Re: [Felvtalk] Advice on annual re-testing and vaccinating - THANK YOU!!

2010-03-02 Thread Avia Rauscher

I just wanted to say thanks for all of the advice. Horus and Blackie had their 
check-ups yesterday, and I am very happy to let you know that they are still 
FeLV negative. They got their FeLV boosters, and I feel so relieved to know 
that they are both still virus free. I didn't realize how worried I was until I 
got the test results! Thank you!

Avia
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Re: [Felvtalk] Advice on annual re-testing and vaccinating - THANK YOU!!

2010-03-02 Thread Beth
Oh thank goodness. I am very happy for you.

Beth
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--- On Tue, 3/2/10, Avia Rauscher a...@rauscher.com wrote:

From: Avia Rauscher a...@rauscher.com
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Advice on annual re-testing and vaccinating - THANK 
YOU!!
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 3:21 PM


I just wanted to say thanks for all of the advice. Horus and Blackie had their 
check-ups yesterday, and I am very happy to let you know that they are still 
FeLV negative. They got their FeLV boosters, and I feel so relieved to know 
that they are both still virus free. I didn't realize how worried I was until I 
got the test results! Thank you!

Avia
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Re: [Felvtalk] Advice on annual re-testing and vaccinating

2010-02-26 Thread Maria
It's probably just a matter of personal choice at this point, but we
vaccinated our FelV- cat once a year and we decided not to re-test after the
first year of exposure.

Honestly, if they are adult cats, and they haven't become FelV+ within a
year, its probably a slim chance they will ever become positive. But, I
think its up to you and what you feel comfortable with.  I felt like the
FelV vaccine might be the only thing I could do to protect the negatives at
this point.   I did not vaccinate my FelV+ kitty.

In regards to rabies, I did the first and second round of rabies shots.
Have not decided if I will continue.  My cats never go outside but you
never know I guess.
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Re: [Felvtalk] Advice on annual re-testing and vaccinating

2010-02-26 Thread MaryChristine
re: rabies: i would suggest that you follow your state's recommendations.
should a bat or other critter with high possibility of rabies get into your
house, or your kitty get outdoors and be bitten, the odds are way too high
that should it be rabies-positive, your cat will be PRESUMED to be, and
killed.

some states WILL accept a vet's written statement that a household pet NOT
be vaccinated on health grounds, but it's definitely something to check in
advance, because you do NOT want to find yourself in this position.

if you ever want to take your kitty or puppy on vacation and are crossing
state lines, you'll need a rabies cert, too--and you'll need to know if the
states you're travelling to accept the three-year vaccines or not. (canada
requires the one-year, so even tho both michigan and new york would take the
3-year, when i'd travel between the latter two, i'd have to have the one
year...) states tend NOT to be lax and understanding about rabies

MC

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Re: [Felvtalk] Advice on annual re-testing and vaccinating please?

2010-02-25 Thread Cougar Clan
If it would make no difference in what you will do and you are very  
sure that you will never look back with regrets don't do it.  As far  
as rabiesperhaps you should check out titers.  Make very sure you  
will not look back and question your decisions.

On Feb 25, 2010, at 7:15 PM, Avia Rauscher wrote:

	It's been about a year now since Cinder was pts due to advanced  
sarcoma caused by FeLV. 3 Months after learning of the cause of  
Cinder's cancer,  Onyx tested FeLV+ (Elisa  IFA), but Horus   
Blackie tested negative and were vaccinated. The vet (a great vet!)  
is recommending re-testing and booster vax for both Horus  Blackie.  
I see and understand her point of view, but I'm not sure about re- 
testing, and I'm on the fence about the vaccine.


	The reason I'm thinking of not re-testing is that I wouldn't do  
anything different since all the cats are healthy and on a very good  
diet. All the cats were already adults when introduced to each  
other, and lived together for over a year before Onyx's diagnosis.  
The vet feels that since the three cats are not separated, the  
benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks (only 2% of cats who  
receive the FeLV vaccine develop fibrosarcoma at the vaccination  
site). However, I'm not sure if re-vaccinating is a good idea if  
either or both are now positive, which is where I'm stuck. They are  
both going to the vet on Monday morning for check ups and rabies  
vaccinations. Any advice? What would you do?


Thanks,
Avia
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Re: [Felvtalk] Advice on annual re-testing and vaccinating please?

2010-02-25 Thread Sharyl
Avia, each of us has to make our own decision on vaccinations.  My negatives 
receive annual leukemia vaccines.  They all receive the 3 yr rabies since it is 
required in VA.  I do not give my positive the leukemia vaccine if that is your 
question.

My thoughts are the vaccine gives my negatives the only protection I am aware 
of with minimal risk.  I do mix mine.
Sharyl

--- On Thu, 2/25/10, Avia Rauscher a...@rauscher.com wrote:

 From: Avia Rauscher a...@rauscher.com
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Advice on annual re-testing and vaccinating please?
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 8:15 PM
     It's been about a
 year now since Cinder was pts due to advanced sarcoma caused
 by FeLV. 3 Months after learning of the cause of Cinder's
 cancer,  Onyx tested FeLV+ (Elisa  IFA), but Horus
  Blackie tested negative and were vaccinated. The vet
 (a great vet!) is recommending re-testing and booster vax
 for both Horus  Blackie. I see and understand her point
 of view, but I'm not sure about re-testing, and I'm on the
 fence about the vaccine.
 
     The reason I'm thinking of not
 re-testing is that I wouldn't do anything different since
 all the cats are healthy and on a very good diet. All the
 cats were already adults when introduced to each other, and
 lived together for over a year before Onyx's diagnosis. The
 vet feels that since the three cats are not separated, the
 benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks (only 2% of cats
 who receive the FeLV vaccine develop fibrosarcoma at the
 vaccination site). However, I'm not sure if re-vaccinating
 is a good idea if either or both are now positive, which is
 where I'm stuck. They are both going to the vet on Monday
 morning for check ups and rabies vaccinations. Any advice?
 What would you do?
 
 Thanks,
 Avia
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