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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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Abby is my 14 year old domestic med hair cat (Ragdoll). Her

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Abby is my 14 year old domestic med hair cat (Ragdoll). Her stats are: weight 13.20, temp 101.80, respiration 20.00, pulse 180
Abby was unable to eat for 3 days without having a difficult time. She seemed feverish with watery eyes. She takes glucosamine 1-2 times daily.
Abdominal radiographs showed no obstruction pattern, no increase to intestinal wall thickness
Abnormalities - oral cavity. Mild calculus, severe gingival swelling/masses in back of mandible on both sides
Lymph nodes - prominent lymph nodes in submandibular LN, possible increase in prescapular LN as well
Normal systems - attitude/ appearance, eyes, ears, cardiovascular, respiratory, GI/ abdomen, neuromuscular, urogenital, integumentary, pain
Assessment - lymphoma vs. inflammatory vs. squamous cell
Diagnosis - Mass
Plan - ?
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 Abby. I would perform a senior/geriatric profile of blood and urine tests and if such a profile supported anesthetizing Abby, I would do so and take biopsies in the oral cavity as well as of enlarged lymph nodes. The differential diagnoses as posted are correct. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.