Wow, Laurie, I had never heard of that.... So I'm guessing that dry food
should be kept, say, in its bag with the top rolled so there's no extra
air?  Wacky!

Diane R. 

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From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Laurieskatz
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 2:38 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Hello- new to the list

Coco lost weight, couldn't jump up, her tongue would come out of her
mouth
and her legs weren't working right. Not FeLV+but she was diagnosed with
myonecrosis. A change in food (from dry to canned) reversed her issues.
The
vets tested for all the usual causes and she was negative so they
assumed
nutritional. I would dump all the dry (Wellness) into a tupperware
container. Vets said that exposed the food to too much air which
depleted
the food of vitamin D and Selenium and caused muscle death. For what
it's
worth....
Laurie

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Amy Ackerman
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 2:17 PM
To: Felv talk
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Hello- new to the list


I appreciate everyones concern & thoughts.  Looking back at what I've
written so far, I can see that I haven't been very clear about what
was/is
going on with Grrr.  I've been a little emotional these last few days!
I
took him in monday morning because he had been having a very difficult
time
doing normal cat stuff- jumping, running, etc- saturday night & sunday,
and
it was getting progressively worse as hours passed.  I had consulted
with my
vet on Sunday about possibly taking him to emergency, but because he was
not
displaying any very dramatic symptoms of stroke, seizure, obvious
distress
or pain, we decided to save him the trip and bring him in first thing
Monday
morning.  He had been losing weight, and it seemed likely that his
weakness
was a symptom of whatever was causing the weight loss- hence the blood
tests
that led to the leukemia diagnosis.  The vet believes it likely that the
weakness & instability are a result of a spinal tumor caused by
lymphosarcoma, and I believe that yesterday's dramatic neurological
symptoms
were simply a progression from what had been going on all weekend,
exacerbated by the stressful hospitalization & long car rides- he
doesn't
travel well either.  Grrr doesn't do anything easily except look
handsome &
growl.  The cortisol shot was administered as an effort at pain
management,
to see if it helped him get around easier.  Just got him home and he's
looking OK- a bit better than yesterday, and he sure seems happy to be
home.
We have a very long term relationship with this doctor, and do trust
him-
obviously, mistakes can be made, but I am comfortable with the treatment
Grrr has been given and the plans we have discussed for his future. I
am, as
has been suggested, throwing out the calender- my cat seems happy, if a
bit
awkward physically, and that makes me happy!  Amy
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