Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-09 Thread Natalie
The vaccine for FVRCP isn't  3-yr one, it is just supposed to be given every
three years; the rabies vaccine comes in a one and three year. I don't know
what manufacturer's vaccines my vet uses - it shouldn't make a difference.

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Peggy Verdonck
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 7:18 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative
Cats

Mmmm, now I'm thinking about it...i went to a different vet a couple of
years ago and my Davos received a 3-year vaccine. I thought he did that
because Davos has a chronic one sided sinus infection. Didn't know they are
availble for all cats. But I guess it depends on what kind/type/brand of
vaccine you use?

2010/12/8 Natalie at...@optonline.net

 The new protocol from the Veterinary Association (I have it) came around
 quite a few years ago that it shouldn't be done every year, but every
three
 years.  And that's exactly what I mean, vets don't even know that?  It's
 disappointing.

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 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Peggy Verdonck
  Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 3:19 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative
 Cats

 I agree on the Rabies, but not on the FVRCP. Of course a cat that is sick
 at
 the moment, shouldn't be vaccinated (no vet will do that), but my vet
 told me that healthy cats (even Felv+ with no problems at that moment)
 should be vaccinated annualy. Rather prevent a infection then a Felv+ cat
 that cannot fight the infection.

 2010/12/8 Natalie at...@optonline.net

  According to my vet, cats with compromised immune systems should NOT be
  vaccinated; he also refuses to vaccinate cats that are sick and/or
 running
  a
  feverSince the FVRCP should last a lifetime, and rabies cannot be
  brought into the house, I would seriously think about not doing it.
  If a cat doesn't go outside, even if the state requires rabies vaccines,
  you
  don't have to do it (they don't knoow that you have a cat) - unless you
  operate a rescue facility as I do.
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  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Peggy Verdonck
  Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 2:04 PM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative
  Cats
 
  Rabies is not necessary on indoor cats, but it's required by law in your
  state.
 
  I would get a second opinion on vaccinating your cats on a regular
basis,
  other then rabies, because even you can bring in a disease that can make
  your cat sick. Especially cats who are Felv + need their yearly booster
 to
  prevent them from getting sick. They might not be able to fight a simple
  infection, because of their weak immune system.
 
 
 
 
 
  2010/12/8 Stephanie (Merkel) Sherry steph.she...@yahoo.com
 
   Thanks Everyone.  I am lucky in that my vets have never recommended
 over
   vaccinating.  Other than rabies, which is required yearly by law in
our
   state,
   we have never done additional vaccinating on my cats (current and
 prior)
  as
   they
   are indoor cats only.  It's part of the struggle with figuring out
what
  to
   do.
  
  
   Separately, Magic had a watery eye this morning that she wasn't
opening
  as
   much
   as the other one.  So we need to keep a watch on that for her as I've
  also
   heard
   treating her symptoms early is key to her quality of life.
  
   Thanks again.
   Stephanie
  
  
  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-09 Thread Natalie
I haven't had any false negatives...but it is possible.  Let's say a cat has
just been exposed to something and is tested; the antibodies haven't yet
started to deal with itnegative.  That's why they always say to retests
after 3 months.  In the rescue business, it's very hard to have to isolate
each negative cat for three month.  In over 18 yrs, we have not yet come
across a negative that became a positive.

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Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 7:15 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

My other cats are all negative!

But if kittens test is negative now, then he is negative right?  I know
about false positives being common, but not false negatives.

What kind of risks do you mean by using the Felv vaccine?

Thanks for your time!

Peggy

2010/12/8 Natalie at...@optonline.net

 You can test at any age, the question is whether the test result will be
 correct, or a false positive...
 If you can keep him isolated in your bathroom (the best isolation ward at
 our house) until he is over 3 months old, test result efficacy improves.
 Are your other cats negative or positive for FIV/FeLV?
 If they are negative, and kitten proves to be negative - don't use FeLV
 vaccine unnecessarily (they, too, pose risks and, as all vaccines, are
only
 80% effective)

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 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Peggy Verdonck
 Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 12:40 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

 He is about 10 weeks old, if not older. When I look at some of his body
 parts (and testicals ;-) he even seems older then that.

 What do you think? Too young for testing, or okay?

 I have to go to the vet later this afternoon to pick up a prescription and
 I
 will talk to her about it. I've also send my friend, who is a vet, an
 email,
 and waiting on her answer!

 Thanks for your input!



 2010/12/8 Natalie at...@optonline.net

  It all depends on the kitten's age - when tested too young, tests can
 have
  false results.
 
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  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Peggy Verdonck
  Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 11:52 AM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.
 
   About 6 weeks ago, our cat Oreo got sick and tested positive on Felv.
 She
  went downhill since that point and we had to put her to sleep a week
 later.
  She was suffering!
  We panicked about our 6 other (indoor) cats and had them all tested the
  same
  day Oreo tested positive. They were all negative, even after living with
  Oreo for almost a year!
  To be a 100% sure we will test them again in a while.
 
  The thing is.we rescued this 10 week old kitten yesterday evening.
  Found
  him in the bushes besides a dumpster at a gas station, and decided to
 take
  him home because we didn't think he would survive the freezing cold.
  He is now warm and safe in our bathroom, separated from the rest.
  My question is.would it be safe for him and the others, to have him
  tested for Felv/Fiv and if negative, vaccinate for Felv and integrate
 into
  the group in about 2 weeks.
  Againour other cats are negative but there is still a small chance
 that
  there might be a positive test result in the 2nd round of testing!
 
  We really would like to keep him and give a good home. But if it appears
 to
  be a bad idea we will find him a good home with someone else.
 
  Thanks for your thoughts!
 
  Peggy
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Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-09 Thread Heather
Well chances are it is negative, I do high volume rescue and have to say
honestly I don't think I've done a second test on any of my own that I've
kept (I don't mean that's a good thing or anything).   I don't even live in
a house so know how it is dealing with segregating (I have kittens in both
bathrooms right now and much of the time).

I just know this is a place where most on the list are interested in the
various possibilities and experiences others have had with testing and
such, so we tend to share those, it's just not a perfect or predictable
world.

 So maybe something positive has already happened!   And if not but you are
able to find the kitten a good home--that is still a very positive thing.
But sounds like you are taken with the kiddo so hope it works out:-)


On Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 9:08 PM, Peggy Verdonck
jetalitosunnys...@gmail.comwrote:

 I understand and I'm very aware of that. I guess I just want this kitten to
 have a good home but it might not be with us.
 I lost 3 cats in this past year (only one to Felv) and I am just so ready
 for something positive to happen in this household. A new kitten is such a
 joy, but maybe not under these circumstances. It is to soon I'm afraid.
 Still waiting to hear back from my vet, and then I will make my final
 decision on what to do with this kitten.

 My other cats were exposed to my Felv+ cat (we just didn't know, until she
 got sick) for almost a year and every single one of them tested negative in
 the first test.

 2010/12/8 Melinda Kerr msk...@me.com

  My cat tested negative at 6 weeks old. She did not go out until she was 8
  months old. Even then she rarely if ever came in contact with another
 cat.
  She was only out for very short periods close by the house. She never
 came
  home showing signs of a fight.
 
  Looking back at her medical history, including a fairly severe virus when
  she came to us, the vet believes she got it from her mother.
 
  So yes, it is possible for a young kitten to test negative. It is also
  possible to test negative shortly after exposure. That is why they
 recommend
  retesting even for negatives.
 
  Melinda, Fuji, and Voodoo
 
  Sent from my iPhone
 
  On Dec 9, 2010, at 9:14 AM, Peggy Verdonck jetalitosunnys...@gmail.com
  wrote:
 
   My other cats are all negative!
  
   But if kittens test is negative now, then he is negative right?  I know
   about false positives being common, but not false negatives.
  
   What kind of risks do you mean by using the Felv vaccine?
  
   Thanks for your time!
  
   Peggy
  
   2010/12/8 Natalie at...@optonline.net
  
   You can test at any age, the question is whether the test result will
 be
   correct, or a false positive...
   If you can keep him isolated in your bathroom (the best isolation ward
  at
   our house) until he is over 3 months old, test result efficacy
 improves.
   Are your other cats negative or positive for FIV/FeLV?
   If they are negative, and kitten proves to be negative - don't use
 FeLV
   vaccine unnecessarily (they, too, pose risks and, as all vaccines, are
  only
   80% effective)
  
   -Original Message-
   From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
   [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Peggy
  Verdonck
   Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 12:40 PM
   To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
   Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.
  
   He is about 10 weeks old, if not older. When I look at some of his
 body
   parts (and testicals ;-) he even seems older then that.
  
   What do you think? Too young for testing, or okay?
  
   I have to go to the vet later this afternoon to pick up a prescription
  and
   I
   will talk to her about it. I've also send my friend, who is a vet, an
   email,
   and waiting on her answer!
  
   Thanks for your input!
  
  
  
   2010/12/8 Natalie at...@optonline.net
  
   It all depends on the kitten's age - when tested too young, tests can
   have
   false results.
  
   -Original Message-
   From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
   [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Peggy
  Verdonck
   Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 11:52 AM
   To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
   Subject: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.
  
   About 6 weeks ago, our cat Oreo got sick and tested positive on Felv.
   She
   went downhill since that point and we had to put her to sleep a week
   later.
   She was suffering!
   We panicked about our 6 other (indoor) cats and had them all tested
 the
   same
   day Oreo tested positive. They were all negative, even after living
  with
   Oreo for almost a year!
   To be a 100% sure we will test them again in a while.
  
   The thing is.we rescued this 10 week old kitten yesterday
 evening.
   Found
   him in the bushes besides a dumpster at a gas station, and decided to
   take
   him home because we didn't think he would survive the freezing cold.
   He is now warm and safe in our bathroom, 

[Felvtalk] LTCI

2010-12-09 Thread Sharon Fazio
Hi,



I want to introduce myself and my very beautiful Ragdoll kitten Kelsea who
tested positive for FeLV in the bone marrow ( I know it is not a good thing)
.  Kelsea was diagnose with FeLV about 8 weeks ago.  Right now she is doing
wonderful on the treatment plan her vet has her on, which includes
Interferon, Atopic and a steroid.  She was on dimethylgycine to build up her
red blood cells, she has been off the dimethlgycine for about two weeks now.



At this point all her all her blood work is normal.  She is putting on
weight; over 2 pounds since her diagnoses. To look at this little one you
would not even know she was sick. : )



I’m hoping someone could let me know anything about LTCI.  I’m not thinking
about change Kelsea’s med now, since she is doing so well.  I would just
like a little more information on LTCI. i.e. what kind of success has it had
in FeLV.  I am also wondering what are the chances the FeLV will go into
remission if it is in the bone marrow? Kelsea’s vet tell me that the chances
are very low, but I just need to know if it has happen to anyone out there.




Many Purrr to all,



Kelsea and Sharon ( Kelsea’s Mom)
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Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI

2010-12-09 Thread Hotmail Junk
My cat was diagnosed 2 years ago with the same thing. He went on an aggressive 
therapy of Interferon and LTCI with good results. He now test negative, 
however, with being on Prednisolone, it may just be hiding. My story is a very 
long one, with a lot of history! You are welcome to email me at 
cstet...@hotmail.com

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 9, 2010, at 7:34 AM, Sharon Fazio sharon.annfa...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi,
 
 
 
 I want to introduce myself and my very beautiful Ragdoll kitten Kelsea who
 tested positive for FeLV in the bone marrow ( I know it is not a good thing)
 .  Kelsea was diagnose with FeLV about 8 weeks ago.  Right now she is doing
 wonderful on the treatment plan her vet has her on, which includes
 Interferon, Atopic and a steroid.  She was on dimethylgycine to build up her
 red blood cells, she has been off the dimethlgycine for about two weeks now.
 
 
 
 At this point all her all her blood work is normal.  She is putting on
 weight; over 2 pounds since her diagnoses. To look at this little one you
 would not even know she was sick. : )
 
 
 
 I’m hoping someone could let me know anything about LTCI.  I’m not thinking
 about change Kelsea’s med now, since she is doing so well.  I would just
 like a little more information on LTCI. i.e. what kind of success has it had
 in FeLV.  I am also wondering what are the chances the FeLV will go into
 remission if it is in the bone marrow? Kelsea’s vet tell me that the chances
 are very low, but I just need to know if it has happen to anyone out there.
 
 
 
 
 Many Purrr to all,
 
 
 
 Kelsea and Sharon ( Kelsea’s Mom)
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[Felvtalk] Question on FeLV Treatments Fevers

2010-12-09 Thread brenda_osbourne

I introduced myself and my little FeLV girl Eden the other day. She'd had a 
couple of episodes of fever and anorexia last week. She was treated at my vet's 
office and was able to come home on Saturday. She's been doing pretty well but 
last night we noticed a big improvement in her. She was relaxing and cleaning 
herself rather then being curled up sleeping all the time. She looked so good 
and I was so happy to see her being pretty normal. I'm doing assisted feeding 
with her although she will eat small amounts of food on her own. And she is 
drinking pretty well too. The vet that treated Eden was not my regular vet as 
he was off last week but I had a chance to talk to him about Eden yesterday. He 
doesn't have much confidence in the current treatments for FeLV and said there 
are no studies that show that any of them offer any benefit. He said he's only 
had one person interested in doing interferon and it didn't do anything for 
their FeLV cat. He said he's willing to try it if I want to but I'm not sure if 
I should pursue it since Eden is now doing so well on her own. She is still on 
antibiotics. Her blood work showed low WBC and neutrophils but her red blood 
cells and hematocrit were normal so we know she's not anemic. We had an 
incident last night with one of our other cats that completely stressed Eden 
out and caused a bit of a set back. One of our other cats, who is completely 
crazy, just came out of nowhere and jumped Eden, knocking her over. Eden is a 
small cat, only 7 lbs, so it doesn't take much to knock her over. But she was 
not happy the rest of the evening and this morning seemed to wake up with a 
fever. But her attitude is still great, she ate for me this morning and as I 
left for work she was sitting in my husband's recliner just happily cleaning 
herself. She seems to have brief episodes of fever that seem to resolve on 
their own so I don't think I need to worry too much about those as long as 
she's still eating and drinking but I was curious if others see this in their 
FeLV cats too. It also seems that at least a few people have just automatically 
started treatment for their FeLV cats. Eden is young so we feel that she 
deserves every chance we can give her but I'm still on the fence about starting 
any treatment on her. Is there any general thoughts on when to start treatment 
or even if anyone should start treatments? 
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Question on FeLV Treatments Fevers

2010-12-09 Thread Natalie
I am still looking for something for my two asymptomatic adults - my vet has
no confidence in interferon because he has never seen significant results
with it.  He says that each cat is so different from another that a
treatment may help one but not the other. The first kitten I had years ago
was on interferon.  I am still doing research trying to find something that
could be used to boost the immune system, more than just Echinacea. A good
multiple vitamin supplement and a daily dose of CoQ10 is keeping my two
FeLV+ boys very healthy so far.  They are both about 5-6 years old and were
strays, probably abandoned.

Are you feeding her with Science Diet A-D?  Very easy to feed with a
syringe, if you have to. I also found that vitamin C in crystal form often
helps in bringing down a fever.
Natalie

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Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 11:44 AM
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Subject: [Felvtalk] Question on FeLV Treatments  Fevers


I introduced myself and my little FeLV girl Eden the other day. She'd had a
couple of episodes of fever and anorexia last week. She was treated at my
vet's office and was able to come home on Saturday. She's been doing pretty
well but last night we noticed a big improvement in her. She was relaxing
and cleaning herself rather then being curled up sleeping all the time. She
looked so good and I was so happy to see her being pretty normal. I'm doing
assisted feeding with her although she will eat small amounts of food on her
own. And she is drinking pretty well too. The vet that treated Eden was not
my regular vet as he was off last week but I had a chance to talk to him
about Eden yesterday. He doesn't have much confidence in the current
treatments for FeLV and said there are no studies that show that any of them
offer any benefit. He said he's only had one person interested in doing
interferon and it didn't do anything for their FeLV cat. He said he's
willing to try it if I want to
 but I'm not sure if I should pursue it since Eden is now doing so well on
her own. She is still on antibiotics. Her blood work showed low WBC and
neutrophils but her red blood cells and hematocrit were normal so we know
she's not anemic. We had an incident last night with one of our other cats
that completely stressed Eden out and caused a bit of a set back. One of our
other cats, who is completely crazy, just came out of nowhere and jumped
Eden, knocking her over. Eden is a small cat, only 7 lbs, so it doesn't take
much to knock her over. But she was not happy the rest of the evening and
this morning seemed to wake up with a fever. But her attitude is still
great, she ate for me this morning and as I left for work she was sitting in
my husband's recliner just happily cleaning herself. She seems to have brief
episodes of fever that seem to resolve on their own so I don't think I need
to worry too much about those as long as she's still eating and drinking but
I was curious if others
 see this in their FeLV cats too. It also seems that at least a few people
have just automatically started treatment for their FeLV cats. Eden is young
so we feel that she deserves every chance we can give her but I'm still on
the fence about starting any treatment on her. Is there any general thoughts
on when to start treatment or even if anyone should start treatments? 
 
Brenda
 
  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Question on FeLV Treatments Fevers

2010-12-09 Thread brenda_osbourne

Right now she's eating her regular canned food with NutriCal mixed in. She 
likes it alot and is now starting to show some interest in just eating it right 
off of a plate. 
 
I'm also looking for some immune boosters. Transfer Factor seems like a good 
one. I'm also wondering if anyone has used neupogen for low white blood cell 
counts? We use it here for our cancer patients but I've not heard of it being 
used in animals. 
 
Thanks for the tip about the Vit C. I'll check it out. 
 
Brenda
 
 Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 12:20:33 -0500
 From: at...@optonline.net
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question on FeLV Treatments  Fevers
 
 I am still looking for something for my two asymptomatic adults - my vet has
 no confidence in interferon because he has never seen significant results
 with it. He says that each cat is so different from another that a
 treatment may help one but not the other. The first kitten I had years ago
 was on interferon. I am still doing research trying to find something that
 could be used to boost the immune system, more than just Echinacea. A good
 multiple vitamin supplement and a daily dose of CoQ10 is keeping my two
 FeLV+ boys very healthy so far. They are both about 5-6 years old and were
 strays, probably abandoned.
 
 Are you feeding her with Science Diet A-D? Very easy to feed with a
 syringe, if you have to. I also found that vitamin C in crystal form often
 helps in bringing down a fever.
 Natalie
 
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 From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of
 brenda_osbou...@hotmail.com
 Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 11:44 AM
 To: Feline Leukemia
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Question on FeLV Treatments  Fevers
 
 
 I introduced myself and my little FeLV girl Eden the other day. She'd had a
 couple of episodes of fever and anorexia last week. She was treated at my
 vet's office and was able to come home on Saturday. She's been doing pretty
 well but last night we noticed a big improvement in her. She was relaxing
 and cleaning herself rather then being curled up sleeping all the time. She
 looked so good and I was so happy to see her being pretty normal. I'm doing
 assisted feeding with her although she will eat small amounts of food on her
 own. And she is drinking pretty well too. The vet that treated Eden was not
 my regular vet as he was off last week but I had a chance to talk to him
 about Eden yesterday. He doesn't have much confidence in the current
 treatments for FeLV and said there are no studies that show that any of them
 offer any benefit. He said he's only had one person interested in doing
 interferon and it didn't do anything for their FeLV cat. He said he's
 willing to try it if I want to
 but I'm not sure if I should pursue it since Eden is now doing so well on
 her own. She is still on antibiotics. Her blood work showed low WBC and
 neutrophils but her red blood cells and hematocrit were normal so we know
 she's not anemic. We had an incident last night with one of our other cats
 that completely stressed Eden out and caused a bit of a set back. One of our
 other cats, who is completely crazy, just came out of nowhere and jumped
 Eden, knocking her over. Eden is a small cat, only 7 lbs, so it doesn't take
 much to knock her over. But she was not happy the rest of the evening and
 this morning seemed to wake up with a fever. But her attitude is still
 great, she ate for me this morning and as I left for work she was sitting in
 my husband's recliner just happily cleaning herself. She seems to have brief
 episodes of fever that seem to resolve on their own so I don't think I need
 to worry too much about those as long as she's still eating and drinking but
 I was curious if others
 see this in their FeLV cats too. It also seems that at least a few people
 have just automatically started treatment for their FeLV cats. Eden is young
 so we feel that she deserves every chance we can give her but I'm still on
 the fence about starting any treatment on her. Is there any general thoughts
 on when to start treatment or even if anyone should start treatments? 
 
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[Felvtalk] Speaking of FVRCP protocol

2010-12-09 Thread Natalie
I wrote earlier that the latest protocol was to space the FVRCP vaccine to
every three years, NOT every year, as most vets still do.  I also mentioned
that when a cat receives the first two, spaced a month apart, and another
one year later, it should technically protect a cat for life (much like
vaccines for human babies)..

This is what I found:

 

http://www.caberfeidh.com/FelineTiters.htm 

The three simplest feline virues are feline panleukopenia (FPV), also known
as feline distemper or feline parvovirus, calicivirus (FCV) and
rhinotracheitis (feline herpes virus, or FHV). (They mention only three, but
most vaccines are a combination of 5 - FVRCP - Natalie)

Protection against these three diseases as the result of vaccination is
typically excellent and extremely long lasting (probably lifelong), although
it should be noted that cats who are immune to FCV and FHV from vaccination
or natural infection can still be re-infected by the viruses; they simply
will not become ill, or if they do, it's very mild. 

 

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[Felvtalk] FeLv alternative treatment

2010-12-09 Thread Natalie
So far, I have come across only these alternatives from Dr. McDougall.

Hasn't someone posted some herbal stuff, a tonic, a few months ago?

 

http://www.herbal-treatments.net/alternative-cat-treatments/leukemia-virus-f
elv.html  - at the very bottom, herbal treatments are suggested. You can
contact them regarding these herbs; I have.

 

http://www.catconnection.net/care/flv.php  - very basic info on FeLV

 

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Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI

2010-12-09 Thread Gloria Lane
Impressive! I'd like to know more.

Thanks for posting your info

Gloria

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 9, 2010, at 9:48 AM, Hotmail Junk cstet...@hotmail.com wrote:

 My cat was diagnosed 2 years ago with the same thing. He went on an 
 aggressive therapy of Interferon and LTCI with good results. He now test 
 negative, however, with being on Prednisolone, it may just be hiding. My 
 story is a very long one, with a lot of history! You are welcome to email me 
 at cstet...@hotmail.com
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 
 On Dec 9, 2010, at 7:34 AM, Sharon Fazio sharon.annfa...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Hi,
 
 
 
 I want to introduce myself and my very beautiful Ragdoll kitten Kelsea who
 tested positive for FeLV in the bone marrow ( I know it is not a good thing)
 .  Kelsea was diagnose with FeLV about 8 weeks ago.  Right now she is doing
 wonderful on the treatment plan her vet has her on, which includes
 Interferon, Atopic and a steroid.  She was on dimethylgycine to build up her
 red blood cells, she has been off the dimethlgycine for about two weeks now.
 
 
 
 At this point all her all her blood work is normal.  She is putting on
 weight; over 2 pounds since her diagnoses. To look at this little one you
 would not even know she was sick. : )
 
 
 
 I’m hoping someone could let me know anything about LTCI.  I’m not thinking
 about change Kelsea’s med now, since she is doing so well.  I would just
 like a little more information on LTCI. i.e. what kind of success has it had
 in FeLV.  I am also wondering what are the chances the FeLV will go into
 remission if it is in the bone marrow? Kelsea’s vet tell me that the chances
 are very low, but I just need to know if it has happen to anyone out there.
 
 
 
 
 Many Purrr to all,
 
 
 
 Kelsea and Sharon ( Kelsea’s Mom)
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Re: [Felvtalk] Question on FeLV Treatments Fevers

2010-12-09 Thread Sharon Fazio
Hi Brenda,

I have a 7 month old kitten who is also 7 lbs.  We started her on interferon
right away as she is FeLV + in the bone marrow.  When she was about 4.5
months she got real sick and her red blood count was 13. At that time we
found out she was FeLV+. Our vet recommend interferon along with steroids.
It has been about 8 weeks since she got sick and she gone from 4.7 lbs to
7.2 lbs.:) She happy and playing like you would expect a kitten to play.
Got a call from her vet last night and her last round of blood work is
great. I don't know how long that will last, but I think the interferon is
helping for now.

My kitten goes to be large vet hospital here in MA.  The vet that handling
my kitten case has been intouch with other vet hopital about my kitten,
which make me feel good about the care my kitten is getting. The vet did
tell us that interferon will not cure FeLV, but that cats on interferon
do live longer than cats who are not on interferon.

I don't know if this helps, but I thought I would share.


Take care,
Sharon




On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:44 AM, brenda_osbou...@hotmail.com wrote:


 I introduced myself and my little FeLV girl Eden the other day. She'd had a
 couple of episodes of fever and anorexia last week. She was treated at my
 vet's office and was able to come home on Saturday. She's been doing pretty
 well but last night we noticed a big improvement in her. She was relaxing
 and cleaning herself rather then being curled up sleeping all the time. She
 looked so good and I was so happy to see her being pretty normal. I'm doing
 assisted feeding with her although she will eat small amounts of food on her
 own. And she is drinking pretty well too. The vet that treated Eden was not
 my regular vet as he was off last week but I had a chance to talk to him
 about Eden yesterday. He doesn't have much confidence in the current
 treatments for FeLV and said there are no studies that show that any of them
 offer any benefit. He said he's only had one person interested in doing
 interferon and it didn't do anything for their FeLV cat. He said he's
 willing to try it if I want to but I'm not sure if I should pursue it since
 Eden is now doing so well on her own. She is still on antibiotics. Her blood
 work showed low WBC and neutrophils but her red blood cells and hematocrit
 were normal so we know she's not anemic. We had an incident last night with
 one of our other cats that completely stressed Eden out and caused a bit of
 a set back. One of our other cats, who is completely crazy, just came out of
 nowhere and jumped Eden, knocking her over. Eden is a small cat, only 7 lbs,
 so it doesn't take much to knock her over. But she was not happy the rest of
 the evening and this morning seemed to wake up with a fever. But her
 attitude is still great, she ate for me this morning and as I left for work
 she was sitting in my husband's recliner just happily cleaning herself. She
 seems to have brief episodes of fever that seem to resolve on their own so I
 don't think I need to worry too much about those as long as she's still
 eating and drinking but I was curious if others see this in their FeLV cats
 too. It also seems that at least a few people have just automatically
 started treatment for their FeLV cats. Eden is young so we feel that she
 deserves every chance we can give her but I'm still on the fence about
 starting any treatment on her. Is there any general thoughts on when to
 start treatment or even if anyone should start treatments?

 Brenda


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Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI, and FELV Fevers and Treatments

2010-12-09 Thread Andy Domek


Re: :LTCH--I've had reasonable success with LTCI.  If you do a search in the 
archives, you can read what I've written about my journey with my cat, Aggie.  
She's still kicking at 6 and a half years.  I've had her on Alpha Interferon 
every day of her life, 1 cc every morning (and after she suffered a seizure of 
unknown cause, every morning and evening).  She's also been on LTCI every two 
weeks since her WBC and neutrophils went downhill last Spring.  Her bloodwork 
has rebounded nicely, and she is currently asymptomatic, and very playful with 
a fine appetite and attitude.  I know this won't continue on forever, but for 
now--every day is a party with her.  
 
About the interferon, Aggie has been on it every day of her life from the time 
we adopted her.  She had zero symptoms of anything FELV related until she 
developed adenocarcinoma of the salivary gland (cancer) at the age of 5.  We 
had that removed in the Summer of 09, and as I mentioned above--she's still 
here.  I think the Interferon may have played a role in keeping her healthy for 
so long.  It isn't terribly expensive, at any rate. 

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Re: [Felvtalk] Question on FeLV Treatments Fevers

2010-12-09 Thread brenda_osbourne

Thank you for sharing your story Sharon. It really does help to hear what 
others are doing for their kitties. Our only other experience with FeLV was 
with our kitty Scampi who passed away earlier this year. Scampi was a feral cat 
that would only let us take care of him from a distance for about 6 years. He 
lived outside, we put food and water out for him and in the winter we put out a 
heated dog house for him that he loved. Scampi was already 7 years old when he 
finally decided he could trust us and that's when we found out that he had 
FeLV. He lived to be 13 and didn't have any problems at all. When we found Eden 
I guess we just assumed that she would follow the same path as Scampi so it 
sort of took us by surprise that she's already having some issues. We really 
didn't have to make any treatment decisions for Scampi because he didn't need 
anything. I guess I'm still not totally sure that Eden does either. She is 
certainly putting us through our paces. Earlier this evening she didn't seem 
like she was doing very well. Her breathing was very rapid, which it had not 
been before. We tucked her in somewhere comfy, went to walk the dogs and by the 
time we got back she was doing much better and even ate some of her dry food. I 
gave her some canned too and then she spent a good 15 minutes just cleaning 
herself. She's resting now and looks pretty comfortable. I'm going to talk to 
my vet more about her tomorrow and see what sort of plan we can come up with. 
 
I hope your little one continues to do so well. 
 
Brenda
 
 Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:54:23 -0500
 From: sharon.annfa...@gmail.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question on FeLV Treatments  Fevers
 
 Hi Brenda,
 
 I have a 7 month old kitten who is also 7 lbs. We started her on interferon
 right away as she is FeLV + in the bone marrow. When she was about 4.5
 months she got real sick and her red blood count was 13. At that time we
 found out she was FeLV+. Our vet recommend interferon along with steroids.
 It has been about 8 weeks since she got sick and she gone from 4.7 lbs to
 7.2 lbs.:) She happy and playing like you would expect a kitten to play.
 Got a call from her vet last night and her last round of blood work is
 great. I don't know how long that will last, but I think the interferon is
 helping for now.
 
 My kitten goes to be large vet hospital here in MA. The vet that handling
 my kitten case has been intouch with other vet hopital about my kitten,
 which make me feel good about the care my kitten is getting. The vet did
 tell us that interferon will not cure FeLV, but that cats on interferon
 do live longer than cats who are not on interferon.
 
 I don't know if this helps, but I thought I would share.
 
 
 Take care,
 Sharon
 
 
 
 
 On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:44 AM, brenda_osbou...@hotmail.com wrote:
 
 
  I introduced myself and my little FeLV girl Eden the other day. She'd had a
  couple of episodes of fever and anorexia last week. She was treated at my
  vet's office and was able to come home on Saturday. She's been doing pretty
  well but last night we noticed a big improvement in her. She was relaxing
  and cleaning herself rather then being curled up sleeping all the time. She
  looked so good and I was so happy to see her being pretty normal. I'm doing
  assisted feeding with her although she will eat small amounts of food on her
  own. And she is drinking pretty well too. The vet that treated Eden was not
  my regular vet as he was off last week but I had a chance to talk to him
  about Eden yesterday. He doesn't have much confidence in the current
  treatments for FeLV and said there are no studies that show that any of them
  offer any benefit. He said he's only had one person interested in doing
  interferon and it didn't do anything for their FeLV cat. He said he's
  willing to try it if I want to but I'm not sure if I should pursue it since
  Eden is now doing so well on her own. She is still on antibiotics. Her blood
  work showed low WBC and neutrophils but her red blood cells and hematocrit
  were normal so we know she's not anemic. We had an incident last night with
  one of our other cats that completely stressed Eden out and caused a bit of
  a set back. One of our other cats, who is completely crazy, just came out of
  nowhere and jumped Eden, knocking her over. Eden is a small cat, only 7 lbs,
  so it doesn't take much to knock her over. But she was not happy the rest of
  the evening and this morning seemed to wake up with a fever. But her
  attitude is still great, she ate for me this morning and as I left for work
  she was sitting in my husband's recliner just happily cleaning herself. She
  seems to have brief episodes of fever that seem to resolve on their own so I
  don't think I need to worry too much about those as long as she's still
  eating and drinking but I was curious if others see this in their FeLV cats
  too. It also seems that at least a few people have