Re: [Felvtalk] Reversal of FIP in my six-month-old kitten

2009-11-23 Thread MaryChristine
corona virus titres do NOT prove FIP. cats can have high FeCoV titres and
not progress to FIP, and cats who have progressed to FIP can have low titres
because their exposure was so long before that the virus itself is out of
their systems, although the FIP mutation is not.

FIP is the new favorite diagnosis for, we haven't a clue.

like susan, i would love for there to be an answer for FIP--it's much worse
than FeLV, because there's no way to predict who will get it, no way to
prevent it, and no way to treat it. but calling everything FIP, as has
become the habit over the past three years or so, just makes actual
diagnosis and learning more muddier.

MC

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[Felvtalk] Interferon And Other Medicine Questions

2009-11-23 Thread Crystal Proper
Hi everyone.  My vet and I have been talking about putting my asymptomatic FeLV 
+ kitten, Nibbler, on Interferon.  However, she said the only kind she can get 
information on is the newer formula and it costs about $50 per month.  Also, 
since its so new she doesn't know how well it works.  Does anyone know where to 
get it cheaper and/or a similar product that you recommend?

Thank you-  Crystal


  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Reversal of FIP in my six-month-old kitten

2009-11-23 Thread Gloria B. Lane
That's what I understand.  ITs proved through necropsy of the dead  
cat. However, with certain signs  yellowish fluid from the belly, high  
corona titre, etc, vets tend to project that a cat has FIP.  I heard  
by the grapevine recently that Cornell is doing FIP research.


I am always very interested in and respect Dr. Belfield's approaches,  
so am very interested in this and will have to read more.


Gloria


On Nov 23, 2009, at 8:08 AM, MaryChristine wrote:

corona virus titres do NOT prove FIP. cats can have high FeCoV  
titres and
not progress to FIP, and cats who have progressed to FIP can have  
low titres
because their exposure was so long before that the virus itself is  
out of

their systems, although the FIP mutation is not.

FIP is the new favorite diagnosis for, we haven't a clue.

like susan, i would love for there to be an answer for FIP--it's  
much worse
than FeLV, because there's no way to predict who will get it, no way  
to

prevent it, and no way to treat it. but calling everything FIP, as has
become the habit over the past three years or so, just makes actual
diagnosis and learning more muddier.

MC

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Re: [Felvtalk] Rosie and Murphy Update-LTCI

2009-11-23 Thread jbero tds.net
Alice,

Thank you so much for letting us know.  I am so happy this has worked for
them.  It seems to have great promise if started early enough.  It appears
to have some ability to help once symptoms begin but if you can start early
that seems to be your best bet.  Oh, yeah.  It is wonderful to hear about
these successes.  If you have time in the future, could you continue to
report on them.  It doesn't have to be all that often, but I would
appreciate hearing.  I am especially curious to see if there is a change in
viral status in the future.

I am so happy for your and your family, this is truely beautiful to read.
God bless and good luck.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Reversal of FIP in my six-month-old kitten

2009-11-23 Thread jbero tds.net
I find the skepticism and questioning surrounding the diagnosis and
treatment of FIP interesting.  I have to say, however, that every laboratory
test, whether it be in human or veterinary medicine, is subject to failure;
either giving false positives or false negatives.  This is a far more common
problem than most people may understand.  Nothing is 100% in any test,
ever.  The best and really only currently known way to deal with this is by
looking at the clinical presentation, history and lab work together.

In this case, the presence of coronavirus in a related kitten, the age of
the kitten, the clinical symptoms of fever, anemia and central nervous
system impairment, I would say, that you are very very very likely looking
at FIP or at least the entity in how it is understood.  As far as diagnosing
it by autopsy, it can also be done with a tissue biopsy.  You are looking
for pyogenicgranulomas,  a histologic (microscopic) diagnosis.  FIP is an
entity that is not entirely understood therefore diagnosiing it accurately
is difficult.  It is simply a constellation of symptoms and lab work.  That
is precisely what you are looking at in this situation.

What I am saying is that there is a cyclical line of reasoning here.  FIP
cannot be easily diagnosed and all are in agreement with that, so dismissing
that this is FIP on the grounds that it's not been definitively diagnosed is
nonsensical.  Given the fact that it fulfills most of the criteria for FIP
we have to go with the most likely scenario that it is.  It fits a non
effusive form of FIP almost perfectly.

Given that, I am excited about the possibility of a treatment.  Whatever
this cat had, whatever you believe was the diagnosis (and by the way it is
obvious that extensive tests, looking to identify alternate causes, were
done).  Whether you call FIP a wastebasket diagnosis, this cat responded and
survived.  The other cat, with identical symptoms, did not receive this full
treatment and died.  There is some success here, whatever your belief on
the diagnosis is.

I understand skepticism but there something happened here, even with don't
fully understand what.  Is it not worth, therefore, investigating?

Well, that's just my opinion.

Jenny


On 11/23/09, MaryChristine twelvehousec...@gmail.com wrote:

 corona virus titres do NOT prove FIP. cats can have high FeCoV titres and
 not progress to FIP, and cats who have progressed to FIP can have low
 titres
 because their exposure was so long before that the virus itself is out of
 their systems, although the FIP mutation is not.

 FIP is the new favorite diagnosis for, we haven't a clue.

 like susan, i would love for there to be an answer for FIP--it's much worse
 than FeLV, because there's no way to predict who will get it, no way to
 prevent it, and no way to treat it. but calling everything FIP, as has
 become the habit over the past three years or so, just makes actual
 diagnosis and learning more muddier.

 MC

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Re: [Felvtalk] Reversal of FIP in my six-month-old kitten

2009-11-23 Thread Susan Hoffman
The skepticism is by people who have dealt with FIP and been brought to our 
knees by it.  Any active rescue person has seen repeated cases of FIP.  We have 
tried all manner of treatment, very often without success.  And when we have 
had what could be called success it was always a situation where we could not 
be sure that we were dealing with FIP.  We've earned our skepticism the hard 
way and have learned not to get our hopes up with this disease.

I am thrilled that your kitten survived.  But I am not convinced that we now 
have a viable treatment for FIP.  But I do hope for that to come eventually.

--- On Mon, 11/23/09, jbero tds.net jb...@tds.net wrote:

 From: jbero tds.net jb...@tds.net
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Reversal of FIP in my six-month-old kitten
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Monday, November 23, 2009, 2:29 PM
 I find the skepticism and questioning
 surrounding the diagnosis and
 treatment of FIP interesting.  I have to say, however,
 that every laboratory
 test, whether it be in human or veterinary medicine, is
 subject to failure;
 either giving false positives or false negatives. 
 This is a far more common
 problem than most people may understand.  Nothing is
 100% in any test,
 ever.  The best and really only currently known way to
 deal with this is by
 looking at the clinical presentation, history and lab work
 together.
 
 In this case, the presence of coronavirus in a related
 kitten, the age of
 the kitten, the clinical symptoms of fever, anemia and
 central nervous
 system impairment, I would say, that you are very very very
 likely looking
 at FIP or at least the entity in how it is
 understood.  As far as diagnosing
 it by autopsy, it can also be done with a tissue
 biopsy.  You are looking
 for pyogenicgranulomas,  a histologic (microscopic)
 diagnosis.  FIP is an
 entity that is not entirely understood therefore
 diagnosiing it accurately
 is difficult.  It is simply a constellation of
 symptoms and lab work.  That
 is precisely what you are looking at in this situation.
 
 What I am saying is that there is a cyclical line of
 reasoning here.  FIP
 cannot be easily diagnosed and all are in agreement with
 that, so dismissing
 that this is FIP on the grounds that it's not been
 definitively diagnosed is
 nonsensical.  Given the fact that it fulfills most of
 the criteria for FIP
 we have to go with the most likely scenario that it
 is.  It fits a non
 effusive form of FIP almost perfectly.
 
 Given that, I am excited about the possibility of a
 treatment.  Whatever
 this cat had, whatever you believe was the diagnosis (and
 by the way it is
 obvious that extensive tests, looking to identify alternate
 causes, were
 done).  Whether you call FIP a wastebasket diagnosis,
 this cat responded and
 survived.  The other cat, with identical symptoms, did
 not receive this full
 treatment and died.  There is some success here,
 whatever your belief on
 the diagnosis is.
 
 I understand skepticism but there something happened here,
 even with don't
 fully understand what.  Is it not worth, therefore,
 investigating?
 
 Well, that's just my opinion.
 
 Jenny
 
 
 On 11/23/09, MaryChristine twelvehousec...@gmail.com
 wrote:
 
  corona virus titres do NOT prove FIP. cats can have
 high FeCoV titres and
  not progress to FIP, and cats who have progressed to
 FIP can have low
  titres
  because their exposure was so long before that the
 virus itself is out of
  their systems, although the FIP mutation is not.
 
  FIP is the new favorite diagnosis for, we haven't a
 clue.
 
  like susan, i would love for there to be an answer for
 FIP--it's much worse
  than FeLV, because there's no way to predict who will
 get it, no way to
  prevent it, and no way to treat it. but calling
 everything FIP, as has
  become the habit over the past three years or so, just
 makes actual
  diagnosis and learning more muddier.
 
  MC
 
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 (www.purebredcats.org
  )
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Re: [Felvtalk] Reversal of FIP in my six-month-old kitten

2009-11-23 Thread Diane Rosenfeldt
I haven't read all the posts in this thread, but did want to make one point
-- just in case it hasn't been addressed previously (although with the
knowledge base here, I can't imagine it hasn't). So apologies if this is a
dead horse but: It's been drummed into me that the presence of coronavirus
alone is not an indicator for FIP since many if not most cats have it in
their systems. This has been such a cause of panic even among vets who
should know better and has resulted in so many needless deaths that I
thought it bore repeating. What causes the coronavirus to mutate into FIP is
a combination of heredity, circumstance, and possibly God having a sh-tty
day and wanting to punish some innocents.

All the best vibes to the kitten in question! Hang in there, darlin'.

Diane R.

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To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Reversal of FIP in my six-month-old kitten

I find the skepticism and questioning surrounding the diagnosis and
treatment of FIP interesting.  I have to say, however, that every laboratory
test, whether it be in human or veterinary medicine, is subject to failure;
either giving false positives or false negatives.  This is a far more common
problem than most people may understand.  Nothing is 100% in any test, ever.
The best and really only currently known way to deal with this is by looking
at the clinical presentation, history and lab work together.

In this case, the presence of coronavirus in a related kitten, the age of
the kitten, the clinical symptoms of fever, anemia and central nervous
system impairment, I would say, that you are very very very likely looking
at FIP or at least the entity in how it is understood.  As far as diagnosing
it by autopsy, it can also be done with a tissue biopsy.  You are looking
for pyogenicgranulomas,  a histologic (microscopic) diagnosis.  FIP is an
entity that is not entirely understood therefore diagnosiing it accurately
is difficult.  It is simply a constellation of symptoms and lab work.  That
is precisely what you are looking at in this situation.

What I am saying is that there is a cyclical line of reasoning here.  FIP
cannot be easily diagnosed and all are in agreement with that, so dismissing
that this is FIP on the grounds that it's not been definitively diagnosed is
nonsensical.  Given the fact that it fulfills most of the criteria for FIP
we have to go with the most likely scenario that it is.  It fits a non
effusive form of FIP almost perfectly.

Given that, I am excited about the possibility of a treatment.  Whatever
this cat had, whatever you believe was the diagnosis (and by the way it is
obvious that extensive tests, looking to identify alternate causes, were
done).  Whether you call FIP a wastebasket diagnosis, this cat responded and
survived.  The other cat, with identical symptoms, did not receive this full
treatment and died.  There is some success here, whatever your belief on the
diagnosis is.

I understand skepticism but there something happened here, even with don't
fully understand what.  Is it not worth, therefore, investigating?

Well, that's just my opinion.

Jenny


On 11/23/09, MaryChristine twelvehousec...@gmail.com wrote:

 corona virus titres do NOT prove FIP. cats can have high FeCoV titres 
 and not progress to FIP, and cats who have progressed to FIP can have 
 low titres because their exposure was so long before that the virus 
 itself is out of their systems, although the FIP mutation is not.

 FIP is the new favorite diagnosis for, we haven't a clue.

 like susan, i would love for there to be an answer for FIP--it's much 
 worse than FeLV, because there's no way to predict who will get it, no 
 way to prevent it, and no way to treat it. but calling everything FIP, 
 as has become the habit over the past three years or so, just makes 
 actual diagnosis and learning more muddier.

 MC

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[Felvtalk] WBC/RBC/platelet count decreasing

2009-11-23 Thread Amy
I've posted before about my cat Wolfie.  He's 7 years old and has been losing 
weight for the past 4 years.  His HCT is also down (currently 25).  We've 
treated for hemobart and retested and he's now negative (was positive before).  
He has started gaining weight and has put on a pound but I'm sure the leukemia 
is in his bone marrow.  He's been tested and has non-regenerative anemia.  He's 
been stable for a few months but his WBC, RBC, and platelet counts are all 
gradually declining.  I was expecting him to crash when I got the confirmation 
of non-regenerative anemia but he's holding his own.  I was told he's probably 
making red blood cells in his liver or spleen, just no longer in the bone 
marrow.  

Has anybody ever had luck with LTCI or any of the other things mentioned once 
it has gotten to this point?  I've done all sorts of testing for digestive 
issues, lymphoma, IBD, etc.  We have made a couple trips to Cornell and decided 
to just keep him on pred and monitor trends for now.  I keep hoping for some 
miracle but I know the prognosis is not good.

Thanks
Amy  


  

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[Felvtalk] Introduction

2009-11-23 Thread Ashley Vanover
Hi, everyone, I have been actively reading this list for a month or so now,
so I figured it was time I join.

My cat, Kong, just turned 3 in October. I found him in a Wal-Mart parking
lot when he was 12 weeks old. He was mostly feral, had been starved, most
likely abused, and had a nasty case of lung worm.

It was love at first sight.

He had his initial kitten vaccinations, and was declared to be in good
health once the lung worm cleared up. He has come such a long way in
socialization--he is not a lap cat, and really doesn't even like to be
petted for long periods of time, but I can tell he adores me in his special
Kong way. He also has an incredibly intense bond with my 4 year old cat,
Gonzo. I've never seen two unrelated cats take to each other they way they
did.

Around October 15, I noticed Kong wasn't acting like himself. I am a law
student, and I am gone most of the day, so I kept an eye on him and told
myself if he didn't perk up I'd take him to the vet (I was hoping he would
perk up, because I am unemployed, live on a very limited student loan budget
and live in an incredibly expensive area of Chicago--money is VERY tight). I
noticed he wasn't eating or drinking much, and when I saw him wobble as he
stood up, I knew he had to get to the vet right away.

To make a long story shorter, he ended up at an Emergency treatment
facility. He had many tests done, and 3 blood transfusions. He was diagnosed
with FeLV, and non regenerative anemia. His ELISA was negative, but the IFV
was positive. The emergency vet charged me over $5K and sent Kong home with
me to die.

A vet in my neighborhood is now treating him, and I have him on prednisolone
and interferon. It's been over a month since his diagnosis, but he is
hanging in there. He has a healthy appetite, and occasionally feels well
enough to play with his favorite string. I call him my miracle cat, because
according to every vet I've spoken to, he should be dead right now.

He is my world, and I am going to continue to do every thing I possibly can
for him. I've currently spent about $7K on his treatment, which is about the
amount of loan money I will get for my spring semester starting in January
(so I've got to find a paying job pronto, or I'm in big trouble) I'm
terrified that he will require more transfusions or expensive treatments
that I can't afford.

So, that's Kong's story. I look forward to talking with you all and learning
from your experience.

--Ashley
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Re: [Felvtalk] WBC/RBC/platelet count decreasing

2009-11-23 Thread Lance
Hi Amy,

I'm sorry to hear about Wolfie. I don't have most of my email handy, so
I can't look back at what you've written. Have you tried Transfer
Factor?
What about Liquid DMG? These are affordable supplements, and they *seem*
to have helped in the case of my FeLV+ girl, Ember. DMG especially 
*seems* to have little possibility of any negative consequences. When
I've seen wbc issues in Ember, I've *seemingly* reversed some losses
with these supplements. Please note how I use the word *seem*. 

Neupogen might be an option. It's something I'm keeping in mind, 
but I don't know much about it, other than it helps with wbc generation. 
I believe some folks have used ImmunoRegulin in similar situations to
yours 
and had good results. Maybe the archives will shed some light on that. 
And I could be wrong, but I seem to remember Epogen helping in non-regen 
anemia, though that makes absolutely no sense. Again, the archives will
hopefully help.

LTCI might help with wbc generation. I'm seeing lots of mention of it
on the list, but I'm very leery of it. We FeLV+ caregivers are so eager
for anything that might help, but the marketing Immulan has engaged in
has been questionable. Of course, that doesn't mean that it doesn't
help,
but the company haven't done enough proper tests to provide real
reassurance
that their product works. It's good that we're getting anecdotal
evidence
on the list, but that only goes so far. 

Finally, I wonder if Pet Tinic might not help the rbc that Wolfie is
able
to produce. It's really just nutrients and nothing terribly unusual...
mainly iron, I think. 

Obviously, when it comes to any of these options, please consult your
vet.

My hopes and prayers for Wolfie's health, and for your ability to find
something that might help his blood counts.

Lance

On Mon, 23 Nov 2009 19:01 -0800, Amy awilkin...@yahoo.com wrote:
 I've posted before about my cat Wolfie.  He's 7 years old and has been
 losing weight for the past 4 years.  His HCT is also down (currently 25).
  We've treated for hemobart and retested and he's now negative (was
 positive before).  He has started gaining weight and has put on a pound
 but I'm sure the leukemia is in his bone marrow.  He's been tested and
 has non-regenerative anemia.  He's been stable for a few months but his
 WBC, RBC, and platelet counts are all gradually declining.  I was
 expecting him to crash when I got the confirmation of non-regenerative
 anemia but he's holding his own.  I was told he's probably making red
 blood cells in his liver or spleen, just no longer in the bone marrow.  
 
 Has anybody ever had luck with LTCI or any of the other things mentioned
 once it has gotten to this point?  I've done all sorts of testing for
 digestive issues, lymphoma, IBD, etc.  We have made a couple trips to
 Cornell and decided to just keep him on pred and monitor trends for now. 
 I keep hoping for some miracle but I know the prognosis is not good.
 
 Thanks
 Amy  
 
 
   
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] WBC/RBC/platelet count decreasing

2009-11-23 Thread gary
Hi,

I have had a number of cats that were FeLV positive and had anemia.  I have
tried Epogen and if it did anything at all, it wasn't noticeable.  It is too
bad you live in such an expensive area, I'll bet those treatments Wolfie has
had would be half that here in Arkansas.  You are fortunate that Wolfie does
so well with transfusions, many times they don't last very long and don't
raise the HCT all that much.  I also tried Immunoregulin on a couple.  It
appeared there was a very short term improvement and then they went
downhill.  That doesn't mean it wouldn't work for you.  I believe the
protocol says if there isn't an improvement in a very short time after
starting treatment, you know it isn't going to work.

Now is definitely the time to try something while his HCT is still at a
reasonable level.  I haven't tried the LTCI, mostly because I can't afford
it.  I recently took in two kittens that tested positive for FeLV, both were
thin and anemic.  I tried some Acemannan on them and they are both doing
great now.  It is much less expensive than LTCI, but I could not guarantee
it would help in any particular situation.  I wish I had the chance to try
it on a couple of the adult FeLV cats I have lost to anemia.

Personally, I don't think any of the available supplements that people
(including myself) give these babies to build their immune systems, will
reverse non-regenerative anemia.  Something a bit more proactive is needed.
If you decide to try LTCI or Acemannan, I believe you will have to stop the
pred. before starting either of those.

Gary

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Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 9:02 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] WBC/RBC/platelet count decreasing

I've posted before about my cat Wolfie.  He's 7 years old and has been
losing weight for the past 4 years.  His HCT is also down (currently 25).
We've treated for hemobart and retested and he's now negative (was positive
before).  He has started gaining weight and has put on a pound but I'm sure
the leukemia is in his bone marrow.  He's been tested and has
non-regenerative anemia.  He's been stable for a few months but his WBC,
RBC, and platelet counts are all gradually declining.  I was expecting him
to crash when I got the confirmation of non-regenerative anemia but he's
holding his own.  I was told he's probably making red blood cells in his
liver or spleen, just no longer in the bone marrow.  

Has anybody ever had luck with LTCI or any of the other things mentioned
once it has gotten to this point?  I've done all sorts of testing for
digestive issues, lymphoma, IBD, etc.  We have made a couple trips to
Cornell and decided to just keep him on pred and monitor trends for now.  I
keep hoping for some miracle but I know the prognosis is not good.

Thanks
Amy  


  



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Re: [Felvtalk] Introduction

2009-11-23 Thread Verna Monson

Ashley, your story is so moving. Kong is a very lucky kitty. You are an angel 
for caring for him. 

I found my Gabby (or he found me) when I was visiting on a farm down south this 
summer. He simply showed up on Sunday morning underneath my car, meowing for 
attention. The vet thought he was about 10 weeks old. It had been a 
particularly difficult weekend -- arguing intensely with my then-husband -- I 
was at a low point in my life. Gabby -- short for Gabriel -- was like a 
miracle. He is the most loving, huggable kitten I've ever had. He tested FeLV+ 
but is now happy and healthy at 7 months.

It is very likely someone dumped him in the country, as he was clearly not a 
feral and had been tamed to the point that he was perfectly content tucked into 
my bib overall while I worked on my computer. He would have very likely been 
killed by coyotes or hawks had he not found me. I've left my husband. It was as 
if Gabby showed up to help me. We need these guys in our lives, FeLV+ or not. 

Take care, and best of luck with law school. You'll make a terrific lawyer -- 
complete with heart and conscience. 
Verna



 Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 22:54:11 -0500
 From: ashley.vano...@gmail.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Introduction
 
 Hi, everyone, I have been actively reading this list for a month or so now,
 so I figured it was time I join.
 
 My cat, Kong, just turned 3 in October. I found him in a Wal-Mart parking
 lot when he was 12 weeks old. He was mostly feral, had been starved, most
 likely abused, and had a nasty case of lung worm.
 
 It was love at first sight.
 
 He had his initial kitten vaccinations, and was declared to be in good
 health once the lung worm cleared up. He has come such a long way in
 socialization--he is not a lap cat, and really doesn't even like to be
 petted for long periods of time, but I can tell he adores me in his special
 Kong way. He also has an incredibly intense bond with my 4 year old cat,
 Gonzo. I've never seen two unrelated cats take to each other they way they
 did.
 
 Around October 15, I noticed Kong wasn't acting like himself. I am a law
 student, and I am gone most of the day, so I kept an eye on him and told
 myself if he didn't perk up I'd take him to the vet (I was hoping he would
 perk up, because I am unemployed, live on a very limited student loan budget
 and live in an incredibly expensive area of Chicago--money is VERY tight). I
 noticed he wasn't eating or drinking much, and when I saw him wobble as he
 stood up, I knew he had to get to the vet right away.
 
 To make a long story shorter, he ended up at an Emergency treatment
 facility. He had many tests done, and 3 blood transfusions. He was diagnosed
 with FeLV, and non regenerative anemia. His ELISA was negative, but the IFV
 was positive. The emergency vet charged me over $5K and sent Kong home with
 me to die.
 
 A vet in my neighborhood is now treating him, and I have him on prednisolone
 and interferon. It's been over a month since his diagnosis, but he is
 hanging in there. He has a healthy appetite, and occasionally feels well
 enough to play with his favorite string. I call him my miracle cat, because
 according to every vet I've spoken to, he should be dead right now.
 
 He is my world, and I am going to continue to do every thing I possibly can
 for him. I've currently spent about $7K on his treatment, which is about the
 amount of loan money I will get for my spring semester starting in January
 (so I've got to find a paying job pronto, or I'm in big trouble) I'm
 terrified that he will require more transfusions or expensive treatments
 that I can't afford.
 
 So, that's Kong's story. I look forward to talking with you all and learning
 from your experience.
 
 --Ashley
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Re: [Felvtalk] WBC/RBC/platelet count decreasing

2009-11-23 Thread Belinda Sauro
   Bailey was on epogen with his non regenerative anemia and it did 
bring his HCT back to normal, my Fred currently is on epogen, he is not 
positive but has non regenerative anemia because of CRF (chronic renal 
failure), his HCt is slowly coming back up.  I prefer Nutrived to Pet 
Tinic because it has folic acid in it, vit b, iron and folic acid are 
needed to build new blood cells.  As far as I know Pet Tinic doesn't 
have folic acid.  Bailey was positive.


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