Abscess Care And Treatment

An abscess is defined as a localized collection of pus in a cavity formed by the disintegration of tissues (credit: Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary). The pocket is typically filled with pus. The most common abscess veterinarians care for is from cat bite wounds, but abscesses can occur in any species. Furthermore, cat bite abscesses commonly occur in […]

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  August 12, 2011   6 comments

Convenia Used For Cat Abscesses

Lynn writes: Hi. Two of my cats have also had Convenia injections. Both were for wounds that abscessed (they’re very pampered barn cats … up to date on all vaccinations, spayed, neutered, etc. but, they roam and get into things). The Convenia worked fabulously well for both cats. My only complaint is the cost! I’ve […]

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  July 27, 2011   No comments

How Much Will That Cost?

Mandy from California writes with a question: “I believe my cat has a Cuterebra. Do you know how much the veterinarian will charge to have it removed?”It’s a common and reasonable question. Alas, it is a question without an answer. It’s a cousin to the question we got on the phone earlier today: “My dog […]

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  June 7, 2011   No comments

Convenia Use In A 17-Year-Old Cat

Kimber writes with a question about her kitty: My 17 year old cat got an upper respiratory infection in early April. Last year, he had tremendous trouble with amoxicillin and clindamycin, vomiting 6-8 times after eating even if I gave him yogurt to help with digestion. Therefore, I insisted that something else be used in […]

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  May 31, 2011   4 comments

Removing Drugs From The Market

May I sound off for a moment? Periodically I get comments and e-mails on suggesting that this or that medication be removed from the market by the FDA, usually because “it killed my dog (or cat).” These comments are bothersome for a number of reasons. Never, in my experience, are the claims backed up […]

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  May 18, 2011   No comments

Antibiotic Duration And Spectrum

Lexis writes: My cat Max, 19 months old, had a large open wound Friday. His skin was torn and you could see the muscle on his thigh. We don’t know how this happened since he is an outdoor cat during the day. We took him to the veterinarian on Saturday and they flushed and closed the […]

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  April 14, 2011   No comments

Answers On Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Farrida has some interesting questions about her kitty with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD).  Not only can we answer Farrida’s questions, but many cat owners may have similar misunderstandings of the disease process.  Read on for a greater understanding: Dear Dr. Randolph We have two cats one male and one female. Our male cat […]

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  January 24, 2011   No comments

Proper Cat Litterbox Care

Janet writes:  Dear Doctor, My cat is 19 1/2 years old. He started urinating outside of the litter box approximately 2 weeks ago and was very lethargic. Since he is old and very crabby at the veterinarian, his Dr. decided to give him a Convenia injection (4 days ago).  I’m sure he associates the litter […]

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  November 8, 2010   8 comments