The Doxy is for suspected Hemobartonella. Glad she is doing better!

Beth

David Arthurs <arthurs.da...@gmail.com> wrote:

>The official diagnosis/condition from the pathologist is immune mediated
>hemolytic anemia/IMHA. We don't know the cause yet. We're treating for
>parasites (doxycycline)...and with prednisone to suppress the immune
>response. We'll repeat the IFA in a month.
>
>She is responding very well to treatment...the immune response to her own
>blood has diminished, gained back 1/4 pound, her CBC increased 50% and her
>new blood cell count was up 5x. We get another blood test tomorrow. She was
>still barely below the recommended CBC for transfusion...but is doing well
>despite everything.
>
>She's active though she won't play. There are a couple of times she tried
>to rough-house with her sister and gave up (it was actually funny to
>watch...after a few minutes of chase, she gave up and laid on her
>back...her sister came over and gave her a very gentle little nip on the
>butt...to which Tux let out a whine of indignation).
>
>Our vet admitted some doubt about FeLV but is sticking with it for now. I
>read online that for 60% of IMHA cases it is never determined what the
>cause was. The cats did act like they had fleas about six months ago (and
>we treated, though we never saw any fleas). Tux is also the garbage
>collector...she eats everything on the floor...so it's also possible she at
>something toxic.
>
>Thanks again everyone. I will follow up with any new findings. Dave
>
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