I have had a couple of cats who were suspected of having Bartonella but the vet 
gave them doxycycline. It seemed to have cleared up the Bartonella.  I 
currently have one cat with stomatitis, not an FIV cat and another negative cat 
who seems to be getting stomatitis.  Romeo, who has it,  is on a steroid shot 
whenever I see that it's getting too serious.  He also got the long acting 
antibiotic convenia.  It really seemed to help him.  I wish some researcher who 
cares about cats did serious studies of what is causing stomatitis.  It is so 
painful for the cats and expensive to keep under control.

 From: Kat Parker <korruptaki...@gmail.com>
To: Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Sent: Friday, April 6, 2012 3:06 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Stomatitis/Bartonaella link and treatment

This was sent to me in email from a rescuer I know and work with. I have an 
FIV cat I rescued from a drainpipe who now lives with another friend of 
mine, John, and is very sick with stomatitis.   Don't know if this will help 
anyone, but it's good to pass along since FIV+ and FeLV+ cats have problems 
with stomatitis:

Last year one of our vets found literature tying Stomatitis to
Bartonella.  In fact, on the results for Bartonella now there is a
sentence saying that they have now found a connection between
Bartonella and Stomatitis in cats.  A lot of cats carry Bartonella
(also tied into heart issues which a lot of people do not realize)!
So I highly recommend checking for Bartonella before removing his/her
teeth.  The treatment is just a
 round of Azithromycin.  Since
discovering this connection we have had several cats with stomatitis
test positive for Bartonella and all cleared after a round of Zithro.
I found a few links and pasted below.

"An association has been established between Feline Stomatitis and a
specific bacterial organism called Bartonella. In a large study 70% of
cats with severe gingivitis/ stomatitis syndrome tested positive for
this organism. Antibiotics in routine veterinary use have no effect on
Bartonella organisms but there is an antibiotic called azithromycin
that is effective. We are now recommending that all cats with symptoms
of stomatitis or severe gingivitis should be tested and those that are
strongly positive be treated. In the same large study, more than
responded favorably to treatment. Bartonella is unlikely to be a
causative organism but one that contributes to the problem. Some cats
do not test positive and some that are positive do not improve, but
the link to Bartonella is promising and most cats that we have treated
have improved substantially."

Love and Katnip,               
              ~Kat~    =^,,^=

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