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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I have adopted my neighbours cat which wasn't being properly

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I have adopted my neighbours cat which wasn't being properly looked after. Over the last eight weeks he has been eating less and has lost weight. I took him to My Pets Vet at Leigh where he was examined and given a blood test. The test showed his vital organs to be alright and on the Monday 3 days later he was given an injection. He continues to be sick every other day and eating less. Yesterday he had small amounts to eat but not sick but today he has had nothing and has been bringing up a frothy liquid about three times. This has been the pattern over a few weeks with sometimes not being sick at all for a few days. It seems to be his digestive system that is causing him to be like this and I don't know what to do. Some weeks ago he was waiting to catch mice from next door and had caught a few and I am wondering if that has been the cause of his problem!
Preston Thomas
3, Freshfield Avenue
M46 9PJ
Tel 01942 876583
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Can you upload a copy of Cathy's test results to our conversation? I understand that you might not have a copy of the results at home but his vet should be able to give you one which you could scan into your computer and give me the link or you can photograph the page(s) and upload the images by using the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see such an icon) or by using an external app such as or I not only review the test results but also note which tests should have been performed but weren't. You're correct to be concerned about a primary gastrointestinal disorder which is best investigated with X-rays or, preferably, by ultrasound imaging. Yes, the bones of mice might be obstructing his gastrointestinal tract but there are more disorders of the GI tract than could be listed in this venue. Inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and even malignancies such as lymphoma and adenocarcinomas need to considered in such a patient.