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He ate some kanaloche plant and has thrown up twice and is…

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He ate some kanaloche...

He ate some kanaloche plant and has thrown up twice and is lethargic

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the cat?

He does seem to be breathing a little harder

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Hello. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand your cat swallowed some kanaloche plant and has been vomiting. I am sorry to hear about what is happening. One of the biggest concerns we have when this happens is the risk of dehydration. This could constitute an emergency, so I am going to recommend a few ways to measure the hydration status.

There are two methods. The more accurate method is to feel the gums. They should feel wet and slippery normally. If they feel dry or sticky then that is a sign of dehydration. The second method is called the "skin tent test." This is performed by gently pulling up on the skin behind the shoulders and letting go when you feel resistance. Count how long it takes for the skin to return to a normal position. Normal is less than 2 seconds. Let me know what you find if this is something you are able to do.

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