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My cat has had fleas so bad that he was bleeding. The bleeding stopped but he seems kind of lethargic. How do I know if he is anemic. Do i need to take him to the vet

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help your cat. What is your cat's name and age?

Sammy 10

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sammy?

He is sleeping on the cable box

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Rachel, Cat Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Welcome to JustAnswer.com! My name is***** and I have been a licensed veterinarian for 10 years. I would be happy to answer your question. I'm sorry to hear that Sammy isn't feeling well. Checking his gum color will give you a clue about whether or not he is anemic. What color are his gums?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I can't get him to open his mouth
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
is it possible that he has an infection from swallowing fleas or tapeworms or vet has to check stools for worms
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Rachel, Cat Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Do you see any white things that look like grains of rice in his stools or under his tail? Those are tapeworms.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
are you going to answer me
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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I'll follow up for Dr. Rachel for you. I recommend that you bring Sammy to his vet to have a hematocrit (PCV/packed cell volume) performed which will tell you if Sammy is anemic. He appears to suffer from a flea saliva allergy which can be addressed with a glucocorticoid (steroid) such as prednisone which usually works wonders in these cats. Finally, he's likely to be harboring tapeworms which are usually due to ingesting a flea that contains a larval tapeworm. Even if those worms' eggs aren't seen in a fecal ova and parasite exam (they often aren't even if tapeworms are present) Sammy should be presumptively wormed with a product containing praziquantel. These can be found over the counter* or his vet can inject Sammy with praziquantel. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

*https://www.chewy.com/bayer-tapeworm-cat-de-wormer-3-count/dp/139677?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Bayer&utm_term=&gclid=CjwKCAjwnLjVBRAdEiwAKSGPIzMfitTo2-IPHFi292-0ZSOlidj3lHrO55Qsozz18s3JILrulfIu9BoCWPIQAvD_BwE

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