Stacy,

Hi.  I am sorry to hear you got a postive felv.  I think it's a good idea to
either retest with the elisa (snap test) or send for IFA.  The ELISA can
show you a transient infection (one in which your cat can fight off the
virus and survive without complication) wherein the test will become
negative once the virus is gone.  In this case, the IFA should be negative.


If the virus gets into your cats cells, the IFA test will become positive
and your cat will either become an asymptomatic carrier of the virus or
progress onto the symptoms of the disease.  So a repeat test would be high
on my list especially with your cat's history.

As far as treatment, if it is a transient infection, high dose vitamin C,
lysine and possibly acemannan (injections or oral) have all been theorized
and in some cases shown to help them fight off and overcome the virus.

If it's in your cats cells, there is no known cure for removing the virus.
It will likely be there for life and have the ability to cause disease.  In
this case, the only thing that is really done is to support the cat's immune
system to keep the virus as minimally active as possible.  This is done with
things like LTCI (although it is possible that if this is given early enough
you may be able to get rid of the virus - this is conjecture for now),
interferon, Standard process immune support, acemannan, vitamin C, etc.

Your cat is having symptoms, or something.  Possibly symptoms of felv (the
anemia and GI problems would be consistent) and possibly something else.  I
would be suspicious about your situation for the following reason - your cat
is older and had a negative history with yearly vaccinations.  Although it's
possible he still picked up felv, I would still persue other causes of the
symptoms.  Metronidazole is a good idea, but was a fecal done?  You could
try probiotics.  I would also be considering a Bartonella infection
(hemobartonella can cause anemia - it is an infection in the blood) and
it is often seen in felv cats.

I live in Kenosha, WI and an absolutely excellent holistic vet is Dr. Jodi.
She is a little bit on the expensive side and you have to plan ahead to see
her, unless there is a cancellation, but is well worth it.  Here's the
information

The Animal Doctor in Muskego WI - Dr. Jodi -
http://www.animaldoctormuskego.com/

Hope this helps.

Jenny



On 4/13/10, Stacy Zacher <stacy_zac...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> Hi:
>
>
>
>
> We are new to the group. My (approximately) 13 year old male kitty has
> been diagnosed with FELV via a SNAP test.  I found him as a stray when he
> was about age
> 1-2 and I did have him tested then. The test came back negative and I
> proceeded to vaccinate him for FELV with yearly "boosters" as at the
> time he was a semi-outdoor still. I don't recall if my vet had me do a
> second test or not so I am rather surprised and shocked that he has
> tested positive now but I've read it can happen. We have a bloodwork
> re-check tomorrow and the IFA test at the vet.
>
>
>
> We've been to an internal medicine specialist  for
> a second  opinion on how we can manage this disease and keep him
> comfortable. This
> showed up because his white blood cell count
> has been abnormally low ever since we moved from one side our townhouse
> to the other (Feb 2010) and he has been very stressed out ever since the
> move.
> He was vomiting a lot in the recent past and I took him in again for
> testing.
> The vet this time tested him for the FELV, FIV etc. His attitude seemed
> inconsolable at times and he seemed to howl a lot and vocalize a lot as
> though he is having issues or pain. But he runs up and down the stairs
> with ease, jumps on to counters still and plays a bit but is less
> active than he was in January.
>
>
>
>
> Any advice is greatly appreciated as far as best diet (he currently eats
> wellness canned and assorted other canned but only seems to like fish
> flavors now!  He eats Tasted of the Wild Dry salmon flavor as well).
>
>
>
>
> At the moment I've started him on Standard PRocess feline immune
> support supplements. The vet put him on metronidazole in case he has
> bacterial overgrowth in his intestines and reglan for nausea/vomiting.  He
> seems to do well for about 4 days off reglan, then starts vomiting food
> again in the morning.   He is eating/drinking/ urinating/ defecating okay
> and seems to be howling less on the meds.
>
> I am looking for advice on treatments, immunotherapies etc. - both
> conventional and holistic.
>
>
> I've heard from others that immunoregulin works as does Imulan LTCI. I'd
> love to hear what helps your kitties.    If you know of any vets in
> Wisconsin in the Milwaukee county/Waukesha/ Jefferson County areas who
> specialize in FELV+ kitties, please let me know also.
>
>
> There is a great vet in Madison but that is a ways to drive for us in his
> state.
>
> Thanks so much for all your help.
>
>
> Stacy and Spanky in Wisconsin
>
>
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