from some of these comments, i feel extremely fortunate to have my vet.  when 
we found out about Annie, he explained the 2 choices i had and said it was up 
to me.  he also told me that felv cats can live a long and normal life.  BIG 
PLUS, when i found this site and began showing him some of the posts, he got on 
and now is reading all the posts himself.  he said that actually, the web is a 
great teaching source and appreciates the input from everyone.  i know that i 
have learned a lot .  this disease is not the terror i had thought it to be.  
yes, it can hurt our babies and us when they pass over.  but sometimes they 
live long happy lives and our lives are enriched for having known them.  dorlis
---- MaryChristine <> wrote: 
> at the rate that accurate information about the virus has spread to the
> veterinary community, and from there down to shelters and rescues, it'd be
> YEARS before news of a cure would ever reach them.
> it's incredibly discouraging. i don't know if petsmart left in the comments
> from the attendees at the webinar earlier this year re: FIV and FeLVs in
> shelter and rescues, but it was incredibly depressing to me, to hear folks
> NOT listening to what the vet had to say, nor to the few of us who were
> actually acquainted with the literature. (in fact, i spoke with a rescuer
> who attended another of their webinars more recently, and she said that that
> vet was advocating vaccinating all cats against FIV.....)
> yes, it's money and business, but more than that, it's laziness--"i've got
> my degree, and since these two virii are very easily treated with the
> night-night needle, i don't need to ever read another word about them."
> theoretically, it's malpractice for vets NOT to be up-to-date on current
> best practice--but even the reports i hear on the vets who seem not to even
> have HEARD about new vaccination protocols, no less implemented them,
> well.... (yearly vaccines, now AGAINST medical advice, a sure-fire
> money-maker!)
> never mind, i get more than a LITTLE upset.
> MC
> On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 2:22 PM, Maria Ianiro <> wrote:
> > It makes me a little upset that research for Felv+ cats has been so
> > wishy washy. I realize it probably all comes down to money and
> > business, but I was also thinking, this disease is sadly a way for
> > shelters to try to control over population of cats. I think its pretty
> > automatic to put felv+ cats to sleep at shelters. I wonder what the
> > shelters would do if there was a cure for this disease.....
> >
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