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Cat male neutered, 10.5 years old. Has suffered very loose

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Cat: male neutered, 10.5 years old. Has suffered very loose bowels for some years. Faeces have been tested in labs. Tried various diets including Hills ZD; Protexin pro biotic. Locals vets seem unable to help. The cat is quite healthy and happy, maintainig weight, etc. He's wormed quarterly.
Scourban has worked previously, but he can't live on that.
Any suggestions?

Ross Tongue.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 3 years ago.
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Dr. Andy :

Hello Ross.

Dr. Andy :

Well, a few points to discuss.

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First, with chronic loose bowels, and negative fecal tests that other tests that really should be considered include:
1. A basic blood profile and it MUST include a thyroid level to check for hyperthyroidism (even if maintaining weight).

Dr. Andy :

2. An abdominal ultrasound to get a good look at the intestinal wall for thickness or changes to support inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Andy :

In the absence of nothing else working here are a few suggestions:

Dr. Andy :

1. Some cats with IBD will do better on all canned diets. Something to consider

Dr. Andy :

2. A trial on flagyl (metronidazole). It is an antibiotic with anti-inflammatory benefit within the intestinal tract. Great in situations like this.

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3. A steroid trial. Yes! Treatment with some prednisone, which would be one of the treatments of choice for inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Andy :

4. Lastly, to supplement a medication like Flagyl, or a trial on prednisone, a product called Rx Clay, is a wonderful supplement to help firm up the poops.

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I hope that info helps.

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