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Uneven pupils, not eating much, and he is 10 years old.

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Customer: uneven pupils, not eating much, and he is 10 years old.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name?
Customer: lucky
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Lucky?
Customer: not at the moment, I will be taken him to the vet soon, just was checking to make sure it not an emergency.
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 9 months ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with cats and dogs. I'm sorry to hear that Lucky hasn't been feeling well - I will do my best to help.

In general, red flags that indicate a pet needs emergency care would be the following:

  • pale, blue/purple, or yellow discoloration to the gums
  • abdominal distention
  • any difficulty breathing or a resting respiratory rate of more than 45 breaths per minute
  • A rectal temperature over 103.5
  • severe lethargy (can't be woken up)
  • unable to stand/walk
  • any obvious severe pain or discomfort
  • bleeding that doesn't stop with application of pressure
  • Not eating for more than 24 hours
  • Vomiting that doesn't stop within in an hour or two
  • seizures or loss of consciousness

Pupils of different sizes (we call it anisocoria) doesn't always indicate something urgent, but it could - depending on what other signs you're seeing. Not eating well is a pretty vague sign that isn't really indicative of any one disease in particular - so there are a lot of things that could be going on. I think that your plan to have him to the vet soon is a very good one.

Please let me know what questions I can answer for you.

~Dr. Sara

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