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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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I have a 14 year old tabby. First he lost s fangs about last

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I have a 14 year old tabby. First he lost his fangs about last year then gradually started losing weight then started throwing up couple times a week which turned into everyday still having weight loss. Took him to vet complete labs said nothing wrong. What can I feed him so he doesn't throw up & hopefully put on some weight?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Playing devil's advocate, I must tell you that there is something wrong in a cat vomiting to his extent and experiencing progressive weight loss. The next diagnostic of choice is an abdominal ultrasound which is likely to find severe inflammatory bowel disease, its sequela small cell lymphoma or perhaps the less common cancers mastocytosis or gastrointestinal adenocarcinomas. These primary GI disorders are poorly reflected in conservative lab work; hence, the need to image the GI tract and ultrasound imaging is the most sensitive and readily available imaging modality.

Can you upload a copy of his test results to our conversation? I understand that you might not have a copy at home but his vet can give you one which you can scan into your computer and then give me the file link or you can photograph the pages and upload them by using the paperclip icon (if you can see that icon) or by using an external app such as

For now, you can feed him anything he's interested in. Meat flavored baby foods are usually well-received and his vet carries a very palatable convalescent food called Hill's a/d. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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