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Archie's poo tested neg for worms

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Just talked to the vet's office. No sign of parasites No small comfort to me b/c he is still pooping out really soft stool and as I said, fresh blood, the other day. And I know based on research that G or C don't always shed with every poop.

Vet tech I spoke to say all the food switching can cause problems, which I knew. So I am going to take him in, for my own peace of mind. I would like to do wellness checks and fecals on all of them... but I know the rescue won't cover that. So I just might take on the expense, cuz I am worried about all these lil guys.
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Kody had the problem with soft stools & fresh blood so I was watching for your results. The vet told me he could prescribe metronidazole and prednisone for a short time and that might be all it would take. But I was paranoid (he is my only child, after all) & I opted for a endoscope to see if there was any problem.

Luckily it showed nothing but a small irritation which was biopsied and nothing to worry about.

Then he took the meds for 10 days and was fine. My vet acted like it is nothing to really be concerned about, but it is upsetting to me. It seems like every couple of months for one day or so his stool is soft and he has fresh blood. I thought I had figured out the problem and I quit giving him that particular food, but then it happened again the other day.

I will be curious to see what your vet comes up with.

Anne
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Talked with our rescue director. She thinks a round of Albon would be a good idea since coccidia and giardia are hard to detect in poo samples.

Albon is for coccidia, right? Everyone who has been in and out of the same litter boxes as Archie will have to be treated... so that is FIVE - Ghost is still isolated in my upstairs hallway bathroom. (too timid to interact with the other cats.)

Anyone have any insights about this medication?
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OK - this will get complicated. Having trouble getting out coherent thoughts right now.

As per my vet, most every cat can have coccidia - and many times they won't test + as they aren't always shedding it. Albon will treat coccidia, but not giardia (metronidazole aka flagyl is typically for giardia). I have a foster kitten with coccidia who was pooping normal - and still tested +.

Albon works by inhibiting the coccidia from re-growing, essentially. So I *think* the thought process behind Albon even though the fecal is - is that it will help inhibit anything *should* it be growing. We use it at the shelter all the time when kitties have chronic loose stool.

That said, my Margo had the "squishy poops" at the shelter. She's a freak & easily stressed. After a few weeks of being home, her poo was good.

Other things to try:
canned pumpkin
Science Diet I/D food
Probiotics
Holistic Solutions
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
OK - this will get complicated. Having trouble getting out coherent thoughts right now.

As per my vet, most every cat can have coccidia - and many times they won't test + as they aren't always shedding it. Albon will treat coccidia, but not giardia (metronidazole aka flagyl is typically for giardia). I have a foster kitten with coccidia who was pooping normal - and still tested +.

Albon works by inhibiting the coccidia from re-growing, essentially. So I *think* the thought process behind Albon even though the fecal is - is that it will help inhibit anything *should* it be growing. We use it at the shelter all the time when kitties have chronic loose stool.

That said, my Margo had the "squishy poops" at the shelter. She's a freak & easily stressed. After a few weeks of being home, her poo was good.

Other things to try:
canned pumpkin
Science Diet I/D food
Probiotics
Holistic Solutions
OK -I think I get what you're saying... Albon can't hurt and it certainly could help. What I read about it is that it inhibits the reproduction of the protozoa that causes coccidiosis. Canned pumpkin hasn't worked.

I am putting probiotics in their food - probably not enough b/c they are just the little one-cat packets given to me for Ghost. I thought Holistic solutions is a probiotic?

Our director's view is.. start with the less yucky medication and work our way up -- I am told that Flagyl (giardia treatment) tastes TERRIBLE and cats don't like taking it. I just want my boys to be comfortable, healthy and happy while they are in my care.
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I was wondering how Archie was doing. Frustrating on the negative fecal, but as WCL and your director said not uncommon.

The metronidazole is really nasty. I have two that just can't take it. If you need to treat for Giardia see if the director is willing to do Fenbendazole. Studies show just a 3 day treatment is needed. The basics on Fenbendazole is at the following link. I can look up more detailed research if you need it.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library...cur/page1.aspx

I am really hoping that Archie responds and that he doesn't have IBD/ food allergy.
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I was wondering how Archie was doing. Frustrating on the negative fecal, but as WCL and your director said not uncommon.

The metronidazole is really nasty. I have two that just can't take it. If you need to treat for Giardia see if the director is willing to do Fenbendazole. Studies show just a 3 day treatment is needed. The basics on Fenbendazole is at the following link. I can look up more detailed research if you need it.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library...cur/page1.aspx

I am really hoping that Archie responds and that he doesn't have IBD/ food allergy.
Thank you, KM. I will cut and paste this and hang onto it. re: IBD/food allergy - yeah I am with you on that. But I do think something is going on b/c a couple of the cats came in with ok poo and it has since turned lighter and mushy... they are in and out of ea. other's litter pans due to communal living.
ETA: I know if Archie has special needs he will be much, much harder to place.
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