My puppies were exposed to parvo. I got their 9 in one shots, but now they're showing signs of parvo. Should I be worried? What should I do? I can't afford a vet. I need home remedies.
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Parvovirus is TERRIBLE. That you can't afford a pet, I do not mean to sound cruel- you should take it to the local humane society shelter (the ones that don't euthanize). I have yet to see ONE dog survive parvo. They usually fade out within a matter of days. If you can't afford a vet now, what will you do with a healthy dog, that breaks his leg or gets kidney disease later?? Leave him to suffer because you can't afford it?
Vaccines take time to work. If you cannot afford a vet, contact the Humane Society or the ASPCA.
How To Give Your Cat a Bath
Without Tears or Fighting
Wait until your cat is asleep (this is KEY)
Gather cat shampoo/towels (I use large beach towels I got from Goodwill) a plastic bowl or large cup to pour water to rinse/wet the cat while in the tub, and don't forget a good wash cloth!
CAT shampoo- failing that, BABY shampoo so their eyes won't sting from the soap- no matter HOW hard you try to avoid getting soap in their eyes, it WILL get in there guaranteed, even if you don't see it. Cat's are extremely sensitive about their eyes, for obvious reasons.
While cat is STILL SLEEPING- draw a warm bath. Turn off loud bath fans, or anything else that might annoy the cat.
AFTER the bathtub is filled to the amount you want to bathe your cat, turn OFF the tap. A shower/bath tap is very LOUD and scary to cats and this may be number one cause of bath-time anxiety in animals. You want to keep the bathing area quiet, pleasant, and don't introduce anything into the area that makes him nervous, or might scare him. Just have YOU and the cat- two people there may make him feel he's being overpowered and afraid for his life, even.
After the tub is filled and water turned OFF, and you have all your supplies (cat shampoo, big fluffy towels, a plastic cup or bowl to keep in tub to pour water over the cat) THEN you slowly and gently scoop up the sleeping cat and carry softly over to the quiet bathroom (you could use an outdoor baby pool, too- if it's nice and warm outside) then firmly yet softly lower him into the tub. Use soft soothing tones and don't forget to tell him he's a "Good boy!" or girl while you do it. The reason why I chose doing it while they're asleep is they don't get a chance to get all "worked up" and try to fight off the idea of a bath. The warm water, the quiet bathroom do wonders especially with a dreamy, groggy cat. I do this with my cats, and since I've used this method, they have come to associate bath-time with pleasure, even trying to drink the bath water and purring!
Don't use too much cat shampoo (you might try Baby Shampoo too, it won't hurt their eyes) you basically want to think of the warm bath water as the real "soap" (water is a natural solvent) only using the cat/baby shampoo for trouble areas: rear end, ears, feet.
To wash their bottoms, I sometimes wear a pair of rubber gloves and an old wash cloth, I just use a spot of the shampoo and rub it into the wash cloth, then gently kind of swish it around the tail area and the "undercarriage".
Don't forget the ears: I use the washcloth and my hands to give a nice wash that I disguise as an ear-rubbing ear-scratching which the cats love.
If your cats ears are dirty, it's almost guaranteed to be infested with ear mites. Ear mites are very common. The stuff you buy at the store to kill them won't work. Mineral oil won't work. Vaseline won't work. And for God sakes don't use any insect killers or repellents. See your vet and they will give you a product that will kill the mites and keep them off- you can't buy that ear mite medication yourself.
Use the shampoo impregnated wash cloth to try and clean their feet, especially between the toes. If you press gently in a certain area behind the pads of the toes, their toes will reflexively spread apart for easy cleaning.
The reason why you want to use just a TINY amount of shampoo: You don't need it to clean the cat, the water does enough
Your cat will ingest whatever is on his coat by his natural licking/cleaning, you don't want him to be eating shampoo
You'll be using the same tub water to wash as to rinse- because the sound of the tap running is terribly distressing to the cat as it's loud and sounds scary too.
Make sure you give a lot of praising with the Good Boy and Good Girl words. Pretend the bath is a nice treat. KEEP IT SHORT and SWEET- don't linger- you want the cat to learn to like the baths, not hate them. You don't want to take so long that he fully "wakes up" and has time to think and imagine to himself how horrid it is to be bathed. You want to use psychology.
Scoop him out of the tub at the same time run your hands down his body, using your hand as a weak squeegee to remove water, and don't forget the tail as that can hold a lot of water. Set him down on a thick towel, envelope him in a towel and gently rub dry. I don't recommend hair dryers as they are too hot and the sound can freak them out. If yours likes it then fine- mine don't. When that towel you use gets saturated, have another towel handy and again rub the coat gently, using the dry towel as a sort of sponge. There will be quite a lot of water held in his coat, so make sure you have plenty of towels. Keep replacing towels as you dry, and when it seems towels aren't soaking up any more water, then carry him to a clean, dry place- he'll want to run and hide, so make sure he cannot get to any place except for a clean nice area- so cut off access to areas he can escape to that he'll get dirty again. Dirt's ok, but not when he's still damp, it'll stick to the coat.
Get your cat brush and brush his coat, gently gently, it will greatly help in air-drying his coat. Brush all over, stomach too. If he has knots or matting- there is a detangler product for people that is PERFECTLY SAFE and works wonders: read the ingredients list, it is usually dimethicone or something similar- this is fine, it's nothing but silicone. It goes through the stomach (if ingested) pretty much without body absorption (ask your vet) plus, you really don't need to use a lot anyway. Spray it on your fingers, and then use your fingers to apply it on, and into, the mats or knots. Use a cat/dog brush and start from the outside of the knot, working slowly and carefully inwards. If it's a real mat, cut it out- don't try to pull the hair out. There is even a special cutting comb groomers use, that simultaneously combs the coat and if it meets a mat, cuts it out of the coat.
Use ONLY cat shampoo, failing that, last resort BABY shampoo
Have a LOT of dry towels on hand
A sleeping cat is a cat that is a LOT easier to work with!
Use only a very small amount of shampoo, no more than say, oh two tablespoons or so- using the warm water as "shampoo" instead of relying on the soap
Have a "slicker brush": I never use the brushes they sell for cats (too small and have annoying rubber tips on the ends of the bristles) but use the larger slicker brush sold for dogs- on my cats. It is a square shaped thing, with thin metal bristles and a rubber pad that holds them in. They LOVE this brush and ask me to brush them- the cat brushes are useless.
When my puppies had their shots the vet advised me to keep them away from any other animal for 48 hours. He said they are protected, but it does take time to work.
You'll need to make sure the puppy is getting plenty of fluids and if it starts to show signs of blood in their poop, you'll have to pay the vet for this one. There is no other choice on this.
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