- May 2, 2018
Thanks for that article I will read it. hopefully Merlin’s diarrhea is going to become a thing of the past because he had a normal poop for two days now thank God! So sorry that you had to experience that in your poor cat had diarrhea for so long. I am just hoping that this is it for Merlin and he’s not gonna go back to diarrhea again.Long time lurker who finally decided to create an account. =^..^=
Anyways, sorry that Merlin is experiencing diarrhea. One of my own cats experienced diarrhea for a better part of a year and I know how frustrating it can be.
I totally think it was outlandish that Merlin was sent home covered in stool. IMHO, you shouldn’t have even had to ask to have him cleaned. They should have just done it for you.
However, I don’t think your above statement about veterinarians is quite fair. Medicine as a whole is headed towards a test base approach. When I had a kidney stone a few years ago, a CT scan and ultrasound were performed. Human doctors don’t typically make diagnoses without test results to back them up. In veterinary medicine, an additional layer of complexity is added as the patients don’t speak. Veterinarians make their best guess based on physical exam and history to come up with a list of diagnoses. That list of diagnoses for diarrhea based solely on PE and history is quite exhausting – thus the need for testing to rule out diagnoses.
Here hopefully a helpful article I found on many different diarrheal diseases in cats.
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C. diff is first and they mention a type of clay that is used in horses to bind the C diff toxins. The article indicates that the clay can be used in cats as well.
Wishing you and Merlin the best!
Medical Disclaimer: My comments are not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding your cat’s medical condition. Never disregard your veterinarian’s treatment or delay obtaining help because of something I have posted.
I have to disagree that I am being unfair if I had said all DVM blah blah blah then it would be unfair but the sad fact is many DVM are terrible at diagnosing have a lack of knowlegde and they do push a lot of very expensive stuff. Yes tests have to be done to diagnose often times and it seems in dvm world it often does not give a diagnosis. I did the expensive tests and more and I still don’t really have a diagnosis and I now have a DVM who has not called me back for days and days. that is not ok.
This is only one experience I am relating here and there have been a lot of bad things already with three different DVM. My former DVM treated one of my cats for cancer without any tests except an us previous. He had cancer and the treatment helped, he lived for a nearly a year so sometimes you can treat things without doing a lot of tests. In your case you were actually lucky that you even got tests and a diagnosis to be honest with the way things are going in human medicine these days. You often have to argue with people and tell them what to do because they are so clueless. Or they want to avoid ins issues etc. But anyway if you have insurance in human medicine it is covered.
I think we should separate what I said about diagnosing / testing and communicating from gross negligence and things like that because it is not exactly the same thing obviously. What happened to Merlin was really very negligent, that hospital should be closed down. You do understand that they contaminated their hospital, me and my home with a highly infectious bacteria? That is not OK in any universe.
Of course I should not have had to ask. I knew they prolly weren’t going to do it because they were trying to get rid of me in the beginning. they were trying to send him home no charge covered in diarrhea. And they weren’t going to tell me about it. And then on top of that the DVM told me that they had cleaned him when I left causing me and possibly my whole house to be contaminated! What happened to him was not outlandish it was gross negligence and just cruel. It is essentially animal cruelty to leave an animal with feces all over them.