Despite being on the Baytril, Hero’s nose looks much worse as the nasal infection spreads. He’s been feeling pretty crummy these last few days, and isn’t really interested in doing anything but sleep. Getting him to eat so we can give him his insulin has been extremely difficult, and it’s taking us upwards of 1.5 hrs to get him to finish each meal.
The results of Hero’s cultures told us exactly why this is happening and it is a bit of worrisome news. One of the bacteria identified was an E. Coli strain that is resistant to all but 1 antibiotic, Chloramphenicol. And of course, with a medication that is used to treat severe infections, it also comes with some side effects including loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, and most significant of all, impact to the bone marrow causing abnormal or reduced blood cell production (blood dyscrasias). Because Hero is already compromised in so many ways, while the blood disorder is rare, the risk in Hero is higher than a normal cat. We started the Chloramphenicol last night.
We are extremely concerned and constantly on guard with him on this medication. If he stops eating or if the diarrhea becomes excessive, he will begin losing weight and/or dehydration will set in. With either of these conditions, his diabetes will be significantly impacted and we will likely have no choice but to hospitalize him. In addition, should there be no improvement by the end of week 1 of treatment, we will have to admit him for a CT scan and Rhinoscopy, with a biopsy also being collected.
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