April 30, 2003
Ajax Update

For all of you who have been following the saga of Ajax, the Emergency Back-Up Cat, we have finally got an answer to his problem.

His liver enzymes are back to normal due to a neat product called Denosyl (aka SAM-E). He does not like to take this pill cause it needs to be given on an empty stomach. Therefore NO baby food with this pill.

He is also currently on some pain medication called Buprinex since he seems to be in some sort of discomfort. He also must take metronidazole (anitbiotic and anti-inflammatory) daily.

After some bloodwork and running some special diagnostic tests(that got sent to Texas. PLI,TLI, Cobalamine and Folate), our shitty(no really!) white cat has IBD (irritable bowel disease). The blood work shows him to have a folate deficiency. AH-HA!! now we know why this cat has been taking a shit on my carpet! It only took us nearly a year to figure this out (A neat plus to working in a cats-only hospital. You get to learn all the funky diagnostics for them).

Hopefully we can finally get this problem under control.

Posted by Ellen at April 30, 2003 08:43 PM

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The people version is called IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Michelle was diagnosed with it about five years ago. She has tried everything including accupuncture. Poor Ajax, it is just a miserable disease, tummy cramps,all sorts of misery. Hope the meds he is taking help. At least you know what it is. Kiss the white kitty on the nose from his grandma.

Posted by: Pat on May 1, 2003 12:18 AM

Of course in cats, the only true way you can diagnose IBD is a biopsy of the intestines. The blood tests only give you an idea of what is going on.

Is that the same way in people?

Posted by: Ellen on May 1, 2003 06:39 PM

E. I think it is diagnosed with a lower GI series.
I know it is very hard to control.

Posted by: Pat on May 1, 2003 07:05 PM

Hey fellow cat lovers!!!! Poor kitties and their awful problems!!!! My oldest cat, Gunther, was diagnosed last April, with mild, chronic hepatic inflammation with intrahepatic biliary stasis....otherwise known as cholangiohepatitis.
Gunther is on Metronidazole, milk thistle, teapills and ursodiol. Besides his methimazole for his thyroid problem. At first, I also had him on the sam-e but he would vomit sometimes (I think because of it having to be given on an empty stomach.) So, I stopped giving it to him. Gunther needs to be able to eat whenever he's hungry being that he's under weight. Be careful with giving a cat metronidazole. It actually caused my Gunther to have diarrhea for the first time. So we cut him down to once a day and he's been fine on that dose (knock on wood.)
Good luck to everyone and your kitties with problems. Anyone with more info. on Gunther's problem let me know any info. Thanks a million.

Posted by: Monique on March 25, 2004 08:13 PM

By the way. For the cats with diarrhea, try Gastriplex. They're BIG capsules but they're FOR diarrhea. It worked for gunther.

Posted by: Monique on March 25, 2004 08:18 PM
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