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Swollen Leg
Swollen Leg  

Swollen Leg
Swollen Leg  
Dear Dr. Christina,

My 5 weeks old kitten recently has a very swollen leg but no obvious wound; attached are the pictures.

She could not put the leg on the ground and she's making sound as if she's in pain!

I read the info on your website regarding First Aid Kit  for Home and Travel:
"Activated charcoal use mixed with water topically for snake bite wounds or internally for diarrhea especially you suspect poisoning"

After applying the activated charcoal topically on her leg, do I need to cover it with cloth as her mother might ingest it when grooming her?

Is it harmful for her mother if she lick the activated charcoal?

Your cooperation and kind assistance are greatly appreciated!

Thanks & regards,

since you do not see a wound, it is probably not a snake bite, so I would not do the charcoal. If would be ok for mom to lick it since we also use charcoal internally to treat diarrhea and ingestion of toxins.

I would suspect an abscess or more likely, a broken leg since she could not put the leg on the ground. You really do need professional help for this one.
Thanks for asking and I hope you can find someone with expertise to help you.

Dr. C.

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I can give you the holistic approach to any problem, mostly for dogs and cats and some farm animals and horses. Depending on the condition and the type of animal, I will be able to give very specific treatment suggestions such as what flower essences, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, diet changes, lifestyle changes or herbs that may be helpful - not drugs. I can also suggest where you can go for further education or to find a specialist in a specific holistic field. I can help you understand why your animal is ill and what improvements can be expected. I do not check messages more than every one to two days, so PLEASE DO NOT ask about EMERGENCIES - call your local veterinarian. I cannot diagnose your animal. I cannot prescribe specific treatments. I am no longer very current with conventional treatments, so cannot answer questions on those. I am not an expert on birds or small critters. I am not an expert in breeding, birthing or babies.


I graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and began using homeopathy in my practice after a client introduced me to it. By 1988 I was using exclusively holistic treatments. I began lecturing in 1987 and have spoken at veterinary conferences, health food stores, people's homes, churches, veterinary college conferences - anywhere people want to learn more about keeping their animals healthy.

Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (I helped found this one) American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association National Center for Homeopathy American Veterinary Medical Association

I have written in many magazines, journals and newspapers. A few include Bark Magazine; Journal of the AHVMA; Baltimore Dog Magazine; Whole Dog Journal; Tiger Tribe; Wolf Clan. I have also been frequently interviewed on radio and TV. I am Associate Editor for the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, so often have articles there.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Certified Veterinary Homeopath (CVH)

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