Symptoms of heart problems

Animal: Cat

Pet Symptoms: My cat is pooping all over and hes breathing really hard. He won’t move. I’m not sure what too do. I gave him food and he ate it really fast, I’m not sure if he just ate too fast. I gave him a treat and he took awhile, but he finally ate it.. he’s still acting weird and hardly moves.

Our Advice: If you have not yet I would advise you to take Butterball to the vets ASAP. He might have very bad cat flue or heart problem.


Drinking excessive amount of water

Animal: Dog
Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Pet Symptoms: Drinking lots of water in a day. Even with no exercise, he constantly drinks

Our Advice: Excessive water intake can be a sign of health and/or behavioural problems. It can be considered excessive if more than 100 mL of water per kilo bodyweight per day is being drunk. For example over 1.5 L per day for a 15 Kg dog, over 2L per day for a 20 Kg dog or over 2.5 L per day for a 25 Kg dog.

If you are able to measure this and it is above that amount, then it would be best to take Max to his vet for a consult and they may want to check his blood and urine for signs of any problems – especially for things like kidney problems or diabetes, which are relatively easy to check for on urine and blood tests.

If he isn’t drinking excessively, but has started drinking more than usual, it is still worth seeing your vet, because if problems can be detected early, they are almost always easier to control or treat.


Depression in cats

Animal: Cat

Pet Symptoms: She seems to sleep a lot more and is very needy and will follow me and my partner around more than usual. She isn’t so interested in playing much as she used to be, but I don’t know whether this is because she is becoming older. She seems to be eating fine and we give her a lot of attention, it sounds silly but she seems quite down. When she isn’t following us round she sits there looking sorry for herself.

Our Advice: Depression in pets can be related to many possible underlying causes. If Mojito has had a change in her behaviour suddenly, it would be best to have her seen by your vet for a health check to make sure she has no clinical signs of any illness. If there isn’t anything obvious following a full thorough clinical exam they may suggest or offer blood tests to check her general health (liver, kidneys, red and white blood cells etc) – although in a young cat it would be unlikely to have organ health problems, it’s not impossible.



Animal: Cat
Breed: Moggie

Pet Symptoms: I have a 5 year old male cat that I would like to get castrated, is this possible for his age?

Our Advice: Castration can be done at any age provided he is otherwise healthy. Most vets will carry out a pre-op check to make sure he has no current illness or problems with his heart or circulation etc.

Most vets will also offer pre-op bloods, but these can add to the cost of the operation as castration is usually a comparatively cheap surgery to other routine operations.


Recurrent infection and lack of appetite

Animal: Cat
Breed: Domestic longhair

Pet Symptoms: Recurrent infection – lack of appetite, temperature, quieter than usual.

Our Advice: Persistent high fever with no obvious cause can be a difficult problem to try to get a definitive diagnosis for. If it recurs and he has been off medications for a few weeks I would suggest considering blood and urine cultures to look for infectious causes – these can be expensive though. Another option may be to consider referral to an internal medicine specialist for a workup (also this can be expensive, but the initial exam and consultation may help to plan a direction for working up the case to try and get a diagnosis for Lincoln).

There can be many causes of fever, from stress and infections (bacterial and viral) to other illnesses that may affect the body’s temperature regulation.

At the very lest getting him seen to check his temperature a few times may help to clarify if he has a persistent fever or not.


Large Tumour problems

Animal: Dog
Breed: Boxer

Pet Symptoms: Tumor only became apparent when it bled. There is no smell and max leads his life as usual. eats and drinks well and enjoys his walks.

Our Advice: Did the vet performed biopsy from the tumour. Depending of the type of the tumour (cancerous or not) we will know if there is a point of putting Max through a surgery. If the tumour is cancerous and is spread in other parts of the body it will be inhuman to put Max through and invasive operation.


Nipple Infection

Animal: Dog
Breed: Malamute

Pet Symptoms: She had fever, lumb under one of her breast, no drinking or eating, walkin problems on back feet- it’s day 6- she drinks, eats, walks but her foot swalled up and she seem to be in pain at this moment.

Our Advice: This lesion look very inflame. I would advise you to contact your vet again. This could be abscess. If that is the case the vets might have to give Alaska light sedation to lance and flush the abscess.


Lethargic and croaky meow

Animal: Cat
Breed: Tortoise Shell

Pet Symptoms: My 10 year old female tortoise shell cat sneezed twice a couple of days ago but haven’t heard her since, she seems a bit more lethargic than normal, this morning she has a croaky meow.

Our Advice: With the symptoms described it sound like Kia might have cat flue. If she is unwell I would advise you to make an appointment at your local vets. They will check her over and if it is cat flue they will give her anti inflammatory to help her get over it.


Ductus Arteriosus

Animal: Dog
Breed: Jack Russel

Pet Symptoms: I wanted some info regarding my Jack Russel pup, now 15 weeks. We were told at first injections that she had a heart murmour. The vet and her 2 senior colleagues informed they suspected PDA. After a recent Doppler scan we have now been informed they now think it’s a hole in the heart, though the heart seems to be working fine, is not enlarged and she is not showing any affects. Is if possible that it could still be PDA? What would be the outlook for a pup with a hole in the heart? Is there anything we should be doing/aware of?

Our Advice: Patents with Ductus Arteriosus consists of surgery to close the blood vessel. In most cases the vessel is closed by using a surgical suture which ties it off. Surgery is suggested to be performed shortly after a diagnosis has been made. Waiting until symptoms arise or the condition worsens is not recommended. Medical management may be used before surgery to ease coughing or breathing difficulties if they are causing the dog problems. Overall the surgery has proven to be very successful in treating this condition.

When caring for dogs with PDA it is important to remember that their heart must work much harder to pump blood to its body than dogs without PDA. This means that they will not be able to exercise or play as much as a normal dog. Do not let dogs with this condition overwork themselves as this can lead to shortness of breath or collapse. After surgery has been performed it is important to follow your veterinarian’s care instructions. This will ensure that your dog recovers as quickly as possible. Once healed from surgery you should slowly increase your dog’s activity level as this will give their body a chance to adjust.


Ulcers, dental disease or trauma on soft tissues

Animal: Cat
Breed: Mixed

Pet Symptoms: My cat is being funny with his food this evening. He asks for it, but turns his nose up. He did some treats from my hand and then ate a mouthful of his wet food. An hour later I tried some dry food from my hand which he ate. I put a little more in a bowl and he ate a couple of mouthfuls but then walked away. Since then he has shown no interest in the fresh food I put down for him. Normally he has several small meals a day and wolfs them down. He is behaving normally, ate this morning with no problem, has peed today and had a normal bowed movement. He hasn’t strained in his tray or anything and hasn’t vomited. Why could he be off his food? I should mention that about 6 weeks ago he had a blocked bladder and then caught a virus which stopped him eating for several days. He was sorted at the vets and has been fine since. I have since been adding water to all his meals which he hasn’t seemed to mind and has always drunk the water. The viral infection he had was gastro intestinal. He is an indoor cat so I have no idea where it came from. I can only assume he got it when he was at the vet overnight for his blocked bladder.

Our Advice: Cats can go off their food for many reasons. Ulcers in the mouth, dental disease or trauma to the soft tissues or teeth are relatively common and can be seen if he will let you look, otherwise taking him to your vet for them to examine his mouth and assess if there are any visible problems there. Otherwise illness can make them lose their appetite, and if nothing is obvious on a clinical exam (temperature, abdominal discomfort, constipation etc) then a blood test may help to show if there is anything occurring that is making him not feel like eating.

I would recommend you take him to see your vet if he is off food and you can’t see anything obvious at home, hopefully they can pinpoint the problem and get him back to his normal self.