the collar when you are able to keep an eye on her. Make sure he has a comfortable dog bed or dog crate to recover in and an occasional dog treat will always help him feel better!

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cateating5My 17 year old cat Molly has kidney disease. One of the symptoms associated with this condition is occasional or frequent vomiting. Molly has be doing pretty good as far as vomiting is concerned but over the past few days, her vomiting episodes have increased a bit which of course concerns me. I’ve feeding Molly a selective diet consisting of a mixture of prescription cat food, Weruva, moist cat food packs and a high potent omega oil. So far, she has been doing pretty well.

According to the College of Veterinary Medicine, kidney failure is a common cause of vomiting in dogs and cats. The kidneys can be acutely (suddenly) damaged by poisons such as antifreeze or by severe dehydration. Waste products that the kidneys normally get rid of, rise to high levels in just a few days. The kidneys can also gradually lose their ability to remove waste products from the body as the pet ages. Early signs of kidney failure include drinking and urinating large amounts called polyuria and polydipsia or PU-PD. PU-PD may be present for months to years before the kidney failure is severe enough to lead to waste product accumulation and vomiting. Vomiting in chronic kidney failure may began as occasional episodes and progress to severe, frequent vomiting. The pet with chronic kidney failure will often lose body condition and may have pale gums due to anemia.

We are watching Molly carefully  and are doing everything to slow the progress of this disease.

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