PCR test

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  1. bcats

    bcats PetForums Member

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    I adopted Poppy over a year ago. She had digestive problems within a couple of weeks eg constipation and bloody faeces. I thought I had cured this by changing her diet. Suddenly after a six day stay in the cattery I have used for some time she developed a bout of diarrhea which lasted about 36 hours. This began around six weeks of her stay in cattery. She had another bout three weeks ago which was not responding to the light diet I put her on. It was decided to have the PCR done. The results are very worrying. See below.
    Feline Coronavirus
    Tritrichomonas
    Giardia spp
    C. Perfringens A gene
    C Perfringens enterotoxin gene
    ALL PCR POSITIVE.
    My vet is not very encouraging. We have started poppy on a five day course of Panacur. She has told me that it is possible that she will have to have more treatment of Panacur as Giardia is very difficult to treat. The treatment for TT cannot begin until the giardia has gone. She says many months of treatment and further tests very likely. Her visit to the vet this am showed that she has regained the weight she had lost. No tenderness in her abdominal region. The diarrhea stopped over a week ago. I put her on cooked fish and chicken breast also synbiotic and unsweetened tinned pumpkin half tsp twice daily. Home heigene has been stepped up. Lots of washing and I am using a disinfectant supplyed by my vet and spraying litter box, sleeping quarters kitchen floor every day. Antibacterial gell for a hand wash and using rubber gloves for anything to do with Poppy. All my bed covers are replaced every day. I am absolutely devistated about this. Feeling quite sick and depressed for my beautiful girl. The vet says that because poppy has so much going on her treatment is very tricky. I have now been able to add some of her usual food to the fish and chicken. Any comments on this post will be most appreciated.
     
  2. Ceiling Kitty

    Ceiling Kitty Feline Medicine Nerd

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    The labs have a lot to answer for, offering all these PCRs for everything. :Shifty The trouble with PCR is that it detects DNA, not live organisms. So even dead organisms will yield a positive result.

    The advice from most of the GI specialists I've listened to on this subject is to treat once for Giardia, then don't bother testing again. Of course, others' opinions may differ.

    The Tritrichomonas is the most difficult to shift, but a risk-benefit decision needs to be made regarding the severity of symptoms vs possible side effects of ronidazole (the only effective treatment currently known).
     
  3. bcats

    bcats PetForums Member

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    Thanks Ceiling Kitty. I always value information sent from you. My vet wants to give Poppy treatments and more tests that could go on for months. Poppy is looking very well now. Has put on the weight she lost and her stools have been normal for over a week now by just putting her on a bland diet and giving her half a teaspoon of unsweetened tinned pumpkin twice daily. My main concern of the giardia is the risk of it infection to us
    I am taking precautions. I have been advised after treatment is completed to have her bathed to remove anything left in her fur that she could injest and re infect herself. Do you think that the Panacur will work on its own. Some say that it needs Metronidozle? Thank you for replying to my post.
     
  4. bcats

    bcats PetForums Member

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    PS regarding the TT. My last cat suffered from this. I never had her treated with Ronidazole, too aggressive. I had homeopathy treatment for her. My main concern is the Giardia it frightens me
     
  5. Pepperpots

    Pepperpots PetForums Member

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    On the positive side for the Ronidazole, is that my kitten had two, two week course of it at a v low dose (monitored with blood tests) and it has cleared the bugs. He is so much better in himself now.