Medicines and treatments

OK, new owners, we know nothing about animals.

Early on, Hudson had noticable discharge from his eyes. We went to the vet and and got a general purpose antibiotic. This helped a bit but he still had the discharge and his eyes were a bit inflamed a week later.

$384 later, after the doctor took "samples" of his skin, it was determined he has some infection. We got a perscription of clindamycin (brand ClindaMed from Bimeda) oral drops liquid, equivalent to 25 mg per liter.

The prescription was 0.6cc twice a day for 7 days. We got 20 ml of the stuff (which means we got enough for 17 days) We basically continued it for 2 weeks. Later we got stuff to put in his eyes, no longer inflamed. Turns out that many cats have some discharge from their eyes, and it's especially noticable on white cats.



Well, kitty got the runs. When you give a lot of antibiotics to an animal (or person for that matter), you can disrupt the flora (bacteria) in the digestive system. Probiotics are intended to replace and support the proper intestinal flora.

The one from Purina, has a minimum of 1 X 108 CFU/g (Enterococcus faecium Microorganisms ...   100,000,000   100 million per gram... now let's look at the little packets: ahh, no indication of how much is in the packet, but the box of 30 packets says 30 grams. About a buck a packet, and this is the most common probiotic you see. Seems pretty expensive, like corn flakes, I'll bet the packaging costs about the same as the contents.

I did a bunch of research and found Nexabiotic 23, and this works even better, is half the cost, and has many more probiotics in it, like 25 I believe. Before using this, we had issues, after giving 1/2 capsule in the am and 1/2 in the pm, it's really rare he has any issues. We used to hear kitty's tummy rumble, but no more. Great stuff, and 1/2 the price of the Purina stuff.

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Special Diet foods

Hills is pretty popular, but you need to realize there are 4 categories, Perscription Diet, Science Diet, Ideal Balance, and Healthy Advantage.

Our vet will prescribe things from the Prescription Diet, and for the runs ithe "i/d" Digestive Care is what he prescribes. Note there are other specialized ones for weight, allergies, urinary and kidney care.

i/d seems to help him:


We've also use the Royal Canin "recovery RS" wet foo, it's part of their veterinary diet line, and is to facilitate recovery, i.e. stimulat appetite and it's more concentrated "energy", so kitty does not have to eat as much if his appetite is down I guess.





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