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DateAug 21, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
Topicgiving prednisolone
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Question:

I missed giving my cat prednisolone last night, should I give it to her now ?

Answer:

I would need to know a LOT more about your cat to really be able to advise you properly (age, what are you treating, how many times a day, last blood work with liver function, etc etc etc) so consult your veterinarian for the best advice. In general though, if you missed just one dose, you would want to give it immediately, then wait the appropriate interval from the time you give this one.

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DateJul 23, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicAttaching Medical Diagnosis for Review
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Hello, is there an email address that I can use to attach my pets medical diagnosis from the vet fie review? I’d like to have you see his radiograph images and his written report.

Answer:

We have no way of doing that on this platform. Try JustAnswer.com.

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DateJul 21, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicLarge abdominal hematoma that is most likely malignant according to two vets
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My Sheltie, Sultan, received the following diagnosis last Friday, July 16th. I would like to know if there’s any possibility of treating this cancerous mass holistically using a CBD product or some other form of natural therapy to decrease the size and growth rate of the hematoma to a point where it can be removed. DIAGNOSTICS: CBC/chem/lytes: see labs: Abdominal radiographs: sizeable mid abdominal mass displacing small bowel caudally and stomach craniodorsally; mild loss in serosal detail overall AFAST: mild amount of hypoechoic ascites cranial to urinary bladder and caudal to liver (unable to aspirate sample); cranial - mid abdominal mass appears cavitary and large in size; unable to assess surrounding viscera. Both vets told me my dog has weeks to possibly months to live. He seems normal outside of the discomfort he’s feeling from the stomach mass. His appetite is very healthy, he still poops and pees regularly, and he enjoys being with the family. Is there a regimen you can recommend that I can try in order to make some positive progress towards changing the outcome of this prognosis? Thanks in advance.

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You will need to consult a veterinarian that specializes in holistic medicine for the answer to your first question - I don't know of anything holistic that truly helps with cancerous abdominal masses, unfortunately. I wish they could tell what organ the mass is attached to or originated from - that would give you a slightly better idea of prognosis but it's probably splenic in origin, which is usually not great. An exploratory surgery is probably ideal (to remove but also to send the mass to the pathologist so you would know what kind of cancer you are dealing with.) Screening for clotting abnormalities, Lyme disease, etc. are other possible next courses of action, depending on what his bloodwork has looked like.

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DateMay 11, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicDog is shaking and had a cyst at her neck
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My Daughter noticed a cyst on her little dogs neck and when she tried to touch it, it was obviously sore to touch because her dog jerked away. The cyst went down and now she is shaking like she is cold. She doesn't shake all the time though. she has had fleas in which my daughter has tried to get rid of and she has scratched a lot of her fur off from this. She also had a sore on the top of her head and my daughter put antibiotic ointment on it and it is scabbed over now looks like its healing. We are trying to figure out if she might have an infection or something and what do you recommend for the cyst that she had. It is still there but shrank quite a bit. Thank you, Lisa Owens

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Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

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DateMay 5, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicMY YORKIE HAS SOME WORT SPOTS ON HIS BODY AND LEG
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MY YORKIE HAS AWORT LIKE SPOT ON HIS BODY AND HIS LEG. SHOULD I BE CONCEERNED

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Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

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DateMay 1, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicPain
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What can I give my dogs she is 11 and has cancer and I just want ease her pain without having to get a prescription

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Your veterinarian will have MUCH better pain medications. If that just isn't an option at all and she takes no other medications, a product like this may help a little: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Nutri-Vet+Aspirin+Chewable+Tablets-prod12693.html

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DateApr 11, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicMass
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My dog have a very large lump growing right below his neck right above his right arm and here lately get bigger and bigger it's getting hard for him to walk

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Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

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DateApr 3, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicUlcers or cancer
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I am having my horse scoped in 2 days however I am so worried if it is cancer and not ulcers. Symptoms seem to fall under both categories... he eats a lot!!! But never outs on weight, looks like skin and bone, he had eye removal surgery about 2 months ago. Went into this eye trauma seemingly healthy and over 2 months later he is still losing condition. Tried to save the eye for about 2 weeks at vet hospital with specialists etc... but had to have it removed. He has been on ulcer paste for about one week but no change yet. He seems alert and eats 2 hard feeds a day, hay or lucern twice a day and grazes all day. He seems sad and depressed... he is 19.

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I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in large animals for help with your horse. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

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DateMar 29, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicLarge spleen
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Going for a ultrasound sound tomorrow I am worried but dog acts perfect Found spleen large from a X-ray due to hacking cough and vomiting due to acid stomach only 8 years what should I expect

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They will be looking to see if the spleen is generally, diffusely enlarged which might mean it is just working too hard vs/ a discrete mass that might be cancer - this will tell them what direction to go next: either run more tests to see why it is working too hard vs. surgical removal if they see a mass.

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DateMar 20, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicPuppy
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She has a mole like growth on the top of her head, can you please tell me what that could be?

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Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

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DateFeb 18, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
Topicoral cancer
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what is golden paste and how do I make it? is there any holistic treatment that can help my pet?

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I would need to know a LOT more about your dog to really give you any advice - what kind of cancer, how old, etc. Golden paste is made up of turmeric and may help but there are no good studies out there and oral cancer can be aggressive so something stronger from a veterinary oncologist is usually ideal.

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DateFeb 18, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
Topicoral cancer
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what is golden paste and how do I make it?

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Consult a holistic veterinarian for the best advice about exactly how to make golden paste.

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DateJan 24, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicSafe use of multiple supplements
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Is it safe to give my senior dog Denamarin & Cosequin products together? She has cancer in the mammary glands & her vet believes it is also in her liver (through blood panel), and arthritis. He also advises she take an iron supplement called Lixotinic, but I don't see this on the PetMeds website.

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I would really need to see her blood work and know her entire history to perfectly advise you, so your veterinarian, who has access to all of that information, is definitely the best one to ask, but in general, yes, they can take all of those. Pet Tinic is similar to Lixotinic - ask your veterinarian if that will work for her. Here is a link to read about it, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Pet+Tinic-prod12024.html

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DateJan 13, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
Topiccancer
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Question:

My 9 year old Lab was diagnosed with cancer 9 months ago. He had a spleenectomy at that time due to a ruptured tumor/spleen. Treated him with herbal supplements. He was doing great but now cancer is back. He is lethargic and anemic from the tumor bleeds. This lasts for a day then he bounces back. But for the past week his stomach is rather large and he makes this awful retching sound. Is this typical of the hemangiosarcoma?

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Typical? Not really, only because the average they usually survive after splenectomy is only about 2 months, so it's great that he has done well for 9 months. I would have your veterinarian check him out to see what is going on and whether it is related to the cancer - it may not be, but it's impossible for me to guess without examining him and probably running some tests (bloodwork, x-rays, ultrasound).

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DateJan 10, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicPrednisone
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Question:

My dog is on about 7 mg of prednisone , she has mast tumor that has metastasized she is 22 pounds is 7 mg a lot for that size and would side effect be less if the dose is lower ?

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There is a VERY wide dosage range for prednisone and cancer requires a higher dosage so that is a high dosage but within her cancer dosage range, but yes, decreasing the dosage will decrease the side effects, but definitely go over the plusses and minusses of doing that with your veterinarian before doing it.

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