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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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cat loosing but abdomen swelling infrequent toilet brown d

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cat loosing but abdomen swelling infrequent toilet brown discharge
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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From where are you seeing the discharge, please?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

toiletry functions

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. Most important, if you're seeing Reef's abdomen swell and it's not due to his simply getting fat, that abdomen is effusive - full of fluid. Fluid can collect in the abdomen for many reasons.

For example, a clear fluid can accumulate when right-sided heart failure occurs or when there isn't enough protein in Reef's blood due to advanced liver or kidney disease. Fluid can accumulate due to inflammation in the abdomen - usually the inflammation associated with cancer at his age but also due to widespread infection (peritonitis).

Whatever the cause, an abdominal effusion always bodes ill and so it would be prudent to have Reef's vet take a look at him. I wouldn't encourage your having extensive diagnostic testing performed on such an aged cat but a careful physical exam plus a very basic blood/urine panel plus removing some fluid from his abdomen and analyzing its physical qualities and the cells it contains should be enough to tell you if Reef can be helped.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.