If after a few weeks the amoxi isn't working ask the vet about switching antibiotics to a stronger one. It'd be nice if they knew where the infection was. He probably does have an infection since he has a fever but the infection came from somewhere, not just a generalized infection. Since they mentioned a virus I wonder if they're thinking it's an upper respiratory infection. Either way, I guess antibiotics are called for. I still say maybe an immune system stimulant since he probably does have FeLV. Not that everytime a cat is sick does it mean FeLV but if he truly does have FeLV then it will be extra hard for his body to fight off the infection. Prednisone can negatively affect the immune system. It can be a really good thing but I've just heard it can suppress the immune system. Guess you have to balance out the benefits of it with the potential negatives. Did they say why they wanted to use prednisone? I think it's normally used for some kind of inflammation. I imagine they have a good reason for suggesting it but you should ask to be sure you understand why they want to use it before making a decision. I would definitely re-test but the question is when. You could do the IFA test right now but if it comes up negative then you would need to do another one later on to see if the infection has gotten into his white blood cells. It takes a little time from the time the virus gets into his bloodstream before it gets into his white blood cells so the ELISA could be positive right now and the IFA negative but then positive later. Or his body may fight off the virus so right now he could have a positive ELISA but a negative IFA. Then when his body fights it off he should have a negative ELISA and a negative IFA. Myself, I'd be curious and want to do the IFA test now to know if it's in his white blood cells already, but knowing you'll have to pay for another one later on (if it's negative) then maybe you should wait. Your decision. Whenever you do decide to do the test just demand your vet do it whether she thinks it's necessary or not. Recently a vet told someone in our rescue that she shouldn't do the IFA because the ELISA test was the "gold standard." Thankfully the foster parent realized the vet was a clueless about FeLV and the two different tests so she demanded he do the IFA test anyway. But if you decide to wait on the IFA test then since Fletch is sick I would treat him as though he had FeLV and get him on immunoreglin or something like it until he gets well. The one vet told me that a positive IFA means the virus is in his white blood cells and there's no need for further testing because once it's in his white blood cells the cat will not fight off the virus and won't put it into dormancy either. He will stay positive for FeLV. So if you do the IFA test now and it's positive then you can consider him definitely positive, according to her anyway, and not do another test later.
“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:14:56 -0500 From: marciabmar...@gmail.com To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fletch Fletch was born with microphalmia,,one of his eyes was completely covered by a membrane and the other one he had limited sight. From what I have read some of these cats will go completely blind. And I can tell from the way he is acting that he has gone blind. He Is afraid at every little move. I'm hoping he eventually gets used to it. He knows this house so well, that he knows where everything is. The reason that he is on amoxi is that when I took him to the vet he had a temp of 105. They said he has some sort of infection that we need to get under control. He said that it isnt the virus that is making fletch feel sick but the infection he has. So he told me to keep him on it for three weeks. Yesterday when I saw the other vet (at the same office) she told me he could stay on it if he needed to.. So that's where I'm at....open for suggestions. Oh, today I got my liquid b complex and started him on that. thanks guys oh I turned 59 in July(-: On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 4:01 PM, Lorrie <felineres...@frontier.com> wrote: On 08-24, Marcia Baronda wrote: > Fletch is exceptionally grouchy today. He swatted at one of the other > cats today and continually growls at me(-; I asked my vet about > retesting him and she said it's not necessary since he's already > cliically ill. I know after reading everything all of you have posted > that you don't agree. that is why I am here, for outside help from > people that have years of experience with this. I will have him > retested of course. Do you think his grouchiness is from not feeling > well, or could he have some neurological issues? I know that he has > totally lost his sight and I'm sure that is really scary to him, poor > little guy.He's om amoxicillin and they said he could stay on that > indefinitely. Do you agree? She also said we could try some > prednisone. What are you opinions?? I think being blind would be terribly frightening for him until he adjusted to it. Also being in pain and sick would make him irritable. Can he be in a quiet room by himself for awhile? Lorrie _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org -- Marcia Baronda Baronda Supplies & Service, Inc. 1550 S 2700 Rd. Herington, Kansas 67449 Phone: 785-466-2501 Cell: 785-230-6499 _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org
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