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Oliver doesn't want to eat

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  • J. Z.
    Oliver (HCM/CHF) doesn t seem to want to eat. He s been having these quiet days more and more often, where his stomach gurgles and he s off his food. The last
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 16, 2000
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      Oliver (HCM/CHF) doesn't seem to want to eat. He's been having these quiet
      days more and more often, where his stomach gurgles and he's off his food.
      The last two days, his stomach seems fine, and he seems hungry, but doesn't
      want to eat. Not even baby food. He'll take a little bit, but that's it.
      And often when he eats, he smacks his mouth around as if he's eating peanut
      butter.

      He still has this elevated white cell count that's baffled the vet entirely.
      I suspect that his problem is with his teeth; that he has an infection or
      abcess somewhere, and that's accounting for both the loss of appetite and
      the elevated white cell count. But how can I have them do a dental on him
      when he can't be sedated due to the heart disease?

      Jill
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    • Jonathan Rosenberg
      ... A few weeks ago I asked Lynx s specialist (vet cardiologist, diplomate of the ACVM) about doing dental work on Lynx (DCM). He said that it was NOT out of
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 16, 2000
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        > -----Original Message-----
        > From: J. Z. [mailto:filmgeek55@...]
        > Sent: Monday, October 16, 2000 7:48 AM
        > To: feline-heart@egroups.com
        > Subject: [feline-heart] Oliver doesn't want to eat

        > Oliver (HCM/CHF) doesn't seem to want to eat. He's been
        > having these quiet days more and more often, where his stomach
        > gurgles and he's off his food.
        > . . .

        > I suspect that his problem is with his teeth; that he has an
        > infection or abcess somewhere, and that's accounting for both
        > the loss of appetite and the elevated white cell count. But
        > how can I have them do a dental on him
        > when he can't be sedated due to the heart disease?

        A few weeks ago I asked Lynx's specialist (vet cardiologist, diplomate of
        the ACVM) about doing dental work on Lynx (DCM). He said that it was NOT
        out of the question to do such work on a cat with severe heart disease.
        yes, there is a definitive risk (including death, to be honest), but he has
        done this several times to cats in this position.

        In Lynx's case he suggested not doing it, since Lynx's teeth were not that
        bad.

        Maybe you should start by having the vet check Oliver's mouth to see if a
        problem is evident? Then you'd have more info to go on.

        Yes, anesthesia will be dangerous, but if he's not going to eat ...

        > Jill

        --
        JR
        & Tabby (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Lynx
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