As much as I try not to overuse antibiotics, in cases of animals with
suppressed immune systems, one should be vigilant not to allow any infection
to take more hold because it may take more antibiotics in the long run.  If
gums are inflamed, first sign of anything more serious, and if the vet
believes that it could lead to pneumonia, I would use the doxycylines. For
the record, I am all for using alternatives as much as possible, but dealing
with FIV/FeLV positive cats, it's more difficult than with healthy cats.


[] On Behalf Of czadna sacarawicz
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2012 3:02 PM
To: feline leukemia list
Cc: Karin Jennings; Deborah Abendroth;
Subject: [Felvtalk] took Yahmuna (FIV+) to vet yesterday to get vaccinated
for feline leukemia


why be difficult when with a little extra effort you can be impossible.
took Yahmuna to vet yesterday with intent to get vaccinated.  she had been
sneezing during week. gums were inflamed as before.  no drooling.  she
sounded wet.  no discharge from eyes or nose. vet noted no temperature.  vet
listened to lungs.  I pointed out her teeth.  he said she needed to go on
antibiotics - - her lungs - - her teeth - - could go into pneumonia.  I
reminded him that two weeks ago he said no antibiotics - - only treat when
symptomatic.  I said I wanted to wait.  he said why would I wait?  I said
antibiotics have not generally been helpful for her.  I came home with
doxycyline which 30 hours later I have not started.  
in fairness to him.  was hint of greenish mucus at nostrils this morning.  a
tissue applied only came away wet.  she sneezed and there was greenish mucus
which landed on the sink.  last night her breathing sounded somewhat
high-pitched.  not today.
I did not say I was not going to do anything.  have been giving more vitamin
C. started the PetzLife oral gel.  continuing chicken broth and humidity of
shower and humdifier.  did a 20 minutes of car therapy (carrier in car - -
curved car windows capture heat).  I have almost drowned on drive to airport
from my own sinus drainage.   
your comments?  thank you.



Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:39:30 -0800

I had a cat like that - Sounded like upper resp because of scar tissue. She
had been a street cat for many many years & vet said it was due to not being
treated for URI's. They said they could do surgery & clear out the scar
tissue, but it might come back, so I opted not to do it. She always sounded
like she had a URI, but she didn't.




From: czadna sacarawicz
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 5:47 PM

re:  Yahmuna:  FIV + I first wrote you about Jan. 2010. She came to my NC
patio on Thanksgiving with goopy eyes very, very unwell.  Went into rescue
in 7.2011.  they finally had her on every 3 days oral azithromycin and
azythromycin nasal drops.  She had chronic respiratory issues there.  air
quality seemed good.  I took her to vet this past Saturday when I brought
her home forever.  Vet's thinking was so much scar tissue/inflammation that
she will always be loud breather.  He said to discontinue treatment and
treat her when she becomes symptomatic.   I DID NOTICE THAT HER BREATHING
SEEMED BETTER AT VET's OFFICE.  no carpet. Her breathing is loud;  This
morning there was a wee bit of clear moisture draining from one eye.  I have
humidifier going continually/ she comes for showers.  is sequestered in same
bedroom where she was from 11.2010 - 7.2011.    THANK YOU!!!   cz.   


Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:44:18 -0800

Chronic upper respiratory or chronic allergies? My FIV cat got bad
congestion every 6 months when the weather changed & I started the furnace
or air conditioning. He was vaccinated for FeLV & lived fine mixing with my
FeLV cats for 10 years. He was vaccinated for FeLV every 6 months when there
were FeLV's in the house & he never got the FeLV. If it is actually upper
respiratory with a fever, etc, then you don't vaccinate for anything,

If you are worried about  about fighting & transferring the FIV, you can
have the FIV cat's canines filed down to prevent deep bite wounds & minimize
chance of passing the FIV.






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