Our cat was put on LTCI, Interferon, and Prednisolone. The Pred keeps his 
hematocrit normal. 

Christy Stetler

On Jun 21, 2011, at 7:42 AM, Ben Williams <drsiebl...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello, everyone...
> 
> This is my first post to the list -- I just joined a few minutes ago.  I'm
> writing in regards to my cat, Dexter.  Dexter was diagnosed with FeLV and
> FIV this past October when he suffered a severe bout of life-threatening
> anemia.  By the time we found a vet who had any idea what was going on with
> Dex (We had a slew of ridiculous diagnoses; including heartworm and herpes),
> he was in need of a blood transfusion.  The transfusion (at a whopping
> $2200) and Acemannan treatment saved Dex's life and he bounced back within a
> matter of weeks.  All has been great with Dex - he's been on Interferon
> Alpha 2B since and has been in seemingly great health.  Until, that is, last
> week.  After seeing Dex start to show minute signs of anemia again, a quick
> trip to the doctor confirmed that the infection was active and that Dex was
> heading back down the same path as last October.  Since then, we've been
> racking our brains trying to figure out what to do for Dex.  Our Doctor, Dr.
> Benjamin Wright at Lakewood Vet Center in Dallas, has been exceptional.
> He's been open to just about anything we can try to help Dex.  As such, we
> started Dex on Immunoregulin this past Friday and Dex just had his second
> injection this morning.  Unfortunately, Dex has seemed to go down hill in
> the last 24 hours.  He was at a relative high point on Sunday, seemed very
> happy and lively, but as of yesterday and today, he is lethargic again and
> obviously not happy at all, while his breathing has also become more
> labored. Dr. Wright and I have been trying to contact the folks who make the
> T-Cell Immunomodulator drug, but can't seem to get a call back from them.
> Obviously, as I'm sure you all know, Carrington Labs, the makers of
> Acemannan, are officially out of business as well, so that doesn't seem to
> be an option.  We also contacted the vet hospital that makes the Interferon
> Omega packet available and haven't had a response from them.  Where do we go
> from here... Dex is only a year and a half old and is such a special cat.
> We just want to do everything we can to help him.  We'd do another blood
> transfusion, but that's just too expensive at the moment.
> 
> Thanks for reading,
> 
> Ben
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