Amanda, have you ever heard of L form bacteria? I read about it a couple years 
ago. When I asked my vet about it he'd never heard of it. Google it if you have 

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On Feb 9, 2012, at 9:44 PM, Amanda Vollaro <> wrote:

> In  reply to both dlgegg and Beth:
> Yes, Hemobartonella in combination with his FeLV was what brought him down. 
> It became impossible to fight the problem when his spleen and liver failed 
> due to blood waste buildup. We tried and tried to get electrolytes and blood 
> sugar in balance, but every time we thought we had it, he'd level out for an 
> hour and then something dropped or spiked.
> What I understand having spoken to the vet is that a more thorough approach 
> (taking care of what might be an upper respiratory with the clavamox, which 
> was suspected also) and the hemobartonella with azithro was what the vet was 
> trying to do, before zapping him with the doxy, which they thought would be 
> too much for his already taxed little system.
> As for the 24-hour Emergency Hospital, although they have specialists coming 
> out of their ears, they failed to diagnose the same for my first case of this 
> horrible combo. As I was walking out the door after putting down "Bog", (a 
> precious little female) they asked me if I wanted more tests to see what the 
> problems with her blood were. She did not have sickle-cell, they said. They 
> described it as "irregularities, on the cell walls, some looking like they 
> had exploded, others looking fuzzy". I had to grimace when I heard that. 
> Finally, they had taken a closer look at her blood, after she had been in 
> their care for three days.
> After seeing an internist, a cardiologst, etc., they offered a transfusion, 
> as a last resort, saying: "we can try it but it'll probably kill her". So 
> that was the last choice they gave me: let her pass in peace or die while 
> getting a cath put in for a transfusion. I knew it was too late for her. If 
> they had come to a diagnosis two days earlier it would have saved her life.
> Sometimes I wonder about these specialists: they seem to be less aquainted 
> with FeLVand its complications than we are, and we're not vets.
> I am going to try to get an audience with the vet I used to go to. She's a 
> country doctor who kept my first cat alive to 22 years old. When he was 
> diagnosed with hyperthyroid she put her hands on him and said, "Oh. I know 
> what this is. No problem. I'll get you the medication right way. He'll be 
> fine."
> I said..."What? No test?" "No, no need. Unless you want an expensive 
> confirmation." I said of course not. Total for visit: $35 for the medication. 
> No emergency exam fee.
> He was right as rain in a week, and I got the pills compounded into vaseline 
> with could be administered in his ear. He lived 5 more years completely 
> symptom-free.
> Her name is Jaqueline Perkins and is the best vet on Long Island (and 
> possibly in all of NY), and she does things the old fashioned way. Problem is 
> she does mostly surgery (semi retired) and I'm going to have a devil of a 
> time trying to get to see her. But I'm going to try.
> Amanda Vollaro
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Beth" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 9:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Urgent Advice Needed
>> So sorry to hear about Kiss. Poor baby.
>> Are sure he had Hemobartonella? Doxy would have been the treament. I had a 
>> non FeLV cat who had it.
>> So sad.
>> Beth
>> wrote:
>>> If you have any question about the antibotic and cannot get a reasonable 
>>> answer from him soon, I would go for a 2nd opinion.  Do yo have a 24 hour 
>>> emergency vet near you?  I can get to one i about 1 hour and they have a 
>>> very up to date set up with ultrasound and the works.
>>> ---- Amanda Vollaro <> wrote:
>>>> I am sad to say that Kiss (FeLV + Blood parasite boy) did not make it. He 
>>>> hung on for three days and fought like the dickens but could not shake it.
>>>> What I need to know is why my vet prescribed azithromyicin and clavamox 
>>>> for the parasite when doxycycline is the only proven treatment. I cannot 
>>>> get him on the phone as he is in surgery, and I have another cat who has 
>>>> stopped eating and is lethargic. I need her to get the appropriate 
>>>> treatment quickly, she is the mother of most of our brood and is very 
>>>> special to us.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Amanda Vollaro
>>>> 516-350-0131
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