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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2003, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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vomitting and weight loss

We have an 8 yr old male domestic shorthair that will not hold down any food. He is losing weight and strength. We have taken him to a local veternarian and they cannot figure out what is wrong with him.
Here is what the vets have tried so far:

1. flagyl medication
2. amoxociline
3. prednizone

he has the symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, but the treatments for that have not been helping him.

He also seems to lose strength in his back legs and his tail when he was on the prednizone and flagyl medication.
Also, his fur is looking very oily and stragglie looking like he is not cleaning himself.

He is always hungry, but can never hold anything down.

Tomorrow 3/18 we are taking him to another veternarian for a second opinion.

Any Ideas?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2003, 12:56 PM
 
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Is he still having bowel movements? Did the vet do a x-ray?
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2003, 06:09 PM
 
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If your veterinarian hasn't already done so, see if he/she can run some blood tests, stool examinations, x-rays and maybe a few other tests to be sure what is causing it.

I've heard of vets using fibreoptic endoscopy. This can present a definitive diagnosis of IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). The endoscope is a tool that lets the vet see the stomach and intestinal tract through a tube. The procedure is performed under anesthesia and most patients are able to go home the same day.

Prednizone, some antibiotics, and antiemetics (drugs that helps reduce vomiting), are a few I have heard that can help control IBD.

Good luck!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2003, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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In reply to both messages....

Yes he is still have bowel movements. Not healthy ones but movements none-the-less.

I have not had any x-rays done yet but the Vet this morning did mention something doing some.

The endoscopy option has been thrown out there but I just dont have the money for it right now. Its extremely expensive. The prednizone he is on now seems to be controlling his vomitting well but the diahrea has not subided much at all. The Vet is currently testing to see if he is having any thryroid problems.

Hopefully we get some conclusive results,
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