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

2010-12-10 Thread Sharon Fazio
Hi Andy,

The Internet is getting smaller and smaller everyday.  I have been reading
your posts on 910 pets about Aggie.  I guess when we get that bad news about
our fur babies we head for the web to learn more.  I so happy for you and
Aggie that she doing well.

 Our vet has Kelsea on Alpha Interferon 7 days on then 7 day off.  As of
Tuesday her CBC are great. She also very playful and great appetite. She is
gaining a little over a 1pound a month. Which is right on track for a
kitten.  Her attitude is awesome. All the vet tech at the veterinary
hospital we bring her to here in MA love her. I been the Mass Veterinary
Hospital so much that Kelsea that the  vet and I are on first name basis .

Since Aggie is asymptomatic does this meaning she still test postive for
FeLV even thou she showing no other signs of FeLV. I have heard of some cats
may test negtive after LTCI. Did Aggie FeLV show up in the  bone marrow, or
just the blood?

Part of me wants to put her on LTCI now, but the other parts just wants to
wait and see how she does.   Like you said this won't continue on forever,
but for now--everyday is a party with her.

Take care,
Sharon


On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 2:29 PM, Andy Domek oxjake...@hotmail.com wrote:



 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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[Felvtalk] Question about Interferon

2010-12-10 Thread brenda_osbourne

Many of you have said that you are using interferon to treat your FeLV cats and 
I'm trying to decide if we should start Eden on this as well. Nobody has 
mentioned any side effects from the treatment but I work with cancer patients 
and I've seen many patients treated with interferon and it is not well 
tolerated at all. In fact it is a treatment that is plagued with many serious 
side effects and in many cases the side effects are much worse then the 
symptoms of the patient's actual disease. So I'm wondering if the cats being 
treated are experiencing side effects or if the dose is so low in cats that the 
side effects aren't a problem. 
 
Thanks,
Brenda
 
  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Question about Interferon

2010-12-10 Thread Sharon Fazio
Hi Brenda,

At this time my kitten is tolerating the interferon.  It is my understanding
from my vet that some cats do have side effects with the  interferon. When
we put Kelsea on the interferon it was the right thing to do, she was very
sick kitten. I have to say I am very glad I did.  I'm not sure if I mention
in pass emails that Kelsea is on the interferon for 7 days then off for the
next 7 days, she only get 1 cc at night.

Let me know what you decide to do.  My thoughts are with you and Eden.

Sharon

On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 9:59 AM, brenda_osbou...@hotmail.com wrote:


 Many of you have said that you are using interferon to treat your FeLV cats
 and I'm trying to decide if we should start Eden on this as well. Nobody has
 mentioned any side effects from the treatment but I work with cancer
 patients and I've seen many patients treated with interferon and it is not
 well tolerated at all. In fact it is a treatment that is plagued with many
 serious side effects and in many cases the side effects are much worse then
 the symptoms of the patient's actual disease. So I'm wondering if the cats
 being treated are experiencing side effects or if the dose is so low in cats
 that the side effects aren't a problem.

 Thanks,
 Brenda


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Re: [Felvtalk] Question about Interferon

2010-12-10 Thread Gloria B. Lane
I've never had a cat that had a problem with interferon - but I'm  
assuming you mean interferon alpha, not omega (which I've never  
used).  I used daily interferon (1cc)


Another protocol is 3 days on, 3 off, as well as the one you used, 7  
days on and 7 off.


Tally used to be on this list, and I used her web site for interferon  
info - http://www.tallyville.com/interferon.html


Gloria



On Dec 10, 2010, at 9:53 AM, Sharon Fazio wrote:


Hi Brenda,

At this time my kitten is tolerating the interferon.  It is my  
understanding
from my vet that some cats do have side effects with the   
interferon. When
we put Kelsea on the interferon it was the right thing to do, she  
was very
sick kitten. I have to say I am very glad I did.  I'm not sure if I  
mention
in pass emails that Kelsea is on the interferon for 7 days then off  
for the

next 7 days, she only get 1 cc at night.

Let me know what you decide to do.  My thoughts are with you and Eden.

Sharon

On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 9:59 AM, brenda_osbou...@hotmail.com wrote:



Many of you have said that you are using interferon to treat your  
FeLV cats
and I'm trying to decide if we should start Eden on this as well.  
Nobody has

mentioned any side effects from the treatment but I work with cancer
patients and I've seen many patients treated with interferon and it  
is not
well tolerated at all. In fact it is a treatment that is plagued  
with many
serious side effects and in many cases the side effects are much  
worse then
the symptoms of the patient's actual disease. So I'm wondering if  
the cats
being treated are experiencing side effects or if the dose is so  
low in cats

that the side effects aren't a problem.

Thanks,
Brenda


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

2010-12-10 Thread Andy Domek

While Aggie doesn't have symptoms outwardly at present, she has always tested 
positive on bothe Elisa test and IFA tests from the time she was 3 months old.  
We've had her tested no less than 7 or 8 time--the most recent being after her 
cancer surgery in 2009.
 
She's been on LTCI every two weeks since June, so if she's still kicking in 
March or April of 2011, we might have her retested for the heck of it.  I doubt 
she will have seroconverted, but as you will know from 910 pets and others on 
this blog--it has apparently happened with others.  Not counting on it, but 
that sure would be nice.  If that did happen, I would still consider her as a 
positive, jut that there isn't enough virus to show up on tests.  
 

  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon

2010-12-10 Thread Andy Domek

Aggie has had interferon every day of her life since I've had her (for 6 and a 
half years) and has had no noticeable side effects.  But--she is still alive 
and happy, so I suppose you could consider that a side-effect.   Might also be 
chalked up to good luck, but I'm sure the Interferon hasn't hurt her. 
   
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon

2010-12-10 Thread brenda_osbourne

Thanks. I can do without the sarcasm. I'm just trying to figure out what's best 
for my girl. Eden has a very sensitive system and if there are side effects of 
any drug then no doubt she's going to have them. And no I don't consider still 
being alive as being a side effect and again, I can do without the sarcasm 
when I'm trying to make some very difficult decisions during a very stressful 
time. I work in the medical field so I'm well aware of what drugs can do to a 
body and I'm also aware of the great benefit they can offer. I like to know as 
much as I can before making any decisions when dealing with what has the 
potential to be a very toxic drug. 

I thank everyone else who has shared their stories and experiences.
 
Brenda
 
 From: oxjake...@hotmail.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:05:00 +
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon
 
 
 Aggie has had interferon every day of her life since I've had her (for 6 and 
 a half years) and has had no noticeable side effects. But--she is still alive 
 and happy, so I suppose you could consider that a side-effect. Might also be 
 chalked up to good luck, but I'm sure the Interferon hasn't hurt her. 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon

2010-12-10 Thread Andy Domek

Hi Brenda,
 
I had zero intention of being sarcastic!  I know you are just researching what 
is best for your baby, and I know how scary this is.  I meant no disrespect to 
you, or anyone else.  In thinking back over Aggie's life, I was honestly trying 
to think of anything that might be considered a side effect, and couldn't 
think of anything, so I wrote the only thing that came to mind as a joke.  
That's the problem with the written word--it is impossible to see tone on the 
page that if spoken in a conversation wouldn't even be an issue.
 
I am truly sorry for offending you during what is obviously a very difficult 
time.
 
Andy  


  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon

2010-12-10 Thread Gloria B. Lane
A friend of mine has an FELV cat (along with another non FELV cat;  
they're buddies).  She's had the FELV kitty on interferon alpha for  
several years - kitty has done extremely well.


Gloria



On Dec 10, 2010, at 1:05 PM, Andy Domek wrote:



Aggie has had interferon every day of her life since I've had her  
(for 6 and a half years) and has had no noticeable side effects.   
But--she is still alive and happy, so I suppose you could consider  
that a side-effect.   Might also be chalked up to good luck, but  
I'm sure the Interferon hasn't hurt her.   		 	   		

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[Felvtalk] Insight Please

2010-12-10 Thread Marnie
My shelter just took in a litter of 5 kittens. They are about 8 weeks old. The 
3 females tested possible for feline leukemia with the Idexx snap test and the 
2 males were negative. We retested from another batch of tests and the same 
thing. How is this possible if they are all from the same mother? Can anyone 
shed some light on this please? 
Marnie

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