Amy did they check Wolfie's potassium level?  Low K can cause back leg 

--- On Thu, 6/24/10, Amy <> wrote:

> From: Amy <>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs
> To:
> Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:22 PM
> Just wondering what sort of
> experience people have had with leuk positive cats getting
> weak in the back legs.  My cat, Wolfie, is 8 and has
> been positive since we rescued him 6 years ago.  He's
> been pretty healthy other than the last year or so. 
> Last September he was diagnosed with non-regenerative anemia
> but has been fairly stable since then.  I recently took
> him to the vet as I noticed he was getting weak in his hind
> legs, walking differently and avoiding putting weight on
> them for long periods of time.  His HCT is down, WBC
> and RBC are a bit lower than usual.  Chemistry looks
> ok.  
> I've had 9 cats die from this disease and only ever saw one
> with leg issues.  She woke up one morning and had lost
> all use of her back legs, no warning.  This is
> different from that situation and just wondering what could
> be going on.  We did an ultrasound today.  No sign
> of lymphoma or anything pressing on the spine.  No real
> loss of muscle mass on physical exam.  We are putting
> him on doxy/pred in case hemobart is causing the
> anemia.  The specialist at Cornell mentioned it could
> be something with the leukemia affecting the muscle or
> nerves directly but she couldn't find any literature on
> this.  I told her I'd post here and see if anybody has
> had a similar experience or has anything to add on what
> could be going on.
> Thanks
> Amy
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