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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats

Treatment for inflammatory bowel disease in cats:

1.  Foods:

Avoid the following ingredients in foods:

Do feed:  Poultry and rabbit

Read the ingredients on foods carefully because they often contain mixtures of different meats.

Avoid dry foods.

2.  Probiotics:  Consider probiotics.  We recommend Fortiflora which can be found online as well as at vet clinics.

3.  Vitamin B12 injections:  Some cats have a cobalamine deficiency and respond to B12 injections that are given once weekly initially and then less frequently.

4.  Checking a stool sample is prudent, because cat can occasionally have intestinal parasites.

5.  Treating with a parasite medication that eliminates parasites not easily detectable is also advised.

6.  Antibiotics such as metronidazole can be helpful.