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2 vet visits & 600 bucks later

alex617

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Last week Khaleesi started regurgitating her food after eating wet (wellness core canned original formula)
The vomit was a little bit of food, mostly water, and very mucus like.
I say regurgitating because it was basically just her, opening her mouth and with out warning or any gagging, vomit coming out. This happened 4-5 times every night for two nights (only after wet).
On the couch, on my lap, my bed...just everywhere. By the second night I was pretty worried, and doing all the internet searches and home diagnosis was not helping. I thought immediately that she had a blockage.

I called the vet on the third morning and scheduled an appointment that day. So we go, and the Vet let me know that it's very common for a cat to develop an allergy to a food product if you just recently started a new bag, or package of cans (due to a possible contamination in the batch of product)...and since I had just started a 24 pack, I chalked it up to the wet food. They did a fecal test and nothing was found. So there went $80 bucks, but at least I had an answer.

I emailed wellness core just to let them know that they might have some contamination, that I wasn't sure, but just wanted to give them a heads up in case other owners call.
That night during dinner time, I fixed khaleesi some "wet" food, I took a handful of Wellness Core Dry, and mixed it with water, resulting in a nice little soup. I felt so bad for her, because I know she only grazes on her kibble during the day, holding out for dinner time when she gets half a can of wet food. So I boiled a chicken breast and shredded about 1/4 of a cup just to add to her "soup". She loved it, and no vomiting! That night was great, I was sure it was just the wet food by the morning.

So the next night comes and since I still want to give her GI a good rest from the canned food, I prepare another dry food soup ( adding the water so she doesn't get constipated without her wet) and this time no chicken, I scramble up one egg, and put half of it in the bowl.
She eats it just fine, and about 20 minutes later she is above my head on the couch, and empties the contents of her stomach inbetween the couch cushions.
She throws up twice that night, less than the nights before the vet visit, so I just assume that her GI tract is still sensitive to food,and has basically decided that everytime food comes in, it's best that its regurgitated because of that one bad experience it had a couple days ago.

I give it one more night, but this night I decide I am just going to give her 1/4 cup of dampened dry food. She threw up one more time...
So my boyfriend and I decided she needs to go to the vet again. The next day we get to the vet and its not the same doctor we saw before, this one is a little more worried, and assuming the worse. I'm not mad that she was, i'm sure she was just prepping us for an either very bad or very good outcome... or trying to scare us into every test.

The first thing she suggests is an X-ray, to check for any obstructions or Megaesophogaus. They ask us to leave Khaleesi there for a couple hours to wait for the results from the radiologist. We get a call back and they let us know everything is fine. We get back and she tells us she wants to get Khaleesi's bloodwork done and start her on 3 different medications, which will total us at $508 when we leave.
I looked at my boyfriend and asked him what he wanted to do
and he said let's just get everything done, to be 100% sure. He covers most of the cost, thank god, and we sit in the lobby and listen to Khaleesi screaming in the background during the blood drawing process, and a shot of Cerenia. The Cerenia is for vomiting, she suggested we get so Khaleesi could keep down food that night.

We came home with:

Pancur Dewormer
Metronidazole (an antibiotic)

Carafate (Sucralfate is an aluminum compound that works by protecting damage to the stomach and intestinal lining by acting like a bandage. It attaches to the proteins excreted at ulcer sites in the digestive tract, protecting it from acidic digestive fluids and aiding in healing.)

I looked them all up as soon as I got home to decided if they were really necessary. For the past 2 nights Khaleesi has only had her dry kibble out, with no soups, or wet food. She hasn't thrown up, and she has been having regular bowel movements, and a lot of gas, per usual. Tomorrow is her last dose of the medications, and I'm anxious to see how she does without it. The Vet called me yesterday to let me know that Khaleesi's bloodwork is great.

I didn't go to the vet with the hopes to find something wrong with my baby, but I feel a little worried that we never really got to the root cause of her issue. Truthfully we don't even know if the issue is resolved. Khaleesi doesn't get into things, she doesn't eat objects or plants, I go to school 3 days a week and spend the majority of my time here watching my animals and doing school work.

I just wanted to share my experience for anyone who might have one in the future similar to this. I'm also curious to know if anyone has had a similar experience, or just the experience of spending money at the vet and ultimately getting no real answers. I will keep this updated if things get better or worse.

I'm attaching a picture for anyone curious about the doctors notes.
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annaleemv

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We've been having a similar issue, but my cat is mostly vomiting bile off and on early in the mornings. It was food too here and there. I don't think eggs are good for cats fyi. I've had two ultrasounds looking for a foreign body and x rays and blood work. The vet said there was an area of the intestine that looked a little thickened which means it may be irritated. I've come to the conclusion that she developed acid reflux from something. Maybe the food switch. We switched a few months ago so maybe she developed an allergy. Feeding frequent small meals has helped and wet food is easier to digest than dry food.

I have her on Tylosin 116mg twice a day. It is an intestinal antibiotic. The vet basically said she might have IBS so we'll try this for three weeks and then get off of it and see if anything changes. I have her eating Organix chicken and turkey canned food. So far so good. I will update.
 

MollysMom

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I have had Molly at the vet a few times this week for mucous in her poop and vomiting... They were really quick to suggest that it is irritable bowel possibly, and maybe she needs a diet other than raw. I trust my vets implicitly, but 2 small bouts of tummy upset in 1.5 years isn't enough for me to go with that suggestion and change her diet.
 

alex617

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We've been having a similar issue, but my cat is mostly vomiting bile off and on early in the mornings. It was food too here and there. I don't think eggs are good for cats fyi. I've had two ultrasounds looking for a foreign body and x rays and blood work. The vet said there was an area of the intestine that looked a little thickened which means it may be irritated. I've come to the conclusion that she developed acid reflux from something. Maybe the food switch. We switched a few months ago so maybe she developed an allergy. Feeding frequent small meals has helped and wet food is easier to digest than dry food.

I have her on Tylosin 116mg twice a day. It is an intestinal antibiotic. The vet basically said she might have IBS so we'll try this for three weeks and then get off of it and see if anything changes. I have her eating Organix chicken and turkey canned food. So far so good. I will update.
Yea, they did suggest IBS, I'm just going to start giving her tiny amounts of wet food when she gets done with the medication.
I checked the internet before I gave her the scrambled egg, and most the sources said it was okay occasionally, but I'm done trying to add things to her kibble. I'm also thinking about adding a probiotic to her diet, we'll see how that goes.
 

alex617

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I have had Molly at the vet a few times this week for mucous in her poop and vomiting... They were really quick to suggest that it is irritable bowel possibly, and maybe she needs a diet other than raw. I trust my vets implicitly, but 2 small bouts of tummy upset in 1.5 years isn't enough for me to go with that suggestion and change her diet.
I did notice one of Khaleesi's poop's had a mucous like film on the top of it, during the beginning of this whole ordeal. I've google searched "mucous in poop" way too many times. :yuck::doctor:
 

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I did notice one of Khaleesi's poop's had a mucous like film on the top of it, during the beginning of this whole ordeal. I've google searched "mucous in poop" way too many times. :yuck::doctor:
mucous can happen any time that the digestive tract is upset... Molly has had clear runny mucous and poop that was half mucous (TMI, I know!!!). It can be a result of a parasite, bug or IBS... she is on metronidazole (spelling?) and got th
 

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sorry I am on my phone... she got the anti nausea shot too.
 
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