Enterocolitis means that both the small and large intestines
are inflamed from inflammatory bowel disease. If only the
small intestine is inflamed, this is referred to as
enteritis. If the other way round were the larger intestine
is affected, this is called colitis. If the stomach is
inflamed, this is called gastritis.
Diagnosing Cat Inflammatory Bowel Disease
In order to diagnose your cats symptoms as Cat
inflammatory bowel disease and not something else, your vet
will need to perform test such as:
Blood cell count
Serum thyroxine levels
Tests for diagnosing Cat leukaemia virus
Tests for diagnosing Cat immunodeficiency virus
Examination of fecal mater for parasites or bacteria
definite diagnosis, a microscopic examination of a piece of
lining of the intestine needs to be carried out. The only
way to get a piece of intestine lining is by abdominal
surgery or by endoscopic examination. For either of these
procedures, local anaesthesia will be need, also you vet
will need to be appropriately equipped to perform either
Treating Cat Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Cat inflammatory bowel disease can not be treated but
can be managed with medication and diet. Both vary and it
may take some time for your vet to produce the best course
for your cat.
Cat diet management
Some foods your cat eats may aid in inflaming your cats
inflammatory bowel problem, with a change of diet some of
the symptoms can be greatly reduced. It may be a good idea
to ask your vet if they may be able to suggest a food that
may help as there are foods made for cats suffering from
inflammatory bowel disease. If your cat decides he or she
dose not like the commercial food then homemade foods are an
alternative. Your vet may also be able to help with this by
providing food recipe ideas. The homemade diet should
consist of one protein that your cat does not normally eat
and possibly a fibre as it may be beneficial. It can take
many weeks for any results to occur from a change in diet
but it is important to stick with it and get rid of all
other foods other than there prepared diet.
The most commonly used drugs to combat Cat
inflammatory bowel disease are corticosteroids. These result
with very few side affects and contain an anti inflammatory
and immunosuppressive properties. Corticosteroids can also
help with increasing your cats appetite along with boosting
absorption of water and sodium in the intestines. The most
common form of corticosteroids is in the form of an oral
tablet called prednisone, its comes in the most convenient
size and works quickly. If your cat suffers badly with
Cat inflammatory bowel disease and is vomiting a lot and
has poor absorption, an injection of corticosteroids is
There are also antibiotics available if a controlled diet
and corticosteroids are un helpful. The antibiotics used are
metronidazole or tylosin. With a low dosage, side affects
are minimal but with a higher dosage, your cat may loss
their appetite and vomit. After having been given a pill
your cat may also drool more than normal. If your cats
problem lies in their large bowel then sulfasalazine is most
likely to be subscribed.
If your cat does not react with any of these drugs then your
vet may introduced stronger drugs. This should also involve
your vet monitoring your cat more closely.
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