I work as a vet tech and we had a client come in about a month ago with her new kitten. He's a precious orange and white manx. She had been seeing him leaking urine, and after taking some x-rays, we confirmed manx syndrome. His last vertebrae is nonexistent. We told her the prognosis, and of course she was devastated. She couldn't deal with the expenses or practical issues of having this high needs baby. So she left him with us and we vowed we would take him back to the shelter where she had gotten him. Of course, he became one of our clinic cats and I fell in love. We call him Jack Rabbit because due to the syndrome, when he runs he hops. We haven't had much problems with him, just a tiny bit of urinary leakage. We express his bladder daily and it's controlled pretty well. Until Thursday. We found several tiny spots of diarrhea around the clinic, and of course it was Jack. We did an in house fecal on him and saw no signs of any parasites. So we've been treating him with ponazuril, panacure, and metronidazale and this weekend he seemed to be improving. We have him isolated in a cage to prevent the mess and his diarrhea had almost stopped. I come in today and he's worse than ever. Absolutely no control over his bowels and he's leaking diarrhea every few minutes. He just screams and screams because he hates being locked up and he must be miserable. His anus is so inflamed and bleeding now. We're sending off a fecal to a lab for more rigorous testing, should have the results tomorrow or Thursday.
On to the actual question. Is extreme diarrhea like this associated with manx syndrome? And if so, does it happen this early (he's only 4-5 mo)? This is my first time dealing with a manx syndrome patient and I'm not very familiar with it. I hope the fecal shows something that we can treat but if it is part of the manx syndrome.... There is a surgery option to deal with megacollin (which he is already developing), but it's a very difficult surgery and not very successful. We will most likely have to put our little Jack down, . Did this occur with anybody's manx syndrome babies? What did you do? I'm heartbroken and need some advice/words of encouragement.