Hi Kathryn,
I definitely back the other members who mentioned oral Lysine, when you're 
dealing with herpes/conjunctivitis in the eyes.  Even the three different meds 
that my vet gave me, one of which did contain Lysine (small amounts), did not 
help my cat's condition.  She had already lost one eye to conjunctivitis before 
we adopted her, so I was very worried about her losing her other one.  I took 
her off all her meds, and only gave her oral lysine, 500 mg 2x per day, 
sprinkled on her wet food.  The ulcer started going away within 5-7 days!!!  I 
was so happy.  So I strongly recommend lysine to anyone, skin or fur, who is 
dealing with a virus, because lysine is a natural amino acid that is believed 
to be an antiviral.  Make sure you get pure lysine because there is one 
additive that can cause blood issues in cats.
Good luck and let us know how Smokey fares!
:)
Wendy

 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change 
the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever has!"     ~~~ Margaret Meade 
~~~



----- Original Message ----
From: "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Monday, July 7, 2008 9:25:52 AM
Subject: Re: Welcome, Kathryn

Thank you for the information. I am taking Smokey back to the vet on Wednesday. 
I will ask about a herpes virus. It does appear that with the eye ointment I've 
been giving him he's getting better. I love to hear about these guys that are 
six and seven years old. It gives me hope. It really is possible, so my vet 
says, that Smokey has problems because of neglect and maybe not the virus. I 
think the fact that he's perked up so much is positive. Sunday he didn't want 
to leave his bed and today he's looking all around.

I will get him the supplements that you all have suggested and I will look in 
to a holistic vet. I am lucky though that my current vet has taken a special 
interest in this cat. I feel he's getting good care from her. 

Thanks again,
Kathryn



-----Original Message-----
From: Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 5:48 am
Subject: Re: Welcome, Kathryn


I wonder if Smokey has feline herpes virus, not that it makes much of a 
difference in light of his other problems.  My Snowy, a rescue cat, was 
diagnosed with that and before she was released to us both of her eyes were 
terribly infected, one being left with scarring, and a URI.  Again, stress 
brings outbreaks on.  Fortunately she hasn't had one since we've had her.  I 
doubt she will either as she's the most indulged, spoiled cat on the planet.
 
I commend you for your dedication to and love of these less fortunate 
creatures.  Life with you will be the best thing that could ever happen to dear 
Smokey.
 
Lynne
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Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 10:40 PM
Subject: Re: Welcome, Kathryn
Thank you all for the information. Right now he does have an eye infection and 
a little upper respiratory issue that we are dealing with . We don't know if 
it's the disease or if it's just from being neglected.  He really loves to sit 
on my lap and be petted and seems to be pretty relaxed. He also is eating well, 
loves canned food, which I am giving him plenty of. I know that might not be 
good for him, however, I want him to enjoy his life for as long as he can. I 
have dogs ( 2 rescues) which pose a little problem for us. I haven't introduced 
them yet, I'm waiting because I don't want to stress "Smokey" out. I really 
hope he's one of those guys that will live a few years. My vet, who never 
suggested putting him down, says that it is possible. She's been very 
supportive. You are all correct with the expense though, I've had him only 
about a week and I've all ready spent about $500 with another $200 for shots 
and such coming up next week. It's worth it if
 I can make a difference in his life. I also ha ve two horses. One is a rescue 
with ringbone. My large animal vet did not want me to get Monty, but I didn't 
listen and it was the best decision I ever made regarding my pets. I'm sure 
little Smokey will bring me as much joy as my horse Monty has. I will keep you 
all posted on Smokey's progress. I really appreciate everyone's support.

Kathryn


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Sat, 5 Jul 2008 6:07 pm
Subject: Re: Welcome, Kathryn


I totally agree with everything Diane has said Kathryn.  Good food and a stress 
free life are probably the two most important things you can do for your little 
one.  Of course if he becomes ill hopefully he can be treated with medication.  
It can all be a tremendous expense once they become ill.  I would suggest you 
have blood work done to try and get an idea of what you are dealing with here.  
When we had that done I got 3 opinions, all telling me it wa s a hopeless 
situation and very grim.  That didn't stop us from trying other methods of 
treatment but in the end the disease won.  I don't regret for one moment the 
expense of trying to save our little guy who was only with us for one month but 
you have to be realistic when or if he starts to really deteriorate. Our cat 
was 4 when we got him and was already quite advanced with the disease, unknown 
to us until that first trip to our vet but if your kitty is healthy and active 
he may very well live
 a good long life.  Many on this group have had their cats do just that.  
I truly hope yours will be one of these long time survivors.  Don't let it make 
you crazy though. I think my constant worry and sadness over our little one's 
illness didn't help him any.  
 
Best of luck to you.
 
Lynne
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Diane Rosenfeldt 
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 1:35 PM
Subject: Welcome, Kathryn

You've come to a great place for information and support.  Others have much 
more experience with these babies, but I can tell you that diet and stress 
control are paramount.  If you can give your new guy (what's his name?) the 
best food possible and keep him as happy as possible, that's a great first 
step.  You can also supplement his diet with L-lysine (from natural food 
stores, without the addit ives found in the kind you find in most drugstores, 
which is toxic to cats).  Make sure your vet is knowledgeable on FeLV -- if 
he/she didn't immediately suggest euthanasia, that's a good sign.  If he/she 
isn't, look around for one who is.  Some people here like holistic vets, if 
there are some in your area, in addition to their regular vet.  
 
There's no way to know how long any of them will last.  Some people here have 
kitties who have lived long and well with FeLV, and then there are some (like 
my Patches, who came to me as a stray, too, who only stayed with me six 
weeks.)  What's important is to enjoy him every minute he's with you, fight the 
good fight together, but know when it's time to let go.  Not easy, but doable.  
Go od luck with your guy.
 
Diane R.


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Subject: Re: Melina Please add to the CLS :( 


I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Melina. I am new to this site and 
really know nothing of this terrible disease. I have recently (just bringing 
him home from the vets today) adopted the sweetest little boy who sadly has 
this virus. He showed up a few days ago as a stray. My husband and I fell in 
love with him and took him to the vet for shots, etc. Sadly, we were informed 
that he has tested positive.
 
I really do not know what this means. Any information will be greatly 
appreciated. I especially would like to know what I can do to keep him well for 
as long as possible. The vet suggests Vitamin C. Any information will be 
greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Kathryn


-----Original Message-----
From: Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 8:20 pm
Subject: Re: Melina Please add to the CLS :( 


I'm so saddened Sherry that Melina couldn't rally yet another time.  My heart 
honestly aches everytime I hear of another passing.  It sometimes makes one 
wonder just how much a body can endure.  But I guess the courage and trusting 
nature of these dear creatures makes it possible to go on.
 
Lynne
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Sherry DeHaan 
To: Felvtalk 
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2008 10:44 PM
Subject: Melina Please add to the CLS :( 

First of all I want to thank all of you for your prayers and good thoughts for 
this beautiful baby.The aweful disease was way too much for her this time.She 
was a VERY spunky little girl.My heart aches without her in my life.I need to 
keep telling myself that I gave her so much love that she was happy until the 
end.I will miss her little loving head butts and rubbing her sweet face on 
mine.Ok now the tears are coming out. :( Once again thank you all so much for 
having to listen to all my sadness.But I also get ALOT of goodness out of these 
creatures.
Sherry 


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