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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My cat is 16 1/2 years old. Just suddenly on friday, she

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my cat is 16 1/2 years old. Just suddenly on friday, she will be walking and her left leg gives out. She had most of her teeth removed this year (3 left) but still eats and drinks normally, however, she is getting thinner. Vet had said her bloodwork should early early stages of kidney disease so her food is lower in protein. the vet noticed arthritis in the front paws, but had said nothing about her backside. I cannot brush her back there anymore because she will howl. I'm thinking arthritis. Is there something I can give her to help it? I know dogs get gloucosimin (sp?), can cats?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Poor Lulu is certainly an old lady and a testiment to your good care of her. We're a bit constrained by how many things we can give cats for osteoarthritis and soft tissue injuries. Aspirin (NOT ACETAMINOPHEN) is safe at 5 mg/lb every 72 hours. Lulu's vet has more potent nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs such as meloxicam but this needs to be given cautiously in a cat with renal insufficiency. Yes, you can administer glucosamine/chondroiton sulfate products to cats and there are a plethora of them available over the counter or at her vet hospital for cats. I would also add fish oil at a dose of 20 mg/lb of the EPA in your fish oil product (human or pet) daily because the EPA is the most antiinflammatory of the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil.

Her left hind leg giving out so suddenly can represent structural damage - often in the knee but also in her spinal column. When her spinal cord is compressed by a slipped disk, for instance, a hind leg(s) can become paretic (weak) or even paralyzed. At her age we're going to treat conservatively as mentioned above even if such damage were present. Her prognosis for recovery, however, would be more guarded in these instances. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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