Re: [FH] Clavamox - okay for heart kitties?
- Hi Sandy,
In a message dated 4/8/08 4:52:07 PM, s_l_toth@... writes:
> I give Spunky Lasix - is giving Clavamox okay with the Lasix? He hadI can't comment on potential cross reaction. But 2 other things came to mind.
> blood in his urine and they suspect bladder infection.
All antibx have the risk of upsetting the dig. system...and while some cats
tolerate Clavamox well, many others do not. So it would be good to watch Spunky
for diarrhea, nausea, inappetance, and vomiting. Might be a good idea to give
a nondairy, mixed-strain, highish-potency probiotic during and somewhat after
the course of Clavamox to help with stool quality...and slippery elm is
useful if there's nausea.
Also...if a bacterial infection is suspected, it's very important to confirm
that at least with a urinalysis but better with a culture and sensitivity
taste. There are other reasons why cats may have hematuria...such as crystals,
sterile inflammation, kidney problems...that would not be responsive to an antibx
and can be treated by other means. So I think it's a really good idea to nail
down the cause of the blood so that it can be treated on target. Food is also
a major player in urinary health...and dry food contributes to the 3 common
urinary issues in ats (infection, inflammation, crystals) b/c of its lack of
moisture, its species-inappropriate ingredients (esp grains), and its often high
carbohydrate load. A high-quality, moisture-rich, low-carbohydrate,
meat-based diet reduces risk for urinary problems. // Rosemary
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