October 2017 Case of the Month

Case Presentation

A 12 year old male, neutered domestic shorthair cat was presented to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA) for an acute onset of paraplegia involving both distal limbs and difficulty breathing. The cat was up to date on all vaccinations. The complete biochemistry panel and blood gas results are shown below:

Biochemistry panel and blood gas results:

Chemistry Panel


 Blood gas results





  1. What major organ systems are affected in this cat and what do you think is the cause of the parapalegia?
  2. Describe and interpret the cat’s acid base status.
  3. What disease process is the cat at a major risk of developing (if he has not already)?

Answer on next page

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