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female 16, is having distress swallowing and head shaking.

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female 16, is having distress swallowing and head shaking. able to eat soft food and alittle water only. help
Submitted: 1 year ago via Cat-Lovers-Only.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 1 year ago.
Hi, I'm Dr. Friend. I will help you make a plan for Rosebud today. How long has she been acting this way?
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 1 year ago.
I don't know how your question was placed in the dog category, but I can still answer your question. Can you reply to my questions?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


she has been on the decline for months now, weighing in at about 7 lbs.


rosebud has always had a very good appitite until yesterday when I noticed the difficulty swallowing and head shaking. she is also very verbal. we are in touch with our vet on a regular basis

Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 1 year ago.
Excellent. Can you tell me what tests your vet has already done? Any blood work? Does she go outside? Has she always been vocal, or is that a new development?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


all test, current on all shots, does go out occassionaly, I thought maybe she ate a bee and stung with the response in her throat activity. could it be a stroke?

Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 1 year ago.
I think that it is unlikely that she's had a stroke. However, it is possible that she was bit or stung by an insect, but that would not cause the long term weight loss. Her signs could also be in response to dental disease or an ear problem.

I recommend having her evaluated by your regular vet. I would start with a physical exam and some current blood work. She may need sedation for a thorough oral exam. Hopefully, this will be enough to give us a diagnosis and begin as treatment plan.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

the other noticable sign is that she is having a hard time lowering her head. I am putting her water and food plate at an elevation to ease her discomfort. she is unable to eat crunchy food and is still shaking her head, almost like a tremer. please advise

Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 1 year ago.
This seems to be related to a local source of discomfort. Ears, teeth, lymph nodes, etc may be inflamed and painful causing the head shake, difficulty eating, and discomfort when bending her neck.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


what do I need to do before a vet visit on Tuesday? I will take her to emergency if symtoms begin to escalate. thank you

Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 1 year ago.
Continue to offer canned food and encourage her to drink using dilute chicken broth and tuna juice. You can try warm compresses around her neck, jaw and ears for 5 minutes at a time if she tolerates it.

Keep her inside so she doesn't get into trouble and so that you can monitor her.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I believe that this could be related to her right ear. after checking it, there is some darker residue that I just cleaned out. she has a history of this. I have orbax oral and clavamox pills. should I start her on one of these?
I really appreciate your help!

Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 1 year ago.
No, unfortunately, oral medications do not trend to be helpful in cases of feline otitis. More often, topical medications are required.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I will
try the compress at this time. thanks

Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 1 year ago.
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