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I am happy to help you with this question. I understand how important an answer is to your question, so I will work on this for you until it is resolved. Approximately how many times has Kalu vomited?
Hi Satabdi. I am happy to help.
One of the biggest concerns we have when this happens is the risk of dehydration. This could require treatment by a veterinarian, so I am going to recommend a few ways to measure the hydration status.
There are two methods to check the hydration level. 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. Please let me know what you find.
Thank you for checking the hydration. If his gums feel dry, then that is an indication of dehydration. This should be monitored closely and the goal is to have him hydrated within the next 5 to 7 hours. If he is dehydrated for longer than 5 hours, then a veterinarian should be seen. As long as the hydration test is normal, then you can continue to treat at home. There are a few different reasons why vomiting occurs in cats, but the most common reasons at this age are inflammatory intestine diseases. Sudden changes of food, swallowing a foreign object, food allergies, an intestinal parasite, or inflammatory bowel disease of the small intestine are some of the most common reasons for vomiting. Intestinal parasites are among the most common reasons, so giving a deworming treatment is recommended. Checking his stool for parasites by a veterinarian in your location is also recommended. Inflammation of the pancreas organ is also a possibility. The diagnostic options to determine which one it is will vary slightly, but blood testing and a fecal exam to evaluate for parasites are usually sufficient to make a diagnosis.
Treatments will be determined based on the underlying cause. For instance, a deworming treatment is given for a parasite, a prescription food diet is given for a food allergy. Finally, medication is usually needed for inflammatory bowel disease. At this point, until you can see a veterinarian to find out what is causing the problem, the best thing to do is to withhold food for a period of 6 to 8 hours. This allows the stomach to rest. You can also give an over-the-counter antacid such as famotidine (i.e. Pepcid AC) to help decrease nausea. The dose is 1/4 tablet (i.e. 2.5 mg) every 12 hours. If no vomiting occurs after about 6 hours, you can offer a canned poultry flavored food. This is easier to digest so it can help with nausea. That should help you.
Regarding diarrhea, this usually resolves within a 3 to 4 days of using a low fat diet. Adding kaolin and pectin and probiotics can help. If diarrhea continues for more than 4 days, then a veterinarian should be seen for treatment.
It is definitely possible it could be caused by a bacteria or viral infection. That might have come from the bird. It is possible. Pectillin is related to pectin, so that is helpful for diarrhea.
Yes, you can definitely wait 3 to 5 days to see if it improves. You should be able to see an improvement within that time.
You can give it every 4 to 5 hours a day. It is OK to be given that frequently.
Yes. You can give it with the food.
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That is great to hear! Thank you for the update.
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