My vets and I made the decision not to transfuse Dixie Louise for the reasons you gave. I am very grateful that my vets were very up front about the situation and, while they made it an option and assured me they would arrange it, they would not put their own cats thru it (given Dixie's condition and total dislike of vets). She spent quite a bit of time with her holistic vet (to whom my regular vets had referred me years before with a little beagle and who saw all m critters since) but that did not seem to stress her the way a transfusion at a strange place wold have. All my vets let me stay with my friends no matter what is going on. Many specialists won't. Another reason we didn't do the transfusions.

You did what you thought was best and Mr. Darcy loves you for that. However, I am sure he approves of your decision to let him wind down without the added stress.

Blessings to you.
On Jan 21, 2009, at 9:04 PM, James G Wilson wrote:

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From:   Jennifer Dykhouse
<redg...@hotmail.com>
To:     <felvtalk-ow...@felineleukemia.org>
Subject:        Blood transfusion on Felv+ cat
Date sent:      Wed, 21 Jan 2009 14:17:45 -0500


Hello everyone,

I thought I'd let you know how the blood transfusion
helped/didn't help my Felv+ cat, so that if you need to
reach that decision, you can see my example.

The day before we did the blood transfusion, Mr. Darcy's
hematocrit count was at 7 (I was told that 30 is the lowest
you can be and still be healthy).  He was extremely
lethargic and as a result would eat. He lost 2 pounds in a
month (even with us assist feeding him) and he was
starting to catch a respiratory bug.

Right after the transfusion, which cost 800 dollars and
took about 5 hours, his hematocrit was at 17.  That's
great, but I am upset. I was thinking he'd be brought up to
a healthy level, not just a slightly better level.  He had
perked up and he is eating turkey baby food now, but he
still is extremely tired and now he has balance troubles.

What I am most upset with was the lack of information
from my vet and the animal hospital. When told about the
blood transfusion by my normal vet, she made it sound
like he'd be back at a healthy level and that it could work
for months and that it was perfectly safe. When we were
handing him over to the vet at the hospital, he finally told
me that Mr. Darcy could die during the procedure and that
it may only last a few hours, days. I am furious. It makes
me feel like money is more important then informing the
owner.

I have decided to not do any more transfusions due to the
fact that he's in the last stage of his illness and going to
the vet really stresses him out. He won't eat for the rest of
the day and since the transfusion may only give him days,
I would rather have him enjoy his last days/weeks.  So
right now, we're at the point where the most we can do is
get him to eat and sleep and to pet him and love him as
much as we can.

Now, your cat may have a different experience, but I just
wanted to tell my story.

Jennifer and Mr. Darcy
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