My 18 1/2 year old cat used to be 9 pounds years ago and is now 4 lb 7 oz. She has orange colored diarrhea every time she eats. My vet has looked at her liver, pancreatic and kidney enzymes. All are pretty normal. An internal medicine vet did an ultrasound on her and said her bile duct looked twisted, otherwise everything looks very good! She is just a skeleton with fur, I am beside myself at her state. Please can you tell me what is wrong with her? Could it be gallbladder disease? Please for goodness sake help us.
Hello, I am Dr. Andrea Russo and I will be happy to try to answer your questions about Puffin. I am so sorry to hear about her condition. I have a few questions: I am wondering if any of the medication helped at all? especially the steroids? How long ago was bloodwork and the ultrasound done? Do you have a copy of the ultrasound report (if you get that you might post the results here). It sounds like Puffin isn't able to digest or metabolize food well anymore. How is her appetite? what are you feeding her? Have to tried different types of diets? Does her skin or the whites of her eyes look yellowish or orange in color? From your description of her history, the orange colored stool and "twisted" bile duct could indicate that she has disease related to her gall bladder. However, at her age, with chronic weight loss, I would also be concerned about lymphoma, or some other type of intestinal cancer.
All the tests are recent as in less than 2 months old. It's very hard to say if she has jaundice because of her eye and fur coloring.... Her appetite is VERY poor, hence the 4.7 lb (now maybe less than that:() weight The best she felt was about 3 weeks ago, right after she'd gotten a long acting antibiotic injection. She was eating and acting like herself, grooming, etc. Then last week the vet gave her antibiotic injection and a steroid injection together and this did not perk her up at all. That's why I'm thinking it could be bacterial cholicystitis. There is such a thing, correct? What antibiotic would work best for this?
My vet thinks it's lymphoma... he tried to give her half a Zeniquin pill but she threw it up as her stomach was empty. He also injected her with Cerenia and Buprenex and also gave her a fluid pac with B vitamins and has given me a prescription for Leukeron to start tomorrow... what do you think?
She weighs 4 lbs now :(((((( And she still isn't eating anything, I don't know how she is going to keep any pills down on an empty stomach...
:(((((( I am so sick about what's happening to my Puffin, i don't know what to do... seems like there isn't anything I can do :(((((((
She seems a little high, probably from the Buprenex... I just hope she will eat something soon because she is evaporating right before my eyes :((((((((
She just won't eat and I don't think she will survive very long if she doesn't eat... I nursed her back from FIP but this seems pretty hopeless.
We just tried to give her some Catsure with a syringe and she just wouldn't take it and now is hiding from us...
Maybe this is the end after all...