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Clindamycin for Colitis?

Boomhauer
July 3rd, 2010, 05:11 PM
I have a cat that was recently diagnosed with colitis. He was given an anti-inflammatory injection and Clindamycin. He has severe watery diarrhea now and I am thinking of stopping the antibiotics because of that. I also just read that clindamycin can actually cause colitis! Any advice is greatly appreciated!

hazelrunpack
July 3rd, 2010, 10:01 PM
I don't have much experience with cats, but clindamycin can have the same effect in dogs and humans as well. Have you called your vet to tell him about this new diarrhea? I suspect he'll want you to take your cat off the clindamycin.

catlover2
July 4th, 2010, 06:48 AM
I didn't know Clindamycin was prescribed for cats, but some years ago a doctor prescribed it for me for treatment of a tooth abscess and I developed bloody diarrhea and ulcerative colitis because of it---one of its nasty side effects. Fortunately a GI specialist caught it early and after some months on Salofalk, the ulcerative colitis cleared up and haven't had an recurrences. Don't know if Salofalk is prescribed for cats, but wouldn't hurt to ask a vet.

Love4himies
July 4th, 2010, 08:50 AM
Yes stop those antibiotics and call your vet. If you can get your cat to eat some probiotics. There is one called fortiflora??? that you can get at the vets. If you can't get that immediately unflavoured yogurt will also help with bringing the bacterial balance back into the intestines.

Slippery Elm bark, which you can purchase at a health store, sprinkled on top of watered down wet food should help sooth the intestinal tract too.

Good luck.

Love4himies
July 4th, 2010, 08:55 AM
I didn't know Clindamycin was prescribed for cats, but some years ago a doctor prescribed it for me for treatment of a tooth abscess and I developed bloody diarrhea and ulcerative colitis because of it---one of its nasty side effects. Fortunately a GI specialist caught it early and after some months on Salofalk, the ulcerative colitis cleared up and haven't had an recurrences. Don't know if Salofalk is prescribed for cats, but wouldn't hurt to ask a vet.

Salofalk, I believe, is aspirin based and may not be suitable for cats.

Boomhauer
July 4th, 2010, 03:19 PM
Thank you all! I think severe diarrhea is enough to stop the antibiotics too, until i can get in touch with the Vet, thank you for that confirmation. I know that things aren't always as they appear but the one major warning on the indications list is that is can CAUSE colitis. That really confuses me as to why it would be used to TREAT colitis. I would love to hear the logic behind that just to understand better.

Love4himies
July 4th, 2010, 05:32 PM
Your vet should never have prescribed that antibiotic for your kitty :frustrated:, it is much too hard on the digestive system.

Were you able to find any probiotics for your kitty?

Boomhauer
July 4th, 2010, 11:09 PM
Unfortunately i haven't been able to find any since it's the holiday weekend and I live in a small town. I did give him pepto bismol, 5MG of Prednisone, and took him off the antibiotics. I will call the Vet first thing tomorrow.

Love4himies
July 5th, 2010, 06:42 AM
Please DO NOT give your cat Pepto, it contains an ingredient similar to asiprin and is toxic to cats.

Boomhauer
July 5th, 2010, 04:22 PM
Thank you for telling me that! I still can't reach the Vet because of the holiday weekend. I have ever tried calling another Vet for a second opinion but they are closed also.

sugarcatmom
July 6th, 2010, 11:28 AM
I called the Vet this morning and he told me to stay on this antibiotic until Friday. I still can't understand the logic but I assume he knows what he is doing

I'm not so sure he does, to be honest. When my cat started getting diarrhea from Clindamycin (Antirobe drops post-dental), I was told to stop the antibiotic immediately.

Why is your cat even on an antibiotic in the first place? Was an actual infection confirmed? If not, there is no reason for it.

Couple other things to consider with intestinal issues in cats is diet. What does your kitty eat?

Love4himies
July 6th, 2010, 11:53 AM
I have to agree with SCM, this med should NOT be given to cats (or humans) with colitis as it can cause the diarrhea and bleeding to become worse :frustrated:.

Boomhauer
July 6th, 2010, 07:37 PM
I deleted one of my posts because it looked like a double post. It wasn't a double post, my mistake!

This is an unusual situation but antibiotics are often used to treat colitis, just not usually THIS antibiotic. I can tell a difference with diet and I know that is infection related because I had a dog that ate something that gave her bloody diarrhea for days. I was terrified of Parvo so I took her to the vet the second day. He made the right diagnoses and gave me gencomycin. At that time i didn't even realize it was an antibiotic and I thought it was something heavy to coat her intestinal tract. She improved within four days.

When he gave me the antibiotic, he mentioned that I should save if if I don't give it all because it never expires and i can give it to another animal. My cat was having issues vomiting so I gave him a dose and it stopped his vomiting. I gave it for several days and as long as he took it he never vomited. A day or two after i took him off of it he was vomiting again. I took him to the Vet within five days of running out of the previous antibiotic.

Today he told me to put him back on the antibiotic at full strength and if he doesn't improve by Friday then we will consider another antibiotic.

sugarcatmom
July 6th, 2010, 09:50 PM
I can tell a difference with diet and I know that is infection related because I had a dog that ate something that gave her bloody diarrhea for days.

The number one cause of gastrointestinal issues in cats is an improper diet (most specifically, grain-filled kibble). What exactly does your kitty eat, and how long has he had symptoms of colitis?

When he gave me the antibiotic, he mentioned that I should save if if I don't give it all because it never expires and i can give it to another animal.

Seriously? This vet is encouraging you to give antibiotics willy-nilly to other pets without a diagnosis? Now I REALLY have doubts about his competency.


Today he told me to put him back on the antibiotic at full strength and if he doesn't improve by Friday then we will consider another antibiotic.

I highly recommend you at least get some broad spectrum, high potency probiotics for your cat while he's on antibiotics then. This might help mitigate the damage to his intestinal flora somewhat. I like Natural Factor's Ultimate Multi (http://www.naturesnutrition.com/SKU/31847.htm), but any non-dairy, multiple strain probiotic from a health food store (refrigerator section) should do the trick.

Boomhauer
July 7th, 2010, 01:52 AM
I have noticed that increase in a diet that has a higher fiber content does help significantly.

I am still questioning his judgement myself. I have a couple of old friends who are Veterinarians who I will try to call tomorrow ( I haven't thought about either of them in years). I will call one or both to get their take tomorrow. Thank you for the advice on the probiotics. I will see if I can find some locally before i order and have to wait for days.

Love4himies
July 7th, 2010, 06:47 AM
Seriously? This vet is encouraging you to give antibiotics willy-nilly to other pets without a diagnosis? Now I REALLY have doubts about his competency.

Agree, 110%, I would be taking my cat to another vet for a second opinion.


I highly recommend you at least get some broad spectrum, high potency probiotics for your cat while he's on antibiotics then. This might help mitigate the damage to his intestinal flora somewhat. I like Natural Factor's Ultimate Multi (http://www.naturesnutrition.com/SKU/31847.htm), but any non-dairy, multiple strain probiotic from a health food store (refrigerator section) should do the trick.

In humans with colitis antibiotics are used very sparingly as it upsets the bacterial balance in the intestines which are necessary for proper digestion. As SCM has recommended a good quality probiotics will help replenish the bacterial balance.

Quality meat diet can make a HUGE difference in a cat's digestion system. They are not made to digest grains like deer and cows are, their intestines are much too short and they don't produce the proper digestive enzymes to break down the grains to use the protein.

Here is an excellent website on cat food:
http://www.catinfo.org/

This is a website that explains cat nutrition:

http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm