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So he's on day 4 of the Prednisolone, with no change in his diarrhea. His poop has been the same color of his Hill's z/d food since he's been eating it. He's just about out, and so I bought some different food.

Firs things first : As of this morning, I still haven't heard anything about the results of his PCR test. Not that I knew what they were testing for in the first place. I gave them his fecal sample on Friday.

So. I've started noticing that his poor bum is all red. It's not swollen, and the whole thing is not red; just a little bit of it. I guess the diarrhea has finally taken a toll on his backside. Before I talk to the vet again later today, and before she wants to bog me down with another 5 tests and medications... Is there anything I can do for him? He's not showing any signs of distress over it, but I have noticed him cleaning it more often lately, which I'm blaming on the diarrhea itself and his need to be clean.

And lastly. I bought various cans of food and a new small bag of dry. Grain-free and fish free (as much as I could find without a lot in there, anyway.) Salmon gives him the runs and I've never really given him much tuna, aside from a chunk of tuna here and there if I have tuna salad. It all seems to upset his tummy. So I'm trying out Wellness & AvoDerm and I grabbed one 3oz can of Blue Wilderness Duck just to see if he'd eat it. The small bag of kibble is Wellness also. I don't plan on feeding him mostly dry for the next week or so, just to see if there's any difference. I started giving him FortiFlora again as of this AM, in hopes that it'll help ease his tummy with the new cans. I don't want to switch up his food a whole lot, so I'll be going slowly on this.

But yeah, back to his poor bum.. I've never encountered this problem, if there something I could do for him here at home?
 

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It's a vicious circle...his bum is irritated because of the diarrhea, he licks it because it is bothering him, and with his raspy tongue makes it even more irritated. You could put a little vaseline on the anus, and then put on a a cone-collar to prevent him from licking it. It would certainly help it to heal. But most cats don't like a cone collar too much, so it would be another thing to annoy him. Only will his anus heal if the diarrhea clears up. Has vet suggested something for his diarrhea?
 

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Sigh, we've been going back and friggin fourth for over a month because of his diarrhea. The vet still has no definitive answer as to what's causing it. 3 fecal tests later and different medicine, and nothing's changed. He's had the exact same dark, pudding consistency diarrhea since the day he finished his first round with a second type of antibiotic that the emergency vet gave me out of a donated box of meds. (Metronidazole)

Since then... Hill's z/d, Pepcid (havent given him any for a couple weeks now) and FortiFlora. Now he's on the Pred, which is day 4 today. I'm making some more calls to other vets in my area to see if there's something they can think of. It'd help if I had copies of all his test results, but... I'm still waiting on those. If the vet had even planned on mailing me copies like she said she would awhile back.
 

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If I were you, I'd call the clinic, tell them you'll be there in 30 mins to pick up copies of all of his test results, then drive over and stand directly in front of the receptionist until she handed me every last test result he's ever had at that clinic. There's simply no excuse for them to drag their heels getting you the test results that you've already paid for!

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If I were you, I'd call the clinic, tell them you'll be there in 30 mins to pick up copies of all of his test results, then drive over and stand directly in front of the receptionist until she handed me every last test result he's ever had at that clinic. There's simply no excuse for them to drag their heels getting you the test results that you've already paid for!

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I did this exactly, when I took Max to the hospital they did $1300.00 worth of tests. X rays , blood tests and who knows what else. He also stayed there for 2 nights. When they released him my regular vet wanted to see what they did and to re check the xrays, the 24 hours clinic would not fax his file to my vet after I signed a release so I just went there and said I would wait till they got it all together, they rolled their eyes and gave me a hard time but those were tests I paid for and I wanted my vet to look at what they did. Sending good thoughts your way.
 

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What does of Pred are you giving. It sounds like his intestines are really inflamed. Franklin has IBD and he took 5 MG 2/day for almost a month to get his gut calmed down.
 

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5mg. First 3 days he was getting one every 12 hours, now he's getting one once a day for 10 days, then one every other day until they're gone.

His ultrasound a few weeks ago showed that his pancreas and bowel were "angry" (vets words) which I'm assuming means they were inflamed and all that. One of the possible conditions he could have is Pancreatitis, IBD, or beginning stages of cancer, which the vet said there were no signs of cancer, so I still am not sure why she even mentioned it. Nothing is definitive, after going through this for well over a month.

The Pred helped his tummy after a month? Seems like a long time. How old was he at that point? Apollo is almost 10 months old, so he's still a baby, which makes it odd to me.
 

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One of the things you can test for with PCR is T. Foetus which is a parasite that causes diarrhea...it used to be extremely rare, but is becoming more and more common. Hopefully that is one of the things your vet is testing for.

If the PCR results provide not further information, then I'd say it's time to find a veterinary school clinic. They are on the cutting edge, have all kinds of equipment and specialists not found at local clinics. Even if it's a couple hour drive, if they can diagnose, they can then provide a treatment plan and work with your local vet for monitoring.
 
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