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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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My cat is panting and breathing fast...loud meowing and it

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My cat is panting and breathing fast...loud meowing and it looks like his front leg is paralyzed. He can't walk on it at all. He is an inside/outside cat. Been inside most of the day.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Did your cat have a fall?
Customer: No. He was under my son's bed. Came out crying and not walking well. He's just laying on the floor now.
JA: What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Jack 12 yrs
JA: What is the cat's name?
Customer: Jack
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Jack?
Customer: He just pooped involuntarily and it looked like there was small worms in it.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 3 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 3 months ago.

I am very sorry to see that no one has reached out to you by now. It's my hope that Jack has made it to the vet by now. It sounds like he may have a heart condition which has caused him to pass a blood clot into this circulatory system which has stopped in his front leg. The respiratory distress may be due to pain or may be due to a secondary respiratory problem from the potential heart condition. It's very possible that the may pass another clot in the days to come, so it's imperative that he is treated and preventive steps are taken such as anti platelet therapy (aspirin, plavix, etc) if this is diagnosed. It's unlikely that the worms in the stool are to blame, but this should also be addressed with a fecal analysis and treatment (it's likely these visible worms are tapeworms).

If you need help finding a veterinary office that is open at this hour, please let me know. I'll need your city, state and zipcode. More info on the condition I suspect may be the blame for Jack's condition here:

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