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14 yr old female cat just diagnosed w feline aortic thromboembolism.

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14 yr old female cat just diagnosed w feline aortic thromboembolism. Having trouble getting her to eat. Tried putting meds in a little milk but she won't drink it. So scared I might have to put her down.
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Customer: Really concerned about not being able to give her meds. Should I force feed her? Or try pilling her?
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 months ago.
Hello. I'm sorry to hear about your cat. These FATE cats are tough to see. They present so painful and stressed out. It's completely expected for her to have a decreased appetite. I wouldn't force anything into her unless she goes 24-48 hours without eating. If she goes that long, then I would strongly consider euthanasia or placing a feeding tube. FATE cats can take days to weeks for the function to return. The hard part, is that most cats will relapse within months. That is why we typically end up euthanizing these cats vs treating them. I wish I had better news, but this is a tough disease and > 90% do end up euthanized at or soon after diagnosis. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank u so much. Very helpful. . .was afraid about putting her down, but don't want to make her suffer either.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 months ago.
I know it's not easy. This is a terrible disease that we see far too often.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Gary

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