Rehydrate.  Soon.

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, Jennifer Ballew wrote:

> Well she is still drinking water for now, albeit not very much.  So I
> guess that's something.
>
> Jennifer
> On Oct 9, 2013 6:07 PM, "katskat1" <katsk...@gmail.com <javascript:_e({},
> 'cvml', 'katsk...@gmail.com');>> wrote:
>
>> Good info Margo.  You definitely have to hydrate and keep hydrating
>> quickly Jennifer and force feed if necessary.  Keep Amoxcillan (sp) on hand
>> at the very least but I suggest talk to your vet and buy/keep several
>> different types on hand with his/her help on determining which to start and
>> when.  Good luck.
>>
>> On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, Margo wrote:
>>
>>  Hi Jennifer,
>>
>>                 My first thought is to get her immediately on sub-q
>> fluids, and join the yahoo CRF list
>> http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Feline-CRF-Support/info .
>>
>>                  If you think about what a hangover feels like (or have
>> someone who has over-imbibed explain the feeling) then you understand how
>> dehydration makes her feel. Can you be a bit more specific about her blood
>> counts? Is she anemic? Are her white cells low? What else is out of whack?
>>
>>                   Not everything that happens to an FeLV cat is FeLV
>> related, but we do have to react faster, as they can't fight of even minor
>> illness like a non-FeLV cat can. My + cats are on Interferon and DMG,
>> probably for the duration. Anything else that pops up we treat very
>> aggressively, and I have antibiotics on hand, which I often start even
>> before we get to the Vet, with her blessing.
>>
>>                    Jennifer, it's unlikely she'll come out of it by
>> herself. Just resolving the dehydration may be key to getting her going
>> again, it can make a HUGE difference. I'd ask the Vet if it's possible that
>> she has an infection that might be causing some of this with her kidneys,
>> and if an antibiotic could be tried.
>>
>>                     I watch my positives carefully. When Gribble was
>> first diagnosed, I was sure I would lose him. He had a fever of 107, which
>> we brought down with ice and ketoprofen, and then his temp went down to 97.
>> I did not expect him to live thru the night, so sat with him and moved him
>> between bags of frozen veggies and a heating pad. He was about 2 at that
>> time, early March of last year. He was assist fed, on two antibiotics
>> (there wasn't time for a C&S) and started on Interferon ASAP. You might
>> consider Immunoregulin, we bought it, but it's still on hold in case he
>> relapses and doesn't respond to anything else. Mako also occasionally has
>> some issues, and we treat with antibiotics and/or antivirals. The truth is
>> that I don;t know if they get better because of that, or in spite of my
>> efforts.
>>
>>                      My advice would be to try to resolve the
>> dehydration, get some food into her, and request an antibiotic from the Vet
>> (I use Zenequin, but others might be more appropriate). Keep her warm and
>> quiet, and love her.
>>
>> All the best,
>>
>> Margo
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jennifer Ballew **
>> Sent: Oct 9, 2013 4:48 PM
>> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
>> Subject: [Felvtalk] Fwd: virus has finally caught up with her :-(
>>
>> Hey all-
>>
>>
>> This is the first time I have posted to the forum.  I have two FeLV
>> positive cats, one two and one three years old.  The older cat has never
>> had any issues with illness whatsoever, but the younger has only recently
>> started showing signs that her illness has caught up with her.  Just within
>> the last few days she has become very lethargic, stopped eating (and only
>> drinks a small amount) and whenever she stands or walks she seems very
>> unsteady and wobbly.  I took her to the vet yesterday; they checked her
>> blood counts which were low and said her kidney enzymes were elevated.
>> They also said they could hear a heart murmur which is probably related to
>> possibly being dehydrated.  They gave her a B12 shot and I took her home.
>> I already said if worst came to worst I wouldn't put her through any
>> unnecessary treatments or subject her to any painful procedures and that I
>> would strive only to provide the best supportive care for her while she was
>> alive so that she would have the best chances.  I'm just wondering if any
>> of you have gone through the same thing and if I can expect her to pull out
>> of this on her own, or, if she doesn't, how long she might have left.  I'm
>> sincerely heartbroken.  I really thought I had nursed her through the most
>> risky part of her illness (kittenhood) and that she would now go on to live
>> a halfway long life.  In any case, if anyone has any advice or information
>> I would greatly appreciate it.
>>
>> Thanks all,
>>
>> Jennifer
>>
>> --
>> "To love is to risk not being loved in return.
>> To hope is to risk pain.
>> To try is to risk failure,
>> But risk must be taken,
>> Because the greatest hazard in life
>> Is to risk nothing."
>> --Leo Buscag
>>
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