Vaccination aid for 3 dogs in Seri Kembangan (Lai Sok Yieng’s)

We have provided a full sponsorship of RM75 for the vaccinations of these 3 dogs.

Their neutering sponsorship is also provided by us (previous post).

Neutering aid for 3 dogs in Seri Kembangan (Lai Sok Yieng’s)

We have provided a full sponsorship of RM450 for the neutering of these 3 dogs.

Ms Lai Sok Yieng is a new applicant.

Hope you are doing well.  

I got to know of this aid via the following link https://myanimalcare.org/aid/

Thank you and appreciate your selfless help to aid individuals like us on helping the strays.

Recently I have neuter 3 female stray and I would like to submit my application for neutering aid and vaccination aid.

Please find attached photo collage and short write up about them.

Thank you for considering my application. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me
 
Look forward to hearing from you
 
Lai Sok Yieng

Neutering aid for 1 dog in Balakong (Chong Mei Lee’s)

We have provided an aid of RM150 for the neutering of this female dog.

Ms Chong is a new applicant.

Dear Dr Chan,

Thank you for founded Animalcare to help on the stray dogs. My name is Sisley Chong Mei Lee and I have been feeding strays around where I live and work. Recently I got to know about your aid through Facebook. I would like to submit my application for neuter aid. Attached photo and please see below for a little write-up about the dog.

*Neuter – Lulu*
I am feeding this dog around Bukit Belimbing, she is approachable and friendly. I have sent her to vet to neuter. She is now also undergoing TVT treatment at the vet. After that, I will send her back to the original location and continue to feed her

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Thank you
Sisley Chong Mei Lee

Neutering aid for 3 cats in Pekan, Pahang (Nur Fatihah bt Roslan’s) and Updates

We have provided an aid of RM260 for the neutering of these 3 cats.
(RM80 full sponsorship for each male and RM100 aid for the female)

Ms Nur Fatihah has also provided updates on her previous cats claimed under us (plesae see below).

Selamat tengah hari doc, 2 ekor kucing jantan dan 1 ekor kucing betina ini saya jumpa di tempat kerja saya di kilang VAC pekan pahang. Berusia 9 bulan, mereka dipercayai adik beradik kehilangan ibu. Saya jaga bawak balik ke rumah dan bagi makan setiap hari. Selepas pemandulan saya akan buka untuk adoption atau jaga sendiri. Kucing betina bernama zorie dan 2 ekor jantan bernama sin chan dan uteh.
Previous cats:
Dr chan,
Ya betul, setakat ini 6 ekor kucing telah menerima subsidi drpd MyAnimalCare. Terima kasih saya ucapkan.
Status kucing2 adalah spt berikut:
1. Boboy (masih dalam jagaan)
2. Hitam (masih dalam jagaan)
3. Kelabu (mendapat penjaga baru)
4.  Lagi 3 ekor kucing jantan saya lupa nama yg diberi ketika menghantar emel kepada doc tetapi telah mendapat penjaga yang baharu dgn nama baharu (Bingo/atan/manja) dan saya sertakan sekali gambarnya. Saya sertakan gambar kucing yang masih dalam jagaan kami. Saya mohon maaf tidak dpt menyertakan gambar kucing yang dalam jagaan penjaga baru.
Terima kasih Dr Chan. Saya amat menghargainya.

 

Not trichomonosis or coccidiosis

Ok, the vet said it’s not trichomonosis or coccidiosis. So, we have ruled these two out. She suspects it is a immune mediated bowel disease. We did not have time to discuss as this was through text messages.

I guess that sounds like an autoimmune condition.

Typical Indy – baffling the vets.

Meanwhile, life goes on….

Spot on, Indy!

I guess I should just be thankful that Indy is energetic, happy, playful, curious, has a good appetite, has not lost weight, is able to take long naps, is able to urinate with no problems (yes, we all take this for granted sometimes).

It’s just those bloody stools!!  And no, that was not an expletive, I meant that literally.

So, never mind. There is nothing more we can do anyway.

Indy had a good lunch just now and he is zooming around the room and garden now, playing.

Feline Coccidiosis – the search continues

Indy had more blood in his stools today. Sigh.

My search has led me to this: https://www.pethealthnetwork.com/cat-health/cat-diseases-conditions-a-z/coccidiosis-cats

Again, the symptoms fit: bloody stools.

But this link talks about more symptoms: https://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_ct_coccidiosis

And Indy doesn’t have some of the said symptoms like “weak, feverish and weight loss”.

I’ll need to check with Indy’s vet again – Trichomonosis, Coccidiosis?

Sigh…

Except for the stubborn stool problem whose cause we still cannot identify, Indy appears to be as well as he can be. He is still zooming around, playing and very active.

He kept asking for more food today after his breakfast, but I did not give extra. He has very good appetite despite the scary bloody stools.

So, what is wrong, Indy?

If only we knew…

Indy seems to be living up to his “reputation” of baffling all vets…again. It’s definitely not something we want. Can you just be ordinary for once, Indy?

P.S. I am abandoning my ridiculous subcut hypothesis. It’s so silly….

Feline trichomonosis and differential diagnosis for Indy

I posted for help and suggestions at a raw feeding FB group and someone shared that her cats had feline trichomonosis.

So I looked it up and found this link: https://www.americanveterinarian.com/news/update-on-feline-trichomonosis-to-treat-or-not-to-treat

Diarrhea associated with T. foetus can be semi-soft but may be mucoid or bloody and is usually not accompanied by other signs (eg, weight loss). Although the diarrhea can recur intermittently for years, it can also resolve on its own.

Indy’s stools are mucoid, blood-tinged and yes, so far, he had no weight loss.

Treatment and Prognosis
The only medication shown to have efficacy against T. foetus is ronidazole. However, ronidazole has a relatively narrow safety margin in cats, so careful dosing is required to reduce the risk for adverse effects associated with neurotoxicity (including ataxia and seizures).

This doesn’t sound good.

And finally, it says:

Perhaps the biggest question regarding treatment is whether it is necessary for infected cats. The authors commented that an estimated 88% of infected cats experience spontaneous resolution of their diarrhea within 2 years, although these cats may remain PCR positive. When one considers the potential for ronidazole-associated toxicity, it may seem prudent to consider not treating positive cats at all.

Hmm…. Two years??

So far, what differential diagnosis do we have for Indy?

1  Poor gastrointestinal health since young. GI tract messed up by being fed kibble and canned. Needs time to adjust to raw now.

2  Food intolerance – but of what? Chicken? Fish oil? Egg yolk?

3  Giardiasis – already treated with Metronidazole and earlier, with Clavamox and anti-protozoa medication. But Indy had no weight loss.

Giardia infection in cats may lead to weight loss, chronic intermittent diarrhea and fatty stool. The stool may range from soft to watery, often has a greenish tinge to it, and occasionally contains blood. Infected cats tend to have excess mucus in the feces. … Most cats do not have a fever but may be less active.

Indy is certainly not “less active”.

The worst symptoms of giardiasis typically last for five to seven days, as long as diagnosis and treatment is not delayed. Symptoms can take as long as several months to completely go away after treatment because the intestine needs to repair itself.

4  Trichomonosis – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170320104032.htm

Over the past two decades, the protozoan Tritrichomonas foetus has come to be recognised as a cause of chronic colitis in cats in many countries worldwide. Today trichomonosis is regarded as one of the most common infectious causes of large bowel diarrhea. Affected cats are usually young (median age 1 year), and maintain good health and body condition, but they exhibit a waxing and waning diarrhea. Characteristically, faeces are ‘cow pie’ in consistency and often contain mucus and/or blood. In many cats, the diarrhea will spontaneously resolve without treatment after several months, but in some cases it continues to wax and wane for many years.

The above description fits what Indy has, except for the “median age 1 year”.  Indy is 11 years old.

An update: Another possibility…

5  Feline Coccidiosis: https://www.petsandparasites.org/cat-owners/coccidia

Indy, which one is it?

1, 2, 3 or 4?  Or 5?

If I could pick one, I sure hope it’s just No. 1. Then, there isn’t much to worry about.

But if indeed it is trichomonosis, the link above suggests it might be prudent not to treat since the medication is toxic. As long as Indy is comfortable and not in pain, I’m okay in not treating since there are potential risks involved.

But if it’s coccidiosis, the treatment is sulfonamides, an antibiotic. However, Indy’s symptoms fit trichomonosis more than coccidiosis. 

We’ll ride out the storm together, Indy.

Bunny Bright Eyes

Bunny’s vision seemed to have improved ever since he was on the plasma eye gel due to an ulcer (we suspect inflicted by sharp-shooter Indy during a stand-off).

Now, he not only screams at his enemies like Ginger and Heidi when he comes out (to their territory), but he also chases them. And in the right direction too!

He is out in the patio and has taken over Heidi’s house. Bunny doesn’t care about territory; he is master of all he surveys. I come, I see, I conquer or perhaps it is “I come, I smell, I conquer”?

But just how much can you see now, Bunny?

Note to new readers: Bunny was declared 80% blind many years ago, confirmed by several vets. He is also FIV+ and is 13 years old this year.

Indy’s bone broth and some reflections

Indy simply loves his bone broth!

I don’t know how much Indy is supposed to eat, so I give the broth to him as a snack in between meals.

Of course everyone else wants it too!

Heidi absolutely loves it too!

Sedap, ya?

Heidi and Ginger fighting over the bowl of broth.

Indy having a second round of bone broth with Cow, Bunny and Pole (in her condo).

Since the day Indy reacted badly to the digestive enzymes (Alpteses), I decided to stop giving it to him. Instead, I’m going back to Mercola’s probiotics and Slippery Elm. I know I’ve tried both before and they did not help, but I thought I should give it a try again. The truth is, I’ve actually got nothing else to try now…

And I’m giving the bone broth as well.

This morning, I had a totally crazy hypothesis that perhaps Indy is having loose stools due to the twice-weekly subcut. Is he overhydrated? I know how crazy and ridiculous this sounds and I’ve searched and googled and nowhere did I find that subcut can cause loose stools. But Indy IS an extraordinary cat (“weird”). So I consulted Indy’s vet and asked if we could stop the subcut for one week just to test out this hypothesis. After all, Indy’s SDMA is back to normal (a reading of 11) though his creatinine is still slightly high at 173. The vet said it’s highly unlikely that subcut can cause loose stools and that what Indy’s has is chronic large intestinal diarrhoea, but there’s no harm in stopping the subcut for one week just to test out my totally-crazy hypothesis. Also, I told the vet I am giving Indy bone broth which he loves, so that would already increase his fluid intake.

So we are stopping the subcut for one week.

Meanwhile, Indy is as playful as ever.

I found these stools at 12.30pm when I came home from work:

There’s one piece of fairly firm stool followed by some soft stools and as usual, there is some blood at the end.

Compared with that day’s liquid stools, this is “good enough”.

I also listened to Dr Becker’s Part 3 on Raw Diet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn1F7AsmEkw and what she described in the first part of the video sounds like what Indy has.

While Indy’s transition to 100% raw was not done suddenly and he had always had a bit of raw food all these years (together with canned and kibble), the fact remains that he ate a lot of kibble. He was our kibble-king.

Maybe he just takes longer to transition to 100% raw. I know the rest of our 7 cats didn’t encounter any problem. In fact, Heidi’s transition can be considered more drastic than Indy’s because Heidi had not eaten raw food for many months before I began the transition. Yet, Heidi did not have any adverse reaction.

Dr Becker says some pets may take up to 1 year to fully transition and in the beginning they can have severe diarrhoea and many pet parents might just give up, revert to the old food and “leave well enough alone”.

I will readily admit here that I’ve thought about switching Indy back to kibble so many times when the going got tough. And it doesn’t help when most local vets (in fact, all) do not support raw feeding.

However, Indy didn’t have loose stools after the transition; he had it even BEFORE I started transitioning. It’s just that the loose stools became a significant issue because I started monitoring everyone’s stools during the transition. Before that, my husband did the scooping at the sandpit and he said he’d always noticed some pasty stools “way, way before”. He thought it wasn’t a big deal. How long ago, I asked. He said maybe as far back as January!

Maybe Indy had always had some GI issues because he was eating the mixture of raw, canned and kibble (the “rojak” diet) and Dr Becker explains that this really messes up some animals’ GI tract. Different processes are needed for the metabolism of kibble (containing carbohydrates) and raw. That is probably also why Bunny had a vomiting problem for years and it stopped the moment I transitioned him to 100% raw.

During the time when everyone was on the “rojak” diet of “semua taruh, semua mau”, vomiting was a common occurrence for our cats. Very often, I would see unchewed kibble in the vomit. All the vomiting actually stopped after everyone transitioned to 100% raw. I can say this with conviction because it’s absolutely true.

Perhaps Indy just needs as longer time for his system to adjust.

Dr Becker says some animals take up to ONE YEAR.

She compares this to her human friend who has severe GI problems when she eats fresh food and veggies but when she eats ice-cream and doughnut, she is good. This is not because fresh foods are not good, but it is because her friend has very poor gastrointestinal health.

So maybe that is also Indy’s problem – poor gastrointestinal health. As I look back at Indy’s medical history, he had severe vomiting and gastrointestinal problems when he was 3 years old (he almost died), 4 years old and 7 years old. I did not know about the benefits of raw food then.

Is it too late to transition him now? Indy is 11 years old now. Raw feeders will says it’s never too late. After all, I transitioned Cow, Bunny and Pole (all 13 years old), Cleo (12 years old), Heidi (probably 13 years old or older), Ginger and Tabs (8 years old).

But Indy will take longer.

Maybe even up to ONE YEAR, says Dr Becker. She says many pet parents would say it’s too much effort and not worth the trouble.

But she asks, “A year from now, will your pet be healthier (eating biologically appropriate food) or just older?”

Which pet parent wouldn’t want her/his pet to be healthier?

I’ve heard of pet parents taking several months to transition their cats to 100% raw because their cats simply refused to eat raw. But for Indy’s case, it isn’t like that. Indy willingly eats raw, but he probably has poor gastrointestinal health so the body needs time to adjust and “learn”.

Indy is now on own very own homemade Fillet Plus (it’s raw but slightly unbalanced because of no fish oil and no egg yolks, but it has everything else). Later, I would very much like to gradually add back a little Cubgrub to his diet. Baby steps…

Eating their Cubgrub dinner. No “incentives” needed today. Pole is the first to finish her 24g portion and she asked for more.

Pole gets more because she is on a weight gain programme!