Doxycycline (in case he had hemobartonella), appetite stimulant and pain meds 
are what we gave our rescue kitten who was severely anemic and in kidney 
He was also hospitalized for 2 of his first 3 weeks with us so they could IV 
feed him. We could not get him to eat....finally he rallied and is 100% now.
He is not FeLV+.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jane Lyons 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 6:50 PM
  Subject: Re: re Foxy/ bad news

  Since Foxy has been healthy to this point, maybe this event is an anomaly and 
that with the correct
  care she will be able to rebound. Is the vet that you are using up on FeLV?
  As Belinda suggests, there may be a way to reverse her anemia. There are 
people on the list who may be able to
  give you advise. I hope someone who has dealt with this will see your post 
and be able to help you.

  I know how stressful the unknowns of this disease are.  It is awful to be 
told she has a few days to live
  and then discover that she has rebounded. It is so confusing and such an 
emotional roller coaster.

  I would relay Belinda's experience to your vet and get as much information as 
you can to post to this group.
  Maybe someone with more experience with anemia will see your post.

  I hope that there is someway to help Foxy get through this crisis. 
  I'm sending you every good wish.


  On Apr 1, 2008, at 7:54 PM, Kathy Dillard wrote:

    First of all- thank-you for your response. When Foxy went to the vet 
yesterday they gave her steroid shot, and antibiotic (shot) and fluid under the 
skin (shot) as she was dehydrated. They did a blood test and said her white 
count was almost nonwxisent and her red count was at 10- even too low for a 
transfusion. So we took her home and cried- and prepared ourselves for the 
worst. Today Foxy is doing better ( which is probably due to the shots) but she 
is eating and grooming herself and she doesnt have a fever. My husband and I 
dont understand and feel confused because Foxy is not breathing heavy which you 
would think would be happening because of lack of red blood cells and and lack 
of oxygen. Foxy has been very healthy up to this point so I think she has a 
strong constitution to draw from-but wonder if her blood count is so low now 
that it is too late. We did call the vet back today to let them know that she 
was actually looking better and if there was anything else we could do and they 
had us pick up a prescription of prednisone.  i have raised alot of cats but 
have never had one with feline leukemia and feel very overwhelmed but want to 
do everything possible for  Foxy and to make sure she is comfortable and not 
suffering. I hope this information helps clarify her condition and if you have 
anymore information or thoughts I would greatly appreciate it. I will 
definitley call the vet tomorrow with more questions and information.

    Belinda Sauro <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 
      This may be too late already but what does your vet say is causing 
      the anemia???? If he said it is the FeLV causing it RUN to another 
      vet!!!! Is she getting doxycycline in case she has hemobartonella, 
      something positives are prone to get and VERY hard to test for??? 
      Bailey was anemic at one point and it was because the virus had activate 
      in his bone marrow and was preventing the making of new red blood cells, 
      he got high doses of prednisolone and epogen and his anemia was reversed.

      Send her numbers to the list. How low is low??


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