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Giardia and Tricha-something I can’t pronounce…

PurranhasDen

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So Spike came back from his neuter surgery just fine. His vet is very thorough, thus a fecal screen was done. He had graciously provided them some fresh poo. Well it came back with Giardia and tritrichomonas. Per the vet, it is sub-clinical so in English, not symptomatic. Regardless, it needs to be treated as he is so tiny and young. He has been prescribed Ronidazole for 14 days. Unfortunately, I also have to isolate him for that time. So, back into the spare bedroom he goes. He has his cat tower, water fountain and his own litter robot.
We’re not too worried about the adults in the clowder as they are very healthy and mixed breeds (aka Heinz 57 cats) don’t generally have issues with this.
I can’t think of where he might have picked it up. The only places he has been were his cattery and my house. I doubt the cattery has she is scrupulously clean. I wonder if my adults have it and are also asymptomatic.
So we’ll treat the little guy and do another fecal in 4 weeks and see.
Has anyone had any experience with these bugs…
 

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@PurranhasDen , glad Spike is doing well after his neuter surgery.
great catch by your thorough vet for the giardia/tritrichomonas. ( not sure if you contacted his breeder to let know).

yes, some of us have had pets these two diagnosis. The ronidazole is a great medication. have seen used for the tritrichomonas /giardia .(we have had kittie with poo issues and tritri was not caught till later on) .

glad asymptomatic and all paws crossed for the recheck. years ago my pup was diagnosed with giardia. I was shocked. have No idea where he got it. I also wondered if the giardia may have been a false positive.

he got a round of metronidazole for the giardia and all cleared up. none of my crew of kitties and pups got it. * I washed my hands frequently /hand sanitizer before petting my others. I washed litterboxes with a bleach solution .
your vet can give instructions/ products to use for disinfecting home areas.

I used chlorhexidine solution (diluted per instructions) for cleaning and sprayed bedding with it washing, since I couldn't use bleach on my carpets. I still keep it on hand for routine cleaning floors , litter boxes. My vet uses it in their office. I got a gallon of it online (chewy etc ) and put some diluted in a spray bottle. Durvet Chlorhexidine gallon on amazon $12.90 . it lasts a long time with the dilution instructions

members will surely chime in.

You are an amazing mum ... perseverance, you got this Team Spike. hugs n speedy recovery vibes. we are here for you.
 

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I have not dealt with the Trich but we have done the Giardia thing here. Metronidazole helped here as well.


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We are doing pretty good. Still no symptoms whatsoever, unless you count Dexter (one of the 2 furry voids) having a sulk over being barred from the office for a few days.
Spike has been getting his meds. His vet did not recommend mixing it with his food, but trying to get it in him via syringe was near impossible. He would just struggle and most of it would wind up running down his chin. I’ve been squirting a Churu onto a spoon and topping it with the medicine. He laps it right up. Of course he knows that breakfast follows that. The quarantining effort has been an epic fail. So long as he gets his medicine, I think we’ll be fine. The setup in the office with the litter robot and water is still set up as he is fed in there and it is useful when Momma (me) needs some peace and quiet (and sleep) without being a human jungle gym. He has his heated bed in there but I usually find him burrowed into the pile of stuffed animals on the daybed.
Otherwise we are all good. No nasty poop, no peeing accidents and everyone is eating well.
 

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He did take a wiggly tail wee into an empty cardboard box on the kitchen floor (ironically the one that had brought his food that I had just unpacked). Given the wiggly tail, I think he was honestly being territorial ala, the (hopefully) last of the ‘I gotta mark my property’ hormones. As best I can tell it was a one off thing so I suppose that’ll teach me to not leave a box on the floor.
 

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@PurranhasDen , hugs n continued positive vibes. thank you for sharing the Churu tip!
oh those darn cardboard boxes!

keep us updated super Spike mum! hugs n head smooches
 
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