hi, i think that would be the way i would go.  sometimes, we want to do all we 
can for them and all we are really doing is causing more suffering.   have 5 
new babies (that is all i can afford financially and physically to support), 1 
felv+.  so far, all is well, Annie shows no signs of illness.  there has been 
some stress for her when the others came home since she is an alpha female and 
so is Casey, but we are down to a low growl when we pass one another.  dorlis
---- "MacKenzie wrote: 
> I am very sorry that you had such a bad experience, Jennifer. It's
> really unforgivable that a vet should be so unclear about what to expect
> from a transfusion for a kitty with nonregenerative anemia. I had my
> FeLV kitty, Flavia, given a transfusion after she was diagnosed with
> nonregenerative anemia and her hematocrit dropped to 7.5. Unlike
> Jennifer's careless (unethical?) vet, mine did tell me it would give her
> (only) an extra couple of weeks at most. I wanted those extra weeks to
> try to find a way to prolong her life significantly. I obtained
> immunoregulin for her but too late, so I didn't get a chance to try it.
> Nonetheless, in the same circumstances, I would not do a transfusion
> again. It was tremendously stressful for Flavia, it was very expensive
> ($1000 total for transfusion plus drawing my healthy cat's blood) and it
> gave her only 10 days extra (her HCT went up to 23), when her HCT
> plummeted again to 13. Like Jennifer, I would much rather concentrate on
> doing everything possible to ensure my cat enjoys every moment of the
> rest of her time, however long that may be, in the comfort of her own
> home.
> Kerry M.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
> [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of James G Wilson
> Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 9:05 PM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: [Felvtalk] (Fwd) Blood transfusion on Felv+ cat
> ------- Forwarded message follows -------
> 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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