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What are symptoms of gastritis in cats

Symptoms of gastritis in cats may include:

Lethargy

Loss of appetite

Dry eyes or eyes with discharge

Loss of coordination

A high fever

Vomiting

Rash

Diarrhea

How is gastritis in cats diagnosed?

Your veterinarian will perform a physical exam on your cat to check for signs of gastritis. He or she may also order tests to rule out other potential causes for the symptoms your cat is experiencing.

These tests may include:

Blood test

Radio-opaque fluid test

Gastric X-ray

Complete blood count (CBC)

Urinalysis

Urine culture

Tests that find gastritis in cats

To help diagnose gastritis in cats and other conditions, your veterinarian may refer you to a specialist. Your veterinarian may refer you to a specialist such as an expert in gastroenterology.

What is the treatment for gastritis in cats?

The treatment for gastritis in cats is dependent on the underlying cause.

Treatment for gastritis in cats

For gastritis in cats that is due to a bacterial infection, antibiotic treatment may be recommended.

For gastritis in cats that is due to a virus, your veterinarian may recommend a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

For gastritis in cats that is due to a nutritional imbalance, your veterinarian may recommend a specialized diet.

Preparing for your appointment

What you can do

Make a list of your cat's symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the others

including any that may seem unrelated to the others Write down key personal information, including any recent life changes

including any recent life changes List any medications, herbs, vitamins or supplements your cat is taking

your cat is taking List foods and treats your cat enjoys

your cat enjoys Write down instructions for caring for your cat at home

At the visit

Ask about the symptoms, how long they've been happening and when they started

how long they've been happening and when they started Write down any symptoms your cat may have had that your veterinarian was not able to find

your cat may have had that your veterinarian was not able to find Write down when your cat last ate or drank

if your cat has diarrhea, whether the diarrhea is liquid or loose

if your cat has vomiting, whether the vomitus is liquid or loose

if your cat has a fever, how high the fever is

Ask about your cat's medical history

provide as much information as possible

Write down questions you want to ask the veterinarian

Prepare a list of the most important questions you want to ask the veterinarian.

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