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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My cat is gagging and bringing up white foam, very distressed

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My cat is gagging and bringing up white foam, very distressed and was grinding his teeth . Now he is very lethargic .
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Your cat's symptoms aren't pathognomonic for any one specific disorder but do indicate gastrointestinal distress including gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux/heartburn) as evidenced by his teeth grinding.

We consider primary GI disorders such as foreign body ingestion, a dietary indiscretion (ingesting something new, inappropriate, spoiled, e.g.), and inflammatory bowel disease as well as internal medical disorders that affect the GI tract such as pancreatitis and hepatitis. There are far too many etiologies for such behavior to list here and so unless he remissed within 24 hours, it would be prudent to have his vet take a look at him, perform abdominal X-rays or ultrasound, and perform diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in an attempt to clarify why he's so symptomatic and outline a reasonable approach to assist in his recovery.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish. I need to know his age, previous medical history if any, his diet, and how long he's been symptomatic.

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