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Bill Barks | 1 year ago
I Have A 14 Year Old Cat And Overall She Is In Really Good Shape…

I have a 14 year old cat and overall she is in really good shape for her age, except for allergies. She is on a special diet of Royal Canin Calm dry food and Hydrolyzed treats. I also give her the med in gravy once a day. She just had a senior lab workup a week ago and her glucose was elevated and the vet is concerned it might be diabetes ( I’ve been advised that a diagnosis of diabetes cannot be made just on one lab test – makes sense). I also found out that the med she takes, and has taken for awhile (which is Prednisolone), causes the blood glucose to go up and can lead to diabetes. I am livid! I’ve asked the vet and a compounding pharmacist all along if there were any long term negative side effects for her taking this med and they both said emphatically no. That was a lie. Raising the sugar over time and causing diabetes is actually a very significant negative side effect. I need to immediately change to a liquid allergy med (that we can have flavored like with chicken – works well), that does not raise the sugar and is safer than Prednisolone. I’m in the medical profession and Prednisone in humans can be an evil drug and causes problems in diabetic patients, for example my wife. Need your help. Thanks much.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello.
I’m so sorry about your frustration. I’m not sure what your question is. But I will agree with you that I rarely ever use prednisone long term with my patients as I fear the long term consequences and side effects. I diagnose diabetes by the presence of elevated blood sugar and glucose in the urine. Ask about stopping the pred (most pets need to taper before stopping) and see if that resolves the elevated blood glucose. Good luck. If you need a second opinion I would ask about a referral or find a vet you trust.

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Herman Druckman | 1 year ago
Is There A Rule Of Thumb Protocol That Vets Go By Regarding Giving Booster…

Is there a rule of thumb protocol that vets go by regarding giving booster shots to a 17 yr old cat with an ear infection that will be given antibiotics to treat the ear infection?

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
There really isn’t. We are at our best if we talk about our patients and clients concerns and address any underlying issues that might make vaccines more taxing on the pet, or less effective, or perhaps even detrimental based on their current health status. But in some cases we elect to vaccinate even when they have a health issue. It’s always best to talk to your vet before vaccinating, especially if there is a health issue going on.

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Nikki B | 1 year ago
How Do You Clear A Blocked Urethra On A Male Cat, If You Catch The…

How do you clear a blocked urethra on a male cat, if you catch the problem quick enough, before having to go to vet?

My cat seems to continue getting urethra blockage with sludge, crystals, etc. He’s on the science diet C/D formula. Nothing else. Dry and wet. Why does this seem to continue happening. Is there a way to help him unblock veggie taking him to the vet

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
I have multiple YouTube videos on blocked cats. In them I describe that I think it is almost impossible and highly improbable that you can do this without sedation or anesthesia unless they are so sick and debilitated that they are comatose (which absolutely happens) but waiting that long is too long and the prognosis for them to unblock or survive with a good prognosis is slim and too dangerous to chance.

Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning, I’m so sorry that this is a recurring problem for you. We had a cat years ago that we had to put through two major surgeries for the same thing. After the second surgery and the Rx food, he did well. I think that you should speak with your vet about other things you could do at home to try to prevent this in the future. Your vet may be able to prescribe some homeopathic remedies and prevention methods as well. And I do know that we had to change the type of cat litter that we were… Read more »

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Jillian Fouts | 1 year ago
I Have A Senior Cat Who Goes Into Labored Open Mouth Breathing When He Is…

I have a senior cat who goes into labored open mouth breathing when he is in a hard purr and also has wheezing and snoring but otherwise acts normal – eats, drinks, and is active for his age. The snoring is even when he’s not in a deep slumber and it can be an airy rattle if that makes sense and he has a little squeak when he swallows. I saw your video on the cat with a polyp and thought maybe this could be what he has except that he’s almost 17 so the vet suggested it probably isn’t since that’s more of a young cat thing but did suggest a scope and CT which will cost me 2500-3500 and he will have to be put under. In reading about breathing, heart disease can also cause breathing problems and since he has heart disease I would hate to spend all the money and put him through that to be told the scope didn’t show anything. I’ve also been reading about asthma, but my regular vet nor the specialist even mentioned that it could be that and from what I’ve read, it’s hard to diagnose. He’s a flame point Siamese and he has early ckd and some heart disease (stage 3/4 systolic murmur and hypertension), so I’m nervous about putting him under. Aside from these “old man” things, the specialist and my regular vet say his labs are spectacular. The specialist said when she is presented with a cat that has these conditions, they bloodwork and labs never look this good. So I certainly don’t want to put him down if he looks good but I also feel like he can’t be comfortable with these breathing episodes. One thing to note, when they did bloodwork a couple of weeks ago, his eosinophils were elevated which I have read can be linked to upper respiratory and asthma. Im putting the link to videos of the wheezing and purring to see if you’ve ever seen such a thing in a cat. I sure wish I had you closer by. Thank you so much!
Jill

Wheezing https://youtu.be/gaf7WCRzu80

Purr/breathing https://youtu.be/kqnd4YORenY

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

hello, i reviewed your videos, i think that it is appears as if the wheezing is in the oropharynx area. It also appears to be primarily it the inspiratory phase of the purring/breathing. There are internal medicine specialists who focus on this kind of clinical sign. I am not sure if there are any in your area though? I think the best place to start is at a feline specialists office. They tend to be more affordable and accessible. See if they can help start to rule out things before you jump into a scope. In my practice for cases… Read more »

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Elizabeth Spar | 1 year ago
My 2 Kittens Were Spayed Last Week And Both Have Developed A Seroma. One Of…

My 2 kittens were spayed last week and both have developed a seroma. One of which is leaking a bit. We have 2 other cats and never experienced this with the others. The vet said they are caused by being overactive, is this accurate? They were both relatively calm and quiet for most of the week after their spay and these just developed within the past 2 days. After we had them rechecked at the vet Monday, they told us to separate them and basically quarantine them to separate bedrooms. We tried this yesterday but keeping them isolated has just caused them to be overactive when they finally get to come back out. We don’t want to make them go crazy from the isolation. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you in advance!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I can’t really offer an opinion for the surgery or after care. And I’m not sure that blame or identification of underlying cause is helpful at this point. I do however think it is relevant and appropriate for you to inquire who did the surgery and what their experience level is. You can get a copy of the doctors notes and ask the vet if perhaps surgical technique was a part of the seroma. I see these as learning opportunities not sources of blame. Then ask for help in getting your kittens through this. Collectively and productively. If you… Read more »

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Marie Spencer | 1 year ago
The Difference Between Prescription Cat Foods, Why Won’t My Vet Approve A Grain Free Diet…

The difference between prescription cat foods, why won’t my vet approve a grain free diet for my cat?
I tried to get the blue buffalo rx food but my vet will only approve science diet or royal canin

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Julia Morrell
1 year ago

i would switch to a holistic veterinarian. look on ahvma.

Sarah
1 year ago

This is a discussion to have with your vet. Having said that, there are many mixed reviews about grain free, is it healthy, necessary, beneficial, etc. I would really talk to the vet and ask them to explain their thinking.

Laura
1 year ago

Sarah – cats are obligate carnivores. They don’t need grain.
Marie, I agree with Sarah in that this is a conversation for your vet. Ask them WHY. If they won’t give you an answer, I’d get in touch with a veterinary nutritionist.

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Hannah morrison | 1 year ago
I Recently Adopted A Cat From The Local Rescue. She Is 4 Years Old And…

I recently adopted a cat from the local rescue. She is 4 years old and has been returned to the animal shelter 6 times and she was set up to be euthanized. I couldnt let this happen do we adopted her and now even with two litter boxes that are cleaned daily, she is urinating on furniture and blankets and really anything she can get too. We are taking her to a behaviorist to try to help her but idk what else to try and tonight I’m at my wits end. She peed on my quilt that my grandmother handmade me. I just need suggestions on what to do

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

I agree with all of the above. And start meds before you get to your wits end. These cases often take lots of time and patience. But I firmly believe that where there is a will there is a way. I wish you the best of luck. She is lucky to have found you.

Sarah
1 year ago

Hi? Thank you for saving this kitty!!!! Totally agree with confining her to her own space with multiple litter boxes, BUT I wouldn’t have anything valuable (like another quilt from grandma or special piece of furniture or something). And make sure to visit her and play with her and cuddle with her many times a day/evening. And I know that this sounds crazy, but my grandparents had a cat that the toilet trained (like actual toilet?)using treats, so perhaps when you catch her using the littler box a treat right away might help.

Laura
1 year ago

Vet first. Then confine her to one smallish room for the time being, and keep the door SHUT. Make sure she has 2 litterboxes in that room, plus food/water/cat tree. Spend time with her in that room every day. Behaviorist is a good next step.

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Alicia Buice | 1 year ago
My Friend Was Sending Me Pictures Of His Cat When I Noticed That She Has…

My friend was sending me pictures of his cat when I noticed that she has no pupils and that her eyes are very clouded. I’m guessing that she’s blind but i’m not 100 percent sure because I googled it and found everything on dialated and small pupils but nothing about the absense of them. I was just hoping to get some professional advice- he doesn’t have the money to take her to the vet and he really is worried about her.

He said she isn’t clumsy but that she’s lived there for a long time so maybe she’s just used to the house.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, The eye is a complicated three dimensional structure and by your description alone I cannot tell if this is a corneal problem or a problem with the internal components. If she had always been this way and if she is acting normally I would recommend a vet cost when he is able If this is a new occurrence than I recommend seeing a vet sooner. Call all of the local rescues and shelters for recommendations on affordable care. At my clinic an exam is $50 and I can oftenhekp guide people with affordable options from there. I hope this… Read more »

Sarah
1 year ago

I think it would be a discussion to have at the next check up with the vet.

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JoAnn Sevey | 1 year ago
My Friend Took Her Kitten To The Vet This Morning To Get Spayed. When She…

My friend took her kitten to the vet this morning to get spayed. When she went back to pick her up the vet told her the cat vomited 10 minutes after surgery & the vomit went into her lungs… Is this
a common thing that happens ?

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1 year ago

Hello,
No in my experience this is not common. I don’t allow my clients to feed their pets for 6-12 hours before surgery. And I try to avoid using an anesthetic that can cause vomiting. I would ask your vet for more details and info and what follow up measures or precautions you should take.

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Katy Virasingh | 1 year ago
Hi- I Just Read Your Blog About Minnie. I Am An American Cat Owner…

Hi- I just read your blog about Minnie. I am an American cat owner living in Thailand, so communicating with the vets is difficult. I’m on the verge on having my cat euthanized (tomorrow), and i just can’t make a decision. I hoping you will provide information to help me make a decision. Sammy is a ten year old male. Here is his history:
Dec 7-28- hiding under bed with dilated pupils but eating normally (history of spraying and hiding- not a happy cat so I wasn’t overly concerned, I palpated him and he didn’t seem to have any pain and I figured he got spooked)
Dec 29- I noticed he was a little lame so I brought him to local vet who couldn’t find anything wrong but spinal bone spurs and prescribed him Tramadol. It tasted bitter, he foamed at the mouth and started eating much less. I believe his feeding aversion started here.
Dec 31- I found a neurologist who gave him an MRI and he had surgery for a herniated disc Jan 2, 2019 and was diagnosed with a spinal infarction. He had a hard time clearing the anesthesia drugs bc of his kidney function but it is now normal.
Month of January- Slowly improving in ability to walk but losing interest in food more and more, (doctor says attributable to drowsiness caused by Pregabalin for neuropathic pain) losing weight. (Also, had ataxia from reaction to anti depressant used as appetite stimulant.) He had to be hand fed strips of ham, I believe he developed a further food aversion from me trying to syringe feed him pureed roasted chicken at around Jan 31.
Feb 1- I asked the vet to put an E tube in him because of his refusal to eat on his own. He was doing ok and walking better until his tube fell out and he had to have a new surgery mid-February to replace it. Surgery and clearing anesthesia drugs is really hard on him. Since then, his walking was getting better but then it suddenly got worse and the doctor found that his potassium was low – it got better once he changed to renal diet and Renavast. He has also been on Pregabalin for neuropathic pain, Apolet and Kasavan.

March- His walking got worse again, and I saw him endure one small stroke but the vet was not too concerned. Vet said he has reduced blood flow to his back left leg. He had replaced Kasavan with Apolet, but then added Kasavan back into his medication regimen. He is not improving in the last two weeks with the addition of the Kasavan, he drags himself to the litterbox to poop but pees in his bed. He still grooms himself and responds to me but he has a low growl when I touch him- probably bc he is so sick of all the poking and prodding. He has NO INTEREST in eating. I withheld food for 18 hours this week and withheld Pregabalin (bc the doctor said it makes him sleepy and not eat) and still NO INTEREST.

About 4 times along this journey I’ve decided it’s time to euthanize him but then he perks up and I decide not to. He is normal other than not eating, lying in bed all day (bc he can barely walk) and peeing on himself. He grooms himself and poops in litter box. I don’t think he is in acute pain but his pupils are often dilated, which just may be from stress of being incapacitated. I have varied amount of PG I give him to test his pain, and he doesn’t to be in pain but I’m not sure. I haven’t been able to get him to purr for a week or so, usually he will purr at night if I bring him into bed with me.

The vet says 90% of the time cats recover from spinal infarction. He told me start physical therapy with him but I tried and he hates it and it just upsets him more. I can’t figure out if there is any hope of him getting better. Like I said, he has always been a grumpy, hiding cat and often would growl if you approach him to pet him so that is not new. I was hoping to give him a few last years of his life. I think he is depressed and I don’t know of any way to get him out of his funk, and I still don’t know if he will ever recover use of his legs or will just get worse.

ANY INSIGHT??????????????? THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your cat and the difficulties you have had getting answers. I also want to state that I cannot, and will not ever, make a decision for a pet. That has to be your decision. You know him and you have to always be their advocate. It isn’t fair to him to let others decide. I do think that there are some pretty big holes in the plan as you present it. I don’t know if anyone did bloodwork or xrays or have repeated them as he has progressed. I also think that… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

hello, the feeding tube stays in for as long as it is needed. I always advise leaving all sorts of food options out at all times and using an appetite stimulant to help encourage the eating on their own. If you trust your vet then follow their guidance and keep pestering them (respectfully and graciously) for direction. I am not going to answer all of your concerns as it sounds like you have already asked/addressed them. I do feel like in the end cats need loads and loads and loads of dedicated patience. I have known some cats who need… Read more »