|Purred: Fri Sep 5, '08 8:16pm PST |
|Very interesting, Jester.
My experience is with traditional medicine. I had chronic diarrhea from presumed IBD and received methylprednisolone injections, which controlled the diarrhea for about 6-8 weeks, then I'd need another shot. Mom became uncomfortable with the vet and with the shots and took me to another vet.
The new vet was a feline-only vet. I had more blood tests, then an ultrasound in August 2005, but that still left IBD and intestinal lymphoma as suspects. The ultrasound vet recommended another blood test and fecal tests. The fecal tests for salmonella and campylobacter were negative. The blood test was the TLI-B12-FOLATE test, which sounds like what you've already had. My folate was low, B12 was okay, TLI was okay (which I think ruled out pancreatitis). That test result says, "Consistent with proximal small intestinal disease."
So the diagnosis was still IBD or mild lymphoma, with biopsy the only way to know for sure. Mom and Dad did not want me to have the biopsy and the vet did not really recommend it at my age, since the treatment for either was the same (steroids), although my vet said if it were known to be lymphoma, the treatment would be more aggressive. The Internal Medicine/ultrasound vet also said diet change (to hypoallergenic) and metronidazole/Flagyl 62.5 mg once daily could be tried. I didn't like those special foods and my vet never prescribed the Flagyl (I don't know why).
So I started on steroids again, in August 2005, but it was liquid dexamethasone this time, .25 ml once daily. The new vet said oral steroids are safer than injections. My diarrhea improved almost immediately and Mom saw none of the bad side effects she had seen with the injections. I took that dose for a while, then my poops became too solid so the dose was cut down to every other day, then twice a week, then I stopped altogether in 3/06 and the chronic diarrhea did not return.
Since that has been 3 years ago, I don't think I have lymphoma.
That seems similar to your recommended treatment, Arthur.
Also, I wouldn't even try the pumpkin back during that time, but now I like it! Has your mom tried adding some to your wet food?
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