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Bruno: Our Awesome-sauce Tripawd

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Bruno: Our Awesome-sauce Tripawd

Day 53 in the JJB Household – guts guts guts, what can you do?

February 21st, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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So, I’m sad to say after a month and a very quick adjustment to his new home, Bruno has been a poorly Kitty for the last 11 days.

You wouldn’t be able to tell the way he is cosied up in his fave wool blanket right now.

Has anyone else had gut issues with their tripawd? We can’t help but think that his decreased mobility and lopsidedness has made his insides off balance too.

He doesn’t play much (he is five years old) and even the fabled laser pointer doesn’t get him bounding around.

Does this sound familiar to anyone out there? Desperate to find ways to improve things for him.

He suddenly stopped eating and was going to his litter tray, but nothing was happening. Three visits to the vets in three days, a deworming tablet (unnecessary), blood tests (okay for electrolytes and kidneys etc.), Zantac, and a colonic irrigation later, he was home with antibiotics for colonitis and lactulose to keep things moving.

Another 6 days on, a nightmare of feeding him meds, 2 phone calls to the vets and not much success, we go back to the vets.

Poor Bruno now gets a mini enema and more lactulose. Gets things moving, but he’s pretty much off his food despite giving him tuna and fresh cod. He’s interested, and takes a bit from our hand, but just won’t go for it. We don’t know if he’s empty or not pooing 😖

His hydration is OK thankfully as he’s drinking a little cat milk and from his fountain still. Back to vets on Sunday, but we really want to help get his zest back.

Has anyone had similar issues?

Lots of love and hope from J J and Bruno-Baby.

xox

 

 

 

 


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4 Comments so far ↓

  • purrkins

    Im sorry Bruno is not feeling well.
    How did Bruno end up being a tripawd? Injury or cancer ?

    I will attach a good informative site for everything about constipation in kitties.
    http://www.felineconstipation.org/prevention.html

    Purrkins brother has IBD/constipation. First diagnosed with Colitis when he was a kitten! 6 years old now. It took a long time to get his managed we started out with diarrhea then went into the constipation.

    We manage his with diet ,Miralax, and a product called Easy Go by Vitality Science .
    They have been life saving for us! Both of these products & diet and have kept us out of the er. Prior too we were in the ER too many times getting him cleaned out he was miserable.

    Did they give Bruno fluids when he was in?
    If Bruno is not eating I would ask the Vet about Cerenia ,anti nausea pill and it is also anti-inflammatory. Might be why he is not eating. This can get dangerous quickly as you are finding out. Keep a close eye on intake and output and do not hesitate calling the vet or taking him in. Unfortunately we do have some experience in this. There are a lot of things that can be tried and helpful. Check out that siteI think you will learn alot there. Pm me if I can help further ok.
    Hope Bruno feels better soon!
    Hugs!
    Holly & Purrkins

    • jjawesomesauce

      Wow, thank you so much Holly, Purrkins and Brother.
      Sorry to hear that you had such a hard time, but so grateful that you have so much information to share 🙂 I’ll be sure to read the site and bring up the diet and meds you’ve mentioned with the vet (we’re going on Sunday).
      It’s also great to hear that it can be managed in some cases.
      I’ll be posting an update when we know more.
      Lots of Love to you all.

      Jackie, John and Bruno.

  • jjawesomesauce

    Oh and Bruno became a Tripawd after an accident. It was before we knew him so we don’t know much other than it was from a bad fall. Wee darling.
    Is that similar with you and yours?
    Thanks
    X

  • purrkins

    It can be managed a variety of ways it was a lot of trial and error to find the right mix for us. A lot of ER visit’s & yes home enemas. It might not be so complicated with Bruno.

    The Miralax is easier to administer then the Lactulose. Lactlulose can raise calcium levels where the Miralax will not .

    Depending on the severity of Bruno’s problem they do prescribe a medicine for slow motility.
    Cisapride is used for a variety of motility disorders ,for the treatment and management of Megacolon and chronic constipation in cats.

    We were able to get things under control without the prescription. We do have it on hand .

    Just letting you know there are a lot of options.

    Purrkins lost his left front leg to Cancer. Brother Saxton is a quad kitty, he is the one with the constipation, IBS.

    I asked how Bruno lost his leg because it is possible that he damaged things back there when he fell or from a accident. I would be asking the vet and possibly get some X-rays done.

    We will keep our paws crossed for you and Bruno.
    Hugs!
    Holly , Purrkins & Saxton😻

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