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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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My name is ***** ***** my male neutered cat Madgi has a

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Customer: my name is ***** ***** my male neutered cat Madgi has a great appetite, a big belly but I can feel and see his back bone. He was dewormed. but problem persists. can you tell me what I can do forhim?
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Customer: He is about 2 yrs old seems to have low energy but follows me every where and then plunks down like he is exhausted. he is a indoor cat but is a great mouser.
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Whenever I hear "big belly" I'm concerned about abdominal effusion - an accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity. This can occur secondary to right-sided heart failure, infections such as with the FIP virus or bacteria, and both hepatic and renal insufficiencies. His "low energy/seeming like he's exhausted" is worrisome for heart disease (cardiomyopathy/heart muscle disease is most common) and so his vet will want to perform a thorough phsyical exam on him paying particular attention to auscultating (listening to) his heart. If fluid is suspected in his abdomen, a small sample of it should be aspirated out of his abdomen and examined for its physical qualities and cellularity.

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