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Cat on death-bed following vet visit...please help!

December 2nd, 2009, 06:12 PM
Last Friday my cat went to the vet with a small sore spot on her stomach. The vet thought it might be an infected area from a flea bite. He gave her an antibiotic shot as well as a steroid shot. She really yelped when given the second one. Now four days later, she acts like she's near death. She barely moves, won't eat or drink, has vomited a couple of times and now was unable to make it to her litter box. She wobbles when she walks and won't even look at us...just wants to lie down and moan. We took her back to the vet; he took xrays but said he can find nothing and is as perplexed as we are. I don't understand what has happened. She was perfectly happy one day and now she can't even move. He said the xray showed gas in her stomach and her lungs inflated. Her breathing has been shallow and rapid. She moans when we touch her or pick her up. She wants to just crawl under the table and not move. Please help if you've seen anything similar!

December 2nd, 2009, 06:32 PM
What was the steriod shot? Is your cat eating? Is there another vet to take your cat to, because I wouldn't bring her back to this vet?

December 2nd, 2009, 06:51 PM
As L4H said, what was the steroid shot? and what was the antibiotic shot? Reactions occur more from steroids then antibiotics (in most cases). Can you describe the sore spot more? If it was just an infected flea bite, I really don't know why a steroid shot would be given? :confused: Especially if it wasn't that bad.

I'm guessing this was some kind of crazy immunological reaction to the streoid shot. If I were you I'd get a second opinion. Any vet who just leaves you hanging like that is a crappy vet. While an answer can't always be found right away, a situation like this deserves immediate attention... not just hmmm not sure see ya later bye.

December 2nd, 2009, 07:04 PM
I would take your pet to emerg. Alot of times, they have specialist vets working there.


December 2nd, 2009, 07:16 PM
I don't know what either shot was other than that's what we were told. The spot on Lexi's stomach was smallish and rather scabby looking. We've had a bit of a flea issue (only the second time in 20 years) and thought it was related. She won't eat or drink and barely will even lift her head. She really yelped when given the steroid shot; I thought it would be rare but maybe something was punctured? Maybe it's a freaky thing but the timing is just odd that she was fine upon going, getting the shots and for a couple days afterwards....

December 2nd, 2009, 07:18 PM
The vet said he did email the xrays to a radiologist who also didn't see anything. She was at the vet's all day but nothing definitive could be found.....

December 2nd, 2009, 07:29 PM
No I agree, it was very likely related. If you have an invoice from the vets office, it may tell you what medications were administered.

For the original issue, when it comes to flea allergies and things like that, getting rid of the actual flea infestation is generally the only step for things like that. If it was a small area like that I wouldn't imagine any vets I know doing anything but saying to keep an eye on it, or just putting a bit of ointment on it and calling it a day. Not having seen the spot myself though I can't really say anything either way though.

I suggest you go to a different vet. Have you had any bloodwork done? It will probably cost you about $100 but you should ATLEAST start with a CBC (counts the number of blood cells) and a Chem profile (checking the function of the organs and checking out the blood more closely).

Good luck :fingerscr

December 2nd, 2009, 08:38 PM
My Oscar has had quite a few steroid shots but, according to my vet, it's not uncommon for them to have allergic reactions to them. They have shots that last for 12 hours and shots that last for two weeks. Whenever she gave him a shot that he'd not had before, she'd only give him the 12 hour shot just in case he had an allergic reaction because she said that if he had an allergic reaction to the two week shot, it would obviously be worse than an allergic reaction to the 12 hour one.

I don't know if that's what your cat is dealing with, but I'd take her to the ER for two reasons. One would be because I'd be freaking out and the second is that it would be a different vet. I'm no vet so I don't know but my vet doesn't like to give Oscar steroid shots unless he's in distress so I'm thinking another vet might be able to offer up some different advice.

The new vet may be able to figure out more about the shots your kitty was given from your description, but it would help if you asked your vet for the medication and the dosage - there are a lot of different steroid shots out there. Not to mention antibiotics.

Good luck with your kitty. :grouphug::fingerscr