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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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She has been breathing heavily and has had no energy days,

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She has been breathing heavily and has had no energy for three days
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the cat. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Honey
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Honey?
Customer: well she's only 1 year old and is a outdoor cat
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

If you're seeing abdominal breathing (an abdominal "push") and/or a respiratory rate over 30 breaths/minute while Honey is asleep or at rest, it's important that she be attended to by her vet at your earliest convenience. Important differential diagnoses in these cats include diaphragmatic hernia, cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), and thoracic effusions - collections of different types of fluid in the thoracic cavity. I need you to check Honey's vital signs for me, please...

1) Check her gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to her tissues).

2) Check her respiratory rate . She should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into her rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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