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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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Customer: My cat is gagging etc as though something is stuck in his throat.. not sure what to do
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: I have been aware of it for about 2 hours. He appears to be uncomfortable, unable to settle. Every now and then he gags. Earlier he ate some dry food and forced it up i.e. he was sick. But no grass.
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Customer: Hmm - easier said than done. I'm in Sicily. In between his discomfort he is settled. All I want to know is whether I can wait until the morning before going to the vet?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. To understand better if there is urgency here I need you to do a few things for me...

1) Please check your cat's gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).

2) Please assess his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute at rest.

3) Please take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 4 cm into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 38-39.2C. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
As there was no reply yesterday evening, I called the vet.
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