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Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.
I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for your cat.
Could you describe the discharge (colour, amount, smell)?
How far along in her pregnancy is she?
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And what colour is this discharge?
Did the vet run any tests on it?
This concerns me as this looks like pus which indicates a bacterial infection.
Did the vet analyse the fluid?
Ok, thank you.
Unfortunately this would mean the infection has not cleared.
She may need a longer course of antibiotics and/or different antibiotics.
Ideally, the vet would take a swab of the discharge and send it for culture and sensitivity so we know what bacteria are present and which antibiotics would work best.
I agree this is a real worry, especially given her pregnancy.
A uterus infection can make cats quite poorly.
The sooner she can be seen the better.
We would not normally do this as a first step as most vaginal infections would usually respond to broad spectrum antibiotics like Amoxicillin.
However as the infection has not resolved, this would be the next step.
I would ask for a repeat scan to confirm the kittens are alive and there is not a pyometra (uterus infection) and for the discharge to be cultured.
Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee a treatment will work, sometimes nature has other ideas.
You have done the right thing by seeking medical care again as signs haven't resolved and your vet will work with you to make her better.
You are always welcome to see another vet if you choose to.
However, it doesn't sound like your vet has done anything wrong here.
I would advise she is seen now, rather than waiting over night given the pus we can see.
Yes, all vets offer an out of hours service.
If you need the details for your nearest open clinic, please send your postcode.
You should firstly call your own vet to see if they have an emergency service, as they will have access to all of her clinical records.
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Yes, there is.
There is a risk of abortion and a uterus infection can potentially be fatal to mother if not treated promptly.
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Not at all and take care.