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I have offered a phone call if this might be an easier option for you guys. Otherwise, we can keep chatting here.What food are you feeding currently?Does she have any vomiting or diarrhea?Is she mobile or refusing to move from her position?
The wet food, is it pate or chunky?
Perfect. It's likely that her appetite is decreased due to the anemia, but the amoxicillin may also be playing a role. If you see more profound refusal to eat in the days to follow, talk to your vet about possibly switching antibiotics. You may also wish to try watery foods instead of just pate. You can try blending up some pureed food with water or pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel.To help with any nausea she may be experiencing, she can also have regular pepcid (famotidine) given every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful.If she does not begin to eat well for you in the next 24 hours, discussing an appetite stimulant with your vet would also be warranted.
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Checking in. How is Sophie doing?
Anemia often does result in profound lethargy. Her wheezing, as you mentioned, may be due to poor oxygen absorption. This happens in anemic cats as they don't have the red blood cell volume needed to easily transport oxygen with each breath. For this reason, we often see cats who are anemic with increased respiratory effort and rates. This is an extremely slow process for recovery, especially if she did not receive a blood transfusion and there's no known reason for the anemia (which may still be causing her problems).
Checking in, JA Customer. How is your companion doing today?
It sounds like you're right. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Please give my condolences to your daughter, as well.