Saturday, May 19, 2018
Some Advice For Pet Owners
Continuing the topic from the previous post:)
I don't have much experience with dogs, so I'll talk about cats, but I would imagine there isn't much difference...
I think all of us animal lovers will agree it's very unpleasant when your pet gets sick. And the costs of taking him to the vet are often prohibiting, too. Of course, sometimes it's unavoidable, however, through the years I have found out that certain home remedies can help.
For instance, I had a couple of tomcats and as you probably know, one thing they enjoy the most (apart from chasing females) is fighting.So they often come home with all sorts of injuries and some of the wounds tend to get inflamed, too. In this case, if it's not that bad, a simple betadine antiseptic can help. (BTW, I got the idea from the vet himself.)
One of them used to fight all the time before I finally had him neutered. Once he had a rather nasty inflammation on one of his legs. The wound closed, but there was a lot of swelling and it looked scary and caused him trouble. I kept on praying and covering it with a thick betadine lotion (he kept licking it away, of course), and oh wonder! The swelling disappeared in the course of a weekend. Saved me possibly about 150 euros.
Another one kept fighting, too. I had him neutered after his eye got damaged. Not the eye itself really (thank goodness!) but the skin around it, but it often looks red and irritated. The vet gave him drops, which helped somewhat, but the irritation returns regularly. So I went to a store and bought generic eye drops which I use when it gets worse. Appears to help and the cat doesn't mind it much. The cost of the generic drops: 4 or 4.50.
Also, if a cat is particularly fluffy, he can get problems with a hair ball. Typically, he will stop eating and using his litter box, obviously. I had to deal with it once, recently (not with the cat above, as he doesn't shed so much). The cat in question was hiding himself and was in general poorly. Before taking him to the vet, I tried some home remedies. First of all, I fed him some virgin olive oil which didn't work, but since oil is full of calories (and moisture), he started getting more active. At this point, I tried special food (which he ate and it didn't help), and a laxative tea blend from the supermarket. Didn't work, either.
So I moved on to stronger stuff and purchased a laxative which can be used on babies (cost: 6 euros or thereabout, I forget). A cat weighs much less than a grown-up, so naturally, you can't use normal medication because it will be too strong. I started with the minimal dose,which I gave him twice, with the tea in between, and this time, his problem was solved.
I hope this info may be helpful for other cat owners, but please keep in mind: I'm not a vet, I only share my experience and I'm in no way responsible for the health and well-being of your pets. As with any other internet advice, use common sense!