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I have a 3 month old male kitten that has pale yellow

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I have a 3 month old male kitten that has pale yellow diarrhea and has lost a lot of weight. I'm waiting for the results from his stool sample but I'm wondering if it could be Giardia or Coccidia? He also drinks a lot and only eats a little. Sometimes will vomit. Very lethargic but still tries to play & walks around with his tail up.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the kitten?
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Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 2 months ago.

Hi I am Dr. Denney. I am currently reviewing your post now. Please give me a few minutes to type my response. Thank you for trusting us with your question. This service is used for general information only and is no substitute for a veterinarian patient relationship by examination.

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Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 2 months ago.

You are correct that his issues could be from either coccidia or giardia. If the tests come back positive then treatment should begin immediately with appropriate medications

You can try anti diarrhea medications like propectalin and feeding a bland diet of chicken and rice to help bulk up his stool.

There are also feline probiotics I would recommend adding into the diet. A good one is feline fortiflora which you can get online or some walmarts carry it. Mix into food once a day.

If the stool tests come back negative we may have other issues going on internally with this kitten.

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 2 months ago.

If the tests come back negative this could be inflammatory bowel disease ( which can present at any age) and requires an ultrasound to get a clearer diagnosis.

We can also see pancreatitis with these symptoms which an ultrasound would catch.

Sometimes unfortunately we can also see a disease called Feline infectious peritonitis that can present like this. It is a diagnosis made from exclusion so if you are treating and treating and the kitten is failing to thrive this is something to consider.

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 2 months ago.

Next diagnostics I would recommend is the ultrasound of his abdomen if his stool tests come back normal.

This will help screen for pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease and FIP (feline infectious peritonitis)

Good luck with your kitten I hope this helped

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