Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: Advice

2012-10-20 Thread Dawn Morrison
Today the vet gave me prednisolone to start. She'll be on the antibiotic, the 
pred and the cyproheptadine. I hate this disease.
 
Here's the rest of my post:
Someone else suggested pepcid, which I thought was odd but will bring it up 
 to my vet.
 Thanks for the food suggestions. I will try whatever I can. 
 This morning she was acting off again, although she did eat some dry food on 
 her own. It'll be a long weekend but I will do whatever I can for her. We 
 attempted to take her temp but that did not go so well.

--- On Fri, 10/19/12, dlg...@windstream.net dlg...@windstream.net wrote:


From: dlg...@windstream.net dlg...@windstream.net
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: Advice
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Cc: Dawn Morrison dlmgreen1...@yahoo.com
Date: Friday, October 19, 2012, 5:30 PM



after the line about Pepcid, I got a bunch of gibberish, combination of numbers 
and letters and symbols.  what happened?


 Dawn Morrison dlmgreen1...@yahoo.com wrote: 
 I was confused by the cerenia because she is not vomiting but my vet said 
 maybe she is nauseous and that could be adding to her not wanting to eat. She 
 did mention it's 4 or 5 days on/off. Someone else suggested pepcid, which I 
 thought was odd but will bring it up 
 to my vet.
 Thanks for the food suggestions. I will try whatever I can. 
 This morning she was acting off again, although she did eat some dry food on 
 her own. It'll be a long weekend but I will do whatever I can for her. We 
 attempted to take her temp but that did not go so well. 
  
  
  
 Friday, October 19, 2012 12:08 AM
 
 
 
 
 From: 
 
 Christiane Biagi ti...@mindspring.com
 
 
 
 To: 
 felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Sounds like ur vet is trying to gether to get rid of any infection.  In terms 
 of eating, I think ur vet is right on—give her anything she’ll eat.  Some 
 things I’ve used are Gerber stage2 ham, or turkey or beef (has no garlic or 
 onion—just plain); tuna “water” (from can); yogurt is good if she’ll take 
 it—helps with nausea/diarrhea from antibiotics.  All my cats seem to devour 
 Fancy Feast (chicken classic)—its like catnip! Lol  Basically, I go thru 
 refrig  try everything—cold cuts, cheese, cottage cheese—not necessarily the 
 best diet long term but I figure something is always better than nothing.  
 Sometimes, heating the food in micro just to get it warm (and smelly) helps.  
 There’s also the food trappers use to lure ferals—warm Kentucky Fried Chicken 
 (little warm pieces without bones).  Its not easy  very frustrating so hang 
 in there….  
  
 
 
 From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of 
 Sharyl
 Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:33 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Advice
  
 
 
 Dee, I'm sorry your cat is having problems.  Cerenia is typically Rx'd as an 
 anti-emetic (vomiting).  Some vets also Rx it for nausea even though there 
 are better drugs to use for nausea.  Each kitty is unique and Cerenia does 
 seem to help fight nausea in some cats.  Most in the FAF yahoo group give it 
 for 4 days then take a day off.  Not sure what you vet recommended.  The FAF 
 list members have found Cerenia to be a very effective and safe anti-emetic.
 
  
 
 Here is a link to a good vet article on meds used to control vomiting.  The 
 info on Cerenia is about 1/2 way down under the heading 'A new antiemetic 
 drug for dogs'.
 
 http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/avhc/content/printContentPopup.jsp?id=676860
 
  
 
 Hope this helps
 
 Sharyl
 
  
 
 
 
 From: Dawn Morrison dlmgreen1...@yahoo.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
 Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 4:50 PM
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Advice
 
 
 
 
 
 
 My 7yr old has up till this point shown no signs of the virus.
 
 Tuesday she was acting very odd and not eating. I took her to the vet, who 
 ran bloodwork.
 
 Her lympocytes were incredibly high, wbc was high (can't remember the 
 numbers), she had a 104 temp. She got injections of b12, steroid, antibiotic 
 and I was sent home with antibiotic and pain meds if needed and an appetite 
 stimulant. Wed she wouldn't eat again so I was syringe feeding her. I have 
 been giving her the anitbio and app stimulant. Today she started to eat on 
 her own, although I will still syringe to make sure she's getting enough 
 nutrients.  She also has IBD but the vet said to give her whatever she'll eat 
 at this point to at least get her wanting to eat again. We sent the bloodwork 
 out to a lab to assure the in house results were correct, they were. 
 
 My vet wants to start her on cerenia, keep her on the anitbio and the app 
 stimulant. We're basically going to take it day by day at this point. Since 
 she is now shedding the virus she is staying in her bedroom (which has a 
 screen door on it) but is a little stressed that she can't come out and visit 
 when we are home. I've been going in and visiting as much as possible but 
 it's hard when I'm gone for most of the day. We have

[Felvtalk] Fw: Advice

2012-10-19 Thread Dawn Morrison
I was confused by the cerenia because she is not vomiting but my vet said maybe 
she is nauseous and that could be adding to her not wanting to eat. She did 
mention it's 4 or 5 days on/off. Someone else suggested pepcid, which I thought 
was odd but will bring it up 
to my vet.
Thanks for the food suggestions. I will try whatever I can. 
This morning she was acting off again, although she did eat some dry food on 
her own. It'll be a long weekend but I will do whatever I can for her. We 
attempted to take her temp but that did not go so well. 
 
 
 
Friday, October 19, 2012 12:08 AM




From: 

Christiane Biagi ti...@mindspring.com



To: 
felvtalk@felineleukemia.org







Sounds like ur vet is trying to gether to get rid of any infection.  In terms 
of eating, I think ur vet is right on—give her anything she’ll eat.  Some 
things I’ve used are Gerber stage2 ham, or turkey or beef (has no garlic or 
onion—just plain); tuna “water” (from can); yogurt is good if she’ll take 
it—helps with nausea/diarrhea from antibiotics.  All my cats seem to devour 
Fancy Feast (chicken classic)—its like catnip! Lol  Basically, I go thru refrig 
 try everything—cold cuts, cheese, cottage cheese—not necessarily the best 
diet long term but I figure something is always better than nothing.  
Sometimes, heating the food in micro just to get it warm (and smelly) helps.  
There’s also the food trappers use to lure ferals—warm Kentucky Fried Chicken 
(little warm pieces without bones).  Its not easy  very frustrating so hang in 
there….  
 


From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Sharyl
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:33 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Advice
 


Dee, I'm sorry your cat is having problems.  Cerenia is typically Rx'd as an 
anti-emetic (vomiting).  Some vets also Rx it for nausea even though there are 
better drugs to use for nausea.  Each kitty is unique and Cerenia does seem to 
help fight nausea in some cats.  Most in the FAF yahoo group give it for 4 days 
then take a day off.  Not sure what you vet recommended.  The FAF list members 
have found Cerenia to be a very effective and safe anti-emetic.

 

Here is a link to a good vet article on meds used to control vomiting.  The 
info on Cerenia is about 1/2 way down under the heading 'A new antiemetic drug 
for dogs'.

http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/avhc/content/printContentPopup.jsp?id=676860

 

Hope this helps

Sharyl

 



From: Dawn Morrison dlmgreen1...@yahoo.com
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 4:50 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Advice






My 7yr old has up till this point shown no signs of the virus.

Tuesday she was acting very odd and not eating. I took her to the vet, who ran 
bloodwork.

Her lympocytes were incredibly high, wbc was high (can't remember the numbers), 
she had a 104 temp. She got injections of b12, steroid, antibiotic and I was 
sent home with antibiotic and pain meds if needed and an appetite stimulant. 
Wed she wouldn't eat again so I was syringe feeding her. I have been giving her 
the anitbio and app stimulant. Today she started to eat on her own, although I 
will still syringe to make sure she's getting enough nutrients.  She also has 
IBD but the vet said to give her whatever she'll eat at this point to at least 
get her wanting to eat again. We sent the bloodwork out to a lab to assure the 
in house results were correct, they were. 

My vet wants to start her on cerenia, keep her on the anitbio and the app 
stimulant. We're basically going to take it day by day at this point. Since she 
is now shedding the virus she is staying in her bedroom (which has a screen 
door on it) but is a little stressed that she can't come out and visit when we 
are home. I've been going in and visiting as much as possible but it's hard 
when I'm gone for most of the day. We have another kitty who we have to get 
tested in 2 months to see if she was exposed.

If anyone has suggestions or opinions I would appreciate it. Also, has anyone 
used cerenia and is there anything I should know about it?

Has anyone else gone through similiar experiences and can offer any advice?

 

Thanks in advance and sorry this is so long.

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[Felvtalk] Advice

2012-10-18 Thread Dawn Morrison
My 7yr old has up till this point shown no signs of the virus.
Tuesday she was acting very odd and not eating. I took her to the vet, who ran 
bloodwork.
Her lympocytes were incredibly high, wbc was high (can't remember the numbers), 
she had a 104 temp. She got injections of b12, steroid, antibiotic and I was 
sent home with antibiotic and pain meds if needed and an appetite stimulant. 
Wed she wouldn't eat again so I was syringe feeding her. I have been giving her 
the anitbio and app stimulant. Today she started to eat on her own, although I 
will still syringe to make sure she's getting enough nutrients.  She also has 
IBD but the vet said to give her whatever she'll eat at this point to at least 
get her wanting to eat again. We sent the bloodwork out to a lab to assure the 
in house results were correct, they were. 
My vet wants to start her on cerenia, keep her on the anitbio and the app 
stimulant. We're basically going to take it day by day at this point. Since she 
is now shedding the virus she is staying in her bedroom (which has a screen 
door on it) but is a little stressed that she can't come out and visit when we 
are home. I've been going in and visiting as much as possible but it's hard 
when I'm gone for most of the day. We have another kitty who we have to get 
tested in 2 months to see if she was exposed.
If anyone has suggestions or opinions I would appreciate it. Also, has anyone 
used cerenia and is there anything I should know about it?
Has anyone else gone through similiar experiences and can offer any advice?
 
Thanks in advance and sorry this is so long.
Dee
 
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[Felvtalk] Homemade Kitty Treats

2008-12-23 Thread Dawn Morrison
Does anyone have a recipe for homemade cat treats...one that their cats 
actually like and will eat?

Thanks
Dawn



  
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[Felvtalk] After Dental extraction - what to feed

2008-11-22 Thread Dawn Morrison
Bea had her dental surgery on Thursday and everything went well. She did have 
some blood in her urine after she came to and I'll be keeping an eye on that. 
Because of time and 4 teeth that gave the dr a hard time only the back teeth 
were extracted. I wish they could have all been done but safety first.
Yesterday she seemed to eat okay. She was picky on what she wanted but she was 
eating. Today she doesn't really want to eat. I've tried just about everything 
I can think of - wet adult, wet kitten even baby food (no onion/tomato) but 
she's just not interested. She'll take a couple of licks and that's it. I know 
she must be in some discomfort even with the pain meds. but I'm not sure what 
else to try. I have been mixing everything with some water to make sure she's 
at least staying somewhat hydrated. As far as I know she hasn't taken a drink 
from the water bowl yet.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what else I might get her to eat? I know 
she's hungry because she'll follow me into the kitchen and sit in front of 
where I prepare her food normally.

Thanks
Dawn



  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Buzz is gone

2008-11-22 Thread Dawn Morrison
Sue,
I am so very sorry for your loss.

 
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Subject: [Felvtalk] Buzz is gone

Today I had to have my sweet little kitty Buzz PTS.  I feel like a very
large piece of me is missing.

The first time I saw Buzz I fell in love with him.  He was terrified,
cowering between two up-ended mattresses in an unused bedroom at my
brothers' house.  He had been abused by neighborhood boys in an urban
area where my brother used to live.  When my sister in law, Lee, rescued
him he was very sick, full of parasites, starving and near death.  She
and my brother nursed him back to physical health but he was still
terrified of people. They named him Buzz Saw because of the way his
claws flew whenever anyone got near him.  That day Lee caught him in a
blanket and handed him to me.  I sat with him and gently pet him and
talked to him.  Within about 20 minutes he was purring. Before we left
that day he reached up to me and touched noses.

After about a week I talked my husband into keeping him.  When I brought
him home I put him into our study so he had a smaller space to get used
to, and to keep him separate from the other cats. When I took him to the
vet a few days later his feline leukemia test came back positive.  Buzz
was going to live in the study for quite a while so I filled it with cat
toys and a cat tree and pretty much spoiled him as much as much as I
could. Every evening I would spend hours with him.  I was working on a
computer project and he kept me company with that. That is how it was
from January of '07 to April.  At that point it was clear that keeping
him separate was not working.  We vaccinated the other cats for feline
leukemia and released Buzzy into the rest of the house.  He loved his
new freedom and became every ones quiet little shadow. He loved to watch
what was going on.  His favorite place was a window bench that looks out
on the bird feeder.  At night he either slept on a ledge right behind my
head or cuddled up next to me, purring.  When July came I noticed that
he seemed to have no energy and was not eating.  When we took him to the
vet the diagnosis was anemia.  With heavy doses of prednesolone his
health and red blood count began to come back.  I was so happy watching
my sweet boy gaining back his energy and appetite.  While he was
recuperating I would take him out to sit on the deck on my lap.  He
loved sniffing the outdoor smells and feeling the warm sunshine on his
fur.  He would sit and purr out there for as long as I could sit and
hold him.  In the evenings Buzzy loved to chase DaBird and the laser
pointer.  His blood was being tested every couple of weeks and soon it
was in the normal range.  We began to back off on the prednesolone.  For
several weeks everything was going well until the week that his blood
count started going the wrong direction.  I prayed that it was just the
one time but unfortunately not.  That horrible disease was in his bone
marrow and the medication was no longer helping.  For the last several
weeks I watched as he became more and more lethargic.  We offered him
every special treat we could think of to keep him eating and he would
nibble on those tidbits almost to the end.  He would sit all day on his
window seat and for the last week we carried him to the litter box.  He
always watched every move I made as I moved around the kitchen. Today
when he just put his head down in exhaustion instead of watching, I knew
it was time to say goodbye to my darling boy. When I took him to the vet
I told him how much I have loved him and asked him to meet me at the
bridge.  Then he went to sleep in my arms.  I will miss him so very
much, but now he is in a place where there is no feline leukemia.

Sue



  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Dental extraction - advice needed

2008-11-09 Thread Dawn Morrison
Thank you all for your words of advice and for informing me about the 
stomatitis group, I have learned a lot just from reading their posts.

After hearing what everyone has said and after all the research I've done - I 
believe having Bea's teeth extracted will be best for her. As with any decision 
I just need to get past my own fears and think of what is best for her in the 
long run. 

Karen M - For as much as I trust my vet, I would not have them do the full 
extraction.  My vet referred me to the specialist because like she said - Would 
you go to your family dr to have all  your teeth pulled?  However, it is very, 
very expensive - a lot more than I even thought but it's what needs to be done.

Right now Bea's surgery is tentatively scheduled for Dec 4th so I will keep 
everyone posted.
Thanks again.
Dawn


 

- Original Message - From: Dawn Morrison [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; [EMAIL PROTECTED]; felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 12:04 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Dental extraction - advice needed


I am posting this on a few groups - so I apologize for those who see this more 
than once. I just want to make sure I get as much advice as possible.

My FeLv+, Bea, has had recurring gingivitis since she adopted me a year ago. 
Her gums get red and swollen. We've tried numerous treatments 
(brushing,antibiotics,anti-virals,cleaning) but to no avail nothing is helping 
her. The anti-biotics worked but have since stopped (which has me worried on a 
whole other level).
Other than her gum issue she is a healthy 3 year old.

I took her to a dental specialist yesterday who said the best course of action 
at this point would be partial, possibly full extraction. He said it was 
stomatitis, but nothing like the pictures I've seen on it - beginning stages. I 
was wondering if anyone else has had either full or partial extraction done and 
could offer any suggestions/advice.
I know it's probably the right thing to do but I'm just wondering how others 
have adjusted to life with no or few teeth. And if anyone has experienced any 
complications I should be made aware of.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Dawn


  
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[Felvtalk] Dental extraction - advice needed

2008-11-07 Thread Dawn Morrison
I am posting this on a few groups - so I apologize for those who see this more 
than once. I just want to make sure I get as much advice as possible.

My FeLv+, Bea, has had recurring gingivitis since she adopted me a year 
ago. Her gums get red and swollen. We've tried numerous treatments 
(brushing,antibiotics,anti-virals,cleaning) but to no avail nothing is helping 
her. The anti-biotics worked but have since stopped (which has me worried on a 
whole other level).
Other than her gum issue she is a healthy 3 year old.

I took her to a dental specialist yesterday who said the best course of action 
at this point would be partial, possibly full extraction. He said it was 
stomatitis, but nothing like the pictures I've seen on it - beginning stages. I 
was wondering if anyone else has had either full or partial extraction done and 
could offer any suggestions/advice.
I know it's probably the right thing to do but I'm just wondering how others 
have adjusted to life with no or few teeth.  And if anyone has experienced any 
complications I should be made aware of.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. 
Thanks
Dawn


  
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[Felvtalk] Format

2008-08-02 Thread Dawn Morrison
Is there a way to format how we receive the posts? I find it very difficult to 
see where one post begins/ends.
There used to be numbers in the body that corresponded with the top of the 
email but they aren't there anymore.


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Re: [Felvtalk] rescue ($) friendly vet near Erie

2008-07-21 Thread Dawn Morrison
I am very familiar with the area as I'm from Erie, PA!
I don't know of a vet in Erie itself but can get him the name of a vet who is 
VERY cheap just outside Clymer, NY if he is interested. Depending on where he 
lives in Erie that might be too much of a drive. You are more than welcome to 
pass my email address along to him.
An aunt of mine uses him and has been very happy with his services.
Dawn


Someone on another list is looking for an inexpensive vet so that he can take 
in a stray he has found living outside his house in Erie.  He just lost a cat 
to crf and took in 2 new cats from the shelter and can't afford a lot to help 
this new Tom who just showed up.  Anyone familiar with the area?  I'm in GA and 
have no clue where Erie even is except I suspect it's near Lake Erie. lol.


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Re: AZT

2008-04-16 Thread Dawn Morrison
Gloria,
Besides the gingivitis, Bea is healthy! When I got home and started researching 
it I thought it sounded harsh too.
The vet said it would help along with the abx to keep her gingivitis under 
control. The AZT is a 24 day supply.
In what I've found (which is very little information) on AZT for feline use it 
does say it's very toxic if not used properly. The vet said she has another 
client who uses it and has had great success but did not elaborate and not 
thinking I didn't ask since I always get so overwhelmed when I'm there. I 
always think of questions after the fact.
At this point I don't think I'm comfortable giving it to her until I can talk 
to the dr and get more information. 

Thanks
Dawn









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Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 21:41:37 -0500
From: Gloria Lane [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Re: AZT
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
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I'm wondering, Dawn, what medically besides Gingivitis, is troubling  
your sweet kitty?  I'm wondering if that's a rather harsh remedy for  
the situation...?

Gloria




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] On Behalf Of Dawn Morrison
 Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 8:40 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: AZT


 Hello all-

 I once again had to take Bea to the vet for her gingivitis. She does  
 not have stomatitis, just gingivitis.

 This time I was given an antibiotic of Metronidazole(new to this as  
 well) and she also put her on Zidovudine/Azidothymidine  (AZT). The  
 AZT she said was an anti-viral. I have done some reading/research on  
 it but I'd like to get some personal opinions.

 Does anyone use AZT and what are your thoughts/opinions on it.


 Thanks

 Dawn




  

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Re: Sweet Buzz / Tucker

2008-02-07 Thread Dawn Morrison
Sue,
May I ask you about your cat Tucker and having to have all his teeth removed.
My Bea is FeLV +  I've been battling the same thing as Tucker - because of her 
FeLV status, she can't fight the bacteria on her teeth. I've been doing almost 
monthly courses of Clavamox/Prednisone. I've been brushing her teeth but that 
doesn't seem to be helping much. My vet suggested as a last resort full 
extraction.
Did you do any meds prior to the extraction? or have any advice/suggestions?

On a side note about Buzz and keeping him in a room by himself. I adopted Bea 4 
months ago and after spending 4 days with my other 2 cats we found out she was 
+. I struggled with keeping her in a room by herself or finding her a home 
where she could be free to roam. I did look some but in the end I knew she was 
best right where she was. She already knew me, had a routine and I already 
loved her. So now she lives in our spare bedroom (with all the amenities) which 
we put a cheap wooden screen door on so she can see and hear everything that is 
going on in our house. I do let her out of the room everyday for an hour or so 
with surpervised visits, although I am not suggesting mixing +  -'s it's just 
a personal decision I made. 

Dawn


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Thank you for your advise about Buzz, and I am so very sorry about your 
Brumley.  What an aching empty place they leave in your heart when they are 
gone!  It sounds like he couldn't have been in a better place for his last 
months, though. I just joined this group and I think the first thing I have 
learned is not to read these e-mails at work.  I sat at my desk this afternoon 
with tears rolling down my face when I read about Brumley.
Buzz is here with me in my computer room right now. He enjoys laying on my arm 
while I am trying to type.  I have set the room up like a cat playground with 
loads of toys, a chair by the window, a place to scratch and of coarse his food 
tray and litter box.  Even so he cries when he is left in here and it breaks my 
heart.  I bring him out and hold him often in the rest of the house and I can 
see that he wants to get down and play with the other cats. I am afraid to let 
him mingle with the others even if they are older cats.  Charlie is my big dumb 
dark grey boy. He loves everyone that comes near him, human and cat.  He loves 
to lick the other cats. If a cat could bounce along going doit de doy de doy 
with a huge smile on his face, that would be Charlie. He has asthma and for 
several months last year he had a lot of trouble with the feline herpes virus 
in his eyes.  Tucker is about the same age as Charlie (7).  He recently had to 
have all his teeth
 removed because his immune system was attacking the bacteria on his teeth.  He 
also gets spells where he acts drunk  (the vet calls it a vestibular episode).  
They only last for about a half hour and the vet has said to give him vitamin 
B1.  Because of these problems I am afraid that they might have problems 
fighting off the FeLV virus.  
Thank you for the advise about food, I will look into feeding Buzz something 
that is better.  Right now he gets IAMS dry food for indoor cats, and I heard 
that spring water is good for FeLV + cats, so he gets that also.  I still think 
he would be happiest in a home where he could roam the whole house and maybe be 
with other cats, but in the meantime I intend to do everything for him that I 
can.
I am not the best at computers, so if I am doing this incorrectly, I apologize 
and please feel free to correct me.
Thank you,
Sue
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  Subject: RE: Sweet Buzz


  I agree with everything Lance said.  I foster kittens and also have regular 
house cats and the fosters have a room- my bedroom which is actually 2 rooms 
put together-- that they live in.  As long as they have their clean environment 
(which I have to keep clean because it's my room!) and play and affection, they 
are fine with it.  Eventually, the ones I end up keeping may be integrated into 
being house cats, but I've been doing it this way for months and it's fine.  A 
lot of people on this list- or more so formerly on this list- have FELV+ rooms. 
 Many people even mix them because the transmission rate is very low- much 
lower than you would think- and vets have differing opinions on this (so do 
owners of FELV cats).  I had an FELV cat and he was my only cat for the 4 years 
I had him but I made that choice because he hated other cats (and that is 
probably why he had FELV to begin with- he was a fighter!) and I was so 
obsessed with him that I didn't
 want to expose him to any run-of-the-mill diseases that another cat could have 
that he maybe wouldn't be able to fight off as well b/c of his 

Re: Brushing Teeth

2008-01-31 Thread Dawn Morrison
Susan  Laurie,
Thanks. I will have to try the Petrodex Malt Flavor. I have the CET seafood 
flavor and I think a poultry flavored one. Bea doesn't like either - she always 
gives me a look like I'm trying to poison her. I tried what the Cornell website 
suggested on teeth brushing, didn't work. 
It's gingivitis. I don't think it's stomatitis, at least the dr never mentioned 
stomatitis. I didn't know about it until I read some posts so I did some 
research and her gums/mouth look nothing like the pictures I've seen on it.
The Clavamox/Prednisone treatment clears it up but usually in a months time 
it'll flare up again. I'm actually going to call in another round of treatment 
but a little nervous about keeping her on antibiotics.
The vet did mention full extraction but only as a last resort and it's not 
something I want to put her though if I can avoid it.
Thanks again.
Dawn

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Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 16:09:54 -0600
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Subject: Toothpaste Brand
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Dawn,

I use Petrodex Enzymatic Toothpaste in Malt flavor on Autumn. Autumn loves
it so much that she chased me down when I went to check the brand. I started
her out by letting her lick the paste off the brush and then flipped her
upside down in my lap and used the brush on her. From what I've read, you
only have to worry about the outside of the teeth and the gums so if you can
get the lips apart you can lightly scrub the teeth with the paste. Also the
little brush that comes with the paste is wedge shaped so you can gently
force their teeth apart for quick scrubs in the back.  Another sneaky mommy
trick that I used was to get her to bat at and attack the brush and when she
bit it or opened her mouth I could pop in for a quick cleaning. That doesn't
work as well as it used too - she knows. =^._.^=  They say to brush for
about 30 seconds and to always stop while it's still fun and not too
stressful. I also reward her for good behavior with a couple of hard, tartar
control treats after the brushing for positive re-enforcement. the package
says to do it 3 times a week, but I do it every day so I can have a
cumulative effect and I can cut things short, if she's particularly
uncooperative. Also this was the best way to get her used to the routine.
When I started she had red gums, bad breath,  and seemed to be having a hard
time with hard food, but now her mouth looks very healthy. Good luck!

~Susan A.



  Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 09:50:34 -0600
From: laurieskatz [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Re: Brushing Teeth
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
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Dawn, 
have been out of town so may have missed some discussion.
Does she have gingivits or stomatitis?
We had to give one kitty an antibiotic the first 5 days of each month and that 
controlled her stomatitis, after she had some teeth pulled.
We use the poultry flavored C.E.T. here. They lick it off the tiny brushes I 
use.
There are instructions for how to brush..and starting slowly...
If I can find them, I'll send the link.

(thanks for the EVO coupons, btw).

Laurie
  - Original Message - 
  From: Dawn Morrison 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 9:38 AM
  Subject: RE: Brushing Teeth


  Susan,
  Can I ask flavor/brand toothpaste you are using?
  Bea constantly has a case of inflammed gums. I've had her on 3 different 
courses of Clavamox and Prednisone, that seems to help for a while and then it 
starts up again.
  I've attempted to brush her teeth. She loves to play with the toothbrush I 
got her but the minute I pick it up and walk towards her she starts to stress 
out...and she clamps her mouth shut so tight I can barely pry it open - thus 
causing more stress. I've tried a couple toothpastes but she's just not 
interested in anything to do with me touching her teeth...I'm willing to take 
any suggestions.

  Thanks
  Dawn


  Message: 8
  Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 22:53:36 -0600
  From: Susan Ang [EMAIL PROTECTED]
  Subject: Brushing Teeth
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
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  In December, Autumn developed bad breath. I checked her mouth and her gums
  looked inflamed and a few of her teeth were yellowy. After Christmas, we
  went to PetSmart and got her a little red tooth brush and malt flavored
  paste. I expected a bit of a fight, but she loves the flavor and runs to get
  her teeth brushed every night. She doesn't like the brushing so much as
  licking the paste off the brush, but I am able to get some good, light
  scrubbing in. So far: no more bad breath and her gums look healthy. I don't
  know if anyone else had success with this? We also use tartar control
  treats. I don't usually post because

RE: Brushing Teeth

2008-01-30 Thread Dawn Morrison
Susan,
Can I ask flavor/brand toothpaste you are using?
Bea constantly has a case of inflammed gums. I've had her on 3 different 
courses of Clavamox and Prednisone, that seems to help for a while and then it 
starts up again.
I've attempted to brush her teeth. She loves to play with the toothbrush I got 
her but the minute I pick it up and walk towards her she starts to stress 
out...and she clamps her mouth shut so tight I can barely pry it open - thus 
causing more stress. I've tried a couple toothpastes but she's just not 
interested in anything to do with me touching her teeth...I'm willing to take 
any suggestions.
 
Thanks
Dawn


Message: 8
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 22:53:36 -0600
From: Susan Ang [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Brushing Teeth
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
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In December, Autumn developed bad breath. I checked her mouth and her gums
looked inflamed and a few of her teeth were yellowy. After Christmas, we
went to PetSmart and got her a little red tooth brush and malt flavored
paste. I expected a bit of a fight, but she loves the flavor and runs to get
her teeth brushed every night. She doesn't like the brushing so much as
licking the paste off the brush, but I am able to get some good, light
scrubbing in. So far: no more bad breath and her gums look healthy. I don't
know if anyone else had success with this? We also use tartar control
treats. I don't usually post because I'm a FeLV noob! However, I've learned
a lot  from this list and thought I'd post this since it worked well for
Autumn.

~Susan A.



  








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Re: Felvtalk Digest, Vol 36, Issue 35

2008-01-28 Thread Dawn Morrison
Susan,
Can I ask flavor/brand toothpaste you are using?
Bea constantly has a case of inflammed gums. I've had her on 3 different 
courses of Clavamox and Prednisone, that seems to help for a while and then it 
starts up again.
I've attempted to brush her teeth. She loves to play with the toothbrush I got 
her but the minute I pick it up and walk towards her she starts to stress 
out...and she clamps her mouth shut so tight I can barely pry it open - thus 
causing more stress. I've tried a couple toothpastes but she's just not 
interested in anything to do with me touching her teeth...I'm willing to take 
any suggestions.

Thanks
Dawn


Message: 8
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 22:53:36 -0600
From: Susan Ang [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Brushing Teeth
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Message-ID:
[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1

In December, Autumn developed bad breath. I checked her mouth and her gums
looked inflamed and a few of her teeth were yellowy. After Christmas, we
went to PetSmart and got her a little red tooth brush and malt flavored
paste. I expected a bit of a fight, but she loves the flavor and runs to get
her teeth brushed every night. She doesn't like the brushing so much as
licking the paste off the brush, but I am able to get some good, light
scrubbing in. So far: no more bad breath and her gums look healthy. I don't
know if anyone else had success with this? We also use tartar control
treats. I don't usually post because I'm a FeLV noob! However, I've learned
a lot  from this list and thought I'd post this since it worked well for
Autumn.

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EVO Coupon

2008-01-03 Thread Dawn Morrison
Hi everyone,

I received two coupons from Natura Pet Products (Evo) when I asked for a sample 
of their dry food for Bea. Which by the way they won't send out samples, got 
one from a local pet store. But it turns out Bea is not at all interested in 
their dry food anyway.

So I have two coupons that I'd hate to go to waste - $5 off and $3 off any bag 
or case of cans.
If anyone is interested please let me know.

Thanks
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Re: EVO Coupon

2008-01-03 Thread Dawn Morrison
Hi Laurie,

You were the first to respond, so I will send them in the mail to you tomorrow. 

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Dental Issues and Maintenance Antibiotics

2007-11-15 Thread Dawn Morrison
I took Bea to the vet last week when I noticed her breath was just horrible - 
more than just canned fish food smell and that her gums were very red. I hadn't 
noticed it much before and she'd been eating just find.
The vet said that her immune system is not breaking down the bacteria from the 
plaque/food on her teeth but he did note her teeth did not have much on them - 
he managed to scrape some off actually, all the while noting how well she was 
tolerating it!  Her gums were just as red as could be and swollen just along 
the tooth/gum line. He put her on a course of Clavamox for a week and I take 
her back this Saturday for a check-up. She's so irritated with me giving her 
the meds I haven't been able to get in there and look at her gums but haven't 
noticed the bad breath smell anymore.

My question is this...has anyone else had similar experiences good or bad, 
something that has worked/not worked with this type of dental problem? I know 
she's prone to dental problems being FeLV+

My next question is regarding maintenance antibiotics. The vet mentioned if it 
cleared up on the Clavamox that perhaps keeping her on an antibiotic might be 
what she needs. I have reservations about keeping her on something long term, 
especially antibiotics. Any thoughts on this?

Thanks
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Re: Vet Recommendation

2007-11-06 Thread Dawn Morrison
Barb - Thanks for all your research. The Cat Clinic was suggested from someone 
else as well, unfortunately they are a bit too far for me.

Dawn



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I use the Cat Care Clinic here in Madison and LOVE THEM.  They are fabulous.  
One of the vets has had FeLV+ kits of her own (I don't know if she does right 
now) and they are all very open to patient parents' bringing in information 
about potential treatments etc.

here's their website and #/email
http://catcareclinic.net/
608-238-2287
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life, doing what pleases him, and making me smile. 
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Subject: Vet Recommendation


I was wondering if anyone lived in the Far Northern Chicago area or Southern 
Wisconsin area (I live on the border of IL  WI) that knows of a vet that is 
familiar and treats FeLV.
I found a holisitc vet who I am happy with but would like a traditional vet. My 
current one doesn't deal much with FeLV.
I've spoken to a few others and have not been overly comfortable with them. 
Referrals are always best I feel.

Thanks
Dawn


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here's another thought - look here for vets closer to you - this is the link to 
the American Association of Feline Practitioners

http://www.aafponline.org/

Barb+Smoky the House Puma+El Bandito Malito

My cat the clown: paying no mind to whom he should impress. Merely living his 
life, doing what pleases him, and making me smile. 
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I use the Cat Care Clinic here in Madison and LOVE THEM.  They are fabulous.  
One of the vets has had FeLV+ kits of her own (I don't know if she does right 
now) and they are all very open to patient parents' bringing in information 
about potential treatments etc.

here's their website and #/email
http://catcareclinic.net/
608-238-2287
[EMAIL PROTECTED] 

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life, doing what pleases him, and making me smile. 
- Anonymous 



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From: Dawn Morrison [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 9:56:26 AM
Subject: Vet Recommendation


I was wondering if anyone lived in the Far Northern Chicago area or Southern 
Wisconsin area (I live on the border of IL  WI) that knows of a vet that is 
familiar and treats FeLV.
I found a holisitc vet who I am happy with but would like a traditional vet. My 
current one doesn't deal much with FeLV.
I've spoken to a few others and have not been overly comfortable with them. 
Referrals are always best I feel.

Thanks
Dawn


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Wendy,
Thanks for all the information you've found for me, I really do appreciate it. 
I did get a reco from Diane R for a vet close to me and a few others from 
friends of friends of friends as I've passed the word around.

Thanks to everyone!
Dawn





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Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 06:02:21 -0700 (PDT)
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Hey Dawn,

You might consider reposting

Re: Vet Recommendation

2007-11-03 Thread Dawn Morrison
Wendy,
Thanks for all the information you've found for me, I really do appreciate it. 
I did get a reco from Diane R for a vet close to me and a few others from 
friends of friends of friends as I've passed the word around.

Thanks to everyone!
Dawn





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Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 06:02:21 -0700 (PDT)
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Hey Dawn,

You might consider reposting this question with Chicago/S.Wisconsin in the 
subject line along with vet recommendation.  It might catch someone's attention 
who might otherwise not read the post since a lot of people scan posts.  I'm in 
Texas so don't know of any, but I hope you are able to find a good vet!

:)
Wendy

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Subject: Vet Recommendation


I was wondering if anyone lived in the Far Northern Chicago area or Southern 
Wisconsin area (I live on the border of IL  WI) that knows of a vet that is 
familiar and treats FeLV.
I found a holisitc vet who I am happy with but would like a traditional vet. My 
current one doesn't deal much with FeLV.
I've spoken to a few others and have not been overly comfortable with them. 
Referrals are always best I feel.

Thanks
Dawn


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From: wendy [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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Hey Dawn,

I searched the archives for 'Chicago' and found the info below. It's from 
Kerry, who I consider a trusted member of this group, and has been here on and 
off for at least two years:

Belinda--I'm sorry to hear about yr friend's bad experience. Awful, but it 
doesn't surprise me any more. I've used Drs Dodin and Dr Rovner for years and 
trust and like them both. They were at Higgins till recently and have both left 
(owner is a jerk-- tell your friend to avoid Dr Humphrey Roberts, the owner of 
Higgins).
Also tell her to avoid McKillips Animal Hospital, and the Mayfair clinic.)

But tell me where your friend lives and when I get back (22nd) I'll see if I 
can help further with nearer clinics. Kerry

Dr Dodin can be contacted at Abell Animal Hospital, 773 631 6727.

Scott Rovner, owner of Roscoe Village Animal Hospital, 3131 N Clybourn (almost 
next door to Emergency Clinic) tel 773 549 3131. Problem: his clinic is very 
new, and still a work-in-progress, and he may not be available every day.

Another housecall vet I've not used but that comes very highly recommended by a 
close friend who had to have her dog PTS. Dr Alisse Mawrence, 773 575 7387. She 
does evenings and weekends too. But she can take some time to respond -- she 
also works at Chicago Emergency Services.

Doctor Teuber at Higgins, 1705 W. Belmont (Paulina  Belmont), tel: 773 525 
0472.  I've only seen her once (yesterday) but i liked her. She was easy to 
talk to and responsive to ideas.


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Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2005 7:33 AM
Subject: Re: July 5 update on Flavia


Kerry when you get back from your trip, I would really like to know  what 
 vets you have seen, I just had a friend move to Chicago and she has  had 
 some horro experiences finding a vet she can trust.
 
 --
  Belinda
 Happiness is being owned by cats ...

Hi all
You may remember I sent out an email last week about a bad vet clinic in 
Chicago, McKillips. I sent the same email to a PAWS counsellor in Chicago, and 
she left me a message saying she'd never had  agood feeling about that 
clinic, and went on to say that people who had adopted a PAWS cat in the past 
recently took the cat to McKillips. The problem was blockage--and McKillips 
recommended, and then carried out, removal of the cat's penis. Has anyone heard 
of such a remedy for blockage? It seems extraordinary, to put it mildly. 
I'd welcome any/all feedback. Thanks, Kerry

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Re: Vet Reco

2007-11-01 Thread Dawn Morrison
Diane  Lance,
Thanks for the recommendations.

Lance, I really liked the Cat Care Clinic website and have actually been to 
their website before, unfortunately, they are a bit too far for me.

Dawn



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Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 10:11:16 -0500
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Hi, Dawn --

I live in Racine, WI, about 25 miles from the border.  When Patches was
diagnosed, our vet immediately said, You have some options and was
willing to work with us to treat him.  Unfortunately, he went downhill
so fast that we really didn't have a chance to see what treatment
options they were open to.  If you want to check them out, email me at
[EMAIL PROTECTED] and I'll send you their info.  Hope this helps.

Diane R. 



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I was wondering if anyone lived in the Far Northern Chicago area or
Southern Wisconsin area (I live on the border of IL  WI) that knows of
a vet that is familiar and treats FeLV.
I found a holisitc vet who I am happy with but would like a traditional
vet. My current one doesn't deal much with FeLV.
I've spoken to a few others and have not been overly comfortable with
them. 
Referrals are always best I feel.

Thanks
Dawn


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Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 10:34:05 -0500
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I used to live in Madison, and always heard excellent things about the 
Cat Care Clinic. Definitely check out their web site to see what you
think:

http://www.catcareclinic.net/

If I were to move back there, I'd definitely use them this time around.
The 
vet Ember went to was really nice, but I think probably too traditional
of a
traditional vet to be aggressive about treating FeLV.

Lance

On Wed, 31 Oct 2007 07:56:26 -0700 (PDT), Dawn Morrison
[EMAIL PROTECTED] said:
 I was wondering if anyone lived in the Far Northern Chicago area or
 Southern Wisconsin area (I live on the border of IL  WI) that knows of a
 vet that is familiar and treats FeLV.
 I found a holisitc vet who I am happy with but would like a traditional
 vet. My current one doesn't deal much with FeLV.
 I've spoken to a few others and have not been overly comfortable with
 them. 
 Referrals are always best I feel.
 
 Thanks
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Re: Glands

2007-11-01 Thread Dawn Morrison
Thanks for the info.
Bea is underweight (although I am fattening her up as much as possible) so 
finding the slightest lump on her would be easy to find. She is also a luv-bug.
I'm always worried about the littlest thing with her and I guess rightly so.

Dawn


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My guess would be that they want you too keep a close look out for early signs 
of Lymphoma.  But like Sally says below, a swollen lymph node can be a sign of 
a treatable infection too.  Lymph nodes can swell easily when they are doing 
their job and working to fight off an infection- anything from a URI, to a 
bladder infection.  They can be especially palpable in an slightly underweight 
cat.  I myself get noticeably swollen lymph nodes when I have certain 
infections and I've had it checked out by doctors and it's just kind of how my 
body works.  So it just sounds like your vet just wants you to be vigilant 
(which I think is a good thing for a vet to tell you)- but he/she should have 
explained the why.  Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but my vet told 
me that Lymphoma is the most common form of cancer in cats and dogs 
period...regardless of whether your cat is Felv+.  However, lymphoma is also 
the most common form of cancer for an Felv+ cat
 (and I think this is kind of why it's like Felv+ cats have so many strikes 
against them...that's two right there).  Unfortunately, lymphoma is what my 
Felv+ Monkee got.  I found a lump on the back of his leg around Easter this 
past year.  I found it really quickly because I was always touching him (he was 
my love-bug!), but it was pretty large.  It was a swollen lymph node, they did 
a needle biopsy and found Lymphoma.  We did chemo (which, given the chance 
again, I  probably would not go that route- I can discuss that another time if 
need be, but I won't go into it now).  We eventually had the lump surgically 
removed because even after a few rounds of chemo, it actually grew in size.  
Monkee then came down with anemia and he died in July.  

So, I'm not saying this is the route your cat(s) will take at all, I just think 
your vet wants you to be vigilant in looking for signs of an infection or 
possible lymphoma.  If you find a swollen lymph node, or any kind of lump on an 
Felv+ cat, I recommend calling your vet asap.

I hope this helps.  

Caroline K.  


Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 22:09:32 -0400From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]: [EMAIL 
PROTECTED]: Re: Glands
My Cat Junior always has a certain degree of swollen lymph nodes. In his case 
means he is fighting an infection. My first concern when I discovered them was 
lymphoma, so I had the vet do a needle aspiration to rule out cancer. In his 
case it showed inflammation and other stuff indication infection. He was put 
on antibiotics to aid him in fighting the infection. I have to go back to the 
tests to see what stuff is neutrophils was one thing that was found. 

I just got out of the hospital Friday from surgery, so I did not see where this 
was answered. I hope this helps. I always worry about my Junior. He has swollen 
glands right now and a URI, that won't go away.

Sally 
On 10/26/07, Dawn Morrison [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: 




I was wondering if anyone could tell me why I was told to keep an eye out for 
swollen glands in the neck of my cat.
Does the FeLV effect them or is it more of an immune issue?
I noticed one day they seemed a little swollen and then the next day they were 
fine.

Thanks
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Vet Recommendation

2007-10-31 Thread Dawn Morrison
I was wondering if anyone lived in the Far Northern Chicago area or Southern 
Wisconsin area (I live on the border of IL  WI) that knows of a vet that is 
familiar and treats FeLV.
I found a holisitc vet who I am happy with but would like a traditional vet. My 
current one doesn't deal much with FeLV.
I've spoken to a few others and have not been overly comfortable with them. 
Referrals are always best I feel.

Thanks
Dawn

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Re: Glands

2007-10-30 Thread Dawn Morrison
Sally, 
Thank you for replying. Hope you are recovering well from your surgery.
I've noticed her glands swell up just every once in a while but it concerns me 
when even the slightest change in her happens. 
I think I'll just keep an eye on them and if they're swollen for more than a 
couple days I'll run her to the vets. For right now it hasn't lasted for more 
than a day.

Thanks again and take care.
Dawn

Message: 4
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 22:09:32 -0400
From: Sally Davis [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Re: Glands
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Message-ID:
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My Cat Junior always has a certain degree of swollen lymph nodes. In his
case means he is fighting an infection. My first concern when I discovered
them was lymphoma, so I had the vet do a needle aspiration to rule out
cancer. In his case it showed inflammation and other stuff indication
infection. He was put on antibiotics to aid him in fighting the infection. I
have to go back to the tests to see what stuff is neutrophils was one thing
that was found.

I just got out of the hospital Friday from surgery, so I did not see where
this was answered. I hope this helps. I always worry about my Junior. He has
swollen glands right now and a URI, that won't go away.

Sally


On 10/26/07, Dawn Morrison [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

  I was wondering if anyone could tell me why I was told to keep an eye
 out for swollen glands in the neck of my cat.
 Does the FeLV effect them or is it more of an immune issue?
 I noticed one day they seemed a little swollen and then the next day they
 were fine.

 Thanks
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RE: Quality Foods

2007-10-01 Thread Dawn Morrison
I went out this weekend and purchased the Wellness Core dry and some cans of 
wet. Bea LOVES the wet food but wasn't all that interested in the dry.
I mixed the dry kitten food she'd been eating with some of the Wellness and she 
still wouldn't eat it. Finally I put down a bowl of just her kitten food and 
she ate half the bowl, poor thing probably thought I was starving her.
My husband said to just keep the mixed old kitten and new Wellness down and 
eventually she'll eatI'm not to sure about that.






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Message: 10
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 14:12:34 -0400
From: Caroline Kaufmann [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: RE: Engystol  Quality Foods
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Message-ID: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1


My cat and kittens really love the Wellness brand wet food (reccomended by my 
Holistic vet).  And I mean they LOVE it!  They eat it as if it's one of the 
brands like Sheba or Fancy Feast-- they just freak out over it.  You can also 
tell it's such a high-quality food just by the look of it and the smell...some 
varieties, like the adult wet formula, the one that has Lobster in it-- really 
smells like human food...it's crazy.  It's pretty expensive though.  I have my 
one year adult cat on Wellness adult wet and Wellness Core dry- which is 
Wellness's new high-protein food that is trying to take account for the raw 
food diet and translate that, as best it can, into a dry cat food.  I have had 
this one year old cat since the end of July and she came to me (as a two-time 
owner surrender) as skinny, frail, tiny necked, underweight more than a 
kitten-than-a-cat.  Already, she's packed on tons of muscle, but no extra 
weight.  She's matured into an adult cat
 overnight almost and she's not longer skinny and wimpy-- she's tough and beefy 
and all filled-out, but she doesn't have an once of fat on her body.  It's been 
really great to watch the transition and I do think it's all due to her diet, 
supplements and her happy home life.  
-Caroline 


Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 10:06:03 -0700From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]: Engystol  
Quality FoodsTo: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org







I took my little 2 year old, Bea, to a holistic/hemopathetic vet last night. He 
said she is doing very well and doesn't show any signs of the illness - thank 
God!
He put her on Transfer Factor Plus (which many of you had mentioned, thank you) 
and also Engystol.
I was wondering if anyone has heard of Engystol before or are currently using 
it?

He also gave me a very LARGE list of better quality foods wet/dry to put her on.
Does anyone have a particular brand they like over another? Pros/Cons to any 
brands?

I also wanted to share something he said to me. We were getting ready to leave 
and I asked if there was anything special I should do for her? He said Yes, 
she doesn't know she is sick - so don't treat her like she is.
I immediately burst into tears, this vet is a keeper.

Thanks
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Re: Quality Foods

2007-10-01 Thread Dawn Morrison
I forgot to type the last line asking if anyone has suggestions on how to 
transfer from one dry food to the next.

Thanks
D


- Original Message 
From: Dawn Morrison [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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Sent: Monday, October 1, 2007 10:16:44 AM
Subject: RE: Quality Foods


I went out this weekend and purchased the Wellness Core dry and some cans of 
wet. Bea LOVES the wet food but wasn't all that interested in the dry.
I mixed the dry kitten food she'd been eating with some of the Wellness and she 
still wouldn't eat it. Finally I put down a bowl of just her kitten food and 
she ate half the bowl, poor thing probably thought I was starving her.
My husband said to just keep the mixed old kitten and new Wellness down and 
eventually she'll eatI'm not to sure about that.






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Message: 10
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 14:12:34 -0400
From: Caroline Kaufmann [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: RE: Engystol  Quality Foods
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Message-ID: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1


My cat and kittens really love the Wellness brand wet food (reccomended by my 
Holistic vet).  And I mean they LOVE it!  They eat it as if it's one of the 
brands like Sheba or Fancy Feast-- they just freak out over it.  You can also 
tell it's such a high-quality food just by the look of it and the smell...some 
varieties, like the adult wet formula, the one that has Lobster in it-- really 
smells like human food...it's crazy.  It's pretty expensive though.  I have my 
one year adult cat on Wellness adult wet and Wellness Core dry- which is 
Wellness's new high-protein food that is trying to take account for the raw 
food diet and translate that, as best it can, into a dry cat food.  I have had 
this one year old cat since the end of July and she came to me (as a two-time 
owner surrender) as skinny, frail, tiny necked, underweight more than a 
kitten-than-a-cat.  Already, she's packed on tons of muscle, but no extra 
weight.  She's matured into an adult cat
 overnight almost and she's not longer skinny and wimpy-- she's tough and beefy 
and all filled-out, but she doesn't have an once of fat on her body.  It's been 
really great to watch the transition and I do think it's all due to her diet, 
supplements and her happy home life.  
-Caroline 


Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 10:06:03 -0700From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]: Engystol  
Quality FoodsTo: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org







I took my little 2 year old, Bea, to a holistic/hemopathetic vet last night. He 
said she is doing very well and doesn't show any signs of the illness - thank 
God!
He put her on Transfer Factor Plus (which many of you had mentioned, thank you) 
and also Engystol.
I was wondering if anyone has heard of Engystol before or are currently using 
it?

He also gave me a very LARGE list of better quality foods wet/dry to put her on.
Does anyone have a particular brand they like over another? Pros/Cons to any 
brands?

I also wanted to share something he said to me. We were getting ready to leave 
and I asked if there was anything special I should do for her? He said Yes, 
she doesn't know she is sick - so don't treat her like she is.
I immediately burst into tears, this vet is a keeper.

Thanks
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Engystol Quality Foods

2007-09-28 Thread Dawn Morrison
I took my little 2 year old, Bea, to a holistic/hemopathetic vet last night. He 
said she is doing very well and doesn't show any signs of the illness - thank 
God!
He put her on Transfer Factor Plus (which many of you had mentioned, thank you) 
and also Engystol.
I was wondering if anyone has heard of Engystol before or are currently using 
it?
 
He also gave me a very LARGE list of better quality foods wet/dry to put her on.
Does anyone have a particular brand they like over another? Pros/Cons to any 
brands?
 
I also wanted to share something he said to me. We were getting ready to leave 
and I asked if there was anything special I should do for her? He said Yes, 
she doesn't know she is sick - so don't treat her like she is.
I immediately burst into tears, this vet is a keeper.
 
Thanks
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Re: Transferring the Virus

2007-09-20 Thread Dawn Morrison
Tonya,

My 4 year old was tested (-) and vaccinated when she was 6 months old.
My 10 year old we inherited from family and as far as we can tell he had never 
been vaccinated.
Immediately after we learned Bea was positive (2 weeks ago today) we took them 
both in and had them tested (-) and vaccinated but the vet said it would be too 
early to tell if they'd contracted the virus, she said it would be at least 6 
months before we knew for sureand a long six months it's going to be.

Dawn





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Message: 15
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 21:35:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: catatonya [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Re: Transferring the Virus
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
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Have the two other cats ever been tested or vaccinated before?
  tonya

Dawn Morrison [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  Hello again everyone,
   
  Before I had Bea tested, she was with my two other catkids (ages 4  10 
years) for 4 days - sharing food (wet  dry), water and liter box. 
  It was only after that 4 days did we realize Bea tested positive (Elisa  IFA)
  We immediately took our other two in and had them tested (negative but too 
early to tell) and vaccinated.
  In anyone's opinion, how great of a chance do you think they will test 
positive in 6 months when I re-test them? Do you think there was enough 
exposure in those 4 days? I am particularly worried about my 4 year old because 
I fed them all wet food and she immediately eats anything that is leftover from 
all 3 bowls.
   
  Also, Bea is now quarantined in a bedroom by herself and I visit with her as 
much as possible when I am home - even sleeping with her at night time to give 
her some human contact (much to my husbands dismay). I wash my hands thoroughly 
when I leave the room and bea has her own bowls/water dishes that I keep 
seperate from my others. She has her own litter box as well. Is it possible to 
spread any of the virus from just walking around the room, transferring it on 
my clothes then walking through the rest of my house? I'm just so concerened 
I'm passing it around more.
   
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Re: Transferring the Virus

2007-09-19 Thread Dawn Morrison
Melissa and everyone,
Thanks for your input.
I am still highly concerned that my 4 year old will test positive since she 
would immediately eat the wet food that was leftover in the food bowl the FeLV+ 
ate out of and she was not vaccinated at the time. Only time will tell I guess, 
it's going to be a long couple of months waiting for the retest.

After the vaccination, I understood that they will test positive but not for 
very long afterwards. Our vet suggested having them retested in 6 months, she 
said by then we'll have a better idea if the virus has settled in their system.

Yes, I am the one living near Chicago who is looking for a home for Bea. Still 
looking for a home for the little one if anyone knows of someone!!
I am just so uncertain of keeping my positive and negatives together, I know no 
one knows the answer and it truly is a hard decision to make. I have heard pro 
and cons from both sides. I think my biggest concern is our 4 year old, she 
likes to play bite and Bea still have her claws. 

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Transferring the Virus

2007-09-18 Thread Dawn Morrison
Hello again everyone,
 
Before I had Bea tested, she was with my two other catkids (ages 4  10 years) 
for 4 days - sharing food (wet  dry), water and liter box. 
It was only after that 4 days did we realize Bea tested positive (Elisa  IFA)
We immediately took our other two in and had them tested (negative but too 
early to tell) and vaccinated.
In anyone's opinion, how great of a chance do you think they will test positive 
in 6 months when I re-test them? Do you think there was enough exposure in 
those 4 days? I am particularly worried about my 4 year old because I fed them 
all wet food and she immediately eats anything that is leftover from all 3 
bowls.
 
Also, Bea is now quarantined in a bedroom by herself and I visit with her as 
much as possible when I am home - even sleeping with her at night time to give 
her some human contact (much to my husbands dismay). I wash my hands thoroughly 
when I leave the room and bea has her own bowls/water dishes that I keep 
seperate from my others. She has her own litter box as well. Is it possible to 
spread any of the virus from just walking around the room, transferring it on 
my clothes then walking through the rest of my house? I'm just so concerened 
I'm passing it around more.
 
Thanks
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Need Home or Foster Home, Chicago IL

2007-09-17 Thread Dawn Morrison
Hello all,

I was wondering if you knew of anyone who would be willing to take in a 2 year 
old FeLV+ cat I adopted. I have two other cats that I do not want to risk 
exposing, although I may already have.
I am in the Chicago area but willing to travel to find her a good home.

Any information or other groups, websites you think may help me I would greatly 
appreciate it.

Thank you
D


   

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