Re: [Felvtalk] Please light a candle for Taj

2010-06-24 Thread Lorrie
Sara, How sad to lose Taj at such a young age. Thank you for making
his short life so happy, and I agree that heroic measures under the
circumstances would have been unkind to Taj. As my vet told me last
week when I had my CRF cat euthanized Heroic measures are often more
for the owner than the cat.

I hope your Rani lives a much longer life.  They are both so
fortunate to have you.

Lorrie

On 06-22, Sara Kasteleyn wrote:
 Dear friends,
 
 I had hoped to avoid writing this note for a very, very long time. 
 Our blue-eyed bengal boy Taj is napping at the bridge this
 afternoon.  He developed breathing trouble over the weekend, and
 today we discovered that he had a massive tumor pressing into his
 lungs.  Heroic measures to extend his life would have been selfish,
 and given the underlying FeLV+ diagnosis, unlikely to have improved
 his quality of life.  He was a brave boy, hiding his discomfort
 from us for so long.  He lived a very short life, only 14 months,
 but he was loved and pampered in the extreme.
 
 His sister, Rani, shares the FeLV+ diagnosis.  We pray she will be
 with us much longer.  My thanks to each of you for your fabulous
 advice and willingness to share what you have learned along this
 difficult and often sad path.
 
 Sara
 

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Re: [Felvtalk] Felvtalk Digest, Vol 24, Issue 20

2010-06-24 Thread Marci Greer


Fernanda,

 

   I applaud you for taking Little Tommy.  I have a FELV+ kitty named Maddie, 
she was diagnosed positive by both the Elisa test and the IFa test in 2008, I 
tried the interferon for her late 2008 and a little into 2009, Maddie did not 
do well with that at all, my vet wanted me to use it 7 days on and 7 days off 
and the 7 days she was on were awful, she was very lethargic, did not want to 
play or eat, so we quit giving it to her.  We started giving her the Mega C 
plus by Wendell Belfield mid 2009 and she has done wonderful with that.  She 
has gained about 6 pounds and runs and plays. We have not tried anything else 
for her, other than good food, no stress and giving her lots of love.  Good 
Luck with Tommy. Please keep us updated on him.

 

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Re: [Felvtalk] Felvtalk Digest, Vol 24, Issue 20

2010-06-24 Thread Sara Kasteleyn
Marci,

About the Mega C plus...do you use the liquid or the powder, and how do you
give it to Maddie...i.e., dosage and frequency?

Many thanks!  Sara


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Fernanda,

 

   I applaud you for taking Little Tommy.  I have a FELV+ kitty named
Maddie, she was diagnosed positive by both the Elisa test and the IFa test
in 2008, I tried the interferon for her late 2008 and a little into 2009,
Maddie did not do well with that at all, my vet wanted me to use it 7 days
on and 7 days off and the 7 days she was on were awful, she was very
lethargic, did not want to play or eat, so we quit giving it to her.  We
started giving her the Mega C plus by Wendell Belfield mid 2009 and she has
done wonderful with that.  She has gained about 6 pounds and runs and plays.
We have not tried anything else for her, other than good food, no stress and
giving her lots of love.  Good Luck with Tommy. Please keep us updated on
him.

 

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Re: [Felvtalk] Felvtalk Digest, Vol 24, Issue 21

2010-06-24 Thread Marci Greer


 Sara,

 

We bought the powder form of the Mega C Plus, we give her just a pinch in 
her canned food every couple of days. Before I started her on it my vet warned 
me to start out giving her just a tiny pinch, that sometimes too much can give 
them diarrhea or mess with their kidneys.  I worked up to a pinch (half of a 
teaspoon) and she does fine with that.  Hope this helps :)

 

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Re: [Felvtalk] Felvtalk Digest, Vol 24, Issue 21

2010-06-24 Thread Marci Greer


 Sara,

 

  I am so sorry to hear about Taj, that is too short of a life, I will light a 
candle for him tonight

 

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[Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs

2010-06-24 Thread Amy
Just wondering what sort of experience people have had with leuk positive cats 
getting weak in the back legs.  My cat, Wolfie, is 8 and has been positive 
since we rescued him 6 years ago.  He's been pretty healthy other than the last 
year or so.  Last September he was diagnosed with non-regenerative anemia but 
has been fairly stable since then.  I recently took him to the vet as I noticed 
he was getting weak in his hind legs, walking differently and avoiding putting 
weight on them for long periods of time.  His HCT is down, WBC and RBC are a 
bit lower than usual.  Chemistry looks ok.  

I've had 9 cats die from this disease and only ever saw one with leg issues.  
She woke up one morning and had lost all use of her back legs, no warning.  
This is different from that situation and just wondering what could be going 
on.  We did an ultrasound today.  No sign of lymphoma or anything pressing on 
the spine.  No real loss of muscle mass on physical exam.  We are putting him 
on doxy/pred in case hemobart is causing the anemia.  The specialist at Cornell 
mentioned it could be something with the leukemia affecting the muscle or 
nerves directly but she couldn't find any literature on this.  I told her I'd 
post here and see if anybody has had a similar experience or has anything to 
add on what could be going on.

Thanks
Amy


  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs

2010-06-24 Thread Sharyl
Amy did they check Wolfie's potassium level?  Low K can cause back leg 
weakness.  
Sharyl

--- On Thu, 6/24/10, Amy awilkin...@yahoo.com wrote:

 From: Amy awilkin...@yahoo.com
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:22 PM
 Just wondering what sort of
 experience people have had with leuk positive cats getting
 weak in the back legs.  My cat, Wolfie, is 8 and has
 been positive since we rescued him 6 years ago.  He's
 been pretty healthy other than the last year or so. 
 Last September he was diagnosed with non-regenerative anemia
 but has been fairly stable since then.  I recently took
 him to the vet as I noticed he was getting weak in his hind
 legs, walking differently and avoiding putting weight on
 them for long periods of time.  His HCT is down, WBC
 and RBC are a bit lower than usual.  Chemistry looks
 ok.  
 
 I've had 9 cats die from this disease and only ever saw one
 with leg issues.  She woke up one morning and had lost
 all use of her back legs, no warning.  This is
 different from that situation and just wondering what could
 be going on.  We did an ultrasound today.  No sign
 of lymphoma or anything pressing on the spine.  No real
 loss of muscle mass on physical exam.  We are putting
 him on doxy/pred in case hemobart is causing the
 anemia.  The specialist at Cornell mentioned it could
 be something with the leukemia affecting the muscle or
 nerves directly but she couldn't find any literature on
 this.  I told her I'd post here and see if anybody has
 had a similar experience or has anything to add on what
 could be going on.
 
 Thanks
 Amy
 
 
       
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs

2010-06-24 Thread Heather
Hind leg weakness seems to come up somewhat frequently on the CRF group,
this website has a great index of symptoms  treatments A-Z,
http://www.felinecrf.org/symptoms_treatments_index.htm see W for weakness
in back legs and several things are listed, though I think most are things
that would have showed in the chemistry.   We had a feral kitty who was
paralyzed in her rear legs due to a lesion on her spine, but sounds like
you've covered that with the ultrasound (as much as it can be covered
anyway).   Do they think throwing a clot is a possibility?

I hope you can figure out the cause, others might have some good input.

Love  good thoughts to Wolfie!

Heather

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 10:22 PM, Amy awilkin...@yahoo.com wrote:

 Just wondering what sort of experience people have had with leuk positive
 cats getting weak in the back legs.  My cat, Wolfie, is 8 and has been
 positive since we rescued him 6 years ago.  He's been pretty healthy other
 than the last year or so.  Last September he was diagnosed with
 non-regenerative anemia but has been fairly stable since then.  I recently
 took him to the vet as I noticed he was getting weak in his hind legs,
 walking differently and avoiding putting weight on them for long periods of
 time.  His HCT is down, WBC and RBC are a bit lower than usual.  Chemistry
 looks ok.

 I've had 9 cats die from this disease and only ever saw one with leg
 issues.  She woke up one morning and had lost all use of her back legs, no
 warning.  This is different from that situation and just wondering what
 could be going on.  We did an ultrasound today.  No sign of lymphoma or
 anything pressing on the spine.  No real loss of muscle mass on physical
 exam.  We are putting him on doxy/pred in case hemobart is causing the
 anemia.  The specialist at Cornell mentioned it could be something with the
 leukemia affecting the muscle or nerves directly but she couldn't find any
 literature on this.  I told her I'd post here and see if anybody has had a
 similar experience or has anything to add on what could be going on.

 Thanks
 Amy




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Re: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs

2010-06-24 Thread Laurieskatz
Check out myonecrosis. Coco (FeLV-) had this. Her back legs were weak and
she was having trouble eating (tongue issues). There are several causes -
one was toxoplasmosis, one was that she had gotten into some toxins and the
third was nutritional. They attributed hers to a lack of Vitamin D,
Selenium. I was pouring her dry Wellness food into Tupperware containers. I
was told that allows too much oxygen to get to the food and it depletes the
food of those nutrients. We switched to canned and she survived. Another cat
taken to the ER that same day with her same symptoms, but more advanced, was
not so lucky.
Laurie

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Sharyl
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2010 10:06 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs

Amy did they check Wolfie's potassium level?  Low K can cause back leg
weakness.  
Sharyl

--- On Thu, 6/24/10, Amy awilkin...@yahoo.com wrote:

 From: Amy awilkin...@yahoo.com
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:22 PM
 Just wondering what sort of
 experience people have had with leuk positive cats getting
 weak in the back legs.  My cat, Wolfie, is 8 and has
 been positive since we rescued him 6 years ago.  He's
 been pretty healthy other than the last year or so. 
 Last September he was diagnosed with non-regenerative anemia
 but has been fairly stable since then.  I recently took
 him to the vet as I noticed he was getting weak in his hind
 legs, walking differently and avoiding putting weight on
 them for long periods of time.  His HCT is down, WBC
 and RBC are a bit lower than usual.  Chemistry looks
 ok.  
 
 I've had 9 cats die from this disease and only ever saw one
 with leg issues.  She woke up one morning and had lost
 all use of her back legs, no warning.  This is
 different from that situation and just wondering what could
 be going on.  We did an ultrasound today.  No sign
 of lymphoma or anything pressing on the spine.  No real
 loss of muscle mass on physical exam.  We are putting
 him on doxy/pred in case hemobart is causing the
 anemia.  The specialist at Cornell mentioned it could
 be something with the leukemia affecting the muscle or
 nerves directly but she couldn't find any literature on
 this.  I told her I'd post here and see if anybody has
 had a similar experience or has anything to add on what
 could be going on.
 
 Thanks
 Amy
 
 
       
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs

2010-06-24 Thread Laurieskatz
Ps Coco was diagnosed with myonecrosis via muscle biopsy.
L

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Heather
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2010 10:09 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs

Hind leg weakness seems to come up somewhat frequently on the CRF group,
this website has a great index of symptoms  treatments A-Z,
http://www.felinecrf.org/symptoms_treatments_index.htm see W for weakness
in back legs and several things are listed, though I think most are things
that would have showed in the chemistry.   We had a feral kitty who was
paralyzed in her rear legs due to a lesion on her spine, but sounds like
you've covered that with the ultrasound (as much as it can be covered
anyway).   Do they think throwing a clot is a possibility?

I hope you can figure out the cause, others might have some good input.

Love  good thoughts to Wolfie!

Heather

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 10:22 PM, Amy awilkin...@yahoo.com wrote:

 Just wondering what sort of experience people have had with leuk positive
 cats getting weak in the back legs.  My cat, Wolfie, is 8 and has been
 positive since we rescued him 6 years ago.  He's been pretty healthy other
 than the last year or so.  Last September he was diagnosed with
 non-regenerative anemia but has been fairly stable since then.  I recently
 took him to the vet as I noticed he was getting weak in his hind legs,
 walking differently and avoiding putting weight on them for long periods
of
 time.  His HCT is down, WBC and RBC are a bit lower than usual.  Chemistry
 looks ok.

 I've had 9 cats die from this disease and only ever saw one with leg
 issues.  She woke up one morning and had lost all use of her back legs, no
 warning.  This is different from that situation and just wondering what
 could be going on.  We did an ultrasound today.  No sign of lymphoma or
 anything pressing on the spine.  No real loss of muscle mass on physical
 exam.  We are putting him on doxy/pred in case hemobart is causing the
 anemia.  The specialist at Cornell mentioned it could be something with
the
 leukemia affecting the muscle or nerves directly but she couldn't find any
 literature on this.  I told her I'd post here and see if anybody has had a
 similar experience or has anything to add on what could be going on.

 Thanks
 Amy




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