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A. Nail bed infections are quite rare in cats and are usually a result of other problems in the foot or leg. You could try bathing the affected area with saline but if she is limping she is in pain and would benefit from a full check up and treatment prescribed by your vet. She may need anti-inflammatories or even antibiotics depending on what has caused this problem

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All Scottish Fold cats suffer from variable degrees of painful degenerative joint disease, which can result in fusing of the tail, tarsi (ankles) and stifles (knees). This is apparent clinically as a reluctance to move, and abnormal posture and gait, lameness and short misshapen limbs.
In cases of bacterial or fungal infections, topical ointments can be applied directly to the nail for a period of 2-4 weeks, after which time the cat should return to normal. If a bacterial infection is present, or for the prevention of a bacterial infection occurring, an antibiotic will be prescribed.
Cat Limping May Indicate a Veterinary Emergency

If you notice your cat limping, it could be an injury or other medical condition impacting a muscle, joint, bone, paw, or other tissue. Cat limping can result from trauma like jumping, falling from a high surface, or being hit by a car.

You can usually tell when your cat has a nail infection because they will begin displaying symptoms such as difficulty walking, excessive licking or biting at their feet, swelling around their claws, and overall discomfort or pain in their feet.
Ask any vet who`s seen a lot of the breed, and especially any feline specialist. They`ll tell you that most Scottish Folds live in chronic pain, all because their looks have been given priority over their health.
There is no cure for this condition, although permanent medication with pain-relieving drugs and chondroprotective treatments may help alleviate the pain. Long-term use of pain killers can in itself produce undesirable side effects in cats.
If the paw is indeed infected, your pet will likely need to take antibiotics. If an abscess has formed, your vet may need to drain it to allow the paw to heal.
Most abscesses heal over the course of a week, though larger abscesses can take longer. If your cat`s abscess is not healed in one week, be sure to notify your veterinarian.
If your cat has swelling associated with a sprain, bruise, or tendonitis, apply ice packs to the area for 15 minutes, twice daily. Flowing water improves circulation, reduces swelling, and promotes healing. If your cat will tolerate it, place her in a tub and swirl water around the leg.
Cats can limp for many reasons whether they are limping from their back leg, or limping from their front leg such as getting something stuck in their paw, a sprain, a break, or even an ingrown claw. Although it may not seem like it, your cat may be experiencing significant pain but not look like.
What do bacterial skin infections in cats look like? Cats with a bacterial skin infection may have excessive dander and scale, crusts, red and irritated skin, open and draining wounds, pus, hair loss, bumpy skin, or itchiness.
Overall, Neosporin or any first aid ointment is beneficial to the superficial wounds your pet may endure but anything bigger, or certainly something looking infected should be inspected by your veterinarian. Definitely do not use any first aid ointment on suture sites UNLESS directed by your veterinarian.
What`s the Average Scottish Fold Lifespan? On average, these cats live to be 11–15 years old. This number can be affected by many factors such as your cat`s living environment, their daily health and exercise routine, and whether they have any pre-existing health conditions.
Health. The typical lifespan of a Scottish Fold is 15 years. Scottish folds are susceptible to polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and cardiomyopathy.
The disease is evident on x-rays of cats from as young as 7 weeks of age. Serious abnormalities in joints and bone growth lead to arthritis (painful, swollen joints), short, abnormally thick and inflexible tails, spinal abnormalities and short, stiff legs.
First and foremost, I recommend glucosamine in combination with chondroitin for all Scottish Fold cats. Since all Scottish Folds have at least some degree of OCD (since this is what causes their ears to fold), it makes sense to want to nourish and protect their cartilage, before issues even start.
Cats may limp for a wide variety of reasons, whether they are limping on their front leg or their back leg. These can include getting something stuck in their pet, an ingrown claw, a sprain or a broken bone.
Staph infections usually occur in the skin or ears, but many types of bacteria or yeast can infect these areas. Skin infections can appear as pustules (little pus pockets), scales, hot spots (moist, yellow to green discharges in the skin) or broad red areas in the skin.
Bacterial and fungal paw inflammations often require medication. Your vet will recommend systemic antibiotics for bacterial paw infections in dogs for at least six (6) weeks. If the infection runs deep, the antibiotic treatment can last from around 8-12 weeks.
Epsom salts: When pet wounds and swellings inevitably rear their ugly heads, Epsom salts are almost always helpful for optimal home care. As long as your pet will abide wet ministrations, Epsom salt soaks and hot packs are a great adjunct to antibiotics and surgical attention.
Petroleum Jelly

Aquaphor and Vaseline are safe for pets. Aquaphor is a petroleum jelly-like product with extra oomph for superficial stuff like crusty noses, peeling paw pads, and scaly elbows.

Sterile saline, such as that found in first aid kits, is the ideal substance for flushing a contaminated wound. The physical act of washing removes the bacteria and debris, while the saline is so similar to the pH of the body tissues that it causes minimal tissue damage.
Use an antibiotic ointment (such as Polysporin). No prescription is needed. Put it on the wound 3 times a day. If the area could become dirty, cover with a bandage (such as Band-Aid).
The limping should resolve within a few weeks and it usually isn`t necessary for the cat to be seen for a follow-up appointment, except in surgical cases. Once the cat has fully recovered, the owner should try to keep the cat indoors if it has been allowed to roam before being injured.

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Q. Our 8 year old female Scottish Fold has what seems to be a limp and after investigation, it appears that at least two nails are inflamed. What to do?
ANSWER : A. Nail bed infections are quite rare in cats and are usually a result of other problems in the foot or leg. You could try bathing the affected area with saline but if she is limping she is in pain and would benefit from a full check up and treatment prescribed by your vet. She may need anti-inflammatories or even antibiotics depending on what has caused this problem

Q. My dog has a split nail, what should I do?
ANSWER : A. Split or torn nails are very common in dogs, and treatment depends on the level of the tear. If the nail is split above the quik (blood supply to the nail) then it can be safely trimmed back and the torn part removed. You can find the quik in a dog’s nails by looking for a red or pink line in light colored nails, or a darker groove on the underside of dark colored nails.

If the tear is behind the quik or the nail is bleeding, stopping the bleeding with styptic powder or starches such as corn or rice starch can help. It is then best to bring your dog into your local vet to have the nail safely trimmed back. This may require anesthesia or sedation depending on the size of the tear to make the experience less painful for your dog. Your vet may also recommend antibiotics if the tear is large to prevent infection from taking hold until the nail can heal.

Once the torn part of the nail is removed, the nail should be able to begin growing back as normal. Regular nail trims to keep nails short and in shape can also help to prevent tears and splits in the future.

Q. I have a 13 1/2 year old Shih Tzu. How old is he in dog years?
ANSWER : A. It’s used to be that dog years were 7 years to every 1. Now it normally around 5 years to every year as long as your dog is healthy and kept up with vaccines. So he’s about 68ish in dog years.

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Q. Does an indoor cat need to be vaccinated every year?
ANSWER : A. In practice, I recommend a feline combo vaccine every year, but will generally start administering every 3 years once they have had their kitten vaccines and 2 additional yearly vaccines. Rabies, is required yearly by law, and if kept up to date can be good for up to three years also. Based on the age of your cat I would give a yearly feline combo and rabies, and then boost the combo again next year.

Q. We have a 3 yr old Weiner dog, she is having pus in her eyes, I took her to the vet he gave me derma vet ointment, used it as the doctor prescribed
ANSWER : A. If the pus really isn’t all that bad, and it’s just some discharge, your pup may benefit from a diet change. It could be that the food you’re feeding just isn’t right for your dog, and that’s okay! Dogs grow and change over time, and now that your dog is fully matured, a diet change may be in order. Try something like Taste of the Wild, maybe a grain free dog food, Orijen, or Ziwipeak. These are all really great food options.

If the pus is really bad, and continues to get worse, see your vet again and let them know what’s going on. Maybe you could try a diet change, and then see if there are any improvements.

Remember, you should always gradually change a dogs diet. By gradually, I mean you put a tiny bit of new kibble in with a bowl of the old kibble. Reduce the old kibble by just a few bits of kibble. Throughout the course of at least two weeks (or as long as you want depending on whether or not you want to finish off the old food) you slowly add more of the new kibble while removing some of the old kibble. This makes the process gradual, and won’t cause any tummy-upset in your dog.

Q. Two year old female cat.Gets attacked by kitten of 3months(female).Took to Vet-says is bitten.Bite marks are bad, hair falling out. How do I help her?
ANSWER : A. You first need to treat the wounds and follow directions as given by your vet with regards to wound care and treatments. It is important also to socialize the two cats to prevent this from happening, there are pheromone products and food supplements containing b vitamins and tryptophan which may help. Provide plenty of quiet places for the cats to spend time away from each other and two sets of food and water bowls in separate rooms so that neither cat can defend access from the other cat.

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Q. Have u ever heard of any dogs getting diarrhea from Canadea dog food! I switched my dog from purina one to Canadea about 8 m ago , and he got diarrhea
ANSWER : A. Just because it’s a high quality dog food does not mean it will automatically agree with your dogs tummy. Maybe your dog needs a special diet. I think a diet change is in order if the diarrhea is consistent. Try something like Taste of the Wild, Orijen, Ziwipeak, Honest Kitchen, etc.

You should also GRADUALLY switch your old kibble to your new kibble. Add a little bit of new kibble to your bowl of old kibble, and reduce the amount of old kibble every day. Just a little bit at a time. Try gradually switching over the course of at least two weeks.

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Q. I have a 1yr old male 38 lb Labradoodle and my gf just brought a month old kitten home. Can they interact? If not, for how long?
ANSWER : A. Interactions whenever a new pet is brought into the house should start off slow, then can be increased in time. The best steps when introducing a new cat is to allow your cat or kitten to have a room in the house all to him or herself. Allow your dog to sniff under the door to get used to the kitten’s scent, and even show your dog articles such as bedding the cat has slept on. After a few days, an introduction with your dog on leash, or a barrier such as a gate where both pets can look at each other but not see each other is best. This will allow each to get used to seeing the other without the ability to jump, bite or scratch the other. Once the two are used to this, then a face to face interaction can begin. If at any time a fight or scuffle breaks out, separate the two pets and try again at a later time. The amount of time this introduction takes can vary depending on how the two react to each other.

Until your kitten is older, or you are sure both are fine together, do not leave the two pets together unattended. Even a well-meaning and playful dog can accidentally break a leg of a kitten or worse without meaning to! A safe room for your kitten to be in while you are away, or a barrier to allow your kitten to escape to safety if needed will help until both are big enough to play alone safely.

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