Re: [Felvtalk] Charles

2013-08-13 Thread Belinda Sauro

 Has he been checked for Mediastinal Lymphoma?



On 8/13/2013 7:11 AM, Beth wrote:
Actually if you do an abdominal tap of the fluid you can pretty much 
tell just by looking at it if it is FIP. It is a very distinct, 
stringy, yellow fluid. I'm not a vet, but the 1st time I saw it tapped 
off one of my cats I knew exactly what it was.
But that is usually in the abdomen, not the chest, which is where the 
fluid seems to be in Charles. Fluid in the chest could be a heart 
condition, but that is usually not accompanied by swollen lymph nodes.


Glad he is feeling a bit better  hope the x-rays or ultrasound tell 
you what is going on.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Charles

2013-08-13 Thread Belinda Sauro

http://www.fabcats.org/owners/cancer/lymphoma.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphoma_in_animals

It is a very aggressive cancer but a very curable one, if it is this 
treatment would need to be started immediately.  I know of many cats 
that have gone into remission, some for many years only to die years 
late of something else.  It is generally a young cat cancer and like I 
said can be put into remission quickly but must be treated quickly.


I am on a feline lymphoma list if you are interested in learning more, 
we actually have a vet on the list who is very helpful.  You can join 
the list here is you would like to check into it:


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/feline_lymphoma/

I will say a prayer for you Charles I hope it is something that is 
treatable.



On 8/13/2013 7:11 AM, Beth wrote:
Actually if you do an abdominal tap of the fluid you can pretty much 
tell just by looking at it if it is FIP. It is a very distinct, 
stringy, yellow fluid. I'm not a vet, but the 1st time I saw it tapped 
off one of my cats I knew exactly what it was.
But that is usually in the abdomen, not the chest, which is where the 
fluid seems to be in Charles. Fluid in the chest could be a heart 
condition, but that is usually not accompanied by swollen lymph nodes.


Glad he is feeling a bit better  hope the x-rays or ultrasound tell 
you what is going on.


Beth



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Re: [Felvtalk] Charles

2013-08-13 Thread Belinda Sauro

Here is our website where you can also get info:

http://felinelymphoma.org/cms/

(one of these days I will get it completely finished :) )



On 8/13/2013 11:49 AM, Belinda Sauro wrote:

Has he been checked for Mediastinal Lymphoma?



On 8/13/2013 7:11 AM, Beth wrote:
Actually if you do an abdominal tap of the fluid you can pretty much 
tell just by looking at it if it is FIP. It is a very distinct, 
stringy, yellow fluid. I'm not a vet, but the 1st time I saw it 
tapped off one of my cats I knew exactly what it was.
But that is usually in the abdomen, not the chest, which is where the 
fluid seems to be in Charles. Fluid in the chest could be a heart 
condition, but that is usually not accompanied by swollen lymph nodes.


Glad he is feeling a bit better  hope the x-rays or ultrasound tell 
you what is going on.


Beth



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[Felvtalk] Just resubscribed

2012-12-18 Thread Belinda Sauro

Hi All,
   Apparently I wasn't subscribed anymore and didn't realize it.  I am 
subscribed again now.


**NEWS**

We now have a DOG, her name is Emma and we adopted her from a local 
rescue.  She is a chihuahua mix.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Caboodle Ranch link

2012-03-05 Thread Belinda Sauro
  I don't know what the truth is here but I do know PETA is no 
friend to any animal, they KILL more animals that, shelters, hoarders or 
abusers put together.  They are EVIL.  Their agenda is to make animal 
companionship illegal ... period!


http://www.petakillsanimals.com/

http://www.petakillsanimals.com/downloads/PetaKillsAnimals.pdf

This has been known for a long time ... take the time to learn the truth.


On 3/5/2012 7:29 AM, Heather wrote:
I'm just posting this link in case anyone is interested in hearing the 
other side of the story--I am not trying to take either side but 
thought this may be of interest to some.

�
I can't say which side is right--my guess would be neither and that 
the truth lies somewhere in between, however, PETA is absolutely using 
this case to try to fight the Florida Animal Rescue Act and for me, 
their involvement really skews things.� Again though just posting 
since this case has been discussed here.� Thanks!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Caboodle Ranch link

2012-03-05 Thread Belinda Sauro

 More Info on how great PETA is:

http://www.consumerfreedom.com/?s=PETAsubmit=Search

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/first_let_kill_all_the_animals_DnyhE723tSo64mkmmM9SUN

http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/24/documents-peta-kills-more-than-95-percent-of-pets-in-its-care/

**“PETA hasn’t slowed down its slaughterhouse operation,” said Rick 
Berman, CCF’s (Center For Consumer Freedom) executive director. “It 
appears PETA is more concerned with funding its media and advertising 
antics than finding suitable homes for these dogs and cats.”**


**PETA said in an April 2011 interview with Newsweek that the ‘no-kill’ 
policy simply wasn’t possible. ‘We would rather offer these animals a 
painless death than have them tortured, starved, or sold for research,’ 
Daphna Nachminovitch told the magazine.**


DISGUSTING  -- OK, I'm done now!

Thanks Heather for bring this to light.  I don't know anything about 
Craig or his rescue but my gut, intuition tells me the Live Journal 
story below is closer to the truth.

=

On 3/5/2012 7:29 AM, Heather wrote:
I'm just posting this link in case anyone is interested in hearing the 
other side of the story--I am not trying to take either side but 
thought this may be of interest to some.

�
I can't say which side is right--my guess would be neither and that 
the truth lies somewhere in between, however, PETA is absolutely using 
this case to try to fight the Florida Animal Rescue Act and for me, 
their involvement really skews things.� Again though just posting 
since this case has been discussed here.� Thanks!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Brutus Beefcake Please add to the CLS

2012-01-03 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi Sherry,
Please tell Marcia I am sorry for her loss, I have Brutus added to 
2011's losses.




On 1/2/2012 7:46 PM, Sherry DeHaan wrote:
I didn't get the chance to send this earlier,but sweet Brutus crossed 
the Bridge last Friday Dec 23,he was lucky to of had a home with our 
wonderful volunteer Marcia who lost several of the Sids kids that she 
took home this past year. Many of us had multiple losses in 2011,lets 
hope for a healthier year for our precious fur kids. Many blessings to 
all of my friends and support here on the felv group.You are all a 
blessing to me too  :)

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[Felvtalk] Urgent Positive Kitties need home or rescue, Mom and Baby

2011-11-17 Thread Belinda Sauro

Hi All,
 I got this email today, please be sure and pass this on to 
everyone you know and make sure they contact Rebecca at the numbers 
listed if they can help!



Please respond asap if you have anyone that could provide a young 
FELUK (FELV)positive Mom (6 mo.old) and a 12 week old baby a home or 
rescue...we will provide all shots up to date and spays. These 
cats are so sweet and gentle and we bathed them tonight and they were 
wonderful. They had been living outside and being fed by some caring 
people until they contacted us to rescue them. We have no facilities 
for Feluk (FELV)kitties and no place to isolate them. I am very upset 
at the possiblity that we may have to put them down because of this as 
they are so wonderful and trusting...the mom is a torbie and 
the baby a lilac tabby. *Please respond to 
wilowcreeksanctu...@roadrunner.com asap or call me at 859 236 7019 or 
859 583 8273. I will have to have someone by Friday the 18th of 
November.PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU 
KNOWTHANK YOU

Rebecca*
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Re: [Felvtalk] Please Share Thoughts on TNR Dilemma

2011-08-11 Thread Belinda Sauro

 Hi Bonnie,
   I would take her to your place, feed her right away so she knows 
that is your intention.  Also make sure she know your aunt's cat is 
there with you, she is and has been aware of that cat while she was at 
your aunts and it will give her some familiarity and may help keep her 
there.  Don't be discouraged if at first she disappears for a few days, 
she will want to check out her new neighborhood.  Just keep putting food 
out and in your mind picture her living there and welcome.  Hopefully 
she will decided survival is more important than territory.




On 8/11/2011 6:05 AM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:


Wish I would have thought to ask this yesterday!  Now I’m literally an 
hour away from needing to decide.


The problem is that my aunt (who’s tame housecat I took) also had a 
“feral” living in her large yard.  The cat showed up about 2 years 
ago, and for the past year I believe the cat has pretty much been a 
resident there (her only source of food?).


Yesterday I trapped her and took her to Forgotten Felines, the local 
and excellent TNR organization.  Guess what?  She had already been 
spayed.  That means some (fill in the blank nasty term) ‘person’ had 
just abandoned her!


So here’s the dilemma:  if I release her in my yard, she’s in a 
strange place.  The only thing holding her near will be my good 
heart.  If I take her back to my aunt’s house (which is to go on the 
market soon) god knows what will happen, where she will find food, and 
the next ‘trapper’ may not have as good a motivation as I do.


I see it as 50/50 for this poor cat.

But what would YOU do?

Thanks for your thoughts.

~Bonnie




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Re: [Felvtalk] Please Share Thoughts on TNR Dilemma

2011-08-11 Thread Belinda Sauro

Great idea!


On 8/11/2011 6:19 AM, kathryn mundell wrote:

Hi Bonnie,

I would try to bring her over to your house, but not directly outside.

Do you have a small room @ your house you can use for a few weeks?  If 
so, you should keep her in there - with litter, food  water  a place 
to hide (large box with hole in it  some towels will do just fine) 
while you get her accustomed to you as her new care giver.  Go in 
there everyday to be with her - even if you don't touch her.  Stay in 
there for at least a half-hour  read something out loud (normal 
voice) so she can get used to hearing you.


If you decide to name her - use her name over  over when you go in to 
feed her.  Praise her for being a smart  strong kitty.  etc.


Then after a few weeks, leave her in the room, but with a screened 
window cracked open a bit, so she can get used to the new neighborhood 
smells from inside.  That way, when you do finally let her out ( 
put her box outside too) she will already be familiar with the 
surroundings  won't be so apt to bolt or run off.


Good luck!  It will be worth the time  the effort!!!

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Re: [Felvtalk] FW: Sorry to Ask so much, but...

2011-08-11 Thread Belinda Sauro
   This is the same type of crate I used on my cross country trip 
with the kitties in the semi, I bought 4 of these, 2, 36 and 2, 42 
sizes, only difference is mine have 3 doors (one on the side too).  They 
are very nice, easy to fold and set up,


On 8/11/2011 9:18 AM, Natalie wrote:


http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Folding-Crate-Cage-Kennel/dp/B004G4W2I4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8qid=1313079277sr=8-6 
http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Folding-Crate-Cage-Kennel/dp/B004G4W2I4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8qid=1313079277sr=8-6 



*look at this one for 41.99 Opens from top and has 2 doors, 
apparently.*





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Re: [Felvtalk] Zombo Please add to the CLS :(

2011-07-25 Thread Belinda Sauro

Hi Sherry,
   I have added Zombo, so sorry, it's been a really rough week ... I 
feel like I've missed someone can you have a look when you're up to it 
and let me know, thanks.


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Re: [Felvtalk] OT - Please help Ivana

2011-07-24 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi Kelley,
Such a sad story and yes I can relate, I am very over protective 
and I have had a cat get out, so it definitely can happen.  Make sure 
that if he gets her back to get her microchipped, by law, at least in WA 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Please add Xana to the CLS

2011-07-20 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi Esther,
  I'm sorry to hear about sweet little Xana, I have added her to the CLS.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Umberto Please add to the CLS :(

2011-07-20 Thread Belinda Sauro

Aww Sherry, sound like a sweetie pie, when did he pass?

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Re: [Felvtalk] FW: request for counsel on BreAnne

2011-05-08 Thread Belinda Sauro
And baby food, make sure no onion and supplement with taurine, most 
kitties love baby food.  I use the beechnut meat flavors and gerber 2nd 
foods, they don't have anything but meat and water and a starch, no 
onion in them.


On 5/8/2011 2:16 PM, Natalie wrote:

Instead of an enema, which cats (nor we) really appreciate, why not try some
fiber?
Have you tried sardines, mackerel, Boston Market chicken (if there's one
near you), smoked ham, thin slices of roast beef - all those things are
great for fussy eating cats (one of those things might just be it).



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Re: [Felvtalk] FW: request for counsel on BreAnne

2011-05-08 Thread Belinda Sauro
  This was suggested to get her to eat, as for fiber you could add a 
little peas or squash baby food to it, my kitties preferred the peas, 
not too much or you will take the meat flavor away.  Maybe a 1/4 jar of 
peas to a jar of meat.


On 5/8/2011 2:33 PM, Belinda Sauro wrote:
And baby food, make sure no onion and supplement with taurine, most 
kitties love baby food.  I use the beechnut meat flavors and gerber 
2nd foods, they don't have anything but meat and water and a starch, 
no onion in them.



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Re: [Felvtalk] Question re positives negatives

2011-04-15 Thread Belinda Sauro
   My Bailey lived with his housemates from the time he was 5 
months old (tested positive then) until he passed of cancer at age 11 
years, they slept, ate, groomed and on occasion had little spats, none 
of his vaccinated housemates ever became positive.  I had them tested 
intermittently and they were always negative.  I lost Bailey in 2006 and 
his remaining housemates are still negative.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Question re positives negatives

2011-04-15 Thread Belinda Sauro
Bailey was really very healthy until his last year, he started 
having teeth problems and we had to pull a lot of his teeth, then he was 
fine for about 6 months and then stopped eating and became very anemic 
and lethargic and had constant diarrhea.  We did the bone marrow 
aspirate and they found pre cancer cells so we were pretty sure he was 
developing cancer somewhere but we couldn't find it.  We did 
ultrasounds, bloodwork but nothing was conclusive.  He had a feeding 
tube because he wouldn't eat anything and I could tell he was 
uncomfortable when he got fed, I asked my vet if he could possibly have 
pancreatitis but she said his bloodwork didn't bear that out.  I wish I 
had done the pancreatitis test but I didn't and after he passed 6 months 
later we did a necropsy and he had pancreatic cancer.  If I had done 
that test when I noticed his eating aversion I may have caught it before 
it turned into cancer ...


He never got any special food or meds until he got sick, then I gave him 
things to try and boost his immune system, but Bailey didn't like 
getting meds so I did only the bare minimum because stress is the worst 
thing for positives and getting meds was stressful for him.  With the 
feeding tube it was a lot easier and he got more stuff then.


On 4/15/2011 1:30 PM, Lynda Wilson wrote:

Belinda,

What a relief to hear!  I feel you are so lucky because I don't hear 
very many stories as yours. I have read that 85% of kitties that test 
positive on the IFA test, don't live past 3 1/2 yrs.  I'm so glad that 
you were able to enjoy Bailey as long as you did!  What meds did you 
have him on? 



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Re: [Felvtalk] Please add Lola to the CLS list :(

2011-03-30 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi All,
  I have added, Lola, Rosie and Muffy to the Candle Light Service, my 
condolences to all of you, their passing is so sad, but sweet little 
Lola really tore me up, I have a little one that looks just like her, 
she is small for her age and she is a joy I wouldn't want to not have in 
my life ... I can't imagine people being so self absorbed and cruel.


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Re: [Felvtalk] MaryChristine

2011-03-12 Thread Belinda Sauro
Thank you Gloria for letting us know, I had no idea she had any 
heart issues.  Please let her, through her friend know I am praying for 
her to have a speedy and full recovery.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Money in trust for cats........Legal aid

2011-02-28 Thread Belinda Sauro
yes I would be interested in WA state to make everything nice and legal, 
I have relatives who may not be happy with my decision ... if you know 
what I mean.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Sanctuaries

2011-02-25 Thread Belinda Sauro
If hubby and I die before my furkids, my sister gets our house and 
insurance and will take our kitties, she has 6 of her own and I trust 
her with my life.  She can sell the house or live in it and will have 
more than enough to take care of them for the rest of their lives.  If 
we all die in a car accident, my vet will get everything and said she 
will take care of our furkids.  Hopefully that covers them!!


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Re: [Felvtalk] Neutering males

2010-12-27 Thread Belinda Sauro
My Vet spays and neuters when they are 4 lbs, so all of my guys 
were done about a month ago.  2 boys and a girl, all did fine.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Rescue work

2010-12-22 Thread Belinda Sauro

Amen!!

On 12/22/2010 2:37 PM, Natalie wrote:

So did I!  We really should know to whom we send our money.  It is always
best to donate to local small groups - they always operate on shoestring
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Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Inegrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-06 Thread Belinda Sauro
   I had Bailey+ intergrated with my other as many as 7 negatives and 
none of them ever became positive.  He was 5 months old when I found him 
and I had him separated but while I was at work come to find out my Joey 
was sneaking under the door of Bailey's room and playing with him and 
exposing all of his housemates, didn't make sense to keep him separate 
after I discovered that.  He lived with his housemates for over 10 
years, they were all vaccinated.  They slept, ate, played, groomed and 
on occasion had spats and scratched and bit each other, nothing serious 
but there was blood drawn on occasion from the scratches, no one ever 
became positive in those 10 years.


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

2010-12-06 Thread Belinda Sauro

   That is on my checks too!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Spanky has large cell lymphoma

2010-12-02 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Stacy,
 I don't know if you already are on the feline lymphoma list but if you 
aren't i would suggest it, it is a wonderful list for support and 
treatment options.  You can find it here if you are interested:


http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/feline_lymphoma/

We also have a website with tons of info:

http://felinelymphoma.org

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Re: [Felvtalk] Spanky has large cell lymphoma

2010-12-02 Thread Belinda Sauro
This is not always the case I know of several FeLV+ kitties with cancer 
that did well, one lived for 4 years with treatment.  You need a good 
vet and a lot of luck but you will never know unless you try.  I 
wouldn't let a positive status alone dictate whether I tried treatment, 
whether its chemo or something else, every kitty is an individual and 
positive or not they are going to respond or not respond to treatment 
based on that.



Stacy,
I joined this group several months ago, and as sad as this is, all the 
FeLV+ with lymphoma die in a short period of time.  My little Buddy 
Cat was just over a year old when he died 9/23/10.  He was a stray we 
got when he was 6 weeks old 9/09 and was very sickly.  He recouped 
real quick.  At this time I knew nothing of FeLV or lymphoma.  12/09 
he was neutered and did great.  In June 2010 he had 2 large lymph 
nodes and was diagnosed with FeLV.  July, August September, we did 
absolutely everything not even weighing out the financial cost.  We 
truly loved this kitty and he was very special.  We tried LCTI, 
interferon, homeopathic, lasix, rutin, vitamins and chemo.  He had a 
will to live and didn't want to die.
His chest filled up with fluid several times and I had him tapped.  
The last time I took him to be tapped the vet killed him, she 
manhandled him.
The chemo, pred and LCTI did help, but even with chemo it only extends 
the life for a short time.  Felv + with lymphoma is a double whammy.  
I think one without the other is treatable and they can live much 
longer.  I am sorry to seems so cold about this, my heart is still 
very broken 2 1/2 months later.  We would have spent/did anyhting to 
save our Buddy Cat. 


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Re: [Felvtalk] Spanky has large cell lymphoma

2010-12-02 Thread Belinda Sauro
One thing you should know, large cell is very aggressive and needs to be 
treated as such, it spreads very quickly so treatment needs to be 
started pretty much immediately if you are going to treat. BUT it also 
responds to treatment fairly quickly if it is going to respond, so you 
will know fairly soon if treatment is going to work.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Spanky has large cell lymphoma

2010-12-02 Thread Belinda Sauro
And yes, some kitties get pretty sick in the beginning of treatment 
because the cancer isn't going to just lay down and die but once the 
cancer cells start dying off and they go into remission if the treatment 
works, you would never know they had ever been sick.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Spanky Fluid in chest

2010-11-24 Thread Belinda Sauro
 Just an FYI, diuretics can be used with kidney problem kitties it is 
just a very delicate balancing act.  I had to with Fred and another girl 
on the CRF list had to with her kitty for almost 2 years.  Fred also 
started having seizures and we got to the point where there was nothing 
more I could do and the diuretics didn't help with his last attack, he 
passed from heart failure.  Her kitty did much better but her kitty 
never had the seizure problem Fred developed.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Caesar Please add to the CLS :(

2010-11-22 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi Mike,
  Here is the Candle Light Service, we have had it for many years:

http://bemikitties.com/cls

there are many wonderful furkids remembered here.

I also have this website with info and photos of some of our positives:

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Re: [Felvtalk] Second Chance Xmas Fund Raiser

2010-11-17 Thread Belinda Sauro

Mike,
 Michael is a well known member of the group and does take in and take 
care of feLV+ cats, he has even taken some group member cats, hopefully 
one of them will speak up.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Second Chance Xmas Fund Raiser

2010-11-17 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi Mike,
  No offense taken, just wanted to let you know he was legitimate:)

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Re: [Felvtalk] Add my Chloe (FELV) to the Bridge list

2010-10-13 Thread Belinda Sauro
   So sorry to hear about Chloe's passing, I have added her to the 
candle light service.


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[Felvtalk] Someone Looking to adopt a positive

2010-10-07 Thread Belinda Sauro

Hi All,
  This is a new post the the FeLV ads board, anyone who rescues, this 
is someone in Flushing Michigan looking to adopt another positive to 
keep their current positive company:

http://www.bemikitties.com/felv/cgi-bin/suite/classifieds/classifieds.cgi?request=detailid=12544

Please be sure if you contact them with a possible adoptable to check 
them out carefully, I don't know anything about anyone that posts here.


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Re: [Felvtalk] for Melinda

2010-09-19 Thread Belinda Sauro
You can always build an enclosure to let them have some outside time.  
After 3 of ours all indoor all of their lives pushed out a screen and 
got out, one Bailey kept wanting to go out, so after him driving us nuts 
for a month or so rolling in front of the door and trying to get out 
every chance he had we decided to build an enclosure.  It is off out 
back door and we have a pet door in the kitchen window that they use.  
It is 21 feet by 22 feet in size and 8 feet high, our back door opens 
out to it and we and the kitties can spend time outside anytime they 
want, the top is covered with chicken wire to keep them in and the hawks 
out.  They love it!!!


Here are some pictures, this is before we added the pet door in the 
kitchen window and the steps leading up to it.


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Re: [Felvtalk] URGENT: help needed re: info on transfusions/epogen, etc

2010-08-24 Thread Belinda Sauro
 Baileys anemia was non regenerative and epogen and prednisolone kick 
started his red cell production and he did fine for almost 6 months, he 
passed from undiagnosed pancreatic cancer but his HCT when he passed was 
still at 33%.  He started the epo when his HCT was at 18%, it dropped to 
15% (this is normal for it to drop for 2 to 3 weeks), then started going 
up, when it got to 40% we started dosing once a week instead of 3 times 
a week and he did fine for almost 6 months.  You have to keep an eye on 
blood pressure as epogen can raise it.


Most Drs. freak out when it continues to drop thinking they are having 
an antibody reaction, that is not the case, sometimes it takes 2 to 3 
weeks to start working and sometimes the dose isn't high enough.


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Re: [Felvtalk] URGENT: help needed re: info on transfusions/epogen, etc

2010-08-24 Thread Belinda Sauro
PS.  My vet did more than 5 transfusions on a positive and never had 
problems.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Belinda Sauro

   What is the kitties potassium and blood pressure?

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Re: [Felvtalk] testing methods, and forms of leukemia

2010-07-09 Thread Belinda Sauro
  Bailey has a bone marrow aspirate because we couldn't find any reason 
for his anemia, it showed the virus was active and was destroying his 
new blood as fast as it was being produced and there were precancerous 
cells there, we could never find were the suspected cancer was and after 
he passed and a necropsy was done it was pancreatic cancer.  We put him 
on prednisolone, iron, and epogen and reversed his anemia.  His HCT was 
at 20%, went down to 18% by the time I got the epogen, went to 15% the 
first tow weeks while on it and then started going up.  It got up to 40% 
and we lowered the epogen dose from 3 times a week to once a week.  When 
he passed his HCT was at 33%, normal and he had been on the epogen for 
about 5 months, without it he would have died months before.


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Re: [Felvtalk] New Angel

2010-05-16 Thread Belinda Sauro

Hi Jody,
   I'm so sorry to hear about Bo, I have added him to the Candle Light 
Service, he is whole and healthy now and still with you in a different 
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Re: [Felvtalk] more about Kia

2010-05-02 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Are you suer he doesn't mean cancer and not FeLV?



This is when he told me her lymphocytes have dramatically increased just since 
the last workup a couple weeks ago. He is convinced she has circulating 
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Re: [Felvtalk] new to the list and to FeLV (litter eating)

2010-04-17 Thread Belinda Sauro
   Almost all cats I know that do this are anemic.  She should get her 
to the vet and have blood work done specifically looking for anemia and 
hemobartonella a virus positives are very prone to get, it comes from 
fleas and even if the test is negative I would start the cat on 
doxocycline and prednisolone.  It is very, very, very hard to find the 
parasites on a slide, I know of cats that have been tested 5 or 6 times 
before they actually found the parasite, thankfully their vets put them 
on the doxy and pred or they may very well have died. Hemobartonella is 
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Re: [Felvtalk] new to the list and to FeLV (litter eating)

2010-04-17 Thread Belinda Sauro
  Yes that should be added along with iron, all of these can be found 
in Nutrived:


http://www.calvetsupply.com/product/Nutrived_B_Complex_4oz/Veterinary_Nutritional_Supplements

this is the best palce I have found to buy this.

BUT if the anemia is because of hemobatonella this will not help, you 
need to have the cat on doxy or some other tetrocycline family 
antibiotic and prednisolone.



Diane, eating litter is a classic sign of anemia.  Here is the link to a Yahoo 
Anemia group.
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline_Anemia/

Anemia is common with FeLV+ kitties.  Your client could try adding some Super B Complex, B12 and folic acid to the kitty's food.  
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Re: [Felvtalk] i was wrong. it wasn't the ifa test the vet ran.

2010-04-10 Thread Belinda Sauro

Hi Laura,
   In many cases I would say this is true, because those animals are 
going to be the easiest to find homes for, and lets face it the ones 
that have health issues are going to cost the rescues lots of money to 
fix and many if not most people who adopt from rescues don't want to 
pay the ridiculously high adoption fee.

Rescues come and pick the prettiest and the fanciest dogs and cats; for the 
most part, there's very little actual rescue going on there.
That said, I work with many rescues and some of them actually go out of 
their way to find the ones they know are going to be euthanized to save, 
I am very proud of these groups, they spend a ton of money on getting 
these guy ready to be adoptable and it mostly comes out of their own 
pockets because right now donations are at an all time low.  One of my 
rescues in particular has recently spent thousands and thousands on dogs 
that have had to have major surgeries and took a whole litter and mom 
who ended up coming from the shelter with parvo, they saved every last 
one of them and it cost them a fortune.  They did get some donations but 
the majority of the money came from what they had saved up to use to 
rescue.  It completely drained their funds but all of those animals are 
alive and will eventually find good homes.  This rescue is in Maryland 
and they tirelessly work to pull those animals that will absolutely be 
euthanized.


My Lhasa rescue pulls and takes many, many seniors and behavioral 
problem dogs, seniors who have devoted their lives loving their human 
only to be dumped when they become a problem because of health issues or 
the owners have decided they want to travel or just don't want to 
bother anymore with their devoted pet ... sickening.  They also take 
many puppy mill dogs, many end up being forever fosters because it would 
be too traumatic to rehome them, they have a lot of issues, and then 
some do fine once they learn how to be a dog and are rehomed.  They are 
a nationwide group and have more funds at their disposal but they too 
deplete their funds constantly because of declining donations.  And yes 
every once in a while they take puppies or younger dogs because that 
does help bring funds in when they can easily adopt those into homes and 
get the adoption fee.  But they still spend alot more than they get in 
as far as donations go.  The head of this group lives in PA and is 
working with the state government to put the Amish Puppy Mills out of 
business and has really made a difference, many of them have closed and 
many more are closing.  The Amish are horrible when it comes to their 
animals, just horrible.


I just wanted to make a point for those rescues who really are in it to 
save the animals and are trying to educate the public to be responsible 
pet owners.  And you are right about one thing for sure, it is people, 
the irresponsible owners who don't spay/neuter that are to blame for the 
death of so many healthy animals.


Until we learn to value ALL life as worthy and more people understand 
that our pets have feelings and feel love for us and feel our love for 
them it will never change, people are selfish and many tell themselves 
animals don't have feelings and they are just an animal we will have 
this problem.


We as a nation and world are in a sad state of affairs, I don't have 
many close, personal friends because honestly I don't like most people!


*** Not anyone on my groups of course because we all think alike ... and 
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Re: [Felvtalk] some comfort

2010-03-24 Thread Belinda Sauro
Wow sounds like he is very talented and has a good connection with 
the spirit world.  I'm glad he was able to give you some comfort and let 
you know that Bridget is OK and well.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Brillo and Desmond Are Anemic

2010-03-22 Thread Belinda Sauro
All kidney issue cats that become anemic are non regenerative and get 
epogen, it saves their lives.  I know he isn't a kidney issues kitty but 
non regenerative is non regenerative!!


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Re: [Felvtalk] Brillo and Desmond Are Anemic

2010-03-22 Thread Belinda Sauro
  Doxy is one of the best drugs for a kitty with possible 
hemobartonella which positive kitties seem very susceptible to.  There 
are other drugs in the tetrocycline family but doxy is the one usually 
used.  There is another one that is used, it starts with an *I*, I can't 
remember the name of it but it is stronger for kitties that don't 
respond to doxy or may have a problem with it.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Brillo and Desmond Are Anemic

2010-03-22 Thread Belinda Sauro
PS.  Doxy tastes bad so you have to make sure they don't get a taste of 
it or they will be impossible to pill.


It took me a while to get the hang of pilling my furkids, Fred was 
really bad and hard to pill, but one day I just stopped thought about 
how I have seen the vet do (always so easy without any problems), and 
pictured in my head how they hold the kitties head with the palm of 
their hand pretty much covering the kitties top of the head and eyes and 
with their thumb and forefinger one at each corner of the kitties mouth 
and with the other hand with the pill between the thumb and forefinger 
use the middle finger to flip the chin down, put the pill way back in 
the mouth and close the mouth and gently blow on their face, they will 
swallow.  Of course all of this is done very quickly.


Once I got that down in my head I have never had any problems pilling 
any cat, mine or anyone else's.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridget has sent me another cat

2010-03-22 Thread Belinda Sauro

  That's great news, she knew you needed someone ... and they needed you!!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridget has sent me another cat

2010-03-22 Thread Belinda Sauro
I actually believe there are those who have cultivated the ability we 
all had as children to communicate with everything on this earth, most 
of us have forgotten how or been told it isn't possible.  I have a few 
such special people in my life and get great comfort when I am 
struggling with things like physical death.


I hope to someday un-clutter my mind and reconnect with that part of 
myself.  Anyone can do it, if you are interested in finding out more, 
there are several animals communication groups, I belong to 3 of them.  
One is a practice group the other 2 more social type groups.  It is a 
fun and learning experience.  I use to practiced a year or so ago but 
lifes craziness has made it impossible right now, I really need to make 
it a priority, just haven't.  Maybe that will be my goal for this year!!


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Re: [Felvtalk] Brillo and Desmond Are Anemic

2010-03-22 Thread Belinda Sauro
  The hemobartonella test is very, very hard to get a positive result 
on, it has to be taken at the precise moment the bugs are acting up or 
it will give a negative result. I know more than one cat that was 
positive but tested negative 4 or 5 times before they finally caught 
it.  Those cats that were put on doxy did well, those that weren't some 
died.  I will always put a cat that is anemic for an unknown reason on 
doxy to be on the safe side, especially a positive cat ... just my 
opinion but to me it isn't worth taking the chance of losing my furkid 
to something that is treatable.


How is haemobartonellosis diagnosed?

Sometimes the organism can be seen inside cells on a blood smear. To 
find them, a small drop of blood is spread over a microscope slide, 
stained and examined under the microscope. The number of organisms in 
the bloodstream can fluctuate dramatically. *There can be many observed 
in one sample, and a sample taken two hours later may reveal none.* A 
polymerase chain reaction (PCR) blood test to detect this hemotropic 
mycoplasma is available.


http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2102aid=293


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Re: [Felvtalk] Brillo and Desmond Are Anemic

2010-03-21 Thread Belinda Sauro
Has both of them been put on prenisolone and doxocycline?  When my 
Bailey was anemic he was put on epogen and his anemia resolved, his bone 
marrow aspirate showed the virus in his bone marrow but the epogen 
brought his HCT from a low of 15% to 40% in about 6 weeks.  Most vets 
are scared to death to use it so don't be surprised if you get 
resistance ... I am almost afraid and tired of repeating my success with 
it because so many vets seem terrified of the idea of using it and I see 
cat after cat die because of it.  But I promised Bailey I would, and in 
his honor I will continue to try to save every furkid I can with his 
story so I plug on  if it doesn't work the results are the same, 
your furkid will die, if it does work ...


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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridget is dead

2010-03-18 Thread Belinda Sauro
Now I have to say that is odd, they should have called you when it 
happened, right away when it happened.  When I lost my Buddie 
immediately after surgery.  My vet called to tell me she came through 
surgery just fine but a few minutes later she called me back and told me 
she had arrested in recovery.  They tried saving her but couldn't.


With my sisters cat they called while she was on the table to let you us 
know what happened and kept her alive until we could get there and see 
exactly how bad it was.  They kept her alive for a while to give my 
sister time to come to grips with what had happened and to make sure she 
wasn't going to pull out of it.  She never showed any signs of 
improvement and that was when my sister decided to let her go.



I never got to say goodbye. I handed her over and left her with strangers and left 
her to die without me. I don't know how long she'd been dead before the vet 
bothered calling - I left as soon as I got word  it only takes 15 minutes to 
get there, and she was stone cold and stiff as a board. This will haunt me for the 
rest of my life.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridget is dead

2010-03-18 Thread Belinda Sauro
PS.  I had the same guilt with Buddie, but she was so sick I knew there 
was a good chance she wouldn't pull through, I spent the night before 
telling her if she was ready to leave it was OK, it was her decision.  I 
did ask her to let me know she was OK if she did leave ... and she did.


Three days after she passed I got up to feed the cats for the last time 
before I went to bed, hubby was already sound asleep.  Went in the 
kitchen, got the food bowls ready put them on the floor and headed back 
to bed.  To my surprise the exercise room light was on, it was not on 
when I got up and went in the kitchen.  This was Buddies favorite room, 
she wasn't very social with the other cats and spent a lot of time in 
there to be alone.  I know she turned that light on to let me know she 
was OK ... I thanked her and went to bed with a smile on my face.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridget is dead

2010-03-18 Thread Belinda Sauro
  I agree, talk to her, Bridget will answer you in the best way she 
can.  My Mom and Dad come around on occasion, Dad with the smell of 
cigarette smoke, he loved his ciggies and Mom with the smell of fried 
chicken, she came everyday for a month before Bailey passed, I didn't 
put it together until after he passed, the smell immediately stopped, 
but for his last month I smelled it every single day and commented more 
than once that someone sure liked fried chicken.  I was assuming it was 
coming from outside.  It was Mom, she came to take Bailey home for me.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Epogen? Interfuron?

2010-03-17 Thread Belinda Sauro
   I'll give her the benefit of the doubt, but what exactly is she 
basing her information that FeLV+'s have such a bad experience with 
using epogen, because I have not heard of any studies that have been 
done on this to bear that out and if there is one I would like the 
reference so I can look into it and give it to my vet.


Amy never be afraid to say anything on this list, all I am saying is 
that in my experience your vets information is incorrect about the use 
of epogen.   Both from other people experiences that I know of that have 
FeLV+'s and from my vets experiences.


And there isn't a lot of information out there because most vets won't 
even try it and I am not lying when I say most vets are terrified of 
epogen in general and have no idea how to use it because in vet school 
they are taught that 30% or better of cats using it will have an adverse 
reaction to it.  That is old information and most vets who actually use 
it on a regular basis, mostly on CRF cats say that number is closer to 
10% or less and only after 5 months or longer of use.


And everyone here knows I have no love for Cornell, their information 
about FeLV had always been outdated and in my opinion inaccurate.  And 
years ago when most vets knew little to nothing about FeLV, their 
outdated information caused many positive, healthy cats their lives 
since they were then the only veterinary site with the most info out 
there about FeLV+, no matter it was inaccurate.


I see they have updated their info, still not perfect in my eyes but 
much better than it was years ago when people were freaking out about it:


This statement however is contradictory:

*Secondary viremia*, a later stage characterized by persistent 
infection of the bone marrow and other tissue. If FeLV infection 
progresses to this stage it has passed a point of no return: the 
overwhelming majority of cats with secondary viremia will be infected 
for the remainder of their lives.


It says it is to the point of no return but *ONLY the majority of cats* 
will remain infected for the remainder of their lives, doesn't add up, 
if it is to the point of no return then *ALL of those cats* would be 
infected the remainder of their lives.  Guess they got to cover their 
butts in case a cat does fight off secondary viremia.  I have heard of 
one cat that did but have no proof so can't say it has or hasn't happened.


*This is on their website:*
There is no scientific evidence that alternative, immunomodulator, or 
antiviral medications have any positive benefits on the health or 
longevity of healthy infected cats.


*Why is that?*

In my opinion because they won't spend the money to do those tests, but 
if you talk with many people using one or another of these treatments 
most are having good results, so since there isn't scientific evidence 
because no studies have been done, well I personally will go with people 
with positives that have experience using these types of treatments, but 
if you tell anyone at Cornell that, I'm pretty sure they will poo poo it 
and tell you it is a waste of your time and money.


*And this is my way of thinking and only my opinion.*  If my furkid has 
something that IS going to kill them if I do nothing, *or if what I am 
trying isn't working*, but there is something I can try that may work 
... I am going to try it.  If the options are for sure death and 
possible life, I'm going for the possible life, the out come is going to 
be the same if it doesn't work, but if there is a 1% chance it may work, 
I'm going for that 1% chance.  And thank god my vet knows me well enough 
to know that.  Now if she strongly feels that what I want to do is going 
to hurt my furkid she will argue with me but if she can't convince me, 
she knows I will go somewhere else to find a vet that will work with 
me.  If she can convince me then I won't do it.


My vet isn't perfect and she has made mistakes and there have been times 
when I didn't go with my gut and to be honest one of those times was 
when I felt Bailey had pancreatitis because of how he was acting when I 
fed him.  I asked my vet if it were possible and she said no she didn't 
think so because his gloucose and amylese didn't bear that out, well it 
doesn't always affect those values and in Baileys case my NOT insisting 
on a specific pancreatitis test probably cost him his life, because he 
died from pancreatic cancer, so he probably did have pancreatitis and 
left untreated it turned into cancer, and if that isn't the case that 
not treating it would have kept it from turning into cancer, if the 
cancer was already there at the very least doing the pancreatitis test 
would almost certainly have found the cancer and we could have treated it.


So I am sorry if I am coming off so strongly but if I can save one life 
because of the mistakes I made with Bailey it is worth it to me.


No vet is right 100% of the time and anyone who thinks they are is 
asking for trouble, my vet was wrong 

Re: [Felvtalk] Epogen? Interfuron?

2010-03-17 Thread Belinda Sauro
Here is some good info on anemia, it is from the CRF site but it 
explains some of the blood work results of an anemic cat and what they 
mean and anemia is anemia:


http://www.felinecrf.org/anaemia.htm#reticulocytes

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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridget is dead

2010-03-17 Thread Belinda Sauro

Yes it does:

But it was odd this morning when I dropped her off - he said You know, this can stress out 
a cat with leukemia  bring on symptoms. I'm just letting you know so you don't blame me if 
something happens. Well, yeah, we all know you need to keep these cats away from stress. 
How many cats have I had spayed or neutered with FeLV  they've been OK? Does this sound 
suspicious or what?


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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridget is dead

2010-03-17 Thread Belinda Sauro
Overdosing with anesthesia could easily be considered an accident.   I'm 
so sorry this happened, whatever the reason it certainly wasn't in any 
way your fault and being human we are raised to respect people in 
authority and wouldn't think a professional would purposely do harm to 
someone in their charge ... but it happens and as unsavory as it may be 
it is entirely possible this vet is a bad egg.  Being in his position of 
power he probably isn't too worried anyone is going to come after him.  
I've read enough horror stories about vets who have taken an oath to do 
no harm to our pets being monsters, it is *rare* but it does happen.  
Just out of curiosity is there any way to find out how many other 
positives he has had in his care have passed if there are any?


It may be entirely that her body just couldn't handle the procedure, the 
stress, anesthesia or some other part of it, but I would absolutely be 
suspicious knowing this vet thinks all FeLV+ cats should be euthanized 
and then saying what he said about things possibly going wrong and then 
my furkid just happens to die.  Sorry, sounds fishy to me.


There probably isn't anything that can be done except never take another 
positive cat to this vet and if it were me, I wouldn't ever take any cat 
to him for anything again.


If something was done you can rest assured it wasn't your fault in any 
way and Bridget is safe and OK where she is and if this vet did do 
something wrong, he will pay whether here or beyond, he will answer for 
all the things he did that were wrong and/or evil.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Casper Epogen shot

2010-03-17 Thread Belinda Sauro
   Wow, I paid 65.00 for a 1ml vial, it was a 2000IU and Fred was 
getting 0.15 also, there was enough in the 1ml vial for 8 or 9 shots.  
What size is your vial, I also bought mine at Walgreens in Washington 
state.  It was only $50.00 dollars for the same size and dosage at the 
Fred Meyer pharmacy.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Casper Epogen shot

2010-03-17 Thread Belinda Sauro
PS.  Why is he getting it daily the standard dosing is 0.15ml (more or 
less depending on weight), 3 times a week?


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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridget is dead

2010-03-17 Thread Belinda Sauro
Well, if he did another positive and he came through OK, then I 
would say it probably was just something that she physically wasn't able 
to handle ... maybe there was an underlying heart issue or some other 
issue that was unknown.  My sisters cat had something very similar 
happen, she was healthy as far as anyone knew but her cyst ruptured 
during surgery and she went into cardiac arrest and didn't get oxygen 
for too long, she was alive but her brain function was gone.  It killed 
my sister to give the OK for them to let her go, it was her first furkid 
and she was only 6 years old going in for a pretty much routine surgery.


It seems Bridget knew it was her time as was trying to let you know, but 
you are seeing it as guilt in not stopping something that was probably 
suppose to happen the way it did, she must have been done teaching and 
learning what she needed to here and was ready to go back to spirit.


I know it doesn't sound like I believe in these things most of the time, 
I do but I still also fight fiercely for every second of life here which 
makes it very hard to come to terms with death being a continuation of 
life in our other form, quite a war waging in me sometimes.


But please know, your premonition wasn't to make you feel like there was 
something you could do about what was probably meant to be, if she 
hadn't had the surgery and it was her time she would have passed a 
different way, sometimes there isn't anything we can do to stop life 
here from ending ... but it only ends in the physical for us left here 
which makes it seem so final when in reality we go on without 
limitations once we leave these physical bodies.


Bridget doesn't want you to feel anything but the love she still has for 
you and to know she is fine and no longer limited by the restrictions 
our physical lives put on us.  I hope she will visit you in a dream or 
some other way that will make it clear to you it is her and you can get 
comfort from that.


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Re: [Felvtalk] need some feedback on testing....

2010-03-12 Thread Belinda Sauro

If it is the difference between life and death, absolutely do the IFA test.

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Re: [Felvtalk] vaccination questions

2010-03-03 Thread Belinda Sauro
  I have asked my vet for a pass on vaccinations, my youngest is 8 yrs 
old and they have had enough vaccinations to be good for life.  I also 
have several with health issues.  She has OK'd it and so far no problems.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Stanley and Muscular Atrophy

2010-02-23 Thread Belinda Sauro

   hi Diane,
  It would depend on what his potassium level is.  When Fred had muscle 
wasting it was because of his low potassium, he was CRF and that is a 
known cause of low potassium.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Stanley and Muscular Atrophy

2010-02-22 Thread Belinda Sauro

What is his potassium level?

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Re: [Felvtalk] Los Angeles: Trying to save Tortie FELV+ kitten - SCARED ADORABLE

2010-02-01 Thread Belinda Sauro

  Looks like she has been taken in by a local rescue.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Sweet dreams little brother

2010-01-31 Thread Belinda Sauro

Jason,
  Sorry for your loss of little Mozart ... I have added him to the CLS, 
sleep soft Mozart.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Li Won has passed on

2010-01-31 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi Gloria,
  So sad, 23 what a nice long life she had, she is with her other 
momma now and so grateful for the care you gave her these last few 
years.  I have added her to the CLS ... sleep soft little Li Won.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Lyttle Guy passed away

2010-01-25 Thread Belinda Sauro

 Hi Jim,
  I'm so sorry to hear about your Lyttle Guy, sounds like he had some 
of the same problems Fred had at the end.  Once seizures start it really 
complicates things with heart problem kitties.


He is with you always in your heart and lives on in your memories.  He 
will let you know in his own special way that he is OK and close by.  
Take care of yourself.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Thurber Please add to the CLS :(

2010-01-23 Thread Belinda Sauro

 Sorry wrong group  :(

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Re: [Felvtalk] Thurber Please add to the CLS :(

2010-01-23 Thread Belinda Sauro

  This one here looks pretty good and has lots of sisal:


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=350307659347


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Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: a little help needed

2010-01-23 Thread Belinda Sauro

  Hi Michael,
 I would like to also put a widget up that I have you can see it here, 
it is a new program I had a programmer make for me, I figure a picture 
might help pull at the heart strings a bit, MC you can out this on your 
list too if you want.  You can see it here:


http://myfundit.com/index.html

Yours is the first one on the page, I am assuming the 
secondchanceme...@yahoo.com is you Pay Pal email, it needs to link to 
your PP email so the money goes into your account.  If your PP address 
is something else let me know so I can fix it.


If you have a picture you'd like to use send it to me, I'm using one of 
mine so there is something there.


Anyone with a website that would like to put it up can click the PLUS 
and copy and paste it.  It updates in real time when someone makes a Pay 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: a little help needed

2010-01-23 Thread Belinda Sauro
 OK, well it appears my real time isn't updating in real time but the 
money is going to Michael, would you verify that Michael.  My programmer 
is looking at it to see what the problem is.


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Re: [Felvtalk] OT: Pleural Effusion

2010-01-22 Thread Belinda Sauro

hi Jim,
  Is he on any lasix or spirnolactone, he should be on one or both?

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Re: [Felvtalk] OT: Pleural Effusion

2010-01-22 Thread Belinda Sauro

Hi Jim,
 Fred's fluid build up was in his lungs I think pleural effusion is 
outside of the lungs.  Fred's was congestive heart failure.  He was on 
lasix alone at first and it didn't seem to be helping so I added the 
spirnolactone, that made all the difference almost immediately.  Once I 
got him stable the spirnolactone was enough and I gave him fluids every 
4 to 6 hours dividing his 150 total, spirnolactone is much easier on the 
kidneys. That worked for a while but then he started having the seizures 
and it was all down hill from there.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridge list - SnuggleBunny and Calico

2010-01-11 Thread Belinda Sauro

Hi Gloria,
  Sorry for all your losses, boy you've had it rough.  I have added all 
your guys to the CLS.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Christian Please add to the CLS :(

2010-01-11 Thread Belinda Sauro

 Hi Sherry,
 Sorry to hear SID's has lost another baby, I have added Christian to 
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[Felvtalk] IMPORTANT - Anesthesia Recall - Ketemine

2009-12-23 Thread Belinda Sauro
   This is important there is a recall on Ketamine Hydrochloride 
Injection Anesthesia:


http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm195118.htm

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Re: [Felvtalk] PA or OH FeLV+ Cat Sanctuaries

2009-12-10 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Eating litter is usually a sign of anemia, was he checked for that?

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

2009-11-26 Thread Belinda Sauro
   Well Fred started having seizures 3 hours after his vet visit, we're 
not sure what is causing those but he is on phenobarbitol and those so 
far are controlled.  He is eating like a little piggy and drinking.  It 
takes about 2 weeks for them to get used to the effects of the 
phenobarbitol so he is pretty much out of it most of the day.  His legs 
aren't working right now even though he does try to get up and can walk 
a step or 2 before he loses his balance.


The blood work results show that there is possibly cancer, if so I would 
guess a brain tumor but the vet said it also could be from a severe 
inner ear infection, which he does have an inner ear infection, he was 
on drops only so I asked for the pills too, asked a week ago when we 
diagnosed him but the vet I saw then said it wasn't that bad and he 
didn't need them, they were obviously wrong and it has probably gotten 
worse again.  I'm going to tell my vet I want to keep him on the baytril 
for wahtever time he has left, this is the 5th time an infection has 
come back because the vet wouldn't listen to me.  He had an infection 
years ago that he kept getting back because they wouldn't leave him on 
the antibiotics longer like I requested.  Fred has a really bad time 
clearing infections and they really kick his butt so I have to be more 
forceful about that.


I know someone who's cat was on baytril for 8 years and she did fine.

Would appreciate prayers for Fred to get over this latest hurdle ... and 
yes I have told him if he is ready to go I am fine with that, he has my 
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Re: [Felvtalk] WBC/RBC/platelet count decreasing

2009-11-26 Thread Belinda Sauro

Hi Amy,
  Not sure if I told you that Bailey my + had non-rengerative anemia 
and epogen got his HCT up.  He started at 3 shots a week that you would 
be able to do at home, Fred is currently getting this for his 
non-regenerative anemia and in 4 weeks has gone from HCT 16% to 26%, 
that's about the only thing that is going right at this time, everything 
else is going to h*ll in a hand basket!!


Baliey HCT went from 15% to 40 percent on about 6 or so weeks and 
remained normal in the mid 30's until he passed from pancreatic cancer.  
He was on it over 5 months.  He would have died in a few weeks had  not 
started it, with those odds I didn't see any reason not to.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Introducing Cliff

2009-11-24 Thread Belinda Sauro
   Please do not give garlic or onions to kitties, it can cause Heinz 
body anemia and it is deadly:


http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-pet-nutrition/how-bad-is-garlic-for-cats.html

http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/humanfood.htm

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/cats-garlic-and-onions.html#

Some think a tiny amount of garlic is OK, but why take a chance, better 
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Re: [Felvtalk] WBC/RBC/platelet count decreasing

2009-11-24 Thread Belinda Sauro
Took Fred in today because he is getting weaker and weaker, his HCT 
is up to 27.5, so still going up, I think he has a massive infection 
somewhere, he does have an ear infection and is on ear drops for that 
but I think he has a urinary tract infection too.  Will have the results 
tomorrow.


If you do at some point decide to go with the epogen, remember it can 
take up to three weeks or longer to start the HCT going up so don't wait 
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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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Re: [Felvtalk] Kitten Problems - Please Help

2009-11-19 Thread Belinda Sauro
   Gloria, didn't you have some luck with your kitties and vitamin c 
when they had upper respiratory's.


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Re: [Felvtalk] update on Maggie's not acting normal, advice is appreciated

2009-11-18 Thread Belinda Sauro
   It sounds like she has tummy acid, Fred has been doing this 
lately and he will not eat when he feels like this.  He gets a 1/4 of a 
pepcid AC everyday for now, once his weight is up and his tummy feels 
better I will stop it if that every happens.


Make sure it is pepcid AC and not extra strength.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Kitten Problems - Please Help

2009-11-18 Thread Belinda Sauro
  When my Frankie got an upper respiratory, he had it for a long time.  
How long has Nibbler been on the antibiotic?


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Re: [Felvtalk] Maggie's not acting normal, advice is appreciated

2009-11-15 Thread Belinda Sauro
  My Bailey didn't do well on the interferon either, he was lethargic 
and didn't eat well, he also was on the 7 on, 7 off, I finally stopped 
using it and he was fine for years until he passed from pancreatic 
cancer.  Bailey was positive at 5 months of age when he found me, so 
pretty young too.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Wolfie Update

2009-10-25 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi Gary,
  Yep, am on both CRF lists ... He's been getting fluids for about 3 
1/2 years now, gets binders, potassium, heart meds and all kinds of 
other goodies.  He has been doing fairly well until the last 4 or 5 
months, he has lost all muscle mass in both back legs and is starting to 
really lose weight.


He is 18 1/2 and sleeps a lot but I guess at that age he as earned it!!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Wolfie Update

2009-10-24 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi Gary,
  Fred's anemia is not FeLV related, he is negative, would the 
acemannan still be something to consider if the anemia is from 
insufficient renal function vs FeLV+ status?  He is non regenerative 
anemia because of the renal insufficiency.


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Re: [Felvtalk] Wolfie Update

2009-10-24 Thread Belinda Sauro
   Thanks MC, I wrote to Hideyo and I think she wrote back will have to 
double check, I ended up getting the epogen because I needed to get Fred 
started on something right away and they could get that in 1 day.  He 
gets his second shot tomorrow.



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Re: [Felvtalk] Wolfie Update

2009-10-24 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Gary,
  I tried the test with a used syringe and Fred's fur wasn't anywhere 
near that wet yesterday so I think I figured out what happened.  When I 
tented and started giving him the shot, when he felt the epo going in he 
started to move and I pushed against him harder to keep him from pulling 
the syringe out so I think at that point the syringe may have gone in 
farther and out the other side ... but I think it was towards the end of 
the shot so didn't lose too much.  I am going to give him a little extra 
tomorrow though, his HCT has been slowly dropping over 4 or 5 years, he 
was at 28% when we first diagnosed him hyper-t  CRF 4 years ago and I 
know he was CRF a good year before that, someone had been peeing a lot 
for a while but I couldn't pin point who.  over the last year his HCT 
was between 24% and 20% but since a month ago it went to 16%.  My vet 
checked for bleeding there isn't any so it is because of his CRF.  We 
will check him again in 2 weeks after starting the epo.


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Re: [Felvtalk] OT: Fluid buildup in the chest

2009-10-24 Thread Belinda Sauro

Hi James,
  Glad to hear LG is feeling better, I will pray he continues to 
improve and does well.  Just curious they did check him for heart 
disease right?


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Re: [Felvtalk] Mystique Please add to the CLS :(

2009-10-23 Thread Belinda Sauro
   I'm so sorry for your loss Sherry, I have added Mystique to the 
candle light service.


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Re: [Felvtalk] OT: Fluid buildup in the chest

2009-10-23 Thread Belinda Sauro

 Hi James,
It sounds like Mediastinal (thymic) large B cell lymphoma, it 
usually hits younger cats and is very aggressive.  Here on our Feline 
Lymphoma website are some case studies on this type of lymphoma, it is 
one of those that usually responds well to chemo  and has a good 
survival rate.  But it is very aggressive and treatment needs to be 
started yesterday if that is what it turns out to be.  Look at the case 
studies under Mediastinal Lymphoma [chest cavity], Zoe Belle didn't do 
as well as the others but most did pretty good and got years of remission.


http://felinelymphoma.org/cases.html

This is a very knowledgeable and supportive list, I am on it for years 
when my Buddie was diagnosed with liver cancer.


http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/feline_lymphoma/

I'm really sorry to hear this devastating news about LG.

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Re: [Felvtalk] OT: Fluid buildup in the chest

2009-10-23 Thread Belinda Sauro

Sally,
   Did your cat specifically have mediastinal lymphoma, if so is this a 
new treatment, I have never heard of this treatment on the feline 
lymphoma list I am on??//


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