Lynne, you are so right about everything coming from you---it sounds like your vet isn't clued up about FeLV which would not be unusual. When I ordered the IR for my Flavia (on the recommendation of the wonderful Michelle Lerner who used to be on this list) my (also compasssionate) vet, Dr Diane, had to ask ME about the protocols! But at least she was willing to work with me. And she also got permission from her boss, the clinic owner, to come to my house -- I was due to go away at the time; it was horrible timing -- to treat Flavia, and her boss told her there would be no charge! It all became moot in the end because Flavia's HCT plummeted again, and I couldn't put her through another transfusion. My current vet has been refreshingly open to learning about FeLV, and asked me for details a couple years ago of how to get feline interferon from the UK for another of his clients whose cat had just been diagnosed positive. Maybe your vet will also learn from you, and take a more proactive view in future. Kerry
-----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Lynne Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:49 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Holistic Vets Kerry, when the vet first told us of his prognosis and offered euthanization before we "bonded" too much with him, I told him, "I don't believe in putting individuals suffering with the AIDS virus down so why would I want to do this to a seemingly well animal". He thought that was pretty funny and then agreed to do what we could to treat problems as they arise. I suppose the majority of people who discover this about their pets do imagine the worse and want to get over it quickly. I really like this vet on a personal level. He seems very compassionate but like I told my husband last night, everything we've done so far has come from us, not him. I am not a vet, I shouldn't have to suggest blood work, antibiotics, lasix and fluid aspiration. If I hadn't joined this group, BooBoo would be in the ground right now. And yes, I don't care how frozen the ground is, or what kind of contageous disease he has, he will be buried next to my dearly beloved Chuck in a garden I have with forget-me-not and bleeding heart flowers in it. Lynne ----- Original Message ----- From: "MacKenzie, Kerry N." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 11:13 AM Subject: RE: Holistic Vets I can relate to everything you say Lynne. You're doing everything in your power to help BooBoo, but you're not going to let him suffer. It's beyond me why so many vets can't think beyond euthanasia the second a cat tests FeLV pos. It makes me want to say to them, so I take it you'd recommend euthanasia for yourself if you were diagnosed with a terminal disease? Yup, that's my vindictive streak! I don't blame you one bit for emailing BooBoo's former "family". I hope they do take a lesson from it. But, from everything you've said about them they are not good people and I hate to think of any animal being in their "care". Kerry -----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Lynne Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 9:18 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Holistic Vets Thank you Jane. I think of all our members and what they are experiencing as well. I think it makes us all better people and caregivers. Honestly I think the vet was wrong to suggest to us as soon as Boo was diagnosed that we consider euthanasia. It would have been far harder on me if I had not given him a fighting chance. I still will not let him suffer and if there is any indication of that, BooBoo will be crossing that bridge. My husband has suggested I not let the previous owners know what is going on with him because they would just blame us anyway, but I felt this morning that they should experience at least a bit of the pain that we have because of their neglect/stupidity. So I did email them outlining all of the tests he's been through, the suffering he has experienced with his breathing, all the nasty details including the financial impact. I'm not as kind as my husband is and unfortunately I do have a vindictive side to me. I ended my email by saying you should have all your animals tested and/or vaccinated so you won't have to experience this agony. Lynne ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jane Lyons" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:09 AM Subject: Re: Holistic Vets > Lynne > I am thinking of you and BooBoo. I know how stressful this is for the > both of you. > He is on his own path and is so lucky to know what caring and love > feels like. > Take care of yourself. > > Jane > > > > > On Feb 20, 2008, at 9:11 AM, Lynne wrote: > > > Sue, I spoke with Karen at length last night and she recommended > > something > > called Factor One. I'm gonna call the supplier today. My vet has > > now told > > me that interferon will not help BooBoo as it is too late. I've > > decided > > that I will do what I can within reason to help BooBoo keep > > comfortable. > > I've had to stop the Doxycycline because it is too stressful for him. > > Perhaps we can restart it next week if he's better or if the > > culture comes > > back suggesting another antibiotic I'll try that. Our vet is a > > really nice > > guy but is not encouraging and it seems like now he does not want > > to do > > anything unless we tell him what to do. He's concerned I suppose > > about the > > expense of all this treatment and the inevitable results. > > > > Good luck with the Holistic vet. Around here this disease seems like > > something that has not interested a lot of vets and they just > > euthanize, > > which is shameful. Also, a lot of vets seem to be more interested > > in dogs > > than cats, probably because there are so many feral cats around and > > they are > > causing problems. > > > > Lynne > > ----- Original Message ----- > > From: "Sue Koren" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > > To: "FeLV Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:25 AM > > Subject: Holistic Vets > > > > > >> Hi, All - > >> First off, Lynn, I am so glad to hear Boo Boo is doing better. I > >> had a > > cat who had fluid removed and she did not do anywhere near so well > > afterwards. Don't give up on that little fighter any time soon! > >> I am thinking about taking Buzz to a Holistic Vet. When I > >> questioned my > > regular vet about Immuno-Regulin and Interferon she said she had > > not heard > > of much success with those things and said I might want to consider a > > Holistic Vet. I e-mailed one and asked if they could do anything > > for a > > FeLV+ cat that would be peventative and might help them throw the > > virus. It > > is quite a distance from my home and I don't want to put Buzz > > through the > > stress of the trip if it won't do him any good. > >> Sue > >> > > > > > > ________________________________________________________________________ ____ _ Effective September 1, 2007, we have changed our name to Mayer Brown LLP. IRS CIRCULAR 230 NOTICE. Any advice expressed above as to tax matters was neither written nor intended by the sender or Mayer Brown LLP to be used and cannot be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed under U.S. tax law. 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