Thank you Laurie.  I needed to hear that.
Lynne
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: laurieskatz 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 9:47 AM
  Subject: Re: breathing difficulties


  Vet isn't in same emotional space as you are...could be the explanation.
  Prayers with you. I feel he is going to be fine. 
  L
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Lynne 
    To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
    Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 8:28 AM
    Subject: Re: breathing difficulties


    No, he didn't aspirate.  I gave the water immediately after the doxy so I 
don't know which caused it.  I think he was hyperventilating.  I stayed with 
him til he calmed down and went to sleep, and honestly I'm afraid to go 
upstairs.  I'm sure he does sense my anxiety.  He does not like to be held or 
confined in any manner.  What bugs me though is when we go to the vet, the vet 
can do anything to him, give him pills, take his temp and BooBoo will just go 
limp, won't argue, fight, nothing, just scowel.  

    Better go upstairs and make sure he's just sleeping.

    Lynne
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: laurieskatz 
      To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
      Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 9:02 AM
      Subject: Re: breathing difficulties


      Did he aspirate? Was the problem after the water or after the doxy? Maybe 
the water isn't working with him. I would call the vet and ask about this. Our 
vet told us we had to give the doxy directly (not mixed in food). Midas hated 
it too. 

      It's really important thing is for YOU to be calm before you give him the 
meds and don't think about it before you actually do it. This is how I got 
Frankie, a formerly feral kitten, to take inhaled meds. I had to calm my own 
mind. I also think they can sense if we are going to give them a med so I 
didn't think about it before I sat down to do it. It did help. Our cats sense 
our "mood"...I hope this makes sense. I just got up.
      L
        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Lynne 
        To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
        Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 7:53 AM
        Subject: breathing difficulties


        I had a frightening event with BooBoo this morning.  He hates being 
given this Doxy and fights me.  I gave him some water via syringe after it as 
well.  Suddenly he started gasping for air, breathing through his mouth for 
about 10 minutes.  He is anemic and breathes heavily under normal 
circumstances.  I can't imagine what kind of stress the Interferon shots are 
going to cause him.  Should I try mixing this Doxy with his wet food?  It's 
doubtful he would get the appropriate dosage if I did because he is a light 
eater.  I'm beginning to think that I'm fighting a losing battle here and 
perhaps it would be best to just let nature take its course without 
intervention.  I hate this.  One minute he seems perky and now he's just 
exhausted.  I spent the time with him while he was having problems breathing 
comforting him, just to get him settled down and even his purring was 
excessively loud.  I don't know how much more this little guy can tolerate.

        Lynne

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