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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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My ginger tabby, who is ten years old, suddenly looked as

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My ginger tabby, who is ten years old, suddenly looked as though he were going blind. Symtoms were dialated pupils, second eyelid half over eye. Now today, he is lethargic, not eating/drinking, no play. He was a very alert cat, and now, seems to have to interest in his surroundings. I am very worried. Please give me any information you may have on what is going on with him. I love him very much and don't want to loose him. A vet visit is very unlikely as I am on a limited income.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Little Man. His dilated pupils at 10 years of age usually indicates retinal hemorrhage/detachment and this often occurs secondary to hypertension. Hypertension in cats can be idiopathic (unknown cause) but also arises secondary to many systemic disorders such as chronic renal insufficiency and hyperthyroidism. Little Man's overall behavior indicates that chronic renal insufficiency is the more likely of the two disroders I mentioned.

I understand your financial constraints. Little Man would need a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests as well as blood pressure assessment. This can become quite costly as can any therapy needed once the etiology of his symptoms is clarified. Many vet hospitals offer CareCredit - a revolving charge account that can be used only for vet expenses. Many vet hospitals also have "Fido or Fluffy funds" which are funded by good Samaritans and which can be used when an owner has financial constraints.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.