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.
Surgery is rarely going to be a means to a cure, in a very elderly cat, unfortunately.
additionally, the risk of anesthesia in elderly cats is quite high.
When one of my patients is in a situation like this, it is very very rare for me to recommend surgery.
I tend to want to make my patients' quality of life, the main priority --
and I have a hard time convincing myself that a 17 year old cat is going to have a better quality of life after a significant abdominal surgical procedure, in most cases.
Thank you for the quick response -- Understood! Is there any medication that we should be giving her such as Prednisone or anything else that could help? Anything at all?
Prednisone is certainly something to try, as some cancers might improve slightly, for a period of time,
and it can enhance appetite as well.
also, your vet can show you how to perform sub-cutaneous fluids at home, to help maintain Smokey's hydration.
Understood. Based on the blood test provided, does it look really bad or is there more time for smokey?
It looks like the chat system went haywire for a while... just to follow up on the last question regarding smokey trouble eating -- shaking head after taking a few bites. It seems that she has pain, but no inflammation in mouth and nothing that is obstructing her throat. Initially, a few months back she was doing the same thing after eating, but doc found an inflammation and after some antibiotics, it went away, and now it has returned with a vengence, but no sign of any inflammation and our doc is perplexed. Thought you might have seen it before and have some suggestions for treatment?
Thank for following up. We took her to the doc yesterday and he gave her a Vitamin B12 injection. Also, we gave her earlier today a subcutaneous fluid inejction.
She was better in the morning, and walked and drank some milk. But she hasn't eaten anything since. And we've tried everything, including Stella & Cheweys raw food, which she has eaten before and generally works. Any suggestions?
Understood. Hi, besides the vitamin B-12 injection, also gave her MPA steroid injection. And administring subcutaneous fluids. She appears to have a bad rejection to the steroid injection and currently not eating -- is that possible?