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Deb-and-Henry
September 25th 05, 04:02 AM
Does anyone know why my 9yo male cat would have episodes of loud
gulping (maybe 20 swallows at a time) along with some kind of dry
coughing? His purring and meows have changed too--the purring is
rougher and the meows are just different(?). He has no problem
throwing up large hairballs, so it is not that. He has now developed
pain near the end of his left rib cage--does anyone know what organ
that might involve (e.g., liver, pancreas). He has been to the vet
three times since March and they have tested thyroid and diabetes,
etc., but cannot determine what is wrong with him. The pain just
started yesterday, at least on a concerning level. He is going to the
Vet on Monday, but I don't think they know what to look for at this
point. Something is definitely wrong with him.
Thank you for your time.
Debbie & Henry

Candace
September 25th 05, 04:40 AM
Deb-and-Henry wrote:
> Does anyone know why my 9yo male cat would have episodes of loud
> gulping (maybe 20 swallows at a time) along with some kind of dry
> coughing? His purring and meows have changed too--the purring is
> rougher and the meows are just different(?). He has no problem
> throwing up large hairballs, so it is not that. He has now developed
> pain near the end of his left rib cage--does anyone know what organ
> that might involve (e.g., liver, pancreas). He has been to the vet
> three times since March and they have tested thyroid and diabetes,
> etc., but cannot determine what is wrong with him. The pain just
> started yesterday, at least on a concerning level. He is going to the
> Vet on Monday, but I don't think they know what to look for at this
> point. Something is definitely wrong with him.
> Thank you for your time.
> Debbie & Henry

I'm sorry, I have no idea but I certainly hope your vet can get to the
bottom of it. It sounds like he needs x-rays or an ultrasound. I hope
he will be okay.

Candace

Phil P.
September 25th 05, 12:20 PM
"Deb-and-Henry" > wrote in message
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> Does anyone know why my 9yo male cat would have episodes of loud
> gulping (maybe 20 swallows at a time) along with some kind of dry
> coughing? His purring and meows have changed too--the purring is
> rougher and the meows are just different(?). He has no problem
> throwing up large hairballs, so it is not that. He has now developed
> pain near the end of his left rib cage--does anyone know what organ
> that might involve (e.g., liver, pancreas). He has been to the vet
> three times since March and they have tested thyroid and diabetes,
> etc., but cannot determine what is wrong with him. The pain just
> started yesterday, at least on a concerning level. He is going to the
> Vet on Monday, but I don't think they know what to look for at this
> point. Something is definitely wrong with him.
> Thank you for your time.
> Debbie & Henry


Your cat definitely needs to be x-rayed- probably with contrast (barium) or
ultrasounds. If you live within range of veterinary university hospital,
you might want to inquire about fluroscopy since its always better than
static images because a barium bolus could squeeze through a partial
obstruction or stricture before the next x-ray is taken.

If your vet can't come up with a diagnosis, go to
http://www.acvim.org/Kittleson/search.htm and do a search for an internal
medicine Diplomate/Specialist in your area. American College of Veterinary
Internal Medicine Diplomates are about the best there is.


If you can't find an ACVIM specialist in your area, my second choice would
be an ABVP Diplomate/Feline Specialist (American Board of Veterinary
Practitioners). Go to http://www.abvp.com/finddiplomate.aspx


Best of luck,

Phil

Deb-and-Henry
September 27th 05, 04:20 AM
Phil & Candace,

Thank you for your responses. The vet and previous vet (I spoke to
today) believe he may have developed asthma. Today's vet gave him a
short-acting steroid to see if it would help with the labored
breathing. If not, both of them suggest an abdominal ultrasound since
chest x-rays showed nothing except some spinal trouble. If his labored
breathing has not improved by Wednesday, I thought I would see a
specialist in internal medicine whom I have seen before in the Boston
area. Since March, his symptoms have ranged from appearing to be
diabetes, thyroid problems, spinal pain/arthritis, etc., etc. They
said if I take him to a specialist in internal medicine, with all the
records, I'd have the best chance at figuring out what is wrong. They
both thought the gulping could be related to asthma, as a new allergic
reaction to something. He had wax in his ears associated with
allergies, she said today. I don't understand why this is so hard to
figure out, except that his symptoms keep changing. The other thing
they mentioned was cancer; hence, the abdominal ultrasound. The pain
in his left side was gone today, but he still has moderate labored
breathing, so he is not OK. I will check out the ref's you gave me,
Phil, and see if I find something more suitable than the MA Vet
Referral Svc in Woburn, MA, where I took my elderly Pug dog for eye
care (opthalmologist). Dr. McNabb was exceptional with that.

Take care & thanks again,
Debbie & *Henry*

Candace
September 28th 05, 08:11 AM
Deb-and-Henry wrote:

>The other thing
> they mentioned was cancer; hence, the abdominal ultrasound. The pain
> in his left side was gone today, but he still has moderate labored
> breathing, so he is not OK. I will check out the ref's you gave me,
> Phil, and see if I find something more suitable than the MA Vet
> Referral Svc in Woburn, MA, where I took my elderly Pug dog for eye
> care (opthalmologist). Dr. McNabb was exceptional with that.
>
> Take care & thanks again,
> Debbie & *Henry*

It sounds like you're working very hard to help Henry. I hope his
problem can be found and treated easily. Please let us know what you
find out. Best wishes to Henry (my mom has a Henry, too).

Candace