How can I find a vet I can trust? PDSA VET IAN FLEMING ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS; your PETS.
QI think my dog - a Great Dane - has pulled a muscle in his back leg.
What should I do? A If your dog is limping, it's important that the cause is diagnosed to ensure that the correct treatment is given, so I would recommend taking your dog to your vet. Soft tissue injuries are relatively common and often respond well to rest and sometimes medication. Another possible cause of lameness is a condition called osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). This typically affects younger, growing dogs and is caused when cartilage in the dog's joints becomes damaged or grows abnormally. Treatment can range from rest and anti-inflammatories for mild cases to surgery for more serious cases.
Q My cat has been coughing a lot recently. What is causing her cough and is there anything I can give her? A There are a few conditions of the respiratory system (lungs and airways) which can cause a cat to cough. These include feline asthma, a parasite infestation, an infection or a tumour that is pressing on the airways. Some conditions are more serious than others and they all require a different treatment approach. To ensure your cat gets the treatment she needs, take her to your vet to be examined.
Email your questions to Ian Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org. The PDSA has two hospitals locally: Aston PetAid Hospital, 1 Dulverton Road, Witton, Birmingham, B6 7EQ. Birmingham Quinton PetAid Hospital, 456/458 Hagley Road West, Oldbury, Birmingham, B68 0DL.
For information about PDSA PetAid services call 0800 731 2502. To donate or fundraise, visit www.pdsa.org.uk