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Sounds like your new kitty is in good hands--he is lucky to have someone caring for him!
Thank You :-)
So you rescued him and took him to the vet about a week ago? When was he neutered? When did he get the injection of dex/noro?
He neutered him on the day as he said he would be sedated anyway. He got the injection on the same day that was the 29th Jan.
Just for clarification (mine and yours): Stronghold is a topical medication that treats ear mites, fleas, some intestinal worms and heartworms.
Yes he had mange as well lol
Betamox is amoxicillin, an antibiotic. It isn't terribly broad-spectrum, especially if the cat could have something like pneumonia.
The dex/noro is most likely a shot of steroids (dexamethasone) and an antibiotic. I'm not sure why they would give a steroid injection (it tends to suppress the immune system), but that may just be their protocol.
Ok so should I wait a few days and see how I get on...he was fine before last night. I think initially it was used for the wound.
The Stronghold does kill some common intestinal worms--roundworms in particular. But it won't help if he has Giardia or coccidia, which are intestinal parasites, but not worms.
Truthfully, I would take him back to the vet. Take in a fresh stool sample for analysis--hopefully they will find something they can treat. Was he tested for Feline leukemia and feline AIDS? That is important to do with a stray cat, as infection with either of these viruses will lower the immune system and make it more difficult to fight off infection.
As far as the cough, a chest x-ray wouldn't be a bad idea. Does he feel warm like he is running a fever? If he could have pneumonia, then he needs to be on some different antibiotics besides the betamax, too.
Oh dear ok....
He looks like his respiration is up but I might be imagining it. He is young and his teeth are perfect vets says he looked in great shape but he was fighting
The leukemia and FIV viruses are both transmitted through saliva/bite wounds.
Ok I will take him to the vet in the morning :-)
Thanks for your help hopefully he'll be ok :-)
I hope so, too! Keep me posted!