Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.
Hematuria can be a serious sign, of problems such as blood clotting disorders, or bladder cancer,
but more often it is a sign of bladder inflammation or infection.
Should I take him to a vet immediately or can I do that tomorrow?
if Gizmo is eating and drinking, and has gums that appear to be pink (not pale or discolored), then it may not be something requiring immediate care.
he has had his teeth cleaned a week ago
If Gizmo isn't acting well, and refuses food or water, or has pale gums, then a veterinary exam tonight would be safest.
and I've been giving him antibiotics
well, that makes the likelihood of infection less,
he has eaten today
but many cats develop non-infectious bladder inflammation.
he's had that before
well, then that would be the most likely explanation.
what should I give for pain?
is there anything I can find at petsmart
no, there's no over the counter medicines that are safe and effective for cats, sold at petsmart or other pet shops.
aspirin is rarely suggested due to side effects,
and tylenol must NEVER be given to cats.
he seems in pain
I am not surprised, cystitis is a painful condition, and that is justification for seeking care tonight, if he can't get comfortable.
I'm not sure there is someone open
you're welcome, and I hope Gizmo feels better soon.
thank you! I hope so too
Thank you doctor Drew!
I took your advice and took him to the vet although he had quieted down a bit. They found an infection and prescribed: Veraflox (pradofloxacin) liquid for about 10 days and Buprenorphine (0.3 mg/ml) for the pain every 8 hours for 3 days. My question:
- isn't the pain medication excessive (3 days)?
- how is it that he got the infection in the first place - while being on antibiotics (after the dental cleaning) - Biomox (amoxicilin) - he was on the 7th day of the treatment. On the package it says: "for dogs only" but I asked the nurse and she said it's something they usually do: the medication actually works for both cats and dogs but because it's in the approval stage (if I understood correctly), it's supposed to say that on the pack.
- is it OK to allow my cat to sleep in a warmer environment - he seems to prefers the heat cranked up - won't that encourage the bacteria? What else can I do to help the infection clear up/make him more comfortable?
Flavia and Gizmo
yes, a culture was done during the consultation and a few drops of urine were put under a microscope and that's how they came up with the diagnosis.
Thank you for your help!