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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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I have an 8 year old cat who recently had surgery to remove

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Hi! I have an 8 year old cat who recently had surgery to remove a Mast tumor under his chin. The tumor was removed and it had not spread. My cat has had complete bloodwork done, and came back great. The problem is, he is not himself. Surgery happened about 4 weeks ago. This cat used to be highly active, would do tricks, was out and about when I was home, greet me at the door esentially the best Dog Kitty you could ask for. :-) Now, he's hiding, Seems restless, hesitant about jumping up and down off of things, has a slight hobble will not sit or stand for long periods of time and just lay down. He's still eating, drinking and using his litter box the same.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your kitten?
Customer: I have taken him for follow up check up's two weeks after surgery and then recently last week. All vitals, temp, etc. were fine.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your cat. Because mast cell tumors in cats rarely cause systemic abnormalities and bloodwork was normal, we should be considering musculoskeletal or neurologic pain causing his agitation, restlessness, and "hobble". Osteoarthritis or myelopathy (spinal cord disorders) such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") are important considerations although a disk is seen far more commonly in dogs than cats. I would ask his vet to initiate a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) trial to see how such a drug afftects your cat. A positive response would indicate that musculoskeletal or neurologic pain was being well-addressed. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin