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Cat was seized by law enforcement after a report of animal cruelty by owner (intentional starvation). Also reported that cat bit owner about 3 weeks ago- drawing blood - unknown rabies vaccination history. Laterally recumbent- unable to lift head- unable to stand or support own weight- depressed- minimally responsive. Severely emaciated and estimated 10-15% dehydrated - permanent skin tenting. Missing several teeth- fractured upper L canine- mid-shaft- with pulp exposure. Severe dental calculus and gingivitis throughout mouth. Marked halitosis. Thick saliva. Pale mucous membranes- CRT=2sec. Moderate amount dark brown waxy exudate both ears. Dried mucopurulent discharge at nares. Thick plaques of mucopurulent ocular discharge on both eyes and on face. Bilateral mydriasis- pronounced- with minimal PLRs. Mildly icteric sclera. HR=260bpm- RR=50rpm- normal lung sounds- no heart murmur or arrhythmia noted. Thyroid gland is not palpable. Abdominal palpation unremarkable - bladder is small/flaccid- and no intestinal contents are palpable. Unable to palpate kidneys due to severe emaciation - cranial abdominal organs are encased by rib cage and therefore not palpable. Dry- lusterless haircoat. Multiple slightly raised- circular/oblong- red plaques and a few ecchymoses found where limbs were later shaved for venipuncture. Severe- generalized muscle atrophy. Possibly painful on hip extension- though no crepitus palpable during hip ROM. Humanely euthanized after owner surrendered cat to MACC and submitted body to VDL for necropsy and R-test.
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