Hey Lance,

Checking the thyroid is a good idea because cats with thyroid issues often 
can't gain weight no matter how much they eat.  Let us know how the test goes.  
The test is called a T4, and some vets also take a free T4.  I don't know what 
else to tell you about the weight loss.  Did your vet offer any other possible 
explanations?  You could try to introduce the Evo back slowly as you said.  If 
she has another reaction, maybe she has an allergy to something in the food, 
which would be good for you to know.

:)
Wendy
 
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----- Original Message ----
From: Lance <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 5:39:01 PM
Subject: Ember and weight loss


Ember went to the vet today for a CBC. We go roughly every three  
months. For the last eight or nine months, Ember has been losing  
weight. This particular problem started around last Christmas, when  
Ember developed diarrhea, and I had no idea of how to get rid of it.  
Pumpkin helped a little, but I was reluctant to try anything else,  
especially since it really didn't seem to be an infection. I decided  
to take Ember off of Innova EVO dry, and the diarrhea almost promptly  
went away.

Since then, Ember has been dropping weight. She's lost about 1.8  
pounds since that time until today, when she weighed 9.5 pounds. Now,  
this might be my fault. I hope it is, as that would be the easiest  
thing to fix. I've only been giving her a can of EVO a day for most  
of the time, and that might not be enough. In the last few weeks,  
I've also given her two cans of Sheba a week as treats.

Ember's CBC was normal, which, in her case, means good red blood cell  
count, and just below normal white blood cell count. The vet doesn't  
think that this is thyroid-related, but I might have her run that  
test on Ember in a few weeks.

Ember eats well (especially the Sheba). She is playful and loving as  
always. Should I try a brand new bag of EVO dry to see what adding  
that back might do? I would add that *very slowly*. Would it be okay  
for me to bump up Sheba, and has anyone fed much Sheba? The vet  
wanted Ember to come back in to be weighed in a few weeks, but I'd  
rather do that at home. Is there a postal or baby scale with which  
anyone here has had good results?

Thank you,

Lance


      
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