Hi Sue, Just wanted to ask what Casper's HCT is right now? Does he have CRF? I have looked into Epogen as well and know some people swear by it. I don't want to contradict anything you've heard but just wanted to offer up another thing to consider. The specialist I talked to said all of the treatments mentioned on this list, that is the only one she would never use. She said that while a positive may respond well to it, the chance of doing irreversible harm is high. I know that is controversial but she said she has seen one cat after another react to it. She said that is is really tough to reverse the damage if the cat does react and not a risk she would ever take. I don't know where I stand on Epogen because I have heard such completely opposing views on it. I don't judge those that use it nor do I judge those who won't go near it. Just wanted to present what I was told in case it could help in any way. I hope whatever you try works wonders for Casper!
What have other people heard/experienced with Epogen? I know that if a cat has nonregenerative anemia, has a HCT below 20, etc. the idea is sometimes that the cat is going to die anyways so what's the harm in trying something that could cause a reaction or might not. What I don't get is the reason behind using Epogen for a cat that is not in renal failure. If the cat is producing erythropoietin fine, what could the Epogen do to help? I'd love to hear more about this. Amy --- On Tue, 3/16/10, Frank & Sue Koren <fs...@roadrunner.com> wrote: > From: Frank & Sue Koren <fs...@roadrunner.com> > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Epogen? Interfuron? > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 8:59 PM > I can't remember now what the time > frame was. He was tested at his first vet visit after I > adopted him but I don't remember how long that was after I > brought him home. Normally I take a newly adopted cat > right in to be checked but it has been about four years... > Today I called my vet back and told him I wanted the Epogen > because I wasn't going to just sit back and watch him > die. He called a prescription in to Walgreens and they > had to order it. I will pick it up after work tomorrow > along with the syringes and give him his first injection > tomorrow evening. My vet also contacted another vet he knows > who had Imulan in stock and I am going to pick that up > Thursday after work. I didn't realise that Epogen and > Imulan could be given concurrently. Who knows, maybe > there is some hope for my beautiful white fluffy boy after > all. > Sue > ----- Original Message ----- From: "MaryChristine" <twelvehousec...@gmail.com> > To: <email@example.com> > Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 7:23 PM > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Epogen? Interfuron? > > > > sue, was casper ever double tested to make sure he was > actually negative? a > > single negative test means no more than a single > positive test does: unless > > we know for sure when the last possible date of > exposure was, and do a final > > test 90-120 days after that, we cannot know that any > cat is truly negative. > > this is how my cats all become exposed back in > 2000--my housemate, the > > shelter director, brought in a beautiful little girl > who'd tested negative. > > we didn't know to retest back then, and didn't. she > became symptomatic less > > than a year later. > > > > as far as i know, there are no cases of an actually > negative cat (tested > > twice) who has been vaccinated ever becoming positive > from living with > > positives. don't blame yourself for something that you > probably DIDN'T do. > > > > MC > > > > -- Spay & Neuter Your Neighbors! > > Maybe That'll Make The Difference.... > > > > MaryChristine > > Special-Needs Coordinator, Purebred Cat Breed Rescue > (www.purebredcats.org) > > Member, SCAT (Special-Cat Action Team) > > _______________________________________________ > > Felvtalk mailing list > > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > > > > No virus found in this incoming message. > Checked by AVG - www.avg.com > Version: 8.5.436 / Virus Database: 271.1.1/2751 - Release > Date: 03/16/10 19:33:00 > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org