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Hi there , my cat its almost paralize on his back legs, its

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Hi there , my cat it's almost paralize on his back legs, it's his been 4 weeks , he still menage to go to the toilet on his own , but just about , it's an indoor cat , I had blood test done , all seemed good , they did x ray , found some of his spine fuse near his neck , but he had this since he was born .. , they gave him a cortison injection, then untinflamatory , then a course of cortison .. Still slowly going down :( .. They think could be a disck , is there any more medication I can try ?
Hello. My name isXXXXX will be happy to help you. Sorry to hear that Inko is not doing well. I would be very concerned about a herniated disk or vertebral instability as well. At 4 weeks out, if it hasn't gotten better, there is a good chance that it won't. Anti-inflammatory medication and strict rest are the mainstays of therapy. I would try gabapentin. It tends to help more with neurologic inflammation and pain. Tramadol may help as well. An MRI or CT scan would be the best tests for getting a diagnosis, but if they are not an option at this point, a myelogram may help. This is where they inject a contrast dye into the spinal column and take multiple x-rays to see if there is a defect. It does require anesthesia, and most vets do refer to a veterinary neurologist for the testing. As far as medications go, those are your best options. I would also talk to your vet about referral to someone who has the capability to do therapeutic laser therapy or even acupuncture. These alternative therapies may help out a lot. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you so much for the replay , for the cat it's extremely traumatic any trip to the vet , each time he gets more paralized , I really wouldn't wont to put him thru extra visit , to know there is not hope , I saw a surgeon who takes me that if it was even possible to operate he could be still worse after , it's to heart breaking , so my question is .. What gabapentin would do to him ? Why that's never been suggested ? If that would do anything would I see an improvement quite fast ? And would those be lasting effect ? Thank you so much , I really need to take a very hard decision , and still holding on to a hope .. Thank you
You are very welcome. Gabapentin helps with pain from neurologic origin. It is not a medication that is used by a lot of vets yet. Its use has become more prevalent in the past 3-4 years. Its use has been more for arthritis, but some veterinary neurologists are recommending it for disk problems as well. Being that this has been going on for 4 weeks, I wouldn't expect a quick turnaround, if possible. It could be days to a couple weeks. With the length of duration at 4 weeks, prognosis for full return of function would be guarded at best anyway. If you can give the medication, then it is definitely worth a try. Hope this helps.
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