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Salkin only again! Chumley's urine is staying fairly psle

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Hi,again! Chumley's urine is staying fairly psle and dilute,although it got darker for a couple of days. Is that ok? I still worry about too much fluids.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Dilute urine will be the norm now. Darker urine is more concentrated as we expect in normal cats but in Chumley's case indicates dehydration. Fluids are the most important part of Chumley's therapy. Watch for an increased respiratory rate - greater than 30 breaths/minute - which would indicate overdoing the fluids.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Ok. Thanks!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

You're welcome.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Thank you once again, Alice.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
You're welcome. Is it possible that either too much or not enough fluids could make him appear"stunned " in that he'll sit and stare and ignore his food?
Can the fluids make him light sensitive? He squints now if he looks into the light,and this is a new behaviour.That is, because the eyeballs are noticeably bigger?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

If he's becoming progressively more uremic, he can demonstrate a change in mentation (mental status) which would manifest as appearing "stunned". More fluids rather than less might be helpful in that case but there reaches a point where no amount of fluids will help. The blehperospasm (squinting) you're seeing isn't related to fluid administration. Perhaps his head hurts - once again, due to progressive uremia.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I had tried him on 60-70ml/day for a few days, but I started to increase them again, but divided up into 2 sessions. He was starting to throw up again and go off his food.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Those are additional symptoms of worsening uremia.

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