[Felvtalk] One eye won't dilate

2009-04-15 Thread Giselle de Grandis
This morning I noticed something strange about one of Pixie's eyes --
it won't dilate in response to light like the other eye and the pupil
stays the size of a fat grain of rice. She's four years old.

Does anyone know why this is happening? Does she need to see the vet?
My Google searches on this topic yield some scary results.

Thanks for your help.

Giselle

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Re: [Felvtalk] One eye won't dilate

2009-04-15 Thread Karen Griffith

Giselle,

You should probably take her in for an exam.  This could be caused by a head 
injury from a fall, etc. (i.e.,what could have caused the head trauma or 
imbalance to cause such a bump), slight stroke, etc., all of which needs to 
have your vet take a quick look.  Is she on any meds that could initiate 
such a response?  (Very few meds will cause such a reaction.)


Hope all turns out O.K.

Karen Griffith

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Subject: [Felvtalk] One eye won't dilate



This morning I noticed something strange about one of Pixie's eyes --
it won't dilate in response to light like the other eye and the pupil
stays the size of a fat grain of rice. She's four years old.

Does anyone know why this is happening? Does she need to see the vet?
My Google searches on this topic yield some scary results.

Thanks for your help.

Giselle

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Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?

2009-04-15 Thread Lewis Faye
One of my cats got feline heartworm.  This was five years ago.  My cat is on 
Revolution all year now.  The cat was ill for weeks. Heartworm is more 
difficult and less successful to treat than in dogs. My vet called a bunch of 
universities and got some kind of experimental cocktail that he had a local 
pharmacist put together.   My cat pulled through.  He was ill nearly 3 months 
and then seriously underweight for a year (but still felt good) and on the thin 
side for the next 4 years.  He eventually gained a normal amount of weight.  
Due to the heroic efforts of my vet and a good bit of money, he pulled 
through.  

If you live in an area with lots of mosquitoes, you might want to seriously 
think abou this.

--- On Thu, 4/9/09, Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com wrote:

From: Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com
Subject: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009, 12:41 PM

Dear all,
Just received this from my vet's clinic. My first instinct is no, but I 
would welcome your thoughts on the necessity for all-year-round Revolution? 
Thanks!
Kerry M.
 
Feline Heartworm Update:
   
 
 
 
Dear Pet Owner, 
   April 2009
 
A new study from Auburn University has indicated that heartworm disease in cats 
is a far bigger issue than previously thought.  Cats can get heartworm 
infection through the simple bite of an infected mosquito.  Studies have shown: 
Indoor cats are just as susceptible to infection when mosquitoes enter our home.
 
Once bitten, immature heartworms are transmitted and the heartworm lifecycle 
begins.  The larval worms then start their journey through the body, ultimately 
affecting the heart, blood vessels and lungs.
 
A cat's body is designed to respond and kill foreign invaders, including 
heartworm larvae before they develop into adults.  As the cat's body responds, 
the intense inflammatory reaction causes severe damage to the lung tissue. This 
disease state is clinically recognized as Heartworm Associated Respiratory 
Disease or H.A.R.D.  Once this damage to the lung tissue occurs, it is not 
reversible and there is no treatment to remove the adult heartworms from a cat.
 
With this new information we are now recommending ALL CATS be put on Revolution 
year round.  Revolution is a broad spectrum parasiticide that in addition to 
preventing heartworm also prevents intestinal parasites, ear mites and fleas.
 
Please contact us if you would like to discuss prevention for your cat.  
 
Sincerely,
 
The Doctors and Staff at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital  


      
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Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?

2009-04-15 Thread Lewis Faye
One of my cats got feline heartworm.  This was five years ago.  My cat
is on Revolution all year now.  The cat was ill for weeks. Heartworm is
more difficult and less successful to treat than in dogs. My vet called
a bunch of universities and got some kind of experimental cocktail that
he had a local pharmacist put together.   My cat pulled through.  He
was ill nearly 3 months and then seriously underweight for a year (but
still felt good) and on the thin side for the next 4 years.  He
eventually gained a normal amount of weight.  Due to the heroic efforts
of my vet and a good bit of money, he pulled through.  



If you live in an area with lots of mosquitoes, you might want to seriously 
think abou this.

--- On Thu, 4/9/09, Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com wrote:

From: Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com
Subject: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009, 12:41 PM

Dear all,
Just received this from my vet's clinic. My first instinct is no, but I 
would welcome your thoughts on the necessity for all-year-round Revolution? 
Thanks!
Kerry M.
 
Feline Heartworm Update:
   
 
 
 
Dear Pet Owner, 
   April 2009
 
A new study from Auburn University has indicated that heartworm disease in cats 
is a far bigger issue than previously thought.  Cats can get heartworm 
infection through the simple bite of an infected mosquito.  Studies have shown: 
Indoor cats are just as susceptible to infection when mosquitoes enter our home.
 
Once bitten, immature heartworms are transmitted and the heartworm lifecycle 
begins.  The larval worms then start their journey through the body, ultimately 
affecting the heart, blood vessels and lungs.
 
A cat's body is designed to respond and kill foreign invaders, including 
heartworm larvae before they develop into adults.  As the cat's body responds, 
the intense inflammatory reaction causes severe damage to the lung tissue. This 
disease state is clinically recognized as Heartworm Associated Respiratory 
Disease or H.A.R.D.  Once this damage to the lung tissue occurs, it is not 
reversible and there is no treatment to remove the adult heartworms from a cat.
 
With this new information we are now recommending ALL CATS be put on Revolution 
year round.  Revolution is a broad spectrum parasiticide that in addition to 
preventing heartworm also prevents intestinal parasites, ear mites and fleas.
 
Please contact us if you would like to discuss prevention for your cat.  
 
Sincerely,
 
The Doctors and Staff at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital  


      
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Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?

2009-04-15 Thread Lewis Faye
I also want to add, my cat was entirely an indoor cat.

--- On Wed, 4/15/09, Lewis Faye dcp...@yahoo.com wrote:

From: Lewis Faye dcp...@yahoo.com
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 9:02 AM

One of my cats got feline heartworm.  This was five years ago.  My cat is on 
Revolution all year now.  The cat was ill for weeks. Heartworm is more 
difficult and less successful to treat than in dogs. My vet called a bunch of 
universities and got some kind of experimental cocktail that he had a local 
pharmacist put together.   My cat pulled through.  He was ill nearly 3 months 
and then seriously underweight for a year (but still felt good) and on the thin 
side for the next 4 years.  He eventually gained a normal amount of weight.  
Due to the heroic efforts of my vet and a good bit of money, he pulled 
through.  

If you live in an area with lots of mosquitoes, you might want to seriously 
think abou this.

--- On Thu, 4/9/09, Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com wrote:

From: Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com
Subject: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009, 12:41 PM

Dear all,
Just received this from my vet's clinic. My first instinct is no, but I 
would welcome your thoughts on the necessity for all-year-round Revolution? 
Thanks!
Kerry M.
 
Feline Heartworm Update:
   
 
 
 
Dear Pet Owner, 
   April 2009
 
A new study from Auburn University has indicated that heartworm disease in cats 
is a far bigger issue than previously thought.  Cats can get heartworm 
infection through the simple bite of an infected mosquito.  Studies have shown: 
Indoor cats are just as susceptible to infection when mosquitoes enter our home.
 
Once bitten, immature heartworms are transmitted and the heartworm lifecycle 
begins.  The larval worms then start their journey through the body, ultimately 
affecting the heart, blood vessels and lungs.
 
A cat's body is designed to respond and kill foreign invaders, including 
heartworm larvae before they develop into adults.  As the cat's body responds, 
the intense inflammatory reaction causes severe damage to the lung tissue. This 
disease state is clinically recognized as Heartworm Associated Respiratory 
Disease or H.A.R.D.  Once this damage to the lung tissue occurs, it is not 
reversible and there is no treatment to remove the adult heartworms from a cat.
 
With this new information we are now recommending ALL CATS be put on Revolution 
year round.  Revolution is a broad spectrum parasiticide that in addition to 
preventing heartworm also prevents intestinal parasites, ear mites and fleas.
 
Please contact us if you would like to discuss prevention for your cat.  
 
Sincerely,
 
The Doctors and Staff at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital  


      
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Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?

2009-04-15 Thread Chris
Technically, if you live in an area in which dogs have to take HW prev meds,
cats should be getting those too.

Do you have any details on this cocktail your vet put together?  There is no
treatment approved yet though I know there are various schools trying to
find something.  I would be interested in knowing about one that seems to
have worked...  

Christiane Biagi
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Volunteer-St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter
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-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lewis Faye
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 9:03 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?

One of my cats got feline heartworm.  This was five years ago.  My cat is on
Revolution all year now.  The cat was ill for weeks. Heartworm is more
difficult and less successful to treat than in dogs. My vet called a bunch
of universities and got some kind of experimental cocktail that he had a
local pharmacist put together.   My cat pulled through.  He was ill nearly 3
months and then seriously underweight for a year (but still felt good) and
on the thin side for the next 4 years.  He eventually gained a normal amount
of weight.  Due to the heroic efforts of my vet and a good bit of money, he
pulled through.  

If you live in an area with lots of mosquitoes, you might want to seriously
think abou this.

--- On Thu, 4/9/09, Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com wrote:

From: Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com
Subject: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009, 12:41 PM

Dear all,
Just received this from my vet's clinic. My first instinct is no, but I
would welcome your thoughts on the necessity for all-year-round
Revolution? 
Thanks!
Kerry M.
 
Feline Heartworm Update:
   
 

  
Dear Pet Owner,

   April 2009
 
A new study from Auburn University has indicated that heartworm disease in
cats is a far bigger issue than previously thought.  Cats can get heartworm
infection through the simple bite of an infected mosquito.  Studies have
shown: Indoor cats are just as susceptible to infection when mosquitoes
enter our home.
 
Once bitten, immature heartworms are transmitted and the heartworm lifecycle
begins.  The larval worms then start their journey through the body,
ultimately affecting the heart, blood vessels and lungs.
 
A cat's body is designed to respond and kill foreign invaders, including
heartworm larvae before they develop into adults.  As the cat's body
responds, the intense inflammatory reaction causes severe damage to the lung
tissue. This disease state is clinically recognized as Heartworm Associated
Respiratory Disease or H.A.R.D.  Once this damage to the lung tissue occurs,
it is not reversible and there is no treatment to remove the adult
heartworms from a cat.
 
With this new information we are now recommending ALL CATS be put on
Revolution year round.  Revolution is a broad spectrum parasiticide that in
addition to preventing heartworm also prevents intestinal parasites, ear
mites and fleas.
 
Please contact us if you would like to discuss prevention for your cat.  
 
Sincerely,
 
The Doctors and Staff at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital  


      
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Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?

2009-04-15 Thread Chris
That's really scary!  

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ti...@mindspring.com 
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-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lewis Faye
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 9:09 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?

I also want to add, my cat was entirely an indoor cat.

--- On Wed, 4/15/09, Lewis Faye dcp...@yahoo.com wrote:

From: Lewis Faye dcp...@yahoo.com
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 9:02 AM

One of my cats got feline heartworm.  This was five years ago.  My cat is on
Revolution all year now.  The cat was ill for weeks. Heartworm is more
difficult and less successful to treat than in dogs. My vet called a bunch
of universities and got some kind of experimental cocktail that he had a
local pharmacist put together.   My cat pulled through.  He was ill nearly 3
months and then seriously underweight for a year (but still felt good) and
on the thin side for the next 4 years.  He eventually gained a normal amount
of weight.  Due to the heroic efforts of my vet and a good bit of money, he
pulled through.  

If you live in an area with lots of mosquitoes, you might want to seriously
think abou this.

--- On Thu, 4/9/09, Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com wrote:

From: Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com
Subject: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009, 12:41 PM

Dear all,
Just received this from my vet's clinic. My first instinct is no, but I
would welcome your thoughts on the necessity for all-year-round
Revolution? 
Thanks!
Kerry M.
 
Feline Heartworm Update:
   
 

  
Dear Pet Owner,

   April 2009
 
A new study from Auburn University has indicated that heartworm disease in
cats is a far bigger issue than previously thought.  Cats can get heartworm
infection through the simple bite of an infected mosquito.  Studies have
shown: Indoor cats are just as susceptible to infection when mosquitoes
enter our home.
 
Once bitten, immature heartworms are transmitted and the heartworm lifecycle
begins.  The larval worms then start their journey through the body,
ultimately affecting the heart, blood vessels and lungs.
 
A cat's body is designed to respond and kill foreign invaders, including
heartworm larvae before they develop into adults.  As the cat's body
responds, the intense inflammatory reaction causes severe damage to the lung
tissue. This disease state is clinically recognized as Heartworm Associated
Respiratory Disease or H.A.R.D.  Once this damage to the lung tissue occurs,
it is not reversible and there is no treatment to remove the adult
heartworms from a cat.
 
With this new information we are now recommending ALL CATS be put on
Revolution year round.  Revolution is a broad spectrum parasiticide that in
addition to preventing heartworm also prevents intestinal parasites, ear
mites and fleas.
 
Please contact us if you would like to discuss prevention for your cat.  
 
Sincerely,
 
The Doctors and Staff at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital  


      
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[Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

2009-04-15 Thread Kerry MacKenzie
Dear all, would welcome your input very much--any ideas you may have on what's 
wrong with Petey.
Background: My FeLV foster kitten Daisy recently went to her (lovely) new 
forever home. Her companion, also positive, is Petey.. He's 7, and he's the 
sweetest cat you ever met. He welcomed Daisy (I've seen them together a few 
times) and they get on great. 
~~I just heard the bad news from Lisa (one of Daisy's original rescuers) that 
Petey is sick. 
He has *stopped eating*, and it's obvious the emergency vet didn't find the 
problem. 
See Lisa's 2 emails below outlining symptoms and xray results---wd very much 
appreciate your thoughts/opinions as to what might be at the root of Petey's 
lack of appetite, drooling and hard breathing. I'll pass them asap to Lea 
(Petey's mom) and Lisa. 
many thanks---Kerry M.

(1st email) Subject: Petey 

Please send good thoughts to Petey today…Lea called last night at 9PM to ask 
for my advice because he didn’t seem well; his appetite had been bad since 
Monday and he was drooling and breathing hard.  I told her to head to CVES 
right away.  She called about 10:30 to let me know they were going to take some 
X-rays and keep him overnight for observation, then off to Family Pet this 
morning.  Let’s all cross our fingers that it’s nothing serious…


(2nd email) Subject: Petey update

I just talked to Lea.  The x-rays last night did not show any problems; heart
looked normal, lungs looked normal, kidneys, liver, bowel, etc., all
fine.  His heart and lungs sounded fine.  The vet said his gums were
pale but obviously they didn't have any of his previous records to
compare with so they are not sure if the gums are paler than they
normally are.

She ended up taking him back home with her versus leaving him there and
they are going in to Family Pet at 11AM this morning.  He slept with her
last night, soundly, but again this morning did not want any food.

I will send another update as soon as I hear more...


  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

2009-04-15 Thread Southernes
HAS anyone done a CBC?  I'm wondering if his red blood cell count is down, 
which might account for the shortness of breath since they carry oxygen.  
Pale gums can be a sign of low red blood cells.

I'm not a vet, I've just got a dog with low red and white cells from a tick 
borne disease.

Sidney


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Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

2009-04-15 Thread Kerry MacKenzie
thanks Sidney, good point---I imagine the emergency clinic wd have had to wait 
for bloodwork results and so presumably the regular vet will do that this 
morning. Will ask abt CBC and see what it says.




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Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 9:40:46 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

HAS anyone done a CBC?  I'm wondering if his red blood cell count is down, 
which might account for the shortness of breath since they carry oxygen.  
Pale gums can be a sign of low red blood cells.

I'm not a vet, I've just got a dog with low red and white cells from a tick 
borne disease.

Sidney


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Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

2009-04-15 Thread Chris
My Tucson (pos) has had a couple of episodes where she wouldn't eat.  Since 
she's a hefty 18 lbs and LOVEs her food, that was a signal to me, as were the 
pale gums and lethargy.  Vet did blood work and found very low White Blood 
Count.  He gave  her a series of immune-regulin and the wbc bounced back up 
each time.  In the meantime, I was emptying out my refrigerator finding 
anything at all that she would eat-ham, cheese, tuna fish, tuna water, baby 
food--I didn't worry about the nutritional value---just wanted to get some food 
and fluids into her.  

Christiane Biagi
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ti...@mindspring.com 
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-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org 
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Kerry MacKenzie
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 10:31 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

Dear all, would welcome your input very much--any ideas you may have on what's 
wrong with Petey.
Background: My FeLV foster kitten Daisy recently went to her (lovely) new 
forever home. Her companion, also positive, is Petey.. He's 7, and he's the 
sweetest cat you ever met. He welcomed Daisy (I've seen them together a few 
times) and they get on great. 
~~I just heard the bad news from Lisa (one of Daisy's original rescuers) that 
Petey is sick. 
He has *stopped eating*, and it's obvious the emergency vet didn't find the 
problem. 
See Lisa's 2 emails below outlining symptoms and xray results---wd very much 
appreciate your thoughts/opinions as to what might be at the root of Petey's 
lack of appetite, drooling and hard breathing. I'll pass them asap to Lea 
(Petey's mom) and Lisa. 
many thanks---Kerry M.

(1st email) Subject: Petey 

Please send good thoughts to Petey today�Lea called last night at 9PM to ask 
for my advice because he didn�t seem well; his appetite had been bad since 
Monday and he was drooling and breathing hard.  I told her to head to CVES 
right away.  She called about 10:30 to let me know they were going to take some 
X-rays and keep him overnight for observation, then off to Family Pet this 
morning.  Let�s all cross our fingers that it�s nothing serious�


(2nd email) Subject: Petey update

I just talked to Lea.  The x-rays last night did not show any problems; heart
looked normal, lungs looked normal, kidneys, liver, bowel, etc., all
fine.  His heart and lungs sounded fine.  The vet said his gums were
pale but obviously they didn't have any of his previous records to
compare with so they are not sure if the gums are paler than they
normally are.

She ended up taking him back home with her versus leaving him there and
they are going in to Family Pet at 11AM this morning.  He slept with her
last night, soundly, but again this morning did not want any food.

I will send another update as soon as I hear more...


  
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Re: [Felvtalk] One eye won't dilate

2009-04-15 Thread Gloria B. Lane
I've noticed this before in certain Felv or FIV cats, on occasion,  
without there being any physical trauma causing it.  Don't know why,  
if it means something neurological going on or what.


Gloria


On Apr 15, 2009, at 3:06 AM, Giselle de Grandis wrote:


This morning I noticed something strange about one of Pixie's eyes --
it won't dilate in response to light like the other eye and the pupil
stays the size of a fat grain of rice. She's four years old.

Does anyone know why this is happening? Does she need to see the vet?
My Google searches on this topic yield some scary results.

Thanks for your help.

Giselle

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Re: [Felvtalk] Felvtalk Digest, Vol 10, Issue 16

2009-04-15 Thread Giselle de Grandis
Karen, thanks for your reply. I'm not aware of any head injury but
that doesn't mean it couldn't have happened when I wasn't around.
Pixie is a little monkey and we have very steep stairs. The prospect
of a head injury or a slight stroke causing the unresponsive pupil is
upsetting but needs to be dealt with, I guess. I wonder what my vet
can/should/will do for her since the general approach to medicine
(human and animal) in the Netherlands, where I live, is wait and
see. She's not on any meds and eats a tiny cube of tuna for cats
mixed with L-lysine and a drop of fish oil each morning. She grazes on
grain-free dry food for the rest of the day.

Giselle



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 Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 07:24:41 -0400
 From: Karen Griffith griff...@frognet.net
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 Giselle,

 You should probably take her in for an exam.  This could be caused by a head
 injury from a fall, etc. (i.e.,what could have caused the head trauma or
 imbalance to cause such a bump), slight stroke, etc., all of which needs to
 have your vet take a quick look.  Is she on any meds that could initiate
 such a response?  (Very few meds will cause such a reaction.)

 Hope all turns out O.K.

 Karen Griffith

 - Original Message -
 From: Giselle de Grandis giselle.degran...@gmail.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 4:06 AM
 Subject: [Felvtalk] One eye won't dilate


 This morning I noticed something strange about one of Pixie's eyes --
 it won't dilate in response to light like the other eye and the pupil
 stays the size of a fat grain of rice. She's four years old.

 Does anyone know why this is happening? Does she need to see the vet?
 My Google searches on this topic yield some scary results.

 Thanks for your help.

 Giselle

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Re: [Felvtalk] One eye won't dilate

2009-04-15 Thread Giselle de Grandis
Karen, thanks for your reply. I'm not aware of any head injury but
that doesn't mean it couldn't have happened when I wasn't around.
Pixie is a little monkey and we have very steep stairs. The prospect
of a head injury or a slight stroke causing the unresponsive pupil is
upsetting but needs to be dealt with, I guess. I wonder what my vet
can/should/will do for her since the general approach to medicine
(human and animal) in the Netherlands, where I live, is wait and
see. She's not on any meds and eats a tiny cube of tuna for cats
mixed with L-lysine and a drop of fish oil each morning. She grazes on
grain-free dry food for the rest of the day.

Giselle



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 Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 07:24:41 -0400
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 Giselle,

 You should probably take her in for an exam.  This could be caused by a head
 injury from a fall, etc. (i.e.,what could have caused the head trauma or
 imbalance to cause such a bump), slight stroke, etc., all of which needs to
 have your vet take a quick look.  Is she on any meds that could initiate
 such a response?  (Very few meds will cause such a reaction.)

 Hope all turns out O.K.

 Karen Griffith

 - Original Message -
 From: Giselle de Grandis giselle.degran...@gmail.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 4:06 AM
 Subject: [Felvtalk] One eye won't dilate


 This morning I noticed something strange about one of Pixie's eyes --
 it won't dilate in response to light like the other eye and the pupil
 stays the size of a fat grain of rice. She's four years old.

 Does anyone know why this is happening? Does she need to see the vet?
 My Google searches on this topic yield some scary results.

 Thanks for your help.

 Giselle

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Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

2009-04-15 Thread Laurieskatz
The ER vet missed congestive heart failure signs on Keisha's chest xrays. She 
was breathing hard, did not want to eat. She was not FeLV+ but this sounds 
similar. Encourage her to join Feline Assisted Feeding yahoo group (FAF)..Petey 
will go into liver failure if she doesn't get him eating. When my asthmatic cat 
would not eat, the vet said, given a choice between eating and breathing, the 
kitty would pick breathing. I am guessing the not eating is secondary to the 
breathing issues. Urgent situation imo.
Laurie

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Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 9:46 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

My Tucson (pos) has had a couple of episodes where she wouldn't eat.  Since 
she's a hefty 18 lbs and LOVEs her food, that was a signal to me, as were the 
pale gums and lethargy.  Vet did blood work and found very low White Blood 
Count.  He gave  her a series of immune-regulin and the wbc bounced back up 
each time.  In the meantime, I was emptying out my refrigerator finding 
anything at all that she would eat-ham, cheese, tuna fish, tuna water, baby 
food--I didn't worry about the nutritional value---just wanted to get some food 
and fluids into her.  

Christiane Biagi
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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Kerry MacKenzie
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 10:31 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

Dear all, would welcome your input very much--any ideas you may have on what's 
wrong with Petey.
Background: My FeLV foster kitten Daisy recently went to her (lovely) new 
forever home. Her companion, also positive, is Petey.. He's 7, and he's the 
sweetest cat you ever met. He welcomed Daisy (I've seen them together a few 
times) and they get on great. 
~~I just heard the bad news from Lisa (one of Daisy's original rescuers) that 
Petey is sick. 
He has *stopped eating*, and it's obvious the emergency vet didn't find the 
problem. 
See Lisa's 2 emails below outlining symptoms and xray results---wd very much 
appreciate your thoughts/opinions as to what might be at the root of Petey's 
lack of appetite, drooling and hard breathing. I'll pass them asap to Lea 
(Petey's mom) and Lisa. 
many thanks---Kerry M.

(1st email) Subject: Petey 

Please send good thoughts to Petey today�Lea called last night at 9PM to ask 
for my advice because he didn�t seem well; his appetite had been bad since 
Monday and he was drooling and breathing hard.  I told her to head to CVES 
right away.  She called about 10:30 to let me know they were going to take some 
X-rays and keep him overnight for observation, then off to Family Pet this 
morning.  Let�s all cross our fingers that it�s nothing serious�


(2nd email) Subject: Petey update

I just talked to Lea.  The x-rays last night did not show any problems; heart
looked normal, lungs looked normal, kidneys, liver, bowel, etc., all
fine.  His heart and lungs sounded fine.  The vet said his gums were
pale but obviously they didn't have any of his previous records to
compare with so they are not sure if the gums are paler than they
normally are.

She ended up taking him back home with her versus leaving him there and
they are going in to Family Pet at 11AM this morning.  He slept with her
last night, soundly, but again this morning did not want any food.

I will send another update as soon as I hear more...


  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

2009-04-15 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi Kerry,
  What's his HCT, anemia will cause these types of symptoms.

--

Belinda
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Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

2009-04-15 Thread Kerry MacKenzie
Thanks Belinda.

I just received the latest on Petey, see below. Will keep you all posted.

Kerry


Petey is at Family Pet – they’ll do a full blood work-up and probably give him 
some fluids.  The Dr. didn’t seem too optimistic.  She thinks his heart murmur 
is recent – the emergency vet last night heard it and I told him I thought he’d 
always had that, but the FP vet didn’t have that in any of her notes from her 
previous times with him.  She also thinks his gums are too pale, even for a 
FeLeuk cat.  She looked at his x-rays and thought his small intestine looked 
abnormal and will have other vets give their opinion.
 
She has a few preliminary ideas  - anemia, which could also have something to 
do with his heart murmur; a gastro-intestinal issue; or, worst case scenario, 
lymphoma – and I think she mentionedstomach cancer.  Hopefully they will be 
able to rule out or find out more with the blood work.  I’m hoping to hear from 
her within the hour to discuss the results and our options.  She didn’t sound 
very optimistic about any of it.  She thought he was quite sick and was very 
concerned about his heavy breathing during his visit.
 
Will let you know what I find out..




From: Belinda Sauro ma...@bemikitties.com
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:23:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

   Hi Kerry,
  What's his HCT, anemia will cause these types of symptoms.

-- 
Belinda
happiness is being owned by cats ...

http://bemikitties.com

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Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing

2009-04-15 Thread mdurante


Hi, 



Before I even read your last e-mail I was going to suggest an abdominal 
ultrasound to look for lymphoma. One of our cats had lymphoma and it was 
mis-diagnosed by 4 vets. She ended up having chemotherapy and did really well 
for 7 years. She eventually died due to a mass in her esophagus, which showed 
up suddenly. Her symptoms were not eating and heaving breathing. Unfortunately, 
the mass was inoperable. She was at least 18 years old at this point though. 






Michele 

www.veggienumnums.com 







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From: Kerry MacKenzie kerrymacken...@ymail.com 
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 10:31:00 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific 
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing 

Thanks Belinda. 

I just received the latest on Petey, see below. Will keep you all posted. 

Kerry 


Petey is at Family Pet – they’ll do a full blood work-up and probably give him 
some fluids.  The Dr. didn’t seem too optimistic.  She thinks his heart murmur 
is recent – the emergency vet last night heard it and I told him I thought he’d 
always had that, but the FP vet didn’t have that in any of her notes from her 
previous times with him.  She also thinks his gums are too pale, even for a 
FeLeuk cat.  She looked at his x-rays and thought his small intestine looked 
abnormal and will have other vets give their opinion. 
  
She has a few preliminary ideas  - anemia, which could also have something to 
do with his heart murmur; a gastro-intestinal issue; or, worst case scenario, 
lymphoma – and I think she mentionedstomach cancer.  Hopefully they will be 
able to rule out or find out more with the blood work.  I’m hoping to hear from 
her within the hour to discuss the results and our options.  She didn’t sound 
very optimistic about any of it.  She thought he was quite sick and was very 
concerned about his heavy breathing during his visit. 
  
Will let you know what I find out.. 



 
From: Belinda Sauro ma...@bemikitties.com 
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:23:38 PM 
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Petey isn't eating and x-rays have found nothing 

   Hi Kerry, 
  What's his HCT, anemia will cause these types of symptoms. 

-- 
Belinda 
happiness is being owned by cats ... 

http://bemikitties.com 

http://BelindaSauro.com 



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Re: [Felvtalk] One eye won't dilate

2009-04-15 Thread Lorrie
I have a rescued male (neutered now) who is probably 2 or 3 years
old.  When I got him I noticed one eye wouldn't dilate. The vet said
he is probably blind in that eye, but it hasn't bothered him in the 
least. He is active, eats like a pig and is a big lovable boy. He
was also FelV neg when tested a year ago.

Lorrie
 
On 04-15, Giselle de Grandis wrote:
 This morning I noticed something strange about one of Pixie's eyes --
 it won't dilate in response to light like the other eye and the pupil
 stays the size of a fat grain of rice. She's four years old.
 
 Does anyone know why this is happening? Does she need to see the vet?
 My Google searches on this topic yield some scary results.
 
 Thanks for your help.
 
 Giselle
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Head injury caused eye not to dilate

2009-04-15 Thread Lorrie
Giselle, In my previous e-mail I neglected to mention this cat
I rescued had an injury to his head just above the eye that won't 
dilate and the vet said most likely this caused him to go blind
in that eye.

Lorrie

On 04-15, Giselle de Grandis wrote:
 Karen, thanks for your reply. I'm not aware of any head injury but
 that doesn't mean it couldn't have happened when I wasn't around.
 Pixie is a little monkey and we have very steep stairs. The prospect
 of a head injury or a slight stroke causing the unresponsive pupil is
 upsetting but needs to be dealt with, I guess. I wonder what my vet
 can/should/will do for her since the general approach to medicine
 (human and animal) in the Netherlands, where I live, is wait and
 see. She's not on any meds and eats a tiny cube of tuna for cats
 mixed with L-lysine and a drop of fish oil each morning. She grazes on
 grain-free dry food for the rest of the day.
 
 Giselle
 
 
 
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  Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 07:24:41 -0400
  From: Karen Griffith griff...@frognet.net
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] One eye won't dilate
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
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  Giselle,
 
  You should probably take her in for an exam. ?This could be caused by a head
  injury from a fall, etc. (i.e.,what could have caused the head trauma or
  imbalance to cause such a bump), slight stroke, etc., all of which needs to
  have your vet take a quick look. ?Is she on any meds that could initiate
  such a response? ?(Very few meds will cause such a reaction.)
 
  Hope all turns out O.K.
 
  Karen Griffith
 
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  From: Giselle de Grandis giselle.degran...@gmail.com
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 4:06 AM
  Subject: [Felvtalk] One eye won't dilate
 
 
  This morning I noticed something strange about one of Pixie's eyes --
  it won't dilate in response to light like the other eye and the pupil
  stays the size of a fat grain of rice. She's four years old.
 
  Does anyone know why this is happening? Does she need to see the vet?
  My Google searches on this topic yield some scary results.
 
  Thanks for your help.
 
  Giselle
 
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