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Toxoplasmosis

I have learned a lot about Toxoplasmosis this past week and wanted to share with everyone. It doesn't seem like this topic has been discussed much on the forum. (Sorry... it is long story.)

A couple of weeks ago, Max wasn't feeling well. He began vomiting, had diarrhea and was overall lethargic. I took him to the vet who performed several tests and thought he had some type of bacterial infection. We were given several meds and sent home. I was concerned something might be stuck in his stomach --hoping he hadn't eaten any American Girl doll items :-( but the vet said his stomach seemed okay and Max tested negative for pancreatitis.

After two days, Max wasn't any better. The vomiting and diarrhea had stopped, but he wasn't pooping like normal and was now scooting his bottom across the floor and refusing to walk... so back to the vet we went. This time the vet noticed how inflamed his bottom seemed and gave us ointment along with a bottom fur trim and wash.

After two more days, Max still wasn't any better. Still wasn't walking unless coerced, and wasn't pooping or peeing like normal. So back to the vet we went. After sedation, an x-ray, a thorough rectal exam and another parasite exam, the vet found a couple of tiny parasites under the microscope and diagnosed Max with toxoplasmosis. This is a parasite that medications like Sentinel do not protect against.

I found the following information on petMD:
Toxoplasmosis infection is caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). Cats are recognized as the primary host, as the parasite completes its life cycle in the cat's intestinal tract, passing back into the environment through the feces. Cats are more commonly seen with clinical symptoms than dogs. Still, dogs can be made ill from this parasite, and may mimic other infections, such as canine distemper or rabies.
Overall, the vet said it is uncommon for dogs to get toxoplasmosis... but it can happen if a dog eats cat poop that has been on the ground for several days. I have a fenced-in yard and always pick up poop immediately. We had several inches of snow over the past month, and I am guessing that a neighbor cat might have used our yard as the litter box, and I hadn't noticed. As the snow melted, the yummy cat "poopsicle" was found. Even under my watchful eye, things like this can happen. What a stressful week for Max and all of us! I kept thinking about everywhere we had been and what he possibly could have eaten. Max is now almost back to his normal self since taking a specific antibiotic used to treat toxoplasmosis.

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The lesson I learned:

ALWAYS BE VIGILANT ABOUT WATCHING WHAT YOUR PUPPY EATS AND KEEPING A CLEAN YARD.

EATING A PIECE OF CAT POOP CAN COST YOU $700! YIKES!!

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great that you found the cause., hope he's back to health soon.

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Glad to hear he's getting better, and thanks for the warning. That's a new one to me!


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found this as well.

A word about toxoplasmosis!! Not easy to acquire!
Indirect method of contacting 'toxo' is by ingestion of undercooked meat or ingestion of vegetables not properly cleaned. The indirect method of infection is by far the most common. Getting it directly from your cat is actually rather difficult and requires some questionable hygiene practices on the part of the human. Having said all that, we can conclude that there is no reason at all to get rid of your beloved kitty if she is infected, even if you're pregnant or will be. Keeping healthy hygiene habits such as cleaning the cat litter on a daily basis and washing hands thoroughly is enough to prevent direct infection

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So sorry to hear what Max has been going through but glad that he's on the mend. I also really appreciate you taking the time to share your story and educate us about Toxoplasmosis.

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