Re: [FH] My kitty, Gina
Thank you very much for your thoughts.
Last week we actually increased the
prednisone from 5g to 10g.
Dr. Gutlaizer at Broadway Pet Hospital
here in Oakland said that prednisone
doesn't compromise the whole immune system
but may affect parts of it. Yes, I did mean
inflammatory bowel disease, which is causing
(or caused by ?) problems in her intestinal
tract. The new round of thorough tests and an x-ray
do not any cancers or other diseases.
We might start on her something called turanan,
either as a substitute or an addition to the
prednisone. She has been getting epogen shots
and liquids (which she loves) twice a week.
Worst case is she might be developing antibodies
to the epogen. But she has started eating again,
and I can also give quite a bit of liquids in
the 3ml large dropper. Nina makes a soup from
white chicken meat and broth that she loves.
I buy chicken wings and cook them for her.
They diagnosed her the inflammatory bowel
disease through the endoscopy.
We both share your reservations about prednisone,
Nina just got off it & hates it.
For 5 weeks it seemed to greatly help Gina.
Our oldest cat, Tina, turns 14 on March 9 !
She looks just like Gina except she's not
part Siamese. We throw her a birthday party
Will keep you posted.
Michael, Nina, Gina, Tina, Jacob, Elizabeth (RB),
Clarabelle and Michelle
-- In email@example.com, "Jonathan Rosenberg" <jr40@e...>
> Michael,wondering how Gina
> It's been a while since we've heard from you ... I've been
> was doing. I'm sorry to hear about her current condition.prone to
> I think I've mentioned before that our boy Tabby was FIV+ & was
> horrible stomach infections. He would hardly eat & would sometimesvomit. It
> took a good dose of reglan & a week of antibiotics to clear up theproblem.
>for "irritable bowel
> Does Gina show any signs of nausea?
> One other thing ... you mention that she was on prednisone
> syndrome". A few questions:asking because
> 1) I presume you mean "inflammatory bowel disease" (IBD)? I'm
> "irritable bowel syndrome" is rarely serious & is usually treatedsimply without
> drugs. So I want to be sure we're talking about the correctdisease.
>inappropriate for FIV+
> If it is IBD, how was it diagnosed?
> I was under the impression that prednisone was considered
> cats, since it "turns off" an already-compromised immune system.Maybe this was
> considered the lesser of 2 evils, given her IBD, but I'm wonderingif it might
> be contributing to her problems.tapered down & an
> I'm not a vet, but I'm wondering if the prednisone should be
> attempt made to treat her IBD with diet? Just a thought.http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
> Jonathan Rosenberg
> Tabby (RB), Lynx (RB), Licorice, Tigger,
> Jet, Belle
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: smi_mh <smi_mh@y...> [mailto:smi_mh@y...]
> > Sent: Monday, February 24, 2003 14:58 PM
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: [FH] My kitty, Gina
> > I haven't posted here for a while because Gina has been
> > getting much better but the past week has seen a real relapse
> > and I'm very worried. She suddenly has lost weight and stopped
> > eating, I have to give her 3ml droppers of chicken broth which
> > contains white chicken meat. She looks very gaunt and thin, she
> > still washes herself, has a beautiful coat and purrs but she
> > seems more lethargic, the vet noticed that her heart was beating
> > fast when I brought her in for the epogen shots & fluids on
> > Thursday, we will probably have an x-ray done today.
> > She was diagnosed with FIV on November 19 but a bone marrow,
> > endoscopy and other tests ruled out cancer, leukemia, FIP,
> > etc and she was started on prednisone in mid-Jan for irritable
> > bowel syndrome, just doubled dosage to 10g, she's on flagyl,
> > and an appetite stimulant for past few days but it hasn't
> > helped so far. She's only 2. After losing Elizabeth to a sudden
> > heart stroke late last summer I'm terrified of losing Gina.
> > My wife just had a bad experience with prednisone and we're
> > not sure of its effects on Gina, it seemed to help greatly
> > till recently.
> > Gina used to love beef livers, cat tuna, kitty treat foods
> > but she won't touch them now. She does still eat the IAMS
> > dried food but needs to eat more. I did force feed her solids
> > for a few days but she likes the chicken much more and its
> > easier to get down her with the dropper. She is a sleek, beautiful
> > jet black cat and part Siamese, a more affectionate creature
> > I've never met.
> > Any advice would be appreciated.
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