Intestinal Biopsy: Is it totally safe?

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I agree with others. A biopsy is a fairly invasive procedure so performing one should be farther down the list of options.

I like to think in practical terms: If your car has a minor engine problem, why should you tear down and rebuild the entire engine when changing the spark plugs might solve it. Maybe a major repair is called for but not until you have eliminated other, simpler, causes.

Like the old saying... "Try the easy solutions first." :)
 
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Update.

More than three weeks later, there are improvements.
I have tried with the suggested S. Boulardii. The first ten-twelve days 125 mg twice a day, then once a day.
The kitty's poop has improved a lot and now I'd say we're back to normal. She only had one single day of soft poop three times a day.

Meanwhile, I had her visited and checked at the clinic, in order to have her spayed. They did a fecal test (I insisted for this, they didn't want to do it, the soft poop was on the day before the visit), a blood test along with a clotting test, an x-ray and a chest US scan.
The fecal test returned she still has giardia, so we have put her on a five-day Panacur course which has ended today.
The chest scan revealed some slightly possible myocarditis that the vet would like to investigate further next time. The x-ray revealed some bronchus slightly inflamed. For this I'm doing an aerosol session with cortisone every other day, for about ten days.
The blood test was fine, but the clotting test (which I strongly asked for) says the kitten has a very slow clotting, and this could be a problem during the spaying surgery. The vet said that giardia can cause this, so he said that two weeks after the course of Panacur we could repeat the clotting test. This should be around July 6th.

As for the appetite, she is always hungry, no matter how much food I give her. I started giving more food before going to bed, around midnight, in order to try and buy some sleeping time, but I got the opposite, she is waking me up at 5 am instead of 6 am.
The only thing I can cling to is that after the spaying she will be less hungry. I am waiting for this since March, but there has always been something that has stopped me...
 
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Lets hope the giardia goes and she can be spayed then hopefully things will settle down for you all. She is so lucky to have you.
 
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Do you think I should keep on giving her the Saccharomyces Boulardii for some more time?
She had it into her meals twice a day from May 31 to June 14, and then once a day till next Thursday (when the box is over). Is it enough? Would it be bad to continue?
 
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You can use it indefinitely. It's talked about here. About halfway down the page.

My Cat Has Diarrhea - What Do I Do?

There's an emergency stop diarrhea protocol that is smaller amounts given more frequently. But then there is also a maintenance dose that can be given daily as long as it is needed. If you want to take her off and see how it goes, you can always reintroduce it.

When Krista had clostridium, a truly nasty bug, I was giving her half a capsule four times a day for at least a month. Then it was half a capsule twice a day for another month after that. She finally got sick of the stuff and I gave her a break. Thankfully we haven't seen a return of the clostridium. But I keep a bottle of the s. boulardii in the fridge just in case.

I have also used it with a touch of food and fish flakes as a make-shift pill dough for her prednisilone. The s. boulardii when mixed with a tiny amount of moisture (her food), becomes tacky/sticky enough for the fish flake to wrap around the pill. Unfortunately, we just had a very painful realization--a particularly bad middle ear infection--that the fish flakes have been an inflammatory trigger this whole time. That's a whole other story.

But yes, you can give the s. boulardii daily as long as you think she needs it.
 

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did your vet mention the need to clean your apartment, especially her spots and completely change and disinfect the litter box while you're treating her? It's very easy to get re-infested with this bug. I remember there are some posts about giardia cleaning protocol but I can write what we did while we dealt with this if you want.
Panacur should be repeated after 10-14 days, especially since she was already given it and one round did not help. It's also possible that Panacur itself is not enough as it's pretty mild medicine, and sometimes unfortunately metronidazole is needed (as it was in my case).
Good luck with this horrible thing and all the best to Giada!
 
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She's a witch She's a witch ,
No, the vet didn't mention it, but a person I know did, and told me sanitize not only her spots and tray, but the whole house as well, with steam, possibly, and several times. I thought about it and I decided that it would have been nearly impossible to do a thorough cleaning, so I gave up.
I know that giardia is a terrible bug, and I can't understand where she got it from, since she's always been an indoor cat, and her mother and three siblings are fine, as far as I know.
If a second round of Panacur might be required, I should inform the vet anyway and the spaying will be postponed again...
 
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Hi all,
A bit of update.

Giada's poop is rather fine, if I can say something good about poop. She's producing once/twice a day, most of the time normal, a few times a bit softer than normal.

What hasn't changed is that the kitty is always hungry and eager to have something to chew. She sniffs everything is around her, whatever she finds she tries to chew and swallow it in the attempt to have her stomach satisfied, be it cardboard, a rock, plastic, and whatever thing she finds on the floor, and insects (flies, ants, mosquitos, moths, bees, etc) and spiders, all the time, and she's driving me crazy.
I don't know if any of these bugs can hurt her, so I have to spend my time checking her on every step.

Can giardia give a cat an insatiable appetite?
Can a bug give a cat some kind of tummy parasite or else?

I don't what to do with her anymore. Furthermore, she wakes us up at 5 am because she's hungry. I'm trying to feed her at precise times of the day, but her times are every 30 minutes.

P.S.: she hasn't learned her name yet... :headscratch:
 
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