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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 21 1/2 year old female cat is showing all the signs of

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My 21 1/2 year old female cat is showing all the signs of old age - arthritis, partial deafness, sleeping etc. She's peeing and pooing as usual, although drinking more water lately. However, immediately after drinking or eating she begins to cough and sneeze quite forcibly. I've not seen a fireball for quite a while, although she still grooms herself. I've spoken to our vet nurse and she said to watch in case of sudden weight loss. What's your opinion, please.

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I'm sorry to hear of this with Bonny. Her dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) which is likely to underlie the reverse motion of her food and water back up into her oro- and nasopharynx is consistent with an acquired Parkinson's-like neuromuscular disorder at her very advanced age as well as a physical obstruction in her oropharynx or esophagus such as an inflammatory polyp or malignant neoplasm. I would need to directly visualize Bonny's oro- and nasopharyngeal areas but I do understand that the general anesthesia necessary to do so isn't likely to find something I can reasonably do for her and so such a diagnostic must remain necessarily circumspect at her age.

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