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Courtney Conaway | 3 years ago
Frequent Flyer Here, Back With Another Question! All 3 Of My Cats Have A Current…

Frequent flyer here, back with another question! All 3 of my cats have a current issue- Milo, who you gave advice on before with his chronic rhinitis/sinusitis which we have mostly under control with nebulizing Gentamycin and saline. Lily, who I asked about recently, was diagnosed with a heart murmur who has further testing on March 18th.

But my question today is about my youngest cat Pippin, who will be 2 years old this month. Pippin has always been a piggy, and eats his food very fast. He throws up every other day or every 3 days, and it is full pieces of food mixed with some liquid, as if this food never made its way down. I tried slow feeding bowls for a few months, but when the vomiting continued I switched back to regular bowls as to not disturb the other cats with this new feeding system for no reason.

I took Pippin to the vet and he told me to try hairball gel, which Pippin luckily loved and gobbled down for a few weeks, but the vomiting continued. The vet then suggested bloodwork, which I just got the results of today. I was told that his white blood cell count was high, specifically lymphocites and the vet suggested that we do further blood work then would include feline aids and leukemia as the initial blood work did not test for those. He stated that we may also want to consider an ultrasound.

Many in my life tell me that I get “taken for a ride” by vets because they know ill fork over whatever money it takes to keep my pets healthy. I wondered what your advice would be about this situation or what steps you might be taking if you were seeing Pippin, as I trust your morals and standards more than any vet (if only you weren’t so far from me)

Thank you so much for any insight you might have.

Courtney & Pippin

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Robert Biser
Robert Biser (@rfbiser)
2 years ago

Hi, I have the same condition with one of my trapped, resued TNR cats on my farm. He is the sweetest thing (aren’t they all ). I solved the problem with him. In his case, he started out like all the rest “gobble hounds” (sorry I didn’t mean to insult the cat by calling him a hound), I figured two things were causing this. He usually only did this while eating wet foods, and it was a “semi pate type with chicken chunks” of wet food while eating to fast. Two I was giving him too much food to look… Read more »

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Krista Magnifico (@kristamagnifico)
2 years ago

Hello!! Welcome back! As the mom of a full fledged bulimic cat (jitterbug) I will tell you that this happens almost daily. He is a pig! He eats a huge volume and then within 10-15 minutes he vomits it up. It always looks like food. And he has never lost weight or had any other issues. He does this because he prefers to be an outside cat who only comes in to eat and indulge. I have done full works ups. And I check decals often but in general my advice is to 1. Monitor weight. 2. Make sure the… Read more »

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
2 years ago

I would think that further tests will help rule out possible causes, conditions, etc. And the ultrasound is probably being recommended to see if there is some sort of obstruction along the way that might be causing the vomiting, or to see if there is a mass of some sort that would need to be dealt with. I cannot speak for you, but I trust my vet and the team completely and when they recommend a test, it gets done. If you are unsure, you could ,always take your cat to get a second opinion. I will say, that I… Read more »

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Madely Pazan | 3 years ago
Hello! So On Saturday Night I Came Home And Saw Vomit All Over The Floor…

Hello! So on Saturday night I came home and saw vomit all over the floor and my cat was laying down and I noticed he couldn’t move his back legs so I took him to the hospital and he had a urinary tract infection so they did the whole procedure and put the catheter on him. He was able to come back home on Monday. He has been eating and drinking his food. He uses his litter box as soon as he’s done eating but I noticed that he does meow a bit when he’s in there and he’ll lick his genital area and meow as well, he doesn’t hiss though like he would before they diagnosed him. Is this part of the recovery process or is he getting blocked again? I’m worried and wondering if I should take him back to the hospital.

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carrie Urquhart (@carrieaurquhart)
2 years ago

Did he get medication for pain and inflammation? If he was blocked, pay careful attention to his urine output. Male cats can’t pass bladder debris, stones, or crystals very well and could easily become reblocked if the problem wasn’t solved. If recommend taking him back to the vet. Need an ultrasound or xrays done to look at the bladder and go from there.

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
2 years ago

Good morning ? I would call my vet. I’m sure that you have some sort of follow up appointment, they may want to see him sooner. The fact that he is using the litter box regularly is good, but I would err on the side of caution. Best of luck!

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Jenny Dennison | 3 years ago
Do Histiocytoma Usually Get Larger If Bumped Or Licked By Dog. Had Ours Reduced By…

Do histiocytoma usually get larger if bumped or licked by dog. Had ours reduced by 50 percent and he played too rough and now we are back at square one. How do we keep an 18 month old boxer from playing and busting this thing all over. He requires a ton of exercise but even walks have been hard because it’s on his left hind paw pad on the upper side. Any suggestions. We play in the house almost all the time but I am exhausted. There is no way we can keep a boxer puppy quiet for 2 to 3 months. When he accidentally hits it, he will limp then want to lick because either it starts itching or has started to bleed. We have been spraying gentamicin on it twice a day per our vets advice due to location and constant exposure to ground and it looked a bit infected. It helped reduce it down to the size of the tip of my finger but now it is the size of a nickel. It was confirmed by needle biopsy to be histiocytoma but is this normal? He is also on famotidine for bilious vomiting occasionally and she said it may help with this also. He takes amitriptyline for severe anxiety so is benedryl safe and possibly effective in controlling the itching and release of histamine when he bumps it?

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
2 years ago

Good morning. I’m sorry- this is tricky. I would make a phone call to the vet (they know your pet best) and check to see if there is anything else to be done. If you have a crate, that would be helpful. Sticking to a routine, where he knows when playtime and walks are, will help in keeping him calm the rest of the day…. although establishing the routine will take a bit of time. I can imagine walks are proving tricky because of the histiocytoma. Is it possible to wrap it? I do not know if that would help….… Read more »

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Venessa Romo | 3 years ago
14 Year Bichon/poodle Has Been Sick For A Week With Diarrhea And Vomiting, He Has…

14 year bichon/poodle has been sick for a week with diarrhea and vomiting, he has stopped vomiting for almos 2 daysnow. Has a scheduled ultrasound on Monday what would you recommend to feed him? I’v tried chicken and rice with veggies doesn’t want to eat it much which normal he would eat right away. He will eat if I sprinkle cheese on it. But mainly just eats all the cheese. Any recommendations to keep him comfortable till Monday?

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2 years ago

Dr. Magnifico, I’m stepping in to update you on Venessa’s behalf – she’s taking him to the clinic now. This is the patient I text you about. Charlie received fluids and hospitalization last week, was sent home with Metronidazole. Two days later, his condition worsened and the clinic recommended an ultrasound, but they can’t get the traveling doctor in until this coming Thursday to do that. She saw another Clinic on Saturday (to see if they could do the ultrasound) who told her to cease Metro (said the dose was too low for Charlie’s size anyway) and prescribed Albon, Denammarin… Read more »

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Krista Magnifico (@kristamagnifico)
2 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I need more information to offer any meaningful advice. Has your pet been under the care of a vet? Have you asked for help through the weekend? Do they have any ideas as to what might be going on? Have you tried any of the antiemetics like cerenia? What about iv fluid therapy in patient for the next two days? In my opinion you don’t need help on what to feed you need help on how to manage what’s going on now. If he is sick or nauseous he isn’t going to… Read more »

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Odhora Oposhori | 3 years ago
I Have Rescued A Kitten. It Was A Little Weak From The Beginning. It Didn’t…

I have rescued a kitten. It was a little weak from the beginning. It didn’t show much interest in eating or drinking. However it has now completely stopped eating or drinking. I have fed the kitten an egg yolk and glucose solution today. However, it also has bloated belly. It is mostly swollen on one side especially. It has pooped four times in last two and half days. Last two time it was softer but not liquid. It also has vomited thrice today. It has now become very weak and not socializing. It is midnight at my place now. Any suggestion regarding what should be done would be helpful.

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carrie Urquhart (@carrieaurquhart)
2 years ago

Might be too late for a response but, kittens who don’t eat are in bad shape. If it’s still a baby I would recommend first taking it to the vet, they can see if it’s intestinal parasites etc.. Keep the kitten warm, syringe feed kitten formula or goats milk. Their glucose can drop from not eating, and then it’s hard to maintain them. If you can force feed until a vet evaluates. All kittens have worms, but some are worse than others. Meow mix brand wet cat food is helpful when cats don’t want to eat, it smells really strong… Read more »

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
2 years ago

Hello- thank you for trying to help this kitten. I’m thinking that an X-ray will be needed. You’ve no other way of really knowing if there is some internal situation. If you have the means, I would get in to see a vet. Good luck.

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Debra Brenner | 3 years ago
Stella (the Morkie)’s Other Owner Here. Today We Took Her To The Vet For Her…

Stella (the morkie)’s other owner here. Today we took her to the vet for her first lyme disease vaccine. She was doing pretty good for a while, and even went on her walk when we got home. I left her alone for an appointment for about an hour and when I got home all she wanted to do was cuddle. She sat on top of me and was shaking. I thought that maybe she was cold, but she ended up throwing up. Could a lyme disease vaccine make a dog vomit and if so, do we need to tell our local vet about it? She got all sleepy after and curled up on me again. My poor girl 🙁

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Krista Magnifico (@kristamagnifico)
2 years ago

Hello,
Yes it sounds like it might have been related to her vet visit / trip. Often it is hard for me to tell whether the vomiting was the vaccine (probable) or the anxiety/car sickness associated with it. Taking her temperature and listening to her heart and lungs may help push me one way or the other. But YES! You absolutely need to tell your vet. I would recommend splitting up her vaccines in the future and maybe even pre medication like diphenhydramine.

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Leslie Wilson | 3 years ago
My Dog Has Been Throwing Up And The Vet Thought It Was Stress Related. She…

My dog has been throwing up and the vet thought it was stress related. She tested his pancreas and said it was fine. She gave him 4 days worth of anti nausea pills along with trazadone for anxiety and famotidine. The past two days I did not give home the trazadone because he seemed to act spaced out on it. Tonight he was acting more like himself than he has in forever. He ate good, pooped, played for a long time. I noticed he had left the room and came in to the bedroom to see him Eating his own vomit. I did notice that his breathe kind of smells like poo. I read this could be a bowl obstruction. But- we also have cats outside so he could have had a snack while I wasn’t looking. Could something like a bowl obstruction go in for this long? And does anyone have any idea what else it might be? Oh, and sometimes at night he wakes up and just licks his lips and he also did this for a while after vomiting. Thanks!

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
3 years ago

Good morning. Sorry about your dog. I think another conversation with your vet is a good idea. Let them know about the evening – how it was fairly routine and things looked good , but it still happened. You’re right, he may have had a snack while outside, but better to be safe and try to figure out what is going on. Maybe a journal would help? Best of luck.

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
3 years ago

Good morning. Sorry about your dog. I think another conversation with your vet is a good idea. Let them know about the evening – how it was fairly routine and things looked good , but it still happened. You’re right, he may have had a snack while outside, but better to be safe and try to figure out what is going on. Maybe a journal would help? Best of luck.

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Laura (@lauramiedzianowski)
3 years ago

Have you tried feeding a bland diet to see if this is a contributing factor? Try ground beef and rice for a day or two, in smaller and more frequent meals.

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Amber Williams | 3 years ago
I Don’t Know What Is Going On But Itchy Paws Seems To Be Happening To…

I don’t know what is going on but itchy paws seems to be happening to everyone this time of year. Winston usually gets itchy irritated feet during the fall…but it is much worse this year…he has been taking apoquel(sp?) … My question is, is there any long term side affects from being on this medicine for a longer time? He doesn’t show any immediate side effects like vomiting or lack of appetite. How do dogs livers and kidneys hold up when it comes to taking medicine?

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Krista Magnifico (@kristamagnifico)
3 years ago

Hello,
Apoquel is a relatively new drug. Depending on how often you are giving it to your pet we recommend a CBC and partial chem panel every 3-6 months. The medication works by influencing the immune system so using lowest effective dose and monitoring blood work is where we start. Dogs with cancer or under the age of 1 should not use this product.

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Sarah (@scgreco413)
3 years ago

Hi there? We have had dogs who were on apoquel for a certain period of time, I.e. allergy season, with no ill effects. You should talk to your vet office about your concerns to be sure. Best of luck!