Well we've got a New Yorker on the list or did, now I forget who!

Gloria




On Jul 1, 2010, at 4:35 PM, CATHERINE DIDONNA wrote:


Can anyone recommend a vet that cares about FELV cats in New York City????? Thankyou
--- On Wed, 6/30/10, Sharyl <cline...@yahoo.com> wrote:


From: Sharyl <cline...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] rear leg weakness- Revolution used? and update
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 1:21 PM


Amy, based on what you have written I wouldn't worry about the high Ca right now. What was his phos level? There is an issue when both Ca and Phos are high but again that wouldn't affect his hind legs. It could be the anemia.

In the end we do what we can with the resources we have. He's lucky to have you loving him.
Sharyl

--- On Wed, 6/30/10, Amy <awilkin...@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Amy <awilkin...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] rear leg weakness- Revolution used? and update
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 12:12 PM
No idea why he has hind leg
weakness.  I'll researched all the causes and none seem
to apply other than the leukemia.  He has had routine
blood work every 6 months of his life and we have monitored
him very closely as we do all our positive cats.  No
major problems other than some weight loss and IBD over the
past couple years.

I don't think I've ever taken one of my positive cats to
the vet that some level hasn't been off.  Historically
when I've drawn more blood or done further testing, it
always ends up being nothing.  I spend lots of money
and put the cats through lots of testing and then 6 months
later, the value is normal again.  I've just grown to
step back and not flip out every time I see a low or high
value for that reason.  I have to say I still feel sick
every time I see the HCT drop in one of them though.
So that's my hesitation with taking 3 ml of blood from a
non-regenerative anemic cat.  He just had a full
CBC/Chem which is not a small amount of blood and I'm afraid
to draw so much blood again when I think his time with me is
limited to begin with.

The only thing I can come up with as a cause of the hind
leg weakness is long term steroid use.  I read that
it's more common with injectable steroids so not sure if it
even applies to pred.  He's been on pred for almost a
year.  However, I have no doubt that it is the one
thing that has kept him alive.  Neither me or the
specialist I'm seeing are even considering taking him off
that as I have no doubt he will crash.  We tried
weaning him off it a year ago after treating him for
hemobart and he started going downhill quickly.  That
said, his bone marrow is shot.  He's been
non-regenerative for over a year and making red blood cells
from his spleen or elsewhere.  We knew he couldn't do
this forever so I'm not shocked at where we are, just
sad.  Since he's been anemic for a year and holding
steady, I guess the weakness could be a result of the anemia
as well.  Yet he doesn't seem weak otherwise
really.  He sleeps a lot and yes it's obvious he
doesn't keep
  up with the other cats but not so weak that it takes too
much energy to walk in my opinion.

His liver and kidney values are all normal. Appetite is
normal.  No signs of lymphoma after 2 ultrasounds,
probably has IBD and is on EVO which seems to have helped
keep that in check.  His calcium is just over normal -
11.6 with normal being 8.2-11.5.  I looked at blood
work from all my other cats and they all run towards the
high end, 10 or higher.  So I'm weighing the risk worth
the benefit of drawing another 3 ml of blood to see if he's
really got a high calcium vs just waiting it out and if he's
around in a month or so, rechecking it then.  Any
thoughts or suggestions are welcome.

Thank you everyone for all the suggestions.  My gut
tells me that he is close to the point of losing his battle
with this disease.  I always try to keep hope and
remain optimistic but watching one cat after another be
taken down by this disease, it's hard to keep the faith
sometimes.  Fingers crossed, Wolfie will pull through
this and defy the odds as he has until now.

Amy





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