I let Mr. B deal with pet injuries because he has lots of experience with animals, plus he went to medical school when he was younger. His health prevented him from graduating and becoming an MD. Anyway, when we lived in midtown during our beans and potatoes days, the neighbors who couldn't afford a vet brought their ailing pets to him. He treated their infections. He also sewed up cuts and treated gunshot wounds and animals that had been poisoned. We now have a cat that is paranoid, bipolar, and diabetic. Mr. B gives him his two insulin injections each day, but Tas won't accept his alprazolam pill from him. I give him those twice daily hidden in a cat treat. Our dog died, but he lived five years longer than the vet said he should have. The vet said that he had never seen animals as well cared for as ours.
I can relate a story about my cat, a few years ago. I like to make sure that my cat(s) are "house" pets.....and take precautions to keep them in. One day, one of my cats, somehow got outside......and sure enough, went into the road. Fortunately, she was only nicked at the top of her hind leg, by a car that had to swerve a bit....(I'm grateful to that driver).....My cat was stunned and I picked her up gently and brought her in the house, to check her over thoroughly. She was strangely calm and I noticed where some of her fur had been pulled away and she had a small open cut. I cleaned it up with some peroxide and cotton and placed her on the floor by her food and water. As soon as her paws hit the floor, she was off to go upstairs. I went to check on her a while later and it took me forever to find her. She had found herself her own "recovery area," under a table in the bedroom and was comfortably curled up, licking her wound. I decided to leave her be, due to what I know about cats and how they do this. It is a fact that most cats will find a safe, secluded spot, when sick or injured, to allow for self-care and nature, to takes it's course. They prefer not to be bothered and they do not even eat, for a few days. I checked on her a few times each day, and just spoke softly to her and let her know I was there. I worried about her not eating, but decided she must know best.
Sure enough.....in about 4 days, she emerged, stretching big and looking around. She went over to her food and water and consumed it all. Jumped up on my lap and I could hear her purr.....she looked up at me, as if to say, "I'm all better now, Mom!"......There might be a subtle message in there, for humans?
I check drmark1961 's hubs on hubpages first. Truly. Last week my little dog Scooter ran after a rabbit thinking he was off the leash. That sudden jerk to his neck caused him to immediately start yelping and he couldn't walk. I carried him inside and since it was late at night and our car was in the shop, I searched for information on drmark1961 's hubs. There were so many hubs of his that I got a little lost in the search and actually felt comfortable enough here on hubpages to email him. The next day Dr. Mark replied mentioning exactly what I had done as part of his suggestion. My little Scooter is now back to his little self.
My cat broke his leg when he was just four months old. He went from this little spunky guy to a guy who had to drag around a big full leg cast. He had the cast changed every couple of weeks, and had it on for about eight all together. I had to get a dog crate and put everything he needed in there and lock him up at night and when I was out of the house. I didn't want him to get into trouble because I wasn't watching him.
If you think something is drastically wrong and you can't do anything about it, take them to a cheaper vet who will patch them up and love on your animal. But most of their cuts, skin conditions, nail problems, even poisoning; you can fix at home.
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