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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-22-2006, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Infection or no infection??

Everytime my Bugs takes a poop, which is only about every 3 days, he gets a really bad belly ache that lasts the rest of the day. It was so bad the other day that I emediately took him to his vet. She was pleased to find that he was finally moving stool on his own as his colon was clear.

For the past year it's been a real challenge getting him on a diet, combined with the right amount of lactulose, that his system will tolerate.
He suffers from severe arthritis in his spine and it is especially bad at the base next to his tail. Thus, the constipation.

Anyways, now when he poops a solid stool it is usually followed with very runny stool. And it upsets his tummy really bad. But last time he just layed down with his mouth open starring into space. For me that was an emergency...especially after going limp when I picked him up!

So she took some blood and drew some urine straight from his bladder and ran in house lab analysis. She said there was some blood in his urine and she saw bacteria. I requested she send it to lab for further analysis.

The results came back totally opposite her findings but she says to give him the antibiotics anyways. I am one who really doesn't like the idea of antibiotics unless an obvious severe infection exists. My poor Bugs has been through so much and managed to pull through, I just don't know which is the lesser of two eveils.

More than that...which test should I go buy. He is doing much better now. And I have gone against my vets recommendations and not givin him antibiotics. She did give him a shot of Enrofloxacin.

What test should I trust? It's been almost a week.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-22-2006, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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I forgot to mention that almost always before he passes stool he will vomit first. I don't know but this just doesn't seem like bladder infection to me...but I'm not a vet.

Has anybody else had a similar problem. I said Bugs is doing better for now, but he's due for another bowel movement.
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I forgot to mention that almost always before he passes stool he will vomit first. I don't know but this just doesn't seem like bladder infection to me...but I'm not a vet.
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Anyways, now when he poops a solid stool it is usually followed with very runny stool.
are classic signs of a severe digestive problem. Allergy and/or IBD, plus no doubt, problem from the lactulose.

You need to take a very close look at the diet (all the ingredients) and you also need to talk to someone about managing the constipation differently.

What kind of diet are you feeding? Wet or dry?

Do you have access to holistic vets in your area?
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I agree with you on the antibiotics and I wanted to second Meowmie!

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Anyways, I did have a second urinalysis done, with fresh urine, the following day. (after vets test result) It did not show any apparent bacterial infection.

As far as diet goes, he gets Natural Balance both wet and dry. I don't like giving him the lactulose because it upsets his belly with gas. But gas compared to gastly howls of pain, while trying to push hard dry stool out, is why I have him on the Lactulose. Plus, he absolutely will refuse to go until he's so backed up that only an enema will relieve him.

He does have an allergy problem that does at times get really bad. I took him to a specialist 2 1/2 hours driving distance for an unrelated problem, and they discovered sporobolomycis growing in a culture sample taken from the mucus membrane inside his nose.

And, it was all over and around the house in which we live. Especially in the bathroom and an adjacent structure on the side of the house. Ok, so I told the landlady to do something about the mold. I now have a new bathroom and the stucture has been torn down and in the slow process of removeing old wood from the property.

Guess what that did? Spread spores throughout the place in which we live! I cannot afford to move, nor am I physically able to. It makes me sick as well. How do I stop floating spores? I am purchasing a dehumidifier next week. Should I get a sray bottle with diluted bleach and start spraying my house down? Cause if that will help, I'll start today.

Thanks for thoughts,
Susan and Bugs
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