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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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We have a four week old kitten who, yesterday, started list

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We have a four week old kitten who, yesterday, started list when he walked and then could not walk, hold up his head, did not seem to track with his eyes. Did not eat or poop during this time.
ER Vet gave him IV fluids and sent him home in pain meds saying he would pass in a couple of hours. He continued to get better and was his normal self this morning.
All the signs and symptoms are starting again. What is the hope forsythia little kitten? Please help
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you tell me, please, what the ER vet found upon examining this kitten? Were his mucous membranes pale indicating anemia which could present as you described? Was any testing done such as a check for the kitten's blood sugar level? Hypoglycemia will present as you've described. To answer you accurately would necessitate baseline testing including a complete blood count, blood sugar, and FeLV (feline leukemia virus ) and FIV (kitty AIDS) testing. For now, I'd administer Karo syrup at a dose of 1 ml (1/5 of a measuring teaspoon) every 2 hours in case this kitten is hypoglycemic. A positive response to such therapy should be confirmative of hypoglycemia which generally is transient and disappears once the kitten begins to eat regularly. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Tamara,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin