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Author Topic: Chloramphenicol - NEED HELP  (Read 3185 times)
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iowahawkeye
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« on: April 07, 2012, 10:35:45 AM »

Hi gang, i know it's been awhile and hope this finds all of your cats in good health.  A lot has happened with Santi since i first logged on, mostly good, and a few setbacks as well. After licking his skin red and raw last weekend, we rushed him over to vet, they diagnosed it as a flea allergy, gave him a steroid shot, and ran an expensive skin culture, which he's had a few of in the past. The skin culture  came back positive for 2 bacterias, one of which is highly resistance to most antibiotics. One med that the bacteria IS susceptible to is Chloramphenicol, which has a ton of side effects (and can be toxic to humans). Santi not only thru up the temporary med we gave him last week, but also just threw up 5x the first Chloramphenicol dosage we gave him this morning. We're hoping given with food the next dosings are easier, and it's 3x per day which is difficult to manage. Anyone with advice with this drug we'd appreciate the feedback. Waiting for vet to return my call. Thanks.  I'm really tired of him not putting directions on the drugs, the last 2 visits weren't with our main doctor, but his fill-in.  Thanks again
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2012, 11:24:25 AM »

http://www.wedgewoodpetrx.com/learning-center/medication-information-for-pet-and-horse-owners/chloramphenicol-for-cats-and-horses.html

You may find the link helpful-cats have a lot more side effects to it.

"Chloramphenicol is FDA approved for use in dogs, but it is not approved in cats or horses."

"Side Effects

"Be sure to discuss any side effects with your veterinarian immediately.

"Chloramphenicol may cause bone-marrow suppression (a serious blood disorder) in animals. It should be avoided or used with caution in animals with a pre-existing blood disorders such as anemia.

"Loss of appetite is the most common side effect. Other side effects include vomiting, diarrhea and depression.
Cats have a higher risk of side effects than other species because chloramphenicol is not cleared from their blood stream as quickly as in other species."

Really hope you get a quick callback from your regular vet!
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2012, 12:28:43 PM »

I don't know if this will help you as it's about dogs, but -

http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2011/01/16/suds-over-drugs-daily-bathing-beats-antibiotics-for-resistant-skin-infections-in-dogs/

Frequent bathing may be an option for some cats.  You would have to be very careful of your choice of shampoo, though.

I do hope he's feeling better soon.
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2012, 02:10:52 PM »

Sending best wishes and hopes for Santi's recovery, iowahawkeye.
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2012, 03:16:22 PM »

I'm keeping you and Santi in my thoughts and prayers, iowahawkeye.  Sad
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2012, 03:54:11 PM »

With all of those side effects, I think I would go with the frequent bathes & brushing 1st. I hope Santi will let you do that, otherwise your only choice is the med.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2012, 05:29:56 PM »

Iowa, what is the bacteria in question?
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2012, 10:01:06 PM »

How is Santi doing?  Is he feeling better?  I would say if he threw up 5 times after the med, he might be allergic to it.  We had that happen with our prior kitty when she was allergic to Amoxicillin.  Anyhow, let us know how Santi is doing.   Kiss   
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2012, 12:27:18 PM »

Sorry i didn't get on here as often as i'd wish  Sad but tho Santi did take a while to recover from the Chloramphenicol, he's doing great now. One thing i noticed since he's covered from those bacteria, he doesn't have any sour smell from sweating anymore...I know cats sweat thru their paws, but Santi ALWAYS had a sour smell when he slept and got warm, and he hasn't had that almost all summer...i wonder if that was from the 2 bacterias he had Huh  Anyway, he's' doing great now, thanks for being concerned all of you!
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