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Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian
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We have a cat called Monty whom we rescued 4 years ago when

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We have a cat called Monty whom we rescued 4 years ago when he was 7 years old. When he went for his injections shortly afterwards it was discovered that he had icterus in the whites of his eyes, in his ears etc. Many tests were done and he was hospitalised once and recovered well. He has since been back to the vets and in february this year he was prescribed destolit and put on the Hill's gastro moderate diet. However, we have noticed that his abdomen fluctuates in size and tautness throughout the day, being more relaxed in the morning, he has what I suppose you would describe as a pot-bellied appearance. Apart from this he seems well and is eating, drinking and excreting normally, but we are concerned about his stomach and the possibility of ascites. We have been told by our vet that they can't give him anything else for his condition but we are keen to ensure he is kept comfortable and is happy for as long as he is keen. Any advice would be wonderful, many thanks
I am sorry to hear you are worried about Monty.
My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.
What condition was he diagnosed with? What was causing the icterus?
It sounds like he has some kind of liver disease. Ascites usually happens in liver disease because a protein called albumin, which is made by the liver, is at a low level in the blood, allowing fluid to leak out of the blood vessels, causing ascites. If you are worried about ascites, I would have his blood albumin level checked, and see if it is at least 2.2.
Both the Vetosyl and Destolit are good for liver disease. You might consider milk thistle as well.
Let me know what else I can answer, or help with.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hello Rebecca,

Many thanks for your answer, over the years he has been diagnosed with many different conditions ranging from triaditis to cholangitis to just liver disease. His swelling tends to fluctuate during the day, being better in the morning and his stomach seems to 'rumble' if that makes sense, he seems to have been slightly constipated recently as well, he just seems to have a multitude of things and it is how to tackle it best we are finding troublesome! It's good to know that the supplement he is on may help him. We were thinking of visiting a homeopathic vet, do you think this may be helpful in his case. Many thanks for your advice it is most appreciated.

If he is constipated, I would try adding cooked sweet potato or canned unsweetened pumpkin to his food.
Probiotics might also be helpful. They are live beneficial bacteria, that can help with digestion and the immune system.
I would definitely try the milk thistle.
Homeopathy is worth a try as well.
Let me know what other questions you have.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hello Rebecca,

Okay, we shall try that, he's normally pretty good with food so it shouldn't be a problem! We will also continue with the Hepatosyl which I believe contains Silymarin which i hope is the active property in milk thistle. Regarding the homeopathy, yes I agree totally and we will take him for a second or rather third opinion to make sure that he is fully supported to give him the best chance he can have to recover. You have been very helpful and I am extremely thankful to you for giving us a little bit of piece of mind regarding Monty's care, we can only hope that it will be enough in due time. Many thanks again Rebecca.

I checked the Hepatosyl, and did not see Silymarin, but if it does, you do not need the milk thistle.
I hope he is doing better. I will check back with you to see.
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