I am wondering what Whisper's RBC/packed cell volume is. I am also wondering if the drooling you are describing is thick, stringy saliva? If so, this is possibly an indication of dehydration. When we discovered our cat was felv+, she had the classic anemia leading to lethargy and unwillingness to eat. This was addressed with ONLY prednisone injection and pills, which pushed the virus into remission and she was perfectly healthy for about 2 1/2 yrs., had a mild bout with anemia, then another severe bout with anemia about 6 months after that. This time they tried Depo-Medrol (we had moved and had another vet), which did NOTHING. We also tried Interferon, which did nothing. I insisted on another prednisolone injection, and she immediately went into remission again. That was almost 4 years ago, and she hasn't come out of remission since. So she's lived for over 7 years after being diagnosed positive. And she was 8 when she was diagnosed. Also, I was told that a first test for leukemia may not be accurate and that a second should always be done. I don't remember if that depends on the kind of test, or what. If it was me, I would do my own research the best I could, ask questions, perhaps get a second opinion but definitely pursue finding the cause. Personally, to me, it does sound like it could be something other than leukemia. I wish you luck. I know the stress you are under worrying about your kitty and what is best to do, and who to trust.
On Sat 10/6/2007 2:20 PM, catatonya <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote : > > Probably true, but you could get copies of all the tests your vet has run and > avoid repeating at least a few of them. I don't know. With what I've been > going through with changing vets I'm appalled at how different they are in > how they approach things. > > For example my old vet said bloodwork was fine, but my new vet said > bloodwork pointed to the beginnings of crf and ran additional bloodwork that > turned out that she was correct......... (Bloodwork within 1 week's > difference)........... > > t > > Chris Behnke <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Another thing to think about, is that if you switch vets now, the new vet > will want to run all the same tests over again. > > Chris > > > -----Original Message----- > From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Chris Behnke > Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 8:10 PM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: RE: FeLV Help for a 5 year old male cat > > Sometimes it is hard to completely diagnose what is going on with a cat with > leukemia. There are so many factors to consider. Not to mention, sometimes > the symptoms may point to too many things instead of narrowing it down. I > recently lost one of my cats to a tumor in the eye and nasal cavity. She > started getting sick earlier this spring, but we didn't find out about the > tumor until it was too late. This was no ones fault. We, the vet and I, > ran a lot of test, had her in for exams at least 3 times a month. We tried > many medications but nothing helped her to get better. The vet really cared > and wasn't just trying to make money. But the symptoms weren't enough, nor > were the blood tests. It sounds like Whisper could have Herpes. This is > common with FeLV+ and is usually treatable. But, once again, the symptoms > for herpes are also the same for other diseases/viruses. Basically I am > just trying to say that it may seem as if all the vet cares about is money, > but this may not be the case. I would do some research on the web about > Whisper's symptoms and then talk with the vet again and see what he says > about what you found out. > > Chris > > -----Original Message----- > From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Vila Ash > Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 7:37 PM > To: email@example.com > Subject: FeLV Help for a 5 year old male cat > > I sent this by my other email. I got a message back > saying its pending due to my email address not being a > member. SO PLEASE reply to this one. We dont know how > much longer he will go on like this. PLEASE HELP!! > > > I have had my cat, Whisper, for about 5 years now he > use to weigh 18lbs (a year ago), now he weighs about > 7-10lbs. He is the oldest of 3 other cats. A month ago > we found out he has Leukemia. We never knew what was > wrong with him, we never thought it to be Leukemia. > About a year ago we took him to the vet, for vomiting > and drooling, the vet laughed at us because he thought > whisper was in really good health.Well a year went by > with out any treatment or even knowing some this was > wrong with him.We took him to the vet about a month or > so ago for his eyes ( he had an infection in his eyes, > and was not eating), they ran a blood test and they > told us he has Leukemia. They kept him over night to > start the treatments right a way. They gave us > Clacamox Drops (very pricey), Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic > drops, and the Interferon. He seemed to be getting > worse.We took him to the vet today to get them to do a > check up on him ( he hasnt been eating, been having to > force feed him, he wont get up much, excessive > drooling.) and get more of his medication, they > believe he has ulcers in his mouth which is causing > him to not eat and make him drool. Well now they think > he has some other disease kind of like Leukemia that > is causing the ulcers, lack of appetite, and causing > the medications to not work. So they want to run MORE > test and give him MORE medication, etc. We are not > sure what we want to do. He seems to be suffering so > much, and he also seems to know he does not have much > longer to live. We are all talking about either > keeping him on his medication, let him live out his > life without his medication, or taking him off his > medication and see if he will do better, and if he > does not do better then we will put him down. > > BUT, what I dont understand is that the vet cant fully > explain to us about: what is going on, why cant they > help us more, what is the other possible disease, how > long might he live more, etc. It just seems like all > they want is money, money and more money. One of his > medication they sell for about $26 and we can get it > from 1-800-PETMEDS for about $10, its the same bottle, > same size, same doses. The test for leukemia is $55, > and so is the other test. I dont understand what is > going on. Whisper is my baby, I would give every > thing to help him, but with the vet confusing us we > really dont know what to do. > > Can you possibly explain every thing a bit better? > > Sincerely, > Gina & Whisper > > > > ____________________________________________________________________________ > ________ > Boardwalk for $500? In 2007? Ha! Play Monopoly Here and Now (it's updated > for today's economy) at Yahoo! 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