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RE: more IBD questions!

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Posted by: PHKitkat at Fri Aug 3 18:14:27 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHKitkat ]  
   

Hello Again!

If Flagyl and IVD work for Sola, then that may be all he needs to treat his IBD. Sometimes it's just a matter of what works for each individual cat. I think, though, that you should be open to using steroids, if necessary to control his disease.

I don't blame you for wanting to keep track of your cat's lab results. You don't have to have a degree to see which values are high or low. It might be a good idea to obtain copies of any other labwork that might have been done on Solo in the past year or so. Maybe even start a folder so you have a record at home.

What concerns me in the labwork that you posted is the slightly elevated creatinine, although the BUN is normal. If a urinalysis has not been done on Solo it would be a good idea to have one done. This is because kidney disease shows up in the urine before the blood and you want to know if early kidney disease is present. If the urine is dilute, then you are dealing with the beginning of kidney problems. Slight anemia is present also, which can be caused by chronic problems, such as IBD, or kidney failure. With a normal BUN Sola would have to be in the early stages.

I tend to be very paranoid about kidney problems in senior cats, because I have had several with the disease. Still, most senior kitties will develop some degree of CRF as they age. I have both a 10 year-old and a 17 year-old cat with kidney failure at this time. Both are stable with subcutaneous fluids at home.

Take care, and feel free to keep asking questions

Regards,
PHKitkat


   

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