How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Brian Your Own Question

Dr. Brian
Dr. Brian, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 1231
Experience:  34 years in private practice, 2008 WA State Vet of the Year
13977145
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Dr. Brian is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My cat has two very swollen kidneys (thats what the vet said

Resolved Question:

My cat has two very swollen kidneys (that's what the vet said when I brought the cat there to show the swollen lumps on both sides) but shoes no other signs of sickness. His mood, appetite and demeanor are totally normal, alert and content seeming. The vet suggested an ultrasound to take a look at his kidneys, but seemed pretty certain that it was lymphoma. But he didn't take any bloor or anything, just felt around. He mentioned that there was a condition where the kidney fills with urine, but that it was unlikely that it would happen in both, and that if it did happen in both, it was likely a sign of a tumor in his bladder blocking the urine from being released. But I am wondering if any kind of infection or kidney stone is possible. Are there any other common diagnoses he might be missing?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Brian replied 5 years ago.
Hi,

Kidney stones are uncommon in cats, and when they form do not cause the kidney to enlarge, and while kidney infections could cause a little swelling, not enough to palpate and your cat would be acting sick. I agree totally with what you have been told and the ultrasound is the best tool to image the kidney, and allows for a guided biopsy of kidney tissue to confirm the diagnosis. Should lymphoma be confirmed chemotherapy is available but survival times only range from 3-6 months on average. Best wishes for this challenging situation.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you very much for your answer. Although it's sad to accept that this is probably what it is, I find comfort knowing that our vet's analysis of the situation doesn't seem off base. Do you have any idea why he might not have taken any blood, or why our cat would not be showing any signs of illness, other than the swelling and weight loss? The vet was surprised that considering how swollen they are, that the cat isn;t clearly feeling sick.
Expert:  Dr. Brian replied 5 years ago.
Until there is 2/3's or more of the functional kidney tissue destroyed you will not see changes in the blood values, in these cases only about half of cats are in kidney insufficiency. The blood test for kidney impairment would not diagnose the tumors, and only 25-50% are feline leukemia virus related tumors. I think your vet believed your money to be best spent on the ultrasound. That your cat has not lost much weight or is feeling poorly is more a matter of how soon this was detected and the speed of onset. Probably another couple weeks and the situation would be vastly different as these are rapidly developing tumors. Should the test come back positive for lymphoma, if you have other cats I would have this cat tested for FeLV, and if positive test the other cats as well.
Dr. Brian, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 1231
Experience: 34 years in private practice, 2008 WA State Vet of the Year
Dr. Brian and 3 other Cat Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
< Last | Next >
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
  • I will use your service again. I was very pleased with the response and the fact that you have a low cost option so that those of us on fixed income can have questions answered. I will also recommend you to others. Karen Jackson Heights, NY
  • You helped us to come to what we believe is a better next step in Jack's treatment, and hopefully have saved us $800!! Thanks again! Jack's Mom Tuscon, AZ
  • The vet said that the information and my following it will be what made the difference. Thanks again for being so very helpful. Tracy Grayson, LA
  • My oldest male cat had a seizure this evening. This site was the first place I could think of to go after the seizure had passed. Dr. Lucy was fantastic and she was spot on! Debbie USA
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Terri

    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    18938
    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/purrfectkitty/2008-07-10_084515_2006-06-10_me2.jpg Terri's Avatar

    Terri

    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    18938
    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    868
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CE/Cerecita/2011-3-16_2565_JAPIC500x500.64x64.jpg Cher's Avatar

    Cher

    Feline Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    9637
    Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/kydoll/2008-11-26_190500_me.jpg Lori's Avatar

    Lori

    Feline Healthcare

    Satisfied Customers:

    3325
    16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/mccprn/2009-11-20_185102_JA_profile.jpg Micki's Avatar

    Micki

    Expert in cat behavior and health

    Satisfied Customers:

    3153
    Expert in cat medical and behavior issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy R.'s Avatar

    Candy R.

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    2887
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    2124
    19+ years in animal medicine as a veterinary technician