I’m grateful to have found a compassionate, and very knowledgeable vet. When we 
move, I’m still going to use her. Good vets are hard to find.

From: GRAS 
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2012 8:19 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Why Are You Keeping This Cat Alive?

My vet actually treats those cats in a “special” way, knowing that their immune 
systems are compromised..

 

From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of 
molvey...@hotmail.com
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2012 8:57 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Why Are You Keeping This Cat Alive?

 

Yep, I've run into vets like that too and it pisses me off.  In a nice way I 
let them know that I want the cat treated as though he didn't have a disease. 
In several cases I just haven't ever gone back to those vets.  Or I'll go back 
to throw it in their face that a simple round of Clavamox took care of the 
situation and the cat is fine.  Some of them just haven't had enough experience 
to know that FIV and FeLV doesn't always make a simple illness worse and I want 
them to know and see it for themselves so they don't tell their next client to 
put the cat down just because he's got FIV or FeLV.

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----- Reply message -----
From: "Lee Evans" <moonsiste...@yahoo.com>
To: "felvtalk" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Subject: [Felvtalk] Why Are You Keeping This Cat Alive?
Date: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 7:00 am

 

One of the strangest problems I face with my FeLv+ and FIV+ cats is going to 
the vet for a simple health issue.  I bring in a fat, sleek cat with a URI and 
the vet asks me, in the course of treatment "Is this one of  your FeLv+ or FIV+ 
cats?"  Well, I have to say yes because we are at the doctor's office and it's 
not good to hide medical facts from your cat's doctor, right?  And most of the 
time, even though the vet knows my opinion on cats who have these two 
disorders, the cat is viewed as different from another cat with a URI or 
diarrhea, or whatever simple issue the cat is going through and several times I 
have gotten a lecture of the This Is The Beginning Of The End type along with 
the antibiotic shot or whatever the protocol was for the actual issue.  I find 
this annoying and frightening because I feel that my special needs cats are 
being treated as hopeless and perhaps are being given less appropriate 
treatment than my regular cats.  Has anyone noticed this problem with their 
feline health care provider?  There is one vet who I used for 15 years until I 
moved 50 miles away that never did this and never made me feel that I was 
selfishly keeping a sick cat alive.  I would bring in my FIV+ and FeLv+ kits 
and he would treat them the same way he would treat the others.  Even when I 
would tell him that Wally or Sugar or whoever, was FIV+ or Taco was FeLv+ he 
would say, "Yes, I know.  I did the test, remember? But this is just an upper 
respiratory infection." and that would be it.  Shot given, pills prescribed, 
bill paid.  I wish all vets were like that.

 

 

Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty neighbors 
too!



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