Toxoplasmosis - personal experiences
Toxoplasmosis experience by - Paul
My cat had abdominal swelling so bad she looked as if she were pregnant, The vet told us she may have Feline infectious perendities, (I dont think I spelled perendities correctly) commonly known as FIP, with no known cure.
The vet performed an exploratory surgery on her abdomain and could not find anything out of the ordinary other than a lot of infection, so he drained two pounds of fluid from her abdomen and started the cat on antibiotics (penecillian).
She would not eat very much and started to lose weight, the vet sent some of the extracted fluid to the veternarian school of medicine at the U of I in Urbana, Illinois.
At first they thought it was FIP but after a specific test for FIP, they ruled that out. My vet changed antibiotics to claramiacyn and My cat got better really fast! her appetite improved, she gained weight and the swelling went away. this all started around the middle of November 2008,
and it is now the middle of December 2008 she is back to normal, but the U of I still does not know what she had other than an anarobic infection.
I attribute my cats speedy recovery to our vet who went above and beyond, in the care of our cat.
It is my humble opinion that, Dr. Cooper of East Lake animal hospital, in Danville Illinois is probably the best Vet in the entire state.
Toxoplasmosis experience by - Niko
Seattle, WA USA
My 16 year old cat experienced several episodes of feline vestibular syndrome/disease starting July 2011. The third one was very hard on her: she displayed nystagmus and ataxia for over 24 hours. During that time she was given xrays, an MRI, CSF and several blood tests. Although ultimately ruled as idiopathic, the neurologist thought my cat may have had a series of mini strokes due to clots too small to show up on the MRI. Two anomalies showed up in her tests, and that was mild hypertension and higher titers on inactive toxoplasmosis. It is possible the toxoplasmosis may have set up conditions for these clots to form, or caused these neurological problems on its own.
My cat was initially on on two courses of clindamycin for the toxoplasmosis, which was rechecked at the end of each course. She had at least 5 more episodes before the last one in October 2011. After 3 months had passed without incident, the vet prescribed daily medication which includes low doses of amlodipine for blood pressure and clindamycin to keep the toxoplasmosis in check. Although she is still wobbly and will probably never get better, it has now been almost a year since her last episode.
Symptoms of toxoplasmosis in cats (from http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/toxo.html): The most common symptoms of toxoplasmosis include fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy. Other symptoms may occur depending on whether the infection is acute or chronic, and where the parasite is found in the body. In the lungs, T. gondii infection can lead to pneumonia, which will cause respiratory distress of gradually increasing severity. Toxoplasmosis can also affect the eyes and central nervous system, producing inflammation of the retina or anterior ocular chamber, abnormal pupil size and responsiveness to light, blindness, incoordination, heightened sensitivity to touch, personality changes, circling, head pressing, twitching of the ears, difficulty in chewing and swallowing food, seizures, and loss of control over urination and defecation.
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