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Sophia | 2 months ago
Hi Dr. Mag, I Came Across Some Of Your Videos On YouTube And That Brought Me …

Hi Dr. Mag, Gatsby and I need your help.
I came across some of your videos on YouTube and that brought me to your blogs and finally here to Pawbly.com I feel so fortunate to have found your videos you seem so knowledgeable and more importantly empathetic. The care you have for animals truly shines through. I feel so helpless When it comes to my little guy Gatsby. He is 8 years old and has been very healthy all his life, But within the last six weeks we have been experiencing some urinary issues. I did think he had a blockage because he was unable to urinate for close to 24 hours, he seemed lethargic and did not want to eat. I took him to the vet first thing in the morning and he was given an x-ray which did not show any signs of kidney stones. He was given fluids under the skin, an antibiotic shot and sent home with 5 days dosage of Prozasin. The vet diagnosed him with feline lower urinary tract disease, yet he did not take any urine samples because he said that Gatsby’s bladder was very small and he was unable to collect a sample. He did not take any blood either. Within a couple days Gatsby was again exhibiting the same symptoms so I asked around for personal referrals and took him to a different vet. This vet said the same thing, Gatsby’s bladder was very small, but he kept him for a few hours to collect urine and did perform blood analysis and lab work. This was a Saturday and the vet suggested I switched him to a prescription urinary diet and informed me I would receive lab results that Monday. When the vet called all of his lab work came back clear, no infection, no signs of crystals, no signs of cystitis, kidneys functioning properly and he does not have diabetes. The vet suggested I keep him on a prescription diet and suggested that he lose weight because he is a big boy at 15 pounds. This was about a month ago and Gatsby has had two more episodes since. He is licking himself a lot. He travels to his box many times and is only producing small dots of urine, he has on a handful of occasions exhibited inappropriate urination, but only during these flareups which tend to last 2 to 3 days. I’ve called the vet to discuss Gatsby’s condition and his solution is to have the surgery performed. I have read a lot of literature, watched a lot of videos and have taken him to two different vets to try and find answers and help for him. It hurts me to see him struggling. He is on a wet food only diet, I do not feed him any dry food or dry treats. I have tried a urinary health chew which he receives once a day. I have noticed that he has not been drinking water as he used to prior to these episodes. I have a water fountain for him I’ve tried fresh water in different types of bowls, I’ve tried water with ice, he’s just very resistant to drinking water now. Any advice or guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello, I think part of the problem is that no one is really sure of his diagnosis. Straining can look like a lot of other things too. I always check the gi system and the urinary system for a cat displaying litter box issues. What that means is that I do a rectal exam. I check the colon the feces (send to the lab) and anal sacs. I also check a urine sample. I even do a urine culture and sensitivity of I can’t find the source of the problem. I think your diet plan is good but I would… Read more »

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Nicole | 6 months ago
I Have A 12 Year Old Female Cat. She Was Obese For Several Years. I Managed To …

I have a 12 year old female cat. She was obese for several years. I managed to get weight off of her a few months before these issues. There has been a lot of urination outside of the box. The urination has been going on a long time and initially I thought it was behavior because I adopted a rescue dog in October 2018 she hasn’t been thrilled about the dog. Right around the time my cat turned 12 she started with the urination… February or March.

In the last couple of weeks her thirst increased significantly. Also just laying on her side on the floor, not wanting to be in her bed or on the furniture. She’s losing weight /muscle mass and she is hoarse. She is still eating, I had to coax her a bit one day so I made chicken broth from drumsticks she’s been drinking a good amount of the broth and ate chicken and her canned food. She’s actually been gulping the food down.

I can’t tell if this is kidney related or diabetes. I have not noticed bad breath. I am in a real bind and need to figure out what else to do for her till I can get money for a vet.

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Inappropriate urination is often the first noticeable sign something is wrong. Increased thirst means this has been going on long enough to be a total body problem. I would put a lot of effort into getting her seen sooner than later…going too long can and will cause further damage to her already very sick body.

(Dr. M told me bad breath is kidneys. Expect a full urinalysis and bloodwork, plus the possibility of subcutaneous fluids and prescription diet.)

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Michelle | 8 months ago
Blocked Cat Cannot Urinate After Catheter Treatment. Brought Our Boy (age 6) To The Vet Friday 9/13/19 He …

Blocked Cat Cannot Urinate after catheter treatment. Brought our boy (age 6) to the vet Friday 9/13/19 He was totally blocked. Vet did catheter and IV overnight. Showed great improvement. Still a bit slow to urinate but peed beautifully (on the toilet bowl–yes he often does this). Vet wanted to keep him for observation while we were at work, but again his urination was only dribbles. He’s back at the vet for 2nd night of overnight catheter again. Any insight?? Vet is saying the slow urine stream/lack of urine is due to inflammation. Then how did he pee so beautifully on Wednesday? Very confused, frustrated, and want our baby back home! Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated Thanks.

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Good morning- The one time that we had this with one of our cats was many years ago. I wish that the vet we saw them (not who we now see) had kept him for observation and sent us home with better instruction. We ended up having an extremely costly surgery and luckily no recurrence after that. I also researched and changed our litter and we did a diet change. I feel that if our vet at the time had given us better instruction after the first occurrence, as well as had kept him overnight to make sure he was… Read more »

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Lydia Schlitzkus | 11 months ago
An Unblocking Procedure On A 4 Year Old Feline (cat)
Treatment Cost (USD): $1446.00
Ricky came in to Jarrettsville Vet Center with symptoms of not urinating and hiding in his house as well as vomiting. His owners were concerned that he wasn't acting like himself. After an examination he was determined to have a urinary blockage. Ricky had urinary problems for about a month prior to the eventual blockage. This is a common occurrence with cats and it is important to talk with your vet about a treatment plan.
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Barbara | 11 months ago
I Have A Cat 10 Years Of Age, Flash. He Had A Tumor That Was Detected After …

I have a cat 10 years of age, Flash. He had a tumor that was detected after he chewed on his privates and was unable to pee. I took him to the vet and was told they had to remove tumor and his male parts. So after spending about 1500.00, a discount because I also had my other cat that cost 500 for shots and fixing and chipped. After about two months my cat once again had issue peeing. I am now told it will cost another $2000 to do another surgery where they will make a knew opening. I am at ends wit because I can’t do another $2000 when thinking the first surgery was to fix the issue. Was something not done correctly the first time? All I am told is that he heals too fast and the tissue is weak and can’t maintian an opening to pee needing a new one.

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Hello,
I’m sorry but I am not quite sure what is going on here. I think that I would recommend that you get a second opinion from a feline specialist or a vet your friends or family recommend. Or go back to your vet and ask for assistance in exposing what’s going on and why?
I think you need some clarification before making any big decisions. In the meantime you can ask about intermediate palliative care. Please keep me posted on progress and good luck!

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Jenny Weber | 12 months ago
My Cat Was Taken Into The Vet Yesterday With What They Said Was A Partial…

My cat was taken into the vet yesterday with what they said was a partial blockage. They said his urine presented with calcium crystals and there was particles (sludge) in the bladder. They told me to pay $1500 to catheter him and keep him for a few days but that almost leads to Re-blockage once the catheter is pulled so they recommend to put him to sleep. He is only 2 I was bawling so they offered to put in a catheter and inject saline and then flushed the bladder that way. He is home and went pee last night but now hasn’t gone pee for almost 24 hours . He is eating, taking his pills and drinking. Should I be worried what are the next steps ? I should mention that he didn’t drink or eat much yesterday. I am concerned it is almost 24 hours and he hasn’t gone pee. Could he be reblocked due to lack of fluids ?

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Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your cat. Can you go to your regular veterinarian for help? I don’t know enough about your cat to offer much meaningful assistance. BUT, in general these cats benefit from fluid therapy (ideally, intravenously). BUT, it is first important to know whats going on and why it happened? In most cases cats this age have either a UTI or cystitis. Both benefit from fluids to flush out the bladder BUT they have to be able to pass urine AND NOT get blocked,,, which requires hospitalization and immediate unblocking. In my clinic we help people… Read more »

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Hello,
It sounds like you have started on a good plan. I can’t answer what caused the crystals but diet, lifestyle and any meds should all be scrutinized. Keep a close eye on him and the litter box and find a vet that you trust who will help you from start to finish. Keep me posted and very best of luck.

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Cheryl Glisson | 12 months ago
My 10 Yr Old Maltese Was Laying On My Bed. When I Took Her Off…

My 10 yr old Maltese was laying on my bed. When I took her off of it the area she was laying on was very wet. Not urine wet. There was no odor. But I could feel the wetness and see where it stained. Although it was very light. Her body wasn’t wet. I know that it wasn’t from anything else. She was showing signs of being nervous when I first put her there. It’s very confusing.

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I would watch carefully to see if you continue to notice “wet spots” where she lays. My dog has Spay-Induced Incontinence, she leaks urine when she is sleeping. It is often odorless as well as my girl also has a condition where she does not concentrate her urine. If you continue to notice these wet spots a trip to the vet would be warranted to see if there is a medical cause and treatment. Best of luck!

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I agree with Jenn. It sounds like urine to me. Sometimes when urine is dilute it has very little odor. At 10years old, I would definitely recommend some baseline bloodwork and a urinalysis.

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Sharon Kim | 1 year ago
My Male Cat Has Trouble Passing Urine Today, Went To The Vet And Was Diagnosed…

My male cat has trouble passing urine today, went to the vet and was diagnosed with idiopathic cystitis. He’s not completely blocked only passing tiny dribbles of urine. Was prescribed an anti inflammatory, pain meds and new wet food. He’s been drinking lots of water and not eating since we got back from the vet. I’m worried about him. Was told to wait and see and then come back if no change or symptoms worsen. He’s been hiding under the bed no improvement. Won’t eat. We have some calming spray and topical drops coming in the mail soon just to see if that helps with any stress. Would love to hear anything you can contribute.

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Hello, For cases like this when I have a very worried and devoted parent I ask them if they would like to learn how to palpate their pets bladder to be better able to monitor at home and also to give sq fluids to keep the bladder as flushed as possible. If you can afford it hospitalize your cat for iv fluids and have them monitor. Then I recommend you switch to a urinary formula canned food and maybe even add water. Also products like cranmate or dasaquin might help. Ask about what you can do at home. Ask about… Read more »

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Leslie Mosley | 1 year ago
My Cat Is On Purina Urinary Tract Dry Food Because He Was Blocked Before But…

My cat is on Purina Urinary Tract dry food because he was blocked before but he has a LOT of diarrhea lately. What could I give him that will help his block problem as well as his stomach/digestive issue? Thanks in advance!

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Honestly, I’d address this with your vet. They’re the ones who put your cat on that diet, and they should be involved in any future dietary changes.

Krista Magnifico
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In cases like this we certainly discuss the possibility of diet changes to help the diarrhea but it may also significantly impact the reformation of the urinary crystals which might be really bad. I always talk about things like lifestyle, environment, possible other diseases and recommend a fecal exam sent to the lab and an exam to start. I typically also use a probiotic to help firm up the stool and help keep the gi tract healthy. I like fortiflora it’s otc. Please talk to your vet for help.

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Austin Williams | 1 year ago
I Think My Cat Has A Urinary Tract Infection. I Took Him To A Vet…

I think my cat has a urinary tract infection. I took him to a vet the other day. They took a urine sample and gave me some medicing to help ease his pain while the urine was being tested. I’m waiting to hear back from them. Do you know of a place where pet care is cheap or free in Chicago? If he needs the surgery, I cannot afford the high cost.

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If it isn’t a uti, then most likely meds will suffice. If it turns out to be something else and surgery is required, then I would call around or speak to your vet about payment options. See if a deposit with weekly or monthly installments will work. See if your local animal rescue could help out. And yu could also apply for care credit or animal health insurance too, to help out with any future expenses. Best of luck!

scgreco413
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Sorry, if it IS a uti, not isn’t.

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https://archive.org/details/homeopathiccaref00hami This is a link to the book Homeopathy for Cats and Dogs by Don Hamilton DVM. You can borrow it online through this link or check out the hard copy from your local library. https://joettecalabrese.com/blog/recurring-utis-and-antibiotics-stop-the-cycle/ This is a link to an article explaining what is wrong with using antibiotics. Although it is about human use, the same principles apply. Following is the text on UTI’s in cats from Don Hamilton’s book. I successfully used Cantharis 30, Apis Mel 30 (if animal has little thirst), and Arsenicum alb 30 (if animal has great thirst). All of these can be purchased… Read more »

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Hello, At my practice I receive the results in 24 hours. Call your vet. The results should be back by now. I also think a few things are very helpful and important. One exercise. Two diet. I always recommend feeding a high quality wet food with water added. It helps to keep the bladder flushed and protects against uti or cystitis. Next I recommend a urinary supplement like cranmate. To be used daily. After that I teach my clients how to recognize a problem at home. By monitoring the litter box. Getting urine samples every 2-4 weeks and palpating the… Read more »