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8 March 2020 - 9:09 am
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Dr. Pam.
Can you PLEASE take a look at this post.

We NEED help.

Your professional opinion POSTED MAY make all the difference? The cat is suffering, and not on any medication. I'm not sure what else we can say w/o having the vet badge behind our name.

I posted pictures on page 1
https://tripawd.....-too-much/  you will have a better idea of what Willow has gone through first surgery & then amp of the rear leg. With little meds on board.

The owner has posted a video on page 2 I will post here for you

Your time, professional opinion/insight/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Meds suggestions, nerve-related?


Holly & Purrkins

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8 March 2020 - 10:55 am
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It is likely that this cat is having some sort of nerve pain that only occurs when she moves a certain way.  I had the same problem with my pitbull Phil; he would scream when sleeping but when I would go to him and feel him everywhere he acted fine.  I took him to a neurologist who could not find any pain but did agree to an MRI.  Phil ended up with a malformed vertebra that was pinching his nerve only when his head was in a certain position and he needed spinal surgery.  He is fine now and I have a good relationship with the neurologist so he trusted my opinion but that dog did not show pain if you felt him or moved his neck around; only when he slept.

My point is that your cat could certainly be in chronic pain but act normally at the vet.  It is reasonable to give gabapentin 50 mg twice daily for a 2 week trial.  At our clinic we get this compounded into a tiny tab by Wedgewood Pharmacy and most cats take it very well.  If your cat has normal kidneys then she can safely take the NSAID Onsior once daily for 3 days.  I would try those things first because they are most likely to help nerve pain.  If still unsure then you can use the narcotic buprenorphine.  You can give it orally or there is a long-lasting sustained release injection that lasts 3-5 days which is what I use post-op even after a cat spay.

I can not diagnose this cat from a video alone so if needed get a second opinion but maybe your current vet could at least prescribe the gabapentin and Onsior for a trial.



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8 March 2020 - 10:59 am
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We cannot thank you enough Dr. Pam!

I will direct the owner to your response!


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8 March 2020 - 11:03 am
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I hope you can feel the huge hugs coming your way Dr. Pam!! Thank you so much for your speedy input, I cannot express in words how much it is appreciated sp_hearticon2


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I hope this kitty responds quickly to the medications!


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Oh my gosh Holly and Dr. Pam THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your care and concern goes above and beyond, I am so grateful that you are in this community. I hope Willow can find some pain relief very soon.

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8 March 2020 - 3:46 pm
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Thank you so much  Pam....and Spirit Tazzie!!!   💖💖💖

As you can see, we are ll qhite invested in helping this kitty and her hoomans

We DID mention the NERVE thing and he blew her off.  Said it wasn't  possible  but didn't  give her an explanation  she fully understood.   Her takeaway was along the lines of the nerves were attached to the muscle... or else no nerves were involved ?????.

To me, what you have described here with Pittie Phil sounds EXACTLY  what Willow is going through!! Not "showing" pain, etc, etc....all lines up with what Phil went through.    I  realize Phil's nerve thing was a different scenario,  but same painful outcome..

We are all soooo grateful for your ever ending  willingness to help!❤

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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