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She was on metronidazole for diarrhea but now seems

She was on metronidazole...

She was on metronidazole for diarrhea but now seems constipated, very large belly and difficulty passing stool.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?

Aurora and she is only five weeks. She was a stray.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Aurora?

I only just got her. She has seen a vet and is up to date on shots. She is acting just fine but her belly is large.

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Dr. Denise
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Hi. I’m Dr. Denise, a licensed veterinarian. Welcome to JustAnswer! I’d like to help with your concerns regarding Aurora.

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A few questions to understand her condition better:

When did she start the Metronidazole?

When was her last poop?

What is her diet?

Any changes in her appetite? activity level?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Not sure when she started. Prescription is dated 11/21.Her litter box shows a normal amount of poop.Her diet is Authority Kitten Chicken and Liver, made into a soupy texture with water.Her appetite is fine, and she is very playful and active. I am probably overreacting. She is just so young.

Thank you so much for this additional information. Just a moment while I type my response.

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If she is eating well, leaving a normal amount of poop in the box and active, these are all very encouraging signs.

Kittens can develop distended bellies for a few reasons: a large meal, intestinal parasites, or true constipation. It sounds like Aurora is pooping a normal amount but may have difficulty passing stool.

Metronidazole can be a very effective medication for diarrhea, but in such a small kitten, it can make her stool a bit too dry and difficult to pass.

I recommend mixing additional water with her food to increase her hydration and help soften up her stools.

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