The following is a cut and paste of a post I put up on another forum. I figured it would be easier to do that instead of starting from scratch and rewriting the whole thing.
Hi there, my little one Noelle was just diagnosed with Triaditis and I have been very scared for her well being. She must have had this underlying for quite some time, (she is about 8 now) but it really didn’t hit her hard until recently when I noticed loud gurgling in her tummy and brought her to the vet. This happened once before and they basically gave her fluid treatment and a pepcid and she was all good. This time for whatever reason I demanded they check her blood and boy am I glad they did. Her liver enzymes were obscenely high and I had to bring her in for an ultrasound which uncovered that she had inflammation of the pancreas, liver and small intestines, as well as an obstruction in her common bile duct. They gave me some meds and a few days later she started turning yellow. At that point the doctor recommended they operate since the disease was rapidly progressing. Long story short they got in there and had to reroute her gall bladder. She bounced back extremely well I am happy to say but the underlying Triaditis still needs to be managed. She was always a big lover of dry food which I thought was ok becuase I was feeding her a “natural” brand. After doing some research and having a very smart girlfriend I was luckily able to cut dry food from both my cats diets and switch them over to a natural wet limited ingredient canned food which they are both finally getting used to. Noelle actually really likes it and eats like a champ! Following the surgery the doctor didn’t want to medicate and see how she did after the biliary obstruction was fixed. She was doing well for a week or two with one vomiting episode (which still upset me) but no other major setbacks until about two days ago when she became lethargic and was acting the same way she was when the problem was first noticed. I brought her back to the vet where they gave her fluids again and kept her overnight and the next day they did another ultrasound that showed she had a flare up from the disease and we were going to have to keep it under control with medicine. Now she is taking 5mg of prednisolone once daily and although I am scared to death of having her on a steroid she is doing very well since coming home. I’ve also started adding some filtered water to my cats already wet food to make it more appealing and they seem to love it and I’m sure the extra water is good for them. Noelle is acting like her old self since the surgery and besides the one flare up I have my old happy kitten back! I’ve been trying to do some research on this disease but there is only so much info out there and I am so afraid that this is something that is going to be fatal, but a lot of the things I’m reading are saying that well managed triaditis patients can still live a long healthy life. I’m sorry if my thoughts are jumping around on this post I am kinda typing as I think so I may be rambling on here, but any feedback that anyone here can give me would be much appreciated and hopefully will ease my brain a bit. Hopefully I’m not too late to the party here and somebody sees this. Thanks for reading! Also, if anyone knows of a holistic way to help treat this condition please let me know. Again, I am not a big fan of the steroids based on the potential side effects I’ve heard about but I have to do whatever is best for my baby.
I just figured I’d follow up and give you an update on Noelle. It’s been a stressful couple of months. When I last left you, Noelle was doing well on half a pill of prednisolone daily. Since then, her dosage has been cut to a quarter of a pill daily and I’ve been going with that for almost three weeks now. She was doing well from what i can tell until yesterday early in the a.m. she seemed a bit inactive and she threw up a small amount of yellow bile. She was still eating normally but I called the doctor and he told me to monitor her and keep him updated. Then this morning she seemed really uncomfortable and ended up throwing up again. This time it was watery food and she seemed like she was really unhappy afterwards. She wouldn’t eat. Yesterday I picked up some denamarin to start giving her which is the result of me doing some research and finding that milk thistle and SAMe could really be beneficial for her disease. I couldn’t get her to eat anything after her vomiting episode this morning but eventually she came around a bit and ate the pill pocket with the denamarin. She still wasn’t interested in eating so we visited the vet and he gave her a shot of something to help her tummy. I guess flare ups are going to be something I’m going to have to deal with but I can’t stand to see her in pain and I don’t know what damage these flare ups are doing to her insides. When we got home she ate but now, being later in the day she still seems uncomfortable and inactive compared to how she normally is. I am really worried about her even though the doctor did a quick ultrasound and said everything looked normal. Is there anything more I can be doing to help her recover from this? Is there anything that can be done to prevent flare ups in the future? Will the denamarin make a difference? So many questions and anxiety on my end. I don’t want to see her in pain. Thank you for your time.
Does anyone here have any success stories to share with me so I can rest easier? She is eating and seems to be acting normal but every now and then I'll see her sitting all scrunched up and I don't know if she is having a flare up or it is just her normal resting stance because she has always done it and before I knew about her condition I saw it as her just sitting there.