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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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He is breathing hard and through his mouth, I don't have all

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He is breathing hard and through his mouth,
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the cat?
Customer: I don't have all his history, I found him almost 9 months ago, but he is very boney, diabetic, thyroid issues and kidney
JA: I'm sorry the cat has that. The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Jack
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Jack?
Customer: The vet thinks he's old, probably at least 13 to 15 years old
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Jack. His breathing indicates life-threatening disorders such as advanced cardiopulmonary disease, a thoracic effusion (fluid in his chest cavity), hypertension, and/or metabolic acidosis (blood is too acid/low pH - he would be trying to blow off excess carbon dioxide in an attempt to raise his blood pH). Metabolic acidosis arises secondary to many metabolic disorders including poorly regulated diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and chronic renal failure.

Jack needs the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience. He would be a critical care case involving long-term hospitalization and so I encourage your having a heart-to-heart talk with the admitting vet prior to having anything done. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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

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