[Felvtalk] new member

2011-11-16 Thread danbin...@netzero.com
Boy, am I glad to find this website and group. I think my kitty, Buster (15 yo, neutered male), has FeLV. He stopped eating about 2 1/2 years ago. I took him to the vet who was unable to diagnose what was wrong with Buster, even after several visits. I was unable to get an ultrasound, which

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2011-11-16 Thread Beth
Debbie - There is no way to tell is he has FeLV without a blood test.Was the 11 year old cat tested for FeLV? Just wondering how he would have gotten it if his previous test were negative, though it can take 3 months for the bloodwork to show a positive test. Prednisone depresses the immune

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2011-11-16 Thread Marta Gasper
Debbie Welcome to the group_albeit circumstances but thats how most of us got here_I agree with Beth. The symptoms you describe could be a number of diseases. No way to tell for sure if he has FeLV until he's been tested with a definitive test like an IFA, though in his case and given his age

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2011-11-16 Thread Beth
A lot of vets think Stomatitis = FeLV, so that may be why she said she thought he had it. Only one of my FeLV cats ever got Stomatitis I had a negative cat that did have it. Beth  Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter! www.Furkids.org   From: Marta Gasper

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2011-11-16 Thread Natalie
Hi, everyone..I am in Mexico, and therefore not on the computer as often as at home. Re: prednisone - Sox, one of our five FIV+ cats, has severe stomatitis; he gets a prednisone injection about every three months; he also gets a few drops of DMG in his food every day. The vet says that he's

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2011-11-16 Thread Natalie
If no blood tests were taken, then there's no way the vet can tell what's wrong with Buster. At his age, he could have renal failure and /or hyperthyroidism, treatable. If it's his thyroid, I just found out that Felimazole can be gotten from Drs. Foster Smith very inexpensively; Tapazole and

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2011-11-16 Thread dlgegg
Many on this group usseother meds and ntural remdies for felv. I don't like predesone, had it during my cancer and it messes everything up. My felv's are in great shape, so are my negatives. I will pray for you and Buster and leave the advise up to th others who have dealt with this mjore.

[Felvtalk] Thanks for the replies

2011-11-16 Thread danbin...@netzero.com
I really appreciate everyone who responded to my post. It makes me feel a bit more secure knowing there are others rooting for our success. I think that my keeping Buster on prednisolone is a requirement since he has been on it for so long. I am sure it has compromised his adrenals and that

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2011-11-16 Thread Marta Gasper
Muscle weakness and muscle wasting on rear legs are the first side effects of long-term pred dosing. And long term for pred is not(as I thought)5 years but a couple or 3. I also think that his sitting not touching the floor is due to either arthritis and/or muscle pain. If his muscles are

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2011-11-16 Thread Maureen Olvey
Marta - I have an FIV + cat that is like 12 or 13 yrs old (we don't know for sure but that's what I think) with no sign of giving up the ghost as my husband says. He used to live indoor/outdoor I believe. So these FIV kitties can live a fairly long life. My friend's FIV kitties have

[Felvtalk] Vaccination question

2011-11-16 Thread Maureen Olvey
I've got to have a couple of my cats vaccinated against FeLV. I've heard you guys talk about the different makers of the vaccinations but I can't remember what the best ones were. Seems like I remember hearing about Fort Dodge and some others but if anyone has had problems with a certain