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Zuri Update - Please Help

Joey Jordan

Savannah Super Cat
#1
I am asking for any support from the group. I just got the PCR panel results back on Zuri and he tested positive for Tritrichomonas and Giardia:cry: . Of course he's received two rounds of drugs for the Giardia already. My vet is doing all the research he can (this is the first case he's had) but of course there only appears to be one line of treatment. I'm scared to death to go that route. I don't want to run the risk of loosing Zuri but don't know how this will affect him if I don't . There is also the possibility of my other two getting it. Since I work full time, 10 hr days I can't give him the attention he will need during the drug therapy in the event he started having a reaction. I don't know what to do. Please HELP
 

Kristin

Animal Communicator
#2
So sorry to hear this Joey. What treatment are you afraid of using? I can't offer any advice, but I know the great people on this forum will be able to :)
 

Angie Panczak

Savannah Super Cat
#3
What have they used for the Giardia? Also what treatment is he recommending? I know a breeder who posted a good article to treat tritich, I'll see if I can find it. Definitely both are highly contagious. Giardia is common but Tritich is a nightmare to deal with and get rid of. Also the breeder should be notified ASAP! If this came from their cattery they will have a big job in ridding it.
 

Joey Jordan

Savannah Super Cat
#4
So sorry to hear this Joey. What treatment are you afraid of using? I can't offer any advice, but I know the great people on this forum will be able to :)
Thank you for your concern and support. The only treatment that I can find on this is the use of "Ronidazole" for 14 days. From what I've read this can cause neurological problems. Cats on this need to be watched during the treatment for any symptoms. I'd like to hear from anyone on the site that has gone through this treatment. I've also ready that a small percentage has outgrown the symptoms of Tritrichomonas around 2 years of age but will still be a carrier.
 

Joey Jordan

Savannah Super Cat
#5
What have they used for the Giardia? Also what treatment is he recommending? I know a breeder who posted a good article to treat tritich, I'll see if I can find it. Definitely both are highly contagious. Giardia is common but Tritich is a nightmare to deal with and get rid of. Also the breeder should be notified ASAP! If this came from their cattery they will have a big job in ridding it.
He tested positive with the Giardia when I took him in for his first vet visit when I bought him home from the breeder. I've been back and forth to the vet as well as many phone calls to them about the diarrhea. I've been through several trials of different cat foods and even tried the cooked chicken and rice after no food for 14 hours but it always comes back. I can't remember what the medication was they used for the Giardia but it's commonly used for the treatment. I'm pretty sure he came to me with this since he's had the issue since I brought him home and my other two cats don't have any signs. Of course I know they can catch it. I plan on callilng the breeder so she'll know.
 
#6
Thank you for your concern and support. The only treatment that I can find on this is the use of "Ronidazole" for 14 days. From what I've read this can cause neurological problems. Cats on this need to be watched during the treatment for any symptoms. I'd like to hear from anyone on the site that has gone through this treatment. I've also ready that a small percentage has outgrown the symptoms of Tritrichomonas around 2 years of age but will still be a carrier.

Joey, need to keep this in perspective though. Many of the drugs, include metronidazole - commonly used to treat giardia - can also have neurological side effects. I would recommend you begin the treatment on a Saturday (or whatever your day off) so that you can observe Zuri during the first day or two of treatment. I think there is a lot of unnecessary scary information out there about this drug. Not that people shouldn't be aware of the possibilities, but not getting rid of the TriTrich is worse. At most you might need to reduce the dose of Ronidizole on the remote chance there is a reaction.
 
#7
A lot of people have used the tritri treatment with no long term effects. Your big issue is ensuring you have the right weight and the right dosage. Promise.

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Joey Jordan

Savannah Super Cat
#8
A lot of people have used the tritri treatment with no long term effects. Your big issue is ensuring you have the right weight and the right dosage. Promise.

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Thanks Trish, I guess I would have to trust my vet to ensure he gave the accurate information to the drug company. I was told it normally takes about a week to come in once ordered.
 

WitchyWoman

Admin
Staff member
#9
Joey, sometimes vet techs also have a sideline pet sitting business. Maybe this is the case at your vets. If so, perhaps a tech would visit 1x or 2x per day to check on him if you don't have a friend or relative who can help out. At least it would give you some peace of mind.
 

Joey Jordan

Savannah Super Cat
#10
Joey, sometimes vet techs also have a sideline pet sitting business. Maybe this is the case at your vets. If so, perhaps a tech would visit 1x or 2x per day to check on him if you don't have a friend or relative who can help out. At least it would give you some peace of mind.
Thanks Deborah, a good thought. I have a pet sitter I use when I go out of town. I hadn't thought about calling her. I'm going to try and order the meds tomorrow and hopefully they will be in by next Friday. I'm off the week of Christams so I'll be home with him for about 9 of the 14 days. Maybe it's a blessing I got the results when I did.