Help. Neuropathy is getting worse, he won't walk at all

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  1. Jen n Leo

    Jen n Leo New Member

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    Leo was diagnosed last Thursday because he was walking funny. Which turned out to be neuropathy. His walking has gradually gotten worse. This morning he did walk to his litter box and then back out to the living room. Tonight when I got home he hadn't moved from his bed, had peed in it, and won't walk. He won't even stand up.

    What do I do?

    Is he in pain? Is that why he isn't walking? The vet gave me Gabapentin, but I haven't been giving regularly. Should I?

    Is there a store that I can buy the vit b to help treat it or do I have to order it online?

    I just need some help. I don't know what to do. Thank you!!
     
  2. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry Leo is having this issue. I don't have personal experience with neuropathy, but I have seen lots of stories of it being reversed when a cat's glucose is regulated. So, keep that in mind. There is hope! The methylcobalamin form of B12 is supposed to help, too. I think that, ideally, you want it with folic acid. I have most often seen Zobaline recommended here which people get online. Maybe someone will come along who can tell you if you can get what you need at a nutrition/vitamin store. I don't know for sure and wouldn't have any idea on dosing. The most important thing though is going to be getting his glucose under control as soon as possible.

    Why did the vet give you Gabapentin? Is it supposed to be for his legs or something else?
     
  3. Diane Tyler's Mom

    Diane Tyler's Mom Well-Known Member

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    For the neuropathy
    If anyone wants to save money I used to but Zobaline until someone on here told me about this brand, it's the same thing


    Hi this can save you some money on the Zobaline
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    For 60 pills it's 11.79 right now and for 100 pills its 17.99 with free shipping. Always check their site for special offers
    Same thing
    The only difference with the Zobaline is it has 200 mcg of folic acid
    So I just buy folic acid in the store 400 mcg and cut them in half and crush it
    The Vit B from Vitacost comes in capsule form it's red , so just empty it into the wet food and the folic acid , mix it up. The Zobaline is a pill so you have to crush it up
    The Vitacost brand is 5000 mcg and the Zobaline is 3000 mcg that is ok
    The cats will pee out what's not needed .

    A lot of times the Vitacost brand has buy one get one half off and free shipping in the qty of 100 .

    Hope this helps
    I see the Zobaline is now 44.00 with shipping, unbelievable
     
  4. Jen n Leo

    Jen n Leo New Member

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    It is for pain. I know human diabetics can have pain with neuropathy. So I'm guessing cats can too. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I appreciate it.
     
  5. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    It can take some time for neuropathy to resolve and it needs a combination of methylcobalamin at the right dose and insulin therapy to get him well-regulated. Good luck and let us know if you have other questions.
     
  6. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

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    I know it is prescribed for pain. I was wondering if the vet told you to give it for his legs or for something else.

    Again, I don't have personal experience with neuropathy, though I have not seen anyone say their cat had to take pain medicine for it. However, if the vet actually gave it to you for that, I would say give it to Leo.
     
  7. Lisa and Witn (GA)

    Lisa and Witn (GA) Well-Known Member

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    How much ProZinc are you giving him each dose? Also are you home testing?

    Home testing is the best way to determine how well the dose is working. My suggestion is to try to switch Leo over to a low carb canned food diet. Most dry foods are high in carbs including prescription foods. However before you make the switch please learn to home test first. Switching to a lower carb food can significantly lower glucose levels. You may need to lower the dose to prevent hypoglycemia. If you are already testing, can you share his readings? You still may need to adjust the dose to get better control over his glucose levels.

    By having the glucose levels under control and giving methyl B12. You should start to see improvement in the neuropathy in a few weeks.
     
  8. Jen n Leo

    Jen n Leo New Member

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    Thank you all so much for you help and advice. Leo crossed the rainbow bridge this morning. His neuropathy worsened very fast. It moved to his eyes so he couldn't see. And his kidneys were failing. I'm wondering now if the diabetes was a secondary condition to something worse or he had it longer before showing signs. He just went downhill very fast.
     
  9. Diane Tyler's Mom

    Diane Tyler's Mom Well-Known Member

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    Oh Jen I am so very sorry, such a beautiful boy, My heart goes out to you.Flynhigh sweet Leo you are no longer in pain. Gentle hugs Jen
     
  10. Jen n Leo

    Jen n Leo New Member

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    Thank you Diane.
     
  11. Lisa and Witn (GA)

    Lisa and Witn (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry to hear that Leo is gone.

    Fly free sweet Leo and watch over everyone who loves you.

    cat_wings>o
     
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  12. jayla-n-Drevon

    jayla-n-Drevon Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry...:rb_icon:
     
  13. Bron and Sheba (GA)

    Bron and Sheba (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Oh I am so sorry.
    You must be so sad.
    Fly free sweet Leo :rb_icon:cat_wings>o
     
  14. Ann & Scatcats

    Ann & Scatcats Well-Known Member

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    O so sorry :bighug: I hope there must be a heaven
     

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