Approximately 2 months ago, my cat, Luther, a sweet gray tabby, went to the vet and was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He was placed on prednisone and Imuran for this. I, foolishly, trusted the vet and did not research the drugs being administered. The IBD seemed to improve but about 2 weeks before he died, he started slowing down, sleeping more, not eating as much but I attributed this to him being14 years old and just being tired. About 2 weeks before he died thevet gave him a routine vaccination shot, and Luther seemed to hardly eat anything. I rushed him to the vet on October 28th, 2003. He was admitted to the hospital and they began to run tests and put him on Lasix for fluid around his lungs and antibiotics and prednisone. They also discontinued the Imuran. He did not improve, they gave him a blood transfusion and when I visited him he seemed improved but 2 days later his blood count dropped again and they gave him another blood transfusion but his blood count barely improved.

On November 4th, as I got to work, I got a phone call from the vet saying Luther passed some time in the early morning hours. I started to do research on the medicine the vet prescribed for his IBD, Imuran, and according to the article to which I am attaching the link. Imuran should be used extremely carefully, if at all in cats. Other web sites recommend never using this drug on cats. Imuran is an immunosuppressive anti-metabolite. It also suppresses the bone marrow's ability to produce blood cells.

Or, you might say, it kills the bones. We greatly miss Luther. He was a true gentleman; the king of the house. He raised a kitten, Waldo, I brought into the house 7 years ago. He washed him, protected him, and taught him.We called him Waldo's("Baby Waldo's") "mommy/daddy" because he was both to him. He is missed so much and I am very angry that the vet would prescribe such a toxic drug to my cat. Don't kill your cat with this stuff. It's poison.
LUTHER
1989-NOV.4, 2003
WE LOVE YOU AND WE MISS YOU LUTHEY
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I'm very sorry about Luther and that he had to go in such a way. I would certainly try to seek some justice, although it won't help Luther now, if this drug is not safe fro cats. Again, my deepest sympathies to you and Waldo, too.

Candace
(take the litter out before replying by e-mail)
See my cats:

"One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human." (Loren Eisely)
He is missed so much and I am very angry that the vet would prescribe such a toxic drug to my cat. Don't kill your cat with this stuff. It's poison.[/nq]That doesn't look good. I used to trust vets and doctors like God. I no longer do that. I always do my own research. I've saved quite a few animals this way. I had a cat with IBD. Over ten years ago, there weren't too many drugs available. My vet told me to put him to sleep. He'd get bloody mucousy diarrhea but acted healthy. Instead I formulated my own natural cat food. Just whole grain rice cooked mixed half and half with roated chicken. This was years before the canned rice/chicken and rice/lamb came out.

I think my cat was just allergic to cat food additives, preservatives, artificial flavorings, colorings... He was never sick again. I wish your doctor had talked to you about natural safe remedies before giving him drugs, especially drugs with such a history. They used to give cats baytril or something I think. It's not approved for cats. They no longer prescribe it because it can cause blindness. Some vets still don't know this! I think it was baytril, could be something else so don't quote me here.

I suggest to everyone, double check your vets advice. Run a google search on prescribed medications and treatments. I do this with my own health issues and have been rewarded. I'm so sorry you had to experience this.
They used to give cats baytril or something I think. It's not approved for cats. They no longer prescribe it because it can causeblindness. Some vets still don't know this! I think it was baytril, could besomething else so don't quote me here.

Yes, I'm quite sure you're thinking of Baytril, however AFAIK, this isn't true.
There was a HUGE thread about Baytril quite a while ago - a year & a half to a couple of years ago, maybe? It can cause eye probs, incl. blindness (but also incl. much less severe eye probs), but only *if* the dosage exceeds the recommended dosage. The recommended dosage is 5 mg per kilogram of body weight per day. Baytril is a potent drug, & is usually reserved for use after a first, or even 2nd, antibiotic fails to be effective.
After the huge discussion about it had taken place here, I asked one of my vets about his use of Baytril & Orbax (a similar drug preferred by some); he said that he uses both of them almost exclusively as a 2 or 3rd line of defense. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, in which he may decide that Baytril or Orbax is preferable & needed as the first drug of choice. He knew of no cat that has gone blind due to the use of Baytril at its recommended dosage.

When we (here) tried to find an instance where a cat had gone blind on Baytril at its recommended dosage, all we ever found after much digging was a study in which one older cat (16 yrs. old, IIRC) who'd gone blind. Otoh, there were no details provided by the study; IOW, it was possible that the cat was hypertensive to begin with & was blind as a result of its high blood pressure - no clue as to the actual cause.

One of my cats was on Baytril, along w/ 3 other drugs, for over 4 years - it greatly helped her. (She had a chronic liver problem.) She was on another antibiotic at first, but it was not helping, so the vets - specialist (internist/oncologist) along w/ the regular vet - switched her over to Baytril. Another one of my cats was on it for a couple of weeks about 3 years ago, when the first line of defense antibiotic didn't clear up his UTI. Baytril worked.
Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
LUTHER 1989-NOV.4, 2003 WE LOVE YOU AND WE MISS YOU LUTHEY

I am so sorry for your loss. I do not think it was any drug to treat the IBS but perhaps the vaccination. I do not know this as fact but I do know vets should not vaccinate a cat that is ill. Peaceful crossing to the bridge, Luther.
They used
to give cats baytril or something I think. It's not approved for cats. They no longer prescribe it because it can cause blindness. Some vets still don't know this! I think it was baytril, could be something else so don't quote me here.

Shamrock has been prescribed Baytril for his skin problems and Bonnie was just prescribed Baytril for a UTI. I think like many other ABs, each have their place. I have read the discussions here about Baytril so I worried but it is approved for cats. In the correct dosage.
I'm sorry about the loss of your cat; sounds like he was a sweetie. I don't know if it was the drug, if the vaccination had anything to do w/ his downward spiral, or what - if it was something else entirely.

Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
Approximately 2 months ago, my cat, Luther, a sweet gray tabby, went to the vet and was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He was placed on prednisone and Imuran for this.

Our vets consider Imuran (azathioprine) a "last resort" for IBD because the adverse effects (e.g., myelosuppression, liver disease, acute pancrea­titis, not to mention other adverse effects) are more serious than IBD itself. I'm very surprised your vet resorted to azathioprine as an initial therapy.

Many if not most cases of IBD in cats can be successfully maintained with dietary management. We've had excellent results with Hill's Prescription Diet d/d - and other single or novel protein diets.
I, foolishly, trusted the
vet and did not research the drugs being administered.

Don't blame yourself. The overwhelming majority of pet owners trust their vets as they trust their human physicians. "He's so nice" doesn't mean "he's so good". Many people misinterpret good bedside manners for expertise and competency.
The IBD seemed
to improve but about 2 weeks before he died, he started slowing down, sleeping more, not eating as much but ... Don't kill your cat with this stuff. It's poison. LUTHER 1989-NOV.4, 2003 WE LOVE YOU AND WE MISS YOU LUTHEY

My condolences for your loss.
Phil.
They used to give cats baytril or something I think. It's not
approved for cats. They no longer prescribe it because it can causeblindness. Some vets still don't know this! I think it was baytril, could besomething else so don't quote me here.

You're correct, Mary. Baytril has caused blindness in cats even at the "new" and "safer" reduced dosage. Many vets now use Orbax (orbifloxacin). Its the same class of antibiotic as baytril; its more potent and requires a smaller dose (its also less expensive). Orbax is also absorbed more quickly than batril - complete absorption takes less than an hour!

Orbax is not only safer than batril, an infection is less likely to develop a resistance to the drug. In another couple years or so, batril will have gone down the same road as penicillin as a result of overuse.

There's really no rational reason for using batril since the advent of Orbax, however "low" the risks are purported to be. To my mind, any unnecessary risk is an excessive and unacceptable risk.

Phil.
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