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Friday, August 24, 2012

Anakin's had a little setback

Hi everybody! Anakin's Grandmother here to give you some news. Little Ani is back in the cone of courage, at least for the weekend. I know, that stinks! Some of you might know that Carrie hasn't been feeling we
ll, suffering from a cold and cough and not sleeping good at night. She asked me to update you guys about Ani. So bear with me, I don't have all of the medical jargon and specifics, but I'll give you a summary of what happened this afternoon. Long story short.........the parasites are back and Ani had the same poop problems as before and the rectal thingy came back out. I think it isn't as bad as it was last time and they hope with rest and medication over the weekend, it will "suck" back inside. Carrie told me that it already is looking smaller and the swelling is going down. The vet did an enema to clean Ani out and that's how they found more eggs from that horrible parasite. From some of your comments last time, it seems to be a very hard parasite to get rid of and can take several treatments. Carrie said to tell you she hopes to get a good nights rest and feel better tomorrow. Carrie is exhausted and Ani is high as a kite on pain meds!! Thank you for caring about Ani and Carrie and I'm sure she will post updates tomorrow.


  1. Awww sorry to hear that! I hope both Ani and Carrie are better soon!

  2. Giardia is capable of infecting humans. Carrie and all other critters need to get checked for giardia, and entire house needs thorough cleaning (bleach, bleach, bleach!!!)

    Giardia is the most commonly diagnosed intestinal parasite found in humans, and its distribution
    is worldwide. While the infection rate in cats is lower, it also often goes undiagnosed. Giardia
    can be found in the small intestine of many types of animal. The question of whether dogs and
    cats can function as a reservoir for human infections is unclear, but precautions should be taken.
    This protozoan parasite is most common in cats under one year of age and in multi-cat
    environments. Most infected cats have no signs of illness.
    The parasite lives primarily in the small intestine of the cat, although it can sometimes be
    found in the large intestine. It is spread by fecal-oral transmission when infective cysts are
    passed in the stools and then contaminate the environment, including food and water. These cysts
    can survive for months in the right conditions. When a cat ingests cysts from its environment,
    signs of illness can occur in less than two weeks. The most common clinical sign is diarrhea,
    often containing mucus. The diarrhea can be mild or severe and it may be constant or
    intermittent. Some cats also suffer from weight loss. Young cats and kittens are most severely
    affected, and they may be dehydrated, lethargic, and suffer from loss of appetite.
    The parasite is diagnosed by examination of fresh fecal smears using various techniques.
    Some laboratories and veterinary clinics are now offering more accurate fecal ELISA tests for
    Giardia. It is currently recommended that all cats diagnosed with Giardia receive treatment,
    whether they are ill or not. The most common drug used to treat this parasite is metronidazole,
    but resistance to this drug can cause treatment failures. Other drugs, such as albendazole or
    fenbendazole, may be more effective. Environmental control is also very important, especially in
    multi-cat environments, where bleach is the disinfectant of choice.

    Above is found here:


  3. Hope you both feel better soon!

  4. That's not so good,really sorry to hear Ani isn't too well again,hope this treatment gets rid of the parasite for good!!
    Big hug for Ani and hope you feel better soon Carrie.
    Thinking of you both x x

  5. Poor little brave guy! I hope he and his momma are 100% ASAP.