hi Fernanda, my friend wrote back this: "This is a tiny kitten with a weak positive. I bet he will retest negative in a month. If she gets a negative Elisa test, she should confirm with an IFA.
I would say Whiskers to Tails in Pasadena. Dr. Iberg is a cat only vet. She is amazing. Kitten Rescue uses her." My friend works with Kitten Rescue, so I trust her suggestion totally. pls keep us posted. Shannon --- On Wed, 6/23/10, Natalie <at...@optonline.net> wrote: From: Natalie <at...@optonline.net> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Vet referral and FeLV treatment To: email@example.com Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 9:12 AM I'm sorry, don't have much time right now to write more, but if this kitten is only 6 weeks old, tests are almost always questionable at such an early age, if not false (mostly positive false). - This baby's immune system has not yet developed and what shows as positive, may only have been exposure to the virus at this point! Good nutrition and supplements would be the best course right now until it can be retested after at least one month! If the kitten turns out to be positive, then you may want to consider other treatments, but LTCI has not yet been completely proven and as far as I know, must be continued for life. I have had, and still have many FIV+ cats at our house. Never any problems. Natalie -----Original Message----- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Sara Kasteleyn Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 6:10 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Vet referral and FeLV treatment Hi Fernanda, I have included a link from the Imulen (LTCI) website that lists vet clinics by geographical area using their products, so they must have some familiarity with FeLV and FIV. http://www.imulan.com/felv-fiv-treatment.html There appear to be several in the greater LA area. I believe there is one is Sherman Oaks. Others on the list will be better to direct you to shelter situations. Bless you for taking this little kitten into your care. Sara ------Original Mail------ From: "Fernanda Barreto" <fbarret...@hotmail.com> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 13:51:23 -0700 Subject: [Felvtalk] Vet referral and FeLV treatment Hello all: This weekend I got lost driving in an industrial part of my town. Suddenly in the middle of the street, I see a tiny kitten. Luckily I was able to avoid hitting him, as was the car behind me. I quickly got out of my car and approached the kitten. Imagine my surprise when he willingly and eagerly came running right up to me. I scooped him up and continued on my way. I noticed when I tried to feed him that something wasn't quite right. He kept falling over and seemed very uncoordinated, even for a kitten. I took him to the emergency vet where I was told that he had some kind of neurological disorder that was presenting itself in his legs. Basically he is just going to be clumsy. The vet said it could be a static problem and not get any worse or it could be progressive, at which time we would have to discuss other options. She also recommended the FeLV/FIV test. Sadly, he came up a weak positive for FeLV. The vet said this may be the cause of the neurological disorder or the two could be unrelated. Also his pupils were not well dilated (the vet did not go on to explain what effect that has). When the vet gave me the positive results, she asked if I wanted to put him to sleep. In the mere 4 hours we had spent together, this little 6 week old kitten had won my heart and I just couldn't put him to sleep. Although he is clumsy (it's actually really cute and I believe he will soon learn to compensate for it), you really don't notice the neurological impairment unless you are looking for it; and he's happy and pain-free otherwise. But of course there is a problem. I have already have a FeLV negative cat at home and I don't want to risk exposing her. I was able to take the little guy, who we named Tommy, to my boyfriend's, but my cat and I are moving in with him in 2 months, so this likely cannot be a permanent home. So this is why I have turned to this group. I would like to take the time I have to try to get Tommy in the best health I can. I did some research and found out about Mega C plus, interferon and LTCI. I would like to speak to someone in depth about these options, but my vet just doesn't have experience in this area. 1. Does anyone know a good vet that will help treat the FeLV in the Los Angeles area - preferable Glendale/Pasadena/the San Fernando valley area. 2. If I am in successful in getting him to the point where he tests negative, can he stay with my FeLV negative cat. She's older and will likely want nothing to do with him so I am not too worried about them directly interacting. But I am worried that they may share toys or bowls. 3. Does anyone know of any rescue organizations that would take on a FeLV positive kitten? My boyfriend and I already love and adore Tommy, but we understand that we must do what is best for him. It's just confusing trying to figure out what that is. I would welcome and suggestions or advise. Thank you, Fernanda _________________________________________________________________ The New Busy is not the too busy. 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