I'm sorry, Jennifer.

James G Wilson <phaed...@charter.net> wrote:
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From: Jennifer Dykhouse 

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 

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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