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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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My cat throws up all day everyday she is getting thin I have

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my cat throws up all day everyday she is getting thin I have very little money what makes this happen
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your cat eat anything unusual?
Customer: no this has been going on for sometime it's cometimes just liquid
JA: What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: booboo's kitty 8-12-05
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about booboo?
Customer: not that I know of
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

I understand your financial constraints. Most feline patients exhibiting such vomiting are eventually diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - an idiopathic (unknown cause) inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract that often is responsive to a glucocorticosteroid such as prednisolone and/or the anti-inflammatory antibiotic metronidazole. Unfortunately, these are prescription drugs that would need to be prescribed by your cat's vet.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

There are two many possible causes of vomiting in cats to list in this venue but common alternative to IBD include food intolerance and chronic pancreatitis or hepatitis.

Food intolerance/allergy is addressed with prescription hypoallergenic diets. These special foods contain just one novel (rabbit, duck, e.g.) animal protein or proteins that have been chemically altered (hydrolyzed) to the point that Booboo's kitty immune system doesn't "see" anything to be allergic to. The over the counter hypoallergenic foods too often contain proteins not listed on the label - soy is a common one - and these proteins would confound our evaluation of the efficacy of the hypoallergenic diet. The prescription foods are available from her vet. There are many novel protein foods and a prototypical hydrolyzed protein food is Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d ultra (a hydrolyzed protein diet is my preference because it avoids the possibility of my patient being intolerant to even a novel protein). A positive response is usually seen within a few weeks if we’ve eliminated the offending food allergen. Food intolerance can arise at any age and even after my patient has been eating the same food for quite some time.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.