The hemobartonella test is very, very hard to get a positive result
on, it has to be taken at the precise moment the bugs are acting up or
it will give a negative result. I know more than one cat that was
positive but tested negative 4 or 5 times before they finally caught
it. Those cats that were put on doxy did well, those that weren't some
died. I will always put a cat that is anemic for an unknown reason on
doxy to be on the safe side, especially a positive cat ... just my
opinion but to me it isn't worth taking the chance of losing my furkid
to something that is treatable.
How is haemobartonellosis diagnosed?
Sometimes the organism can be seen inside cells on a blood smear. To
find them, a small drop of blood is spread over a microscope slide,
stained and examined under the microscope. The number of organisms in
the bloodstream can fluctuate dramatically. *There can be many observed
in one sample, and a sample taken two hours later may reveal none.* A
polymerase chain reaction (PCR) blood test to detect this hemotropic
mycoplasma is available.
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