Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon Thoughts??

2009-10-09 Thread Alice Flowers
Hooray for you and your vet! I think it's a good idea. We began losing our 
kittens at around 7 1/2 months old. We lost 4 littermates before they hit a 
year old-well, the last was exactly a year old. They were a feral litter and 
must have been born with the virus. We began Interferon when they were about 5 
months old-1cc orally once a day. After the 3rd one passed away, I read up on 
the anti viral qualities and it seems one dose only stays at an active level 
about 1/2 a day. We began giving it 2x a day and still lost another one. We 
have the last littermate, the only female-Rosie, a sleek tabby and another 
non-related male-Murphy, a cool, fluffy tuxedo polydactyl (7 toes) that was 
tossed into the feral group-these 2 are just over a year old. We began the 
Imulan last month-before the anemia hits hard-we want these 2 to live so badly. 
On the baseline CBCs, Rosies platelets were low-2 weeks later they were in the 
normal range! The other levels are coming
 up too-PCV are higher. They are still testing positive (4th test) They are 
getting so energetic and playful-I can't belive they are the same cats! Murphy 
loves to chase the laser pointer now-he can leap up the wall and above the 
light switches-he can hit the switch with his big paws and turn the lights off! 
Rosie is addicted to fetching her little sheepskin mousie. It's just exciting 
to have active cats, we never realized until now that they were rather 
sluggish-slept a lot. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but every minute 
we have is a gift. We can't give up yet-and the Interferon is easy-they come 
over and wait to have their doses. The injections take just a few seconds-we 
are saving money by doing them at home. You can't begin soon enough to be 
proactive andtry and slow the virus down-when they are infected so young, they 
crash so quickly-our first, Buster, was playing hard one day and crashed the 
next with his HC at 10. Thank you for caring so
 much for your baby. You can learn a lot by scrolling through the earlier 
posts. We are all learning from each other. Alice
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon thoughts?

2009-10-09 Thread mitchell
look into LTCI from IMULAN.  There have been great sucesses with this
treatment.

On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Jeff Mills jeffkmi...@yahoo.com wrote:

 I have a little 4.5 mo. old black kitten rescued as a stray who tests FeLV+
 on a snap test. They won't do an IFA until he's been separated for three
 months (he lives in my bathroom currently), 9 mos. old would be better.

 My vet is recommending we put the kitten on Interferon *now,* that she has
 had good results with it (she has an FIV kitty of her own who she allows to
 mix with her negative 5 kitties).  She thinks it could help him with quality
 of life down the road.

 What do you guys think?  I've seen some conversation on this list
 previously, but hadn't paid much attention to it because I didn't think I'd
 be in this position, at least not this soon.

 Jeff




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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon thoughts?

2009-10-09 Thread dlgegg
Welcome to the group.  i have not had to use Interferon or anything elso so 
far.  my 2 positives are fat, sassy and healthy as can be.  so i am waiting 
until something rears it's ugly head.  i do have all my babies on L Lysine to 
boost their immune system.  my vet came back from a conference with a new treat 
- Enisyl-F Lysine Treats.  he gave me his samples since i have 2 positives to 
see if they liked them.  all 6 of my babies heard the package opening and came 
to investigate and as soon as they smelled them, they were all over me.  the 
negatives get 2 per day and the positives get 5 a day (2 at a time, keeps their 
interest up).  since they did not like the pills or paste, this is good.  hate 
to try chucking them down everyone's throat every day.  good luck with your 
babies prayers on the way for them and you.  dorlis 
 mitchell hhur...@gmail.com wrote: 
 look into LTCI from IMULAN.  There have been great sucesses with this
 treatment.
 
 On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Jeff Mills jeffkmi...@yahoo.com wrote:
 
  I have a little 4.5 mo. old black kitten rescued as a stray who tests FeLV+
  on a snap test. They won't do an IFA until he's been separated for three
  months (he lives in my bathroom currently), 9 mos. old would be better.
 
  My vet is recommending we put the kitten on Interferon *now,* that she has
  had good results with it (she has an FIV kitty of her own who she allows to
  mix with her negative 5 kitties).  She thinks it could help him with quality
  of life down the road.
 
  What do you guys think?  I've seen some conversation on this list
  previously, but hadn't paid much attention to it because I didn't think I'd
  be in this position, at least not this soon.
 
  Jeff
 
 
 
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon thoughts?

2009-10-08 Thread Gloria B. Lane
Impressive vet.  Yes, there has been some varied opinions about it.  
But I'd put her on oral Interferon - a very low dose. I think 30 units 
is a standard for adult cats so would ask the vet how much she thinks - 
c ertainly lower than an adult dose.

Gloria




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Subject : RE: [Felvtalk] Interferon thoughts?

 I have a little 4.5 mo. old black kitten rescued as a stray who tests 
FeLV+ on a snap test. They won't do an IFA until he's been separated 
for three months (he lives in my bathroom currently), 9 mos. old would 
be better.

My vet is recommending we put the kitten on Interferon *now,* that she 
has had good results with it (she has an FIV kitty of her own who she 
allows to mix with her negative 5 kitties).  She thinks it could help 
him with quality of life down the road.

What do you guys think?  I've seen some conversation on this list 
previously, but hadn't paid much attention to it because I didn't think 
I'd be in this position, at least not this soon.

Jeff



  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon thoughts?

2009-10-08 Thread jbero tds.net
Jeff,

I would definitely start something whether it be interferon or the LTCI
injections.  They may not look sick when first diagnosed but they go
downhill quickly and you feel helpless.  There is some suggestion of thymic
hypoplasia in these young cats with felv+.  (the thymus is responsible for
the production of T cells which are necessary for the destruction of this
virus).  Interferon helps aid in the activity of the T cells.  LTCI is
thought to stimulate the production of interferon by the cat's own cells.
Overall each one increases levels of interferon to help the Tcells.  LTCI
just stimulates the cat's own body to make it.

I highly recommend doing something to increase the cat's chance of long term
survival.  Have your vet look into LTCI from Imulan if they are not familiar
with it.  There is some suggestion that early use of some aid may increase
the likelihood of the cat turning negative.  I can't say for certain.  Good
luck

Jenny

On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Jeff Mills jeffkmi...@yahoo.com wrote:

 I have a little 4.5 mo. old black kitten rescued as a stray who tests FeLV+
 on a snap test. They won't do an IFA until he's been separated for three
 months (he lives in my bathroom currently), 9 mos. old would be better.

 My vet is recommending we put the kitten on Interferon *now,* that she has
 had good results with it (she has an FIV kitty of her own who she allows to
 mix with her negative 5 kitties).  She thinks it could help him with quality
 of life down the road.

 What do you guys think?  I've seen some conversation on this list
 previously, but hadn't paid much attention to it because I didn't think I'd
 be in this position, at least not this soon.

 Jeff




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