tks. a friend told me about a vet in the East Village who does regular meds,and 
holistic med,is very nice and reasonable.

--- On Fri, 7/2/10, Gloria B. Lane <> wrote:

From: Gloria B. Lane <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] vets
Date: Friday, July 2, 2010, 2:55 PM

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


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 <> wrote:
> From: Sharyl <>
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] rear leg weakness- Revolution used? and update
> To:
> 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 <> wrote:
>> From: Amy <>
>> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] rear leg weakness- Revolution used? and update
>> To:
>> 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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