Re: [Felvtalk] Insight Please

2010-12-11 Thread Hotmail Junk
Out of my 3 males from the same litter, only 1 tested positive. Their Mom has 
never tested positive. His brothers have always been negative. No doctor or 
specialist we have dealt with, can explain this.

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On Dec 11, 2010, at 5:43 AM, Beth Noren maxgoodb...@gmail.com wrote:

 Marnie,
 It is common for this to happen.  I trapped 5 plus mom, mom was
 snap negative, runt was positive, 4 others were negative.  6 weeks
 later one of the negatives got a fever, was retested, and was
 positive.  We think the first test was done too soon after his last
 exposure, there was not enough antigen yet in his body for the test to
 detect.  Some vets will wrongly try to tell you that they will all
 eventually test positive.  This is definitely not true.  Three of our
 negative littermates are now 4.5 years old and still negative.
As far as why this happens, there are a few different theories,
 but no one knows for sure.  One that I have heard is that they could
 be infected by a nanny cat.  In our case we only did the Elisa on the
 momma, then spayed and released her.  Had we done an IFA, she may have
 showed positive.  Following is a link to a chart which shows what
 testing path to follow based on the results that you are getting.
 
 http://www.felineleukemia.org/felvhlth.html
 
 Best wishes,
 Beth
 
 
 On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 12:52 AM, Marnie marni...@embarqmail.com wrote:
 My shelter just took in a litter of 5 kittens. They are about 8 weeks old. 
 The 3 females tested possible for feline leukemia with the Idexx snap test 
 and the 2 males were negative. We retested from another batch of tests and 
 the same thing. How is this possible if they are all from the same mother? 
 Can anyone shed some light on this please?
 Marnie
 
 
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI

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

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

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

2010-11-29 Thread Hotmail Junk
I second that Andy!! It is a wonder drug!

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On Nov 29, 2010, at 5:53 PM, Andy Domek oxjake...@hotmail.com wrote:

 
 Hi all,
 
 This is in reply to the poster  who asked about anyone with recent successes 
 with LTCI.  My 6 year old FELV + (since birth) cat, Aggie, has been on LTCI 
 since June and her bloodwork has improved a great deal.  For the first time 
 in her life, her WBC is firmly in the normal range.  Prior to this, low 
 normal of 4.2 was the best we had, and that was not often that it was that 
 high.  Usually 3.8 or 4.0 when we would run tests.  It was 4.8 as of the last 
 test a month or two ago (up from 2.0) two months prior.  
 
 She gets a shot every two weeks.  We started her when aspects of her 
 bloodwork started going steadily downhill: neutrophils, WBC, and platelets.  
 We were going to stretch it out to monthly, but she had a seizure when we 
 went longer (though now I suspect it might have been the insecticide that was 
 sprayed outside the house a few days before, --and she likes to sit at the 
 screen door) and it is two weeks for the forseeable future.  No seizures in 3 
 months (knock on wood), weight is good, and most recent bloodwork has been 
 the best of her life.  She also gets Alpha interferon daily (since birth--so 
 for 6 and a half years now), and I mix a little bit of astragalus into her 
 wet food every night (for the last year--since her surgery to remove an 
 adenocarcinoma of the salivary gland in July of 2009).
 
 While I don't think the LTCI is a cure, we did notice an improvement in 
 bloodwork, and the weight she started to lose came back.  I think it is 
 probably keeping her head above water.  I get weird when I talk about her 
 success--I'm always afraid I'm going to jinx her or something.  Stupid, I 
 know.
 
 I'm sorry I don't post more--when I try to hit the reply button at the 
 bottom of the archives page, it tells me it can't process my request.  But 
 hopefully this answers some of your questions!
 
 Happy to answer any more you may have.
 
 Andy 
 
   
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Re: [Felvtalk] Thank you for sharing Murphy's journey-we learned so much from all of you here!

2010-10-27 Thread Hotmail Junk
Alice,
I too live in Sacramento  you and I lots in common. Gray Cat goes to Akaal Pet 
Hospital in Carmichael. We have been fighting this for 2+ years.  I call Gray 
my $30,000.00 cat, but I wouldn't trade one penny for the joy he  his two 
brothers have brought into our lives!

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On Oct 26, 2010, at 7:14 PM, Alice Flowers aliceflow...@sbcglobal.net wrote:

 This has been a long journey and we have so much to thank all of you for. 
 First 
 of all, most of the people in our day to day lives haven't got a clue what we 
 are going through. We had Rosie to the vet today for her check up-she's been 
 sneezing a bit the last few days. She got her CBC drawn (results tomorrow) 
 and 
 she checked out perfect, but a little PennG and cypro to see if we can nip 
 the 
 sneezing-so far tonight she has not sneezed. I'll add the Lysine for good 
 measure. Murphy did sneeze right in her face a few times recently. She will 
 barely touch wet food the last week since Murphy hasn't been eating along 
 side 
 of her. Last night about 1 am she was wailing-carrying her toy around the 
 house. 
 Glenn got up and spent some time with her in the living room so I could get 
 to 
 sleep, I had to work today. Our vet was so kind-Dr Krysta at the Sacramento 
 Cat 
 Hospital and she said they have learned so much with Murphy and treating FeLV 
 with open eyes and minds. Thanks to this board, we discovered the Imulan 
 LTCI-they ordered it for us over a year ago. I believe it did give us more 
 time 
 with Murphy. Thanks to Dawn and the suggestion to try Rutin for the fluid in 
 his 
 lungs-the vet was amazed at how great his lungs sounded after a short time 
 with 
 the Rutin-she said they used it for another condition but had never 
 considered 
 using it for FeLV cats and the fluid in their chests with the Lymphoma. When 
 Rosie came home from the vet today, she searched the entire house for 
 Murphy-for 
 the first time in her life, she is solo. I'm not sure what to do, but time 
 will 
 help. I am so grateful for all of your support the last year or so. Our lives 
 are much enriched with learning how precious every day is. Gratefully, Alice, 
 Glenn and Rosie
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Re: [Felvtalk] Murphy is gone.

2010-10-26 Thread Hotmail Junk
Alice,
I was very sad to read this, this morning! My heart aches for you!! I know 
someday I will be in that position with Gray Cat  it makes me cry. Murphy was 
a very special kitty  had someone that loved  cared so well for him. I pray 
he is running around happy  healthy up in heaven.

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 Murphy has passed to the bridge tonight to join Buster, Oni, Jack and 
 Schatzi-Rosie's 4 brothers that passed last year. He was 2 1/2. Glenn and I 
 saw 
 in his eyes tonight that he was tired. He gave it all he had but in the end 
 FeLV 
 took him too.We will miss him so much-he filled the house with his incredible 
 personality. He always ran to the door to greet everyone-he never knew a 
 stranger. I will miss his big, poly-dactyl feet going clickity-click around 
 the 
 house and how he could leap up the wall and turn the light switch off and on 
 when he chased the laser toy. Rosie will miss giving him vampire kisses-she's 
 a 
 tough love kinda girl and she is the last Mohican of the 6 FeLV+ kitties we 
 began this journey with. Thanks to all of you for your kindness and caring. 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Murphy-still not eating or drinking

2010-10-21 Thread Hotmail Junk
Alice,
I have missed your previous emails. If it is anemia, can you afford a blood 
transfusion? Also Prednisolone works very well!

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 He is still refusing to eat or drink on his own. I am using a little syringe 
 to 
 give him water and plain Pedialyte and also some watered down AD food from 
 the 
 vet. While I was at work today, Glenn was able to carry him to the litter box 
 and he did pee in it (Murphy-LOL), so the plumbing is still functioning. He 
 spends most of his time sleeping, but for a short while tonight he actually 
 walked into the kitchen and sat down, I was able to give him his meds and 
 some 
 food and water with the syringe. He is still very pale and way too quiet. I 
 gave 
 him a Procrit shot last night with a prayer that he will bounce back, but I 
 don't know. Hopefully he will want to eat tomorrow. In July, he was like this 
 for 2 days, then began feeling better fairly quickly except for the sneezing 
 and 
 drippy nose. Got my fingers crossed and saying little purrayers all day long. 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Murphy-still not eating or drinking

2010-10-21 Thread Hotmail Junk
We do fluids for our cats too, it also helps.

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On Oct 21, 2010, at 6:34 AM, Laurieskatz lauriesk...@mchsi.com wrote:

 Natalie is right. It is very important to keep him eating, too. Cats can go
 into liver failure if they don't eat their normal amount of food. This can
 happen fairly quickly. 
 Check out the feline assisted feeding yahoo group for ideas and info.
 Prayers for you and Murphy.
 L
 
 Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy
 untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harass them, don't deprive them
 of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride
 yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your
 greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces
 of your foulness after you - alas, it is true of almost every one of
 us!~Fyodor Dostoyevsky
 
 
 
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 From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Natalie
 Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 8:24 AM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Murphy-still not eating or drinking
 
 Since fluids are so important to keep a cat from dehydrating and keeping
 organs functioning, an option might be about 100-150 mL of subcutaneous
 fluids given daily or every second day - it's easy to learn how to do
 yourself and saves a lot of lives in the long run!  Could your vet give
 Murphy an injection of Vitamin C, B12 etc - could be a great booster.
 Natalie
 
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 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Alice Flowers
 Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 12:45 AM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Murphy-still not eating or drinking
 
 He is still refusing to eat or drink on his own. I am using a little syringe
 to 
 give him water and plain Pedialyte and also some watered down AD food from
 the 
 vet. While I was at work today, Glenn was able to carry him to the litter
 box 
 and he did pee in it (Murphy-LOL), so the plumbing is still functioning. He 
 spends most of his time sleeping, but for a short while tonight he actually 
 walked into the kitchen and sat down, I was able to give him his meds and
 some 
 food and water with the syringe. He is still very pale and way too quiet. I
 gave 
 him a Procrit shot last night with a prayer that he will bounce back, but I 
 don't know. Hopefully he will want to eat tomorrow. In July, he was like
 this 
 for 2 days, then began feeling better fairly quickly except for the sneezing
 and 
 drippy nose. Got my fingers crossed and saying little purrayers all day
 long. 
 Alice
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Re: [Felvtalk] Add my Chloe (FELV) to the Bridge list

2010-10-11 Thread Hotmail Junk
My heart hurts for you! My prayers are with you!!

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On Oct 11, 2010, at 4:53 PM, Gloria B. Lane gbl...@aristotle.net wrote:

 My Chloe died today - she's a gray and white FELV kitty, a lovely and sweet 
 kitty.  I got her in Sept 2005, from a lady in Oklahoma named Jennifer.  
 Jennifer had been a vet tech, and had FELV cats, but when her baby developed 
 serious problems and she needed to pass her specia needs cats on to someone 
 else, and I took them.
 
 One by one they have passed on.  Chloe was the last - she was 15 or 16, claws 
 had grown out, and she was having some kidney problems.  Fall is so dry, it 
 seems to be hard on kidney cats.
 
 Chloe was a sweetie and had a soft and gentle passing.  I kept covering her 
 and trying to keep her hydrated and warm, but she said no mom, I don't want 
 the cover on me. Sleep soft sweet Chloe.
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Questions about FeLV

2010-09-28 Thread Hotmail Junk
We use prednisolone. Our cats hematocrit was 9%. we did a blood transfusion. We 
also used LTCI injections and Interferon. He now tests negative, although we 
still battle with anemia.

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 Hi, my cat was the picture of health about two weeks ago. She’s 2 years
 old, female, spayed, orange tabby. She would literally bounce off the walls
 running around the house. She’s so wonderful ♥
 
 Anyway, about two weeks ago, she started sleeping constantly, and one day
 (9/17) I noticed her nose, gums, and pads had turned white…instead of
 their normal pink. So I took her in and they took some blood…said that day
 that she is VERY anemic L Since that was a Friday, we got the results the
 following Monday. FeLV L She barely eats, almost never uses the litter box
 (and her urine is pretty dark when she does go), sleeps almost 24 hours a
 day, and has lost a bit of weight (not good when she only started at 7lbs
 in the first place L).
 
 
 
 I got her Pet-tinic vitamins cuz a vet suggested them. I tried to get her
 to drink kitten formula cuz I figured part of it’s job is to help kittens
 build up their immune systems. She was put on antibiotics the Monday that
 her tests came back. After 4-5 days, she began refusing the medicine. It’s
 a liquid and she would spit it all back out. So, she probably didn’t get
 all she was supposed to. 
 
 
 
 When she does eat, it is usually just the liquid part of canned cat food.
 She is still able to jump off the bed and walk to the kitchen (where the
 dry food bowl and litter box are), but usually wears out on her way back
 out of the kitchen, and lays down. She is so skinny…I’m not even sure she
 has much muscle left. She has always been skinny, but not like this.
 
 
 
 Well, a few days ago, her white pads and nose started turning yellow. I
 know that has something to do with her liver not working right. 
 
 
 
 Oh yeah…the way the vet put her anemia…normal range is 29%-45% (or
 something like that), and my kitty’s came back at 16% L
 
 
 
 Does anyone have any advice as to what we could do to help her? How will we
 know if she has pain?
 
 
 
 The vet that gave us the results (a substitute cuz regular vet was out for
 the week) said if she makes it the next couple months, and seems any
 better, to get her re-tested. That some cats fight it off and can test
 negative a couple months later. So, that means SOME cats get over this. And
 I read online that some cats live for a few years with it, after showing
 symptoms. Just gives me a little hope…then I look at her…and she looks so
 bad…and I think there isn’t much hope. So hard to watch.
 
 
 
 At what point do you give up and have an FeLV+ cat put to sleep? I figured
 if she shows signs of being in pain (once I know what those are), or has a
 seizure, or absolutely stops eating and drinking anything, that it would be
 time. I don’t want her to suffer, but I also want to give her every chance
 to survive…ya know?
 
 
 
 Anyway, thanks for letting me go on and on…as you can tell this is really
 very hard on me emotionally, as I’m sure it is on anyone and everyone who
 has to deal with it.
 
 
 
 ~Anndrea 
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Please add Rocket to the CLS 6/06 - 8/10

2010-08-16 Thread Hotmail Junk
I am so very sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to you!

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On Aug 16, 2010, at 1:48 PM, Sharyl cline...@yahoo.com wrote:

 Rocket had a bad week. She had gotten another Immunoreglin shot last Monday. 
 It didn't seem to help her at all. She just wasn't interested in eating 
 except for a little kibble. I tried several times to syringe feed her but she 
 got so upset. She would start panting like she couldn't catch her breath. We 
 were to go back to the vet today. This morning she wasn't able to walk very 
 well and was having problems breathing.
 
 So we made that final trip to the vet. Thankfully my dear neighbor drove us. 
 Rocket normally starts with heavy breathing when we go to the vet. This 
 morning  was worse than normal. She had a small seizure as we were entering 
 the vet's office and died there in my arms. Her little heart just gave up. 
 I'm sure she had some type of tumor. Wasn't anemia like Sissy.
 
 She was such a good girl. Never a big love bug but enjoyed playing with the
 feather toy and loved her treats. Even this last week she was rubbing my leg 
 as I was preparing the food plates. Another reason it was so heartbreaking 
 when she wouldn't eat.
 
 Rocket is my last FeLV baby. I do feel fortunate to have had her for almost 4 
 yrs. I 1st met her at the dumpsters July '06. She was one of 5 kittens that 
 would come running when I showed up with food. Spooky vanished but over time 
 I was able to trap Rocket, Sissy, Daisy and Mae. Rocket and Sissy became 
 house kitties. Daisy and Mae were much older when I trapped them and became 
 garage kitties. Now Daisy's babies and these four are gone. Leaves a big hole 
 in my heart. At least she had a good life and wasn't sick until these last 
 few weeks.
 
 By sharing her story I am trying to celebrate her life and encourage others 
 to love their companions each and every day.
 
 Sharyl
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Murphy-PCV is up to 27-28 but has a fever

2010-08-07 Thread Hotmail Junk
Alice 
I am not sure of Murphy's history, but our cat ran an unexplained fever of 104 
for a year. He has been on high dosages of Pred for 1.5 years. His temp is back 
to normal. There was never an answer for the temp.

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On Aug 6, 2010, at 6:33 PM, Alice Flowers aliceflow...@sbcglobal.net wrote:

 What the heck-we can't get well!!! His gums are looking nice and pink-his PCV 
 in 
 the office is up to 27-28 from 2 weeks ago. His temp was 104.7 today when it 
 had 
 been 101.6 the last 2 visits-7/23 and 7/29. That explains his dry, warm nose. 
 They gave him a shot of PennG and I will repeat in 5 days at home and to keep 
 him on all the meds like we have been the last 2 weeks. He's been on 
 Doxycycline 
 for 2 weeks. He is down only 2.5 oz but overall has gone from 11 lb 15 oz in 
 November to 10 lb 2 oz today. He looks bright, but is sleeping a lot. I don't 
 get it-what is causing the fever???
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Re: [Felvtalk] testing methods, and forms of leukemia

2010-07-09 Thread Hotmail Junk

Our Gray Kitty had it done at UC Davis in CA.

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i know that it is. that wasn't my question.



On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM, Natalie at...@optonline.net wrote:

The bone marrow aspiration was suggested for confirmation of  
leukemia!

Natalie

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just wondering how many of us here have ever had a bone-marrow  
aspiration

suggested as a normal part of the FeLV testing protocol?

here's a really good article on the different forms of leukemia and
treatments--they don't mention the date on it, tho, but someone could
probably find it.

http://maxshouse.com/Oncology/feline_lymphoma_and_leukemias.htm

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Our Gray Kitty had it done at UC Da

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i know that it is. that wasn't my question.



On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM, Natalie at...@optonline.net wrote:

The bone marrow aspiration was suggested for confirmation of  
leukemia!

Natalie

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MaryChristine

Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 2:05 PM
To: FeLVTalk
Subject: [Felvtalk] testing methods, and forms of leukemia

just wondering how many of us here have ever had a bone-marrow  
aspiration

suggested as a normal part of the FeLV testing protocol?

here's a really good article on the different forms of leukemia and
treatments--they don't mention the date on it, tho, but someone could
probably find it.

http://maxshouse.com/Oncology/feline_lymphoma_and_leukemias.htm

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Re: [Felvtalk] Bugsy Please add the the CLS :(

2010-06-29 Thread Hotmail Junk

My heart goes out to you!! God bless!!

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My heart is heavy yet once again.Bugsy (Bugaboo) lost his battle  
today.He was at the Sids sanctuary back when I started in 2005.He  
was a sweet quiet big black boy.But in the last few months he  
started to decline and was not so quite the big boy.But he had a BIG  
BOY appetite.Just last night I fed him almost 2 cans of friskies and  
some baby food.We sure did spoil him his last days with us.I will  
miss you my Bugaboo,so happy I got to tell him I loved him last  
night before I left.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon

2010-06-27 Thread Hotmail Junk
We paid for it at my Vets office and as we needed it, he made a batch  
for us and we kept it in the fridge. It wad fine.


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Hi:

I received a bottle of interferon from my vet. He told me it was a  
90 day supply but it says discard after 30 days on the bottle. I  
know many posts have said that you draw it up into syringes and then  
freeze and I know it doesn't last long.  I'm guessing I need to do  
that but my vet told me to call the compounding pharmacy that  
diluted it and sent it and just make sure.


The bottle says Interferon Alpha 2B 60 IU/ML 45 ML give .5 ML by  
mouth once daily.  I thought I had read most people are giving 1 ML  
daily or 7 on 7 off? This came from US Compounding with an address  
in Conway AZ.  I didn't get much instruction with the bottle!


So I am wondering about freezing and then do you know of any  
economic sites where I can buy the 1 ML syringes in a box off 100  
and the syringe caps? I am also looking for empty small gelcaps.


Thanks!
Stacy and Spanky


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Re: [Felvtalk] Vet referral and FeLV treatment

2010-06-22 Thread Hotmail Junk
Our FeLV cat (who now tests negative), stays in his own room, which is  
my bedroom, cat tree, litter box and all. He is fine with it. We used  
LTCI with good results. Best wishes!


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Hello all:



This weekend I got lost driving in an industrial part of my town.   
Suddenly in the middle of the street, I see a tiny kitten.  Luckily  
I was able to avoid hitting him, as was the car behind me.  I  
quickly got out of my car and approached the kitten.  Imagine my  
surprise when he willingly and eagerly came running right up to me.   
I scooped him up and continued on my way.




I noticed when I tried to feed him that something wasn't quite  
right.  He kept falling over and seemed very uncoordinated, even for  
a kitten.  I took him to the emergency vet where I was told that he  
had some kind of neurological disorder that was presenting itself in  
his legs.  Basically he is just going to be clumsy.  The vet said it  
could be a static problem and not get any worse or it could be  
progressive, at which time we would have to discuss other options.




She also recommended the FeLV/FIV test.  Sadly, he came up a weak  
positive for FeLV.  The vet said this may be the cause of the  
neurological disorder or the two could be unrelated.  Also his  
pupils were not well dilated (the vet did not go on to explain what  
effect that has).  When the vet gave me the positive results, she  
asked if I wanted to put him to sleep.  In the mere 4 hours we had  
spent together, this little 6 week old kitten had won my heart and I  
just couldn't put him to sleep.  Although he is clumsy (it's  
actually really cute and I believe he will soon learn to compensate  
for it), you really don't notice the neurological impairment unless  
you are looking for it; and he's happy and pain-free otherwise.




But of course there is a problem.  I have already have a FeLV  
negative cat at home and I don't want to risk exposing her.  I was  
able to take the little guy, who we named Tommy, to my boyfriend's,  
but my cat and I are moving in with him in 2 months, so this likely  
cannot be a permanent home.




So this is why I have turned to this group.  I would like to take  
the time I have to try to get Tommy in the best health I can.  I did  
some research and found out about Mega C plus, interferon and LTCI.   
I would like to speak to someone in depth about these options, but  
my vet just doesn't have experience in this area.




1.  Does anyone know a good vet that will help treat the FeLV in the  
Los Angeles area - preferable Glendale/Pasadena/the San Fernando  
valley area.


2.  If I am in successful in getting him to the point where he tests  
negative, can he stay with my FeLV negative cat.  She's older and  
will likely want nothing to do with him so I am not too worried  
about them directly interacting.  But I am worried that they may  
share toys or bowls.


3.  Does anyone know of any rescue organizations that would take on  
a FeLV positive kitten?




My boyfriend and I already love and adore Tommy, but we understand  
that we must do what is best for him.  It's just confusing trying to  
figure out what that is.  I would welcome and suggestions or advise.




Thank you,



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Re: [Felvtalk] Please light a candle for Taj

2010-06-22 Thread Hotmail Junk

My prayers are with you!!

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Dear friends,

I had hoped to avoid writing this note for a very, very long time.   
Our blue-eyed bengal boy Taj is napping at the bridge this  
afternoon.  He developed breathing trouble over the weekend, and  
today we discovered that he had a massive tumor pressing into his  
lungs.  Heroic measures to extend his life would have been selfish,  
and given the underlying FeLV+ diagnosis, unlikely to have improved  
his quality of life.  He was a brave boy, hiding his discomfort from  
us for so long.   He lived a very short life, only 14 months, but he  
was loved and pampered in the extreme.


His sister, Rani, shares the FeLV+ diagnosis.  We pray she will be  
with us much longer.  My thanks to each of you for your fabulous  
advice and willingness to share what you have learned along this  
difficult and often sad path.


Sara

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Re: [Felvtalk] interferon storage/dilution

2010-06-15 Thread Hotmail Junk

Stacy,
Our vet stored it in his refrigerator  mixed a bottle for us as we  
needed  I kept it in our refrigerator. We used both interferon and  
LTCI at the same time. We did not follow the standard protocol. So far  
he is testing negative for FeLV now. Because we have tried many  
different things, nobody can tell us why he now test negative.

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Hi:

My vet looked into getting interferon omega from Europe for Spanky.  
It turns out that it would be about $1000-$2000 and would take 6-8  
weeks AND that doesn't even mean it would be shipped so that we can  
be sure it remains stable (it cannot be warm at all).  Thus, we are  
going to go with interferon alpha as it is available here and a lot  
of you use it with good results. If that doesn't seem to do much for  
him, we'll add the Imulan LTCI injections with the interferon.


I'm curious how those of you use interferon dilute and store it in  
the fridge and freezer? I know I've seen people advise how they do  
this on this list but I couldn't figure out a way to search the  
archives without going through every single message for each month.
I found mini ice cube trays on the internet and wonder if there is  
something better (syringes frozen?)


Also, how long do you wait between blood panels to see if it has  
helped kitty? one month? two months?


Thanks so much for your help.
Stacy and Spanky




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Re: [Felvtalk] Losing weight

2010-04-27 Thread Hotmail Junk
I do know about the expenses! My cat is at $30,000.00, but well worth  
it!


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Nortina,

There are many charities out there that can assist with vet bills.  
With the economy being what it is, donations have gone down, but  
they may be able to help you fund treatment to keep McFluffins  
comfortable. Here is a link I used when my Kong first became ill to  
see what was out there. I hope it helps you. http://www.itchmo.com/pets-medical-bills-piling-up-380


As someone else mentioned, Interferon is always worth a shot. My vet  
orders it from a place in Arizona called Road Runner Pharmacy, and  
they ship it directly to my house. For a 3 month supply (I'm giving  
my kitty 1ml a day for alternating weeks), it is around $38,  
including the shipping.


FeLV is so expensive to fight, and even if you had thousands of  
dollars to spend, it never guarantees a positive outcome. McFluffins  
appreciates what you are doing for him and how much you care about  
him.


--Ashley


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Re: [Felvtalk] Felvtalk - introduction - Chewie and Stitch

2010-04-08 Thread Hotmail Junk

Joe,
I am sorry to hear of your great loss! My Gray Kitty, who did test  
positive and currently test negative for FeLV, battles anemia. He has  
been on very high dosages of Pred for almost 2 years. This seems to  
keep his hematocrit in normal range. His story is a very long one   
someday, I will write a book on it. Our hopes is that he will set  
presidence for future FeLV cats  give pet owners hope!


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Good evening,

I don't know if anyone currently active remembers me, I first signed  
up for this list in April of 2007, when one cat (Chewie) was  
diagnosed with FELV after getting sick.


I haven't been really active on here since, but I thought I'd post  
again with an update. My original introduction message is copied  
below.


It is with sadness that I report that Stitch, who I mentioned  
originally has having been tested shortly after Chewie died has now  
left us, almost exactly 3 years after Chewie did.


Stitch has done great these last few years, we never had any  
problems and had some hopes that she might have fought the virus off.


Sadly, this was not the case. She started acting sick this weekend  
and we brought her to the vet on Tuesday. She'd lost a few pounds  
since her last visit, and a blood test revealed that she was very  
low on red blood cells, the Vet thinking that she had a bone marrow  
disease as she didn't seem to have any new red blood cells at all  
(could this be myeloproliferative leukemia, which I've seen  
mentioned in other places?). Given that she was FELV positive and  
was clearly suffering, we decided to have her put to sleep.


Anyway, though I haven't been really active here, folks were very  
helpful after my initial post and the info and support I did get  
here were instrumental in keeping Stich as healthy as she was for as  
long as she was. It's still really hard, but I know that we did  
everything that we could for her.


She was a very special kitty, and she'll be greatly missed.

These are direct links to photos I have stored on my Facebook stage,  
I'm not sure if they'll work like this, but we shall see. These are  
both very recent photos of Stitch:


http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs417.snc3/25118_384112819913_539489913_3684055_4308847_n.jpg

http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs437.snc3/25118_384111604913_539489913_3684051_7341747_n.jpg

Thanks,

Joe Reil
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Howdy all,

This is my first post to this list, thought I'd do a
bit of intro.

We had three cats in our family. The older two were
both castaways that were adopted as adults. Zoro was
the oldest and I adopted him from a co-worker when I
lived by myself. He died several years ago.

The remaining two were Stitch and Chewie. Chewie was
the next oldest. She had a really hard start to life,
she was originally found, as a stray by some friends
of ours. She was probably two or three at the time and
she had evidence of being abused - she had some
suspicious scars on her underside.

She lived with them for a while, very shy/nervous and
eventually came out of her shell. A couple years
later, they had to move, and couldn't take her with
them so we took her in. We had her for several years
as well and while we don't know her exact age, best
estimate put her at 8-10 years old when she died last
month.

She had a loss of appetite and started losing weight.
She had two trips to the Vet - after the first visit
she took a serious turn for the worse so we had her
back at the vet only a few days later. A blood test on
the second visit revealed that she had FelV. So,
considering she was very sick and was suffering from a
pretty serious disease we opted to put her to sleep
then. :(

I didn't know much about FelV then (and I'm still
learning about it), but information from both our Vet
and online resources I found indicated that it was
contagious so we decided to have our third (and
youngest) cat tested for it. Stitch is the only one we
got as a Kitten and she's about 3.5 years old.

I brought her to the vet this weekend and she tested
positive for FelV. :(

I do intend to learn as much as I can about the
disease so we can keep her with us as long as
possible. I know that it will eventually catch up to
her and our main thing will be to put that off as long
as possible. She's still young and healthy so
hopefully that'll be a long time still. :)

We had been planning to get a second cat, but we've
put that plan on hold now. I know it is possible to
inoculate against FelV, but given that the vaccine
takes a while to take effect, we'd either have to
quarantine the new cat until the vaccine took effect
or find it someplace else to live for a month or so,
and on top of all that I don't think we want to put
Stitch through the stress of another housemate at the
moment (she doesn't react well to strangers).

Thanks,

Joe






Re: [Felvtalk] Goodbye sweet Casper

2010-04-07 Thread Hotmail Junk

I am so very sorry!!! You are in my heart  prayers!!!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridget has sent me another cat

2010-03-20 Thread Hotmail Junk

That is AWESOME!! That gives me chills!

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First, thank you everyone for all your kindness and support over  
Bridget's passing. I appreciate it so much. But she's sent me  
another FeLV+ friend to help! On the evening of 3/17, the day she  
died, I checked the adoptable positives section of the website. Lo  
and behold, someone in GA had posted an available kitty just the day  
before. I never, ever check those postings, ever, but I figured the  
best way to honor Bridget, Baby Girl, Frosty Paws and the rest would  
be to take in another needy baby. These kind people had found this  
little girl in their neighborhood, but couldn't keep her due to the  
wife's allergies. They'd been boarding her at their vet's office for  
5 weeks but hadn't been able to find her a home. Anyway, they  
brought me the cat yesterday, and she's just wonderful...still a  
little nervous around my big boys, but she'll be fine. Maybe this  
was meant to be.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Epogen? Interfuron?

2010-03-17 Thread Hotmail Junk

Amy,
Never give up and try everything you can. We were told our cat had 2  
weeks to live  that was 1.5 years ago! He is FeLV negative now,  
however we deal with the anemia.


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Hi Belinda,

I do know Bailey's story well and honestly you are one of the only  
stories I've heard with positive results (not to say there aren't a  
lot more good ones out there, that's why I'm asking).  Your story  
keeps me wondering if I should try it despite the warnings.  I'm so  
glad you had these results with Epogen.  I actually had the vet  
research WHY it could possibly help a leuk positive cat because of  
your story.  I can't find one vet that can explain why it could  
possibly help since a leuk positive cat is normally making  
erythropoietin just fine on it's own.  That's not to say it has  
never helped.  She has heard of cases but said there is no  
biological/medical reason it should help .  Does anybody know how or  
why it might help a cat with nonregenerative anemia?


I just want to say that the vet that told me this is most likely not  
flat out lying.  She is a highly recommended internal med from  
Cornell University.  She has been absolutely wonderful and has  
researched everything I've asked her about extensively.  When I  
asked her about Epogen she didn't have to research it because she  
did have experience with it, with cats with CRF and cats without.  I  
did A LOT of searching of all the medical facilities within hundreds  
of miles to find a specialist that actually deals with leukemia and  
treats cats with it regularly.  Many vets in my area have never even  
seen a positive cat other than the ones they euthanize.  I've lost  
one cat after another to leukemia and despite trying one thing after  
another, have never been able to bring one back from nonregenerative  
anemia.  My cat that is currently being treated by Cornell is stable  
and holding his own 6 months after being diagnosed.  I don't believe  
that would be the case
without her help.  I totally understand people on here feeling that  
most vets know nothing about leukemia but I just wanted to say that  
I spent A LOT of time and effort trying to locate a vet that would  
do the best possible job for this cat and it stings a bit to hear  
somebody say she is flat out lying to me or doesn't know how to use  
Epogen.  Anyways, I don't post on here a lot and was nervous about  
saying anything about my fears of Epogen because I thought it might  
ruffle some feathers.  I just couldn't at least throw it out there  
because I personally would feel awful if I did something to speed up  
how quickly this disease can take down a positive cat.  I really  
think each person needs to do what they are comfortable with and I  
just wanted to throw out what I heard on the off chance it is  
accurate.


I'd love to hear from others that have tried Epogen too.

Amy

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From: Belinda Sauro ma...@bemikitties.com
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Epogen? Interfuron?
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 12:58 AM
   Amy,
  This vet is either flat out lying or isn't using it
correctly.

It is very rare but a cat can have a reaction and that
reaction is that it wouldn't help and the HCT would continue
to go down, in some cases this is because the dose isn't
high enough, a few kitties need higher than the standard
dose.  But of course the vets freak out and assume the
cat is having a reaction.  So many vets are terrified
of this drug and it doesn't make sense, basically if it
isn't working you would be right back where you started.
It is documented that about 10% to 30% of cats would fall
into this category and of those it takes 5 months or longer
of use for this to happen.

I know many, many people who have used it and only know of
one cat that is was suspected had this happen and I honestly
don't think that was the problem, I think that cat wasn't
getting a high enough dose.  Most of these cats are CRF
but a few aren't and were anemic because of cancer or
something else.

I've told Bailey's story more than once, he was positive,
he became anemic and once his HCT got to 20%, I decided to
try epogen, I think he was barely regenerative but honestly
it has been so long I can't remember.  He did not have
kidney disease.

By the time we got the epogen in it took a few days, he had
gone to 18% and once we started it went down to 15%, it took
about 6 weeks to get his HCT to 40% which is a little
quicker than you would like but he was fine and his HCT was
still normal at 33%, 34% 5 months later when he died of
pancreatic cancer.

You do have to monitor the blood pressure because it can go
high, Bailey's did the opposite and got low but we had no
problems with the epogen.

My vet has used it several times with FeLV+ cats and had
luck with it.

--
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Re: [Felvtalk] Bridget is dead

2010-03-17 Thread Hotmail Junk
I am so sorry Laura!!! I highly doubt it was the LTCI. You are in my  
prayers?


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Bridget is dead. I had her spayed today and apparently she died very  
quickly under anesthesia. She was my baby. I would have done  
anything for her and now she's dead. It has been a miserable few  
weeks with Frosty Paws and then Baby Girl but this has broken my  
heart. She was doing so well. Could it have been the LTCI? I have to  
know whether I'm responsible for killing her. Please, if anyone  
knows whether the LTCI could have had something to do with it, maybe  
made her more sensitive to being put under, please let me know, I  
have to know whether I killed my cat.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Epogen? Interfuron?

2010-03-16 Thread Hotmail Junk
When gray cat was first diagnosed his hct was at 9. He is currently on  
a very high dose of Pred  a chemo drug called Chlorambucil. We are  
getting ready to take him off the chemo drug  start cyclosporin   
once again try to slowly reduce his pred. We did interferon  LTCI  
injections. He test negative now for FeLV. There is always a 3-4 week  
lag time before you start to see the increase in the Hematocrit with  
Pred. We have been going through this since Sept. 2008.


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Hello all;
Casper is my symptomatic cat that became positive because I mixed my  
positives and negatives.  I wondered if somehow I had missed his  
vaccinataion last year.  I asked the vet to double check and as I  
thought he was not even due for his next vaccination until April.   
Anyway, he is now anemic and we are trying to deal with that.  He  
has been getting Prednosolone and Doxycycline for about a week and a  
half without improvement.  His count was 19 when he was tested two  
weeks ago.  I took him today for a PCV and don't have the results  
yet. He also got an iron shot.  I asked about Epogen.  My vet calls  
it Arithro proeatin (I know I botched the spelling of that.) He is  
also looking into Interferon.  Has anyone had experience with these  
with an anemic positive cat?
Now that my decision to mix has make Casper become positive I want  
to do whatever I can for him.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Epogen? Interfuron?

2010-03-16 Thread Hotmail Junk
Thankfully, my Gray Kitty, has been negative for over 7-8 months now.   
All specialists have said we can now stop testing him monthly.


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sue, was casper ever double tested to make sure he was actually  
negative? a
single negative test means no more than a single positive test does:  
unless
we know for sure when the last possible date of exposure was, and do  
a final
test 90-120 days after that, we cannot know that any cat is truly  
negative.

this is how my cats all become exposed back in 2000--my housemate, the
shelter director, brought in a beautiful little girl who'd tested  
negative.
we didn't know to retest back then, and didn't. she became  
symptomatic less

than a year later.

as far as i know, there are no cases of an actually negative cat  
(tested

twice) who has been vaccinated ever becoming positive from living with
positives. don't blame yourself for something that you probably  
DIDN'T do.


MC

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Maybe That'll Make The Difference

MaryChristine
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Re: [Felvtalk] Baby Girl has passed

2010-03-13 Thread Hotmail Junk

I am very sorry for your loss! It is heartbreaking!

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Baby Girl died tonight around 7:30. It feels so strange to write  
that; I've had her for two years, she's been symptom-free for two  
yearsand then it happened. She declined quickly. I knew she was  
not going to make it, so we had a vet appointment for tomorrow  
morning for her to be PTS. Even a couple of days ago she was purring  
a bit and looking for chin scratches and head rubs, but by the time  
I left for work this morning I think she hardly knew I was there.  
When I arrived home this evening she was lying on her side, barely  
breathing. I held her on my lap for about 45 minutes, just waiting,  
then she shuddered, my lights flickered and she was gone. She will  
join Duncan, Charlotte, Chutney and Frosty Paws at the bridge. Now  
Celery is the last remaining cat of my original FeLV group.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Hair Loss

2010-02-23 Thread Hotmail Junk
My Gray Kitty has had some hair loss too, however, his is due to his  
Prednisolone.


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Demodex mite is a possibility. Is he real itchy?
The clumps and itching are what Coco had. It's hard to find the  
mites as
they are very small. They can apparently live on the animal and if  
their
immune system is compromised the mite can start affecting them. Coco  
was on

steroids and that shut down her immune system and then we had the mite
problem. She had to have lyme baths.

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Subject: [Felvtalk] Hair Loss

Hi all.  My 1 year old FeLV+ male cat has started to have some hair  
loss on
his head and neck.  I noticed a bit of a bald spot on his neck a few  
days
ago with a small scratch (he plays rough with his brother).  I  
didn't think
anything of it as I thought maybe he just scratched the hair off.   
Then I
noticed that the top of his head had some balding spot.  This  
evening I
noticed an entire clump of hair missing on top of his head.  I  
haven't seen
him scratch or act any differently.  He still lets me pet him.  I  
haven't

changed his diet or environment.  He seems to be eating normally and
drinking too.  I'm at a loss.  I plan to call my vet and take him in  
if this
doesn't improve in the next couple  days.  Any ideas on what this  
could be?

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Re: [Felvtalk] Lyttle Guy passed away

2010-01-25 Thread Hotmail Junk

I am SO sorry James!!! My prayers are with you!!

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Lyttle Guy passed away in my arms at 4:18am this
morning. He had series of seizures and then gasped his
last breath. He was truly loved and shall be dearly
missed

James G. Wilson - phaed...@charter.net
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http://www.facebook.com/crambone
http://weather62025.com (Weather for Edwardsville, IL)

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Re: [Felvtalk] Help - I can't get LTCI in Georgia! to Hotmail Junk!!!

2009-12-12 Thread Hotmail Junk

It sure is!! We don't live to far from American River College.

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OK-I didn't realize that we are in the same area!! How crazy is  
that? I live in Rio Linda (Sacramento County) with my kitties,  
horses and antique Aussies (all over 10 yrs old). Citrus Heights is  
within 15-20 minutes away. Small World!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Help - I can't get LTCI in Georgia!

2009-12-11 Thread Hotmail Junk
Mine is Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights. They ordered it for my  
cat all the time!


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I am shocked that your vet cannot order it. It's not even a drug  
per se. Perhaps your vet can contact another vet that can order it?  
My vet is the Sacramento Cat Hospital and if you google it, they  
have a website with all their contact info. As I type this, Rosie  
has Murphy in a headlock and is trying to bite his eyehe has  
these huge persian-like eyeballs and fluffy hair-she is a sleek  
tabby from a feral colony and loves to terrorize him these days even  
though she's half his size. I believe they'd both be dead if we  
hadn't begun the Imulan before they began crashing like Rosie's 4  
brothers did. (The 4 brothers didn't see their 1st birthday.) These  
two have so much energy-galloping up and down the hall-one minute  
she's chasing him and then when they reverse directions-he's chasing  
her! I absolutely love it-not a sneeze or a sniffle since Sept, when  
they were constantly sick before the treatments. Rosie is 16 months  
old, Murphy just a few months
more. I am only giving the subq injection every 6 weeks now. (It was  
once a week for 4 weeks in the beginning, then 2 weeks, 4 weeks  
etc). If I didn't have the Imulan, I have been reading alot of great  
things about the IV vitamin C therapy-I just read an article that  
said it cured a bad case of H1N1 in a human-but I didn't try to  
verify it-there is alot of information out there on the IV vitamin C- 
I do believe it is worth checking into.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Just got FIV+ diagnosis

2009-12-02 Thread Hotmail Junk
Has he had a CBC? He may need a transfusion if his hematocrit  is too  
low. Using Prednisolone may help boost that as well. Talk to your Vet.  
My vet has gained experience with our cat  I can supply his name   
number via email. Your Vet is welcome to comsult with him.


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Hi there!

I've just subscribed to Felvtalk, and I'm not at all sure how this  
system works, so please forgive me if I mess it up. I've been  
through a rough time with my kitty lately. His name is Ben, and he's  
about 5 months old. He developed toxoplasmosis on Saturday  
(28/11/09), and initially responded well to treatment, we caught it  
in an early stage. Yesterday his condition started deteriorating,  
which is when my vet suggested we test him for FIV/FeLV, and my baby  
tested positive for FIV. The vet thinks he probably has FeLV as  
well, because of his age, he might not have enough antibody response  
to the FeLV yet. I lost a cat in June who only had FeLV, not FIV,  
and we lost him in the space of 24 hours after the diagnosis was  
made. I dont know enough aboout this subject, and I'm struggeling to  
get the answers I need to my questions. I was wondering - I've been  
blogging about this on the dailykitten website, could I paste all  
that info here? I'm going to start crying

again if I have to repeat all that information again?



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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon And Other Medicine Questions

2009-11-29 Thread Hotmail Junk
I had my cat on Interferon, LTCI, and Pred. He was given the death  
sentence by a University Vet, sent home to die. That was over a year  
ago. He is now FeLV negative, which we were told it was in his bone  
marrow. We are working on research and trials of different meds for  
anemia. The high dosage of pred is not a permenant solution. We have  
spent over $20,000 so far, but it has been worth every penny!! We have  
hope that through our research  the help of specialists, we can help  
other cats with this dreaded disease!


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Hi Crystal,

I just started my cat on Interferon a few weeks ago. He is in the  
last stages of FeLV (it's in his bone marrow and he has non  
regenerative anemia), and I think I've seen some improvements in  
him. Nothing dramatic, but if it can help a cat that was given less  
than 3 weeks to live, it might very well help your kitten.


My vet ordered mine from Road Runner pharmacy in Arizona. I think it  
was around $37 for what I *think* was 30ml (I can check tonight when  
I get home). The $37 included shipping (it was overnighted and  
packed in ice) and the pharmacy even threw in some cat toys, which I  
thought was very sweet.


My program for Kong is 1ml per day for seven days, and then off  
seven days. So the bottle, while not exactly cheap, will last for a  
while.


Good luck,
Ashley

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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon And Other Medicine Questions

2009-11-29 Thread Hotmail Junk
There has been no rhyme or reason as to why Gray Kitty has been  
through so much. He is such a fighter! We hope to use any succesful  
treatment we find, to share and educate. We work on the anemia right  
now and am going to try a new drug that has less side effects than the  
current high dosage of Pred he is on. Feel free to contact me  
anytime!  Keep me updated on how your baby is doing!


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I would be grateful for any more information you could provide as  
your cat's situation sounds so much like my little Kong's. Bless you  
for being willing to spend so much money on searching for treatment.  
It is people like you who are going to make a difference and help us  
all find new and successful treatments for our babies.


--Ashley

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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon And Other Medicine Questions

2009-11-29 Thread Hotmail Junk

Gary,
At the moment all our data and graphing is on excel spreadsheets that  
we email weekly to the specialist I Michigan. Between he and our  
family vet, we adjust the pred dosage. We are currently reviewing some  
new meds with less side effects, for his anemia. He was on the  
interferon, one week on, one week off for many months, as well as  
weekly LTCI injections for many months. We did not follow the standard  
protocol. it has been about 3-4 months that he has been negative and  
is only on pred at the moment. We test him monthly for FeLV now.


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Do you have a website or something detailing your research, testing  
data, etc.?  What trials for anemia are you involved with?  Is your  
cat on any medications now?
Was your cat on Interferon alpha or FOI?  If on alpha, was he at the  
usual 30 unit dosage?  How many LTCI shots did he have before  
turning negative?


Thanks,

Gary

Hotmail Junk wrote:
I had my cat on Interferon, LTCI, and Pred. He was given the death  
sentence by a University Vet, sent home to die. That was over a  
year ago. He is now FeLV negative, which we were told it was in his  
bone marrow. We are working on research and trials of different  
meds for anemia. The high dosage of pred is not a permenant  
solution. We have spent over $20,000 so far, but it has been worth  
every penny!! We have hope that through our research  the help of  
specialists, we can help other cats with this dreaded disease!


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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon

2009-10-04 Thread Hotmail Junk
I agree Jane!! We as pet owners are going above and beyond to HELP our  
pets!! If it was not for our vet and the specialist, gray cat would  
not be now testing NEGATIVE for FeLV!


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Lorrie wrote:

Thank you for asking people in the group to look into their hearts
to see if these treatments are for the cat or for themselves because
they want to keep the cat alive no matter what it has to endure.

This is an unkind and sanctimonious remark, Lorrie. I hope you are  
kinder

to the cats you care for.

Jane

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Re: [Felvtalk] Whoo Hooo!! CBCs are in-Rosie and Murphy

2009-10-04 Thread Hotmail Junk

WONDERFUL!

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Our vet just called-the blood tests results from this morning are  
back and they are both improving! Rosie's platelets are in the  
normal range too! She said there is a buzz in the office and they  
have been telling their other patients about this product and how it  
appears promising. We will retest in 2 weeks and will be cutting  
down from once weekly injections. This one tonight will only be the  
3rd one. We are following the manufacturer's protocol to be sure it  
is effective. We did not wait for them to crash before starting  
the treatments, hoping to get months, not weeks-but it is looking  
better than that, but I am afraid to hope for too much-I am grateful  
for every healthy appearing day.

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Re: [Felvtalk] Xana, FelV positive - interferon?

2009-09-29 Thread Hotmail Junk

What are the side effects?

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I run a FeLV sanctuary here in the states and have found that the  
best treatment is love and attention.  Having spent almost a year on  
interferon, I know the side effects of it very well, and would not  
wish them on any living being.( human or feline).
   spend time with them, show them that you really care about them  
when no one else did.  Let them spend hours in your lap, sleep on  
the bed, sun in the window just  as any other healthy cat would do.


just so you know Esther, my oldest cat here is about 16 and has had  
FeLV since birth, the rest are all about 3-6 yrs old and doing well


Michael Johnson
Founder/Owner
Second Chance Meows
A FeLV Sanctuary





From: Esther Jorda estherjo...@gmail.com
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2009 5:45:27 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Xana, FelV positive - interferon?

I am new to this group. I live in Spain and have some language  
difficults, so, sorry for the faults.


I am an active member of a cat rescue group. In july I found a  
kitten in the street with the eyes seriously dammaged. We went to  
the vet and all was well, excep the positive result to FelV. A  
friend on mine is fostering her. She seems to be healthy and hapy. I  
want to give her an opportunity to live with good QOL as long as  
possible.


Unfortunately most vets does not share my opinion, and they think it  
is not worth.


I insist... I read all I can find.

I am giving Xana
L-Lysina (for her eye condicion)
Vetinmune (as inmunomodulator)

And I insist to put her on interferon. The vet said that -in that  
subclinic stadium- the alfa (humane) interferon is the election  
treatment. When symtoms appear, then it will be the moment to give  
the omega interferon...


My questions are:
1) HAVE ANYONE EXPERIENCE IN THE USE OF FELINE OMEGA INTERFERON WITH  
ASYMPTOMATIC CATS??  I know it can not clear the virus, but ... Can  
it to prevent the development of any of the illness related with  
FelV??


2) About propiobacterium acnes. I cant find it in Spain. The  
laboratory does not produce it anymore, and change it for a new  
product: Corynebacterium parvum (inmufort complex (R). It is used  
for cows. A colegue (that has a FelV shelter) wrote me to advice she  
is using it in her 8  FelV+ cats... she said is working well... her  
oldest cat is now 8 years old.


3) Xana has also chronic diarrhea, in spite I put her on intestinal  
diet, does no make solid faeces...



Any other non invasive tratment can be usefull???

Thanks for your atention

Esther
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Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI article in Cat Fancy

2009-09-23 Thread Hotmail Junk

I too am waiting for my copy

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I just got my copy today. Have not read it.
L

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Sue Koren

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 6:06 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] LTCI article in Cat Fancy

Hello everyone,
Has anybody else seen the article in this months Cat Fancy about  
Lymphocyte
T-Cell Immunomodulator?  Although the article does not go into any  
detail or

get at all scientific, it seems that it might give this stuff some
credibility.
Sue
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Re: [Felvtalk] First Doses of Imulan For Murphy Rosie

2009-09-20 Thread Hotmail Junk
We have been through a lot. GrayKitty has been on the LTCI for over 6  
months. He has been testing negative for the last 2-3 months.  
Previously, he had gone through 2 blood transfusions to help deal with  
his anemia. He is also using Interferon, 1 week on and 1 week off.


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Would love to know how long your cat had been FeLV positive
before being started on Imulan's LTCI and how long he was on
the Imulan before the FeLV negative blood test?  My cat just
received his third injection and though he was heading into
anemia and had stopped eating, with syringe feeding and
three shots on board he's no worse than he was, so we're
hopeful.  Still, it would be wonderful to know what type of
time frame we're looking at for any hope of a negative FeLV
status with the LTCI.

Thanks so much!


Sally Jewell





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Sent: Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:01 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] First Doses of Imulan For Murphy 

Rosie


I wish you the best! My cat uses the same medication  has



tested negative for leukemia for the last few months. We

have

no idea if it is the injections or what. He is also on
Prednisolone  has bi-weekly blood test to check levels.

We

just take one day at a time. Hang in there!

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Fingers and paws crossed that the shots help.
Sharyl

--- On Sat, 9/19/09, Alice Flowers

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From: Alice Flowers aliceflow...@sbcglobal.net
Subject: [Felvtalk] First Doses of Imulan For Murphy 

Rosie

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 3:11 AM We have our

fingers

crossed!! We arrived at our vet's office right after

the shipment

arrived. Rosie and Murphy had their exams and blood

drawn for

baselines-CBCs and their 3rd FeLV tests. We have

previous

tests from

June 3rd this year also. Those tests showed that

Murphy's

levels were

changing (similar to Schatzi's who just passed less

than a month

ago). We are really concerned for our last 2 cats

because Rosie

(tabby) is the only female of the litter of 5-her 4

brothers have

passed away in the last 5 months from severe anemia.

She has just

turned a year old last month-she insists on a game of

fetch several

times a day with her lamb's wool mouse. (she has

plucked

most of the

wool off and I can't find another
one.) Murphy is a semi long haired, polydactyl, tuxedo

boy with 7

toes on each front foot and a spare on each hind

foot-He

was dumped

into the feral colony that Rosie and her brothers came

from. He is

the sweetest boy, so playful and just wants to hang out



with you-he

follows you around like a dog. He looks like he has

Ov-Gloves on!

Anyway-this disease seems like a switch is flipped on

and there is

nothing we can do to save them-we are hoping that using



this product

before the symptoms of anemia appear will give us some

chance of them

surviving for a long time. Maybe by taking a proactive

approach we

will be able to turn the odds a little. We are

beginning with one

injection a week for a month, then every two weeks...to



once a month.

Blood will be drawn every two weeks at first. We had

the first

injections at the vet's office today (the tech did

Murphy's and she

watched while I gave Rosie's). I will be giving the

remaining 8 doses

at home to save costs. We'll have the blood test

results

back Monday.

Say a little prayer for us.
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Re: [Felvtalk] First Doses of Imulan For Murphy Rosie

2009-09-19 Thread Hotmail Junk
I wish you the best! My cat uses the same medication  has tested  
negative for leukemia for the last few months. We have no idea if it  
is the injections or what. He is also on Prednisolone  has bi-weekly  
blood test to check levels. We just take one day at a time. Hang in  
there!


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On Sep 19, 2009, at 2:59 PM, Sharyl cline...@yahoo.com wrote:


Fingers and paws crossed that the shots help.
Sharyl

--- On Sat, 9/19/09, Alice Flowers aliceflow...@sbcglobal.net wrote:


From: Alice Flowers aliceflow...@sbcglobal.net
Subject: [Felvtalk] First Doses of Imulan For Murphy  Rosie
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 3:11 AM
We have our fingers crossed!! We
arrived at our vet's office right after the shipment
arrived. Rosie and Murphy had their exams and blood drawn
for baselines-CBCs and their 3rd FeLV tests. We have
previous tests from June 3rd this year also. Those tests
showed that Murphy's levels were changing (similar to
Schatzi's who just passed less than a month ago). We are
really concerned for our last 2 cats because Rosie (tabby)
is the only female of the litter of 5-her 4 brothers have
passed away in the last 5 months from severe anemia. She has
just turned a year old last month-she insists on a game of
fetch several times a day with her lamb's wool mouse. (she
has plucked most of the wool off and I can't find another
one.) Murphy is a semi long haired, polydactyl, tuxedo boy
with 7 toes on each front foot and a spare on each hind
foot-He was dumped into the feral colony that Rosie and her
brothers came from. He is the sweetest boy, so playful and
just wants to
hang out with you-he follows you around like a dog. He
looks like he has Ov-Gloves on! Anyway-this disease seems
like a switch is flipped on and there is nothing we can do
to save them-we are hoping that using this product before
the symptoms of anemia appear will give us some chance of
them surviving for a long time. Maybe by taking a proactive
approach we will be able to turn the odds a little. We
are beginning with one injection a week for a month, then
every two weeks...to once a month. Blood will be drawn every
two weeks at first. We had the first injections at the vet's
office today (the tech did Murphy's and she watched while I
gave Rosie's). I will be giving the remaining 8 doses at
home to save costs. We'll have the blood test results back
Monday. Say a little prayer for us.
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Re: [Felvtalk] Imulan and Autumn update

2009-08-31 Thread Hotmail Junk
Along with LTCI, we also use Prednisolne. Our cats HCT stays within  
normal limits, from 9% to 42%


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Hello everyone,

I wanted to give you an update on Autumn and the TCLI injection 
(Imulan).

When I brought her to the emergency center last Tuesday, she was
starting with respiratory distress and crying out.  Her hematocrit  
was 4%.
She was on her way out.  She got the transfusion - they called me  
about 1/4
of the way through and told me they didn't think she'd make it.  She  
did.
Since she's been home, each day her energy is improving.  I got the  
second
injection of TCLI and administered it on Saturday.  Everyday she's  
looking
better.  She's sitting up, walking and drinking independently.  This  
may
only be the effects of the transfusion, so I am holding off  
judgement for
now.  I will be getting a CBC this week to see what we're dealing  
with.  In

the meantime, I am praying, and have her on Ambrotrose (a glycoprotein
supplement thought to help in the fight against felv), vitamin  
supplements

and intermittently transfer factor.  She hemolyzed (destroyed) many of
the red blood cells after the transfusion as she turned yellow  
(jaundice -
secondary to breakdown of hemoglobin) but clinically her energy is  
improving

and her alertness returning.  I will keep you updated.

I pray that there is hope in this injection.  It seems to me that the
science is pretty sound.  Most vets aren't aware of this product and  
have a
lot of suspicion surrounding any treatment to felv+.  It is  
reasonable since
their vet school training told them it was a fatal and untreatable  
disease.

Most of us have experienced that first hand.

I had to search long and hard to find a vet that could help me, but  
if you
call Imulan directly they are happy to talk with you or your vet.  I  
have

nothing but good experiences with them so far.

We shall see, good luck everyone.

Jenny


On 8/30/09, Alice Flowers aliceflow...@sbcglobal.net wrote:


After hearing about this product-I called our vet here in  
Sacramento and
she agreed to order it for us. I want to try it because we lost the  
4th
kitty this morning-my son drove him to UC Davis emergency early  
this morning
because he was struggling to breath and crying out. Out of the 5  
kittens in
the litter-Schatzi is the 4th brother to pass in 41/2 months-he  
just turned
a year old this month- we even tried a transfusion that Jack had a  
reaction

to and was euthanized (over $1500). Buster, the first to die-screamed
out...Oni died in Corey's arms. I still have the sister, Rosie and  
another
cat-Murphy, the tuxedo polydactyl that was dumped into the feral  
colony that
the litter came from-he was positive also. So why do I want to try  
this
product? I have HOPE that it may prolong Rosie and Murphy's lives- 
These 6
have been on antibiotics most of their lives-Finally now it's been  
a good
month and a half without them, maybe we've turned a corner. We have  
upped
them to Interferon 2x a day. When the FeLV switch gets tripped-they  
just
crash so fast. If we can postpone it for months or years.that's  
great.
We are down to 2 cats left out of 6-we have cried rivers of tears,  
and spent
over 6 grand-and we weren't cat people a year ago. How do we know  
it will
work? We don'tbut if we don't try, no one will know. What I do  
know is
that Rosie is due to die soon-being from the same litter, she is  
due to
crash with anemia like all her brothers. But I have HOPE, otherwise  
I should
just euthanize the last 2 now and call it a day. Rosie and Murphy  
are racing
up and down the hallway and up the cat trees right now-they are  
healthy
(appearing), loving and happy. They are a year old-I think they  
deserve to

live longer. Alice, Rosie and Murphy
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Re: [Felvtalk] Imulan

2009-08-30 Thread Hotmail Junk

Jane,
Contact me at cstet...@hotmail.com, I will share my vets info.

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On Aug 30, 2009, at 10:15 AM, Jane Lyons j.ly...@mindspring.com wrote:

This is the third time, in the two plus years that I have been on  
this list, that people have come on

to talk about the benefit and promise of Imulan.
Each time this has happened I have asked my vet, then a friends vet,  
and then just last week I went back
to my original vet with the information that was posted here. Each  
time I have been told, emphatically
that ( to quote MC ) the science is not there. My vet has called  
Imulan twice and each time she has been
turned off by the lack of, to quote her 'transparency' and clinical  
data.


If anyone who is using Imulan has a vet that my vet can talk to I  
would appreciate the information.


Thanks
Jane






On Aug 30, 2009, at 12:11 PM, MaryChristine wrote:
.

promising is the word, in fact, it's the same word that the dept of
agriculture uses.

LCTI has been around for years before imulan bought it, and it's been
promising for all that time. i think it'd be GREAT if it works, but  
when you
have something that's not proven, you don't run out and put it on  
the open

market priced and promoted as if it were proven.

that's my objection: it's too early, the science isn't there, and  
if they
REALLY thought they had the answer to the FeLV problem, they'd be  
doing
major clinical trials that every scientist in the country could  
believe in.
and people don't have to pay to be in clinical trials, nor do they  
have to

pay for the testing involved to see how things are going.

think how many FeLV parents would willingly partake in actual  
clinical
trials if they weren't priced out of the option--and then imulan  
could get

real data.

MC



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Re: [Felvtalk] Imulan

2009-08-30 Thread Hotmail Junk

We have been using it for a while with good luck.

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Would be interesting to hear from folks who have used Imulan -

Gloria


On Aug 30, 2009, at 12:15 PM, Jane Lyons wrote:

This is the third time, in the two plus years that I have been on  
this list, that people have come on

to talk about the benefit and promise of Imulan.
Each time this has happened I have asked my vet, then a friends  
vet, and then just last week I went back
to my original vet with the information that was posted here. Each  
time I have been told, emphatically
that ( to quote MC ) the science is not there. My vet has called  
Imulan twice and each time she has been
turned off by the lack of, to quote her 'transparency' and clinical  
data.


If anyone who is using Imulan has a vet that my vet can talk to I  
would appreciate the information.


Thanks
Jane






On Aug 30, 2009, at 12:11 PM, MaryChristine wrote:
.

promising is the word, in fact, it's the same word that the dept of
agriculture uses.

LCTI has been around for years before imulan bought it, and it's  
been
promising for all that time. i think it'd be GREAT if it works,  
but when you
have something that's not proven, you don't run out and put it on  
the open

market priced and promoted as if it were proven.

that's my objection: it's too early, the science isn't there, and  
if they
REALLY thought they had the answer to the FeLV problem, they'd be  
doing
major clinical trials that every scientist in the country could  
believe in.
and people don't have to pay to be in clinical trials, nor do they  
have to

pay for the testing involved to see how things are going.

think how many FeLV parents would willingly partake in actual  
clinical
trials if they weren't priced out of the option--and then imulan  
could get

real data.

MC



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