How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Susan Your Own Question

Dr. Susan
Dr. Susan, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
Satisfied Customers: 6785
Experience:  8 years of clinical experience with specialty in veterinary pain management, urology, and geriatrics
25524280
Type Your Vet Question Here...
Dr. Susan is online now

I have a 19yr old cat who is not eating. He is drinking a lot

Resolved Question:

I have a 19yr old cat who is not eating. He is drinking a lot and had a bout of diarrhoea last night which was black and jelly like with grass in it. What do you think is the problem?
Thank you for your time.
Angela
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

We can see several conditions which might cause increased thirst, diarrhea, and appetite decrease.

Dr. Susan :

The most common reason would be kidney disease.

Dr. Susan :

We could also see hyperthyroidism or even cancer causing these signs.

Dr. Susan :

The best way to determine what is going on with him will be to have him seen by your local vet.

Dr. Susan :

I would start with a physical exam and senior blood panel.

Dr. Susan :

This will go a long way to diagnosing what is going on with him, so that we can learn his prognosis and begin a treatment plan if you choose.

Dr. Susan :

If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION.

Please remember to only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.

Customer:

The vet we have spoken to thinks it is kidney failure and suggests that the fairest course of action would be to have him put to sleep. We had to have a second opinion and you diagnosis seems to confirm theirs. I suppose we were hoping for something different.

Dr. Susan :

I'm so sorry, but it does sound quite suspicious for kidney failure. We can confirm this absolutely with some blood testing, most hospitals can even do this on site and have answers in about 20-25 minutes.

Dr. Susan :

The results from blood and urine tests would be very diagnostic for kidney problems. We would expect to see the BUN and creatinine elevated with a low urine specific gravity (poorly concentrated urine).

Dr. Susan :

We may also see anemia, elevated amylase, elevated phosphorus, and potassium changes.

Customer:

Thank you ever so much for your time. The rating will be excellent.

Dr. Susan :

You're very welcome. Please let me know if you need another opinion or review on any lab work you have performed.

Dr. Susan, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
Satisfied Customers: 6785
Experience: 8 years of clinical experience with specialty in veterinary pain management, urology, and geriatrics
Dr. Susan and other Vet Specialists are ready to help you

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
< Previous | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr Scott Nimmo

    Dr Scott Nimmo

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.

    Satisfied Customers:

    137
    BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
< Previous | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Dr Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Dr Scott Nimmo

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.

    Satisfied Customers:

    137
    BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    2572
    2003 Graduate
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1840
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    865
    15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DR/DrRalston/2011-10-18_1611_Vet.64x64.JPG DrRalston's Avatar

    DrRalston

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    169
    Over twelve years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/VE/vetdeb/Debbie Headshot 500.64x64.jpg Dr. Deb's Avatar

    Dr. Deb

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    104
    I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/PE/petdoctor09/2011-12-14_51529_Picture1.64x64.jpg petdoctor09's Avatar

    petdoctor09

    Board Certified Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    72
    Veterinarian, General Practitioner