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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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I have a healthy, female American Shorthair, 3 1/2 years

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Hi -- I have a healthy, female American Shorthair, 3 1/2 years old...never any health issues. Indoor cat, recently joined by a 3 month old kitten. No behavioral issues at all. She recently ate a rubber band...I know because parts of it came out in feces. Past two days, eating little, hiding out, no solid waste. Seems like she's sometimes trying to throw up, but can't. Tried giving her some Petromalt, but she shies away. What can I do? Vet visits her in NYC are incredibly expensive...
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. You're necessarily constrained by not having Nibs seen by a vet who would need to either X-ray or ultrasound Nibs's abdomen to better understand if that rubber band or something else Nibs ingested has obstructed her gastrointestinal tract. Vomiting and inappetence are the hallmarks of obstruction. Administering a laxative when obstruction is present can be dangerous. There's a risk of perforation should the GI tract have become damaged and fragile. This is likely with a lubricating laxative such as Petromalt as opposed to a bulk laxative such as canned pumpkin but still a risk. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
All OK now, thanks...took my Tabby to a new local vet who was terrific. She had picked up an infection on her tongue, so she wasn't eating, and was really gassy. No intestinal blockage. Antibiotics, fluids, and she's already improved markedly; I'm so relieved!! Thanks very much.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank goodness. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. You may receive an inappropriate follow up sent by the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.