[Felvtalk] Assist Feeding and Sub Q Fluids

2009-09-07 Thread Sharyl
Assist feeding is key to helping any sick kitty.  Cats that don't feel well 
don't eat.  The less a cat eats the less they want to eat.  It is a vicious 
cycle.

I prefer assist feeding vs force feeding.  It is a state of mind.  You are 
assisting your beloved kitty to eat to give you both time to treat the current 
illness.  If you are syringe feeding, many of the meds can be mixed into the 
food you syringe.  Here is the link to the Yahoo Assist Feeding group.
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-Assisted-Feeding/
One of the files you receive when joining is on how to safely syringe feed.  
Read that one if you don't read anything else.

Any pate style canned food can be syringe feed by blending it with a little 
liquid until it is the consistency of a thick milk shake.  Gently warming the 
food make it easier to syringe feed. 

Dehydration can be caused by the illness, a fever, diarrhea, etc.  It is 
critical to maintain adequate hydration in a kitty and is easy to do with Sub Q 
fluids.  I've done it by myself for my CRF and FeLV kitties.  This link was my 
bible for giving sub q fluids.
Sophia Gets Her Subcutaneous (Sub Q) Fluids 
http://www.tinyurl.com/63max 
You will need an Rx from your vet for the fluids and IV sets.  Some states 
require a Rx for the needles.  I order the fluids by the case though my local 
pharmacy and buy the IV sets and needles on line.  

I might not be able to cure the FeLV but I can make sure my kitties receive 
adequate nutrition and fluids.  
Sharyl

--- On Mon, 9/7/09, jbero tds.net jb...@tds.net wrote:

 From: jbero tds.net jb...@tds.net
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] (no subject)
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Monday, September 7, 2009, 1:14 PM
 Sally,
 
 Hi, this is Jenny.  I tried calling but you weren't
 home.  Maybe you will
 get this first.
 
 There's a couple of issues here.  Number one depending
 on how anemic he is,
 I would likely do a blood transfusion simply to buy him
 enough time for the
 injection to work.  Please know that I am still
 waiting to see if the
 injection will truely work for Autumn.  I am
 optimistic but don't know for
 sure.
 
 As for the more immediate issues.  The fever may be
 due to an infection,
 possible upper respiratory, urinary tract or the dreaded
 hemobartonella.
 These would require antibiotic treatment.  The fever
 may, however, be due to
 a dehydrated state.  If he is not eating and drinking
 you will have to force
 feed and/or give subcutaneous fluid.  If nothing else
 you can take pedialyte
 in a syringe (no needles) and give it to him.  This at
 least provides
 glucose and electrolytes temporarily.  A/D food is the
 best for force
 feeding.  I would steer away from baby food as many of
 them can worsen the
 anemia.  I have tried mixing pedialyte with a soft
 canned food (helps get
 the food into and out of the syringe and provides more
 fluid).  Here's the
 challenge - you want to get in at least around 90-100 mL a
 day and you don't
 want them to throw up.  This is tough, but it should
 get through until
 tomorrow.
 
 I think it is important to say that I generally have not
 done the force
 feeding and blood transfusions before because this is a
 fatal virus that
 always ends the same.  Now, however, with the
 possibility of this Imulan
 shot working, there may be hope.  It may be a long
 shot, but I'm willing to
 try.
 
 It is a lot of intensive care that requires subcutaneous
 fluids, sometimes
 forced feedings, possibly antibiotics and a lot of
 patience, love and
 prayer.  Let me know if I can help further.
 
 Jenny
 On 9/6/09, S. Jewell ssjew...@bellsouth.net
 wrote:
 



  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Assist Feeding and Sub Q Fluids

2009-09-07 Thread Belinda Sauro
   In Washington state I buy my fluids and syringes over the counter, 
no prescriptions required.


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