Re: [Felvtalk] Struvite crystals

2014-04-08 Thread lernermichelle
Don't treat with c/d for very long, or let other cats eat that. I did that and one of the other cats ended up getting an oxalate bladder stone, caused by the c/d food. You need to give c/d initially, but can then feed S/O which keeps at the right ph and fights the opposite kind of crystals

Re: [Felvtalk] 2nd holistic vet visit

2014-03-29 Thread lernermichelle
the periodontal ones are specifically formulated and are rubbed onto the gums, not pilled. Michelle -Original Message- From: WarmFuzzy's fuz...@warmfuzzys.org To: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Sat, Mar 29, 2014 12:49 pm Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] 2nd holistic vet

Re: [Felvtalk] 2nd holistic vet visit

2014-03-27 Thread lernermichelle
Esterilized Fatty Acids for oral health seriously helped my FIV+ cat with horrible stomatitis. Was like a miracle. A veterinary dentist put him on it. Michelle -Original Message- From: Kelley moonv...@gmail.com To: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

Re: [Felvtalk] 2nd holistic vet visit

2014-03-27 Thread lernermichelle
I got it from a veterinary dentist, but I believe I later ordered it online. Michelle -Original Message- From: Gblane gbl...@aristotle.net To: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Thu, Mar 27, 2014 6:10 pm Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] 2nd holistic vet visit Sounds good!

Re: [Felvtalk] 2 new felv kitties

2014-03-16 Thread lernermichelle
No, I meant posting it on your own Facebook page and emailing your friends and family the link instead of just posting it on cat groups. Have you done that? I have just found that this brings more money for these kind of things when you're asking people who know you but do not have a gaggle of

Re: [Felvtalk] 2 new felv kitties

2014-03-15 Thread lernermichelle
I don't think it's that people don't care. If you are mostly asking and sharing the link with other people on lists like this, it's that most of us are flat out and caring for many animals too. Do you have a Facebook page with a bunch of friends and family? If so, look at Go Fund Me online. A

Re: [Felvtalk] Holistic vs traditional vets for felv

2014-03-14 Thread lernermichelle
Have you looked into Care Credit? It's very low or no interest and is only for vet and medical expenses. Some vets take it. Not that I think a visit to a holistic vet is necessarily necessary. People have had mixed experiences with them. I had 6 FeLV+ cats. One, who was also FIV+, lived to

Re: [Felvtalk] Too little appetite

2014-03-02 Thread lernermichelle
FeLV does not kill cats, except in the (in my experience) rare situations where the virus itself interferes with the bone marrow's ability to produce red cells. I had 6 FeLV+ cats and none of them appeared to have died from that. FeLV reduces their immune system a lot so that they get and die

Re: [Felvtalk] newly diagnosed woth non-regenerative anemia

2014-02-28 Thread lernermichelle
I very very strongly disagree with this advice to euthanize her because her PCV is at 21.7. There are some processes that can cause moderate anemia that can be addressed. If she is terminal, sometimes high doses of steroids can give them a very good quality of life for a few months. I had an

Re: [Felvtalk] Blood transfusion

2014-02-27 Thread lernermichelle
I have never heard a transfusion recommended at PCV of 21. That is considered moderate anemia, not severe, and transfusions are usually reserved for severe (under 15 or even 13). Part of the reason is that cats can have allergic or auto-immune reactions to transfusions so they normally only

Re: [Felvtalk] Blood transfusion

2014-02-27 Thread lernermichelle
There's a feline anemia yahoo group too, which may have more insights. Michelle -Original Message- From: Avaykn ava...@gmail.com To: FeLVPositiveCats felvpositivec...@yahoogroups.com; felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:45 pm Subject: [Felvtalk] Blood

Re: [Felvtalk] Too little appetite

2014-02-26 Thread lernermichelle
Yes, I'd go right away for an exam and blood work. Appetite los is often the first sign of all the problems they get, from stomatitis to URI's to anemia to cancer. Michelle -Original Message- From: KG BarnCats kgbarnc...@gmail.com To: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Cc:

Re: [Felvtalk] Too little appetite

2014-02-26 Thread lernermichelle
Eating little bits is not the same as normal appetite. If you've noticed a difference, it's because something is likely wrong. -Original Message- From: Maryam Ulomi ava...@gmail.com To: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Cc: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Wed, Feb 26,

Re: [Felvtalk] newly diagnosed woth non-regenerative anemia

2014-02-25 Thread lernermichelle
Does Epogen help if it's not kidney elated? LTCI says it helps if the anemia is severe. I have one dose of it I can send you to get started if you decide to go that route but it would only help if you get more. I aw it help wit boosting wbc. Anyone on the lit haf it help with rbc? Pet

Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI treatment experience?

2014-02-08 Thread lernermichelle
I have also used immunoregulin successfully, but for bad upper respiratory infections, for which it worked amazingly. It does not, to my knowledge, stimulate white or red blood cell production, just stimulates general immune response (I think B cells? or T cells?) So I think I would choose

Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI treatment experience?

2014-02-08 Thread lernermichelle
I agree, was just trying to clarify the differences for her, as they are not for the same things. Sorry if it sounded different. Michelle -Original Message- From: Margo toomanykitti...@earthlink.net To: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:16 am Subject: Re:

Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI treatment experience?

2014-02-07 Thread lernermichelle
Daniella, I have used LTCI, but it's hard to answer your question because you do not say what your cat has been diagnosed with, and honestly it sounds like she has not been diagnosed with anything but FeLV, which is not what usually actually makes them sick. FeLV is just a very suppressed

Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI treatment experience?

2014-02-07 Thread lernermichelle
them. Not the FeLV, though the FeLV is probably why they got lymphoma and FIP. Michelle -Original Message- From: lernermichelle lernermiche...@aol.com To: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Fri, Feb 7, 2014 9:26 pm Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI treatment experience? Daniella, I

Re: [Felvtalk] urgent question on FELV tests/vax

2014-01-11 Thread lernermichelle
In terms of testing, you can buy bulk tests, I think my group paid about $12/test when we did, but we had to buy $400 worth. I think you need to take blood from a vein. We never bought our own again. Since they live together, you can ask the vet to do batch tests. Our vet does that with

[Felvtalk] Bear's pcv dropping again

2013-12-27 Thread lernermichelle
Thank you all for your prayers. Bear actually stabilized for 2 days and things were looking up, they were talking about sending him home today, but now his pcv is dropping again and he's back to the level where they normally give a transfusion. His body seems to have adapted to lower oxygen

Re: [Felvtalk] Prayers needed for Bear

2013-12-25 Thread lernermichelle
Thanks to everyone for prayers. He needed 2 transfusions last night to raise his PCV enough-- the first one raised it only from 10 to 12 and he was still breathing labored, and the second raised it to 19. I am waiting to hear from the vet now regarding his pcv from this morning, 4 hours after

[Felvtalk] Prayers needed for Bear

2013-12-24 Thread lernermichelle
Turns out it does not look like FIP, looks like hemolytic anemia, where he is killing off his own red blood cells, and the vet simply did not keep him on a high enough dose of immune-suppressants so he crashed again. Now he is really bad. I don't know what his chances are at this point, but I

Re: [Felvtalk] Prayers needed for Bear

2013-12-24 Thread lernermichelle
Thanks, Kelly. I am disheartened to learn of your loss. Did thy try cyclosporine with your cat? Michelle -Original Message- From: Kelley moonv...@gmail.com To: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Tue, Dec 24, 2013 8:09 pm Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Prayers needed for Bear So

[Felvtalk] Need feline interferon omega very quickly

2013-12-23 Thread lernermichelle
Hi, My name is Michelle and I used to be a regular on this list for several years when I had 6 FeLV+ cats, none of whom, unfortunately, are still with me. At the time, several of us were ordering feline interferon omega and would send it to each other when needed in an emergency. I have an

Re: [Felvtalk] Need feline interferon omega very quickly

2013-12-23 Thread lernermichelle
I know-- she and I exchanged feline interferon several times-- but I don't have her contact info anymore. Can anyone email it to me? thanks, Michelle -Original Message- From: Heather furrygi...@gmail.com To: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Cc: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org

[Felvtalk] PJ needs a home

2013-06-10 Thread lernermichelle
My rescue trapped PJ, who is not feral but is timid, and he needs a home. He is orange and double positive and 4-5 years old. He is in NJ. Best Friends has, miraculously, agreed to take him, and if we cannot find him a home we will send him there within the month. However, he will have to

Re: [Felvtalk] double positive boy

2013-05-29 Thread lernermichelle
I'm in NJ. He tested positive for FeLV on the IFA as well, just got it back today, so he is persistently infected. Michelle ___ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org

Re: [Felvtalk] Sweet double pos orange tabby boy needs a home

2013-05-28 Thread lernermichelle
I can't put him in with the other cats. I wouldn't do it with my own cats, one of whom is FIV+ and thus especially vulnerable to contracting FeLV, because the vaccination is not 100% effective and having seen the ravages of FeLV I would never risk that. But it's not up to me in our foster

[Felvtalk] Sweet double pos orange tabby boy needs a home

2013-05-27 Thread lernermichelle
Hello, all! Some of you may remember me from years ago when I had fostered and then adopted 6 FeLV+ cats and then painfully lost them one by one over a few years. I moved from MA to NJ 8 years ago, and 4 years ago I started a TNR and rescue program in my town. Having gotten our town under

[Felvtalk] Does anyone in north or central jersey have LTCI?

2012-03-14 Thread lernermichelle
I'm trying to get it quickly for a cat currently at Red Bank hospital. RBVH is ordering today but I would like to start it today if anyone has any that I can pick up and then replace tomorrow.. If you do, please call my cell at 978-407-6322. Thank you! Michelle Lerner

Re: [Felvtalk] neutering a positive cat

2012-01-04 Thread lernermichelle
the 1 year and 3 year shots are the same shot. the recommendations just require a booster 1 year after the first shot, so the first time it's calle 1 year and thereafter 3 year. there is a less common brand called purevax that is only approved for every year versus every 3 years. it's only

Re: [Felvtalk] neutering a positive cat

2012-01-02 Thread lernermichelle
I have. Have not seen any problem from it, but I do think it could trigger an upper respiratory infection or other problems like any stressful event. The thing is, remaining unneutered is a big source of stress, much bigger in my opinion than the surgery. Keeping an intact male from roaming

Re: [Felvtalk] sturvite crystals, bladder infection

2011-12-07 Thread lernermichelle
Do NOT feed c/d if the other cats are eating it. if a cat with normal ph eats it they can get the opposite kind of crystals or bladder stone. this happened in my house. ZUse only s/o which prevents both kinds of crystals. Michelle -Original Message- From: dlgegg

[Felvtalk] EXTREMELY friendly young adult positive in NJ needs home

2011-11-18 Thread lernermichelle
Hi. I used to be a member of this group when I had positives of my own (I adopted 6 at one time, years ago, which was quite a rollercoaster). Some of you may remember me. I now run a Trap-Neuter-Return program in NJ, and also have a baby and negative cats and an FIV+ cat, so cannot take on

[Felvtalk] Second Chance Meows

2010-03-25 Thread lernermichelle
Hi. Does anyone know where this sanctuary is, if it's still in existence (I know they were having financial difficulties) and how to contact them? My TNR group has an FeLV+ cat, really great big 2 year old love mush, and have not been able to place him and don't want to just keep him in a

[Felvtalk] Never mind on sanctuary

2010-03-25 Thread lernermichelle
I just saw that Second Chance Meow is in Nevada-- since we are in NJ, that is not practical anyway! Does anyone know of anywhere reputable in or near NJ? Best Little Cat House in PA will not work-- visited it last year and they are very overwhelmed and cats do not last long there. Drove 3

Re: [Felvtalk] vaccinations

2010-03-03 Thread lernermichelle
PureVax makes a rabies vaccine with no adjuvant. That is what I get my cats. It's more expensive and it lasts only one year instead of 3, but is supposed to have no risk of vaccine-associated sarcoma so I think it is worth it. I only revaccinate yearly because my town has cat licensing AND I am

[Felvtalk] Best friends article

2010-02-10 Thread lernermichelle
I sent the following to Estelle at BF: Dear Estelle: I am on a feline leukemia listserve with a woman who has beenconversing with you regarding the Clemans article on FeLV. Like her, Iam concerned about the way the article is written. I adopted 6 FeLV+cats and nothing about the article

[Felvtalk] Winston needs a home!

2010-01-19 Thread lernermichelle
A TNR group I work with recently trapped a strapping 20 pound loverboy tom cat they named Winston. Winston is not fat, just huge. He is extremely sweet, almost startlingly so given his size and tough boy appearance. The vet said he is 2-4 years old. He got neutered yesterday and tested with a

[Felvtalk] stomatitis

2009-12-13 Thread lernermichelle
Hi. I'm fostering an FIV+ cat right now who has pretty bad stomatitis. We had his teeth cleaned and 6 of them removed, and after a few weeks of antibiotics post-dental surgery he was doing much much better-- eating a lot more, gained 3 pounds in 3 weeks, not seeming to have any mouth pain and

Re: [Felvtalk] PTSD

2009-12-08 Thread lernermichelle
We had great luck calming PTSD-type anxiety in our cat Patches with small daily doses of Benadry. The vet told us the amount to give (I think it was 1/6 of a pill twice a day?) but she did not like getting pilled, which added to her stress, so we got the vet to call in a prescription to a

[Felvtalk] beautiful and friendly Maine Coon cat, positive, needs home

2009-11-15 Thread lernermichelle
Hi, everyone. I used to be active on this list when I had my positives, the last of whom passed away last year. I now run a Trap-Neuter-Return group, and we adopt out friendly adults and kittens. We have an extraordinarily friendly, lovey, and personable Maine Coon cat (the vet says he's

[Felvtalk] Sweet FeLV+ Maine Coon currently living outside needs home

2009-10-06 Thread lernermichelle
Hi, all. I used to belong to this group a few years ago when my positives were still alive-- we lost Patches, the last of them, last September at the age of 8 or 9. ?I am writing to beg your help finding a home for an incredible positive cat who is currently living outside. I started a

Re: Luy not eating

2007-02-04 Thread Lernermichelle
Yesterday at one point Lucy howled and started open mouth breathing and stumbled to the garage door where there is cold air. I assumed (and still think) it was her anemia getting so bad she was not getting enough oxygen. I almost reached for valium to knock her out for euthanasia, but

Re: Luy not eating

2007-02-04 Thread Lernermichelle
actually, I think I meant to ask if I am horrible if I don't euthanise her, not if I do. She is clearly suffering to some extent. Every once in a while she seems to need air, meows and breathes with her mouth open, and if we open a door or window to the cold air she settles down. I gave

Re: Luy not eating

2007-02-04 Thread Lernermichelle
I have backed off the meds. Just steroid shot once a day, and I gave her a metronidazole and her clindamycin once yesterday instead of twice, in case the metronidazole helps her diarrhea or the clindamycin helps the congestion. And nose drops every other day. That's all, though. I dont

Re: Luy not eating

2007-02-04 Thread Lernermichelle
I know that about purring. But she only purrs when we pet her, not otherwise, so I do think that means she likes us petting her. In a message dated 2/4/2007 5:07:05 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: I just don't know Michelle were she my cat, I would have euth'd

Re: essiac tonic

2007-02-04 Thread Lernermichelle
it is used mostly for cancer but also helps the immune system and detoxifies. In a message dated 2/4/2007 5:07:51 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] (mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]) writes: Hi, does anyone know a lot about essiat tonic and what it does to the body? Is it good for

euthanasia

2007-02-04 Thread Lernermichelle
I do not often get offended by this list, and I know I am in a bad state to begin with. But I really take offense at this thing people always say, which at least one of you has said to me in my questioning what to do about euthanasia, that I need to ask if I am keeping her here for me or for

Fwd: from Michelle Lerner

2007-02-04 Thread Lernermichelle
Apropos to what I just wrote is an email I got from my old chiropractor, a healer, who I asked the same question of. Michelle ---BeginMessage--- Hi MIchelle, I am so sorry to hear about your sadness. The question you are asking, I am afraid, isn't an easy one to answer. I will do my

Lucy and unsubscribing

2007-02-04 Thread Lernermichelle
Since I last wrote, Lucy got up, climbed all 14 stairs to the upstairs, ate half a jar of baby food and a couple pieces of dry food, curled up on a cat bed, and is purring away as Gray pets her. When Gray poured the dry food for Patches, Lucy literally got up and ran over to it, trying to

Luy not eating

2007-02-03 Thread Lernermichelle
Well, as of last night she will not eat at all. She was hardly eating since I gave her the dex shot the night before, I think because it unmasked her URI and her nose got congested. I have a vicks vaporizer on for that, used nose drops, gave lysine, etc. but it is not clearing up this

Re: Luy not eating

2007-02-03 Thread Lernermichelle
She ate a tiny bit (like maybe 10 licks). So finally I syringe fed her 2/3 of a jar of baby food, with gray petting her as I did. She did not seem to hate it that much, and perhaps less than having food shoved in front of her face every 30 minutes, and afterwards she washed her face and then

what would you do?

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
So through yesterday Lucy continued to purr and eat and occasionally slowly walk to the litterbox or another room. She is very fatigued, probably from her anemia. Hideyo had said that giving the feline interferon every day seemed to help Dharma feel better, so I gave Lucy the feline

Re: what would you do?

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
coincidence or not, she also seems to be eating less since I gave her the dex. Perhaps because of the congestion. Michelle

Re: what would you do?

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
no, I have been very attentive to her temperature since this whole thing started a few weeks ago, and she definitely has not been getting fevers in the past week at least except after getting dex. I specifically waited days between dex shots to monitor this, and she did not get feverish at

Re: what would you do?

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
but it's not that low grade. It's not that I know she is feverish because I take her temp. Hear ears get hot and she gets really out of it and does not want to be touched or to move. I would have noticed this for sure. In a message dated 2/2/2007 10:40:58 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,

Re: Bandit is NEGATIVE

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
that's great! he's actually negative on the corona titer and on the toxo titer?? if so, I would recommend IV shots of immuno-regulin. That really helped my cats get over tough URI's, and has worked for other cats on the list as well. Michelle In a message dated 2/2/2007 11:21:18 A.M.

Lucy

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
I don't think I am going to do the dex again. She has been eating about 3-4 jars of baby food a day, and ate about 3 yesterday. But she has hardly eaten since I gave her the dex. I think today she has eaten at most 1/5 of a jar of baby food and a couple of licks of a/d, and it is almost

Re: what would you do?

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
.5 cc. It is not giving her so much energy-- she is still just laying in the cat tree, and not eating. If I am going to give her less dex, I think I should just go back to the pred. I am really scared that she has now stopped eating for good. she ate 3 jars of baby food yesterday before

Re: what would you do?

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
The last dex shot actually made her eat MORE the next morning, despite the congestion, not less. Since I wrote she ate a little more baby food. But, again, no more than 1/5 of a jar and probably not even that much. In a message dated 2/2/2007 12:13:03 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,

Re: what would you do?

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
prednisolone. In a message dated 2/2/2007 1:11:44 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Michelle - when you say pred - do you mean predisone or predisolone? I would recommend that you use predisolone

Re: Lucy--what to do?

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
I can't do that. Once they have been on steroids long-term, you can't just stop it. It causes adrenal and circulatory problems and would make her feel way worse. In a message dated 2/2/2007 6:59:31 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: If I were you, I might just

Re: Lucy--what to do?

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
oh my, my vet. Well, my vet probably really wishes I would stop asking him these questions every day. My vet thinks there is no way to figure out what is happening, and that I should just decide on something and he will give me the meds. He is very accommodating, but not very decisive. He

Re: Lucy--what to do? - pentoxifylline?

2007-02-02 Thread Lernermichelle
Thank you. I have heard of it, and have read up on it. It seems to help sometimes with FIP. However, it's a blood thinner, and she is really anemic right now, so I would be afraid to try it. Also, I think all the meds I have given her have made her not want to eat much, so I don't think I

Please send more prayers for Lucy

2007-02-01 Thread Lernermichelle
It seemed to help so much last time. Yesterday morning she had such a spike in energy from getting extra steroids the day before-- climbing a cat tree, going outside, walking around, meowing, coming upstairs. But then she got feverish and was out of it for a while. Since last night, and

Re: Please send more prayers for Lucy

2007-02-01 Thread Lernermichelle
The lab wouldn't do it, just did total protein and globulin, but my vet said he could calculate it from that since protein is mostly albumin plus globulin, and he got .555. The cytology report called the fluid straw colored and cloudy. Total protein 4.2, total wbc .88 thousand, specific

Lucy's fluids

2007-02-01 Thread Lernermichelle
I got Dr. Ishida's article and read it. Lucy's fluid cytology fits every one of the criteria he used for determining fip effusion. The only thing she does not have (or didn't on 1/17 when bloodwork was done, anyway) that he used for diagnosis criteria is high protein and globulin levels in

Re: Lucy's fluids

2007-02-01 Thread Lernermichelle
yes, I got it. Was that one of Dr. ishida's patients? I wrote to Dr. ishida asking him what he has seen in terms of results from VO for FIP since the 2003 article. He did not write back. You said that you talked to him-- did he tell you this? Did he tell you anything that might give me

Re: Lucy's fluids

2007-02-01 Thread Lernermichelle
Hideyo, since it seems like fip, I am not sure what to do to keep her comfortable. I am tempted to give her steroid shots. However, if there is a chance the feline interferon and epogen could actually help, maybe more steroids would not be the best thing. Have you read or heard about any

Re: acemannan side effects? - to michelle

2007-02-01 Thread Lernermichelle
she has fip, which no one has said acemannan helps with, and it has to be given in the stomach, which means taking her to the vet, so no. I thought about it initially before we knew what was going on with her. In a message dated 2/1/2007 4:51:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL

Re: internist thinks Lucy has FIP-- Beth

2007-02-01 Thread Lernermichelle
Beth, how long did Ally live after diagnosis? Did you treat her with anything that seemed to help make her more comfortable? thanks, Michelle In a message dated 1/20/2007 11:11:50 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Hi Michelle, I am sorry you haven't had any good

Re: fever question

2007-01-31 Thread Lernermichelle
cats handle steroids better than humans and dogs do. and when they are terminal it can be the only thing that makes them feel better. And dexamethasone always seemed to bring Kerry's Bandy's fevers right down. Michelle In a message dated 1/30/2007 11:42:11 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,

Re: fever question

2007-01-31 Thread Lernermichelle
Yesterday she was laying around not moving much. So far this morning she has climbed a 6 foot tall cat tree, gone outside, gone on the kitchen table, and come upstairs for the first time in a week. That is the steroids. She has a very large belly even after draining and a back bone

Re: Bandit: toxoplasmosis

2007-01-31 Thread Lernermichelle
Lynette, Right now I am hoping and praying, probably without reason, that Lucy has toxo rather than fip. So I have done A LOT of reading on toxo. Clindamycin is the treatment of choice and it usually takes 3 weeks for significant improvement, though some improvement should be seen

Re: Bandit: toxoplasmosis

2007-01-31 Thread Lernermichelle
Titers for toxo do not necessarily tell you if a cat has toxo, but there are two that can help: IGM titer and IGG titer. Apparently the ratio between the two can strongly indicate toxo. Regardless of whether you do these tests, though, or their results I would start on clindamycin

Re: fever question

2007-01-31 Thread Lernermichelle
so far, knock on wood, she is still eating, on the pred. She will only eat baby food, but I add stuff to it. She eats between 3 and 4 jars a day, which should be enough calories. I think she ate less today than yesterday, but I just ran out and she licked the last of it clean, so can't be

Re: Bandit: toxoplasmosis

2007-01-31 Thread Lernermichelle
Patti, If he is doing so much better, I think it is likely that he has toxo and not fip. It can be very hard to tell fip from toxo-- toxo can cause pretty much all the symptoms and lab work of fip. but it can be cured with clindamycin, and they are supposed to start feeling better

Re: Please pray for Lucy

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
Yes, that's right. Michelle In a message dated 1/29/2007 10:13:27 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: They did aspirate fluid, though, right? And it was definitely in the abdomen and NOT in the chest cavity, right? Didn't you say it was clear, and not straw colored

Re: Please pray for Lucy

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
Since it would not be conclusive, and since I am sure she has been exposed to corona virus since I adopted her from a shelter, I don't want to remove the amount of blood necessary to test her, since she is so anemic. In a message dated 1/30/2007 3:49:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL

Re: Please pray for Lucy

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
She just laid around all day, very lethargic. When I woke up at 2:30 she was walking around the room looking at food bowls, so I fed her baby food and she ate almost a jar. She then purred a lot when I pet and kissed her for a while, and after I pilled her she washed herself. I just upped

Re: Please pray for Lucy

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
I read a summary of the article, but if you have the article in full I would love to read it. Thanks, In a message dated 1/30/2007 4:12:08 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: I know it’s scary to see it – but she must not be in pain, just uncomfortable – My first

taking Lucy to get fluid drained

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
I am taking her in half an hour. I am really nervous about it. The vet agreed to do the shot of 1/2 cc dexamethasone into the abdominal cavity after draining, which apparently sometimes helps slow the refill time. I think she is even more anemic than on sat when her pcv was 15-- the parts

Lucy update

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
Well, Lucy screamed while they were feeling around her belly trying to find the place to put the needle in, but while they drained she just laid in my arms and purred. The fluid, which I was told was clear and thin on January 16 and 17 when samples were taken, looked pale yellow to me and

Re: Rompi

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
Paolo, On your email provider, can you select a second screen name? I can, on aol, if I want. If you can, you could basically create a different email address (different screen [EMAIL PROTECTED] (mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]) provider). and then you should not have trouble setting up a

Re: Lucy update

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
With dry fip, it is organ failure and/or anemia. My Buddy died naturally from what probably was dry fip. His pcv was 6 the last time it was measured, a couple of days before. The vet said he should not have been able to stand. But he was on the dex/depo combo shots, and he was literally

Re: Lucy update

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
yes, you are probably right. It is possible to keep draining it, but how many times do you do that? as long as they are still eating? I don't know. But you probably are right. Michelle In a message dated 1/30/2007 4:27:52 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: As I

Re: Lucy update

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
Do you know what actually killed them in the end? was it not eating, or breathing difficulty, or anemia, or something else? I am just trying to prepare myself. thanks, Michelle In a message dated 1/30/2007 4:16:43 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: i know a lot of

Re: Lucy update

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
Hideyo, all of yours had dry fip, though, right? Or did one have wet fip? In a message dated 1/30/2007 4:51:37 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Actually, with all of my 6 kitties who died of FIP, they all passed away naturally except one, Olive who developed severe

Re: Lucy update

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
Hideyo, I am not going to do anything to her right now. I hardly ever euthanize at all, much less while someone is eating. Most of my animals have died at home on their own. I just do not want her to suffer too much in the end, which is why I asked the vet. I think my cat Buddy went

fever question

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
Lucy has mostly, I think, not had bad fevers since starting on 10 mg/day of pred plus clindamycin Saturday before last. Occasionally she has felt warm, though, like she does now, and I think has a low grade fever. When at the vet on Sat she felt warm like this and her temp was 104.1. She

Re: fever question

2007-01-30 Thread Lernermichelle
Actually, she now feels hot, not warm. I have two ice packs against her and she actually climbed on top of a third on her own. If it is not down in 15 minutes I will give her fluids. What I don't understand is why she got another high fever all of a sudden, after so long. She got more

feline interferon dosing question-- Hideyo?

2007-01-29 Thread Lernermichelle
I now have the 10 mu vial rather than the 5 mu vial. Does this mean I give half the dose, since it is still only 1 ml in the vial, i.e. do I give .4 ml instead of .8? Thanks, Michelle

Re: ot: transdermal benedryl gel for allergies

2007-01-29 Thread Lernermichelle
yes, totally different, though I can't tell you how. the stuff in the store is topical and meant to treat the skin, I think, while this is meant to affect the cat internally and is just applied to the ears where the blood vessels absorb it. It is a much thinner cream, and the pharmacy

Re: feline interferon dosing question-- Hideyo?

2007-01-29 Thread Lernermichelle
Wait, though-- do you mean the opposite, give her .4 from the 10 mu bottle? (you said .8) She actually weighs 9.5 pounds now because of the fluid. Do you think I should increase the dosage? In a message dated 1/29/2007 12:28:47 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

Re: feline interferon dosing question-- Hideyo?

2007-01-29 Thread Lernermichelle
ok good, thanks! My vet's is closed today for a funeral, plus he has no idea about anything having to do with this drug. thanks again, michelle In a message dated 1/29/2007 11:04:42 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Hideyo and I discussed this when they switched

Re: feline interferon dosing question-- Hideyo?

2007-01-29 Thread Lernermichelle
Thank you! I had an FIP vet write back to me (Dr. Pederson at UC Davis) that it is probably FIP and he thinks it's a million to one chance that it is toxo and that none of the meds including feline interferon will help. Of course, he also said that almost all cats infected with FeLV die

Re: feline interferon dosing question-- Hideyo?

2007-01-29 Thread Lernermichelle
Dr. Addie says on her website that she does not respond to individual questions. Have you gotten her to respond? In a message dated 1/29/2007 1:46:42 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Why don’t you ask Dr. Addie, Michelle – I don’t think it’s Toxo either – but it

Re: feline interferon dosing question-- Hideyo?

2007-01-29 Thread Lernermichelle
Dr. Pederson said that he knows that in a small percentage of cases the fluid is clear. The internist also said that. If Dr. Addie has not seen it, that does not necessarily invalidate them saying that they have. In a message dated 1/29/2007 1:56:02 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL

Re: feline interferon dosing question-- Hideyo?

2007-01-29 Thread Lernermichelle
The main reason they think FIP, actually, is the lymph node aspirate cytology-- it showed granulamatous inflamation in a mesenteric lymph node. This is apparently indicative of FIP. It can also be indicative of a few other inflammatory and infectious diseases, but apparently is most

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