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(Date Posted:03/11/2011 1:12 PM)
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The Vet phoned this afternoon.

One of the blood tests will take another week or more to come back but Ebbby does *not* have pancreatitis.

She thinks Ebby *may* have feline IBS or a type of feline Crohns Disease but the only way of telling for definite is a biopsy.

I'm not keen on Ebs having a biopsy if he doesn't have IBS/Crohns as so far he has been thought to have a heart problem and then pancreatitis, neither of which he actually has.  If Ebs doesn't have IBS/Crohns, then he will have had another anaesthetic and yet another procedure for nothing.  Poor lad has been through enough already.

My (and the Vet's) preferred way forward therefore, is for Ebs to have a three month steroid injection which I can pick up tomorrow and give to him myself, instead of having to take him back to the vet again.

I've given him an injection (of antibiotic) before and it was really easy as the vet showed me how to do it and Ebs didn't even seem to feel it, so it is far less stressful for him to be injected by me at home.

The Vet said after the steriod injection his appetite will increase appreciably and hopefully he will regain the lost weight and will soon start feeling better.  If he doesn't put weight back on and stays lethargic, then he won't have IBS - which is why I want to try him on the steroids rather than him having a biopsy.

He is tolerating the Hills l/d (low residue diet) well and has not vomited inside the house since he has been on it - he may have hurled outside but I don't know if he has or not.

Ive's chin is still all full of blackheads.  As soon as I clear them up they come back.  I don't know if it is because she has been on the low protein/high fat prescription food that Ebs was on previously -  she was stealing so much of it that it was easier to feed her the same as him. 

Anyway, I'm putting her back on the old Hills Adult food.  She won't like it but it will be that or nothing.

The Vet is prescribing Ivy another ointment which I will pick up tomorrow with Eb's injection. The Vet said I could also pick up a proprietary human acne wash for Ive's chin (so long as she doesn't lick it off) then rub the prescription stuff on afterwards.

There is an old saying about owners looking like their pets but I think my two are taking after me - ill and forever at the cat doctor!!!

I feel so frustrated because my brave, awesome Ivy's chin is not really any better after two week's treatment and my darling Ebsiewebsie still doesn't have a definite diagnosis.

So many Ouch members know what it is like not to have a diagnosis and it is far worse for a cat because he can't speak and say exactly what is the matter with him.
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RE:Ebs probably has IBS not pancreatitis
(Date Posted:03/11/2011 1:35 PM)

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RE:Ebs probably has IBS not pancreatitis
(Date Posted:03/11/2011 5:17 PM)

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There's nothing quite like not knowing what's wrong smiley98

I hope the steroids perk Ebs up a bit, and Ive's acne treatment works too smiley120

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Re:Ebs probably has IBS not pancreatitis
(Date Posted:04/11/2011 10:15 AM)

Thanks folks.

This afternoon I collected the steroid injection for Ebby and have given it to him.  It was really easy and he hardly noticed it - especially as he was eating at the time.

The Vet prescribed the same steriod injection for Ivy's feline acne too. My neighbour held Ivy for me and she was really good.  My neighbour also held Ives as I washed her chin. 

The Vet recommended a human acne face wash so I bought a Boots one which contains salicyclic acid which will gently peel away the top layer of skin to unblock the pores.

My poor little pussy cats.  They have been absolutely awesome and brave in putting up with their treatments.

Hopefully, Ebbs will start eating and putting on weight and Ivy's face will get better.  Bless them both.
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RE:Ebs probably has IBS not pancreatitis
(Date Posted:04/11/2011 10:45 AM)

It has been a real rollercoaster for you, trying to get to the bottom of Ebs's problems, hasn't it?! Poor Ivy too. I do hope that the steroid injections  soon kick in and get things sorted out smiley18
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RE:Ebs probably has IBS not pancreatitis
(Date Posted:04/11/2011 5:18 PM)

 i hope the treatment works for both your wee cats and they feel better soon    smiley110
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Re:Ebs probably has IBS not pancreatitis
(Date Posted:04/11/2011 5:22 PM)

 Your poor cats. Hope they both feel better soon.
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Re:Ebs probably has IBS not pancreatitis
(Date Posted:06/11/2011 2:22 PM)

Thanks everyone.

Today they both seem much better.

Ivy's chin is looking much better than it has been for the last three weeks.  The Boot's face wash is obviously doing it really good.

Ebbs' coat is looking shiny!!! Adn he hasn't been sick since he has been on the low residue diet.

The steriod injections must also have done them good. 

Although there is some way still to go, hopefully, they are both on the mend.
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RE:Ebs probably has IBS not pancreatitis
(Date Posted:06/11/2011 3:07 PM)

glad to read that yvette give them some moresmiley110 from me
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