My 13 1/2 year old cat just had his spleen removed


My 13 1/2 year old cat just had his spleen removed with a benign growth on it. He has a smashed pelvis from being hit by car 13 years ago before i found him and his one kidney is in his belly. In april his regular vet dismissed the lump in his belly as his kidney so i went for second opinion and voila. Nick has been on depo medrol every two months.

What do i need to do for him- without his spleen. His 18 year old brother has a bad heart and a lung tumor so having two sick elderly cats is hard. 2nd vet has said nothing about special food, meds, life expectancy etc. What should i be looking for??? They are my heart and soul and i will probably lose the 18 year old this year. Nick is about 7.5 pounds, eating well and drinking but i am worried and scared.

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Asked on October 5, 2015 4:04 pm
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Our experience at DELTA with cats having a spleenectomy has been very good. We supplement these cats with Feline SAM-e and lixotinic, both of these products are available through your veterinarian. We have our own special diet which is not yet available to the public. Hill’s diets has a food, Feline Senior, which would be good for your pet and is available in pet stores. Your older cat would benefit from these supplements and food as well. Any diet change should be made slowly. You don’t say why he gets the depo medrol, but if he has been on it since 1996 I would continue.

I would urge a consultation with an oncologist for your older cat, you may be able to help more than you think.

You have already sought a second opinion when you did not feel right about what you were told, I commend you for that and encourage you to do the same if you get unsatisfactory information!

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on October 5, 2015 4:23 pm