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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 not eating.The vet says the left side of her

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My cat is not eating.The vet says the left side of her tongue isn't responding and her left whiskers feel nothing,her head also tilts slightly to the left.She has had a blood test last week and it showed nothing conclusive.Now I have to take her for an xray.
Is there any hope for her?He supects maybe nerve trouble.
Desperate owner.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Ellie. Regretfully, there are multiple cranial nerve deficits present. The tongue is innervated by cranial nerve XII (hypoglossal), the whiskers are innervated by cranial nerve VII (facial), and her head tilt indicates vestibular (balance) disorders which can arise from inner ear disease (otitis interna) which is affecting the facial nerve or a number of areas in the brain or brainstem. A polyneuropathy or tumor involving the central nervous system are important considerations. X-rays aren't likely to be informative. MRI would be the imaging of choice. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.