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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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12 yr old, about 20 lbs (overweight). Suudenly 1 dat ago she

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12 yr old, about 20 lbs (overweight). Suudenly 1 dat ago she seemed very lethargic, ate only a little when prodded. Too kher to the vet and she see,med fine. We had full blood work 8 months ago so the vet said just see how she does. The within a day she will not move on fer own, does not eat or drink. It is sunday and vet is not opne.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the cat will be able to digest that. What is the cat's name?
Customer: sorry meant to correct typos...her name is Twinkles
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Twinkles?
Customer: no
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Twinkles. Unfortunately, lethargy and inappetence (and now anorexia) are nonspecific and nondiagnostic symptoms of illness in our cats. Most important, a 12 year old doesn't have the reserve of a much younger cat and so a couple of days of not eating and drinking well will leave these cats profoundly dehydrated and electrolyte imbalanced. Ideally, an on-call vet should take a look at Twinkles at your earliest convenience if only to administer subcutaneous fluids until Twinkles can be seen by her own vet tomorrow. If this isn't possible, you can administer a pediatric fluid and electrolyte replacer such as Pedialyte with a small poultry baster placed between Twinkles's cheek teeth and cheek. Her daily requirement for fluids approximates 1 ounce/lb of body weight which is nigh impossible to give orally but every little bit helps.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you. Yes, we will take her to an open pet clinic to administer fluids as you have described. Thanks...
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

You're welcome. I'm pleased to hear that Twinkles will be attended to promptly. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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