[Felvtalk] chemotherapy

2008-08-22 Thread astatfeld
Dear Caroline, Belinda, Diane, and Michele, Thanks so much for sharing and for your kindness. It's very helpful and comforting to hear from people what have been through something similar and/or who truly care. I know there are no easy answers as to the best thing to do or not to do. My

Re: [Felvtalk] chemotherapy

2008-08-22 Thread Gloria Lane
I'm so sorry - I agree, I have little faith in chemo for cats. And this is such a personal decision to make. There is some chemo that has helped in situations I've had with lymphoma cats, but it seems to be in shrinking lymph nodes temporarily. I've had fluid drawn out of chest areas

[Felvtalk] chemotherapy

2008-08-22 Thread astatfeld
Thank you, Gloria.I think what's adding to the fact that I have little faith in the Veterinary community is the fact that it seems as though many veterinarians don't know a whole lot about FeLV. It's difficult because I expect to be able to turn to the Veterinarians so I can get accurate

Re: [Felvtalk] chemotherapy

2008-08-22 Thread Gloria Lane
Yup, I remember using Prednisone too - and it did help. I'm not sure, but I think it not only suppresses symptoms, but suppresses the inflammation, so guess less fluid collecting in the chest area (or whereever). Gloria On Aug 22, 2008, at 10:04 AM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Thank you,

Re: [Felvtalk] chemotherapy

2008-08-22 Thread Jane Lyons
Dear Adrienne I really understand what you are going through and how difficult it is to make decisions with your head while your heart is punctured. I think of the line in the poem by I Townsend that reads We who choose to surround ourselves with lives more temporary than our own Live within

[Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread Jane Lyons
Gloria (thank you) sent me some great information about Interferon that someone called Tally put together for this list a few years ago. My vet has read it and is learning from Tally and any information I can give her. Is anyone using it now? The instructions are contradictory. One piece is

Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread Gloria B. Lane
Well the rumor I recall is that it is absorbed in the back of the throat, so if you give it alone it heightens the possibility of that happening. I don't have any sources to document it, however, and it may or may not be true. But I always give it with a syringe not mixed with food. I think

Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread Gloria B. Lane
Well the rumor I recall is that it is absorbed in the back of the throat, so if you give it alone it heightens the possibility of that happening. I don't have any sources to document it, however, and it may or may not be true. But I always give it with a syringe not mixed with food. I think

Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread Jane Lyons
They gave me a choice of flavors, so I am hoping marshmallow will do it. Her mouth is inflamed so it is difficult to open it to squirt something in. The lab my vet used is charging 70.00 for a 30 day supply. (25.00 of that is overnight frio packing) Does that seem right to you? I'm doing 30

Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread gary
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread Jane Lyons
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread Lynne
I didn't realize Interferon could be given orally. The interferon we had for BooBoo was given subcutaneously. My vet called into my pharmacy and they got it for me. As I remember it was a lot less expensive than I thought it would be and the amount we got would have lasted a lot longer than

Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon Question

2008-08-22 Thread jbutler5758
We've been using interferon with our two FeLV positive kitties for over a year now. Our vet said I could give it by mixing it into food, but usually we administer the required dosage in a needless syringe and the kitties just swallow it. (I want to be sure they get all their dose.) So far,

Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread Gloria B. Lane
I think what I use is 30 units daily. Mine has no flavoring, but marshmallow sounds fine to me! I started getting mine from a very rescue friendly vet who charges $15 - gives me about a 90 day supply. If you call around, or ask rescue people, you might find a cheaper price. Gloria At 04:15

Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread Gloria B. Lane
I think what I use is 30 units daily. Mine has no flavoring, but marshmallow sounds fine to me! I started getting mine from a very rescue friendly vet who charges $15 - gives me about a 90 day supply. If you call around, or ask rescue people, you might find a cheaper price. Gloria At 04:15

Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread Gloria B. Lane
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon question

2008-08-22 Thread Gloria B. Lane
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon Question-Jane,Lynne

2008-08-22 Thread Gloria B. Lane
Sorry, thought I sent it to the list, guess not. Tally used to be on this list (maybe 2001?). Guess that's when I got on this list. Anyhow - This is her info on her web site: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/9352/interferon.html Interferon used in this way, Lynne, is oral low dose

Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon Question-Jane,Lynne

2008-08-22 Thread Gloria B. Lane
Sorry, thought I sent it to the list, guess not. Tally used to be on this list (maybe 2001?). Guess that's when I got on this list. Anyhow - This is her info on her web site: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/9352/interferon.html Interferon used in this way, Lynne, is oral low dose

Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon Question-Jane,Lynne

2008-08-22 Thread Lynne
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon Question-Jane,Lynne

2008-08-22 Thread Jane Lyons
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon Question-Jane,Lynne

2008-08-22 Thread Lynne
I'm convinced that cats that have this disease are very special little creatures. I no longer have a positive cat but the girl we have now was a rescued cat, seized from this horrible pet store owner. She was lucky in the sense that she was taken in by a rescue group and spent 2 months being