How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 27998
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
55012488
Type Your Cat Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

MY CAT HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PANCREATITIS AND WONT DRINK

Customer Question

MY CAT HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PANCREATITIS AND WONT DRINK OR EAT FOR THE LAST 2 WEEKS. THE VET HAS ME INFUSING 150 ML OF LACTATED RINGER ONCE A DAY SUBCUTANEOUSLY AT HOME.
DOESNT IT MAKE SENSE TO REPLACE OR SUPPLEMENT THE LACTAED RINGER SOLUTION WITH A PROCALAMINE SOLUTION OR SIMILIAR CONTAINING AMINO ACIDS AND GLUCOSE TO ADD SOME NUTRITION BY SUBCUTANEOUS INFUSION SINCE THE CAT WONT EAT?.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, but those solutions need to be given IV to cats because they're hypertonic and incompatible with SQ administration. A cat who hasn't eaten in two weeks needs to have a feeding tube implanted through which you would administer a gruel of solid food. A 5% glucose solution can be given SQ but there aren't enough calories in 150 mL of such a fluid to be meaningful. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi George Budwash,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

Related Cat Veterinary Questions