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My cat has anemia and its red blood cells is 18%, what foods

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my cat has anemia and its red blood cells is 18%, what foods can I get him to help increase it to normal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


I am ssorry to hear about this concern. I will wait for your reply so I know we are connected.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Doctor please reply to my question
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Doctor are you there???
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Well, the vet was guessing. A good educated guess. There are some infections that can make a dog or cat anemic, so to be safe, they prescribed doxcycline.

However, there are other causes for a low blood count including autoimmune disease, when the body is attacking its own blood, kidney disease, and chronic disease (that is when some other chronic long-term condition can impact the blood count). 18% is serious. Quite a few cats once in the 15% to 20% range could require blood transfusions when not feeling well.

Unfortunately, I do not believe any food will impact the blood count. I do feel additional testing would be very important to help understand the cause of the low count to see if any other therapies could be offered.

Other testing to consider would be an abdominal ultrasound and viral testing.

Good Luck!

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Buddy. How is everything going?
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