Ask the Vet: Question/Answer for September 2007

Question: HI!,

I am hoping you can help me with a vet question concerning a kitten I recently purchased from the Humane Society of Dayton through a pet store in Centerville. He is approx. 12 weeks old and we have had him about 2 weeks.

About 4 days ago we noticed one of his eyes was red and somewhat inflamed and that the hair around the eye was falling out. He licks his paw and rubs the eye and closes it often. I am wondering if he might have pink eye. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated. I am a single mom of 2 and I don't have a lot of money to take him to the vet right now, so even if you knew of an inexpensive vet in the Dayton area that may help also.

He is a precious little guy and we love him and don't want him to suffer. So any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.



Answer: Dawn,

Your kitten does need to be seen by a vet ASAP, but I would call the Humane Society first because they should treat him for you for free. If you have problems with them, please contact another vet in the area. You may reach me at Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Kim Burkhardt