I hope you got some good news today. However, as you know, my experience is
that the Winstrol needs to be used long term before the red cells are back into
the normal range. I continue to recommend use of the Doxycyline to interfere
with viral RNA synthesis. The Winstrol does not attack the virus, though I
believe it makes the cat stronger overall and able to fight back. But at the
outset of the treatment regime, I believe you must have the Doxycycline on
board to try and reduce the viral load, or at least, keep it from rising.
From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Sherri
Sent: September-15-16 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] My baby recently diagnosed with FeLV
I had commented a couple of times on your Facebook posts on the Felv+ Owners
How has your cat been feeling since the transfusion? Has he been able to
sustain any energy, appetite and such after his transfusion?
I am glad you found this board. I was given very good info here after Bogey was
diagnosed. Her IFA was positive and so her bone marrow is affected. Her RBC was
13 when I took her in. She had stopped playing, eating and was sleeping all the
time. After being on the Prednisone her appetite rebounded. They also put her
on an antibiotic that we have since stopped at the vets urging and added
Stanzolol 2mg once a day. She goes back in tomorrow to see if her counts are
better and I think they will be. Her gums are more pink, playing some and
eating good. I am certain though that she is still quite anemic. We just need
to show improvement with this treatment. I find myself saying all day today
"Please be higher".
My point being they can rebound from the anemia. I don't know for how long but
I am going to give my cat the best chance at life that I can as I am sure you
will and everyone else on this board does. Some cats can live a long time with
FELV and some just cannot. I wish us all the best of luck.
on behalf of Liz McCarty <emccart...@gmail.com<mailto:emccart...@gmail.com>>
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 1:39 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] My baby recently diagnosed with FeLV
Looking for support, suggestions, and information. I've never had a cat with
FeLV. We took our 1 year old, Hodor, to the vet because he seemed lethargic and
in his stool there was a piece of floss that was red. At the vet things
escalated and they told us he was severely anemic and would need a transfusion
that day. I took off work and rushed him to a specialist. The vet there told us
she would run an FeLV test before doing anything in case we wanted to avoid the
extra tests and procedures. She told us he was FeLV positive and persistently
talked to me and my fiance about euthanizing him which was out of the question
for us. I took him to the vet thinking it was going to be minor and then she's
talking to me about killing him! We went forward with the blood transfusion.
It's been almost 3 weeks now. They had him on doxycycline in case there was a
bacterial cause, and prednisone. Last week he started interferon... Does anyone
have experience with that and know if it was effective? I also started him on
Pet Tinic. Any other suggestions? Any insight into whether you think he will
be able to pull through? He doesn't have cancer, they ran the tests but don't
know if it's in the bone marrow. I'm scared. We have another one year old,
unrelated, and they are best friends. It breaks my heart to think they might be
separated. She's not FeLV positive.
Additionally I have set up a go fund me to help with the costs we incurred, and
I want to donate half to FeLV research if anyone is interested.
Mainly looking for support and advice. Thank you in advance.
Elizabeth McCarty, ASW #36438
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