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My cat acts Like he has something stuck in his throat and when

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My cat acts Like he has something stuck in his throat and when he piles it comes out clear and foamy. Does he need immediate vet attention?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 4 years ago.
I am sorry to hear about this concern.
Yes, I do truly believe that this warrants more immediate care. Keep in mind, I am already making that decision, and I have not even asked about your pet's age or how long this has been going on.

My primary concerns for causes would include:

- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)
- Stomach or intestinal foreign body
- Something that was given to them (new food, new treat, human food)
- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also, not just diarrhea
- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.
- Less commonly, endocrine diseases like Addison’s
- Generally, in older pets, I am also concerned about organ disease (liver, kidneys) and cancer.

Although not easy to give cats pills, you can give a ¼ tablet of Pepcid A.C. 10mg antacid up to every 12 hours.

Also, with each vomiting episode, it can cause further damage (ulceration) to the stomach and the esophagus.

Yes, I vote for more immediate examination.

Good Luck
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