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My cat is sick he is throwing up, losing weight and hair. I

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My cat is sick he is throwing up, losing weight and hair. I took him to the vet and $220. later they think he may have an infection and put him on antibiotics. I have a copy of his blood work, but am not confident with this vet at all (I just moved here). Can you look at the results of his blood test and let me know what I can do to help him? He is an indoor 6 year old neutered and declawed male.
Total Protein 6.7 5.2-8.8 g/dL
Albumin 3.4 2.5-3.9 g/DL
Globulin 3.3 2.3-5.3 g/dL
Albumin/Globulin Ratio 1.0 0.35-1.5 RATIO
AST (SGOT) 127 10-100 U/L
ALT (SGPT) 227 10-100 U/L
Alkaline Phosphatase 22 6-102 U/L
GGTP <5 1-10 U/L
Total Bilirubin 0.2 0.1-0.4 mg/dL
Urea Nitrogen 27 14-36 mg/dL
Creatinine 1.1 0.6-2.4 mg/dL
BUN/Creatinine Ratio 25 4-33 RATIO
Phosphorus 4.2 2.4-8.2 mg/dL
Glucose 122 64-170 mg/dL
Calcium 9.3 8.2-10.8 mg/dL
Magnesium 1.8 1.5-2.5 mEq/L
Sodium 155 145-158 mEq/L
Potassium 4.6 3.4-5.6 mEq/L
Na/K Ratio 34
Chloride 121 104-128 mEq/L
Cholesterol 117 75-220 mg/dL
Triglycerides 29 25-160 mg/dL
Lipase 68 0-205 U/L
Patient History Report - 6/4/2010 - Boo - Owner: Melissa Rice - Page 1 of 4
CPK 191 56-529 U/L
Hemoglobin 11.9 9.3-15.9 g/dL
Hematocrit 35.7 29-48 %
WBC 31.6 3.5-16.0 10^3/uL
RBC 7.76 5.92-9.93 10^6/uL
MCV 46 37-61 fl
MCH 15.3 11-21 pg
MCHC 33.3 30-38 g/dl
Platelet Count 258 200-500 10^3/uL
Platelet Estimate Adequate Adequate
Neutrophils 45 35-75 %
Bands 0 0-3 %
Lymphocytes 32 20-45 %
Monocytes 2 1-4 %
Eosinophils 21 2-12 %
Basophils 0 0-1 %
Blood Parasites None Seen
Absolute NeutrophilsNNN-NN-NNNN8500
Absolute Bands 0 0-150
Absolute LymphocytesNNN-NN-NNNN8000
Absolute Monocytes 632 0-600
Absolute Eosinophils 6636 0-1000
Absolute Basophils 0 0-150
T4 1.3 0.8-4.0 ug/dL
Free T4 (Equilibrium Dialysis)
Free T4 (Dialysis) 25 10-50 pmol/L
- - Feline Free T4 by Equilibrium Dialysis Interpretive Comment - -
FT4(ED) should ALWAYS be interpreted with a total T4 concentration when
evaluating a cat for
hyperthyroidism. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of euthyroid cats with nonthyroidal
illness will
have elevated FT4(ED). An elevated FT4ED with a total T4 greater than 2.5 ug/dL is
supportive of
hyperthyroidism. An elevated FT4ED with a total T4 less than 2.5 ug/dL is most
consistent with
nonthyroidal illness.
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Patient History

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Based on these info, I would have to agree with your vet that there is a big infection going on. The white cell count is very high, and antibiotic is definitely needed. However, another problem is that the eosinophil is also super high at 6,636. This can indicate either a parasite infection, a severe allergy, or sometimes inflammatory bowel disease as well, which can cause vomiting and weight loss. I would suggest to go back to your vet and ask about this. IBD can only be diagnosed with a biopsy of the intestine, thus needing surgery. Treatment is usually via using special diet and steroid. Special diet is usually something called Prescription Diet z/d. I would also suggest to ask your vet to check the feces for parasites.


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.


Customer: replied 7 years ago.
A fecal test was done but no results were ever mentioned. He is eating and using his litter box, but he is definitely not acting normal. He is falling out of the window sill (his favorite place to sleep) he usually lays on my desk when I am working and he is not doing that either. He has been on antibiotics for 3 days, while I am waiting to see if they work, should I change his diet? Is there anything I can do to make him feel better? Is there anything I should try here? The vet I saw did not ask anything and when I started talking about his change in behavior he brushed me off which ticked me off so I will take him to another vet if necessary, that is why I demanded the test results. How long should I wait to see if the antibiotics kick in. I am also concerned he may not be getting the proper dosage since he has thrown up once each day he has been on them

Exactly what antibiotic is he getting?




Customer: replied 7 years ago.
zeniquin 25 mg tablets/#7tablet. He takes 1/2 a tab a day

Thanks for the info.


With using Zeniquin for 3 days, I would expect there is some improvement. Since there is none, I would suggest to take him to another vet for a second opinion. At the very least I would suggest to do the following:


1. Add on a second antibiotic called Clavamox.

2. Change food to Prescription Diet i/d or z/d immediately.

3. Consider getting steroid to help in the interim.


Unfortunately all of these require going to the vet. So for now, all you can do is to keep him hydrated by making sure he drinks water. But he should definitely go to another vet as soon as possible.


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.


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