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MY BABY
MY BABY  
Hello there. I was just a concerned citizen who really loves cats. I just to ask what disease or infection that the kitten(I'll attach a picture) just got. It have small maggots in her right eye. Its really many. The her lower right chin or jaw is swelling and now it have a hole. Its like decaying. She lost weight and she's now very very thin. Just the other day she was healthy and playing then I saw her like that. She's crying in pain.

I want to cure her but I dont know how. I love her. And I dont want her to be just like that. She has a sister and died a week ago just the same allergy or what that she have. Can I do something?

The picture that I will send was just captured today.

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Hi Anna,

This kitten needs to see a veterinarian right away. I don't know what is going on with her but she is very ill and needs medical care. This is not something that can be done "at home."

Get her into see a vet right away to take care of this abscess under her chin and the maggots. Kittens can die very quickly from a maggot infestation.

She should be tested for feline viruses as well, such as leukemia, FIV, FIP and other ones. If her immune system is compromised from a virus she will have a hard time getting well.

Please get her to a veterinarian right away!!  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT

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PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!

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I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

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Audubon,World Wildlife Federation, American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians.

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Licensed with California and Oregon, RVT and CVT. Certified Veterinary Dental Technician Have over 1500 logged hours of Continuing Education Credits(that means I keep up to date!).

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Nominated for Expert of the Month for the last 5 years.

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