Re: [Felvtalk] Charles

2013-08-14 Thread Margo
I'd sure prefer a diagnosis of lumphoma as opposed to FIP. Lymphoma is treatable, and can be survivable. Margo -Original Message- From: dlg...@windstream.net Sent: Aug 13, 2013 9:39 PM To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Charles Hope it isn't Lyphoma, I had

Re: [Felvtalk] Charles

2013-08-14 Thread Margo
Sorry. LYmphoma. Not lUmphoma... -Original Message- From: Margo toomanykitti...@earthlink.net Sent: Aug 14, 2013 7:23 AM To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Charles I'd sure prefer a diagnosis of lumphoma as opposed to FIP. Lymphoma is treatable, and can be

[Felvtalk] IFA tests/PCR tests

2013-08-14 Thread Shelley Theye
Hi, I want to bring Leo back in to get the IFA test. I was reading about the company that developed the IFA test, the National Veterinary Lab. Are they the company that most folks use or can my vet send to any lab, like Antech, etc. Is one lab considered more accurate than another? Are

Re: [Felvtalk] IFA tests/PCR tests

2013-08-14 Thread Katherine K.
Shelley, One of my vets (I'm in the US) did a PCR test, but another always does IFA (for kittens who test positive on snap ELISA) and that seems to be more common. I asked my vet why she chose the PCR test and she said it was more accurate. PCR results seemed to take longer than the IFA but I've

Re: [Felvtalk] IFA tests/PCR tests

2013-08-14 Thread Margo
Hi Shelley, This is coming from a very disgruntled person so take it all with a grain of salt:) I have pretty much given up on test results as accomplishing anything. They seem just about useless in the long run, from my experience. For many years I ran a rescue in FL. I was

Re: [Felvtalk] IFA tests/PCR tests

2013-08-14 Thread Shelley Theye
Thanks Katherine. I think I have heard that too about PCR accuracy. Shelley On Aug 14, 2013, at 10:05 AM, Katherine K. wrote: Shelley, One of my vets (I'm in the US) did a PCR test, but another always does IFA (for kittens who test positive on snap ELISA) and that seems to be more

Re: [Felvtalk] IFA tests/PCR tests

2013-08-14 Thread Shelley Theye
Hi Margo, Wow, that is frustrating, and you were being so very cautious. You're right, each type of test seems to rely heavily on the test being run properly, and how can we assure that? I will probably still do the IFA for Leo, and then if need be follow at some point with the PCR, etc.

Re: [Felvtalk] IFA tests/PCR tests

2013-08-14 Thread Lorrie
Margo, I rescue too, and I've reached the same conclusion as you have. This testing and retesting doesn't let us know what is really going on. It is so discouraging, as well as extremely expensive when you have a lot of rescued cats. Believe me I'd like to stop rescuing too, but what do I do

Re: [Felvtalk] IFA tests/PCR tests

2013-08-14 Thread Margo
Lorrie, when I said I quit, it's really just a rant. I can't quit because, like you, I have too many permanent residents. Aside from the local strays (which I've been s/n for 7 years, after retiring from Florida and cat rescueG) that show up, this year I have 4 kittens brought by their feral

Re: [Felvtalk] IFA tests/PCR tests

2013-08-14 Thread Lance
If I understood the AAFP retrovirus guidelines paper, PCR tests are the only test that will show regressive infection. Theoretically, regressive infections rarely if ever surface. In other words, a true negative on ELISA/IFA should not go positive later on down the line. Testing, like

Re: [Felvtalk] IFA tests/PCR tests

2013-08-14 Thread Amanda K. Payne
Like others who have replied, I have worked with cat rescues and have personal experiences w/ FeLV. I trust ELISA and IFA results if done properly. However, I wouldn't run a PCR test. I feel this test is EXTREMELY sensitive and any sort of mishandling will result in an untrustworthy result. One

Re: [Felvtalk] IFA tests/PCR tests

2013-08-14 Thread Lee Evans
You really have to decide why you are testing. If a cat is ill with the Mystery Illness, of course you need to run some tests to pinpoint what may be the cause of the illness. If you are adopting out, you probably should do a combo test without the heartworm part which I learned from this list